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in between things, I actually find making lists calming. there is so much going on in my little frenzied head that it whirls around and around like when you put not enough stuff in the blender so it doesnt actually blend but just whizzes around uselessly. yeah. thats my brain.

anyway, lists. lots and lots of lists. just made a list of "stuff I want to do around the house". actually, its a stack of lists, each room on its own piece of paper.

right now I'm trying to decide if this constitutes "breaking it all into manageable sized units" or if it constitutes "WTF are you thinking, now you have a stack of giant blue stickie notes instead of one list". I think I'm going for the former.

some of the stuff is more structural...replacing a broken light fixutre in the laundry room. spackle/sand/paint all the dings in the walls and woodwork, replacing the waterline to the washer with a spiffy metal one (guarenteed never to rupture), rewrapping the water tank, regrouting the tub etc.
some of it is organizational: purging cupboards, closets, dressers and bookcases. thinning clothing stockpiles (modern and medieval). thinning dishes and old pots and pans (how many pie plates does a girl really need? or random cute coffee cups that folks gave her but now she has so many she cant close the cupboard door? ditto flower vases and tupperware tubs who's lids seem to have gone missing). thinning the linen cupboard (old towels. just get rid of them, already! you dont need to save an entire cupboard full for rags, just in case...sort them and take them to the barn for gosh sakes and call it good). I've been meaning to move one of my large banquet tables upstairs to make a permanent sewing space, and do some major purging up there as well in advance planning of upcoming house guests to make the guest room in the Room of Mystery more room and less mystery :)

some is just basic housekeeping (cant remember the last time I washed and waxed the hardwood floors, rather than my usual damp mop with some murphys; replacing the batteries in teh smoke detectors, etc) my carpets desperately need to be shampooed and my garage needs some major tidying.

also need to start going on the holiday prep....making mustard, holiday knitting projects, getting stuff set for thanksgiving dinner (polish silver, rewash wine glasses, make sure I have enough plates for all the guests, etc), stack and store the firewood I stockpiled earlier, etc.

there's a fair bit to do, but if I break it into bite sized pieces, I might be able to make some headway....hopefully....

Date: 2009-10-14 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayeshadream.livejournal.com
I love list too! Lists and spreadsheets are my friends. :)

One thing I noticed about living in one place for a decade, I accumulated a lot of extra stuff. Now that I've moved, and we're gearing up to move into what is hopefully the forever house I'm going through everything again and trying to pare down as much as possible.

I'm starting to think about the holidays, but I have to keep re-focusing myself on packing a little bit everyday and not let the visions of baked goods take over my brain like it wants to. :)

Date: 2009-10-15 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] countess-e.livejournal.com
That's pretty funny--I am doing exactly the same things (I mean, down to the coffee cups and the linen cupboard.) It's always this time of year I get the household reorganization bug.

Date: 2009-10-16 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smithwick.livejournal.com
I have a free weeknight or two coming up. Maybe even a Saturday (Sunday is horse day for those not in the know). Want some company?

Date: 2009-10-16 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ornerie.livejournal.com
you bet! if I had a buddy I might even manage to do some of this and not get distracted by holiday knitting or reading catelogs (aka "sorting the recycle bin") or such....

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