Tuesday, January 22, 2008

One thing leads to another

Ever notice that if you tidy up one area, then you are motivated to tidy up another area?
That's pretty much what my world has been about lately.
Closet after closet is being taken apart, contents pared down, and then the whole deal reassembled.

(Major THANK YOU to LauraRN who went out and bought shelving for the attic so our luggage could be easily stored and identified PLUS she organized the guest room and my hat room closet ALL BY HERSELF while B. and I were out and about on Sunday. Yeah LAURA!)

All this cleaning out is fine except then ya gotta get rid of the stuff you want to get rid of.
And suddenly new storage containers make sense...and maybe there are some good books out there on the subject of organization and wardrobe planning.
Errand must be run.
Time just flies.
I don't know how it happens, but I am glad for the energy and inspiration to accomplish all this during these last few grey days.

My goal is to downsize by about a fourth, with maybe even a third of our stuff going bye bye.
We'll see how it goes, but the wardrobe is definitely on track.

Bernie *finally* downloaded his camera chip.
I thought this picture is perfect for my current endeavors.

Maybe if I will just stay aware of my surroundings this massive clean out won't be needed again in the future.
(You can stop laughing now....like that will ever happen in real life.)

When you are up to your a** in alligators, it's hard to remember the reason you were there was to drain the swamp.
Staying focused as I chuck stuff is a challenge.

Bernie got the best alligator picture from our swamp tour.
Isn't that the cutest little girl gator you've ever seen?

Two anoles blending into their environment.
Bet their space never needs to be straightened up.
Bet they don't even have closets.

Just keep swimming, I tell myself. I will be done with all this eventually.

Chocolate craving update: I went back to Macy's and while I was there I decided to actually try on the pendant.
Ohhh, it looked so pretty in my hand.
And so blah on my body.
NO bling, just a kind of washed out two white dashes on a diamond shape design.
I'm over it.
(Hmm....womder what I will start craving next. Madison Ave. is chuckling even as I type.)
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Anonymous said...

I know about the "one thing leads to another" type of clutter and cleaning. We're getting there. Unfortunately, I have lost my burly assistant. The ER "guest" I referred to over at my blog is Doc. He took a bad fall while avoiding a car while out for his morning bike ride. He's fine as far as no broken bones; we're awaiting results of the MRI (surgery needed or not?). At least now we have a good reason to hire packers and loaders for our move!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Hey, with all the money you saved not buying those chocolate diamonds, you can go buy yourself some fabulous very rich dark chocolate and have just one piece every day...that won't hurt you. I learned of this trick in the book French Women Don't Get Fat (read pages 181-187). Then you will feel pampered and satisfied while doing no damage to weight control. You will glow with inner beauty that those chocolate diamonds failed to produce....

Lovella ♥ said...

Oh Fantastic job on the sizing down. It feels so good to lose what we don't need. Or at the very least what we don't want.
I enjoyed the pics of the swamp tour.

Jane Carlstrom said...

Sifting back to let you know, that while I did not comment on this article earlier, it has been on my mind and made such a difference for me.

Thank goodness you are sharing your clean out trials and tribulations. At first I simply longed for a Laura to come rescue and help me. But no Laura's in my life. So had to pull up on the boot straps (or perhaps in at this age the Boob straps), administer a good self talk and tackle the mess my self. Though actually, to be honest, it was after giving myself permission to hire some help to clean and get organizing ideas/help that I actually got some inspiration to work successfully.

It seems as though I've been trying to sort, clean, downsize and organize for years and not making much headway. Although really, things are so much better. It is sometimes hard to see and appreciate how far I've come.

Anyway, thank you, thank you for sharing your efforts and how helpful it has been to have Laura. I no longer feel so alone and overwhelmed in this struggle.

Hugs, Jane