The only way to be a hoarder or live with one is to learn to ignore the mess.
Ignoring the mess was easier for me than dealing with feeling unsafe all the time and having continual panic attacks.
But we’re undoing the mess here, one piece at a time.
I can tell our attitude is different than before. We’re congratulating ourselves/each other when we deal with one nasty spot or the other. When we finally find that ” ’round tuit” to clean some long-ignored corner.
It’s hazardous waste collection for our community today. We’ve dug into the sheds, the hobby spaces, the yard, etc. and out have come the cans of old paint (not latex) and coolant, and cans of ?. We decided that we’ll make a spot for things to go which fit this category, so next year (our community does this annually) it will it all in one place already. Not ignoring it.
Also different, and still different. In my on-going battle with email? I just eliminated all the X person pinned your pins from pinterest. (These days, there’s only 25,8xx unread emails in my primary email account.)
I know I’ve gotten all the pinterest emails, because I got to the email which thanked me for opening my account, in 2012.
Posted in backlog, behaviors, cleaning, cleaning up, Culling, dehoarding, Getting Organized, Hoarding, home improvements, Making Home, minimalism, organization, psychological stuff, Storage, stuff
Tagged changes, new attitutdes, other ways, plans
I am surprised. I’ve had relatively little fallout/backlash from sending the memoir out to the publisher. Sending it to my writing group was worse. Every time I talk to someone about it or make changes someone sees, yes, it’s a little nutty. But… no screaming awake. No crying jags. No being pissed off and not knowing wtf is wrong.
There’s various pieces of consensus: there are still a few typos. There are some stylistic things I did which every single editor has pointed out. The last half isn’t as well written as the first.
That last didn’t surprise me at all. The first half is what took 10 years to write; it’s the map to my particular Hell. The last half was difficult because I just couldn’t see how to write it so it wasn’t a total bore. There’s a reason “They lived happily ever after.” is one sentence. But I needed to show the unraveling of the PTSD and healing that allowed that to happen. I needed to show that it wasn’t a straight line. I needed to illustrate that the process is not done and never will be.
That all took some doing. I only sort of really knew what book I was writing, what the arc of it really was when I sat down last month and decided to pull it together as I did. For one reason only. It had to be the best, most concise piece I could write and present to my publisher. I finally could look at it with my professional eyes, rather than through the lens of the wounded kid with PTSD.
I have no idea what happened that made that possible, but it was.
Posted in Books, Creativity, editing, English, finished projects!, Goals, healing, Memoir, organization, projects, psychological stuff, PTSD, publication, self-interest, unexpected results, writing, writing problems
Tagged changes, memoir, memoir issuees, memoir retype
The pharmacy auto calling was driving DH nuts, so he told me to do something already!
So, I did what I had intended to do, that is, I called our insurance company. In the process I learned a few things, at least one I will probably use the rest of my life.
- The price on the drug out-of-pocket was so high because we haven’t met our deductible. (I’m still not going to get it.)
- That there are coupons for prescription drugs available? You can get them here or try googling the drug name.
- The auto caller from the pharmacy gets stopped from the pharmacy, but may not be stopped immediately, it IS automated.
- If I want to talk to someone with an accent I understand, call in the morning.
It had NEVER occurred to me that there might be coupons for prescription drugs! I use coupons and try to be frugal in almost every way I can, but this is a new one on me!
Posted in behaviors, frugality, Life Lessons, Links, saving money, self-interest, unexpected results
Tagged changes, health, learning, new ideas, new ways to save, pharmacy coupons, prescription drug savings, saving money on prescription drugs, techniques
I removed the counting data from 2017, it’s gone. Much of the other blog posts from here will probably be summarized, deleted, and perhaps copied — soon.
IF YOU WANT A SPECIFIC BLOG POST TO STAY PUT, EITHER LET ME KNOW OR MAKE A COPY FOR YOURSELF!
What I intend to do is summarize what I did, on the history page. The posts I intend to keep are those which are the concrete and most popular: cooking Madagascar pink rice, figuring out how many bookshelves you might need, ways to stay cool, the cookbook parade posts, etc.
What will be either cut/pasted into a new page or summarized in a long thread is the emotional stuff. OR, I’ll move it a new website. That hasn’t been determined yet. I have seven years’ of writing to go through.
The cleaning posts will probably be moved to the other blog I have here, which right now is almost entirely empty. It’s sevenlevelssite.wordpress.com. Right now it’s just a framework with very little in it.
So, the cleaning posts will move to 7 levels, the emotional posts will move to a new website, probably. What will stay here are pointers to both of those as well as the more practical and popular posts which have been here.
Comments? Questions? Objections? All are welcome. Not sure I’ll change my plans — but I’ll listen!!!
Posted in blogging, cleaning up, Culling, Digging Out from Under, future plans, Getting Organized, organization, projects, publication, self-interest, status, Website, writing
Tagged blogs, changes, Links, plans
My first tax appt. is this week, so I’ve been going thru paperwork.
This morning I’ve culled/filed coupons.
Culled/filed misc. paperwork.
I’m not sure exactly how many papers I’ve tossed, filed, or put in the shred tub, but it’s an hour+ of sorting things. I’m going to count it as 30 papers out. I’m sure it was likely more than that, but as I said, I didn’t count so I don’t have an accurate number.
Other agenda related to the tax appt. is to clear my desk and the area around it. The old computer needs to be plugged in so I can get some data off of it.
I ran out of the envelopes I use to file receipts. One thing I learned long ago is that I purely hate the mess that misc. piles of small bits of paper create. My first solution was to tape the receipts to college ruled notebook paper and file the stuff in notebooks. Works, as long as you keep it up. I did (and didn’t). Last year, when I shut off the old computer (it had completely died doing the 2014 taxes, then started to again doing the 2015 taxes!) I had the first quarter’s worth of data in the data base. I figured when we got the new computer, I’d just upgrade the data base, and I’d be good. Something we’ve done before. No, the company has gone to a monthly subscription fee rather than expensive upgrades. Okay, in our old age I am working really, really hard at REMOVING monthly fees and autodebits — so I decided that after 20 years or so with the data base, I’d stop using it. (Also, I’d finally (!) zeroed out the book stock, so didn’t need to use the same medium any more.)
Okay. I started filing receipts and tracking what I was doing in a different way. Like all things, it has its pluses and minuses.
However, I’m still using that system.
But I need to get the 1st quarter ‘s data from the old data base . . . .
After that? I have 20 years worth of research for the kitchen book (mostly) in a few data bases to convert to some other system. Now you know why I haven’t tackled this already; it’s daunting!
Posted in behaviors, calendar, cleaning up, Culling, Dealing with Tech., dehoarding, Digging Out from Under, future plans, Getting Organized, learning, Making Home, New Habits, organization, paperwork, Planning, projects, Tech, workarounds
Tagged changes, changing over, data base software, learning, new methods, no more data base, rejecting monthly fees, taxes