Which one are you going to focus on in your community??
A reminder of the 17 focus areas to transform the world by ending poverty,protecting the planet, andensuring prosperity for allas part of the United Nations sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. (taken from the United Nations website)
Some of you may remember that we had our house flood about 2 years ago. We affectionately (??) refer to it as the Great Flood of 2015. That was a horrible time. House flooded so we moved into a hotel, John’s dad passed away, and our daughter got married all within a month.
Barb’s first day with students this year was Tuesday. She came home to a damp rug in the master bath. Thought that was odd and decided to wash the bath linens. Walked into the guest bathroom to standing water. Not as deep as the Great Flood! This was about 1/4 of an inch. Just enough to be contained in the bathroom.
She immediately turned off the water to the house (lesson from the Great Flood) and began cleaning up the mess. This time we didn’t need the industrial water vacuum called out! It appeared the water was oozing from the boundary of the hallway tile and bathroom flooring. Thankfully, it oozed into the bathroom which is slightly lower.
Plumber was able to arrive on Thursday. Yep, we went 2 days basically with no water. When we had to flush, we turned on the water and quickly did anything else that needed water (washing our body quickly!!)
We had a leak in the pipe to the master bath shower. He was able to fix it within an hour!
Thankfully, the wall they had to remove is in the linen closet. A few things were damp but not permanently damaged. The plumber recommended a restoration team. Having been there before, we opted to rent an industrial dehumidifier and fan. It is a small space between the shower and wall. We feel we didn’t need a restoration team for this one!
Now we have to listen to these 2 devices for several days. Never so glad to be back at work!!
Another FORCED look at what is in the linen closet again!!
We are at the end of our self-imposed challenge. Our original goal was to average 18 items per day decluttered.
Today we removed:
an old inkjet printer
4 torn bags found in the garage
a leg? to something found in the garage
a wicker basket
another cell phone cover (again for a phone we no longer own)
2 small bags (one empty, one with thread)
1 screw in Barb’s jewelry box (not sure why it’s there)
1 complete box of slides of unknown people – Barb received this from her mom, when asked who they were “I don’t know. That’s why I gave it to you.”
1 set of slides, again with unknown people.
Today = 15 items
Challenge Total = 312 items
Average = 18.35 items per day!! We meet our goal!! Happy Decluttering Dance happening right now!!!
Thank you Jen at HiddenHoarder.com for the challenge idea! You motivated us to declutter just about every day for 17 days!
This morning Barb is “suffering” as she prepares for her colonoscopy this afternoon. John picked up an old coffee can, wandered the garage (to get away from the sufferer), and picked up all the stray nuts, bolts, screws, nails, etc.
Not sure how many items, but it has to be at least 18! John was not willing to count them.
So I walked into the garage to do a load of laundry and happened to look up to the top of the cabinets. Why?? Who knows! But I did find the home and supplies for the hermit crabs.
How long ago did we have Hermie and Crabby? I’m assuming about 12-15 years ago. Kiddo #1 was still living here and she graduated from high school in 2005. She moved away to go to college and has “never returned” (is that sounding too dramatic for this mommy??) I seriously doubt they were in our home her senior year – more likely earlier – hence the range. Does anyone remember when having hermit crabs was the big thing?? Early 2000’s??
So this morning we got up (not bright and early) to spend about an hour in the garage decluttering. Here are the 29 items we removed from our home. Now to load some into the car for a trip to the donation center.
3 plastic storage boxes.
1 wire closet organizer + 1 extra drawer
1 portable BBQ from John’s dad
1 gardening wire support
1 turkey fryer – used only once in 20 years
1 pair of crutches
1 child safety gate – ironically never used for our kids but to keep the dog away from the cat.
1 dried up rubbing compound
10 balls and 1 badminton birdie
1 pet watering bowl missing the water holding portion
6 miscellaneous trash things