I Love Not Camping - Day Four

Monday, 1 August 2011

Baking


Walnut and rosemary bread

Eating


Leftover roast chicken and aioli (from a jar)

Listening to
 Delius, Walk to the Paradise Garden

Simplifying
I'm a declutterer.
 I regularly fill those charity bags that come through the door. I am not sentimental about stuff. I don't have my children's first teeth, locks of hair or baby shoes. If it isn't useful or beautiful out it goes. 
Today I have been internet decluttering. I've been spending far too much time on the internet, that is, time spent in addition to the time spent on this blog. I was beginning to feel that the internet was dominating my life and making it more complicated than it needed to be.
The two main culprits were Pinterest and Twitter.

Two things I found when using Pinterest;

1) It made me want stuff, lovely stuff, but stuff I was quite happy without until I saw it on Pinterest.
It was all beginning to make me feel a bit overwhelmed.

2) All those pictures captioned  'ooh look at this baby owl/seal/hippo!' that actually showed hamsters/otters and guinea pigs were driving me insane. And don't get me started on the photoshopped castle-island that people kept saying was in Dublin. The patronising 'If I had a British accent, I'd never shut up' poster was driving me mad too.
So, I thought it was best to say goodbye to Pinterest before I was rude to someone.

My brief relationship with Twitter was not unpleasant but was not particularly life-enhancing either and I was left wondering what its point was. So, goodbye to Twitter too.
Now I have less stuff to check and keep track of on the internet (no Facebook either) maybe I will read some more books and get some stuff done.




17 comments:

  1. What a great idea, I'm in the process of decluttering my daughters' room. No fun at all. And I was playing with an idea to start pinterest account, thanks for helping me decide to not even go there. There's so much going on, I really don't have time to browse more things on the internet. Love your blog.

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  2. I'm so with you on the internet decluttering. I do have a Pinterest account, but I mostly don't bother with it. Twitter I have so far managed to avoid and I intend to keep it that way.
    Walk to the Paradise Garden ... lovely, enjoy :)

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  3. Anonymous8:18 pm BST

    I really need to declutter my home but I draw the line at chucking out things I have kept for my children. Your bread looks great today, yumm yum. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week. I couldn't do it. I would miss them too much and I know they wouldn't enjoy themselves without us being together. I want to be part of their memories of fun times as well as the everyday things of being a Mum. But then I AM a sentimental fool...And well done for decluttering your internet time. I have to be ruthless or I would spend time on the internet that would be much better spent living my real life. It's why I can't have a blog. It would fill too much time. Helen xxx

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  4. I wish I was a good house/shed/garage declutterer but I do manage to limit my computer clutter (no facebook, no twitter, no pininterest).
    Carol xx

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  5. Blogging is my one and only internet indulgence, no need to complicate an already complicated life xox
    ps. your bread looks delicious.

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  6. I am not a setimentalist, I don't do Facebook, Twitter or Printerest. I just need someone to help me to declutter the house then I will be really happy!
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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  7. I thought I was the only blogger not to use twitter or facebook, so glad to hear you and others say they don't ( I must admit though, on my part, it's because I'm baffled as to their purpose!)

    Food looks yummy, and I hope your enjoying all the peace!

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  8. Thanks again for all of your inspiration Sue. De-cluttering the internet. . . brilliant.

    I so understand the delight of not camping. . .

    Sounds like you're having a great week.

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  9. Pretty music.. I have a Pinterest account but I don't get it much so I never go there.. I think I have 2 things "pinned". Never got into Twitter either. That leaves me with my Facebook Scrabble "problem'. But at least it keeps my mind sharp! LOL
    Come to my blog for my giveaway!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. I had to declutter when I moved here, it felt good and I don't miss any of it, nor the few items that are still packed away. I do have facebook, but very rarely use it, no twitter or Pinterest, just don't have the time or inclination really.
    Loving your 'you' time posts.
    x Sandi

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  11. I quite like clutter, just not too much of it. Too much of anything makes me a little uneasy and then some of it has to go. I do have baby teeth though (and a cat whisker and a budgie feather!) However, these are all contained in one very small box; no trunks in the attic (no attic for one thing). Minimalism though is just too much and I would rather my house was filled from floor to ceiling than go there. I am mostly guilty of cluttering up my favourites on my computer - I have several thousand which take so long to download. I try and fail to curtail those - as soon as I cut back, more appear. No twitter, facebook, flickr or pinterest though. To much time spent gawping at stuff though and then going back and gawping some more. Before the internet I used to be a radio addict - I am either or, never both. When my computer packed up for a few days I went back to it and also more reading. Didn't get anymore done anywhere else though. Was pleased that the initial withdrawal symptoms also subsided and I ended up quite enjoying my internet free world.

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  12. Dinner looks good, I do like a cornichon or several. I never did sign up for Pinterest or Twitter, just couldn't see the point, so well done.

    Lovely music, thank you for putting a link up.

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  13. Anonymous12:52 pm BST

    Oh I love Pinterest. Your blog actually introduced me to it. I'm very selective with what I pin on there, I mainly use it how I would use an actual pin board. I also use it instead of constantly bookmarking things and clogging up my favourites. I'm sorry that it doesn't work for you :(

    P.S Followed the link to the Dublin Castle - lol, how could anyone think that is real?

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  14. Home bread bread and roast chicken with salad. Delicious. I have a Pinterest account but couldn`t really work it out as kept putting things in wrong catagories so gave up! Hope you are enjoying your week home alone.

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  15. Anonymous5:46 pm BST

    I have never had pinterest or twitter, do facebook in a limited way, but found the most liberating thing was deleting virtually all the bloggs I was following. When you consider the time spent checking on the lives of complete strangers it's actually dafter than facebook lol I will keep one or two bookmarked, and remember the names of the most informative, so may just check in once a year or so. All the best, Sadie

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  16. Thank you- I was dithering about pinterest - and now I know NOT to get into it!!
    bless you for that!!!

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  17. Anonymous9:50 pm BST

    oh what music!!! putting this on my Amazon wishlist right now!!

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