• Clean/Purge,  Health

    Why Do I Have All This Stuff?

    I think my brain is working towards hypomania… I’ve been busting my ass organizing and culling stuff to be donated or just thrown away.

    Last night I went through all my clothes and everything that is nowhere near able to fit or just not my style anymore was washed and loaded into the car to be donated. There was an entire kitchen trash bag full and then a bit more. I also added a pair of almost brand new heels that while super cute, I just don’t wear heels anymore. So cute though. Wish I could justify keeping them.

    I went through the end of my closet where all my kitchen stuff plus some random other stuff is and added a ton of computer paper to the donation pile. I also decided to donate some of my stuffed animals. Someone is going to get some super cute giraffe stuffies!

    I still have a stack of papers to go through and figure out where to put my drop spindle and fiber, but that shouldn’t be too hard. I’m thinking about posting photos of my pvc ukulele stand to offer it up for sale. I don’t need it and can’t use it unless by some miracle we get rid of the mice in this house.

    I still need to study for my exam that’s this evening. Hopefully I can at least get a C this time.

  • Clean/Purge,  General

    Spring Cleaning Intensifies

    I’m still on my Spring cleaning kick. Yesterday I spent almost all day in my craft room trying to organize things, food things I thought I was out of, and put stuff in my car for donation. I almost filled my backseat with stuff to donate!

    I’m constantly thinking I’m out of head pins, eye pins, earwires, and jump/split rings. After cleaning out 9 of these smaller containers, I used four of them to organize most of my findings. (not pictured are earwires)

    I also slated more beads for donation, and made two super simple pairs of earrings.

    All my picture frames and canvasses are on one shelf together, and I finally framed one of my cross stitches I finished last year.

    The other thing I did was I took a table and some of my stuff down by the poppy reserve to try to sell stuff to the tourists. I gave up after 90 minutes though because it was so windy and getting worse. No sales and not one person even stopped to look.

    I also did some crafting, working on a cross stitch, and made two pairs of earrings.

    Today I’m hoping to catch up on a few TV shows and maybe manage to fill my backseat with more donations. 🙂

  • Clean/Purge,  Health

    Hypo-Brain

    I’m pretty sure I’m in the middle of a hypomanic thing right now. The last few nights time has really gotten away from me, I’ve stayed up way too late, slept way too late, and have been happily cleaning and cooking.

    Thursday I started picking up trash to get rid of, and took I think two bags full out to the barrel. I collected some things for donation, and I selected more dvds to be sold or later donated. I made chicken thighs cooked in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, rice that was cooked in the droppings, and a small salad for my mom and I.

    Friday I did more cleaning, and made chef’s salads for us for dinner. I fought the urge to bake bread at midnight. I took the playpen, and other chick brooder accoutrements outside to clean the space back up in my craft room.

    Today I’ve swept the craft room, wiped the dust and dirt from my sewing machine and table, wiped the dust off of my bass, guitar & djembe (poor neglected things), and started straightening out the desk. I made potato soup for us for dinner and we both had seconds. Yum! I took some more donations out to my car too.

    I still plan to put some jewelry away and put my laundry away tonight and maybe do some other small cleaning tasks.

  • Clean/Purge

    Cleaning & Purging

    I’m cleaning again. I keep finding ancient food that’s literally covered in millimeters of dust that goes straight to the garbage. I threw away about ten tiny, never opened jars of jellies, fancy mustards, and other spreads that expired in 1996. I threw away a bunch of the reusable shopping bags because we literally have so freaking many and nowhere to put them.

    I found more things to donate, and a few things to return. The back seat of my car is slowly filling up with things to be dropped off at Goodwill. I’ve added some clothing to the pile, stuff that didn’t get worn much because it didn’t fit quite right and I should have returned them.

    I’ve done multiple loads of laundry including my sheets and pillowcases, so my bed is fresh and clean. I put away everything that I washed, and in my cleaning, I found a few articles of clothing I thought were missing.

    Tomorrow I’ll continue cleaning up, and Wednesday my check should be in so I can go grocery shopping, pay bills, and finally take the vacuum in to be repaired. I’m looking forward to vacuuming again.

  • Clean/Purge

    Heavy Duty Cleaning!

    I’ve been chipping away at the mess in the hallway I previously posted about, and I’ve finally got that section of the house done.

    I also got rid of (trash and donation) a huge amount of stuff from these two bookcases.

    The plan right now is to move everything I don’t get rid of onto the dark wood bookcase, and ask my mom if I can have the lighter one in my craft room. That will give me better storage options, and it’ll be out of her line of sight from where she’ll want to pile stuff on it.

    And then there’s this mess. The other end of the hallway. I actually pulled out a trash bag full of garbage from underneath before I took the photo.

    When I get this mess cleaned up, I want to get some plastic bins to go underneath to keep the recycling in. Right now, those plastic bags are the recycling.

  • Clean/Purge

    Little By Little

    Yesterday I took a rather ill-advised 4 hour nap in the afternoon. Not a terrible thing in itself, but it meant at midnight I was wide awake and I wanted to do things. I ended up clearing off one of my 6 foot folding tables in my craft room, and bringing in my old desk to take its place. Then I moved the 3 x 3 shelving unit out of the closet alongside it, and moved my file boxes, one of my stacks of drawers, ironing board, and one of my dress forms into the closet.

    It looks a lot nicer and I have more floor space.

    I went to sleep after that.

    At 845am, the pups woke me up. I let them out, had breakfast, and started putting things away in my craft room. The closet bothered me.

    I took everything down off the top shelf, threw away empty packaging, and placed all the Christmas stuff together neatly. There were bags of fabrics, which I divided up between “large enough to use” and “too small to be of use.” the second pile went right into the trash. The first pile I offered a few select pieces to Tracy, and then put the rest away in my fabric drawers.

    The Christmas tree has been in its falling apart box blocking the end of the hallway since January. I trapped up the box, and managed to fit it into the closet shelf in my craft room.

    Then I moved the small table from in front of the hall closet and looked inside. Not much in there. The VHS tape storage full of old home movies went into the bottom of the closet. I removed a few things that were mine that I didn’t want and threw them away.

    Then there’s this.

    Our actual hallway turned dump site. Ugh. I moved the gate and pulled out the bag closest to the front. More fabrics. I went through the same routine as with the other bag and ended up with a small pile of keeps and a lot to be donated or thrown away. Pulled out a few more bags. Mostly trash. Some more stuff to be donated. More trash.

    I had to stop there because the trash cans are almost full but I got quite a bit done. After the trash pickup on Wednesday (and after I empty my car of donations) I’ll go through the rest.

    I also took a hammer to the broken bookshelf that was out front and broke it down so I could throw it away, and then put the broken heater into my trunk to be dropped off at the e-waste place.

    Wednesday will be a busy day with drop-offs, group therapy, and I have returns to make at Michael’s, and then I can start over again.

  • Clean/Purge,  General

    Still Cleaning

    I’m still finding tons of stuff to clean up around the house. I’m finally almost done throwing away my old dresser that fell apart once piece at a time each week into the trash barrel – there’s just one side and the paperboard back left – and then I can start breaking down the tons of cardboard boxes I keep unearthing and throwing them away. I wish I could just throw them all out at once, but we only get one trash barrel so it’s not possible.

    I keep finding technology-related stuff too. External DVD drives, multiple hard drives too small to be of much use in the current world (I’ve found like 6 of them), a hard drive enclosure that needs a power cord… And there’s a printer new in box that I think mom bought when she had Windows 8 that was incompatible with the computer then. I need to find cables for the hard drive enclosure and see if it and the drive currently inside it works, and if not, drop it off at the elections recycling place. The same goes for the external DVD drives – I will likely test those on my mom’s computer tonight.

    Today my mom brought up if I wanted half ownership of the house and property when she dies. I said yes. I don’t want to stay here unless I built a place in the back, and honestly I would still rather sell my half and find a spot of land somewhere a bit closer to town… But either way, hopefully that’s not for a long time. A really, really long time.

    For Thanksgiving, I did the shopping today, and picked up a 14-pound turkey for $9. I also bought stuff to make a blackberry cheesecake Wednesday night, and I’ll make the rolls from scratch the day of. Mom still wants to get a ham, but its just going to be me and her, and we don’t need all the food… Lol. Or maybe we do. I dunno.

  • Clean/Purge

    Things to Remove

    Friday

    • 3 monitors
    • 1 scanner
    • 2 printers
    • 1 computer
    • 1 microwave
    • assorted computer peripherals
    • 1 digital picture frame

    All dropped off to the e-waste recycling center

    Friday night I cleared off the bookshelf next to the computer and put it outside.

    Sunday (today)

    • 2 kitchen trash bags filled with trash
    • 19 plastic water bottles picked up from the floors
    • 100 VHS and Betamax tapes sorted into 3 piles-
      1. Home movies for mom to decide what to do with
      2. Store-bought movies to donate
      3. Recorded off TV movies to throw away
    • 1 of the storage units is damaged and will go in the trash
    • 2 of the storage units will be donated along with the movies
    • 4 shopping totes full of books and magazines in good shape to be donated
    • 1 shopping bag of clothing to be donated

    Things to consider-

    • Donating the box of yarn in my car?
    • Donating the ukulele stands in my car?
    • Selling my mountain dulcimer… I never play it and I’m just not in love with her.