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Title: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on November 04, 2012, 01:31:38 PM
Hi everyone  :)

For those of you who have been around the boards for a while, you might remember three years ago, I posted about starting this "club", A New Leaf Club.  We had a good group of people participating and sharing their stories of things they accomplished or were working on.  (If you want to read about our last two adventures, here's the links:  http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?topic=10498.0  and http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?topic=17718.0 )

Well, it's time to form a new club for the rest of this year and for the New Year to come.

This club is for anyone who wants to "turn a new leaf" - meaning, "take a fresh start, change one's conduct or attitude for the better".

As I re-read all the posts from the previous times we did this, I was reminded of the things I still struggle with (paper clutter, newspaper clutter, keeping organized, exercising), but . . . I also was proud of the accomplishments I undertook and still keep up three years later (the re-organizing of my kitchen cupboards/pantry, organizing the medicine cabinet, etc.).   :)

Back in 2009, I had all kinds of plans to get my house in order - I did make some strides in the right direction, but it's slow going.  Back then, I was a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom).  Well, since then - I have had to return to work part-time.  So, I don't have the "extra" time at home now, like I did then.  However, it's more important than ever that I get my affairs in order so I don't waste my spoon allotment and time hunting and hunting for things.

So, what I'm looking for in this "club" is members who are serious about making changes in what's left of 2012 and carry over throughout 2013..

If you are not into getting your home and life in order - that's fine, this club is probably not for you then.  I don't want "downers" . . I want us to be "positive and uplifting".  I would like this "club" to be a group that helps motivate each other and encourage each other outside of our daily lives living with Sjogrens.

Last year, we posted from November to mid March.  I'm hoping this year, that we can continue to post throughout the whole year.  I know for myself, things change around my house and life daily - some times, life gets really, really busy and I "forget" to post.

To me, I find it encouraging to read about what each of us is working on, wanting to improve on, needing ideas on, or needing some moral support to finish a project already in progress.  That's what this club is all about . . . support, encouragement, sharing and celebrating!   :D

Since we've just started a new month, there's no time like the present to begin this New Leaf Club.  So, starting today, November 4, 2012 - if anybody wants to join me in this "club", I'll be glad to have your company.

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on November 04, 2012, 01:42:16 PM
Hi - in years past, I've struggled with newspaper clutter.  We only get the weekend paper and it seems we never get around to reading the paper and they pile up.

Well, a couple months ago, the newspaper called and asked us if we wanted to add Thursday and Friday newspapers, as it would cost less than just getting the Saturday and Sunday paper.   ???  Yeah, doesn't make sense to me either!

So, we did.

Ugh . . . MORE newspapers to add to the clutter!   :-\

Well . . . . this weekend, I've spent hours and hours and hours going through all those newspapers - some, I'm afraid to say, were from January 2012!!!!   :o  I told you it's a problem!

I am happy to report that FINALLY, I am caught up and only have this weekends papers in the house!   ;D  After having four huge piles of papers on the living room floor, I immediately took them to town and put them in the recycle dumpsters.  Yay!!  A "new leaf" I have been working on for years has finally been completed!!   ;D

I hereby, do promise, that I WILL consciously keep a handle on the newspaper clutter and not let it get out of hand again.  In the next few days, I will call the newspaper and cancel the Thursday and Friday paper and resume JUST the Saturday and Sunday delivery.

Free at last, free at last . . . .  :)

That, my friends, is what this club is all about!!

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Sleepy In Seattle on November 04, 2012, 01:56:20 PM
We are embarking on a huge home renovation project to put a guest bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, and pantry/project room in the basement - and then tear out and remodel the upstairs bathroom in our 1924 house. (You would not believe how badly we need to get this done!!!!!)

We have been living here for over 12 years and the basement is full of crap that we no longer use but just haven't gotten rid of yet. I have already started on things, but this "club" sounds like just the right thing for me!!!! It is hard to stay motivated.

I want to (and HAVE to) clear things out for the renovations, and then I want to be better on an ongoing basis about getting rid of stuff.

Generally I am not much of a 'hoarder', but I have trouble getting rid of things that have any sentimental value or memories, and then there's the pile(s) of stuff i keep meaning to get to but never do. It's amazing how much STUFF there is, and how GOOD it feels to get rid of it all!!! I try to sell stuff or donate it where it can be of use.

It can be hard to come home from work and find the energy to tromp downstairs and work in a yucky basement, but IT MUST BE DONE!!! i only work part time, so there's really no excuse.

so....ACTION #1....I am going to purchase a cheap radio that I can put down there to listen to while I work, so it doesn't feel so lonely and sad!!!!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: genko_b on November 04, 2012, 02:23:59 PM
I always have downsizing chores - not that we plan to move anytime soon, but if you don't act as if you are moving, stuff just builds up. This year I need to cull some books out of our huge collection.

The other thing I've been putting off is sorting through old letters we brought from my mother's house when she died. We have many letters from my grandmother during the depression, which are fascinating. We also have the complete set of letters my parents wrote during WW II, when my dad was in the army. They wrote to each other every single day for over three years. I want to read through them and compile the most interesting parts to pass on. Right now the letters are unmanageable and will deteriorate more over time. As it is they are getting brittle.

I'll let you know how I do on both these projects.

Genko
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: grammad97 on November 04, 2012, 02:35:25 PM
I aim to finish before Christmas 3 scrapbooks. I have started or partially done. One is from a trip in 2004;another trip in 2006 and a babies first year one of my 16 month old grandson for his busy parents. (A surprise gift for them). The trips were both once in a lifetime trips so they have to be done. We took 600 pictures for the one. Dream trip for two weeks to Ireland. Second trip we took our other grandson to Disney World. We might get there again but it was his first time and we took him without his parents Lol. He is 15 now.
My problems not finishing them initially was overwhelmed by task; then trying to be too over the top scrapbook page designer; then it was no space cause we were living in our camper. Got the time and space now and just want them together so no more worries about the perfection part. Will keep you posted.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Carebear on November 05, 2012, 10:05:29 AM
How consistent (or is it boring?) am I?  I'm in the middle of painting a room again ... just like I was last year at the same time.   :D  But it is a different room.   ;)

Actually I think it's because outdoor chores are packed up for the year and Christmas is around the corner.  So I started painting the walls in the living room and kitchen.  I do one wall at a time and work slower than molasses in January.   I have another six weeks to complete the job so wish me luck!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: slccom on November 09, 2012, 12:23:49 AM
I got caught up on a month's worth of newspapers! Now I have to get my clothes sorted out, get rid of some and get the summer stuff put away and winter stuff put in my closet.
Sharon
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Meld256 on November 09, 2012, 01:03:36 AM
Bucky,
I always like your New Leaf Club; seems to get us motivated in other areas of our lives and gives us something else to discuss than all our aches and pains.  I, for one, always seem to need some extra motivation!

Good for you getting those newspapers under control. We've not subscribed to a "real" paper for years, but do rather miss the actual turning off a page.  Not quite the same reading it online.

Carebear,
Funny you mention your painting again, because that's what I'm doing again, too!  8) Different room, same scenario; it just takes me forever.  I have most of our living room done, but have waited 2 weeks for my hubby to help me move a couple of items I can't move to paint behind.  Not to be too hard on him; he's been working a lot and I may not have painted it anyway if he had moved them.

I seem to have several projects in the works I've decided that this weekend I must motivate and get a few of these finished, if at all possible.  With everyone's help and support, maybe I'll get the majority accomplished.  Wish me luck!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Sleepy In Seattle on November 10, 2012, 11:46:07 AM
WHORAY!  ;D

Got my hubby to do a dump run this morning with a bunch of old crap we had to get rid of...and I have cleaned all the windows on the ground floor of our house (inside and out), including disinfecting the wood frames so mildew doesn't grow, and washing all the curtains. And yesterday, I cleaned up the back garden a bit. YEAY, ME!!!

Now, of course, I am exhausted, LOL...but all I have planned for the rest of the day is going to see the new James Bond film, so that should be just dandy.

When I would run low on energy, I'd think how good it'd feel to post those tasks on this list, and I kept going! :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on November 10, 2012, 05:22:09 PM
Yay Sleepy - good job today!!!   :D

It does feel really good when you can SEE the results of all your hard work - doesn't it? 

I hope you enjoy your movie tonight - you deserve a treat for all your hard work. 

By the way, did you get that cheap radio yet?   ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on December 08, 2012, 06:51:23 PM
Woohoo . . . . FINALLY, 10 weeks AFTER having my garage sale I have gotten all the stuff bagged and boxed up and the tables taken down so I can park in the garage again!!!   ;D

I had cleaned my husband's side of the garage right after the sale, but kept putting it off for finishing it all and getting my side all cleaned up.

As I was taking the clothes off the hangers (I had just laid them across a table when I took the hanging pole down in October) and bagging them up to take to donation, I get to this coat of hubbies and I pick it up.  Out falls all kinds of bird seed.   :o  I go in the house and ask hubby to come to the garage.  Hubby use to feed the birds all the time, and I thought "maybe" he had put some bird seed in the pockets of the coat.  He came out and I told him what I'd found and he said, "nope, haven't fed any birds in years".  So, the only thing we can figure out is that a mouse had gotten a hold of some bird seed and was storing it in the coat.  We didn't see any other signs of a mouse, but it's the only thing we can think of that happened.  (Hubby does have some bird seed in the garage, but we didn't notice a hole in the container or anything.)   ???

I am one happy camper this evening as my car is parked inside again.   :)

Yesterday, I started another project (thanks to Lucy), and cleaned out half the refrigerator.  I took three drawers out and washed them and washed a couple shelves - I didn't feel like doing the whole refrigerator, but . . . it's a start. 

It's always a good feeling when you can cross things off your "to do" list.  ;D

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on January 15, 2013, 09:02:27 AM
Here it is - 2013 - a new year, clean slate and new daily 24-hrs. to have for our New Leaf Club.   :D

With each new day we have an opportunity to start anew to tackle the things in our lives that we want to change - whether it be a relationship, fitness, eating habits, weight, work, our lives, our homes, etc.

I came across this quote today and thought I would share it:

"The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose." ― Arnold Bennett

How appropriate for our New Leaf Club.   ;D

The good thing about this club is if you "fall off the wagon" one day, you can start anew the next. 

I have two areas that I need suggestions and input on from you all.

1)  How do you file your benefit papers that relate to our doctor visits?  Do you file them by month, year, doctor?  Do you have different files for each family member or is it grouped all together by month, year, etc?  Same question with the lab tests, etc. that we keep.

2)  Shoes . . . what do YOU do with them?  Do you have a shelf, hanging organizer, shoe rack?  I have a small closet in the bedroom that has a hanging closet shoe organizer in there, but I have more shoes than slots in the organizer.  :-\ I can't do anything different in the closet area to accommodate any more.  The rest of the shoes are in a heap on the bedroom floor. 

If I move things around, I could "probably" fit a flat shoe organizer under my bed, if I could find one.  I'd really like to get the shoes up off the bedroom floor.  And, yes, I've already downsized my shoes - these are all the "keepers".   ;)

Any ideas?

Anybody working on any projects right now?

Are all your holiday decorations down yet?  I've taken my three trees down (two are little tabletop ones), but I'm leaving all my snowmen decorations up for a while yet . . . after all, it IS winter.   ;)

On a sad note, within the last few days, there was a house fire over in town.  Two older people died in the fire.   :(  The wife was a hoarder - and their house was filled with "stuff".  She collected things for years and years hoping to one day sell some and maybe become rich.  In the end, all her hoarding took her life and the life of her husband. 

According to an article I read, the neighbors could smell smoke in the area, but didn't know it was this neighbors house that was on fire until much later.  Evidently, the shear volume of stuff in the house smoldered for a while before the flames of a fire took off.  The fire fighters couldn't even get in the house to look to see if anyone was there, as there was no path to be found.  Sad, very sad.

Please don't let all your belongings consume and take over your life.  Your life is far more precious than any of the stuff you keep.

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: reesatay on January 15, 2013, 10:07:49 AM
I moved a little over a year ago and in the rush put a lot of stuff in the garage to deal with later.  Well later has come and gone several times and there still is a pile of stuff to deal with.  I can't use the excuse I just moved any longer. :o  After struggling to find motivation I finally started sorting though the stuff and it feels so good.  It's a small garage but I'd like to say I can put my car in there if I wanted too. 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: CMNK12 on January 15, 2013, 11:00:47 AM
  This year hmmm....still renovating our 20 year old home. So.... finish the downstairs' windows, re-do the decking around the pool, take down the trees that are trying to destroy the fence, finish the last of the lanscape plans....phase 3 of that(lol) whew i'm tired already, not to mention broke. haha. My sweet husband hasn't even heard my kitchen ideas yet. LOL. That will be 2014 and beyond. Gotta have things to look forward to. CK
 
   I am sure this will be harrowing enough....it usually is. Gotta just laugh though.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: susanep on January 16, 2013, 02:54:32 PM
 I am looking at a lot of clutter, and stuff in my living room. The other rooms I don't even want to  mention.

The clutter in the living room is my books, bags of sewing things, husband's electronics, and just a bit of everything that seems hard to deal with.

I want to begin with a few things at a time, and either find a place for them to be in a closet, shelf or whatever out of sight, or to throw them away in the garbage.

We are suppose to put down much needed new flooring in the living room, so something is going to have to happen. lol...Lord help us when it comes to the flooring.  ::)

I started us a quilt top today to work on for our queen size bed in the very cluttered bedroom that we want to be back in once the clutter is gone.

I am piecing together one called Trip Around The
World. It's not hard (just blocks going around), but it's really  pretty according to the colors used.

I am using a lot of rounds of flower prints which I love, and my mother told me about this quilt a long time ago, so that helps too.

Working on this quilt top while watching tv is very relaxing to me.

This year I also want to focus more on other people when I am out shopping, etc. to see if they need a door open for them or just any act of kindness.

I also want to learn to keep my mouth shut more when talking to my sisters lol..... I am making an effort to talk about the facts of what's going on, and keep my opinions to myself. hehe....

I also want to start eating better. It wasn't ideal, but today I did eat a little better.

I know it's a lot of different areas, but they are pretty important to me, so we will see how it goes.

susanep :) :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: susanep on January 18, 2013, 01:43:03 PM
We went to pay for our flooring today. We brought half of it home. That is all we could load at this time. We have most of it in the house. I am tired.  :)

Cleaned out my little puppy (Bonnie/Bon Bon) crate.

I plan to put up some of my books tonight before going to bed. We will see.

That is all I can report so far.  ;)

susanep :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: slccom on January 30, 2013, 12:30:17 AM
I'm working on finances. I'm scared to death that we won't have enough money for medical care... So I've been putting off getting our finances in order. Brain fog doesn't help, either!
Sharon
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: susanep on February 01, 2013, 10:31:35 PM
 I understand that one Sharon.

Update- I started back on my diet since Monday. Makes 5 days now.

 I have been working on a thing at a time for my sewing materials.

We have all of our flooring, and my dear husband has been cleaning up a lot of clutter by his computer area.

I still haven't got anything new done in my cluttered house yet, but still planning.

I have called and emailed sisters to let them know I love them.

I want to make them both something for their birthdays.

I have been having physical therapy for my leg, and enjoying it.

That's about all I have to report at this time.

susanep :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Meld256 on February 02, 2013, 06:29:39 AM
I'm late getting in on this for 2013-but everyone has some good things going!

 I really like the quote you gave us, Bucky. Thank you!  ;) I really needed to read that, since lately I've felt a bit "less accomplished" and a bit annoyed at myself since I haven't felt much like getting to the things I want to do.  I'll stop worrying about what I haven't done, and just start somewhere.

As to your questions: I think everyone has a filing system that works for them. Personally, I keep separate folders for me and my hubby's medical stuff-and his is much smaller.  I no longer keep any of those EOB (explanation of benefits) from the insurance company, as long as we have no issues to look into with them.

 Most all the visits, labs, etc. are listed in the insurance website, so I don't keep paper copies on that, either.
Basically, I keep a total of what we pay in medications costs and a few other things I feel are important.  You might want to try a couple of different ways for a while to see what works for you.  :)

In regard to the shoe storage, I found a few underbed storage containers on Amazon.  (they have everything, don't they?)  There are some for about $15 that hold 12 pairs, clear vinyl on top and canvas, handles on each side and about 30 x 20 inches, I think.  Maybe you could use two and clear out the closet bag to make more room in there if you want?
 Guess it depends on how you choose to use the space. We keep shoes for the opposite season in shoeboxes in the top of a tall closet.  Ones we wear fit in the bottom of the closet.

Hope this helps a bit. 

I'm also so sorry to hear of the couple who passed in their house fire.  I suppose there are many more people who live the way they did than we can imagine.  So sad when their possessions make their home dangerous. 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on February 03, 2013, 04:15:35 PM
reesatay, CMNK12, susanep & slccom - keep up the good work ladies!!   :D  S-l-o-w and steady is the best way.


In regard to the shoe storage, I found a few underbed storage containers on Amazon.  (they have everything, don't they?)  There are some for about $15 that hold 12 pairs, clear vinyl on top and canvas, handles on each side and about 30 x 20 inches, I think.  Maybe you could use two and clear out the closet bag to make more room in there if you want?

Melinda - hmmmm, I like the idea of getting rid of the hanging shoe bag in the closet - I measured, and that would give me about 5-1/2" more inches in the closet.  Not a whole lot of additional room, but every little bit helps.   ;)

Now's the tricky part . . . finding something that I'd like to use for under the bed.  I have read so many reviews on Amazon and Ebay about the shoe storage units that it makes my head spin.   :o  Like anything, if you have 50 people and you ask what they think of something, you'll get 50 different answers!!   ::)  Some love the storage units, others hate them.  I'm hesitant to buy things online like this - I like to actually see and feel it.

I also saw a wire rolling underbed cart on Amazon . . . I'm considering that.  I'm real sensitive to smells and I worry that the shoe storage units I've seen have a plastic zippered top that I would smell the plastic.  On one of the reviews I read, the person said it had a strong plastic smell.   :-\

I'll keep looking.   ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on February 13, 2013, 05:47:54 PM
Today, I finally took two bags of items leftover from my fall garage sale to the donation center.  We've been moving those bags every time we need to get something out of the chest freezer.  Yay, one thing crossed off my "to do" list.   :)

I found a plastic tote that I thought would work for my shoes under my bed.  Well . . . it does work, but . . .  it doesn't hold very many pairs of shoes.   :(  So, I think I will take this one back and we're ordering one of those shoe organizers with divided sections in them tonight off of Amazon (of course, going through the link on our page so SJS World gets some of the sale).   ;D

I'll be glad when I can cross the shoe situation off my "to do" list.

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: slccom on February 15, 2013, 09:27:27 PM
GOT THE FREEZER DEFROSTED and INVENTORIED!  I'd be doing a major happy dance, but I'm too tired. It is an awful job. First I had to clean the laundry room. Washer, dryer, floor, under the appliances... Do the laundry. Get all the junk towels in there.  Get boxes and comforters in there. Get extension cords and hair dryers. Bucket of soapy water. Dish cloth. Gloves. Hardest of all, husband.

Set up boxes, remove inventory (full-size, front-opening upright commercial freezer.) Try to sort as we go. But comforters around boxes. Clean the melted banana off the front door and floor while husband starts melting the frost. Dump soapy bucket, bring back to remove ice with. Spend a couple hours melting frost and removing it. Get turkey baster to pick up melted water from bottom. Dump bucket a couple of times.

Eat and take break. Barely manage to get back to it, and only because otherwise a freezer FULL of food will spoil. Pack and inventory, being careful to mention where different foods are placed so we can find them later. E-mail the inventory so it can't be lost if the computer hard drive crashes as happened with the last inventory. Clean up the mess. Put towels into washing machine.  Dry towels.

And this time, we'll print out the inventory and put it on the door. With a pen. I'll get the towels folded and put away tomorrow.

I'd hate that freezer, but it has never given us a minute's trouble, except for having to defrost it. We got it in 1989. We did have to replace the gasket once. And fix it again yesterday.

I don't need to grocery shop for a year, I have enough meat!
Sharon
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on February 15, 2013, 10:18:16 PM
Sharon - WOW, good job!!   ;D

Even though it was a big task - just think of how much you accomplished - that should make you feel really good! 

Since you have recent experience . . . .  my chest freezer needs cleaning out too, are you available??   :)

Enjoy the fruits of your labor . . . or meat, in your case.    ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Carebear on April 13, 2013, 03:44:02 PM
I finally finished painting the living room last month.  Yeah!

Now I am tackling the storage room.  It has started to turn into the "throw room" of late.  You know how it goes.  I will just "throw" this in here until I get a chance to do something with it.

Well, now is the time.  I am about half done.  But I am resting in bed right now.  I shall finish with it by the end of tomorrow.  I even bought some containers with handles to organize my cleaning supplies.

We are having yet another blizzard outside so working in the basement keeps me from looking at the recent ten inches of white stuff Mother Nature is giving us.  Another four inches is expected.    >:(
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: susanep on April 18, 2013, 12:41:12 AM
My brain fog has been so bad that I haven't posted in awhile. Sorry.

 I cut my husband's hair today, and went to check on my dad. I measured and sewed on a small project I have been working on, but that is all I have done today.

I got way off my diet for awhile, but have been back on it.

susanep :)

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: slccom on April 19, 2013, 02:38:21 PM
Let's see. I am getting busy again. As is hubby. We got the kitchen drains unclogged, as it turns out, with grease. He snaked and I put in baking soda and vinegar. Then we found some leaking under the sink, which turned out to be from the dishwasher. He put Teflon tape on the fitting and, voila! I can use both my bathroom AND kitchen sinks freely. Now to deal with the slow-draining bathtub and regrouting the tile around the bathtub so it doesn't rain downstairs when he showers.

After reassembling the cabinet under the sink, I put everything that lives there away, then the next day, I cooked! two roast beefs and about 7 pounds of potatoes, 2 pounds of carrots and even was able to peel and cut 5 onions. I made gravy the next day. We'll have a few meals off of it, and then grind it all up, add in Worcester Sauce and make pie crusts and make pasties. We don't bother trying to freeze those; we just gobble them up. (When I cook, I cook! We eat off of it for days! Leftovers are the best!)

We picked up a couple of sets of drawers like for a water bed that we need to touch up the scuffing and scratches. Then we'll fix up the bedroom, which is an unmitigated disaster. I had foot surgery several years ago and haven't tried to clean or organize it at all. We need to get rid of some clothes, which I did earlier. We need to get rid of more, though. And we will rearrange to make it more functional. That job makes defrosting the freezer look like a day at the park, but we'll get to it. Not this weekend, though. Concert Sunday night.

Please nag me!
Sharon
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: slccom on April 19, 2013, 02:43:54 PM
I forgot to say that I got my favorite summer blouse mended, too! And some other mending.
Sharon
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Carebear on April 19, 2013, 02:46:37 PM
I finally gave in and asked my daughter to help me with the heavy house cleaning a few hours each month.  She started today.  What a great girl!   

Asking for help...another new leaf.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on April 19, 2013, 04:56:06 PM
Good job Carebear, Susanep and Sharon!!   :D

I have such good intentions and then get nothing done.  I've wasted day after day not accomplishing much at all.   :(

I work part-time, and on my days off I'm usually doing grocery shopping, paying bills, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, running errands, etc. that I'm too tired to do anything besides the "day-to-day" stuff. 

As I have mentioned before, just going grocery shopping wears me out when you have to walk a football field size store, load everything into the car, unload it when you get home, and then put it all way.   :-\ 

I did get that shoe organizer I had ordered online and have since filled every slot ( :D) and have it hid underneath the bed which frees up the bedroom floor of all the shoes.  Plus, I took Melinda's suggestion and did away with the hanging shoe organizer in the closet which freed up a tiny bit of room in the closet too.  Yay!

It always feels good when you can SEE the fruits of your labor when you put a lot of work into a project.  The part that irritates me is I work my buns off cleaning and organizing and then the boys come home and pile things over chairs, on the counter, etc. and then it feels like I never get ahead!  Grrrrrrrr

Keep up the good work everyone.   :D

Carebear - is your daughter for hire?   ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Carebear on April 19, 2013, 05:06:05 PM
Bucky,  that's funny.  I'll ask her.   ;). She works for cheap but the air fare might make it a bit pricey.   :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: susanep on April 19, 2013, 09:15:44 PM
Carebear if I could afford airfare I would ask if your daughter would come to my house. lol...

When I get anything done, only I can tell.  ;D

I have been trying to get this one small table cleaned off. I am almost there, but last night I fell when going into the kitchen. Silly me. My right leg went under me as I fell on my back. That didn't feel too good. I had to lay there awhile. I am ok though, just sore all over. Using my cane for now.

Bucky sounds like you do a lot. Just working  your job is a big thing, not to mention all those others.

susanep :)

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: slccom on April 19, 2013, 09:57:58 PM
Bucky, I spent the entire day sitting around today! Sigh. I guess I need the rest.

Sharon
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Reggie on May 21, 2013, 07:14:16 AM
I had a yard sale 2 weeks ago to try to de-clutter the house.  My in-laws & daughter-in-law contributed their unwanted stuff too.  The weekend weather was great so lots of people came & went.  In Seattle they love their yard sales.  After two days we still had alot of stuff.  We put it all up for free and then Monday we piled 99% of what was left and took it to the Goodwill.  I have 2 years until I want to retire and that's my time I need to get through 25 years of buildup in my house.  I'm also a sentimental 'keeper', but I did good at the yard sale on letting things go.  My road block will be the hubbies mess under the carport and his shed.  Yikes!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Bucky on May 21, 2013, 09:27:15 AM
Reggie - good for you on clearing out the excess and making some money along the way too.   ;D

I usually have two garage sales a year - I NEED to have one now, but, as you know - it takes a lot of work to get one together - plus, the time spent sitting out there during the sale, etc.  Since I do 99% of all that by myself, I just can't get in the mood or have the energy to have one this year.   :(

Congratulations on a job well done!!

Bucky

(P.S.  By the way, since you are a "newbie", I'm not sure if I have welcomed you or not . . if I haven't - welcome!   :D )
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: Reggie on May 30, 2013, 11:19:15 AM
Thank you for the welcome.

I am blessed to have an energetic 10 year old grandson.  I let him sell all he could sell at the yard sale and let him keep the money for cloths.  He was on top of it.  He'll be my go-to man for any more yard sales.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2012/2013
Post by: velvetjademuse on May 30, 2013, 12:04:12 PM
I saw Flylady mentioned a time or two, but not in this thread...a good approach to clearing clutter can be found here: http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/ (http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/) ...the most valuable thing I've learned from her is to set my timer (she suggests 15 min., but I set mine for 20 min. because I feel more "accomplished" but not exhausted in that timeframe). I subscribe to the daily emails...it can get quite overwhelming, but I think there is a "digest" option so you don't receive a dozen emails a day!