Finally Some Real Progress on the Front Porch

It’s only taken me months to do it but I have finally made a dent on my awful front porch.  It would be great if I could proudly say that I got rid of so much that what’s left on the porch is all that’s left.  But it’s not.  I have a few buckets of stuff in my living room still.  Some of it is to get rid of but I haven’t had a chance to go through them yet.  When I open my front door now, it makes me smile.  It’s so nice.  Thoughts of what I can do to decorate are already popping into my head.

I can’t remember everything that I got rid of but I’m going to add some to my count:

  • 10 DVDs
  • Big tiger rug (this is an awesome rug but we had it in the horse trailer and it smells like horse now)
  • Pair of boots
  • 3-D puzzle
  • 15 pieces of mail
  • 2 Rags
  • Shoe Lace
  • Clothespin
  • Pair of shoes
  • End Table
  • Empty Box
  • Face stuff for the horse

Total front porch decluttering count for today:  36

I’m pretty sure there were quite a few more things but I can’t remember what they were.  I wasn’t really worried about counting as I was getting rid of stuff.  I was just tossing away as fast as I could.   After I filled up the garbage can, I thought, oh yea, I should’ve been counting.

Grand decluttering total: 2,276



Still Fighting with the Front Porch

I feel like I’m fighting with my front porch all the time.  I’ve been trying to get it cleaned out for months now and haven’t gotten anywhere.  I would include a picture but it looks the same as it did back then.  Ok, not really but it feels like it.  If it weren’t for those boxes of Tupperware, I think it would actually look much better.

It’s been awhile since I posted an update and since it’s the last day of June, I thought it would be a good day for one! Getting rid of things has been going very slowly for multiple reasons with the biggest one being the lack of time to work on it. I still keep moving from room to room without finishing one but it’s okay.

I managed to find a few minutes to get a saddle listed on eBay.  It sold on the first try so out it went!  That was a good feeling because I needed the money and it opened up a big spot on the front porch.  Double win!!  I think that some of the Tupperware is nice enough to try selling so maybe I will get to that this weekend.

Why does this clutter keep fighting back?

On a more serious note, the time crunch that I’ve been experiencing lately has really been getting to me.  It’s summertime so I would love to be able to spend more time with my kids and more time working on the house.  The weather has been beautiful so we could be doing so many fun things.  This really hit me hard after my oldest daughter’s wedding back in May.  Time goes so fast.  I don’t want to let clutter hog up that precious time that I could be spending with them.  They will be all grown up before I know it.

In the meantime, I will be fighting with that front porch until it’s done and then on to the next area, whenever that might be!

Not Really Busy?

I can’t seem to catch a break this week.  Everything has been moving non-stop for days and there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight.  It all started last Thursday, April 14th, when we left for the Midwest Horse Fair.  We spent four days there having a great time and returned home on Sunday evening with only enough time left in the day to do a load of laundry for the week.

My work has been extraordinarily hard for the past few weeks.  I’ve taken on some new projects and been pressured into working more hours to stay caught up.  Everything needs to be done yesterday.  I’ve made some serious mistakes and I worry that every day will be my last there.  Five employees have put in their 2 week notices in the last two weeks which means more work for the rest of us, on top of all of the new projects.  It’s been very stressful which I think is why so many people are quitting.

On top of that, a friend’s 29 year old daughter was found dead last weekend.  It’s been heartbreaking.  The funeral was today and I cried through the whole thing.  We’ve known them quite a long time so it was rough attending that.  I was making everyone around me cry.  It was hard though, especially when my daughter, who is just a few years younger, is getting married in a few weeks.  My friend, the girl’s mom, should be planning a wedding for her daughter too, not planning and going to her funeral.  It’s just so awful.

My daughter who is getting married happened to be in town today and I made sure to have lunch with her after the funeral.  It really makes you realize that you just never know when and if you will see someone again so it’s important to spend time with loved ones.  I’ll be seeing her a lot in the next few weeks while we get things ready for the wedding but that wasn’t going to stop me today, even if I am really busy.

I’m supposed to be going to dinner in a little bit and then I have to go back to work.  I have something that has to be done today and even though it will be late, it has to get done.  Tomorrow I am hoping to finally clean my front porch.  I’m still struggling with it.  I don’t know what to do with all the stuff that is out there but I know that I don’t want it on my porch.  We sold a lot of the horse stuff that we weren’t using anymore but there’s still a ton that we had to keep.  I just can’t seem to get any of it organized.  I could put a bunch of it in my truck but that’s a mess right now too!

In the middle of all this excitement, I’m trying to plan a one day horse camp for our horse project.  It’s the weekend after the wedding.  We have most of it planned but we still need one more thing for the kids to do for about an hour.  We’ve also never had a camp so I’m not sure what else we need to do but I imagine there’s a lot to plan yet, and not really many people who want to help out with that.  I should be finishing the forms this weekend.  Maybe I’ll have a little time after I finish the front porch tomorrow.

Now back to the title of this post.  I was on Twitter the other day and some smart guy posted an article about being busy.  He was quite proud of himself but the whole article boiled down to this…. People aren’t really busy, they just think they are. They’re really just inefficient.  What?!?!?!  I’m sure you can imagine what was going through my mind after reading that one!!!