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Outdoor Girl

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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #255 on: December 02, 2013, 11:05:29 AM »
I do not clean before the cleaner comes but I do tidy so she can find the floor to vacuum and mop.

Ah, but that *is* exactly what 'cleaning for the cleaning lady' is supposed to be!  I never understood it before I got my current cleaning lady.  I have to keep my crap picked up and put away so she can actually *clean*.  The more stuff I have out of her way, the better she can clean.   Having her come over once a month actually forces me to be neater overall.  It's a symbiotic relationship.

This is what I'm hoping.  When you life alone, it is too easy to 'carp where you land', as my mother would have said.  Only she didn't say carp.  If I can get it sorted and have her coming on a regular day each month - or every 4 weeks - me and my OCD will be much happier.  Chronic illness and OCD are not a good combo.  The carp drives me nuts but I don't generally have the energy to deal with it, which just stresses me out.  If I can take cleaning off my plate, I can expend my energy on the stuff I like doing, like baking, knitting, gardening, skiing, softball...
After cleaning out my Dad's house, I have this advice:  If you haven't used it in a year, throw it out!!!!.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #256 on: December 02, 2013, 12:58:05 PM »
I added some more "things" to my tiny apartment after celebrating my birthday this weekend.  :P I also brought home some more folders of my old stories from my parents' house, which I am typing up and then tossing to reduce clutter. I already have a huge backlog so I didn't really need to bring more, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for certain things and typing goes so much faster when I'm inherently interested in the content.

I am really going to get rid of the old laptop this week. I'm going to remove the hard drive and then take the old housing to Best Buy. Actually it's the carrying case that takes up so much room and my mom was like, why don't you just put other stuff in it, once the laptop is gone? Well, duh.

On the bright side I am making really good progress with reading my backlog of magazines. I think before the end of the year one of my two stacks will be gone, and then I can focus exclusively on the remaining stack. I think that will be gone before next summer. That will be a huge accomplishment for me and I think I will feel really good for having actually read them, ripped out the few articles I'm really interested in, and tossed the rest--as opposed to just dumping them all in the recycling bin straight away, which I think would have been just treating the symptom and not the overall problem of allowing magazines to pile up. Now I will have a good lesson about how I need to either keep up with what I subscribe to, or stop subscribing.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #257 on: December 05, 2013, 07:27:16 PM »
We had a pretty large collection of wine bottles (cool bottles, cool labels, whatever) that lined the entire backsplash of the kitchen except where the stove is.

They're all gone now, thank heavens.
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« Reply #258 on: December 06, 2013, 07:49:17 AM »
Well, the cleaner didn't work out.  She is much more expensive than I was expecting and she doesn't do some of the things I want done.  And she won't use my cleaning stuff that allows me to clean, using only cold water, thus avoiding chemicals.

So back to the drawing board on that front.  But I still need to declutter and clean so I start working on that next week.  I'm going to give an hour a day, setting a timer, to try and get stuff done.  I'll have 4 piles:  pitch, recycle, donate, sell.  Anything that is 'keep' has to be put away immediately.

I don't know whether or not I have unrealistic expectations but I have always thought that if I'm hiring someone to clean, they should be doing MORE than what I do myself when I clean.  This lady who came in doesn't clean on top of cabinets, doesn't lift most knick knacks to dust, doesn't do even the insides of windows, won't use my products, wants me to supply all the products for her to use and wants to charge me at least $25 more per visit than I think I should be paying, talking to other people in the office.  I'm really kind of frustrated right now but I do have a few leads for some other cleaners and cleaning companies.
After cleaning out my Dad's house, I have this advice:  If you haven't used it in a year, throw it out!!!!.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #259 on: December 06, 2013, 09:56:24 AM »
I don't know whether or not I have unrealistic expectations but I have always thought that if I'm hiring someone to clean, they should be doing MORE than what I do myself when I clean.  This lady who came in doesn't clean on top of cabinets, doesn't lift most knick knacks to dust, doesn't do even the insides of windows, won't use my products, wants me to supply all the products for her to use and wants to charge me at least $25 more per visit than I think I should be paying, talking to other people in the office.  I'm really kind of frustrated right now but I do have a few leads for some other cleaners and cleaning companies.

Well, my expectations would be the same as yours, so I don't know if we're both unrealistic or what...
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« Reply #260 on: December 06, 2013, 12:11:09 PM »
^  I have two or three more recommendations already from various people in the office.  As well as a few non-recommendations!

I even have the number of a lady I met in Costco back in the summer.  There were a few of us looking at rugs and searching for particular patterns.  This lovely lady assisted all of us in digging out the different patterns from the bottom of the bin.  When one of the other people thanked her, she just brushed it off but did happen to mention that she'd been cleaning houses all day.  I asked her for a card, which she didn't have, but she gave me her number.  I figure anyone willing to go to the trouble to help out fellow shoppers can't be all bad.   :)  I'll give her a call when I get some decluttering done between now and the New Year.

My baking will be done tonight or tomorrow morning; I still have cards and knitting to do but otherwise, I'm not too busy.  So I think I'm going to try to give 30-60 minutes per night, using a timer, and just start *somewhere*.  If I get tired, I can stop the timer, take a rest, start the timer back up and go back to it.
After cleaning out my Dad's house, I have this advice:  If you haven't used it in a year, throw it out!!!!.
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« Reply #261 on: December 23, 2013, 08:59:03 AM »
Bless my husband's heart!  At some point yesterday evening he cleaned and organized the computer room,which is the landing zone room for anything that has no home and probably shouldn't even exist in ours!.  I don't know how he organized it so it doesn't look like it's someone's junk drawer, but he did.  When I came in here this morning I was so happy!   :) :) :)
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #262 on: December 23, 2013, 09:05:31 AM »
My decluttering took a back seat to getting my nephew's sweater done for Christmas.  And moving snow.  But I have made inroads!  This weekend, I emptied my food cupboard and baking cupboard of stuff that's been there far too long and got the food that was on my kitchen table and overflow shelf into the cupboards.  And got the kitchen table and the side table cleared of most of the stuff by putting it on the overflow shelf.  The only thing on the side table right now is my Christmas cookie containers!
After cleaning out my Dad's house, I have this advice:  If you haven't used it in a year, throw it out!!!!.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #263 on: December 23, 2013, 06:47:35 PM »
Today we spent cleaning the house in preparation for Christmas and I have to say, my husband is a star!  He cleans so thoroughly (compared to my often slap-dash and quit before your back hurts too much style).  He gets up to his elbows in cleaning and is right now doing the drain board and stuff, which looks fantastic.  I'm a lucky girl!   
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« Reply #264 on: January 23, 2014, 09:23:21 PM »
I went through the closet and all the coat hooks. All the coats were inspected and sorted. If no one is currently using but it will fit a younger child eventually it went to the back of the closet. If it was trashed it went to rags or garbage. It it was good but wouldn't fit anyone ever again it went to charity pile.

It's amazing how much room is now available.
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« Reply #265 on: January 23, 2014, 09:49:51 PM »
The other weekend i went through all the kids toys. A friend of mine is having a giant toy garage sale to raise money for a charity, so i had a major cull and got rid of all the broken/baby toys (yay, no more babies in my house!)

Apparently i declutter better when I am hung over, I got rid of heaps more stuff than I normaly would.

Takeling my wardrobe this weekend.

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« Reply #266 on: January 23, 2014, 10:15:18 PM »
Cleaning out our bedroom, which has become the family junk room :(.  Half the floor is picked up, and laundry picked up and sorted.  We're going to remodel this room come tax time and so I wanted to get a jump on it. 



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« Reply #267 on: January 23, 2014, 10:17:17 PM »
Three more boxes of clothes cleared out of my closet! I have to do a purge on a semi-regular basis as I keep losing weight. I've now cleared all the 14s and most of the 12s out of the closet. Make room for the 8s! :D 

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« Reply #268 on: January 24, 2014, 08:05:37 AM »
I got a call a couple of weeks ago from a charity that will pick stuff up at your door step.  The pickup was scheduled for Wednesday.  I managed to put out a big bag of clothes, mostly turtlenecks.  Now that I'm having hot flashes, turtlenecks are an absolute no go for me.   :D

I also managed a small box and small bag of books.  I still have lots of books - I like to keep most of them - but there are some I know I'll never read again so out they went.

I have a set of bookshelves along one wall in my spare bedroom.  Once those shelves are full, if I want to add more books, I have to decide which of the ones on the shelves are going.  I've been buying a lot of ebooks lately so it'll probably be 2-3 more years before I'll have to make those decisions.
After cleaning out my Dad's house, I have this advice:  If you haven't used it in a year, throw it out!!!!.
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Re: DECLUTTERING
« Reply #269 on: January 24, 2014, 08:40:17 AM »
We bought new living room furniture!  To get rid of the old stuff (it was still in good shape...we just needed different stuff to fit the layout of the room), I called a charity that would pick it up.  Since they ask for a lot of household things, I went through my boxes and bins in the garage and managed to rearrange things and get rid of 2 boxes! 
We also donated a coffee table that was taking up room in the garage and an extremely uncomfortable sofa bed from Oogydh's office. 
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