Just in (Lost) Case Declutter

Those who know me, know my holiday pre-planning/packing list is legendary.

I don’t write a new one for every holiday, that wastes time. I have one ready, typed up in Word, pre-filled with all your holiday ‘must-haves’. That said, one size doesn’t fit all – there’s not much of a need for a snorkel in Tennessee – so there are amends for every trip.

At least I know that all the essentials are there – of course, all this is a bit of a moot point when your case doesn’t show up.

Arriving in Knoxville

The trip to Knoxville took us from Sunderland to Newcastle, Newcastle to London Heathrow, London to Charlotte (North Carolina), Charlotte to Knoxville (Tennessee).

I said “hi” to my case at Charlotte joking with the baggage handler that I hope it’d make it (our layover was barely 40 minutes). He laughed and assured me it would.

So, after almost 24 hours of traveling, we arrived in Knoxville.

Safe and sound and without my case. Ma and Pa’s cases arrived, but not mine.

It turned out that my bag was stopped for a random TSA check at exactly the time that it should have boarded my flight.

What could I cope without?

After my initial crashing realization that I was without my case, I started to wonder what I would do if it didn’t show up. What could I live without? What would I replace as essentials?


The boots I was wearing weren’t ones that brought me joy – to be honest they were quite old and had been chosen for practicality (ease of removal at security) rather than style. My lovely cowboy boots were in the case.

My dress was okay. I mean I’d happily wear it to a bar or restaurant – not fine dining, but it’d do.

My main worry had been that my jacket was in the case and Knoxville wasn’t meant to be that¬†warm when we arrived. Thankfully I’d had the foresight to extract my jacket at Charlotte!


I knew I’d be able to make do with hotel toiletries – and I’d got a little dental pack on the plane so at least I could clean my teeth! Part of going on holiday for me is taking my good quality cleanser and moisturiser – so I was gutted to be missing my Origin’s Ginger products ūüė¶

Getting my case back and meeting Sandy

Luckily the next flight to Knox was only two hours later so I was reunited with my case fairly quickly.

In the process I met the lovely Sandy at the airport – who put in my claim and arranged for my case to be delivered to my hotel. ¬†She was wondering why we’d come all the way to Knoxville. I explained about the Rhythm n Blooms festival happening downtown. ¬†And she’d never heard of it!

Fast forward a few days to Barley’s Taproom and the final night of the festival – who do we see dancing away to Elliot Brood? Only the lovely Sandy! she came over to say Hi and wish us well!

Lose a case, gain a friend y’all!


Moving Office Clutter

I work in a digital team. You ‘d think we would have nailed the paperless office thing by now.

We’ve moved locations maybe four times – each time I’m proud to say that we get rid of more stuff.

24 crates, 11 people – this doesn’t add up

Our latest move was last week. We moved 11 people and it took 24 crates. There were at least four shared crates and the rest matched up to an individual. I managed with one. It doesn’t take a maths genius to work out that some of my colleagues used¬†more than this!

I threw away loads of paper. I filled at least one recycling bag.

As a team loads of files and stuff from as far back as 2001 was bagged and binned.

Still decluttering

20160321_122628[1] I’m in my new space now – and after a week I’ve thrown out an old make up bag. I shouldn’t have moved it in the first place.

The comb was a freebie for Just Seventeen magazine. I dread to think how long I’ve had that.

The ties that bind

There’s someone in my team who is holding on to some ‘just in case‘ ties.20160314_093437

When questioned, ¬†it’s clear that he has no intention of ever wearing them. They are university-branded for a start. And let us not forget, he’s keeping two. ¬†This is partly because one is in a display box and “it’d be a shame to just throw it out”.

He’s even said he would never ever wear one of them. Why won’t he throw them away???

This reminds me of the Minimalists’ approach to¬†just in case. They invite you to try the 20 dollars/20 minutes rule. The idea is that if you have something that’s could be ‘just in case’, ¬†ask yourself:

“Can I replace this for less than $20 (if I need to) and will it take under 20 minutes to do so?”

The answer for these ties is a resounding YES on both counts.

I’m going to steal them from the desk drawer under cover of darkness – be warned!!

Feeling inspired

It’s almost two years since I started my decluttering journey.

The office move and some recent conversations with friends who also do this (usually because of moving house) have inspired me to do some more.

Like I did back at Easter 2014, I’m going to use Easter 2016 (that’d be this weekend then) to throw out more stuff that I don’t need!

Wish me luck.