wings and things

It’s time for an inspection!

on November 5, 2015

Yikes! Dina is coming out to the farm tomorrow to pick me up for lunch at a brewery not far from here. This means she will spot any residues of chaos in the house and Ming’s shed.

Okay, just to refresh your memory, Dina is the wonderful woman who helped us to declutter and reorganise the house and sheds. Her business is

So I have around 25 hours to hide do my pile of paperwork, and Ming (who isn’t home yet from gallivanting down south) has even less time to make his shed presentable.

A few weeks ago, Dina, a mutual friend and I went out for lunch, and they picked me up. I wasn’t sure if they’d come into the house or not so, in the hour before they arrived, I went into a neat-and-tidy frenzy. Well they didn’t come in so that was a bit of an anti-climax and, during lunch, I told them and Dina laughed.

But tomorrow is different. Tomorrow, as part of her service, Dina will be conducting a follow-up inspection at my request.

Now don’t get me wrong; Dina is the kindest, most uncritical decluttering expert I know (well I don’t know any others) and I am not a slob (mostly). But she is also very frank and I am a bit disorganised. This makes for a beautiful friendship but OMG I only have 24 hours left!



22 responses to “It’s time for an inspection!

  1. ksbeth says:

    good luck, jules. when in doubt mow everything under the bed )

  2. I have seen a few of those American Hoarder programmes on TV. You are no where near that stage so calm down and carry on.

  3. I would hate for someone to ‘inspect’ my house. It would certainly make me run around like a whirlwind getting things fixed up 🙂

  4. Yvonne says:

    Leave a tiny bit of clutter so it doesn’t look too perfect!

  5. Vicki says:

    How deliciously funny you are Julie.

    Having said that, a friend who I haven’t seen for a couple of years is coming over next week and it would have to be the time when I pulled all the books out of their shelves yesterday to re-arrange them and today, have moved all the furniture around for the 10th time in 6 months.

    At least the bathroom’s perfect. Maybe I can send my very dear friend into the bathroom first (on her sightseeing tour of my new(ish) apartment)……and then……whisk her round to the The Convent cafe for afternoon tea.

  6. susanpoozan says:

    Good luck, I am sure that you will make it.

  7. You can do it Julie!!!!!!!!

  8. What a great idea – a yearly inspection should keep your tendencies at bay 😉

  9. I am always amazed at how clutter can clutter up a recently decluttered area of my home! Amazing! 🙂

    You’ll do fine — I have some really pretty boxes stacked in the corner for just such emergencies — except now that I think about it, they’re full from the last time I went into a frenzy! 🙂

    Good luck!

  10. So you are a “bit” disorganized, are you? I am no judge, I had two couples over for supper last night and was doing that last minute thing, for a couple of hours, for appearances sake.Today I need to pull out all those books and papers that I stashed…somewhere….

  11. Terry says:

    Enjoy your time together

  12. tootlepedal says:

    I hope that you pass.

  13. Judith Post says:

    Yikes! That’s how I dust–when someone’s coming over:)

  14. That must be some serious dirt to don a mask! 🙂

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