If you think I’ve been a little quiet… I’ve wanted for a while to clear out the clutter & think what do I not need to hold onto any more. Last Monday, off sick after a stomach bug, I deleted 6000+ emails (I haven’t dealt with the rest of my electronic space yet), and shredded a bin liner full of paperwork…
Good Friday I had a big clear out of the flat in Winchester, with several trips down to the bin, and a car load to charity shops. Visiting my parents (my Dad’s not well), I then decided I wanted to go for all the stuff in the garage. I’d had half a go before Christmas (and a big go before my world travels… in fact I started at the age of 25, when we moved from a 6 bed house to a 3!), but hadn’t really had time/energy to do a lot. This morning, having got as far as I could (there’s a bit more to do, but the big big lot is done), I found in Woman Alive:
This (& 2 boxes in the other part of the garage) are all I have there now – mostly cow stuff, kitchen stuff & photo albums (which will all find a home whenever I get my own place… one day):
And look what a mess I left behind (it’s not all mine… me starting encouraged my Mum out too)… a car load for the charity shop & the rest for a big bonfire we think (the recycling bin is a little small):
I’ve put my back out a bit moving all this around, so my PhD papers are still sat in the car – hopefully it’s clear they’re nothing valuable! A lot of books weren’t worth selling, but I’ve got some on Amazon.
How far do you go with your spring cleaning?
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.