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Friday, November 02, 2007


Look what came in the mail today! This was from 'CrochetCupcake' and it was way over and above the swap requirements. Needless to say, I was blown away with it all.

I have been trying to make some headway with my totally cluttered house. Ugh. You can't believe what a disaster it is...and how lacking in energy and motivation I am. :/ It all just seems too overwhelming. And even if I miraculously mananged to get all the clutter banished, it would still be deep in the state of disrepair. It seems hopeless. But today I did finally get the last of the art stuff and paper stuff off the floor where the bookshelf fell apart when I was struggling to move it a while back. And I cleared off much of the table yesterday...and put up the 5 skeins of yarn and two bags of stuffing from the living room, plus other miscellaneous stuff.

Zach is coming over to spend the night tonight, so tomorrow I'm going to have him help me get the scarecrows and their accessories put away. I'll need to wash their clothes, though, before those can be packed away in the attic for next year.

Anyway, it's almost time for Meercat Manor, so I guess I'll get the bills and checkbook and take care of that while I watch tv.

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At 11/11/2007 2:35 PM, Blogger Keith Petrus said...

Well Wanda, it looks like we have more in common than our propensity for sharing the minutia of our lives with anyone who will read-listen. I too have been fighting a losing battle with household clutter. I've found the best way begin decluttering is to focus on one tiny section of the house at a time instead of launching a whole-house assault (which usually fails). Sometimes the momentum created in clearing the kitchen table spreads right over to the kitchen countertops and I end up accomplishing more than I initially planned. I have also been experimenting with a method of rapid guerrilla decluttering involving those 3.99 Sterilite® plastic tubs from Walmart (I now buy 1 tub on most visits). I set up three tubs, one for my wife, one for myself, and one for the boys and just start tossing stuff into them by category. Once full, the tubs can either be sealed and moved to the garage or sorted through by their respective owner(s). The danger is that you end up with an assortment of half-full tubs "cluttering" the living room so you have to make sure they actually get sorted or put away as soon as possible. I also have a couple of those stackable plastic drawer things for quickly sweeping up and sorting accumulated business cards, pens, batteries, tape dispensers, loose change and other stuff that daily accumulates on my desk.

At 11/11/2007 4:31 PM, Blogger Wanda said...

Well, darned if you don't sound like Flylady! But yeah, I have used the Sterilite tub method. Heck, I still have at least two lidless, overflowing ones from when Andrew launched a guerilla attack on the kitchen/dining room two Thanksgivings ago. One is languishing in the living room(!) and the other in the hallway. I am still using the tub method only with the mental labels of Throw Away, Give Away, Put Away. I was doing okay for awhile with hauling the Give Away tub contents to Goodwill. I guess I just lost my steam. But the dining table is next. Your message inspired me to begin there, again. Do you know how many YEARS (not counting Christmas) it's been since it was totally cleared off with a nice little centerpiece in the middle?! Good grief! Hey, I have a great idea! Do you think if I sort of smoosh down and even out the stuff on the table, then cover it all with a tablecloth, I could balance some flowers on top, and pass it off as a tablescape????

Thanks for the response and the help, Keith. I do appreciate knowing I am not alone.


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