Thursday, 20 January 2022


 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!

 The new vegetable garden beds we made last year just need a soil refresh with compost and nutrients and all will be ready for the cooler season and planting.
They are  higher now, so not much bending for us oldies but still able to enjoy the pleasure of gardening.
We still have long beans growing and we harvest an edible quantity each week, but the heat here is daunting for most of the softer vegetables.

Most mornings I can be found out in the garden, watering, weeding, mulching, propagating and just faffing about and when it gets too hot to be outside I come inside to the much loved air-con.





  1. I wondered what death cleaning was! Now I know. Actually it reminds me of a woman who died in Sydney, her house overflowed with stuff and her family were so overwhelmed and did not know what to do with it all, or even where to start. So one day after church they stood and told the congregation to come over to the mother's house and take whatever they wanted or needed...the rest they'd give to the Salvos.
    Most of the congregation did come over that day, and everyone left with a full boot (including a friend of mine who sent me a parcel of vintage linens from what she got that day)...but the lady owned so much that the house was still full. The Salvos had to bring two trucks and both were filled to the brim. The leftovers went to the tip.
    I've never forgotten this, the burden it left on the lady's family. Maybe that's part of why I declutter every season?
    Those two books of Rhonda's are gold. I'm working through The Simple Home at the moment, for the third time. :-)
    Can't wait for you to retire...yes, I'm selfish. Looking forward to seeing you more often. xxx

  2. Hi Rosie oh your garden looks amazing and I can’t wait to start growing my own veggies too.
    I have both Rhonda’s books and I am looking forward to rereading them too and also to try some of Jenny’s recipes and tips for cleaning around the house.
    Looking forward to catching up soon xx

  3. EEK! I have let house cleaning, and decluttering go for the last few yrs. (I mean deep cleaning. We look ok on the outside!) I am 71 1/2, married to the love of my life, who is 73, and just dx'd with aggressive prostate cancer. I guess vacation is over, and I truly need to start deep cleaning, and decluttering again. Wouldn't want to leave our packed house for anyone else to clean or deal with! Thanks for the reminder!

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