The Greens declutter

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Now you see it - The Green's kitchen 'annexe' Home to muddles and clutter

Now you see it - The Green's kitchen 'annexe' Home to muddles and clutter

We’ve taken on a major project all of sudden.

It was something we were not planning on and now it’s happened – you know how you find yourself in those situations?

I’ve had a wishlist for some time in the house, but never once thought it would actually materialise. Well, be careful what you wish for, Mrs Green.

Grandma and Granddad Green are making changes in their house. They’ve reached that time in life (which seems to have arrived 30 plus years early in mine) where they realise that all the things they’ve accumulated in their hard working lives are actually, well, erm, clutter I guess. Or at least, not the best use of space or time.

What is the point in having a dining room suite when you only use it a couple of times a year? Grandma Green is now musing.

And what is the point having a room full of dining furniture when the computer is in a guest bedroom, the clarinet and music books don’t have homes, the sewing projects get shoved into bags to keep them out of sight and your favourite books are not to hand?

So Grandma Green has decided to turn her dining room into a ‘hobbies’ room.

Sounds perfect to me. It’s a room away from the TV with a nice patio door overlooking the garden where she can shut herself away and absorb herself in more meaningful activities than serving lunch around the dining room table. (Grandma Green is, how can I put it; not exactly a natural in the kitchen – Shhhhh, don’t tell her I said that!)

That basically means a dining room suite is up for grabs; a dining table and chairs, sideboard and bookcase are looking for a home.

Now we already have a dining table and chairs, and very nice they are too – all taken gratefully from a local Freecycler who did warn me that her dog had attacked a couple of the table legs and nibbled them. Indeed he has, but it adds to the story and life of that table. I also have bookcases galore and even a sideboard without a home in the garage.

So why did I find myself saying I’d take the lot?

You remember our kitchen annexe – home to recycling centre, bulk buy food, fridge and freezer, junk, clutter and anything else without a home? Well I had this CRAZY notion that we could turn this into a ‘classroom’ (Little Miss Green is home educated if you’ve just joined us) and a playroom. Which means, oh joy of joys, there will be no more toys littering the dining room floor, scattered on the stairs or waiting for me to tread on with bare feet in the rest of the house.

Well, that’s the theory anyway – as any parent knows, theories and realities are two entirely different things where kids are involved.

So anyway, today we are off out collecting furniture which, as yet, has no home. We’ve taken on a project which will include raising a floor, replacing the roof, installing a double glazed back door and putting in heating – I wonder how much of that we can get on Freecycle!

Sometimes, my mouth is way ahead of my brain.

But now the fateful ‘we’ll take the lot’ words have been uttered we’re committed to the project.
Thank goodness for my beloved, long suffering Mr Green, who, when once asked to describe me in three words came up with ‘unreliable, eccentric and creative’. I guess those qualities have both good and bad points …

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. LOL…well good luck Mrs G…when I finally take up my own declutter I know that’ll be the last anyone will ever see of me…I’ll be lost for years πŸ™‚ x

  2. Sarah says:

    We will require pics of progress you know……
    Good luck!

  3. Layla says:

    lol!! πŸ™‚

    I think I’m probably a bit like that too!! lol!! πŸ™‚

    I’ve been meaning to write about our room/z magically decluttering itself/s too.. (People claiming their long-lost, ahem, borrowed or loaned posessions, people coming to take the old fridge for good causes (I hope!) etc etc!)

    Do tell more of your decluttering and projects, how it goes! πŸ™‚

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Almost Mrs Average: I feel a bit that way too, Mrs A. I’m drowning in STUFF and its really getting to me at the moment.
    Still, I must keep focused on the goal, right?!

    @Sarah: I will try and keep you updated, ma’am πŸ™‚ So far most of the old is out and the new is in. But it will all have to come out again to raise the floor. Ho hum …..

    @Layla: Great to see you layla, I miss your face here. I will keep you updated!

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