With our family holiday getting ever closer, we’ve been on a bit of a mission to get as organised as possible before we go.
The cases are packed and supplies are bought. From sun cream to new hats, from lovely new luggage to toys to entertain the children on the plane, we are starting to feel like this is a holiday that may actually happen.
But it’s not just the things for the holiday itself that I’ve been trying to get sorted.
After all, I’m well aware that after spending two weeks with Mickey Mouse none of us will be keen to come home. As much as I love the comfort of home there is something about the magic of Disney that means saying goodbye is never easy.
So instead of spring cleaning, I’ve been late summer cleaning.
Getting rid of the clutter which has gradually been taking over since Number Two was born and turning our house into somewhere that hopefully we will all want to return home to.
I’ve sorted through his tiny baby clothes (shedding more than a few tears in the process), and popped them on to eBay. Hopefully now I may actually be able to find the clothes that fit him in his wardrobe once we return home.
I am, the Other Half will tell you definitely a hoarder of anything remotely sentimental.
Yet that sits alongside the fact that I actually hate being surrounded by things that don’t have a proper place. So I know that however hard getting rid of things is, I’ll definitely feel better once it’s done.
Today’s mission is the toys, from the Jumperoo (now long outgrown), to the baby toys that were first Number One’s and then Number Two’s. It’s time to get rid of the old to make room for the new. I’m looking forward to passing them on to friends who have little ones, knowing that once again they will be loved. After all, I’m sure there will be more than a few new toys returning home with us from our trip.
And it’s not just Number Two’s things that have been in the firing line, we’ve finally got round to booking a man with a van to help us take our old bedroom furniture to the family members we’d promised them to. Meaning that once we return home we’ll be able to enjoy spending time in our lovely new room, without the clutter of the old furniture propped up in one side of the room.
Number One has got in on the act too, getting rid of her own school uniform and clothes that she has grown out of.
In the spirit of pre-holiday excitement decluttering has definitely become a family affair.
We’re all more than a little excited about what will be our first real family holiday together.
But slowly as I make our house into the home I want it to be, I’m also looking forward to coming home again afterwards.
There is definitely something about decluttering that’s good for the soul.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Shiply, who are able to help with all of your moving needs. From delivering eBay items, to full house moves. As always however all thoughts and opinions expressed within the post are my own.