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BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!

Rapparee 01 Feb 09 - 02:24 PM
Will Fly 01 Feb 09 - 12:44 PM
Liz the Squeak 01 Feb 09 - 12:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 09 - 11:34 AM
wysiwyg 01 Feb 09 - 11:14 AM
Liz the Squeak 01 Feb 09 - 10:59 AM
MAG 01 Feb 09 - 10:39 AM
maire-aine 01 Feb 09 - 09:10 AM
Liz the Squeak 01 Feb 09 - 08:22 AM
LilyFestre 01 Feb 09 - 08:11 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 09 - 03:33 AM
maeve 31 Jan 09 - 08:22 PM
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Liz the Squeak 31 Jan 09 - 06:49 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:24 PM

I'm going to try to send out the Christmas presents.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 12:44 PM

Oh dear - I use my laptop on my knee, so the bits in front of me, the bits that I can reach are ... well, better not go there. But if I can find a way of decluttering this area, then I will do so.

Doesn't seem easy.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 12:14 PM

Just as well, a splash of hot oil in the wrong place on an antique crystal tray - ash or otherwise - might cause it to crack and break. Seen it happen to a perfectly lovely cut glass bowl. It was between the cooker and the serving counter where kitchen paper had been laid out to receive the banana fritters that were to be served in it, a small splash of hot oil and it cracked from stem to stern as it were....

If it weren't for the space restriction by my stove top, I'd have an oval pyrex plate there for that very purpose. It goes under a gravy boat but being oval, it would fit in the small space by the stove, if it weren't for the wretched George Foreman grill in the way.

Not a lot of real progress today... but I have decluttered Limpit's MP3 of all the music she didn't want and I'm pleased to relate that it was the pop music that went, not the folkie stuff!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 11:34 AM

Hey, getting anything out of Limpit's room is cause for celebration! Try to avoid letting her take new stuff in at the same rate.

These are certainly vigorous reports! I wish you could bottle some of that efficiency (I detect one clue from LilyF--doing the work and reporting back occasionally gets more done than writing about it every day. . .)

I enjoyed how shiny the bathroom was this morning. I'll work on the dressing room today, and the adjoining closet. That could get to be big, an explosion of clothes. I'll take them out of the closet and arrange them by size and color, and see what I have to work with. I don't enjoy trying on clothes, but I suppose I should do that also.

It's too beautiful outside to not spend some time out there, but I won't project how much I might get done. Too much stuff on my "to do" list to get done today.

Yesterday I did a little strategic shopping. I'd been using saucers to set an oil can and for cooking spoons, but I don't have enough saucers from my dinnerware to do that without having to stop and wash them before I use them on the table. So I picked up a couple of cheap crystal pieces, a little plate and a bowl (I think they're actually intended to put candles on) to leave near the stove. They'll look lovely when not in use. I have some old pieces, crystal from my great aunt's estate, but most of the flat pieces that size are ashtrays, and I don't like the look of using ash trays next to the stove, even if they are clean and are antiques.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 11:14 AM

Decluttered some bulky cardboard saved for the purpose to insulate/darken several rooms' windows. One project 6 months overdue at least.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 10:59 AM

2 bags of rubbish gone and I can't see where from (alright, the majority of the non-recycleables came from Limpit's room), but I can see the calendar now... and close the door.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: MAG
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 10:39 AM

The area around my 'puter is one of the messiest in my house.

This is a challebge indeed.

I need to get the rest of this den into some kind of order so I'll have room to work.

Bags of med stuff, stray papers, you name it.

mid-40's temperature predicted today, so I want to do more yard clean up -- keep that trash can filled. I pay a lot for the service; gotta get my money's worth.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: maire-aine
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 09:10 AM

My laptop & printer are temporarily set up in my bedroom until the painting is done, so there isn't too much around them to tidy up. I'm still boxing up breakable stuff in the livingroom.

M


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 08:22 AM

Good to hear the work progresses... I would love to swap out some of our small shelves for bigger ones, but I don't think Manitas would approve... he seems to like the small, pointless bookshelves blocking the window...

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: LilyFestre
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 08:11 AM

We have a 3 bedroom home, two bedrooms of those rooms are finished. One is a bedroom and the other has been a bedroom and is now my office/library. The third bedroom has never been finished. No sheet rock on the walls, nothing on the floor but plywood. We have been using it as cold storage for our potatoes (couple hundred pounds from this summer). It has also been a room to store things, old construction stuff, windows, racks of out of season clothing, furniture....basically my point is that this room was FULL. It had one outlet and that was it. In the last week, this room has been emptied, cleaned and wired for more outlets and a thermostat. There are 10 sheets of 4 x 8 sheet rock ready to go up, already carried upstairs into the room.
    I've also been busy in the mudroom, cleaning and painting the walls. This required taking everything off metal shelving and reorganizing....just a few short sentences to describe a multi-day event.
    Then I moved all the furniture in the living room and painted the walls. In the hallway, I took everything off our 2 seven-foot bookcases, gave them a good cleaning, removed 79 books and priced them for our annual yard sale, repaired 3 of the shelves and reorganized that!
    Our bedroom closet now contains only clothes that fit us (got rid of 5 more bags of too big things....RidgePlucker had to get rid of some things too).
    So...I haven't been posting but I'm keeping busy and downsizing in some major ways. What is all of this stuff? Where did it come from? Why do I need to keep it? ARG.

Michelle who is enjoying the progress and work of it all.


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 03:33 AM

I'm ahead of the game on the computer cleanup, Liz, I moved and dusted and cleared and repaired this desk and machine for most of January after the crash on Dec. 26. But I'll make a point of keeping it clear.

I am considering repositioning the computer desk because I get a stiff neck when I watch the television. The reason for this setup is a broken tile on the floor--it cracked with the settling of the house and part of it popped out. My computer chair was getting stuck and I couldn't chip the rest of the tile out to replace it. So I turned the desk around to avoid that gap. Hence the shift in television watching and the stiff neck. I have to figure out how to fix that tile.

Today I decided to clean in general since I have been clearing the room where my late kitty spent a lot of time (tile floors and a plastic under the bedspread meant the vomit did less damage.) That room is being set up for human inhabitants again. I moved out the litter box and have been sweeping up what got tracked around. The litter box has been in a couple of different rooms on this end of the house, so while sweeping those places I decided I needed to sweep then mop then scrub and wash whole rooms. The master bath is finished.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: maeve
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 08:22 PM

Oh goody; Rapaire is going to give us all money. That should keep us motivated (hee hehehe hee.)

Good challenge, Liz.
maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 07:24 PM

I'm reminded of the preacher who said, "Keep the faith, brethren! Yes, you put the money in the collection plate and you can keep the faith!"


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Subject: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 06:49 PM

OK... it's nearly Feb 1st in the UK, so I'm starting this one off a bit differently.

Your task this month, should you choose to accept it, is to remove/recycle/repair/replace/restore/revamp the area around your computer. Yes... the bits you can see in front of you, those bits you can reach by stretching out your arms and rotating and those other bits under the table that you otherwise wouldn't think about.

Good luck guys... and let's be careful out there!

LTS


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