Thursday, 16 May 2019

Down to Basics - Getting into the Mindset

I discovered YouTube in a big way this year, it's inspiring me, making me think and helping to keep me on the straight and narrow ... as well as finding the most amazing little things that have completed my life ...

... yes I watched Bella's mum Hetti's pregnancy develop and saw Bella's actual birth on YouTube after following Life in the Cottage and getting to know Georgina through this medium and on Facebook.

Somethings just come into your life at the right time and for the right reasons ... and little Bella has been one of them.

But how does all this relate to this Challenge you might ask ... well since being motivated to finally get our shit together sort out our stuff and clutter completely I looked around YouTube for others of the same mindset and watched some clips to help keep me on the straight and narrow and to motivate me to continue, and then I found Madeleine Olivia.  First I watched her Minimilism playlist (well some of it) and now after a delivery that arrived yesterday while I was out and has really opened my eyes to packaging, I'm watching her Sustainability series.

This is one of her inspiring clips above, but be aware it can get very addictive watching.  Ten minute clips don't seem like much time to be sat at the computer but when you watch four or five you lose quite a bit of time  ;-)

So now it's time to turn off the computer and get some sorting done ... yes Sue step away from the computer!!

Sue xx


  1. I think one of the biggest things that puts me off decluttering is just how daunting it seems, and where to start? But I guess it'll never get done until we actually start doing it! I suppose it would be best to concentrate on just one room at a time - actually, scratch that, just ONE AREA in one room at a time....a cupboard or chest of drawers or shelf even. Breaking it down into small bits like that might work...

    1. PS Meant to say, little Bella is just so cute. I don't think I'd have wanted to watch our Betty being born, though!

    2. That's exactly how I always start, just tipping out a cluttered little bowl of keys or the ubiquitous junk drawer that we all seem to have, and putting things in their right place or into the bin as a last resort ... although how many times I have looked at one particular bunch of keys and put them straight back into said drawer I cannot bear to admit to. I just know the day after I throw them away I will find a locked box ...

      Georgie edited the birth very well, there were no gory bits :-)

  2. I follow Madeleine and use nay of her recipes, our nearest (and only) no waste shop is well over an hours drive away. Unless I planned a 4 monthly visit it would be counter productive. I do shop around for loose weight items, most fruit and veg and some salad stuff. My local Tesco are used to my cotton bags now and even the deli counter will weigh on their scales and then tip into my container and label it. My nearest greengrocers is pretty much useless and the local market stalls likewise. It is much easier for town dwellers but I do my best, we recycle everything possible and compost everything we can.

    1. It sounds like you are doing so well. I've just bought some lightweight bags to use for loose fruit and vegetables when I'm supermarket shopping here in Wales. But at the Van I shop at the weekly market and put everything straight into my shopping bag, it's SO much better.

      I NEED to do a specific Challenge to help me change over in a more complete and comprehensive way. Madeleine is a good example to follow isn't she ... and they are a lovely young couple.

  3. I am planning to make some reusable produce bags if I can find the right materials at a good price. I also need to make a few more tote bags. Heck I need to remember to bring the darn things with me when I shop.

    I need to check out the Madeline videos. Thanks for sharing.

    God bless.

    1. I had nothing suitable to be able to make bags out of and then I was putting in an order from Lakeland and needed to spend 3p more to qualify for free postage. So I ended up adding these little produce bags to my order. They are brilliant :-)


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