Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I had an extremely productive day today. I literally listed items for sale from this morning until late this afternoon. Of course that involved cleaning items, taking pictures, writing descriptions, etc. I hope that at least half of the items I listed sell, as it would be depressing if nothing sold after all that work. I guess if you don't try you never know though, right?
If they don't sell locally I'll just save them for September at the church consignment sales I suppose, but I really don't want to have to store them that long.
Monday, April 02, 2012
I managed to get to go to IKEA yesterday which was a relief although I didn't find many organizational items. It was no where near as busy as it is on Saturday, but still was NOT a ghost town by no means either.
I really wanted to get my son a new bookcase to go in his room, but didn't have the room to put it in the car or to get it by myself. I somehow ended up spending more than $50 though while I was there, but I bought myself some picture ledges and picture frames so I can FINALLY put some family pictures up in my bedroom. I have such a small home that there is literally no where to put family pictures anywhere, so I decided to go with this as an option in my bedroom.
Before I left, I tried to help my daughter, who has the most cluttered room in our house, get her bedroom straightened out a little bit, and in the process now have a huge pile of things that I've got to try to sell sitting in my bedroom. Can I say upfront that I am very tired and worn out from selling or trying to sell items? The next church consignment sales won't be until September so I don't want to just sit on all these items until then, so I've got to clean, take pictures, write up information about each item, and then attempt to sell them.
I know it would probably be easier to take this stuff to Good Will or the Salvation Army, but try to bring in some extra bucks here and there from unwanted items to help with bills and also to give to the kids for being willing to give up unwanted items that they no longer use.
I'm a little frustrated because I asked for the items before Christmas that my daughter decided to get rid of yesterday since it would be easier to sell them when everyone is looking for Christmas gifts for their children. The same thing happened with items from my son, LOL. I told them that they would get the money if anything sold, but now I'm stuck with lots of toys and "stuff" in my bedroom with no where to put them!
These are items that they never use, so I'm not trying to sell items that they love and use. They literally just gather dust and they have no interest in them. I told them that they could buy replacement items (such as electronic books for a Kindle, video games, etc. that don't take up a lot of room, but that they enjoy a lot right now).
Well now I have them, but not at a good time to sell, LOL! I also have things on my carport that I have to sell that came from the shed that my husband wants me to sell (thought I was almost done with the shed stuff too). Sigh........
I've got to clean out my coupon box of expired coupons sometime this week and file the new coupons I got in yesterday's paper. I've got to organize the new items I bought at Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo in my kitchen cabinets and pantry (need to number them so the oldest gets used first that are already in there), so lots of work ahead for me.
Friday, March 30, 2012
I had an extremely productive day yesterday. It has been bugging me for a long time that our shed was full of splinters and nails since we had the new roof put on it and the house last year due to a freak softball-size hail storm we had come through.
If you're ever had your roof redone you know that you will have a huge mess in your attic and other areas. I thoroughly cleaned the attic after the roof was done, but the shed has been sitting there all this time undone.
It finally got to me and so I swept the entire shed that was full of wood shards, nails, and tons of dirt/dust. I had to remove heavy items from some of the shelves in the back to get the debris from there as well and move heavy items on the floor (tons of tools, kerosene heater, etc.). The only thing I couldn't move were the shelves (plastic) that were attached to the wall, but I tried to get under them as much as I could.
I organized items, labeled containers that my husband had just thrown into the shed, combined like items, etc. Let me tell you, just the shed itself was a huge job, but I also finished the attic organization (minus the drawers in the rolling plastic containers as I have to buy some small container organizers for that). I vacuumed, organized, labeled, put like things together, etc. in the attic as well.
It is not unexpected that I slept wonderfully last night as I was exhausted, but I think the dust and pollen got to me a little bit as I am coughing this morning (I have allergies and asthma). It was super hot yesterday so I was dusty/dirty/sweaty as a result since both areas are not air conditioned, but I knew I needed to get it done now before it got any hotter. Our summers are brutal here in North Carolina, and if it's this hot in March (almost April) I hate to see July/August!
After I finish schooling the kids today I've got to run to a few stores and get some storage containers (small ones) for the drawers in the attic and the shed so that small things are better organized as well as I am going to run to Harris Teeter (yeah, I know, but I'm only going once this week as there are some super deals) and Bi-Lo.
I have about 3 containers of items sitting in my bedroom that came out of the attic that I need to go through and figure out where they should be stored or whether they should be purged.
I also went through some of the paperwork that was in my nightstand drawer and got rid of a lot of that although I'm still not done. At least it is a much smaller pile!
The carport shed (not to be confused with the shed building that is not attached to the house) needs to be swept out as well since there is also lots of splintered wood in there (from the roofing being replaced), but I think I "might" leave that to my husband.
I'm hoping after I FINALLY get all this decluttering/organizing/cleaning done I can do some things that I have been wanting to find time to do, but have been unable to do. We have been so busy with homeschool activities and other things that it has taken me forever to get this done as a result.
I really want to focus more on cooking from scratch, and I have saved some cool things I want to cook on Pinterest when I have time to do that. I want to spend more time teaching my daughter (and my son if he's interested) to cook.
I've been trying to take the time to list items for sale as I find them in the attic/shed that we no longer want, but so far I'm not as successful as I was earlier in the week. I really think I am FINALLY getting to the point (maybe???) that I have to struggle to find things to sell, which is a good thing.
I'm sure now that I've said that, there will be tons of things that are given to me to perform a miracle with (trying to sell items in this terrible economy, LOL).
Thank goodness for church consignment sales, as I got rid of a lot that way although it was a lot of work in the process. I'm finally feeling some relief as it seems we aren't quite as "cluttered" as we were and I'm hoping it stays that way.
It's so wonderful to open cabinets, drawers, etc. and see controlled chaos vs. tangled masses of things that don't even go together.
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