Throwaway Thursday

I had today off today, and I mean completely off. No appointments, no meetings, no giant piles of laundry to tackle, no emergency cleaning, just a totally clear schedule. What a relief!

So the upstairs went from this:

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To this:

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And I threw or donated this:

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The table is visible! And useable!

And do you know what?  It took less than 24 hours for someone to use that table as a dumping ground.  And I swear it was not me!

 

 

Throwing nothing today

 

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Egads, how did this happen? It was so clean a week ago? The awful truth: this is truly where I dump items after I clean a different part of the house. In this case, the extra junk is from my kids’ rooms. So I guess I’m “rearranging” rather than cleaning. Sigh.

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But look at this side! A whole half of the floor is visible! The magic of rearranging, I can just keep shuffling it all around. At least part of the house will be clean.

Throwaway Thursday

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So, yet more stuff. How can there be so much?  Does anyone else have the phenomenon of multiple, random small objects that your children insist are toys? I found these at the bottom of the bins: a bunch of useless riff raff. But if the kids were here to see, I am sure they would not let a single one of these go!  The truth: some I chucked, some I donated, the rest I dumped back in the bins.  I couldn’t stand sorting through it for another minute.

 

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Here is this week’s pile, ready to leave!  Some went back to their original owners. Most just went to the thrift store, again. I also took the opportunity to organize the toy bins that are shown in the first picture. 

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This side isn’t so great.

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But look here!  You can see the floor!  And the table!  Wow!

 

On a different note, November is flying by.  And I have all of 4.000 words written for NaNoWriMo.  Blah.  But the kids are on tap to meet their goals, and are even having fun.  Hurrah!

Throwaway Thursday

I missed a Thursday post, drat! But I have been throwing! Last week I cleared out these items (plus 3 bags of clothing) from the upstairs space. Off to the thrift shop with those!

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This week I took the Duplos, two puzzles, a pair of gloves, shirts and pants, and a bunch of Comet’s old underwear and sent it off to my three littlest nephews! (I cleared the underwear bit with my sister first. Seems her husband has a habit of flushing dirty undies down the toilet, so they could use a few spares.)

 

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All those boxes left the house today! Phew! I am beginning to see more space upstairs. You can’t actually get at the table to use it, but you can imagine that you can. By that I mean you can see the table, which I could not have said a week ago.

My plan is to tackle the stuff that still remains on the table and the kids’ belongings first, then my pile of sewing projects, then the bookshelves. I am cooking! I can see the end in sight!