Life begins at 60?
Since I retired I have become a writer, flower arranger,judge for Yorkshire in Bloom assisted in and presented on a local radio station, volunteer on an allotment for adults with disabilities and help to run a social enterprise with profits going to mental health charities etc etc
I live in West Yorkshire and spend much of the summer at the Yorkshire coast.
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Over the years I have had a bash at this without
much success.I’m not the hoarder
portrayed in those television programmes, more that I have a “just in case”
Recently, however, I’m having a really
good go at it and realise that you have to feel ready to succeed, no matter
what all the self help articles say.
Since retiring I have reconfigured my
wardrobe, pruned my total number of clothes and thought carefully before
purchasing new pieces.Now I can see at
a glance what I have in the wardrobe, I wash and wear throughout the season and
no one has ever remarked on how often I have worn a certain item.Some of the clothes were not “quite right” on
me or perhaps the life style I aspired to and they had to go to the charity shop
and maybe they suit someone else better.I haven’t been able to cull my collection of scarves and handbags yet.
At my age, I have accepted that there are
some skills I will never master and some pending projects which will never come
to fruition so that paraphernalia had to go.Also I remember the heartbreak and guilt I went through when the stuff
from decades from four children and nine grandchildren had to be cleared from our
parents’ house.I don’t want to leave
that task to my children.Also we found wedding presents which my
parents never used and cutlery and crockery saved for special occasions.I now don’t keep things for “best”.
One of the best decluttering tips I have picked
up is from Marie Kondo, who advises that, rather than go cupboard by cupboard,
go category by category.For example I
have/had categories such as toiletries, gardening stuff and stationery in more
than one location.Gathered together to
declutter, I could see that I had many duplicates and items about which I had forgotten.