…on New Years Day. Bono obviously didn’t live with 3 Pugs!
Its 5am, still dark outside and I’m the only one up. Nothing unusual there then lol.
I haven’t blogged since the end of March 2020. I didn’t have the mental energy, and as the world descended into chaos, so did my life. My husband and I found/find ourselves as part of the “Excluded“. Two of the 3 million people here in the UK who have had no financial support from the government during the Pandemic. As business owners we have had no income since March…no business to speak of (our customers are all hotels), but still have bills to pay, including our mortgage and rent on our business premises. My husband has had to sell his car to pay some bills and we are living hand to mouth thanks to a small “furlough” payment each month which at least puts food on the table and in the dog bowls. Our savings are gone, and our credit cards maxed. We put the house on the market in October (the plan being to use some of our equity to pay off mounting debts) but we still haven’t sold it. For the first time in our lives the Christmas tree came down on the 28th and we went to bed on New Years Eve at 10pm.
I decided to stop blogging because even though self care was more important than ever during this time I knew my posts would turn into a whine fest if I continued, bringing myself and everybody else down…But there have been a few things that have kept me going during 2020.
The first was Mrs Hinch. I’d heard of her, but watching her Instagram stories, reading her books (my daughter bought me her journal back in May for my Birthday) and following some of her cleaning tips really helped keep my mind off all the other crap going on in my life. The house had never been cleaner.
After getting the house clean I felt that I needed more structure and routine. So when I saw a friend post about The Organised Mum method on Instagram, I had a look and it was exactly what I needed. I’ve been part of #teamtomm since October and it has seriously been a game changer. The house is “visitor ready” every day and viewings have been possible at the drop of a hat because theres never much to do when I get that call from the agent.
So what have I learned this year? Cleaning can get you through a Pandemic? Yeah, that, but also the value of things. How little I actually need and can survive on. 2021 will be the downsizing year. I have so much stuff I don’t need, or actually want and as we’ll be moving to a smaller place…probably renting (who is going to give us a mortgage with no income?) things will just have to go!
I’m clinging onto the hope that 2021 will be a better year…but it wont…for some of us it will be more difficult than 2020, as we deal with the fall out. On a personal level there’s tough decisions coming my way, but hey…at least the house is clean lol
Happy New Year x