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BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!

Stilly River Sage 21 Feb 09 - 11:03 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 11:03 PM

This evening I started to work on the sun room, and for some reason I had to get something out of the cupboard above the dishwasher. That's where I keep the Rx stuff for people and pets. And I started looking at the expiration dates. It has been a while. Quite a few OTC things went in the trash, and their bottles and caps went into the recycle bin. So, I haven't done much more on the sun room, but I made more space (and removed one plastic tub) from the drug cupboard.


SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 06:45 PM

All of my recycling stuff was delivered to the various places. I went past the Goodwill trailer a little before 5pm and the attendant had left early, so I'll try again tomorrow. This evening I can find a few more things to add to the big black plastic trash bag full of clothing.

In the past I've sold clothes on eBay, but it is an iffy venture. I have a few nice items to sell, but that bag for the Goodwill has a lot of things that are best dealt with locally. They're in good shape, but it's just too much work to describe, pack, list, then sell them for next to nothing.

Now I have a path trough the middle of the sun room now and will work on the pantry shelves this evening. And I should be able to set up the seed stuff.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 04:44 PM

No sooner asked than answered! Found the photos! Right under our noses; where we had looked several time. This time I dug a little deeper! Also decluttered two bins into one. Found my fav. cassette tapes which have been missing which I can now load into my HD. Found a variety of other *treaures*, too, including an exquisite evening purse to sell on ebay.:-)

Of course the house looks like a disaster with more bins sitting around to be gone through and done with.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 03:39 PM

Thanks for letting us learn the ropes from your experience, Maggie. I hope to get to the taxes tomorrow. we are still looking for a lost bin of photographs, old ones from when I was a kid, so we just went through the caravan (travel trailer) and didn't find them, but did find a pillow I need. We also went through the old panel van we use for storage. No photos, but we did find some more books to sell, plus a few other things which I can file/use/shred. So, a little decluttering from storage adds to temporary clutter inside.

Now, we are headed to the closets to find those photos! Any spare thoughts/energy/visalizatins of them *popping out* at us greatly appreciated.:-) They got put away "safely" either when I got so sick or when our daughter moved out and we moved bedrooms, painted, and moved again. *sigh*


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 03:29 PM

Okay, some real de-cluttering is getting done this afternoon. It is clear but it isn't warming up outside. If I can't garden, I'll do the next best thing, put seeds to start in my window. But I have to reach the window. My sunroom is packed full of flattened boxes and boxes of stuff to eBay and things to file. . . you probably know the scenario.

Unpacking the room means things are on counters in the kitchen and on the floor near the door, etc. I'll pull out enough that I can document and donate today, or that I can take by the recycle center. This evening I'll repack some of the shipping boxes and I also have to redo the pantry shelving in that room (it's a six-shelf chrome-wire rolling unit). If I can get that sorted out I'll move some of this stuff off of the sun room floor. It'll make eBay easier and it need to get back to it.

The taxes didn't take the first time, a note came this morning--the note said something about the employer's address on the W-2 form, so I rearranged the address and sent it back. Once the IRS accepts it the processing can be pretty quick. Fingers crossed that two times are the charm.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 11:38 AM

I have the pressure of filling out the federal FAFSA stuff for my daughter who is in college. I had to resubmit the forms just now--IRS rejected it, probably because I used the wrong line for the university box mailing address. There was a note that it was how I had filled out the W-2 form document that is filed with the package. The rest seemed to be in order. If this doesn't take, for some reason, I can print the pages and mail them in.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: GUEST,MAG
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 10:59 AM

You guys make me tired; I can't even think about taxes yet. It takes me forever to get the paperwork together. If I were better organized, it wouldn't be the extreme anxiety thing it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 10:17 AM

Here's the weekend, so of course they're predicting wind and rain. [sigh] I want to do some work in the garden after I return from taking my recycling out to the collection site.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 12:53 AM

This doesn't cover state filings, but if you do that on paper, it's still free. Divide and conquer.

You'll get the IRS cash back sooner this way, even if you have to do it in a couple of different filings between the entities. It prints out your forms easily, etc.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 12:35 AM

That's great, Maggie, thanks! I figured they still pointed people to the sites like H&R Block who may do it for free, but want your money for state, etc. THANKS!


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 12:22 AM

Kat, there is a FreeFile feature available through the IRS this year. I just used it. FINALLY, they have a setup for folks who do the math on paper then want to file free to the IRS. There isn't an income limit.

I did it on paper, I went to the site, it wasn't difficult to set up, I filled in the forms (click "do the math" fairly often and you don't even have to fill in that much stuff.) Easy peasy, and I'll learn in a couple of days whether the IRS accepts it or not. In addition to this year's tax info, it wants your adjusted gross income from last year (as a double blind for checking if you're really you, along with the usual info). You can fill in the bank info for direct deposit, you set up a pin number to substitute for your signature. You fill in your forms, including your W-2.

Now that is a BIG ITEM off of my "to do" and de-clutter list. I can get all of this paper off of my dining room table and computer desk. The weekend is MINE!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 08:27 PM

Recycle center must have changed their hours. It was closed when I went by, but I did drop off newspaper and cardboard behind city hall in their recycle bins (I take recycling to the Fort Worth site that my village doesn't collect).

Finished a dinner of leftover pot roast, and now I have the tax pages spread out on the dining room table. I'm going back and forth to the computer to look up tax pages and instructions. I hope to finish them tonight.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 04:33 PM

I remember how fast those couple of hours went when the kids were in pre-school and half-day Kindergarten. Barely time to get started on anything before you have to stop again.

I wonder if I can make a run this afternoon and get some of this recycling out of here. It would be nice to have a little less to do tomorrow.

Since it's Friday I will probably include a little time to pamper myself. I decided a while back that if I don't make the time, that it never gets done. I suppose this shows the sad state of affairs (pun intended!) of my social life, but Friday is the first evening I have to myself after my work week and the week with my son here, and the household tends to revolve around his school schedule. He spends Friday and Saturday nights with his Dad. I can kick back, put in a movie, and do a pedicure or whatever. Makes me feel a little more put together for the upcoming week.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 03:24 PM

Liz, I know that's what will happen, but today and yesterday I was really firm with him and stuck to his "go home time" that he and I agreed to. (He usually begs to stay longer, which just warms Mama's heart, so...:-) And, when I have a set schedule, I seem to do better. I knew I had to get him this morning for science class at 10a, so, before that, I listed two handbags on ebay, paid our mortgage, and washed my hair, and put in a load of laundry. After his class, we went out for lunch, then went to the grocery store. I dropped him off after that, at home, so here I am getting ready to finish the laundry and pay some more bills. Oh, and we also went to the post office, before his class, and mailed off two necklaces and two bracelets! Ah...feels good!


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: maire-aine
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 03:20 PM

Most of the main floor is back to normal after the painting. I spent most of the day working in the music/computer room. I still have 5 boxes of books and zero shelf space. That means I need to go through everything, to decide whether I want to keep it or not.

I'm not quite ready to move the computer back in there (from my bedroom), but maybe one more day should do it.

I have to be at an 8am meeting in the morning, and it will last until mid-afternoon. I hope I can get away a little early. There is snow in the forecast for tomorrow (5" - 8" worst case), and I'd like to go home before it gets too deep.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: GUEST,MAG at work
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 11:06 AM

I started a bagful of stuff to drop by the charity box at St Vincen'ts thrift shop. (I'm not Catholic, but they are now the best thrift shop in town, since Humane Society shut down, AND they have a giveaway box. Stuff has to be in pretty bad shape by the time I qit wearing it.)

Bird feed stuff I gave to a friend at work; now that I have cats again I quit feeding the birds. (not fair.)

Saw *The Reader* last night; boy was that depressing.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 10:34 AM

I'm fighting this stiff neck, trying to keep it from getting worse, so I'm staggering my screen time and getting up to walk around. I scooped the yard yesterday afternoon in preparation for the first mow of the spring this weekend. The weeds are robust. So my list of things to do is growing, now that the yard is coming back to life, and the gardening always calls louder than house cleaning and de-cluttering does.

My son came *that* close this morning to asking where I put his guitar strings (we bought a pack of 20 sets for the electric a great price several months back). I knew that they had always been in his control, so I suggested they were lost in the clutter on his computer desk, and he did find them. He didn't quite come out with "what did you do with. . ." line because I think he had that nagging feeling that it would backfire and I'd nail him when they turned up. :) But I think I do need to clear more space in the cabinets by his computer and see if I can actually get him to use it. I'll move a chair that looks nice to sit on there but in fact is only used to pile up school books (in front of the cabinet).

It's a weekend for mowing and clearing out donations and recycling. Then we'll see what else needs work.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 05:05 AM

Don't be so sure of that Kat, you use the time to prepare for clearing and before you know it the little darling is back home again... I thought I'd have lots of spare time when I went to part time working and Limpit went to secondary school (high school), but I'm still hard pushed to find time to do everything I should!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 12:59 AM

I wouldn't just trust those to earthlink, Maggie! That one of the sprinkler is priceless and the others are close seconds! Thanks for posting them.

I know what you mean about Spring Fever. I cannot wait to get started on some projects. Morgan will start two half days in preschool next week, so I hope to have more uninterrupted time.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: maire-aine
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 10:45 PM

What a cutie!


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 10:32 PM

Awwww. . .

I changed my account with Earthlink, but they didn't (yet) take away my web pages. I found a few links I should probably de-clutter.

Will you love me and keep me? was taken shortly after my American Staffordshire Terrier Cinnamon arrived.

The answer is "yes!!!"

I'll protect the yard from the sprinkler

and my favorite

and we'll get her a companion.

I think I won't de-clutter those. I'll leave them there as long as Earthink doesn't care. Considering how un-bashful Cinnamon is, I guess I could retitle those pages using the song from the musical Flower Drum Song: "I Enjoy Being a Girl." ;-)
SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 10:22 PM

Just as well I posted that IRS link! I was able to use it now to go get the Schedule A local tax page information I needed.

I walked through the house this afternoon thinking I need to clear out. Not like 12 months ago, perhaps, but stuff has gradually built up again. Donations, recycling, projects. They need to be donated, recycled, or finished. Another sign that spring is here--the spring cleaning urge is growing.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 03:51 PM

Oh, yes, I've found the forms online, before, but filled them in by hand and then scanned and saved on the PC. I'll try filling them out on the PC this time and go the way you suggest. Thanks>;_)


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 12:34 PM

You don't need to scan them to PDF, the government has all of the forms as PDF files. Haven't you had occasion yet to visit that site? It changed a little from last year, instead of scrolling down a long list, now you enter the form you want in the line and it brings the possible versions up.

The main site is, of course, www.irs.gov. From there you can go to http://www.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/formsInstructions.html and enter a form number. You'll need Form 8283 for all of the non-cash donations you made this year, for example. When you put your cursor over the parts that you would fill out, you can type in your answers. If you save the file on your computer you can still fill it in (you probably need an up-to-date version of Adobe Reader to use it). It isn't a spread sheet, it won't do math, it will just let you enter text and numbers. But it gives you a very nice looking form of your statement to send in.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 10:46 AM

I have hard copies, but hadn't thought about NOT having them scanned and saved on the PC, too. Thanks!

The fed. filing is free, but not the state. Like you, I don't like that I don't see the numbers and how they are generated by the programs online. So...at least it will declutter my mind.:-)

I will be sending off two necklaces and two bracelets this Saturday, so that's four projects off my table. Haven't heard a thing from the winner of my ebay auction he's got seven days, but still, it'd be nice to hear from him and be paid besides get it out of the house and on its way.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 10:38 AM

You can file free if you fit the criteria the IRS has negotiated with the various providers. Did you look through all of them? There are usually several options to consider.

You can fill out the online IRS forms so they all have a nice clear typed appearance. Those PDF forms are addressable (save them, then fill them in, before you print them out). Be sure to save them somewhere safe, and not on the computer. My stolen computer (in 2005) contained completely filled out tax returns and there wasn't a safeguard to keep anyone from them. I won't make that mistake again, and four years out, I hope that hard drive is long-since dead somewhere.

I might be able to file free this year, but I haven't approached any of the software yet. I don't like how some of them calculate the information and make you fill everything in online before moving forward. I like to do the math myself and see what's up before I approach the programs.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 12:20 AM

I got depressed doing our taxes online; it would have cost more to have them done than we'd get back. So, now, I have to gather the forms, myself, and sit down with the numbers, etc. Hope to do that this weekend.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 10:56 PM

I'm doing my taxes. I have to dig out numbers, so came in to see if I could find them online (credit card purchases). One bank had some categorized, the other didn't, so back to the files I go.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 06:30 PM

Got rid of a bag of old school uniform from a school Limpit left 2 years ago, tonight... her computer area is now clean and clear and clutter-free, ready for the return of her computer from its exile in the front room - where it was put as a punishment for her being a right git one morning and having to be frogmarched to school.

She helped clear up part of her room today and that meant a whole other bag of recycleable papers and 2 smaller bags of other rubbish, left the premises. And we did it in an hour! She's one of these people that need constant encouragement (or 'nagging' as she calls it) to get horrid tasks done.

As a result of that tidy up, the spare shelves and the bookcase that were clogging the hall (from the corner of the living room I de-clogged last weekend) have been moved to the loft and Limpits' room respectively, and I'm gearing up for a major loft sort, weekend after next. Hopefully that will stop the cat peeing in the hall as well.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 01:19 PM

In the February 2009 Martha Stewart Living she talked about the things she carries on her travels. Okay, there are some really high-dollar wallets and bags that can be replaced with modestly priced durable items, but she made a good point for those who used to travel like me--I ended up with something for every possible weather condition, down to the shoes--it made for bulky luggage. I've gotten better at it over the years.

I have to take my recycling over to the collection center, and I have items piling up on that love seat that need to go to the Goodwill. Looks like it's time to start up the donor lists for next year's taxes. I evicted quite a few of these things when I was doing my closet a while back.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 01:10 PM

MAG, check your email. I am reaping the bennies of your recycling. Got the box! Thanks!!


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: GUEST,MAG at work
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 12:15 PM

I haven't got much doen what ith being ut of town over the weekend.

I do have lots of yard trash to get into the can TONIGHT; trash day tomorrow.

I have a pile of recycling to take home and put in recycling (catalogs; I get a ton of 'em).

I have offered clothes to a friend; there' so much crap I don't think I can wait until spring and have a sale.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: maire-aine
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 11:57 AM

I took 5 bags of newspapers & a whole bunch of cardboard boxes to the recycling center this morning. They had piled up on the front porch over the winter, and this is the first day that it was nice enough to move them out. Maybe this means spring is on the way.

M


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 07:46 PM

Thanks--

AND I can load and unload all these things mySELF.

===

I started this when I was driving across to Chicago on a regular basis to take respite-care of Hardi's ailing Dad. There was this one motel halfway along, where I'd stop overnight-- I forget how I found it, but it had a pool three steps away from my fave room, and the path to the parked car was also a VERY short distance, on the flat-- so I started using the car as a closet and ONLY unpacking what I needed when I needed it.

Over several years' trips, what I needed started to miniaturize, and I got very good at packing so that I could find ANYthing I might need, and get ONLY that item. Bop out to get an item, just like going into the next room in my house, really.

Now I make sure I can ALWAYS travel like that-- not necessarily with the flat terrain, but the division of things into small kits and bags that, themselves, fit into larger bins or bags. I CONTAINERIZE everything..... Easily toted in large loads or easily rifled for small needs.

And so I no longer bring it all into the room where I am staying. The van is my spare room! It's also set up to sleep in as needed, of course, in warmish weather or for winter road emergencies.


But the BEST de-clut these days is the musical one, and it's entirely thanks to our dear Olddude for sending me a notebook. No more autoharp and plethora of playing furniture to play it the odd way I do-- all that stays now at CHURCH, and all I need, traveling, is my vocal cords and my notebook.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 07:38 PM

Cross-posted, Susan. CONGRATULATIONS!! I travel with three must-have pillows and have to take along my own sheets whenever we are out overnight, so I can relate. I cannot sleep just anywhere, no matter the pillows, though. Wish I could, it'd make things easier.:-)Good for you!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 07:33 PM

Good for you, Maggie, for taking care of yourself and your eyes. That's important. I have a pair of old glasses, two prescriptions back, which i use for some reading and jewellery making. The ones I use for the computer, I use all of the time, the next to the newest rx. I only wear the new rx, new almost two years ago, to drive and watch tv.

I sent off three books, today, so the pile goes down, slowly, but down.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 07:33 PM

This is a VERY big deal because it increases my range, mobility-wise-- dramatically. And it is a BIG de-clutter in that it reduced the stuff routinely on board in the van as well as stuff in the house.

It used to be that I had to drag a big, soft duffel for overnights, that held 12-- yes, 12-- pillows of various sizes. With these I could let go and sleep deeply just about anywhere, and recover from the arduous hurts of being in the Wrong Chairs too long at meetings, or in the car. People helped me lug it, at first. Eventually I took over the lugging. By last year I could strap it onto my back and lug it that way, myself. It was always worth the effort. But it took up so much room in the van... and it meant I could not easily travel without the van.

In the last year this huge duffel became a smart-looking, wheeled, airline-roll-on bag with miniaturized pillows. Today I added a matching rolling bag that contains the equivalent of a sleeping bag for 2 on a king bed, as Hardi and I often have wished we had in a lightweight, compact form. It contains sheets and a sheet blanket to layer over someone's carefully-linened bedding, so that I can roll it out, pop in, and leave the hostess with a fresh bed ready for the next guest, too, as I like to do.

These two bags, together, still take about half the space the one big pillow-duffel took, and they can be easily wheeled behind me or left in the van if they are not needed. And they are small enough to fit into Hardi's car if we go touring in THAT.

The pillow bag, being the more-essential of the pair, also holds lightweight jammies, toiletries, etc. My purse holds any necessary meds for the few days I'm usually away. More meds are usually safely stored in the van's glovebox.

A third, small shoulder bag-- they came as a set-- now holds the great ToughBook that just came my way, and its accessories, including the 2GB flash key of things to give away on my travels and the print matter for whatever workshop I may be leading (or marketing) out there.


I am OUT, OUT, OUT! All I need now is a GPS.......

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: maire-aine
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 05:59 PM

Last night I invited a friend for supper and made beef & broccoli stir-fry, with some rice. I turned out great. I don't often cook a big meal, except once in a while (just to prove I still know how). We had oranges for dessert, and coffee with amaretto to finish it off. When he when home, I just left the dishes in the sink and went to bed.

Had a doctor's appointment this morning, so I tackled the dirty dishes afterwards. Then I took a bunch of dishes out of one of the cupboards, boxed them up and took them down to the basement. I don't think I'll get rid of them. Maybe in a year or 2 I'll rotate them back up to the kitchen and put them out.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 04:07 PM

So, the eye doctor isn't giving me Office Glasses this time, she is giving me Computer Glasses. Single focus, arm's length away, and as she tested a sample set I saw what I could do in the interim until the new glasses are finished (seems it will take a week, but at least they didn't cost much). I picked up a pair of 1.25 magnification cheap reading glasses at a pharmacy on the way home and have propped them on my nose over my regular glasses (not the old office glasses). It means the magnification for reading is straight out, not down like in bifocals. So I'm keeping my head at the right angle. I'm sure it looks very strange, but it will get me through the next week and it is worth $10 for the cheap glasses to get rid of the sore neck.

Busy evening, but maybe by tomorrow I can start working on eBay stuff again.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 11:45 AM

Throw a load of laundry into the washer and take a nap. You can listen to the machine work as it creates a nurturing "heartbeat" of activity in the house. Maybe it will help. ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: GUEST,LTS pretending to do housework
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 11:26 AM

Failing miserably again today.. I plead migraine. Tomorrow might be better.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 11:18 AM

Just so you de-clutter the old photos after you've finished the work!

Welcome to the group--a loose association of folks who are trying to stop tripping over the stuff in their houses and offices.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: saulgoldie
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 11:03 AM

I haven't read all the decluttering posts. But this is part of my strategy. I often feel like after several hours of work, I haven't made any progress. So I take pictures of before, and later, and after so I can see visibly that progress IS being made. Kind of like those weight loss before and after pics. Right now, I have to take some "before" pics. I'm slow getting out of the gate. But I WILL get on down the field, for sure.

Saul


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 10:31 AM

I've rearranged my office furniture, repositioned my monitors, and I must conclude from my ongoing stiff neck that I need new glasses. I must be tipping my head back too much now. The first time I encountered this problem several years ago I went home with "office glasses," a set with close and mid-range lenses, but no distance (these aren't for walking around, just for computer work). I haven't updated these over the last couple of eye exams. I guess it's time to bite the bullet. I'll recycle one pair of frames for another pair of office lenses and get a new pair of frames for my walking-around glasses.

Bummer. This isn't going to be cheap (even with insurance).

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 16 Feb 09 - 05:05 PM

Day off today, visiting friends, grocery shopping and a doctors appointment... tomorrow we begin again.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Feb 09 - 12:49 AM

HeyaSis, glad you found us! Isn't -6F a heat wave for up there this time of year? Don't you have the ice festival thing coming up soon?:-)

Yeah, SRS, I did get one bid, exactly. Oh well, it's better than it not selling at all. Once I deduct the ebay listing fee, etc. it'll come down a bit, but I'll keep at it. I've mostly got small stuff which may not bring in a lot, but skipy inspires me with all of his clothing sales he does on there.

We didn't do much else today except watched the ends of two movies, so we can send them on their way. Guess that's some kind of decluttering. Oh, Rog did a major mucking out of his work truck. LOTS of cold weather and electronic gear. He did a good job.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 11:11 PM

Oh, and welcome, bet! As Maryanne says, we sometimes measure progress in very small steps. But progress toward de-cluttering sometimes starts from one clear counter top or dresser drawer.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 11:08 PM

From Alaska to Texas there is quite a span of growing regions, according to the USDA folks! And just because I'm looking at onions now doesn't mean we won't get zapped with cold weather again. I pulled the faucet cover off the back spigot to fill the dog dishes (easier than carrying the bucket). I have it near the door in case we have a turn back to cold.

Kat, I see you have a bid! Great! I hope you do have that last minute flurry of bidders!

I found another couple of programs that I hadn't downloaded into the new configuration. Yahoo Messenger and AIM. I don't use them often, but they're handy sometimes.

Laundry is folded and put away. Dishes are soaking in the sink (and tonight's pot roast was fabulous! The meat was falling apart, the veggies perfect, and near the end of cooking I tipped a good portion of merlot into the juice and it made for a very pleasing sauce.)

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: maire-aine
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 09:35 PM

Welcome, bet. We measure progress in small increments here, so feel good about anything you accomplish.

Today was the 15th anniversary of out trivia quiz, and we had 26 five-person teams-- our team won first place.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: bet
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 08:47 PM

I'm really late in finding this thread. Hope you don't mind if I jump in. Stilly River Sage, I just had a good laugh at your thread, not at you, yesterday my daughter, grandson and I shoveled snow off the deck and driveway. No way am I putting out onions yet. It's about -6F here in inter Alaska but we do have daylight now and it's 4:44. I can't say that I have decluttered any thing yet but the computer area is going to GET IT! I had already thought about it before I read the threads above it took me forever to find all my income tax stuff this year. Next year I'm going to have things organized. And that means boxes in the garage unloaded.
bet


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