Working Wednesday: How’s That Decluttering Going?

Since so many of us are getting rid of stuff or at least thinking about it, I thought we should check in.  Also I just made twelve sampler squares with the wrong crochet hook and didn’t notice until the last round.  I’ll be over here, beating my head against the wall, thanks.

30 thoughts on “Working Wednesday: How’s That Decluttering Going?

  1. I’ve just gone back to reading my fiction maybe-not-keepers pile, but so far this one looks like a keeper. I have got a dozen or so to take to the charity shop, though. Otherwise, sorting out is on hold along with my house purchase. I’m doing extra-long days on the day job, since I took on rather too much.

    I’m incredibly frustrated that I can’t plan ahead because I cannot get the house purchase moving. My solicitors are still waiting on the completed paperwork from the vendor’s solicitors – whose last trick was to email a new version of the contract in an obscure file format that mine can’t open. I’m also, as usual, struggling to get the estate agents to return my calls – I’m trying to set up a site visit with a builder to look at what’s needed for the garden retaining wall, which will need to be built between exchange and completion.

    So getting to a point where I can get to grips with sorting out and starting to pack is my main ambition at the moment.

  2. Susanne says:

    I’ve really started the Paperwork Project (January was a write-off due to colds).

    I’m basically dealing with 2 1/2 years of paperwork. Most of the paper is being shredded or recycled. The rest is going into binders. Yesterday I worked on the Project for six hours or so. Today I’ll do about four hours.

    Once that’s done, our home will look so much better.

    I also need to tackle my recipe folders. We’ve gone almost vegetarian, and a lot of the meat based printed out recipes can be recycled. Cake recipes can be tossed also.

    Jane, hugs on the frustrating home purchase situation. Crazy. Just crazy.

  3. I’m having knee surgery on March 26th so I’ve been hustling (as much as the bad knee allows) to get my place in order. Taxes are completed, office clean and files organized. Latest story submitted and awaiting approval. It is a jumble of contemporary mystery, ancient curse, and paranormal. Sheesh. It would be nice to choose one track. But then where would the fun be?

  4. Eileen AW says:

    I cleared out one closet, now to get to the second one. It’s not been as easy to do it post arm surgery, but it will get tackled soon. Then I can go through the dresser drawers.

  5. Thanks, Susanne. I’ve decided to give up trying to chivvy it along. The developer’s now saying I can’t visit the site with my potential wall builder until after exchange: any attempt to move things on seems to make things worse, basically.

    I fear my seed order’s going to be wasted at this rate. Will have to concentrate on my photography instead until things finally start moving.

  6. Thea says:

    One of the seed grower’s blog I read says seed can go in refrig or freezer for several years and remain viable.
    Now, your house purchase …

  7. Yes, I know. But I was so looking forward to loads of flowers and salads this year. I daresay I’ll be able to do something – assuming nothing actually prevents the purchase. I can sow the annual seed mixes in May, as long as I’ve been able to move in and get the soil sorted by then. And I’ll start the tomatoes next month, regardless – they’ll work even if I’m still in the flat.

  8. Office Wench Cherry says:

    You would think the vendor would be in a big hurry to, ya know, vend seeing as how selling houses is their business. Sheesh.

  9. Lynda says:

    JaneB: I don’t want to be a pessimist, but when one party in a deal stalls for so long, it could be a sign that something is just flat out wrong about the transaction. Hasyour solicitor checked to make sure that the other party is legitimate? In any event, I’m so sorry for the delay.

    Jenny: if the sampler squares are too small, you can always add an extra row or two to bring them up to size. Consider it a design element. If they’re too big, well, you have a nice beginning on a new project.

  10. That’s what’s making me extra antsy; but this is a small town, and I know several people (surveyor, hairdresser, schoolfriend) who know the developer, and reckon she’s on the level.

  11. Office Wench Cherry says:

    This weekend I have to clean out my library room so that I can find my camera battery charger so I can practice with my camera before our trip to Ireland in May. That’s this weekend’s project.

    I have a cabinet that is just about finished, we were going to get the replacement glass for the door but the glass guy is away until Friday so I’m going to see him then. With 2 cats and a 60 lb puppy, I’m not putting my good crystal in a cabinet that does not have glass in the door!

  12. Brussel Sprout says:

    I’ve changed my routine. I use to get out of bed and exercise, but at new job, there is a gym and pool which open early, but not as early as I like to wake up. So now, I get up at 5, make coffee and breakfast, return to bed and write for 40 minutes then get up, go to gym/pool, shower and return home for clothes, make up and a little time with Minion 2 before heading into office. This means that I am writing again. I can do about 500 words in 30-40 minutes. I am beyond excited about writing again. Just starting with warm up exercises, but it opens the way to getting back to the books I’ve got in first draft.

  13. Jessie says:

    It is really hard to understand what is going on because the process of buying a property in England seems different than the US.

    In the US you approach a relator who shows you all the property in the area you are interested in, except those where the realty firm has an exclusive contract (not too many of those in most area) or that the owner offers for sale himself. The buyer may get the bank to pre-approve a mortgage based on the buyer’s down-payment and income. Or the buyer can do that later. Then the buyer makes an offer with whatever contingencies he can think of and the seller excepts it or not. In the US the buyer pays for the property inspection, if the buyer wants one. Otherwise, no property inspection. Once the deal is accepted, the mortgager insists on title insurance and that the property is clear of encumbrances. Then a variety of taxes and fees are shared generally between the buyer and seller. If someone wants legal representation during the process, they hirer the attorney themselves.

    I have heard of people starting to look at property and have the deal completed and move in, in less than two months. My friend who bought a house in France on a private contract, without a realtor involved or needing a mortgage, took almost 8 months for the various legal reviews and the paper work to be completed. Which seems insane.

    Which is the procedure followed in England? Or is it a different scenario from either?

  14. The process is notoriously slow and stressful in England and Wales (Scotland is much saner). Estate agents act for the seller. No deal is firm until contracts have been exchanged; it’s up to the buyer to get the property surveyed, and to raise any queries they have via their solicitor. I have a number of queries, but there’s no point in raising them until we have all the legal paperwork. My solicitor has done preliminary searches on things like drainage, old mines, rights of way, etc., but can’t complete the work until she has the missing documents. Oh, and there’s ‘chancel repairs’, an anomoly left over from medieval times which means I have to take out an indemnity against being called on to contribute large sums of money towards repairing the parish church. Unbelievable.

    I’m a cash buyer, so don’t need to involve a mortgage lender.

    Usually the completion date is set for a month after exchange, but it can be much less, or more. It can also be made conditional on certain works being done.

  15. Diane says:

    Really well! The hallway was filled with piles of books, bags of stuff that should have been donated a long time ago, and dust! Got rid of all if it, plus some more books. It’s so wonderful to be able to get to the small bookshelf and not have it all dusty. My next goal is to make it a shelf for work related books only.

  16. This is bad. I’m living vicariously through you. Stalled vicarious is not a good thing.
    Best of British luck to you, though! (I’ve always wanted to say that to somebody.)

  17. I’m still overwhelmed–this house is now officially ridiculous–and making very small progress but still progress. I’ve decided I’m moving back to my bedroom tonight, so I’ll get that cleaned out, and then when I’ve got my stuff moved back there, I’ll clear out Krissie’s room (where I’ve been wintering) and the bathroom. That’ll help. I mean, at this point, even my car is full of stuff. Too Much Stuff. Argh.

  18. Susanne says:

    I get it. When my mother moved to her retirement home, I put some quilting stuff in my car. It’s still there and it’s almost a year. Sigh.

  19. Just finished a major crafting-clean-up. I wound up with tons of fabric and quilting supplies when I cleared out my mom’s house after she died and, coupled with my existing stash, it was a giant, disorganized mess. It took a few weekend, but I got the fabric all sorted out, decided what to keep and what to donate, and then got everything into containers so I could easily access it. It’s all in a cabinet in the garage now in my new “crafting area” – which consists of a big desk and lots of organized storage. Once it’s warm enough, it will be a good place to work on quilts or other sewing projects (rather than the dining room where I now do that).

    I found the pieces for several “in-progress” projects in my mom’s fabric stash, so I’m finishing some of those now. After that, it will be on to my library room. I either need to pare the contents down a little or open it as an official neighborhood library.

  20. Jessie says:

    One of the best things that happened to me was reading an article on shopaholics about 25 years ago. The gist of it was that buying something gives a person a sense of accomplishment and most jobs are endless tasks that are never really finished. So if you buy something, you have something tangible to show for your efforts. If you are not seeing a lot of progress in your work, buying something feeds into that feeling of getting something done. And if you got a good deal on it – FANTASTIC. The problem with that is somewhere down the line, you have to fine a use for all the stuff you bought and someplace to store it.

    Now I at least ask myself why I am buying something before I do. And the good deal that got away no longer bothers me as much because it was probably something I did not need anyway.

    So my cleaning out is mostly forcing myself to get rid of stuff that I do not use and/or is no longer useable even if it is one of my darlings (The partial set of glasses that do no get used anymore and live in the back of a cupboard but were the first Christmas gift my husband gave me. And no I still haven’t gotten rid of all of them).

  21. Carol says:

    50 books into a box for Goodwill, but then the Olympics snared me once more. I have a plan for the weekend, however…

  22. Jessie says:

    I think that’s true of most seeds. But poppies are more viable when they are freshest. Which is why poppy seeds gathered from your friend often do better than those which the seller who bought from a grower who had harvested them the year before. And a lot of flower mixes have poppies in them.

  23. Jessie says:

    Good luck on the knee replacement, Robena. I had mine done in 2000 and 2001 and they are still doing great. Don’t be disappointed if it takes a while before you feel like they operate like normal knees. Mine took between 6 months and a year and that was with me being very good about my physical therapy. On the other hand, my BIL who is very active was back on the tennis court in 6 weeks so I guess how good your muscle tone is before you have it done may impact it. The second one I started exercises before surgery and I recovered faster.

  24. JenniferNennifer says:

    Friend said interested in seeing clothes, etc. that I am getting rid of. It feels easier to put something in a bag to leave the house if I think someone I am fond of may benefit.

  25. I thought they found poppy seeds in an ancient Egyptian tomb that were still viable? But you’re right: most seed germinates better when it’s fresh.

  26. Office Wench Cherry says:

    What Jessie said, do the exercises before your surgery and you will feel so much better. Also, unless you have someone who can wait on you hand and foot, stock up on things you can keep near your bed or wherever you’re going to be recovering because you will not want to move for a while.

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