Monday, 31 March 2014

Learning to downsize

We have had a wet weekend. Great for the garden but not for gardening, so I used the opportunity to start sorting out cupboards in our spare bedrooms. Our future house will be smaller than this one with much less storage space.

I wouldn't consider myself a hoarder but there are certain things I have kept for years which I really don't need. ....errr.... That may be the definition of hoarding - but only certain things like -
Books - I read long ago and will never read again, and books I have owned for years and never got around to reading.
Photographs - of people I don't recognise and places I'm not sure I've been. Perhaps that's just my memory failing me.
Art & craft supplies - purchased for projects I never found the time to even start, but might someday.
Clothes - I used to enjoy wearing when I was a couple of sizes smaller and (just in case I lose weight) are neatly stored in plastic crates.

By the end of the weekend I had a full garbage bin, a couple of boxes which will be put out for sale at a garage sale, some items to give away to family, friends or charity (not too difficult) but there was also  a couple of boxes of "think about things" - these will take me longer to decide if I want to keep them or not. Despite what I've read extolling the virtues of de-cluttering your life I've come to the conclusion there's no point of getting rid of possessions just for the sake of it. It's more a matter of prioritising.
Anyway, that's the spare bedrooms sorted. Next - the linen cupboards and kitchen. Lucky I have a few months. This will take much longer than one wet weekend.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Decisions, decisions

We've been very busy lately with simultaneously working in Missy's garden and getting ready to start the new house.
There are so many decisions to be made.
A screen of some type will be needed  along the back fence line - a hedge maybe. It will be 18 metres long so can't be too expensive.  As well as providing privacy it will need to be easy to look after and attractive. There are quite a few plants that would serve the purpose.

In Missy's garden, we chose hibiscus for a screen along the back of our pool and have been pleased with the result. They grew quickly, always look thick and lush with the added bonus of flowers. A prune once a year is the only maintenance required. They would have to be a major contender for the new hedge. I've started some cuttings.

 Lady palms also grow quite quickly and could be used as a screening plant. They require a fair bit of water to stay looking good but, apart from that, no real maintenance.

I've potted up a few but will need a dozen more to go right across the fence line. Even if we don't use them as a screen, I'm sure we'll find a spot for them somewhere in the garden.

There would be lots of other plants that would work just as well.
We want to keep the tropical look.
 Any suggestions?

I've been dividing bromeliads and storing them wherever I can find a semi-shady spot.

The trailer is getting a workout with trips to the dump. Garden waste that John would have chopped up and composted is being taken to the green-waste area of the tip.

We checked out the progress with our block of land - just a lot of machinery with dirt being moved around so far.

We've also been to visit the builder's  design centre to start picking what will go in the new house. These are the plumbing fittings. There is a SO much to have to choose and coordinate. 
There is a wall filled with tiles, another with roofing materials and light switches and handles and laminex and paint and garage doors.

Making all these decisions is a strange mix of enjoyment and stress.


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