A Spot Of Pre-Holiday Organising

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.



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    September 11, 2017

    I love decluttering our home and do so a few times a year. I think its a good idea doing so before u go away so u don’t return to clutter and feel stressed.

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    September 11, 2017

    I agree. Decluttering can be hard work but the feeling that you get once it is done is immense.

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    Kate Williams

    September 12, 2017

    Oh I love the idea of a pre-holiday de-clutter! I am the opposite you you I think as I love to get rid of as much stuff as possible (may have cheered getting rid of the potty?!) but it can be hard with the bigger items – I’ve currently got a wardrobe I need to smash so I can get it to the tip!

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    September 12, 2017

    De-cluttering always makes me feel better – and what perfect timing before a family holiday! You’ll feel much better getting back to a de-cluttered house 🙂

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    September 12, 2017

    I think Autumn is a great time to de-clutter and have a general clean up.

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    September 12, 2017

    I tend to do a big declutter twice a year, spring and autumn and can vouch for how good decluttering is for the soul. We aren’t really clutter bugs in my home, because my OH and I are always chucking things on the regular, but it feels so good to have a big clear out.

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    September 13, 2017

    Gosh aren’t you organized! When we went to Spain earlier this year I literally packed the suitcases that morning, lol! 😀

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    Olivia Thristan

    September 13, 2017

    I am forever hoarding things, I seem to get an emotional attachment to everything. I need to do a huge declutter it’s just finding the willpower! 🙁

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    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN

    September 13, 2017

    Ah – decluttering! There is no better feeling than being on top of your life and actually being able to see your things. I am planning a MAJOR declutter soon as I have just moved in with my fella and we have SO much stuff. Enjoy Disney!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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    Leigh Travers

    September 13, 2017

    Decluttering is so therapeutic, but I’m just such a hoarder that I never really do a good job – whoops! Have a great holiday! x