BE-THE-CHANGE   114,568
SparkPoints
100,000-149,999 SparkPoints
 
 
BE-THE-CHANGE's Recent Blog Entries

Day 14 Decluttering

Friday, October 24, 2014

I did this a week ago, but haven't had much time to blog.

After I did the kitchen drawers, I tackled the pantry. Unfortunately, I did not take the 'before' pictures until after my DD 'shopped' there, so they don't quite as crowded and messy as they did then.

The before pictures - left side, then right side:











I try to keep like things grouped together, but things had gotten a bit out of control. After my DD took what she could use, I didn't have much to get rid of. It was mostly a matter of organizing.













I try to stay out of the left side of the pantry as much as possible. I keep the food for my nephew there, as well as DH's snack foods. I try to eat fresh or frozen food as much as possible, and to stay away from canned and prepared foods.

Next is the china cabinet!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DIFROMWYOMING 10/24/2014 11:27PM

    Looks great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CINDYSDAY 10/24/2014 10:36PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 10/24/2014 10:21PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIHAITIEN 10/24/2014 7:57PM

    Looks great! Organizing always makes life easier.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ICECUB 10/24/2014 6:55PM

    YOU HAVE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB DECLUTTERING. WAY TO GO. I DON'T LIKE CAN FOODS MUCH EITHER, FRESH OR FROZEN

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOUBBIE 10/24/2014 3:16PM

    Hey, Debb, you need directions to my house?

emoticon

Looks great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
REALTYLADYLISA 10/24/2014 2:49PM

    You go girl! One step at a time get's it done!


Report Inappropriate Comment
JOBAMGIRL 10/24/2014 2:41PM

    I'm inspired. I think I better get my stepstool out and see what's on the top shelf of my pantry. Hope I don't find chocolate because I will have to throw it AWAY.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/24/2014 2:15PM

    Wow! Awesome! Love you

Report Inappropriate Comment


Accountability - Week 4

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Part of the craziness that has been my past week was a first appointment with a new primary care doctor and practice. It turns out that the two different medications I was put on a couple of weeks ago were too much and so my new doctor took away the diuretic. I am happy about that, since I wasn't feeling great since starting it. However, another result is a temporary rebound in water weight and a gain for this week. I am up 3 pounds which puts me back where I was two weeks ago. We will review this again in 2 1/2 weeks when I go back for a follow up visit.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ROBBIEMARIE 10/24/2014 12:20PM

    Bad medicine! Bad medicine! (Shaking finger at meds!) Hey, you felt like crap on it so out the door with it! You are so smart to know that the weight fluctuation is going to readjust since you are doing what you need to do for your health. Hang in there beautiful lady!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWTEXDEBBIE 10/23/2014 8:52AM

    I hope they get your levels all worked out..... So frustrating! Hang in there.....

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/23/2014 8:04AM

    You will figure this out. Just give it time and your body will make the adjustment. Make sure you are not neglecting drinking water.

Report Inappropriate Comment
REALTYLADYLISA 10/23/2014 12:26AM

    Once your meds are regulated and your body gets used to everything, you will just start losing easier (keep thinking & speaking positive stuff into your life)...Bless you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNESHOPE 10/23/2014 12:10AM

    emoticon Well, the good thing is, is that you know it's just water weight. You can get that off my drinking more water. The more you drink, the more your body will let go of it.
So just hang in there. You Got this! emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
ICECUB 10/22/2014 10:07PM

    hope you get a good report when you go back.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIHAITIEN 10/22/2014 9:52PM

    I'm glad your dosage got caught early on an got adjusted. Hopeful your body will settle into its weight loss groove again.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CASSIOEPIA 10/22/2014 8:25PM

    Hopefully you will feel better with the second drug stopped.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOUBBIE 10/22/2014 8:07PM

    I'm glad they can adjust it. I'd hate to think of you being stuck on a med that makes you feel bad!

The water comes and the water goes. Those beads will be making the passage to the right in no time!

Comment edited on: 10/22/2014 8:07:26 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/22/2014 6:59PM

    Cheering for you my friend. We're going to do this together. Love you!

Report Inappropriate Comment


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.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

170BY2015 10/22/2014 3:01PM

    That looks great! A great accomplishment!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CINDYSDAY 10/22/2014 8:58AM

    You are doing great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRAVELGO 10/21/2014 3:36PM

  Looking Good!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MCJOYFUL 10/20/2014 4:42PM

    Good job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MICKEYMAX 10/20/2014 12:31AM

    woo hoo!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIFROMWYOMING 10/18/2014 11:34PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/18/2014 11:15PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ICECUB 10/18/2014 7:35PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNESHOPE 10/18/2014 7:31PM

    emoticon Great Job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOUBBIE 10/18/2014 11:23AM

    Ahhhh, that feels good!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WISHICOULDFLY 10/18/2014 11:02AM

    emoticon I am so jealous I could cry.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROSE54 10/18/2014 10:53AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NUTRON3 10/18/2014 8:06AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


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.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ROBBIEMARIE 10/18/2014 9:15PM

    Nice!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WISHICOULDFLY 10/18/2014 11:01AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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?

Report Inappropriate Comment


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.

emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JUNESHOPE 10/18/2014 7:32PM

    3 more pounds... You are on FIRE!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WISHICOULDFLY 10/17/2014 6:05AM

    Excellent! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SAPHRAEL 10/17/2014 5:30AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIFROMWYOMING 10/16/2014 11:16PM

    Wonderful! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ICECUB 10/16/2014 8:46PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CINDYSDAY 10/16/2014 8:06PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MCJOYFUL 10/16/2014 12:33PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBBIEMARIE 10/16/2014 11:40AM

    Such an amazing visual!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOUBBIE 10/16/2014 10:14AM

    Woohoo!!! Progress!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BARBARAROSE54 10/16/2014 8:09AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CALAMITIE 10/15/2014 11:57PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
KEEPITUP62 10/15/2014 11:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
All the best in reaching your goals

Susan emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAMBABY0 10/15/2014 10:51PM

    Good job and keep up the good work.

Report Inappropriate Comment


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 Last Page