maybe. What the missing post was about was rugs. I had two images, which are below now. I was considering both, but they’re >$90 each, and that is just not going to happen. That’s what the missing blog said.
What I’ve done about/in our room in the meantime is pull together what I’m going to use for our bedspread. I have one that I’m pretty tired of. If/when I get this done, it will have cost around $40 for the whole thing, in linen. If/When I get it done, I’ll post pics, if I can — my camera is still missing. [Believed stolen.]
So here’s the two rugs. Both are from purehome.com .
I just spent an hour? building a blog with 2 images in it. Every time I hit “edit” to publish the thing, it went back 2 or 3 versions ago to where it had 1 image and less text.
I fixed it, twice, tried to save it, twice. Both times, lost most of my work.
I think it’s a great list, but some of it seems wasteful and bizarre to me. I can’t imagine buying so many phone covers that you need to purge the extras? I may buy one sometime soon, because I keep hitting the buttons on my phone by accident. But aside from that, and a friend’s suggestion that I get one, I’d never even considered buying such a thing! The list points out things that I do have problems with: books, papers, etc. but many items they talk about are things I don’t buy, or I only have/buy a few, so excess really isn’t a problem for me. Or, many of the items are things that I simply don’t have and didn’t, like prom dresses. I think I went to 1 prom with a long dress — maybe.
My comments are in bold. I updated this 11/2016. If I’ve eliminated a problem, it’s now
struck through. New comments may have been added at the end.
- The other side of a pair of lost earrings Since I almost never wear earrings, I don’t think this pertains? I may have 5 pairs?
- Scraps of wrapping papper Go in the craft supplies or pitched, depending on size
- Cards people have given you with no sentimental value Usually pitched pretty much right after I read them.
Receipts you don’t need One of my problem areas
- Ticket stubs Haven’t kept ticket stubs since I was a kid
- Socks with holes Make great dusters
- Old t-shirts Turn them into rugs
- Leftover change Throw out money? Are you nuts? I still use change and when I get too much I stuff my wallet until it gets used up — pennies and all. I don’t keep it anyway!
- Dried flowers Yep
Magazines Depends if there’s enough in them to keep the magazine intact, otherwise I try t0 clip the articles I want. Working on this.
- CDs We still have a CD player
- Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness Get pitched as they wear out.
- Hair accessories you don’t use Yep see 12
- Shoes that don’t fit or that you don’t wear I think I have 8 pairs of shoes?
- Extra photo prints This is fine for snaps.
- Little knickknacks (designate a bowl and fill it) Too vague. I purge junk regularly.
- Kitchen things you don’t use Get sold or donated
- Cooking utensils you have two of See 17
- Tired bras When they break, they’re tossed.
- Scarves you never wear I think I have 3 scarves?
- Clothes that don’t fit Well. . .
- Gifts you don’t like Yep.
- Old towels Become “cat towels” and are used for animal bedding, car clean up, etc.
- Old makeup If it’s old, I’m allergic to it. This isn’t a problem. If I put something on and my face begins to itch, the container is pitched right after I clean off my face!
- Old toiletries Like what?
- Old or unused hangers I purge hangers all the time. I keep getting rid of old plastic hangers & replacing them with older wood/metal hangers. I hate plastic!
- Expired or sample-sized toiletries Don’t buy them.
- Extra buttons They’re in the craft supplies
- Expired sauces Get pitched
Toys your pets don’t play with N/A recently, but the last pet, a cat, her favorite toy was a twist tie. Current Cat1 plays with anything which is tossed. Cat2 isn’t comfortable enough with us, yet, to play.
- Expired medication Doh.
- Dried-up nail polish Don’t wear it.
Bills you don’t need to keep See #4 Doing better
- Expired coupons As I find them, they’re pitched
- Old paperwork About what? Depends on what it is
- DVDs you don’t watch We may have 5?
Snacks your pets don’t eat Given away with the extra cat food when the cat died. Cat2 was feral at least one year, she eats anything which resembles catfood, so far.
- Damaged clothing you can’t mend If it’s usable, it goes into the donation bin, otherwise it becomes rags or is added to the rug fabric collection.
- Stained clothing you can’t clean See #38
- Old prom dresses What prom dresses?
- Scratched nonstick cookware Never bought the stuff
- Old underwear or swimwear that’s losing its stretch Yep, it goes out ASAP
- Outdated electronics Not my area
- Rusty jewelry What rusty jewelry?
- Stockings with runs Great for tying up tomato plants and they only last one year, so they’re pitched in the fall
- Pens that don’t work Pitched regularly
- Clothing you’ve outgrown See #21
- Necklaces and bracelets with broken clasps Get repaired
- Cables and wires you don’t use Not my area
- Worn-out sheets and bedding Join the rag bin
- Empty or near-empty bottles of cleaning products Get used up and the empty bottles or cans tossed. Most of my cleaning supplies these days are soap, water, toothpaste, coconut oil, vinegar and baking soda, so this isn’t a problem. I have donated stuff I no longer use to friends or taken it to the swap shop.
- Old mending buttons for clothing you no longer have Go in the craft supplies
- Worn-out bath mats What bath mats? I use rugs,
these days one that I made from old tshirts. Currently two made from yarn.
- Broken electronics Get repaired, sold, or taken to the dump
- Purses you never use Since I never carry a purse this would be pretty easy. Every now & then however, I need to and I do use one. I think I own 3?
- Flatware, plates, and glasses that don’t match the rest of your collection, plus dingy children’s plates you no longer use No kid’s plates for one thing. I don’t have any but one pattern of flatware and I sell off extra dishes.
- Old pillows Get them restuffed with a new cover for feather ones at your local dry cleaner. Cheaper than a new one.
- Worn-out shoes yep
- Wedding invites To whose wedding? Not mine.
- Save-the-dates Don’t get them.
- Wedding favors you don’t use Don’t have them.
- Old wallets that you don’t use Yep, they’re gone or being used.
- Broken kitchen equipmentLike what?
- Spare furniture parts you don’t need Yep
- Furniture manuals Furniture manuals? Most of my furniture was bought used, no manuals.
- Boxes I use ’em. I ship stuff and move things around a lot. I also get rid of boxes regularly, but I do keep some on hand.
- Unused vases I purged my vase collection a while back
- Extra tupperware you don’t need Never use it
Old mail A problem Doing better about this.
- Junk mail Yep
- Travel brochures What travel brochures? We never go anywhere.
- Bobby pins I have one tin.
- Old crayons or art supplies, plus markers that have run out of ink Old crayons work just fine. Markers that run out of ink yep. Pens nope, they usually can be refilled, if not, they’re pitched
- Random containers and jars Depends
- Unused stationary, stickers, and sticky notes Except I use them?
- Ripped denim I use this too, mostly lately I’m using it for valentine’s decorations, for resale, I hope
- Old artwork or old children’s artwork Hmm no.
- Used and ripped envelopes Yep
- Broken or old iphone cases N/A
- Old unused batteries Dead batteries go to the dump regularly
- Extra and unused coffee mugs Purged some time ago
- Old spices Gone through regularly
- Address labels for your old house Certainly since we’ve been here for some time.
- Wrinkled ribbon and bows for gift wrap If it’s acetate, yes. If it’s cloth it can be ironed and then reused.
- Cards or gifts from exes I purged everything from my ex years ago
- Frequent shopper cards you never use Purged as the shops fold or stop their programs
- Matchbooks Don’t keep them, we have a woodstove, they get used.
- Old shopping bags Given to my local used bookstore, antique store or . . . every month or so
- Old calendars Sold already gone
- Old folders Used or pitched
- Magnets On the fridge
- Clothes that are outdated or from college From college? I don’t have any clothes that old!
- Broken Christmas decorations Yep
- Christmas lights that don’t work yep
- Frayed towels Become cat towels see #23
- Expired food Regularly pitched
- Computer cords, firewire cord, etc. that you don’t use Not my area
- Old and outdated software Not my area
- CDs for old computer programs Not my area
- Old cell phones Get donated
- Hand-me-downs that you’re guilt-tripped into keeping Since I haven’t gotten an hand me down in over 1/2 my lifetime, this is N/A
- Freebie or promotional t-shirts you never wear I turn them into rugs, see 7 & 53
- Old fortune cookie fortunes Paper is my downfall
- Old bank statements Paper is my downfall
- Old planners Paper is my downfall
- Delete email subscriptions from sites Doing better at this.
- Delete emails you don’t need A problem
- Delete unwanted music from your iTunes We never buy anything but our faves. Why spend the $?
- Extra buttons that come with newly purchased clothes Go into the craft supplies.
- Games that are missing pieces What games?
- Old schoolbooks you’ll never use again Purged sometime ago
- Papers you have backed up on the computer N/A
- Books you’ve already read and don’t want to display Are you nuts? Books aren’t display items, they’re tools and friends. But I get rid of books regularly. This is a problem, but only because I had so many to begin with. My mom met my dad selling him books. He was a book collector. You think maybe I might have a few?
- Cell phone covers you’re over I’ve never had a cell phone cover.
- Old manuals to electronics Not my area
- Cell phone accessories you don’t use anymore not my area
This is usually a fairly complex task, but it seems harder this year for some reason. There are all sorts of side issues:
- We decided to buy into a CSA this year, so the garden is auxilary or winter storage foods, rather than augmenting or replacing supermarket and farmstand stuff.
- The garden planning software I’d used two years ago has been improved, but not to where the varieties I want to use are on it. (I didn’t use anything last year, and it was obvious.) They give you the option to add plants, but so far as I can tell, you can only use what you specify, not what someone else does — which means I’d have to enter all the plants because I use different seed vendors than they do.
- Because of 2, I went looking for new garden planning software. Found some I liked at Mother Earth News, but it’s only free for 30 days. It’s $25 a year otherwise, and the plant/seed database seems to be a lot bigger, but I can’t get it to let me do anything but spec. Burpee seeds, which I also don’t use, and essentially repeats the problem I already had (see #2).
- Seed prices have gone up, making me even more unsure about what to plant.
Most seeds are now .03 each, or more. Used to be you could get many seeds for .01 or .02 a seed. I usually make up a database with the calculated seed prices from at least my three favorite catalogs. For the common varieties, it means that I can see which seeds are actually cheapest, not only by packet price. And, if I want to consider only organic, or see what that adds to the price, for example, I can do that, easily. One of the three companies added .30 a packet for organic seeds this year. Not outrageous by any means, but I sure wouldn’t have ‘seen’ that if I hadn’t been doing the data base!
Every year I grow lots of beans, peas, herbs, asparagus, jer. artichoke and a mixture of whatever else. Last year, I grew more lettuce and greens than anything else. If they survive the winter, I have sorrel and mustards out there that will be our earliest greens, except maybe some chives or root parsley. I want to make our garden more productive, have more food put aside for winter, and just make it so we don’t have to go to the market or farmstand as often this spring, summer, or fall, saving gas, time, $, and wear & tear on the car — all noble goals!
I love, love, love looking through seed catalogs in January — but planning the garden can be an exercise in finding out how ADD I can be!
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Yesterday I was gone much of the day. Didn’t get much done!
Today we went to the dump. I got rid of
a vase, a magazine rack, coloring book, vacuum cleaner & its hose, 3 other things I don’t remember (I counted at the dump!) 3 records, 2 saucers, 6 screws. Also unpacked a box of stuff, some of it office supplies from the shop, which resulted in 2 office supply consolidations. 1+1+1+2+3+3+2+6+2 = 21
There are in the to “go out/sell pile”: 2 marmalade jars with lids, 2 brown glass canisters, a large food storage container. DH sold two pieces today to friends. None of that gets counted until it’s actually gone.
I’ve used a 2nd skein of yarn. DH is going to use a wooden bowl we hadn’t sold. I’m going to use a large aluminum container we’ve had. I gave a metal hook and package of tape away Friday. Took the latest batch of processed books (14) to be donated Saturday — put them in the market bin. 1+1+1+2+14 = 19
We worked on the living room tonight. Got a metal decorative thing that’s been hanging around for years off the ground — yeah! The bookcase boxes got rearranged some, the new graphics table got cleaned off, well, the top of it did. The mess underneath is DH’s to deal with. The cast iron lamp also got cleaned and one of my pieces of art was put into a frame we had handy. It doesn’t exactly fit, but the artwork is up on the wall instead of languishing on top of the graphics table. Definite progress!
If I was counting, let’s see, it would be 3 reveals — corner of the living room, the microwave and the top of the graphics table. We used the new display stuff DH had bought, found a home for 2 pieces of fabric, the two pieces of artwork, used a frame, and deep cleaned the microwave. All in all it was a busy evening!
Earlier today, I mailed off a box to a customer — that used 3 boxes, 3 mailers, 1 newspaper, 5 grocery bags, 1 sleeve, 1 card, mailing 7 books, with 7 dj protectors.
So, today we culled, used or cleaned 35 pieces. Not enough to make the 39-40 pieces I’d have to get rid of, daily, to make the 2014*7 goal (14,098 pieces out) but pretty close! More, my house looks better than it used to AND there’s artwork on the walls that had been sitting around waiting to be put up for some time.
I’m having reliability issues with WP, so if things seem odd to you, it’s twice that to me! Twice now I’ve published the last post only to come back and find it as a “draft,” when I know I saved the draft and published it? wtf.
I also made comments on the published post and that’s gone too. Tech. is great, when it works — when it works.
Today I’ve used 2 balls of yarn, well, 1 and a large piece of the 2nd, so call that 1. There are 4 boxes being used to ship some books (previously counted) and 6 items away ho. I used 3 books as stiffeners for one of the boxes. Also used up the bubblewrap, and a mailer. 1+4+6+3+1+1= 15 items out today.