I originally wrote out this post last Friday night - though I’m talking close to midnight here – however, I somehow deleted the majority of it right before finishing, and couldn’t get it back … was going to rewrite it on the weekend, but Saturday was taken up with helping the family move Grandpa from our place (he’s been living in our Granny flat since I was really little with Grandma, until she passed a few years ago) to my aunts (it’s a lot smaller, and its not so far for him to walk to get to the other people for company) and beginning the quilting of a cot quilt for a girlfriend who has recently had her second child, a boy this time. This week has been very busy, so nothing written… obviously, lol!
Man, do I ramble, lol!!
Anyhoo, up until Friday night I had made a decent dent in the progress of my clean-up.
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I spent a whole afternoon going through the stuff in this set of drawers, to the left of the bedroom …
|L-R : Gifts ... not-sure-yet ... special children's books|
|L-R : Textbooks ... not-sure-yet ... not-sure-yet|
|L-R : towel sets ... sheets sets & tea towels ... scrap-booking wooden kaisercraft items|
It was a chock-a-block full of *stuff* … old gossip magazines (why are these so darn addictive??!!), old second-hand books, old uni paperwork (study guides, reading booklets, handwritten notes, and old assignments) … considering I have been studying at uni on-and-off since 2000, there was a LOT!!! … The resulting box of paper going to the recyclers was full, there was a box of books going to the op shop, and there were 2 garbage bags headed to the dump (tip) …
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The second area which had a significant overhaul was my closet. For years I have dreaded attacking this, mainly because I knew it would diminish dramatically in size. About 5-10 years ago I was a LOT smaller – at least 15-20kgs smaller – and a lot of the outfits that resided in here were from those years.
I had to go in with a plan of attack, as otherwise I would still own a wardrobe of clothes I no longer fit into … Bear in mind I am hoping to lose approx 35 kgs (72 pounds) by the end of the year, 4kgs (9 pounds) of which I have lost in the last month. Mainly through diet. Though, to be honest I have gone a little off the wayside this last week and have gained about a kilo back.
Anyways, to give you an idea of my closet before … it was FULL!!!
This image here was actually taken after I had removed my 3yo’s bed (and vacuumed under it … it’s a trundle), and moved a few boxes and things out of the way so I a) had room, and b) could vaccum the floor … Always good to start with a clean floor.
I made three piles …
- OP SHOP
- KEEP FOR LATER … Clothes I know I will wear once I get back down to the appropriate sizes
- KEEP … wear now – staying in closet
I tend to throw clothes out as they get to an un-wearable point, so I didn’t have anything worthy only of the dump.
Once finished, my op shop pile consisted of … 10 skirts, 3 dresses, 2 tops, 1 long pants, 1 brunch-coat …
My “KEEP FOR LATER” pile had … 8 dresses, 11 tops, 5 skirts and 3 pants …
The brown shoes, at the bottom of the pic, are unfortunately headed to the dump ... the insides were falling apart, shedding ... all very sad!! I really loved wearing the ones on the left ... all those years ago, lol!!
And my closet ("KEEP" pile) looked … VERY BARE!!! Left in there are … 1 brunch-coat, 2 coats, 2 dresses, 3 skirts, 4 pants (all were in the wash when I took the photos), 6 tops (three were in the wash)…
The “OP SHOP” pile also received these plastic coat hangers …
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This week I have also …
- Cleaned out bookshelf behind door & 5 out of 8 shelves in my two white 4-shelf bookshelves,
- Put away my daughters “TO GROW INTO” clothes (when the end of season/super sales are on, I tend to buy up in various larger sizes for my daughter … better to get a shirt for $5 than $15 when I know she will wear it … or leggings for $2.45 a pair as I did earlier today!),
- Moved laundry basket to the bathroom,
- I rotate my daughters dvd’s every month, so I have a box of them in our room at all times … these now have a place up high, above one of the bookshelves.
Oh, I also have decided to get rid of 3 exercise dvds (below). Early last year I went through them all and got rid of all the movies and tv series on dvd that I either am not all that keen on or don't like, which is why I don't have many to get rid of...
If anyone wants any of these dvds, please let me know below ... I have opened and used the Tracy Anderson dvd, once ... the other two are still unused, still in their packaging ... I am not looking to sell them, though if anywhere outside of Aust. I would like cost of postage covered...
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My room ... well, the floor ... at the end of the week, looked much clearer ...
|Boxes stored behind rocking chair ... much of which will end up at the top of the cupboards|
|I don't think the floor in front of the drawers there has been this clear in years!!!|
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Considering the 2nd update is due on Friday, and I haven’t done anything yet this week, I guess I’d better plan a few projects for the next three days … tomorrow DD is at childcare and my uni doesn’t start until March, so I’ll have all day to work on it then.
Don’t forget … this month’s FNSI is this Friday, so sign up here to join in the fun …
I have linked this post up with Laura’s post here.