I’ve been working on clearing up the living room. At the moment, there’s boxes in there for the flea market next month, boxes which were brought in from the storage to go through, books to go to the new book booth, books being donated to the bookstore in Maine, etc. It’s a mess.
Because I have new rugs coming, some of which are for the living room, where the others are for the kitchen, I started clearing out the living room this morning. Fine, it’s the usual cull, clean, move it over there because there’s no room here, etc. No problem. I move, cull, sort, trash, and clean the space where what I’ve been working on has resided. This is work with a vac, otherwise the dust gets to me too much.
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Battery ran out on the vac. Went to charge it, the charger already had a battery being charged. Hm…what to do next?
I cleaned the outside of the vac, hose and all — I spent about 5 minutes cleaning the wired hose for the vacuum cleaner.
Yep, I’m becoming a fanatic, sigh. Oh well, I always have gone from one extreme to the other before I settled down into sanity. Let’s hope the swing into fanatic cleanliness and out to reasonable cleanliness is a short trip!
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The drawers from one of the kitchen cabinets we removed (the case will go Weds.) a small box of books and a box of tube and spring pans.
At one point, I had the crazy notion I would make a Christmas Tree display for cookie cutters from tube pans, with the spring pans as a base. I never did. I never use pans like that, so the entire box went to the dump’s swap shop! I hope someone who needs/wants such things finds them before they get recycled.
Today? Today I started setting up my organizer. I had bought a journal in December or early January for this, when I decided that I would never find another copy of my beloved 2018 organizer. I had been looking for something which I could convert into the format I liked. I found one, then kept forgetting to get it out of the car. I finally did that Sat. morning when I knew I was going to the storage and needed all the room in my car for other boxes coming home.
What’s NOT in the house!
(This is still my image, but much of this is gone. Or I hope so!)
Anyway, I dug the blank journal I’d bought out this morning. Made up the monthly sections. Figured out the calendar design. Did January and February, and need to do the rest. But it’s in process instead of in a box, definite progress!
I had DH bring home food from one of our fav. restaurants today when he was working remotely. Dinner prep. for me will be making veggies, and that’s it. Easy.
I have another batch of books to go through, of course. There’s about 5 paperback boxes in the car, that’s another 250 books or more.
A bookstore (bless them!) may have someone who can take 3 boxes off my hands this weekend. That would be wonderful!
Slog, slog, slog, same ol’, same ‘ol. Slog-slog-slog.
I will finish this before I die; right?
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Here’s the six for today:
- Wash the rug which had been in the laundry and put it back.
Clean the dry stores shelves. Right side done 3:50. Complete 4:30
- Get the supplies for the knitted pillow all in one place so you can finish it!
- Get the rest of the better paint into the attic.
- Clean the office chairs.
- Sweep the decks, porch & entry (fill in).
- Sanitize the water pic.
- Find a place to put away the dehydrator racks and do so when appropriate.
- Use up the ice cream base in the freezer.
- Wash the net curtains. First pair pulled from over the dry stores 4:30.
- Go thru the record collection, cull.
- Put garden hoses away for winter.
- Recaulk the bathroom as needed.
Make pepper jelly (or use up the peppers somehow). Mon. 9:30 a.m.
- Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
- Look at the stored snow tires. Need new ones? In the budget?
Make cookies with the frozen oatmeal. Recipe found. Oatmeal removed from freezer, put in fridge Tuesday. Tossed Monday, sigh.
Empty my desk, again. Mon 10/23 9:00 a.m.
- Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish.
- Examine winter coats for flaws, etc.
- Put ice scrapers in the cars, examine and see if they need replacement?
Chores on hold or in process, for whatever reason:
Use up the eggplant from last week. Used the first one for Sunday’s dinner.
Fertilize the lawn. Did the dooryard lawn and the lawn on the street side of the bulb bed. Tues. 4:30 p.m. Lots more to do!
Cut more sage and other such from the garden. Kale Fri. 10/13, most of the rest of it 10/15. Need to pull some tarragon and that’s it. Finished Tues. 10/24 9:30 a.m.
Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)
Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing!
Clean off DH’s desk. This is going to be delayed until he and I catch up. I pulled everything from the top drawer on his side of the dresser, we’re still going through all of that.
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I spaced an appointment today. I’ve been working hard at being organized, really organized the past week or two, and just blew it.
Which of course makes me mad — madder than when I was completely disorganized! The more I work at it, the madder I get when it doesn’t work. And it seems like I go through a period where try as I might, I screw up, over and over. I think it’s the broken egg/omelette problem. This time at least, I’m determined NOT to throw my hands up in the air (figuratively) and give up.
So I “forgave” myself for the lapse. I have another appointment which I have an email out to reschedule. hopefully it can be. There’s a workshop I’d like to go to which creates a conflict.
In some ways being organized is MUCH easier, in others, it’s just work. Not the adult life I thought I’d have, but not feeling like I’m always in a state of chaos will be worthwhile, although scary. It was a major piece of my “camouflage.” I don’t think I need it any more. In fact, I think I need the low stress that not being chaotic will bring!
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