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



Summertime – Week 6

  • July 22 – Declutter Driveway
  • July 23 – Declutter Utility Walk
  • July 24 – Declutter Outdoor Kitchen Patio
  • July 25 – Declutter Front Porch
  • July 26 – Declutter Back Patio
  • July 27 – Clean Upstairs Patio
  • July 28 – Work on Upstairs railings

The Outdoor Kitchen

It may be a bit of a stretch calling this an outdoor kitchen, but it used to have the Big Green Egg, a smoker and a BBQ/mini fridge.  In our decluttering summer of 2018, we decided to sell the smoker and a BBQ/mini fridge (neither worked well).

Today I hosed to ‘goo’ off of the patio and Egg table, organized the things that had been left out and put out a couple of little tables for repair or removal.  I still need to refinish the table and DH’s going to rework the dog kennel fence.  The grape arbor also needs to go it’s in the way now that this patio is not screened.  The big hope is to find a nice used hot tub and make a pad off this patio.  The hot tub used to be on a second floor deck over this patio, but we tore it off when we found some other problems last summer and had them repaired.

Taming the Garage – 2018

7/19:  I started the garage declutter/clean today with a couple of countertops.  Several items are ready to donate and others are put into the correct area (we tend to just set stuff down in the clear area whether or not it belongs there).

7/21: The garage declutter/clean continues today.  DH took a Subaru full to the Goodwill thrift shop this morning and I stacked up the bins of Yuletide lights to go to the storage shed.  I also cleaned out the garage refrigerator and we continued to remove items to either their correct “home” or remove them from the property.

7/22: And so it goes….another car-load to the Goodwill this afternoon. We had items from the storage shed we found when we took the Yuletide lights up, more arts & crafts, and even several bags of clothes and shoes from my oldest son. I love that the boys are getting in on this.

Summertime – Week 5 – Office/Storage Closet

  • July 15 – Declutter Office shelves
  • July 16 – Redo Refrigerator Clean-up
  • July 17 – Declutter Office Supplies from Storage closet
  • July 18 – Declutter Video Games from Storage closet
  • July 19 – Declutter Electronics from Storage closet
  • July 20 – Declutter Toys from Storage closet
  • July 21 – Declutter Remainder from Storage closet

The Great Office Declutter of 2018

This is the clutter room – the room that we stuff anything and everything that we no longer need, but aren’t ready to get rid of in.  There were 4 chairs, a guitar, a ukulele, 20ish bottles of wine, books, 20 pounds of candle wax, old family photos, 3 computers (one of which is broken), 2 space heaters and a fan amongst the other items.  The paint was faded (in some places, down right disgusting) and cobwebs and fuzzballs ready to attack at a moments notice.

The painting started first, a lovely shade called Shiplap White.  Once that was on the walls, I panicked……there was not contrast between the walls and the trim….but I forged ahead and now I really like it.  It’s such a clean, non-cluttered color scheme for a room that inherently has a lot of stuff, even on a good day.

After the painting, I wrangled some volunteers to help declutter.  I still can’t bend or extend my knee completely and going up and down the stairs is still a bit painful.  We took loads of thing down to the new junk area – The Garage (we’ll get to that later).  These photos are from the “almost done stage”.

The shelves on the right (top and middle) are done.  The left and bottom right are not finished yet. I also finished glueing Tom the Gnome back together. That’s Today’s job as is hanging up my oldest’s bulletin board after he decides where to put his cpu.  That will help with the clutter of the desk top.  Anyone need a gumball machine?

I also made a new curtain for the skylight this morning and need some help hanging that.  Right now both of the extension rods holding the ends of the curtain are at the bottom, where I can reach.

On the third day, the declutter was finished up.  More trips to the Goodwill thrift store, more dusting and a final vacuum and the space is just about done.  I just need to hang a bulletin board and pegs for tech accessories.


Summertime – Week 4 – Drawers

  • July 8 – Declutter nightstand drawers
  • July 9 – Declutter desk drawers
  • July 10 – Declutter Living room drawers
  • July 11 – Declutter Pantry drawers
  • July 12 – Declutter Kitchen drawers
  • July 13 – Declutter Bathroom drawers
  • July 14 – Declutter Garage drawers