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Sunday, December 23rd, 2007
1:18 pm
no room
One of the many things I tell the kids that they don't listen to is, If you want more toys, then you have to get rid of some of the ones you have to make room. And I realized yesterday that that's the only way I'm going to ever get the room I want for craft space. Something's gotta give. And as much as I wish that "something" was all the toys that can shoot, or Ben's pile of misc computer crap, or the cabinet or unitaskers in the kitchen... it's gonna have to be my stuff that goes.

So today (and probably at least for the rest of the year) I'm pondering what on earth can go. I feel like I've already done so much purging. What's left? Consolidate, I guess.

Where is there still space in the house? There are two drawers, some closet space (for hide and seek), and one under-bed organizer in timothy_tim's room. There's under cole_b's crib. There's some space in our closet and under our bed, but those are pretty unaccessible areas. Ben claims there is no more space in the attic- but if I could get him to donate some of the baby stuff, maybe there would be more room up there for boxes from the hall linen closet...
Friday, April 13th, 2007
7:49 am
Spring cleaning? Charity looking for household items
I've cut and paste some info from their weekly Urgent Needs e-mail (see below). If any of you have a larger vehicle and can haul donations from other people, please let me know! I have stuff to donate, but I can't take the items *and* my kids.

SPREAD THE WORD: We are at our lowest point in inventory ever!
Most of us have basic home or baby goods at our house that we want to get rid of. We have more than 200 people waiting for mattresses and less than 5 sets in house (all king). Some clients have waited months for a queen set.

We need furniture:
- Kitchen table sets or chairs/tables alone
- Mattresses (twins without box very welcome for bunk beds)
- Recliners
- Folding bed frames (any, even king size)

If you have small kitchen items too, please bring them sooner rather than later. We have none. Anything basic welcome.
- POTS!!
- silverware
- dish sets
- coffee makers
- toasters
- can openers
- frying pans
- crock pots
- hot plates or other electric cooking devices

We also also completely out of bed and bath items:
- Bath sized towels (we are not picky)
- shower curtains and liners
- window curtains
- comforters in any size (WE ARE OUT OF FULL, QUEEN, KING)

For babies we are totally out of:
- crib bedding
- infant car seats
- Pak N Plays
- toddler beds
- cribs

Bassinets are always welcome and they go out as fast as they come in.

Donated goods welcome at the warehouse during any open hours. All donations of goods or funds are tax deductible.

Donna Hunnewell
Wish Project
"From your atttic to a needy home, one wish at a time"
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
6:22 pm
I bought some cute organizers at Staples yesterday. One for recipes and one for home improvement ideas that I rip out of magazines (or, in the case of recipes, that I get from friends or online). They seem slightly too short for the 8.5x11 pages- just slightly, because of the accordian pleats on the sides. Stupid design! But I already wrote on them, so I am sure I can't take them back. Everything fit (barely) but it is a little too snug.

I just put (most) of the recipes into their organizer. I think there are still some stuffed into other cookbooks. I tossed a couple dozen recipes that, yes, looked really yummy, but there was no way I was going to make. I could probably cull half of them based on that criteria, but... progress in small steps.

The annoying thing is that I know that this is a procrastination organization task. I should be clearing the mountain on our cedar chest! Or sifting through the piles on our desk! Or making my craft table usable again, rather than storage, so that I don't have to carry my craft stuff out to the dining room table!

But... progress in small steps. Some of the mountain on the cedar chest is magazines that have piled up because they have folded-down pages that I want to research or put to use. If I can get those articles into the cute files, then I have a head start on conquering the mountain. Then I need to electricify the cedar chest or somehow otherwise make it impossible to pile crap on it. :)
Friday, January 13th, 2006
2:22 pm
I've been watching a lot of Clean Sweep, Mission: Organization, FreeStyle, etc.

The central theme is, You have too much stuff.
Organization, tidying, redecorating? Secondary.
Lose a piece of furniture from the room and suddenly it looks more together.

I try to apply this, but... I don't want to give up any seating in the living room or dining room. I could take a leaf out of the dining room table, but then I'd have to redo it every Sunday for our group din. I could get rid of the futon or the couch in the living room, both of which are in bad shape, and use the piano bench for extra seating if needed, but then our room would need to be totally rearranged and/or I'd have to childproof the fire place, rather than just putting a couch in front of it.

Hurts my head.
Sunday, November 20th, 2005
8:04 pm
Bookcrossing. David Gerrold's The Man Who Folded Himself.
I've got a BookCrossing tagged copy of David Gerrold's The Man Who Folded Himself. I will ship it to the person who either makes the most interesting request for it, who who has the most interesting address (non-US addresses are fine). The only conditions are you log it into the BookCrossing website, and you pass it on to someone else when you're done reading it.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
7:41 am
decluttering closet
I can't remember which magazine I read this in, sorry.

As you change your wardrobe over for the season, put all the clothes onto their hangers backwards. As you hang the laundry, put the hangers on the "right" way. At the end of the season, give away all of the clothes that you never wore.

(YMMV. I know some folks don't bother with "summer clothes" and "winter clothes", or use a closet with hangers, etc.)

Current Mood: tired
Monday, June 13th, 2005
9:04 am
clean tub!
I cleaned my tub last night. It was more of a quick wash than a total scrubdown, but the soap scum was threatening to engulf my feet during showertime, so Something Had To Be Done.

I am ridiculously pleased with myself. My standards of cleanliness have gone straight to hell in the last 2 years.
Thursday, July 1st, 2004
10:58 pm
All my new furniture is in place, the floor of the media room is clear, and I condensed many boxes of crap down to shelved things and far fewer boxes, and organized them better. Chair for the media room has also been ordered.

There is much, much more organization that needs to happen before things are truly done, but I'll have to clear out the storage room first (next weekend) and probably get some organizer boxes of some kind. I also have to visit Ikea for a bedroom lamp or two and a small computer table, and hang some pictures.

But the important thing here is that the clutter is much relieved and there is a floor here for Ari to crash on tomorrow. Yay!

Current Mood: accomplished
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