Saturday, August 18, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - Is It Hoarding or Life?


Well, I have went and done it again! I am trying my hand at something different, something I would have never thought to chose as a way of life, but it happened.



Let me explain, A few years back I wanted a new career, job whatever, I just wanted out of the rental house business because its not easy. So I tried several different jobs and all of them were worst than being a landlady. Last summer I bought the stuff to do the greenhouse because I can grow plants and I planned to sell them. I always have plants around but I got sick with the flu and could not vent daily so all the plants died, you have to vent the heat out or it sweats and the water freezes them.

I had no plans for a job change, just live day to day doing what I always do.

Then all of a sudden, I am sure it was from God, I had this plan laid out before me and it screamed "do this!" So I began to do this, I ordered and ordered and told no one, day after day I began to work doing this, once I got overly excited and mentioned it and some asshole announced  to the world what I was doing and people seen and people knew how evil she really is, but I did not let that big mouth stop me. God sent this to me to do, it had to be him! I would have never thought to jump into this.



Anyways, I had to get rid of some furniture and add another table, bring in a wire rack and section things off into groups. However, I am organized, I like order with my work. 

I do ask for guidance, from my heavenly father, and I am getting it. Soon I will have a physical store as well as an online store! When this happens I can take the office back for doing the paperwork only.

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That is exactly what I have been doing since May but if a bare minimalist seen this office they would call me a hoarder or would they knowing this is all about work? 

Oh what do I call a bare minimalist? Someone who owns only a few items. 

Now, how am I doing with the other ares of life? 



1- I have stopped buying papers for coupons and I only print what I use now. Huge save on the clutter bug.


2- I have skipped all the sales for clothing and shoes, I have plenty for a good while.

3 - I am cleaning a room a day to keep up with the cleaning while I work 3 jobs, yes 3 but only one is full time.

That is how my life has been for the past several months, how has your life been? 

By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - 2018 July Resolution Check In




Wow! A month already gone but that is life, we have to make what we of time because before you know it, time has slipped passed us. Don`t put off what we can do today till tomorrow.

I make four resolutions, or goals, to accomplish each year. Some years I make it with all of them, some years I do not. Usually two are easier and two are harder.

I have began to pick a word, or words, that I try to also apply to my life for the year. This year I chose the words "No Regrets" because I do not want to regret a single thing I go for this year, whether I make it all the way or I fail, I will learn either way and make myself better.

What are my resolutions? 

1- Stop buying - Grow more

Once again I have to say this is a 50% fail - 50% accomplishment. 

No, I am not buying summer junk just because its on sale.

Yes, I am buying stuff for "the store" that will be open in the fall.



No, I am not buying as much food.

Yes, I am picking the garden and eating that food, canning and freezing also.

I will say that I am not buying as much junk food as I once was, I am no longer stocking none perishables, except toilet paper because a girls has got to have her toilet paper!! I am no longer buying the Sunday paper for coupons, I print what I want and let it go.

2 - Clear land - Set up rentals


This is on the back burner because of a storm that came through and blew trees down, those have to be addressed before knocking down more and grading land.

100% fail

This is just one of those speed bumps life has, I shall recover and move on.

3 - Clean, declutter and organize

Hmm.....

This month work has taken over, two jobs and building a business from scratch. Hi, my name is Angie and I am a workaholic.......

No, my house is not as clean as it usually is but its not nasty, I keep up the dishes and laundry. I need to dust more often and you guessed, I hate to dust.

Yes, I have kept the new stuff for the store organized, I have one area for the new store stuff and its creations. It smells wonderful in there too!

Get rid of clutter. I don`t have that much inside my home left to do, but that shed.... yes the shed is still waiting BUT there was mention of doing it sooner than later, I recommended that most be took the the dump and it was an agreement.

About 70% accomplished.

I will say that I am much better about buying books, I have just about stopped doing it and using the library more and more. No coupons and no newspapers for the month of July. 

4 - Take a vacation

Repeat - 100% fail.

Nope! not even close. I have not had a day off in months, maybe years! 

I think about vacation as I fill in the days of my calendar. I think about one day vacation but who am I kidding, I get one day off and I am sleeping!

Can I dump my work for a weekend? Maybe 3 days? My problem is getting someone to feed the animals. 

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I have a dream and I am making it real. I began to save different plastic containers to reuse. I am reusing them and then I recycle because 99% of what I make is edible.  I love getting another use from something and then it will be melted down and something else made from it.


How is your yearly goals/resolutions coming along? 


By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - 2018 June Resolution Check In


Wow! A month already gone but that is life, we have to make what we of time because before you know it, time has slipped passed us. Don`t put off what we can do today till tomorrow.

I make four resolutions, or goals, to accomplish each year. Some years I make it with all of them, some years I do not. Usually two are easier and two are harder.

I have began to pick a word, or words, that I try to also apply to my life for the year. This year I chose the words "No Regrets" because I do not want to regret a single thing I go for this year, whether I make it all the way or I fail, I will learn either way and make myself better.

What are my resolutions? 

1- Stop buying - Grow more

I have to say that this is a fail and an accomplishment all in one. 

Let me explain :

A few years ago I wanted to start a new business, I tried out a few jobs but was never satisfied and so that 2016 resolution was a fail. This is how resolutions work, what I want to accomplish this year may not happen till the next year or maybe two years later.

BUT.... the seed is planted because I know I wanted this to happen in the first place so its always there waiting to happen.

So I bought and I bought and bought more, sort of in stages as it came to me what to do. I will be opening up a store but I wont announce it just yet, I am still making the products and tallying up the costs to price each.

Grow more? Yes! I got a garden in and full of grass and blooms :)

So I will not call this a failure or an accomplishment.

2 - Clear land - Set up rentals

This is still in limbo, however, its not forgotten at all. I have been in conversations about clearing and setting up a place.  At the moment its about finding someone cheap enough to clean it off.

So still not done. 100% fail.

3 - Clean, declutter and organize

Yes I have been able to keep this up, even bring in the new stuff I have it organized. 

I am slacking on the cleaning at home, work is taking over this week for sure.

This one is a 70% accomplishment and 30% fail. Not to bad.

4 - Take a vacation

Nope! not even close! I have not had a day off in months, maybe years! 

I do make plans but they are not meant to be, this last week a storm came around and blew down trees, so I have to get those cut and I move them, that storm also blew away and chance to go anywhere this week.

100% fail, I intend to work on getting this one going, I need it more than any of the others.

That is how well I am doing with this years resolutions, or goals. How are yours coming along? 

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Monday, June 18, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - I Am Alive!


Yes I am still alive and well. Its been a couple weeks since my last confession, I mean check in :) 

All joking aside it really does help to keep up with the check ins, keeps me in line with the hoarding thing.

The past couple of weeks have been working, whether I am on the road or cleaning and repairing another house to be rental. I really have just been light housekeeping at my own home.

I took off this weekend and I am doing a super cleaning. 

The Cleaning :



Friday

I began Friday night with laundry, I had worked all week away from home and then tried to play catch up in the evening with the grass upkeep.

I washed four loads of laundry, well one was a medium load so three and a half loads. I dried, folded and out them ALL away. Yes this took hours to get done but I watched t.v. or washed dishes while the laundry was going. I had even changed my bed sheets and Tony`s bed sheets that night to make sure I did not have to do those on Saturday.

Saturday



Saturday I began with the paper. I filed what needed filing and went through the stack of mail. I tossed what could not be recycled, into the "I have to burn" pile and sat it by the back door.

I then went to my bedroom and cleaned out one drawer that I did not get to, when I cleaned out everything in my room, I got more for the burn only pile. I put things that were out back into their place.

I then put all of the things Tony had scattered in the living
room back into their places.

I vacuumed my bedroom, the living room and the dining room. 

Later in the day I tackled the kitchen. I did not have dirty dishes so I began to put things away that were in the counter and in the breakfast nook. (the breakfast nook seems to be the place to just leave stuff when in a hurry, I reckon because we don`t use that table for meals as much as the dining room table.)

I cleaned out the refrigerator, getting rid of any leftovers and washed up those bowls and lids. (the dogs gets the leftovers)


I wiped down the counters with a hot soapy wash cloth and dried those with a clean dry towel. I cleaned the table in the breakfast nook.

I scrubbed the kitchen sink with comet, using an old toothbrush around the facet and  I put bleach in the scouring pad holder to soak.

I swept the kitchen and laundry room floors.

I cleaned the bathroom sink, only, because it was just nasty and I could not stand it any longer.


Sunday

Sunday was a slower paced day but filled with what I hate to do the most, dust.

I dusted and cleaned my bathroom and dusted my bedroom.

I dusted the living room and dining room.

I thoroughly cleaned the other bathroom.

I washed and hung out the bathroom rugs to dry.

I swept, again, and mopped the kitchen and laundry room.

Got the trash taken out, the to be burned into a burn can and the recyclables loaded in the truck of the car.


What went out? 



I had to really think about this since life has been so busy.

I know I have got rid of magazines.

I know I gave my sister a box of toaster strudels from the stockpile in the freezer.

Besides recyclables I cannot think of anything else at the moment.

What came in? 

Around the first of the month I did buy me new shoes, daily walking shoes and a pair of sandals.

I bought a new wooden boat  paddle, the old one was plastic and had a crack in it, I was afraid I would not make it back to the dock when I seen the crack, I was across the lake. 

Well! I have been a very good girl, not buying.

The outside :



The beast! Yes this place is the beast! I can mow grass everyday and each day it seems like I have not done any.

I used most weekday evenings after work to keep up the grass mowing, what I could in the yard around the house and the fields. 

While its nice to have a big place it is not always easy to keep up, I can see myself, one day, living in the concrete jungle. 

Since it rained this past weekend not grass was mowed. 


So......

All in All, I am managing to keep my head above the water. While working two full time jobs. 



OH! good news too, I have not bought any Sunday news papers for the coupons. I have used the printer only for what I intend to buy.

Life is good.

How have you been doing with the minimal hoarding life? 

By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

My Minimal Hoarding Life - 2018 May Resolution Check In




Wow! A month already gone but that is life, we have to make what we of time because before you know it, time has slipped passed us. Don`t put off what we can do today till tomorrow.

I make four resolutions, or goals, to accomplish each year. Some years I make it with all of them, some years I do not. Usually two are easier and two are harder.

I have began to pick a word, or words, that I try to also apply to my life for the year. This year I chose the words "No Regrets" because I do not want to regret a single thing I go for this year, whether I make it all the way or I fail, I will learn either way and make myself better.

What are my resolutions? 

1- Stop buying - Grow more

I have worked so hard this month, after all May if the safest month to plant when there will not be anymore frost to kill the new plants.

The garden was tilled and I have 30 tomato plants, 12 bell pepper plants and 12 eggplants.  Two rows of okra, one half row of yellow squash and two rows of cucumbers.

New grape vines are in the ground.

Any day I will be picking blackberries.

I am staying away from the grocery stores as much as possible.

As far as buying things this month was a buying month, I got new stuff for the bed and bath.

New shoes for me.

So this one is a 50/50.

2 - Clear land - Set up rentals

This one is still sitting. Actually I have added to the mess by cleaning up another property. Seems I may have to go ask others about a price to clean it up, the last guy is a no show. 

100% fail.

3 - Clean, declutter and organize

I did not make it to the shed as I thought I would back in May, seemed I needed to keep the grass and fields up before cleaning came about.

Every week I take out more, whether it is a piece of clothing or a box of old decor, its going and that is a fact! I even sold 4 tank tops on ebay!

When I took the riding mow to be fixed I left it for my sister to use.

Still gonna get that shed cleaned out this year!

This one is 100% accomplishing so far. 



4 - Take a vacation

Nope, not yet but there had been a lot of talk about it.

I would love to do a road trip, no reservations no destination.

Since the cat ran away from home it will be easier to get someone to take care of my dogs. 

Not a fail at all, Because I am making up which way I want to go, East Or West?

50/50 cause its in my mind and I will make it. 

that is how well I am doing with this years resolutions, or goals. How are yours coming along? 

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry