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Joe Millionaire and STUFF
Okay, I'll admit it, I watched this out of curiosity last night. I loathe Heidi. Loathe Loathe Loathe. Of course, with all the screen time she got, you knew she was going to move on. Dammit.

But, I don't know that the show was that good for me to watch it by myself anytime soon. Halfway through this show, zen_raven and I went out for ice cream and brought it back to snark at the catfighting, and that made it more tolerable. Except for the Heidi still being around thing, that can never be tolerable. So, it may end up being a weekly thing, for the few weeks this show is on.

And as for the STUFF -- I dropped of yet another load of crap that is in good condition but I don't need off at the salvation army today. I think I'm up to 250 lbs of STUFF either tossed or given away. Why'd I want all that crap in my house anyway? Next, I am tackling the basement with all the papers I've been meaning to file and haven't. Hah.
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yesthatjill From: yesthatjill Date: January 7th, 2003 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I just found a box full of STUFF; I just went through it, made everything I pulled out of it to keep (just one thing, actually) pass the smile test, and then dumped the rest. Why do I have all this stuff?

And why am I so reluctant to de-clutter my kitchen?
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 7th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Because you and I both know that there's STUFF in there, too. But you want to love everything in your kitchen, and don't want to throw away things you MIGHT use one day for the PERFECT party/dinner/etc.

I felt that way with a couple things (popcorn popper, breadmaker, foreman grill). The only thing of those that I hadn't used in a year was the breadmaker, so I brought it to NC with me and gave it to my sister, who really and truly loves it and uses it. Makes me happier than it being dusty in my kitchen.

Oh, and the toaster oven goes too, because I never ever use that thing. I hate crunchy bread.

But! if you declutter your kitchen, just think about how much more room you'll have for some of that *other* stuff you DO really love but haven't yet bought!
yesthatjill From: yesthatjill Date: January 7th, 2003 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have so many strange home appliances that I don't use, but... AGH! I hate to get rid of them. My big problem is with the whole 'if you have two of them, toss one' -- I have five 9x13 pans, and I use them all. I have four sets of measuring cups, and parts of all four were in the dishwasher after my new year's party. The list goes on and on. But I swear I'll go through my appliances. *sigh*.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 7th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
No stressing! :) Baby steps.

And my philosophy is that if you *use* them, they're not clutter. So keep the pans, and keep the measuring cups. You use them and love them, and thus, they're not clutter. But do you really *use* that citrus peeler?

But those appliances have gotta go, luv. :)
iresprite From: iresprite Date: January 7th, 2003 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I think ice cream and heckling is the only way I'd eb able to tolerate it, too. I'm glad you had a good time doing it, though. *grins*

And yeah for getting rid of stuff! I am desperately in need of that sort of action in my life.

Hope you're doing well. :)
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 7th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm doing really quite well, I think. I'm lacking a bit in the sleep department, but otherwise, super, thanks!

And check out http://www.flylady.net -- it's awesome, and not just for women, though most of the flybabies are of the female persuasion ;)
zen_raven From: zen_raven Date: January 9th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, FlyLady is a bit too twee for me, but it's always nice to have something that helps drive you and keep you on track through big changes like that. FlyLady's too SAHM-oriented, though - If I see one more mail about "DO YOU HAVE YOUR SHOOOOOOOES ON??!", I'll have to kill her. Yes, you daft git, all of us who work for a living have our shoes on during the workday. And when I'm at home, my feet don't like to be trapped in shoes. But I appreciate the spirit behind it - on the occasional weekend where my morning routine gets ignored, I do feel a lot less human.

But I liked your Tivo suggestion - I've tried stopping the Tivo and doing some small cleanup task for a short time and then returning to watching TV, and it works. I've been riding on a high since finishing the library Tuesday night, and the last of the alphabetization is getting done in "Tivo Time" now. :)

Your place was lookin' good last time I was over Now if I can just get MY sink as shiny.... It's taunting me now.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: January 12th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've started replying to this about three times, but kept getting distracted.

FlyLady's too SAHM-oriented, though - If I see one more mail about "DO YOU HAVE YOUR SHOOOOOOOES ON??!",

She admits that she's SAHM oriented, but I can understand that, since she is a SAHM, or grandmom. But they also stress that this can be adapted to working folks, too, and give suggestions: for example, the weekly blessings they suggest to split the tasks up and to do two a day -- either one in the morning and one in the evening or both in the evening or do it on Saturday morning or whenever works for you. I try and do one am and one pm, but sometimes I'm just too rushed in the morning and just pick them up in the evening. Each task really does take only 10 minutes -- I remember being extremely surprised about that! But it makes it much easier to do it later, and areas of my house are getting cleaned that haven't been in a long time, all in 10 minutes a shot. ;)

And you'll get the SHOOOOES thing all the time, it's set up in yahoo to do that. I just delete a lot of them without reading them because I'm too lazy to set up a filter, but she's really good about putting 'reminder' in the header for those, so you can chuck them at will.

And when I'm at home, my feet don't like to be trapped in shoes.

While I understand this, I get oodles more stuff done if I'm wearing shoes around the house. I don't hesitate to run downstairs to throw something out in the garage because I don't have shoes on -- I just go done and do it. But they don't have to be lace up or anything, I went around in my Tevas last night because my toes felt all squished. The point is to have something on the bottom of your feet so you can do something Right Then, and not have a reason to put it off because you don't have your shoes on. :)

Again, modify as you need to, and really, only do what you feel comfortable with first. Anything you are doing now is blessing your house, right? Every little thing is good. ;)

And thanks -- once I got the sink shiny, it's self-motivating to keep it shiny. And I'm actually looking forward to throwing things out/giving them away, because my house feels so much more homey when I do.
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