Day 20 Continuing on with the Small Things

decluttering challengeNothing at all exciting in this group of things.  They’re small and I’m glad I’m getting rid of them. The only thing that I thought about keeping was the make up.  It’s brand new but the brushes are gone. I decided to let it go.

So Much Stuff in the Living Room

I would really love to say that once I got my living room decluttered the first time it stayed that way but that’s not what happened.  As usual, the mounds of things built back up again.  It took a long time but there’s a mountain right in the center of the room.  Well, I have 3 days off and I’m going to tackle it!  I’ll be getting rid of as much as possible and making sure that the things I keep have a place.

No one in the family thinks I can finish it in 3 days but I’m hopeful.  I’ve gotten rid of a lot and there’s a lot more to get rid of.  Cleaning it up goes much faster when there’s not as much stuff.  I’m ready!  I might post pics when I’m done but right now, I just can’t get myself to do it but I can’t believe it got this bad again.  I’m quite embarrassed by it but I want people to know that this decluttering takes time and a set back is just a set back.

I’ll be back later with some updates!

The Six Thing Fling

Is it worth it to fling six things?  Yep! Every single thing going out the door helps.  It doesn’t feel like it but I know it does. I worked at both jobs today so that’s why there’s only six today!  I’m tired.

Let’s get right down to it. Here’s the six things for today.

  • 2 horse show numbers
  • Brand new shirt with the tags
  • Belt
  • Horse tail bag
  • Bird supply catalog

That’s it for today but I have quite the pile of bags full ready to go.

Gearing Up for a New Year of Decluttering

Some people might have been looking forward to after Christmas shopping today but not me!  I couldn’t wait to get started on decluttering in my bedroom.  There’s a pic to go with the list but I can’t seem to upload it right now.  I’ll try again later.

I couldn’t do much today because of all the dust.  Forget the dust bunnies, there were dust doggies in there.  They were huge.  Where exactly do clumps of dust come from?  Of course, I have terrible dust allergies so I’m not feeling all that great tonight.  This project might need to be broken up into small blocks of time every day but we’ll see.  I was hoping to finish by next Monday but it might take two weeks to finish it.

Let’s Get Started!

  • Stop the Insanity! book (I guess it didn’t work)
  • Roadmap to Success book (this one didn’t work either)
  • Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Poltergeist The Legacy
  • Night Mare
  • Christmas Crafts
  • Tupperware Confidence brochure
  • Cat toy
  • Cat collar
  • Bottle of bubbles
  • Lamp
  • 5 tooth flossers
  • 2 hotel key cards
  • 26 old hair ties
  • Popsicle stick

I’m excited to begin the count:  Day 1 = 45 things

I always feel a little guilty counting all of those little tiny things like hair ties individually but they are all individual things that I will never have to pick up off the floor again.

Total After Day 1 = 45

Grand Total for the house =  1,459

Could anything else have gone wrong?

Things are not going so good at my house.  It’s a disaster!  There is so much that needs to be done and no time for any of it.  As much as I have been enjoying giving things away, I have to get a few things together for a horse tack sale this week.  This is a sale that I will actually make some money at so I need to take the time to clean things up and get them ready for it.

I took my pony back to her previous owners today,  I was hoping to be done with that by noon today but ended up not getting home until almost 6 o’clock this evening.  It was very cold this morning when we left with a little bit of freezing rain.  We realized very quickly that one of our trailer tires had a hole in it and had to stop every 10  minutes to get air in it.  After about an hour of that, we gave up and waited for someone to bring us a new tire which took another hour and a half.  Right before they got there, it started pouring and rained the whole time we changed the tire. Of course,  the story wouldn’t have been the same if it had been a warm sunny day because then it wouldn’t have been nearly as stressful.

I would like to say that I got a lot done after I got home but I didn’t.  I’m not feeling real well tonight so I didn’t do anything except one load of laundry and watched TV.  That’s it.

One more thing, I forgot to mention that the tire wasn’t the right size.  It was the closest one that they had but it’s too small.  It was big enough that we made it the rest of the way there and then back to the barn but it will be used as a spare once I get the right size tire. Does stuff like this happen to anyone else?  Why do I feel like I’m the only one?


Christmas is Coming!  Time to set some goals.

I really don’t like talking about Christmas before Halloween but this year is a little different.  My son has gotten to the age where coming home for Christmas doesn’t mean that he’s coming home for Christmas, it means that him and his fiance are coming for Christmas.

Unfortunately, she’s not as forgiving when it comes to the hoarding mess in my house as he is.  While it’s a hundred times better than it was 5 years ago, walking through the house still requires a bit of acrobatics.  Ok, it’s not really that bad but there are some tricky areas.

Anyways, back to the point.  For the past year, they’ve been staying at other people’s houses when they come to visit.  Do you have any idea how hard that is?  My kids are my life so it kills me that they have to stay somewhere else because of the mess.  It’s an awful thought has helped me to let go of a lot of things. It’s what inspires me to keep working on it.

I would be so happy if they could stay here at Christmas time this year so I need to get moving in high gear.  My main goal obviously then is to make the house nice enough that they will stay but that’s not really specific enough to start.

The living room will be ongoing but while that’s in process, I need to start working on the front porch.  My living room is going to look good but you can hardly get in the front door.  A clean porch will make walking into the nice living room that much better.   I think that I will give myself a week to finish it.  Today is October 26th so my goal date to have it completed will be November 1st.

A clutter mess on my front porch