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Guests are coming to visit you, not inspect the house---so you are ready. As long as the bathroom is clean and things are fairly straight, that should be fine.
Hope you figured out how to unwarp it!

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I finally got the furniture moved today. A bookshelf was warped so I turned it on its side and now I have extra room for more books! Everything is back in place and I believe I have more floor space.

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4/27/15 2:07 P

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company coming, the guest bedroom is clean, as is bathroom, science projects in fridge and kitchen are tossed. Don't care if windows are dirty, dust on shelves. have done all I'm goin' to do and that's that! emoticon

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Going through papers and such has been so healing this last week.

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You're right! It's about getting rid of what you never used, haven't used in a long while, or even no use for. Oh and the less items you have the less dusty you have to do. emoticon

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4/26/15 7:32 A

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Getting rid of stuff that is just taking up space is part of it---but so is organizing what you have and not just piling it up everywhere. Sometimes you throw it away and sometimes you donate or sell it.

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I think decluttering isn't just cleaning and making it look better, but also throwing things out. What do you think?

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4/21/15 10:52 A

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I wish I could get my DH out of the house in the mornings---LOL---but now that he is home all the time, I am making him do the housework since I am working outside the house and he is not.---only fair!

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Got DH out the door and am ready for a nap! LOL

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4/21/15 5:38 A

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I just got up and could use a nap already---LOL Hopefully we will both have more energy as the day goes on.

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4/20/15 10:21 P

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I was so tired after my Dr. appointment that I took a nap.

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Walk sounds nice---I have been doing some walking here at work just to kill time---we are doing state testing and it is a waste of time for those who are not doing it----well, it is a waste of time and taxpayer money too. LOL

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4/20/15 9:05 A

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The sheets were so nice to feel. The bed is made this morning. If I do any decluttering today it will be paperwork.
Dr. appointment this morning and then possibly a short walk.

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4/20/15 6:25 A

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Good for you! Nice to have a clean bed to crawl into.

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4/19/15 9:46 P

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I passed on the book and did a lot of cleaning. I vacuumed and cleaned the apartment. The bed is changed and all of the laundry put away. I cleaned a shelf in the pantry and two dresser drawers. The laundry is done and put away.
I love that the apartment feels so clean and organized.

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4/19/15 7:37 P

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Good idea---but I am glad not to have to go down to a laundry room!

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4/19/15 10:14 A

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Today is laundry day. The clothes are sorted and I will go down to the laundry room this afternoon and take a book with me. It makes the time shorter and no distractions for my reading adventure.

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I stopped taking the allergy medicine and feel much better. Had lots more energy this week and so far no nasal issues.
I got a lot done yesterday---started out the morning switching out my winter shoes for summer ones. then reorganized my shelving closet and put out my lighter pjs and put away the heavy ones, then decide to purge some clothes---filled up one whole bag to donate--even a couple of things from the closet---even tried on a couple pair of pants and decided I can wear them again. Then I went to walk the park with my Spark buddy---first time in a long time we have been able to walk outside so it felt good. Came home and rested and ate lunch, then tackled yard work. Mowed the lawn, pulled weeds up front and in the back, also got rid of more leaves. I was pretty tired by the end of the day.

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My back and hip seem much better after the injections and new medication. I did a little cleaning and hopping to do more shredding and filing next week.

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4/15/15 1:24 P

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For sure! LOL

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4/15/15 8:36 A

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Did some closet decluttering yesterday and have a bag of clothes to drop off at St Vincent DePaul's. Getting rid of things I have hoped to get into for a long time. They are taking up too much space and I may not wear them anyway. You know how it is. You like the way it looks, but hanging--not on!

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Glad you did not try and injure yourself in the process. If I have big ideas to move things around, I kind of ask my youngest son over for dinner.

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I became more realistic as the day went on and didn't try to move the furniture. I just need to get a wireless printer. I did redo some book shelves and did a short walk.
I will do some more books today and some pick up. Dishes are washed and the kitchen swept.
I am picking up a few things as my case worker is coming today for my helper.

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Hope you emptied those bookcases before you tried to move them! HOpe you like how it turns out.

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I think I am going to move some furniture around today. Now if my back will cooperate! I want to move my table so that I can use my printer again. That will involve exchanging my table and bookshelf positions. I get carried away with my books!

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Did some outside decluttering yesterday---and dh actually moved around more than he has---he went with me to the mall to walk and then we went to Walmart to shop---we both needed a nap in the afternoon---LOL---then we both did some things outside.

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Kitchen is finished. I did some filing and some shredding and arranged the community bookshelves after a large book donation.

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My dh did finally clean up the play area---not sure what project I will work on this weekend---not feeling sick but definitely not having enough energy each day---so glad it is Friday.

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I finally have a day without appointments so I am working on my Kitchen today. I am gradually making my way through the dishes and will emoticon after they are all done.

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Smart idea to elevate it.
Honestly, you don't have to declutter every day---it is okay to do something else, the clutter will wait for you---LOL---and sometimes we just need a break from it---it can be stressful.
I did clean my front porch on Monday when gd was over---we both like to spend time out there and it needed cleaning after the winter--threw away several things that were out there so that got that area decluttered. I also cleaned out a flower bed when we were outside playing. My dh was supposed to clean up the toy area yesterday---and could he remember that? NO---he better do that today---with him being home there is no reason why I have to clean---he should be doing it!

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Taking a day of rest again. I managed to irritate the osteoarthritis in my knee last night and need to keep it elevated as I have to go out of town tomorrow.

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Had some extra days off over Easter...did creative sewing things and NO housework or cleaning of areas....
Two feelings are fighting in my head....1) you should have.....
2) feel really good and proud of the challenges I met on the sewing project
I put in pockets and they look Good.

don't know which will win yet....but the winner will determine what I do with my free time the rest of the week

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4/6/15 1:15 P

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I threw away a lot of papers yesterday. It felt good! emoticon

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You set a limit that you can work with---that is why it works---plus it won't stress you out or overwhelm you by setting that limit.

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I went back to emptying boxes (left over from flood). Found that if I hold myself to 3 per day, I actually get it done. Plus I still keep up with my other housework. Funny how that works for me. emoticon

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Got 2 counters done in the kitchen ---one more to do now that dh has washed the dishes. WE also did a bit of lawn clean-up this morning.

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I am working on my stationary drawer today. Making progress! emoticon

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I actually did a few hot spots around my house over the last 2 days---my bureau top being one of them. Plan on doing quite a bit of cleaning and tossing this long weekend with dh's help--then he is going to be responsible for maintaining it.

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I am finally making progress on my table. I hope that I can get to the things that I want to clear out of drawers soon.

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I actually got some areas de-cluttered yesterday, I need to remind my self that even though it takes hours I can still do it in 15 minute sections until it is done.

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I would think if you stop before dark and chose a hotel that does not have outside doors to the hotel room, you should be alright---and maybe stop some place nice before you get into that city---Anyone traveling alone should always be careful no matter where they are headed---esp. at rest stops on the interstates---but I traveled down south by myself and did not have any issues, but always made sure I was not alone at the rest stops and kept a watchful eye.

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Need some traveling advice from the locals ----

I am traveling from Rhode Island to Oklahoma City this weekend. My plan is to stop the first night in/around Natural Bridge, VA. That puts me around Memphis, TN the second night around 9pm, but my daughter was told on multiple occasions that Memphis is not safe at night for women traveling alone. (She's now terrified to pass through it at night) Any input from the locals? (Interstate 40)


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Continuing my paper clearing. I found some treasures in my box and will be either making a scrapbook or need a picture album.

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If it works for you, continue---although I would think 3 is a kind of low number---I always do my stuff by time, not items---at least you are dealing with it.

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They are not exactly shadow boxes but boxes with little boxes with in like a printers tray. Three have come from craft fairs and the printers tray was just given to me. I have put several small mementos in them and will have plenty of places to add little objects I find.
I am dealing with the boxes of paperwork by taking three pieces out of the box each day and either shredding, throwing or putting in the proper place. Today I had an old get well card that I threw away, an envelope to add to my envelope box and a medical paper that could be shredded. It is a slow process but not overwhelming. These are papers I just threw in a box when I moved and now that everything else is completed I can go threw them and make better decisions.
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It will feel more like home when you get those things hung. Did you make the shadow boxes? I did one for my youngest son of college graduation things---his hat, things from the Honors Awards banquet, program from graduation, picture of the whole group graduating, and we hung the Honor society ropes around it after it was hung---it does look nice and a good way to remember that occasion.

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I am down to mostly paperwork and trying to make decisions about saving it. How long is too long after you reach retirement age. I am gradually making room for the rest of the books. My helper will hang pictures and my shadow boxes today.

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Sounds like you need to make some tough decisions and discard some things---remember it you don't love it and use it, then it needs to find someone who will.

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Yes, stay safe and enjoy the day off.
I am down to the last few boxes and have no idea where to put the stuff. I am completely out of corners and stash places.
Time to do the dishes and start the search.

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You have done well to get so much unpacked this quickly.
Snow in our forecast for tonight so thinking I will have off another day this week at least---rather have off than drive in it.

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My goal today is to get my last boxes done. I may just get one done but it will be one less to deal with.

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Oh, I would hate to depend on others all the time---glad you are able to get about and that there is bus service there for you to use.
I went to pick dh up from PT and my battery died---thankfully my middle son was home and he came and jumped my car and the NAPA dealer was nearby and we went there and got a new battery for my car and he installed it for me---but that meant I had to take the rest of the day off as no need to go back for just an hour---but at least I will be able to go back and sell tickets tonight like planned.

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I am going to take the day off and do some errands. I am going to ride the bus and get some fresh air. My neighbor came over and we talked a bit. She has workers 24/7 and is in a wheelchair. I am very thankful that I am still ambulatory. I have met her workers and they seem very nice.

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Only keep the ones you will reread---I do enjoy picking up an old friend and get reacquainted with it.

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Today is book day! My goal is to unpack the rest of my emoticon I have six more boxes to unpack and my bookcases are full already! Time to get inventive and weed out!

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Sharon, I did enjoy my day off.
Nothing like a breath of fresh air, esp. in the winter when we have been shut up for so long--I love when I can do that, too.
Another busy week for me!

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I am slowly clearing another box. I am doing good with the kitchen and keeping the dishes done. I am experiencing a lot of fatigue lately so I am doing what I have left a little at a time. We had a beautiful day today and I opened the window and let the apartment air out. This is a non smoking facility but there is nothing like fresh air after a long time of closed rooms. emoticon

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happy MLK day everyone :)

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Hopefully you are finding some creative ways to store items---or if you find you really don't need them, donate them.

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I am trying to make games of unpacking now that I am nearing the end. I no longer have a desk so finding a place for those things is proving to be interesting.

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That makes for a stressful week with someone in the hospital. Try to do at least some at home using some of your household products---bottles of water or cans and at least work the arms a bit.
Another 2 hour delay this morning--love it!

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emoticon Did not get my 2 strength training sessions in this week with work and Dad in hospital....Still could do one, but the energy is not there. emoticon

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Nola, that is great that all you have left are the books---what a great friend to help you do all that.

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Making little dents to get caught up again.


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I am moved and we worked on books. She has gone to see her brother who loves here in town. I don't have a lot to put away but many books. Trying to find a place for those things that we all have continually stored. It is coming together. emoticon

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OH, I know that you are now looking forward to that move---how nice to have a friend come to help you unpack---it will make it much more pleasant---are you getting excited? or just ready for it to be over with?

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A friend is coming from Topeka~100 miles~ to help me unpack. It will be fun to have her. emoticon

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And it spreads the weight out for moving---books are heavy. I agree, books are important and there are certain authors that I will keep---but others I will read and then pass on---but books I love are read again and again over the years.

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My helper is helping me move boxes on Friday and the my Officer Friends from Community Corrections will be here on Saturday to move the furniture and anything else we don't get moved.
I marked several things and hope to move the kitchen first as there is a large pantry where we will be storing boxes. There are several boxes of books but I also have packed books in almost every box so I have a present for each box I unpack. emoticon I do love my books.

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That is the hard part about packing for a move---needing something already packed, and not knowing which box---LOL I actually did pretty good on that when we moved 5 years ago---and improvised if I had packed it up. Who is helping you move? We had a great group from our church who came and moved us all in one morning---of course it helped I had everything ready---but there were about 15 men and a couple of big trucks and a bunch of pickup trucks and my son directed it all as my dh's work would not let him have off---boy, was I mad about that. I think after they left I had the kitchen all unpacked by that evening---I had already cleaned in there and had a pretty good idea where I wanted everything---and it worked out well---think I have only switched 2 cabinets---and they were glasses and coffee stuff---just worked out better once I switched it out. It also helped that I had lots more space in this kitchen to store things, too---the main reason why I chose this house---and I still appreciate it!

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Living from boxes and bags this week. I keep looking for things in the cabinets and everything is packed! emoticon
The snow is falling outside and we are expecting 3-6 inches. I am staying warm and hope to stay that way through the night.
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The village is packed away, put down in the basement, area vacuumed, and the recumbant bike is now upstairs and been cleaned for dh to use---and I might use it again, too--not my fav exercise but on those days when other things don't fit in, then it is here to use.

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Cleaning walls and living from boxes this week.

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