Worked on the attic today for a bit. Found a box which no doubt came out of DH’s office when it closed down — at the company who moved us here, 20+ years ago. This box was in the MIDDLE of the attic, on the floor, so it was behind and under everything else, and had been missed, multiple times no doubt! 90+% of it went to the dump’s recycle bin this afternoon.
Later on, I started going through a bin of my papers, some of which were as old, or older (and business related). They went. I got to near the bottom of the box and found things which needed to be filed, but not tossed, they were that current. I quit.
That said? We recycled 100+ or probably more like 300 pieces of paper today, including catalogs, magazines, sales receipts, etc.,
I talked to DH about taking vacation between Christmas & New Years’, with the idea that we do this or something like it, at least once in that time. It all helps — and tomorrow? Tomorrow’s another day to tackle more.
The bath mat is currently
6.5″ 7.25 wide. I changed out one of the colors at 6″. Will change another when I get to 12″. That’s 20 17 rows from now… each row is .25″. Now you know why I will NEVER make another of these, like this! (Updated 11/26)
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Tagged cull, paper, paper chase, rugs
I have many indicators that I am slipping to the other side:
- I’m scraping off the “dirty” part of the soap bar and using that when I wash my hands.
- I’m thinking that scissors and other tools with dark handles save cleaning fingerprints from them.
- When I toss something, almost anything, I think, “One less piece of clutter . . . “
- I started wrapping the cord to the upright vac with crossed loops. Fewer loops, much neater!
- Our TP holder has room for a 2nd roll behind. I stopped putting the 2nd roll hole forward and instead put it the same way as the roll we’re using… less visual clutter.
- I’ve been cataloging, pricing, and tagging items before I leave home. No more wondering if I’d paid $2 for something or $4? I know the mark-up is adequate, and since I know my pricing schema, I know enough when I start mark downs what I likely paid for the item. $3 is my bottom price, if I can’t sell something for $3 in a week, it’s not worth bothering with. That is the hard-won knowledge of years of retailing and my old inclination to keep things. I’m getting ruthless!
- Becoming OCD is catching, did you know? DH is reorganizing his workshop. He’s using a Space Budget (although he doesn’t call it that).
- I’ve decided that I love contractions, abbreviations, ampersands & question marks: shorter and tidier writing. (I really am OCD! Tidy writing??? )
Any minute now, I will become that monster: the woman who won’t go outside because her hair gets messed, who wipes the table whenever anyone lifts a cup from it!
If you know me IRL, please TELL me
if when I go too far. Please! How do you avoid falling off a cliff?
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Tagged flip side, going over the edge, hoarder to neat-freak in one easy step!, OCD, swinging the other way, the dark side
Another company we will no longer do business with: Swing A Way Can Openers. Why?
My Dad bought our first Swing A Way in the 1970s, as far as I know, it’s still working fine in the house where I grew up.
So, when DH and I got married in the 1980s, I bought one for us, the first one was in a box which disappeared in the move. I bought another, about 1985, it survived moving from FL to New England and two households here, about 10 years or so, then it suddenly didn’t cut correctly. I kept thinking I just had to clean it, and did, and then I got tired of that, and got a new one in a fit of “self-care” about 5 years ago. Seeing a trend here?
Yep. They moved their operations to China a few years back, and the cheap cr*p can opener I bought last has just been replaced.
Note to marketers: Selling me cheap crap isn’t a sustainable business model. I remember your name and I WILL do the research to find whatever new names you adopt.
In the meantime? I will add Swing A Way’s name to the others on my “Do not buy” list.
- Wood stacking (also on to do list).
Clean small tables in living room.10:55
Organize/cull dehydrated foods. 1:30
Organize/cull refrigerator/freezer fronts.11:15
ull/clean baskets of onions and potatoes.11:30
And of course there’s the day to day: laundry, dishes, making the bed, etc.
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Tagged 5 a day, Carry over
Here’s what’s left that I should have done this week:
Tidy needlework supplies and equipment.11:30 Saturday
Put away summer weight coats.7 p.m. Saturday
Deal with mail.7:30 p.m. Saturday
- Work on the wood piles (also on the to do list).
Update grain storage: review/cull, clean containers, etc. A tiny piece of this was done as part of clearing the kitchen counter. Weds. 10 a.m. More of this was done Saturday evening, 7:45 p.m. The job is too involved to do really quickly.
Work on the house notebook. 11:00 a.m Saturday
I’m busy tomorrow, so these all have to happen today (Saturday).
Also on the list is the usual weekend chores: dump, laundry, etc.
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Tagged 5 a day backlog, catch up!, Is this undoable?, New Habits
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