Please tell me I’m not a hoarder!!! Well where do I begin….it’s fall after all and I’ve been on a mission to get my to-do-list wrapped up before winter. Here’s how it all started, my husband’s step dad passed recently so his brother and him drove to Florida to help their Mom clean out all the storage sheds their dad had. What a mess they arrived too, many years of stuff. They had to make several trips to the dump, had a garage sale, took loads to the scrap yard, and a week later was headed home. Not to mention they worked everyday in 90 temps with high humidity. When my hubby got home he said we are going through everything and downsizing (which was fine by me). He said he’s not leaving a mess for our son to clean up after we die (which I hope isn’t soon).
I of course got right on it. While hubby was away last week on a quad trip I decided to clean out my walkin closet. It only took about 2 hours of time and I ended up with over 400 pieces of clothing to donate. Why in the world does one person need that many things? I do have to mention I’ve lost 40 pounds so many things just didn’t fit any more, but I did have 30 white t-shirts 🙁 It sure felt good to purge and downsize. I kept very little, but it’s truly the things I wear over and over again anyway. I did keep one pair of gray and one black pair of pants, one gray skirt and one black skirt, 3 tops to match, and a few cardigans. I figure with that combination I’m ready for a funeral or wedding if one pops up.
The next room will be my shoe and accessory room…..yes I have a whole room for those things. I love shoes (they don’t judge what size you are you know) and have about 100 pair so that will be my next challenge.
The other thing I did while hubby was away was relocate the grill. It’s always been on the front deck, and I never liked it there. It was great because it was under a roof but I always felt it was an eyesore. So all by myself I muscled it off the front deck and onto the back deck. I figured I can now grill and enjoy the view at the same time.
I also put our wrought iron table and chairs on Facebook for FREE. Wow when I mentioned that four letter word I had no trouble getting rid of it. We never use it and it’s just another item that our son would have to deal with someday, so it may as well go to a good home. Two guys I graduated school with came and got it, it was fun to sit and chat with them, and the next day they sent me a photo of the table all repainted a new color and the chair cushions recovered. That in itself was worth it all, I felt like it went to a home where it would be used.
Now this week as long as hubby isn’t out of town we will be finishing our landscape project that we started last fall. I’m anxious to get it done. There’s been a few changes around here. We took the guest house off the market because we had a friend that needed a rental for about 2 years, so for now we will be renting and we will need to stay in the cabin to be close for snow removal and lawn care. Sometimes things just change and plan B falls into place better than plan A, I’m not one to force something to work out and renting will work out fine for a few seasons of our life.
I mowed the lawn for the last time this year, and that doesn’t hurt my feelings any I get tired of that job quickly. I also pulled everything that was no longer producing in the garden, added Moo Poo and straw to each bed to make it easier next spring. I was sure my dog would want to roll in the Moo Poo but once I added the straw she left it alone. They’re calling for frost this week, so if that’s the case I will have to pull my tomatoes (the plants to the back) but the brussel sprouts can take the frost so they will be the last to go. The last thing to do outside is hang bars of soap from my fruit trees to keep the deer from eating them. I use Irish Spring in a knee high nylon and it always works. Must be the deer don’t like the smell and they stay away.
I do keep myself busy when hubby’s away, and I’m so glad I got so much accomplished. I now feel like I’m ready for old man winter to drop by the cabin.