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Friday, 26 October 2012

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It is a dull, dark day here, just as if I am wearing sunglasses indoors.  In need of warmth and not wanting to put the central heating on, I have indulged in a large bowl of porridge with honey.  Absolutely yum but doesn't make for a good blog visual. 

Inspired by Thriftwood's recent post on her housework regime I have taken a new approach to maintaining a tidy home, which I describe as 'take it with you'.  I have read about similar approaches to keep your house tidy on the basis of tiny steps, straightening a cushion before you leave the room, putting things back in the cupboard immediately after use, hanging clothes up as you take them off.  Well I can tell you it is working a treat in keeping the clutter at bay, but as you may realise I am not your modern minimalist but a tidy vantage point with only what you need on display works for me.

My general housework regime is deal with it when it becomes noticeable, like this morning chatting to the builder and noticing the fine layer of dust atop the bathroom door.  So whilst I had my trusty Dyson in hand I thought I would share a view of my 'newly' dusted bedside cabinet with only the essentials on display and to hand for use. 

I think my approach is very much captured in the following little ditty;

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture, or write a letter, bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want & need.
Dust if you must, but there is not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read, friends to cherish & life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
this day will not come round again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
old age will come & it's not kind.
And when you go,
and go you must,
you, yourself, will
make more dust!
Anon

Happy living!
Welcome to Annie at Moving On, Anne at Marmalade and Catmint, Lazy Daisy Jones and Heidi at HH Photography.

23 comments:

  1. I think you've done a grand job and it looks so pretty. Tidying up as you go makes you feel more in control on a daily basis, I think. Untidiness is visible but I don't think many people notice a bit of dust. As you say Happy Living! xo

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    1. Yes I agree it does make you feel more in control of your environment and less stressed as a result.

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  2. Aw thanks for the link, and glad I've inspired you! I totally agree that it's better to tidy as you go and keep on top of things before it gets unbearable. Your bedside table looks lovely, love the radio and the wallpaper is fabulous! The poem is very apt ... There's always something better to do than dust ....

    Have a Fabulous Friday

    Love, Claire xxx

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    1. Thanks Claire. I am adept at avoidance especially when there are fun things to do.

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  3. Just wait I need on the wet and dull day, a lovely reminder xxx

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  4. HeHe!
    We have the same Roberts radio in pink.(love it)
    also love your wallpaper..
    I have had a clean up today, it is a shame days off should just be for lunching with pals!
    The poem is ever so true.
    Happy Friday to you!
    love Maria x

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    1. Thank goodness I just noticed the spelling mistake, oops! Nice to hear we have the same taste in radios. I waited a long time for mine and bought pink because it was the cheapest but it is used every day and well worth the wait.

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  5. I love your radio - I've been looking for one in a light blue colour but I've got to say the pink is brill! Loved the little ditty too xxx

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    1. My friend has the light blue, it is lovely. I would also have chosen blue but for the fact by shopping around I found the pink one to be the cheapest.

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  6. Great poem! Love your radio too! Ada :)

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    1. Thanks Ada, hope things are good with you.

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  7. I love your thinking! Not sure how good at it I'd be though!

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  8. What a brilliant poem! And how true it is. The older I get the more I realise that life is for living not stressing too much about housework!

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  9. I just found your lovely blog. I love the little ditty and I have to say that is exactly how I feel about dusting. Anyway, I am your newest follower no and will stop by again, soon.
    Have a great Sunday. Greetings from Indiana, Heidi

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  10. I think the poem is brilliant and just about sums up my philosophy - there is always something to do that is even more interesting than dusting...even if it's only surfing the internet!!!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog - the cake was lovely (maybe a little dry?) and even better with a thick topping of caramel sauce and toasted coconut! I think it would work well with custard as a dessert.

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  11. Just popped over from the comment you kindly left on my blog - and am so glad to discover a kindred spirit here! What a fantastic poem - if I'd had a poetic bone in my body, I could have written it myself!
    You also inspired a little snigger at your phrase - 'Absolute yum doesn't make for a good blog visual' - I've often made myself a bowl of my favourite porridge - cooked with chopped apple and cinnamon - and thought exactly the same!
    Will be following.
    Axxx

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  12. Dust if you must.....my kind of thinking! x

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  13. I forgot to say that I've shared the poem over on my blog (http://dormouse.wibsite.com/) I hope that's okay, but let me know if you'd rather I deleted it. It's so brilliant I wanted to share it!

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    1. No problem, just link back to my blog so we can share the joy.

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  14. Hi,LOVE the pink radio on your bedside table,the dust poem was very good.I collect dust,mainly in my clutter room and on the windowsills in my spare room,some of it is really vintage,I bet other dust collectors would be quite envious of the amount I have!!!Warm Regards Pam.

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  15. Great to hear from you Pam, vintage dust now that is novel.

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  16. I adore that little ditty, I'm allergic to dust so have a great excuse for not doing it, much better to crochet and so say all of us!!
    Bestest to you and yours
    Daisy J

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