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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Getting Back to Work

I've gotten the bug lately to "clean out" and "get rid of." You all know what I mean, and, of course, I've said it before, but this time I actually mean it. As you can see from the photos below I've given up watching streaming videos on my laptop and decided to get myself in gear. This has not been easy. I mentioned to Love Bunny the other night that I've GOT to stop watching videos on my laptop because my neck is starting to hurt and if there's one thing I don't need, it's another body part hurting. But a few words before I get into that.

Being a slug can be addictive, especially when access to streaming movies is so easy. But there are few things worth watching. Truly. It's mostly trash and I was succumbing to it. Why do we do it? For me it was simply not wanting to deal with reality at the time. Being in a slump can be very debilitating mentally, which then spirals down into physically. I am now cleaning out so much that hubs had made 4 trips to the thrift store so far and more are definitely on his horizon.

Take a look below.

étagère is now sitting on the front porch. I've put it on craigslist but no takers so far. I do have a place I can use it in the house if need be but I think I can use it on the front porch also. So it quite possibly will remain out there with pots on it. We've had it for 38 years at least.

This is all the stuff that was on it.

The "stuff" will now go on this bookshelf that I moved in here from the family room.

That space was then empty, affording us much more room for a much needed side table and a lamp.

The stuff on the sofa will stay, but the stuff on the floor goes to the thrift store. Plus there's a plethora of items in the other corner of this sofa just waiting to be dealt with soon. Probably the thrift store will benefit here again. This room needs much attention.

Then while all this is going on recently I decided also I wanted a different dish drainer. I went to several stores locally and couldn't find anything I wanted. Even Williams and Sonoma didn't have anything I wanted and their's started at $85! So I surfed Amazon and eBay until I found this one for $25.99 and free shipping. Even hubs loves it.

Then I was needing 2 containers to put our sweeteners in. We use very little sugar but sweeten our drinks with packets of artificial sweeteners. I was putting both of our choices on the same plate but that just didn't work well so I shopped the house and found a couple of things I thought would work. However, in the end my choice was sitting on my coffee table with little shells in it. Below you now see it holding my Equal and the original dish on a pedestal holding hubs' Sweet and Low. This bowl holds the soaps, and the pedestal dish is now sitting on our coffee table in the living room.

Much more efficient this way.

And this little bouquet of flowers is sitting on our dining table. Hubs picked them a few days ago. Aren't they gorgeous? Most of the photos are horrid because of the lighting in this house, but the one below turned out well. Maybe I need a new lens. I think I'll take a trip to the local photography store and ask.


  1. It sounds as though you are having a real 'Spring clean'! Sometimes it's good to let things go, and even better to realise that there are spaces that we can use!

  2. I need to do this too. Great job, Connie! Kathi

  3. I need to do the exact same thing! Some friends of mine are coming next week to help with the family room so things will go to the thrift store and the salvation army! I love the flower picture. You take such good pictures. Mine, I am lucky if they are even centered and not chopping someone's head off in it. thank goodness for digital cameras, you can check you picture and decide if you need another one or not!


  4. Good for you, Connie! I've been feeling that urge myself and now that I have been cleared by the doctor and I'm able to lift anything I want to....I plan to start cleaning and clearing.


  5. Hi Connie,
    Gary and I have been doing the same thing...we even had a garage sale.
    We still have things get rid of.
    Great job.
    Its a good feeling yes.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  6. Rearranging and cleaning out is always good! I haven't heard from you in such a long time...glad to read one of your posts again!

  7. Connie, it must be the weather because I have filled 6 boxes already with things I am getting rid of. I'm cleaning and decluttering a little at a time and hope to have a yard sale soon. It's just too hot right now with temps in the 100s, so I am trying to put it off until November. Love the new dish drain and your flower picture is gorgeous and I don't see where you would need a new lens. Love and hugs, Pat

  8. You may call those thins clutter, but they look very nice to me. I enjoyed visiting you and seeing all the goodies you shared. Thanks so very much for your kind comment.


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