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Today was a day with a mission. I’m off to America soon and I have been feeling haunted by the chaos in the attic up above the garage at our family home.

It’s about to go on the market and, apart from the fact that the mess up there isn’t exactly an edifying site for propespective buyers, if the house sells whilst I am away, my poor mother will have to deal as house movers won’t clear attics. Even ones with external proper staircases. Something to do with ‘ealth and safety. Apparently.

As I store some of my household junk up there, I felt it behoved me to sort out the entire space for my mama. But goodness it’s taken HOURS. No, DAYS. Because I had a damn good crack at it over a few weeks back in March and it still looked like a bombsite last week.

It has felt like an archaeological dig up there. In the spring I dealt with all the bric a brac, my clothes archive and the boxes of random junk we hurled up there when various grandparental houses were cleared. That was the interesting stuff. (Like this & this.)

Today I’ve run up and down the moss-covered, ankle-breaking stairs in rain and hail a gazillion times with armfuls of newspapers, old school exercise books, books for charity and boxes of paperwork from the 1960s to the present day. We are clearly a family of paper-obsessed, record-keeping squirrels.

Mainly I’ve been hurling crap into the hired skip (dumpster) with abandon, whilst mama has attacked the garages below. It’s been good exercise and very satisying, but mind-numbingly dull and finger-numbingly cold.

This was about three hours in:
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By around five hours in I had managed to clear a path to the back window, but fear I have at least another hour to go to make it look more like controlled storage and less like the local dump.

I’m just glad no one saw me in my special attic-clearing getup, scavanged from the bootroom. I was wearing a sheepskin flying bonnet strapped under my chin, an ancient fleece, and rubber halfboots decorated with Jack Russell terriers.

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OMG good luck with that.

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I think you did a fab job and made great strides in clearing out the mess! Pat yourself on the back and have a nice relaxing bath and a cuppa to give yourself a break for work well done! My house is in serious need of organization, when we moved here a little over 10 years ago my daughter was just an infant and into everything so it took me ages to unpack. Then we never figured out what sort of organising furniture, etc we really needed (and still do) to get this place into shape. Factor in that we’re book and clothing hoarders and you’ve got one giant mess of a massive, yet beautiful old house. One of these days…. Gotta get moving on that ebaying and craisglist. At least we’ve been great at dropping off to the charity shops, library, every week, and I just love Paper Back Swap for getting rid of those tomes you know others would really enjoy! I bet you keep fonduing little treasures as you clear out the mess too!
XXX
Suzanne

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Um “finding” not “fonduing”. Can you tell where my train of thought is right now? (;
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S.

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Oh reading that is reminding me that I have to so much packing and sorting for my move to France!!! Your loft clearing attire sounds lovely, can’t imagine why you did’nt do an outfit post!! e xx

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Like the sound of the hat very much indeed actually – shurely a sheepskin bonnet with a red lip is decidedly fashion forward? Fxxx

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I do love a good clear out. Why not have a “yard sale” or e-bay some of it?

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Crikey, that is ALOT of stuff. I have to say though, I would love to get in there amongst it – there is really nothing so satisfying as a good clear out. It matters not whether it is my own or someone elses junk, I just love the feeling of getting it all sorted out. Same goes for putting books in order on shelves, it is my inner librarian.

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oh it was sooooooooooo satisfying! LLGxx

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You’re coming back soon? Hurray! Din-dins!

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Yes, and yes! LLGxx

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Its amazing how much we can collect, isn’t it?! 😉 You’re a doll for helping out your mom. I also love sorting and organizing, so this project has a level of appeal for me! Best to you and your mom!

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Thanks sweetheart! ANd yes, there’s nothing more rewarding than a gd clearout! LLGxx

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