Let's get organized in 2013
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Posted: 1/20/2013 7:44:59 PM
I've mostly been cleaning lately, but I did help my middle dd organize her bedroom closet today. It's a chore. My oldest dd goes through her closet and gives her outgrown clothes to my middle dd. Then she goes through her closet and gives her outgrown clothes to my youngest dd. It's a neverending process. Now I need to go through my youngest dd's closet again.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:26:34 PM
Cake is baked, iced and waiting for eating. Chicken Broccoli Pasta casserole made and waiting for me to turn on the oven and then the celebration begins. Today is my dad's birthday and everyone is coming to my house for dinner! Gotta slice the bread and soften the butter.







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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:40:50 PM
Dinner and cake were successful - so nice to be organized and the kitchen is cleaned back up. We had 12 people here ranging from 7 to 76 - the birthday boy.

Need to take a shower and get some needed sleep!!!!!







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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:08:58 PM
So loving this thread! Getting organized is not an option for me this year. It simply must happen.

Will keep looking at this thread for inspiration. I did accomplish a lot today! My sister told me about a shredding day late yesterday. I was able to gather up some items that needed to be shredded. Also had some directories from when I was the corresponding secretary for an organization a few years ago. They had been in my car trunk forever because I dreaded taking the pages apart and shredding them individually. Whew at finally getting them out and shredded.

Also cleaned the bathroom, scrubbed the stove and enjoyed a late brunch with my BFF which she cooked.

Tomorrow going to return some library books and send some packages back so I can get my money back.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 2:58:57 AM
I really find everyone's stories inspiring. I didn't get any huge goals finished this week, but I did get a lot of little lingering tasks done.

We had company this weekend, so we DD, DH, and I spent Friday evening cleaning and getting ready for them. We decided to actually CLEAN rather than just shuffle boxes, bags, and baskets around, and we were able to get rid of a great deal of long term clutter. While we were picking up and cleaning, DH complimented me on how much better the house looks. He specifically noticed how much clutter was gone and how much easier it was to clean and dust the cleared surfaces. He gladly took out the trash bags we filled.

DD took it upon herself to take time to match our storage containers with the correct lids. She had not been doing that each time she cleared out the dishwasher, nor had she been putting the lids in same are each time. I had found lids in the kitchen in several places as well as on the dining room table. She took care of that and stacked everything neatly on the correct shelf. It really made a difference in the dining room. It also makes a huge difference in how much time it takes to do food prep or cleanup. I hate having to search thru a pile to find the right lid, or, even worse, to find the lid I wanted after I end up using plastic wrap.

After we finished our general cleanup, I went back to work in my office. As I've shared before, I am changing the room over from an office/ schoolroom to and office/ library, and I am getting rid of many years of homeschool supplies and books. I started emptying the binders of the work DD had done over the last 10 years or so. I can reuse the binders for work, so I am rearranging a bookcase to handle the larger binders. I need them in the office, but not taking up more valuable space in the cubbies near my desk.

When our guests, my mom and grandmother, arrived, we celebrated Xmas with them. After we opened gifts and let the dog play with the wrapping paper a bit, DD and DH got up and cleaned up the paper and put the gifts in the appropriate rooms WITHOUT BEING ASKED. They said they liked how nice the living room had looked and were glad to help. WOW!

While Mom was here, I cleaned out my closet and sent five small trash bags of clothes home with her. She'll keep some and give the rest whomever. I was embarrassed to see that it had been so long since I worn some of the clothes, they had a thick layer of dust on top of the hangers. Maybe it's time to have the vents sucked?

I gave Mom a digital picture frame for Xmas that I had started loading with pictures from my photo library. While I worked on getting the pics together, I spent some time cleaning my craft room. I finally found the counters and the seat cushions, so I was pretty happy. I had even remembered to send my Rebel in for a cleaning, something I had been meaning to do for several months. At one point this weekend, all 4 of us women were in the craft room looking at the picture library. It was good that I had cleaned in there as we were all able to find a seat.

Granny saw my new spice rack and had a fit. She loved how neat and organized it was. Of course, since we could easily see how much I had of each spice, it was easy to also see that I had more than I needed of some. I was glad to share with her, since she is pretty much the one who taught me how to cook.

DH had planned to switch out my EHDs today, but he had to work. I finally broke down and made a file folder for 2013, something I had hoped to avoid doing. He said I have enough storage room at present to hold my banking downloads, but that I shouldn't start scanning everything else just yet. Bummer. I really, really want to go paper free this year.

So, this week I start on my taxes so I can complete the FAFSA for DD ASAP. I'm not sure exactly how that will work as we've filed our personal and business taxes at a later date for at least the past 20 years. My accountant may have a heart attack if I send him my data this early. LOL

Marcy



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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:24:01 AM
I think I'm done organizing for the moment. I go in waves. Got rid of tons on the curb, in the garbage, recycling, and to Goodwill (that is how I measure success!) The boys have a week off in Feb and I think we'll tackle their rooms then.

I started a stained glass project for first time in 10 years yesterday. If I hadn't finally organized that space, I never would have been able to start. Maybe I'll post a few projects later on.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:07:55 AM
Well, I wanted to get the studio/office painted, but that didn't quite happen. There was a day or two of um...cyclical bad feelings...just enough to set me off course. That doesn't usually happen so when it does, I try to give myself a break.

We did get the studio mostly cleared. I could completely clear the room in probably 15 minutes at this point--just need to put together a few more boxes. We separated the to-sell stuff from the to-pack stuff (and packed 95% of it), from the throw away stuff, and got a couple of kitchen trash bags' worth of junk out of there. I also discovered more wall damage than I thought existed on the wall, so I doubt at least that part of the wall would have been paintable over the weekend anyway. We have the repair and all of the nail holes done or nearly done, so it's really not too far behind.

To help compensate for not making my goal of painting the office over the weekend, we broke down and cleared out a bunch of stuff in the carport area. Where before it was a huge mess and we needed to go through stuff there, now it's just a small mess and most of the stuff has been dealt with. Most of what's left is paint cans that I need to open, check if they are still usable and pour into mason jars I bought on Sunday, then label them and put them in the storage closet for the new people, in case they want to wait a while to repaint but need to touch something up.

We also moved the last bits of furniture to the storage unit that we will most likely need to move before listing the house. 6 chairs and an end table from the living room. That plus some of the carport stuff and the 2 dozen or so boxes from my studio made Sunday a three-trip day. Both storage units (10 x 10 each) are getting full at this point, which is both good and bad. Good, because I'm not paying for storage that's not being used. Bad, because we can live pretty much indefinitely without two storage units' worth of furniture and boxes. Weird. Going to have to think about that.

I still hope to get the office painted this week, but it may have to wait until this weekend. We are really getting close to the end, so March 1st may actually be a realistic target. After I get my tax refund next month, I need to have the floor guy come and replace the kitchen and mud room floors. We already have the floor, and the room is painted and mostly cleared, so it's just a matter of $$. I did have money set aside for that, but I have another unexpected $4K tuition bill for the 23-year-old (long unimportant story), so I feel like I should be cautious and not run so close to the edge. That's when stuff happens and I end up being sorry I spent money on stuff like this floor business. I am expecting a large tax refund this year thanks to the zillions of dollars we paid out in tuition in 2012, so hopefully we can get the floor done by the third week of February at the latest. AND this is her last semester and after that she will be graduated and ready to go out and conquer the world.

I made a huge list yesterday of big and small things that still need to get done. I think it has 32 items left on it and is probably not complete yet. But I think the original list, if I had bothered to write a full one at the beginning, probably had as many as 200 or 250 things on it, so we are truly at the end.

My plan today is to pay some bills and deal with all the paper on my desk. All of the mail and extra papers in the whole house either got tossed or ended up on my desk in the last week or so. I need to go through it once and for all and get it all sorted, trashed and otherwise handled. I'm sure 50+% just needs to get tossed. I hate when it piles up, but we have been so busy that there have been lots of days I just got the mail and let it sit--usually I like to check it while I am standing over a trash can and trash most of it. It's probably a buildup of at least a month and a half with some older stuff that's just been floating around for a while...deferred decisions.

Anyway, that's the plan. I always feel more comfortable and in control when I have the paperwork under control.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:12:15 AM
Marcy I love that your family is picking up - figuratively and literally - on how much easier (and fun) it is to live in a clutter free environment.

I find the more we get rid of, the more we appreciate what we keep.

I know I'm preaching to the choir, but I wish the "comfortable "" lived in "and a messy house is a creative house" types could realize how pleasant it is to cook, clean, craft, and play in a clutter free environment.



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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:13:40 AM
I've been cleaning and organizing two computers and backing up photos. Although not a visible change, I feel great about it.



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Posted: 1/22/2013 11:45:50 AM
ok I will join .I have been trying the organized way awhile but always can improve .It sure piles up easy .We have done a lot of remodeling which helped but need to go back and do more .Today I will do over the fridge .I also keep a box that copy paper comes in so it is sturdy .I put a manilla envelope in at the beginning of the year and drop anything for taxes in it and keep all the bank statements in there too and the bank register .I do keep 7 years .I have really liked that and it is easy to keep up .
Thanks everyone


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Posted: 1/22/2013 12:27:06 PM
I was REALLY lazy this weekend and didn't get my closet done as I had planned. Well, I didn't accomplish absolutely nothing, but I definitely could have had it just about done had I been really on it. I did organize a couple of cabinets as well as accomplished some preliminary sorting in my closet. But I wound up spending a lot of time on the web (a lot on Pinterest), plotting and planning my organizational plans and figuring out my daughter's room remodel.

My daughter's room re-do is actually a very important project and not something we had even been able to start thinking about previously because her room had been such a mess. But now that it's clean and organized, we can start dreaming and planning in earnest. Through all my web searching, DD and I were able to decide on the wall and accent colors, quilt pattern, throw blanket and throw pillows, sheet sets, bed skirt, window treatments, pictures, bean bag chair, lamp and a few of the other accents. As part of this project we will also redo her closet (it currently just consists of the standard 1 shelf and 1 bar), so I spent a bit of time researching ideas for that as well. I plan on ordering the quilt and few other bedding items this week. Once that arrives, we'll color match for the paint. My goal will be to have the majority of the key components purchased and in hand by President's Day weekend, and DH can paint her room then. Yay!!! I sure wish I had taken some before pics of DD's room, when it was a huge mess. I'll be sure to take pics of the old and new decor and post them when the project is done.

DD woke up today not feeling well, so she's home from school and I'm home from work. I am working from home, but hope to take a few breaks here and there to get some work done on my closet.


Happy cleaning and organizing, everyone!
Sonia


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Organize my entire house one drawer, cabinet, nook and cranny at a time!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:53:26 AM
Yesterday I moved one of the baker's racks filled with rooster stuff into the formal dining room. I got a new (to me) TV and it is 1/4" larger than my current unit. It won't fit in the cabinet I have. So I am moving the cabinet over to where the baker's rack sat and putting my console table where the cabinet sat for the larger TV. (I think). Not sure but either way my house is a shamble cluttered mess right now and I don't like it.

Back to the to-do list to see what I can accomplish to make me feel better - oh yea a cup of coffee and make the bed!

Did the laundry and the emptied the dishwasher yesterday too. Today is floors. Yuck







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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:56:55 AM
I'm moving really slowly today -- it's 6 F out there. I have an entire day to myself today -- nobody will be home until after 5, and I have no appointments or errands. Still have to work, but no pressing deadlines or stress about it.

I'm going to tackle my bathroom closet. I organized it a few years ago, but it's gotten sloppy and needs some tweaking.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:53:51 PM
I was on roll last night and was up until around 2am today, sorting and purging a junk drawer in my kitchen and the drawers and counter of the butler's pantry. It feels so good to get this stuff done! I have a meeting after work tonight, so I don't know how much time (if any) I'll have for more organizing. At the very least, I'll go through another drawer in the kitchen. That is definitely better than nothing.


This weekend will be my closet- part 2. I also need to go through some papers in my office as I need to make sure I'm prepared for my taxes appointment on Tuesday. I hope to get a lot accomplished!

Sonia





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Organize my entire house one drawer, cabinet, nook and cranny at a time!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:59:54 PM
I organized our computer closet today. I wish I had shelving in it so it wasn't such a waste of vertical space. Adding shelving will be added to the looooooong project list.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 5:50:39 PM
Started pulling craft stuff out of the closet to get it organized. I have floor to ceiling shelves on 2 sides ( L shaped) so I have plenty of room to organize. I am also going to use the baskets I bought at the $ Tree.







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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:54:22 PM
In our house, it is always "clean". And our closets are always organized, you never find anything expired in our pantry or medicine canbinet. But the kids are packrats! They want to keep stuff that they never much played with anyways. If it was something important to them, I like to save it in their memory box. But stuff that they could care less about, they want to hang on to.

Another problem we have is the kids get into everything! So that is my goal for this month. Trying to get a handle on it!

(My kids aren't toddlers! They are 9, 13, and 15 yr. old girls - maybe that explains the clutter!!).

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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:00:46 PM
I'm at our mountain cabin and decided I could do a little organizing here, so I cleaned out our small walk-in pantry. Some of the canned goods have expired. Don't know what I was thinking buying canned soups and such!

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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:23:27 PM
Today I cleaned out the linen cupboard, organized the sheets and put DD's massive nail polish collection in order. She has a dozen shades of ... Blue? Who knew?



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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:19:33 PM
Today I organized the top shelf of our pantry. Everything seems to get thrown back up there instead of put back in its place because of the height. The rest of the pantry stays organized.

My dd's organized their game closet. Basically just purging games and puzzles they don't want anymore.


Jen


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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:19:59 PM
WOO HOO - finished the craft room. Hurt my knee but I took before (sort of) and will take the after pictures tomorrow and post them! Only took me 3 days to get it where it is now. Not perfect but workable







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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:40:10 PM
I cleaned up my Pinterest boards. I was quite pin happy when I first discovered Pinterest, so I needed to declutter a lot of stuff that no longer thrills me.
I've also been working on creating an office/craft/sewing room.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:00:27 PM
I haven't posted to this thread yet, but I have been reading it. It has definitely kept me motivated when normally I would have quit. So thankyou all for being an inspiration and keeping me on track. I have organized DD's bedroom, and 90% of mine. Started on DS's room, got him new shelving for his closet so that should help (I hope). I donated 9 boxes of stuff and have another 3 packed and ready to go. I hope to get my bedroom, shooting for 50% of DS's room and the 50% of the basement completly done this week.


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DS Album - Finish 2006
- Finish 2007
DD Album - Finish 2006
- June 2007

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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:44:20 PM
Sounds like we're keeping each other motivated! More purging and organizing here this weekend.

My dd's went through their game closet, so we now have piles of games and puzzles to donate or put in a garage sale.

I also organized one of our linen closets and have a pile of character sheets my dd's no longer want.

I'm hoping to help my youngest dd go through her room this weekend. I went through her closet a few weeks ago, so I think we'll focus on her toys and dresser.


Jen


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:16:24 AM
Well I keep working on it by spurts!! Today I tackled behind a rolltop desk. Cleaned organized and moved a few things. Still have the top drawers to move stuff out of. And also moved a tub of quilt batting scraps to the quilting area. It is slow but continuous!! It is like a dominoes ---------


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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:47:13 AM
Dd was sick this week, so I didn't get as much done as I had hoped. I do feel good about what I did accomplish, especially with today's accomplishments.

I have been compiling a list of areas where I could use a new organizing method or tool, so when I had the opportunity to shop for some I would have the info - space, measurements, what will go where- at hand. Today a friend and I got the chance to go to Ikea to return some items I bought earlier. I decided to use the refund money to buy some organizers, specifically some organizers for my closet that I just went thru.

I found exactly what I wanted for the closet, but I got really excited by what I found for DD's room. I saw an idea in this month's Lowes Creative Living for a shoe organizer. The organizer was made by hanging painted molding on the wall and hanging shoes from it by the heels. DD has some unused, unseen space between where her door jamb and the corner of the room are. When the door is opened, the space is hidden. I had thought to try to figure out how to get some molding cut to size when I stumbled on the perfect solution at Ikea. I found metal towel rails that are, I think, the perfect length. They stick out far enough from the wall that the heels of her shoes should be able to fit over them, but not pop loose. I bought enough rails that she can use a couple to hang her purses, too.

Once I figured out that I could use the smaller rails for her shoes, I remembered that I have a couple of the longer rails in the garage that I could hang on the back of her door. She can use one to hang up her towels when she takes them into her room, and she can use the other one to hang her jewelry or scarves or whatever. I found some hooks that are made to fit on the rails and not come off when you remove whatever you had hanging from them, so I picked up a couple of packs. I know I can use them in a number of places.

As happy as I was with what I purchased, I was even happier with what I didn't buy. Just before I went to the registers, I thought of a great idea for the big pantry. I didn't have all the measurements with me, so I decided to wait until I had all the info I needed before I bought anything. This was a huge difference in the way I usually shop! Usually, I buy whatever because I hate to make the trip out again, or I don't know when I'll get back to that store. If the item doesn't work, it sits around the house, adding to the clutter, until I get time go back to the store. Either way, I usually end up making a second trip. This time, I chose to wait u til I was sure I was buying the right thing.

When I got home, I got a major surprise. I have been trying to get DH and DD in the habit of doing a family clean on Saturday mornings. Nothing fancy, just a quick dusting, pick up, vacuuming, and bathroom cleaning of the first floor. DD usually does her weekly chores when we finish, so by Saturday afternoon, the first floor is tidy. Last week they jumped right on it because the decluttering we'd been doing made it easy to get everything done. This week, while I was gone, they did everything BY THEMSELVES and without being asked. I was so tickled! They really seem to be enjoying a less cluttered house.

Thanks again for the thread and the updates. I love reading about everyone's accomplishments, and the new ideas are great.

Marcy



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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:22:42 PM
Great job! Love to hear the ongoing benefits of a clutter free lifestyle.

Now a question re: camper organization. Space bags. Pros, cons, recommendations?

I would like to store towels and bedding in the camper over winter but worry about mice.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:26:13 PM
I had a great decluttering day with DS15. I told him we had to work on one area of his room for 15 minutes. He picked his desk, which was unusable since he always piled things on it. We spent 15 minutes on the surface, and he was so happy that he spent another half hour and cleaned out the drawers. He filled a giant trash bag!

I'm so glad he did this, because he was feeling guilty that he would get a gift or a card, and feel obligated to keep it. He had little trinkets in and on his desk that people have given him. When I asked if he liked them or used them, he said no -- he just felt guilty getting rid of them. Most of it was junk and went in the trash. Some of it he wasn't sure about, so we stuffed those into a box in his closet for now. When he works his way through the closet, he'll take a look at them again.

Now he has a clean desk with room to store his school supplies. His old shelf full of little lego planes he made years ago was cleaned off, and the legos tossed. He just didn't want them anymore. They don't make him happy, and they really don't have any special meaning to him. He'd rather have the space for his rocks and minerals. Now he can see those out -- and they make him happy.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:40:32 PM
Today I was actually able to convince DH to sort through his clothes since we bought him two new pairs of jeans last night, because his current inventory were getting a little shabby looking. He doesn't wear jeans often, so he doesn't realize that when the 34's get uncomfortable, from 3 years ago, that maybe he should try a 36. So, I asked him to give me the three pairs of 34's, which started the "roll". Last January I turned his hangers around (hooking from the back of the bar), so the clothes he wore I'd hang up with the hangers facing over the bar. Managed to clear out 3 bags of shirts, shorts, and pants, a handful of ties and dress pants and two suits. I can now say our closet is complete.

Not much of an accomplishment, but another small step for me!

Kitchen week next week.... wish me luck!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:28:53 PM
I had a day off today,having had a very busy time on Friday and Saturday. I comletely emptied a large storage cupboard, took 3/4 of it to the local tip, the rest to e charity shop. I was able to then store the stuff I want to keep out of my loft in that cupboard. In the next couple of weeks I intend getting a skip so I can completely empty my loft, so I can get quotes then get the roof replaced. It was hard work but I feel such a sense of acheievemnt- I also have this 'clear' feeling in my head which I haven't had for quite some years.

I am so looking forward to getting completely organised!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:36:27 PM
Does it ever just make you sick how tough it is to make ends meet and then we r pitching and throwing like crazy???


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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:31:43 AM
Barney,
I am trying to learn from my mistakes, but I am not spending any time regretting past purchases. I want to move ahead to a less cluttered, more organized home. When I am cleaning out whatever, I keep my thoughts as emotion free as possible and I concentrate on whether I want to keep a item, and where I'll store it if I do, or whether I want to dispose of it, and how I'll do so ( toss, sell, donate.).

Lol. That almost sounds like I'm getting into this cleaning/ organizing thing. Won't my mom be impressed.

Marcy



halebop
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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:21:07 AM
Barney - I can honestly say "yes" but I have been donating the items to an organization that helps homeless and abused women who are restarting their lives. So I know those items will be put to good use. We have take several loads from the loss of my niece and putting my mother in a home. Some things from both of them I can't let go of but before they come in out of the garage - they must have room - therefore the purging.

I have updated my blog with pictures of the before and after craft room organization. I am not done as there are some more things that need tweaking as I took pictures I saw them.

Here is the link:

Craft room reorganization

I am also learning how to make my blog more friendly and prettier. New blogger for the most part!







My Blog - http://daysez.blogspot.com


Seanna.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:15:14 AM
I am happy to report that I filed and organized all of my paperwork. ALL of it. It all worked out just like I thought--fitting in one file drawer, plus my 3-ring binder that I bought to organize myself several years ago--one of those hazel & whatever ones with the giant rubber band to hold it closed and the page protector/baseball card/folder inserts. I had to clean that out first, though. I ended up putting all of my bill paying stuff in it--current bills that need to be paid (only four at present, thank goodness), #10 envelopes, stamps and my checkbook/register, since that's all I ever use the checkbook for. I also put passports/birth certificates, all three car titles and social security cards away in it. I had done this before but took a bunch out for a cruise we took several years ago. I also put credit cards that we have gotten but never use in the baseball pockets, rather than have them floating around on my desk or in my wallet.

I did not, however, get the office/studio cleaned out and painted. We decided to go to visit my inlaws, who live about 100 miles away. They had birthdays this weekend, so we drove over and cleaned their house for them and had a visit. While we were there, we also did drive-bys of some of the houses on my "possibles" list. We ruled out one completely and the other two seem less likely. So, now I have to find more.

This week will be back-on-track week. I am not sure if I will be able to paint the office/studio (have to move heavy stuff/need help for that), but I think I can paint the hallway and possibly even the living room, or most of it. That will just leave two rooms left to paint, two rooms to touch up the paint in, plus new kitchen/mud room flooring and new upstairs toilet/vanity top, final packing/staging and decluttering (90% done at this point) and a freshening up of the landscaping/pressure wash touch up. We are nearly done now.

Once it's listed, the only thing I want to worry about is trying to find a new house and keeping things straightened up so we can show this place. I am ready for a break from Home Improvement/Declutter and Packing World.


When I went to edit my signature, the "Edit Signature" title was spelled wrong. So that was distracting and I forgot what I wanted my new signature to be.

writermom1
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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:40:44 AM
Barney,

I get what you are saying but for me getting RID of things is addictive. I feel a "high" akin to a shoppers high I think.

It helps that much of what I am casting off - clothing, toys, home decor - has outlived it's usefulness with us. We did get our money's worth - and now we don't.

It further helps that one beneficiary, my children's former preschool, sent me the nicest set of pictures of the children enjoying the massive amount of Care Bears DD donated. It makes me feel good to see those bears in the hands of little ones happily playing with them rather than collecting dust in my attic.




PhotoHorse
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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:49:22 AM
So far this year, I've cleaned drawers in the kitchen and bathroom. I've organized the walk-in pantry and the linen closet. I've thrown away a bunch of clothes and have other bags ready for donation and/or consignment.

I've purchased material to finish up two old projects before I start new ones, and I've started researching ways to reorganize our photo wall.

I've printed our collages from last year so the kids can hang them in their rooms, and I've thrown away over 64G of junk off my computer. My desktop looks nice, and I can actually see the top of my dining room table.

My barn is clean, too.

This week's projects:
1. organize the basement storage room/Christmas area
2. organize the shelves in one closet
3. sweep and reorganize the garage (it looks terrible from the gunk our tires have brought in this winter!)
4. work on one tshirt quilt
5. finish my nephew's graduation afghan


which means, I gotta get off 2ps.

Long ago Barney
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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:48:55 AM
It's a sometimes slow process. Yesterday unmade a decision that I will do today. I have a ton if afghans and rarely used blankets. I live in cold country so can't pig h them. Dd used to pull them all out if the linen cabinet and put them in a tub. They will either go in the garage it attic. That way in an emergency we do have them!! No telling what kind of a domino reaction this will cause!!


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halebop
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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:07:07 AM
Barney - that is an awesome idea to donate to homeless or other places. I know that is what I do with my stuff. We have an organization here called "Jericho Road Ministries" and that is who I donate most of my stuff too.







My Blog - http://daysez.blogspot.com


halebop
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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:17:45 AM
New month - new thread.

Let's get Organized in Febuary 2013

Just on over to the new thread and post your Feb. Goals







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