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This Week & the Neat Muscle

This week is going to be centered around the upcoming flea market. (If you’re local and want info, let me know!)

Afterwards, I hope to have a hole here AND a hole in the storage. As with April’s flea market, I’ll set aside a wadge of the unsold items to donate, hopefully to the thrift shop down the street. If we can’t donate it there, I’ll put it in storage to donate it elsewhere or take it to the dump’s swap shop.

A major purge: a box of books and 10 bins worth of leaves, that’s 260 gallons were taken to the dump! There remains 2 small leaf piles I missed on the lawn and a larger pile next to the compost heap, I just had to get them off the grass!

Today’s work:

  • The bean trellis needs to be anchored further and the beans planted. That’s the next step in the veggie garden. Of course, more leaf raking.
  • The dryer is acting up, so clearing the porch under where the clothes line is getting put up for the summer is another. Moving the dryer away from the wall and see if the drain is plugged? DH did this. The dryer is back in place, hopefully usuable — I had a large load of rags, kitchen towels, etc. to wash and did so!
  • The living room also needs to be cleaned, amongst other things, our chimney will be swept Weds.

Other projects:

Dining Room & Rug:  The rug effort made great progress yesterday. I got the 3 rugs stitched together and started on the first border. I need to do 2 sets of border stitches. Then I need to clean up the stitching, knot and tie off the ends. THEN I’m done! Still several hours away, but definite progress!

The rug effort required the dining area be cleared out a bit, which it was. Still more to do there as well, quite a bit, with the furniture move I have in mind, but it will happen, eventually! We are loaning our old table to a gallery, that will help, but the table top detaches from the legs, so that’s only 2 pieces in what is an overcrowded room. Still, every bit helps!

Electronic Purge: Re the electronic purge? I have about 2800 emails in my email’s trash folder. They are purged automagically when they’re there for 30 days. That leaves approx. 25,300 in my in box.

We went to the dump THREE times yesterday, so aside from the 10 bins of leaves, there are definitely fewer items here!

Much of this process, which now has gone on for years, has seemed futile. I keep relearning what I’ve happened on every once in a while. That is, that the people with neat houses make it a priority. To them, the mess is simply unacceptable. For me, for years it was inevitable and another sign of how “flawed” I was.


Photo by Kristian Seedorff on Unsplash

I’m not flawed, I just need to learn to think in new ways. The bins being used in the leaf effort is an example.

The bins were bought to hold twigs and other kindling. Fine. Most of them were empty on the porch this spring, making a bit of a mess, but not much, they stack. However, I’d run out of trashcans, used most of my reusable leaf bags, and still had many piles of leaves in the yard. A few weeks ago, it occurred to me that a summer use for the kindling bins could be holding leaves before hauling them to the dump’s leaf pile! And the yard became instantly more attractive as the full bins were stacked in front of where the cars park and the leaf piles disappeared.

I just don’t have the “neat muscle” yet.  But I’m working on it!




What I Want, the Ultimate Goal, Housewise

I don’t think I could live in a minimalist home — it would punch my too tidy/danger! button and I’d have panic attacks.

On the other hand, I want to have a LOT less stuff.

My idea for this is that my home has to be comfortable, cozy by preference, but not empty. It will be empty enough when I can take care/caretake my stuff without marathons, seasonal cleaning gluts, or heroic efforts. I don’t know what that level is, and won’t until I get there. This is to remind me of what the goal is AND to give myself credit for finding places to put things away, make our home more cozy/comfortable, and acquire the habits which will make the taking care/caretaking possible.

What I’ve done lately?

Purged 800+ books, that’s what. There were 18 yesterday, 24 the day before that, and 201 today. Last week’s big purge (also on Weds.0 was 262 books. I’ve been going at this, seriously for three weeks now.

I’m putting out the first of the new merchandise in the new booth, next week. Part of that is excess crafting supplies. Part of it is book illustrations I’ve kept, when the books fell apart, and just haven’t done anything with. Part of it is ads and other pieces of 80-120 year old newpapers (I acquired a whole box of them at one point) to try and turn the resource into money. I’m using other stuff I love but have never used as fixtures.

See the trend? If I’m not using it/don’t want to keep it/don’t think I ever will use it — it’s going out.

The 800 books is just the beginning. My goal is to move into a smaller storage unit 7/1. Funny, I probably will make the 12,000+ number that caused me to drop the original idea for this blog, or I might, if I were counting! But the only thing I’m counting is books out.

Today? I used 3 mailers, shipped a gift and card, also 2 books. Donated 201 books. I’ve bought 2 books in the past 2 days, so essentially I’m down the 201 and that’s all. I have no idea what I’ll find this evening — we’ll see!

Two weeks ago I used up 3 balls of yarn making a rug. Last week I used up 3 balls of yarn and 4 skeins making another.To use my old terms, I CONSOLIDATED 10 items into 2 or a gain of 8.Today I bought 4 skeins of yarn for something else.

So, I’m still buying things, but I’m buying way less than I’m using and purging. The larger rug btw, will be shipped soon. I have to finish working the ends in and then wash it before it goes out.