One Day… and Counting

Just a place to record the life and times of me!

The Goal to Live Simply – clothes and more clothes.

There really is no easy way to say this…our bedroom closet is home to what seems like an endless pit of clothes and shoes. I have cleaned out my “side” of the closet no less than six times in the last year but, with my goal to live simply, I now look at that closet with different eyes. And, truth be told, so does my husband.
So here’s the deal…. my husband’s dresser was so full of clothes he couldn’t get anymore t-shirts in the drawers. In addition, the rod and the shelf in the closet reached their limit as well. As a result, clothes started stacking up all over the place. I guess he decided that something needed to be done so he got after it. He started cleaning out drawers faster than anything.

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It was pretty tough to part with some shirts that were particularly meaningful, but I made the suggestion that I could make a quilt out of them for him. He took me up on that offer and, in fact, I have already cut them up.

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I think he will love it when I get it all put together.
Once he got through with his dresser, my husband went straight to the closet and started weeding through stuff in there.

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I must say that the closet, like the dresser, was a disaster when he started but by the time he got finished, we had this pile of stuff to haul away

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and the closet looks fabulous!

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Bonus! After my husband got finished cleaning out his dresser and his “side” of the closet, I was motivated to do the same thing…one more time. Although I didn’t clear out massive amounts of stuff, I have to remember that I have weeded my dresser and closet several times already. I will continue to do the same every few weeks until I am confident that I am not just holding on to clothes…. just in case.

This goal to live simply gets a bit discouraging at times because it requires diligence and patience. I get frustrated because I am the type of person who wants things done now, as in yesterday. I know that eventually I will get a really good handle on this goal and things will fall into place much faster..
One Day and Counting…the small dents being made in the massive amounts of clutter.

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Hampered by the cold….

So, due to the inversion that has been gripping my neck of the woods for the past several weeks, my attempts to continue cleaning out my storage unit have pretty much stopped. It is just to dang cold out there. I do LOVE the cold and snow, I just don’t like being cold. Despite the standstill with the storage unit, I am making headway with the home.
As I put Christmas stuff away this year, I managed to get rid of THREE boxes of items that I no longer wanted hanging around taking up space. It is my goal to go through it again this year when it is time to decorate. Eventually I will have it all whittled down to the basics for a beautifully decorated home at Christmas.
I was cleaning out a closet in my craft room the other day and found a bag of yarn and crochet hooks. In that bag I found this afghan that I started EIGHT years ago!

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Yet another unfinished project laying around needing to be finished. So, I am finishing it. My goal is to have it done by the end of summer. I think it will look awesome laying on the foot of our new bed on top of the denim quilt I am still in the process of making. I can tell that I favor colors like burgundy, hunter green, khaki tan and dark blue because the quilt is going to having the same colors as the afghan…..should look nice together. So, I keep plugging away on all these projects. Sometimes I think my hubby would rather I start and finish one project at a time…..but, he still supports me. I am pretty lucky that way.
One Day and Counting…. each row I finish.

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The Goal to Live Simply – DIY!!!

I have wanted a new bed frame for a very long time now. After I left my first husband, I was relegated to sleeping on the floor, then a mattress on the floor, then a trundle bed, a futon, a couch, back to the mattress on the floor, then finally a mattress set perched on four cinder blocks. I was stepping up in the world!
I remarried a few years ago and we stuck with mattress/cinder block combo until neither one of us could stand it anymore…. at last..  a brand  new bed!! Alas…still no headboard…
Fast forward a couple of years…. my husband and I were visiting my “adopted” brother this last week and got a wild hair to build a headboard and footboard. As things go with my brother, all you have to say is “Hey, can you help us build                    (fill in the blank) and you can rest assured that it will happen  .

So it began…

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We found all the lodge poles that we needed….

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Measured…

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Cut… 

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Drilled…

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Measured some more…

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Sanded…

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Applied multiple coats of polyurethane..

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Measured some more…

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Until we got it all finished!! I LOVE it!!! This headboard and footboard, had we purchased them, would have cost us in the neighborhood of $500-$600. Since we did it ourselves (with some help from my brother) cost us roughly $65… oh, and some labor next summer helping my brother get some more wood! Still…totally worth it.

I really like this do-it-yourself stuff, especially when the project involves working with my husband. He and I are a pretty good team.

One Day and Counting…. til we come up with another project to work on!

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Happy New Year – Welcome 2014!!!

I seem to always say this, but it amazes me how quickly this last year has flown by. I only hope, for the sake of my son, that 2014 goes by just as fast.
To explain…. my son has been dating a wonderful young woman for the last two years. They are an amazing couple. They love each other and really do look forward to sharing their life together. However, today is the day that she is leaving for 18 months. Her purpose for leaving is a a very good reason but I know it is going to a rough time for my son. He is incomplete without her and it is taking every ounce of his resolve and emotional strength to trust that everything is going to be ok. Hence the reason why I hope the year goes by quickly.
This year, as every new year does, holds promise in so many ways. I have to sit down and figure out my personal goals for the year and devise the plans necessary to achieve them. Of course my goal to live simply will be at the forefront as I strive to declutter and dejunk my corner of the world. I still work every day at that and I definitely have made some gains. At any rate, I will keep plugging away at it.

Obviously I will keep running …. just not sure what the goal will be for that. A half marathon is in my future as well as a couple of Ragnar Relays…. guess I will get it sorted.

One thing I know I am going to focus on is leading a grateful life. Not sure how I am going to document that yet so stay tuned!

For now ….One Day and Counting… days til my son’s sweetheart comes home! 🙂

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