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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.

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 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 4

Another good week for decluttering. This time it was mostly clothing from the boy and myself. Except where noted everything went into a bag to be donated to VVA.  My total for this week is 18 items which puts me over half way to my goal of 100 items. Here’s the full list –

5 hats

1 pair of swim trunks

2 pairs of shorts

1 pair of rain pants

1 sweater

2 tops

1 scarf

1 coffee mug

2 books donated to my church library

2 tops thrown away – I had been trying to get stains out but finally decided to give up and toss them

Are you playing along? Let me know in the comments what kind of progress you did or didn’t make this week.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report – v. 2

Decluttering efforts for week two involved the big freezer, the garden and some furniture. Here’s the list –

Box of sliced/chopped steak slices – this suffered through a power failure and all the slices froze together into one huge block of meat. I kept meaning to figure out a way to chop it up but then we had another power outage and I decided to just toss the box. Between the thawing/refreezing and the length of time it was in the freezer I doubt that it would be any good now.

3 bags of chicken bones – I already  have several gallons of broth made and decided to just toss these.

1 partial bag of sour cherries – I bought these by mistake and no one really likes them. I thought I might make them into something but it hasn’t happened and probably won’t so out they go.

Half a bag of spinach – original date of purchase unknown but it had to have been awhile so out it goes.

Partial bag of red quinoa, expiration date over a year ago.

1 clump of ornamental grass – came up as a volunteer but it was too close to the baptisia  and it just didn’t look right

1 upholstered chair and 1 storage unit – the girl decided to take them for her apartment.

That makes 10 items for the week. I’m on schedule – hopefully I can keep it up and clear out some more stuff. How did your week go? Let me know by leaving a comment.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report -v.1

The first week of the challenge has passed. How did you do? Did you start off strong, forget to start or something in between? Let me know in the comments.

For my first week, I went through my kitchen cabinets and decided to get rid of expired stuff – mostly stuff that I bought thinking I would try something new but never got around  to doing anything with.  Then I started in on some of the art supplies my daughter got from my mother in law. Here’s the list of things I tossed this week –

5 herb mixes I got at the home show 2(yes!) years ago

1 package of spring roll wrappers

2 bottles of fish oil supplement

2 empty spray paint cans

That makes my total 10 for week one – only 100 items to go!

Can’t wait to hear what you’ve done this week – please leave a comment and let me know.

 

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