Just after my most recent post, I attended a one night course hosted at the Finnish Helsinki Adult Education. The subject was “Kaapin täydeltä – vai olisiko vähemmän enemmän?” which roughly translates to “Full cupboards – or could it be a little bit more?” That definitely refers to the cupboards here….

There were a little more over a dozen of us and a teacher who marvelled at our committment to spending our Friday evening in the class room. I have to admit to being a little surprised myself. Friday’s are precious in our house for family time. I enrolled months ago when the date was first published, so Friday night or not, there was no way I would miss this class. Luckily the The Engineer was otherwise occupied and Mr. 14 made some alternative plans.

The teacher Arja, is a professional organiser by day and knows her stuff. We had a round robin of introductions and then straight into the material, which the class moved through at a quite nice pace. Like in any group, some were more vocal than others. I was part of the latter group this time round. It’s funny, in Finnish class (the language that is) you can’t shut me up! Anyway, I came away with two reinforcements – I’ve done so many courses that I think I’ve heard it all now. Anyway, reinforcement # 1 is that a full cupboard is actually only 75% full – which absolutely makes sense. The other thing is that renting a storage unit will NOT solve our problems. This is the path that The Engineer wants to follow. To me it’s just dead money, we would be far better off just working through the piles little by little, day by day until the stuff is gone…

Anyway, I now have a notebook dedicated to the emptying cupboards project. I think I need to revisit every now and again. I just had a quick peek and realised that I have broken at least two rules in the last two days…

Back to the drawing board perhaps…

PS: Have you used a professional organiser? Did the investment pay off? The reason I ask is that The Engineer has promised that I can buy myself a present. Not sure if this is what he had in mind, although there is nothing that I need nor want at the moment. Apart from time…

PPS: Next course is just around the corner… better make sure I do my pre-course homework this time!

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