Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Tomorrow if the big day of drop off at the church consignment sale (my second one this year). I'm very hopeful that I will do okay since I get 90% of the profit (yeah!!!) and I have found more things to take with me as well.
You would think after years of these sales that I wouldn't have much to take, but with all the clothes that my mother sends the kids (she has a major shopping obsession) and other things that she gets at yard sales we seem to never lack enough items to sell at numerous sales. It never fails, the car is usually filled to capacity which I suppose is a good thing, but frustrating as well as I try not to overbuy because I hate extra clutter.
I've been trying to eat out of our pantry and freezer lately although there are always things we run out of that I have to buy at the store each week (milk, bread, etc.) so have been trying save money that way.
Lots of bills have come due this month, more so than most months. To add to that, we're trying to increase the number of people in our home school group so I've been busy trying to schedule more events as well as find out ways to advertise the group.
I think I need a vacation soon. :-)
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I got a lot done yesterday since we didn't have school planned with it being Labor Day. I got the furniture in my bedroom dusted, got rid of bags of trash (had lots of paper clutter that I finally got a chance to go through), got some toys bagged and labeled for the church consignment sale, vacuumed, cooked, cleaned, and got together stuff for Good Will that I can't sell at church consignment sales but are still usable for others.
I don't think I will ever get my home to the point where I am happy about the organization, but at least I'm working on it over time and it's better than where it was a day ago. If I could convince my daughter to get rid of more things that she never uses or plays with, then I'd be estatic, but she did suprise me at getting rid of more this time around than she ever has.
I want to get one of those plastic organizers with drawers to put our office supplies in (lots of different paper items such as printer address label sheets, copier paper, etc.) to make it easy to find everything and to also protect those items from dust.
I am excited because I got accepted to a third church consignment sale that is 2 weeks after the one I'm going to this week and hopefully a fourth will pan out as well. I am so determined to get rid of these items and of course any extra money is well worth the work I put into it.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Well I know why I have been feeling so lethargic and grumpy lately so it's a relief that I know the reason and it's not because I'm turning into a crazed middle-aged woman, LOL. It was due any day so hopefully my family will be able to live with me after a few days!
I spent yesterday convincing my daughter that having probably around 50 Barbies (of various kinds) was probably not a good idea and we got them pared down from being in two containers to just one container. She got most of them from my mother, yard sales, me, etc. so they accumulated over the years. I've approached her so many times about them and offered to help her with the task but she wanted nothing to do with it.
She is not anything like me in that regard and likes to hold on to things unlike my son who has purged a lot of his items over the years. I plan to try to sell some other items they have outgrown as well in the near future such as a bike, electric scooter, etc.
Some of these items I will try to sell at the church consignment sale coming up this week and the others I will try to sell locally on a Yahoo group I'm on that lets you sell items for free.
Hopefully the bigger items will sell since Christmas is coming sooner than you think. It's always a challenge for us to figure out what to get the kids then, but as the years go by I'm trying more and more to focus on "memories" instead of material things. For instance, I think it would be more fun to have the entire family go on a zip line or white water rafting instead of buying some toy that will sit in their closet.
My home is very small and since we home school as well, it can easily look cluttered although if our home was larger you wouldn't notice that fact because I keep decluttering and getting rid of things throughout the years. It's a challenge to keep a smaller home not looking cluttered especially when you have to make sure you have all the materials you need to home school with and I love books so I tend to overbuy those, LOL.
I've been very good though and only buy necessities or things we REALLY love vs. something that is a great deal but probably won't be used.
My husband plans to take the kids to a local state park nearby and have them hike up the mountain. I know I NEED to go as well for the exercise, but will probably spend that time taking pictures of the bigger items I need to sell and labeling the things my daughter finally gave me to sell at the consignment sale with price tags. I'll also make sure I have something yummy cooked for the family when they get back from hiking, so a busy day for me.
Have a wonderful Labor Day everyone!
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