End of July

Hello friends,

The week goes so quickly and Friday is upon us again.

I'm still in summer mode but I'm not doing what people normally do with their summers. I'm not sitting relaxing in my garden or going to the beach or going to concerts. Instead I am doing a major household purge.

After years of purging a few things here and there of my late mom's things, my clothing, and knick knacks, I started purging some of my own papers. Before I knew it it got me into purging my books and wanting to change the furniture around. Why did I start on that?! I was supposed to be purging my papers. I think I was looking for a distraction as I don't like to get into my papers. There is just so much of it to go through.  I also find I can't focus on papers when there are other things that are also needing to be sorted.

I read Marie Kondo's book on the Magic of Tidying Up last year. She sets out a certain order of discarding and sorting which has come to be known as the KonMari Method which has taken off by storm.  I don't exactly follow the method or the order of decluttering but I did learn a few things from the method.  As for the order of decluttering (as depicted in the chart below), I like to tackle different areas as the motivation strikes me. I like to mix things up a bit and do a little of this and a little of that and tidy and clean and reorganize along the way. So many organizing gurus on You Tube run out and buy all kinds of containers to store stuff.  I've learned over the years that this might make things tidy but it only hides the clutter, it doesn't eliminate it.  At some point you will need to deal with it.

In the chart above, book sorting comes before paper sorting. So I guess I am following that rule.  Clothing is the first item to be sorted. I did actually sort a lot of clothing over the past few years, not just mine but my mother's as well and fabrics and so on. It is an ongoing process because I also bought a lot of clothing having gained and lost 50 pounds over the years.

But in between clothing and books I sorted and discarded a lot of miscellany to try and create more "breathing" space. It sounds like I am, or was, a hoarder but I am not. I just have a lot of stuff and I like my stuff to be contained and orderly.  I like everything in it's place but my place is too small for my stuff. That means I have too much of it. I can blame cooking from scratch, shopping for food sales and any other kind of sales (I love a good bargain), craft hobby, sewing hobby & reading hobby.  Now I am at that point in my life where I want a lot less stuff. That is hard when you like to read and do crafts of all kinds and when you were taught to save things for a rainy day or because they might be useful.  It also requires discipline to buy only what one needs when they need it. I will find a way to try and continue with all my interests and do it with less stuff.

Anyway, back to the books.  I've managed to "discard" 10-12 very large shopping bags. I was shocked to discover how many books there were.  It doesn't look like quite so many when they are neatly on the bookshelves.  Fortunately, my local hospital is going to take all of my cast off books but I have to deliver them. I'm hoping to do that on Monday. They  plan to sell the books to raise a bit of money for the work they do with seniors. So it's for a great cause.

In between cleaning and moving bookshelves and deciding which books to give away, I've also purged and cleaned the hallway coat closet. Generally I post giveaways on Freecycle and there are a few women in the community who always ask for my clothing which means they come and get it.  It is always much better to let someone else have use of something that is still in good condition than to put it in the garbage. Friday (today) I will vacuum and get back to paperwork which I'll work on throughout the weekend.

While all this work is going on inside, the exterior walls of my building are also being washed and painted. This should be done not later than the middle of August.  Everything on the patio has had to be moved in preparation. In  the meantime the patio pavers finally got a good washing. They really needed it as they were not washed last year

I have a guest coming in late August and another one in early September so they will find things looking a lot different. Not only that I will be able to enjoy visiting with them in my decluttered home.

They always say when you really declutter you start experiencing shifts in your life. Right now the shift I am experiencing is more freedom of mind and a growing sense of peace and joy in getting rid of a burden.

It's hard to believe in another few weeks we will definitely be in back to school mode and back to cooler weather and all the things that come with it. I always look forward to the Fall months when I no longer feel the heat of summer.

All the photos were taken in the month of July 2019 on various days except for the last photo which was taken in June ( I haven't had much time for photo taking). They are all taken between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.  I've started to notice these past few days the sun is coming up a bit later. Have you noticed that where you live?

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the last days of summer.  Of course some of you are going through winter season. In that case, I hope it warms up for you soon. I know winter can be quite chilly and rainy in a place like New Zealand.

 Thank you for stopping by to visit.

Joining in with Skywatch Friday.


  1. Interessant ihr Beitrag. Es hat jeder eine andere Methode ,vielleicht nutzlose Dinge zu entsorgen!

  2. Such a good idea to declutter especially as we get older. less stuff makes things easier now and in the future.

  3. Hello, beautiful views of the sky. The last sunrise is gorgeous. We have decluttered when we thought we were moving. Now, if we move we will be ready. Summer is flying by. Enjoy your day, happy weekend!

  4. Amazing sky shots! Good luck with the de-cluttering.

  5. All the photos are beautiful. I need to do some decluttering also. Did some last year but still more!Thank you for stopping by my blog...From The Heart.

  6. We've done a lot of purging over the last two years. It started with the desire to do some remodeling to one of our condos, the one we have in Powell River BC. We bought it new in 2001 and only use it occasionally when we stay in town rather than going up to the cabin. We never put too many things into the condo so going through and eliminating stuff we didn't use was pretty easy, except for my book collection of local authors. I cut it down to about a third. Our new kitchen and bathrooms were a reward. This year we downsized by selling our airplane and it's hangar. That is where we stored all of our extra furniture (old family items) and other "treasures" I didn't want to let go when we moved north from California. We only had a week to clean out the hangar so we first cleaned out our small storage locker at our Washington State condo then moved things like family pictures and a few mementos there. I called a company that came with a trailer and hauled everything else away. It was a very sad day for me but it had to be done. I think of a few of those special items from my growing up years with my parents often, but I guess that is better than letting them sit in a dark hangar unused. I just hope they really did take them to the thrift store so someone else can enjoy them, but I will never know. - Margy

  7. We have just had a go at taking clothes to the special container at the supermarket, but books, I love them all..... Have a great weekend, Diane

  8. Great photos and pretty skies. My house would benefit from a major purge!

  9. Such pretty photos today!
    I have watched the Marie Kondo decluttering show. I should start doing that too. It's far to easy to accumulate stuff!

  10. Books are unbelievable. There are many places I look in the house and there are books. that's why people end up with so many books.

  11. Enjoying your photos. I wanted very much to de-clutter my house but mostly are hubby's things. I like to keep my house simple and spacious but hubby likes to keep things. Have a happy weekend!

  12. We are definitely on the same kick of minimalizing, aren't we? I'm enjoying the results!

  13. Lovely photos ~ panoramic ^_^ ~ Trying to 'purge' too ~ ever so slowly ^_^ step by step !

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Marie Kondo drives me absolutely insane but she does have some good tips. I think she's a little over the top but her folding method is the best and some of her lists really help. It's a book I wanted to throw away but I can't quite make myself yet!

    So, well done, you! Books are hard for me, too, but I've done quite a few bags and probably more to come. I'll be taking some things to charity here at the lake this week. And in the fall when I'm home to stay, back to work at the house. Being flooded actually helped kickstart me but it's a tough road! And gorgeous photos, as always!


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