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Tuesday: Tips, tricks and Tailspin

16 Oct

I’m sitting here in the dark with only the soft glow of the iPad for illumination. Sounds romantic? No! I just got too lazy to get up and turn the light on. I’ve spent the last three days, cleaning, packing, purging, boxing up and decluttering. It’s physically and mentally exhausting. When someone comments, “But doesn’t it feel great.” I say “Noooooooo!” I’d rather be sitting on the sofa, surrounded by my useless clutter with a cup of tea watching reruns of “Murder She Wrote.”

I’ll keep working on it “till I get ‘er done!” In the meantime, I’ll share some tips and tricks that I found on Pinterest for decluttering your home. I think the most useful tip is to stop being sentimental about your “things.” It’s the most useful tip, I didn’t say I agree with it. I have to force myself to part with every tiny little thing.

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Do an initial sweep
Grab a box and a large garbage bag and starting at one end, do a walk-through of your entire house. Scan each room, quickly grabbing anything you see that you know is either garbage or no longer needed. Place items in either the donation box or the garbage bag. Keep going until you’ve made your way through the entire house. See how easy and painless that was? Even if you don’t make it through the rest of the steps, you’ve already made a ton of progress!
Clear out one area at a time
After your initial surface purge it is time to dig a little deeper. At this point it is not a good idea to start randomly delving in to more than one area at a time; you will quickly become overwhelmed. Instead, start with one manageable area–a room, a corner, a closet, a cabinet, or a dresser–armed with a box for goodwill, a laundry basket for things that need to be returned to their proper place, and a garbage bag for the trash. Then get to work and don’t leave your area until the job is done!

Ruthlessly purge
Give yourself permission to only keep the things that are currently useful, despite who gave them to you or how much they cost. This can be really hard, especially at first. That’s where the ruthless part comes in. As you sort through your things, ask yourself these questions:
Do we use it, wear it, or play with it? If it is clothes, does it still fit?
Is it in good working condition?
Does it enrich our lives in some way?
Does it have sentimental value?
Could someone else use it more?
It is helpful to make 4 categories: 1.) Things to keep in this area, 2.) things to donate, 3.) things to throw away, and 4.) things to put elsewhere (keepsake box, seasonal items, or things that belong in a different room). Once you’ve cleared an area and put away all the items that belong elsewhere, move on to the next area. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Get it OUT of your house
Once you’ve determined something needs to go, get rid of it as quickly as possible. Don’t let those boxes of donation items sit in your garage or basement for months on end; inevitably someone in your family will start digging through it and the clutter will be right back where it started. As soon as you’ve filled a box, put it in your car so that you can drop it off at the nearest donation center as soon as you can.

I personally am not a huge fan of hosting garage sales–to me they are too much work for too little payout–but if you do want to throw one, do it right away. I do usually sell bigger items on Craigslist, and occasionally we will also just take a picture of multiple small (but) nice items, list all the items, and sell it all for one flat price. Those type of listings always go really quickly! (For more tips on selling your stuff, check out this post)

Read more at http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/03/08/clearing-clutter/#gkq85zjHVI9v9HGY.99

Now for the tailspin. This is just the tip of the iceberg. But, as the iceberg melts and the Titanic sinks into the sunset, it will get done.

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Can I help it that I think EVERYTHING is beautiful?

Wednesday: When It Rains, It Pours

9 Oct

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“When it rains, it pours.” I really know what that means lately, and I’m sure you do to. Even though the North Texas skies are clear and bright, I’ve had a big old rain cloud over my head lately. Boo-hoo! I know, I sound like a whining five year old, but sometimes I feel better sharing and moaning. I get it off my chest and move on.

Last night, I came home to discover a drip, drip, drip from the ceiling. I thought it was the ceiling sprinkler system. Well, to make a long story longer, after getting help to turn off the water source for the sprinklers, I went to sleep. The next morning, the drip, drip, drip had continued all night. My new best friend, Bob the handyman, came over at 8:30 and went up into the attic and discovered that it was actually the hot water heater leaking. He couldn’t replace it, but gave me all the info of where to go and what to ask for. He shut of the water to the tank, and while he was here, he did a few electrical tasks for me. So, I went to Home Depot, ordered a new tank, scheduled an installation and now I’m back up and running. Well, actually, I’m laying down and typing. I’m exhausted.

I just leaned over and knocked on wood…and said, “What else could possibly happen?” I’m going to send out positive thoughts and vibes into the universe and pray that this is the end of my trials and tribulations.

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Fractious Friday

28 Sep

What started out as a delightful day turned into a fractious Friday. (New word for me) I woke up a little concerned about more leg pain and tightness in my chest. I tried to brush it off, but friends and family suggested that I call my doctor. Her office called back and set up appointments at Baylor Hospital for some tests. The good news is, they let me go home and I didn’t end up in the ER like in July. Yes, it was troublesome, and I will still worry until I find out the results on Monday, but I took action and got checked out. Who knows what could have happened? Therefore, I feel truly blessed.

frac·tious\ˈfrak-shəs\
adjective
1 : tending to be troublesome : unruly
2 : quarrelsome, irritable
frac·tious·ly adverb
frac·tious·ness noun
Origin: fraction (discord) + -ous.
First use: 1714

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AND A LITTLE HUMOR ABOUT TROUBLE

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The sad part is some folks won’t get this. Now, that’s trouble!

Montage Monday: Out With The Old, In With The New

23 Sep

Another week in a peek. Some old things are gone, some new things have arrived. Hope springs eternal.

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Tuesday True Story: Two Feathers and a Penny

18 Sep

I don’t know about Heaven or Hell, but I do know that we are visited all the time by the spirits of those who affected us in life.
Mitch Albom
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You either believe or you don’t. I believe! Most of my close friends and family members know my stories about finding lucky pennies. Whenever I am in distress, sad, uncertain or confused, I find a lucky penny on the ground or in the street, usually right at my feet. I heard a psychic on television, about fifteen years ago, talking about how spirits who have passed on, often leave us little signs that they are watching and helping us. She said sometimes they put pennies or shiny items in our path. It could also be a butterfly or a feather, but always a symbol that means something to us.

“If you build it, he will come.” I think if you believe, it will happen. After my father passed away in ’99, I started finding a lucky penny when I really needed a sign that things were going to be OK. Always, always, when I say, “I could really use a penny today,” I find one. Then, I pick it up, look up to the heavens and say to myself, “Thank you, Poppy.” It’s his way of telling me that it’s all going to be fine.

Today, I was feeling pretty low. I had gone to Zumba class and had to sit down a while after getting winded and dizzy. Then, Karen and Mercedes joined me at McDonald’s after class for a drink. We talked and laughed, but I still felt stressed, depressed, and sad. On the way to my car, I thought…yes, you guessed it, ” I could really use a penny right now!” Low and behold, right next to my car, by the driver’s side door, was a shiny penny. I picked it up and screamed out loud, in a big grateful voice, “Thank you, Poppy.”

But, that wasn’t the end of my signs. I have a couple friends who have been finding lucky feathers. Now, I’m finding them, too. Today, I found two lucky feathers in different locations. It was a two feather and lucky penny day. I’m going to be OK. “Thanks, Poppy!”

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Sunday: No Imagination

16 Sep

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
– Catherine The Great quotes
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A great wind must have been blowing today, unfortunately, I was not blessed with imagination, but rather, a doozy of a migraine headache that just won’t quit. My continued commitment to write every day, rain or shine, migraine or mayhem, is a source of comfort. It gives me a reason to think about my day and to think of something to write, be it funny, creative or retrospective. It gives me a reason to be thankful for each day. I am truly blessed. Now, if this blessed migraine would go away, I’d be a lot more thankful.

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Friday Fulminations

14 Sep

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
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You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
-Bill Cosby
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Ah, another Friday of fulminations. Even a heavy heart can be lightened with a little humor.

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Have a great weekend, and I hope you find some time to laugh a little.

Monday Montage: A Week in a Peek

10 Sep

The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that your the pilot.
Unknown
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Another week has flown by. A week in a peek that didn’t squeak.

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Friday Fulminations: Faith

7 Sep

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Mother Teresa
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Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Mahatma Gandhi
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FAITH
Why does the sunlight darken my existence,
Challenging my being with complete resistance?
What used to bring joy to each and every day,
Now pierces my faith before it fades away.
The true strength of my soul is put to the test.
With a prayer and resolve, I will do my best.
Only time will tell what fate may have in store.
With complete surrender, I can do no more.
Toni Andrukaitis

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Theme Song Thursday: Country Songs Say It All

6 Sep

If you succeed in cheating someone, don’t think that the person is a fool. Realize that the person trusted you much more than you deserved.
Nishan Panwar quotes | added by: NaughtyNishan

I’m a born and raised Midwestern gal, but living in Texas has given me a greater appreciation and respect for the magic of a good Country Western song. The rhythmic cadence and down-to-earth lyrics seem to tell a long sad story in a toe-tapping kinda way. YouTube and Google share a wealth of information for pretty much anything you want to share. A simple country song says it all. Patty Loveless…you sing it, girl!

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