Well today is the 1st of December! Where did the year go??? And it is Wednesday, so trash day here. I have started to put out a few decorations out for Christmas. So this morning I pulled one box of decorations out of closet and went thru it. I was able to toss a number of items into the trash! Stuf that neither I nor our daughter wants...so out it went! lol
We are all realizing how easier it is to get along with less...did get rid of 2 totes of Christmas items...family picked through it then friends then rest to donation...sure feels good not to lug those totes around!
Way to go, my lady! I threw away a bra I have never really liked. It fit well but had itchy lace. I put up with the itch because it fit so well. Now, I have raised my standards. Things must fit well, look good and be annoyance-free!
Nice work lady,i cleaned out part of my desk drawers,brother called need to clean the spare room ,he will be spending a few nites ,and its a bomb room all my christmas tubs and sewing and crafts,I know what I will be doin saturday...
I threw out some rotten veggies (then went to the store and bought more--not rotten though. LOL)
Got rid of an old video camera after I transferred my home movies to DVD. Cleared out some craft stuff. Have a bag of clothes and spices I'll never use to Freecycle. Also trashed Monopoly money and cards which I had saved to use in scrapbooking.
I am doing three drawers in the kitchen today or tomorrow. Catch all full of nothing. Did all three about 6 months ago and they are back in same shape. I also plan on some work min the garage and some gardening. Temperature is going to be 65 and sunny. Landscapers were here yesterday and cut back all the cannas. That is one job I am glad they can do. But now I need to dig some up, thin out and then also move some irises and rain lilies. But I think our freezing is done so I should have plenty of time. Just have to put up with the wind in January and February.
Dang enjoy your 65 degress it is a balmy 30 degrees with light flurries ,very pretty and cold ..But its ok birds are out feeding in force,very peaceful and wintery.Iam going get busy and clean out the curio cabinet ,its bad,Ill do before and after
I actually had a hummingbird buss me yesterday. The quail are still coming by and some small yellow birds but the majority are gone. Had a beautiful song bird Wednesday but could not see it. It was in a tree behind us i the greenbelt. I had put out a new suet block so I think the bird was saying thank you. Anyway, I stopped what I was doing and enjoyed the music. And thanked God for the bird and the song. .
Husband and daughter are negating most my decluttering efforts. I just cleaned off the bookcase, and shoved the box of books out the door with a free sign on it. I hopebody takes at least some of them. I guess I will need to bring them back in for the night, but I am afraid if hubby and daughter see them, they will declare that they need them.
Well, should not have depended on the weather man. Cloudy all day and rain in the atmosphere but did not hit the ground. Was not cold, just looked old. So I spent the majority of the day in the house doing a whole bunch of nothing. There is always tomorrow.
I just saw the weather report and the jet stream as moved south pulling down cold air. The South is going to get cold. The North is already cold. Stay safe and warm friends. Sharon.
Wow, Hugger, what a gorgeous Cardinal and friends! I lived in Ohio for 2 yrs and almost drove off the road the first time I saw a cardinal in a bare tree. I started the black sunflower feeding today. We have no acorns this year. Neighbor had a bear cub on his deck yesterday. I expect to see more. I hope the wildlife will make it thru this winter.
Snowmen are charming. Are the bodies gym socks? I have a drawer full of holey ones for rags.
Good work, Sharon. Nurse, I have been in your shoes. Hard to declutter amongst clutterers.
Today I put a top and DH put a sweater on the OUT pile.
We have no walnuts this year ,but we have a bumper crop of acorns.We just set up a feeder and suet and heated birdbath on the westside of the house,I got lucky yesterday with the photo of the Cardinal and purple finch and was it a junco or chickadee ?
Huck,I came home from work 1 day ,we have 17 steps down to the house,im walking down the steps and I realize down in the wetlands there are 20 or more cardnials,it was a beautiful sight,the ground was snow covered ,the birds were scattered about in the thicket brush,red dots everywhere..Then I scared them off ..Didnt mean to LOL
snowmen made out of tube socks and rice...Hats made of ankle socks
Margaret,You remind me too,I have a carton of heavy cream that will most likly go bad..Then I ll find it..eww LOL Thanks on the snowmen they are cute and fun to make.That reminds me Cvillegardner,made some framed christmas trees made of old jewelry,they are beautiful.Made me think of the old jewlery you donated a while back !!! Hind sight always 20/20 wishing I had all my old stuff too !!! Didnt even think it could be art someday !!! LOL
I chucked a bunch yesterday! My sister was here from TN. I sent her home with some things to consign for me in her consignment shop. I also gave her a bunch of stuff I had piled in the guest room. She left here with an full carload of stuff I'll never have to deal with again. We cleaned out so much in the guest room that we were able to move the cabinets in the home gym into the guest room so I could actually use my home gym. I'm sooooo thrilled!!
I give things to my consignment lady too. She is just as nice as any charity and she donates things to the women's crisis center.
Today I made a raspberry pie using a pre-made crust that had cluttered the freezer long enough. The raspberries were from the garden and frozen as well. The way I make it is not too fattening. And why just save it for company?
wow great for you ,soo does that mean I could possibly find room to get the malibu pilates chair out of the closet if i declutter the spare bedroom ??? I need to get it cleaned up this week ,big brother is coming home..I have rasberries in the freezer too..
I think your bro is on his way, Hugger. ;-)
DH and I ate 1/2 of the pie. I froze the rest to eat later. Trying to be good. :-.(...
Yesterday I gathered up and washed worn washcloths, towels and old holey woolen blanket to add to a modest check as a gift for the animal shelter. Old flannel pillowcases and sheets too. This is a win-win situation. =^..^=
I offered on Freecycle a bunch of packing material. Bubble wrap, packing peanuts, boxes, etc. No takers yet. This is an odd freecycle group in my area. Lots of asking for stuff, not as much offering. I'm not sure how many people are paying attention any more to it!
Mrs. Ed, our Freecycle is the same. The things people ask for amaze me--a laptop, a car, Christmas gifts for our kids, a house, etc. Just about anything I offer is taken immediately--except packing supplies. ONce in a while, someone is moving and will want them. But often, I end putting them in the trash.
OH i wish you were closer ,my friend sells on eBay,I collect and save all packing materials for her,boxes too. We clean offices and do trash and recycling for them.so I have a great source,and if she has enough we recycle as much as possible.
after...big brother made it here too,only to have to leave a day early Because of the Big storm thats on its way..He has to drive 100 miles south to Indy to catch his flight tomorrow at 4pm,forcast is grimmm for long travel .he will be leaving this afternoon . he will stay with an old collage buddy in Indy.
thanks everyone ,Im trying really hard to keep it neat..WE will see LOL
oh a nice kitchen aid ,that is super piece of equipment,It would be sitting on my counter too ..
Marna hope they come through for you..
Yah, your kitchen is deceiving, Nanny. It looks like it's so big since it's connected to that room, but it's not all counter-y. My cabinets are circa 1950, they are built in, and about 2 inches more shallow than modern cabinets. I suppose I might have some more room if I cleared out some baking pans. I've been considering that.
I think the kitchen is the hardest room to declutter, especially if you cook and/or bake a lot. My daughter does cake decorating, and she has a lot of stuff for that. I finally assembled cabinets in the basement for her to store her stuff in, but my kitchen is still over crowded. The pantry closet is a problem, I think I have about 6 types of vinegar. Do I really need them all? Probably not, but the minute I get rid of one, that will be the kind I need. Let's not even start on oil and spices. I think I store a lot more food then needed. I am from a large family, and the shelves were always full, but that may be because my mother shopped once every two weeks, and needed all that to get through. I however tend to end up in the store at least 2 times a week, so I probably should down size. Guess as soon as I finish the living room, I will tackle the pantry. Pray for me! lol
I keep my pantry supplied with canned beans, soups, broth, rice, fish and anything that can be eaten cold. Also enough water to cook the rice. Just in case. Something I got from my parents. I have a system so nothing gets old. But I have a very large walk in pantry. I have been cleaning the pantry and I have about 1/3 done. I have items, cookware, on the top shelf I have not touched in years. I will assume when I am finished, the shelf will be empty.
Ok I bought all these dishes at GW,but I made garden stacks out of them for Christmas gifts,used all but 3 plates..
Im envious of a kitchen ,I really dont have one to speak of very small, 8x 15 ,the only thing that saves it is the bar between the lr and kitchen for work space,2 people in it can be annoying !!! Pantry whats that... lucky girls...=}
We have been yakking and showing photos over at mid south gardening , thread mid south garden art part3.Birds and blooms had theses garden art stacks in last months issue and someone was also making flowers out of small glass items glued together and mounted on a copper pipe,like tea cups and saucers,super cute too.
Marna, Im thinking about setting a pot of flowers on 1 they make nice pedestals,or on a deck they make a nice bird feeder,and if the top piece is a bowl you could put water in them too,small BB??? I just had to make some to see what I could dream up.. Now Im thinking 2 or 3 pedestals out my side door with varying heights ????
I really was not sure if other people could see what I see them being used for whatever one wants,Or if they would think geez whats wrong with her stacking up old dishes and thinking its Purdy !!!! I gave one away yesterday and it was funny...after you tell them what they can use it for,then it was all oohs and aahs and you bought all this at good will..soo glad they liked it.still chuckling about it...
Nice stacks, Hugger!
I have been using a few art supplies to get the Christmas cards out. A little less clutter there. Made a tunnel for the cat out of a piece of flexible cardboard I was saving. He is getting old, but he thrust himself into it three times this evening. =^..^=
We have a box in the living room for the cat's toys. Well, in theory that's what it is for, but the toys are usually everywhere but in the box. When I vacuum, I throw them all in the box, and she (the cat) looks at me like a crazy, then she goes to the box, and picks them back out one at a time, just like a child and a toy box. Soon they are all over the place again.
Wish I lived where I could burn things. My family had a summer cabin, which my mother had managed to fill with clutter. My brother and I had a ball building bonfires. Burnt old bathing suits, moldy books, blankets, furniture, you name it, she had collected it. My mother has never turned down anything somebody offered her. I guess it's the result of being raised during the depression, and then having 7 children. People were always giving her their cast offs, and she took everything. She is presently in a nursing home, hopefully just for rehab, and we are trying to organize a day to clear out at least one of the extra bedrooms in her house so she can have a sitting room on the second floor when she comes home. My sister also lives there, but has her own health problems. The house is an old victorian, with one bathroom on the second floor. There are 6 bedrooms (2 are in the attic), and old 3 being used. The rest are pretty much full of junk, which either,1)she might need someday, or 2)is worth money. My greatest motivation to declutter my house, is the fear that it will start to look like hers.
Nurse, I understand what a monumental task you have ahead of you. My mother is a hoarder. 12 years ago she had a stroke that left her dependent on us, so she could no longer live alone across town. She can't remember how to read, write, use the phone, drive, cook, or talk. So we had to move her out here next to us so we could tend to her. While she was in rehab, we had to clear the junk out of her former home so we could sell it. About 70% of the stuff was literal trash--broken yard tools, broken windows, dry rotted tires from cars she owned 30 years before, broken light fixtures, moth eaten clothes from the 70's, molded books, mouse infested curtains she saved for years, dry rotted bedspreads, empty boxes that had gotten wet, etc. Her house and two storage buildings were piled up to the ceilings.
She's still upset about all the stuff we didn't bring to her new house and she has done what she can to pile up this house. But since she doesn't shop, we've been able to control some of it. But whatever comes into her house never leaves. The guest bedroom is full to the ceiling with gifts she was given but will never use (saving for a rainy day), empty gift boxes and bags that she guards but will never use, wrapping paper from gifts given to her, dolls, toys for grandchildren that are now in college, more curtains that will never hang in her home, coffee pots that quit working, etc.
They just don't stop to think about what they leave behind for their children. It's hard for me to understand. But Mom's hoarding has been an incentive for me to continue to work towards eliminating anything that doesn't serve a real purpose in my life.
Yesterday I sold a leather coat that's too heavy for me and a food processor I've only used once. And I gave away a couple of shirts I don't wear.
Butterfly, thaks! Now I'm terrified of what I will find! Not really, because I already know it is pretty much the same stuff as you found. I suggested to my sister that we just rent a dumpster and start pitching. I know my mom will be mad, and like your, continue to hoard what she can, but we plan on telling her we put the stuff in the attic or basement. Since she really has problems with stairs, that should keep her from looking for it. I just hope my siblings are as ready to pitch as I am. My mother did a lot of sewing and probably has every pattern she ever used. She even has some so old, they just came with paper and instructions, and you drew the actual pattern yourself! (Don't any of you dare tell me they may be worth something!) If I have my way the whole lot of patterns will go. She has enough books to fill a library, and not a small one, a public one. Not with books anybody would what anymore, mostly ones that "may be worth money some day"
Anyway, hopefully we can get that organized. I cleaned under the kitchen sink today, which was not near as bad as I expected. I did find I hhave doubles and triples of some cleaning products, so at least I am stocked up for a while. I also discovered the O ring thing that holds the drain pipe to the sink drain was broken, and water was seeping. Luckily it's a double sink, and I can use the other half, and hopefully find time today or tomorrow to buy a new ring.
I still have 2 cabinets, a couple drawers, and on top of the refrigerator(I forgot about that until today) to clean, then the kitchen in done. I am finding I have an insane amount of scotch tape, pens and screwdrivers. Who knew?
My DH was going through a drawer in the garage today. I asked him what was he looking for. He told me and I said with much confidence, "That is no where in the garage. Must be in one of the three drawers in the kitchen I have not yet cleaned out". AND, that was where it was. LOL. Sharon.
Im sad for you both ,huck an nurse,it would be soo hard to have to deal with an aging parent and a hoarding one at that,wish I were closer I`d love to come help clean out,Im a great organizer.MY dH`s dad was a hoarder,luckily the hoarding didnt make it in to every room of the big house,after he passed in 1988,he also ran his Dental Lab out of the house.He managed to fill up the basement and the 2nd story of the house,took us 2summers to get rid of everything,1st summer Lab and basement,100 gallons of paint rusted through,5 televisions a GAS refrigerator,bags of trash,from when I cleaned kitchen cabinets out,I thought he was throwing it away,it went to the basement.And the basement was really a damp cellar soo everything downthere was ruined ...a nice old cash register rusted to bits.We had to leave the Huge Safe...DH helped put it down there an he said he was NOT BRINGING IT UP...TOO funny yes we still had the combination !!! We made piles in the driveway 8 ft tall the city used a pay loader 4 dump truck loads .TG his mom is not a hoarder...His sister is a bit of one,an ocd issues.We found food in a file cabinet in the garage !!!! His mom had no Idea what he had kept or put where,she is a taylor by trade soo she was never the chief cook and bottle washer in the house ,so food in the garage was news to her !!!! I dont think she bought white trash bags ,toilet paper or paper towels for years,we found sooo many..New boxes you would think oh a brand new what ever ,nope it was the old broken one in the box ????We really didnt find much that was not rusted or broken,oh bags of pink dental wax,that was scraps dh thinks he used it to start fires in the fire place,and used bowling pins used those in the fireplace to start fires also.He worked part time at our local bowling alley he was the fix it man .We even had an airplane wing and prop !!! they were from his airplane that got rolled in a tornado on the ground.Yes he also crashed an airplane once,they had taken off after air guard jets,hit dead air,fell from the sky ,all 3 survived..And he still flew all the time,till he couldnt pass the phyiscal anymore.We moved his mom into a condo a year or so later,and she keeps it neat as a pin..TG and she is 89 and still sews everyday,runs the church food bank.we are soo fortunate...But we have to tell her not to go out when it snows,yes she drives,still really a good driver,DH makes her drive him ,she drove him to have his cateract surgury...as he drove her to hers !!!! LOL.. Sadly it really is a hard situation for the both of you,wishing you much luck on your project.
Am working on setting up a work party at my mom's over New Years. Her bedroom has a smaller bed room attached to in. Both also open into the hall. I guess it might have been a nursery? Both rooms are pretty large, compared with modern houses. The plan is to clear out both rooms, move her bed into the smaller room, and set the other room up as a sitting room, with a microwave ans small refrigerator. This way she doesn't have to do the stairs. My sister can bring meals up, but she ccan still have snacks on hand. I hope the cleaning party comes together. We are still waiting for my younger brother, to find out if he can help. He and I live about 3 hours away, and my oldest sister is about 5 hours. She plans on coming to my house, and then heading west the next day. We will spend Friday-Sunday, trying to get through the mess. I really thing most of it needs to just be pitched, or donated, so I hope the rest of the family can overcome their hoarder genes and agree.
Be sure to check thru things thoroughly. While cleaning out my mom's house, we found family photos, postage stamps, and even cash hidden in phonebooks and other books. She put family portraits in books because she didn't have frames for them and didn't want them to get bent. Who knows, you might even find a love letter or two or something else intriguing from the past tucked into a magazine. Please post and let us know how it goes. I hope you find some unexpected treasures.
When we were cleaning out mother's home after her passing, we found money everywhere. Her favorite was pockets in jackets or pants. Found a coffee can full of silver dollars and other silver coins but we knew it was somewhere.
Also found a box with cremated remains and a death certificate of someone we had no idea who it was. OMG, maybe Daddy killed someone with his temper. My sister took the info back to California and contacted Oregon. It was remains of his step-father. They were hidden in a back part of the shelves where canned food was kept. Probably had been there for many years.
So be prepared, you will never believe some of the things you will find.
Did not do much today. It rained all day. But did get lat package in the mail. It is a good ting I only have two packages, because I am not good with mailing packages.
But I did open a drawer and found about 500m cards. Different kinds. I remember gathering them all a few years ago and putting them in one drawer. They are actually nice cards but I will not live long enough to use all of them. I think I will put them on free cycle after the first of the year.
Oh, boy, treasure hunt! Grandmother kept $600.00 in the hem of her bedroom curtain. My Aunt hid $3,000.00 wrapped in foil in a Velveeta box in the fridge. My other Aunt was tossing it into the garbage can when she noticed it felt strange. Opened it up expecting to see green moldy cheese, not greenbacks!
Nearly forgot what I tossed in all that excitement over hidden $$$. I tossed a lot of food packaging, as there is a mouse in the pantry and I had to put things in glass jars for safekeeping. I need that crocodile doorstop!
OMG Sharon! If I find ashes I will freak! I am sure she has money stashed everywhere, because she always has done that. I had a dementia patient trying to give one of my staff $20 one day. We distracted her, and looked through her wallet. She had over $600 on her! Gave the money to her daughter, who was shocked, apparently they had already taken $500 from her, and thought they got it all. When I told her it was stuck behind pictures in her wallet (also one of my mom's hiding places) she had no idea she did that, but the granddaughter who was present knew.
Present plan is to just try to consolidate the stuff as much as possible so mom can go through it when she gets home. Personally, I'm hoping we can also pitch some, but have to wait and see.
I feel for all of you having to go through your parents houses and clean them out...had to do it 7 yrs. ago when mother moved...
Mother passed away last week at my sister's home ( we took care of her there )...even with a pre-paid funeral we had much still do do and we would have been way overloaded if we had to deal with her house and all her possessions.
That is one reason I try to de-clutter, give away things to those that need it or want it now.
Was hard at first then realized all these things were usually packed away and I didn't use them or need them.
With all your hints, and supporting each other, we have made great strides in de-cluttering our lives and making time for things that really matter!
Merry Christmas to all!!
I was explaining my de-cluttering to my cousin. She started laughing. Her sister, another cousin, does "Estate Sales". We decided she needed to do "Pre-Estate Sales". She is 80 and told us to forget it. LOL.
I think I will stop de-cluttering until 2011. Then start off with a roar. Merry Christmas all my friends. Sharon.
Oh, Geraldine, my sympathy goes out to you. I hope your mother had a peaceful exit. Bless you and your family.
I took a box full of the kid's old books to them for Christmas. They had a blast looking thru them and snapping them up for their young children. I put this off before as I thought it would be a chore and/or burden for them. They loved it. Wish I had done this earlier.
They also took some bedding and cat toys. Delete delete delete!
Merry Christmas back!
I started carefully peeling the tape off the used wrapping paper and then stopped. Wadded it up and put it in the paper trash. Later took it out to clean up the bottom of the roaster pan. DH cooked a prime rib for Christmas dinner and it made a lot of grease. Threw the greasy wrapping paper on the fire. So I got 3 uses for that paper; as giftwrap, as pan degreaser, as a firestarter. And it is not taking up space in the drawer. Win, win, win.
Good One !!! I put clean used paper towels in the compost ,DH says we are putting more and more in to the recycle,since we can mingle it now..I also shred news paper for the compost tumbler,when i dont have enough dry material.
see, I save that grease so that I can make yorkshire pudding. yum.
ditto on the wrapping paper. we were pretty poor growing up, so I saved all my paper. It was really hard to break my self of that. but now paper is pretty cheap and I only have to buy stuff every few year.
So, Yesterday and today i CHUCKED a whole lot of paper! Also got rid of some catalogs. Have to make way for the new seed catalogs that will be coming in.
A funny clutterer's confession: When DH thought the roast was done, he got the meat thermometer out of the drawer and inserted it in the roast. Nothing happened. He asked where the other meat thermometer was. I thought, "Uh oh, I probably put it in the OUT pile". Looked in the kitchen gadget extras box in the pantry, there were 3 various meat thermometers in there. By this time, the first one began measuring the temperature of the roast. I said"!#@%*!, we need to trust the one in the roast or get rid of it! He stuck all of them in and they all confirmed each other's temperature. So we have 4 functioning meat thermometers that I know of. 2 went in the OUT box.
I also broke an old piece of plastic into many pieces and put it in the trash.
Kitch gadgets are my downfall. We have a huge drawer of gadgets, and I have a hard time parting with any of them. Most are very useful, but maybe only once every couple years. The problem is, they are the type of thing you are thrilled to have when you need them. Strawberry hullers, potato mashers, cookie scoops. I have no idea where to start with weeding these out.
You do not weed kitchen utensils. The ones you do not use all the time, you put in a large plastic container and put it somewhere handy. When you need it and use it you put it back in to the main kitchen drawer. After a year, if you have not used it, get rid of it. Better said than done. My container is still under the vegetable sink in the island. I need to pitch the whole bunch this week.
nice trade Mrs_Ed,good thinking.i went through the wrapping paper tub recycled a bunch of tissue paper,I used up all but a few square feet of paper and bags ..will be looking for 80o/o off paper for next year...
I only have 2 drawers for utensils in my kitchen,I try really hard to keep it to a minimum of gadgets that you cant live without !!!!
Sharon, what a gerat idea. I will definately do that. Not the throwing them away after a year part, but I will put the ones I don't need as often in a separate container and stick it in the pantry closet. Don't know why I never thought to do that. Thanks!
You've inspired me. I've just spent the last hour sifting through old wrapping paper and cards. Have kept a few cards, but have placed a lot of stuff in the box for donation and the scrappier bits have gone into the recycling bin.m
I spent the day putting things away that were back into the house from the clean-up of the garage.
I had little Christmas out so I had very little to put away. But when I was putting it way I talked to all the other decorations and told them for sure they would be out of the room next year. Yes, I am nuts. I talk to my dogs, plants and innate objects.
Have a great evening and day tomorrow. I am continuing cleaning tomorrow. That is if I cannot not garden. It was windy today so we shall see.
Spent last 4 hours helping daughter clean her room. We are about half done. She has actually tossed a lot of stuff for a change. Total so far 4 bags of trash, 2 boxs of give away stuff, and a box of stuff to go elsewhere. I also got her to go through the set of drawers she has in the bathroom and toss a lot of stuff. Really fel we mae a lot of progress. She does most the work, I just sit and talk with her and keep her on track. She has ADD and a little OCD, as do I, so whe gets distracted easily. Having me there seems to help. Only problem is, I am working the next 2 nights, then going to western PA to decluttle my mom's before she comes home from rehab, so I won't have time to help her again until next week. I hope she doesn't lose interest in the project.
Went to the doctor's this eve and got antibiiotics for the sinus infection I have been trying to ignore. Hopefully getting rid of it will give me some pep. Take care all, and stay warm. Tracie
Every one is working hard,great work.On my list now is my curio cabinet in desperate need of cleaning,and finding the bag of corks Ive stashed ..LOL
nurse,maybe your daughter will really like the less cluttered room,and continue to do so with your gentle help.
I suffer from sinus infections,easily,a dr told me once well if this dosent work you will have to have surgurey...whaaatt my 2nd infection,soo I knew back in the day they used salt water nasal rinse,looked it up found a piece that was made for a waterpick for nasal irrigation,got over the bad infection in 3 days.. Not a horrible thing to do not as bad as one might think or as it sounds ...Nettie pots ..I use it after Ive been out gardening and during allergy season.
Hugger, I started using a Netti pot a couple years ago. It does seem to help when I use it. I really should have started using a few weeks ago, and might have avoided the infection. I really didn't realize how sick I was, the whole thing really hit me last night. I ended up calling off work a second day, which should not be a problem since I seldom call off. I actually had a little energy today, which I have not had for the past week or so. Did some laundry and ran to the grocery store, needed to rest between, but at least there is some food in the house. Going to help the daughter finish her room tonight. I told her we would start at 6:00, I really hope we are able to finish. I just sit there and watch her work, which is good because I don't have much pep.
I had sinus surgery about ten years ago and no sinus infections since. The drainage hole was partly closed so my sinus did not drain. I use the Nettie pot as soon as I get any hint of a head cold or sinus problem. Especially if I have been outside tossing around perlite or vermiculite. After last years battle with Asthma, I no longer use Vermiculite. Later Sharon.
It really is not as bad as it sounds,and it soo works...I know creepy... I swear it does not hurt or burn or you dont gag or anything, or drown!!!! just relax and do it... I will never go to the dr. for a sinus infection again.certainly not the specialist that wanted to operate,before trying more than 1option ?? I had a ct scan too maybe thats what he saw small drainage ,and alot of swelling. cheeks would gurgle when tipping my head side to side...ACCKK I have Not had that happen again,because I use the salt water when I feel something starting to happen again.I hate those sinus headaches too...
Nurse ,hope you start to feel better soon , did you and your daughter have a good evening decluttering.Maybe see if she wants you to post photos of her accomplishments,then we can give her the way to go...beautiful job..I would love to tell her that...
I cleaned out sewing storage tubs,fabric my mil gave me going to GW,probly15 -20 yrds anybody need some wool ??? I can post photos
Oldest duaghter interrupted our cleaning efforts last night, but since she and her little sister were busy, I used the eve to clean out the small corner closet in my room. Got rid of most everything in it. The closet is in an odd location, and the door sticks, so I tend just to put thinngs in it I won't need often. Decided most the stuff I didn't ned at all. Took 6 small boxes and one bag to the thrift shop today. There was too much just to set outside for free like I have been doing. Got rid of a bunch of use able sheets. I have 3 good sets for my bed that I rotate between. These were older sets that are still usable, but I will never need them, and maybe somebody who can't afford better does. Did find out there is some mold in the back corner of the closet. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of this? Bleach? Also went through kitchen towel drawer. Had purchased some towels on sale only to get them home and discover why they were so cheap. They are too small for towels, but to large for dish clothes. Send them to the thrift shop. Pitched anything that was worn thin and/or stained. Still have a lot of towels and an insane amount of pot holders.
Is there carpet in the closet or tile? Mold is very very bad and can make you very ill. I know because our old home had mold and I did not know it and I was so sick and they could not figure out why. After we moved I gradually got better. Then they started checking all homes in Las Vegas for mold if they were getting a new loan. I called the new owners and told them to have their home checked. They did and there was mold at the end of the great room where I sat every night after work. It was under the wallpaper. That wall was directly under the upstairs kids bathroom tub. When they let the water spray out while showering it seeped down the wall behind the sheet rock. We were in that house over 20 years.
This is in the back corner of the closet and seems to be just on the wall, but there is carpet so I will be sure to look under it. my oldest sister is coming in tonight, and then we are going to my mom's to declutter over the weekend. Have to clean up around here, but have to say, since I have decluttered the downstairs, I wouldn't be embarrassed for somebody to just come in now. Place is a little dusty, but otherwise, not so bad. I use to spend days cleaning before company. This mostly consisted of stashing clutter out of sight and not actually dealing with it. Like it much better this way!
Way to go nanny! It's amazing how many toys children have. When my girls were growing up, I always tried to go through toys before Christmas and give the ones they had outgrown away. I was actually able to get them to join in by letting them know the toys would be going to less fortunate children who didn't have a lot of toys. I would then give them to one of the moms at work that I knew was struggling or donate them to the church run thrift shop.
My sister is here, and as soon as she's ready it's off to mom's. Daughter made dinner last night for us. She is a good, but messy, cook. I cleaned up the kitchen and emptied the dishwasher before going to bed. Had to excuse myself from visiting with sis, but loved the clean kitchen this morning!
nurseatnite wrote:Way to go nanny! It's amazing how many toys children have. When my girls were growing up, I always tried to go through toys before Christmas and give the ones they had outgrown away. I was actually able to get them to join in by letting them know the toys would be going to less fortunate children who didn't have a lot of toys. I would then give them to one of the moms at work that I knew was struggling or donate them to the church run thrift shop.
We did the same thing when they lived with us...Gave them to a daycare or The Caring Center which provided things for free or very low cost to people in need.
;sJust posted a report on the declutttering at my mom's on the hoarders thread. Too tired to tell you more tonight. Just have to say, please do not save old purses without cleaning them out, there is nothing quite as gross as digging through old tissues and melted hard candy!
Cheers, Margaret! Here's to 2011, long may it wave!
I went thru all the Christmas cards and calendars and wastebaskets and threw all paper goods on the fire. Only saved photos and a few family update newsletters. It felt wonderful and I enjoyed watching the old clutter burst into colorful flame. =^..^=
I chucked a 7 piece comforter set today that I decided didn't suit my bedroom. A very nice lady from Craigslist bought it. And we had a nice long visit. Turns out she's an avid gardener too and has moved in with her daughter and has a whole yard to garden in. So come spring, I can chuck a bunch of my excess plants at her too. LOL
I spent the day taking care of problems. XM radio, Chase Bank, Geek Squad and Handyman. And on top of that it was snowing when I got up at 6:30am. Stopped around 1pm and was melted by 4pm.
The only thing that got pitched was a bunch of recycle and papers in my "personal" garbage container. It is right next to where I sit on the couch and I sort through it when I dump it and shred, recycle or dump its contents.
BUT no appointments this week and no real reason to leave the house so I should get a lot done.
Huggergirl, isn't Craigslist great? I used to Freecycle everything until we got a local Craigslist.
If you haven't already, get a free blujay store too. It's totally free, no fees whatsoever. You can list your items in your store and link to it in your Craigslist ads so people can see everything you have. You might sell multiple items to one person that way
When I cleaned out the upstairs closet last week, I was going to move the boxes of checks downstairs to my desk where I have the others. Just looked in the boxes, and they are all from Allfirst Bank. My present bank bought them out at least 5 years ago. Probably more like 10! Taking them to work to throw in shred bin.
I've chucked some scrapbooking items, some nice valances, and a some cookbooks and cookbook rack. Sold them all on Craigslist. It's so hard for me to let go of things I pay good money for that are still valuable. Craigslist helps me to see my clutter as $$$ and it's getting so easy to say goodbye to the clutter!
That tea was a good chuck = } I`ve got a lg trash bag full of clothes and Yards of fabric,the fabric is wool 70`S ish...LOL gross colors,Although I did pull a piece out that Im going to have my MIL( Margaret) make me a patch pocket blazer,its brown plaids beautiful .MIL is a taylor by trade, it will turn out much better if she makes it for me !!!
taking the bag to GW.also there is a mentally handicapped fellow ,that I fixed up a clear storage tub full of 4bath towels and hand towels,and dish towels, a shower curtain, and a box of cat litter.He will be using the clear tub for a litter box.they work better because they are taller and the cats dont kick a lot of litter out,also good for male cats that like to back up to pee on the taller walls of the box.I know too much Info..LOL also his PC moniter has died on him soo I told him id see what I could do for him.well ,hoping this will work ..we have a broken flat screen tv ,the antenna jack thingy broke 120.00 to fix it to watch TV ,it will work just as well as a pc moniter without getting fixed..He will be surprized.still need to get a shower curtain liner and rug for his bathroom,then his bath will match..I forgot to say They just moved him to a much nicer apt. and now he gets 32hrs of Tara a week ,she has helped him tremendously,he was turning into a hoarder.so Im trying to round up a few new used things for him,Tara said they have thrown out all of his dishes pots and pans,she said things were pretty gross.He slept in his bed for the first time in 10 years,in his new place,asked him how did it feel ,he said wonderful and Fluffy slept with me too...now Im looking for a used sofa for him,wish I had one stashed somewhere.well Ive rambled enough.= }
Today's chuck-5 old purses. Still usable, but I will never use them again, so out they go. I also went through my activity bins. I have 2 of these. We have a family reunion every year over a 3 day weekend. I plan the activities for this and always bring some craft kits from Oriental Trading Company. They sell their kits in pack sof 12, but 12 is not enough and 24 is too many. I have keot the unused kits long enough. I am donating them to the activity department at work. Hopefully they can use them. Got pretty much evertything into one bin! Have set the stuff outside in a free just take box but if it is not gone today I will take it to the thrift shop before work tomorrow.
I picked up a Document Shredder last week. I had one years ago but never replaced it after it broke. DH even uses it and he could never seem to find the trash can before! Just would lay mail back on the table for me to decifer if it was junk or something to keep.
I have a nice compost bin, but like most things in my life, I have been too lazy to attend to it. It hasn't been turned in ages. Well, actually, EVER. This spring I'll dump it to make a new flower bed.
We compost the same way.. LOL but it still works . we also have a compost tumbler and a paper shreder would be a great soulution for us ,we never have enough dry,we have tons of coffee grounds an teabags and greens ,I throw used paper towels in too.Im too lazy to tearup news paper.The shredder is a great idea and the dh wont be burning nearly as much ..I dont like him doing that anyway.
This evening I chucked lots of old, faded photographs that I'll never look at and would have no interest to those who may one day be going through my stuff. (Not for a long time, I hope). Also put photos that no longer hold any interest for me into a couple of bundles to give to the people who would probably find them fascinating.
Oh, and shredded the usual mail items that have identifying details on them.
I`m trying not to !!! but when it comes to garden art ,I buy at Garage sales.the dH is very frugal,and so I find myself not buying even things we could use!! I just suggested buying a paper shredder so we could add shredded paper to the compost tumbler and the pile if need be.Well it went over like a lead Balloon,I should have kept it to myself...LOL I knew better...Geez might have spent 20-30 bucks...Ive decided this year I will be shopping alone more often,We have been out of light bulbs for weeks now,I keep asking for one !!!! He is the keeper of light bulbs ,cant have extras..oH mY..LOL
I`m going to swear off GA for a while tho need to finish repainting pieces i have,reworking birdhouses. I dont collect Depression glass or baskets anymore,i decided a few years ago Less is Definitly More when you have a small house with 3 closets.now I collect hundreds of digital photos !!!LOL.. I can hide those...
Put an old TV stand, a nightstand, and a box of odds and ends outside with the free just take sign on them. Hopefully they will soon be gone! Put a file cabinet and vacuum out there Friday and both went quickly. I living on a street with a lot of pedestrian traffic.
LOL, Mrs Ed! My diet plans (called "Lifestyle Change") are taking all my spare time to adjust to, though I have been gradually making changes for 3 yrs now. Have lost 13lbs in that time, so it is working. Like a glacier, I expect to emerge looking as gorgeous as Yosemite Valley.
Went thru the hat bin last night and parted with a knitted cap and 2 hats.
Had this cabinet thing sitting on the back of my toilet for years. In theory it was to mount on the wall. There was a toilet paperroll holder at each end and the center opened and you could store toilet paper in it. There was also a space for a small box of tissues. Anyway, there was never room for it on the wall and so it has sat on the back of the tank. Finally decided this is stupid and have put it out with the just take stuff. I am actually surprised, the other items are still there, but I have a could bags of stuff to take to the thrift shop this week, so if the other stuff is still there I will take it along.
Just packed up a trash bag full of Boyd Bears and a few others to take to work. I spoke with the head of the employee's committee and she feels they would do well as a silent auction fund raiser in time for Valentine's Day. I had no idea how many I had that I don't even know where they canme from. I am keeping quite a few, but it is easy to let all these go. Now you actually be able to see the ones I have. The curio cabinet was so stuffed you really could enjoy them.
Good going. I have so many items like the toilet paper storer that don't really work. You gave me something to think about.
Started cleaning up the wellhouse where I store all kinds of stuff. Found the old junk bucket, a plastic pail I used to have in the laundry room to put the contents of pockets in. I attempted to deal with this a year ago, and could not get up the gumption to do it. Today, I felt perfectly capable of trashing and/or finding the proper place for the odds and ends. No big deal.
Great work again,i need to do the photo thing,we have the steamer trunk full of albums an photos.The same thing here I want to dump them before someone else has too.
I did get all my digital ones dumped,100s of them
Good for you both. I need to tackle photos, but am putting it off til I am done with bigger, more annoying clutter. I have confidence my heirs will have no problem chucking and/or deleting my meaningless photos, and hopefully, they will get a kick out of the memories. I have lots of photos of deceased pets and plants...I'm sure those will be the first to go! ;-)
Put a baggy top on the out pile. It had loose sleeves that always got wet when I brushed my teeth, etc. Out you go, annoying top!
We have a couple that lives out here & they volunteer at a homeless shelter in Indianapolis. They have put a collection box for new & gently used adult clothing at the Club House. I managed to get a few things together including a coat that I bought 2 years ago and still had the tags on it. Felt good to get it out of my house and somewhere it will do some good!
I had several of the gift mugs I made for Christmas left over. Some of you might remember, I made them for my staff and each mug contained hot cocoa, lip balm, a candy cane, and a small bag of homemade marshmellows. Last night I offered them to the 11-7 shift staff (I supervise the 3-11 crew). They were thrilled to take them and tonight when I went in there was a thank-you card from them on my desk. Decluttered and brownie points! Can't beat that.
Hubby purchased yet another can openner today because he can't find the other(s)! I have an electric one but I am the only one who likes it. Daughter and hubby use the hand one. Instad of looking for it, let's buy another! Isn't that how I ended up here in the first place? Can I throw out daughter and hubby as my daily chuck?
On the 12th day of decluttering, my house revealed to me, 12 rolls of scotch tape, 11 pairs of scissors, 10 bic lighters, 9 packs of pen, 8 cans of tomatoes, 7 beat-up purse, 6 screw drivers, 5 tape measures, 4 flashlights, 3 tacky knickknacks, 2 broken phones, and a empty corner where it all use to be!
That was really funny. I have a scissors thieves hiding in my attic. I keep buying scissors and I still cannot find them. I have a couple tied on long string so they cannot be moved from that spot. I have de-cluttered many spaces and only found a few scissors.
Have a great day tomorrow. I will not be on u til you all are in bed.
Last week I donated 19 stuffed bears to the employee's committee at work. They are selling them at a silent auction. Presently the bids are up to about $150. I hope they raise over $200. Final day is Feb 2nd and the bidding always gets a little crazy in the end, so we should reach that. It's great to have them out of my house and see them raiseing money for a good cause.
Love the poem, Nurse!! ;-) I'm going to see how many multiples my true love has given me. 4 meat thermometers, 3 volleyballs, 2 comforters, and an ink cartridge in a pear can.
I went thru my outdoors stash of bad lumber and trellises (trelli?) and managed to get 2 wheelbarrows full of firewood out of them. Will feel cozy when the weather gets freezing again.
Took 3 bags of clothing to a new consignment shop, but they were closed for a personal emergency. I will try again.
nurseatnite I love your song, too and would like to pass it on and perhaps write my own version/ Wanted to ask your permission first...What do you think? Do you want to be referenced as the originator/inspiration ?
LOL... LOL.. YEA ..Good One ... SIL and grandsons coming over to cut wood, so they will be Chuckin some wood !!! And I dont have to help...whatt...YES...We have a lot of standing dead wood and a lot of big downed trees..soo glad they took out the gas log and started burning wood in the fireplace..And sil has a 4wheel drive truck so he can get in and out the field and or up and down the big hill,this is going to be great...yea I better go get food...Fridge is empty,boys are always hungry. Started another good will bag