Beck Diet Solution - The New Beginnings DeCluttering Thread -- NOW to Dec 31, 2013.




onebyone
08-08-2013, 09:43 AM
Hello Decluttering Buddies.

This thread is a decluttering support group to help us rid our living spaces of unwanted material weight. Whatever it is that is physically weighing you down in your environment, let's lighten that load and help each other get out from under it and give ourselves the room we need to move forward in our lives.

What do you want to tackle as we head to 2014?

How do you want your home, office, car, studio, garage, basement, desk drawer, junk drawer, moving boxes from when you moved three years ago (that'd be me) to look when we move into the next year?

I, for one, need to see some progress once again. Let's get stuff done, and let's get *credit* for it too.


onebyone
08-08-2013, 10:01 AM
Hi Decluttering Buddies.

It's been a while since our last challenge ended. I'm ready to get things done and to get back on top of my environment. I have the mountain of boxes and the Landlord's visit to turn the air conditioning off in my near future. Also, my mother will be living nearby in about 6 weeks. So if I can use these events as motivation, I can understand why I relly do need to make my environment "visitor friendly". I have to remove that box pile so I can set up a dining room area. I'll need a place to serve coffee and snacks to my mom. I don't want to eat off the side tables inthe living room or the coffee table or our laps. I want to cook good nutritious food for us and to serve it cheerfully. This is my vision for what I want. The first thing to do to make it ome true is to open and sort and make decisions about those boxes and their contents.

I will tackle one box/bag/tray whatever the container/form but I will deal (toss/put away/give away the contents) with one today.

bandit2
08-08-2013, 10:25 AM
Hi onebyone - this sounds exactly what I need to get myself motivated to deal with my clutter. Over the past couple of years, I have done better & have actually made progress in most areas of my house, except my basement. I have boxes that have been packed up for several years & tons of outdated junky things. Would love to join in with you on your journey to a less cluttered life.


bethFromDayton
08-08-2013, 08:25 PM
Just poking my head in and saying 'hi'. Although my garage and basement need work, I'm basically a featherweight in this area.

We spent last weekend working on the garage, though, and lots ended up in the trash. I'm usually pretty good at pruning--and DH is good at holding on to things. We got new shelving units for the garage and put up a rail to hold outdoor tools and such.

For the first time in, well, EVER, DH's tool drawers got emptied and cleaned out.

We had to stop the project Sunday night and there's still tons to do--but I'm not sure when we'll start it up again since we're supposed to go out of town this weekend. Fortunately, all of the work is in the 3rd bay (which is double deep) so both cars are still in the garage.

onebyone, good luck on your one item tonight--let us know how it went!

onebyone
08-08-2013, 08:39 PM
Hi Beth and Bandit2

So glad you guys checked in! I've made some major changes since I moved here but the day to day upkeep gets away from me--but not as much as before *credit* --I'm still looking at storage units, but only for my art stuff/show display stuff. My house stuff has to be dealt with and that means taking it out of boxes, bags, plastic bags, tupperware bins... wherever I have stashed whatever I have stashed.

onebyone
08-09-2013, 08:57 AM
Coaches

Yesterday I looked through one bag. It was full of canvases-some new, others used. I ended up stumped and put them back in the bag and back where I found it. I have no strategy for where to put art stuff as I can't bring it to my studio right now cause I am in flux over there. I am waiting until payday on the 15th to get a small storage locker for art supplies. I have no choice on this right now. Today I will simply choose another item to deal with. Not the best of starts, but whatever. *credit* for starting.

bethFromDayton
08-09-2013, 11:40 AM
When we moved last, I went through many things as I was packing, asking items "Do I love you enough to pack it, move it, and find a home for you in our new house?" I got rid of a lot of things when the answer was "No, I don't love you enough." And some items I said I did love enough are still in storage in our basement. When I go through them again, I'll have to ask the question of each item again!

I also ask if the cost of replacing the item if I need it again is greater or less than the cost (emotional and practical) of storing it.

For items for which we have many duplicates, I have the "How many of you do I really need?" question. Even when I don't actually get rid of all of the excess, I do separate them out--the primary ones to be used are easily reached, and the extras are store out of the way--sometimes to never come out, but that helps me prune them the next time I go through stuff.

I also do the "this is all the storage I have for these items" thing. For example, I have two armoires for fabric and sewing supplies, plus several plastic drawer units. That's all I have and I may not overflow them. If I want to buy more than will fit in them, I have to get rid of stuff to find room for them, because the sewing supplies are not allowed to overflow their allotted space.

(Now I need to come up with a working concept for my closet!)

onebyone
08-09-2013, 11:21 PM
did not get to the mountain today. i think it will be monday before i get there next.

onebyone
08-12-2013, 02:51 PM
Well I see that my last post predicted that it would be Monday before I got back to box mountain. Today is Monday. I better dedicate some time to this project today.

So, I will take the advice of a decluterring friend and isntead of worrying about where to put something away right now, I will focus on reducing the size of box mountain. If I can condense 3 boxes into 2, that is a reduction in the overall volume of clutter/stuff that I house.

I'm going to

1) pull out three items and deal with them with the goal of making them into 2 units, or less. I will dedicate one hour to this task.

2) I will wash the dishes that remain in the sink.

3) I will remove the stuff that is cluttering up the surfaces of the living room as we may have a landlord encounter this evening. Our washer is acting up. I loathe encounters with the landlord. We all try to keep them to a minimum.

Will update later tonight.

Newlifestyle
08-12-2013, 04:30 PM
Hello I am making baby steps with decluttering,
Washed dishes in the sink,
emptied clean dishes out of the dishwasher,
spent 15 minutes organizing the garage, while doing this I realized that I will need to spend more than 15 minutes a day on the garage.

Beth you have great ideas to deal with clutter.

Onebyone Good luck with the landlord encounter. I can understand how that may be scary. Thanks for starting this thread.

Have a great day everyone.

bethFromDayton
08-12-2013, 09:34 PM
No clutter update at home today--but I did wonders at BFF's this weekend--both her garage and a kitchen cabinet! (She has been known to come help me go through things as well--her support is when I pruned so much when we moved 6 years ago)

Newlifestyle
08-13-2013, 09:29 PM
Hi all checking in,
I did well with eating and exercise but not with my clutter. I washed the dishes in the sink but that is it.
I will try again tomorrow.

bandit2
08-14-2013, 12:02 PM
Hi ladies - nice to see everyone chiming in when they can.

I am sure you have heard of doing this, but what I started to do is
have 3 containers: 1 for give away, 1 for put away & 1 for garbage &
started in less cluttered room first, sorted and cleaned it with using my
containers. And the "give away" box went directly in my car & was dropped off at charity shop. I really felt great having 1 room completely done.
Since basement is the worst, I am dedicated 1 hour/weekly to deal with this in the same way. Will take longer, but not so overwhelming breaking it into small time segments.

Keep up the good work, everyone & "happy decluttering"

Ruthxxx
08-14-2013, 12:10 PM
Jumping in because I really need this. I did declutter my car yesterday, removing six canvas tote bags and some mail that just got pitched into the trunk once I knew there was nothing important there. There were six unread newspapers of June and July news.

I have a fairly large house for one person and things go and hide on me waiting for em to find them. I have a spare room upstairs that I'd really like to turn into a guestroom but it's full of partially finished sewing and quilting projects and has my unused treadmill filling the rest of the space.

Right now, I am going up there with a garbage bag and start to pitch, being as ruthless as a Ruthxxx can be!

onebyone
08-14-2013, 02:43 PM
Hi Everyone

Well, to be honest, this is what I managed to do from my Monday list:

PREVIOUS ITEMS
--I did do the dishes, all of them, It was about three sinkfuls. Today I have about one sinkful of dirty dishes, but no verflow onthe flow or the other counters. *credit* this is progress.

--I did clear off the surfaces in the living room: coffee table, chair, futon, plus the floors were swept and loose papers etc. were tossed. The landlord encounter was super easy. I guess cause he sad he just had to replace the belt on his own washing machine at home so our machine problems were undertandable to him. Everything is good.

--I pulled out three bags of canvases but they sit, leaning up against the futon, waiting for me to look at them. I will do that when I get off the computer, before I head out to the art store/garden/take my walk.

NEW ITEMS

--do all the dishes before I go to sleep. I remember it feels great to have a clean sink/kitchen when I get up in the morning.

--pull out one more item from box mountain to sort through tonight/today.

That's it and that's enough.

Bye for now. Check in when you can. Stay focused and things will slowly change bit by bit. even when you think they aren't, they are.

bethFromDayton
08-14-2013, 03:41 PM
Hey onebyone, give yourself credit--you did a lot from your Monday list--all those things matter.

My plan for tonight is to spend an hour on decluttering in DD's room. She's out of town right now and doesn't have much time at home before leaving for college--and I want her room ready to use as a guest room in October when we're having at least 10 weekend guests and I'll need all the rooms! (DH may pre-empt that to work in the garage--if he does, I'll go along with it)

bethFromDayton
08-14-2013, 10:23 PM
DH preempted my plan to work on DD's room to work in the garage, and we got a lot done, but it's in the "tear it apart to put it back together" stage.

We totally emptied off two shelf units (which are being re-purposed to the basement "warehouse"), and have two new (shallower and taller) shelf units put together. There's one more for the back wall, and then two for the side wall that aren't assembled yet.

There is stuff all over the place, but once we get the shelf units put together and attached to the wall we can start putting things back--in an organized fashion. I want the things we use most to be the things that are easiest to get to!

DH has put things aside for moving to the basement (collection of antique tools, collection of old meters--that sort of thing). The two shelves on the side wall will be reserved for his Model T stuff--old iron, engine parts, specialized tools--all that sort of thing. That will help a lot, because the meters took up a 4' long, 2' deep shelf that I could actually reach, rather than being in 'collection' space.

I feel good about our progress even if it's currently a mess.

Lexxiss
08-15-2013, 01:25 PM
Hi Beth, onebyone, Ann(Newlifestyle), Bandit2, and Ruth!

I suppose to a few of you I have been noticeably absent here. I have good news to share. Since our Spring challenge ended on June 21 I have kept going every single day. I kept going doing what worked for me (aligned with Beck principles);
I made a plan every day and did it "no choice". The result was I found it far less daunting and overwhelming when I just took a baby step but did it every day. The built up results have been remarkable.
My plan has continued to be my 1-2-3 dance (taken fromflylady)
Everyday I dedicate a short time (usually less than 1/2 hour)
1. old clutter
2. current clutter
3. clean(something).

It has been one of the most gratifying times of my life. Routine in one area of my life has helped with routine in other areas of my life. As my environment has become less cluttered and cleaner through a daily routine I find my exercise and food plan has become less cluttered and "more routine".

The other day I finally made a decision to switch out my "house dress". I live a block from my 92 yr.old mom and it's not uncommon for her to call me at 6am or 10pm to run over and do something for her. I got into the habit of the "housedress". Something I could wear to work at home....garden....go to the store...or walk down the street in. My old was a Nordstrom/shirt dress(cotton) with side and top pockets. It was way too big (which was ok) and totally worn out...with holes underarms, etc(which was not ok). I opened my closet and pulled out a beautiful maroon EddieBauer/velvetshirtdress (from a thrift store) which was too long and had no pockets(and used to be too small).
Wow! Clean office....I had the vision and could pull out the sewing machine/supplies....bring it to the right length, hem the sleeves AND I cut the pockets out of the old dress and inserted them into the new. This was so exciting to me and happened as a result of my persistence with my daily chores. I've been wearing it daily since I fixed it Sunday morning and I feel comfy. The old one was pretty outdated and kind of reflected the "old me".

Anyway.....I am in maintenance! My home is in order and my decluttering "projects" are very few. Mostly, my decluttering now comes one item at a time as I see something that no longer fits/or serves my purpose. I do keep a box downstairs AT ALL TIMES and when I find something I no longer need it goes right into the box.

My big "project" right now continues to be the renovation of my grandmother's tiny house. The water/sewer lines were finally finished 2 weeks ago and we're mostly waiting for our contractor friends to be freed up. While we're waiting I'm trying to do a few fun things, too, remembering how hard I have worked to get to this point.
Credit.

I'll pop in from time to time but I have an internet issue these days which makes it a little difficult to get to 3fc when I have personal time....

Best wishes everyone!



What do you want to tackle as we head to 2014?

I'll think on that one. I know I'd like to have the renovation complete and the house rented but there are some issues there beyond my control. I will do my best.

I guess my greatest joy would be to continue to maintain my home as I have learned and learn to enjoy and better organize the space I have freed up

PS RuthXX, I am going to clean out my car TODAY!

Newlifestyle
08-15-2013, 09:16 PM
hello ladies,
I didn't post last night but i was still doing stuff.
Lexi, you are doing amazing, congratulations.

1. old clutter (worked on garage for twenty minutes, bagged two bags for donation and one bag of garbage.
2. current clutter - picked up newspapers and books off living room floor.
3. clean(something), cleaned dishes.

I will try to maintain the 1,2,3 steps.
Have a great night.

Annik
08-15-2013, 09:26 PM
I am happy to see this thread!

I can connect with the 'spirit' of wanting to get rid of dead material weight.

Lately find myself going through the kitchen cupboards with this mission: everything must have 'a place'. If I can't make a specific place for it, then there is no room for it.

sidebar achievement that is now happening: some of my junk drawers are getting cleaned out because I now realise they are valuable in terms of 'location' -- ie, junk is filling up the places that things I need could be placed.

bandit2
08-16-2013, 11:20 AM
Hi everyone - love reading all the posts!
Lexi - great job on all you have accomplished, really inspiring for all of us.

My laundry is caught up & I threw out torn/stained items as I went along.
And have a charity bag on the go.
As I mentioned before, most of the house is pretty good except the dreaded basement, but this week I sorted 2 boxes and dealt with those.
Small steps in the right direction which is key.

All - lets all keep focused and slowly, but surely we will see results!

bethFromDayton
08-16-2013, 11:21 AM
Last night was a successful night in the garage reorganization project.

DH and I put together the 3rd (4' wide, 7' high) shelving unit and attached all three shelves to the back wall of the garage. We did a ceremonial placing of the first items on the unit--and we agreed completely on what they should be and where they should go. (Admittedly, there weren't many options for the drill recharger--there's only one outlet on that wall, so that's where it goes!) The 'small unit organizers' were the other things we placed.

One funny: DH went to get the leaf blower (he doesn't sweep the garage--he uses the blower) to clean the area before we put the shelves in. He went to where the leaf blower is supposed to be (where we put in rails and hooks to hang such items--and it wasn't there. He hadn't put it away the night before. (In his defense, it's hard to get to right now because we have all the stuff that was on the old shelves piled up and blocking walkways around the Model T)

The plan for the night is to load the shelves, in a nice, organized, planned way, and to reload his tool chest, which is mostly empty, also in a planned way, so that the stuff we use most is the most accessible (great concept, huh?).

When we emptied the shelves, we did a lot of sorting and organizing--much of the stuff is in plastic bins (many of which are shoe box or sweater sized) which can be labeled and put on the shelves.

Saturday, he'll be working mostly alone since I want to spend the day with DD, since it'll be my last day at home with her before she goes off to college next week. <sad> <empty nesting is going to be hard!>

Newlifestyle
08-16-2013, 08:29 PM
hello all,
great ideas from everyone, I like the keep, donate, and trash plan. I think it will help me as I go along, thanks.
Beth, that is so difficult with DD going away to college, Is her college close by?
I washed dishes and picked up a bit of stuff, I only worked at it for about 15 minutes, it will all add up, slow and steady.

Have a great night all,
I am learning to accept that I don't need to do the all or nothing thing, baby steps.
Ann

onebyone
08-16-2013, 09:45 PM
Doing laundry for my trip this weekend. It's in the dryer now. I just asked DH to help me clear off the stove. I was stumped and burst into tears. Inspite of this, the stovetop is now clear. I think I need to get to bed. G'night.

bethFromDayton
08-17-2013, 01:34 AM
Newlifestyle--DD will be about 75 minutes away, so not bad. That's how far my son is (different school). His freshman year I went down about once a month to visit for a few hours.

For the keep/donate/trash piles, I've learned to put the donate in the car as soon as I've got a bag full and commit to running it by the Goodwill the next time I'm out.

onebyone: I'm sorry the stove was so stressful. You're making progress--as Newlifestyle said, baby steps.

DD and I spent about an hour and a half in her room tonight--I was a whirling dervish. We gathered trash, organized things, and she's washing all the clothes that were on her floor (90% of her clothes were on the floor). Tomorrow we'll go through the stuff we organized and also divvy the clothes up into "pack for school", "give away", and "keep at home". She'll have the same steps to do at her dad's house Sunday or Monday--she's got about half her stuff in each house.

Then, DH and I spent about 4 hours in the garage (hence this late night post). All 3 shelves on the back wall are up. All of the tools have a home. All of the misc "stuff" has been sorted into boxes and those boxes have labels. (I have a lot of plastic shoe box and sweater sizes boxes that used to store kids' toys, and those are now full of "Screws", "Nails", "Plumbing", "Sandpaper", "Grinding" and things like that. There are more than two dozen of the boxes but they're easy to find now! There are also 3 boxes labeled "Sort me" that DH will have to go through--they aren't mine to solve.

I don't think I'll be helping DH in the garage tomorrow, other than to help him put together the remaining two shelving units--it's definitely a two person job.

He's ecstatic (his word) with the garage organization--he says he's wanted to do it for years and hasn't had the get-up-and-go to do it. (Sort of how I feel about the basement)

Take care all!

onebyone
08-20-2013, 02:23 PM
Hi Everyone

I am trying to focus on three boxes I pulled out of my box mountain and the first one is just a minefield. Full of family history. I have pulled some stuff from it for the donate pile, but have had my nose in a full-to-bursting manilla envelope of letters between my parents right after I was born and right after my mother left my father and left me with her parents, which is where I grew up, as I never did go back with my family. These letters are all from that time. I remember grabbing the envelope when we moved my mom into the nursing home but i thought it was correspondance my grandmother made not my mom. So I really need to refocus. Only 1/4 into box #1.

I will set these aside for reading tonight, as much as I can take, and am now going back to the boxes to sort. I am hoping to condense the boxes as I will not find homes for this stuff yet, but if I can reduce my overall pile, that would be progress--thanks to Lexxiss for suggesting this strategy to me.

My first goal is to have a functional eating space/dining room where my mother and I can share a meal.

1. old clutter--three boxes from Box Mountain a) sorted & b) re-boxed if necessary
DONE two boxes broken down for recycling+packing materials - all box conents put away - not perfectly, but put away- one box pull for donation credit

2. current clutter - clear off tables in the living room: 2 end tables, coffee table

3. clean- dishes in the sink and stovetop+ tiny counter beside it so I can fix dinner.

Newlifestyle
08-20-2013, 08:35 PM
We have only been home about three hours and this house looks like a disaster, DH and DS are currently swimming. They is a path of clothes in the living room. It is rather comical. I will pick those up right after I post and then will go in the garage and go through a box. I think I need to leave the three boxes, donate, garbage and keep in the hallway as I am going through things.
Thanks for being here, slow and steady wins the race.
Have a great night.
Ann

onebyone
08-21-2013, 05:41 PM
Hi Cleaneruppers!

Today I pulled out one large box, one midsize box and two tiny boxes plus a plastic drawer I brought over from my studio.

I've got stuff all dissected now, all over the living room floor. I am feeling stumped.
I keep finding stuff and I can't seem to decide what I want to get rid of. Today I want to keep everything and it's all small piddly things that just stump me. So I think I'll gather like things into a ziplock bag, and label the bag and then gather the like bags together. I can see much of this stuff is craft supplies/parts/pieces.


1. old clutter: 4 boxes and one plastic drawer done
2. current clutter - cleaning off chair in living room
3. cleaning countertop in kitchen. done

THOUGHT about what to do as I move forward and I need to make space for the stuff I am going to find and put away so I need to also take time to straighten up/declutter my shelves, which are up but poorly used. Time to to step back a bit so I can go forward.

Lexxiss
08-21-2013, 07:09 PM
onebyone, if you want to keep everything in a box just put it all back in and open a new one. If you can let go of just a couple of things your pile will keep getting smaller. At least, too, you are getting reacquainted with whats in them.

I've been busy enjoying the "fruits" of my previous labor. With a clean and organized home I've been able to pull out my dehydrator and start drying organic local peaches. Definitely a project (3 cases purchased, so far) but very rewarding. Enriching my life.

As I'm accustomed, now, I do my 1-2-3 dance every morning. It still feels good.

Gotta run...have company over for dinner.

onebyone
08-21-2013, 10:09 PM
onebyone, if you want to keep everything in a box just put it all back in and open a new one. If you can let go of just a couple of things your pile will keep getting smaller. At least, too, you are getting reacquainted with whats in them.

Thanks for the help Lexxiss. I have a box on the floor right now and two box lids with stuff in them from the boxes I tackled today. I know where they will go, but I have to clear out those spaces next. It's all a chain reaction kind of thing. I do feel the spectre of perfectionism rising in me though, and wanting to "do it perfectly" as in find everything a home. This may not be possible, but I can make significant improvements. It doesn't have to be perfect or totally ignored. There is some middle ground here...

onebyone
08-22-2013, 10:40 AM
Hi Declutterers

Today I am reclaiming the space on my shelves. Honestly, I have used them as a "place to put stuff for now". I have more shelf space than I used to have and so some stuff can be re-shelved/re-assigned to other areas of the house. It's become obvious that I need the space for the stuff coming out of my storage boxes so now I need to condense and clear off the shelves I can access. These are four shelving units: 2 in the living room and two in the hall. I am dedicating one hour to each unit.

1) 12 cubes in living room shelf unit

2) 6 shelves in tall bookcase in living room

3) three shelves in hallway (left side of hall) bookcase plus surface of dresser (bookcase sits on dresser unit with three drawers. drawers for another day/space/time)

4) three shelves in hallway (right side of hall) bookcase plus surface of desk (bookcase sits on desk unit with three drawers, plus long desk drawer above space for seating. Drawers for another day/space/time)

Will I Deal With What's On The Top Of The Shelves???

All of my shelving units have stuff sitting at the very very top of them. I think I am going to not worry about that today. For whatever reason, they really stump me. I think I have enough to keep me busy today. Maybe when I get the rest of the spaces reclaimed it will be more obvios where that stuff goes.

I am taking before and after pictures.

Bye for now.

Lexxiss
08-22-2013, 07:50 PM
How did it go, onebyone?

Not much decluttering going on here. I was thinking today....it's been almost two months since I've been over here and this used to be our primary home. We'd be here for months at a time just heading over the hill the other direction for a quick check. I had the opportunity to start "new" here in 2005 and I'm really happy now that I get to come over so infrequently. It's really a joy to walk into a clean and organized space and realize it's mine, especially since I get such a short time to enjoy it anymore. I do make an effort, when I'm here, to keep up with things, too....which reminds me I have a beautiful dress I need to try on again and see how much closer it is to fitting. I bought it several years ago at a very upscale thrift store. It's black ultra-suede with beautiful flowers on the bottom...short but pretty formal. I think I'll go look....I'm guessing not quite yet.

onebyone
08-22-2013, 08:54 PM
Hi

So I had these intentions to get all my shelves done. What I managed was one shelf unit, in the hall, the 3 shelves above the desk. Then, when I decided to move "projects I am working on now" to the clean/clear desk top, well the whole thing got covered up with stuff really fast. Then, right after that, after seeing how quickly things went back to being messy on the desk top--which wasn't even part of my plan to begin with (HELLO???) I just felt depressed. And I have had a low level anxiety all day long. So I went to my email and found an email sent to me via the Flylady website. She is really my anchor throught the decluttering --well her and everyone here is is happily trudging along this same path. SO I read this--btw I snipped out paarts and kept the stuff that spoke to me...

...we have a tendency to be too hard on ourselves. Why do you think we make huge lists? We just keep piling on so that we can at least look productive even if we get too overwhelmed by the list to even do anything on it! Suppose you did get something done. We were all taught that if you don't get all done the things that are left go to tomorrow's list. I am just getting sick thinking about a list that continues to be too big and I never seem to make any headway with it....

So why are you trying to make it so hard on yourself by doing too much too fast and feeling like a failure! Life is just too short! Do you hear me! Make it easy on yourself by starting small and building upon those firm foundations....

WE DON'T PUNISH OURSELVES ANYMORE! ... when you are loving yourself, you will do your best to be kind to you! When you are kind to yourself that kindness gets passed on to others!

Make it easy on yourself! Try BabySteps!

And so, I decided that my list WAS too long for today and yep, I was feeling liek a failure and yep it had to o with being perfect and getting it all done today, like as if I could by magic somehow, and that getting 1 out of 4 done was really nothing and... well it was all just so perfect this little email message. Now I feel better about my one shelf unit that has been dealt with. Tomorrow I'll do another one.

I don't like the term baby steps though. Not sure why.

Newlifestyle
08-24-2013, 05:55 AM
Hello all, quick check in to say hi and that I am still at it.

Lexxiss
08-25-2013, 07:13 AM
I'm still at it, too. I made a point to unpack/put away right after we returned home yesterday. I was glad this morning! I work early but have made the bed, cleaned the kitchen sink and picked up some old stuff I didn't put away before we left. credit.

Ruthxxx
08-25-2013, 07:38 AM
Slowly, slowly picking away at things in the upstairs spare room. I have sorted out a lot of old papers. (Is it really necessary to keep tax returns from the last century?) Several unfinished sewing, knitting and quilting projects are now gone and I have rescued a few things.

Along with the upstairs stuff, I've also pitched things from my pantry hoard - nobody wants 2 year old jams and pickles! Several unmarked bags of Bulk Barn stuff are also gone. However, my Santa collection is still standing on the desk in the upstairs hall. I have a box and some bubble wrap so will do that today!

At least the clutter is shrinking rather than growing!

Newlifestyle
08-25-2013, 06:00 PM
Today was a good day, I think I want to move and downsize and get rid of all clutter. If I keep at this I will be ready to move by spring. Two loads of wash, packed up a box and clear garbage bag for the diabetes association. I even recruited my DS to go through his stuff and donate all the things he doesn't want to play with.
Cleaned kitchen, didn't take as long as I though it would.
I am off to post on the main Beck site, have a great night.
Take Care
Ann

geoblewis
08-26-2013, 12:26 AM
Wow! This is the thread I need for the remainder of this year! I am very grateful to the original poster! I've slowly de-cluttered various parts of my house, still have some to tackle, and now my garage looks like a hoarder's haven. I moved my living room and dining room around a couple weeks ago and got all the windows washed. My son already power-washed the outside of the house.

This week's goal is to tackle my personal closet and dressers. And I need to get it done tomorrow, because the housekeeper is coming on Tuesday and I want her to get all the dusting done after I've cleared stuff out.

I can't get everything done all by myself, so I hire people to help me. I need to call a handyman to help me hang a big picture in my living room (it's been sitting in a box for over a year!) and to hang my TV over the fireplace. I need an electrician to run the wires under the house for me as well as repair my ceiling fan light kits. The fireplace needs to be scoured out too, but I think my son can do that for me.

So this week, I'll get all those people set up to get this stuff done. And I'll report back here once everything is accomplished and I'll move on to my next short list.

Baby steps...

onebyone
08-26-2013, 01:18 PM
Hello

With September on the doorstep, I have the feeling of a new start/new beginning/new year. Septembers always make me feel this way.

My mother will be here in about a month so I am going to create a three week plan to get my apartment's "social spaces" in order. I want to tick the box that says it si DONE by the time my mother comes over for her first post-move visit. Not to mention my sister will be here too, to help ease our mother's transition to a new care faciilty.

I ma going to write down, in tiny steps both a work schedule (I am self-employed) and a decluttering scheduloe/goal list. In there are some deadlines too so I need to be flexible as it can take me longer to make what I need to make.

I am not interested in punishing myself. I am not interested in feeling bad that it "got this way" or that we "live this way". Really, what I need now is some success. I need to meet my goals instead of always shifting them around. I want to move on already. I firmly believe that getting unstuck in one area helps me get unstuck in others. Success breeds success. It's why I believe a decluttering thread DOES belong in a weightloss group. This is another area I am stuck in and need to face. It's all connected inside of me. So I will go do that, infact this is my goal for today:

- to create a daily check list to meet my goals in one month's time in the following areas:

1= living room space
2=dining room space
3=kitchen
4=bathroom
5=entry way

6=art show deadlines written down
7=steps needed/ time scheduled for my art work in the three categories I work in a) weekly market b) art submissions c) christmas shows d) development of online art presence re:long term goals

8=weekly commitment to exercise written down

9=food plan written down

I'm going to take a *credit* for posting and for starting to look at this right now.

geoblewis thank you for joining us. We hope you can find support and help here for your decluttering journey. Thanks for posting and let us know how it's going.

Newlifestyle I am thinking about my next move too, even as I upack boxes from this past move that is now 2 years old. How can the time go so fast? The diabetes people are in my area soon too... I already have a box for them. *credit* Thanks for checking in!

Ruthxxx As long as the clutter shrinks--you are right with that. No amount of "organizing" or rubber maid bins can actually lessen the clutter as much as just chipping away at it does. You're doing fantastic. I also found 2 xmas related items this week. I found my only xmas decoration my Santa Star and then an unopened box of SpongeBob Square pants xmas ornaments (very small all like 1" tall). I love them.

Lexxiss Great job keeping everything at bay Lexxiss. What are your next projects? Any kind of "dream project" on the horizon now that you've got the underlying structure in hand???

bethFromDayton
08-26-2013, 10:25 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm home after my week away. DH finished the garage organization while I was gone. I worked with him on most of the stuff--and then he sorted out his antique car stuff himself. The shelves in the garage look great.

Yesterday, when I got home, I unpacked and realized that my closet really needs to be gone through--but it's not high on the list.

What is on the list is the basement "warehouse"-a 14' x 30' area that has tons of stuff in it--and we can't find anything.

So, tonight we cleared out the back wall and brought down the 3 shelf units (2' deep, 4' wide, 6' high) we're repurposing from the garage. We now have 8 of those shelves in the garage.

DH and I do not want to approach this project the same way, so it may be more stressful than the garage was. For today, we cleared one of the previous shelves off completely and started sorting things out to be gone through on an additional pass: craft stuff, stuff for DH to go through, stuff for me to go through, stuff belonging to DD the elder, pictures and frames...

Our first pass is to sort everything, cleaning things out as we go. We ended up with a big bag of trash and two boxes of things to give away, so we're getting rid of stuff as we go. There's just so much to go through!

We did make progress tonight, though. First task for tomorrow is to move the electrical panel so it faces the other way--I hope it turns out to be an easy job!

Lexxiss
08-27-2013, 08:19 AM
:welcome2: Georgia(geoblewis)! This IS the spot for decluttering! Glad you found us!

Beth(FromDayton) great job finishing one project and moving to another with some great experience!

onebyone, I like your list with rooms/food/exercise all included!

Ann(NewLifestyle), I, too, was ready to live with less. There were many hard decisions along the way yet I find NOW that I don't miss the stuff that I parted with and actually feel comfortable with letting go of more. I always have a box to put thrift items as I find them.

Me, tired today, but pushed on through my routine. I kept reminding myself how important my daily stuff is to ME. Was rewarded after folding laundry to pitch my dirty socks into an empty laundry basket. credit for persistence this morning.

onebyone, you asked what I have on my radar. Unfortunately, I'm at the mercy of contractors and weather right now. My renovation which should have been completed months ago is at a standstill and there is nothing I can do until others step back in. The kitchen cabinets should be in this week. Thus, I am not filling my brain with anything new at this time. I am just working on acceptance.

geoblewis
08-27-2013, 09:52 AM
Well, it's Tuesday and my de-clutter goals have not even been addressed for the week. The needs of the many have co-opted my time, once again. A merry maid will be here in five hours, and I have to leave for work in four, so I will see what I can get done around the house. I've already loaded the dishwasher. I need to clear off my desk, get the laundry put away and the clean bedding out. And wake up the 21-year-old who stays up all night watching Japanese anime!

(That kid really needs a job!)

onebyone
08-31-2013, 06:21 AM
Declutterers

I love a Master Plan that I can follow, one that will take care of everything that needs to be taken care of, but it's not going to work for me for this month. With being awarded a week long art project, the time I can dedicate to massive clearing out-cleaning up in here is cut by half. AND I realized I have another upcoming deadline right in the middle of the month for an art submission to a gallery that is very important to me and none of the work for that submission is even started, let alone done. And I may do the work and decide it's not the right time to apply yet, so I am going to have to be very focused and organized and set aside the time to work on the different projects and actually stick to it. Follow my plan. I think I build too much wiggle room into my plans sometimes...

Anyway, all this to say that I need to modify my goals and re-think my schedule. It can be done! My sister WILL HAVE a pleasant and peaceful place to sleep when she comes on the 18th of September.

Must go. Have a great day.

Lexxiss
08-31-2013, 08:10 AM
Hi!

I had two days off this week and the first was spent taking my mom to a medical appt. I'd gotten a little behind with my household stuff this week and so yesterday become the designated day EVEN THOUGH it meant not doing exactly what I felt like doing on my precious day off. I spent the day catching up on yardwork, paperwork, cleaning and completing several procrastinated projects. credit. My two procrastinated projects were finishing the slicing/dehydrating of fresh peaches(the case was hogging the refrigerator) and finishing some sewing/mending projects that had necessitated the sewing machine hogging my desk in the office. After it was all done I really noticed the clear space both in the refrigerator AND in my office.

I'm more than frustrated in the yard. We have a big yard and lots of areas that are "just weeds" until we can come up with something that is sustainable. I worked really hard early in the season but wedding stuff ended up taking priority. As I pulled weeds yesterday (only to prevent the million seeds if I didnt) I became more agitated.
My solution is to come up with more of a master plan for next year and to acknowledge the progress we did make this year.. We made progress this year with a new and more efficient mower and a updated battery operated weed wacker. We planted a rose bush and a dozen raspberry plants in the front that are doing well.
We have already discussed a new master plan and I will work on some of the old clutter that is still in the yard over the next several weeks.

It is progress, for me, not perfection.

Work calls....glad to be back in my routine. I've proven to myself again that what works best for me, both inside and outside, is small and consistent blocks of time..

bethFromDayton
08-31-2013, 05:13 PM
I don't have a Master Plan--it's more of a "work on the area that is the highest priority right now" method.

Today, that is my office--my inbox and desk are out of control so I'm going to work on those.

However, I did yeoman's work in DD the younger's dorm room today. We spent last night and this morning clothing shopping plus some other items. We got her back to campus in time to go to her activity, but I stuck around in her dorm and hung up all her clothes, put a shoe storage thingie on the inside of her closet door. (DH re-positioned the robe hook so they could co-exist). I found new storage spaces for some things that were in the way and just generally made the room more organized. (Her job to keep in that way)

DD and her roommate have to take out the trash, though--I didn't do that.

Monday, I'm headed down to get her again to take her to Ikea for room decoration items. I want her to love her dorm room--and there's no reason she shouldn't. (Friday afternoon, she didn't love her wardrobe. Now she does. Things can change quickly.) Then, my organizational job will be to help her get everything put on the walls--and that'll be my organizational work for Monday!

bandit2
09-06-2013, 09:57 AM
Hi everyone - congratulations on all your accomplishments.

I have been working on my basement & have 4 bags of garbage to put out & 3 bags for Goodwill & broke down a bunch of boxes for recycling that I put out yesterday. So making progress down there.

My laundry is caught up & as I mentioned, I use 2 laundry baskets (1 for dark & 1 for whites) and when 1 is full put on a load. I do towels/linens Sunday a.m. By doing this I find I can keep up.

Also, make shopping list & "shop" in pantry/cupboards first & find I am eating though stuff I have on hand instead of buying more.

Another thing that has helped me is to spend a few minutes each night preparing for next day. This has save me alot of time in the a.m. and can
actually get some housework done before leaving the house.

All - keep up the good work.

Lexxiss
09-08-2013, 11:05 AM
Hi everyone!

I love when we post tips on how we do things...laundry, etc. It's so helpful to hear how someone else does something! Thx!

I have been keeping up with my daily chores. credit. I like how my organized home feels.

This morning I had some time and just went with the flow. I needed to knock out the carpet in the pet/laundry room so I did it first thing. If I do my most procrastinated project first then it goes away and I find it motivates me to accomplish something else. Yay!

Afterwards, I started picking up/decluttering and I ended up in my personal closet. I went through all my hanging clothes again and separated 15-20 items for thrift. By doing quick try ons I was able to discard a few extras even though they fit. I looked in the mirror and several items just didn't suit me anymore. Today I was also ready to let go of some emotionally attached items I have been hanging onto "just because". A tailor made dress...a gift from my brother, several pendleton shirts which belonged to my father....etc. After I finished sorting I had space to hang some shirts from a drawer which left more room in the drawer and made some nice cotton shirts more available.

I noticed a box which had some antique "stuff"...not valuable. I took the entire box downstairs for thrift.

When I let go and give some nice items to thrift someone else receives benefit. That's the beauty of letting go.

onebyone
09-18-2013, 03:27 PM
Hi Everyone

I just moved the last box out of the dining room. Box mountain is no more. Wow. I totally dealt with 10 boxes--emptied them, sorted and placed them, and will now break them down to bring with us to Ottawa tomorrow for my mother's move over to here the day after. So, they get re-used right away. Yay. I placed 6 boxes into the bedroom closet and two underneath a desk in there. Temporary but out of the way for now. I have one for donations and I have two baskets of clean and folded laundry with no where to put them. Wow again. I need to go through my clothes and get rid of the excess. I can also hang stuff up, which is not being done, and that will help but I have zero room for sheets and towels so a culling of these will need to happen too... but not for a few days. My sister should be landing right about now and we'll be seeing her after she checks in at the hotel. Mercifully, she is not staying here. It did get me back on track with the cleaning though and some things have been spruced up, but not enough for an overnight guest. But my sister has promised to help me sort this place out and I know she can do that and I welcome it.

The only things left for me to do today are to break the boxes down, and to place together the stuff that is to go to the studio - about 4 boxes and a few bags.

I also need to clear off the living room coffee table and clean out beneath it and around it, and then sweep the floor once more. I may quickly damp mop the bathroom floor too. This will all take less than an hour.

And that's that. I'll check in again after we've moved my mom on Friday.

Lexxiss
09-23-2013, 08:39 AM
Hi declutterers!

I've been moving forward everyday just not finding internet time. I'm definitely in the "have to push forward" mode. I worked really hard last week accomplishing extra declutter/cleaning tasks before my live in contractors showed up today....now they're not coming. I was saving my bathrooms for last and yesterday I recognized something important for me:

My daily decluttering/cleaning is not for others' benefit; it is for me.

Important to recognize...I cleaned bathrooms and got myself back on my normal routine this morning. Whenever they finally decide to come I will be ready.

I still have this agitating project and I reminded myself that my baby steps would make things easier when we finally got to it. I motivated DH to go up yesterday and do some project decluttering....when he got agitated we stopped. 20 minutes later he was calm and I suggested we go move the two pieces of furniture that needed to go to make room for the electrician. At that point he was willing so it's done.

One day at a time here, I'm mapping out daily progress that we can accomplish so DH and I can be on the same page.

Simple joys this morning:
Picking up my kitchen
Enjoying my clean bathrooms
Opening my closet to hang a shirt and seeing organized items, all which fit.
credit.

Lexxiss
09-23-2013, 08:28 PM
I'm so grateful I did some planning ahead....my contractor called and Rick will be coming tomorrow...arriving while I am at work.
Thank goodness for clean bathrooms and meals precooked and frozen.
I can relax tonight instead of panicking.

onebyone
09-29-2013, 06:28 PM
Declutterers, Hello

Box mountain remains in the past (yay) as does the visit of my sister and the move of my mother to a place nearby. I slept about 16 hours yesterday in the aftermath of what was a very difficult 8 days + 1 week before the 8 days moving odyssey.

Ny sister stayed in my place for a couple of nights. She commented that my apartment is "an order of magnitude in much better shape than any other place I have ever had" and she said she could see I had been working very hard on my clutter/cleaning issues.

You guys know I have but at times I have wondered if I have, so it's good to get some objective eyes on the state of my affairs.

She has some ideas on how to make my kitchen more funtional and I'm planning on making a start toward that goal this month. She will be back to check in on my mom in about 4 weeks and will stay with us. It makes me happy that I can provide a restful space for visitors.

Tomorrow my close friend Tim comes to visit for the night. We are taking our art show down and he will pack his work, and mine, up and re-install it at a gallery in Ottawa. So I get a bonus showing! Again I am glad to have a space for visitors. Even my mom was by and found my couch so comfy she took a nap. It's all good. And it can be better. I am focused on that.

bethFromDayton
09-29-2013, 10:45 PM
onebyone, how wonderful that you have evidence that you made changes and improvements. That's got to feel so great!

Today was picture hanging day at our house. Four framed pictures that had never made it on the wall are now up in our bedroom. Two George O'Keefe prints that were in the bedroom are where I wanted them in the living room. (The big Cezanne thing is not where it newly belongs yet--we had to buy sturdier hooks for it since one broke taking it down)

There are two new things hanging in the living. The framed tapestry of the Myajima torii gate that I bought in Japan is now hanging in my office. The two glass Tiffany Stained Glass reproductions that were in the basement in boxes are now on easels in the living room. Two watercolors that I bought in Florence over 20 years ago are now hanging in the bedroom.

I feel pretty good about how much stuff is now out where I can see and enjoy it. DH helped with a lot of it, although he did not understand why I wanted to move the Cezanne or the O'Keefe prints. I'm thrilled with the new look though!

Oh--and I bought 3 of the 4 curtain rods I need for window treatments for the living room and dining room. We've been in this house 6 years. About time. (I'm ordering the 4th one on line--Lowe's only had 1 of that size)

Lexxiss
09-30-2013, 09:43 AM
Yay!

I'm on the run...headed to Denver but wanted to check in. I'm staying really functional and enjoying the results. It's so busy right now and I know for me that my success staying OP with food has been the result of staying caught up with my chores/decluttering.

Lexxiss
10-02-2013, 08:40 AM
It's difficult to put into words but I wanted to post...

I have so much going on right now. I have the renovation. I have to work at my "real" job. My mom has multiple dr. appts. for an upcoming surgery. Our first hard freeze is coming soon.

Monday night DH and I sat down and decided he had to travel to our other home and winterize. Friday night would be the freeze that could possibly break the pipes and cause flooding. I had to work and I had the "feeling" that the wife of our reno team was going to show up soon.

We went to bed early. We got up early.

We sat and discussed how we'd implement our plan. Before I went to work at 7 I tackled all the chores at home. DH hit the road as I left for work.

What I noticed consistently as I moved forward yesterday morning was that all the decluttering/organizing I have accomplished in the past two years has effectively set us up to live our "real life".

This plan we made on such short notice was made so much easier because the junk is gone and the organization of what's left has happened.
~the car was already gassed
~DH had left his sunglasses at the project but there was a spare in the glove box.
~we needed a new insurance card but I knew exactly where to find it.
~my clothes were clean for work
~I remembered to pay the water bill (last day)
~I had time to do some clean up at home
~I had time to go up to the project and haul two trash cans to the curb

It all happened and DH and I didn't get stressed. We just got to the task.

The miracle was my DH showing up at my work....returning from a safe 250 mile RT. Summer home winterized. I found out my contractor had traveled, too, and was in fact, showing up at the project later. We were ready.

So: today despite continuing project and having to leave the house at 730 to travel w/mom to a pre surgery appt I am doing my chores
~stripped the bed and am washing in stages
~pay bills before leaving
~find time to exercise

When I went downstairs the washer wasn't quite finished. Instead of watching and waiting for the cycle to complete I changed the cat's water dish, I opened a new 10 pack of natural diet sodas and put them in the fridge and I pulled out all the (clean) veggies/fruits to prep our morning smoothie.
I used to just stand and stare at the spin cycle.
I get so much accomplished in those short moments. It's probably my most effective home strategy right now.

I'm grateful for this continuing thread and for the new life I'm being given as a result of continued decluttering. I have stopped bring home new stuff. I'm content with what I have left.

Sometimes I ask myself...what do I miss of all the countless boxes of "stuff" I have hauled out of this house? I used to think I couldn't live without all of it.
The one thing I can really think of is an antique brooch given to me by a dear friend. It accidentally went out on a piece of clothing I sent to thrift. It hurt at the time but now I've found acceptance. Everything else I let go of was really ok. There was a time when I thought I couldn't live without this stuff but today it's all ok.

I truly enjoyed my "yesterday" full of responsibility and function. I'm planning for another one today.

Lexxiss
10-04-2013, 07:57 AM
Our contractors left yesterday and it was a whirlwind trying to finish up this phase of the project. I spent the day multitasking...up and down the stairs in the backyard. I noticed I automatically cleaned and organized at the project before locking up and we made a giant dump run which took rubble from the project AND every other misc. clutter in the yard. credit.

I decided NOT to touch the house last night. IT was a busy day AND I had coffee stuff strewn all over because our coffeemaker quit and I had all the alternates on the counter.

This morning I started in the kitchen...and have worked my way up....decluttering as I go. I had some minor food indisgressions this past week and as I recommitted to my food this morning I recommitted to my home, as well.

My thought this morning was about Routine. We all have different lives and different routines. My key to success is an established everyday routine which factors in "my life".

Off to continue!

onebyone
10-05-2013, 07:52 AM
Lexxiss kudos for your continuing success(es) on all fronts! I am continuously impressed by how much you manage to get done on a day to day basis.

bethfromdayton I totally get hanging and moving artwork around. I also have a DH who will help me do it but may not know why. Very thrilled that you can now enjoy your previously boxed up artworks as well.

I too am moving forward with the decluttering. After my visit with my friend I have a clearer idea of what I need in my studio to make it function properly. The two hallway half-shelves that are paired with a set of drawers and a desk will be traveling to my studio, probably next week via a work friend of DH's with a truck. These units are full to the brim right now, but I can sort through it and make decisions as I go. The space created by removing the units will allow DH to move his comic book/boxes collection into it and he thinks he can also place a couple of shelves, thereby freeing up the back bedroom enough that we actually have a spare room for guests to sleep in. Now that my mom lives nearby my sister from Key West will be up a few times a year so it would be great to offer her a place to sleep with a door. A little privacy is really needed when traveling.

The dining room floor is covered with stuff from my mom's move so I think I'll put that away today. It's been almost 2 weeks now since she moved into her new place.

onebyone
10-07-2013, 04:06 PM
Declutterers, Hi!

I have not managed to get much done on my larger decluttering projects but have created a master list again which serves me well. Today I will focus on clearing away the stuff on the floor of the dining room and will check in with my progress in an hour. Bye for now.

UPDATE: floor is cleared in the dining room--the central part anyway. Took approx. 30min.

helping rachel
10-10-2013, 11:38 AM
Hi all!

Jumping in here with my fall goals. My first floor is clean and decluttering but now I am starting on attic and 2nd bedroom. This area is a catch all. I needed to come on here and declare "I HAVE TO THROW THINGS OUT. If I want a functional clean space with purpose things have to go. My upper part of my house is overweight. It just is.

Wondering what do you tell yourself to let things go that you think you need or might use again. We have enough, we really do and I just keep storing stuff for a rainy day that never comes.

Basement flooded on Monday and I was so grateful that the only boxes in there were rubbermaid and could be moved. They fixed the outside sewer pipe to a tune of $4500 our bill. It had collapsed and fell apart. Going thru some medical tests and seeing the importance of having superfoods in my diet. Upping my veggies and thinking of getting a Vitamix to juice for health and the energy benefits.

Thanks for the space to tell the truth. I will report back later.

Lexxiss
10-10-2013, 09:31 PM
Hi!

Great to see you here Tami (helpingRachel)! Regarding letting go of items I "might need" later....
I have given myself permission to reacquire anything that I have let go of IF I find out down the road that I really need/want that item again. So far it hasn't happened AND I feel comfortable (looking back) on all I've let go of.

I've been making the extra effort to stay organized with all the projects continuing. I find myself whizzing through my chores in the morning before leaving so I can come home to a sanctuary.

Tonight, even though it was past dinner time, I went ahead and cleaned up after myself as I went through the process of cooking dinner. I find if I wash all my knives/pans right away it takes 5 minutes. If I let them sit overnight they take 15.

helping rachel
10-10-2013, 10:20 PM
Thanks for the insights. I love your routine, Lexxiss. As I was sitting at the Doctor office this week, I realized I want a decluttered organized home in all areas. I filled 2 goodwill boxes and a 5 gallon trash can. Truth is I wouldn't buy the stuff I am giving away. I really think I have some hoarding tendencies and yet some rooms are spotless and everything has a home. Baby steps and following a plan. My thyroid tanked so I need to change my health using my fork and eating many more veggie which I really do love. Blessings on all your projects.

helping rachel
10-15-2013, 04:57 PM
Update on progress. Filled another 5 gallon trash can and 1 box ready for goodwill. I wrote out a list for each room to finish but I do have 10 boxes to go thru. They were stacked in the utility room where it flooded last week. I decided unless the items are pictures, sentimental or unused product it's going out the door. Truth is i don't get into these boxes and haven't for a few years. Storing stuff just to store it. I would rather have clean space. I mopped the basement area and bathrooms, vacuumed entire area, now time to take a breather. Feeling like this could be done by November if I keep up my weekly pace.

50 percent finished with an art project. Need some strong glue and it will be done by this weekend.

Off to drive my daughter to an out of town college visit.

Look forward to hearing how everyone else is doing. Albert Einstein said a problem can't be solved with the same mind that created it. Starting to realize I have to name what keeps me from getting rid of stuff and being attentive to the daily action that goes with it. So Beck like.

gardenerjoy
10-15-2013, 11:10 PM
I'd like to jump in! We had some good progress today and I really want to start doing a little something daily to improve our home. I haven't got a grand plan right now and probably won't for at least a year, but if I can do a little bit every day, things will improve and, maybe more importantly, they won't get worse.

I know from my experience with Beck that the best way to get myself to do something every day is to log it. So, here I am.

Today's success was about 90 minutes with DH, reorganizing the mud room. We had work done on the sink about a month ago, so the impetus was putting away the stuff that had been sitting out after that project. Now that the sink works, though, we don't want quite so much stuff under it -- one needs some space to work at a sink, it turns out! So, some of the stuff needed new homes. It turned into a whole room reorganization. But, for the first time since we moved in, the mud room is fully functional. And since one of the reasons we bought the house was because of the mud room, that's really good!

For tomorrow, my task will be getting ready for the cleaning crew. They come every two weeks and the organizational effort it takes to get ready for them is the only reason that my house is in as good of shape as it is.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room

onebyone
10-16-2013, 03:54 PM
Hello

I've been busy at it, re-arranging my studio space the past week. I pulled out my disassembled L-shaped glass desk from the crawl space cubby we have in the apartment and set it up at my studio. I realized that would be a great place for it AND it would make it more likely that I work there. I can even use the glass top for rolling out my inks which makes it a work table as well. Great. When my friend visited he suggested I put shelves into the far corner of my studio and store my rolls of paper on them. I don't really like my paper rolled up, but it is far better to have a shelf to put it on than to have them loose. Then I realized I already have what he was suggesting and DH considers them a "trap" (he says I lay traps all over the house ie. stuff that he stubs his toes on). Removing the two sets of shelves that sit on things (a desk and a set of drawers) will open up the "alcove" off the hall for DH's ever-growing comic book/box collection. And this means that we will be that much closer to having the spare room (where his comics are now) become a spare bedroom which we now need since my sister will be staying with us when she comes to visit my mom every few months. I am very focused on making sure she can have some privacy when here. And some comfort.
So with this in mind, ththis weekend we moved the next batch of boxes from our move (they were in the corner of the spare room) into the dining room and replicated Box Mountain. I got through Box Mountain once. I'll get through it again. And one more thing happened in regards to the studio space, I happened to run into my landlord there and he said he and his son would be able to install an 8'x8' sheet of drywall for me overtop of the cement block so I can have a smooth surface to draw on. That was unexpected and I was making plans to do it myself, in a very makeshift way. He said in two weekends he could get to it and that would be perfect.
I need my studio in good working order before winter hits. Actually I want it in place by the end of November. I am planning on attending Art Basel Miami and expect to be full of creative ideas after that and do not want to come back to a studio that isn't ready for me. Many things happening. All good for a change. I'm even thinking I could have a Christmas Studio Sale in December if the studio gets organized enough....!

Nice to hear of everyone's decluttering efforts! Keep posting.

Lexxiss
10-16-2013, 10:44 PM
Hi Declutterers!

I wish I could get here more often....It took me 26 minutes to actually get to the point where I could say hello tonight, although I read posts daily and with ease from my iphone (which isn't too response friendly). Anyway, now I really need to get to bed since I work at 530 tomorrow morning.

Life has been busier than I could have ever imagined several years ago. I believe the reason I am moving through it all without lots of off plan eating, stress and depression is because I keep myself really focused on keeping things organized and functional at home.

I'm still focused on my everyday tasks. My routine has become pretty automatic and I find myself constantly thinking of ways to be more efficient. More efficient=more time.

My reno is in it's final stages and theres not much for me to do there right now. The heating guy is working on the furnace set up. The glitch is my mom has 3 rentals needing work and it's my job to facilitate. The first is a major reno and two are yet to be seen (they vacate Oct.31). Right now I just bounce between work, rental and home.

I like when I work at my house best. I get to think about my progress and where I'd like to continue progress forward. I get to live my progress, too. I noticed the other day just how much "stuff" is gone. I tried to think of what I miss and truth is nothing. I just love "functional". I tried to guesstimate just how much I've given away/thrown away.....1/3....1/2....alot, anyway.

I contemplated how I would react if I had to move again since the rental I'm cleaning out was occupied for 25! years. This time around I would still lighten my load even more before moving...especially to smaller quarters. I like that I have room for everything now. Several years ago I did not.

My success strategies that continue to work to my advantage:
1. Pick up after myself every day, which includes making my bed every morning
2. Clean up the kitchen mess before serving dinner
3. Finding strategies to get DH on board and helping.
4. Having a master plan for stocking OP groceries.

I love reading everyone's successes! Time to head to bed!

gardenerjoy
10-17-2013, 11:47 PM
Forgot to post last night, but I did clean up for the cleaning crew. Today we went out to MiL's so I knew I wouldn't have time and energy for much of my house project. My single goal was to get the plastic container that w brought home food in several weeks ago back to her. That doesn't sound like a big goal, but it didn't happen last time we went -- this time it did!

Tomorrow. I'm going to empty my In Box and catch up my Tickler file. I've been waiting until I had a better system to organize that stuff into, but there could be unpaid bills lurking in those two places -- it can't wait any longer.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18:

onebyone
10-18-2013, 03:07 PM
Hello Declutterers

I could hardly wait to move my furniture to my studio so I loaded what I could into the car last night then thought better of it when the skies poured rain and it really wasn't an emergency. But I am just plain *excited* about my studio space. I moved in on my birthday last year, but I haven't really made the space my own. And the surprise of how cold it was in there last winter threw me. This year, I am preparing for it. I need to work through the winter. I cannot afford time off.

So I drove my stuff over after DH was dropped off at work then filled the car with my market set-up for the morning and will elave the studio keys with DH so he and his friend can take the rest of my stuff over in his friend's SUV while I am at the market tomorrow morning.

On other fronts, I emptied the bookcase in the alcove and moved it into the spare bedroom and gave DH the go ahead to re-organize my wall of bookcases. He said he'd do it. I resisted then thought "let him do it-he's offering-let it go" and so, I am. DH will have the sapce this weekend to pull his stuff out of the back bedroom and it's all perfect timing as an old friend is coming to stay for a few nights next week and I can give her a room of her own. Isn't that awesome?!!! I think so cause I had written that room off as ever being used as a spare/guest bedroom. I am amazed it's all just a few days away from being accomplished. Yay! Credit Moi!

Ok enough of this I do need to make some things for tomorrow.

Keep going everyone!

gardenerjoy
10-18-2013, 10:50 PM
I cleared the In Box and Tickler -- but in to piles on the floor of my office. 26 of them, I just counted. No lurking unpaid bills, though, so that was good. But a bigger mess than when I started.

I'm in the process of restructuring how I handle tasks, so it made some sense to make themed piles of these things, most of which represent tasks. If I get a good system in place, I won't need to have near this much stuff living in my Tickler file and it will likely function much better and not end up 13 days behind schedule like it just did.

So, what is the next step? I'm not sure -- which, I now realize, has been why I've been spinning wheels on this all month. I didn't have something forcing me to set a goal. I'm resisting the next step because it requires committing to a new system. And I hate to commit. As long as I don't commit, I can retain the fantasy that this new system will be perfect -- so perfect that I can get done everything I can imagine doing (and I have a very big imagination).

It's past time that I commit. So, tomorrow, I'm putting the skeleton of the system into place. That's my goal.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler

Lexxiss
10-19-2013, 07:33 AM
Hi declutterers!

Just wanted to pop in and say hi. I am finding myself having to reach deep inside to accomodate two renovations and work my "real job". I've kept to my declutter/organizing principles through all this. credit. Every morning I get up and accomplish household duties before heading to work. This morning as DH and I sat and discussed everything over coffee I recognized again the benefit to us as we both know we come home from the craziness to a functional and enjoyable home. I'm grateful, again, for all of the "stuff" I let go of in order for this to be a reality.

One day at a time.

Lexxiss
10-19-2013, 02:40 PM
I have to share....
We have been hauling stuff out of this rental house in order to do the cleanup and renovation. A guy had stopped by and was interested in several of the items we had placed outside.
Today he was back again for more! He helped us load stuff into the dumpster in addition to helping is pull stuff out of several sheds. It ended up being great fun (not to mrntion exercise) and a lot of stuff is finding another use. Yay!

So....I got home in the mood to work on my own stuff. I often use my timer to facilitate small progress forward. I'm not in the mood for a big in depth project.
I'm going to allot 10 minutes for each of the 7 rooms in my home. If I finish in one room faster I can add that time onto another room.

Then I am going to sit in my comfy chair and read my latest library book...

ETA-3 hours later I am finally sitting down to dinner then my book. I took longer and I added some stuff...a visit with my neighbors on both sides and doing some cleanup in the yard. The good thing was I knew it was a limited time frame if I wanted. I played my favorite tunes and had a good time....

gardenerjoy
10-19-2013, 11:05 PM
I got the new system started, not done yet, but getting it going felt like I got past a barrier so I'm happy. Tomorrow, I want to finish that process.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks

gardenerjoy
10-20-2013, 11:23 PM
The structure for my new organization structure is in place and an old structure from a year or so ago that was kind of in the way is demolished.

Tomorrow, I'm going to take a break from that kind of work and, instead, focus on getting the cabinet under the kitchen sink cleaned and organized.

I got the new system started, not done yet, but getting it going felt like I got past a barrier so I'm happy. Tomorrow, I want to finish that process.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks

silverbirch
10-21-2013, 02:03 AM
focus on getting the cabinet under the kitchen sink cleaned and organized.
:wave: Joy, I'll join you on my hands and knees at the adjoining cupboards (saucepans etc). It's truly filthy under there but it'll probably only take half an hour to clean. Yes, I am madly busy with other things but it has to be done and it'll be easier doing it in company, as it were!

geoblewis
10-21-2013, 02:29 AM
My decluttering plans are stalled for now. I have been getting my mother's house ready to rent and it's taking all my spare time. This makes me very frustrated and angry at times. She isn't appreciating the need to get her old, outdated house up to code so she doesn't get sued if someone gets hurt living in her house. Every repair is met with resistance! Fortunately she isn't living there any longer, and my sister and I have agreed not to let her know everything we're doing. We'll just show her the house after we're done with the repairs and she'll say she hates it but can't do anything about it.

So in the meantime, my laundry is done. At least my kids and I have clean underwear for the week!

gardenerjoy
10-21-2013, 10:40 AM
silverbirch: cool! Let's get this thing done together!

gardenerjoy
10-21-2013, 11:13 PM
Done! The area under the kitchen sink looks good. How did you do, silverbirch?

Our temperatures are getting colder more quickly than expected. Tomorrow's task is to clean up the tomato vines, rescuing both ripe and green tomatoes.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink

silverbirch
10-22-2013, 04:59 AM
:wave: to all!

Done! The area under the kitchen sink looks good. How did you do, silverbirch?


Well done! I had to swap Monday with Tuesday so I'll be doing the cupboards this morning. I'll report back and may have it done before you get up. DONE and cleaned the loo for good measure! Thanks for your encouragement, Joy!

When I saw you were doing the tomatoes next I thought that I could just copy (and alter to fit) what you do and save on thinking (my brain space is severely limited at the moment). I though you wouldn't mind and I would cut back the lavender (rather too late but a light cut is better than nothing). :)

Then I realised again that we're going to France on Friday. :cool: A plasterer will be replastering the sitting room whilst we're away so everything has to be put somewhere else. And this is a very small house. So I shan't follow your example just yet!

As I was doing my exercises just now I thought "Eating food does not calm me. Clean, clear space does calm me. That is where my focus should be."

As always, when we come back from France, I'll say that we should throw away lots of stuff. :D We don't have much but there's always room for improvement.

gardenerjoy
10-23-2013, 12:44 AM
I got my tomatoes cut back, with a photo to prove it.

DH seems to be inspired by my work. He cleared some books from a shelf with the idea that some cookbooks, currently housed in a box, could go on that shelf. So, I'll do the follow-up tomorrow and get those books shelved.

silverbirch: I hope all goes well with your prep work for plasterer and that you have a lovely trip to France!

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants

Lexxiss
10-23-2013, 02:08 PM
I'm making progress forward with all my "external" renovation projects. Today I have the day/night to myself as DH went over to our other house. I am going to make some progress in my office, defrost/reorganize chest freezer, perhaps do some baking....I have many options.

gardenerjoy, I love your picture with your tomatoes! Thanks for sharing with us! I enjoy reading your daily log. It is just so amazing how all the small projects add up when we work on something every day. It has certainly been the key to my progress.

gardenerjoy
10-24-2013, 12:15 AM
I did today's chore. Tomorrow, I'm going back to a project. I cleared my In Box and Tickler on the 18th -- to 26 piles on the floor in my office. And they're still there! Tomorrow, I'll clear at least 6 of them.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves

gardenerjoy
10-24-2013, 11:00 PM
Well, I only cleared off one stack of the six that I intended. But it was a difficult stack with lots of tasks implied and I did them. So, I'm actually pretty happy with that as progress.

I've got another busy day tomorrow, but surely I can manage two stacks -- so that's my goal.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack

Lexxiss
10-25-2013, 11:07 AM
Yay gardenerjoy!
I'm noticing that I'm noticing now that you've started posting a daily list. Thx! What great progress you are making.

I'm noticing the small things I have left undone.
Wed-cleaned out freezer and pulled out unprocessed chokecherries.
Thurs-processed the above mentioned
Fri-strained as much juice as I could before leaving for work and cleaned up the mess.

We got to look at a rental of moms for the first time on Wednesday. Sadly, it has been destroyed by cats. We're pulling the carpet today. It just makes me notice my own habits a bit more and encourages me to be more mindful. I am grateful for the home I am creating on a daily basis.

Off to work!

gardenerjoy
10-25-2013, 10:37 PM
I did the two relatively easy and short tasks, but I fully completed the chores they represented, so I'm happy with that.

Saturday is a good day for organizing. I'd like to clear all the stacks in the office and the mail which is piling up downstairs while my office isn't in a state to take it in.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks

gardenerjoy
10-26-2013, 07:59 PM
I keep setting my goals higher than I'm able to meet. Mildly frustrated but not a problem if I choose not to make it one. So, today, I cleared 6 stacks. Tomorrow, I hope to finish them all and clear the mail that's piling up in the kitchen.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks

gardenerjoy
10-28-2013, 12:36 AM
Cleared seven more stacks and I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Tomorrow should be a good day for this sort of work so aiming (as I have the last three days!) to clear all the stacks and the mail that's been piling up.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks

gardenerjoy
10-28-2013, 11:41 PM
My stacks are cleared. Woohoo! That feels good. I have a ridiculous day tomorrow, but I'm also feeling ridiculous that it's been over a week since I've processed the mail. So, I'll make that my goal for tomorrow.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
28: cleared rest of stacks

gardenerjoy
10-29-2013, 11:44 PM
Well, I processed the mail to some degree, but the bits that need action are now in my In Box. The Cleaning Crew comes tomorrow, so I'll have to get ready for them, but I really want to clear my In Box again -- so two tasks for tomorrow. It's a day that can handle that.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
28: cleared rest of stacks
29: cleared mail from kitchen

gardenerjoy
10-31-2013, 12:59 AM
I completed both of my tasks, clearing the In Box and prepping for the cleaning crew. The owner of the cleaning business chatted with my husband and said we're one of the favorite customers because we straighten up before they come and because we're nice. He asked a little more and apparently "nice" is about not looking down on the people who clean our house. Which we don't -- a job best left to the professionals in our case because we really suck at it.

I need a goal for tomorrow that already has a pretty long to do list. My main focus tomorrow is my writing which I've been ignoring for a month, so I'm going to go through all my writing stuff and get it organized. That will be a good way to get re-oriented.

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
28: cleared rest of stacks
29: cleared mail from kitchen
30: prepped for cleaning crew, emptied In Box

Lexxiss
11-01-2013, 08:14 AM
I continue to love looking at your list, gardenerjoy! It's such a great reminder of just how much the accomplishments add up when we make a commitment to do a small task every day. It's been the basis of my continued success.

I've had very little internet time lately but I continue to keep caught up at home, which takes a little more effort right now, since I'm constantly overwhelmed with the rental projects I have going on. I caught a cold so I'm staying in today. My strategy is to do a little bit...lie down...do a little bit...lie down. That way I'll get caught up with just a little effort.

gardenerjoy, your office tasks spurred me on this morning. It took about 1/2 hour but I unsubscribed from dozens of emails I'm getting that just aren't pertinent right now. credit. Funny, I got an email from one of them telling me I unsubscribed. Delete. lol

gardenerjoy
11-01-2013, 09:38 AM
I got a good start on my project for organizing the writing in advance of a new push on that this month. But there's more to do on that today!

October daily household task log:
15: reorganize mud room
16: straighten up before cleaning crew
17: plastic container back to MiL's
18: cleared In Box and Tickler
19: start setting up structure for organizing tasks
20: finished setting up structure for organizing tasks
21: clean up & reorganize under the kitchen sink
22: clear tomato plants
23: move cookbooks from box to shelves
24: cleared one stack
25: cleared two stacks
26: cleared six stacks
27: cleared seven stacks
28: cleared rest of stacks
29: cleared mail from kitchen
30: prepped for cleaning crew, emptied In Box
31: started organizing the writing stuff

gardenerjoy
11-02-2013, 12:03 AM
I made good progress organizing the writing stuff today. Just a little more to feel done with that tomorrow. Then, I want to use this new-found understanding of the "stuff" to set some goals for this month and the rest of the year.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff

geoblewis
11-02-2013, 03:56 PM
Well, my house is still cluttered, but my efforts on my mother's house are paying off. Two bedrooms have been completely cleared and scoured. One of the bedrooms has been redecorated and is ready for Thanksgiving house guests.

I seem to LOVE this sort of work! I guess I love managing the project. All the electrical work is done, as is the plumbing and installation of new appliances. This coming week, a handyman is coming out for repairs, and the following week the house is getting pasteurized to remove odors, mold and termites.

Today, my younger son and I are loading the boxes I packed and are taking them to a storage unit. I need them out of the way before we can continue with the work. Hoping that by the end of the weekend all the clutter will be gone from the inside of the house. It really opened my eyes about how much we accumulate over the course of a lifetime. And how much waste we accrue. I am seeing a change is how I spend money. Not going to buy anything unless it's something I can use up now or reuse over and over again for a long time.

gardenerjoy
11-02-2013, 11:49 PM
I made good progress on my organizing project today. Tomorrow, I should finally be able to fully implement my new scheme for keeping myself organized.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff

bethFromDayton
11-03-2013, 10:04 PM
gardenerjoy, I am speechless with admiration--major credits to you!

Most of our mess is hidden, but today I got it in my head that I should spend some time in the "warehouse" (which is what DH calls the huge unfinished area of our basement).

I cleared off one of the large gorilla-type shelving units (5 shelf unit, 4' x 2'), and went through multiple boxes, separating into 'give away', 'this belongs to DH so I'm shoving it out of the way', 'unpack and put somewhere' and 'go through'.

And I did go through them. I still had teaching materials from 18-25 years ago. It's been that long since I've taught--none of my class notes would be current at all--so lots of stuff got dumped.

I gathered up all the gift wrap/gift bags/ribbon. I could start a store--I have no idea why I'd accumulated so much other than that it wasn't all together so I didn't know how much I had. It's now all together, one plastic bin of flat and tube wrapping paper, a smaller one (but not small) of gift bags, another one of tissue, and a box of ribbons. (Yeah--it's that much) It's also now accessible, so I won't find myself buying things I've already got!

I also arranged everything from the volunteer job that I picked up in the spring when my friend passed. I had his files and various boxes on the floor, all spread out, and now they're neatly on a shelving unit and labeled.

There's plenty more to do down there but I made incredible progress and feel really good about it.

I also found a plastic bin with some pants in it. If I'd found that tote earlier, I'd have worn the capris this summer--they're just a bit big right now. Another pair of pants (down there because they were too small) are too big. One pair fit but is too out of style to keep.

I also now have an incredible quantity of plastic bins. I love plastic bins. As we go through the second pass on the basement, many things in boxes will end up in plastic bins and the boxes recycled. I'm moving in that direction.

Each time I spend time on this, I feel more and more organized! I knew all of you would understand.

gardenerjoy
11-03-2013, 11:06 PM
Yay, bethfromDayton! That sounds like very satisfying work!

I got my new organizational scheme functional today. I'm very pleased so far. It worked well enough to figure out what I'm doing this week and tomorrow. I'm starting a big filing project tomorrow. It's been hard to get going on it, so I've given myself permission to work on it just 10 minutes a day. We'll see how that works.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management

gardenerjoy
11-04-2013, 11:19 PM
I worked on my filing project for 10 minutes -- only because I said I was going to here. It was enough to get a start on it. I'll aim for that again tomorrow.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project

Lexxiss
11-05-2013, 08:20 AM
It's great when accountability leads us to accomplishing a task, even when it seems small. A small task completed is progress forward.

DH and I are battling common colds, which doesn't fit well with working in dirty/dusty rentals. Today we would just be "finding something to keep busy with" because the drywallers haven't finished so we could do some major painting. Rats!

We went to bed early last eve and when I woke I thought things through and committed to small, attainable projects today which will move me forward.

I've spent several hours in the office filing...getting rid of sticky notes and sending off some checks. I took time to mend a bra and it's back in it's drawer. I had a heating pad I was about to pitch (didn't work) and I fixed it. credit. Now it can go back in it's place, too.

I've identified other things I can accomplish today
~household stuff to recycle
~project stuff to recycle
~get a birthday box in the mail

I noticed this morning that as I plowed through my unfinished stuff in the office that some other pressing business felt "easier to accomplish".
That's the time when I know that this continuous decluttering really works in my life.

silverbirch
11-05-2013, 09:57 AM
Following gardenerjoy's example :), I'll start building a November log. Today I'll empty and put away the suitcases and other bags.

Lexxiss
11-05-2013, 08:04 PM
I like looking at Gardenerjoys list. I'm going to keep a project log since its where I really need to make daily progress right now. I had helpers today and didn't really feel like going up (still sick) but I did it anyway. Credit.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group

gardenerjoy
11-05-2013, 11:02 PM
Lexxiss: You're making terrific progress. It is kind of motivating to see it all in a list, isn't it?

silverbirch: unpacking and putting away suitcases is a huge thing for me -- not getting that done can derail me for weeks after a trip. So I've become quite determined to do it as quickly as possible.

I did my filing today -- I even spent longer than planned so that I reached a good stopping point. More tomorrow.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project

silverbirch
11-06-2013, 06:16 AM
Lexxiss, you're doing so well. Having three rentals to sort out all at once is challenging. Let us know what happens to the piano!

Gardenerjoy, are you throwing away as well as filing or have you done that part?

We had the sitting room replastered when we were away (to get rid of horrible textured paint which attracted lots of dust). Everywhere is slightly grimy and there's a lot to do. Today I'll clean the sitting room window and window ledge.

Yesterday turned rather busy as I had to rush out and collect a fish (long story) but I made myself do the suitcases by the end of the day. And that was because I'd told you I would. Credit.

5 - Emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags.

onebyone
11-06-2013, 05:12 PM
Decluttering Chums!

Hi everyone. Finally I am getting grounded again and after the Big Birthday and this week's Big Event I am truly free. I have had some major success with making my household liveable:

-we cleared out enough stuff from the back room/spare room/DH's room that we were able to have my childhood friend stay over
and sleep in a room of her own where she could close the door. Awesome! I NEVER envisioned making that much progress in this apartment that the back room could be used as a second bedroom. *credit*

I still have Box Mountain V2.0 in the dining room. My plan is to start dealing with it on the weekend. My goal is to have it dealt with by the end of this month, before I leave for Florida the first week of December. I think I will be back for xmas so I want this space usable with a table and chairs and everything -- maybe even xmas dinner at my house. Who knows?

My clothes are a disaster though. I have too many laundry baskets of all things! And each one is full all the time meaning I am not putting things away and partly cause the dresser I use is obstructed by... the laundry and the laundry baskets. The solution will be to cull the clothing herd.

So those are the highlights. So much good, continuing work going on here with everyone. [

Lexxiss a special shout out to you and your three rentals and two houses (is this right?) Sorry about the cold :( I think of you often :hug:

gardenerjoy
11-06-2013, 06:41 PM
My filing project deals with all the masses of paperwork generated by my husband's family's business, since the early 1980s. I've already done a lot of work (and thrown away a lot of newspaper clippings) when I organized everything chronologically in order to up date some records. Now that the records project is done, the material needs to be re-filed by topic so it can be found without someone having to remember what year something happened.

With the records project done, I'm also finding that I'm comfortable throwing away more. Today, much of my filing time went into de-duplicating what I filed the two previous days. Everybody in the family gave me their files, so I have multiple copies of meeting notes and financial reports when we really only need one.

Thanks for asking, silverbirch!

I'll be continuing this project tomorrow.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project

silverbirch
11-07-2013, 05:52 AM
:wave:

onebyone, good to hear your highlights, especially that you've now got a spare bedroom! That Box Mountain V2.0 was only ever a temporary installation, wasn't it? Time to take it down and make room for the next piece of art.

Gardenerjoy, thank you very much for explaining your filing project. So interesting. I think hearing about detail can encourage us in our endeavours. I was an ardent taker of newspaper cuttings before the web got going. We used to laugh that my office had information on any subject you cared to ask about. It was my USP. Now, any fool can call themselves a researcher* and I am binning a lot of material unless it's clearly of historical interest, in which I include old typefaces and pictures of daily life.

*Please forgive my lack of charity today. I'm rather cross about being so under-employed in terms of paid work.

Once again, I squeezed in yesterday's task in the evening to be sure of doing it. Today I'll reconcile my bank account and do the outstanding sewing. Pieces of school uniform which arrived late have to be labelled and a shirt has to be mended. This will mean that several cubic feet of clothing can be put away.

5 - Emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags.
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge

Lexxiss
11-07-2013, 06:51 AM
Welcome back, onebyone!

My DH is feeling better and today we will attempt painting walls (#1) since drywallers still havent shown. DD will clean (#3) and another helper will continue prepping floors for carpet(Kilz application) (#3)

I'm going to homedepot soon to get paint reshaken/buy Kilz and pick out carpet. One day at a time.


November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)

geoblewis
11-07-2013, 11:57 AM
As of yesterday, all the bedrooms and bathrooms of my mother's house are cleared out. OMG! I filled a whole recycling can with junk mail alone! I don't know why my parents hung on to all that paper. And I'm angry with those people who send out all the junk mail. I hope they make it with recycled paper, but really, all the energy that goes in to recycling paper, and the chemicals for the inks too. There has got to be a more cost-efficient and energy-efficient way to do this.

Really an eye-opening lesson for me, going through my mother's house. I don't care to make life so hard on my sons when I'm old. I'd rather they wanted to spend time with me rather than clear out my house someday. I've hired a man to take away all the bags of garbage now piling up in my mother's backyard. I think I'm going to include a few bags from my house in the pile.

gardenerjoy
11-07-2013, 11:27 PM
Still continuing my filing project. This is going to take awhile. But it's going, now, after just sitting there for months, so I'm thrilled.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project

silverbirch
11-08-2013, 05:20 AM
We're all doing so well!

Georgia, my mother (now 88) has had similar experiences to you and holds your view. She's been rationalising her belongings for a number of years now.

Today I'll sort out the little freezer. The plasterer turned off the electricity last week and there's too much ice in it. I may also implement a system (with labels!) to make sure different things go in different drawers. Any ideas about what would work in labelling freezer drawers? I have a feeling that stick-on labels would fall off and writing on the drawers themselves would smudge. Though perhaps not, if the drawer was dry to start with and the writing was in an out-of-the-way place.

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing

Lexxiss
11-08-2013, 05:44 AM
silverbirch, I mark items in my freezer with masking tape/permanent marker. I don't have drawers, though, so I'm marking each individual container/item when it goes in. The masking tape comes off easily when I'm ready to use a new container and it stays on while in the freezer. I write the ingredient and month/year.

Today we will continue painting/cleaning. I will make an appt. to discuss carpet and make a trip to a "restore" to look for materials. We got alot done yesterday and I'm noting how positive I feel about the process right now and am remembering how great it felt when I dealt with something at home everyday, too. My home continues to stay organized and clean during this rental process and I note, too, how much easier it is to go out and get things accomplished when I have a clean and organized home to return to. credit.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter.

gardenerjoy
11-08-2013, 11:31 PM
silverbirch: I've used these for food labels -- they stay on forever and they're erasable: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/?productId=10009870 I'm not sure if you can get them in the UK. I bought them from The Container Store, but these on Amazon look like the same thing: http://www.amazon.com/Jokari-47826-Erasable-Labels-Markers/dp/B002MPH4OG

I did my filing for today -- but only because I wanted to report it here. I haven't made a plan for tomorrow, but I just put filing on the sheet where I will make a plan.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project

Lexxiss
11-09-2013, 07:09 AM
Sketchy internet....lost my post. I accomplished my goals yesterday and will update later. Today I work my real job and my only task afterwards will be to drive to the project and assess the painting that will happen on the floor today in preparation for new carpet.

silverbirch
11-09-2013, 08:26 AM
Thanks for your suggestions about freezer labels. We're good about labelling everything which goes into the freezer but I want to label the drawers to read things like "bread" "fish" "meat" "veg" and so on.

Today I'll cook the Seville oranges I took out of the freezer, as the first step towards making marmalade.

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer

silverbirch
11-09-2013, 05:00 PM
Tomorrow (Sunday) I'll make the marmalade. It's going to be ginger marmalade. I've never made it in two steps like this. It feels remarkably relaxed - that's a feeling I like a lot!

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer
9 - cooked Seville oranges (and also bought the crystallised ginger for the marmalade)

gardenerjoy
11-09-2013, 08:54 PM
I almost skipped my filing today. I did skip most of my other normal routines and structures after a an overindulgent night and very little sleep. But I reached a point in the day where it just made sense, so I did it -- I even went long because I let a TV show I was watching play in the background and I kept going until it was finished.

More filing tomorrow because this is working!

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 20 minutes filing project

Lexxiss
11-10-2013, 06:37 AM
I updated progress on my "log". I did get something done I didn't think I would yesterday. credit. Today I "work" again and don't think I'll do more than go up and check on things. I'm keeping my home picked up; kitchen clean, laundry done, bed made. Those simple things do help my home to be a "sanctuary" when I come home from these complex and seemingly never ending projects.credit.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out.

bethFromDayton
11-10-2013, 09:32 PM
I had DH get down 3 plastic bins from the upper closet shelves for me. I think 4 items went in the wash, 1 item (the leather A-line skirt I can't bring myself to part with even though it is out of style and doesn't fit) went back up high, and the rest got donated.

I had a large bag's worth of clothes accumulating in the closet (the ones that get piled up when I try to wear it in the morning and discover it's too big for me) and another large bag from this morning's work. I had 3 boxes from the basement work I did last weekend--and now all of that stuff is out of the house forever.

I also caught up on my inbox yesterday, so the paperwork is up to date.

I feel pretty productive.

gardenerjoy
11-10-2013, 11:26 PM
A friend called and talked for an hour today. Fortunately, about ten minutes in, I realized I could work on the filing. It wasn't the most efficient work, but I managed to get quite a lot done in that time.

I'm going to take a few days off filing in order to handle some other chores. Tomorrow's big job is to go out to the cabin (almost an hour each way) and winterize it before the freeze this week.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project

silverbirch
11-11-2013, 07:33 AM
I didn't manage to make the marmalade as I had a rush editing/translation job to do. I'll make it today - or at least take the next step. The DB has offered to help me and we've got chili con carne from the freezer for tea (also made by him, come to think of it - I'll keep him!)

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer
9 - cooked Seville oranges (and also bought the crystallised ginger for the marmalade
10 - unplanned editing and translation

onebyone
11-11-2013, 10:32 PM
Hello Everyone.

I love the on-going list-making going on here! *credit for all the *credits* being taken! I totally relate to this kind of chunking down of chores. It is the only method that has ever worked for me as I get lost in the big picture very easily and even more quickly, demoralized by the vastness of it all! Awesome.

I got word that my new studio walls have been erected. 8' of drywall on my one major wall and then another 4 or so feet at right angles to it. I now have two expanses of smooth surfaces I can work on. The plan is to keep these spaces EMPTY except for ongoing artwork. I need somewhere to tack up large sheets of paper to draw on, and also to pin up prints as I create them to see what they are trying to tell me. VERY EXCITED this is now done. Can't wait to see the walls tomorrow.

This now brings me to the task of *removing what is not needed right now* from the studio. I'm going to get a locker afterall. I have sorted through the studio stuff 3x now and I also have the additional problem of where to keep the new work I will produce. It's just not great to be rolling everything up all the time. DH is now filling the empty spaces I created in the apartment. He even has pvc pipe lying in the hallway--no wonder we've been together 23 years--we're kind of the same. So, I mention this only to say there is no room for anything of mine to come back into the apartment. I will re-assess the storage locker after 6 months.

Our bedroom is ridiculous right now as well re: clothes and baskets of clothes. I just haven't taken the hour or two that it needs to put everything away and to sort the rest.

And, still, box mountain 2.0 remains for me to deal with.

My goal for the bulk of these projects is Dec 4th. I leave for Florida Dec 5th. I want to come back to an organized place and not to have these issues still dogging me -- though if it takes until Dec 31st that's ok too. I'm happy to be focusing here again once more.

silverbirch where are the seville oranges from? Did you get them in Seville??

Lexxiss
11-12-2013, 08:47 AM
Yesterday I called homedepotcredit and made necessary changes to the account. I accomplished it before work or it wouldn't have happened. We traveled last night and I'm taking a few days off....much needed. I will accomplish something each day while I'm here. No matter what project I'm working on even the small stuff keeps me moving forward.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out.
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting so I put them back before leaving.

silverbirch
11-12-2013, 09:01 AM
Another rush editing/translation job to do yesterday. I'm working on the marmalade today.

onebyone, Seville oranges are the name we give to bitter oranges for marmalade. They arrive here from Seville (Spain) in late January, February and I buy them to freeze for when I've got time to make marmalade. They're only around for a couple of weeks so you have to move fast. I've made some this year but things got away from me rather as the months progressed. This is the last but one bag I'm dealing with now. Oranges lose their pectin in the freezer so I'll have to add lemon juice to make it set.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_orange

ETA I've sliced the peel and simmered the pith and pips to get more pectin out. Realistically, I can't do any more today as I'll be away at a funeral for two days and have to get ready. Also take the DB for a haircut this pm. Will put it back in freezer till the weekend. Credit for realism.

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer
9 - cooked Seville oranges (and also bought the crystallised ginger for the marmalade)
10 - unplanned editing and translation
11 - unplanned editing and translation

onebyone
11-12-2013, 06:44 PM
Oranizing Becksters, Hello!

My MIL had offered me storage space in a small unheated shed next to her house. She's mentioned it a few times, but think, what can I put in there? I only have paper to store--:nono: I don't! While oggling my brand new drywall walls in the studio today I pulled forward all the stuff that needs to leave the studio and the bulk of it could be stored in an unheated shed. All my market display stuff can go there. It's all metal and sticks and some fabric and plastic. AWESOME and I hope it's still available for me to use! I'm going to call and ask tonight. The other stuff can be sandwiched between the desks and the wall. It's all coming together. Very pleased! My special purchase will be a chair with wheels for my space. A nice highback office chair. My heater didn't come today. I hope it arrives by the end of the week!

I picked up my mom's laudry from her place and since this gets me thinking about laundry, I'm going to take 15 minutes (setting the timer) to focus on the clothes pile in the bedroom. We'll see how far that gets me. Past experience tells me it'll be significant.

Bye for now.

silverbirch
11-13-2013, 04:43 AM
Onebyone, is your MIL's shed dry? I live in such a wet area this is always on my mind when I think about storage.

Today I'm travelling to the other side of the country for a funeral tomorrow. Credit for going by train rather than driving. Credit for going via London and having my hair cut by an old friend.

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer
9 - cooked Seville oranges (and also bought the crystallised ginger for the marmalade)
10 - unplanned editing and translation
11 - unplanned editing and translation
12 - sliced peel, cooked pith & seeds for pectin, added lemon juice and froze Seville oranges

Lexxiss
11-13-2013, 06:09 AM
Safe travels, silverbirch!

Yesterday as we made smoothies, our vitamix again showed a problem with some leaking oil. Calling the company has been on my mind for months. Why not just do it? Because I imagine the hassle of mailing it off for repair....
Co# was right on the back. I called and they determined the leak comes from the container bearings not the base. They offer 1 free container replacement with the warranty so it's on it's way. Yay!
And!!! Major credit for registering it when I bought it so this fix IS covered by warranty. It's the first question they asked me...."did you register it when you purchased it?"

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out.
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.

VermontMom
11-14-2013, 08:19 AM
Hi De-Clutterers, I've been absent for months. I was active here almost exactly one year ago, when I jumped in to commiserate about our challenges and projects.

Lexxiss, you now have multiple rentals to take care of?? :faint: but I see how your home infrastructure is on maintenance basis and that is fantastic :carrot:

I also remember onebyone, gardener'sjoy, geoblewis, and Hi :wave: to others :)

My living room project, which i told of last year, has been in maintenance for one year now - YAY. Small piles do start to accumulate and I ruthlessly deal with them, lol (My situation is a DH who 'does not see' clutter and is loath to get rid of ANYTHING, even an empty junk mail envelope; and a DS who is easy going but not as tidy-oriented as I'd like :D )

Another project that has stayed in maintenance is the kitchen glassware cabinets, I bravely removed many items last year, expecting to get flak about it (novelty cups and glasses) but not a word, and putting away glasses and such is so much easier when you are not fighting for space.

Now..I have 2 more major challenges. One is to make our tiny dining room, useable again. It has a large computer wall unit thing taking up one wall, and this workspace is abandoned by my DH, he does his computer work upstairs now. There are so many discs, software things, I folders, stuff that I don't know is important or not, and he is soooo very loath to tackle it. There is a shelving cabinet that only holds our collection of Waterford crystal. And a small dining table that has a small amount of stuff on it.

As onebyone mentioned, I also want a place to SIT like a normal person and eat a meal, NOT in the living room.

DH will not do this on his own. I am willing to do all the hauling to reuse, recycle, dump...but I can't make the decision on throwing out something electronic that might have sensitive info on it.

so this is always frustrating for me.

The second project is the back porch, I mentioned it last year, it is 'out of sight, out of mind' until you go out there and go out of your mind, lol. DH and sometimes DS have put stuff back there, for years, when they don't want to deal with it.

Yesterday I started on one corner..I was getting very angry at what I was finding. Empty boxes, when they bought electronics and were too lazy to break down the boxes. Multiple computer towers, multiple monitors, multiple dvd players, a tv. I counted FIVE Christmas tree base/holders (when DH can't find something he just buys more)

I took a carload to the ReUse center and filled our trash/recycle bins. There is a noticeable difference in that one tiny corner. But it's a start.

Anyway, wanted to say Hi and continue on, ladies!! :carrot:

read the following a few pages ago -

"Really an eye-opening lesson for me, going through my mother's house. I don't care to make life so hard on my sons when I'm old. I'd rather they wanted to spend time with me rather than clear out my house someday."

I am almost 53 years old but both my parents are gone. I had to deal with my dad's home and estate..thank goodness he was not a hoarder and just had 'normal' amounts of life possessions in his condo. My mom was living in a 19 room farmhouse but did not have abnormal amounts of items either. I will NOT put our 2 sons through the horrible hassle of dealing with our stuff.

silverbirch
11-14-2013, 02:32 PM
:wave: Holly

Tomorrow I plan to clean three small shelves of plaster dust as well as putting away my things from this lightning trip cross-country (still on the train).

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer
9 - cooked Seville oranges (and also bought the crystallised ginger for the marmalade)
10 - unplanned editing and translation
11 - unplanned editing and translation
12 - sliced peel, cooked pith & seeds for pectin, added lemon juice and froze Seville oranges
13 - hair cut
14 - funeral

VermontMom
11-15-2013, 09:16 AM
Silverbirch :wave: :)

yesterday I dragged out to my car the following; a huge TV set (why don't manufacturers put just 2 little handles or indents on big bulky things??) a Tangerine Mac, two computer towers, broken pedestal fan, a dog kennel big enough for a St. Bernard, a direct vent heater, a bag of misc. computer related cables, a bag of household re-use stuff. Cost - $3.50. Sense of accomplishment - Priceless :D

Still have only progressed about 6 feet though :eek:

gardenerjoy
11-15-2013, 10:25 AM
Most of my routines have fallen apart in the last week but, for some reason, this one is still going. Actually, I know the reason. It's because I have a log and a daily streak going. It's embarrassing how well that works for me. Apparently, I need to start logging some of my other things.

So, anyway, I want to update my log before I lose track. And pledge to do 10 minutes of filing today even though it's going to be another strange one.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing

Lexxiss
11-15-2013, 06:42 PM
:wave: Holly! Welcome back! I will enjoy reading your progress!

It's been several days since I've posted. Hopefully I can accurately update my list. Reminded of my ongoing list, I have made progress every day!

Tomorrow, I start my 3 day stint at the restaurant. I have been keeping up with household stuff and will complete something before I leave tomorrow.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started (#2&3)...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning(#2) and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting#1/3)
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out. (#2)
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting (#3) so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.
13. Called and made appt. for carpet measure,(#2/3) called and ordered install for new gas meter,(my own rental) **successfully**took apart plumbing and fixed my own tub drip.
14. Worked on my bathroom tub reno at swimhouse for 1 hr and traveled over to meet carpet measurer.
15. Put together project payroll and got checks issued and distributed. Returned message from H.Depot regarding carpet, wrote check and delivered to heater guy, initiated process of ordering extra cabinet necessary for furnace ducting.

onebyone
11-15-2013, 09:38 PM
Hi

We're getting a bonus warm weather weekend so I'm going to take advantage and move my extra stuff to MIL's shed tomorrow. We're also storing our bikes there which makes me feel good.

My heater arrived today. It's twice as wide as I expected and half as heavy. Can't wait to turn it on in the studio tomorrow ans see what it can do!

Here at home I did go through the baskets of clothes but need to take amore serious look at it all soon. But first I need ti tackle the small pile that's in the middle of the kitchen floor. I'd like to clear that away this weekend. It's really an eyesore.

Lexxiss I think I would have to write detailed lists to keep all three of your projects moving forward not to mention the needs of your mom and DH and of work. That's some fancy living you're doing these days! Big Credit to you! Are you able to get your hot springs at all??

Better be off. :wave: to everyone here.

Lexxiss
11-16-2013, 06:35 AM
onebyone, happy moving! I did get over to the pool house this week. The first visit for me since Sept. It was nice but short. The rentals are complicated because they are all in different stages and much depends on others showing up when they say they will. My brain is pretty organized these days and the question is always what can I do TODAY. I can plan to paint ceilings on tues/thurs but if the drywall guys put me off for two weeks it doesn't happen until they finish and I just keep doing other things. I do have a long term priority which is get my easiest one 100% ready for the re-rent first...then prioritize the second....then we will work on the big one which needs a bathroom reno...complicated.

I went to bed early and woke early, too. I accomplished many chores around the house AND FINALLY broke down and organized the file for my personal rental reno. It feels good now that it's finished. credit.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started (#2&3)...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning(#2) and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting#1/3)
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out. (#2)
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting (#3) so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.
13. Called and made appt. for carpet measure,(#2/3) called and ordered install for new gas meter,(my own rental) **successfully**took apart plumbing and fixed my own tub drip.
14. Worked on my bathroom tub reno at swimhouse for 1 hr and traveled over to meet carpet measurer.
15. Put together project payroll and got checks issued and distributed. Returned message from H.Depot regarding carpet, wrote check and delivered to heater guy, initiated process of ordering extra cabinet necessary for furnace ducting. ETA-set up appt.(next Tues) for heating guy to come check out and explain complicated furnaces(one which isn't working) (#2)
16. household chores and reorganization of personal rental file.

gardenerjoy
11-16-2013, 07:58 PM
Still keeping up my daily streak of this and of my exercise. Daily streaks work for me. I'm going to use these two things as the foundation for getting the rest of my life back on track.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing

onebyone
11-17-2013, 09:25 AM
Hello

More studio prep today. I'm going to see if I can install the ceiling heater on my own. It needs 3' clearance all around it to safely function. I have a non-functioning set of fluorescent lights up there which were installed for me, so I'm hoping that if I can take these down I can put my heater in its place. It'd be great if this was the solution. Otherwise there is a plank of wood at the very top of the wall. Maybe I could attach to it? We'll see.

And, since there is so much room in that shed, I am going to take another look at my studio to see if I have anything else that could go there.

Today I'm going to deal with the kitchen pile. I already had to go into it to fish out the empty rubbermaid bin, so it's time to focus there as well.

silverbirch you asked if the shed was dry, well it's not waterproof. I think it's dry enough so long as the rain isn't heavy or prolonged. It's an aluminum shed with some daylight showing at the seams. I was told the ceiling once caved in due to heavy snow accumulation. The interior has been reinforced with a piece of lumber spanning its length in the ceiling, and then another propping that up from the floor beneath it. I was also warned that if the wind blows the snow at the door, the doors could buckle and/or open. So, whatever goes in there needs to be able to take this, and so, my 1930's vanity, now filling my bedroom closet, can't go there. Too bad.

Okay time to get on it.
Have a fruitful and productive day.

Lexxiss
11-17-2013, 08:48 PM
I had to think about it since a had a long day at the restaurant. Then I remembered.... Very early this morning I wrote a concise and polite email to the drywall guy explaining how I felt about things and why it was important that he finish this job in a timely fashion. He has not answered back. Oh well. I also drove up to the project after work and checked each unit to make sure the heat was on and the water was dripping.
I will update my log tomorrow. I am very tired and posting from my iPhone.

gardenerjoy
11-17-2013, 11:26 PM
I thought I'd do more filing today, but we had a wind storm, so I picked up sticks in the yard instead. I'll work on files more tomorrow.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm

gardenerjoy
11-18-2013, 11:16 PM
Still didn't get back to filing, but did some research and made some phone calls -- to deal with the city about a tree that fell in the wind storm, to get a survey, and to get some bids on other tree removals.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls

Lexxiss
11-19-2013, 11:12 AM
I've updated my log...finding it really helpful to have an ongoing list of what I've accomplished.
This morning I meet with heating guy to evaluate furnace(#3). He's also going to show me how to relight pilots and change filters. I've already been to the project twice...once to look at drywall/spray job (not very professional, in my opinion) and second time to crawl to the furnace in the basement and install new light bulbs, while getting oriented before the heater guy comes.
I've also had some time this morning to catch up around the house. I'll do a bit more before the 10am appt. Credit. I'm finding the immensity of the project far easier when my own space is clean and organized.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started (#2&3)...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning(#2) and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting#1/3)
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out. (#2)
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting (#3) so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.
13. Called and made appt. for carpet measure,(#2/3) called and ordered install for new gas meter,(my own rental) **successfully**took apart plumbing and fixed my own tub drip.
14. Worked on my bathroom tub reno at swimhouse for 1 hr and traveled over to meet carpet measurer.
15. Put together project payroll and got checks issued and distributed. Returned message from H.Depot regarding carpet, wrote check and delivered to heater guy, initiated process of ordering extra cabinet necessary for furnace ducting. ETA-set up appt.(next Tues) for heating guy to come check out and explain complicated furnaces(one which isn't working) (#2)
16. household chores and reorganization of personal rental file.
17. Wrote a very thought out email to drywall guy re:finishing #1
18. Trip to HDepot to pay for carpets, p/u linoleum and 5 gal. paint
19. Meet w/heating guy re: furnace at #3

gardenerjoy
11-19-2013, 08:33 PM
Got back to my filing project. I intend to do more tomorrow.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing

silverbirch
11-20-2013, 06:12 AM
Good morning! I've been slogging my way back to equilibrium since I returned from my aunt's funeral. As soon as I returned the SO had to leave for a few days with his recently bereaved father. The DB has been battling with a virus for about three weeks, going to school, not going to school and he's still got it. We haven't recovered from the plastering we had done when we went to France and I've decided that we probably shan't get there until after Christmas - realism in the face of other demands. I could go on but you get the picture. I've done a lot of good things each day but things are far from straight.

Today I'm going to move my too-small clothes out of the way to a trunk upstairs. They are in a vacuum-packed envelope so they don't take up much space but it's still too much in the tiny bedroom. My aim is to see what winter clothes I do have. I also hope to find my pair of winter trousers. Yes, I only have one pair. :hug:

Onward, friends!

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer
9 - cooked Seville oranges (and also bought the crystallised ginger for the marmalade)
10 - unplanned editing and translation
11 - unplanned editing and translation
12 - sliced peel, cooked pith & seeds for pectin, added lemon juice and froze Seville oranges
13 - hair cut
14 - funeral
15-19 catching up, dealing with funeral fall-out etc

VermontMom
11-20-2013, 08:25 AM
Silverbirch, very sorry about your family's loss :( :hug:

I have to admit that as I was skimmnig this thread, I incorrectly interpreted each posting's numeral listings as daily credit listings ::eek: As in, I didn't realize that on the 17th, folks were listing their accomplishments up to that date, I thought that post was what one had accomplished on that one day :devil:

But I am still encouraged by what you all have accomplished and your daily commitments!

Lexxiss I can imagine that your drive for the rental projects can only be accomplished because your home is in good shape due to your efforts :carrot:

I have today and tomorrow off and I need to keep my resolve at going into that back porch and hauling out more and dealing with it.

Have a wonderful, productive, de-cluttery day!

BillBlueEyes
11-20-2013, 08:58 AM
If I may peek in.

Nov 19 - 30 minutes of organizing files to help find receipts from previous appliance purchases.

silverbirch
11-20-2013, 02:52 PM
:welcome3: Bill! Good luck with the back porch, Holly!

I've moved the clothes I don't need at present. Now my big drawer opens so much more easily. I found my winter trousers, misfiled in the exercise clothes box. And I shall be giving away a cheap pair of exercise trousers which have never flattered me and I thought once that I'd fit into and look great. This has never happened as I'm still the same shape as I was and those cut-off type trousers do nothing at all for me. So out they go.

Tomorrow I'll sort out my shoes and put away my sandals. The time has come for that.

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer
9 - cooked Seville oranges (and also bought the crystallised ginger for the marmalade)
10 - unplanned editing and translation
11 - unplanned editing and translation
12 - sliced peel, cooked pith & seeds for pectin, added lemon juice and froze Seville oranges
13 - hair cut
14 - funeral
15-19 catching up, dealing with funeral fall-out etc
20 - put too-small clothes into storage and found winter trousers

gardenerjoy
11-20-2013, 07:51 PM
Sorry for your family's loss, Silverbirch. Good for you for taking time to deal with the fall-out and moving forward.

Welcome, BillBlueEyes!

VermontMom, hope the effort on your back porch is going well.

I got in my filing today and intend to work on it again tomorrow.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing

Lexxiss
11-21-2013, 06:59 AM
Yesterday we painted, and will hopefully finish today(#1). My helper and I are going to figure out and start linoleum(#3) so carpet installation can be scheduled. Heating guy called re: my own project and gas meter hasn't been installed. I need to call energy co. TODAY!

At home, things got astray as I walked out the door at 6am and didn't return until 5. I went to bed early so I could get back on track at home this morning before work. Credit.

I started some negative thinking this morning...these projects should be wrapping up sooner. I squelched the thoughts, after reviewing my daily log. I am doing the best I am able with this daunting project. credit.


November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started (#2&3)...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning(#2) and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting#1/3)
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out. (#2)
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting (#3) so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.
13. Called and made appt. for carpet measure,(#2/3) called and ordered install for new gas meter,(my own rental) **successfully**took apart plumbing and fixed my own tub drip.
14. Worked on my bathroom tub reno at swimhouse for 1 hr and traveled over to meet carpet measurer.
15. Put together project payroll and got checks issued and distributed. Returned message from H.Depot regarding carpet, wrote check and delivered to heater guy, initiated process of ordering extra cabinet necessary for furnace ducting. ETA-set up appt.(next Tues) for heating guy to come check out and explain complicated furnaces(one which isn't working) (#2)
16. household chores and reorganization of personal rental file.
17. Wrote a very thought out email to drywall guy re:finishing #1
18. Trip to HDepot to pay for carpets, p/u linoleum and 5 gal. paint
19. Meet w/heating guy re: furnace at #3
20. Paint (#1), called helper to set up linoleum project for 21st (#2)

gardenerjoy
11-21-2013, 11:31 PM
Lexxiss: You are doing great! I'm finding the log useful for that sort of thing as well. What I can do every day is what I do and there is progress being made. It all adds up. My wanting it done faster doesn't mean that was ever possible.

Today, in my filing project, I came across a napkin with notes on it! I refused to file it. DH thought it was funny so he scanned it.

Tomorrow is a busy day, but I can surely find 10 minutes to keep going on this project.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing

geoblewis
11-22-2013, 12:18 AM
Been busy moving forward with my mother's house renovations. The entire interior has been cleared out, it was pasteurized to kill mold and termites, and now we're in the process of tossing out trash. Still a lot of work to get done, but it's nice to finally see some progress.

One thing I'm realizing is that this work is going to take a lot longer than I expected. I get angry every day that I'm working on someone else's life and not mine. Somehow I need to turn this around for myself, or I'll be mired in emotional eating when the days are just a little too tough to handle.

gardenerjoy
11-23-2013, 12:03 AM
Still filing!

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing

Lexxiss
11-23-2013, 04:49 AM
Today I go back to my real job. I forgot a necessary email yesterday so I did that and set my sights for picking up the house before I leave. Yesterday we found two drips under the sink (#1) and determined we need a new hot water heater so I will talk to my plumber who comes to the restaurant every day.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started (#2&3)...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning(#2) and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting#1/3)
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out. (#2)
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting (#3) so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.
13. Called and made appt. for carpet measure,(#2/3) called and ordered install for new gas meter,(my own rental) **successfully**took apart plumbing and fixed my own tub drip.
14. Worked on my bathroom tub reno at swimhouse for 1 hr and traveled over to meet carpet measurer.
15. Put together project payroll and got checks issued and distributed. Returned message from H.Depot regarding carpet, wrote check and delivered to heater guy, initiated process of ordering extra cabinet necessary for furnace ducting. ETA-set up appt.(next Tues) for heating guy to come check out and explain complicated furnaces(one which isn't working) (#2)
16. household chores and reorganization of personal rental file.
17. Wrote a very thought out email to drywall guy re:finishing #1
18. Trip to HDepot to pay for carpets, p/u linoleum and 5 gal. paint
19. Meet w/heating guy re: furnace at #3
20. Paint (#1), called helper to set up linoleum project for 21st (#2)
21. Finished current phase of painting, pulled and folded tarps and washed floors(#1). Made phone calls to inspector and energy co which resulted in meter install.
22. Took mom up for tour of progress, hauled accumulated trash (#1), met with linoleum installer and took major returns to Hdepot. Met in evening w/furnace man to test new furnace at my personal project.
23. Emailed necessary instructions to linoleum installer and did major p/u at home.

silverbirch
11-23-2013, 08:28 AM
I plan to finish the shoe/sandal job today.

5 - emptied and put away the suitcases and other bags
6 - cleaned sitting room window and window ledge
7 - reconciled bank account, did all the sewing
8 - sorted out little freezer
9 - cooked Seville oranges (and also bought the crystallised ginger for the marmalade)
10 - unplanned editing and translation
11 - unplanned editing and translation
12 - sliced peel, cooked pith & seeds for pectin, added lemon juice and froze Seville oranges
13 - hair cut
14 - funeral
15-19 catching up, dealing with funeral fall-out etc
20 - put too-small clothes into storage and found winter trousers
21 - unplanned work
22 - did half of the shoe/sandal job

gardenerjoy
11-23-2013, 06:35 PM
Still filing! Today is the 40th day in a row that I've done something. That's motivating!

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing
23: 15 minutes filing

VermontMom
11-24-2013, 08:30 AM
One thing I'm realizing is that this work is going to take a lot longer than I expected. I get angry every day that I'm working on someone else's life and not mine. Somehow I need to turn this around for myself, or I'll be mired in emotional eating when the days are just a little too tough to handle.

I can really empathize with this! I get angry at working so hard at taking care of my family's inattention. It's difficult.

gardenerjoy
11-24-2013, 11:19 PM
I spent much of the day planning and organizing in ways that I hope will make the coming busy week run smoother.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing
23: 15 minutes filing
24: planning & organizing

gardenerjoy
11-25-2013, 11:10 PM
Back to filing!

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing
23: 15 minutes filing
24: planning & organizing
25: 10 minutes filing

Lexxiss
11-26-2013, 08:13 AM
Today will be challenging. There are multiple things happening and I'm the coordinator. Carpet installer is coming (#2). I'm meeting with DH and additional helper at 9 who will start repairing the damaged hardwood floor(#1). A guy is coming at 10 to remove the existing piano (#3). He intends to restore it. Yay! The plumber is going to call (hopefully) and meet me to plan the plumbing fix and installation of new hot water heater (#1). Based on what all transpires I will probably be a runner for materials.
I have chosen not to bring daughter onto projects today....too many people. Tomorrow will be better.
The piano remover might be interested in renting #2. If that is the case when he gets there today I'll make some decisions regarding what's "necessary" so he could move in by the 1st. That would be great progress to get one rented.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started (#2&3)...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning(#2) and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting#1/3)
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out. (#2)
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting (#3) so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.
13. Called and made appt. for carpet measure,(#2/3) called and ordered install for new gas meter,(my own rental) **successfully**took apart plumbing and fixed my own tub drip.
14. Worked on my bathroom tub reno at swimhouse for 1 hr and traveled over to meet carpet measurer.
15. Put together project payroll and got checks issued and distributed. Returned message from H.Depot regarding carpet, wrote check and delivered to heater guy, initiated process of ordering extra cabinet necessary for furnace ducting. ETA-set up appt.(next Tues) for heating guy to come check out and explain complicated furnaces(one which isn't working) (#2)
16. household chores and reorganization of personal rental file.
17. Wrote a very thought out email to drywall guy re:finishing #1
18. Trip to HDepot to pay for carpets, p/u linoleum and 5 gal. paint
19. Meet w/heating guy re: furnace at #3
20. Paint (#1), called helper to set up linoleum project for 21st (#2)
21. Finished current phase of painting, pulled and folded tarps and washed floors(#1). Made phone calls to inspector and energy co which resulted in meter install.
22. Took mom up for tour of progress, hauled accumulated trash (#1), met with linoleum installer and took major returns to Hdepot. Met in evening w/furnace man to test new furnace at my personal project.
23. Emailed necessary instructions to linoleum installer and did major p/u at home.
24. Talked with plumber and scheduled appt. to look at necessary work. Called the neighboring tenant to let her know we'd need to access her home during plumbing and for electrical inspection.
25. Checked houses after work and emailed worker to plan work for following day.
26. Worked on letters to tenants who left regarding status of their security deposit. More to come....

gardenerjoy
11-26-2013, 11:55 PM
More filing today. Tomorrow's task will be getting ready for the cleaning crew.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing
23: 15 minutes filing
24: planning & organizing
25: 10 minutes filing
26: 20 minutes filing

Lexxiss
11-27-2013, 06:00 AM
Yesterday could have really darkened my attitude, but I know that's a major trigger for unplanned/overeating. I chose to remain positive.
The carpet installer broke down and couldn't make it to the project. The plumbers suggested fix for the water issue will be far more extensive than I had hoped. The piano/perspective renter didn't show. Oh, well. We made progress forward, anyway. Credit....and I did not let this all "get to me".
Today we will make a major push for scrubbing hardwood floors because once the plumber starts we will not have water for awhile.
DH fell on the ice yesterday and went right to bed after we returned home. Instead of plunking down in front of the TV I chose to work on personal stuff in the house. Credit.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started (#2&3)...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning(#2) and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting#1/3)
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out. (#2)
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting (#3) so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.
13. Called and made appt. for carpet measure,(#2/3) called and ordered install for new gas meter,(my own rental) **successfully**took apart plumbing and fixed my own tub drip.
14. Worked on my bathroom tub reno at swimhouse for 1 hr and traveled over to meet carpet measurer.
15. Put together project payroll and got checks issued and distributed. Returned message from H.Depot regarding carpet, wrote check and delivered to heater guy, initiated process of ordering extra cabinet necessary for furnace ducting. ETA-set up appt.(next Tues) for heating guy to come check out and explain complicated furnaces(one which isn't working) (#2)
16. household chores and reorganization of personal rental file.
17. Wrote a very thought out email to drywall guy re:finishing #1
18. Trip to HDepot to pay for carpets, p/u linoleum and 5 gal. paint
19. Meet w/heating guy re: furnace at #3
20. Paint (#1), called helper to set up linoleum project for 21st (#2)
21. Finished current phase of painting, pulled and folded tarps and washed floors(#1). Made phone calls to inspector and energy co which resulted in meter install.
22. Took mom up for tour of progress, hauled accumulated trash (#1), met with linoleum installer and took major returns to Hdepot. Met in evening w/furnace man to test new furnace at my personal project.
23. Emailed necessary instructions to linoleum installer and did major p/u at home.
24. Talked with plumber and scheduled appt. to look at necessary work. Called the neighboring tenant to let her know we'd need to access her home during plumbing and for electrical inspection.
25. Checked houses after work and emailed worker to plan work for following day.
26. Worked on letters to tenants who left regarding status of their security deposit. Met with plumber, repaired hardwood floor in LR and started scrubbing same floors in BR.
27. Move to BR for hardwood flooring repair, continue scrubbing floors in BR's. Finish tenant letters and mail.

gardenerjoy
11-28-2013, 12:16 AM
That's a lot to deal with Lexxiss, especially when it's not going according to plan. Kudos for not letting it get to you and for keeping positive.

I plan to do 10 minutes of filing tomorrow, holiday or no, because I don't want to break my streak.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing
23: 15 minutes filing
24: planning & organizing
25: 10 minutes filing
26: 20 minutes filing
27: prepped for cleaning crew

BillBlueEyes
11-28-2013, 05:13 AM
Nov 19 - 30 minutes of organizing files to help find receipts from previous appliance purchases.
Nov 27 - 30 minutes attacking the stack of unsorted mail stored on the kitchen table.
Nov 28 - 30 minutes putting away summer clothes to make room for winter stuff

Lexxiss
11-28-2013, 10:29 AM
BBE, yesterday I went online and registered the furnace we had installed this month. Just this morning I looked at the paper and noted to myself-make a permanant (findable) file for this. It's amazing how easy it is once you go back through and get the old stuff organized.

gardenerjoy, yay for continuing your streak! Mine is automatic now, and it's made a huge difference in my life.


This morning was my first leisurely wake up for ages, that is, after I went up to the project at 4am and confirmed my Thanksgiving gift; that the leak under the kitchen sink seems to have temporarily ceased....giving me a needed break from 24/7 pan dumping duty.
Yesterday, DH and helper finished the hardwood flooring repairs and DD and I spent 7 hours each on our hands and knees deep scrubbing on those same floors. It could have been agonizing, yet I constantly find gratitude, that with my weightloss I am able to physically do these things. Credit.
Today, DH and I did spend about an hour discussing our "fix" for the kitchen cabinets. The bottom configuration is in pretty tough shape and we figured a way to accomplish a fix which will be inexpensive, far nicer than just painting the original, and will give us access to fix the area underneath which has been damaged by the water leak (over time). That's enough for today.
My home is in good shape and I enjoyed doing some tasks this morning that helps keep me caught up. Yay.

November "Project" Daily Log (rental #1, #2, #3)
1.change locks(#3),wash all floor vents(#2), test floor stain(#2)
2. Drive up and check heat after work (real job)
3. Same as day 2 plus email contractor and make two addl. calls regarding carpet installation
4.drive up after work then call contractor to ask why they didn't show up, contacted helper to discuss bathroom issue(#2)
5. Drive up with helper to look at bathroom(#2), remove couch and mattress and tear out carpet/pad (#3)
ETA-listed to piano which was left at(#2) with local free cycle group
6. Figured out new configuration for carpet/linoleum replacement (#3)
7. 3 helpers today! We painted 4 rooms (#1) and continued cleaning ceiling (#3). I made 2 more connections regarding piano and contacted another tenant regarding a perspective renter
8. carpet process started (#2&3)...we picked out carpet and got set up in the system for our measure, visited restore and picked up some electrical covers, dropped curtains off for drycleaning(#2) and had 3 helpers cleaning/painting#1/3)
9. worked at restaurant but did go up after work and did initial tear out in bathroom that needs complete tear out. (#2)
10. did home chores before work. Sunday....no work at the rental projects
11. Called homedepotcredit before work to order addl. card and change mailing address. Went up after work and checked each vacant rental to make sure heat/water was ok for my leaving. Noticed heating vents hadn't been put back in after floor painting (#3) so I put them back before leaving.
12. Ended vitamixprocrastination and resolved ongoing issue.
13. Called and made appt. for carpet measure,(#2/3) called and ordered install for new gas meter,(my own rental) **successfully**took apart plumbing and fixed my own tub drip.
14. Worked on my bathroom tub reno at swimhouse for 1 hr and traveled over to meet carpet measurer.
15. Put together project payroll and got checks issued and distributed. Returned message from H.Depot regarding carpet, wrote check and delivered to heater guy, initiated process of ordering extra cabinet necessary for furnace ducting. ETA-set up appt.(next Tues) for heating guy to come check out and explain complicated furnaces(one which isn't working) (#2)
16. household chores and reorganization of personal rental file.
17. Wrote a very thought out email to drywall guy re:finishing #1
18. Trip to HDepot to pay for carpets, p/u linoleum and 5 gal. paint
19. Meet w/heating guy re: furnace at #3
20. Paint (#1), called helper to set up linoleum project for 21st (#2)
21. Finished current phase of painting, pulled and folded tarps and washed floors(#1). Made phone calls to inspector and energy co which resulted in meter install.
22. Took mom up for tour of progress, hauled accumulated trash (#1), met with linoleum installer and took major returns to Hdepot. Met in evening w/furnace man to test new furnace at my personal project.
23. Emailed necessary instructions to linoleum installer and did major p/u at home.
24. Talked with plumber and scheduled appt. to look at necessary work. Called the neighboring tenant to let her know we'd need to access her home during plumbing and for electrical inspection.
25. Checked houses after work and emailed worker to plan work for following day.
26. Worked on letters to tenants who left regarding status of their security deposit. Met with plumber, repaired hardwood floor in LR and started scrubbing same floors in BR.
27. Move to BR for hardwood flooring repair, continue scrubbing floors in BR's. Finish tenant letters and mail.
28. discussed kitchen cabinet/countertop issue in detail...coming up with a workable plan. Yay!

gardenerjoy
11-29-2013, 12:02 AM
I did my filing!

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing
23: 15 minutes filing
24: planning & organizing
25: 10 minutes filing
26: 20 minutes filing
27: prepped for cleaning crew
28: 10 minutes filing

BillBlueEyes
11-29-2013, 04:55 AM
Nov 19 - 30 minutes of organizing files to help find receipts from previous appliance purchases.
Nov 27 - 30 minutes attacking the stack of unsorted mail stored on the kitchen table.
Nov 28 - 30 minutes putting away summer clothes to make room for winter stuff
Nov 29 - 60 minutes organizing 'stuff'

silverbirch
11-29-2013, 05:40 AM
I'm not managing to get here. I am getting things done but I just don't manage to get here.

Great work, everyone!

VermontMom
11-29-2013, 09:10 AM
I'm not managing to get here. I am getting things done but I just don't manage to get here.

Great work, everyone!

Getting things done is MAJOR :carrot:

Lexxiss, wanted to ask, did the drywall guy respond to your carefully worded email?

Yesterday was a surprise attack on another household heartache of mine! DH's abandoned work station. Thick, horrid dust on ever surface; computer, monitor, stacks of software discs from a decade or two (I found a floppy!!) TWO scanner/printers, and a rat's nest of cables and wires snaking and coiling through all. Do you know the frustration level when you track one cable from one end, uncoil/untangle it through a dozen others, only to find that it wasn't even attached to anything :devil: :rofl:

anyway DH had promised Years ago to do this..I would have done it myself but I would have thrown everything out or freecycled. He got a large storage container and went through most everything, wiped it all off, and put a ton of stuff in the container (which I don't agree with, because now it's all in a container and someone has to deal with THAT) but at least it got the area cleared; then our son took a monitor and printer out to my car for freecycle; then I wiped/dusted/cleaned and now have a cleared center :carrot:

a tip when you are cleaning a horrid dusty area, certainly wear a respirator or mouth/nose mask if you have one; I didn't, but I continuously drank water and i think that helped alot.

this morning I sat at that cleared, cleaned area and it felt so good!!!

gardenerjoy
11-29-2013, 11:39 PM
VermontMom: great job getting the dusty job done. If you don't have a face mask, try a dampened kerchief tied bandit style. We use them for yard work, too, and they're effective.

Still filing!

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing
23: 15 minutes filing
24: planning & organizing
25: 10 minutes filing
26: 20 minutes filing
27: prepped for cleaning crew
28: 10 minutes filing
29: 10 minutes filing

gardenerjoy
12-01-2013, 10:35 AM
On Small Business Saturday, I bought plain white tea cups so we can quit drinking tea out of cups with cartoon characters on them. I feel so grown up.

Today, I intend to spend much of the day getting organized for the month.

November organizing tasks log:
1. Organize writing stuff
2. Finish organizing writing stuff
3. Implement new scheme for time management
4. 10 minutes filing project
5. 18 minutes filing project
6. 10 minutes filing project
7. 10 minutes filing project
8. 10 minutes filing project
9: 20 minutes filing project
10: 50 minutes filing project
11: Winterize and bring home things from the cabin
12: Work with DH to organize travel supplies
13: Prep for cleaning crew
14: 10 minutes filing
15: 25 minutes filing
16: 10 minutes filing
17: clean up sticks from wind storm
18: phone calls
19: 10 minutes filing
20: 10 minutes filing
21: 15 minutes filing
22: 10 minutes filing
23: 15 minutes filing
24: planning & organizing
25: 10 minutes filing
26: 20 minutes filing
27: prepped for cleaning crew
28: 10 minutes filing
29: 10 minutes filing
30: bought new tea cups

gardenerjoy
12-01-2013, 11:26 PM
I got a lot of organizing done today and have a good plan for the week and a flexible plan for the month.

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month

gardenerjoy
12-02-2013, 11:44 PM
Back to filing:

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing

Lexxiss
12-03-2013, 10:10 AM
Hi!

Life just gets busier and I'm happy to have logged progress on my rental projects every day in November. One rental is being advertised in the paper starting tomorrow and the push is for completion of the second one. There is lots to do and I have NO CHOICE but to see it to completion, no matter how endless it seems. When I get discouraged I bring the word, EMPOWERMENT to my brain. It reminds me I CAN do this and I WILL do this.

I think I won't keep a running log this month (too boring) but will focus on daily balance, keeping my home in running order while focused on all the external.

Many moons ago, Tami(HelpingRachel) had asked me a question regarding responsibility for my home. I answered, that it was my responsibility. I must say that my DH has made major progress in taking on responsibilities at home....however....
Now that he, too, is consumed with the project his interest at home has waned. We got into a bit of a disagreement about it and I had to make a decision:
While this project goes on I will go back to 100% responsibility at home. If, DH chooses to do something it's ok, but I'm not going to push for anything.
So: this morning I:
~did dishes, laundry, made bed, picked up clutter around the house and took care of the pets needs.
We will come home to a clean home.

Lexxiss
12-04-2013, 08:42 AM
It's bitter cold here and snowing very hard. When I woke at 4, I grabbed some coffee and headed up to check the water. Thankfully, both places are flowing....we disconnected the water yesterday at the 3rd.

Upon arriving home, DH was rising...grumbling all the way. I was amazed at my detachment from his emotional distress. I am accepting it's just the way he is and no amount of my peoplepleasing is going to change that. It relates to what I said yesterday....I acknowledge it's far easier for me to accomplish necessary chores in my peaceful way rather that expect he should be doing something, too, and then having to participate in his grumpiness. Credit.

So I:
made the bed, folded the laundry, picked up around the house and I'm going to sweep the hardwood floors upstairs.
Back to my 1-2-3 :dancer:

I noticed strong feelings of acceptance around my act of doing this every day. It's become automatic and the results are so gratifying.

Project moves forward with more cleaning yesterday, electrical inspection and new plumbing started. Yay!

gardenerjoy
12-04-2013, 10:06 AM
Yay, Lexxiss! I love the sense of peace you've find in your home.

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door

gardenerjoy
12-04-2013, 11:26 PM
Filing again:
December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing

gardenerjoy
12-05-2013, 11:06 PM
I emptied a file box today! The first of three (but the oldest is bigger) so I'm almost a third of the way through the project. In an odd way, I feel better about it. I've put this off for years because I knew it was going to take forever. Now, that it is actually taking forever (or six months whichever comes first), I feel justified. I'm always embarrassed when I put off projects and then it turns out that they are much smaller and easier than I expected.

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1

Lexxiss
12-06-2013, 09:30 PM
gardenerjoy, sometimes the hardest part of a project is starting. Kudos for your follow through.

I've been forcing myself to power through with the project. Still no end in sight but it will never get done if I don't keep persisting. It's miserable at -17 degrees but the cold streak has to pass.

It was my last day off before I go back to the real job. I had intended to take some time for myself, however, I figured out that if I got all the supplies to the site that my helpers could work on it this weekend. I got everything we need for the next phase and it will be delivered tomorrow. That puts me almost 4 days ahead. It was worth it. I will read in bed tonight as a reward while DH watches dumb guy shows.

shr1nk1ngme
12-06-2013, 10:06 PM
Wow you folks are so industrious! I usually feel as if I've accomplished something just bringing a few boxes to Salvation Army every other month or so.

The big elephant in my living room (well, OK, in the garage) IS the garage. Most of the stuff out there is my husband's junk but I can't seem to get him to get rid of it. He always insists that he'd get rid of it if I would just get out there and help him, but even when I do, all he does is shuffle things around and re-organize them over and over again. The result is slightly more organized junk. And then it doesn't stay that way because there's just too much of it to keep it in any kind of order. The first time we need something from the bottom of the pile, the entire garage is back to chaos again.

So, that's going to be my project for the New Year.

gardenerjoy
12-08-2013, 02:59 PM
December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper

gardenerjoy
12-09-2013, 10:51 PM
Broke my streak. Oh Well. December was always going to be a challenge.

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper
8. 0
9. Packed up and sent away boxes

Lexxiss
12-10-2013, 07:10 PM
The weather is really getting me down. It seems to be a worse than usual year, and the project hasn't helped.

I pulled myself out of bed, however, determined to move forward with the project. My helper had other plans...we set up for noon then she called from Denver and said lets go for 9am tomorrow.

Oh, well....I can only do what I can do. I took a nap and took a drive for pup food. It got me out of the house, and to my favorite local health food store.

When I got home, I was putting stuff away and had such a powerful moment..."My home is my only comfort zone right now". I can certainly see how that translates to my staying OP with my food. I found a moment of gratitude for persistence in achieving my goals. credit.

gardenerjoy
12-10-2013, 07:50 PM
December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper
8. 0
9. Packed up and sent away boxes
10. Bought office supplies, especially packing tape

gardenerjoy
12-11-2013, 10:43 PM
December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper
8. 0
9. Packed up and sent away boxes
10. Bought office supplies, especially packing tape
11. Straightened up for cleaning crew & packed boxes for book fair

BillBlueEyes
12-12-2013, 05:21 AM
December log:
11. Donated the 1989 Volvo station wagon to a worthy cause. At 25 years old, it had served well; we depended on it for the occasional big job. DW loved it on long highway drives because it held the road like tank. I hated to let it go. But it was clutter in my life - so I give myself credit here.

Lexxiss
12-12-2013, 08:42 AM
Bill, great job passing the Volvo on to a charity. My spare vehicle is a 1980 Toyota which sadly doesn't hold very much. It's technically my moms so I need to hold onto it for now. I look forward to the day when I can donate it. Lol

Sometimes my decluttering needs to be regarding the list in my head. I got to the project yesterday and was so agitated. I reminded myself that since technically I'm the boss I could take a day off. I went home and packed a few things and got in the car and drove over the mountains to check the other house. I made a stop at Home Depot in route to pick up a cabinet which I'd ordered, pick up project supplies and make a full set of keys to leave with someone who wild be willing to do a quick check if I needed it. I called a friend and ask if she could meet me at the pool. Not hearing back I stopped at the pool to pay my yearly dues and lo and behold she called and said she'd be right over.

The house was fine I got a break I got a soak and I am driving back home a little renewed with a few things crossed off my list. Credit.

gardenerjoy
12-12-2013, 10:47 PM
BillBlueEyes: congrats on releasing the car to another place. We had a Volvo about that vintage but we didn't keep it running so long.

Lexxiss: Good for you for figuring out what would work while taking care of yourself.

I got back to my filing today.

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper
8. 0
9. Packed up and sent away boxes
10. Bought office supplies, especially packing tape
11. Straightened up for cleaning crew & packed boxes for book fair
12. 10 min filing

maryblu
12-13-2013, 07:34 PM
Oh, wow, Beckmates, I had forgotten about this thread. I have spent the last two days getting rid of about 18 years of paper clutter..the stuff that needs shredding or burning...I estimate I am less than a quarter of the way there, but I will stay at it. One thing about winter, it does focus me indoors. It astonishes me how much I have just shoved into totes, but it is going away.

gardenerjoy
12-13-2013, 11:34 PM
Great to have you along, maryblu! We got a new shredder for my filing project -- the old one just wasn't up to the job.

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper
8. 0
9. Packed up and sent away boxes
10. Bought office supplies, especially packing tape
11. Straightened up for cleaning crew & packed boxes for book fair
12. 10 min filing
13. 10 min filing

gardenerjoy
12-14-2013, 11:44 PM
December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper
8. 0
9. Packed up and sent away boxes
10. Bought office supplies, especially packing tape
11. Straightened up for cleaning crew & packed boxes for book fair
12. 10 min filing
13. 10 min filing
14. Shovel snow

Lexxiss
12-15-2013, 05:22 AM
I've been having difficulty finding time for everything. The project moves forward at a snails pace and the needed progress is out of my hands, for now. This morning, not sleeping well, I've gotten up and am moving forward at home. I go to the "real job" at 630am.

I ordered a gift online
I mended one of DH's shirts while the sewing machine was out
I'll pick up the office and do my necessary filing.

The office and my "head" will feel better when it's finished. credit.

maryblu
12-15-2013, 07:08 PM
Happy to report to my team mates, I spent the majority of my time today getting rid of ~18 years of old paperwork stored in totes...estimate I am 1/3 of the way done, and paying a huge time penalty for not following the simple "file, not pile" rule. Resolved to deal with paper coming in from this point on appropriately. Feels good to be gittin" 'er done, and do have a drop dead reach to be done date, so chugging along is good. I have always worked well under pressure.

gardenerjoy
12-15-2013, 10:53 PM
You're doing great, maryblu! I put off my filing project for years and, at this rate, it's going to take me months. I probably should have given myself a drop dead date a long time ago. But, it's too late now. This is working for me, so I guess I'll stick with it.

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper
8. 0
9. Packed up and sent away boxes
10. Bought office supplies, especially packing tape
11. Straightened up for cleaning crew & packed boxes for book fair
12. 10 min filing
13. 10 min filing
14. Shovel snow
15. Shovel snow

silverbirch
12-16-2013, 07:51 AM
Do you remember how I carefully took steps towards making marmalade a few weeks ago?

I've thrown it all away + some more Seville oranges in the freezer. I'm running out of road before we go away for a bit. The freezer had to be defrosted (one of those, like Bill's, which should do it all on its own but doesn't), I've had a phone emergency taking far too much of my time and then there are all the other things to do.

Credit for realising I don't have to complete this task. Credit for contemplating that I'll probably not make any more marmalade or jam for a few years. If I make it, I eat it (at least a little) and that doesn't help my cause.

Well done, maryblu and gardenerjoy! Paperwork can become overwhelming. And it all comes quietly into the house piece by piece. You turn around and there's a huge mountain of it.

gardenerjoy
12-17-2013, 10:18 AM
silverbirch: good for you for releasing a project to the wild when it became clear that it couldn't be completed (I have a hard time with that).

December log:
1. Organize & plan for month
2. 10 min filing
3. Investigated how to hang a wreath on a new metal door
4. 10 min filing
5. 15 min filing, finished Box 1
6. Shoveled snow
7. Found the Christmas wrapping paper
8. 0
9. Packed up and sent away boxes
10. Bought office supplies, especially packing tape
11. Straightened up for cleaning crew & packed boxes for book fair
12. 10 min filing
13. 10 min filing
14. Shovel snow
15. Shovel snow
16. Christmas letter

pamatga
12-17-2013, 12:31 PM
Hey Becksters!

I saw this thread before but didn't stop in to add my two cents. I have been working on decluttering for a couple of years now. I spent the entire afternoon yesterday going through all of my seasonal "stuff". Believe it or not, that was the end of last year's "project" and when we put up our tree this year, I decided "no time like the present" so I spent the entire afternoon yesterday going through all of that. I want to reduce 7 plastic bins down to 3.

My DH and I are planning on moving in 2014 and I do not want to take anything with that I won't really need.

Question: how long does a person really have to hang onto receipts?

Pam

P.S. I don't know if you found a way to hang a wreath on a metal door yet, joy, but there are two possibilities that I use frequently. Hobby and craft stores sell a metal hook thing (I don't know the proper name for it) that is flat at the top so it fits over the door (part of it on the inside of the door and part of it on the outside of the door) and then you can hang anything on that or 3M makes this removable hooks with this goo on the back that is safe and comes off easily when you want to cease hanging a wreath there.

silverbirch
12-17-2013, 04:58 PM
silverbirch: good for you for releasing a project to the wild when it became clear that it couldn't be completed (I have a hard time with that).

Thank you. I trudged up the garden and put it in the compost bin which is a pretty wild place when you think about it.

At the end of the day, I believe preserving mental health wins over almost everything.

Now in London at my friends' house which is extraordinarily clean and tidy. I've known them 40 years and this is a first. But the landlady and estate agent visited today so perhaps that's why! I must ask them if they've got rid of things. It certainly looks like it and the house is better for it.

pamatga
12-18-2013, 01:36 PM
I am still working on reorganizing my seasonal decorations. Whatever I decide is going to the garbage, I put near the front door for my DH to take with him when he goes out for his work each morning. I feel that is absolutely key in keeping things from being moved from one part of the house to the other.

I am also tackling a lot of our shared books and boxing those up. It has the added benefit of keeping me preoccupied right before the week of Christmas and my mind off of what I won't be eating this year; a real different approach for me.

We are moving in 2014 so I feel that since I have arthritis in my spine and it really hurts for me to do much of anything that involves using my back, that now is as good as time as any in boxing up things that we don't use now (like most of those books) and getting a jump start on our pre-moving packing.

silverbirch: last week I cleaned up my community garden plot. Since we are moving to another area and we no longer qualify as city residents to use this organic community garden, I had a deadline to remove our winter garden contents and prep it for the next "resident". I find that having any kind of deadline, provided that it is doable, really motivates me and keeps me moving on any organizational project. I love orderly interiors. Period.


Pam :comp:

geoblewis
12-18-2013, 04:17 PM
I did it! I cleaned my desk! Only took me four hours. :carrot:


I filled two tall trash can bags with papers. Papers I had saved for a whole year. OMG! I hate snail mail!

pamatga
12-19-2013, 01:11 PM
Great Job, georgia, I too am in the middle of a project that just started out as going through my seasonal decorations and now has morphed into boxing up books for a 2014 move.

I hear you about papers. They can be "neverending". One thing that I have learned to do with junk mail is try to unsubscribe when I can (and that is not always possible since a lot of it is unsolicited) but also as soon as the mail arrives, I immediately go to the trash container and go through the mail, tossing as I go. I get a lot of catalogs so that is another problem. I have a separate basket that I toss only those that I want to review. The other ones go in the trash. The thing that bothers me the most about all of this is that the cost of printing all of these and the ecological impact it has. I have to do something more pro-active about that in 2014.

Pam

Lexxiss
12-19-2013, 08:15 PM
Pam, I persisted with the junk mail for several years. I'm happy to say the only junk I get these days is local. It makes me very happy and makes life easier for me. No decisions....If I need something from a "catalog" it's all avaliable on line these days...and since I'm focusing on decluttering I don't buy much anyway. It's a win win.
Kudos, too, for going through things in preparation for your move. Doing some of it now will make it so much easier down the road.

I'm still stuck in my whirlwind between rental projects, work and keeping my home in order. Good news-rental #1 has a tenant to move in Feb.1 (their date). We'll hold it for them with a work trade-he's skilled and is willing to tile/paint the bathroom. At my real job I met the foreman for our local highway project. He said he'll have lots of workers looking for places and to let him know whenever I have an open rental. He passed my # on and I have an appt. to show #3, which is ready for occupancy. Yay!
My home stays organized with daily attention and it's nice to have a little holiday cheer with a tree and outdoor wreath.

I commit to keep moving forward. Credit.

pamatga
12-20-2013, 02:30 PM
Thanks Debbie for the tips. I will certainly consider them. I think I will contact some of these companies and ask them to not send me their catalogs even though I have lines of credit with each of them. I agree. I do all of my shopping online anyway.

Great News for you and your rental properties. I do hope some of the busyness you describe will lessen. It sounds like you are always going full speed ahead. I would find that exhausting at some point.

Pam

gardenerjoy
12-21-2013, 09:30 AM
Apparently, I'm taking a solstice / Christmas break from this project. I'm making it official that this is a break, so that I'll be of a mindset to get back to it!

Lexxiss
12-26-2013, 07:02 AM
I did not take a break from household chores but paperwork had certainly fallen behind.
Back On Track
I've been having to negotiate around the fact that I used to get up early and accomplish lots and now, it seems, no matter how quietly I try to exit the bedroom, my DH wakes up and wants to go downstairs with me to sit and drink coffee. I do enjoy the time we spend together but it's certainly cut into my most productive time.
This morning I managed to sneak out....

I decided to do the opposite of my usual, which is to stay downstairs and pick up.
This morning I headed right to the office and I've accomplished alot...My main success being to tally project hours/paychecks into the computer for the project. It's very helpful to be caught up when someone wants to get paid.
Now I can go enjoy more coffee and work downstairs.

I haven't shared the news...I met with the perspective tenant on Saturday and he signed the papers Sunday and started moving in! :dancer:
He is clean and organized and it's such a relief to have one unit resolved. The place looks beautiful and I'm so grateful! Since this tenant came from my new contact at work, I believe I will not have a problem with the final unit, once we get it renovated.
We continue to work on #1, which had been occupied for 20+ years....lots of damage and and also plain ol' wear and tear. It's rented as of Feb. 1, so we must keep moving forward...still lots to do.
I head back up this morning.

onebyone
12-29-2013, 09:44 AM
Lexxiss Just returning from the wilderness to see your great news about someone moving in, another unit rented in a few months nad as ever moving forward. So great to read. Kudos x 100 to you.

Everyone Hello. I went away to Florida at the beginning of the month and came back in time for the ice storm which knocked out our power and then it came on before my mother's did and my MIL's did so we had them over and I have been out of power since their stay. MIL was SUPER critical of our home, and said so. It started with the ever familiar start of these types of conversations "It's none of my business but..." and you know you're going to get it *whack*. So, she thought the bathroom was disgusting-we thought it was pretty clean. So when she was out on a smoke break from us all I said to her " You may be here until the weekend so tell me what I need to do so you will be comfortable having a shower in my bathroom." My mother was here as well so I got her involved cleaning the small things that sit on this small bathroom cabinet. Then I got so everything was done but the floors-hands and knees scrubbing required I was told-and my DH said "You have to come out here now. Your mother is talking about leaving." My mom has alzheimer's and as she had already stayed over for the night (one long terrible amost sleepless night for me sharing a bed with her...) she was starting to get very disoriented. With her, it's worse as her routine gets disrupted longer and longer. So I had to tell MIL I can't do the floors. My mom needs me to sit right beside her to calm her down. So that's what I did and thankfully we got the call that the residents of her home had their power back and I could bring her back too. DH, by this time, had exited the apartment. He was about to throttle his mother. SO we all waited anxiously for him to get home. My mom fought me all the way back to her place that I was just dumping her somewhere. I know/knew it was the disease talking but it's tiring. While we were gone, MIL called her "reliable neighbour" NOT who said, oh yeah, her power came on early that morning. Gee should have called you I guess. DUH So once I got back they were ready to go and then we made plans to have xmas afterall. I LOATHE xmas. It gets worse every year. So xmas is today. Mercifully it will be only a few hours as we are bringing my mom to MIL house for the 1st time and it turns out DH's aunt and uncle will be there too. I have no clue how my mom will be through this. I was supposed to make cabbage rolls but couldn't do it, so we bought some at a local Romanian deli. I'm half Hungarian so these cabbage rolls are similar. We had to go back and get more when we found out we'd be having two more guests. Wow. Sorry to be going on and on so. I guess I am really stressed out. Anyway, all this to say I felt and still feel, hurt by my MIL's reaction to my place and I guess I need to get over it now/soon and just keep moving forward. To our eyes, we are doing much better and we have been maintaining our spaces and we have more usable space than when I started this challenge. It's all in your perspective I guess. BTW DH told me that MIL once got a maid and would clean before the maid and then complain that the maid didn't clean properly and she would then clean after the maid had cleaned as well. ME thinks her standards as skewed equally as mine, but in the other direction.

Lexxiss
12-30-2013, 06:36 AM
onebyone, glad you are back with us and I'm sorry this last month has been so rough. One day at a time....:hug:

Yesterday was a day off at the restaurant. I would have loved to stay home and do nothing yet I keep reminding myself of the tenants who want to move in as soon as this place is ready. I did, however, find a way to negotiate (with myself) New Years Day off and we'll head over the divide for a day at the pool. That will sure be heavenly!

In the meantime, I'm busy today fulfilling all my chores (clean kitchen and laundry, and p/u clutter) and am getting packed so we can leave right after work tomorrow. Several trips ago I didn't take time to get things in order before I left and I remember being quite agitated when I returned. It's a good reminder of how much I've progressed and just how much I enjoy my new clutterfree way of living....still not perfect and won't ever be....but comforting and worth my daily effort.

Happy New Year declutterers!

onebyone
12-30-2013, 08:42 AM
Decluttering Coaches

Two more days left to this challenge and so my goal is to move the small table from beneath the window in the dining room into the kitchen area. My hope is to be able to sit at the table and have coffee or read a newspaper. It may not be possible, as the space may be too small/awkward for a table and chairs, but I want to try it. This has been on my mind for a while.

Steps to reach this goal:
1) clear space in kitchen DONE
2) turn one pantry 90degrees to the left DONE
3)move small table under window to get at larger tableDONE
4)move boxes from off of table and from under tableDONE
5)move table into kitchenDONE
6)move chairs into kitchenDONE
7)restack boxesDONE
8)try out table and chairs-decide if it works or not.DONE NOTE: I'm reserving judgement on this. The table kind of sort of fits in the kitchen. The chairs sort o go with it maybe. I have an urge to paint the table lime green. I've alos cluttered up the hallway again. Oh well.

BONUS: I moved a cabinet from one side of the dining room to the other side. This allows me to move another cabinet (they're really pantries) from the kitchen to the newly vacated space. DONEnote to self: I need a buffet/sideboard thingy.Maybe. Credit for this work done today.

onebyone
12-31-2013, 07:48 AM
Declutterers, hello!

Final day of this decluttering challenge! Have you made progress??

Today I'm going to tackle the pile of clothes and whatever else in the bedroom. It's doubled in size since I came home. I want to make a tshirt quilt for our bed in 2014 so as I remove the pile I'm going to start sorting my drawers as well. Donating stuff and setting stuff aside for the quilt and tossing what is too worn.

I'm also committing to doing all the dishes and putting them away.

Bye for now!

UPDATE: I have some new furniture coming on Thursday!!! Very exciting. One is a chaise lounge-a dream piece of furniture for me. The other is an extra long sideboard/buffet. All extra storage. Very exciting. Very happy I bought it today. I'm keen to open some more boxes-maybe all my boxes marked "books" I can focus on. I have space even now to put them out and I think I can even let go of some old furniture with the new stuff coming. This is the first new thing I have bought in years. I am feeling very lucky.