I decided that today we'd start on the big declutter, it won't get done unless we start. We can't really go anywhere at present, and the weather forecast isn't great for the next few days, so we might as well. Fortunately, the council tip is open this lockdown, so we can get rid of rubbish. It's a pity that charity shops aren't, we haven't really got space to store loads of unwanted stuff. I will ask on the local social media pages for surrounding villages if anyone wants the stuff, it can be left outside for people to collect at an arranged time. Unfortunately, due to living in this very rural area, as mentioned before, we don't have any passing traffic.
I think the best way to go about the declutter is doing one room, or even a section of a room, at a time. So this morning we made a start in the dining room....husband is on board with this and has been very helpful.
I'm being ruthless and disposing of everything we haven't used in ages, or am not keen on, or we have duplicates of. Such as surplus crockery, of which I have loads. I've been collecting blue and white Willow pattern crockery for years, I have a large assortment of it, it doesn't all match (not that it matters a jot to me, it's all blue and white with a similar design!) but I really don't need half of it. E.g., I once bought a stack of 15(!!) tea plates at a car boot sale for about £3...not that I needed them as I already had about 6 or 7, it was just such a bargain though and some always get chipped so it's useful to have a couple of spares. Not 15 though, I don't run a tea room! 😂. I also don't need the half a dozen assorted large cake/sandwich plates (again no tea room here 😒). Ditto the 10 or so cups and saucers - we literally never use them, we always use mugs (and have loads of them in different sizes and designs, some pretty porcelain, some for builder's tea).
I'm also chucking a lot of the vast amount of random plastic food boxes I've acquired over the years....we really don't need that many. I also found a cardboard box containing 2 old complete sets of cutlery, some of which was discoloured and rusty, so obviously that's going too. As will some of the glassware - what's the point of keeping, say, 3 wine glasses left remaining from a set of 6? Or sherry glasses? I don't think I've ever drunk sherry, and we don't have any maiden aunts 😂.
We've already filled 2 large plastic boxes and a couple of rubbish sacks. Stopped for a break and lunch.
All my strange aches and pains have gone, so I think the anaesthetic is out of my system now. However, my pee has become a bit pink again since last night and it's still stinging a bit, so I suppose it's possible I may be getting a UTI, the hospital did warn it might happen. If it's not gone over the next day or 2 I'll get husband to take a wee sample to the GP, he's got to go for a routine appointment on Wednesday morning anyway.