Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Friday 14 March 2014

Decluttering and tidying up in the Study of Doom

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Hello lovely people, been a bit of a gap since I last wrote anything - I have been very busy with outdoor things now the slightly better weather has arrived; I have also been unwell with a tooth and sinus problem and have spent a few days where I didn't do much at all so all in all a bit of a mixed week this last week.

Car insurance renewal, Dentist and optician appointments are coming up in the next week, not helped by the fact that I could not find my diary to know when, exactly !  I knew it was somewhere on this desk (Gulp)

So I realised I needed to have another go at my desk and the Study in general.   I have been attempting to declutter this room again,   I do this so often and yet the "stuff " just keeps on creeping back. I have no idea why <cough>

The Study contains a lot of stuff. I store a lot of crafting, Forest School supplies, books, computer (in there somewhere!) my desk (somewhere!) and lots of other essential stuff. I regularly file and tidy away yet it usually looks like a bomb has hit it after a few days. 

I can't even blame Compostman, as this is MY side of the Study! He does not dare encroach onto my patch but keeps to his own half. His is a bit tidier...

I loathe tidying up as it is such a waste of valuable growing/composting/chicken cuddling/crafting/cake eating time, but needs must. So after I filed and tidied up and put away all the stuff on the desk ( and found my diary!) ,  I got to work and sorted out and put all my knitting and crochet yarn into their storage boxes. I have two of these full of yarn as well as the "works in progress" yarn which is downstairs. These are just the spare yarn boxes.,

These are some of the quilting fabric stash - there are two large plastic boxes full of cotton fat quarters etc as well as several bin bags of sheets, shirts etc in the loft.

The needle felting box. This is the stash box. I have a small box with what I am currently working on downstairs.

Main crochet yarn stash box and needle felting box tidied away neatly under the computer desk. There are several wallpaper pattern books next to them which I use in my paper craft workshops

Still lots more to tidy up and give/sell/recycle away but at that point the sun came out so I went outside into the Polytunnel to prick out some tomato plants.

More from the Study of Doom, next time...!


  1. I thought you looked really organized with all your boxes. We have a conservatory that is the dumping ground and I'm trying to ignore it so please go and cuddle a chook and stop putting me to shame lol.

    1. Boxes are all very well but it got to the point where I cpuld not easily even get to the computer desk :)

      it is tidier now - see next post :) I will take bets on how long it all lasts though


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