The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge: It Is All Go!

Are you wondering how to go about a Spring Clean? Are you frustrated & tired of seeing too much clutter around the place and want to really do a serious declutter that will potentially make a significant difference on a number of levels for you & your family?  

If you are ready to do some serious decluttering, then join us for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge that is happening here at Household Logistics!

I am currently up to Day 8 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, however you can join in anytime. There is a list of suggestions over on the Household Logistics Facebook Page to help you approach this challenge, so why not go on over and check the list out.

My 40/40 Challenge focus today is on Tools. After a number of projects lately on the homefront and in the garden, the tool situation is... well, quite honestly a big messy jumble! It is time for a sort, purge & re-organization for sure!

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge typically happens for a number of people during the season of Lent, but you can actually do it any time of year. Why not jump on in and start now?

For 40 days, you commit to decluttering one bagful of items from your home each day. Sometimes it may work out that you do more bags one day, and not so many the next, and that is okay! However you approach the challenge of decluttering 40 bags of items, after 40 days you will have achieved a serious declutter for sure.

Does this sound like just the challenge for you? Do you feel like joining in with a group of others also taking up the challenge? Join in & participate along with others who are taking up this challenge, over the next little while! 

Daily updates about the challenge are being shared over at the Household Logistics Facebook Page.

Here is the link to the Household Logistics Facebook Page: /https://www.facebook.com/householdlogistics/

Let's encourage & inspire each other as we take up & complete the challenge of 40 Bags in 40 Days!

40 Bags In 40 Days Challenge: A Great Way to Declutter!

Are you frustrated & tired of seeing too much clutter around the place and want to do a declutter? Are you keen to do a deep clean now that is finally Spring? If you are ready to do some serious decluttering, then join us for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge that is happening here at Household Logistics!

I am currently up to Day 7 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, however you can join in anytime. There is a list of suggestions over on the Household Logistics Facebook Page to help you approach this challenge, so why not go on over and check the list out.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge typically happens for a number of people during the season of Lent, but you can actually do it any time of year. Why not jump on in and start now?

For 40 days, you commit to decluttering one bagful of items from your home each day. Sometimes it may work out that you do more bags one day, and not so many the next, and that is okay! However you approach the challenge of decluttering 40 bags of items, after 40 days you will have achieved a serious declutter for sure.

Does this sound like just the challenge for you? Do you feel like joining in with a group of others also taking up the challenge? Join in & participate along with others who are taking up this challenge, over the next little while! 

Daily updates about the challenge are being shared over at the Household Logistics Facebook Page.

Here is the link to the Household Logistics Facebook Page: /https://www.facebook.com/householdlogistics/

Let's encourage & inspire each other as we take up & complete the challenge of 40 Bags in 40 Days!

40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge: It is Underway!

Are you frustrated & tired of seeing too much clutter around the place and want to do a declutter? If you are ready to do some serious decluttering, then join us for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge that is happening here at Household Logistics!

I am currently up to Day 6 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, however you can join in anytime. There is a list of suggestions over on the Household Logistics Facebook Page to help you approach this challenge, so why not go on over and check the list out.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge typically happens for a number of people during the season of Lent, but you can actually do it any time of year. Why not jump on in and start now?

For 40 days, you commit to decluttering one bagful of items from your home each day. Sometimes it may work out that you do more bags one day, and not so many the next, and that is okay! However you approach the challenge of decluttering 40 bags of items, after 40 days you will have achieved a serious declutter for sure.

Does this sound like just the challenge for you? Do you feel like joining in with a group of others also taking up the challenge? Join in & participate along with us over the next little while! 

Daily updates about the challenge are being shared over at the Household Logistics Facebook Page.

Here is the link to the Household Logistics Facebook Page: /https://www.facebook.com/householdlogistics/

Let's encourage & inspire each other as we take up & complete the challenge of 40 Bags in 40 Days!

40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

Are you frustrated & tired of seeing too much clutter around the place and want to do a declutter? If you are ready to do some serious decluttering, then join us for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge here at Household Logistics!

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge typically happens for a number of people during the season of Lent, but you can actually do it any time of year. 

For 40 days, you commit to decluttering one bagful of items from your home each day. Sometimes it may work out that you do more bags one day, and not so many the next, and that is okay! However you approach the challenge of decluttering 40 bags of items, after 40 days you will have achieved a serious declutter for sure.

Does this sound like just the challenge for you? Do you feel like joining in with a group of others also taking up the challenge? Join in & participate along with us over the next little while! 

Daily updates about the challenge are being shared over at the Household Logistics Facebook Page.

Here is the link to the Household Logistics Facebook Page: /https://www.facebook.com/householdlogistics/

Let's encourage & inspire each other as we take up & complete the challenge of 40 Bags in 40 Days!

Trauma

How much trauma can a child's heart take? That is the question that runs through my mind often at present.

As a parent, I feel angry. I feel frustrated.

At present, I struggle to not run on to the farmland I daily see, just out there on the horizon, past my own home. I struggle to not run, and not gasp at air and not fall down heavily to my own knees, out on that farmland. To let a wail creep out from my own heart, and burst out, pouring from my own lips.... it is becoming something of an inner personal struggle.

How much trauma can my child's heart literally take?

I will always remember this child's face contorted with anger at being thrust into a world of harsh light and cold, having been incubated in the six star hotel of my womb. Having not grown for a month, within that very warm and perfect-for-her-hotel, she appeared angry and wild at being thrust out into another whole new world that potentially could, and would, prove to be not so perfect.

This same child, in turn and in time, would have significant respiratory issues lurking in her Pandora's Box called Life. We would face together: the grief of classmates lost because she no longer was able to attend school and needed instead to be schooled at home, and the constant repetitive issues that respiratory weaknesses would thrust upon her. Missing out on regular or even special events because of her respiratory health issues, would often create another heartache for us both.

Somehow amongst these losses, a love, a sense of kinship even, would develop for animals. First a cat, then another became part of our family. Some rescued chickens, then a family of rabbits... then a kitten, then a rescued dog. They would all become companions, become family members, and this child would grow stronger gradually healthwise with time also.

Yet trauma. Ugly, revolting trauma has kept lurking quietly. Ready to bite. Ready to hiss and spit at this very child. This very child, who is my child.

From the farmland no doubt, would come what looked to be a planted disease. A disease that would wipe out a whole family of much loved English Angora rabbits, one by one.

One by one.

So quickly. So tragically quickly. One by one each, so terrribly, terribly quickly, would they weaken and quietly suffer. They would weaken and seek the freedom given by death. So horribly and so revolting quickly.

I stayed out that Watch, such a horrible Watch, and was there when some would finally move from this life to the next. My child too, several times, saw this happen and was gently talked through it. Love makes you not abandon.

It was all too quick this particular trauma. This horrible, disgusting, revolting firsthand experience of repetitive, far too quick trauma wounded my child terribly. Deeply. Dreams are still dreamt. Words are still spoken now. Even now, words and artwork reveal and tell how much her heart literally still often aches for her beloved rabbits.

The death of each chicken, five out of a brood of six, over time due to age or just some natural cause over the years would add some heartache also. Why does this thing called death, which so unrelentingly attached to life, have to touch that which we each love and cherish so deeply when we are in the season of childhood?

As a parent... Sigh, I try to guard my words from become profane. It is a struggle, not too rain down revolting words within the universe, because my own heart aches with its own grief and despair plus that attached to seeing my child's heart ache with grief also.  My heart aches for my child, who so deeply feels each of these traumas that keep coming her way. She loves so fully, so deeply, each and all of her furry and feathered friends.

Now, it is her cat. Her beloved, much loved cat. The one that would sit close at hand, wrapped up, still and quiet resting close to her, that is now missing. It is her cat, that has and is becoming a source of another potential horrible, aching trauma.

No sight. No familiar sound. He has disappeared. He is gone.

We wait.

With each and every passing day, we wonder, both silently and not so silently about where he is. I watch her face contort again, every so often, with the pain of heartache. The ever underlying worry. The ever underlying anxiety passes seen. It shows me that it is there, as she wonders about where he is; what is happening for him.

My own mind tries to keep doors shut. It tries to keep doors from opening. Doors that have images that are dark, horrid and undesired.

I simply don't want to explore the thought that he has or is being tormented, because there are stories of such happening for real. I don't want to see or consider that he is being held against his will by some sicko. I just plain don't want to think there is anything dark or sinister behind this much loved pet's current absence from hearth and home.

As I bush-bashed my way yesterday through tall overgrown grasses on farmland, with a towel at hand, I called out and named this feline, who is essentially for us a missing child. I sought to find even a body, to it bring home, so my child's and my own heart could properly grieve if need be.

The lurking sense of dread and lack of closure builds with each passing day.

Prayers keep being sent.

Some measure of whispered hope keeps being spoken, as I stand so often in the cool of night listening and wondering at present.

Come home, Cat. Come home.

Lemons, lemons. lemons...What shall we do with them?



A wonderful perk associated with having a healthy garden is the abundance of fruit that is produced.! We have so appreciated having our lemon trees laden with fruit these past months. Yet, I have been wondering what can we do with them?! We often squeeze them for drinks, but what else could be done with them besides the usual lemonade, lemon curd and lemon flavoured desserts?

I am sure there MUST be some super delicious recipes and possibilities out there in the wide world that could be the perfect solution..... so, I thought I would ask for ideas from you the readers of Household Logistics!



Perhaps you have a delicious recipe other than those previously mentioned? 

Perhaps you have a helpful household tip that involves lemon juice or skin in the ingredients? 

Maybe you can provide a link to something online, that you think would be a superb way to make the most of the bountiful collection of lemons in our backyard?

It will be fabulous to hear your suggestions. I look forward to hearing your ideas!

Blossoms & Bees

The plum tree is just so stunning with all the clusters of blossom on it at present. It is a source of delight & joy to see it so laden with beautiful white blossom on every branch. 

Out in the garden with my camera once again, I just had to capture some more photographs of this wonderful reminder that it is indeed now Spring.



The plum tree with all its boughs of blossom has been a magnet for local bees. I have found their activity fascinating. I managed to capture this image of one very busy worker, going about their task.



Spring is such a pretty time of year. Creation's beauty is so evident in Springtime, isn't it? I am looking forward to seeing more and more evidence of new growth in the days ahead. It will be nice to have the days becoming warmer also.

 Spring is such a picturesque season, full of wonderful promise.













Cupboard Makeover


As much as you can try to keep everything in its place, it doesn't always work out that way, does it? It can just take a couple of loads of laundry, or shoes or bags, etc not getting put away in their rightful places, and before you know it chaos has crept into household linen and storage cupboards.

The hot water cupboard in our neck-of-the-woods required some TLC and I finally got around to sorting it out. The shelves were full to over-flowing with several loads of laundry that had not been re-homed. Scattered shoes, raincoats, surplus bags... had all helped this cupboard quickly become a jumbled mess.

Perhaps one day it might be fun to do a fast forward type of video to document the process taken to restore areas such as this one. A video where you get to see things going from a muddled, jumbled chaotic mess to blissful, delightful order in what appears to be a blink of an eye... with  all the sorting and re-ordering being achieved with lightening speed before your eyes! It will be something I will quiet consider looking at perhaps doing at a later point in time, as there is sure to be another area or cupboard needing attention also!

However,  I will share the transformation achieved on this occasion by sharing photographs instead. It is quite satisfying to see a "Before" photograph and an "After" photograph when a task like this is done. It is really does make it clear just what was achieved. 


I plan to get more of the white Sistema brand containers for this cupboard, so things can be stored in them. It will help with the sorting of laundry and it will eliminate the overall visual clutter in the cupboard.


I will look at doing an update once I have got the extra containers. In the meantime, I am sure you will agree that it looks a lot better already. 


What do you find helpful to keep laundry cupboards & linen storage areas orderly? I would be interested to hear your ideas about what you have found works well for you and your household. Leave a comment & share what the helpful tips that you have found effective.

Also! Feel free to also go on over & like the Household Logistics Facebook Page and catch up with the previous home organization projects that have been done. 

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