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#121 of 177 Old 01-19-2008, 09:59 PM
 
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I'm having a great day! Recently I decided to focus on the finite tasks on my to do list, rather than the "cook and clean, then cook and clean again tomorrow" type of tasks. (You don't want to know what we're eating and how the place looks, though. ) It's working great for me! I'm getting some important stuff done--moving forward on my health care application and doing some much needed self-care related tasks. Today I picked something up from the dr's office, advanced further in my health care application, did some substantial tidying up, took care of a couple more long-procrastinated tasks... and it was fun

I'm taking a little break now, and then I'll either shower and end for the day, or else do some decluttering as well
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#122 of 177 Old 01-19-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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today i cleaned out and de-cluttered my spices and my mitten/hat/scarf basket. ahhhh!

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So this is really small, but there has been an ironing board set up in my room for probably 6 months. It has become a catchall for random laundry that I didn't get put away, socks without matches, clothes the kids out grew, etc, etc.

I spent 20 minutes, sorted thru it all and got almost all of it put away in it's correct location, including one bag of garbage. I then folded up the ironing board and put it back in the closet where it belongs. It's amazing how much better the room looks just from that one little thing. (I still have a lot of work to do in there.)


PS Of course, I still have a big pile of socks that don't have matches, my goal for this week is to do all the laundry and clean out from under all the beds, at the end of the week if it doesn't have a match it is going in the trash, or maybe the kids and I will make a village of sockpuppets!
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hello Mommy Erin .. I was wondering how you got all the images in your signature line .. everytime I try to set mine up it says I am only allowed one??
Hey, D Nut. I just PMd you about this ...
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I collected seven pairs of shoes from my closet that no longer fit me since I had DD. I'm taking them to work b/c a friend there is my old size. What she doesn't like I'm taking to the Goodwill.

DH sold an old monitor on Craigslist and has listed four other things that are just taking up space. Yay!!!
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I got all our Christmas stuff into 3 totes, one large and two small. I had had it down and put on a table out in our front room for a few weeks, but was dreading the organizing and packing stage. It always takes a few weeks for all the books, socks and random decorations to surface anyways.

So anyway, I donated more, and decided to finally get rid of the fake garland I haven't used in a few years. That freed up one huge tote. Now it all fits off the floor in the basement, except the one ornament -tree tote, that's stored high in the toy closet away from humitity and accidental damage. I made an executive discision to put the cards stuff away with the rest of my correspondance stuff. That way if I want to work on them earlier this year I won't have to rifle thru all the other stuff.

So now there is more space in the toy closet! So we organized toys, donated some and put everything where it belongs. Aahh! I love decluttering!
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I started cleaning out the garage today. It is full of trash; just boxes and odds and ends. Lots of styrofoam from christmas presents that were delivered, then my puppy got into it all and tore it ALL to shreds; so its a huge mess I've been avoiding for a week. I started on it, put all the big trash in the trash cans, and swept the little bits into one big nasty pile that I still have to bag, but at least we can walk around in there now. Plus its still so : here that I can only be out there 15 mins at a time or my fingers freeze.
I have 2 bags and one big bulky plastic outdoor toy going to a new home of a freecycler tomorrow.
I finally switched my pots and pans cabinet w/ my dishes so the pans are near the stove and dishes are near the table.. so much easier this way, though my mind has to get used to the new set up!
I also took all the appliances crowding my counter up and gave them their own cabinet. Now all I have on the counters is the coffee pot and toaster, and the crockpot which I'm using right now, but can be put away when not being used. I freed up so much useful counter space, I love it!

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I just cleaned off the top of my dd's dresser and got some of her Christmas presents out of the dining room. Her room is trashed and I've not let her bring her presents in, but I'm tired of the dining room being cluttered. I will help her clean her room, but we are making a playroom in the basement and until I can take the toys in her room downstairs, it's going to be hard for her to clean, so it's all just backing up and driving me nuts! lol
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I saw this thread yesterday and it motivated me to get moving on my lengthy to-do list. Today I started on laundry (and will be going into the night), removed the ornaments from the tree (yes, the tree is still up...but being recycled this week!), swept the floors and stairs, vacuumed the playroom, started cleaning up the random stuff in our bedroom and putting things where they belong and thanks to DH keeping an eye on DS, I was able to start putting things into our office. We moved 2 months ago and I still had everything labeled "office" in boxes.

Still so much to do, but I'm making some nice progress today!

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I do love this thread. It helps me to get a bit done each week.

Today I did....Ready....Nothing.

And really I think I'm okay with that.
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It's 6 pm and I am tired!!

Today I:
*washed the dishes 5 times
*did 5 loads of laundry
*washed the kitchen counters down
*disposed of 2 dead fish
*cleaned the fridge out of leftovers
*emptied the dishwasher twice and reloaded
*put my and DH's laundry away
*put away the kids laundry
*picked clothes for school for the week
*cleaned the toliet in master bath
*cleaned, cleared and set up the diaper changing space in the master bath
*took a shower
*cleaned the hallway out
*set up new babies clothes area
*repacked my BC bag
*repacked babies BC bag
*packed babies day diaper bag
*took pics and listed diapers on trading post (and they have almost all sold already!!)
*cooked breakfast, lunch and supper :
*made the beds


Did I mention I AM TIRED! :yawning:
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this weekend I..

decluttered the top of the fridge
helped dh deal with his pile of mail and papers that I made for him last weekend
filled out the hydro credit thing from our HE washing machine
washed the kitchen cabinets (outsides)
sorted the boys' clothing and made 1 bin of items to sell
sorted the piles of items accumulating in my laundry room and made 2 large garbage bags and 1 box full of donations
cut dh's and ds1's hair.

we also bought a plant for our living room and potted it etc.
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oo adtake, i love seeing pics of what you've done! i may have to do that instead of waiting for an entire room to be finished.

today i cleared out the car (again! we're selling it) and i put away most of the stuff. then i cleared a corner of the deck, and put our new worm compost there, yay! and started assembling stuff to bed the compost - the children gathered lovely dead leaves from the forest floor on our hike! i wiped clean + reorganised under the sink to fit the compost bucket, and began putting vegetable peelings in, lovely!!

i'm dragging about, more or less, i hope to have more energy this week.

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Thanks artparent! For me it is much easier to tackle one 'area' at a time than a whole room! I would be totally overwhelmed if I had to look at a whole room..lol It was nice to get the babies stuff in order! I've got a few months still, but I needed it to be done!

Oooo...I don't envy you having to keep the car clean! There is nothing harder than keeping being used car clean with kids!! My husband is shocked at how quick the van gets dirty.
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It's 6 pm and I am tired!!

Today I:
*washed the dishes 5 times
*did 5 loads of laundry
*washed the kitchen counters down
*disposed of 2 dead fish
*cleaned the fridge out of leftovers
*emptied the dishwasher twice and reloaded
*put my and DH's laundry away
*put away the kids laundry
*picked clothes for school for the week
*cleaned the toliet in master bath
*cleaned, cleared and set up the diaper changing space in the master bath
*took a shower
*cleaned the hallway out
*set up new babies clothes area
*repacked my BC bag
*repacked babies BC bag
*packed babies day diaper bag
*took pics and listed diapers on trading post (and they have almost all sold already!!)
*cooked breakfast, lunch and supper :
*made the beds


Did I mention I AM TIRED! :yawning:
Wow you should be REALLY proud of yourself! Especially doing that while pregnant! You seem really prepared.

Today I didn't do much, but when I had a chance without ds I re-attacked the mold in my bedroom. Just cleaning it off the walls. Then I noticed the floor was really dirty underneath the furniture so I moved it all around to sweep and mop. I also did a bit of dusting.
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mm, well we're going to rejoin the car co-op now that we haven't got a small babe, and we'll have to empty the cars we use immediately. it is a good habit, which i lost

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Well, since we had a party the other day for dd1, I did a pretty decent job of decluttering every room, by throwing misplaced items in boxes and bins - then stuffed them all in my and dh's room for the party. BUT, for the first time ever, dh helped me go through all the boxes and bins (and clothes on the floor) in our room so we made huge headway getting things back to their respective places. I just have 2 small bins of my stuff I will tackle today.

It made such a difference to have the help. I would have been mired in it for most of the day.

Yeah for my dh!

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I went to the bulk food store for necessities and came home to declutter the pantry and fridge. I washed out some canning jars and labled and stored all the baking/cooking staples I bought. Except the flour. I need to find some gallon sized jars for storing the flours ( I have 3 kinds). I also cleaned out the lazy susan and reorganized it. It turns much better now.

Anyhow, it's all looking much better.

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I put bagged beans in a recycled salsa jar and put the spaghetti in a bail top pasta jar.
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I sent to bins of books to storage and one bin of toys to storage. DH vacumed the childrens play room, and I put all their dress-up clothes in a wicker basket. Other then the top closet shelf that room is done.


I am now ready for bed.


But DH just informed me that DS stuck his finger down his throat and threw up all over everything so it looks like there will be another load of laundry to do. Sigh.
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OK, not decluttering, but I scrubbed, on my hands and knees, the tile kitchen floor. All the grout, all the baseboards, most of the cupboard fronts. It was disgustingly dirty. Brown water, multiple bucket changes and trips to the sink to rince mop. You could lick it now. I really understand the phrase " You could eat off the floor."

Happy mama to three DD's age 13, age 10.5 , age 8and DS, born January 6
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i brought a friend some lovely wooden baby toys that aren't used here anymore, although i forgot one bucket

i did my morning routine in FULL. it was sunny out and you could tell because i functioned better .

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But DH just informed me that DS stuck his finger down his throat and threw up all over everything so it looks like there will be another load of laundry to do. Sigh.

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I know I shouldn't laugh at your misfortune but I can so see this happening at my house too! I hope he didn't make too much of a mess.
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okay, we may be moving. This means that I'm glad I've been decluttering, but now I want to declutter even more. Good and bad. I don't want to move a lot, but the house we are trying to get has big closets. That could be bad if I don't declutter as much, but good that I can spend less time organizing closets.
How relentless should I be? It won't be a far move.

I've taken lots to the thrift shop already. More toys have to go.
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I spent a couple of hours last night putting all my papers in order, weeding out the tax stuff for this year, and generally tidying the files. Feels good. Our office is really beginning to take shape.
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cleared up the smaller bathroom now...

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i cleaned all the lint out of the vacuum cleaner filter and my laundry filter, sorted out today's laundry, and did my routines...so i could go to the park with my kids! it is much better around here.

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Today I worked on our small walk in linen closet..... I filled FIVE Large Garbage bags of sheets and blankets and other linens that we will be donating tomorrow ..... Found several sets of brand new sheets for a Double Bed and we haven't owned one for a least 5 years!! ...

wow - for many years now I have been constantly looking for and purchasing storage containers and also searching the internet for storage ideas ....... with never a thought that perhaps I should get rid of a few things !!......... I realize now that I have been forever "Organizing my things" but never getting rid of anything!! Its really quite liberating once you get into it.... Just giving yourself permission to let go of things !!!!

Tomorrow - along with the linens (while DH is out ) I plan to take a few things of DH that is not being used and taking up lots of space!!! (sometimes you have to be just a little bit sneaky !!):


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Today was a great day in The Little Things Department!

* Two loads of clothes washed, dried, folded, put away.

* Donated about 50 nice books to a literacy program -- and I mean gave them to the person in charge.

* Dusted and sorted the entire computer desk. And wow, it's clean and cleared!

* Dropped two bags of outgrown clothing at thrift store

* Vaccuuummmmmeeed living room, dinning room, computer/play room, kitchen, and stairs to bedrooms.
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always, laundry...I organized a secratary desk in our livingroom...
really cleaned dd#3s room sorted out toys that hadn't been properly put away for a bit. Took some out & tossed a few more
all that's been over the past couple of days.

also chaperoned DD#2's skiing winter activity w/school...took a couple of runs alone. DD#3 played w/Grammy then met sis & I for a couple more runs:really too cold...bud fun was had by many of my family today.
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