DeCluttering is on the Move Again

Judging by the way people are driving, Christmas is on most people’s minds this weekend and I’m no exception.  It’s coming up fast and there’s still a few areas on my main floor that need work.  Living room isn’t bad.  Dining room isn’t bad.  Bathroom is a nightmare but that has nothing to do with clutter.  Front porch is a nightmare and that has everything to do with clutter.  Kitchen needs quite a bit of work yet, mostly clutter related.  These are the areas that need help by Christmas because that’s when company is coming!

 

An Acceptable Kind of Mess

I’m 90% of the way to having an acceptable mess, what I like to call a normal mess.  It’s the kind of mess where you can let someone in and not be completely embarrassed.  It’s a mess but you can see the floor and walk around without tripping over things.  There’s no mound of stuff off to the side waiting to grow to the size of Mt. Everest.  It’s very nice!

Unfortunately, you have to walk through my front porch to get into the house and the cleaning I did out there a few months ago didn’t last.  You can hardly get in the front door and now it’s so cold that it’s hard to work on it again.  I’ve been trying to think of what I can do with everything that’s out there and haven’t come up with an idea yet. It’s going to be my summer project.

Acceptable Mess = More Fun

I’m heading out to the barn to spend time with my horse.  I don’t feel guilty doing that since the house looks okay.  Yay!

Day 64

I don’t mind loading the dishwasher but I hate unloading it.  I save that job for the kids but they don’t care for it much either.  We all agreed that the hardest thing about unloading the dishwasher is finding a place to put the clean dishes.  They weren’t fitting in the cabinets! It’s getting easier now since I got rid of lots this week!

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Day 63 – Look Out Kitchen Here I Come!

My daughter moved out and told me that she needed kitchen stuff.  I had no problem helping her out!  In one day, I was able to fill up a huge bucket of stuff for her.  It was so easy and she couldn’t believe how much I was giving her.  I was shocked myself and I hope I don’t regret giving so much away.  I don’t think I will.  There’s still plenty of things in there.

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Day 60 Dancing Elmo and Some Leap Pad Books

I loved the Leap Pads and I’m sure that I still have a couple around but we always had a problem with them.  The books were never with the cartridges which were never with the Leap Pads.  I even had a few cool cases for the kids but for some reason, the parts were never together.

Things have been a little bit slow here in the picture department but I’m trying to keep up with it.  The stuff is coming out of the basement faster than I can count.  A lot has just been thrown away but that’s okay with me.  There’s still plenty left to count!  I was planning on having a free table last weekend but we got too busy with a marching band competition.  I’m hoping to do it this Saturday but we’ll see.  I’m not feeling so great tonight.

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Day 59 Buckets of Little Toys

I have lots and lots of buckets of toys and I’m getting rid of a bunch of them.  This one was full of books, movies, doll clothes, and little tiny toys.  I have lots of random parts too.  The fact that I’m getting rid of any of these is amazing!  What’s even more amazing is this isn’t it.  Lots more to come!

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Day 58 More Dolls Hiding in the Basement!

These dolls are not creepy dolls.  I actually like these dolls but for some reason they look really dirty, especially the Precious Moments doll.  That one was always one of my favorites but it has a bunch of stains on it.  I would’ve kept the Cabbage Patch Kid but I figured as long as I was getting rid of the others, that one might as well go too.  It has weird wirey hair anyways.

There’s a bunch of small toys that I’m getting rid of too.  It’s amazing how many times that I’ve gone through these things and decided to keep them.  This time, even seeing them in the picture doesn’t make me want to keep them.  I’m perfectly okay with getting rid of them,   I’m getting impatient with this process but I’m thankful it’s getting easier and I’m looking forward to having a manageable amount of stuff in my home.

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Day 56 Fun Little Toys and Trinkets

Hmmm… this is more stuff that has been sorted and sorted and kept before.  It’s all so cute.  I can’t believe I’m letting it go.  This one might be tough but someone else will be able to love this stuff.  Look at that adorable teddy bear!  That little toy truck is really cool too because it talks and little people come in and out of it when you push different spots on it.

I love the little blue animal on the right.  So cute! And who doesn’t love Grover?  I’m surprised that my daughter doesn’t love that horse but apparently it’s a Braatz doll horse and that’s just not her thing.  The pumpkin art was another tough one to let go but I have a picture of it now so I’m getting rid of it.

That’s it for this batch!

Day 55 Creepy Doll and Cute Minnie Mouse Earring Tree

Too bad I’m not a doll connoisseur.  Sometimes creepy dolls are worth money.  There’s two grandmas who always used to give one of the girls these creepy dolls.  They always told her that she should keep them because they would be worth money someday.  Of course, me being Mom, and her being a kid, I guess I was expected to make sure they were taken care of.  It might have been easier if either one of us actually liked the dolls even a little bit.

Creepy Doll on the Move

Over the years, I’ve packed and repacked them.  Moved them to this bedroom or that bedroom.  Took them to the basement and back upstairs again.  I even moved them to an apartment she lived in for a few short months after high school.  But now they’re back in my house again being moved from room to room again, sorted and resorted. I decided with this doll that I’m not going to feel guilty getting rid of them. She doesn’t want them.  I don’t want them either and they are taking up space.

(Honestly, this doll isn’t quite as creepy as a lot of the others but this one has some moldy spots on her dress which automatically puts her in the creepy category.)

The Minnie Mouse Avon Earring Tree

This earring tree is cute and from the early 90’s.  This brings back good memories but only a few. It doesn’t bring me joy and I’m never going to use it.  There’s really no reason to keep it.

About the most useful thing in this lot is the heart basket.  It even had stuff in it when I found it but I don’t have any place to put it right now.  I don’t like it enough to keep it around any longer.  Boy oh boy, this is getting easier by the day!!

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Day 54 One Lonely Mitten and Some Old Wallpaper

I can’t believe how easy it’s getting to get rid of 18 things every day.  I remember when I started and it took me a couple hours to get to 18.  Now I usually end up with close to double that in less than a half hour.  Maybe it’s because I’ve been down in the basement the last few days.

Look at that cute mitten!  I love those mittens but I have no idea where the other one is.  The green thing in the middle is a cut out of one of my kids’ hands.  It made an antler for a reindeer decoration.  Thankfully, the diary doesn’t have anything written in it and I still have some of that old wallpaper hanging in my kitchen.  I guess we kept it in case we ever needed to replace any of it but now it’s so old that I would just get new stuff.

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