Exploring Te Horo // Day Four

I hope you’re enjoying reading (and viewing!) the stories of our time in New Zealand back in August. You can view all the posts from this holiday here.

Also, don’t forget that our next Wanderlust link up will be on Wednesday 5th November!

te horo beach Thursday 14th August 2014 

Luke always works while we’re away, so we have to find ways to make that work with our travel plans. Usually that means we explore the local areas we’re staying pretty heavily, and THAT means that we usually get to see some cool things we wouldn’t normal get to (like wooly cows!!) if we just stayed to the tourist bits the whole time.

wooly cows in wellington! wooly cows in wellington! cake in te horo te horo beach So we kept things pretty simple today. Because we are staying with Luke’s dad we wanted to get to know the area that he lives in, so today was a day of exploring Te Horo and its surrounds! We go down to Te Horo beach, and it is SUPER windy. We were actually going to walk there, but in the end drove because the wind was fierce! It is nothing like our beach back home, that is for sure, but beautiful in its own special way. :)

We then headed to a town not far over called Otaki and played in a very cool rocket ship playground. Lior was obviously in heaven as he loves rocket ships at the moment, and Eli thought it was pretty fun too! We grabbed some fish and chips for lunch (we had to! It’s an NZ thing!), and found a very cool little geek shop in town that we LOVED. happy baby in Otaki park, New Zealand happy baby in Otaki park, New Zealand

3 Steps to Successful Spring Cleaning for Hoarders

3 Steps to Successful Spring Cleaning for Hoarders

Spring has well and truly sprung around our place, and the weather seems to border on Summer temperates some days, so before it gets any hotter, I have set myself the task of doing a real spring clean.

So I am a hoarder. That is the truth. I find it SO difficult to get rid of stuff, but it seems Luke’s love for minimalism is slowly creeping in on me, and I am starting to appreciate the idea of having less “stuff”. I am pretty much sold on the idea that it is a better way to be, but I also find it difficult to get rid of things that could be very useful one day!

The major part of my spring cleaning is finally unpacking all our boxes (why yes, we did move in here over a year ago…!), and getting rid of most of the stuff in there. I’ve discovered a brilliant site called Pitchi where I can make little 60 second videos of my stuff to sell. Because we all know it’s better to watch a video of the stuff you might want to buy rather than just photos!

For me, getting rid of stuff is like pulling my heart our of my chest. If you too are a hoarder who knows they need to cull their stuff my biggest tip is to do things one at a time – one box or room at a time, so that you don’t go crazy from all the culling!

Once you’ve chosen a room you’ll want to get started on these 3 steps to successful spring cleaning for hoarders:

  1. Sort It Out

I grab an empty box, a vacuum “space bag” type thing (we’ve got some like this), and a garbage bag, and set them up where I’m going to spring clean. In the box I put all the things I’m going to either sell online or give to the op shop. In the garbage bag I put all the things that are either broken or too old etc. Things that I don’t think anyone else would want. And in the space bag I put anything that I want to keep but will need to keep storing (baby clothes etc.). Anything I am keeping I either leave it where it is, or if I’m unpacking a box, I put it a table.

  1. The Two Part Cull

Once I’ve finished that box or room, I go around to look at it all again. First I go through the things I am definitely keeping and ask myself when I am likely to use this (realistically – if you struggle with this like I have in the past then it’s best to ask someone to help you!) and how much it would cost me to just buy it again if I were to need it. Luke always likes to remind me that things cost money to store, so if it’s cheaper to buy a new one than it is to store, get rid of it. I find this to be SO true, because when we lived in Brisbane we had a FULL 4 bedroom house, for only two adults and then one baby. It was a crazy amount of stuff to have, and we could have saved money having a smaller house if we didn’t have so much stuff.

So once I’ve gone through the things I am keeping, I go through the things I want to keep storing and check that they are all meant to be there. If not I move them to the selling box or the bin. Next I check through the selling box and if things are too junky I thow them out.

Side note: Usually once my box is full I go through and sort that into things I want to try and sell either online or at a garage sale and things that I am happy to just give to the op shop.

  1. Reward Yourself

I actually think this is a pretty important step! Spring cleaning can be stressful for hoarders, and you need to reward yourself somehow so that you don’t get down in the dumps about all the stuff you are getting rid of. I find I get the itch to go shopping, so I let myself do the grocery shopping because I get to spend money but I don’t end up hoarding more things. lol!

3 Steps to Successful Spring Cleaning for Hoarders first appeared on The Climbing Tree

Family visit to Te Papa // Day Three

More from our New Zealand trip! Hope you enjoy. :) Don’t forget that our next Wanderlust link up will be on Wednesday 5th November!

Wednesday 13th August 2014

Today our main event was a family visit to Te Papa.

Luke left early in the morning and met up with a friend – Dan for breakfast at a place called Neo. The boys and I got ready and we all took the train into Wellington. It was nice to not have to push the pram around – Gramps took care of that. :)

wellington trains travelling with the double pram Family of four at Te Horo, Wellington, New Zealand

We met Luke at Te Papa, and we strolled in as one big group – three generations out to enjoy Te Papa. It was such a great museum! So much maori information, which I don’t know much about.  It was surprising to me how much maori stuff was in there, I was expecting it to be more like museums at home. There was heaps of great exhibits, and the kids areas were awesome! The earthquake area was really informative, and fun too. Now I know what it’s like to be in a building during an earthquake!

We walked around and went to Monsoon Poon for lunch. Gosh, the food was amazing. I wanted to eat nearly everything on the menu! I would definitely recommend it. The kids meal Lior got was very generous, and I was so pleased that there was not a chicken nugget in sight! It was all great Asian food!

Because we planned to go to the snow at some stage I wanted to get Eli some gloves (you might remember that he grizzled a bit in the snow when we were in Hobart, and I thought he needed mittens), so we searched through heaps of shops and couldn’t find any. Soon enough it was time to head back on the train. It is such a beautiful view sitting in the train looking out to the ocean because it’s on the side of a cliff.

wonderful kids areas at Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand kids asleep travelling Train line north from Wellington, New Zealand