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Thrift Store Blessings

22 Nov

I have been to our local thrift store so many times during the past two weeks, I know the guy who helps unload your car by name; it’s Juan.  Juan and I are becoming buddies.  I may need to bring Juan a Christmas present.

I drive a suburban, and I have filled the back of that baby several times.  Look at the funny face my son is making.

Once I got started, my whole family caught the de-clutter bug.  My two big kids were both in their rooms last week getting rid of clothes that didn’t fit, toys they don’t play with and books they don’t wish to read for the 10th time.

The funny this is, I never asked them to clean-out their rooms, they just did it.

Every morning I get up to find old pants and t-shirts in the trash that my husband doesn’t want anymore.  He got the bug!  I just add them to our thrift store bag to bring to Juan.

I have noticed a peace in my brain that I have not had is several years.  They other day, my hubby came home and said that it seemed quieter in our house.  I looked at him like he was insane because the kids were making a ton of noise at the moment.  I knew what he meant, though.

I had been accumulating “stuff” to do something with “later”.  I really wanted to have a garage sale and sell some of my “stuff” on Craigslist of Ebay.  I had some nice “stuff”.

Every little thing that I was going to do something with, was taking up room in my brain…cluttering my brain.  Like I need more clutter in my brain!

So I let it go!  My brain is much less cluttered! This is good.

Today, after my daily drop-off at the thrift store, I decided to go in and take a look around.  I think I had some morbid curiosity about the fate of my “stuff”.

I found EXACTLY what I needed to complete my Thanksgiving table service;  four white dishes with a gold rim and TEN matching bowls!

Aren’t they purdy?  Not only are they classy, but they are antiques!  I looked-up the marking on the back and discovered they were made by Zeh Scherzer & Co from Bavaria, Germany.  The mark on the back commemorates their 50th anniversary in 1930.

Just for giggles, I tried to find some other pieces online on Ebay and Replacements.com and the closes I found cost $25 per plate.

Want to know what I spent?  $4.99 on the whole box!  SCORE!  That’s, like .36 cents per piece.  My dear hubby is so proud of me:)

It just goes to show you, give a little to bless others and you will surely be blessed.

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Clean-up Mission #2

13 Nov

Counting today, which is half over, I only have 3 more days to get my house de-cluttered.  That wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t homeschooling my kids and driving all over San Diego for their various activities.  But I am determined to get my house in order for Thanksgiving, when it will be filled with family from all over the United States enjoying each others’ company in a nice, tidy home.

So I had better  get on with Mission #2: the landing.

For some reason, the landing has taken itself very literally and has become the “landing” spot for every homeless thing in the house.  Time to find a home for this stuff.  Much of it will be going in the trash:)

I also thought I would add a mini mission to this post: the breakfast nook floor.

     Although not as dramatic as the landing, these piles of books have been equally as irritating.   I moved a bookcase out of my kitchen a few, ahem, months ago, and they just never made it out of the kitchen.

Most of these are keepers, so I just need to put them in a box and put them somewhere until I can buy another bookcase.

Boy, I like the after posts much more than the before posts.  How about you?

I only have two hours to work on this today, so I had better get cracking!

 

 

 

 

Clean-up Mission #1

9 Nov

As you will soon find out, I am pretty much an open book, and I don’t pretend to be someone I am not.  As I mentioned before, my house is a bit out of control and I am on a mission to clean it up before November 17th.   That’s just 8 days away.  Yikes!

The deadline is because I have a cleaning lady coming to help me shine the place up for Thanksgiving and that’s the latest appointment she had available.  If you have ever had someone else clean you house, you know that it can be even more work preparing for them to come than the cleaning itself.  Basically, it is my reward for getting a handle on the messes that are taking over my house.

Case in point:

This is my master bedroom.  I know, I know, it’s not pretty.  My mom would be so embarrassed!  That’s why I’m posting these pictures.  Not to embarrass my mom, but because I need accountability!  Now I HAVE to clean it!  No more putting it off until tomorrow, or next week, or next year.

Here’s another corner of my bedroom:

Don’t ask me why I have tubs of baby clothes and cloth diapers all over my room.  I’m done having babies.  I’m just not good at getting rid of stuff.

I think it’s because I was always holding onto the kid’s clothes for the next kid.  When you have 5 kids, that’s a lot of stuff.

I guess I shouldn’t be so hard on myself, but now it’s time to do something with all this stuff.

Here’s the plan:  I am going to have one box for give-away/garage sale stuff, one tub for really nice stuff that I can pass down to my oldest daughter for her baby or sell on Ebay, and one tub for clothes that I am still saving for my youngest daughter.  Everything else will go away or be thrown away.

And they’re off…

I’ll post after pictures soon, I hope.

Thanksgiving Clean-up

7 Nov

We are having company for Thanksgiving…lots of company.  Although we are looking forward to visiting with many family members that we don’t see nearly enough, the Castle is a MESS!

First let me say that I am very thankful for my home and for my lovely family.

OK, now that that is out of the way…I am so tired of living in a messy house and my kids are making me crazy.  Wow, I feel better now.

In all honesty, my house is just too darn big for me.  I guess I would enjoy cleaning it if I didn’t have two little terrors  who I will affectionately call El Tornado and El Tornada running around destroying things.  Most of the time I  look around my house and feel totally defeated .  They are just too fast and destructive for me to keep up with them.

Sara, who is 3, is so pickn’ cute that it’s hard to get mad at her, even when you catch her with a Sharpy making modern art all over your fairly-newly painted living room walls.

I know, she looks sweet, but she can cause some major damage, trust me.

Then there is the Justice.  Let me just say that I have never imagined I would have a child who could cause the chaos and calamity that this child has inflicted on my home.  Poor Sarah has clearly been negatively influenced by her older brother.

This is Justice eating yogurt.  Enough said.

I’m not even going to mention my 10 year old son who nearly burned down my house.  In all seriousness, please make sure your kids know never to put batteries into the fireplace.  My lovely new carpet now has big gooey burn marks all over the living room.  And all of my upholstered furniture has holes from burning embers.  It’s not pretty.

Then there is my lovely 13 year old daughter.  Teenage girls make the strangest messes.  That is all I will say about that.

Now that you know the culprits, it is my hope that you will have a better appreciation for my struggle for organization and wont judge me too harshly when you see the pictures of my house.

My goal is to get my house organized in the next 10 days!

My reward is to have my house cleaned by someone else!  Yeah!

I will begin posting pictures of my various projects starting tomorrow.

Stay tuned…