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More 'Real' Decluttering Progress this morning!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sorting things in the office/spare bedroom/everything room, AGAIN! STILL!

Finally showing real progress! emoticon

What helped the most was having boxes (OR AREAS) labeled GARAGE, BASEMENT,SMALL BATHROOM, BIG BATHROOM, BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM, KITCHEN. BIG, VISIBLE, TYPED LABELS! emoticon Instead of running aroun putting each thing away, I could put it in a box ans later take the box to the correct room. Wow, this idea saved me so much time! Thanks to Flylady!

Also, last year, I bought shelves to go on the desk. These shelves take care of lots of things I want out in the open.

Today I found a box of files from 2008, 2009, 1010, and 1011! Yes, this was still upstairs cluttering up this room! GONE! emoticon

A big, wastebasket of stuff got thrown out. emoticon

Lots of items were found and I can actually use them! emoticon

I was always overwhelmed with keeping papers organized but in 2006 when I was still working full time emoticon , hubby had a stroke. emoticon I handled moving from a huge house to our one floor condo. I NEVER , ever want to do that again! Plus just handling his care threw me for a loop. Now I am retired in an easy to clean condo and can attack those things left undone for those last few years.

I have been working on this room--uh, for a couple of years. emoticon

I have fibromyalgia and and lived here while working full time and caregiving , and, and... so I found this really hard to do.

It is tax time and all this stuff makes doing real work very difficult. I used to put a table here in the midst of the clutter and sort tax stuff on it. Well, the cat emoticon would scatter those papers and make things worse!

But I don't need that table this year because I can work at my desk! emoticon

Hubby is still in bed, but I hear the TV so he will be ready to get up soon. My peace has ended. emoticon It is like having children wake up and start needing Mommy...

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ARTJAC 2/23/2014 10:20PM


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MAC4902 2/23/2014 6:10PM

    Ok I guess I'm going to crack wise here and say maybe you should have kept the stuff from 1010 and 1011. Could be Antique Roadshow worthy. emoticon

But seriously thanks for sharing the tip about labeled boxes. I can use all the help I can get. emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 2/23/2014 6:01PM

    emoticon I have just started on the main floor (basement was partially attacked a few years ago with my daughter's help.) I started with my bedroom and I still need to find a few missing objects and have a long way to go. I have been "attempting" to declutter my bedroom starting on January 10th or so and to tell the truth even after about six hours of sorting I still am not winning the battle.

I, too, have a husband who needs help and makes more work for me as he has moderate Alzheimer's. I also have generalized arthritis and fibromyalgia in addition to many other worrisome medical problems.

In addition, my latest stressors include job difficulties and my daughter who lives 1000 miles away is very ill and has had lots of investigation with no diagnosis yet.

My gut feeling is to quit my job and move to Montana, but have to sell the house after I straighten it up and figure out what to do with my husband as I believe he has been declining lately especially since around Thanksgiving of last year.

I am glad to hear that you are coping very well with your stressors. My doctor thinks I should retire to reduce the stress in my life, but I would have a whole new set of financial stressors. Of course, if I wait too long to do something, the end result would probably be unsatisfactory.

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2HAMSDIET 2/23/2014 6:00PM

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CRAFTSFAN1 2/23/2014 5:03PM

    You are doing an amazing job. De-cluttering is a very hard task and you are improving the ways to do it. When you feel confused, just Stop, Sit down, and Think of better, easier, and faster ways to do things. It pays off to plan how to do things mentally or in writting.

Plan 1 - is it a better, faster, easier way to do...? Then.
Plan 2 - is it a better, faster, easier way to do ... than plan 1? Then,
Plan 3 - is it a better, faster, easier way to do... than plan 2? Then
Plan ...

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WALLINMW 2/23/2014 3:44PM

  Stay motivated!

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WALLINMW 2/23/2014 3:44PM

  Stay motivated!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/23/2014 3:32PM

    I cleaned up my desk again today - it seems like a never ending job sometimes! But feels good when it is done!

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JUSTYNA7 2/23/2014 2:06PM

    emoticon for all that decluttering. I know, it's like a constant loop cleaning and decluttering and then one day you just get a few more things and it's like... hump day!

As for the caregiving. Sigh. I was at a party last night briefly but I mentioned that we would be getting the house ready to put on the market next year and our host said "why would you move with everyone still home?" and I replied "because we would have moved at this point in our lives if we didn't have adult children here". Sometimes, hard as it is, we have to continue on with the plan even though it has become a different plan. If we move it won't necessarily be to our ideal retirement community but to one where DD can maybe be more independant, where Paratranspo will service or she could access the bus services. It's a transition but I have no idea how long it will take. You never know if your decisions are the "best" ones, but you make the best decisions you can. For me the less clutter the easier any future decision will be. Hehehe, I hear you about taxes. Mine used to be in boxes and so behind it was ridiculous. I finally called an accounting company as I was so afraid that we would be audited. With all the years of intense caregiving I had gotten way too disorganized. Anyways it was a small battle to get caught up but they helped and set me up with a more efficient system so now I'm only usually 2 months behind, lol, and all my papers get revolved in February... now. My DD (an accountant doing her Masters) is trying to convince me to do things differently again. I do understand why but it mean change. I'm slow to change. And in a year will it matter? Good job Chris. You can do this! Justyna

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1CRAZYDOG 2/23/2014 1:15PM

  Good luck!!!

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HANSBRINK 2/23/2014 12:36PM

  Congratulations! Makes me want to go tackle my office today! Thanks.

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CELIAMINER 2/23/2014 12:02PM

    Congrats on your progress! And you just reminded me DH promised to organize the tax paperwork before he left for a week of travel. Didn't happen, and he just drove away.

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CARTERSGRANDMA 2/23/2014 11:24AM

  Don't you just love it when you can sit back and see progress? I try to de-clutter in both the spring and fall. I don't know where all the "stuff" comes from!! I don't know about you, but it makes me feel "lighter" somehow to purge the no longer wanted/used belongings. emoticon emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 2/23/2014 11:05AM

  great ideas . you rock .

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PROUD-GRANDMA 2/23/2014 10:51AM

    Great ideas! You have inspired me to declutter today! Thank you!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/23/2014 10:35AM

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MAW_OH 2/23/2014 10:31AM

    I see, to clear out an area, and start on another, then the area aleady cleared starts building up again. But recently I have been keeping a goodwill back constantly going and taking it out when filled, so I believe I am making progress!

emoticon Chris!

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1AVERY 2/23/2014 10:25AM

    You are doing great Chris keep up the great work you seem to have started to decluttering process and have kept it going. The workshop said do a little at a time and don't overwhelm yourself.

I think you will notice the healthier you eat the better your fibro will be. I have not had near as many afternoon attacks of no energy can't keep my eyes open and just nod in and out days. I hope you are finding the same thing.

Decluttering will really help you feel better and less stress and depression. I know people that have started eating right and losing weight and have been able to go off lots of different medications. Most of which take away energy etc. emoticon

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SIEGRID 2/23/2014 10:24AM

    I feel your pain....I am not allowed (doctor's orders) to do any heavy cleaning anymore, and we live with 2 animals in the house, and , well, we do bring home dirt and horse hair from the barn, but, hey, dirt is actually good for the health emoticon , not saying the house is dirty but it might not be up to a germaphobes standards. I don't really care, you do what you can in the time that it takes you and that is all that counts. I hope you have a beautiful day!!!!

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I_R_WORTH_IT 2/23/2014 10:22AM

    Very awesome for your de-cluttering! That can be hard, I keep at it myself, and I swear, the stuff just keeps multiplying when I turn around!!

Keep up the great work, and, I know too well about kids breaking the peace....gah...I am ready to go hide now!!

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