101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

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101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129125 LBR
Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:43 pm

I've been getting moved in, cleaning, repairing, gardening, and putting order here and there, in fits and spurts. I would like to get going on this more thoroughly and more consistently.

Anyone else need to get their domicile in better order?

1. It really would be all right to enjoy some space in my own house!
2. I'm not obliged to keep something just because I've moved it halfway around the world, twice.
3. I still love my mother (insert whomever here) even if I don't keep that letter, photo, sauce pan, or whatever.
4. Just because I paid good money for it doesn't mean I can't give it away.

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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129158 invisiblepiper
Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:22 pm

Hi LBR!
5. Get a copy of Don Aslett's 'Freedom from Clutter' - (Brilliant) :sunny:
Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less travelled by
And that has made all the difference.
(Robert Frost)

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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129160 LBR
Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:36 pm

InvisiblePiper, I just might check the interlibrary loan. I'm on the buy-no-new-things-for-a-year plan. It's great. It keeps me from buying books. It's such a relief. I really enjoy such annually-renewable projects.

Meanwhile, I've taken three huge bags to the dumpster (skip) today, made stacks of books to take to churches, the laundry-mat, sell to book shops, etc. Have got my smaller bedroom empty enough to have my sleeping mat in there, when I want to sleep on the floor. I sometimes miss that.

It's great to have more boxes unpacked, the items getting closer to their rightful places, and trash gone! Only a few boxes left to unpack.

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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129163 invisiblepiper
Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:58 am

If you cannot find it - I have a copywhich I know by heart! I don't know what it would cost to send to the States - but if not prohibitive you may have it - let me check.
This is actually a clever way for ME to get rid of stuff by sending it to you!!!! :lol:
Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less travelled by
And that has made all the difference.
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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129186 snapdragon
Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:58 am

6. Tell the kids to come and collect or dispose of the stuff they left here ten yeras ago
7. Tell OH to recycle the newspaper on a Daily Basis - not keep them for a week or more just because the crossword isn't finished
8. I Will get brave enough to make curtains out of that fabric that my lovely friend gave me
9. I will also make felt out of some of the fleece and make nice thick curtain lining
10. I Must freecycle the rugs currently rolled up in the corner of the room
Say what you mean and be who you are, Those who mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind
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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129199 LBR
Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:32 am

InvisiblePiper, thanks for the offer. I've requested a copy through interlibrary loan. There ought to be a copy within their reach.

Snapdragon: can you post how to make the felt from fleece for curtain lining?

11. Tell myself, that space to walk, to find things, to look at, is worth pressing on!

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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129222 snapdragon
Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:31 pm

LBR wrote:.............Snapdragon: can you post how to make the felt from fleece for curtain lining? ..

Certainly :lol: soon as I crack it :wink: So far the plan is to use one of those grass sunbathing mats to wet felt it, I think I may need some Mongols with horses :shock:
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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129242 invisiblepiper
Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:41 pm

LBR wrote:InvisiblePiper, thanks for the offer. I've requested a copy through interlibrary loan.

Even better - one of the points made in the book is that you don't need to own books - cos libraries are so flexible1
Enjoy :study:
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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129247 Annpan
Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:40 pm

12. I have used this mantra, whenever I have had a big clearout
"Is it useful?, is it beautiful?, does it hold immense emotional significance?"

Also the 'emotional significance' box has got smaller and smaller over the years. We now have only a shoe box each. Soon mine shall be empty as it holds unfinished dolls-house furniture that my Dad made for me (he died when I was 4) - now I'll finish it for him, and pass it on to my daughter.
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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #129251 LBR
Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:01 pm

Annpan, I have the same three questions, worded slightly differently. If I wait long enough, the "out" pile gets much easier.

I'm glad you're finishing the dolls for your daughter. That's lovely.

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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #134973 MuddyWitch
Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:50 pm

Thought I re-open this thread as the New Year approaches & I remember writing these two motos on my calender back in 1978, promising to be tidier :oops:

Don't put it down, put it away

Never leave a room empty-handed, (there's always summat that needs to go where you're going, especially in our house!)

My OH has just added; It's not recycled if it just sits by the front door!!!

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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #135109 earthmotherwithin
Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:29 am

If you haven't used it in past 12 months, you don't need it now
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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #135844 the.fee.fairy
Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:05 pm

sell stuff on Ebay or similar. It gets quite addictive after a while when you actually start making some money!

I've got to get rid of some cr4p that's been lying around for years. I'm desperate to decorate and move my room round, but i can't until i've moved enough stuff to actuall turn round in it...

Maybe when i'm off work next i'll see what i can do!

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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #136364 LBR
Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:03 pm

Am still on the "one in, two out" policy. More space is appearing in the house. Yippee!

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Re: 101 things to tell yourself to put your house in order

Post: #136492 invisiblepiper
Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:29 pm

Yep - having a mega clear out myself this year! sadly that also includes the last teenager to leave home - not that we are 'clearing' her out! :(
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Two roads diverged in a wood
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