Although I am not quite retired (just doing a few casual shifts now in the wind down) I am finding it difficult to settle into a new routine at home.
I like having structure to my days and although I don't mind spur of the moment things I do LOVE routine! I think this comes from being a nurse when routine and time management are crucial to providing the best patient care you can.
I am busy making my to do list that stretches off into the years, some I will definitely get done and some maybe never!
There are plenty of things to do, some are bigger such as the re-organizing the craft room and some are just simple things that will be ongoing like cleaning out various cupboards.
A type of Death Cleaning!!
WHAT! You say.......
The practice arises from Swedish author Margareta Magnusson in her book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter. She explains the notion of döstädning, which translates to “death cleaning.” The idea is to de-clutter your life before you die to release the burden from the loved ones you leave behind.
While this sounds great, it's also a practical way to de-clutter your home and life.
There are lots of books on the market today to help give ideas and offer advice and encouragement on how to live simply but well.
I have had these for a while and never really read them cover to cover so these are what I'm reading at the moment.
Rhonda encourages readers to find the pleasure and meaning in a simpler life, sharing all the practical information she has gathered on her journey, whether it be to learn how to grow vegetables, bake bread, make soap and preserve fruit, or just be inspired to slow down and live more sustainably.
Of course living in a different climate to me ( although she is in the same state) it's not possible to stick her format month wise and I'm not really one for doing that either so I'll use the books for inspiration and ideas.
There are many things to do in our garden and bigger outside jobs will get relegated to the cooler months were one can work the day away and not raise a sweat!