Praise the Lord for dear friends who get together for a group "push" to get things done! Mary and Shani, had it not been for you two this week, and the knowledge that on Tuesday we would share what we got done, I probably wouldn't have done it. What a blessing!
I haven't been blogging much because I've been working so hard on cleaning up after the window replacements, and also on doing a MAJOR de-cluttering while I've been cleaning. We did school over the summer this year, so we didn't get that break to go through things, and with Bryan's "surprise" start of college this week, I had a lot of files torn apart so I could get his portfolio put together in a big hurry! Then we did all the special testing for his accomodations for the learning glitches (our word for LD's), and by the end of all the paperwork and rush jobs, things were a real mess.
I've been working on 3 rooms simultaneously this week; all 3 are now "construction dust-free," and each one has stacks of things that have to go into the other rooms. I decided to finish the room we call the "Library," since it needed the most decluttering before things could go back in it, and it's where Bryan and I need to do the exercises and therapies we have chosen for his dyslexic tendencies. It is where we used to do school, but now they are mostly in their room w/their laptops. It's also where we have the papers/receipts/records for the sharpening business that they operate out of our home. There's a LOT of old stuff (papers, catalogs, notebooks, binders, etc) in there, and I went through every one this week. I think I can still do another round of decluttering in there, but for now, I am delighted.
|Furniture and papers coated with construction dust|
|Other half of library closet with piles of papers that have been there for months...|
DURING THE CLEANOUT:The vacuum has done its job (doors, walls, baseboards, floors, furniture/upholstery, loose and stacked papers, bookshelves and EVERY book on the bookshelves...all were vacuumed to get the fine dust off, and this was NO SMALL TASK); the papers are in the process of being sorted, thrown away, stacked according to where they will ultimately live, and/or filed; the furniture is migrating back to its original location, the pictures are going back on the walls, and my dog is getting wierded out by all the fuss and activity. Here are the photos:
Once I was at this stage, the physically-harder portion of this job was over, but the part that my dh and I call the "gumption trap" began. It's when you have to start dealing with the "minutia" that helped to cause the problem (clutter) to begin with, and it gets all your "gumption" and drives it into the dust.
The easy way to "clean" it is to take all the paper pieces and put them into stacks, nice and neat, and call it "organized." But, as FlyLady correctly says, "you can't organize clutter." I was determined to get rid of what needing ridding, so I made 3 piles...recycle, garbage can, put away. Here is one of 3 bags that went out in the recycling pick-up which, fortunately, came today:
I threw out an entire bag-full of stuff that couldn't be recycled, and I put, in a bin, curriculum that I want to try and sell, and in another bin, curriculum that we will no longer use but that I want to save to give to the boys someday if they are blessed with kids and the ability to homeschool them. This curriculum I would like to loan to friends who may not be able to buy it for themselves. It is sitting in my basement on the ping-pong table (that's for another Tackle-It-Tuesday!).
AFTER THE JOB WAS COMPLETED:
I wanted to quit a couple of times, but knew I had to post photos of how I ended up; so, last night at about 9pm, I finally took these "After" photos:
(The crockpot has to sit there on the bookshelf until I get a kitchen storage area cleaned out...stay tuned for another episode of "Tackle-It-Tuesday," LOL!!!)
GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK:
1. Living Room: the dusting and most of the cleaning in this room is done; it needs to get from the "during" phase to the "Finished" phase.
2. Kitchen: I really want to get a bunch of stuff removed from my cabinets; I want to pare-down to almost the bare minimum. I don't necessarily want to throw things away or give them away, but would like to get a bin started for my ds1 so that when he finishes his degree (spring of 2012, Lord willing), he'll have some things to use in a kitchen if he's not living/working near home. Attached to the kitchen is the mudroom entry off the garage, and I keep some things for the kitchen and the microwave on a shelf there, so I'll count it as part of the kitchen.
Remember to visit our lovely hostess, Shani (aka CelticMom), for more Tackle-It-Tuesday sharing!