Monthly Archives: October 2013


Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on Progress

We ordered carpet last night and they’ll come in Saturday to measure. I’m still debating where to end the new carpet. It goes up the stairs, into a landing, and into the bedrooms.

My debate is whether to leave the last set of stairs in the old carpet or do the upstairs landing and have a threshold between the different carpet in the bedrooms. Either one will look odd but there’s no way I can clear out the bedroom and sewing room to continue the carpet in those rooms and there’s no way I can live with the old dirty carpet downstairs any longer so I will choose a compromise and live with it.

More clearing out today, I set aside some leftover batting pieces to send to Mom and assembled 6 small battings. I finally unpacked from Maine and started packing for the next trip and folded and put away an overflowing basket of clothes. I started sorting yarn into bins since one of my goals is to organize all of the yarn too.

I found this little crochet project in a bag that I’d forgotten all about and decided it’s one I will finish.


So far the sorting process has not been too difficult and I’ve been aggressively purging. I will have a more difficult time in the sewing room.

Decluttering day 3

Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Decluttering day 3

This doesn’t look like much but between the counter and the bin you can’t see, there were stacks of papers all the way back to March not to mention all the mail that had come in while I was in Maine.

Today’s task was the kitchen/office. Everything is filed and/or shredded and I cleaned out the cabinet under the island too. That means level 2 is done. Tomorrow I’ll start in my bedroom and bathroom and when Keith gets home we’ll go pick out carpet.

I do need to take more breaks as my foot was really sore and swollen tonight. It’s hard to know how much time I really need to sit and keep it elevated.



Published / by Mary / 29 Comments on Ugh!

Ok so it wasn’t ‘just’ a sprain. I was having some numbness and tingling in my foot today along with the swelling and pain and decided to have it looked at. There’s a great orthopedic urgent care center not too far … I have a small fracture and am going to be wearing this boot for a while.


More on decluttering

Published / by Mary / 9 Comments on More on decluttering

I’ve had some interesting comments and emails on my post already and I thought I’d explain things a little more.

I am a packrat … I like to keep things in case I need them later but luckily we have moved every 1-5 years during our 25 years together and each time we move I downsize and declutter. I’ve been here at the townhouse for 5 years now so I have 5 years worth of clutter to get rid of.

Because I travel so much the last thing I want to do when I am at home is to clean and organize. I can’t take weeks to sort and donate to multiple organizations or people and there’s too much to throw out for me to put out for my usual trash pick up.

If I’m going to get this done, I need EASY and FAST that’s why I’m going to use 1-800-Junk. I did have Keith take some things over to the Salvation Army yesterday for donation but most of it will be set aside and hauled away along with the furniture and the trash. I’ll let 1-800-Junk donate what can be reused.

From their website:

When we arrive, just point to the items you want removed and we’ll provide you with an up-front, all-inclusive price. Once you say the word, we’ll haul your goods away from wherever it’s located and finish by cleaning up the area. Plus, we recycle and donate your items whenever possible. Since 1989, we’ve saved over 1.5 billion pounds of junk from the landfill, and counting.

As far as decorating, it’s never been my strong suit and we have a hodgepodge of furniture bought for different homes that doesn’t particularly go together or even function optimally in this space as well as it would if we’d bought it for the space but I refuse to redo the room completely since we may move in 6 months to a year …. Or we may not!

My solution might not be for everyone but it will work for me … Declutter, use most of the furniture we already have, replace the carpet, and have someone do a thorough cleaning downstairs — we’re cleaning as we go but I want windows and everything scrubbed!

I’m traveling again in a week and spraining my ankle will slow me down but I plan to have it done by the end of November. Wish me luck.

I’m a packrat

Published / by Mary / 14 Comments on I’m a packrat

I’m so over my house … It’s cluttered, dirty, and dysfunctional. I have discussed with Keith the idea of having a decorator in and having them redo our entire living space but that costs money and since I don’t know if we are going to be here 6 months or 5 years, it’s hard to know how much to spend on remodeling. Finally, today we rearranged some furniture and did some cleaning, and decided we’d rid ourselves of a few pieces of furniture and then replace the carpet. I’m going to purge… And then we’ll have 1-800 Junk come pick up the furniture and however many bags of trash I manage to collect. Keith has already made one trip to the local Salvation Army to donate some items and is willing to make several more trips.