Friday, September 4, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge September 2015 Part 1

I'm purging 126 items this week. My husband is purging old certificates. I went through and purged my Fall, Summer, and Spring totes this week. I purged gift wrapping and my themed baking totes. This is the last of my Halloween and Santa themed stuff. I've decide to do a more minimal seasonal themed decorating rather than Holiday specific. I'm purging a stack of books too.

My purge pile:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Not Back to School

It’s back to school time but not for everyone. This will be my second year with no back to school. My kids are grown and graduated from our homeschool. My grandkids aren't old enough for school yet. I do have a son-in-law and my son's fiance going to college this fall. It doesn't directly effect me besides the fact that they live in my house. The back to school time does get busier for everyone in our home. There are a lot of things I don't have to do anymore but I still want to prep for this time of year. 

I was thinking on it and their are lots of changes that occur with the start of school even for people like me. My husbands work starts to ramp up harder after the Summer to get projects completed by the end of the year. It make it busier and stressful for him. A good amount of adults activities start back up after a Summer break. People are less available and have busier schedules during the school year even without school. The Holidays will start coming at a faster rate. Their are things to do to prep for the winter. It's still important to consider my family's needs this time of year. I did a few things around the house to get the not back to school year off to a good start.

My Not Back to School Chores

I've been keeping my desk and office picked up. You may have seen that I finished the project for My Little Craft Office.

I cleaned up my husband desk and office.

I organize our household files and bill box in my husband's office.

The red and blue file folders in the back are extras.

I got a tune up on my computer and updates. I added a new wallpaper to my computer desktop. I updated my social media by added new profile pictures and cover photos.

I cleaned the main entry and repaired the coat hooks. It won't be too long before everyone will have jackets to hang.

I cleaned the phone message area. I tend to get more "Mom can you help me." or "Mom, I need to talk." calls after the summer is over. LOL

I collected winter clothes for my grandson over the summer at yard sales but didn't find anything for my granddaughter. I washed and package my grandson's winter clothes. I'll give them to my daughter on Sunday. I'll have to stop at thrift stores to find clothes for my granddaughter over the next couple weekends.

I cleaned the laundry area. A clean and organized laundry area is very important to help lessen stress during a busy season.

I went shopping and got 2 new bras at Wal-Mart. I got 2 tops, 2 skirts, and a pair of slippers at the thrift store. My husband got a pair of pants and a shirt at Wal-Mart. My husband donated 4 older clothing items from his closet when we got home. I trashed an older bra and slippers.

I did a quick tidy of my husband's drawers and mine. His are on the left and mine on the right.

I did a quick tidy of my closet. I keep my cold weather clothes, workout clothes, toiletries, purses, and on-the-go bags in my closet.

I did a quick tidy of my husband's closet.

I've decide to make a few crockpot freezer meal for busy nights. I happened to find a couple packages of discounted ground chuck at the grocery and needed to use or freeze them. I make unstuffed cabbage rolls for dinner and hamburgers for the next night along with freezing a meal of crockpot chili. I'll serve the  crockpot chili over pasta on a busy evening. Its a small start on crockpot freezer meals but I don't need many. I'll make a few more after I grocery shop.


Monday, August 31, 2015

August 2015 Reading List

The Beaches and Brides Romance Collection
A Time to Embrace by Lynn A. Coleman
The Captain’s Wife by Mary Davis
The Castaway’s Bride by Susan Page Davis
The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Paige Winship Dooly
Restoration by Cathy Marie Hake

The Lighthouse Brides Collection
When Love Awaits by Lynn A. Coleman
Phantom of My Heart by DiAnn Mills
A Beacon in the Storm by Andrea Boeshaar
Safe Harbor by Paige Winship Dooly
Whispers across the Blue by DiAnn Mills
A Time to Love by Sally Laity

A Wedding to Remember in Charleston, South Carolina by Annalisa Daugherty

Friday, August 28, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge August 2015 Part 2

I've purged 76 items over the last 2 weeks with a total of 187 items this month.

My purge pile:

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Clutter Busting Challenge August 2015 Part 1

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Childhood Album

My project was to condense photos from my growing up years into an album. It seems huge to me but its no were near as big a project as our family pictures from my children's growing up years.

I’m not sure yet what to do with the pictures of my family that I don't want and the pictures before I was born. My thought is to pass them on to my mother and let her deal with them. I’m the oldest child and so they may end up coming back to me. LOL I'm pretty sure she has all the family pictures in a box someplace and not organized or in albums. That is how I got the ones I have when my stepdad came to live with us. I put them in bags to at least keep them together until I had time to deal with them. My grandmother used to toss the family photos into a dresser drawer after they were developed. They were not very good at preserving family memories. Although, I’m crafty I have not done much to get photos into albums either. My thought is to create an album from my growing up years and a family history album and toss the rest into the trash. 

Does anyone have any advice?

What I'm keeping. My completed album from my baby shower- early teens years. I didn't have much to keep after I sorted pictures into stacks based on before I was born, my childhood, and 2 stacks with my kids. I'm saving the two stacks with my other pictures of after my kids were born to do later. These were all picture that I got from my dad a couple years ago.

The 1st stack is trash because it’s mostly scenery and blurry pictures. The 2nd stack goes to my mother since it was before I was born. I do wonder if I should keep the pictures of my parents during their dating years since they divorced when I was 5. The 3rd stack goes to my (step)dad since it’s his family.

The album I put together of my childhood. It took 4 hours to sort pictures and put together the album. The pictures are from the baby shower to my early teen years. I didn't have much since they are the pictures that got left behind when my mom and stepdad separated. I’m sure my mother has more but I’ve never seen them. My stepdad gave these pictures to me. I do hope to one day get a few more pictures to add since this is not even half full and there are big gaps.

My parents Daryle and Linda in 1969 about 3 yrs. before I was born.

The only picture I have of myself and my parents. They separated and divorced before I was 5 yrs.

The earliest picture I have of just my stepdad Pete and mom Linda. This was about 1979 in Colorado. They got together when I was about 5 yrs. and separated in 1992, when I was 19 ½ yrs.

My two most favorite pictures of my childhood. My family camping together. I'm the oldest of 3 girl. My stepdad, mom, and us girls camped almost every weekend for a lot of years.

My stepmom Phyllis, dad Daryle, and my sisters in 1984. I'm the oldest Jennie, Amy, and Christine. Our first time meeting our baby sister Tabitha.

My stepbrother Chris, stepdad Pete, stepsister Karen. My mom Linda, stepbrother David, stepdad Pete, and David's boys.