On the first of the month when I get some money, I will take my baggie to Wal Mart and see what comes out. LOL That's a Tuesday deadline for me. I understand if you have more than you can afford to take all at once, so pick out 5 rolls and drop them off on the first of each month.
I do have a few boxes in the garage from when I moved in here and I need to deal with them. Quite a few of them need to go to my storage unit (No it's not a hoard, it's my household goods, I only brought clothes and my most important things with me as I only have 1 bedroom for my stuff that I am using... we have merged households to some extent but the house is beautifully furnished) The rest need to be sorted and tossed out. And since I haven't opened them since Dec. it's obvious that most of it is unnecessary plunder, the only good thing is that it's "neat" LOL
Post by morningglory on Apr 26, 2012 19:03:57 GMT -5
OK, Di Dreaming, I accept your challenge. I'm not sure I can afford to do the five rolls all at once, but I'll try one or two to start.
Here's some stuff I went through since my last post:
1) Even though it wasn't part of the challenge, I pulled the dresser away from the wall and cleaned out a bunch of garbage that had fallen back there, along with TONS of dust that made me sneeze. There was a lot of loose change back there; I couldn't keep myself from picking those up. But I did resist picking out all the buttons (usually still in the little packets that come with clothes, as extras) and all the puzzle pieces. I threw them away, and it was actually hard to do that. I squeezed my eyes shut, clenched my jaw, and TOSSED them. I also resisted going perfectionistic about getting it really clean back there. I ran a cloth over the surfaces and let it go at that for now. I can always go back later, when my house is otherwise clutter-free and do a good dusting. :-P
2) Found a document of pages stapled together that was *actually* about an inch thick. It is entitled, "The Financial Accelerator In A Quantitative Business Cycle Framework", by Ben Bernanke and others. I could not imagine what THAT was doing on my dresser, of all places. Or my house, for that matter. When I asked my husband later he said, "Oh, yes, I was reading that." Hmm. Well, it's in the trash now.
3) Among other things that had no business on my dresser were a c-clamp, a light socket with an attached cord and a clamp to hold it to things, a doorknob, a lockset for a door, and a giant 12-volt battery. Some of these went into the donation bag, some got put away in garage or utility closet. My husband has said that he will test the battery and if it doesn't work I can dispose of it (at the household hazardous waste place).
4) Found tons more keepsake stuff of the kids'. I'll have to sift it, to make sure it is all really keep-worthy. But right now I have it stacked up in a laundry basket, so I can take care of it all at once.
5) A big lantern. We had two different lanterns sitting around our bedroom, left over from a power outage several years ago. And this big one was taking up a lot of space on my nice dresser. I took it and the other (both had to be seriously dusted), along with a third lantern cluttering up my kitchen cabinet (which my husband didn't believe existed), and put them in a bag on the garage shelf, right outside the door where we can easily get to them in an emergency. It is possible that they would be more convenient to keep in a kitchen cupboard, once they are actually cleared out and usable. But for now they are fine.
I am done for today, so I am putting the remaining things back into a box on the dresser to deal with tomorrow or Sunday. I am excited because I am making good progress.
I did ALL the laundry today. Mine made it as far as my bed. I decided to put it away before crashing. In the process I threw out two "perfectly good" shirts. They had each been worn ONCE. One was a teal long sleeve velvet that makes me look like a whale. The other is MAUVE. I hate MAUVE. The shirt has been here for 2 years while I tried to convince it and myself that it is pink. It is not. I finally realized that I royally messed up when buying it. I could have donated then but. NO ONE needs to look like a teal whale and I wouldn't wish mauve on my worst enemy.
Post by joyinvirginia on Apr 27, 2012 0:29:32 GMT -5
I want to join in on this one. I have to clean the kitchen counters, there are papers and kitchen things to put away. Going to bed now, maybe I can attack this tomorrow evening while washing clothes. Most everything in the paper pile can be tossed. A couple of items on the kitchen desk need action. I just have to do it!
As I look through those boxes on my dresser I have found:
1) A metal finger splint (with foam on the inside) from the time my son (now 15) got stitches in his thumb when he was 3! I actually was keeping it as a keepsake all this time, because it was so traumatic. I threw it away.
2) A ton of actual keepsakes of the kids' that I will need to take out and sort into their keepsake boxes.
3) Some artwork the kids made when they were little that wasn't very savable and much of it not even signed. I threw away a couple of those, but I'll probably find more in that stack as I go. (This represents a victory for me. I used to find it to be impossible to throw away anything the kids had made. With six kids, you can imagine the disaster that attitude has led to. . .)
4) Now this one is odd. I have a pack of cards I bought in Germany 32 years ago. It is unusual in that it is only 36 cards. It was a souvenir of my trip, so I have kept it ALL these years, although I have never used it since returned from Germany, that I can remember. I don't even remember the rules of how to play. I don't really need this item in order to remember my trip. Yet because it was such a special event (my only trip to Europe), I have not wanted to let go of them. And it's really funny to me that they were right there on my dresser, as if I used them regularly and needed to have them handy! (Like the baby toys in the kitchen pile!) I realized I don't need this item, but then I thought, "Maybe they are valuable! Thirty-two year old German cards in perfect condition!" So I looked on ebay and saw a pack that looks older than mine being offered for $12. I'm going to donate them. (It's a relief not to feel obligated to keep them!)
5) The baby book of one of our sons. Not sure where to put that right now. I only kept books for the first three kids. And they kind of float around the house. The kids like to look at them, but they don't have a home. I think I should keep them with the keepsake boxes. But right now they don't have a home, either, because I am still filling them as I clean. I guess for now I could stack them with the keepsake boxes and figure out where to put it all as I clear more space.
6) A bunch of old CDs. I don't really use CDs much any more, because I tend to buy mp3s. But I want this music, so I will need to transfer it onto my computer. Then what do I do with the CDs afterwards? I don't really want or need to have them around. What do you guys do?
7) Some cassette tapes. Wow. I have thrown some away, knowing that if I really want that music at this point, I should just buy mp3s. But there are some with personal recordings on them. I would really like to transfer them to electronic format, but I know I won't get around to doing it for awhile, as there are currently other priorities. Maybe they should go in the "things to deal with" box? Suggestions?
I'm so glad you are posting like this. I know that I have some of these same difficulties lurking around, but not there, yet.
I remember coming across the bag of film and don't know where I put them. I think they ended up being thrown back where other clutter was in a different room from where I found them. I had the best of intentions to take them and get them developed and remember DH discouraging me... saying that they are probably too old and who develops that film anymore. Something about Kodak no longer making them... I could never part with them, though, without trying to get them developed.
You are right ... we have such similar items and difficulties. The cards from Germany... 32 years ago, did you say? How could they have been on the dresser? I have those kinds of mysteries, too.
I am not ready to do my dresser... I have done some on it, recently, but know that it is going to be very difficult. Just like the stall that I am now undergoing on the kitchen counters. They really are greatly improved, BTW. So close to finished, but really having trouble with Not Wanting to do that cabinet... but I will!
My dresser is not nearly as bad as it was a year ago. Not piled as high. But, I know some things need to go in the drawer in the back bathroom ... which will have to be decluttered in order to make space for what needs to go in that drawer. Same thing with other items... they need to go either in my closet (which is already improved by the clothing declutter that I just did the other day) or they need to go in other drawers inside the dresser or in the drawers under my bed. I would have to declutter those drawers in order to get the items inside those drawers, too. So... that would be an even bigger project.
Post by morningglory on Apr 27, 2012 11:49:45 GMT -5
Joyinvirginia, thanks for joining in! I can't wait to read about your progress. I found with my enormous kitchen corner pile that just eroding it a little at a time worked to get it all taken care of. Then when I did the counter, I felt I already had something of a system going.
Di Dreaming, I am so proud of you for tossing out two shirts that you do not want! I hate it when I buy something that turns out to be a bad idea, but it really just compounds the problem for me to hang onto it out of a sense of guilt or obligation. I am learned to accept the reality that sometimes "mistakes are made".
Cando, keep your spirit up. I think you are doing a great job. What are the remaining counter items that you are dealing with? Are there things there that you could really just TOSS but feel like you *ought* to keep? Your description of having to clear out one area to make room from clutter from another area reminds me of those puzzles where you have to shift the numbers around to get them in order. It would be a lot easier if we could just pop some of those numbers out and throw them away (or donate them).
Working on my dresser is the first step in doing my whole bedroom. That room tends to be a repository of clutter, partly because of stash-and-dash clean ups, partly because it's a place I can keep things safe from the children (especially when they were younger and would break things), and partly because it's kind of a nesting area for me. That is, psychologically, I think I feel comfortable having a bunch of stuff piled around me in there. However, I am starting to feel differently and I think it would be awesome to have a clear, clean, beautiful, pleasant bedroom to retreat to.
There is an ugly lingerie stand in my room that I want to get rid of. Not only because I don't like it's looks and it is not that functional, but because I have bad feelings about it. The reason is that it was given to us as a hand-me-down years ago, and I later discovered that the person who had originally owned it was involved in a horrible crime (not as a victim). So it creeps me out to have this furniture in my house, even though I know that it is just a piece of furniture and has nothing to do with this person or his crimes. Again, it's more psychological--seeing it makes me think about it.
So today I bought one of those little plastic drawer stands. They aren't very lovely, but they are extremely functional for the money. Right now my husband's stuff is in that ugly furniture and I plan to transfer it to these drawers. I know he's not crazy about plastic drawers, but he has no attachment to that furniture and he complains that it is inconvenient for him to get to (behind my boxes of hoard). This can be placed right next to the bed, where he can easily acces it. (I have one of my own on the other side of the bed that I find super useful both for storing things and as a nightstand.) When we can afford to, we can replace these things with good-looking real furniture.
One of the questions that I always ask myself when evaluating my possessions is "how does this thing make you feel?". My rule is to get rid of anything that has any kind of negative emotion attached to it. Doing this also helps me to purge my psyche of those negative emotions and memories. Life is too short to be held down by "things".
This morning I got up and looked at my dresser. I was disgusted with me. There were Hershey Kisses wrappers on there when there is a trash can right in front of the dresser. Coins were in 4 different catch alls. Jewelry was scattered about when I have a lovely jewelry box that belonged to my mom sitting there waiting for it. Just putting all the coins in one catch all, and freeing another for my hair items (and filling it), putting all my medication bottles in their drawer, putting jewelry in it's home, and tossing out the little pink and blue foil wrappers made a HUGE difference. It still needs some work because there is "stuff that requires thought" still on there but the 5 minute, visible improvement made me FEEL better about it.
Brrrrr.... that piece of furniture is giving me the heebie jeebies, just reading about it.
Our Indigenous people in Australia having cleansing ceremonies for places and objects, and waft smoke through/over them. Being raised a Catholic, we had blessings of places using holy water and incense. I guess most cultures and faiths have a similar practice - which suggests we're not the only ones that feel like things can hold energy.
Can't wait for it to be out your door.
*~*~* It's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiney day. *~*~*
Thank you, Puzzleqt! It does help me to post about the items...
MorningGlory -- There is not that much left to declutter, mostly just that cabinet (enough to get the coffees in there) & I have one small area. Has just 1 paper, a few things & a container that I had for meds that is overflowing. I thought it would look better to have things in a little plastic box with a lid rather than have pill bottles sitting on the counter. But, now I can no longer close the lid as it is overflowing. The ones on the counter were only supposed to be the every day meds, but you know how it is when you get sick... they tend to collect and stay there. And, maybe 5 items on the breakfast bar that should be somewhere else. I would say about 10-15 minutes on counter/breakfast bar declutter (including the time to find homes for things) and another 5-30 on the cabinet... depending how bad it is and if I decide to do the whole cabinet could take an hour or more. Not planning on doing the whole cabinet, though.
Then, I want to clean all the counter tops, breakfast bar, window sill above sink, and microwave. I am going to add on another 2.5 hrs for that, but may take considerably less. Depends how bad they really need cleaning and if I get too perfectionistic.
Post by morningglory on Apr 29, 2012 7:07:30 GMT -5
Di Dreaming, fantastic quick work on your dresser!
Sunshine, thank you for the encouragement regarding the piece of furniture. I feel silly about it, but it's just creepy to me, especially since I believe it was in his house at the time of one of his crimes. Ack. I look forward to moving it OUT, asap.
Luckily, my husband was actually happy about the plastic drawers and didn't complain about it at all. He liked the idea of having it all to himself and accessible so he can get his socks and undies easily and also have a place for his little treasures. (It will require keeping up with, though, so that it doesn't just become a dumping ground, like every other surface in our house seems to!)
Puzzleqt, I am really glad it is helpful to you to see the process. It always has been helpful to me to see how other people decide and how many of us tend to fall into the same kind of mental traps. It really does help me to type it out, and it helps even more to get feedback from people encouraging me in good decisions or confronting me when I am thinking dysfunctionally.
Cando, sounds like you've got things moving in the right direction. Remember we're here rooting for you and ready to give encouragement or suggestions, as needed.