Camping and Outdoor Gear.

HI everyone and welcome to Week 32 of Tidy 2020. For those of you who don’t know, Aberdeen City is experiencing a second local lockdown and although fortunately I am in the Shire rather the city, so not under lockdown, some of my clients are not so lucky. It really does drive home what I have been saying all summer – please use this period of grace that we have in the UK over the summer to get your homes Decluttered and Organised. Be aware that you could be asked to self-isolate for 2 weeks at any time and without warning. Get those jobs done that need doing!

Anyway, enough of me preaching – I am writing this from my new office in a shed which is super exciting. This week we are staying outside to take advantage of the lovely weather here and moving on to camping equipment, with apologies to those who don’t “do” camping, and other outdoor living stuff.

I have to admit that until last year, camping was not something that I had ever really considered doing, but then I started taking my horse, Dragon, to competitions that lasted more than one day. So I needed stuff to allow me to stay overnight in my trailer and after we made it on to the Scottish Team for the Home International for Endurance Riding, we needed to camp for a week as a whole family. Off we went and bought a 6-person tent. We had enough camping chairs for all of us and I had already bought a camping stove and “kitchen” so we were pretty set. I can’t say that it was the best experience of my life, but having the right equipment certainly helped! And yes, the right equipment in this case was CERTAINLY a half box of Prosecco...

You know the drill by – gather all of your camping equipment together and go through it. Inspect tents for holes, ground mats for comfort, sleeping bags for warmth and other equipment that you may have for usefulness. Ensure that all of your equipment is stored together and in a dry place free from damp.

The other category to look at this week is outdoor living. For example, BBQing equipment, outdoor chairs, crockery that is only used outdoors etc. Again, bring each category together and check that it Sparks Joy.

I’d like to make a quick note of something that I don’t think that I have mentioned yet in Tidy 2020 and is probably relevant in this category. Something that I encourage my clients to do is to have a “Travel Box”. Into this box goes anything that you only use when you travel – it might be travel sized toiletries, or luggage scales, or portable black out blinds, or insect repellent. Anything that you know you will need to locate before you go on holiday, store together in a box so that it is easy for you to find.