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Tidbit Thursday

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I put out three large bags and two small containers of stuff for pick up by the Viet Nam Veterans of America. It feels so good to get those things out of the house.  My daughter took her snow board and a painting she had done and I tossed a Christmas dish towel that I couldn’t get clean. That brings my total up to 129 items! Unfortunately there is still a lot that could be cleaned out so I am going to continue working on this challenge next year.

We had a very nice visit with my dad, my sister and my niece and nephews. We took the cat which was an experience. He “talked” for almost all of the four hours we were in the car. He was not a fan of my niece’s dog – he would arch his back, hiss and put up his claws when the dog got too close.

As I suspected the girl was not able to make it but we had a nice visit last night. I finally got to meet the boyfriend. He was rather quiet but seems nice.  They got a pair of young cats for Christmas. Now the boy is wanting to get another cat as well. Not sure how I feel about that.

The boy got everything on his list but is still not satisfied. He is very happy with what he got but still wants more. He got some cash (in addition to the gifts) from his grandparents and is upset that we won’t take him shopping. He hasn’t even had time to explore everything he got and he wants more. Definitely need to work on this attitude.

I’ve been thinking about plans for next year but I haven’t settled on anything yet. What are you hoping to accomplish in 2017? Let me know in the comments.

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Tidbit Thursday

Just another sloppy, unedited  installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted -there has just been a lot going on with all of the end of the year activities and I haven’t taken the time to sit down and type up a post. I have been thinking about how the year has gone and how I would like next year to go. I’ve got lots of ideas but I need to try to figure what makes sense and is within the realm of possibility.

We’re headed to my Dad’s for Christmas and I don’t think the girl will make it. She has to work Christmas Eve  and doesn’t have adequate transportation to make the distance.  Plus she wants to spend time with her boyfriend and I’m not sure she’s ready to expose him to the whole clan.

I added two tank tops, 15 children’s books, a pair of snow boots, a pair of dress shoes, two hats,  and two pillowcases to the donation pile and I tossed two expired supplements. That puts me over the one hundred items decluttered mark which means I met my hundred day challenge. Or did I?  I started thinking about things and I’m wondering – if I bought something to replace something I got rid of(a new tree to replace the old one, a new topper for the tree to replace the broken one, a better fitting hat), should I really count those items?? If the goal is to simplify and have fewer possessions then the answer is no but if the goal is to only have things I love and enjoy then the answer is yes. Something to ponder for the new year.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing you have a wonderful end of this year and a great beginning to the new year. See you in 2017!

100 Day Challenge Progress Report v 10

Really slowing down as the year comes to a close. Not a lot of items to report this week but I hit  the 100 item mark.

Trashed – my husband’s artificial tree – finally got him to agree to let go of this and a handmade angel topper for the tree( I never really cared for this but I thought it was one of hubby’s treasured family heirlooms then this year it finally fell apart and he said it wasn’t really special so we tossed it)

Donating – a hairbrush, a sweatshirt, a sweater, a pair of dress socks and a fabric bookcover

Still have lots of areas to go through so I’m going to keep on plugging along.

How is your challenge coming along? Have you started thinking about a challenge to start off 2017? Let me know in the comments.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report Update – v 9

I’m still plugging away at this challenge, slowly making progress and getting close to my goal. This week’s total is eight items which puts me at 94 total items so far. Here’s the breakdown for this week:

trash – a dried up sharpie marker, one of my husband’s sweatshirts(stained,  previously mended, cuffs stretched and fraying – he is finally giving up on it), and two magazines(I decided to just tear out the quilt patterns I wanted to keep instead of keeping the whole magazine)

donations – an old telephone, a pen(the color is just too light for me to read),  and two magazines

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’ll be back next week and hopefully I’ll be over the one hundred item count. Keep working on your goal and let me know how you are doing in the comments.

 

100 Day Challenge Progress Report – v 8

This week I got the boy involved in the project. Hopefully I can get him to go through stuff and simplify his stuff. He(like me) has a lot of stuff that never gets touched and could be used or enjoyed by others. He has a lot of pokemon cards that he is willing to let go of. Debating about packaging them to try and sell them so I’m not counting those in yet.

Here’s this week’s total and breakdown – seven items decluttered

trash – small bag of fabric scraps -this was a grab bag I bought at a quilt store. I took out the ones I might use and I’m tossing the rest

donation – hulk costume and a pair of boy’s dress pants -too small to be worn again

two nerf guns

a pair of ladies dress shoes –  I wore them to church this week and I  was really uncomfortable – not sure if it was due to the heel height because I haven’t worn heels in ages or if my feet have grown

and a book.

That’s it for this week. How are you doing with your challenge? Let me know in the comments.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report – v 7

Well I made some progress this week and I’m slowly getting back into the swing of decluttering.

I put 2 things in the donation pile – a pair of corduroy pants that are too short and too tight for me and a skirt that I no longer fit into.

I threw away 3 annual reports and an old church directory.

I gave a shirt and a pair of ear muffs to a friend.

That brings this week’s total to 8 items. Getting closer and closer to my goal.

How are things going with your challenge? Leave a comment and let me know what you are working on.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report – v 6

Another week with little progress made. It’s a good thing I started out strong because I’m slowing down here lately.

I finally convinced my son to send an old, raggedy costume to the trash.

I put 3 sets of plastic vampire teeth in the donation bag which just about fills the bag. I need to make a call so that the bag can finally get out of the house. Actually I have two bags that have been sitting around for several months that I need to get out of the house.

That makes 4 items for this week and a total of 79 for the challenge. If I can do an item a day, I’ll make my goal. Time to go look at some more stuff and see what I can let go of.

How are you doing with your challenge? Let me know in the comments below.

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