The landlord showed this morning at 8:30. He came in and it was blessedly uneventful. Not a remark. Nothing passive-aggressive passed his lips. We are getting better at this show of normalcy as in having a normal enough looking place. So glad that's over. In another month we'll go through it again as he comes in to unlock the thermostat and turn the air conditioning on. If I commit to my decluttering this month I won;t have that big scramble next time. That will be super-duper progress for me.
I'm sitting on the couch, laptop on a cleared off coffee table, cat beside me on the couch, plenty of room for us both. The floor is completely clear and clean and I have maybe 4 boxes way over there at the perimeter of the dining room far from me to go through. Several moved to the back room but it's nothing like box mountains version 1 & 2 that I tackled last year. CREDIT CREDIT CREDIT.
My intention is to clear the last remaining living room floor space to the right of the couch and the left of the chair. I'll attempt that tomorrow when I am back from my guild thing at 1:30 or so.
I also have to clean up the backyard. Some charcoal spilled below the bbq (?) and our umbrella just broke plus we just have various containers/crap back there: extra tables and chairs that need to be tossed. And my rug got rained on so it's not coming back in so I need to tie it up so the garbage man will take it.
Of course there's much more to do but that's all I have in me for today.
I AM ENJOYING SO MUCH my clear indoor space as is Caesar the cat who can romp in every direction without negotiating some box or bin or pile of stuff!
and I feel your pain! DH and I have come to some sort of agreement with the decluttering. I think we both just want a sane space and he no longer says it's all my stuff which he did always say. Many things moved to the back bedroom and it has a pathway, albeit a larger wider pathway than before but I still have a ways to go. Great job making your action list. I find that truly is the only way I can get through this stuff. It is my achilles heel that's for sure.
Thanks for posting your plans! I procrastinate big time about my work as well. I find it takes more and more of a deadline to make me sit still and start already, although this year I have felt the joy of working in advance so I am *gasp* early with my submissions. It has been an eye opener to NOT feel that pressure so much. I kind of like it. I love the way you worked through the fridge and the cupboards and yes, it makes a huge difference to me too when the food is orderly as I can actually see and plan my meals when I know what I've got to work with. Great job.
as well! Great job having only a few boxes left to unpack. I am still working with my boxes from my move almost 3 years ago now. It does get done but only when I make an effort to focus there. I need lists and I need this forum to keep me focused as well. I look forward to hearing how your progress goes as well.
I totally relate to your recipe consolidation effort. I need to do the same with my artwork photos especially those for art submissions. I recently had a hard drive die on me and it has oodles of jpgs on it that I *may* need. Mostly I would need them for my website, which I just decided to resurrect (I've been primarily blogging), so I know about bits here and there and duplicates and duplicates that are the same except for their dpi size. It's all VERY time consuming. Your quest to get everything on your ipad seems a worthy one! I am sure you will complete it no matter how long it takes. I think it was Lexxiss
who last year organized all of her photographs. And there were a lot of them! In the end they all scrolled nicely in an electronic frame thingy and she could enjoy them instead of having them all stashed away in some box. Again a worthy effort no matter how long it takes.
I find myself super intrigued by your gardening plans! The raised bed is a fabulous thing and I sooooo long for my own garden. I am going to live vicariously through yours if you don't mind! I am trying to picture yur backyard but have no clue about it and all I can do is recall images of Wales from this show we watch called Hinterland, which when the actors speak Welsh I always think "How come Welsh is never considered one of the most difficult languages to learn?" They always say it's Hungarian (which I speak) since it isn't related to any other language except Finnish. Anyway, I digress bigtime here so KUDOS to you and your effort to get your garden going! It IS a lot of hard work but very satisfying and sure to be rewarding.
I'm glad this little corner of the internets could give you a space to come and commit to your decluttering projects even if it is a seasonal thing for you! You have made some major changes so that's got to feel great. I totally get the seeing the space outside you cleared and feeling good about it. I feel that way right now in my living room and hope to have that experience sitting out back when I clear that as well. Feel free to pop by when you have the time or if the need comes up. I am going to re-start this thread monthly as without it I can't get myself to do any of this stuff. Not yet.
Turtles and tortoises must be very quiet creatures. The story made me think of all the escaped hamsters of my youth. I remember people/friends saying they "got into the walls". Hmmmm. I've never lost a pet myself but ask me where the scissors are, or my glasses, well I am sure some of my unopened boxes hold stuff from 30 years ago that I didn't know was lost until I recover it again. How goes your decluttering? Any projects underway?
How are you doing with that garden? What are your hopes for the outdoor space?