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Boogie

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Here's a thread for those of us who wish to declutter.

Let's celebrate our small and large successes in the battle of the piles!

Here are some quotes to get us going -


"If you look at your entire house as one unit of junk,
you'll never do anything because the job is too overwhelming.
Take it one drawer at a time."
Janet Luhrs


"Clutter-clearing is modern-day alchemy."
Denise Linn


"Clutter is stuck energy.
The word "clutter" derives from the Middle English word "clotter,"
which means to coagulate -
and that's about as stuck as you can get."
Karen Kingston


"Don't own so much clutter
that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire."
Wendell Berry


"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know
to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris


"Less is more."
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (architect)


"In order to seek one's own direction,
one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life."
Plato

[Big Grin]

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The men from the second-hand bookshop came and carted away thirty carrier bags of carefully culled books this morning. They left a cheque for several hundred pounds and we have regained some shelf-space.

There's still a mountain of Dickensian proportions to deal with from room to room, but I feel as if we've begun to achieve something.

[ 17. August 2011, 09:06: Message edited by: Amos ]

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a favorite blog.

she goes further than I'd like, but it's good inspiration.

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Oh, this is a useful thread for me! I need to organise and declutter my craft stash. I have lots of fabric, wool, printmaking stuff and goodness knows what under my bed.

In my back garden, I have a studio. [Big Grin] I know, it's very cool. I just need to properly waterproof the studio before I can store my fabric and wool in there - otherwise, things get mouldy.

And then I want to organise a stash bash in town - there's a community art studio near where I live, and I've been thinking about booking it one Saturday and inviting people to come and give away fabric etc that they don't want from their own stashes, and pick up others they do want. Like swishing for crafters. And perhaps people could pay a couple of quid to enter and the money could go towards a sewing machine for someone in a developing country.

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I've just taken delivery and assembled this tiny clothes rail which fits in the space behind the door, so I will be able to hang up my "active" clothes instead of leaving them on the floor!

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:

Let's celebrate our small and large successes in the battle of the piles!


That's surely got to be one for the quotes file! [Big Grin]

Aside from that - a very timely one for me too - have been trying to declutter the garage and the study. I think it gets worse before it gets better - the hall is evidence of that at the moment!

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Boogie

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Earwig - what a great idea! Let us know how it goes.

I have 'done' our cutlery drawers today - we are now crumb free! I'll never forget when a 'friend' at a party said 'Oh, I'm so glad we're not the only ones with crumby cutlery drawers'

[Mad] [Hot and Hormonal]

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I was about to post with confidence that we don't have crumby cutlery drawers, and just went to check. Of course, what I seldom do is actually get the cutlery out... once I did that I realised that we do have crumbs in them [Hot and Hormonal] but I'm glad to say we don't any more. [Big Grin]

What I do have is a pile of paperwork awaiting my attention in the spare room. I bought some more files when I was grocery shopping this morning. I just need some motivation and it's much easier just to have another cup of coffee... [Hot and Hormonal]

OK, Nen, sign off and get to it. [Eek!]

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Don't - yesterday we hit my daughter's bedroom, the one that was full of all the stuff from university and various other things (like Ship's mugs under her bed) We've boxed up things like her kitchen equipment and her university notes, both of which will move back out with her, hopefully, and put it away at the back of a cupboard. But the hall now has various things for recycling and the sitting room now has the Traidcraft* boxes which have been supplanted under my bed by the Ship's mugs!

I used to be much, much better, but working two part time jobs for the past couple of years has meant that I haven't had any regular time slots for dealing with anything When I worked Monday to Friday, post and paperwork that arrived stayed next to my bed and was dealt with on Saturday morning; I took a mug of tea or coffee back to bed with me. Then Saturday mornings were for cleaning and anything else that needed doing.

Hardly being around means that the 15 minutes poddling around tidying things hasn't happened, it still does when I'm here, and living in a first floor flat means vacuuming and putting on the washing machine can be positively anti-social.

* someone else is taking that Traidcraft on, when I've sorted it, it leaves the flat forever! I need to lose some of the voluntary stuff to keep me sane and have time to keep on top of things

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How does this differ from the thread in Heaven (of which you are all aware)?

Answers on a postcard before 0900 EDT (Canada).

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This time next week, our household will halve in numbers. My youngest daughter and her BF are leaving for o'seas - daughter to Europe for 5 months with a girlfriend, hippy BF to India for 2 months to live in an ashram. Being a true child of mine, she is a crafter. She has dozens of projects in train at any given time. As do I. THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING IN A COTTAGE!!!!

So, I am itching to invade the space she will vacate. Unfortunately she is leaving half a household of stuff behind her. I have negotiated that her bedroom will become the craft store while she is gone, so that I can renovate a) the entry, which is full of her craft junk; b) the laundry, which is full of her housewares
c) my bedroom, which is full of my craft junk and d) the bathroom, which is full to overflowing with her modelling stuff.

She is appalled at the thought I might touch any of her precious things, even though she will not be paying rent while she's away. Hoarding and shopping on-line are two of her comfort reflexes. I am SO going to box everything I can, when she's gone.

Is it very, very wrong of me to want her to find and marry a European while she's away, so she can inflict all this on someone else???? I so very much want my own studio space. And her room would be perfect. [Big Grin]

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Sir Kevin
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quote:
Originally posted by Chelley:
Aside from that - a very timely one for me too - have been trying to declutter the garage and the study. I think it gets worse before it gets better - the hall is evidence of that at the moment!

I wish I had a 2 or 3-car garage to declutter! Then I could build some shelves under the roof and store things. Zeke and I really need to get rid of her old books. We currently have books in seven out of nine rooms (neither of the bathrooms) and we are drowning in them. Thank God I did not inherit my mother's collection of Dame Agatha Christie paperbacks along with other thrillers! I also must seek out a commercial shredder to liberate the floor in Zeke's study and clear off the dining room table and my large oak office desk before she gets her Master's as she will likely be grading papers at home when she teaches English next yearl

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quote:
Originally posted by PeteC:
How does this differ from the thread in Heaven (of which you are all aware)?

Answers on a postcard before 0900 EDT (Canada).

PeteC
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Dear Pete, I'd get tea for you if I could.
This thread is for people who are cluttered as they declutter. The other thread was despairing as a non-cluttering person trying to survive a cluttered person. The difference is subtle I grant you, and I don't think LC was hugely attached to her specific OP. We can regroup there, if you'd rather. AS is more condusive to wailing, mayhap.

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris

I sometimes worry that if I follow this one to its logical conclusion I'll have to evict myself.

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A very timely thread for me.
I have just started sorting out the study. Before it was a room that nobody was allowed in. There was so much stuff all over the floor and desk and cupboard that I couldn't actually sweep the floor or get rid of the cobwebs in the corners.
Now, although there is still a lot of stuff to be filed, the floor is swept, the cobwebs are gone and beloved husband no longer sneezes when he is on the computer here.
I recommend having four boxes as you sort. One for rubbish, one for recycling, one for shredding and one with stuff to be kept and filed when you can reach the filing cabinet [Hot and Hormonal]
One room down, seven to go.

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Huia
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*hands Pete a soothing cup of tea*

As with most of my life over the past year, my decluttering is earthquake related. There are small cracks in every room of the house except the toilet, and insurance will pay to have them repapered or repainted. Because of the decorators' insurance all the furniture and stuff has to be packed and put into storage for 3 weeks.

My insurance will only cover the moving and storage of items of insurable value, hence stuff like my collection of calendars (for craft work) has to be weeded out to be stored elsewhere. Also I got rid of a bookcase so I have recycled two large boxes of books.

I am in a bit of a panic about it all, and am hoping I can hire someone who has the ability to hep me think it through.

[Help] Huia

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*hands Huia a soothing cup of tea*

Huia, your sorting problems put all ours into perspective. Especially when the only safe room is the toilet, and there's never any guarantee the plumbing will be unaffected each time there's another tremor.

May you find EXACTLY the right person to help you with your packing. Lord, please send Huia the compadre she needs!
Amen.

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*Cups of tea all round, especially to PeteC [Biased] *

Huia - I can't begin to imagine such upheaval - will be thinking of you [Votive]

My cupboard of the day is a corner cupboard in the kitchen. A difficult one full of baskets, boards and sundry stuff. We host quite a lot of dinner parties as Mr Boogie runs a charity and we often have friends round too - but none of our stuff matches, so that's not a problem. But this cupboard is so cluttered stuff falls on the floor when you open it.

So culling must occur!

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Earwig

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quote:
Originally posted by Earwig:
In my back garden, I have a studio. [Big Grin] I know, it's very cool. I just need to properly waterproof the studio before I can store my fabric and wool in there - otherwise, things get mouldy.

Well, thanks to the motivation of this thread, I phoned a handyman to come round and give me a quote for waterproofing the studio! He came round last night, and I haven't got the quote yet, but he didn't think it would be a big job. I have made the first step to decluttering my home!
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Huia
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Earwig I just had my garage re-roofed. It was definitely worh doing as messy things can go in there.

I have found a young woman to help - I don't know her but she sounded OK on the phone - coming Saturday.

Huia

[ 18. August 2011, 11:25: Message edited by: Huia ]

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quote:
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Earwig I just had my garage re-roofed. It was definitely worh doing as messy things can go in there.

I have found a young woman to help - I don't know her but she sounded OK on the phone - coming Saturday.

Huia

I know someone who could have helped but she's in Hawkes Bay. She's just done it over here for her sister who was moving back to NZ after death of her partner. She couldn't toss quite a bit of stuff till friend helped her sort. She is a long time friend of mine.

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Mmmm. I have done this for friends too - easy to be logical about creating space when it's not your stuff and you don't have sentimental attachments to any of it. Much harder to do it for oneself!

Usually I leave it until it's so annoying I can't stand it any more. I truly admire people who do maintenance tidying every day to keep on top of things like paperwork. I tell myself if I just deleted 20 e-mails every day from my inbox it wouldn't be so hard to find things, but never keep to it. So there's a 10 minute per day habit I am failing utterly at!

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Okay so I have discovered the floor in my study adn have been inspired to get a 'proper' filing system going.

I tried in the past but the suspension files available don't fit the width of the filing cabinet. So now I am looking at getting one of those metal frames that sit inside the draw - but very few options, and HOW MUCH???

All I want is too be able to put files inside the filing cabinet - is that too much to ask?

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Some great ideas here...

(am sitting in a hideously messy study, but I can blame my husband for that... except that I keep moving all our random piles and bit here when we do a tidy up... [Hot and Hormonal] )

I'll be lurking on this thread as we have to face

a) dealing with sorting out my recently deceased mother's stuff (and she was seperated from my dad but they never seperated their finances/stuff so this will likely be a nightmare)

b) sorting out our 3 bed house full of stuff so that we can take 23kg each in suitcases to emigrate to the UK (eep!).

Prayers welcome!

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quote:
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Okay so I have discovered the floor in my study adn have been inspired to get a 'proper' filing system going.

I tried in the past but the suspension files available don't fit the width of the filing cabinet. So now I am looking at getting one of those metal frames that sit inside the draw - but very few options, and HOW MUCH???

All I want is too be able to put files inside the filing cabinet - is that too much to ask?

Don't give up on the suspension files yet. I once got caught out buying them too small, and only then discovered that they come in more than one size. The smaller size is usually A4, the larger size Foolscap, but there are other sizes as well.

This page on ebay has some useful information. Also, check out an office supplies shop like Staples first.

Of course, you may already have done all this, and just have a weird filing cabinet. [Smile]

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Unclutterer.com is good. Erin Doland, who posts there, has a good book on the subject. And there's a good e-mail newsletter, for free.

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quote:
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Unclutterer.com is good. Erin Doland, who posts there, has a good book on the subject. And there's a good e-mail newsletter, for free.

Thanks Golden Key - going there now!

The corner cupboard is sorted - a full black bin bag of rubbish given away/recycled/thrown!

I dare not tackle the pan cupboard as that is Mr Boogie's domain (he's the cook round here). We have double of everything since we cleared out MILs house, so it could do with a declutter.

So I am moving on to my study/office/studio. First, the bookshelves. Well, one shelf will be more than enough for today.

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Never upset the cook! [Biased]

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quote:
Originally posted by Avila:
Okay so I have discovered the floor in my study adn have been inspired to get a 'proper' filing system going.

I tried in the past but the suspension files available don't fit the width of the filing cabinet. So now I am looking at getting one of those metal frames that sit inside the draw - but very few options, and HOW MUCH???

All I want is too be able to put files inside the filing cabinet - is that too much to ask?

This is your chance to get rid of suspension files!! They are horrible, take ages to label up and waste space. Just get normal folders that fit in the cabinet, and prop them up at the back with some small empty boxes or something (some people use magnetic bookends, and there are apparently some mythical types of file cabs which have a metal plate which you can slide back and forth)

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A couple of links I came across:

letter from a "Reverend" on how he used GTD (Attention Lamb Chopped!!)

A UK-centric post about filing supplies

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Oh dear, way too complicated for Rev. Lamb (and even for me, too). But we've made a start here. And a weekend is coming up.

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OK, so the cleaning/sorting marathon starts in 3 hours time [Help] The friend who re-roofed the garage is coming to sweep it out and take some stuff to Dogwatch (old blankets) and the transfer station.

The decisions on what goes where are really important as I want to be able to unpack and sort easily otherwise the house will be even messier when it's unpacked.

Huia

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Avila:
Okay so I have discovered the floor in my study adn have been inspired to get a 'proper' filing system going.

I tried in the past but the suspension files available don't fit the width of the filing cabinet. So now I am looking at getting one of those metal frames that sit inside the draw - but very few options, and HOW MUCH???

All I want is too be able to put files inside the filing cabinet - is that too much to ask?

This is your chance to get rid of suspension files!! They are horrible, take ages to label up and waste space. Just get normal folders that fit in the cabinet, and prop them up at the back with some small empty boxes or something (some people use magnetic bookends, and there are apparently some mythical types of file cabs which have a metal plate which you can slide back and forth)
I inherited flap folders with info with the cabinent and the office and they are fine for historical records but I want to be able to open a draw and put the paper in or pull in out without having to shuffle through the folders (as labels not visible) extract, paper in/out and return trying to get in the same place it came out of so that there is some logic to the system.

It may sound silly but what iis the difference between A4 and Foolscape? I am sure I have had notepads calling themselves foolscape and to all intents and purposes were A4.

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A4 size is letter size. Foolscap is longer and is also known as legal size paper.

eta: not precisely equivalent, but near as can be.

[ 20. August 2011, 01:35: Message edited by: PeteC ]

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Huia
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A4 is 210mm x 297mm or (approximately) 8 and a quarter inches by 11 and 11 sixteenths. I don't have any foolscap to hand, but it's longer.

Well, Tracey (aka Wonderwoman [Angel] ) has been and gone and it may surprise you to know I have floors in my house. With a friend of mine working in the garage too we filled a 40 gallon drum (standard size for oildrums here) and topped up the rubbish the recycling wheelie bins. Also I found a craft place for people with disabilities who can inherit all the craft stuff I really don't need but is too good just to biff [Yipee]

This is only a start, but it's a good one. My next step is to make sure I have labelled boxes for stuff and I just don't give up and end up mixing up where I put things.

The other happy result is that I won't have to buy paper tissues for at least the next 6 months [Roll Eyes]

Oh, and Tracey is willing to come back if/when I need her.

Huia

[ 20. August 2011, 03:54: Message edited by: Huia ]

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Another resource is "Dealing With Clutter", at the Univ. of Illinois Extension site. There's a link to a Spanish version, too.

About.com's "Holistic Healing" section has quite a few clutter-related articles, often working from a more-or-less New Age spiritual framework. Other sections of About have decluttering info, too.

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Tomorrow is all about decluttering.

As I mentioned on the other thread, I have great trouble working at it alone, so my best friend is coming over to have lunch, and after lunch, she'll sit in a comfy chair and keep up my spirits while I sort through boxes for a couple hours. Keep-throw-give away. I'm not going to subject her to actual labor because she has arthritis and needs to recover from teaching all week. Besides it's my mess.

Then, I'll join another friend who is trying to complete a six month project of getting all her stuff out of her parents' house so it will be clear for leasing, basically keeping her company and maybe filling a few boxes.

At least the temps should be down about 10 degrees.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nenya:
I was about to post with confidence that we don't have crumby cutlery drawers, and just went to check. Of course, what I seldom do is actually get the cutlery out... once I did that I realised that we do have crumbs in them [Hot and Hormonal] but I'm glad to say we don't any more. [Big Grin]


But how does this mysterious fact happen?? We put the cutlery in clean and we get it out to use still clean and yet the crumbs appear! (And they don't seem to appear in the other kitchen drawers so it can't be from crumbs escaping when the worktops are wiped!). This is a very important question for a Coeliac who in all other circumstances avoids gluten containing crumbs!) [Big Grin]

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Chelley

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quote:
Originally posted by tessaB:

I recommend having four boxes as you sort. One for rubbish, one for recycling, one for shredding and one with stuff to be kept and filed when you can reach the filing cabinet [Hot and Hormonal]

I've been using this kind of system but had to get everything out of the study first (which is why the hall now contains a mountain of boxes and paper) so I could clean it and then put it back together one box of stuff at a time! That's the slow bit!
I did get the garage done though with the help of friend's son who lumped the heavier stuff around for me. A very therapeutic trip to the tip (well recycling centre) came out of that.

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Chelley

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And I missed the edit window to add... Huia - great result!

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Huia [Yipee]

B4 leaves in two days. I am itching to purge!!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Banner Lady:
...I am itching to purge!!!

I recommend antihistamine or a little ointment!

Which reminds me I must declutter the medical shelf.

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I'm packing to move house at the moment (and still not entirely certain of destination [Frown] ). In some ways, I'm paying the price for my clutter-propensity. On the other hand, I put a bag of old clothes and bedding out for charity collection a coupla three weeks ago, and no one came for it. I've just used it as padding for a box of Precious Things. So that just goes to show.... [Biased]

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyda*Rose:


As I mentioned on the other thread, I have great trouble working at it alone, so my best friend is coming over to have lunch, and after lunch, she'll sit in a comfy chair and keep up my spirits while I sort through boxes for a couple hours. Keep-throw-give away. I'm not going to subject her to actual labor because she has arthritis and needs to recover from teaching all week. Besides it's my mess.


What a good friend – de-cluttering is SO boring it's a great idea to have someone to natter with while you are doing it.

I'm not so motivated today, so the timers will be out in force.

Today's job is to sort all my paints and canvasses - I paint so much and very few of them see the light of day so I paint over them in white matt to re-use them. I had no idea how many tubes of paint I had until I gathered them all in one place yesterday – it’s going to be great to have them all organised.

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quote:
I've just used it as padding for a box of Precious Things. So that just goes to show....

Nooooooooooooooo ... this is the argument mrTal uses when an article comes in useful 25 years after the last time. That bale of wire in the shed that came out his grandad's shed... 25 years ago... 10 metres of it used by artistic child... gone back in the !"£$%^&*! shed.

I am so not motivated today.
ANd I don't even got a timer.
[Help]

ETA: so glad Huia, that all is progressing ok. Good luck.

[ 20. August 2011, 14:35: Message edited by: Taliesin ]

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Once a week I have a few people (anywhere from one to six) coming over to watch DVDs about music theory and music history, a different once a week I have a few coming over to jam. Between them I am FORCED to clean up the living room twice a week. MAJOR CHANGE of behavior!

Maybe I need a weekly supper party so the dining room and kitchen would get cleaned up?

Janine inspired me. I said my house was too messy and too bad repair to have people over (doors fallen off some kitchen cabinets, flooring torn out but not replaced, etc., market ate the money I was going to use to fix it up); Janine said invite people anyway. So I did. It's her "fault" the living room chair aren't piled with stuff anymore!

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Thought of this thread today when I had to find an important piece of paper for my husband to fill in his tax return. It took me half an hour of going through my supposedly efficient filing system! I keep promising myself that when we move next year I'll have more space and be more [Killing me] organised.

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quote:
Originally posted by Chelley:
quote:
Originally posted by Nenya:
I was about to post with confidence that we don't have crumby cutlery drawers, and just went to check. Of course, what I seldom do is actually get the cutlery out... once I did that I realised that we do have crumbs in them [Hot and Hormonal] but I'm glad to say we don't any more. [Big Grin]


But how does this mysterious fact happen?? We put the cutlery in clean and we get it out to use still clean and yet the crumbs appear! (And they don't seem to appear in the other kitchen drawers so it can't be from crumbs escaping when the worktops are wiped!). This is a very important question for a Coeliac who in all other circumstances avoids gluten containing crumbs!) [Big Grin]
It's a good question and I confess I've just had a peep in a couple of my other kitchen drawers and they do have crumbs lurking at the back. I further confess that I just shut the drawer on them and didn't set to and clean them out as I did before. [Hot and Hormonal]

I've started a sorting system that I think and hope is going to work for me, based on the inspiring pictures of folders stacked plastic boxes in the other thread. Mr Nen found me an empty plastic box in the loft and I bought myself some nice folders and labels and a gold pen. If a piece of paper is not worth a nicely labelled folder it goes in the bin. I've always thought I wanted a filing cabinet, but the comments on here are making me think again.

I've only just started, though and it feels as though there's a mountain to climb. [Roll Eyes]

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quote:
Originally posted by Taliesin:
ANd I don't even got a timer.
[Help]

Use a CD. I can get a lot accomplished in the 17 minutes of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, and the music is energizing. Any CD will work -- just decide how long a clean-up session you want and choose some lively music.

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Moo

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I know how crumbs get into my cutlery drawer.

I fail to close the drawer all the way, and crumbs on the counter fall into it.

Moo

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