Redux & Reduction of Clutter, Debt and Weight
by moi  January 14, 2013 12:45 pm

A few weeks ago with some help I emptied my storage unit in Momstown, shuffled some items and opened a new unit up here.  The price is better up here, the unit is a little smaller (still much bigger than I truly need) AND most importantly I can access it.  Now my children have a dresser they can use and I have a place remove more clutter from my apartment.  Please note I did say SHUFFLE here.

Goal: 1 box of shredded papers by Saturday

This shuffling is not clearing out clutter per say, it’s moving it out of view.  I have lots of boxes to go through and things to remove.  I discovered there was more in that storage unit than I remembered.  There were at least 3 boxes of pictures and 2 boxes of figurines for the brother and I to go through.  I’m going to need a scanning party to go through most of this stuff.  I will have to set that up on a weekend just to do what I have in my apartment then I can begin on the storage unit.  I see some projects in my future.

It is time to pull out the timer and do this in 15 minute chunks of time.  Oh and then remember to shred the important docs and remove the recycling from my place.  Ok, here’s my plan this week, clear part of my craft table, pull out the printer and scan while I watch TV and veg in the evenings after work.  I can do this.  Goal: 1 box of shredded papers by Saturday.  I can do this!

by moi  January 7, 2013 12:16 am

Today’s post is cross category, it’s both debt and clutter.  I’ll explain in a moment.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get a bit of traffic here.  I’ve been posting for over a year.   I fell down a bit last year when my mother passed away and did some random posting over the next few months (early 2012) and back filling where it seemed right to follow the timeline on some of my debt.  The past 2 months I finally sat down and attempted to write more often.

In updating over the past 2 weeks I reviewed a few things.  My weight has gone down, up and now a few more pounds down.  My clutter, um my clutter has gotten worse despite feeble attempts.  I keep trying and I don’t post much because I don’t feel there has been any real accomplishment.  The debt portion, well that seems to be real measurable success.  I’m not going to stop any distinct part of this blog because for me, they are truly tied together.  It fits for me.

This is where I need to work on traffic here.  I believe there is a sense of success when one is actually being read and possibly encouraged.  I found this gem Monetize Your Blog, part 4: 13 Great ways to build your traffic.  Most of these I already knew about only I haven’t taken advantage.  Well here we go, this is my first non commercial blog/website link.  Nothing in it for me folks, just sending traffic to a nicely written concise “How To” article.

It fits for me.

There are some things I have done, some I didn’t think of and others I won’t do.  Because I choose to blog anonymously I am not using my “home” Facebook account to publish things.  I want full disclosure on the numbers and my “dirty little secrets” here so I’d just rather they didn’t know the REAL me.  I hope that makes sense.  Due to this fact I can’t really advertise via Facebook.  I do have a Twitter account connected to the blog and an Etsy account.  I’ll just have to comment on other blogs with a link back here.

So, why is this a cross post?  I’m cleaning up my blog clutter!  The debt part is actually in the title of the link, “Monitize Your Blog.”  It will be a long time before this blog generates any sort of money and when it does, it will either pay down the debt, pay for the website hosting or start saving for the future.

by moi  December 24, 2012 5:22 pm

My clean up efforts have gone to hell.  I am doing a somewhat decent job at keeping my sink shiny, at least one of them.  I’m having the problem of doing the same things expecting different results.  Why is it so much easier to diagnose a problem than it is to fix it?  Part of the answer is to get up and NOT sit down in front of the computer and TV.  Once I do that I’m doomed.  As a matter of fact I can’t even seem to blog in front of the TV at the moment.

Just 15 minutes at a time

I start a new job on the 2nd and often I will get to work from home.  I need to get at least some of my paper clutter under control by then so I at least have a decent surface to work.  Some of that will entail a “Monthly Habit” that The Flylady© has outlined for the month of October.  I realize it isn’t October however I think I need to adopt it for the month of January!  My goal over the weekend is to scan as many old bills/statements from credit cards etc as I can and then destroy the paper copies.

by moi  December 3, 2012 12:13 am

Uh… busted, crazy clutter lady.  I’ve still got Halloween decorations out.  My youngest was supposed to help me take them down this weekend but it didn’t happen.  I’m surprised the apartment management hasn’t sent out reminders to remove our Halloween decor.

My living room has been a wild explosion of crafting for the past month.  Now that I think about it, it’s been longer than that, maybe 2-3 months.  Sewing is kinda put away, the rest has been mixed media.  The girls and I did some crafts for a fundraiser for her music boosters.  We sold about $18 worth.  I need to put the rest up on Etsy to see if I can recoup my costs.

Day 1 – Shine Your Sink

I went back to FlyLady today.  My sink is clean tonight.

by moi  November 12, 2012 10:23 pm

So the game goes a little like this, you have your friend come over and you go through your wardrobe.  You try on everything and your friend gets brutally honest with you and tells you what goes and what stays.  If you can’t get it past your hips, it’s too small and it needs to go.  If you can’t get it past your bicep, it goes.  If you pull it out of the tub and it belongs to the 80’s, then it needs to go.  If you hold it up and show a waistline that makes your friend gasp and state there is no way you were ever that thin… yes honey, it needs to go.  Needless to say, I have a pile of clothes that needs to be bagged up and sent off to the second hand store that would rival Mt. Rainer.  I have more room in my closet than I intended.  I have room in my drawers.

Yes, my waist used to be current size of one of my thighs!

I let go of some clothes I didn’t think I would.  Holding onto clothing 5 sizes smaller than your current size isn’t going to get you there by sitting in a box.  I held onto some clothes of that same category because the style is timeless, such as pencil skirts.  I’ve done this before but never to this degree.  Business dress and casual wear went into the pile.  I tossed in a few random socks and tiny children’s underwear just to round it out.

Now, if I could just do that with other areas of my apartment!

by moi  April 9, 2012 7:23 pm

There are good days and bad days.  I haven’t been doing much to relieve myself of clutter as I wished I should.  Woulda, coulda, shoulda are all terrible words to keep in your vocabulary.  There is really no excuse.  For a while after I started my new job I thought of all the time I had in the mornings that I could clean up around the house.  That worked for about 2 days.  The apartment got pretty darned clean for those 2 days.  *Le sigh*  Time to try again.



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