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« Reply #1050 on: September 27, 2012, 6:45:27 am »

I have just assembled another big bag of clothes to give away, along with an old backpack that I just replaced. I am still slowly weeding through things in my flat. It feels wonderful to clean it out.

One thing that I need to do is go through some books that I don't and - in all honesty won't - ever use. I am a bit of a book magpie so this will be challenging.
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« Reply #1051 on: September 27, 2012, 8:24:20 am »

I've brought 2 boxes of paper (mostly old exams) home from work to toss in our home recycling.  Walking into my office and having slightly more floor space is wonderful, even though there's still a long way to go at home and at work.
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« Reply #1052 on: September 27, 2012, 8:41:21 am »

When we get back from the surgery trip, I have one week for the great declutter before1) the new cleaners start, and 2) a visitor arrives.
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« Reply #1053 on: November 08, 2012, 12:31:47 pm »

I WILL donate clothes and books this weekend. They are sitting in my living room, ready to leave my house.
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« Reply #1054 on: November 08, 2012, 3:07:25 pm »

When we get back from the surgery trip, I have one week for the great declutter before1) the new cleaners start, and 2) a visitor arrives.

To report in, I got most of the house decluttered for the first cleaning and the rest for the second. I need to do some minor neatening up before Mama arrives on Monday and cleaners come again next Wednesday.
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« Reply #1055 on: November 08, 2012, 4:10:42 pm »

I'm having some work done on the garage, and the handyman is willing to cart the big stuff to Goodwill to get it out of the way. Yay!
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« Reply #1056 on: November 09, 2012, 12:58:30 am »

Kid #1 got a wild hair to scrub the kitchen today--it needed it.  IT wasn't "ick" filthy, but she took down & washed the curtains, scrubbed the burners and put in new foil liners, Brillo-ed the sink, and such.   All stuff I don't seem to have the time or energy to do as often as I probably should.  She can be a good girl when she puts her mind to it.
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« Reply #1057 on: November 09, 2012, 3:38:16 am »

Kid #1 got a wild hair to scrub the kitchen today--it needed it.  IT wasn't "ick" filthy, but she took down & washed the curtains, scrubbed the burners and put in new foil liners, Brillo-ed the sink, and such.   All stuff I don't seem to have the time or energy to do as often as I probably should.  She can be a good girl when she puts her mind to it.

May I borrow her?  Please??
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« Reply #1058 on: November 09, 2012, 3:56:28 am »

Today was a day of detours and roundabouts:

It was supposed to be a day of grading--but one of the forumites (you know who you are) got me in the mood to hear some Leonard Cohen.  Oops, my CD player wasn't set up.  No problem, just a couple of plugs.  Nope, the audio output cords were missing.  That was an hour's search, ending with stealing the cords from another device.  But then I couldn't find the Leonard Cohen CDs, because my CD collection was in such disarray.  I've always kept my music very neat, alphabetized, etc., but I have too many CDs and too little shelf space, so things have gotten out of hand the past few years.  No problem, I inherited some great CD shelves from my mother, which I never set up.  So, I started to set them up.  But wait, a huge pile (20 years' worth) of TIAA-CREF materials was in the way.  No problem, most of it could go straight into the round file.  The stuff I actually needed (the quarterly and annual reports) went into a document box.  And, once I was throwing all that paper away, it seemed to be a good time to empty my large recycle basket, which was overflowing at 300 percent of its capacity.  Finally, I got the CD shelves set up, so I could start re-organizing the CDs.  And, at long last, I found the Leonard Cohen CDs and could finally begin my grading. 

The grading itself took 20 minutes, but all those preliminary tasks took hours.

But, here's the final tally: 

  • Four large brown grocery bags now filled with old paper and moved to the recycle bin
  • Four huge CD shelves positioned and assembled
  • Entire CD collection now organized
  • Assignment #5 graded, recorded, and posted to the CMS
  • Assignment #6 downloaded, printed, stapled, and ready to be graded

Not so bad, if not exactly what I'd planned.
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« Reply #1059 on: November 09, 2012, 9:03:03 am »

Kid #1 got a wild hair to scrub the kitchen today--it needed it.  IT wasn't "ick" filthy, but she took down & washed the curtains, scrubbed the burners and put in new foil liners, Brillo-ed the sink, and such.   All stuff I don't seem to have the time or energy to do as often as I probably should.  She can be a good girl when she puts her mind to it.

May I borrow her?  Please??
Ha!  This burst of helpfulness was something of an aberration, but you're welcome to her!
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« Reply #1060 on: November 09, 2012, 1:51:18 pm »

Kid #1 got a wild hair to scrub the kitchen today--it needed it.  IT wasn't "ick" filthy, but she took down & washed the curtains, scrubbed the burners and put in new foil liners, Brillo-ed the sink, and such.   All stuff I don't seem to have the time or energy to do as often as I probably should.  She can be a good girl when she puts her mind to it.

May I borrow her?  Please??

Ha!  This burst of helpfulness was something of an aberration, but you're welcome to her!

Yeah, but kids are often more helpful to strangers than they are around their own homes, so I've got a good shot at seeing her productive side!  And it sounds like she knows how to clean--which, believe it or not, is a rarer talent than you might expect.

(I've actually had housekeepers that left the house dirtier than when they started!  And my last one once went home leaving a mop and huge bucket of filthy water in the middle of my living room, with the floor only half-mopped, simply because it was 3:00, the end of her three-hour cleaning day.  Never mind that she'd spent 15 minutes earlier in the day drinking a cup of coffee that I'd made for her.)
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« Reply #1061 on: November 09, 2012, 2:54:17 pm »

Good points, infopri.  This is the same kid who gave me fits when she was growing up, yet her teachers would stop me in the grocery store to point out how (smart, kind, hard-working, respectful, etc.) she was.  At 24, the same would probably hold true.

My goal is to someday be able to afford a cleaning lady.  My grandma, after she was widowed and moved to town from the farm, was the cleaning lady for the local banker, and later for one of his married sons, for years and years.  It was an acceptable way for a lady to support herself at that time (1940s-early 1970s) in our small town.  A maiden great aunt did the same.  Both of them not only cleaned, but cooked, baked, did laundry and ironed (pre-permanent press days), etc.  I need one of those.
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« Reply #1062 on: November 09, 2012, 4:39:28 pm »

Good points, infopri.  This is the same kid who gave me fits when she was growing up, yet her teachers would stop me in the grocery store to point out how (smart, kind, hard-working, respectful, etc.) she was.  At 24, the same would probably hold true.

My goal is to someday be able to afford a cleaning lady.  My grandma, after she was widowed and moved to town from the farm, was the cleaning lady for the local banker, and later for one of his married sons, for years and years.  It was an acceptable way for a lady to support herself at that time (1940s-early 1970s) in our small town.  A maiden great aunt did the same.  Both of them not only cleaned, but cooked, baked, did laundry and ironed (pre-permanent press days), etc.  I need one of those.

I grew up with one of those, until my parents split up and there was no money for it anymore.  Now all I want is someone to thoroughly clean the kitchen and bathrooms, vacuum/mop the floors, and (if there's time) to dust.  But that last one was so slow that, by the end, her only task was to vacuum and mop the floors--and even that seemed beyond her abilities.  So, in the end, I had to go back to doing everything myself, even though I was teaching five classes, commuting 100 miles once a week, and nursing sick dogs.  (Now I'm back in MyCity, teaching only three classes and not commuting at all--but the house here is much bigger and harder to clean--but it's just as hard to find a competent and affordable housekeeper here as it is in Somewhere Warm!)
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« Reply #1063 on: November 11, 2012, 7:30:15 pm »

I want a serious old-school housewife from a 1950s sitcom. You know, the ones that never existed in reality? A housekeeper wouldn't do all of my daily dishes and whatnot for me during the week, which is the thing I need most. That and having a martini waiting for me when I get home from work.

I got rid of another bag of old clothes. I need to go through things again. My weeding out process is slow.
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« Reply #1064 on: November 11, 2012, 10:58:38 pm »

I got rid of another bag of old clothes. I need to go through things again. My weeding out process is slow.

Me too, Crumpet, but it's going.  That's better than nothing, I reckon. 

Keep it up!!
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