Saturday, November 9, 2013

a small stack

Ok, went over the top of the changing table.

I found a place for hair stuff - a couple of weeks ago I bought an over door CD/DVD holder, and it's not full, so put the hair stuff in a little plastic bin on one of the bottom shelves.  So that's handled, sort of.  Still not sure where to keep the iron.  

But off the top of the changing table, I did manage to clear a bunch.  

From the left, that's a piece of cardboard, a nice ribbon, a stained yellow tank top that is not mine, a sticker, a CD that we've never listened to that was a toy inside some sort of happy meal, a stick that has been in the house for about two weeks, and under it all there is a super cute pillow cover that is stained, and the stain won't come out despite repeated treatments.  

The only bad thing is I put mod tot this in the trash, but then took it out to photograph it.  And I couldn't part with the cute ribbon.  Sigh.   So 6 things total today.  

Declutter 2013:
Day: 8
Items gone: 10!
Goal: still undecided

Friday, November 8, 2013


Aha - slowly getting things out of the blasted changing table.  

I think this used to hold baby grooming things - small scissors, nail clippers, etc.  GONE!

Declutter 2013:
Day: 8
Items gone: 4
Goal: still undecided

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ugh what do normal uncluttered people do with these?

Here's a great example of a problem - stuff you get that is perfectly fine but not needed.

Her birthday was in September.  This was a lovely balloon that accompanied presents (and actually there is a second balloon currently under the couch).  So, nearly two months later, am I supposed to kill this perfectly fine balloon and trash it?  If no, what the heck do I do with it?

This is the kind of stuff that paralyzes me.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


My house is filled with stacks.  Stacks of school papers, stacks of mail, stacks of books, stacks of shoes, stacks of STUFF.

I get a lot of catalogs and magazines in the mail.  Magazines are suffering from declining subscriptions, but I still like to hold something tangible and glossy in my hands.  So last year, when I ran across a raft of special subscriptions at $2-5 each, I snagged them.  So the magazines pile up.  And yes, I know all about stopping catalogs, but here's my dirty little non-environmental secret: I like catalogs.  I like flicking through the pages and seeing full size images of things that I may never buy, but are visually appealing.  I simply like them and I'm not apologetic.  But, I do not like discarding them - instead, I discovered that teachers of the younger grades like them for students to practice cutting and pasting (the physical version) pictures and words.  So I do big dumps every once in a while.

The stack of magazines and catalogs by the front door reached well over 2 feet - I missed dumping them off at school before the end of the school year and then they piled up more over the summer.  So this week I've done three bags to school.

Sadly I keep forgetting to take the last bag from the car into the school for the past few days, so I'm not done yet, but still it's nice to not have that stack by the door.  Though with holidays rapidly approaching they'll pile up soon enough again!

Declutter 2013:
Day: 6
Items gone: 3
Goal: still undecided

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A start

Well, I've gotten one stack of papers thrown out. I am actually looking for something Elizabeth wrote to put on awwwtrouble, so started on the papers on top of the changing table. Didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find about half on there could be discarded. I guess my inch high stack only counts as one thing, though.

Declutter 2013:
Day: 5
Items gone: 2
Goal: still undecided

Monday, November 4, 2013

rookie mistake

Elizabeth and Andrew are wiley.  And they are very, very attached to anything that belongs to them.  So I've learned, when decluttering, to immediately take things out of the house, to the trash out back, or to hide them really, really well in the trash.

Rich however gets in a hurry and just throws things in the trash.  Then, his rookie mistake - today he asked Elizabeth to scrape her plate into the trash, which resulted in a "HEY!  What is this doing in here?"

I try, at all times, to maintain plausible deniability.  I have no idea, it wasn't me, ask Daddy.  Yep, throwing him under the bus.  That way, when I manage to grab things and push them to the bottom, I'm not a suspect.  So, sadly, nothing discarded.  Almost.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


I'm writing this on Monday, having had no blogging time on Sunday.  (And eventually there will be a picture but my plan of using drobox is backfiring when Dropbox won't work properly!).

Sunday night I was mulling over AwwwClutter and thinking I need some sort of theme or goal for November.  Is this about problem areas?  I could easily just wander around and take pictures of all the clutter in the house but that doesn't actually get me anything.  And then there's still shoes, do I want to touch on my shoes at all?  Should I pick an arbitrary # of things to discard by a specific time?

Im still undecided, but as I was leaving Elizabeth's room last night (one of the top problem areas, without a doubt) I spied a toy that was broken and palmed it.  She called me back into the room and I thought she had seen my grab, but she just wanted another kiss.  So I was able to bury it in the trash in my room.  It's a small solar powered plastic thing that was a flower - under light, the flower sways back and forth.  Andrew has one, too, in his window, but Elizabeth managed to break off the flower.  So it doesn't actually do anything.  And now it is in the trash, hooray!

Of course I did spend a minute wondering if I should get a replacement but nope.  It's gone and she will never know.

So that's one thing gone.  Maybe that is the best goal - decluttering at its most basic.  Just counting things out of the house.  I need a target goal - any ideas?  50?  More?  One a day, so 30?  Any ideas?

Declutter 2013
Day: 3
Items gone: 1
Goal:  ?? 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

My problem area

This changing table is going to be a pain. Hence why it's been sitting in the dining room unused except as collecting area for the past two years. Before I even photograph it to sell online I have to clean it off, finding new living spaces fora bunch of random things. 

It's the resting place for Elizabeth's hair stuff. Not sure where on the main level we can keep it for the morning brushing. Hmm.  Maybe in the wine bar?  That way it's behind a closed door. There's also the Christmas cards from last year I didn't send out. Sigh. Also on top is a stack of papers from camps this summer, waiting to be sorted and a few key ones saved. 

Then there's four drawers on the left. Half are filled with stuff that we needed a place to stash - CDs, papers, random bits of this and that. The bottom drawers have some baby blankets and other random baby gear. 

And behind the door?  Our ironing equipment - where will that go? Plus more random baby stuff, plus two diaper bags. Tired to sell the diaper bags at the last co-op sale, but they didn't sell, so I can stash them with other to-be-sold stuff (overflowing in its own right) and try to sell in the spring. 

Ugh.  This is a project and a half, because after cleaning it out I need to photograph it and put online and deal with selling it. But the (I hope) $100 we'll get will make it worthwhile, right?

Friday, November 1, 2013

We bought a piano

And all anyone wants to know is where is it going to go?  Frankly, I want to know where it's going to go, too.  But I bought it. And scheduled lessons. So it's here to stay.  Just not in the middle of the dining room.  I hope.

Although it's a nice sized digital, It's still too big to go where I first thought it might, where the changing table is in the dining room. The changing table that we last used well over two years ago.  The changing table has to go.  Because possibly if I can move the secretary out of the hallway it will fit where the changing table was, and the piano can fit (with luck - the measurement is tight) in the hallway. 

Essentially we're at max capacity right now. There is no space to spare in the house. Time to seriously declutter, before Christmas.  And just in time for NaBloPoMo.  

So first, the stuff ON and IN the changing table has to go. And then the table. Then some rearranging, then the piano will be in place. Can this happen before the first lesson on Thursday?  Doubtful, but stay tuned!  (Har har)