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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The Goal to Live Simply… I’ve hit a wall!

Today is Monday, which marks the beginning of my work week, and I am exhausted. Not exactly the best way to start the work week. As it usually goes with me, when I get this tired, I want to crawl into a corner and forget that the world exists. I don’t want to fight to keep what little motivation I have to continue running, work on projects, clean the endless pit of my storage unit, and wade through the countless other projects I have piled up around me. So many times I feel like all of my efforts are for naught. What difference does it make if I run each day, or finish a craft project, or take another pile of trash to the dump? Who does it impact, really?? I will tell you, it impacts me.
To be honest, if no one else cares about anything that I do, I know that I can look in the mirror and say “You are doing it!” So, I am feeling a little picked on tonight… a little lonely and forgotten but I know that these feelings are fleeting, and nothing a little sleep can’t take care of. Speaking of which, its time for just that .

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One Day and Counting… sheep!

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The Desk….and pints of peach salsa

For some reason my desk seems to be the catch-all for every scrap of paper that seems to find its way into the house. I am not sure if it is the location or simply the fact that it is difficult to throw anything away. At any rate, this is the box of nonsense I have ended up with at the end of “gutting” my desk….

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In mere minutes this box will be in the trash can outside. I must say that it is a relief to get rid of papers and bill stubs that have collected in this pit. Obviously some things have to be shredded but most of what was collected in this little space….is simply garbage. Now my desk is a whole different scene….

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You have to look past the mess UNDER the desk….that project is on tap for a later date.

On a different note, I was blessed with the opportunity to go pick peaches off of my niece’s peach tree last week. Since I can’t seem to turn down free peaches…EVER…. I ended up with boxes of them. After three solid nights of slicing and dicing…. I ended up with 63 pints of YUMMY peach salsa.

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I truly don’t know how creating hours of work for myself embraces my goal to live simply, but my husband loves the stuff and I do feel a BIG sense of accomplishment.

One Day and Counting….. til the next box of trash is gone!

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Tackling the Storage Unit – still

With each passing day, and continued trips to my storage unit, I am coming to the realization that I am going to eventually be “forced” to examine some memories of my former life that I really don’t want to have anything to do with. For example….this is a photo album:

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Actually it’s the cover of a photo album. The location of this photo album in my storage unit caught me completely off guard because it was in a box marked “crafts”. At any rate, I was not ready for this book to show up out of nowhere and if you want total honesty, I don’t even want it in my house. However, it did show up and I was forced to deal with it, which, for me, was to throw it in another box. Is that bad?? I don’t have the answer to that question except to say that any and ALL items from my former life will eventually be removed from my surroundings. No sense hanging on to bad juju. 🙂

The good news in all of this is, (I have to find the good!) I found some very cute wall hangings that are mere minutes from completion! Since I am planning on a few craft shows this year, I am pretty excited!

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Snowmen are my favorite!!! I can’t wait to finish these….there are 12. And I just love the fabric on this one:

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I have 15 of this design! Crazy!!! You all do remember that this stuff has been in storage for nine years, right? Wish I would have remembered this 8 1/2 years ago! Oh well, things happen for a reason!

One Day and Counting… every day that gets me closer to being “bad juju” free!

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The Freezer – a small victory!

Some people might be appalled at the thought of sharing the innermost workings of their freezer, but for me, it was a definite step towards my goal to live simply. Really, all I wanted to do was find something for dinner but it turned into the massive frustration because if stuff wasn’t falling out on my feet, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Something seriously wrong with this picture:

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Would you believe I found stuff in there from 2006???? Not only is that completely ridiculous, it is pretty wasteful too. So, I pulled everything out, disposed of the gross and disgusting, cleaned things up, and started over.

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My hope is that I NEVER have to do this again. The goal is to plan my menus a little better and to use the items I buy so 7 years from now I am not saying… WHAT????

One Day and Counting …. this small success.

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Tackling the Storage Unit – Memories

By now this whole goal of living simply has moved towards the realm of obsession. There is so much to be said about de-cluttering one’s life. With each passing day, and each box I empty, I am astounded by the feeling of relief that is starting to come into my life. My storage unit is a mostly dark place, full of stuff and memories from a former, and very different, life. And, except for my two beautiful children, it is a life that I would rather forget. In all honesty, I have little attachment to most of what’s in there but every once in awhile I find a treasure. This, for example….

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This goose is the very first thing I ever tole-painted. I took a class 20+ years ago to learn how to paint and the rest is history. As I have mentioned before, I love this particular outlet in my life as it helps with my stress level. Even though she was relegated to the dark recesses of my storage unit, this goose used to hang proudly on the wall of my kitchen. Now she will hang in my craft room as a reminder of how far I’ve come….

One Day and Counting…..many more trips down memory lane.

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Tackling the Storage Unit

So, if you think back to the first post in which I set my goal to live simply, you will remember that I have a storage unit full of stuff that has been there for NINE, count them, yes NINE years! Now, I have to be honest here and say that some of the stuff has only resided in storage for about three years, but still, three years in a storage unit is more than enough time to figure out you don’t need it anymore. At any rate, I finally “snapped”. On Monday, I started to weed…..here are some before pictures…..

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Can you say SCARY?!?!?!?! It looks like I am a hoarder…. Yikes!
My plan is to go to this place every single day on my way home from work and take a carload of stuff out….to the dump, to the thrift store, home (as long as I truly need it there) or anywhere but that storage unit…. so far, so good….

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Stuff for the thrift store….

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And empty boxes where stuff was thrown away.

One Day and Counting the HUNDREDS of boxes I am going to have to sort through….anybody need a piano??? 🙂

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Room #1 – Day 3

Yesterday I spent the majority of the day tracing various craft projects on to my stack of wood.

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I love painting… I love the outlet that it gives me to release some of the stress in my life. Whatever negative emotions I can’t get rid of on a run….I usually can take care of with a paintbrush. At any rate, the stack of wood from yesterday now represents many hours of future enjoyment and hopefully a few dollars in my pocket that I can use to help recreate this space.

The next few days will be focused on getting rid of stuff I know I won’t ever use and boxing up stuff I don’t need immediate access to. This picture is a small representation of what a complete and total disaster this room is right now…

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I need to get the closet cleaned out and build some shelves in it so I can start organizing stuff into a final “spot” for it. I have a vision….
One Day and Counting….til its cool enough outside to use my scroll saw without dying of heatstroke!

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