Monthly Archives: December 2012


2012 target, complete!

2012 FINAL Target annotated copy copy

End of the Road


Donated: 5 books 5/5
Used: 2 mailers 2/7
paperchase 32+2+13+100 147/154

The books are in mailers to go to the military. The 100 paperchase are items shredded, the last 13 before that are envelopes, etc. that came along with the shreds.

  • old 98 1% remaining 9962 items out
  • new 98-154= 56 over, remaining 0; 10,116 items out

I’m done!!!!

I’ll add the finished target AND put up the new one later today. Happy New Year everyone!


My darling husband is doing more purging in his office. As of right now (11:59 a.m.) this is a detailed description of what’s gone today. Format is list, line total/cumlative total.

2 plaid gift boxes 1 round gift box 1 red gift box 1 gold gift box 5/5,    1 “have yourself” Christmas pillow 2 green/red tapestry pillows 3/8.  24 Christmas balls 24/32,  3 books 3/35, 31 +17 + 16+65+50 paper chase 179/214,   5 batteries 5/219,  piggy bank 1/220, Used wood rack, case 2/221   222 ,  donated bag of cat food 1/223 ,  Reveal: top of bookcase in office closet 1/224



Dec29 Target annotated copy copy

12/30/12 #2 6:27 p.m.

box for something we no longer own 1/1

plastic case 1/2

2 batteries 2/4

3 CDs 3/7

Used 2 mailers 2/9

donated 5 books to the military 5/14

paper chase 22+23=45/59


In 0

400 pieces in TWO DAYS???

I must be out of my ever-loving mind!

The morning was spent cataloging the 83 books we took to the antique store. And, as usual, while we were there, I pulled stuff out to keep the booth from being stale. Much of that is “Christmasy” stuff and will go to the dump, so far, just from what I remember, that’s 27 pieces –which only leaves me with about 375 more to go!

The books should sell well, westerns usually do, and as I said I have a person who takes all I can’t sell, so they don’t hang around. I was glad to find them, it’s been about a year since I had a good variety at the booth.

So the box of westerns cleared 1.13 cu feet of my life. Unfortunately, we bought as many books back as we took. Those have to be re-processed. I need to make a trip to another bookstore somewhere soon and unload a box or three. I’ve got 2-3 boxes in the living room now I think? This will make 4. That’s too many. And I also have to restock the s/f. I haven’t pulled almost everything off the spinner and replaced it since June. That should be done every three months, not evey six, sigh.

I’m just really tired of cataloging books!

(Whine and cheese coming right up, yeah, I know.)

I have the shredder stuffed full of papers to shred. That will help. I don’t count the “shreds” until I shred them — they hang around until I have a full batch. The machine is loud and the job is obnoxious and I usually have a sore back afterwards, in other words, I avoid it as long as possible. It’s time. The shreds will probably yield about 100 or so. So, that’s 275 approx. still to go.

The dump is open tomorrow. We’ll see!

It’s Different

We started today getting together a bunch of computer stuff for a DIY hobbyist kit, to go into the antique store booth. Yesterday we went and looked at another shop, where I hope to place short-term sale items. If they don’t sell, there’s a Salvation Army right down the street, no more driving 20 miles to get rid of something!

We also went to the storage facility and looked at the new unit, the old unit and talked about strategy for getting things from point A to point B, etc. We’ve committed to do this, but it probably won’t be finished til the end of January.

Brought home 1 box of books and a desk DH intends to use to augment the new layout in the office. If it works, cool, if not, it’s slated to go away too.

We stopped at the book store with a 14 book lot to sell at a bargain price. Owner bought the lot and I purchased 1 book for the same price I’d asked for the wholesale lot. No money was made, but nothing out of our pocket either, and 13 more books out than in!

Then we went to the gallery and donated books & magazines. I mean really, most of our day was spent either shedding stuff or planning for it.

I predict a really pared down New Year for us!

New Organization

What I asked for as a holiday gift was an organizer, but my problem with organizers is almost always that what I want/how I want it isn’t the way someone else sets up the organizer. I decided the Martha Stewart stuff that Staples was selling looked like it might work, and so far it has, mostly.

Because I’m trying really hard not to just buy more stuff, making elaborate plans I won’t keep, I’ve done this piecemeal over the past few weeks. The first pieces I bought were a small notebook and dividers. They look like this:


I got a red one, these are the small binders btw.  It replaced my old, tatty kitchen binder — which I bought when we lived in California, about 30 years ago. I also got a set of dividers, which worked well too. Success! No extra stuff, what I already had is now neater and more presentable.

The second trip I bought a black binder, full 8.5 x 11 size, and calendar pages. The binder works, the pages not as much, I don’t like filling in dots when I finish something for example. My problems with it are minor, like the example. I can live with it.

The third trip was yesterday. I got another small binder, black. The idea is that the big binder is a “master plan” and the little one is my carry around piece. I know myself well enough to know that although I love the amount of space available in a large binder, I’ll carry it around for a day or two, then “forget.” I also bought lined paper, removable “to do” list pads, and the binding disks that the “to do” lists require. Those look like this:


The list pages look like this:


(All images were copied from the Staples website. I have no claim to them whatsoever. I am assuming that the images are (c) Staples or Martha Stewart or Avery. Please do NOT use for commercial use copied from my blog!)

You can’t tell from the image, but the list pages have mushroom shaped holes; they’re made to be removable.

You can’t put the pads on the disks without cutting part of the backing card away. Did that. Got them”disked” together. (Had to mangle them some to do so?) Found a place to store the extra pads.

Hmm.  There are 5 disks left over. I needed somewhere to store something; I had not expected to store ANYTHING except the extra pads. I bought the disks to group the extra pads together in one organized place. The pads take 7 disks, the package of disks holds 12. There were 5 little pieces of plastic to find a home for!

I finally stuffed them in the left inside pocket of the big notebook. I was not pleased. I put them twice in the small notebook’s pockets and they fell out.  I did NOT want more loose little bits!


Went to put 1 pad in the notebook. Nope, ain’t gonna work, the hole spacing is different between the disk holes and the three-ring binder rings. Okay, I understand why they did this: Why allow people to combine the types instead of making them buy both? Yes, fine Avery and Martha, but you think you might have considered selling removable lists for those of us who really like 3-ring binders (which you also sell)?

I got out my hole punch. This doesn’t work all that well, the list pad falls out. Okay, remove just 2 pages. They still want to fall out. I’m going to have to put reinforcements on them. If I do that and then cut the base of the reinforcements so the lists are still removable, I’ll have recreated the “to do” lists myself. Fine, I’ll do it, but after I use the three pads up, I think I’ll just make my own removable “to do” lists instead of buying new “Martha” ones.

AG! Then I’ll have 12 plastic disks to either pitch or find another way to use! Even with the best of intentions, new materials, forethought and careful planning — disorganization, more work, and stray STUFF results. . . .

I just can’t win.

I filled another target section 12/26/12 and forgot to post it, so it’s here:

Dec26 Target annotated copy copy jpg

Post #200

I have 600 items to go in 2012, from 12/26-12/31, a week. That’s about 86 pieces a day. If we keep going the way we have been since 12/24, that shouldn’t be a problem — which is a SHOCK!

DH spent this morning cleaning more of his office. He’s been rearranging what goes where and using some of the shelving bits we’ve had in the attic. It not only looks GREAT but it all counts! More, he’s been culling as he went, so lots of stuff has gone out.

I started this morning sort of determined I’d get rid of 3 boxes of books, about 150 or so. And of course, right after that, found that it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought. I DID find 14 to go right off the bat, but that’s a far cry from the 150 I’d originally envisioned. DH & I decided that instead of pulling what I can easily from here and then going to the storage and culling there, that I should just work on the house today. I may find another slug o’ stuff to go quick in the next 10 minutes or so, which is all the time I’ve got before I need to start getting ready to go to the dump. (It opens at 1.)

So far today, with DH’s cleaning/culling and the books, we’ve got another approx.  80 things to count, mostly paper as usual.

I want to increase that another 20 or so in the next few minutes. The problem is that if the books were in the shop inventory in any  way, they need to be researched. A group from the house collection is much faster. The 14 books from this morning are all romances that came from my personal collection. I only note them for consistency. They wind up as “various authors” “14 romance mm” and no value, wholesale or retail noted. MUCH faster than having to research every book.

I have a tray of romances downstairs near the dining room. I grabbed most of the 14 books from there. I’m off to see how many more I can find.

Happy boxing day everyone!

P.S. The weather tomorrow MAY keep me from going to the storage. It’s unheated and in cold weather, it’s very uncomfortable to work there!