FIRST THING: I want to keep this thread POSITIVE and UPBEAT. It is meant to be encouraging and helpful. Please refrain from judgmental or disparaging comments. Thank you.
I’m trying to keep on track with organizing my crap and cleaning the useless out of my home and felt a need to share with folks out here. I was humming along, at the very least maintaining what I had cleaned up from week to week and continuing to make slow progress but then…
… then came the Great Heat Wave.
Sorry, folks, I don’t do heat very well and our air conditioner, while very satisfactory for a normal Indiana summer, was struggling to keep up. Between heat exhaustion and having to basically shut down most of the house and live in the bedroom on the worst days the whole cleaning and organizing project just sort of shut down.
Anyhow, trying to get back on track here. Some of the recent positives:
I have been able to maintain the front/living room at the level it was when we did the Big Clean Up in this thread
In addition to the usual once a month trip to the recycling place with the pop and tin cans we’ve also taken a busted air conditioner (our old one) and a few other items in order to get some money for our old useless but recyclable crap. I’m now trying to take at least 1 extra item beyond just cans every time I go down there.
Got the receipt/paper tracking better organized, as well as getting rid of about two garbage bags worth of no longer needed paper.
The next Projects planned are to:
Get that spot between the front room and the kitchen microwave cleaned up/organized so I can get that upright freezer I’ve been wanting for food storage. In addition to being a useful item, I can then move the microwave to on top of that, freeing up space in the kitchen that will become the Bird Residence with storage underneath. This will be more organized, require less shifting of stuff when I want to get into the storage, and open up floor space.
Clean up the “laboratory” sufficiently that I can use the workbench for my craft projects. The “lab” used to house my spouse’s work stuff. We have since rented some space for him to set up his business and (we hope) make money off it.
But hey, it doesn’t have to be all about me - I figure anyone else struggling with the cleaning/clutter/hoarding issues should be able to drop in for chatting/support/whatever. So join in. Post your successes - even if that’s just maintaining because avoiding backsliding is as important as making progress. Post your current/planned clean-up projects. Give other posters a pat on the back. Tell us what you threw out this week or donated to charity. I know I’m not the only one out here, so let’s have a (clean, neat, non-cluttering) party!
:::: throw confetti:::
Um… er… WHOOPS!
::: runs to get broom and dustbin :::
In case anyone is interested, some prior threads on the subject:
Tackling the Mess in the Front Room
Organizing Bank Stuff
Ask the (hopefully soon-to-be-former) Hoarder/Clutterer