29 March 2016

De-cluttering

Expired Meds
Hello Boots, get ready for collection.

Sometime at the beginnings of her page Bea has mentioned how important de-cluttering is for her to STAY on track.
And even if she didn't say or suggest it, it was my first thought too.

To start a zero waste life, first, I need to get a hang of this whole mess around me.

I am wasteful. And I need to organise my house much better if I want to embark on this journey, because in my opinion for a working mum - read very busy person with barely any free time to spend - zero waste is not an easy step.

There are times where I opt for fish and chips for dinner (even though when we cook we strive to use fresh and organic ingredients as much as we can), simply because by the time I pick up my daughter from nursery, and my husband from train station, it's already 7pm and way too late to cook anything from scratch. But really? I don't want to do that. I want to be able to quickly dish out some food from leftovers if need be, but at least my own, with ingredients I am sure of and cleanness standards above any fish and chip joint.

But my house is messy; it is disorganized with the lack of structure extremely busy people get when they just don't have the time or will to even think, when evening comes.
Tired. One of the things I can tell about myself almost every single day.

Yet, here I am, spending my Easter break cleaning!

I've started with the biggest offender, which is my pantry. My oh my.
I've found so much food which has gone to waste because it was stuck at the back and forgotten. Also due to the fact that so much of the stuff was in plastic bags, they somehow got into this poetic state of hugging all corners and disappearing from sight. This all had to go.

De-cluttering creates a lot of waste!

There was a whole basket full of stuff when I finally finished. Good that 80% of it was recyclable, as in paper cartons and plastic bags. Some went to my compost box, but there still was a lot which will just go to incinerators or landfill.

But it's the last time from me I hope. At least not in that extent.

The second undertaking of mine was to clear the med-cabinet. As much as we're both very opposed to swallowing multitude of pills and dealing with any minor pain with paracetamol (generic British approach to health issues, strongly encouraged by GPs - go on NHS, prove me wrong, I hope you will!), we still managed to accumulate a lot of old plasters, painkillers (yes we DO use them, only not so much, probably why some expired too), some supplements and several half-empty cough syrup bottles.

BTW. There is a very good cough syrup recipe my mother has taught me, only it needs fresh new year growths of a pine tree, which these days is not so easy to come by. Luckily I have one in my garden. So instead of buying chemical stuff, next year I'm having that made. And possibly replace one of the two ornamental shrubs in my front yard with another pine.

De-cluttering takes an awful amount of time. 

Good that I have taken extra three days off, I will spend them cleaning.

And I hate cleaning. But this time with bigger purpose it feels exhilarating. I'm crazy I know :D

All right, break finished, time to take on my child's toys. Another mound of mostly unused stuff which I could second-hand or reuse.

Suggestion:
If you are lucky to live in an area where they collect kitchen waste, you may still find yourself in the situation I was in quite often. Lack of biodegradable liners.
Nowadays I get them from Amazon.

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