April 7, 2008

Declutter Week

Posted in General, Money Making, Simplicity tagged , at 11:24 am by vicii

Well after my quick post yesterday to let you all know about our new family member (he’s sooo cute!) I really need to puppy proof the house.  After moving at Christmas and having a new baby the house is reasonably clean and tidy – a quick 15 min sweep makes it presentably for visitors – but there are the “hidden” pockets of junk that still need sorting out, especially under the beds…

I know that there is lots of stuff that I just need to get rid of in some way either by eBaying or freecycling, I just need to bite the bullet and do something.  For example I packed up all my shoes before I moved into three binbags and gave them to my mum to look after (this was in December), it’s now April and out of these three big bags I have only set free two pairs of boots – one of which really needs to be thrown away since the heels are irrecoverable.  I know we haven’t hit summer yet so I have no need for sandals but I have about 50 pairs of shoes and in the last four months I have worn 2 pairs of shoes (for work black and brown), 3 pairs of boots (black, brown and beige), 1 pair of trainers and 1 pair of wellys (which I bought off eBay a month ago – oh and one pair of walking boots: thats 8 pairs in total that I actually use, ok if you bring summer into the equation add 2 more pairs of shoes (beige and green – trust me they are beautiful and I could not possibly part with them), 3 pairs of flip-flops (black, white and brown – great as they don’t takeup much space), 3 pairs of sandals (2 beige – high and low heel, black evening) and 1 pair of running shoes – my trainers are just for nipping to the shoes, running shoes are for exercsing and erm, running! Anyway, altogether that means I need approx 17 pairs, ok thats round that up to 20 pairs since I’m female …. that means that I have another 30 pairs that I don’t need (OMG that is a lot!)  All that space that they are taking up and I don’t even need them!

This just goes to prove that I have stuff around the house that I need to dispose of in some way which will serve two purposes:

  1. Decluttering and having less to tidy up
  2. Puppy-proofing the house so there are not things left around that he can chew (apart fro the things that he is allowed to!)

Why am I telling you all this, well I find that I switch on my computer in the morning with the intention of having a 15 minute browse whilst drinking a cup of tea and find myself still browsing an hour later when really I should be doing other things.  I also know what I’m like, I need to not log on at all it I am to get any work done and therefore I will not be posting any blogs this week since I will not be logging on! 

My plan for the week:

  • Monday AM:  Generally clean and tidy up.
  • Monday PM:  Get all the ironing done.  Great because I get to watch a film whilst doing the ironing so I don’t mind it so much.  I recorded Casino the other night so I might watch that… hope it doesn’t take too long to finish cleaning!
  • Tuesday AM:  Since my shoes take up quite a bit of space I will sort through these, decide which ones I’m keeping (limiting myself to 20 althogether), decide which are in great condition to be eBayed, which are in reasonable condition to be freecycled as a job lot and which are maybe too far gone – I can try these on freecycle but then donate if no interest.  Take photos of shoes and sort out to sell on eBay and donate on Freecycle.
  • Tuesday PM:  I need to take Izzy for her 8 week injections so can’t do too much in the afternoon
  • Wednesday AM:  Go through our clothes for selling or donating.  I sorted out a few of my Ash’s before Easter but I’ve left these in a pile in his room so I need to finish the job so he can tidy his room (he blames me that his room is a mess!)  I sorted my clothes out which I got them out of their suitcases (from moving) after having Izzy when I could wear normal clothes again, but I’m sure I will find some more.  And finally I need to go through my OH’s clothes, but he needs to be around so I’ll sort out what I think he should get rid of and them check with him.  My problem is that I feel that I need new clothes, so maybe when I’m sorting through them I can work out what I need and then check out eBay to see what I can get from there.
  • Wednesday PM:  Finish sorting the clothes out and finish taking photos of shoes if didn’t complete on Tuesday.  If any spare time do some ironing since there will be some!
  • Thursday AM:  take the clothes to be donated to the local charity shop, and whilst I’m out get any shopping I need.  Normally I shop on a Friday but if I intend to declutter I’ll need to get rid of the clothes ASAP since they take up so much space in bags and also look untidy, so instead of making an unnecessary trip on Friday I’ll shop one day earlier.
  • Thursday PM:  Sort out the sideboard in the dining room and the table in the lounge (both are filled with clutter and the stuff just need to be put in the proper place (wherever that may be!)
  • Friday AM:  Aargh, the worst job is to sort out underneath our bed, this is full of magazines, tools, cables, crap…. and also some stuff that I know can be sold on eBay so again I just need to do it.
  • Friday PM:  leaving the pleasant task for last I need to sort out my yarn stash and associated items (needles, etc) and find one place to leave it all which the dog can’t get at and then put my current projects in a suitable bag that I can leave in the lounge handy, which the dog also can’t get at!

This little lot will definitely keep my busy for the week, hopefully I can relax in the evenings with a bit of knitting and spending time with Izzy.  Hopefully Izzy will let me get this stuff done!!

Well, I’ve done upstairs, just need to finish downstairs and then the ironing…. see you next week!

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March 10, 2008

A Whole Weeks Work

Posted in General tagged , , at 1:31 pm by vicii

Good heavens, a whole week has passed and I’ve not written a thing – however I have been busy…

Baby Izzy

Izzy has taken up a lot of my time, it seems that we had settled into a routine and now she has decided that she doesn’t like it and so it went all to pot.  Fortunately now, she seems to have developed another routine over the last few days and thankfully this appears to be much better as she no longer needs to be rocked off to sleep and is much happier to fall asleep on her own which allows me to get on with stuff without holding her in one hand and [delete as appropriate] the duster / washing/ hoover / etc in the other!

Nappies

For an update, the nappies are proving to be brilliant.  It works out that I need to do a wash every other day – if the weather has been good and I can hang them out on the line to dry, then they have dried by the end of the day, if the weather is bad (especially like yesterday) and I have to dry them on the airer inside, then they are just slightly damp still by the end of the day BUT I have 20 which works out to be enough to last me until when they are dry (which could be up to 48 hours if drying inside).  Whatever the weather I have always had clean and dry nappies for Izzy which is the main thing!  I would definitely recommend them, especially since I would have a white wash pretty much every other day anyway with the amount of washing I now need to do with bibs, and sheets, etc

De-Cluttering

Since moving just before Christmas, the house has never really been sorted out.  I need another wardrobe since I left one at the old house when we moved, and I have lots of books and things but no shelves to put them on.  All in all the house really needs to be de-cluttered.

I started with the dining room – its not perfect yet by any stretch of the imagination however I have now sorted out the Tupperware and found space in the kitchen now (whereas previously the dining room was an overspill for where I couldn’t work out where to put things) along with my other dishes (for pies and lasagne’s, etc).  I just need to move the sideboard a little to make more use of the space, but I need two people for that job and since I also need to clean out the sideboard, I’ll leave moving it until I’m also ready to clear it out since I can do both at once then.

DS’s Room

My DS has had all his books and comics and other stuff on the floor in his room, both making his room difficult ot access and also blocking his chest of drawers so we were piling his clothes on top instead of in the drawers.  Now, we have got some shelves up in his room so he has been able to put all the stuff that was on the floor, up on the shelves – his room is looking much better now, and now all I need to do it go through his drawers to check for clothes that are two small and can either be donated to charity or sold on eBay

Our Room

Our room has also been a bit of a nightmare, we’ve had a whole wall with piles of books, DVDs, videos and Cd’s, along with clothes piled everywhere as we haven’t got the space to put them away.  Together with the moses basket in the bedroom it’s been very cluttered.  Fortunately my folks have decided to "do up" one of their bedrooms and asked me if I wanted the old wardrobe from it as they are getting a new one – obviously I said "yes".  They went out and ordered the wardrobe expecting delivery to be a couple of weeks however it’s due to be delivered today so my dad dismantled the old wardrobe and brought it round over the weekend.  Therefore I’ve spent the weekend re-organising the bedroom and the piles of books, etc and also putting stuff up in the loft which I’ve been putting off.  The bedroom still looks quite cluttered with the piles but the piles are smaller now that I have sold several books and I have moved the DVDs downstairs into the lounge – fortunately there are some shelves in the lounge which are just the right depth for them!