A Woman In A Man’s Loft

We took the ‘Man Loft’ by the horns this weekend.

There was only ever going to be one way to do this.

There is simply no time to be lily-livered.

I have surpassed my own expectations and have gone from a hoarder to a hurler (check out the arms below if you don’t believe me).

And oh how therapeutic this weekend been.

The whole house has been like a building site but my *soul is beautifully cleansed.

*Note to self – too much Shakespeare on a Friday night is not good for a loft review

So here I am on my tea break surveying the efforts of my project management.  If I’m going to do manual labour, tea is an essential.  Well actually, tea is essential full stop.

Notice I’m doing the unthinkable here and instead of showing a picture of my hot steaming Latte, I’m showing a picture of me steaming in the extra hot loft drinking my tea looking – well, Lofty.

Nice Cup of Tea

Credit : Industrial Lighting courtesy of Iron Man

I always ask myself whether posts are going to hit the right note and be of interest before publishing.  Lofts are a bit of a dry subject and there is nothing special about mine but I’m guessing you have one too or have been on this same journey and I hope that you will humour me with this series.

(Or him!)

Cash in The Attic

So upon realising he is about to lose some vital man space, Iron Man has entered into the spirit of cash in the attic and having realised he has got some pretty top retro gaming equipment, he is up and down the ladder quicker than you can shout ‘I’ll take it’.

And whilst he is caught up with the world trading markets, I am taking the opportunity to get some organisation going on in the space that he has called home for all these years.

I’m guessing there’s going to be some kind of mourning period for him as we say goodbye to the loft ladder for the last time but we are ready to catch him when he falls.

This loft is testament to the fact that I love a lever arch file.  My passion for a course is evident here.

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And of course there were going to be ‘finds’.

This is the tankard presented to me when I moved on from my time in the Harrier Project Office at the Ministry of Defence.  Oh how I loved it there.  The tankard was a rite of passage presented to those that had successfully achieved membership of the Friday lunchtime drinking club.  In my early 20s, I joined the service men and women for a weekly tour of some of London’s finest public houses.  I wonder where they all are now.

White van driverAnd then there was the floristry business and my little van.  A real life lesson on how to go to Plan B when Plan A fails – and quickly.  Some wonderful support from family and friends for which I will always be grateful.  Lots of shoe leather, sweat and tears and recoveries from doors closing in the face.  And then success.

And the opportunity to provide flowers for some wonderful weddings, events and venues including The Queen’s House and London Zoo.  These are photos of photos so the quality is not great.

My little business which I started after quitting many years of work in the City.

I kept going through to my seventh month of pregnancy where size dicated that I was no longer able to climb into the mystery machine.

And then for a few months after The Kid arrived.

Talking of which, here she comes ……….

Kid in the Loft

Look at all of that clear space!  I still cannot imagine it being a bedroom though.

And then some oldies and goodies.

Rowntrees Dairy Milk Box

A chocolate box belonging to my mother and father.  Used by my father for paperwork after the chocolates had been eaten.  He was a very organised man but also loved to keep things in case they came in handy.  There is a lesson here.

Really cute to see that they had written their names next to their favourites.  Nuts for dad and Aero and soft centres for mum.  That never changed.  With Coffee Cream and Turkish Delight being the poor relations, not much has changed there either.

And as was the East End way, the beautiful wedding china – saved for best.  22 carat gold.  One can only imagine how precious it must have been to receive these.  They are too good to be in the loft but then there is the fear of breakage.

I need to give some thought to where in the house they can be safely displayed.

So that is the first cut – still a way to go but we are on a roll now.

I have found it very easy to clear and chuck.  If things are important they stay and will be included in the fabric of the house.  Other essentials will go in the eaves.

And in lieu of a treat for The Kid for her school report, I gift her these beauties so that she may know how important it is to grasp the basics.  She will be expected to use them during the summer holidays in a logical manner, concurrent with a child of her age.

Accounting. Quantitative Analysis

And, if she chooses to stand on them in order to reach the mirror to apply her lip gloss then she will do so will my full blessing.

Because, here within these books is a month of my life that I won’t get back.

No further education on this subject required – thank you very much.

There will now be a temporary interlude in loft updates until the big build commences.

Feel free to share your stories in my comments section.

And, once again, thank you for reading.

Nicky

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29 thoughts on “A Woman In A Man’s Loft

  1. What do you mean ‘Lofts are a dry subject’?!! I loved this! I think it is because I am so nosey! I loved having a peek in your loft. That Dairy Box with the favourites marked was the best bit. How lovely…And why do they even bother putting coffee creams in chocolate boxes. I have yet to meet anyone who actually likes them…Or the strawberry creams…Or any kind of cream.

    I got a little bit overexcited that you seem to have as many box files as me, as well as a collection of textbooks that I still haven’t chucked even though I really can’t see myself reading about Pharmacy Regulation again.

    We have so much shoved in our loft at the minute. I’ve gotten as far as sorting into eBay, charity and keep piles but there is still a lot of stuff I have to try and part with…But you never know when I might need an inflatable airbed with a hole in it or a Brother electric typewriter that uses a floppy disk drive…

    I look forward to reading a woman in a mans loft Part 2.

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    1. Well I’m glad you enjoyed the grand loft tour Jane! Meanwhile the files are breeding (watch that if you are a keeper). The worst part of this is having to empty and destroy the contents. Another day out of my life! I love that you still have the airbed and the typewriter. It’s the overwhelming panic of getting rid of something in case you may need it isn’t it. You were obviously bang on trend with the floppy disc in your typewriter. And as for the Pharmacy Regulation, I have no doubt that manual is in it for the long haul. I wonder if it stems back to our parents. Not that I’m looking for anyone to blame of course. It’s a bit like some of the programmes on TV about hoarders. We sit there in disbelief, yet are effectively only one step away ourselves. Thank you for commenting. Next step boot sale!

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  2. Oh this was so interesting! That tankard is really something special, wow! And the china is stunning. Definitely a shame to have it out of sight in the loft. The chocolate box though, how lovely with their favourites written on…something as simple as a chocolate box but what a treasure #KCACOLS

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    1. Thank you! I love the tankard Hayley! The things that you mention will always have a place but it’s just all the other bloody toot. A boot sale is next on the agenda. The chocolate box is something else and I can just imagine my mum and dad eating them and claiming their faves. Thank you for commenting.

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  3. Loved this post! It really made me chuckle! You are a fantastic writer! How exciting to be converting the loft. I guess it must really make you think about what things you actually need to keep when you don’t have a loft. It’s so easy to keep storing things up there ‘just in case’ until you have two decades worth of ‘stuff’ to sort through! Good luck with it all! #KCACOLS

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    1. Aw thank you Rebecca, that’s a really nice thing to say. I am excited now that we are reaching the end of clearing (I say that optimistically). Fortunately we brought everything down that needed to be gone through before the hot weather came otherwise we probably would have died up there. I will never hoard again hopefully. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. ah it sounds like you made some good progress – I am mind house clear out and sort out at the mo as we just moved. we have so much junk. I love rediscovering bits though and reminiscing about times gone by. my mum was a florist too when she was younger 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday 🙂

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  5. What you have done so far is great. It is amazing what you find up there after a while. You must find somewhere to display that china, it is beautiful x
    #KCACOLS

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    1. We have really ploughed through so much and we are on the right track – thankfully closer to finishing as it’s been a bit of a chore as you can tell. Yes the china will go somewhere, no idea where but it will find a place. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Our loft is tiny so we don’t have anything up there. The basement though…… oh dear! We plan to convert is one day too but I’m praying that day stays far away because I just don’t fancy clearing it out! #KCACOLS

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    1. Ooh I bet you have lots of exciting things in your basement and I don’t blame you for putting it off. It’s been a real drudge but there is light at the end of the tunnel and a lovely new space once we’ve done the leg work of clearing! Thanks for commenting.

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    1. Yes we have the CDs and the records. They have made their final journey down the stairs. It’s a shame because there isn’t really a market for them now unless you sell them in bulk for peanuts. Not sure who Ruth is but she is very Ruthless! Thanks for commenting.

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  7. Love this! No one in their right mind would want to go anywhere near my loft. For a start I can’t even reach the ladder that’s up there and need a coat hanger and a chair from downstairs. Plus, like you said, it seems to be my Hubs man space and he’s got everything annoying organised, but so organised I’ve no idea where anything is! Loved your post though, really made me smile! #KCACOLS

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    1. Thank you and thanks for commenting. I’m not a loft visitor by trade but needs must from time to time. This time being the last apart from a few final recces. I’d have probably ended up hanging from the ladder if I’d attempted a solo trip. They are designed to keep the girls out! Not once I’ve got a staircase and carpet though and I can’t blinking wait.

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  8. Oh, how you ALMOST inspire me. I have so much ‘stuff’. ‘Might come in useful’ was proved yesterday when my monitor died. (In the middle of doing something!)
    I had not thrown out my late husband’s monitor. (he’s only been ‘gone’ two years and seven months.) The monitor still works and will save me quite a bit – for the moment.
    But oh, the rest of the ‘might be useful’ things… I SHOULD do something about them.
    Thanks for sharing – Mmm

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    1. Ha ha. We would never have done it if the beauty of a lovely new bedroom and bathroom wasn’t the light at the end of the tunnel Susan. It’s been a drudge I can tell you! Never again!

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  9. I am a bit of a hoarder myself and I reckon some of my stuff could be recycled. So many treasures you found in this loft! I love the chocolates tins. #KCACOLS

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  10. I cried at the chocolate box…we love a clear-out…when visiting my mum last holidays she shoved me up on the attic..which has no ladder or light..and I was wearing shorts..que splinters…and actually though I was sweating like a pig we both loved it, I got all my old books down for my son and she found all my grandmothers crockery! We sat together and chatted through all our memories 🙂 #KCACOLS

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    1. Oh bless you! Why is it that lofts are so hard to get into? Ouch to the splinters! My mums loft involved balancing the edge of each foot on the door frames. The loft hatch wasn’t on a hinge so you had to balance it on your head on the way down. That was terrifying! It is so lovely to go through the memories isn’t it. I figure that now, by keeping the main things accessible, we can access them more easily. It’s lovely to share stuff with the kids isn’t it. Good family stuff. Thank you for commenting.

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  11. Haha that was a so say dry subject told so brilliantly and made interesting. How cool it must hear been to uncover all those things and memories and to share them with your little one too. Only having been in our house a year were not quite at clear out stage yet, I am well aware however that I have a childhood of memories stored in my mothers aloft that you have inspired me to want to go uncover xx #KCACOLS

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    1. My advice is to do regular clears. Keep the good stuff and ditch the rest. I had a lot of my stuff at my mum’s and then it went from her loft to mine, through 3 house moves and I still didn’t need most of it! Thanks for commenting and happy uncovering!

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  12. Well done for doing this clean-out, I’m glad I don’t have a loft! It’s amazing how you start reminiscing when you come across all these old things you’d almost forgotten about. At least I do anyway, I get lost in the memories and make very slow progress clearing things out.
    I love coffee creams, by the way! #KCACOLS

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    1. This is the thing. You end up spending more time looking than doing. I’m over that part now though. It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it after seeing one too many boxes. I shall send all coffee creams forthwith! Thanks for commenting.

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