Category Archives: Making Home

When I went to the storage last weekend

I brought home 4 boxes of books. I unpacked 3 of them today. Researched 1, so it’s sorted.

The last one is the 3rd egg box, so it will be full of 50-70 paperbacks, again. But I have to go through the books I’ve already unpacked first.

I haven’t quit, but got discouraged, as usual. I get these huge surges of energy and ambition, but there’s just TOO MUCH to make a big dent, in even a week. I can see progress, but I need MONTHS of intense work before this is going to actually be done. April may be (shudder) about 6 months less than I need. I hope not, but…

Anyway, I loafed, relatively speaking this week.

And, because I know when I’m inclined to loaf, if I beat myself up about it or force myself to go on, at least with the house work, the PTSD starts screaming. So, I let myself loaf.

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Square Feet, Eggs & Others

This was started 12/29/18

After I returned from breakfast, I contemplated what I should cull next?

It’s a dump day, so I can take whatever outs I want to the dump, today, no hanging around waiting to be disposed of, which is great!

The first piece was a copy of Square Foot Gardening which I haven’t look at in years. Long ago, I started reading Steve Solomon’s writing on growing vegetables and he has a long discussion about the French-style biointensive form of veggie gardening and why it may not be the best idea. I’d read about the biointensive form and it hadn’t worked all that well (including the square foot gardening idea) here. Solomon’s idea is that plants need a healthy root system, not crowding to deal well with stresses insects, diseases, etc. And that made more sense to me than timed and measured planting. It seems to work better here. It isn’t as tidy, but the plants are healthier and I’m convinced that means they’re better for us. Accordingly, I haven’t used the square foot gardening book for some time — so out it goes!

A reprint of The Egg and I soon joined it. I remember the story fondly, but the book isn’t something I’ll reread (or I haven’t for years) and this copy isn’t worth anything on the resale market — out it goes too!

And so on. There are books you’d likely NOT keep that I will.

  • A Treastise on Cake Making, a manual for bakers. I’m keeping it to convert some of the recipes and the forms used for inventory and recipes interest me.
  • Dahl’s Menu Making for Professionals. Largely kept for much the same reasons as the cake making book. I use professional books to find things which work with the least amount of extra fuss, materials.

And other books I’ll get rid of:

  • A manual for growing food, wholesale. I’ll offer this to the neighbor with a farm.
  • A price guide for children’s & illustrated books, offered to a friend who has always had an interest in illustrated books.
  • A copy of The Song of Roland edited or translated by Dorothy Sayers. I love her Whimsey mysteries, but somehow never read this. I’ll offer it to the neighbor who loves Sayers’ work. . . . None of these were takers, so they went to the swap shop.

DH is working on my Christmas present, a bookcase to replace the stacked small bookcases which currently house books in our upstairs hall.

house with bookcase

(It’s that bookcase again from images.google.com)

 

He originally made the small bookcases so they could be packed beforehand for shows. They worked wonderfully for that. But they’re too narrow to be a really good house bookcase. They wobble when you take a book out — always makes me nervous!

The old show cases are likely to end up in the shed or attic when DH gets the new bookcase made. It’s a built-in, so it won’t be replaced.

Today’s additions 1/8/19:

Annoyingly, the insert a line function seems to be broken here, sigh. Computers haven’t been working for me all day. My primary social media site seems to  be down or my account has been hacked. DH thinks it’s the site, and I believe him. But things have just been weird all day.

Today’s culls, so far:

10 books to the swap shop bin, 3 books to the bookstore box, 1 new skein yarn and 1 pair of gloves also to the swap shop.

Found contact info so I can return 2 prints, or at least a place to start, hurrah!

I’m feeling “bloated.” I’ve used up the space I have for sorting things and have no room. I had pulled out boxes for something earlier this week and noticed that the lack of floor space just stopped me cold. I replaced the boxes, but still have no room. I have 1 “floating” box right now, with nowhere to put it, 3/4 full. Filling it will be pretty easy. Finding a place to put it away? That will be hard.

I need a new inspiration, a new idea about where to put sorted, boxed items! My first one put 3 boxes next to the stairs. The next one put 8 boxes in my office. The last one straightened part of a bookcase and found a home for 5 boxes. But until the accumlated culls create enough space that having room to sort, cull and PUT AWAY the items which need that, I am going to keep having this problem.

Utimately, the things I’m keeping which have no home are going in the attic, boxed. Fine. But there’s no room there either….

Sigh.

boxes

(This isn’t my home; it’s just how it feels!)

Action Items

I’ve been whacking away at the various piles of boxes in the bedroom. I’ve created some clear floor space and stuffed our swap shop/recycling bins. Today is a dump day —

Hurrah!

Another thing we’ve been doing for some time is replacing and upgrading what we can, as we can. This is prepatory to either selling this place or retiring here. We probably won’t have money to replace the roof, upgrade windows, etc. when DH retires, and so the updates need to be done beforehand. We’ve been doing a big item every few years, and little stuff between. We pay off one big item, then do the next. We started this years ago.

We found some LED lighting on sale just before Christmas, and DH has been busy installing them. Our favorite type of upgrade: it replaces the badly done, dead cheap, marginal stuff which came in the house with something we can 1) afford 2) is cheaper to operate 3) will function more productively and 4) looks better than what we’ve lived with for years.

What we got when we bought this place were shop lights, hidden with cheap plastic grids. They looked awful, didn’t light the room well, and the plastic grids disintegrated all over the counters — just what you want in your food: bits of oxidizing plastic!

(We took down those grids right after we moved in.)

Shop lights are not my idea of attractive kitchen lighting. Picky, I know.

Especially when they’re on the ceiling of a post/beam room. The available lights were in a hole, the light was blocked by the beams, right? So the fixtures looked awful, didn’t function well and have been on our “Replace This” list nearly since the day we moved in!

The new lights are suspended from the beams, no blocked light! Also, light where it’s needed. What a pleasure!

 

Happy

  • YEAR of the Pig
  • Get organized, clean up your computer, and creativity MONTH
  • Science fiction and world introvert DAY!

(There’s more. Want more? Info here.)

So, I’ve been working on my organizer or getting ready to. I couldn’t find another PlanAhead Mother’s Organizer, and I tried. I won’t buy one at Amazon, forget that. I looked though the stores I will go to and didn’t find one. So, I’m back to DIY, again. I did buy a planner, but it;s a regular thing for appointments mostly.

I liked the mother’s organizer because it had columns for 5 kids. With me? That was 5 projects and I could carry things one step one day to the next step two days later on their weekly spread. It was great.

Multi-Day Projects This Month:

  • So, I have a planner/organizer designed, but not made. I’d already had that. So, this year I will actually make it as my first multi-day job.
  • Get the financial info together so that at the end of the month it’s all ready to go to the accountant. Unsure if I’ll make that, but it’s the goal!
  • Write a promised article. The deadline for that is 1/15, so it will probably be done before the financial info, which I can’t finish before all the paperwork from various places arrive.
  • Finish the storage move.

This morning I went through a box in my office full of china and glass pieces. Most are going away. Some of it was pieces I was missing and I wasn’t sure where I’d put them?

There are 2 boxes with pieces priced, boxes labeled and sealed — for the spring flea market. A 3rd is started.

There’s a crate of pieces going to the antique store when they get back from their year-end break.

I haven’t stopped what I’m doing, I just haven’t written about it much!

We’ll see how much I actually can do!

image from workitdaily.com via google images

My Many Loves

Had a reason to go into the attic this morning for DH. Grabbed a wad of papers from an open box I’ve been working on for some time. And, yes, they all got tossed.

old letters.jpeg

(image via images.google.com, it is NOT mine)

I found a letter from someone I have no idea who it is?

And writings of mine about being in love, with my ex husband and 2 former boyfriends. Since we’ve been together for 40 years now, that means all of this predates that. I’ve been hauling these around for more than 40 years???

Sigh. They’re in the recycling bin. The sigh isn’t because I regret purging this, it’s because I’ve carried these papers around for so very long! I thought I’d gotten rid of all such things when we lived in Florida, 25+ years ago. I know I pitched the letters from my ex-husband at that point, and thought almost all this sort of stuff had gone too? Obviously not!

J

My Heirs Are Happier!

I spent part of today going though a box of papers. [Papers and books make up much of the boxed “stuff” here.]

 

paper piles

(from images.google.com, image is NOT mine!)

I found our original mortgage paperwork, from 1982? Why we still had this I don’t know. The only thing I can think of is that until a while back, I just moved boxes back and forth mostly and didn’t go through them often, so this got moved, from California to Georgia to Florida to New England and then within New England, until I found these papers again, today.

Out they go into the shredding pile!


One more foray into the stack of boxes found something long missing: the photo album. Now I can file the pics in one or two manila envelopes here which have been waiting for this event.

fireworks

No More!

For seven years, well, more than that, I’ve been writing about culling things, getting rid of things, and learning to cope with the panic attacks, PTSD and other related dramas.

I’m totally sick of this! So, I have a NEW life goal, well sort of. It’s to get past all the stuff and see what else there is to do?

To that end, I have:

  • Told the antique store I’ll be leaving mid-February.
  • Talked to another antique shop about buying a few pieces.
  • Decided that whatever I keep for the spring flea market I will price before I box it up, so all I have to do in March or April is load it into a car and take it to the market.
  • Decided what things here need to be wholesaled?
  • Decided to have a sale at the antique store, running from 1/1 – 2/15. Half off the big pieces and heavily discounted “get organized” pieces: bins, baskets, etc.

Hopefully, by the end of April I’m done, or if I’m not done, that the pieces still here are designated to go to that consignment shop, this auction, or whatever.

No more!

house with bookcase.jpeg

(via images.google.com . I picked this because of the bookcase. The images with 2 items on a shelf are NOT realistic for us, both collectors and readers!)

Benchmarks along the way:

  1. Completing the move into the smaller storage unit.
  2. Closing that unit.
  3. Removing the bedroom boxes. (in process 12/27/18)
  4. Removing the kitchen boxes.
  5. Clearing enough from the attic that the bays can be built.
  6. Clearing enough from the porch so that we can walk from the corner to the door the long way instead of the way it is now, along the drip edge of the roof.
  7. The shed is culled.
  8. The wood shed is culled.
  9. There’s no misc. stuff stored in the crawlspace.
  10. Nothing queued in the living room to go out.

That’s a lot to do in four months, but like I said, I’ve had it! Two things will limit this:

  • If the PTSD/panic starts up so badly I can’t cope.
  • If physically I am causing myself pain from the work.