Desk Drawer – again!

As the end of the year approaches, I’ve decided to “start” decluttering all over again.  I began this journey in earnest with our bathroom.  I then moved on to my desk.   Here are the things that didn’t make the cut this time around.

1 box of pencils (16 pencils), counted as 1 but it could be 16!
5 postcards
2 protractors
1 chemical rings stencil
1 circle stencil
1 curvy line stencil
5 different types of address labels

16 (or 31) items leaving the house!!

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Decluttering the Bathroom – Again!

I finally finished the book I’ve been working on for about 5 months documenting one of John’s family lines from the 1740’s to present.  123 pages later!  I was really wanting to finish before Christmas to present a hardbound copy to mom-in-law and I submitted it to the book binding place a couple of days ago.  Hope it arrives before the holiday.

Now that that project is finished, while doing a much needed cleaning around the house, I decided to do a quick decluttering of the bathrooms again.  12 more items gone!  Now I should go finish cleaning the bathrooms!

What a great feeling of accomplishment on so many fronts!

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November 2017 Update

Our November wasn’t too productive on the decluttering front. We removed 6 items from the house.  That gives us 1435 items so far in 2017.

I doubt we will hit 2017 but that is OK.  We decluttered like crazy for 2 years and removed so much during that time (over 15,000 items!).  We are now finding occasional things that can leave – removing an item we want/need just because we have a 2017 goal is really stupid!

We have noticed that less comes into the house – that’s a good thing!

We took a weekend trip to Sequoia National Park during the month.  It was nice to get away for a weekend.  We were able to spend it with Kiddo #2 – her first weekend off since July and she wanted to spend it with us!!  It helps that she is averaging about 85 hours a week and really wanted to feel like it was something “unique”.

Feeling small in the world next to General Sherman.  This definitely puts a lot of things into perspective.

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We had 2 different Thanksgiving dinners – one at John’s mom’s house with his sister and her family, the two of us, and his brother.  Kiddo #2 was able to surprise us by getting off work early on Thanksgiving and arrived about half an hour after we sat down to eat.

Dinner #2 was at our house – just us and kiddo #2 on Saturday.  We love making a turkey and all the trimmings!  Nothing fancy but nice to enjoy seeing the kiddo twice in the same week!

Somehow the pic was taken before the gravy and veggies (roasted brussel sprouts) were put on the table!

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Air Fryer Experiment

Mother-in-law purchased herself an air fryer – and got to purchase a second one for 1/2 price! The joy!!

So she gave us one – not that we really need it!  We decided to test it out.

Results:

  • The chicken was awesome.
  • It thoroughly cooked a whole chicken in about an hour (35 minutes each side).
  • It didn’t heat up the entire house!
  • homemade gluten free onion rings were not awesome – sorry no pic – they were not photogenic!
  • Cleanup was a breeze.

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Final decision:

  • Kiddo #2 lives in an apartment without air conditioning.  We are finally experiencing normal temperatures but we have had 100+F days until last week.
  • Kiddo #2 works really long days – average day is about 14 hours, 6 days a week.
  • Kiddo #2 would benefit more than us with the mini convection cooker.  Cook a chicken on her day off and have food for the week!
  • Air Fryer is going to Kiddo #2!  She is actually looking forward to cooking whole chickens since Costco is too far from her now.  She was spoiled living in DC when it was 2 easy walking blocks away.

October 2017 update

It seems like yesterday I was writing about decluttering our keychains and then looked at the date – 4 weeks ago!

On the decluttering front, we removed 12 items from the house in October.

Grand total so far this year: 1429 items

This doesn’t seem like much but when you consider that we have now removed over 15,000 items from our lives.  We have both spent too many hours to document cleaning out emails and digital files (which we didn’t count).

Can we stop decluttering?  Of course not!  But I think our focus/outlook on what is essential has gradually changed over the last 2 years.  I think it will still be important to occasionally go through those same closets and drawers again.

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Declutter your keychain

We had a key break in the back door lock recently.  John did the lock replacement today and while we were dealing with a new key, decided to determine if all the keys on our keychains still work the door locks.  Guess what?  They don’t!!

I can only imagine that since we replaced doors and locks over 2 years ago after The Great Flood of 2015, these are old keys to the old locks.  Why didn’t we declutter them sooner?

How many unnecessary keys are you carrying around??

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