This is what we woke up to this morning 😉
The rumor is it’s only going to last a couple of days, so rather than spend time on decluttering, I started my day shoveling snow. Gotta clear those pavements!
It’s been a beautiful day, we have been out and about, inhaled way too much fresh air, and I’m all tired now 😉
So I’m sure you’ll forgive me for making this declutter post short and sweet!
All I’ve got for you today, is a bunch of random stuff from around the house.
A few things from the bathroom, a few things from the kitchen. A little here… a little there… Before you know it, it actually adds up!
2 clothing covers
1 handheld vacuum
1 pair of shoes
54 items of random stuff
59 items out-the-door!
My 7 day tally = 477
Guess i did it then. Goal 343 – result 477
I think I nailed it!
And my new grand total for 2017 = 1508
Not too shabby, if you ask me 😉
Unge Spor (Young Tracks) – is a voluntary organization who works with kids, youth and young adults, to spread the joy of performing arts.
As part of their organization, they have a group of regular members (age 14-25) who are the backbone of the organization. This group of “kids” gets to participate from A to Z on Unge Spor’s projects. This includes organizational work, music, dance, drama, scenography and more. The “kids” gain indispensable knowledge, and at the end of the projects they put on exceptional shows and performances.
You might say that “Unge Spor” (Young tracks), has established themselves as an important cultural force in my region.
Since they are a voluntary organization, they don’t get much support from the state/region. Which means, they rely on sponsorship’s, donations, and other gifts.
A few weeks back, they posted a request for an old used iPad, in one of the buy/sell Facebook groups I follow.
As both B and I had a couple of older iPads, that we no longer used, we decided we could help them out.
I called the groups leader, and, oh boy was he happy.
He popped by a little while later, and not only did he leave with 2 iPads, but he “ran” out of here with a couple of extra bags.
Turns out they could do with some extra props for their theater shows, and I just happened to have a couple of suitable items they could use as props + I had one more item!
A little backstory:
I used to be an avid “Nescafe cafe au Chocolat” drinker. They sell them in boxes with 8 pouches of instant mix – just add water.
Well, since these are ridiculously expensive, I would always get a bunch (and I mean a bunch) when they had exceptional good deals (like 50% off or more). So last summer, such a deal just happened to be in my neighborhood store, and I shopped, and shopped 😉
Fast forward a few weeks after my mad shopping spree, I changed my diet (health reasons) and stopping with gluten and milk protein products all together. And guess what! Yep, there’s a lot of milk in my beloved “au chocolat” 😦
The boxes of coffee have been sitting around ever since. I’ve been holding on to them in hope of finding someone who would drink the stuff (as opposed to me throwing it away),
And you know what, a group working with a bunch, as in a big bunch of kids… yeah!
“Absolutely, we can take these of you hands”
So off he went, with iPads, props and a bunch of coffee 😉
37 boxes of Cafe au Chocolate
2 pillow cases
2 bamboo plates
1 decorative plate
1 iPad mini (yes only mine.. can’t count B’s iPad stuff)
1 iPad mini charger
1 iPad mini back cover
1 iPad mini front cover
1 regular sized iPad protective cover
50 items out-the-door!
7 day tally = 418
And my grand total for 2017 = 1449
My head is playing up like nobody’s business, so today’s post is short!
For as long as I have had my blog, I’ve been working on downsizing my book collection.
Back in 2014, I started reading myself through my bookshelves, and called it my “Read a book program“.
The idea; read one of my books, grade it, and depending on the grade, either keep it or get rid of it.
I didn’t do too good with this task during 2016, and started it up again this year. My 2017 goal? 100 books.
So far I’m not doing good on my goal at all, as I’ve culled only a few, and I doubt I’ll make my 100… But even so – a little here, a little there is still helping!
Here is another batch making it out-the-door!
8 books out-the-door!
7 Day tally = 368
Grand total for 2017 = 1385
See ya tomorrow!
PS. I just found a blog post in my drafts folder from June this year, that I never posted. It was all about books!
I remember it well! It was all written up and the only thing I needed to add, was the photo (which I needed to take first). Somewhere in the mess of things, the books got delivered to the recycle exchange place, and I forgot completely all about the blog post.
Even though I have no proof (read photo) – I’m just going to add those books to my tally. So here it is: 14 books out-the-door during June.
New Grand total for 2017 = 1399
I haven’t ever heard about a home that doesn’t have a junk drawer or two, and this house is no exception 😉 I have more than one…
Today’s task; declutter my living room catch all.
Here it is in all it’s glory – yeah, I know, not pretty!
Well.. I might as well get on with it – hang in there, folks – I’m going in!
(a hours or so later..)
All done. Oh, that’s looking a little better now, isn’t it?
MINUS ALL OF THIS:
2 picture frames
1 diploma from Microsoft
1 remote control
1 US simcard
1 Micro memory card
1 pink marker
2 cd covers
Bunch of paper to toss – count as 2
Bunch of paper to shred – count as 2
1 empty box
7 unused Valentines cards
15 Ziploc’s and small plastic bags in assorted sizes
2 packs of memo cards for old diarys
10 plastic items
2 journal covers
1 reusable net
1 box of cool looking paper clips – which are horrible to use
(goes to show, just because they are cool don’t mean they are practical)
2 boxes of push pins – leftover from my office days
Bits and pieces – count as 2
78 items out-the-door!
7 Day tally = 360
Hey! Didn’t I just pass my goal? Nice!
Still have 3 days to go. I wonder what number I’ll end up with 😉
Grand total for 2017 = 1377
Since I started my blog, I have been slowly downsizing my closet. (it seems to be the thing we women do 😉 )
I’ve probably gotten rid of about 50% or so, since I started my declutter thing on this blog in 2014.
Since I left the workforce (soon to be two years ago – my how times fly), I don’t have to dress up for meetings or change from work stuff to everyday wear everyday. These days, I pretty much live in the same type of outfits all the time – jeans, t-shirt and a sweater (weather depending).
Since I changed my diet (for health reasons) last year, I lost about 15 kilos or so. It took quite a while before my weight stabilized, and since it was fluctuating quite a bit there for a while, I only got new pieces of clothing when I absolutely needed something new that fit me (it’s not that fun walking around in clothing that is way, way to big).
I’ve stabilized now.
It’s hard though, to downsize, as I have clothing that are good quality for those special occasion like party’s, Christmas and other meet ups. Even though I only use about 30-40% of my closet on my daily outfits (remember – jeans and t-shirt kinda girl). I still need to keep the other type of outfits around.
Since I happen to be kinda picky about what I wear (even when it’s only jeans and t-shirts), I’m having a hard time finding suitable replacements that fit my current size. Which unfortunately means, I’m still hanging on to a few items to many of my old stuff.
I have not given up hope that I one day will have this beautifully curated minimalist wardrobe… and the only way I’m going to get there is to forever chip away at it.
Which brings me to today’s declutter write-up!
I have found a few more closet items, to say good buy to 😉
2 workout tops
2 pars of thick socks
1 wool jacket
1 pair of flipflops
1 pair of boots
26 items out-the-door!
7 Day tally = 282
Grand total for 2017 = 1299
Guess that is it for today, see ya tomorrow 🙂
Earlier this year, I got quite a few used interior magazines for free (which is great, since I have stopped buying my own). I’ve enjoyed reading them, but I’m all done, and I’m ready for them to leave the house.
I piled them all into one of those banana crates/boxes – and looking at the half filled box, I decided I was going to fill it up! (a girl gotta challenge herself 😉 )
So I’ve been adding all sorts to the pile; old magazines, new magazines, manuals, catalogs, travel brochures and my tiny little nemesis – articles I have ripped out of magazines/newspapers etc to keep. I have written about this habit before.
Guess what, I have filled the banana box (woohoo), and there are hardly any magazines left in the house, with the exceptions of a few keepers for a rainy day 😉
I still have a stack of manuals, but they all belong to items I own. So I guess they’ll be sticking around a little bit longer!
I just tallied it all up, and here are the stats:
113 magazines, manuals, travel brochures and catalogs
114 individual articles I have torn out to keep
227 items out-the-door!
My 7 day tally = 256
See.. I caught up, and now I’m ahead 😉
Oh, and my grand total for 2017 = 1273
Yesterday I mentioned I would do one more run at getting some of my junk out of the house, before Christmas.
As I meander through my days, there are times I come across items I no longer need or want, as I’m sure we all do. I have gotten into a habit of putting these items into my guestroom, until I get around to actually get the stuff out of the house.
Well my guestroom is “piling” up (well not really.. I could hide it away if I wanted it to… but… ) and it’s time to see some of these items actually leaving the house.
Gotta get ready for Christmas, you know 😉
So here we are – Day 1!
I changed my diet about a year ago (for health reasons), and there are things I no longer eat or use as part of my food preparations. So the other day I went through my food “pantry” (well, just a regular kitchen cabinet, really) and sorted out the stuff I no longer plan to use anytime soon.
I picked this time a year to do this particular declutter task, as one of the organisations I follow, “Hjelp oss å hjelpe, Rogaland” (help us to help, Rogaland) are gathering food to help people out, especially over Christmas. B took a look at his place as well and found a couple of things.
In addition to our own stuff, we did a miniature shopping “spree”, and got some Christmas cookies, candy and other more Christmas’y dry goods from the store. We wanted to add a little extra to the mix. We will get them some more a little closer to Christmas, stuff like meat and other perishables.
In addition to food, they have also asked for things like small gifts and wrapping paper. So I did a quick rummaging through the house and found a couple of unopened rolls of Christmas wrapping paper.
We just delivered it all at one of the collecting point in my neighborhood.
I love it when there is a win, win, win situation like this.
I get stuff out of the house, we get to contribute, and someone out there might get a little of the help they need.
15 food related items (the extras were B’s so they aren’t really mine to count 😉 )
14 gift wrapping items; paper, gift bag, tags. Christmas cards and some string to tie it all together with.
I’ll get them some more, including some gifts to hand out, I just need a trip to Ikea first 😉
29 items out the door!
SO – I know this isn’t the expected 49 items. But hang in there, I’ll be catching up tomorrow 😉 It’s the total of 343 that counts, you know 😉
See ya tomorrow!
I can’t believe how fast this year has gone, November is behind us and we are already a few days into December.
This is the time where the holiday celebrations are soon upon us, and we are busy preparing for them. And most likely the last thing on our minds are working on our declutter endeavors (beside the stuff we need to do to prepare the house for the holidays).
Well not this girl! I’ve decided I need to have one more go at it before Christmas 😉 I need to get some stuff outa here!
So I’m committing to a 7 day declutter run!
Over the next 7 days (starting tomorrow) I will declutter 343 items!
Why 343 you ask?
Well I need a goal, and I started thinking – 7 items pr day for 7 days, but hey, that would only amount to 49 items out the door… So I though 49 items “a day” would be a much better goal 😉
Which brings us to the 343, as 7 x 7 x 7 = 343 items out the door!
Oh yeah, and just to up the ante, I’ll be throwing one extra task into the mix!
As most of you know, I’ve been really bad at keeping up on the blog this year. And I figured – since I’m committing to 7 days of decluttering, why not commit to do a daily write up of the items leaving the house as well? Then maybe I can get back into the groove of things!
So there you have it – a double goal!
7 days – 343 items out the door – 7 articles on the blog!
Let’s see how I do!
Wish me luck!
When you last heard from me, I mentioned that we had been working a bit at my stepmoms place as she wanted underfloor heating installed.
My plan was to make a blog-post about it as soon as we were done, but something came up and B and I had to jump on a plane to England to help out my mum (nothing serious.. she just needed a little help). We came home a couple of weeks ago, with a little gift… the flu 😦
Not only had we been infected by someone on the plane… but unfortunately we managed to give it to my mum as well, which she really didn’t need.. poor girl 😦
It’s taken a while, and I’m still sniffling like crazy.. but at last.. I’m back on the computer, so I thought it was time for that blog post about the work we have been doing 😉
My stepmom lives in a building with several condominiums, it’s an older building and when it was built, it was not common to install heating cables in the floors. Today however, underfloor heating is pretty much the norm here in Norway (it gets cold you know 😉 )
As my stepmom was getting tired of freezing here little feet off, she decided she wanted to have underfloor heating installed.
She figured the smart way to handle that project, was to give the task to me, and then jump on a plane to Spain for the fall season 😉
It wasn’t really a difficult project as it mostly meant organizing people to come over to do the work. But even so, it turns out B and I spent a lot of hours on this.
So lets get on with it shall we?
As the main part of the house was being “torn up”, we had to pack everything away into one bedroom. I feel sooooo sorry for that bedroom, we filled it to the brink, and you could hardly get in the door, by the time we had emptied the living room/dining room/kitchen area. It took us two days to empty it all (yeah.. we (read: me) wear out easy).
As the engineered wood floors she had before was only about three years old, our plan was to reuse the flooring if possible.
When we had it all cleared and ready, the hardwood floor people came over to remove the old flooring. To make sure we kept the budged, B and I helped as much as we could. It was kinda cool, because I learned a thing or two about removing old flooring your want to keep. And, guess what.. we managed to salvage all of the floor.
Turned out the were old linoleum underneath, which B and I tore out on our own…. and oh boy… was it dusty… but sooooo much fun 😉
When it was all torn up, we found that the concrete floor underneath it all, wasn’t all that even 😦 After a bit of discussion with the electrician and the floor people, we concluded that the only way the end result would be half decent, was to have the floor leveled. Which happily was something the floorers could help us do.
They took of to get their floor leveling gear, while B and I got rid of the old linoleum at the recycle plant. And then met back up a couple of hours later.
I helped with priming the floor while B helped carry all the bags of self leveling compound/concrete (yeah.. heavy work.. which I was staying well away from 😉 )
Day four was dedicated to mixing and leveling the floor. We helped with the mixing of concrete, but left the leveling to the experts.
Day five was a follow up day to level off the last bits and pieces.. and then all we could do for a few days was to leave it all to dry.
I am so impressed with the products they have today. They give you the opportunity to add heating to the floors without having to put down heavy cables.
The electricians needed only one day, first they put down some underfloor mats (0,6mm) that keeps the heat from going into the concrete below (the green you see). Then they added the super thin underfloor heating film which is only a few millimeters thick. On top they put a thin layer of plastic, and then it was time to put the wooden floors back in.
After the floor was all done, the electrician came back to test that all was OK with the floor, and to finish the rest of his work. (yeah we had a little list for him 😉 )
And then it was time.. to clean it all up and put the house back together again!
Funny thing.. it almost took us longer to put it back together again, that it took to take it apart.. strange how that is 😉
So now it’s back as good as we can get it… I’m sure my stepmom has to rearrange a book or two… but hey… we gotta leave a little for her to do.. wouldn’t you say?
Now the kicker… when you walk in today it looks exactly the way it did a few months back.. the only difference is an tiny thermostat on the wall. Good thing I’m adding some pictures here, it’s the only proof we’ve been up to anything at all, lol 🙂
It’s been a while… I know, one of these days you’ll get sick of hearing me say this, I’m sure.
With my head playing up like it’s been doing the last few months, I’ve learned that I have to pace myself when doing things.
Even though you haven’t heard from me in a while, it doesn’t mean that B and I haven’t been up to anything 😉
We have been a little busy actually! Mostly doing other people’s stuff.
This is a quick recap of what we have been up to since you heard from me last:
- I’ve been dealing with insurance stuff for my step-mum, after a young man hit her car and ran away without leaving a note (thankfully there was a witness).
- We have been flexing our handyman skills at a friends place, installing a couple of ceiling lamps, changing door handles and oiling up a couple of doors and swapping out some reeeaaaallly rusted outdoor ventilation covers.
- We have helped my neighbor with moving some clothing cabinets, installing a couple of bunk-beds and a desk. Mostly just helped her set up her daughters room so it’s easier for them to share a room and still have a private corner.
- My stepmom wants heated floor in her condominium. This task has turned out to be a bit more work than we though.. and deserves a blog-post of it’s own 😉
- I’ve been dealing with a lot of admin stuff related to the row of townhouses I belong to (which is still an ongoing task, not quite settled, yet)
Have we done anything for us?
Well yes, as a matter of fact… we have.
You might remember from earlier this spring that we built a patio at a friends house? From that job there was some leftover decking material.
I’ve had a couple of plans for those leftovers, among them I wanted to build a “big” planter/storage box. So about a week ago, we kinda finished that box 🙂 It’s on wheels so it’s easy to move around (it would be impossible without wheels, as it’s large enough that you would need three super strong men to move it, if it is ever filled with soil and plants). I will be using it as a combination planting table and storage box for material, like pots, mulch, sand etc.
As I’m planning on using it as a storage box and as a planting table, I need to add a lid at some stage. A lid with not only keep everything inside dry, but also give me a surface to use as a table. I haven’t quite figured out what I want make the lid from yet. I’m thinking either treated plywood, or maybe try to make a lid with the leftover decking. When it’s done I’ll show you, but for now you can see how the box looks today. I’m really happy with how it turned out 😉
So what about decluttering?
You would think that with all the stuff going on for everyone else, that I took a declutter break! And in a way you would be right 😉
My decluttering has been a little on and off since you last heard from me. A little here, a little there….
Some of it has made it out of the house.. I’ve got pictures 😉
But some are still hanging around in my catch-all room (guestroom) – gotta take pictures for the blog and all, you know 😉
1 concrete side-table – sold today
I box filled with decking cutoffs
49 old no longer usable decking boards
(the rest of the stuff in the car is old flooring from step mums place.. so that’s not mine to count 😉 )
Out-the-door = 72 items
Which brings my grand total for 2017 to 1017 🙂
Guess this is it, for now! You should be all caught up.. kinda 😉 So hang tight.. and I’ll see you soon!