More house stuff

I’ve been decluttering again today. Three large storage boxes of empty punch boards from boardgames (i.e. the cardboard sheets you punch the tokens out of). I’ve been keeping them for years because I’ve not been ready to let anything like that go. I’m getting better, slowly.

Doing a bit of a living room revamp this weekend – changing the TV setup and adapting some furniture. We’ll see how it works out but I’m looking forward to the results.

Turning into a ‘house stuff’ week

I’m rearranging furniture and organising things in the house again, and generally feeling a bit frustrated by the clutter. I’ve got rid of a lot via charity bags recently, but there’s still a long way to go!

I’ve worked through a lot of hoarding (and related) issues recently and am finding it a bit easier to let go of things, but it’s still quite a tough process. However, I’m determined to have a house that’s not 90% full of stuff I never use. Getting it to look nice is the step after that!

New week

Doing much better today and have been productive. Working most of the day and then sorting out some donation bags for this week’s charity uplift. I’m having a fairly successful time of it with my de-hoarding at the moment – it’s an emotional process but I am getting rid of a lot! Since autumn began there seems to be a charity bag through the door once a week at the moment, which is great, and I’m putting four or five bags out every week for collection. It’s so much easier than taking it all to a charity shop myself, which is the most procrastinate-able task in the world (I’ve personally been procrastinating said task for about 20 years, which is partly where the problem lies).

No social run for me tonight as I’m still not feeling 100%, but I do feel much, much better and am looking forward to having a normal running weekend again from Friday (and, in the meantime, getting back to my focused strength training sessions).

Being more comfortable

House projects are going well at the moment. I am mostly reorganising things (got some new crates on the way from Amazon later this week – super exciting I know!). Decluttering is an ongoing process and my hoarding tendencies make it hard. I’m planning to make a bit of a ‘station’ for it in the next few days so that it doesn’t take over the house.

I’m getting some good gaming time in this week as well. There have been a lot of times this year when I’ve been so busy with TechUP or my game projects or other things that I just haven’t scheduled enough time into the day to switch my brain off properly. I’m trying to make that a priority for the rest of the year.

Reclaiming bits of house

I took back a bit of the garage today – the bit that was full of empty cardboard boxes being kept in case I needed them. I don’t need them – I’m not moving house any time soon – and there’s no point in them taking up space, even when it’s a ‘good box’. There will always be more coming into the house as that is the way of things, and so there’ll always be one or two around if I do need them for postal packaging etc.

Recycling bin will be nice and full for the next couple of months!

In-house bumbling

Other than a very early morning run I am not braving the heat outside for the next few days. I have started doing ‘house stuff’ again now that the months-long fog of game-making has lifted for a few weeks. I have many tens of boxes in the garage that need ‘sorting out’ and today I tackled the first of them. ‘Sorting out’ is a difficult job with my hoarding tendencies so it’s a slow process, but I do dream of having a non-crammed house some day.

I have also just prepped a ton of salad for the next few days. It’s normally not my favourite but it’s lovely in the hot weather.

Dig complete

I carried on digging all weekend, and today I’m finally done… for this year anyway!

The hoard of stuff in the study and dressing room has all gone. Some of it went out / into recycling, some of it found a tidier home elsewhere in the house, and some of it got boxed up and put in the garage ready to be sorted out at a later date. I’m so much happier now I have those two upstairs rooms back (as well as more space in the bedroom, as I de-hoarded in there as well). I’ve given the now-tidy upstairs a good hoover and put some Christmas decorations up, but the whole place could also do with a good deep clean in the near future. Still, I’m really happy that this particular part of the project is done!

I also got an outdoor run done this morning for the first time in a few days. I’d been sticking to the treadmill over the weekend because I really didn’t feel like going out in the cold, but this morning I wrapped up a bit warmer and braved the roads again. I felt a lot better for some fresh air! We also had a good walk around the supermarket this afternoon and got some Christmas shopping done.

Other than a slight bit of tidying in the living room, I’ll be taking a long-deserved break from the house project tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting on with my new Adventuron game instead!

Tidy study
It was also nice to get my upstairs tree decorated. This one looks really nice from the street!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Tinie Tempah and Labrinth – ‘Pass Out’
Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin – ‘I Like It’

All dug through!

Another treadmill mile (treadmile?) this morning, and then another day of de-hoarding. I’ve very nearly sorted through all the stuff upstairs now – I just need to sort out my magazine collection (I have eight Ikea Kallax boxes I can fill and that’s the limit – I’m going to need to cull some of them) and my dressing table, and then I can start moving the storage boxes into the garage. There are a few areas downstairs I need to sort through as well, but they can wait.

Hopefully by the time I update again on Monday I will have everything finished!

Hard Rock Café collection
I was quite surprised that my Hard Rock Café collection fitted neatly into one box, given that I’ve been collecting since 1998.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – ‘Vertigo (Do The Demolition)’
The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’

I keep digging!

After a mile and a bit inside on the treadmill this morning, and a bit of day job work, I returned to the de-hoarding project for the rest of the day. It’s a tough job as there are boxes I’ve literally not looked inside for twenty-five years, and thousands of things that need organising, even with the amount of stuff I’m getting rid of.

I feel like I’ll be able to get everything finished tomorrow, but then I also felt that yesterday, so we’ll have to see! I’m sure it’ll all be done by the end of the weekend though.

Christmas greenery
I never know where to put this awkward bit of Christmas greenery but it looks quite nice on the hearth this year.

Today’s earworm playlist: – ‘Bang Bang’
Katy Perry and Kanye West – ‘ET’
The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
Timbaland and Katy Perry – ‘If We Ever Meet Again’
Alannah Myles – ‘Black Velvet’

Touching distance

Following my usual mile run in the morning, I did another full afternoon of de-hoarding. I’ll be doing the same tomorrow and can see light at the end of the tunnel now. I’m hoping that I can get the project finished tomorrow, but if not, it should be done by Friday at least. I’m really looking forward to the end result.

A bit too tired to do anything else, so I’ll just be reading tonight I think!

Boxes of stuff
Just a few of the boxes that will be going in the garage ready for the next stage.

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
Steps – ‘One For Sorrow’
Steve Winwood – ‘Valerie’ – ‘Bang Bang’