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Word of the Week – Tidy

Each Friday, I would like to share a word of the week with you. Something that summarises what I’ve been up to, how I’ve felt and how life is generally going. I’d love if you’d share your own in the comments or even join in with the link up if you are a blogger. (You can find the details at the bottom of this post.) It can be so therapeutic to reflect on what’s been happening, good or bad. It will be nice to look back on these posts in the future too!


This week I have chosen the word Tidy

As we continue to prepare for the arrival of the baby I have been spending a lot of time tidying. Going through cupboards and drawers, trying to be more ruthless than usual with items that I definitely don’t need any more. As we begin to accumulate even the most basic of essentials such as a pram, moses basket and baby bath, we’re quickly realising that this tiny person is going to occupy a lot of space.

I’ve simplified my skin care and make up. All of those extra toiletries that have been accumulated over the years and never touched. Art supplies and notebooks have been targeted too. So many notebooks. I have a terrible habit of keeping things just in case. Especially when it comes to anything paper and art. Being a bit more realistic with myself, I’ve managed to throw away (or recycle) so much that I just won’t use. An activity that used to make me really sad now brings me so much joy. Seeing a much clearer drawer or cupboard just makes me feel better.

My clothes are going to be getting a tidy as well. It is inevitable that I will have a lot of clothes that won’t fit me postpartum. I have so many shirts and dresses sitting in my wardrobe right now “just in case” they fit again one day. Why have them sitting there taking up space? If my shape and size are drastically different once I’ve had the baby, I’ll treat myself to a few new items and enjoy the shopping, instead of trying to force myself into old clothes.

I’ve also spent some time tidying my blog, doing all of the boring jobs that I always put off. Things like checking for broken links and improving my SEO on old posts. These jobs feel so monotonous and I always end up getting distracted by something more exciting half way through. I know they make a difference to my site though, even if it’s only small, so it’s always worth doing.

Mike and I have also spent some time tidying the garden. Our new grass needed it’s settling time to root in place. We were advised to leave it for six weeks. After just three it was starting to resemble a jungle thanks to the weather so we cut it a little sooner than recommended. I don’t imagine it’ll struggle too much with all of the sun and rain that we are due to have.


Emma x


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  1. oooh you are nesting! How exciting. There is nothing nicer than getting everything nice and tidy in preparation for a babies arrival. It all sounds really satisfying.

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Anne, I hadn’t even thought of it like that! I figured that wouldn’t happen until closer to November. Who knew I was so maternal. It just feels so nice to make the space and feel on top of my home 🙂 #wotw

  2. Sounds like the appropriate nesting, or preparation scenario! #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      I think my husband’s just glad I’m getting rid of a lot of crap, haha! #wotw

  3. hahaha! It only gets worse as they get older. Children do take up a lot of space.
    It sounds like you have been having a big declutter. Good for you, you do right treating yourself to some new clothes.
    I really need to check my broken links but it is a job I hate. x

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      So I’ve been warned Kim! I’m already trying to figure out where all of the toys will go…I feel like the bar cart in the conservatory might be a goner, haha! #wotw

  4. Sounds like you’re nesting to me! It’s so satisfying to have a good tidy and clear things out. It’s amazing how much space all the things that come with little people take up – definitely a good idea to have a good sort out now and make the space. I need to do some tidying on my blog at some point too. #WotW

    1. Sunshine and Rain says:

      Honestly Louise, the pram and moses basket alone are already taking up so much space! Mike and I will be sleeping out in the garage soon 😛 #wotw

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