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Maggie Friedrichs in Aurora is doing 33 things including…

continue to throw out or give away the clutter in my house

133 cheers


Maggie Friedrichs has written 38 entries about this goal

Wonderful Brother in law

came over and helped me get the old water softner out of the basement. I was able to drag the salt tank out by myself, but when I tried to move the actual softner-wow. It was much heavier than I thought. So call my sister who offered up her husband-he said he was more than glad to come over and help me with anything he can. So that got down to the curb and a scrapper picked it up saving me the cost of a garbage sticker. My BIL is going to come back on a morning it is not raining and take me to Home Depot to get some drywall for several repairs I need to make. I am determined to end this year better than I started.

Tackling the basement with serious determination

and ambition. I am going to spend 15 minutes every day cleaning out the basement. I wiped down the furnace, changed the filter, and cleaned out the shop vacuums today. I started vacuuming the basement while earmarking things for trash or giveaway. I figure 15 minutes a day will make a really big dent in the basement by November. I want to paint the ceiling white and the floor gray over this winter (a little at a time). I want to add a laundry tub/sink and build some shelves when I take down the train set. I hope to use most of the lumber from the train set to build the shelves. Lots to do around the house. I better make a list.

Well it looks like my eldest daughter

is going to be moving back in with me. We need to declutter and organize to make room quickly. I have been worried about her since her husband asked for a divorce. She has found dealing with every day financial worries stressful. She tried living with her cousin, but she is having a hard time speaking up for herself. I guess she thinks she is paying for more of the living expenses and the groceries than she should. I am not sure, but I know that both my daughters still have a hard time with budgeting. Their father and I did not teach them well enough; so now they are having to learn it the hard way. We need to declutter in a hurry to make room in my little house for my daughter and her possessions. I don’t care about the house being crowded, but my eldest is going to have to learn a little patience. She will have to learn to put up with my 7 year old granddaughter (who is a good child).

Going down in the basement

to get rid of something. I want to bring up at least 1 big bag of stuff to throw out and 1 big bag of stuff to give away. I have been fighting off financial-related depression; so I have not been as motivated as I would like to be on this and my other goals. I know that it will make me feel better to have some accomplishment in some aspect of my life. I am going to work on my resume this week and weekend, and then I am going to hit the internet, the employment agencies, and the pavement and find myself a morning parttime jog to supplement my income. Getting rid of clutter around the house will make me feel more confident and happy. A confident and happy person has more chance of getting a job than an unhappy and depressed person.

Got rid of more "junk"

I got rid of two garbage cans of stuff from the basement. It cleared up some major space. I am going to vacuum that space and put up the table. The table will be for things I want to keep and find a new home for as I sort through the shelves and boxes on the floor. I also got rid of several small riding toys and push toys from the garage. My granddaughter long ago grew out of them. I put them down at the curb early; so people came by and picked them up. Giving away is the best form of recycling I know. I hope the toys bring as much fun to the next child as they did to my granddaughter. I am feeling more motivated to accomplish this thing as I go.

Is somebody dropping off their own clutter

at my house? I swear the stuff in my basement is multiplying. I cannot believe how much stuff is still down there. I hope to bring up more junk, garbage, and give away stuff today. I did get rid of a lot of clothes. I found an outfit that I couldn’t fit into for a long time. I am going to try and dye it. The color has faded in several places, but if the dye takes I will be so happy. If not-garbage. I did wonder what I was thinking when I pulled out some of the clothes I stored away…what was I thinking when I bought them and what was I thinking when I stored them away.

bagged up more stuff

I wonder if I will have enough garbage stickers to put on all of the trash cans this next garbage day. I am trying to get rid of as much stuff as possible so I can clean the basement and arrange the craft area I have been trying to do in “forever”

Wow, its getting easier

to spot the things I need to get rid of around the house. I am going to bring up several things from the basement that should have been disposed of or given away years ago. My granddaughter is going to be 7 years old, and I still have her pack and play downstairs. I have several areas downstairs that I know we have not looked at the stuff in 8 years-all that is going to go. I am phobic about spiders, but I am going to ramp myself up and just pull everything out. I mean spiders are smaller than me and they squish right? I don’t want to pass my phobia onto my granddaughter; so I will be brave. I also am going to pull of the front of the dryer and vacuum it out today. I keep hearing and reading about clogged dryer vents and fires. I am taking that as a warning.

A van load

We dropped off a van load of blankets, clothing, and toys that we don’t need any longer, but they areall in very nice shape. I got rid of all of my jeans size 38 and size 36. I must have had 30 pairs of jeans and several new skirts and dress (some with the tags still on them) that I have shrunk out of; so I wanted them out of the house before I think about gaining weight again. I still have several things to bring up from the basement before I can even start making some sense of what I want to keep.

The whole household is getting in on this

My granddaughter and my daughter are getting on board with this “Thing” We have such a small house and we have so much stuff. We need to declutter and organize desperately. Finally, I see some help and cooperation coming from them. Everytime I ask my daughter about stuff laying around the house; she would always say I want to keep that. I would say okay, where are you going to put it? I would get various non answers. I have recently started telling her you can’t keep everything. I explained that I am at my breaking point, and that this house is an embarressment to me and should be to her. I think being blunt when I am calm is working better than anything else.

Maggie Friedrichs has gotten 133 cheers on this goal.


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