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post #81 of 177
I try and try to keep my small house organized but, my goodness it is so hard to stay on top of it all. I finally ordered a wall mail organizer after thinking about it for almost a year. I don't know why I am so lazy(& cheap) about this stuff because having a kitchen table free of piles of mail and keys is so nice. I'm kicking myself for not just doing it earlier. I also organized our junk drawer in our kithchen...

I hope this motivation sticks around for a while!
post #82 of 177
I worked on three hotspots in my kitchen (top of microwave, beside the fridge and the magazines on my kitchen table. I cleared the microwave but left the fruit basket, cleared the table, and all that is left from beside the fridge is a small pile of papers/magazines for dh to deal with. I recycled about half of his pile, but he won't notice.
I also took the elements and rings off my stovetop and scoured the grime off, then replaced the tin foil. It so nice to have a clean, fresh stove. Dh took ds1 to a movie and ds2 was playing in the playroom so I scrubbed the kitchen floor (finally!) and the cabinets. I love having a clean kitchen. The rest of my house isn't too bad, but I do have a few things to go through in the laundry room. I should be able to come up with 2 boxes of items to donate and sell.
post #83 of 177
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Originally Posted by ollineeba View Post
I had a really productive day. I'm 39 weeks pg today and I don't know where this burst of energy came from, but I'm just going with it
I did 4 loads of laundry and put it all away (that's the hardest part for me.. it's so tedious!), cleaned the whole living room and vacuumed, helped the kids clean up their playroom so it's all nice and organized now.. and I'm working on their bedroom which is almost finished.
The kitchen floor needs to be scrubbed, but I'm going to leave that for DH. I think I did enough today

On my to-do list:
Clean my bedroom (needs to be done ASAP before our homebirth!)
Scrub bathtub and give whole bathroom a wipe-down
Wash the rest of the baby clothes/carseat cover/boppy and covers- and put them all away
Hummmmmmm are you nesting?

I just got a message saying my post MUST be 50 characters long. I hope this is just a mess up.
post #84 of 177
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Originally Posted by Blooming View Post
: THE RUG HAS BEEN FOUND!

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j6...wings/rug2.jpg


Now I can do yoga again in the morning!

Oh and DH took 2 bags to be donated

and

I have a lot of videos and books I am getting ready to TP!
CONGRATS!!

A beautiful rug to show off, imo. I try to do my yoga every morning and each night. Lately it's been afternoon only, but I'm working on getting into the routine.
post #85 of 177
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Originally Posted by mamavegan View Post
CONGRATS!!

A beautiful rug to show off, imo. I try to do my yoga every morning and each night. Lately it's been afternoon only, but I'm working on getting into the routine.
Thanks for the motivation. I needed someone to hold me to it. The problem with that spot is the rug is right outside the laundry closet so it becomes the place where we dump the clean clothes.

Today I filled a large box with stuff to be donated.

Cleared off 2 surfaces.

And began a third.

Now I am hoping I can go get a load of laundry in the dryer and another folded and put away. We will see.
post #86 of 177
Today I washed a mountain of dishes, folded and put away a mountain of laundry, and finally mailed off a coat I'd been holding on to.
I decluttered a bunch of glasses as I did the dishes, we use glass jars as our glasses and we had just accumulated too many! Perhaps dh and I will be able to stick more to using one or two cups a day instead of the crazy amount we were before; we just dont need that many! Which means, less dishes to wash next time; Yay!!
Also tossed a couple torn clothes while folding laundry.
post #87 of 177
I made up a menu + a shopping list for the next few months. We buy too much food, and it's cluttery - so now we'll only buy what's on the list.

Did a little laundry - need to do more, but it's a start. My dh got rid of bunches of empty boxes from the living room.

I need to go to safeway today for things on the list.
post #88 of 177
great thread!

following some winter blues and feeling paralyzed to deal with all of the STUFF, i've begun to chip away at things, and everything i accomplish feeds me with new energy.

today i sorted out our major collection, the playmobil. i am superwoman. i have sorted it into bigger categories, like 'farm' 'fairytale/castle' 'store' 'emergency' and 'school/playground' which for the moment are living in bags. then i've got the 'bitty box' for the million tiny bits, 'creature' boxes, and one large basket with plantlife and a few larger pieces. i've rotated out (can you believe there was anything left to rotate out?!!) the station, train tracks, and anything spring/summery like the pool and greenhouse, a couple of buildings, so i can rotate again in a few months. i have some ikea wooden boxes to build, little pull-out box drawers, so when i've assembled them i can label accordingly.

finally i have decided to let go of all kinds of (sweet, wooden) toys that just don't get used around here, even though we have a two year old, she wants to play with the big child toys. so, i'm lending them out or giving them away, and so we have just a bit more room to move.

next up, art supplies, books, and dress-up.

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post #89 of 177
We bought a new fridge and it's being delivered tomorrow. So tonight I pulled out the old one, moved it aside and cleaned the floor/wall where the fridge was. : I should have done it ages ago.

Note to self: clean behind the stove.
post #90 of 177
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Originally Posted by jenmary View Post
I am new to this subforum, but wanted to share an instant karma validation I got today for tackling some chores today while DS and DH are out walking in the woods.


After sorting some items into trash, freecycle and children's consignment piles,

and making beds, washing bed linens, picking up dirty clothes,

and putting away all the wooden train tracks and assorted toys,

(making it possible to do the) vacuuming,

and putting DS's clean clothes (from 2 days ago) away, I FOUND...



a $50 Macy's giftcard and DS's SS card in a backpack I used for a diaper bag last summer - both long given up as irretrievably lost.

Yippee!


Oh, and DH did the dishes before they went out, so we are ahead of the game compared to our usual end-of-the-week squalor.
My advice is to use the gift card QUICKLY - I had one from my bridal shower in 2004 and went to use it in 2005 or so - AND THEY WOULDN'T HONOR IT ANYMORE!! Lots of stores are having their gift cards expire - a few dollars a month for some of them!

So I'd either try to use it or call and see WHEN it will expire - cuz ya might lose it.

Sorry my first post is kind of a bummer
post #91 of 177
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Originally Posted by sewsew View Post
My advice is to use the gift card QUICKLY - I had one from my bridal shower in 2004 and went to use it in 2005 or so - AND THEY WOULDN'T HONOR IT ANYMORE!! Lots of stores are having their gift cards expire - a few dollars a month for some of them!

So I'd either try to use it or call and see WHEN it will expire - cuz ya might lose it.

Sorry my first post is kind of a bummer
Maybe, but it's very good and useful advice!

Welcome!
post #92 of 177
Well, I haven't gotten much farther with cleaning and organizing (though I did take all of the empty boxes and trash out of the office, and list a bunch of stuff to swap, so that's something), but we bought two new rugs, new guest bedding, and a new light fixture this weekend, and having them all in the house improves things so much, I can't even tell you. As soon as I stop feeling so horrible (or as soon as I get panicked enough about my MNIL's visit), I'll be doing some serious cleaning and decluttering.
post #93 of 177
I haven't accomplished much the last few days. I'm in a rut. I seem to be able to find all sorts of unimportant things to do, but not so interested in decluttering. I always feel better when I am doing what needs to be done. So why don't I do it? Good question.

Jill
post #94 of 177
I was in a rut for a while, too. I think my main reason is that I needed more organization to create homes for the things I wanted to keep and, well, organize. I bought 2 baskets for toys and am looking for a few more containers to use in DS's closet for clothes and other things.
post #95 of 177
i scuffled about but not much got done...i did put away/purge/recycle a pile of stuff in my bedroom that came out of the car when i cleaned it out

i have laid out what i hope we'll need on the mountain in the morning!

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post #96 of 177
we reorganized our book shelves YAY
post #97 of 177
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Originally Posted by mamaof6 View Post
I haven't accomplished much the last few days. I'm in a rut. I seem to be able to find all sorts of unimportant things to do, but not so interested in decluttering. I always feel better when I am doing what needs to be done. So why don't I do it? Good question.

Jill
Count me in on the rut club. I feel like crap today and don't know that I will be doing anything other then writing in my book and perhaps getting other computer stuff today. I'm pretty bed bound.

Perhaps I'll clean out my computer today. Getting rid of old blurry photos and such.
post #98 of 177
Yesterday, I had the kids sort through one book shelf to see what they would like to sell to a used book store. They were thrilled at the chance to earn money somehow, and also saw what they've outgrown, and I was thrilled at the clearing out.
post #99 of 177
I did an inventory of our freezer, hopefully we are moving soon so we need to use all the stuff up. Threw out 3 tubs of unidentified stuff
post #100 of 177
i have been watching this thread for awhile ,and you all have finally motivated me! Last night, i cleaned my disaster area desk. We bought file holders, an envelope sorter, a paper shredder, and i went thru all the stuff on my desk and filed it all , put it in its home. The "family" notebook was out of control too, and i organized it also. I shredded so many personal docs i had been holding onto, and now our desk is beautiful. We will have an organized place for when school starts.

Todays goal: do the mountain of laundry that has accumulated and organize kids room- purging old toys no longer played with.

I feel so much calmer when my stuff is clean, clear, and organized.
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