Of all life’s simple pleasures, a good spring clean and clear out is one of the most satisfying! I’d put off the task for a while, but now it’s over and done with I’m feeling all organised and ready to go. These next few months will probably fly by (hopefully, anyway) so I thought a clear space without too much unnecessary clutter would make life a little easier. Now that a whole load of miscellany has made its way to the recycling I’m wondering how my cupboards ever shut; it seems I have hoarder tendencies to keep hold of things ‘just in case’!
During my epic clear out I unearthed a few items that surprisingly haven’t made it to the blog yet, beginning with these ‘cow shoes’ as they’re known in my house. They’re from River Island and aren’t the most comfortable shoes on the planet, but I think the cow print makes up for it!
As you can see from these shots my room is mostly pretty neutral: I’m by no means a minimalist person but I prefer the feel of a blank room to which I can then add little splashes of colour and detail. Not sure I’d keep up with a proper colour scheme – one mismatched box and the whole place looks a mess! Maybe I’ll do a room tour once I’ve added a few more touches?
Seeing as my first exam is only 63 days away, I thought it was about time I went through all my folders and organised everything together in one place. Organisation is the best form of procrastination, I tell you! It’s totally justified too, since the best work couldn’t possibly be done in messy conditions, in my opinion anyway. If anybody’s interested, I might share a few of my revision strategies and that kinda thing over the next few months as I’d like to think I’m OK at motivating myself to just get on with it! I’ve pretty much scheduled myself to within an inch of my life, but I feel like that’s the best way to manage fitting in school and family and boyfriend and blogging and workouts and (hopefully) 2 minutes of downtime. 😀
Obviously I know that GCSEs have always been a lot of work, but I can’t help but feel that the ever increasing workload is maybe not quite right. People I’ve spoken to that sat their exams only a couple of years ago have said that it was different even then: not staying at school until 5pm repeatedly and not starting intensively revising so early, and that was without the extra subject that we’re doing this year. Whilst I appreciate and am very grateful for the tons of extra hard work that the teachers are doing for us (every single one of my teachers is ridiculously helpful and donates loads of their own time to us), I don’t know whether it feels a little overkill in a way. We’ve basically been told to put the rest of our lives on hold until after the 23rd of June, which stops us from throwing ourselves into other pursuits for the time being. I don’t know if it’s a good thing to limit 16 year olds in this way! Of course I’ll just have to suck it up and get on with it, but I do find myself getting ever so slightly annoyed sometimes at how our worth and future seems to depend on grades! Maybe that’s a rant for another time.