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January De-cluttering and No/Low Spend Challenge…

I am following the January De-cluttering and No/Low Spend Challenge led by Carla at My Half Dozen Daily.

Week 3

The De-cluttering

As part of the general de-cluttering going on here rather than do an actual closet for my challenge this week I decided I needed to go through all my Christmas decorations before I packed them away in the loft and weedle out anything that I really didn’t want / like / have room for. (Hope this counts as a closet Carla!)

I have accumulated a lot of beautiful real glass vintage baubles which belonged to my grandma and a few more retro ones from my mum.   I use different ones each year and I will always keep them as part of my treasured family heirlooms.   I also find myself the keeper of the ‘Santa’ hats for the whole family – the ones we wear when we have our big get together each year and we must have about 20 or more assorted styles now, some flashing, some musical and some not even Santa!

The garland that decorates the stair case comes in two halves and each takes up a whole bankers box.

All the Christmas decorations have been sorted and packed away and everything I have kept I know that I truly love and wouldn’t part with – the baubles are now wrapped in tissue and nestling in their own little compartments to keep them safe for another year…


the stockings lay empty once again and waiting to be wrapped in tissue and placed in the box with the Santa hats…


and at last everything is together, like with like in labelled boxes and then like a puzzle out of the Krypton Factor I pack these to fit as snugly and economically as possible into three larger bankers boxes…

Christmas Decor

as I am already up to six boxes!  I don’t need anymore.

Stack of boxes

They are spending the next eleven months stored away in the loft again and I am glad that mammoth task is over… my secret helper… a few Christmas chocolate treats on the side makes the job easier to tackle!

Chocolate helpers

The Financial Challenge

On the Financial side the challenge was to ‘Give’ and although it wasn’t this week exactly I am hoping Carla will let me use this as part of the January challenge it just took place a week earlier.

Each morning on my way to work from the car park I would walk past a young guy who would sit under the subway in the freezing cold and say hi to the passers by hoping for a little change, and each morning I would oblige with 50p or £1.  On my first day back at work after Christmas he was sitting there as usual but with a big grin on his face and so excited to tell me his news that he had been found a flat by an organisation that help the homeless and round his neck was the key.  He was even more excited because it had a kitchen and bathroom.  He expressed his gratitude for the help I had provided over the past few months and in a funny way we were both sad that he would not be sitting there in the future.  As a flat warming present I handed him a £5, it was all I had on me at the time, and I sincerely wished him well as we said our final goodbye’s.  Like Bernard  he came into my life and then went again so quickly – my mornings are quite lonely now without them both.

How did your week go?