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Day 13 Decluttering

Saturday, October 18, 2014

In reflecting on my comments about DH the other day, I realized that I am really not going to be able to do any work in the garage or basement. Those rooms are "his" rooms and I am not allowed to move anything. With that in mind, I decided that doing the kitchen drawers and the pantry was a lot to do in one day (especially since DD was visiting), so I decided to split that task into two days. I just did the drawers for day 13. The pantry will be next.

This drawer is next to the stove and we keep the silverware here.



The next two drawers are on the far side away from the stove and wind up being a "catch all" for all sorts of little things. The first one should be all of our knives and sharp items.



This drawer is supposed to be serving utensils and all my mixing items, like large wooden spoons and spatulas.



As I mentioned before, DD recently moved into a house and they need a lot of things. One of the items they needed was silverware. Their old apartment was very small and they kept utensils to a minimum. We were shopping at Costco and I saw some nice flatware. She didn't want me to buy her new, though, when she knew that I wanted to get some myself. So we bought the new for me and she took all my old flatware. I also reorganized the drawer so it is strictly the tableware at this point.



The next drawer wasn't too bad, but I do have trays for the knives and things were out of place so I got that straightened out.



The final drawer saw the most changes. There were some items that I gave to DD, so I had a bit more room. I have all the serving utensils from my new sets together, I hung a couple of items on the board with all my cookware, and I got rid of a bunch of little items that had collected and were not being used at all.



I took everything out of all the drawers, wiped them down, and then moved everything back. It feels really good to have this done, even though hardly anyone ever sees it.

  
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MCJOYFUL 10/20/2014 4:42PM

    Good job!

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MICKEYMAX 10/20/2014 12:31AM

    woo hoo!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/18/2014 11:15PM

    Absolutely amazing. If I took a picture of my "drawers" you'd fall out. LOVE YOU

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ROBBIEMARIE 10/18/2014 9:18PM

    How nice to be able to see everything in the drawers! Mine scream at me every time I open them!

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WOUBBIE 10/18/2014 11:23AM

    Ahhhh, that feels good!

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Day 12 Decluttering

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wow, a few busy days at work and do I get behind!

So, Wednesday was my linen closet. There is no light in the closet, and the light in the hallway is off to the side, so these pictures are a bit dark.

The two top shelves are in pretty good order. I keep bathroom cleaning supplies on the top as well as some toiletries and all our meds and more toiletries on the second shelf. I got the bins a while ago to help keep these shelves in order and it works pretty well. DH insists I keep backups of everything he uses on a regular basis, so we have a pretty good stock here. I read a long time ago that you shouldn't keep meds in the bathroom cabinet (too damp) and this keeps all out of the reach of visiting children as well.



The next two shelves are for towels and linens. Nothing else belongs here.



These two shelves are for table linens, pillow cases, and washcloths. Obviously they need some work.



I took the above pictures on Wednesday and didn't take the follow up pictures until Friday. I really didn't need to do much on the top two shelves. Moved one thing up from another shelf and moved one item out.



The second set of shelves are pretty sparse, as it's the end of the week and I am behind on laundry too. However, I didn't want to delay this blog any longer. There was a load of towels going in the washer when I took this picture. There are bed linens on the second shelf.



I am happy that I got the table linens all folded and put away. I had a pile of folded linens sitting in a laundry basket for quite a while. There are piles of dark table cloths on either side of the ones you can see in the middle of the shelf.



I also found some things to donate to the vets. They are going to be in my neighborhood on the 27th, which is perfect timing because I will have just finished my decluttering that weekend.

  
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ROBBIEMARIE 10/18/2014 9:15PM

    Nice!

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PICKIE98 10/18/2014 5:59AM

    My mom did the same thing with one of her linen closets!! I gave her some lazy Susans(rubbermaid turntables) so she did not have to keep pulling things in and out, just turn them.
Funny you would talk about the medicine cabinet:I literally JUST finished cleaning mine out. Why did I keep that med sample from 2009????????????????? Gone now! !

Doesn't it feel great to look at how neat it all is?

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Accountability - Week 3

Wednesday, October 15, 2014



Three more beads move from the left to the right this week.

I just got done with work at about 10:15. The task blog is going to have to wait until tomorrow.

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JUNESHOPE 10/18/2014 7:32PM

    3 more pounds... You are on FIRE!

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ROBBIEMARIE 10/16/2014 11:40AM

    Such an amazing visual!

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WOUBBIE 10/16/2014 10:14AM

    Woohoo!!! Progress!

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CALAMITIE 10/15/2014 11:57PM

  I like you beads in the jar idea. What a great visual. Keep up the good work.

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    Good job and keep up the good work.

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Day 11 Decluttering

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yesterday's task was the bathroom counters and shower. Since I worked late last night, it was lucky for me that there was nothing to do. I think this is one room I just keep up without thinking, especially since my nephew is here every morning and uses it as well.







This is the main bathroom in the house. My nephew used to play in the sink with the soap (or whatever he could reach) so I got in the habit of keeping things out of reach. We do have a second bathroom in our room. The main one is "mine" and the master bath is DH's. I am not allowed to touch anything in his bathroom and it drives me crazy. He has a place for everything but for the most part, it's on the counter and his is much larger than mine.

As I work through this challenge, I am learning that a large part of my problem with clutter is actually not my problem, it's DH's. I am not sure how to resolve it. He is one of those people who can't find things unless they are right in front of them (this is actually a "thing"). I don't care so much if it's his office or basement area or the garage. It's when it's in a shared area that it drives me crazy. I have to figure out how to deal with it, so that both of us are at least relatively happy with the resolution.

Today's task is the linen closet, which shouldn't be too hard to do.

  
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ROBBIEMARIE 10/16/2014 11:39AM

    Ahhhhh my DH has the same can't find anything issue. His problem however stems from the fact that he is a pack rat!!! I want my house decluttered soooooooo bad!!!!

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LTTLREDCORVETTE 10/15/2014 9:18PM

    I am loving following along with your decluttering days! Going to start the challenge myself when we get home from the trip. Unfortunately, Michael must have inherited the 'can't find something unless it's right in front of him' gene lol. There have been many times when I have been called in to find an item that is directly behind another item haha

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WISHICOULDFLY 10/15/2014 9:32AM

    I have to agree with Barbara. It IS a man thing. My hubby is the same way with his stuff. PuhLEEZE let me know if you find a solution! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 10/15/2014 8:40AM

    Yup, universal challenge. Our problem spot is the kitchen, since he likes to cook. I frequently rearrange stuff to make it more convenient for me, since I still do the bulk of the cooking, and that drives him nuts. Oh well, when he makes three meals a day for 3 people he can rearrange all he wants. I will cheerfully never use those counters again!

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BARBARAROSE54 10/15/2014 8:16AM

    This is a man thing, I find none of them can find anything unless it is smacking them in the face. You are doing a great job of decluttering, and I am enjoying reading your blogs.

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Day 10 Decluttering

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Yesterday I wound up watching my 8-year-old great-nephew all day. I had to reorganize my tasks, because there was no way I was doing the pantry and drawers with him underfoot. As it was, the laundry room took me all day, in bits and pieces. Then his mom was late and DH invited them both for dinner. They didn't leave until past 9:30 PM, so no blog last night.

So my laundry room...I already mentioned the second fridge is in there, right next to the door. The top often gets cluttered with things that don't make it to the place they belong.



Then there is a utility sink and the washer and dryer, which for once didn't have laundry piled on them.



At the end of the room is a door to outside with a nice little corner that collects things.



Then the chest freezer, which miraculously only had one item that needed to be dealt with. This is a cover for the dining room table that goes under the tablecloth to protect from heat and spills.



Finally there is an alcove behind the door where I keep hampers and extra hangers. There is also a couple of shelves, which are supposed to only hold baking and roasting supplies.



The door has a couple of hooks on the back that are "overutilized".



Most of my problem with this room was deciding where to put things. Part of what was on top of the fridge was 2 dog bowls. They belonged to Toby, who we lost in December. We kept them because sometimes my DD brings her dog with her when she visits, but they really don't have a place. I moved them to the pantry floor for now, but I will have to figure it out by the weekend.





The things in the corner went down to the basement.



The candlesticks on the shelf went to the top of our piano. The cleaning supplies are now under the kitchen sink.



And my clothes are in my closet, where they belong.



I also realized that some of you may be wondering where all my cookware is, since it wasn't in any of the kitchen cabinets. I have my DH, the engineer, to thank for this.



He actually took a Polaroid and hung it on a bulletin board in the kitchen, so everything always gets put back in the right place.

  
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ROBBIEMARIE 10/16/2014 11:37AM

    Awesome once again!

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    I am so jealous!...You've done a great job!



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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/15/2014 7:58AM

    WOW! You are an amazing get-it-done person!!! WTG!!! I have no doubt it is a relief to see these things getting organized as they should be. I'm doing little simplifying jobs around here too - one at a time, keep it-up until it's done, and then, keep putting things back in their place. Be proud!
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    Looks great!

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