Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Garage - the Last Frontier!

The garage was the last vestige of junk, clutter, and stuff we needed to deal with.  Some of it was trash and that was easy.  Some of it was worth taking to Goodwill or giving to my brother for a garage sale and that got accomplished.  It took weeks though to get it cleared out and we actually had to leave some big things in the garage while we were on our trip with the understanding we would get it all cleared out when we got home.  There were several big appliances - a stove and a refrigerator that we gave to our neighbors.  There was a dresser and shoe rack that was given to a good friend for her roommate.  We sold the armoire and table on 209 Craigslist.  A lot of stuff ended up in our storage and that is something we still need to deal with but that will be in the future.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Look Back ....

February 2017 was a busy busy time for us.  Not only were we getting ready for our European trip and collecting cards for our daughter's 30th birthday, but we were getting our old house ready for the market.  We were so busy I did not take as many before and after pictures as I typically would have for a 27Things project.  What was so unexpected was the synergy of our team work on this project and how it flowed so well.  We already had the house pretty well emptied out.  However it need a serious cleaning and so we prioritized what we would do, starting with having painters come in and paint all baseboards, doors, some downstairs walls, all of the bedrooms upstairs, etc.  That took a week.  It also gave the house a real boost in terms of cleanliness and light.  I worked on all the honey oak cabinetry throughout the house and spruced it up so that is looked almost new. Before we had the carpet cleaned I cleaned up all the blinds and shutters throughout the house so that would be done.   Getting the carpets cleaned was one of the last things we did and we had the chem dry cleaning done which dried in a day.  It looked really good, almost new, when the carpets dried.  Here are some photos of the inside of the house.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Catching Up and Other News

It has been a busy couple of months with my last post on February 13, 2017 sharing the fact we were moving forward with selling the Lillie House.  From that date on we worked to get the house ready for the market in early March.  Our plan was to list it the week of  March 6th knowing we would be out of the country from March 12th to April 2nd.  Our realtor was fine with that approach given that we could email, text, and sign documents electronically.  The house actually was listed on March 11th and by March 16th we had 5 offers on the property.  There was so much we did getting the house ready and I will do several posts to record and document what we did as I feel proud of the fact we were able to pull it together in that short period of time.

The offers were emailed to us while we were in Amsterdam and we reviewed them and accepted the best offer of the bunch.  By the time we got home on April 2, things were progressing (inspections, etc.) and we were signing papers at the title company on April 11th.  On Friday, April 14th, the house recorded and the transation was complete.  Viola - our prior home now belonged to someone else and we only had one house to concentrate on.  It was a great feeling and we were definitely ready to sell te house.  Waiting like we did was a good idea as the market had turned around so much in the past few years and we received quite a bit over our asking price.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lillie House

We met with our realtor last week and got things moving on putting the house on the market.  This week we have painters coming in to clean up the house so that it is ready for buyers.  We have moved all the last remaining junk into the garage and are now going through that box by box, bag by bag to see what we want to keep, what goes into storage, and what is given to a local charity.  The past two days I worked at the house and approached it with my 27 Things philosophy and gathered bags of stuff  27 Things at a time.  I ended up with 6 bags that were taken to the Goodwill truck yesterday.  I spent time vacumming and cleaning up a little as well and by the end of several hours of work I was really tired out.  I'm going back today to continue working and will be moving items to storage to get things out of the garage.

Here is my haul of several groupings of 27 things.  Many of these things were in the attic which my husband has emptied out.

Christmas gift bags stored and forgotten - best to give them away!


Clothing, games, craft stuff - all ready for Goodwill

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fast and Furious February!

February will be a big month for decluttering and organizing for several reasons.  One is that we are placing the Lillie property on the market in early March so we don't have a choice but to get the house totally ready and that means getting rid of the final clutter which in some ways is the hardest to get rid of!

In the meantime I will also be working on our current home to keep it in good order and a great project to start with is our office.  During the holiday season I used the office as a kind of staging area for gift wrapping and decorating.  Although it was convenient to do that, one big problem is unless you are disciplined and get it back to normal quickly, it becomes a hot spot of junk.  My desk became totally disorganized, papers piled upon papers,  and for several weeks I would look at it and think I need to get this under control.  In late January I got a nasty cold or flu (not sure what it was) but I was totally out of energy to do anything.  I knew I was feeling better when I decided that I was ready to tackle the office.

Here are the before pictures:


Obviously not the whole picture!

Definitely a doable project!

So after working several hours to go through the mess of papers and to put other things in their proper place the office looked great and now I find myself working in the office every day because the energy is calming and organized!

After Pictures:

My desk and general area all cleaned up!

Having an organized desk is great!

Close up and I'm maintaining it!
My husband's desk which is always clean and neat!

Our general office space - it is nice for each of us to have our own desks!

Our colorful credenza for storage 

The amazing thing is that this small project totally lifted my spirits and I felt like I had done something spectacular.  Of course that is coming off a week of being sick but it was the perfect project to get me back in the swing of things!

Monday, February 6, 2017

27 Things Daughter Style!

Well I can say the last part of 2016 was truly a stall in the 27 Things department.  December would have been a bust if it was not for my daughter and her visit home in December!  I think she has inheritied some of the organization gene and is actually very good at it.  My bathroom was in a shambles and I was totally stuck on getting any additional progress made aside from my project of using the overstock of products I had to help get rid of some of the clutter.  So my daughter came to my rescue and it was fun too!

What to keep and what to discard -- Cait was a great help!

She definitely wanted to clean up the medicine cabinet

Drawers reorganized and vanity cleaned up!

She is rightfully taking credit where credit is due!

Some of the junk we threw away!

I took pictures but did not really get the magnitude of the project.  Unfortunately I did not take any before pictures but the final outcome was documented and it is a decluttering project I won't forget!  I wish she lived closer to help with other projects like my closet!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Status Update

My last post was October 4, 2016 and since that date I have made two trips - a trip to Paris with a friend and a trip to Tacoma with my husband.  In between those trips I have been busy but have not posted.  I left for Paris on the 8th and returned on the 18th.  It took me a good week to get my energy level back so I didn't do much in terms of home projects.  On November 1st I did join a Challenge on Facebook for household tasks for the month of November.  This challenge is associated with my MoMo app and it has been motivating even if it is just to get small household jobs done.  On the 2nd of November I was off to Tacoma until the 7th and so I've just been home about a week.

This past week since being home I've worked on household tasks that are maintenance in nature.  I haven't been back to the Steve Lillie house to continue my work there.  I will be doing that in the next week.  Today I am working on my digital clutter and working on clearing out my email.  I have allowed my unread emails to climb to 534 and will get that cleared out by the end of the evening.  I actually watched it get bigger each day but decided that spending time with family, as well as relaxing, took priority and I also knew I wouldn't let it get out of control.  And so today I'm tackling that project.