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Spring Cleaning

I am slowly, but surely going through the cabinets & drawers in the kitchen. So that I remember what I’ve done (and haven’t) as I’m doing this on an “as possible and I have time” basis, I’m putting labels inside each cabinet or drawer I clean with a note that I did it and the month/year.

I have no idea if this will work in terms of helping me keep things clean. I do something similar when I go through the dry stores and cull them. I put a label on the outside which is the contents and the date, but inside the lid I put a note which tells me when the canister was last cleaned. As some of my dry stores are kept for more than 1 year, it helps me to keep things clean. There’s so much stuff in this house and so many things to clean (shelves, cabinets, drawers, closets, etc.) that this is the only way I’ve found which doesn’t lean on the PTSD and I manage to get some sort of ordered cleaning done. I’ve been doing this off and on for the past year. We’ll see if I can sustain it!

I updated the post I wrote in December (January?) about house decorative items. I’d forgotten that I’d had a goal to reduce the decorative locations from 4 to 3. I’ve done that.

The front door now has my “spring/summer” straw hat on it. It’s a straw hat with fake silk flowers around it as a band. Does two things: it’s nice and spring-like and it’s handy when I’m going out into the garden. I replace the hat on the door when I’m done. No clutter in the house. Nothing extra to store. Works fine.

This post was started a few weeks ago, and I’m still whacking away at the cabinets, counters, drawers, etc. in the kitchen and elsewhere. I defrosted the freezer last week, for example. On the agenda this week is the “great refrigerator move.”

When our big fridge died last year, we moved a small fridge atop a corner cabinet and put it next to the stove. The big fridge was moved off to the side of the room so that it was out of our way and easily accessible for service people. It’s still there. Both of them need to be cleaned and put back into their previous home.

Today I go and talk to someone about new retail space. My problem with the old retail space is that the only consistent way I had to make money was to sell furniture and I don’t sell enough of that to make my overhead more than about 1/2 the time, which is unacceptable. The new shop is brighter (the new location of the antique store is cave-like) and I think suits me better. We’ll see!

The new plan may mean using the Hoosiers as sales fixtures for a while, which would be fine, as it would get them out of here and not in the storage. After the 2 Hoosiers, I have a double dresser/mirror and a wrought iron/marble table to sell, both high-end pieces. If the Hoosier currently in the antique store isn’t going to the new space, then I’ll haul it to the storage today and to the auction house next Tuesday.



Dump Day

There’s a local antique co-op which is only really busy one month a year, starting mid month, this month. I got ahold of the owner to rent part of a glass case. I’ll put some of my high-end paper collectibles in it for sale, for one month or maybe two. Haven’t had a plan for those of late. And they aren’t selling where they are.

I just made salsa for the first time, or maybe I made gazpacho? Anyway, chopped tomotoes, jalapenos, cilantro, salt, lime juice, tomatillos, olive oil — whatever you call it! Not too bad, but not what I expected.

Worked on the short story as well and there was a small amount of biz related to what we hope is the next anthology. Still very tentative. . . .

Sorted through some craft paper this morning. Culled a few things at the same time of course. There’s a stack of books to be donated in the car. Some went into the swap shop at the dump, others were given to a neighbor, but they’re gone!

No major culling, moving, etc. but I think I’ve done my bit for a little while anyway!

The “feral” cat made her first appearance today at lunch time, so she got breakfast and her daily chin rub.

The dump bins are full of stuff to go, so I’m off to go and do that. There’s more books, papers, and stuff from moving the boxes and furniture around. It isn’t that I went through things a piece of stuff at a time, but if I saw something which was obvious trash, it went in the dump pile — why handle it again? I didn’t have time for a detailed sort,  but what’s on top isn’t all that hard to see: “Oh! A receipt from 18 years ago — Maybe I should keep it?” isn’t what I tell myself anymore. It goes in the trash or shred pile automatically.

I need to take another batch of “stuff to shred” to Staples on Friday. (This isn’t going to happen today, Friday, the car is FULL of boxes of stuff for the storage!) The box is full and so is the shredder bin, again. (Last time I had 2 boxes + the shredder bin.) I need to expedite this process, without having to have company. I wonder what I can do differently???