Shoeboxes: Our Time of Gifts week 26

Shoeboxes: Our Time of Gifts week 26

The first week of 2014, and the inside of my head felt grimy.

Our recycling bin was overflowing with empties. Stale memories of roast duck and mince pies lingered in the kitchen air. And, at the back of an upstairs cupboard, heaps of paperwork – two years’ worth – lay scatty, heaped and reproachful.

The house had a hangover. It was time to declutter and organise.

So, this week saw me spending many hours tidying and throwing away. Filing memories – and tax bills – into shoeboxes.

It gave me a headache. Or perhaps that was just withdrawal from all the Christmas booze and fatty food.

But now, the sun is shining, escaped parakeets are chirruping in our local park, and we have a (relatively) well-organised house. My head is clear.

There wasn’t a great deal of time to think of creative ways to give away our stuff this week. But I did manage to fill a small bag with toys purged from our son Austin’s collection of vehicles.

I decided a full Ikea-basket’s worth of cars, trains and trucks was more than enough to keep him and Gwen occupied. So, the lesser-used vehicles were taken to the local charity shop.

I also managed to gather together a bag of unwanted clothes, which I’ll be giving away and writing about next week.

Catch you in a few days’ time.

This post is part of Our Time of Gifts, my year-long adventure in sharing. Each week, I’ll loan or giving something away, then see what the universe brings to my doorstep.

Click here to find out more about Our Time of Gifts.


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  1. January 11, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    I’ve had a sort of toys that my boy doesn’t need any more (or that he got new versions of at Christmas) and they’ve been donated. Clothes have also gone and I’m now working on the larger items – a TV cabinet.
    Oh I always feel better for having a good old sort through and declutter 🙂

  2. Eileen Teo
    January 11, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    Love this idea! De clutter and give them away. Good karma!

  3. January 11, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    Well done! I’m impressed you’ve still managed to keep going for so long without major tantrums!

    • Nell Heshram
      January 11, 2014 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks – that’s only because we remove the children’s things at dead of night!

  4. fritha strickland
    January 11, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    love this idea! x

  5. SJ Begonja
    January 11, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    You have less stuff, and now someone will have the stuff they need. WIN-WIN. Good on you.

  6. Hellies Corner
    January 11, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    Well done, I need to do that.

  7. January 11, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    Well done for doing this – must have felt brilliant too. Good luck with the host move, hopefully it will be painless!

  8. Aly
    January 11, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    Yep, me too! It pains me but I gave away some cookbooks this week.I am bereft 🙁 The kids clothes need a good sort through next.

  9. Emmysmummy
    January 11, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Well done. I’ve bwen decluttering too. It feels good

  10. January 11, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    A good bit of life admin is always good for the soul. My theory is because this whole parenting thing is such guesswork (as least I feel like it) & you don’t know if it’s ‘worked’ for years yet, that the sorting is something nice & physical that you can see ticked off. And I am beyond impressed that you’re slipped this in amid what must surely be the collosal feat of moving to self-hosting!! Kudos.

  11. January 11, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    We have been having a huge clear out since Christmas too! It’s hard work but definitely worth the effort isn’t it?! Well done!

  12. January 11, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    I so need to declutter but just never seem to have the time. I need to take a few months off work to do it properly!!

  13. Fozia S
    January 11, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    I have started decluttering!! Feels so good once done x

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