Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I hope everyone has a great day today!  I’m a little lost this year.  We usually go on a short vacation over Thanksgiving because it’s not my favorite holiday.  So, it just doesn’t seem like Thanksgiving since I’m not at a waterpark today.  At least we’re going to go paint pottery tomorrow which is something that we usually do on our trip.  I can’t wait!!

My health hasn’t been great lately and I think it’s related to the water that we had in the basement a few months ago.  I failed a lung test that the doctor ordered.  They are calling it asthma but I’ve never been diagnosed with asthma before.  I asked the doctor if this could be caused by mold and he said yes, it could be making the asthma worse.  My thyroid isn’t helping matters either.  He said that if it’s not right, that can trigger the asthma too.  Interesting but a little scary too.

A Great Day for Giving Thanks

With all this scary health stuff going on, I feel like I really need to give thanks today.  I may not be rich, famous, skinny, beautiful, or any of the other things that people think make us happy but I’m certainly blessed.  There’s a lot for me to be thankful for.  I have a great family, a decent home (minus the damage from the hoarding), wonderful pets, and food on the table most days.  My neighborhood is nice and I have a good job not far from home.  My internet connection works almost 100% of the time and I have some really great friends.  And I have a horse.  A HORSE!  That was literally my life dream since I was in diapers.  We’ve had some great experiences with him and he is a blessing for sure!

No matter where you are in the world today, I hope you have something to be thankful for too!

Day 67 Bowls without Lids, Lids without Containers

Getting to the end of the kitchen things, I’ll have to think of a new place to start working.  I need to get back to the basement but I can only do so much down there at a time.  The storage shelves I put in my living room need to be pared down already. It’s all stuff that passed the first rounds of decluttering but nothing is safe anymore.

When I started this journey almost 2 years ago, I couldn’t put anything in the rooms where they belonged because all the rooms were full.  Like completely full.  Now, there’s some open places.  I can’t say a lot but enough that we can move things around to the right places, most of the time.  My kitchen counter and dining room table are both still buried under about 2 feet of stuff but I’ll get there.  Just as soon as I can find some time.

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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 57 The Empty Bottle and the Puzzle Tracks

Fun things here, especially the tracks!  NeoPets, empty baby bottle and a cute little chipmunk (or squirrel?) are all getting booted out.  The Dora view master is pretty fun and right in the middle is a Coco Hut from when we used to attempt to have hermit crabs.  We failed every time and after the third one we gave up.  There’s 3 things here that I have no idea what they are.  The red round thing and then the 2 clear plastic pieces.  The 2 clear things have something to do with needles for a sewing machine but that’s all I know.  There’s also a cute little doll jacket, a folding pair of binoculars, and a notebook.

The Fun Tracks

My favorite thing here are those tracks.  We used to have a couple sets and we would put them all together because they were like a puzzle.  They came with little wind up vehicles.  It was so much fun moving the pieces around and making different paths for the vehicles.  It was fun having them but I don’t know where any of the cars, trucks, or trains are now so they’re pretty useless.

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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 50 Unused Lids and Finally a New Count!

Recently, I got one of those multi-size lids so I only need that one. I don’t need all of these that have been in my basement for years untouched.  There’s also computer sides and a beach bag that was packed at least 12 years ago.

TIME FOR THE COUNT!!

I’m on day 50 of my 115 (or was it 120?) day challenge of getting rid of 18 things per day.  I’m aiming for 2018 things before 2018.  For this challenge, I’m at 900 things that I’ve gotten rid of!

That makes my GRAND TOTAL since I started this decluttering effort 3,869 things that I never have to pick up again!!

I can’t wait until I reach 5.000.  I knew there was way too much in this house but I never imaged there were that many things.  10,000 things is a very realistic goal.

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Day 53 Letting Go of the Calendar but Keeping the Memories

You know I’m serious when I get rid of something from The Milwaukee Wave.  I have so many good memories  of watching the soccer games with my kids and hanging out for awhile after them.  Those were some of the greatest years we ever had.  We had so much fun and I miss doing that stuff.

The rest of these things are just little putzy things.  I should probably keep the magnet doll thing because I think it might have been a grandma’s or something but I’m letting it go.  I’m working really hard and am more determined than I’ve ever been to get this stuff out.

I know that baby steps will get it done but bigger steps will get it done faster and that’s what I need right now.

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