The Pile is Getting Bigger But Still Not Enough

I didn’t get nearly as far I imagined I would last night but I’m feeling much lighter this morning.  Patches is showing off how big the pile got last night.  I’m going to keep working on it today but I have a few other things to do so I’m not sure how far I’ll get.  I keep thinking it shouldn’t take too long but I’m surprised that the area I did took as long as it did.  Oh well, back at it!

The Not So Impressive Pile After an Hour

It’s been one hour of decluttering and cleaning. The pile isn’t very big yet. Hopefully the next hour will prove more fruitful.

Three Hour Decluttering Challenge!

The tree is down! And now I have this nice clear spot and I’m going to fill it up with stuff. We had a snowstorm today so I went to work early, got home early, evening activities were cancelled, so I have nothing to do but declutter my living room all night. I’ll pop back on to update as the night goes on!!

Here She Is!

The reason that I began my decluttering efforts in the first place! My first grand baby turned 1 today! I can’t believe she’s a year old already. They live far away so I don’t get to see her much. They had a birthday party for her on Saturday. We tried getting there but a snowstorm got in the way and we had to turn around. I was so sad! But hopefully we’ll try again in a few weeks.

The List of House Goals for 2018

I’m very anxious to finish up this house.  It’s far from being done but I only have a few minutes here and there to work on it so it’s taking forever.  In the meantime, the list keeps getting longer and longer.

Outside

Front yard needs a lot of work. Everyone has been throwing things into a utility trailer and we need to go through it.  It’s so full right now that there’s a bike sticking out over the top of the sides.  It makes the yard look like a junk yard.

Front Porch

I want to take everything off the front porch and start over.  I would like to see it as a clean slate.  This is the main project for this year but it’s also a summer project so I won’t be starting on it for awhile.

Living Room

Christmas tree needs to come down.  Lots more decluttering.  Desk project – my son is making a desk but we’ve been disagreeing on the height that it should be for about a year now.  If we ever agree, he’ll finish it up.

More decluttering

Finishing touches, like replacing molding by the doorways.

Hang pics on walls

Kitchen

I would like to start over in here too but I need to get some more decluttering done first. I have a wall that I can hang all of my pots and pans on but they aren’t even close to fitting.  I’d like to get the majority of them to fit.

Bathroom

Needs an actual remodel.  This year.  Just need to save up more money.

Hallway

Carpet needs to come out but I was hoping to wait until the bathroom was finished.  I’m still debating on whether or not I will get started or wait.  I have enough to do besides this so if I don’t get to it, it’s okay.  However, the carpet is really ugly and worn out.  It’s gross.

Upstairs

The storage room is the biggie up here.  With the kids moving around, this room has been filling up again.  It needs a lot of work but it’s my current project.  I’d like to finish it in the next couple of weeks.

Bedroom

Go through more clothes.  I have severe thyroid problems so I gain and lose a lot of weight often.  I need to get rid of all the clothes that I’m not crazy about.

Attic room

Decluttering.  This room was the stash and dash room for awhile so it’s stuffed full.  It also has a lot of my son’s things in it.  Since he has a house now, I might pack some of it up and take it to him.

Garage

Major decluttering necessary.  The garage is one of those areas that ends up being a catch all.  There’s way too much random stuff in here and when the door is open, it screams “Hoarders live here”.

Basement

Major decluttering.  This is probably the very worst area of the house right now.  It needs a lot of work but I hate being down there so I always procrastinate on it.

The Whole House

The whole entire house still needs general decluttering.

 

It’s All Spiraling Out of Control

Ok, not really.  I’ve actually been working on my decluttering. Just haven’t had time for posting.  I haven’t had time for pretty much anything.  I’m so incredibly frustrated with it all.  My house really is a disaster right now.  I want to clean it all but all at the same time.  Of course, that doesn’t work.  I can only do one thing at a time no matter how many things need to get done.  So, I declutter a little bit everyday and just keep adding to the pile.  I know that once I get it out, it will open up more space in my life.

Sorry this is so short but the next thing awaits….

After a Long Break From the Decluttering Project

4,031 Things

WERE LONG GONE

by the end of 2017

 

That’s where I left off in my decluttering journey shortly before Christmas.  But I needed a long break.  I didn’t put any pressure on myself to keep going on the decluttering project.  I knew that soon enough I would be back at it, when I was ready.  Once in a while I would start to think about it but just didn’t really feel like it.

Until I woke up the other day….

and it popped in my head
The Quick Six

Yep, that was really the thought.. The Quick Six.  So I grabbed a pile of clothes and found 6 things to get rid of.  It was quick.  But it didn’t stop there.  The kids have been moving rooms and had the upstairs hallway full of stuff.  I brought most of it to the living room and starting going through it.  I was aiming for 18 but had no problem surpassing that goal within a few minutes.  It didn’t take long and I stopped when I didn’t feel like working on it any more.  In those few minutes it took, I got rid of all of this:

  • Keyboard
  • Forest Hotel book
  • 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents book
  • Drive Me Crazy DVD
  • Bhagavad Gita book
  • One Door Away from Heaven book
  • Mighty Moustache
  • Bearcat Scanner box (I should probably look to see if the scanner is in there huh?)
  • Fish coin purse
  • Belt
  • Toy lion
  • Hood from a coat with a broken zipper
  • Breath freshener spray bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • 6 erasers
  • 1 pair of socks
  • Hot Wheels track connector
  • 6 pens/pencils
  • 2 Popsicle sticks
  • 14 clothing articles (My daughter’s favorite shirt was in this pile.  It’s too small for her and I was willing to keep it because I know she loves it so much.  But…. she said, “No, get rid of it.  It doesn’t fit and I’ll try to wear it somewhere and it will rip in front of everyone so just get rid of it.”  I know this was really hard for her because she has the hoarder tendencies so I was very happy that she was able to let it go.)
  • 3-D glasses
  • 3 socks
  • Bird bath
  • Bird toy
  • Water bottle
  • Play-doh
  • Light bulb
  • 20 school papers
  • Cupcake ring
  • Littlest Pet Shop toy
  • Pirouli container
  • Shoe lace
  • Hair tie

84 more things that I never have to pick up again!

4,115 Total!!

5,000 is going to come quickly this year!  I can tell!

decluttering

So long, clutter!!

 

The Biggest Benefits of Decluttering

Over the last few weeks, I have truly reaped the benefits of my 2017 decluttering efforts.
  1.  The holidays were much less stressful this year.  Instead of worrying about my house the whole time I had company, I was able to relax and spend time with everyone.  That was the best!  My baby granddaughter was here for the first time and it was great! I didn’t worry about her getting into anything at all.
  2. Work has been extra stressful and not having to come home to a disaster helps a lot!  I find it so stressful when I work all day and then come home and all I see is a mess everywhere.  It’s like looking at weeks of work waiting for me.
  3. The kids have had friends over to visit.  The twins have never been able to have many friends over because of the mess.  I only wish that I had done this years ago.  They’re almost out of school so it’s a little late for it but at least they’ve had a few over this year so far.
  4. I think this last one is my favorite.  When I brought Tank the injured cat home, I was able to let my friend from work in to meet him.  Even though we decided to keep him, there may be other injured cats that need homes and it’s nice when I can have people over to meet them.
  5. There’s one more that I just thought of.  I’ve been able to do a lot more cooking.  I love cooking but I haven’t had any counter space in a long time.  Tonight, I was able to make dinner for a friend and her family. They are having a hard time right now so I’m trying to help them out.  It would’ve been too stressful to do it a year ago.

Tank has a new home!

Tank’s New Home

Unfortunately, it’s with me.  Haha!  I don’t need another cat but my son fell in love with Tank.  There’s still a small chance that he has to go to another home but we won’t know for a few weeks yet.  It will depend on whether or not he gets along with my other cats.  When my daughter had her cat here, it couldn’t get along with one of mine and I’m not doing that again.  One had to stay upstairs and one downstairs and it just wasn’t fair to either one of them.  The good news here is that even if I can’t keep him, he has a home lined up.  Plan B.  My friend from work has met him and will take him if he doesn’t fit in.

I still can’t believe they had to amputate his toe. His recovery is going okay though.  They didn’t bandage him at all so we’re not really sure how to keep the kitty litter out of his raw foot.  Every day it looks a little better.  The vet said that it will be at least another 3 or 4 days before he puts any weight at all on it.

Tank the cat

 

Good News For Tank!!

It’s not all good news but it could’ve been much worse!  Tank the barn cat got his leg caught in some chair slats on New Year’s Eve.  Once we got it out, it swelled up and then he started licking it.  When my daughter sent me video of him yesterday, I knew that I had to get him to the vet today.  I’m so glad I took him in!

His leg had gotten infected from all the licking.  Once it was infected, it hurt to walk on it so he started dragging his foot which caused an abscess to form on the top of his foot.  They needed to clean up his leg and drain the abscess but once they got it open, they realized that there was just too much dead skin and tissue so they had to amputate one of his toes.

Not only did they take care of all the infection on his leg and foot but they also neutered him and gave him a bunch of shots.  Poor kitty!  That’s a lot to have done all at once!  He’s not very happy with us tonight but tummy rubs and food are helping to heal the wounds.  He’s a little trooper!  And thankfully his hip is fine!

Now comes the tough part.  My kids and I are all kind of attached to him already and now my friend wants to come look at him tomorrow.  She really thinks she wants him.  I already have 3 cats and I don’t need another one which is why she said she would take him in the first place.  I just keep telling the kids that if it doesn’t work out at her house, we’ll keep him and we will.  He doesn’t have to worry about going back to the barn.