OH, SHOOT -- it was only when I got home from the gym that I realized the blog post had saved a VERY ROUGH draft, not the final one, and I had to rewrite part of it. OOOPS.
I seem to be getting my main work done starting at 4 PM, which is wild for someone who gets up early. Why is that? I started quilting the customer quilt at 4, and I tackled my box of crap after dinner, and I must change that because I fell into bed exhausted.
However, I'm thrilled to report that things are looking up. Tackling a little bit every day has made a difference. I can see the difference, and I refuse to put anything on that table until it's clear. Then I'll take stuff that is still sitting on the floor and refill the table, and I hope to keep doing that until the mess is gone. At least the visible clutter. Now it's not as bad as you think. Yes -- there are boxes on the floor and that plastic cabinet with a missing wheel, but it will be done! I figure I have two more tables worth of stuff before I could call that part done.
So yes -- the office was a mess, but it wasn't a hoarder's mess. It is messy mainly because this stuff doesn't have a home. I'll have more pictures to share with you later this week, but I'm determined to clear that table before I leave on Monday. And I know I'll refill it the moment it's clear. Why? Because I'd rather have a clear floor than a clear table! And it makes it much easier to clean. YES -- this will get done!
Even if I stopped now, I feel much better, and I've learned how to get rid of the stuff. I don't even thank it as per Marie Kondo -- nope -- it just goes! And once the visual clutter is gone, it'll be time to pull out the stuff from the cupboards. Thankfully there are only that many in here.
This is what's happening at our house. Monday morning, bright and early, a bin arrived.
|The bin arrives|
When we bought the house, we were thrilled with the beautiful interlock. As the years have passed, we have grown to HATE the stuff. The weeds grow between the stones unless you wash the driveway and seal it every year, and we hate doing that.
And we had a blocked drainpipe near the front step, which needed to be fixed.
|Blocked drain pipe|
Plus, our front steps were very uneven in height and were a pain for anyone with knee issues to get up, and the railing wasn't the best.
And we had grown tired of the landscaping. So EVERYTHING GOES. I offered my neighbor that she could have anything she wanted.
At first, she took a few shovels of dirt. I had meant the plants, but the soil will likely go. Then she emptied the planter in the front of the house. It's not like it was a large planter, so I'm OK with that. And she is allowing me to park my car in her driveway so she can take all the dirt she wants.
Then she asked if she could have the big capstones from the small wall lining the driveway. Sure -- they are just going to go in the bin. So between her and several of her friends, they have been harvesting my driveway of stone.
They took the edge stones from the sidewalk outside the gate.
|The stone edging is gone|
|And the inside stone is gone as well|
|The capstones are gone|
|The current state of the house|
|One giant step|
|Removing the interlock from the porch|
|The porch at the moment|
|Part of the driveway is clear|
|The new home of the hostas|
|The new spot for the irises|
|The cedar is gone|
And all the while, the sentinel is surveying the entire operation! She loves to sit in the window.
|Customer quilt - DONE|