I am ready now for my next challenge this month. I thought long and hard about what it should be as there are a number of areas in my life that I want to address this year, but my word for the year is FOCUS and so I am only allowing myself to do one thing at once, one task at a time through the month.
Although I feel there are some pressing issues like my house needs a big Spring clean, my diet needs attention and I could do with an exercise regime I have decided that a big scale purge on the house must be the next on the list. There is no point in cleaning the house without first decluttering and simplifying the contents. Once the house is decluttered it should run smoother and make it simpler and quicker to get ready for work in a morning, plan the meals, cook the tea and deal with the finances or laundry.
Last year I began to simplify some of my belongings but somehow over the months ‘stuff’ begins to creep back in. I am keen to get started again and everything will be recycled in one way or another, nothing will be wasted, unless it is truly passed its’ sell by date. I will sell some items on ebay or equivalent as well as sending things to the charity shops.
For those of you who have been following my blog you will know that I am photographing everything other than food (which is on my blog Rerouted) that comes into the house in the hope that it will curb my impulse spending on things I don’t really want or need.
Whilst I am on the subject of recycling one of the things I have been doing behind the scenes is making a ‘mini’ recycling centre for the boot of my car and here it is – made in true Blue Peter style from old wine boxes that you get in Sainsbury’s.
Mini Recycling Centre
The reason for this is that I have a few recycling items that our local council cannot deal with and I can drop these off in the local supermarket and other shops that do. Having them ready in the boot of the car means that if I know I am going to be shopping near or in this store after work I can take them with me to work, transfer them into a carrier and then deliver them to the shop.
This fits snuggly into the boot of my car and the sections enable me to sort the items ready to deliver to the appropriate place when I have time.
Sainsbury’s take the batteries and carrier bags (though I have few of these)
Argos the used water filters
Rymans and WHSmiths the used printer cartridges
My local wholefood shop Half Moon Street will refund 25p on every empty Viridian Vitamin bottle.
I also return those plastic hanger bits that come with tights to the relevant shops
Well what am I waiting for I had better go and get started on the mammoth purge…