Friday, July 1, 2022

Finished at Jane's!!!

We are finished at Jane's house! Husband worked longer days this week, took a couple of hours holiday and came over with us and helped finish up. It feels so strange to be done. I imagine next week will be weird when I don't have to go over there. I hope to be able to work on decluttering my own neglected home. It's been a long time coming, a lot of hours and hard work. I take my hat off to people who do this for a living, though I suppose you aren't emotionally attached to the person it makes things a little easier. The things in someone's house are just so personal to them and you don't want to just seemingly throw their life away. Jane lived such a full life and experienced so many things. Along the way she collected a lot of things that reminded her of these times. They meant a lot to her, but some of those things weren't memories to us. It's just a difficult thing to do. 

I didn't take a lot of photos of the house as it was (I didn't want Jane just to be thought of as her hoard) and several have been lost due to my phone being broken, but I found this one of the living room before we started and after

This was one of the tidier rooms.  I think that second photo is my 182/365 Things That Make Me Smile. 

I did go for a walk this morning and took a couple of photos of other things that made me smile. It wasn't until we were done at Jane's that I knew the one above had to be used. 

I think this is a Cornflower. Such a lovely beautiful colour - the phone photo doesn't do it justice - it's one of my favourite wildflowers in the field where I walk. 

I think this is a moth of some kind. I need to look it up!

Hope everyone has a good weekend!


  1. Oh, WELL DONE. That was a mega task and I know exactly what you mean about it being so difficult. Things can't just be measured in terms of monetary value, can they?

    And - breathe . . . . .

  2. I bet that's a weight off you shoulders now that it's all finished and you can have your own life back again. I'm gradually getting rid of clutter and stash that I don't use so that Alexander and Beckah don't have to worry about it when we are no longer around.

  3. That's brilliant news. A huge "well done" to all of you, I know it's not easy clearing out someone else's possessions. Great timing too, as now you can enjoy your holiday knowing that you don't need to continue with it once you get home.

  4. I think that may be a chicory blossom. I love that color as it is so unusual for a wildflower and it always takes me by surprise when I see it along the roadside.

  5. I think that may be a chicory blossom. I love that color, as it is so unusual for a wildflower and it always is a nice surprise to see it along the side of the road.

  6. Good job. You are right about the emotional attachment! It is easier for me to sell other's stuff than my own. I hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Well done at getting to the end of the clearing. In time for you to have some days off before your trip over here.

  8. I'm sure both you and your MIL are relieved that Jane's house is now done! What a difficult project that must have been, both in terms of the amount of work and the emotional nature of it. Give yourself a nice break and start on your own decluttering when you return from England. The blue flower looks a lot like chicory to me, but, it is also called cornflower, so you are right. :)

  9. I hope that you don't mind me suggesting that you make sure you put a tiny bit of time aside just for you. Without Jane's house, you may feel a little off balance and what with everything else, perhaps you can find your footing.


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