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post #41 of 83
Yesterday I:

~ organized my Craigslist/recycling closet
~ dropped huge bag off at thrift store
~ downloaded my vacuum on my neighbour...I was going to take it to the thrift store but she took it instead I don't have carpets in this home so I don't even need it anymore, ahh
~ took some more pictures for Craigslist
~ organized business tasks and got about an hour of work done
~ took a "before" picture of my bedroom and closet


Today is a big tackle the house day! I've already completely emptied my bedroom and am almost ready to rearrange the furniture. Then I'll purge everything before bringing only the essentials back in
post #42 of 83
So far, my list is posted on the fridge! But with the changing seasons, things are coming out and others are needing to be put away for the summer etc. So as the changing seasons are happening, I kind of have to bear with it!
post #43 of 83
got the invoice templates set up (DH helped) so that each month i just have to fill in the right term and date, and add in any special charges.

also got the home finances organized (finally). that is simple. We streamlined to save and extra $400 per month by cutting back on two expenses (to fit our current needs). so that was cool.

set up the banking properly so that all bills are paid online, and learned to use a scanner so that we can scan each bill for the business and for home into our financial soft ware, which we then send in a zip file to our accountant each month. sent her a test batch, and she said with our organization, it looks like we will be using only $50 worth of work from her rather than $150 like the previous owner. So that saves $100 more dollars in the business.

Currently, we have cut $350 from the business's monthly expenses!

this is more a frugality thing, i guess. but, it came from proper organization.
post #44 of 83
Ok well, our computer is down, and not having this thread around to motivate me has resulted in... little progression.
BUT- I did get rid of the chair and go through 3 boxes of clothing, condensing to 2.

My new major goal is to find a better way to get rid of all our stuff, since the swap isn't really gaining any interest.

I can't wait to get our comp fixed so I can get back into this challenge... and get that flower in my garden
post #45 of 83
Today I started putting things back into my bedroom. I narrowed 5 shelves down to two Now, I just have to unclutter the wannabe office portion of the room and will be able to post pictures! I should be -- no, I have to be done by tomorrow evening. I'm going to see friends this weekend so I have to have at least one major job complete!

I also got some logo work done for my brother's new biznazz, went over my budget, washed all the bedding (cuz my little one peed on me last night!) and spent three hours outside playing with my little one, yay!

Zoebird, sounds like you guys are going to do well with this business... That's exciting; good luck.
post #46 of 83
i have a few jars now, so i thought i'd start organizing spices. i'll probably do that tonight after DS goes to bed.

i also have to untangle some mysteries relating to the on-site aspect of this business. i keep getting emails from people asking for appointments with this practitioner at that time, rather than this other time, and i have no clue who that practitioner is. it's mind-boggling.
post #47 of 83
I got a lot done yesterday considering I only had a few hours. I purged my office area that's in my bedroom. I've just been dragging everything out into the kitchen so it's full of boxes and it looks like we're moving. I didn't think I had that much stuff in my room!!

I'm not letting anything go back in there that I don't absolutely need. I'm down to just a few boxes but have to go away for the weekend. I just found out my school starts on the 5th not the 12th so now the pressure's on! I'm looking forward to an empty, clutter free house -- in just over a week

I only work when my little one's not here but I'm also transferring school's, doing work for two of my sibs, filing my taxes and trying to figure out some legal stuff all at the same time so I really have to manage my time well!

I can do it! (I have to do it!!)

post #48 of 83
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Rere; I think that's funny you have a refridgerator stuck in your basement
Yeah,my mom refused to believe it was stuck in there.She came over and"directed"my husband and I how to move it,to get it out.Ummm...yeah as you can see it's still there.


Not sure what I'll be able to get done in the next little while.We will be busy taking care of my nephew.
post #49 of 83
how did you get it in? hmm. that's an interesting puzzle. LOL

got more paperwork done yesterday and this morning. last night, we enjoyed a nice movie out--How to Train Your Dragon. It was excellent. worth both the time and money. the baby slept through most of it.
post #50 of 83
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now, part of my problem is that I spend too much time online researching "how to" and trying to get the motivation to do it ... my sleep suffer and then I find it easier to lurk on MDC rather than actively working on my to do list !!!!

This made me LOL! I saw the thread and thought, I'll just read a little... of course I have read all the posts. So is it too late for me to join? My goals have to be small ones but today my objective is to get all my veggie seedlings cataloged in my gardening notebook so I can move all the gardening books and pieces of paper and empty seed packets that are on the table.

My goal for the week (we will be out of town most of the time, then come back and get weekend visitors straightaway) is to put away all the "junk" in my 11 dd's room, since the adult portion of our visitors will be staying in her room. Then in a few months we'll see if she missed anything that is boxed up!
post #51 of 83
sadly the only progress i've made so far is discussing projects with dh. we get pretty overwhelmed by big projects (which is what our house needs) so we talk about it, and promptly neglect to do it. buuuut yesterday we went to home depot to look at and measure cabinets for our kitchen. right now our kitchen has literally one drawer and one under cabinet door (other than under the sink, which is garbage and cleaning supplies). we neeeeeed more storage in our kitchen. well, that is just one of our many many needed storage projects. *sigh* already feeling that overwhelmed feeling
post #52 of 83
remember, just keep it simple. one small task at a time is an accomplishment!

today, i had a bit of frustration.

DH and I work the business together, and of the household, divided it a bit funny.

for work, the work is divided: we run reception in 4 hr shifts (the other is with the baby), and then i do programming (interviewing practitioners, etc) and accounting. DH is in charge of marketing. it's a fair division IMO.

for home, i do cooking (most of it--like 80% or more) and cleaning (pretty much 100% of laundry, chores, etc). dh does the finances.

but, i've found myself keeping the bills organized and making sure they get paid on time. DH just has his piles, and then he forgets what is where. it's driving me batty. i tell him to organize them so he can access them easily (and remember where they are), but instead i have clutter! bah! and even with that clutter, he doesn't always remember (like, today the phone bill is due, and i had to remind him and remind him where he'd put the bill!). so annoying! LOL

yeah, so, this morning i get up, make breakfast for us and then clean it up after we eat, do a load of laundry, fold the clean stuff and put it away, potty the baby a couple of times, bathe and dress him, dust and sweep the floors, make the bed and pick up DS's toys from that morning play (just before and just after breakfast, before he decided to nap), and basically now chill while he naps, but also doing some invoicing for the business.

and DH meditated, got cleaned up, ate breakfast, got in a huff about something (oh yeah, me reminding him to pay the phone bill today), and went to the office where he will do the reception work and some marketing. this afternoon, he'll be with the baby and go grocery shopping while i go to work, doing more invoicing and such, and plan meetings for the second week in april with practitioners.

and he was upset with me because i "had no sympathy for him" because his shoulder hurts again. lets not mention the aches and pains i have since having the baby. lol

but, we are getting there.
post #53 of 83
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Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
yeah, so, this morning i get up, make breakfast for us and then clean it up after we eat, do a load of laundry, fold the clean stuff and put it away, potty the baby a couple of times, bathe and dress him, dust and sweep the floors, make the bed and pick up DS's toys from that morning play (just before and just after breakfast, before he decided to nap), and basically now chill while he naps, but also doing some invoicing for the business.
Wow zoebird, that makes me tired! It seems like you did a day's work by mid-morning! Hang in there... it seems (at least for me) physically to get easier when kids are older. Of course, I'm also older so less energy... hmmmmm....

I re-read the first post and I think I violated the rules when I posted my goal... since I am not attacking storage... but I did get the gardening journals, books and seeds put away and got my daughter's room cleaned, having put a lot of things that were just on the surfaces away. Baby steps!
post #54 of 83
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I re-read the first post and I think I violated the rules when I posted my goal... since I am not attacking storage... but I did get the gardening journals, books and seeds put away and got my daughter's room cleaned, having put a lot of things that were just on the surfaces away. Baby steps!
Yeah, I don't know if I can even post here anymore! I've just been informed that my classes at my new school start on April 5, not April 12 so I've had to change my focus to getting my life organized ie: transferring schools -- (quickly!); making sure my student loan doesn't get interrupted **gulp*; finding new daycare for May 1; taxes; and now I only have until the end of the week to finish up my work for my bro and my sis (otherwise I have to deal with it while I'm back in class).

As far as house goes, I couldn't even tackle one box from my kitchen today. I did all the dishes, paid some bills, and took my little one outside three times My goal with my house now is to just finish up my bedroom and living room before the weekend. Everything else will have to wait until next break.
post #55 of 83
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took my little one outside three times
Isn't this what it's really all about, though? Priorities!
post #56 of 83
Thread Starter 
Okay, last week we popped two top teeth at exactly the same time...so it totally screwed me up.

Front Closet

Hall closet


And I have 5 or 6 bins in the storage room outside...not "so bad" but not good either!
post #57 of 83
nice closets. lots of storage left in them.

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had to put a halt to invoicing due to questions for the accountant and the accountant isn't available until tomorrow. such a bummer. blech.

decided to reorganize the shopping process. i think we are going to have things delivered to us weekly, and then use our "root cellar" closet (literall,y it's cold in there. i think about fridge cold) as an extension of our fridge. i just hae to make sure that the food storage is secure from critters.

so i need to reorganize that.
post #58 of 83
I had this feeling that my student loan would get interrupted -- I was right. The administration with my new school is fairly disorganized and I just got an "Oops!" email from my financial advisor... Long story short I may not get it for another month...

I like to look at the bright side of things as this will:

a) force me to get on top of my taxes (as I'm expecting a fairly large return),
b) go through the massive basket full of papers on my floor and either shred them or tuck them away into my soon to be very organized filing cabinet

With this done my bedroom will be officially finished!

I've emptied all the boxes that I dragged (drug?) out into my kitchen so now I can focus solely on my filing/taxes and the living room. My family's being sneaky and I have a feeling my sister and her wonderful bf are going to pay me a surprise visit this weekend... If so, I have a generous list of tasks for them! They always love helping me out

Tomorrow I'm going to look at a licensed family daycare for my little one. I got some more work done for my brother yesterday. I hope to email him his first logo options by the end of Friday
post #59 of 83
that sounds great.

getting taxes done is such a relief. we got ours into our accountant in Jan, but he just got to them this past week. it's all good though. we should get the return soon.

and, today i finish organizing the invoicing.
post #60 of 83
At the moment I am working on organising all my food storage containers.

I had them in a cupboard and realised that all the lids and containers have become mismatched. There are so many in there that I have been just buying new ones as I can never find ones that go together. SO I have pulled them all out and realised I need to chuck most of them out! Will work on it tomorrow as it is too late now...especially as I have wasted time sitting on the computer.

At least I dropped a huge bag of clothes at the charity bin today.
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