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post #161 of 364

Had the last of the yard sales yesterday. Made my standard $80 and what didn't sell is either being tossed, donated or taken to a kiddie resale shoppe this week.

I'm totally exhausted, the sale started at 6am! (I was up at 5am with less than 3 hrs sleep)

 

Now I need to focus on packing the last of the boxes and getting out of this apartment.

post #162 of 364

I was away all weekend and while I was gone the mold remediation guys came and fogged the attic and basement.  By the time we got home the fumes were gone.  So relieved.

 

I am running a book swap at my homeschool group today, and after that ALL the leftover books will go to my church book sale.  This includes about six large boxes of books from our house that are NOT coming back home with us again ever.  The goal is not to pick up any new books unless there is something essential there.  We'll see.  Figured I might as well help some other families declutter, too.

 

After a weekend away, the house is a mess.

 

My neighbor is bugging me about letting him see my house house before I list it.  I will totally show it to him first, I just want to get the cosmetic projects finished at least, and it takes time.  He is eager.  It will be at least a couple of weeks before I am ready.  I hate that he is bugging me but I'm glad he is interested.  I don't know what his intent is, though.  My fantasy is that he'll buy our house and rent it to us until we want to leave.

 

We have had a ton of rain and the basement is -- fingers crossed - DRY!  I did so much work down there getting it to that point.  We used to have a perpetual huge puddle on the floor.  I am proud of myself!

 

Okay, running out to homeschool day, but I'm glad to be rid of these boxes of books at least.

post #163 of 364

Worthy- I would just show the house to the guy-  He's got to know whats going on, he's a neighbor, possibly he spoke to ex and knows the condition of the house.  He's a neighbor, he's obviously seen the repair trucks around (mold guys etc).    I would say "hey neighbor dude, come over Weds at 4pm".

 

As for me-  yesterday was a bust.  Today is a new day.  I cleaned out the 'baking area' and I was honest with myself. I won't be baking in the next 10 days.  All the baking stuff was tossed.  I broke my heart to realize I will need to re-buy all those ingredients in a few months but oh well.  This afternoon I need to pack up the Kitchen Aid and the few precious kitchen supplies I will be taking (good Williams Sonoma Spatulas, KA measuring cups etc) and get that ready to ship off.

 

I need to stop at the kiddie resale shoppe and unload my car.  Whatever they buy is a 'bonus', what they don't take is now their problem ;)

 

Library returns, I will get the last stuff on hold and cancel any other holds that are pending.  

 

I need to finish DS last leg warmer( so he has a complete set) then anything else is just a bonus!

 

I need to be ruthless in the closet. If I don't like it, I'm not packing it!

 

Meal plan for the next 10 days or so.

 

Have DS finish his science class (by Weds this week) and close up homeschooling.

 

IM IN A PANIC but I have a plan thats coming together

 

I don't think I can sub anymore.. Subbing is very stressful at this point and honestly I just can't do it.

post #164 of 364

Worthy that would be so awesome if he bought the house!

 

I had a small miracle happen.  For the past 6 years or so I've been continually listing a piece of furniture on Craigslist that wouldn't fit into my house. It's been in my parents' basement.  Anyway I finally sold it!!!  I saw my Mom for a bit today.  She's ruthlessly going through her things to move.  She looked like she was going to cry, she's having a rough time parting with her posessions.  My parents are thinking about making an international move so she pretty much has to get rid of everything.  She's going to be in the multi family yardsale with me in 2 weekends so I hope the weather is nice and lots of people buy stuff.  I found out it's going to be Friday and Saturday.  The kids and I went through their room today and found quite a bit of stuff that could be thrown out so that was good.

post #165 of 364

Earthy- I totally understand how your mom feels.  I've posted my 'move' many times.  Basically we are leaving everything but 20 boxes and starting over.  I've done this 3x now and its just not easy.  Hugs to your mom and tell her there are people who totally understand the frustration, panic and overwhelmed-ness she is feeling.

 

So far today I've managed to pack up my Kitchen Aid and other necessary kitchen items for the move.  DS got to swim team, I meal planned dinner.  (Called my mother for $$ for the trip, took a huge swallow of my pride on that one).  Took out 2 bags of trash.  Sent out the last of my postcards for the swaps for a very long time.  Read the first version of DS science paper and gave feedback. (due weds)

 

Thinking of spending tonight:

Finishing up the meal plans

Organizing the coupons

Finishing up the legwarmer

Laundry

Cleaning the desk??

post #166 of 364

Last night didn't happen, I fell asleep again. Woke up at 1230 am and headed for bed. LOL
This am has been slightly productive.  I've found a packing and shipping solution to several framed prints that MUST go with us. DS is totally in love with anything French and these prints are 'french'.  I need to get some bubble wrap and I found a box for them.  I will pack them as best I can and hope FED EX loves me in shipping.

 

Meals today are odds and ends clean up so far.  Breakfast was granola bars and juice cans.  Lunch is bacon and pancakes. Kiddo finished off the Orange Juice and I finished off one container of premade coffee. (gosh I love that stuff- Starbux knock off and its sooooo good).

I have plans for dinner of chicken, potatoes and baked carrots.  

 

Things are coming together - very slowly around here.  

 

Kiddo missed the sign up for swim meets this weekend. I'm still beyond livid but in all honesty that gives me 2 more good work days to get this place ready to vacate.

 

I still need to unload my car at the kiddie resale shoppe,  dumped it all somewhere.

I still need to make one last run to the bookseller.  

 

Maybe this afternoon I really should attack the pantry.DONE

AND MY DESK.  

I have an appt at 445 so I need to stop and shower at 300.  Oh dear. DONE


Edited by zebra15 - 4/24/12 at 6:34pm
post #167 of 364

 

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My neighbor is bugging me about letting him see my house house before I list it.  I will totally show it to him first, I just want to get the cosmetic projects finished at least, and it takes time.  He is eager.  It will be at least a couple of weeks before I am ready.  I hate that he is bugging me but I'm glad he is interested.  I don't know what his intent is, though.  My fantasy is that he'll buy our house and rent it to us until we want to leave.

 

I called him today but he was out; I talked to his wife and just leveled kindly with her.  She said she thinks he can totally see through the cosmetic stuff, and he even mentioned to her that he was thinking it would be great if he could buy it and rent it to me for awhile.  I wish everything was in great shape, but I can just be honest about what isn't, what I can fix myself given time, what I can't fix myself, what I can live with without fixing (if it's going to eventually fall on him as owner/landlord and he isn't into doing it yet, like the septic), etc.

 

I think I have nothing to lose here.  His wife was very sweet about it.  She said he already asked her who she would want as a neighbor eventually if they could choose.  I feel sure he wouldn't kick me out until I had a place to go.  We'll see!

 

So I was afraid he would call this afternoon and want to come over, so I scurried around tidying things up in a surface sort of way.  That was a good motivator.  I got the laundry room totally tidied up (just needs scrubbing), more things boxed and moved from the playroom, the surfaces of the kitchen clean and tidy, the living room and my bedroom spiffed up, and a few things organized in the yard and garage.  Thinking that someone might be coming to SEE it changes the priorities, LOL.  I know I can always keep working on the less critical stuff (remaining pile in the garage, for example.)  Tomorrow I will do more wiping, dusting, scrubbing.  I think I need a feather duster!!

 

Anyway, he didn't come by, but I told her Thurs or Fri would be fine.  Actually the weekend is fine too.  I am excited at the possibility, and if it doesn't work out, I can just let it go and follow The Original Plan...list with realtor, etc.

 

I boxed up five more storage boxes with books that we are keeping.  Now I just need to find a place for them to go.

 

Yesterday I got rid of six boxes of books at our church for the book sale.  Woohoo!  Unloading is great.

 

I am challenging myself to get some stuff listed on Craigslist by the end of day on Thursday.  I will be around most of the weekend and so it's a good time for people to see the ads and come BUY STUFF...fingers crossed...!!!  Ugh, listing on Craigslist is a PITA, but I have to do it or I'll never sell/unload these things.

 

It's good to read about everyone's progress. 

 

post #168 of 364

Today (weds)

1. Pack up picture frames (large), get bubble wrap and seal box

2. take 3 boxes to fed ex

3. take box of books to bookseller tonight

4. Continue cleaning out pantry and fridge

5. Return more library books

6. Clean desk

 

Red is done


Edited by zebra15 - 4/25/12 at 9:20pm
post #169 of 364
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post #170 of 364

Good job, Z!

 

My neighbor is coming over this evening to look at the house.  Ack!  Tons of surface cleaning and tidying, pronto!  Fingers crossed that this somehow works out...I know it's a long shot but man, it would ease my stress SO MUCH if he bought our house and rented it to us.
 

post #171 of 364

My spacebags arrived. I LOVE AMAZON.

Goals for today 4/26/12

 

1. Get kid to swim team

2. Continue to pack (rest of my clothes that will ship, kids clothes to ship and blankets that will ship)

3. Take bookcase, 2 barstools to friends tonight

4. check po box

5. bookseller

6. grocery for produce

7. tivo - yes priorities

 

Post office managed to loose all the contents of a 50lb box of books. What was delivered was one book, wrapping paper and a purse?? Nope, I didn't send a purse, I sent a box filled with books and school records.  I now have an open claim with USPS and DS is very upset. I'm madder than a hornets nest as all the CTY paper work and class info was in that box.  WHY DIDN"T I USE FED EX FOR EVERYTHING.

Post office didn't even attach a note that says 'we broke your box'... I hate the gov't  ugh...  Today ended up super cr@ppy.


Edited by zebra15 - 4/26/12 at 11:10pm
post #172 of 364

Well, I spent all day cleaning and tidying.  Pushed some work off to tomorrow so I could do that.  Amen for flexible work!!  And the result is...my house was less cluttered than I thought!  I did a lot of tidying, putting things in their permanent place...or neatly setting them aside in boxes/bins for additional sorting (like hand-me-downs, mementoes, etc.)  But they are tidy now and they take up less space than I imagined, which is great.  My goal is to get all the "unfinished" stuff that is in my living space DONE and the remainder moved into storage as soon as possible.

 

And I did add some things to "the pile" in the garage, which is a sort of safe gathering ground for odds and ends that I will sort out when I have time, stuff that I don't want in my living space.  I think that sorting will go pretty fast -- one afternoon or two.  It's all about consolidation and attack!

 

I still have some time-consuming sanding/prepping/painting to do. And some exterior (trim) painting also.  Clean garage and declutter two closets big-time.  List several items on Craigslist -- didn't get it done today, but I'll try for tomorrow.  I also got the lawn mowed yesterday.

 

I am so pleased with how my house and yard look!  It is really hard to believe how far I've brought it.  I really wish I had taken "before" photos.

 

I wish I had a sturdy cast iron bistro table for our apple-yard (4 dwarf trees - perfect canopy for a little table and chairs).  I also wish I had a nice hammock.  They would make it so much more idyllic and enjoyable to stay as long as we have to here...I know that is kind of backwards; we are planning to move and NOW I'm spiffing things up.  Isn't that how it always goes?  I'm still not sure how long we will be here and it would sure be nice.

 

Anyway, my neighbor came to see the house.  He is going to think about it.  I think it's a long shot, but I can tell he will give it serious consideration either way.  Maybe if I'm lucky he will buy it.  I'm asking only enough to pay off my mortgage, and I'd like to stay in the house until I have a place to move.  He knows I'd be a trustworthy tenant and I told him I'd need a month-to-month lease which could last for awhile but which I'd need the flexibility to get out of when I am ready.  There would be less urgency if I had a stable lease situation in my existing house and the house was already sold!!  What a thought.

 

So getting the house completely tidy totally shifted the energy in it, and now I feel like I'm over the hump and almost ready to list it. Just a few more things to take care of, and a deadline of June 1.  I think I will make it.

post #173 of 364

Go, me!  I just posted nine for-sale ads on Craigslist, mostly for large-ticket items. I'm hoping that the combination of "spring project season" and "tax refund season" will combine in my favor and I can unload these things and make some significant money.  Pleasepleasepleaseplease.  Let's see, here's the list...two 9' slate pool tables, a swimming pool filter, two grills, an air conditioner, a heavy-duty power drain auger, a plug-in cooler/fridge, cement paving stones, and a hammered dulcimer.  Hope somebody will bite!  We live on the edge of two (actually three) Craigslist areas, which is a PITA.  I will let these ads run for 45 days and expire, and then I will shift whatever hasn't sold to the other major area.  I hate that you can't post in two areas at once, but whatever.

 

I also updated my "help wanted" ads on the local Time Trade board, hoping to get help with prepping a room for painting, reinstalling some missing sections of aluminum siding on my house's exterior, and some other smaller tasks.  I looooooooove the Time Trade.

 

I called the DMV to verify that the new title (sans ex's name) for my Suburban is in the mail (it is).  I am downsizing soon to a smaller car and need the old car's title to be able to trade it in.  That is a kind of decluttering!  Paring down the car size.  No unnecessary seats, LOL.

 

I keep telling myself to breathe, relax, calm down.  I am so revved up to get the remaining work/decluttering done that I'm forgetting to rest and focus on the unrelated, routine things in our life.  Gah.  I don't want to burn out, but I do want this stuff DONE DONE DONE as fast as I can.

 

June 1st.  Plenty of time.  Right?

 

How is everyone doing?

post #174 of 364

You go Worthy-

Tonight my DS is going to see a movie - using up the last of the free movie tickets

Tomorrow is the last in town field trip to Frank Lloyd House

I need to move the bookshelves and bar stools to their new home

I need to get to the bookseller

I need to figure out what clothes I need for the road trip and space bag everything else

Clean off the desk

Clean off DS desk

Check PO BOX

Drop off RX

MAKE RESERVATIONS  - partially done by Sunday night

 

I also managed to take my crocheted blankets to the Mayo Hospice on Saturday.

I gave some household supplies and stuff to my friend as well.  I am also starting a box for her.

 

3 days and counting.  OMG

 


Edited by zebra15 - 4/29/12 at 8:18pm
post #175 of 364

Hi Ladies,

 

I'm still trying to get our house ready to go on the market.  We've had major construction going on the last few weeks and some major sicknesses going through the family.  Not a good combo.  (it would have been nice to have longer breaks in between jobs)  Anyhow, I think I see some light at the end of the tunnel...mostly just painting left, well after next week.  This coming week is kitchen demolition and rebuild.  (we just have a small galley kitchen and we are getting new cabinets from IKEA)  It will be a challenge, not having a kitchen for a week though.

 

DH has a real estate agent coming over on Monday to get that ball rolling.  Today, I'm packing up and throwing out---packing up and throwing out.  LOL  Just wish I had more energy!

 

Good luck on getting your items sold, Worthy.  I love Kijiji for selling things.

And good luck with your To-Do list Zebra!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

post #176 of 364
Well, some productivity in reducing my stress levels at least this week! I finished school! I graduate May 5 smile.gif now I can officially concentrate on things at home more. I got several pieces of furniture sold this week on Craigslist. Of course she paid me and wanted to pick up tonight, then emailed asking if she could come in three weeks! I already cleared the shelves off, so I asked her to come this weekend if possible.

DP and I made our budget through August. Seems like we will be able to make things work decently with all the moving expenses, and feels good to have that all figured out. Still trying to make a bit of extra money though. A friend who DJs is paying me to rip all of his (over 1000) CDs and deal with some back paperwork he has. Rather therapeutic for my OCD self, but has taken over my dining room somewhat. Also picking up some extra babysitting when I can.

Trying to get a lot of little projects done before the move. seriously considering a Scansnap s1300 to get our pics and paperwork all scanned so we can reduce what we're moving by several boxes. I've been using a friend's scanner (we have a flatbed and an all in one printer, but neither work well for thousands of photos). Am I nuts for thinking of spending the $250 on this?

Alright, goals for this weekend, though it is cluttered with non-moving related committments:
Enjoy relaxing with DP at a hotel for free one night (offered a free room after our last stay there,Nso we get a date for our anniversary early)
Go to leadership team meeting for local poly group, probably my last one greensad.gif
Get first box of CDs finished ripping (about 400)
Finish initial sort through of friend's papers
See if I can drop off taxes that are ready for the accountant with exh for him to take to get done in IN (where we lived at the time). I think two years are ready to go completely and getting those done willf be motivation to get the rest ready.
Make decision on buying scanner and order if we decide to
Make decision on changing cell phone companies/getting a tablet
Oh and supervise stepdad with 3 friends sleeping over tonight. We swap babysitting with their dad a lot, so it is our turn!
post #177 of 364

Wow DTMama1, you're busy! 

 

I have a somewhat slower weekend, for the first time in weeks. We're actually ready to list now, except for regrouting the bathroom. Handyman appointment got pushed back to Monday. The realtor and DH are debating though, listing now, versus listing after the summer. They are re-doing some of the common areas in our building, and DH thinks that might boost the price... but then we lose the rising prices of Spring. We're moving within our own city, and we haven't found a new place, so we could do that. I'd like to decide though. If we're staying til Fall, I may need to keep out more homeschool materials for the start of the school year. 

 

post #178 of 364

 

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Wow DTMama1, you're busy! 

 

I have a somewhat slower weekend, for the first time in weeks. We're actually ready to list now, except for regrouting the bathroom. Handyman appointment got pushed back to Monday. The realtor and DH are debating though, listing now, versus listing after the summer. They are re-doing some of the common areas in our building, and DH thinks that might boost the price... but then we lose the rising prices of Spring. We're moving within our own city, and we haven't found a new place, so we could do that. I'd like to decide though. If we're staying til Fall, I may need to keep out more homeschool materials for the start of the school year. 

 

 

Maybe just label your tubs well, so that materials you are storing are easy to find and access?

 

I do feel busy! Exhausted though. I moved to Chicago last year, but that was only an hour away from where I lived at the time. Plus I owned a 15 passenger van that made moving super easy. Now we just have my partner's Civic (stick shift, so I can't drive), and are moving 2000 miles away! Feels like a whole different ballgame... I just so want to start fresh there, have looming things like back taxes gone, and be able to fully start anew with my family.

post #179 of 364

Well, conveniently/inconveniently, the kids decided to talk the sitter into letting them get out a whole bunch of art materials that were buried in a living room cabinet. Unwashable paints, new clothes, and picture day for ballet tomorrow... sigh. At least it wasn't fancy clothes needed for anything in particular, just that they were nice and new. And a lot of the color on their arms came off with rubbing alcohol... 

 

It did remind me though, that nothing in that particular cabinet needs to be accessible right now, so I guess I'll store homeschool materials in there instead and pack up or throw out most of those "require close supervision" craft and art materials. 

post #180 of 364
I got a job offer today in our new hometown. I will finally be teaching the same place my DD will go to school. joy.gif. Also, it looked like we wouldn't get a mortgage without me working, so this was a really important milestone in making this move possible.

Things are coming together. I packed up all the cloth diapers today which was hard. But keeping the house "show ready" with a stinky bin of dirty cloth diapers sitting around wasn't going to work, nor am I willing to do a water heavy load every day for just 3-4 diapers also wasn't going to fly. So they went in the box and it is disposable ones until we move. It is weird to have diaper trash to take out instead of wash to do.

I'm stressing out about appliances. Our new home has some, but needs others. If we bring ours, they won't match and we would be breaking the matching set here. But if we don't bring them then priority 1 after the move is going to be buying thousands of dollars of new appliances. On top of all the moving expenses! I suppose we will do it on credit, but I'm still struggling with the idea.
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