Sunday, May 29, 2016

May declutter: 29 items, 435 total

Only a few days to go, but I think I might have to hit one of the girls' rooms in order to finish the last two days. Which is good, as it means that although my house may not seem totally decluttered to a vistor, at least I've gone through and got rid of things I don't think we are using...

Anyway, a few items from the kitchen which we don't need, a towel (which is a pool/beach towel, but very small), a charger which doesn't work, some jewellery I don't wear, a pair of shoes with a hole in the sole (nearly) (these were recently replaced, but I hadn't got rid of the old pair yet), some more books - some to charity shop, some to school, some in a pile for my mother to read on her next visit, and then to the charity shop. Some lip glosses which are old and tacky (in texture, not in look), and two spray paints which are clogged up and don't work (and which I never use anyway).

Saturday, May 28, 2016

May declutter: 28 items, 406 total

Bits and pieces: some soap we are unlikely to use (we use mainly shower gel and for soap, I really like chunky homemade soaps) (3 items), a small selection of medicine spoons and syringes (3 items), some old ear piercing lotions, more small soaps and two mini pots of sudocrem about 10 years out of date (6 items). A cosmetics bag which has a tear and no one really likes (1 items), a commemorative duck (1 item). And finalyl from the bathroom, a tube of toothpaste we all hate the flavour of (1 item). From my room: 3 pairs of earrings and a brooch I don't wear; a couple more older bras (not very comfortable), and a scarf which looks nice in principle, but isn't really practical (7 items). And some more books - a couple for the charity shop and a few for my classroom's book corner (6 items).

Dinner, 28/5/16: Pasta Bake, Garlic Bread, Salad

A quick and easy one tonight, as I knew the girls and I might have spent a long time shopping in Kingston (but we got prom dresses -hurrah!). Yummy, though.

Books In

Shopping in Kingston today (Prom Dresses: Accomplished!); Geoff came along for the beginning to choose a few non-fiction books from Waterstones, so I had to grab a couple of interesting looking titles from the display tables. Of course!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Dinner, 27/5/16: Sesame Chicken (John Whaite), Pak Choi, Rice

Another one from the Perfect Plates in 5 ingredients cookbook. This was tasty, though nothing super exciting. Still, a nice, quick weekday supper type dish. And easy!

May declutter: 27 items, 378 total

More of Alex's clothes, all too small: a pair of shorts (1), two pair of tracksuit bottoms (2), two pairs of trousers (2), 5 t-shirts - a couple of real favourites, but he really can't fit in them any more (5), a batman shirt which is too small (1), 4 pairs of school trousers (4), then some cookbooks I never use (and which Sarah wouldn't really be interested in), which are off to the charity shop (5 items), some envelopes and notecards (2), three novelty type boxes from notecards (in the junk modelling bag for school) (3) and two more reusable bags, both of which came free with stuff and neither of which are really useful (going with the others for Project Linus quilts to go in when I donate them) (2). 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May Declutter: 26 items, 351 total

Nearing the end of the month now, which means that although there aren't many days left, each day's declutter (if I play by the original rules) requires a greater number of items. But no fear - I still have two children's rooms to clear out if need be...

Here's the last of the toys from Alex's room (clothes to follow) - his two Build-a-Bear bears. They've gone to a special charity shop locally which specialises in kids' stuff - I think I said. I reckon they'll easily find new homes there. (2 items)

A bunch of miscellany from the hall cupboard - weird stuff like a bad hanger, a torn long-life carrier bag, a few old pairs of glasses (which will go back to Specsavers for their charity program), some dried up shoe cream, etc. (11 items)

A few books to make shelf space (3 items) a cookbook and some cook booklets (the kind that come free on the front of cookery magazines) - these are only semi-decluttered, as they are going in the pile of cookbooks for Sarah to take to uni with her (8 items).

And two pairs of pyjamas which are too small for Alex. Luckily, I have a neighbour with a son about 4 years younger than Alex (but who is tall for his age), so all the boy's clothes from my house just go a few doors over for her boys (she has 3 total, so everything will get very well used). (2 items)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dinner, 25/5/16: Kale Carbonara (Sainsbury's magazine, I think)

Pasta with a creamy sauce, and bacon - oh, and kale.  But very yummy.

May Declutter: 25 items, 325 total

More stuff from Alex's room (nearly done now) - some maths magazines (primary school level) which I will take into my classroom; some masks and other tat (recycling) and some unwanted books (charity shop).

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dinner, 24/5/16: Pork Chops, Asparagus, New Potatoes

Taking advantage of the (relatively short) asparagus season...

May Declutter: 24 items, 300 total

Most of these things from Alex's bookcase - a number of activity books and KS2 revision books (charity shop), plus a pair of shoes which are too small, and a spare PE top which is also too small, really. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dinner, 23/5/16: Jacket Potatoes with Toppings

I had tuna; others had beans and cheese - whatever works!

May Declutter: 23 items, 276 total

...and here's some more stuffed toys off to the charity shop. I should take a photo of all the ones he ISN'T getting rid of - there are still loads. Also some pencils (school), little rulers, a notebook, and a collection of 2012 Olympics cards. At the bottom, there's a few books, and finally some accessories for his two Build-a-Bear bears, which he has decided to send off to the charity shop as well. The bears, too. I'm going to take all the Build-a-Bear stuff to one particular charity shop which specialises in children's things. Given the the bears are in good shape and one of them is dressed as Obi Wan Kenobi, it should prove a popular money maker for them. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dinner, 22/5/16: Spanakopitas, Salad

I usually make one larger spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie); this time I was inspired by a photo from a fellow foodie and decided to make little ones - I didn't use a recipe, just made it up based on my normal no-recipe Spanakopita, so it wasn't quite perfect - the mix was a little too runny for wrapped parcels, I think - I can take care to cut back the liquid a bit next time (not that there's much liquid in it, but I probably needed to squeeze the spinach even more than usual and cut back on the egg...)

May Declutter: 22 items, 253 total

More stuff from Alex's room: a tractor shaped money bank - he has another shaped like a Mexican Day of the Dead skull which he actually uses, so the tractor is going to the charity shop. A cardboard penny bank (recycling), a star shaped box full of seashells (charity shop). Lower left: a couple of toys and a panda bag (charity shop); a selection of soft toys (Alex absolutely adored stuffed animals as a small boy and had well over a hundred. Over the past few years, he's been narrowing them down to the really special ones, so here are a selection which don't qualify. And it occurs to me that there were two more which we are giving to an English friend living in the US which I didn't photograph: a hedgehog and a little owl, but never mind.) Don't get me wrong, even after this major clearout (and there are more stuffed toys to come) he still has several dozen stuffed animals!  And finally, a Marvel Comics bookbag with a broken clasp, a little Olympics flag and another toy of some sort. Everything off to the charity shop...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dinner, 21/5/16: Sausages, Broccoli, Potato Waffles

May Declutter: 21 items, 231 total

Helped Alex clear out his room recently, so a lot of the upcoming stuff came from that sort out. You wouldn't think such a small room had so much stuff in it, but he hasn't really had a good sort out in years, so there were lots of kiddie things that he no longer wanted. Anyway, here's today's lot: Necklace/earrings which I never wear (not from Alex's stuff) (2 items), 2 tin Cadbury's vans (charity shop), a handful of knights & horses, which will go to school as either year 1 or 2 does a unit on castles (5 items), some little figures he doesn't want (he still has LOADS of little figures - most but not all of them Lego minifigures) but these ones are a bit meh, so he decided to chuck them (6 items) and a couple of other bits which I'm not really sure what they are, but they are going in the bin, so they count (2 items). A pop-up dinosaur book which is brilliant, but he's just too old for it. I'm saving this one in the cupboard until I find someone I know with a small child who loves dinosaurs. It's very awesome.

Friday, May 20, 2016

May declutter: 20 items, 210 total

Some of these are from the desk area, some from my bedroom. Some printable certificates, which a friend passed along to me a long time ago when she was having a clearout of her home office, thinking they might be useful for school. I've never used them. (2 items), some partly-used spiral notebooks, which the kids won't use any more for whatever reason, going to my classroom for the writing area/whatever (4 items), padded envelopes which are in bad shape/too small to mail anything useful (I still have a significant collection in the event I need to mail something) (4 items); a t-shirt which is too pink to wear and some socks I don't really like (4 items) plus some pants (5 items) and a few free cosmeticy things which I never use (1 item).