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Showing posts with label Operation Declutter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Operation Declutter. Show all posts

Monday, February 6, 2017

Update: Operation Declutter

Dining room - done.  It was honestly easy - not too much clutter gets stuck in there.  Although I did manage to clear out some Christmas pieces from the hutch.  And some linens.

Now I need to take care of the laundry room.  This will be the last of the easier rooms.  The others are going to be a challenge.  I need some motivation. Can y'all send me some tips that keep you going? How's your progress?  I know several of you are doing the same thing - how're you doing?

After the laundry room, I think I will take a break.  The very idea of cleaning out the storage room is causing me to break out in hives. So I need to get myself prepared for that.

Laundry room - here I come.  And I want to get you done by Valentine's Day.

Then I will reward myself with candy.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Clutter free piano room

Clutter free piano room!  Well, pretty much.  I would still like to streamline more files but I am not the only person who lives here. So I don't get to do everything my way. Drats.

He's worth it, though :)

I am thrilled to have some rooms completed. That really is so motivating. I have a hard time not looking at all that needs to be done, however. So I am trying desperately to enjoy the progress (maybe not the PROCESS!) and especially my new BFFs at Goodwill. If you live near Butlers Crossing in Watkinsville, I am telling you that these folks are the best. I took them gifts - seriously - but they said they were not allowed to keep them.

So I just hug them, pray with them, and give them stellar reviews when I submit my online tax receipts. It's the least I can do - they have been significant in my quest to conquer clutter!

I think I will put the dining room as next on the to-do list. But first, here's some tips some of you have shared with me:

Cindy combines ongoing declutter efforts with character building (really smart woman!!). At Christmastime, she has her children select 10 things to give away before The Day of Presents arrives. This gets rid of excess, helps her kids be involved in the process, AND trains their hearts to give to others. What a great idea!  And the really great thing is that she does it, not just thinks about it - score!!

Jennifer told me about a website that she subscribes to for a daily plan of attack
. www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/organized-home.html  She uses this info to clean and organize places we might not think about - like the drawer that holds plastic wrap and aluminum foil!  And it's totally fine to not do every task every day - it's just a guide to help you work through a plan.

Another source that I've benefitted from is FLYlady.http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/31-beginner-babysteps/    This website has an overall plan for cleaning, holidays, organizing, everything! I urge you to check out both these sites and see if there are some tips to help you along.

One of the greatest suggestions came from the hubbies of two of my friends. I was chatting with a group of guys and we were discussing what wives want husbands to do, especially when it comes to house stuff. Two of these fellas shared that they had bought a roomba and they love using it. I had been interested in these devices for quite some time so I picked their brains for all the details.

They were awesome and answered all my questions. So much so that I promptly went to Sams, counted out my Christmas money I had stashed away...and bought an iRobot !!!

This thing is SO.MUCH.FUN!!!  I am addicted! If you have thought about getting one, I can recommend the product.

But I will offer a disclaimer...Betsy says it really isn't saving us much time because we stand around and watch it work!!!

And  I may need a break before taking care of the dining room.  Like a big box of Milk Duds. Or a week at the beach maybe.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Operation Declutter continues

I love hearing about your progress in this quest towards a more minimalistic lifestyle!  Tks for the updates - keep 'em coming because it motivates me and holds me accountable. We are blessing our families by cleaning out our stuff. We are blessing others by giving some things to them. And we are blessing ourselves because we will feel less stressed in a decluttered environment, we will waste less time looking for things, and we will have more time to do things other than corral clutter!  Hooray!

So, the books have been reduced, the MB is clean and organized, and the half bath is as well. I needed this easy project after tackling the Master Bedroom!  It didn't take even half an hour to clean out the cabinet under the sink, stock it with necessities :), and swipe it til it sparkles. With extra room in the cabinet, I decided to put the Christmas decor I use in this room in that empty space!  And the seasonal candles that I change out fall and spring - instead of stuck who knows where in the laundry room!  That will make things easier to swap out later - score!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Crossing off that item on the list

Master Bedroom is done, y'all!

I am beyond excited - I am depleted.

Why I didn't anticipate what would happen as I went through some of those piles and boxes in my closet, I do not know.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Operation DeClutter

Master Bedroom.

That's what I am tackling now.

I think I need to set myself a deadline so
1) I will get it done
2) I will feel a sense of progress/accomplishment.  (I am that type of gal who loves herself a to-do list - mainly for the thrill of marking stuff off!)

So, here's my deadline -
MB cleaned out by Jan 31.

So far I've cleaned out under the bed (I doubt anyone else has the mess under theirs that I had accumulated - I mean, that IS what those lovely bedskirts are really for, right?)
And I put away all the Christmas decor and gift packaging that lobbied for squatters' rights in my room.
Next - closet and dresser drawers.  Eek.

Somebody promise to check up on me Feb 1 if I don't update y'all before then - who will volunteer?

And who else has an update for me? I need some feedback, peeps :)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Devotion to books

 But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body
Ecclesiastes 12:12

I love books.

I love to read, I love to write, but I also just love books! I love to have them on shelves, as part of my decor, and in my home. My favorite Disney princess is Belle because she loves books. And I confess a deep-seated envy of the ceiling- to-floor-books room in the Beast's castle. Just getting it out there.

Friday, January 13, 2017

On a personal note...

It honestly feels a bit petty to share this, given the situations of others around the world. Christians being persecuted and martyred for their commitment to Christ. Natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes and earthquakes decimating communities. People losing jobs, homes breaking up, and children being abused. All these things are so real and so serious and so much  more important than the thoughts I have to share today.

But it's where I am. And I always want to be real with you. And since this is where God has me, then I need to be faithful and true where I am. Maybe there is some encouragement or blessing for someone in here somewhere!

Here's where I am, at least it's my plan for the next few months.