We moved house three months and nine days ago and we’re still throwing stuff out.

STILL! We threw out a metric tonne before we moved and again when we started unpacking here. And still, there’s moar.

Tonight I threw out a box of useless junk including:

  • Rusty box grater¹
  • Broken purple suit covers
  • Unread Notebook: magazines
  • Destroyed cat toys
  • Photo frames without glass or those metal bits to hold your photo IN the frame
  • Smelly candles that don’t actually smell
  • Christmas wrapping remnants

A fancy potato masher was rescued at the last minute because apparently I wasn’t supposed to put that in the rubbish bag. Close one. (Sorry, hun)

I’ve got a bundle of clothes to donate to Vinnies and I’m trying to find good homes for unwanted/outdated monitors (4:3 hahahahahaha retro) pizza paddles and other random stuff.

But we are still surrounded by STUFF:

Believe it or not, the pic on the left is the new and improved and one-step-closer-to-being-decluttered side of our study. The other pic is the atrocity next to our dining table. We tell ourselves that unpacking those final boxes will mean the cats will run out of high places to sit and stare at us while we watch TV. Then they will just claw us to death in our sleep instead.

So even though I’m being all chillax of late and not caring that I’m behind on emails, freelance work, blogging, whatever else… tonight I had to get rid of someTHING. At least one box of crap.

Achievement: unlocked. No more non-smelly candles or discontinued magazine titles, thankyouverymuch.

To celebrate, I’m doing a half-dance to this:

¹ Not a euphemism

By Rah Gardiner


  1. Fiona   •  

    ugh I own so much stuff and currently live in a shoebox of a room. In a two bedroom flat. With Rish. And the girl who owns the flat.

    • rah   •     Author

      so, it’s “intimate” at best, yeah? ;)

  2. Kat   •  

    We threw so much out when we moved house. I also packed a few boxes to go to a carboot sale but we haven’t had a chance yet. I used to love Notebook: magazine. Whatever happened to that?

    • rah   •     Author

      Notebook folded maybe 18 months ago? Such a shame, cause I started to get right into it!

  3. Sooz   •  

    Near me we have a computer recycling depot. It is run by volunteers and you can donate all kinds of stuff from entire computers to monitors or mice and keyboards. The volunteers rebuild these computers and they are given to disabled people (the people who get them do have to meet certain criteria). They also sell the copper out of the computers and end up making a profit which they turn around and donate to another charity. I know you aren’t in Melbourne but it might be worth doing some research to see if you have anything similar.

    • rah   •     Author

      You’re a genius! I’ll investigate!

  4. Natalie (XLasLife)   •  

    It’s been about 9 months since I moved and I’m still trying to sort stuff out. Mind you, it’s probably a little crazier as I’m going from having a house to a room, but I totally understand what you mean. Hope you get it all sorted soon & figure out a way for some high seating for the kitties!

    • rah   •     Author

      I’ve become very good at staring at the boxes and willing them to unpack themselves, Mary Poppins-style :)

  5. Elizabeth   •  

    Your footnote was amazing. And frankly, I think it’s completely irresponsible of your commenters to have not mentioned this yet.

    THANK GOD FOR ME, right?

    • rah   •     Author


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