A little friendly reminder, especially to those who live in areas that have winter weather. We had an unexpected, unpleasant visitor this week...a mouse! eek!
I lost my beloved cat last month, and he always took care of those problems. Without him on patrol, I should have remembered that mice usually find their way into the house when the weather turns cold. Well, we had some temperatures down in the teens two days, and a day later, we saw a mouse. We set traps and caught two (they usually show up in pairs, just so you know). Hopefully that's it, but I'll be sure to keep traps set from now on.
I'm on the FlyLady Team, and I posted about this situation on a thread there. I mentioned that this just gives me another incentive to declutter...there are too many places for a mouse to hide in my house! I sometimes watch the Hoarders show on TV for inspiration to clean and declutter. I can see how a mouse problem could really get out of control. It could have been in the house for several days or weeks before we saw it, and if they start reproducing, it could get really scary! I'll never be without traps set from now on!
To explain, my house isn't as bad as those seen on the Hoarders TV show. I don't have problems keeping the kitchen and food areas clean. My clutter consists more of boxes of paperwork, newspapers and magazines, junk mail, that I need to sort for recycling or shred if it has my name/address on it. I also need to go through clothes and donate things so I have room to put things away that I do wear. Just too much general "stuff" that makes things too cluttered. Any flat surface has too much stuff on it, and laundry tends to pile up. For many, many years I suffered from migraines up to four days a week, so I would throw things in boxes to deal with later. Finally I've found some meds that are helping with the migraines, and I feel like "later" is now and I can start dealing with things! (I'm on the Migraines team too, so you can read that if you want info about the new med I'm on.)
So, the plan for 2017: my goals for the year are to finally make progress on the clutter, and on the weight. I've lost the two pounds I gained over the holidays, so I'm happy about that, and now I can continue. I want 2017 to be the year I get under 200. And I hope by the holiday season of 2017, I can have family and friends over for a visit and not feel like I need to apologize for a messy house. Good luck to everyone with your own goals. Cheers.