Thursday, September 30, 2010

Shall We Continue With The Bathroom???

Quote of the day: 
"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book." - Irish Proverb we 3!  

Thanks to those who have left comments...I truly appreciate them!  I'm so glad to see that there are some people who are coming along on this journey, too...albeit, it's their own path they are taking!  That sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, doesn't it!  LOL  We're taking the same journey but taking different paths...hmmmm...

Since I started out in the bathroom, I thought I'd continue in there with this area:

We don't have a linen closet in the bathroom, so I have a china cabinet, c. 1930, in there that we keep things in.  The top section has three shelves behind glass doors and that is where we keep towels, washcloths, TP, mouthwash and a jar with cotton balls.  The bottom has two shelves with solid wood doors.  We keep other things like body wash, soap, etc. under there.  Between the two section is the drawer shown in the above picture... this is where we keep small supplies.  

When we were in Georgia this past spring we went to a yardsale and I picked up this item:

I didn't exactly know where I was going to use it, but a Lenox China wooden drawer organizer for 50 cents...I'm all over that one without question!  LOL

This evening I spent about 10 min. on cleaning out the drawer.  I took everything out and found a shallow box that would fit in the drawer along with this organizer to help keep things from rolling around when you open the drawer.  (I learned this trick a LONG time ago!  If you use boxes or organizers in drawers it makes finding things easier because it keeps them from getting all jumbled up in the drawer.) 

This is what I culled from the drawer:
The tube of Retin-A expired in 1999!!!  I think it was time to toss it, don't you?  LOL  There was another tube of that facial mask that I didn't like that I threw away on Tues., and about 8 or so contact lens cases.  Just how many lens cases does one woman need anyway?  (I kept two.)   The headbands are Erin's so I will put them aside for the next time we see her.  Everything else got tossed!  Pitched!  Outta here!  :)

This is what the drawer looks like now:

It still looks pretty cluttered in the picture, but believe me, it actually looks really good IRL...with room to spare!  :)

I'm please with the result and that it only took 10-15 min.  (It took longer to write this blog entry than it did to actually do the work!  LOL)

Please leave a comment and let me know what you "released" into the wild today!  


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Different Kind of Decluttering Today...

Quote For The Day:
It doesn't make any difference what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do 
it in the street and frighten the horses. - Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Today is my last day to work at our old hospital building.  For those who don't know, our hospital has built a new hospital and this weekend is THE WEEKEND of the the BIG MOVE!  

In getting ready for the move we have been going through our departments and dumping things that we no longer use and don't need to take to the new hospital.  Are we seeing a theme going on here?  LOL  The difference is is that they have been bringing in DUMPSTERS for us to use when discarding things.  Here at home, I don't think I'll need anything quite that big!  :)

Since we change into scrubs to work in my department, we each have a locker to put our things in. know how you take something to work because you'll need it that day...but then you just leave the rest of it there in case you need it again sometime?  My locker was FULL of that kind of stuff..."feminine hygiene products", OTC medications, pens, packages of drink mixes you put in bottled water, snacks, etc., etc., etc.

There was too much that I knew that if I tried to take it all home in my tote bag in one trip that it would be too much to carry comfortably!  So over the last several days of work I've been taking home small amounts at a time.  However, I have only been bringing home exactly what I will need to put in my locker in the next hospital.  Face it...I will still need to keep some feminine hygiene products and some OTC meds for headaches, etc.  However, I don't need as much as I am taking out of the old locker.  In this whole process, I have been throwing out a LOT of stuff that I no longer need, is out of date, or is just plain clutter that somehow got pushed to the back of the locker and forgotten about.

I don't have any pictures of my locker so you are just going to have to trust me when I tell you that I have thrown out about 1-2 handfuls of stuff every night for the last 4 nights of work.

I also have to clean out my mailbox at work tonight, too.  It is about 2" high by 9" wide...and is FULL of papers, my stethoscope and a tube of hand cream.  Obviously, the stethoscope and hand cream will go with me, but I'm fairly certain that most of the papers will get thrown away.

In addition to the stuff I just told you about, after tonight I will be getting rid of a couple "intangibles"...since the new hospital is closer to my house my commute will decrease from 25 miles one way to 14 miles one way...decreasing my driving time from 45 minutes one way to about 23 minutes one way!!!   Considering my normal 3 day work week, that will put 2 whole hours per week back in my pocket!!!  Think of the quilting I can get done in those 2 extra hours per week!!!!

Have a great day and post a comment to let me know what you have "released" today!!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Welcome to my blog...

Quote for the day:
Chocolate-coated truth tastes better...
but it's probably not as good for you.

Well...I've been *thinking* about blogging for a while now...and I guess I finally got up the nerve to do it!  :)

My impetus for starting the blog today is that I've decided to embark on a journey that I have read about on other it's not an original idea...sorry...   But I can learn to live with that fact...rarely anything I do is an original idea...but I'm GREAT at researching and learning from others!  :)

In April of this year I hosted my 50th Birthday party for friends and family.  In the getting ready for the party I went through some (but not enough) decluttering.  Then this past spring, Andy did a lot of decluttering in the basement which houses most of his stuff, ie. tools, etc.  I/we still have waaaayyy too much stuff...stuff that we don't use...stuff we don't need...stuff that needs to leave our property for greener pastures...

Therefore, I am going to attempt something that I have seen on other blogs...365 things in 365 days.  The goal is to get rid of at least one thing per day.  This can include donating items to charity, giving items away to persons you know that can use them, trashing items, selling items on eBay, Freecycling items (, or putting them in a pile for yardsaling....but the yardsaling thing counts ONLY if you actually have a yardsale!  LOL  And, yes...we do have at least one yardsale a year.

If anyone wants to come along and join me on this quest, I whole-heartedly invite you to join me.   In my quilting my motto is "Better Done Than Perfect"...and this is going to be my motto for this undertaking, too.  The goal is go get rid of clutter...never mind trying to follow the rules perfectly. 

I invite comments from you on anything, but especially if you get rid of something that day, let me know what it is.

Sooooo...let me get this party started...

The first item(s) out the door today are 2 skin care items that I've had in my bathroom cabinet for at least 5 years...I didn't like them, but because they cost money I never wanted to throw them out.  Now they are way past the point of being useful and even if they were still useful, I wouldn't use them...I've already proven that the trash they went!