I probably shouldn’t.
I got 2 crates into the pantry on the pull out shelf today. The crates I’d used previously were too big to use with the pull out hardware. Without the hardware, however, the crates with sanitized sand and carrots were too heavy for me to move easily, so…
We had these other crates. Putting them in the pantry dislodged what had been there since we took out the other crates: an Elfa basket with gallon bottles and a few other things.
I have to go to the hardware store and buy 2 bags of sanitized sand (sold for sand boxes) and find one of the rolls of hardware cloth, to make “lids.” Finally, I have label holders I’ll add to one side of each crate, so I can remember when I put the veggies in.
I removed a small, round plastic bucket which had salted herbs in it. Used one of the available rectangular plastic bins. The bucket will go to the dump, tomorrow. I also removed the 2 dog biscuit canisters I’d been using for canning jar lids. The canisters will go away. The lids have a new home, in a Euro canning jar I also already owned.
(Seeing a pattern here?)
The result is that the hole where the shelf goes was cleaned, the shelf was cleaned, two cleaned crates are on the shelf, empty, with the step stool, and 3 rectangular bins, one has salted herbs in it, the others empty.
The water filters (which had also been on this shelf) are set aside to be put into the attic. I have no idea what to do with the Elfa basket, or the gallon jars, but I’ll figure it out.
So, 3 pieces out, 3 pieces to attic, 3 pieces pulled, nowhere to go, 2 containers used, and a lot less chaos in the pantry. All good!
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Tagged carrot storage, mini root cellar, potato storage, storing root veggies
I did something which shows me how things are different these days. Yesterday I gave away brand new packages of lunch bags and staples, to two different businesses. The lunch bags were given to an antique store who uses them to wrap china and glassware. The staples were given to the antique store where I have a booth.
In both cases, I have more than I think I’ll use in a reasonable time, without them.
I use about 1/2 package of lunch bags a year for drying herbs/spices. (And I reuse them sometimes too.) I had come to the end of a package and bought some, thinking I was out. When I went to put it away, there was another new package! I sure didn’t need another 50!
The box of staples came from a box of shop office supplies. I thought I’d folded in or deleted extras from the shop’s supplies long ago, but I found a box a few months back filled with labels (mostly tossed), the box of staples, and a few miscellaneous pieces. When I cleaned office shelves last week or so, I realized we had 2 complete boxes of staples, more than we’d likely need until oh 2050. I don’t expect to be alive or wanting staples by then anyway!
Previously, I would have kept them; in fact I did. These days? They’re clutter I can get rid of easily, and that’s great!
- Find something to do with the extra eggs.
- Make pepper jelly.
- Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
- Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
- Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal.
Much of this is dealing with food, obviously. Partly because farm day was yesterday. But it’s partly because the other chores in/out are so far behind. I have to cook no matter what else happens most of the time, so this is an “easy” way to get the list pared down. If it’s a cheat, it is — sue me!
- Empty my desk, again.
- Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it.
- Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.
- Clean off DH’s desk.
- Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)
Finish laundry room clean up.
- Weed the brick path around the veggie garden, edge it. in process, 1st quarter done 1:30 Fri., 2nd quarter and 1/2 the 3rd done Sunday.
- Move the lumber which needs it from the shed so it can be put away in the loft.
Work on grading the last pile of dirt.Fri. 1 p.m.
- Put family photos in the album.
Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing!
- Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
- Do the last gather of flea market materials, last market is Saturday 10/
14 date changed to 10/21
- Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
Ship the box to the BIL, make up more boxes of things which should be shipped and get them sent! I think I did this, although I’m not sure. I cannot find the box anywhere!!! Refound and shipped, sometime later. He got it mid/late Oct.
- Clear stuff from my car and run a vac through at least part of it!.
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Tagged backlog, cooking planned and not, fresh veggies, Friday's five, garden yield, getting stuff done
Aside from the PTSD, bad habits and panic attacks, as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve had one other major problem about cleaning up the house. No one ever taught me how! This means that no one ever showed me the “right” order to do things. I was taught at boarding school how to make a bed, clean a toilet or trash can, but not how to make a schedule or plan to cover the basics, regularly.
And, I admit, that doing anything regularly wouldn’t have happened anyway, because of the panic attacks. Cleaning is like writing a novel or any other longer piece, you have to keep slogging away at it I’ve found. Difficult for me, if not impossible for much of my life.
That said, I have discovered a few things:
- Always clean more than you have to. That is, if the dishes are done and you have 1 item in the sink, find a candlestick or decorative something to clean too. This also applies to sweeping the kitchen, putting clothes away, whatever. Especially if the chores aren’t involved or big, add something minor. Cleaning the bath counter? Wipe down the box on the shelf, etc. etc. etc.
- Hard surfaces, impervious to water are the easiest to clean; where soft surfaces, which absorb water are the hardest.
- Clean the areas used the most more than others.
- Clean the most obvious areas first. (I have [had?] a tendency to clean closets and drawers when the urge to clean hit me. Before I realized the clutter was what I needed to feel safe, it was dumbfounding to me that I could spend a whole day cleaning and you couldn’t tell. This is, of course, backwards from the way most people work. And that’s the reason why those “toss this” lists really didn’t work for me.
- Find whatever works for you and run with it. I spent DECADES trying to use flylady or other cleaning plans, and couldn’t. This caused more of the internal I’m stupid, flawed, and just screwed up mantra. I figured “Of course this doesn’t work for me and it does for Mary or Jo. It’s me after all.” I finally accepted that I couldn’t adopt someone else’s plans, I had to come up with my own — in my 60s!
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Tagged "truths", cleaning issues, figuring it out, learning what works
Not only is it MONDAY, so my brain is buzzing with all sorts of “things to be done,” but the construction people aren’t here, and there’s this huge back log. It’s also nearly FALL and so all the “delayed” and “put off” chores are screaming! at me.
Accordingly, my ADD tendencies have run amok this morning. I have worked on these items and finished the lined-through ones:
filing manuals, etc. for things we own.
cleaning out behind the washer/dryer Finished about 11:30 a.m.
culling/clearing out the top shelf of the small freezer
figuring out what I will use to replace the French door blinds
Researching how to do it.
- Finding the fabric I already own for the curtains.
Figuring out a way to “put away” the scrub brush which went missing.
Figuring out a possible way to “put away” various roll goods: masking paper, Tyvek, shelf liner & weed cloth are the immediate needs
Work on clearing out the attic.
Work on cleaning up my office.
Laundry x 2 2nd load started around noon. Two loads done Tuesday as well.
Determining the trunk in the kitchen is still empty.
Figuring out another set of crates, etc. to take to the antique store as shelving.
Cull the clay flower pots — I have too many of course. Started about 2 p.m. but not yet finished. Worked on this Tuesday as well. Completed Sunday.
Still to do:
- Go to the hardware store for a piece to determine if the method of hanging roll materials will work.
Clean the laundry room. Finished just before noon.
- Make the bed.
- Find the missing fabric and determine which piece will be used for the door curtains.
Clear out enough of the attic that the trunk can be moved from the kitchen up there. Enough of the attic was cleared Monday, but the trunk hasn’t been moved, yet.
et the crates, etc. in my car and to the antique store. Completed Tuesday.
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Tagged ADD tendencies, chores, getting things done, overwhelmed, to do list, too much to do