The Epic Battle of a Boy and his Beanstalk…..

He’s not exactly a boy and it’s really not a beanstalk, but every few years my handsome husband does battle with the Kiwi vine on the back pergola.  Our house is fairly shady and the thick and vigorous vine over the living room windows makes it even darker inside.  We also haven’t got very many kiwi in the last few years.  Many fruit set, but before they are ready for us, the squirrels have been getting most of them.

Thus begins the road toward our retirement.  We are starting on a journey of making the inside and outside of the house as well as the property as maintenance free as possible.  We want it to look organized and neat, appealing to a buyer when we finally decide to make that big move northeast.

 

Before the pruning – a tangled, mess that is attacking the neighboring trees and trying to get into the second story windows.
After the pruning – the tangled, mess tis laying on the ground and the sun is peeping through the pergola.
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Declutter like a Mother & Declutter 365 – Jan 5

Todays task for Declutter 365 was to straighten and declutter the kitchen linens.

  • This task was already done.  I just had to check in on it.  The decluttering I did last year at this time has worked well so everything is still in its place.  I just needed to do a little ironing of some linen tea towels.


Todays task for Declutter like a Mother was to keep continue focusing on those closets. We didn’t finish a closet, exactly, but we need put a new floor in the guest room closet. In order to do that we had to pull everything out. We’ll declutter as we put the things back in.

Declutter like a Mother & Declutter 365 – Jan 4

Todays task for Declutter 365 was to clear off the kitchen table.

  • This task was perfect for today because the dining table (we don’t have a separate kitchen table) was still littered with the remnants of the main floor closet decluttering.  I had to make decisions about the remaining items, put them away or send them away.  This table is almost always a mess, a catch-all, so it wonderful when it’s straightened up.

Todays task for Declutter like a Mother was to continue focusing on the closets.  I’m going upstairs today to declutter the linen cupboard.  We had nine sets of sheets for the beds in the two boys rooms.  We did have grey for one and blue for the other which has helped, and storage baskets for each color, but they weren’t folded very well.  This closet was more straighten and less purge.

Declutter like a Mother & Declutter 365 – Jan 3

Todays task for Declutter 365 was focused on small appliances in the kitchen.

  • I took care of most of the clutter of the appliances last year, so I didn’t get rid of anything this year. I have places for everything to live and have been pretty careful and contemplative about new potential purchases.
2/2 – Small Appliances

Todays task for Declutter like a Mother was to continue focusing on the closets that don’t necessarily hold clothing  – clothing will come in later weeks.

  • Yesterday’s “closet clean” left me with some free space in a closet-cupboard. I moved the Yuletide decorations from the coat closet (cave in the back) into this space into some pretty boxes. I’m letting some things go and feel so much better about the things I’m keeping. The coat closet is clean now, the decorations are organized and the thrift shop will have some new items. * yes, that’s a spice rack in the coat closet – weird, I know.The top of one side is empty so I decided to fill it up today.

Declutter like a Mother & Declutter 365 – Jan 2

Todays task for Declutter 365 was focused on the bench/counters in the kitchen.

  • I took care of most of the clutter on the counter. I do have a new cast iron wok that hasn’t settled into a home yet, but everything else is tucked away.  I still probably have more things out then most people, but I like having somethings within easy reach.

Todays task for Declutter like a Mother was to start focusing on the closets that don’t necessarily hold clothing  – clothing will come in later weeks.

  • I just finished the ‘closets’ in the living room – they’re really cupboards, but they’re the size of closets.  They were all packed full of, well, everything.  There were dishes, serving pieces, vases, books, camera, binoculars, games, candles, wooden trays, pottery pieces, and even an antique cobbler’s toolbox.  Five bags to the thrift shop, 18 items listed on Facebook Marketplace, several things recycled/tossed later, the ‘closets’ are looking much better.  The top of one side is empty and the top of the other has stereo equipment that we’re thinking about getting rid of.  I still has to find homes for a few items, but it’s looking much better.

Declutter like a Mother & Declutter 365 – Jan 1

I’ve decided to try to double-declutter this year.  I never managed to finish last year, and things here at the backyard farm are just entirely too crowded with stuff.  I’m going to still try to stick with Declutter 365 which gives me 10 minute tasks once a day for a year.  These tasks are quick and easy!  For 2019 though, I’m going to add Declutter like a Mother which suggests 30 minute chores everyday for 30 days.

Todays task for Declutter 365 was focused on the area around the kitchen sink.

  • I took care of the clutter you’ve got around the sink – like sponges, the dish drainer, soap bottles and sponges – wiped out the sink and the countertop. This one was pretty easy.
Kitchen Sink Finished – D365 #1

Todays task for Declutter like a Mother was to focus on the bathrooms first – closets will come later in the week.  Allie suggests starting in the bathroom because those things tend to be unemotional – brilliant!

  • I just finished all three bathrooms! I thought this would be a breeze – I just decluttered last year. How did I miss so many ‘expires in 2011’ things? I got rid of things we haven’t used it in the last several months, got rid of some old makeup, reduced the number of bottles of shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes …etc. Aghhh. Well, a bag to the thrift shop, and a bag and a half of trash/recycling, things are feeling tidy and I’m feeling lighter.

Summertime – Week 7

  • July 28 – Declutter Kitchen Food Cupboard
  • July 29 – Declutter Kitchen Refrigerator
  • July 30 – Declutter Pantry Food Cupboard
  • July 31 – Declutter Canning Cupboards
  • August 1 – Declutter Coat Closet Hanging & Shelf
  • August 2 – Declutter Coat Closet Storage
  • August 3 – Declutter Utility Room