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Day 4: Garage Clean Up

Sunday, April 07, 2013

4 days working along side my husband while we attack the Garage Spring Clean Up, and yes, HE is still alive. emoticon My sister in law told me yesterday when we spoke that I should have just sent my husband fishing while I did the clean up myself. Unfortunately it's too late for that now however I wish I had thought of it because it surely would have saved on the aggravation.

Nevertheless I am happy to say DH and I have gotten A LOT done even with our squabbles. 7 full trips to the dump as well as 5 garbage bags filled. Even though DH didn't let go of stuff without a battle we have made significant progress. emoticon We have separated and organized a large pile of boxes and things belonging to our daughter which she has promised to sort in early June when she's out of school. After which she will host her own yard sale. We've offered her the use of our yard for this venture so all she has to do is work the sale.

We also have a sizable pile of items for our own yard sale. emoticon DH and I will set aside a couple of days this week and clean any items that need freshening up, hang clothes, wrap up cords, etc as well as group like items together to make it easier for set up. Today we finished our day in the garage by checking to make sure everything electrical slated for the sale is in good working order.

Lastly, we have a 3rd section and this by far is the most difficult one for ME. emoticon See DH has trouble ridding himself of unused or miscellaneous this n thats. For me, it's more the sentimental things I can't let go of especially when it comes to anything related to my daughter or grandson childhood. I realise it's a psychological attachment but at any rate those issues are usually the hardest to let go of. This last section contains my grandson's, and yes, even some of my daughter's baby and childhood items such as high chairs, pack n plays, walkers, push toys, bikes, baby baths along with their miscellaneous toys, books, Barbies, dolls, stuffed animals, blankets, rattles, games, etc, plus loads of clothing. At present, I have two walk in closets full as well as a large section of the basement/ garage with these items, all boxed up neat, organized and labeled. I have 2 of every big item such as pack n plays, high chairs, bouncers, etc. Looking at all of it, it is a bit much to say the least. Yet, to be perfectly honest I am truly wrestling with this emotionally. Part of me thinks I should just "SUCK IT UP CUPCAKE!" and all of it. Another part of me says, "NO WAY, it's all way too sentimental." Not to mention, DH and I are still hoping for another grandchild one day. And than of course there is the happy medium part of me that says, "Go through all of it, keep some and sell the rest."

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/7/2013 6:49PM

    Sounds like you have made wonderful progress! As far as the sentimental things. It's not the things - its the memories you have associated with them. I suggest you help someone build memories also by donating most of it - especially stuff you have boxed up and don't even see now. You can always take a picture of the items before you give them away. Thne if you have the pictures in the album you can look through it and re-live the memories.
A long time ago, I realized that my "treasures" would be someone's "just things" some day. So, I moved them on. It's hard, but you can do it.

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LHLADY517 4/7/2013 6:16PM

    Good job.

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LKWQUILTER 4/7/2013 6:15PM

    I feel your pain Sallie--those decisions are the hardest. It is easier if you can get someone to go through stuff, especially if it is someone you really whose judgment you really trust. Or else, just do what you said at the last--keep some and get rid of the rest.

Have fun and keep on keeping on. You are doing GREAT!!!

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Taking On The Husband and The Garage

Friday, April 05, 2013

So today I began the difficult task of SPRING CLEANING the garage WITH the husband. I definitely have my job cut out for me on both fronts. The work alone is difficult because the area I am speaking of is made up of one half garage and one half basement which makes it a pretty large space loaded with STUFF. It happens to be the husband's all-time favorite dumping ground. If I ask him to toss something out besides trash, this is the place he tossing it. It's his place for anything he doesn't want to deal with. It also accumulates anything and everything he THINKS he will someday use again. Like that will ever happen. So at present, our garage is a hoarder’s paradise and in my opinion seriously in need of HELP! Although one can still move around pretty easily, it is the one area of our home that I do not consider cleaned and organized. It is filled with items we haven't used in years, things we no longer want as well as way too many broken or missing this n thats.

Based on today's experience with the husband, something tells me this is going to be a very looooong weekend, or week, or month, depending on how long it takes me to get the man to WORK WITH ME. Seriously, the words "THROW IT OUT" does mean move an item from one shelf to another. UGH! God give me strength!! emoticon Nevertheless no matter how many times I need to threaten to beat him over the head with whatever lethal weapon I can find down there, our garage will become a model of cleanliness and order such as one sees in a Professional Organizer's book or at the very least as near to one as I can get. I am sure the husband is not going to be very happy with me for forcing him to LET GO OF THE JUNK he has so uncreatively collected but he will just have to GET OVER IT!



Not ours but close to what I'm dealing with. We have a car in our garage and our space is larger so imagine MORE STUFF. emoticon




My dream of the future OR as near as I can get it. emoticon

  
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BRENDABUNNY 4/6/2013 5:33PM

    Good luck Sallie its possible emoticon

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SHOAPIE 4/6/2013 11:38AM

    Good luck!

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NASFKAB 4/6/2013 6:09AM

  good luck

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PMFISH 4/5/2013 11:31PM

    Good Luck! I have found it some things just disappear, they never miss them. It also affirms to them if it were organized they would know where it is. Look forward to seeing your finished product.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 4/5/2013 9:36PM

    Well Martha (haha), I mean Sallie - if anyone can get it all cleaned and looking perfect (love the "after" picture you chose!! I think one could EAT off of that garage floor!) YOU can!!!
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I have to admit I am probably (unfortunately) more like your hubby than like you - not that I want to keep stuff, just that I lost the ability to stay on top of keeping the house spic and span when my son was about 2 and never got my old ways back! Embarrassing!
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I know you'll be triumphant and successful... can't wait to see the real "after" photo when you're all done!
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RURAL3 4/5/2013 9:14PM

    Good Luck Sallie! Don't let this stress you out forever. At some point if he doesn't go with it figure out if it is worth all the stress. argh!

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LKWQUILTER 4/5/2013 8:48PM

    Sallie, that must be a "man" thing. lol Good luck and let us know how it goes. You are a braver soul than I am. ((HUGS))

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CRAFTINWIFE 4/5/2013 8:21PM

    "...the words "THROW IT OUT" doesn't mean move an item from one shelf to another"

Our husbands must be related!

Our computer/hobby room is directly off the LR, and is DH's "junk drop off" area, about every other month we have to spend a weekend cleaning it back out. It would go faster if he didn't have to look at/keep every single scrap of paper, computer part, old magazine, broken thing, etc. But whatever, quality time I guess. Not my ideal for QT, but gotta love him, mess & all!

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/5/2013 8:15PM

    Maybe show your husband some nice examples of an organized garage? We tackled this last summer, and what a difference. Now we have just three durable plastic shelved closets and two open plastic racks (the latter for cases of water and recycles, as I can barely lift the cases out of the car let alone get them into the house). Plus, we have three plastic garbage cans, one bicycle and a shop vac. Who knew we had so much space? The wals are bright white and we had the floor painted professionally - gray with white and black speckles.
The only thing I plan on adding, if I can find the right one is a metal topped potting table.
Hang in there - the clean out is worth it. Be ruthless!

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LITTLERLINDA 4/5/2013 7:29PM

    I wish you the best of luck. I'm more like your husband and tend to hold onto way too much. The hardest part is starting, but it does get easier and feels SO good when you are done. All that stuff really can bog down your mind and heart.
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Nobody's Fool

Monday, April 01, 2013

Well, it's April 1st otherwise known as April's Fool Day. Time to begin a NEW MINI CHALLENGE which I have named appropriately "Nobody's Fool". However before I get into that, let me wrap up March's Challenge.

Peanut's Birthday Challenge went off without a hitch. I dropped 3 more lbs as of this morning bringing my total to 8 lbs for the month. emoticon My goal of 5 lbs was met and surpassed!! emoticon Definitely a positive way to start off my mini challenges.

Starting today as I mentioned above, I will begin a new mini challenge, Nobody's Fool. Since I did so well with my 5 lb goal last month, I have once again set a goal of 5 lbs for the month. After all I am a firm believer in"if it isn't broke, don't fix it!". emoticon

Now I know I listed a whole host of personal goals in a previous blog that I want to add to my lifestyle plan to help with issues such as emotional, anxiety related as well as health but honestly after the first week of last month's challenge I decided to place them on the back burning and keep my focus for the first challenge on eating right and MOVING MY HINEY! I think I began to feel nearly right away that I had bitten off more than I could chew (no pun intended), and really just needed to start with the basics. So I have adjusted my approach and therefore my plan. I will add only ONE NEW PERSONAL GOAL at a time and stick with that UNTIL I feel it has become habit, anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. This month, besides eating right and moving my hiney emoticon I will focus on TRACKING MY FOOD. Tracking has evaded me for many months now but I do believe it is of vital importance to the healthy lifestyle I want to adopt.

So for APRIL's Challenge:
I will eat healthy. emoticon
I will move my hiney. emoticon
and
I will track my food. emoticon

As for yesterday, Easter Sunday, it turned out to be a relatively nice day. DH and I enjoyed spending some time with the grandson and daughter after surviving the very real possibility Saturday that Sunday would end up a total disaster. *My daughter went completely off rails Saturday over a minor incident but recovered quick enough to salvage Easter. I am thankful that my grandson was able to enjoyed the day. He loved the Easter goodies we gave him and the egg hunt we hosted for hom as well as the bike and skateboard we gave him for his birthday. emoticon

Happy April!! Have an awesome week Sparklers! Make it a good one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 4/5/2013 9:46PM

    Good challenge - You got this! I know it!!!
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Tracking your food will probably be a huge part of the success picture.

Good luck!
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BRENDABUNNY 4/1/2013 9:58PM

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2BE-MY-BEST 4/1/2013 4:06PM

    Happy to read you are doing so great! Your right about if it not broke don't fix it. What are you doing to get a 5 pound loss in one month. Share the secret to your success. Keep pressing on!

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LKWQUILTER 4/1/2013 12:52PM

    I know you will succeed Sallie. WTG on the weight loss.

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SJACK06S 4/1/2013 10:25AM

  This is a great way to do it! Good luck in April!

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CLASSYLADYMAY 4/1/2013 9:01AM

    Awesome. ! I know u can do this !!

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ANNIE924 4/1/2013 8:52AM

    Great going, Sallie. Congratulations on your loss and surpassing your goal for March. I'm sure April will be another great month for you.

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GOLFGMA 4/1/2013 8:09AM

    You did great to surpass your goal for the month. I'm sure you will do the same this month with that type dedication! emoticon

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Happy Easter Sparkies!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wreaths are done and all set to display for Spring/ Easter. Planning on giving the pink flower one to the daughter and grandson for their place.







Wishing everyone a FABULOUS weekend and a HAPPY Easter! Take care, be safe, and keep on sparking!!! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/30/2013 11:27PM

    Love the wreaths!!!! Have a great Easter

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PMFISH 3/30/2013 8:41PM

    Happy Easter to you! Thanks for sharing with your pictures.

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LKWQUILTER 3/30/2013 8:00PM

    Beautiful Sallie. You area so talented.

Wishing you a blessed Easter too.
((HUGS))

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/30/2013 7:58PM

    Those are really beautiful! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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BRENDABUNNY 3/30/2013 7:45PM

    Nice job Sallie they are emoticon Happy Easter emoticon emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/30/2013 6:58PM

    Nice job on the wreaths!

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SHOAPIE 3/30/2013 6:07PM

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 3/30/2013 4:56PM

    What great wreaths!

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RURAL3 3/30/2013 4:27PM

    Love the middle one

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LAINYC 3/30/2013 3:10PM

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DIVAMAMAOFTWO 3/30/2013 1:21PM

    Gorgeous wreaths! You are so CREATIVE!!

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Busy Last Two Days

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Went shopping yesterday. I picked up 2 blouses and a couple pairs of earrings for myself. emoticon Also bought the supplies needed for 2 Easter projects I am making, some additional goodies for the grandson's Easter basket as well as the supplies for his class treats. DH and I looked at mattresses and bunk beds as well. I am happy to say I got in a A LOT of walking too!!

I am feeling very blessed this week as DH and I get to enjoy some time with the grandson on three different occasions. emoticon Yesterday we picked him up from school after our shopping and took him to see the movie The Great and Powerful Oz. Really good movie by the way for anyone interested. Afterwards we had dinner at Brixx and treated the little guy to ice cream at Coldstone.

Had an impromptu quiz session with the daughter when we brought the grandson back home. She has 3 finals today. So she asked if I could quiz her on Anatomy & Physiology II. Shockingly we actually had a good time, sharing many laughs over my mispronouncing some of the medical terms. It's been 35 years since I took the very same course and well, lets just say I am really glad I am not taking it now. emoticon

This morning I put together 30 pkgs of Peeps On A Stick for the grandson's class. I think they came out nice and hope the kids will enjoy them!



This afternoon DH and I are again picking up the grandson from school and taking him party supply shopping for his birthday party on Sunday than to his favorite indoor play place for some run-around fun and later dinner at Fridays.

Only 4 more days until the little guy turns 6. We are definitely in party mode this week and enjoying every minute. emoticon

  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/23/2013 5:15PM

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BRENDABUNNY 3/20/2013 5:39PM

    That's wonderful enjoy your time and keep having fun you deserve it emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 3/20/2013 2:30PM

    Really happy for you Sallie. Keep on keeping on. ((HUGS))

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