Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Minimal Hoarding Life - Minimalism Monday On Tuesday



What is on my mind today :

I really really understand when people say they just do not feel like cleaning house, much less cleaning out a closet or a garage. But we all know it has to be done, sooner or later.

I think back to the estates that I accounted for and the mess that was left for the family to clean up and get rid of. What most people do not know that does not deal with estates is that most of the people were either sick for a long time or elderly and unable to clean the house so its months or years of built up dust and rodent feces and more to deal with.

This brings me to inheritances. I do not care to inherit anymore "things" unless its jewelry,Art, family photos, houses or cars because the rest, no matter how much someone paid for that sofa, is just clutter. I want to keep it because its nice and the person thought a lot of me to leave it to me but then its not my style and I keep it till I finally have to dump it somewhere, or sell it. The point is I don`t want your household stuff.

Another reason I have chose to no longer hoard because I do not want people to have to deal with paperwork that means nothing to them or any of it for that matter, although it is a hard habit to break I do feel I can breathe better without all the stuff and its much more cleaner, even going a week or two without doing the actual deep cleaning and just keeping the house picked up after myself.

The past eight to nine months I have been thinking a lot about who would deal with my junk when I die and there are things I don`t want people to have to do and that is take all their time to sort through my things, so little by little I am getting rid of the junk. I have even sold two houses ( for sale by owner, meaning I receive payments) because its time, its time for me to think about life and what I will leave behind, so from now own if it is not something I use daily or something of value its outta here!

What did I accomplish last week? 

Last week I struggled with life, dealing with the jobs I have to do to make money. Care taker for the sick being the hardest by far and I think I am sick, something is wrong but I won`t allow it to get me down, I will try a few things before I head off to the doctor.

Everyday I did laundry and washed dishes.

Saturday I mowed the fields and part of around the house.

Sunday I vacuumed the whole house and clipped, filed and put the coupons and paper work away.

And Yesterday - Monday I got busy and I got a lot done.

First I wiped down the front door, I have not wiped down the doors this year and they are in need, one down and many more to go.

Washed , dried, folded and put away three loads of laundry.

Dusted the living room and dining room.

Swept and mopped the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and entry.

Scrubbed both bathrooms.

Took all the recyclables to the car trunk for drop off. 

Washed all the dirty dishes.

I wanted to dust my bedroom but I did not make time so that is left for another day.

I have yet to get to my closet to clean it out for the year, but I am making progress, slowly but surely. Don`t you find it funny how your personal clothing closet gets out of whack so fast?

How was your past week? Clean it up or clear it out?

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry




Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Minimal Hoarding Life - What and How do I Manage?



I will admit that there are days when I am beat down from working outside the home, the real life jobs that pays the bills and keeps this roof over my head.

But more than not I do make sure I keep my home presentable, if not clean.

When I say presentable I mean I pick up daily, and I clean weekly unless something gets nasty, like the toilet, and needed immediate attention.

How can I do this and work a full time job? 

I make a list. By making a list I cannot say "I forgot." And I have to smile as I write this because "how do you forget to make your bed or take out the stinking kitchen trash?" You get out of that bed after each sleep, you SMELL the trash or its full.

Why we do not get things done in the house nowadays is nothing more than giving our attention to being online, with the computer or the phone, Candy crush or clean the house?! But I won`t say "stop" all of your online fun but I will say that you should make a schedule (list) and allot a time for being online and for cleaning your home.

I am going to share a part of my day so that you`ll understand why I make a list of getting things done, how I  work and have computer time for me. Since I work crazy hours I will explain how I usually work, with the two jobs and manage the house.

Weekday - Morning routine :

1 - Wake around 9 am - Bathroom and make my bed.

2- Turn on the coffee pot and check my blood sugar

3- Cut on the computer. Start my first job- Take my patience blood pressure, blood sugar and oxygen levels, get him something to drink.

4- Put on a load of laundry and feed the cat.

5- Get my coffee and I use the computer one hour, to write or do as I please.

6- Put clothes into the dryer - not hanging them out till pollen season has passed.

7 - Cook and eat breakfast, hand out medications.

Next I clean up something, I sweep a floor or clean a bathroom. I may just wipe off the living room table and put books back on the shelf.

I dress for work and get the dogs a treat.

Now I will go to work, either in the home office or out of the house while I still have my patient with me, most of the time. 

When I am working in the home office I will return phone calls, do the books or make arrangements for repairs.

When I leave the house to go to work I will drive at least 30 miles to the rentals or office. I will look at problems that need to be fixed on a house or I will investigate a complaint made by a neighbor. Some days this can take a couple hours or eight hours, depends on the problem, If I can call someone in or if I have to do it myself.

When I get home:

1-  if its still light out I walk the dogs for 15 to 30 minutes, feed and water them.

2- I cook dinner, If its something that does not require me standing over it I will get online and blog or chat for pennies.

3 - Serve dinner. We usually watch t.v. while we have dinner.

4- Wash dinner dishes.

5 - While my patient takes a bath I change his bed, this is either daily or every other day. I put those in the washer for the next load to be washed.

6. Give out night time medications.

Now if I feel like it I will clean something, if not I will use this time for me to get online, watch a favorite t.v. show or painting or just anything I want to do.

Last I take me a hot bath and head to bed.

As for the weekend I always take one day and turn off the computer and clean house for a couple hours. You will be amazed at how much  cleaning you can do in a couple hours. Just do not take breaks or look at a phone and I promise you will see the results ... FAST. By keeping things picked up during the week, that is one step you will not have to deal with, same for laundry! If you wash daily or every other day it won`t pile up.

So do you think your life is doable and can be kept cleaned up?

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry.





Monday, April 17, 2017

Minimalism Monday - Slap - Slap! Snap Out Of It Woman!


Ever wanted to get in the car and just drive away? Leave all that... that junk, that clutter behind? I did once and now I have to deal with it, or what is left of it. 


No! its not at my house I live in but its at the old home place. I have been doing it slowly for 8 years. The first year I went hard and heavy at it, taking what I knew had value and sold it at weekly or monthly yard sales. Last Summer I did another couple of weeks of day after day after day of going through stuff, tossing most of it because lets face it, after a while things dry rot.

Last Monday I mowed the grass and cleaned the property and I went back Wednesday and worked inside I thought I had 2 empty containers but one was craft stuff I just let that go when the rain began because I needed to go through it outside. BUT I did rearrange the living room furniture and I got that roof repaired. And Friday while I was at work in the neighborhood I stopped by and I filled the trash can with a couple trash bags of old curtains and hand me downs that I would not wear, all of it was not worthy of donation.

Now to the house I live in :

I have managed to keep all the laundry up, since I have a 24/7 cancer patient living in the house. I do have to wash a load of laundry a day, I even have to wash the pillows every week.

I have been cooking just about all meals at home and I can say I am tired of the kitchen, I hate to wash dishes nowadays. I have been allowing them to stack up daily and do them once each night, may be the hard way but I can at least live in other parts of the house. I hand wash the dishes too.

I went through a massive amount of papers, There is no sense in having receipt from back in 2000, nor any bank statement from a bank that is not even around anymore all of this got burned, aint nobodies business! 

I got a ton of coupons put up and I am so addicted to using coupons that I need to get back off of them like I did last year, just chill for a while, it was hard to go cold turkey but..... I know I have said it before but maybe its time for me to just order the few coupons I use a month, I can get 2, 4 or 10 if I want and no more coupon clutter. I really only need toilet paper and paper products and animal feed. 

I took the loaned car back home so one car gone and two more to go, one need to be sold and the other I am giving to my sister. Get rid the junk yard look :)

The house has stayed picked up and neat, Although I do need to vacuum and dust but that is just normal weekly cleaning. 

The one thing I want to do this week is clean out the garage and the shed, I need to get rid of stuff before snakes get all under it. Living in the woods I have more than my share of snakes, rats and all other unwanted critters, its a constant battle. 

I also have the grass to mow and I need to put up another fence. 

We shall see how much I accomplish while working a regular job. 


How was your past week? Get anything major accomplished?

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Minimal hoarding life - To Ponder



I will admit that I want to get so much done that I tend to "bounce" someday`s. Bouncing is working a little here and there all over but not really getting anything finished. That is why I am a list maker, so I can focus on what needs to be done first, and what can wait or would just mess up the progress I already made. That is also why I will do just one area at a time.

Read more about my progress this year here : Minimalism and organizing  and "The closet " 

                                    Photo : Bathroom floor before tile removal.


Last week I laid the bathroom floor tile, I felt it was time for a change, the other tiles were seven years old and had a couple cracks starting, when a cracked tile is in the bathroom its not good, water can get under that tile and rot the floor. Luckily I did not have anything rotten.

                                   Photo : Bathroom floor with new tiles.

Time if flying and its already mid April and I have not gotten into the shed to do anything, I did plan it for this week but once again work got in the way, gotta pay the bills first!

As far as keeping the house clean I am managing, since I have more laundry to do weekly because of work its always one in the wash awaiting and one in the dryer awaiting folding and just using again.

I did manage to get the riding mower going and I got the fields mowed for the first time of the year, the hardest time. And it is time for the backyard to be mow again, the dogs area, but I think I am going to reduce the dog pen area, since they walk me daily I think I can eliminate one half so its not such a mess each time I mow it.

I have to say, that is about it. I have not done any major cleaning anywhere else in the house and it is time to dust more!

How was your last week? Do a major cleaning or toss anything out?

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Minimal hoarding life - Getting Beyond The Kitchen



Some days I cannot believe how the kitchen gets in such a way, I know we have to eat but dang! I can`t seems to get out of that room. Anyone that knows me knows I have to have a clean kitchen but its not really clean? Since I have not wiped down the white cabinets or cleaned the oven I can see where there is room for improvement in my "need to deep clean." But .... I have a whole house to clean and I cannot live in the kitchen. I had to go beyond the kitchen, get things done that have been neglected due to always being in the kitchen, So I cook and stack the dirty dishes till the end of the day. I have now put scrub the cabinets on "my to do list."

 

However, I did get an upgrade to the kitchen although it was unexpected. I had to buy a new water facet because the old one had began to leak internally causing water to get under the sink into the cabinet and run to the floor. I must say it was a relief to get that replaced and all the cleaning stuff back into that cabinet.



Being in the business I am in, rental property owner, I tend to let my home go and do the repairs on the business houses, after all that is my income, but at this point I am doing good with the business so its time for me to take that $20 and apply it to home. You may think $20 is nothing but with a $20 I can do something to improve my home. I plan to update my small bathroom. I bought new tile for the bathroom! I stopped by the local Fred`s store and I bought 2 boxes of tiles, its the thick peel and stick tile that looks just like hardwood, walnut was the color of wood choice. I know many people will think I am cheap but ya know what? I have used these peel and stick in all the rental houses and it lasts longer than any other tiles I have used. When I get this bathroom finished I will do the before and after photographs.

Last Month I replaced blinds, new mini blinds make the windows look so much better.

Read more about that here : One in One out 

Since I have cleaned up much of the house I am ready to paint and to get things cleared out. I have an open rental house, that is still under repair, and I am seriously thinking about a yard sale and when I am done with it just giving what is left away. Most of the junk I still have in the shed is part of the inheritance anyways.

Besides doing the bathroom floor, I am planning to begin the cycle again of vacuuming and dusting, starting with the living room. I reckon house cleaning as well as laundry is a never ending cycle, unless you have room service :)

How is your week coming along?

Did you miss last week? Read more here : Just make it happen 

By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The 2017 Resolutions - Check In - Another Month Passed



April Fools day. Spring is here and th days are flying by.

Although life is weird for me right now and I am actually living for others more than myself I am still trying my best to fulfill my own goals for the year. Finding balance is the hardest thing to do in life, I can only wish life was not as complicated as it is but God gives me what I can handle so I will keep on going.

This year I also picked a word for my year, what I wish to accomplish. My word for the year is : Satisfaction. I picked this word because I want to feel satisfied with everything I do in the year 2017.

Okay lets get started with March accomplishments and failures :

My 2017 resolutions are :

1 - Buy Solar Panels and the accessories - Get off the grid.

Baby steps, right? That is how I should do this solar power thing. For those who do not know a solar power system can cost a pretty penny so before I invest I need to do a small project to see how this will work for me here, so I ordered a few motion detector lights for the house, I have wanted motion detection lights installed anyways so this will just nip that electrician bill in the bud and its a plus because I have to get up and turn on the flood lights when I hear something outside or the digs are going crazy barking at something. Next will be the solar light for the shed.

100% doing this! 
2- Write more- Finish the book and write another. Blog more for money.

I am writing more, however, I am not blogging for money. I can`t seem to find a site that lasts longer than 5 to 6 months before its belly up, well Niume does pay and I have just got my pay but I cannot continues to say that its blogging for money because I do not see how I could cash out again (for $10) since the upgrade blocked the organic traffic.

I plan to do better with my own blogs and try to set up some type of ads to pay me. But once again baby steps because this old dogs is learning new tricks.

The books : I did find the photos that will go with a couple of the chapters and I did pick it up but no I have not made time to add to either.

Fail? No. I did make money last month.

3 - Lose 25 pounds and get back on a vegetarian diet.

Three months into the year and I did lose weight, I dropped from 157 down to 149 and the last week of March the weigh in showed I had gained a pound. BUT wait a minute, have we not all heard muscle weighs more than fat?  The passed couple of weeks I have been working and building more muscle but I think that is just a cop out so I will say I gained a pound of fat and try to do better this month, I plan to walk 500 miles today mowing grass with a push mower.

The veggie diet, that is a fail, seems I am enjoying chicken and fish way to much!

Fail? Naa but I can do better.


4 - Learn to ask people for help.

Sometimes asking people for help is like I am ripping their soul right out with a pitch fork.

Its hard for me to trust people because history shows they will just use me.

So I will just learn to ask people for help when it comes to the professional side of my life and hire people for things I have to have repaired and be on the job to make sure its right.

This one is a fail because I just cant ask and expect the truth.


That is how my life is shaping up, my resolutions /Goals for the year 2017. How about yours? 

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Minimalism And Me - Mid Week Check In



Sometimes you live for others and sometimes you have to rediscover yourself and do your best to take care of others.

I am back to me. 

Not I am not neglecting my responsibility, I am just not taking on as much responsibility that I don`t have to.

Being clean is part of me, keeping a clean home is important to me because it is the way I was raised and taught by my father.

This past month I have lessened the amount of time I have gave to others, Especially online. The blogging site, the people who are making money off of me but I am not getting what I earned. I don`t mind helping others online but sometimes I need to do for me, is that selfish? Maybe.

I began my cleaning and clearing last weekend March 25th and 26th and I have not stopped, however, I did slow down a bit.

Monday was one of those days when I wanted to work outside and there was a threat of rain but I went for it anyways. I got the backyard mowed with the push mower, its the dogs area and it is also time for their flea and tick treatments to start. It did rain on me but that was okay, it was not a hard rain just a light sprinkling rain.



I took the mid day of Monday to clean up the spare bedroom/stockpile room I vacuumed and dusted plus I moved things around. I got all the empty canning jars together and moved around a few cases of canned foods. Since I really don`t think its pretty to look at I found this table cloth that worked perfectly to cover the shelf that some of it is stored on. Looks so much better. 

Tuesday I went into town to pick up the mail and check on a few things at work,  that did not take long so I got back to the house and cooked dinner, rested and then began to get the kitchen cleaned. I washed the dishes and wiped down all the counter tops, I leave nothing on them except the coffee pot. I scrubbed the sink. I swept the floor and mopped. 

I cleaned off the dining room table, filed the coupons and all the receipts. 

I vacuumed the office.

Wednesday

Today I have the intentions of dusting the office and mowing some, if not all, of the lawn and fields, if weather permits.

Seems everything that is to go out ends up in the laundry room or the breakfast nook till I take it out to the car. So, I took it all out this morning, Trash and recyclables and shirts to give to my sister. I also still had a few houseplants that I rooted waiting to be taken out, got those out. The only plant that will stay inside is my Christmas cactus, they do not do well in the full sun here.

Each step I take to get my home back under control and cleaned up, I feel back to me.

How has your week been this far?

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By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Minimal hoarding life - Just Make It Happen



Its Springtime of the year and its time to bust open those windows and let the pollen in :)

Not really but it is time to clean up what has been closed up all Winter. I will be one of the first to admit that I did not do much cleaning this past winter, for one I was taking care of someone sick and any smelly cleaner made him sicker so I had to just go for soap and water.

But......

First I turned off the computer and cut off the phones, cant clean house with those on.

This weekend I have made things happen. I have brought in new and took out the old, cleared and cleaned.

I do love that I got an inheritance of furniture and nice things but now that I have had it, looked at it and used it for two years I can say that its not really my style and I am cutting it loose. I bought a new recliner and took out the inherited sofa, its really nice so I put it at the old home place that I am working on off and on, so I have a sofa to use when I am there. I got the vacuuming done in the living room while I was moving the room around.

Ah! the openness and the flow of energy is so much better. If you believe in peoples energy staying in their things, then you know what I mean when I removed that piece from my home.

I also cleaned out more of the houseplants, yes I do have a lot but that is because I was supposed to had a greenhouse built last fall but I could not make it before the weather came in so I had to bring them into my house. Another room cleared of those, feels so much bigger :) even though its the spare bedroom/stockpile room it feels almost empty.

I got the desk cabinet cleaned out in the office, I am officially out of envelops :( 

I made sure I got my bedroom dusted and all the clothing hung up or put away in its place.

But the biggest accomplishment is that I got both bathrooms scrubbed! And I washed the bath mats, dried them and laid them back down.

The master bathroom has this mirror and I hate it and its in a weird place on the wall by the tub, I think its glued to the wall and I cannot get it down so I covered it. I installed a curtain rod and I hung a curtain over it. The energy in that room changed immediately, I should have fixed that years ago.

I had to let the kitchen go because I cannot get anything else accomplished if I work in there all the time. But that is okay, it gets cleaned more than any room but I will do the dishes, I piled them up today and I will do them before bed.

I guess I need to continue with getting the house cleared and cleaned so I can focus on other things I want to do outside, and to have more free time to do whatever I want.

One big project I will save for a day when its raining, my walk in closet.

Did you accomplish any Spring cleaning this past weekend? 

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry







Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My Minimal hoarding life - Itching To Get Started

More than one project began, none finished.

Yeah, that was how last year was, up and down and get this started and go do that instead. Stop one thing because the fumes were to much, began another thing because it was quiet and had no smell.

But I got up off my lazy butt and got a few places cleaned out, so far this year, and I do not want to stop just because I am getting lazy or I think I don`t have time to be clean and organized.

Spring always seems to be the busy time of the year for me and cleaning, I think that is because I take out the houseplants that invaded the house for the Winter, I am itching to take them all out but I have to wait till I can make sure that the freezing weather is over, Once we had a freak snow storm in April! However I could not wait and I took out half of them today, especially the trees since they take up so much space. I cleared my wealth section, when using Feng Shui and I changed curtains, for the time being I am using a pretty shower curtain. ( the photo is that curtain)
 

After cleaning the bathroom, a little, I also took out a couple of inherited things from my bathroom, that I liked when they were in her house. An antique tissue holder and soap dish, but I am learning that sometimes when I like stuff that other people have does not mean it fits into my lifestyle or my decor. 

With only a few things and plants gone I feel SO much better.

I will dust sometime this evening, I hate dust and dust is what follows me to taunt me, sneezing and sucking away my clean air.

I have a few weeks open to get things done before I know where life will be headed. I am settled with one job and one job is over, so I just have the one that rules my hours, meaning I wont know how much I will work and how much time I will have for me, BUT I do have a few weeks to get life back on track in my home.

Spring cleaning and clearing out the clutter.

How about you? Removed anything lately?

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Minimalism Monday - One In One Out Rule



Anyone that has ever hoarded stuff, whether intentionally or not, knows this is the rule when you are cleaning out the hoard. If you buy something new you have to remove something you already have.

I like to keep my home maintained, I like it clean and I do not like clutter but sometimes I have clutter, mostly paper clutter and my house gets nasty but the thing with maintaining it is that you have to buy new and get rid of the old.

I do not recall what month but I had to replace the mini blinds in the dining room, they were beginning to bust up with just a bump while opening them daily. 

The next room was the kitchen, same deal. I swatted at a fly on the closed blind and one of the slats broke. I got the tape and taped it back together and forgot about it for a while.

I realized these mini blinds are seven years old, already, and that is why they were becoming brittle. Another thing I noticed was they smelled! Since this is now a non smoking house I can smell that gross smell left behind from before he quit smoking, I guess I was used to that smell until recently.

This month I decided it was time to start replacing the mini blinds. I went through the house and counted them, knowing I would not buy all of them at one, so to know how many I needed and to price them.

I ended up buying half of what I need, I replaced all the mini blinds in the kitchen, living room and my bathroom for under $35. 

I had set a budget for $50 and that was it, spend no more. So since I had a little money left over I decided that it is time for a new shower curtain liner, I usually replace them about every year anyways. 

The main bathroom gets cleaned more than mine does and I am often changing the shower curtain, I do have several I bought and a couple that looked new that was left behind by tenants. I have several colors of bathroom rugs that I also change out often.

This is what I did. 

I picked the oldest, but still looks great, shower curtain I own, its tri-color green on top, blue in the middle and purple at the end, and I hung that one with the new liner. I have a green and blue bath mat but no purple. I bought a $10 purple bath mat and a new liner. Both with tax included was $12.20.

With the mini blinds and the bathroom stuff I still came in under the $50 mark.

Now I am at the point I have to chose what goes out, or already went. 

Its a no brainer that all those old blinds went into the trash as well as the old shower curtain liner but what will I get rid of for the new bathroom rug I bought? 

Last night I changed the cats bedding and I tossed in a few older bath towels. No I do not wash the old ones that smell like cat urine, the boy cats mark their area. Today I am giving my beagle dog a bathroom rug, for the winter, in his dog house. I also took all the little plastic things I saved from buying fruit to the recycle bin, I was going to sell produce and use those but something had to go.

Okay, maybe I bring in one thing and take out two,but that`ll work!

As far as cleaning I still have dust on the furniture and I need to vacuum but preping the rest of the taxes will come first. 


How was your week past?

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By Andria Perry
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My Minimal Hoarding life - Mid Week Check In


Its already March 8th. and I have big plans to clean out this house once again this Spring, to me I seriously look at March as Spring because the temps begin to balance out and it stays warm for the most part. Spring cleaning! Or do I say " Spring clear it out?"

I am making myself a promise not to bring nothing else used into the house, nothing else new unless its absolutely a necessity for life. I am now making a single note book for what I take out and what I bring in, the food journal is working so why not apply that to other parts of my life I want to improve?

This past few days I have managed to get ALL the laundry washed, folded and put away. That includes clean sheets for two beds and a couple throws I keep in the car.

One bathroom : I took down the shower curtain and washed it, hung it to dry, folded it and put it away, I only left the while shower curtain liner for the moment. I changed out the color for the towels in the bathroom that is used the most, I switch up every couple of months so they will stay rotated and not get worn out so easily. I had to clean the toilet again, I have not made it to cleaning the tub or sink, the toilet HAD to be cleaned it was awful.

Pantry : I cleaned out a couple of crates I had dehydrated foods in, some needed to be tossed because somehow they got opened and air left inside and I did not feel comfortable eating it.

I cleaned up Tony`s area of the living room, he has gotten better about picking up his own trash, I had let him slide when he was so ill.

That is about all I have accomplished so far this week, I cant make plans to clean or clear out anything at the moment, I just have to go with the flow of life and working outside the home and maybe toss in a few hours here and there for cleaning up. 

How is your week so far?

More about this week? Playing catch up

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Monday, March 6, 2017

Minimalism Monday - I Let Go




There are times to let go of stuff, whether its already in your home or is about to move in. This is a hard one to make decisions about, but we all have to make them.

Last week was more of a week of work and I did not get much of anything accomplished, as far as with my home and getting rid of what needs to go here, But I have a different job than most people, I am a landlady.

People leave good furniture behind as well are dishes and what-nots, its not always just trash.

Over the past few months as people moved in and out I put all that was left over into one house that I was slowly working on until I had someone to move in, I approved her after taking the application so I had a week to get busy and get rid of and clean up this rental. After she had the water turned on we also had to do a few repairs, one due to the last tenants abuse to the house.

Some had their own appliances so the ones that I had picked up here and there was piled up.

This past weekend I plugged up three refrigerators, The only one that worked properly was the one I had put in this house, the small one.

I had changed out the stoves from gas hook up to electric because most people do not use gas anymore and this one had this old gas stove, I HAD planned on bring the gas stove home and using it as my canning stove set up outside for summer canning but I got so frustrated with all this .... this... 

Trash! 

I gave it all away to be hauled off as scrap. I helped the elderly man load it and unload it at him house.

When I got finished I had a small desk and a very small round table left and a very small pile of pure trash of busted boards and pieces of wood. I asked the tenant if she wanted the desk and table, she did, got rid of that! Now I just have a small pile of trash to haul off.

The only things I kept were the left over window shutters and the windows that was left there till I could move them.

Now lets backtrack to before, when I wanted to keep all of it.

Fridges are not cheap so I was going to have both repaired, probably under $100 each and store them in the basement of the old home place, that I just cleaned out last year. Gas stoves are not cheap and I thought I could save money by setting it up, somewhere around here, and using it instead of buying a new one for the summer canning. The desk is make of solid wood and is adorable, I was going to use it at my old home place for when I spend the night there for the laptop. The little round table I would have used on the front porch of the old home place with a chair on each side.

BUT I let it all go. 

When I think about it I do not need any of it. The stove may not have even worked anymore since no one had used it for years, they used the microwave! And one day soon I might even rent out the old home place, I have people asking for small houses all the time and its the only two bedroom house I have, and I would have to get rid of it then.

Sometimes I realize I do not have to hoard stuff, even for use in the rental houses, nowadays most people have their own appliances.

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I have to give God thanks for allowing me to get all the rental houses filled and sending me good hard working people.

How was your passed week?

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Minimalism Monday - Day Late And A Dollar Short


Whew! What a week that just went by. I have had life pile on top on top of life for the month of February, Today is the last day and I am glad to say goodbye February and Hello March!

One job is over, one of the time consuming jobs that I had to take on for the last six weeks, it was mid day and lasted several hours so that put a damper on anything I wanted to do that was major and would take time.

Last week I did not get much of anything accomplished, I just did the basic clean up after myself in the kitchen and bathroom, kept the laundry clean and put away.

I can see dust, no if and`s or but`s about it. I cannot clean it today because I have to work at my main job and for once I have a doctors appointment, my check up. The care taking job that is 24/7 is okay this morning, he is sleeping and I cannot be loud about whatever I do.

Did I add anymore stuff last week? 

No more junk but I did buy three file/magazine holders to organize what I still have.

More about : Organizing 

Did I stock on Food?

Being a homesteader and practicing minimalism is not easy, I tend to  stock up on home canned goods for each season of most vegetables and fruits, for a year if possible.

This week the price of strawberries was rock bottom for me so I processed 20 pounds, that may sound like a lot but when they are cooked they do get smaller, so that is just three cases jars.

More about :  The strawberries 

I will add that the talk of a root cellar had been on the table, How I would love one! That would make my life so much easier.

That is about it for the week past, this week I may get to do some cleaning out and clearing out, if its Gods will.

How was your week past?

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry