It’s that time a year, where everyone is scrambling around like “Looney Tunes” trying to get everything done before the holiday starts.
And I can’t say I’m any different. Just a week ago, I thought I had all the time in the world, all I had to do was clean the house, wrap some presents, buy some food and a Christmas tree, and decorate a little and I would be done. But somehow, somewhere along the way, I’ve ended up with, not enough time, before Christmas.
It might have something to do with doing errands for everyone else BUT me! Let me explain;
It’s coming down to the wire at my step-mums new place, the people that are doing the renovation should be more or less done. So much so, that we have had to go down several times this last week, just to keep an eye out and point out the things that are missing or that we are not happy with. For some reason, ever time we are there, 2-3 hours goes real quickly.
While hanging around the new place, I was told that I had promised that I would fix up the new front door with some teak oil! I can’t quite remember that, but I’m sure it must be right, guess it slipped my mind 🙂 Giving a couple of things that the workers have not done up to specifications, I can see a few other tasks that will be coming my way also, right after the holidays… among them, putting the kitchen fronts (we picked them up this week) back on the cabinets.
Yesterday, the family all had lunch together, and somewhere during the conversations it seems like I got another handyman job or two for my step-sister as well…. there was some lamps that needs to be hung, some TV cables that needs to be extended and hidden?
Even a bed frame I needed to pick up at a store because her car is not big enough!!! And for your information, I drive a convertible, a huge car, not… and hers is bigger than mine… I think they found out that if I took the top of it would work out perfectly for the transportation. I’m telling you, there is nothing that will be transported in my car as long as it’s raining outside 😉
So you can see how I went from thinking I had all the time in the world, to suddenly not… I did however find the time to get a Christmas tree, one for me, and one for my step-mum 🙂
Today though, I’m putting my foot down!
I need a day to sort out a few things, to; clean my house, change my bed, wash some clothing, iron, in general tidy, wrap some Christmas gifts and maybe even consider starting to put out some of my few Christmas decorations.
So that’s what I’m doing today! And now my washing machine is yelling at me that it’s done, so I gotta run…
Here we are!
Another pile of stuff going out-the-door!
Remember I told you (both on October and November tally), about this pile of things I was holding for my neighbour to have a look? Well, we finally managed to find five minutes to look through it 🙂
This weekend she took of with a couple of boxes with stuff! She didn’t take it all (and I didn’t expect her to) but she still relieved me of probably about 95 percentage of my pile – and I’m ever so happy.
I have to admit, it’s just so much easier to “declutter” when there are people you know, who might find them useful.
And here it is, the stuff she took and a few things extra, my pile of stuff out-the-door – 90 items:
- 2 magazine holders
- 3 microwave items
- 1 ice cube tray
- 3 plastic boxes to store food in + a box of ziploc bags
- 1 serving tray
- 3 candle holders
- 1 pack of plastic spoons
- 1 pack of plastic straws (should be a hit with her kids)
- 2 wine openers
- 3 wine stoppers
- 1 huge sport drink reusable bottle
- 1 reusable lunch bag
- 1 small porcelain bowl
- 4 long stemmed wine glasses
- 1 tea box full of different teas
- 1 plastic box (the one with an X I’m keeping for now.. I have an idea and if it works I’ll post about it 🙂 )
- 1 cut board
- 1 decorative glass bowl
- 1 tiny shots glass
- Bunch of rubber band (bracelets) – count as 1
- 7 watches (she took a couple for her kids)
- 18 Christmas decoration items
- 1 box of decorative tiny apples (Christmas stuff)
- 3 bean babies
- 1 head light
- 1 big storage box (all the stuff she took with her fit in the box – it’s that big 🙂 )
- 1 pair of running shoes (another friend took earlier)
- 2 medium size storage boxes (perfect for her kids toys)
And then there are some clothing I do not have a photo off, that also went out the-the-door this weekend:
- 1 pair of jeans
- 6 bras
- 7 pantyhose
- 3 pairs of socks
- 2 short sleeved bicycle tops
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of dress pants
- 1 t-shirt
- 1 sleep shorts
Another 23 items 🙂
I don’t know if you remember me telling you about I was bringing with me half of my KLM house collection to Houston , to give to a friend of mine, whose mum collect them.
A few days ago, I shipped off the rest of the KLM Houses to my friend, and I just got an email, confirming it arrived.
I decided to keep 8, for now… but you never know.. they might leave the house sometime later 😉
That makes for another 14 tiny houses leaving the house (29 all together). Slowly but surely things are going out-the-door again 🙂
The last 14 – shipped off
Since 1952 KLM have been handing out Delft Blue Miniature Houses that are replicas of some of the Old Dutch Houses situated along the canals in Amsterdam and other age-old towns in Holland. These are normally given to people that travel in business class.
I’ve been traveling a bit over the years and between me and friends traveling on KLM, I have acquired quite a collection of these houses.
In the name of decluttering, I have decided to downsize this collection a little, I don’t really need them all, and they take up space. So I’m keeping 9 (for now) and giving away the rest.
I have a friend of mine in Houston, and his mother is a big collector of the KLM houses. So guess where my left over houses are going?
YEPP, you’ve guessed it 😉 I’ve packed about half of the give always in my suitcase coming over to Houston, and I’m handing them over today!
So today! 15 Tiny houses goes out-the-door (or out-of-suitcase as it is) 🙂
Last week, I must have inadvertently eaten a pep pill or something, cause I roamed around the house tearing stuff out of my cabinets, drawers and “loft” space. And ended up with a pile of things to get rid off.
I have a neighbour who just moved in, and since she pretty much came over with nothing but a few suitcases and boxes, from the US, I was hoping there would be a few things she could take off my hands!
A couple of days ago, she popped by to have a look, and I couldn’t believe it, but she took most of my stuff! She looked really happy with the stuff, and even came back to get me, to show me how the things fit in her house 🙂
When I counted up all the stuff that went out-the-door, I couldn’t believe the numbers!
Have a look…
- 5 notebooks – for her kids to draw in
- 2 “baskets”
- 1 furry pillowcase
- 1 furry blanket
- 1 wool carpet
- 1 file organizer
- 1 Ikea storage box
- 40 hangers – counted as 1
- 4 packs of hanging “lamps” – now hanging in her kids play corner 🙂
- 1 empty tea box
- 1 roll of stretchable wire
- 1 wineglass box
- 3 presentation portfolios
- 2 packs of table decorations
- 1 sauté pan
- 2 purple pillowcases
- 2 large candles
- 1 glass container for candles or flowers
- 1 picture from Virgin Islands
- 6 cloth place mats
- 6 plastic place mats
- 4 Texas cloth napkins – counted a 1
- 1 plastic table runner
- 1 red cloth pot holder
- 2 green glasses
- 1 bag of decorative rocks
- 1 glass soap dispenser – given to a friend
- 1 bamboo plate
- 2 more large candles
- 4 bags of decorative stones
- 6 white wine glasses
- 6 red wine glasses
- 2 camping chairs
- 4 flowerpots
- 2 glass plant watering things
- 1 outdoor recliner
- 2 big floor flowerpots
That’s 81 items – and with the exceptions of a few items, my neighbour took them all! 🙂
How’s that for a purge 😉
Month four! Sorry it’s a bit late, I almost forgot about it for a second, but here it is 😉
Let’s see, what I have I been able to shed this month?
APRIL TALLY of things “out-the-door” = 58 items and about 4500 emails
- PC nicknack’s – I forgot to count out the items when I did this job, but what I can see from the picture I got rid off:
- 2 mouse
- 1 laptop hard-drive
- 1 wireless adapter
- 7 converters (Europe to US and the other way around) (count as 1)
- 1 Bluetooth headset
- 1 Apple charger station
- 1 FM radio sender
- Bunch of USB, firewire cables (count as 1)
- Bunch of other stuff I have no idea what was (count as 1)
- 2 bundles of sticks
- 18 books
- 1 bottle of port 😉
- 1 compact camera with chargers, extra batteries ++
- 1 handbag
- 8 clear plastic boxes
- 1 old broken cooking thermometer
- 15 vases and other flower related stuff
- 1 screwdriver set
- Around 4500 emails at my work mailbox (still working on the 5000 I promised)
Today I went to a garden center, it’s Sunday and in Norway nothing much is open on Sundays except some garden centers. And home I came with a couple of cheap orchids in my bag 🙂
I’ve just put them into some pretty glass holders that I already had at home and it’s amazing how little it takes for a house to look so much more cheerful.
I’ve always loved plants and flowers, and I’ve found that you don’t really need lots and lots of decoration to make a place look good, often it only takes a couple of plants or a group of cut flowers, throw in some candles and the house is decorated plenty.
Now I just need to remember this as I move into my declutter year of 2014 😉
To throw out the cluttered items that are stashed everywhere for decoration, and ad some plants and candles instead 😉
What you think?