The mold test results came back

About a week and a half ago, I bought a mold test kit.  The results came back yesterday.  They weren’t good at all.  Now today, I’m in a panic.  I knew the results would be bad but there’s something about seeing it in writing that makes it all real.

In a few days, I will post a little bit about what it says but right now, I’m just too nervous to look at it that good.  Calling around for estimates was the first thing I did when I got home.  It’s a good thing that I started getting rid of things when I did but this is still incredibly stressful.

I have someone coming on Friday afternoon.  I’ll tell you all about what he says after he leaves. There’s another place that does free estimates but they haven’t called me back yet.  If I hadn’t been decluttering all this time, I couldn’t have let anyone in.  It’s still embarrassing but not like before.

I really don’t have any money for this but I have to be able to do something.  I have no idea if this is going to cost $2,000 or $50,000.  The mold seems to be hiding behind every corner so I think it’s going to cost a fortune.

I will share more information as soon as I have some.

Less Clutter = More Fun!

Today was one of those days where I didn’t want to leave the house because I’m right in the middle of a drastic decluttering and I really wanted to finish it today.  I’m busy for the next week and a half so this was my last chance to get some things done.

But we had a few events going on and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to miss them.  One was an award banquet for my daughter and the other one was going to a national show horse barn to see a demonstration about different riding disciplines.

I decided that we needed to have fun and not let the hoard hold us prisoners!  I think I made the right decision.

We got to see this:

and this:

The demonstration was awesome but then afterwards, we were able to go walk around the barn and got to see one of them training a few of the horses.  It was fabulous.  They have a huge indoor round pen where they do the training which is great.  He said that they even train the horses to drive in that round arena. I wish that I had one of those for working with my mini horse!

After we left that barn, we went to our barn and helped clean and got the horses in for the night.  We couldn’t take our horses out though because there was ice everywhere.  It would have been too dangerous trying to walk them to the arena so we just got to say hi to them and that’s it.  After watching that demonstration, we really wanted to work with our horses a little bit.

We got home late but I was able to do quite a bit.  My son did a lot by himself before I got home so he is officially moved into the other bedroom now.  The smaller room is now the new storage room and it’s about half way full.  I still have one more room full of stuff that needs to go in there and then we’ll be able to move pretty freely through the whole house, all except for that room, the basement and the garage but it will be awhile before I get to those.

Oh Snap Pockets for Organizing a Desk

Black twill stripe with chalk oh snap pocket

I like the Black Twill Stripe with Chalk one.

I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to think of some new practical solutions for storage in my living room.  Things are much better but there’s still a lot of work to be done.  One of the areas that I will be working on is my desk area.

Right now, I have a small desk that is buried under about a million things.  Eventually, I would like to get a much bigger desk so I’ve been thinking about what will go on it and I found these pockets for the wall behind it.  I found them in a Thirty-One catalog.  You can hang them up separately or snap them together.  They will help get some of the papers off the desk.

I love the lavender ones but they just won’t go with the colors in my living room so I have to go with Black Twill Stripe with Chalk.  They will match everything.  I recently bought a silver curtain rod for the curtains.  I know they had a smaller one to match.  I think it will be perfect for these pockets so I’ll have to pick one or two up the next time I go to the store.

I was thinking of buying 4 of these pockets.  I’ll either buy one of the rods and hang two on it with two snapped on or two of the rods, each holding two of the pockets.  Hopefully this will be a good solution for the notes and other papers that I keep on my desk.

I have a Tupperware website and this one and sometimes I think of things when I’m at work and scribble the info on a little piece of paper.  It would be nice if I had a place where I could keep those little notes all in one place until I have time to act on them.

Decluttering the Storage Room

I spent the weekend working on decluttering the “storage room” in my house.  It’s not really a storage room, that’s just what we call it because when a holiday comes along, we shove all of the clutter in there.  It’s actually the biggest bedroom upstairs and I want to kick myself every time I think about this cluttered room.  Organized storage would be much better.

My 6’1″ son is sleeping in a twin size bed right now.  It’s too small for him but the room he’s in is too small for a bigger bed.  If I could get the “storage room” cleaned out, I could move him into that room and then get him a bigger bed.  I can’t get through it all fast enough.  I’m struggling.  I could only get through so much before I had to give it up for the weekend.  I was doing too much standing there and not enough getting rid of.

I have 4 big buckets of stuff ready to get rid of (I made a little progress).  I’m kind of waiting until I have a few more because it gives me that sense of accomplishment when I see it all together as one big pile.  I also like the feeling of seeing no room to walk around and then when it’s gone, empty space.  That’s a great feeling too!

We might have some friends coming over on Saturday night.  I’m a little worried about it and I still might have to cancel.  The kids are looking forward to it so they’ve been helping all weekend but it might not be enough.  I will be really sad if I have to cancel this because we have too much of a mess here.  It’s a pretty common thing to happen here though.  There’s a lot of times that we can’t have people over.  It’s one of the biggest reasons that I want this house cleaned out.

First Week of the New Year

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I’m not so sure that I’m liking the way that this year is starting.  It seems that for me, the way the year starts is the way the year goes.   If that’s the case, I can kiss my budget good bye for the entire year.

In 2015, I paid off a couple credit cards and was doing okay.  I only had a couple hundred dollars left to pay on one card and a hundred dollars left on another.  The rest were completely paid off.  I was feeling pretty good about my progress but I forgot one thing.  I forgot to save up my emergency fund first before paying off my credit cards.

Right at the end of November, a roofer that I had contacted a few months earlier, decided it was a good time to come to do a repair on my roof.  I have a feeling that his wife decided that they needed some money for Christmas presents so she told him to get over to my house to work on my roof.  There went all the money that I had saved for Christmas presents.  I rearranged my budget and still had high hopes of cash flowing my way through Christmas.

A week or two later, in mid-December, my horse got sick.  Really sick.  A single vet visit didn’t do the trick.  So we had to haul him to an equine hospital 75 miles away where he had to spend the night and they had to run blood tests.  As you can imagine, that wasn’t a cheap thing to do.  Once he was back home, I had to have the vet come back once more to work on his teeth.  All in all, the total cost ended up being a little over $1,000 (most of which I had to finance).  If I would have had my emergency fund in place, it would have caused minimal damage but unfortunately, I didn’t.

So, I am starting 2016 heavily in debt and with some big car troubles.  I really hope that’s not how the rest of the year goes.  I plan to start over now but this time, I will make a change and start with the emergency fund.  I have learned my lesson and see how that one little thing would have made a huge difference.

When the roofing repair came up, if my emergency fund would have been in place, I could have paid for it out of there.  My Christmas fund would have still been intact and none of the presents would have been paid for with a credit card.  The remaining $500 from the emergency fund could have then been used for Flash’s trip to the equine hospital.  I probably still would have had to finance part of the vet bills but it wouldn’t have been nearly as much and I could  have recovered much quicker.

I’m anxious to get back on track.  I know it’s going to add some more months to my plan but if I do it right this time, I’ll get there.

 

 

I made a small change

I’m hoping that the move went smoothly and you didn’t even notice.  I finally had a little bit of time today so I did something that I’ve been hoping to do for a long time.  I moved to the wordpress.org site.  I’m also trying out a new theme.  Since I’m fairly new to blogging, I’m not very good at it but I’m trying to learn because I enjoy it tremendously.  It’s frustrating when you love to do something but it doesn’t come easy to you.  My local library offers online courses for free and one of them is creating a WordPress site so if you see me using goofy plugins or anything like that, that’s probably why.  It starts in a few weeks and I’m really looking forward to it!  I hope I can learn a few new things!

The only thing that I have left to do after the move is decide whether or not I want to redirect traffic from the wordpress.com site.  It costs around $15 a year and I’ve read that 2 years is usually enough time.  I just don’t know if I really have enough posts to warrant doing that.  If anyone has experience with that and you have any suggestions, I would really appreciate hearing them!

The Mountain of Stuff

I’m starting on decluttering the mountain of stuff that’s occupying my dining room.  There’s no table or anything in there right now.  It’s just stuff.  I put it all in there so I could get it out of my living room because I was putting the new flooring in.

With this room, I’m starting very small because it’s one of those overwhelming places with so much stuff that it makes my head feel like it’s going to explode from thinking about it all too much.

I’m starting with two bucketfuls of stuff hoping to get it down to one bucket by the end of the night.

Clutter

First, I dump it all out onto the floor:

clutter

How do you even begin with a pile like this?  It’s such an odd mix of things but I can see right away that some of it is just kids stuff that no one wants anymore.  They might want it if they see it but right now, right this minute, it’s all pretty much forgotten about which makes it easier for  me to let it go.  That’s a hard thing to do for a hoarder, wanted item or not.

Here’s a few things that I found in the buckets.  I got rid of the red View Master and the 4 moonlights.  The moonlights were neat but I’ve never actually put batteries in them and used them.  Good reason to get rid of them.  I can’t part with the Tupperware spice shakers or the wooden puzzles.  Maybe I should get rid of a puzzle or two.  I’m pretty sure that my kids will have kids someday but I think I’m hanging onto the memories of when I had these when I was little and using the future grandkids as an excuse.  I’ll have to think about these a little more.

So far, the get rid of bucket is over half full.  Yay!  The goal is to go through it all in the next 2 weeks.

Finished Painting

I don’t know why I put it off until after Christmas but I’m finally finished painting my living room.  I spent a couple hours last night and got it done.  Since the unpainted wall was behind a lot of furniture, I don’t think anyone really noticed except for me.

I came home early from work today because we’re having a winter storm and I’ve been sitting here watching movies all day.  The wall I just finished is right behind the TV so I keep looking up at it and admiring how beautiful it looks!

A wall that needs to be painted

The wall I’ve been procrastinating on.  I haven’t felt like finishing it! 

Painting

Here’s the finished wall. I finally took the time to do it!

It’s hard to tell what the color really is.  My phone camera doesn’t take very good pictures and it’s pretty dark in here because of the storm.  I can’t remember the name of the paint but I think it’s some mocha color.

I also have a few spots of yellow that need to be finished but I don’t have the sand paper to sand down the spackle.  Once I get that, it should only take a few minutes and all the painting in the living room will be done.

 

Nice to have company finally

Yay!  I finally was able to invite some people over yesterday!  I made them stay in my living room but they were actually in the house.  Their kids wandered off upstairs with my kids but that didn’t bother me too much.  It’s a cluttered path to get up there but my son’s room is pretty clean so at least they could do something once they got up there.

There’s one thing that I need to finish yet before Christmas.  Okay, there’s lots of things that I still need to finish but this one in particular has to get done.  I need to find the motivation to get it done in the next day or two.  I have to finish painting my living room.  It will look so beautiful once it’s done so I’m not sure what my hold up is.  Well, I have to move some furniture to get to the wall and maybe that’s why it’s taking me so long to get started on it.  There’s only one small area left so I should be able to finish it in less than an hour or two.  I also have a few spots to touch up on the yellow walls but it will make it feel much more put together once all the painting is done.  Maybe I’ll make it my goal to have it done in the next 2 days.

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After Pics of the Entry Way.. It’s done!

It’s finally done!  (for the most part anyways!)  I love it.  I think it looks great.  I thought it was going to be a little bit too dark but now that I’ve hung a few coats on it, I actually like the dark color because the coats kind of blend in and you don’t see them as much.

The shoe cubbies are much bigger.  We  haven’t put any shoes in there yet because I like looking at the wood but we’ll probably start putting them in there tonight.  Since they’re so big, I’m a little worried that you’re going to be able to see everything in the cubbies and I hope it doesn’t look too messy!

The area where the bench should have been ended up not being a bench.  I’m not really sure why not.  I’m not sure if it was a miscommunication or a miscalculation but it’s okay.  I put backpacks in there and it works kind of nice for that.  Backpacks and boots are the two things that needed a place in this room so I feel like one problem is solved now!

I put a basket up on top of the shoe cubbies to hold all the hats and gloves.  It’s a wicker basket and I think it looks great.  It would have been nice if it had been about an inch or two longer but it fits okay.  Also, on the side of the shoe cubbies, I think I’m going to add a smaller hook or two for purses.  Then they won’t be behind all the coats when you’re looking for them.  I might add one final thing to the coat rack part but I want it to be just right.  If I find what I’m looking for, I’ll let you know!

Here’s the pics!!  I hope you like it!

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Yay! It’s finally done!

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Here’s a close up of the wicker basket.  It could have been just a little bigger.

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We staggered the hooks a little bit so it’s easier to hang things on the two rows.

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This was supposed to be a bench but it ended up being something else.  It works for backpacks for now but might get changed in the future. 

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I put the before pics in this other post but in case you didn’t see them, here’s one so you can compare.

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