One room takes weeks to clear

I’m still plugging away at the study.  Yesterday, I emptied the cupboard and both bookcases, cleared my desk and decided to shift furniture about a bit.  I didn’t like the first efforts, though, and finally decided to swap the cupboard and the bigger bookcase.  The cupboard took some moving – I had to get behind it and use the wall to shove against.  It’s solid oak, taller than I am and about 3 foot 6 inches wide.  The bookcase is not as wide nor as deep, but is taller.  The other bookcase and desk, having been tried in various places, have been returned to their original homes.  At least I was able to hoover where they’d been.

The rest of the day was spent going through everything I’d taken out.  I’ve filled three binbags, plus a boxful of paper, and most of the rest has gone on one shelf or another.  The end is in sight, albeit on the horizon.

Last night, I retreated to bed fairly early with the papers.  Tonight, I’ll do the same – that’s two lots of newspapers to read, then.  I’ve read in bed all my life until the last couple of years, but now I’ve lost the knack and have a worrying tendency to fall asleep instead.  I think I mentioned, while I was staying with LT, that I’d written to a friend but then discovered I didn’t have his address.  I’ve received a long, hand-written letter in return.  I’ll have to write to him too, a real letter this time.  He said he’d accidentally deleted my letter before he had a chance to read it, and I have the distinct feeling that this would happen to any email, were I not to take the hint.  So I will.  I like him too much not to do what he prefers.

It’s been a fine, sunny day, most unexpectedly.  Wince, my gardener, has been constructing a walkway for the chickens.  LT and I will put netting over the many missing panes in the big greenhouse, which will hugely increase the area they have to frolic in.  I can’t let them range free any more, sadly.  I can’t bear it any more, much as I like to see them wandering round the garden and field. If they didn’t lay away, it would be a different matter, but I can’t have it any more.

2 comments on “One room takes weeks to clear

  1. Beryl Ament

    How organized you are (seem.) I am getting somewhere with my photos (knowing as I do that Ernie has a bunch), but I am lowering my standards. At least we are talking about what we need to do to get this house cleaned out!

    1. Z Post author

      It’s a big house and I’ve lived here 30 years. I can be quite disorganised and still have plenty of room! But I’d certainly recommend to anyone that they’d make a start on getting sorted out. I used to explain to Russell, if we wanted to make decisions on what happens to our stuff, we had to deal with it. Otherwise, we’d die and the kids would have to chuck most of it away as they wouldn’t know what was worth keeping and they wouldn’t have time or capacity to go through everything carefully. So he’s left it to me and I don’t want to land them in the soup!


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