Hi. Last year I did the Orjenise 100 challenge. I actually got rid of 200 items from my house last January. I still have space in my cupboards. Been patting myself on the back all year for this.
Even though I’m already really really busy in January, even busier than usual.. I have an ongoing house sale and flat purchase/moving for my Dad, the regular weekly visits to my Mum at the care home, my normal job +++ as my colleague is going to be off for a couple of weeks or so. Yet I find I’m still up for this. If I can fit it in I reckon anyone can. Orjenise 100. You can check it out here. You get helpful daily prompts of suggested categories to declutter from your home from the nice lady Jenn.
Last year I got so enthusiastic about this we decluttered 100 items from the office too. This year will be just for home for me. Some of my parents’ stuff has crept into my home.. clothes my Mum might need later on, an awful lot of paperwork and banking stuff etc etc. I find this stuff really hard to sort, as it’s not mine and my Mum always hated throwing ANYTHING away. I feel her voice screaming in my head (“No, Gail!”) when I take her stuff to the charity shop. She doesn’t need much now in the care home. I’m trying to make my Dad safer at his home and he doesn’t want to be surrounded by her things any more. He is sorting out a lot of his things too but we have constant little battles about for example, how many ladders are required in a flat.. I say 1 step stool or step ladder, my Dad thinks about 3 of his ladders of varying sizes are needed and feels extremely strongly there should be at least 2. I sigh but it’s his flat, his life. I just hope he doesn’t trip over all the stuff. He’s actually thrown away A LOT and paid for storage for 6 months for other stuff to sort out after the move, so we’re getting there but still a long way to go..
I feel like holiday time is over already. I’ve been to Kingston doing banking for my parents yesterday, been to work this morning, been battling Barclays again on the phone this afternoon. Tomorrow I’m up early to take my Dad to St George’s for his check up. This is actually usually one of my favourite times of the year, this Twixmas. You can do nothing and relax after the excesses of Christmas, or you can be busy like me this year but feel extremely virtuous as many people are still sitting on the sofa stuffing their faces, this is what I imagine..actually I can’t think of anyone I know personally who’s doing this!? Our solicitor maybe? The estate agents?
As it looks like Skipton building society don’t want to call me back for a second time today I think I’m going out for a walk now. I have a few items to go into the Fire Station charity bank. I will not be counting these towards Orjenise 100. 100 items are for January only. No bending of the rules here!!
Happy Twixmas! Xx