JoyinVirginia has a blog Sept 2, 2009 15:00:12 GMT -5 Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by joyinvirginia on Sept 2, 2009 15:00:12 GMT -5 THE REASONS FOR STARTING A BLOGSeptember 2, 2009: I have one Big Thing I am dealing with now, and decided a public blog is a good idea to keep track of progress. I want to share how I am dealing with my one big thing and other problem areas, too. I am hoping that other posters here may get some ideas or encouragement from what I share, and I also hope that others might share good ideas with me. Here is the tale of The Big Thing: My mother has been in a wonderful nursing home for several years. We are very fortunate that my DH and I were able to purchase her house so we could keep her things just like they were, but it is clear she will never be able to live at home again. We made the decision in June 2009 to rent out the house, and were fortunate to find tenants very quickly. Who needed to move in by July 1. Oh. My.I had NOT moved hardly anything out of the house, so when we rented it I was faced with what to do with ALL THE STUFF. Furniture, linens, old cothing, books, mass quantities of china and collectibles, and paper bags and boxes of ... paper, letters, newspaper clippings, all kinds of miscellaneous STUFF. Not much time and lots of STUFF to move. The first thing I did was to ask cousins, family friends, my mother's friends to come over to the house so I could give STUFF to them. Best idea I had! I happily send paintings, some china, some books, some kitchen things home with all of them! I spent about five days over several weeks at the house to move STUFF so the renters could move their things in. We cleared out all but one room and two big cabinets. I did much of the work, DH, the kids, friends, some of my mother's neighbors helped a lot. The one room was cleared out after a full day of work, by the end of July. Much of the STUFF has been put in the attic of the house, which is huge. What to do with that? We will worry about it later!Everything else I brought to my house. Photos, paintings, collectibles, kitchen things, piles and bags of papers to go thru. I did manage to limit the piles into my dining room. I would LIKE to be able to have it cleared out and usable by Thanksgiving, which is in November in the US. The Problem: I do not feel especially motivated. The stuff has been piled up in the dining room since mid-July. I have only managed to get the pots and pans and measuring cups incorporated into my kitchen without cluttering up things. The challenges: How to get this done while working full-time, visiting my mother in nursing home regularly, taking care of family, dealing with my own clutter problem areas in the home, taking time to take care of me, getting enough rest, and trying to exercise. All these things take time. I still have two large cabinets at the rental house that I need to go pack up and store there or bring home. Dealing with all the emotions that I experience when looking at old letters my father wrote, or something that holds a lot of sentiment. It takes lots of energy, much more than I anticipated, to deal with all the emotions.I will use this public blog to record my progress, and how I try to keep motivated. Ideas or encouragement from others who have dealt with similar situations would be welcome. Edited to add titles. Topics on Page 2: JOY DECIDES THAT SCARLETT O'HARA HAD THE RIGHT IDEAMY DD HAS STUFF IN THE PILE O'STUFF TOO!THE STORY OF THE GLOBE - OR I got the Whole World OUT OF MY TUB!!!MAINTAINING ENERGY WITH ONGOING DECLUTTERING PROJECTSSLOW AND STEADY MAKES THE PILE O' STUFF SHRINK, LITTLE BY LITTLETopics on Page 3:THE ROOM GOT DONE AND WE HAD A PARTYCLEANING THE GARAGE WITH A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERHEALTH ISSUESPRE-PARTY PREPCLEANING IS EASIER WITH HELPHAPPY THANKSGIVING! I AM THANKFUL MY BREAST BIOPSY IS JUST FINE!!!MAD TURKEY PARTY WAS FUN! HOUSE IS CLEANED UP AFTER HOLIDAY AND PARTY!Topics on Page 4STATUS OF OUR HOUSE, ROOM BY ROOMDD'S BAND PARTY WAS A SUCCESSTHE NEW VACUUMWE GOT NEW CARPETAN INVESTMENT THAT HELPED ME CONQUER CLUTTERLIFE GETS IN THE WAY - OR DID I REALLY LAST POST HERE IN JANUARY? Topics on Page 5MEMORIAL DAY MAY 30 2011 AND NEW PROJECTWHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING SINCE MAY 2011 (April 2012)THANK YOU RIRI AM A MATT PAXTON FANHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DH AND PARTY WAS SUCCESSBUSY FAMILYWHAT I WANT TO DO VS.WHAT I CAN DOUPDATE WHAT I AM GETTING DONEPERSONAL HEALTHCARE MAINTENANCEDD GRADUATES AND PARTY WAS A SUCCESSSUMMER MUSIC AND FALL MUSIC TOOTHE GREAT JUNE STORMS OF 2012PRIORITIES GET REARRANGED WHEN...Topics on Page 6THINKING POSITIVE WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPENTHE DH SURGERY SAGA & UPDATEMY BABY IS GOING TO COLLEGETHE DD IS AT COLLEGEROAD TRIPTHE DH ACHILLES UPDATEBUSY OCTOBERFINAL DH ACHILLES UPDATETopics on Page 7BUSY NOVEMBER 2012HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013WEDDING COUNTDOWNBUNCO AND PAPERDAUGHTER IS MARRIED AND WEDDING WAS GREATI MISS JUNE PURGE-A-THONTopics on Page 8SUMMER IS FLYING BYAUGUST ALREADYTHE PORCH IS CLEANCELESTE MADE AN AVATAR FOR ME!