This could be my nicest de-cluttering task. I have two top shelves in a chock-a-block cupboard which are laden with half-full malt whisky bottles, deliberately out of easy reach, otherwise I would be an alcoholic by now.
I acquired most of the bottles as gifts, as a result of the quite unfounded reputation I had at ExtraCare Charitable Trust of being a frequent tippler of malt whisky 😀. My undeserved reputation came about because I used to do an induction talk to new staff at the opening of every new housing scheme or retirement village. It was called my ” suitcase talk”. I dressed up as an old man moving in with his lifetime possessions in his case. The idea was to challenge them to draw up a support plan for me based on what they could learn from my suitcase contents.
One of the things I had in my case was a miniature bottle of malt whisky, which I proceeded to drink in front of them, while denying that I drank at all. They made lots of incorrect assumptions about me e.g.:- “do you come from Scotland?”— No, I was born in Abergavenny in Wales; “Do you like whisky?” —- Yes, especially Spey-side malts and Ardbeg, a wonderful peaty Islay whisky I discovered on a 60th birthday salmon fishing trip to Scotland; and then finally out of caring concern for my health ” should you be drinking, won’t it affect your medication?” — Yes, probably but my doctor told me to take my pills with a drink, so mind your own business. By the time I had finished my talk, some of the staff had me down as an irascible old man who was probably drunk half the time!
The point was they needed to talk to me not just make superficial assumptions from what they first saw. That applied to all my possessions and to all their new residents.
Now, thanks to all those excellent staff, I am going to have an enjoyable few years of retirement de-cluttering my shelves of whisky bottles. I will no doubt turn into the old man the staff first thought I was.
There must be a better idea for dealing with how to de-clutter my shelves of whisky :-). Any inspiring ideas ?