Monthly Archives: February 2016

Last Week & This

My wonderful husband and I had a reason to get into my biggest kitchen cabinet. I had put a part of a babydoll crib rail in there to hold up my asst. Pyrex and other baking dishes. It worked, for a while. Then it didn’t.  Because we had a reason to get into that cabinet, I asked him if he could fix it?

He did. Yay! Less chaos! Today I cleaned the front of the cabinets on that side of the island the best they’ve been cleaned in some time. The inside of the cabinet is still tidy, now its vertical face looks great too. Have yet to tackle the drawers (need stuff culled out of them) and the counter. A bit at a time.

Last week the sink overflowed in the bathroom. This will probably cause us to get a new shower fixture. (The two are related, I’ll explain if/when we get the new shower fixture.) The overflow caused me to clean out/cull (again, I’d done this last summer) the sink cabinet. Less stuff, more order!

I’m doing what I usually do when I re-start cleaning, that is, I’m cleaning closets & cabinets. Used to be that doing that would make me feel like I was cleaning AND I didn’t get panic attacks. Not sure what’s going on now, but it all needs to be cleaned, so I’m not questioning, just doing!

My cleaning tracker got all messed up. I dropped two days in January, another the beginning of February. By the time I got to this week, it was really messed up. I’ve spent the time tonight to straighten it out, but in the process, essentially, I’ve got garbage data. I have no idea when I actually did what, since 1/29. Sigh!

It’s fixed, but what a pain!

We think we found another solution for the floor as my floor wax only looks good right after it’s used and before someone walks on it (it’s sticky; grabs dirt off of shoes, ug). And we’d already planned to sand the floors this spring, so . . . .

Lots and lots and lots to do!




This is Part of a “Get Rid of It” List

This list was all over the ‘net in January. Items listed here are just over 1/3 of that list. Again, this reinforces my notion that I don’t have a problem getting rid of things. I don’t keep the stuff most others do, apparently!


boxes – I use them!

dry cleaning hangers Next to nothing we have goes to the dry cleaner, so this isn’t a problem.

expired makeup I have very little and I only reluctantly buy this. And I break out if I use old makeup, so I definitely don’t keep it!

magazines These days, if there’s only a few things I want to keep, I rip the pages out. Otherwise, yes, I keep them.

emery boards I have 2 metal ones.

old paint I have a stack of old paint cans we’re gradually taking to the dump.

old clothes Get torn up for rags or donated.

old paperwork These days much of it is used to start the wood stove!

socks (holey or singles) I will wear the holey socks as slippers and other single socks make great dusters.

extra cups I sell them.

unread books As of when? Hello? I’m a book dealer/collector. Yes, I keep books I haven’t read in one two three and five years.

old tech Depends on the tech.

abandoned toys We have no children at home, this isn’t an issue.

cleaning rags Why would you keep too many of these? I toss them as they get groady.

forgotten takeout menus We next to never eat takeout; this isn’t a problem.

cards What kind of cards? Some I keep, most I don’t.

outdated medicine Due to limited storage in our bathroom, I’m scrupulous about dumping this.

old shoes I have no problem with this, DH on the other hand . . .

old spices I dry many of our spices and my spice rack is set up so that it “tells” me what I’m using and what I don’t. (I replace spices in a certain area after use.) About once a year, I purge the stuff I never use.

games with missing pieces We don’t play board games and see note for toys.

dried up nail polish I don’t wear it.

video games We don’t play them.

unworn jewelry Throw it away? I sell some on occasion. Don’t have much, I don’t wear it.

expired food Regularly tossed, but soemthing we could improve.

unused perfume or colonge Don’t wear it.

old towels This was on the last list. I turn them into “cat towels.” I have a basket for this. They are used for animals, car repair, whatever.

extra bedding Hm. Well, I keep at least two complete sets: spring/summer and fall/winter. The fall/winter are flannel, the others are not. I’d prefer to have two sets of each — that’s 4. I probably have 5 or 6, so yes, I could improve this.

unused or old plastic containers Get tossed regularly

old bills Yes, well, of course!

old paychecks No one pays with paper any more, so this really isn’t a problem.

ruined hair ties Are tossed regularly.

old newspaper Are burned or recycled regularly.

extra cushions and couch pillows Don’t have.

ticket stubs Get tossed right away.

small clothes Not sure what this means? Clothes which are too small? Most of those get donated.

unreturned items Also not sure what this means.

unneeded notebooks I use notebooks regularly and toss extras.

pens & pencils We use them.

unnecessary knicknacks All knicknacks are unnecessary. If I want ’em, I keep ’em. If not, I put them up for sale.

little shampoo bottles We use the shampoo and then toss the bottles.

unmatched cords Unmatched how? To equipment? Well, yes,we keep these, if we think we still have the equipment.

old art projects We both do art work, don’t be obscene.

old party supplies Don’t have

old wedding favors Don’t have

Christmas cards yours and others Depends on the sender. Or in the case that I’ve made it, I keep some cards, tags, etc. as records for the next year and so that I can recreate them for sale if that’s what I want to do.

forgotten holiday decor Forgotten? I don’t think I forget it. Sometimes I can’t put it away or I’m waiting to drag all the other stuff out for another occasion before I put it away, but fogotten? Mostly not. I suppose that any out is a fail. If that’s true, yes, I could use some work here.

too unique holiday decor According to whom? What???

disliked cleaning supplies I take ’em to the swap shop.

flowerpots I use ’em. I have a place where they’re stored, outside.

old calendars I don’t keep them, mostly. Some I do keep because I like the artwork.

disliked movies We don’t buy movies these days, but rent them online. So there’s nothing to toss!

multiple scissors (> 2) We definitely have > 2 pairs, but given that I need a pair in with the retail supplies, a pair for cloth, a pair for paper, a general household pair and a pair of kitchen shears, it’s likely to stay that way! I guess according to the lister, this would be a fail.

extra ear buds I own 0.

My One Resolution

This year I decided to keep things simple. I made ONE resolution: to be more consistent. Being inconsistent is at least partially the product of the PTSD. You feel as if you’re targeted and so don’t want to do the same thing too often, the same way. Being inconsistent has cost me over and over again, in time, resources and just getting things done.


I needed a way to make myself accountable for this, or I knew I’d never do it. I have no idea what if any progress on this I made in January, but that pretty much says it all, ‘eh? I probably didn’t make any progress at all.

I belong to a self-help site where I can set my own goals. I came up with one. That is to use the site to document the self-care I’m doing — for 60 days. And, I’ve just upped the ante by posting this here too.

I wish it wasn’t so, but frequently the only way I can get myself to do something is to embarrass myself into it; paint myself into an emotional corner. [If you don’t have to do this kind of maneuvering to get things done, I’m jealous!]

The image I came up with for this “quest” is below. We’ll see how I do!


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For Those Who’re Interested

This blog isn’t going away. It will however, be modified a good deal.

The memoir, of the same name as this blog now has a domain name of its own (there’s nothing there right now). To purchase the book, you’ll need to go to . I’ll post a notice here when the book is available and when the domain is actually live.

In the meantime, if you’re someone who said they wanted to be a beta reader, please contact me. A comment here will be fine. I won’t publish these, but will keep the data private. I need your contact info (email will work to start) and then whether you want an e formatted copy or a dead tree copy. Sorry, no dead tree copies out of the US, too expensive to mail!

If you know me IRL, drop me a note on FB or email and we’ll get you on the appropriate list!

Just so you know, my “target date” for releasing the beta copies is JUNE, 2016 . It may not be a very long book, but there’s still a lot of work involved in getting it ready!