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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Project House

Sorry that I have not been writing. Purging the house takes every single minute of the day. The dumpster was delivered on Friday morning and by then we had already started on the dining room (the room where all papers get stacked) and filled two garbage bags. The dumpster was a HUGE disappointment. It only fit the wood from the deck. And yes...the deck is no longer!! It is down. Gone. Bye, bye Holiday Inn for the critters. I am so bummed because I really wanted to throw a lot of stuff away and now we are going to have to wait until free garbage day and hope they'll take it. Speaking of hoping they'll take it. We have a huge donation for Amvets. It is all the way down the porch.

I had dreams of a library but instead, I am either going to donate my books or sell them at the half off bookstore. While not being able to sleep, I came upon a realization. Having a lot of books on parenting isn't going to make me a better parent and having a lot of books on organizing isn't going to make me organized so I am getting rid of all those books. Having books on writing might make me a better writer so I am keeping those. The diet books are teetering on the verge of being thrown away but I'm still on the fence. There are some spiritual books that are worth keeping but some might be able to help someone else. I love my fiction books but I'll select a few to keep and either box up or give away the rest. My goal is to fill a bookcase and what fits stays and the rest goes. Getting rid of books was huge for me.

The house is still in "upside down mode" but it's a start. Some rooms are done, some are almost done, some have not been touched yet. Leo was a huge obstacle in what I was and still am trying to accomplish. He does not like change at all. If he had his way, every corner would still be stacked high with junk and no furniture would ever be moved. My living room is once again a room I love to be in. It is my room (and Gia's). We moved my desk so that I can work while Gia plays in her section of the room and I LOVE it. It's my own corner and so far, my favorite.

Other big news is that I am now the proud owner of a treadmill and...it's in my room!!! Let the walking begin. It is quiet and it is my ticket to productive TV watching. I have a bookcase that is going to go up in my room, too so soon, my room will be added to favorites in the house. Leo got to keep his overgrown guppy that was expensively stuffed and hanging on our mantle so all in all, I'd say he made out as well.

I have the greatest friends in the world! They gave up the better part of their weekend to come and help us and though it wasn't without a LOT of laughs, a few breakdowns and a lot of eating and drinking, it means the world to Leo and me to have them. We are enormously blessed!

2 Comments:

At November 13, 2011 at 5:44 AM , Blogger Declare Order said...

AnnMarie, your enthusiasm in this post brightened my day and it's only 7:45am!

 
At November 14, 2011 at 6:18 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

It was a huge relief getting rid of stuff and knowing I'll soon have an "everything in its place" kind of house! Any other tips you have about housing all the clothes for 4 kids, send them my way! :)The other thing I realized is that it wasn't so hard to get rid of things with someone helping. Alone, I don't think I would have done it.

 

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