Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Tackling a lot of things on the home front: some litigation for a class action lawsuit, planning some summer yard things with next door neighbor guy on phone, made tax appointment, sorted through more mail and tossed a huge pile of old receipts and bills, made appointment with my mechanic for oil change tomorrow.
ti seems like I take three steps ahead and four backwards. Phone time cuts into cleaning time, but had to get arrangements made.
This decluttering takes a long time....
Monday, January 14, 2013
Short workday makes for time at home to get things accomplished! Still filling boxes of this and that, I hung onto for years even after having about five garage sales!! What was I thinking?
I read another Sparker on her page about how she decluttered and it made a difference in uncluttering her life too. I think I was hanging on to things during my divorce that were comfort things, ONLY THINGS!! During that time, I lost six of my dearest relatives in one week. two in one day, I had major surgery, was in school full time, working four part time jobs, raising my daughter alone, maintaining my home and saw THINGS as what I could come home to, not change my life(haha).. Now I see that they never were valuable as material things, just needed as crutches to keep me alive and sane.
Laziness is another factor.. like some who have admitted it here: toss it in the closet and close the door.. How easy is that? for now..
I already made DD do a blood vow to not let anybody but herself into my bedroom when I die.. there are things I can never part with religious articles that I use all of the time.. they are antiques, passed to me form dear relatives.. I cannot bear the thought of somebody trashing them and have them in my TRUST to be donated..
I can bare bones it only so far, I draw the line at my personal religious and family items. DD's little things she made for me..etc.. what kind of mom would I be to toss all of them? I have one envelope of her drawings,,
I think Americans are the worst for this,, I never hear people elsewhere having such clutter!! Either that or they bury the stuff in their back yard or rotate it from one relative to another...
With so many deaths in the past twenty years and me being the person to help clear out homes, I can honestly say that I do not have one quarter of the things in my home that any one of those people had!! I laughed at the first few, chuckled at the ones in the middle and understood why, at the last few.. so that is what motivates me..
But seriously, 200 + decks of cards in one drawer??????????????? I guess I can dispose of all those old tee shirts I collected!Kidding!!!!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Fast day today: went to grocery store for milk, back home to pack car up to the roof with DD stuffed animals to take to dads house to wash and dry,, they are musty smelling from our basement when it got wet. We spent about seven hours there and filled three big stretchy trash bags, still have a huge big box to wash and dry next trip.. I made good use of the wait time and washed a few sinkfuls of parents knick knacks to sell, filled more boxes of things to sell, put them on patio, tossed old junk they had there. I found three more hammers today, in various places,, oy vey!!!
Just sitting in a chair, a person can go through a drawer and fill bags or boxes with their junk!!! For this sale, I am only gleaning out non valuable things that they collected over the years , like four pairs of boots that mom bought,, never wore three pair.. a ten inch deep drawer of PLAYING CARDS, bags of BAGS, plastic, paper,etc,, twenty boxes of latex gloves, three holsters, eleven umbrellas, five vacuum sweepers.
Styrofoam coolers, beer cases from old long neck beer bottles, five cases of the old Hefty brand bubble wrap"alligator" storage bags...etc..
As far as going through moms clothes, I estimate at least two hundred tops of various types, shoes, purses, coats, but try to find a flashlight that works,, I had to go buy one...
seven telephones in boxes,etc..on and on...
One advantage of all this stuff under one roof is that it makes me want to clear my stuff out so I do not have to go through this later, ,,
I dread the estate sale we will have when mom dies,, the house will still have twice the things I already have in my home!! After we take this much out!!!!!
I feel good that somebody will get good use out of this stuff.. It would take me another year to clear everything out if I quit my job to do it!! They were not even hoarder material yet!! This is just packed in places nobody could see,,until...
nest weekend I may stay overnight again to pack more things up,, continue washing the animals,,etc.
BTW, I hear that saying all the time, ,go ahead and use it,, nobody has a patent on cleaning..
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I am up and at 'em picking things up, sorting things to go to dad's house for sale, setting up meds for week, added Vit C for the next few months just as a precautionary measure. Do not trust foreign oranges, cannot afford American ones, so this will do for now.
Going to haul big boxes of stuffed animals to dad's house to wash and dry.. musty smelling,, for sale,, boxes, tables,,
just another winter cleaning day here, too cold, damp and dark out to be motivated to go out.. if you have time to lean, you have time to clean!!
Friday, January 11, 2013
DD feeling somewhat better today,, still in pain with skin, but headache gone.
After work today I schlepped my fifty ton humidifier up my basement stairs to the landing to put in car to get repaired. Not sure what the heck is going on with it,, only five years old..
We are being very careful in public, no extra time in public places to be exposed to nasty germs.. We both got the flu shot, but she is highly susceptible to everything, I cannot afford to miss any work time, so being the paranoid that I am, we stick close to home. I would make somebody a perfect hermit. Lock me in a closet with a potty, light and books, I am good to go for months. Upbringing kept us locked in our bedrooms most of the time, so I am used to it..
bad side:being abused by mother, good side: no fear of anything in life but building fires and spiders. No fear of water, dark, close places, heights, any animal (I actually swam through a jellyfish nursery in the Pacific Ocean, at the beach in Grenada, then swam back to the sand,, never got stung once!!) or ethnic group, public places, mean people, authority,etc.
My main fear is for my daughter, that there will be nothing to help her when I am gone... no $$.. that lazy people are no using $ that will be needed for those who need it later...
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