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Junk Room Be Gone

Early this summer I bought a new bed and put it in the sewing room. The old bed was a waveless waterbed and I needed to drain and dismantle it.

Needless to say, that did not happen over the summer. In fact, the bedroom became the junk room.
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I am done procrastinating because I now must move the bed from the sewing room into the bedroom. My new chair for the sewing room should be here any day. So the declutter begins.

I cleared stuff off and set up to drain the waterbed. It has not been touched for 15 years. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it was a shallow fill mattress. Yay – drained in about 10 minutes. Miko supervised.
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I then had to drag the waterbed mattress to the garage. Same with the other 2 mattresses. Fairly easy for one person to deal with.
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Now I have to deal with the frame and headboard. There are six drawers under the bed. Check. And the drawer frame. Check. But the headboard is too heavy and bulky for me to move by myself. Drat!
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A little side note. I found the following lip balms under the bed. I knew there would be a few because the cats would bat them around from the headboard. But this many?
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So the bedroom is almost ready. I just need some assistance moving the headboard and then I can move the bed into the bedroom. New chair — we are almost ready for you!

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Garage Cleaning part I

Due to the cool weather, this morning I decided to clean the garage a bit. What a chore!!

Daughter has been clearing out her stuff, but I felt it was time to move things along. Her stuff crap has been been cluttering up the garage for over a year. I need it gone so I can replace it with my own stuff.

Daughter had packed a bunch of her toiletries in a Lands End suitcase. It was a major mess because a bottle of shampoo leaked all over everything. After wiping out what I could, I then took the hose to it. Sheesh, it took about 30 minutes of rinsing before the water ran clear. It dried in the sun within an hour. Hip hip hooray for Lands End luggage!!

Four hours later, I filled up three trash bags for the garbage, stored a few boxes, filled a couple of boxes for Goodwill, and sorted out several boxes for Daughter to cart away. The picture doesn’t show the big change, but half the items on the left will be gone in a couple of days.
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While sorting through boxes, I found several of Daughter’s old purses. And a fair amount of $$ too. I am keeping the $$ because I figure it is a kind of rent payment. That’s only fair, don’t you agree?

I also am recycling a cute coat to my niece. I found some brand new DVDs, USB thumb drives, an 8 GB SD card, some bracelets and earrings, and a little lamp I can use in my bedroom.

During the cleanup, I emptied several boxes. I then cut those up and put them in the recycle cart. Filled up the rest of the cart with empty Tidy Cat plastic pails. I was in a cleaning frenzy.
And now I am exhausted and calling it quits for the day.

Day 1 – Declutter Weekend

Well, I hate to admit this, but day 1 got off to a very slow start. Although I was awake early, I decided to read a bit. And when I read, I often doze off. Thus the slow start. Read, sleep, read, sleep, and so on until I had to get up. 2:00 in the afternoon!

First things first, I fed the cats, took a quick shower, and started in on the list. Here’s what got done.

  • Dishes
  • Clean up kitchen window sill so Sunni can use it without knocking everything off
  • Wash sliding glass doors
  • Move Ellie’s litter box into downstairs bathroom
  • Put porchetta in crockpot so I can have pulled pork sandwiches
  • Wash all bedding
  • Plant cat grass for the kitties
  • Read and nap while snuggling with kitties
  • Clean litter boxes
  • Hand watered all plants outside so I could check them out

The porketta smelled lovely! So I had a great dinner in preparation for tomorrow and the continuing adventure. Porketta, baked potato with sour cream, and a ladieu salad (wild greens, feta cheese, red grapes, red onions, huckleberry vinaigrette, and candied pecans).
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I’ve Got the Red Light Blues

Today was a high energy day. It was supposed to be a lovely warm end-of-summer day, so I planned to do some painting outside. I am doing a little craft project and need to seal and then paint terra-cotta pots. I was going to do this out on the back deck, but the wind started picking up. Thus the garage was the appointed painting booth.

I slapped a canvas paint cloth on the garage floor (heavens to Betsy, don’t want to mess up that sparkling garage floor), pulled out the little craft table, covered it with newspaper, and started setting up. Did you know that Coke cans make wonderful holders for upside down clay pots? Well, they do. I didn’t want the pots sitting directly on the newspaper because the paper would stick to the pot (Jeez, I remember some 40 years ago that it was a problem when the paper didn’t stick to the pot — wink wink).

I left the garage door open and proceeded to spray a sealer on the pots. After a couple of trips, the spraying was done and the drying commenced. Not a bad way to start the day!

On to the cleaning of the house. I started putting away stuff that had been laying around.  That always brings about a sense of accomplishment. And then came the dusting and vacuuming. I was taught to dust and then vacuum. But others say to vacuum and then dust. So I think this is the perfect opportunity to try out a poll.

My vacuum cleaner has a little dirt found light on it that is green when the carpet is not spitting up any more dirt, and red when there is still a significant amount of particles being sucked up. My personal rule is to keep on vacuuming until the light is green. It’s back and forth, and over and over, and back and forth, and over …..   you get the idea. I had to stop to get some physical therapy on my shoulder with all that back and forth. And then I started thinking that I am governed (and confused) by the little red light.

  • When driving, red light = stop.
  • When vacuuming, red light = continue.

Thus I have decided to consider the red light on the vacuuming cleaner as a purple light (red light blues — get it: red + blue = purple).  And since purple is a favorite color, I will just vacuum as long as I want. If it turns green, great. But if not, purple is good too.

The bottom line is that the house is vacuumed and dusted (or is it dusted and vacuumed?). The Xmas gifts are under construction. The cats are snuggling with me, and I have a good book to read. Tomorrow is more the same and I’m excited because today was a success. Here’s rootin’ for a deja vu tomorrow.