Seven Seconds

From my BBFFJs linky party:  Inspire Me Monday. on Jan.2.

I saw this pic, from Ashley Phipps,

and it intrigued me.

http://simplydesigning.porch.com/7-hours-to-a-decluttered-home.      After I read it, I commented that I knew for sure it would take me more than 7 hours, because I’ve already spent 2 1/2 years de-cluttering, and now I have a house, screened porch, shed and workshop full STILL!!

But, I’m thinking I will print out her printable, follow it, and keep track of my time.  Then when I finish the 7 hours, let her know how far I got.      I could even make it my own 7 hour de-cluttering challenge!!       Of course, I’d link back to her, since it’s all her idea, and printable!

So, not sure which route I’ll go yet.   But definitely will do at least the 7 hours!!     But I better hurry!        Soon Queen Anne will be back at the Paper Purgathon again!  

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And I better be prepared to dive in with her!!       I promised!

So, the “seven” in the title is for 7 hours/7 days.   The “seconds”  is for the more than once, that I’ve de-cluttered!

Paper Purgathon Paused

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You’ve probably been wondering when I’d get back to the Paper Purgathon.        I just know it’s been bothering you, that I would just leave it hanging like I did.

Well, personally I had to pause it, to concentrate on Christmas prep.

 

And poor Queen Anne was felled by that massive migraine, that turned into a month long ordeal.    As I mentioned in Paper Purgathon Perch.       (We were both praying she’d survive.     It was catastrophic.)     So she was in pause mode as well.    All in all, we agreed all around to discontinue until 2017.

Now you know the rest of the story.

Paper Purgathon- Perch?

Nope, not a fish!     lol      Good guess, though!       Perch as in dwelling place.       I wanted cubbyhole- but, ya know the rules BBFFJ enforces so stringently!!        AND cubbyhole was NOT in my New Roget’s.    slob, humor, must be defective copy   (I think I got the one defective copy.      It was copyrighted in ’89, 1989, not 1889!      And I know for a fact that cubbyhole is older than that….  so I’m at a loss, as to how cubbyhole is missing.     Things that make you go “Hmmmmm.”      Rabbit trail ran out….  back to the post.)

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Paper Purgathon

Paper Purgathon- Pact

Paper Purgathon- Palisade

Paper Purgathon- Pal

Paper Purgathon- Pile

Paper Purgathon- Perch, where I’m currently parked.

Okay, I’m talking about the cubbyhole in my desk.      It was messy!!          Melinda, I’m shocked!       Totally NOT!!

slob, humor, perch- as in cubbyhole     First thing was to empty it out, and dust.      Done.

Then sort thru the contents, and hopefully dispose of them properly.       (I’m hoping I don’t find anything radioactive in there!)

Nope!      Whew!       Just random bits of flotsam, and jetsam.        {When have you last heard THAT phrase??}

slob, humor, flotsam & jetsam     The pen was super easy to dispose of!  slob, humor, pen in place

Some of the photos, and an old calendar banished to the (overflowing) memories box.

slob, humor, memories  1 postcard, stamped to mail.      slob, humor, letters ready to go 2 photos put in envelopes to mail to cousins.  

The bulletin for contacting church- I put in address book.  Why- I’m a genius!

A few other photos photographed, to blog about later.

slob, humor, sad story      This is a sad story, you’ll hear about later.    Promise!

slob, humor, slob proof 1983      Pictorial proof of slobbery, 1983.     I did NOT know Dad was taking this!     My dorm room, shortly before graduation.      Look how skinny I was!     On second thought, look how messy the room was!       Ignore me!

slob, humor, blast from the past     See?   I did so sew!     1991, Alaska, at a Mother-Daughter Tea.        It looks like the theme was “Little House on the Prairie”!       No, I didn’t make the quilt, nor did I know its colors beforehand!

So, after everything was all cleaned up, here it is now.

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So much neater! and lighter! (of paper, and related items!)

 

Just like Declutterathon- Da-shred!

(Yep, it’s all starting to run together in my head!)

Queen Anne’s Day 4: https://minimalistsometimes.com/2016/11/23/out-of-commission/  Poor Queen Anne was felled, but not from a massive paper cut, as I had feared.

Queen Anne’s Fellow Sovereigns:
– Viv, at GriefHappens, said she needed to be on this “like an over-sugared kid in a bouncy house”, and is joining with 30 minutes a day.🙂
– Jena, at All Round Better me,  is in for 60 minutes a week.
– Amy, at More time than money, also joining with 60 minutes a week.
– Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog, just told me she is joining, woohoo!

Sitting on the fence;
– Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder, is hard at work on her front porch, and hasn’t quuuuite decided yet.😉

– Gilly, at Anything Except Housework is no longer on the fence.   She had to withdraw from this challenge.     She is now full time care giver for her dad,  and mum, after an operation.   We’re here for moral support, Gilly!

Paper Purgathon- Pile, Pete, Pile

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Paper Purgathon

Paper Purgathon- Pact

Paper Purgathon- Palisade

Paper Purgathon- Pal

 

Yeah, I know, pile, Pete, pile no makey sense.     But I couldn’t put Repeat, like I wanted to!   (You know how stringent my BBFFJ is about the alliteration rules!       And since she’s a teacher, I don’t wanna get called into the principal’s office!!)

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And this is only since 11/9/2016

I finished up the pile of receipts on my desk.    FINAALLY!        And it only took 2 tries!      Woo hoo!

As I looked at the receipts, to enter the surveys, about 4 of the fast food ones were expired.   No judging!      It’s Christmas!      (Near enough for fast food excuses, anyway!)      So, those were easy trash decisions.

Now, it looks like this.

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I know, I shouldn’t show the solitaire game I’m playing!

 

Oops, I mean like this.                        slob, humor, neat receipts      Why Melinda, what neat receipts you have!            Thanks so much for noticing!

Then, because Nov. was already over, I just had to trash all the CVS receipts.    You only have until the end of the month to do the surverys.     😦            That’s what ya get for procrastinating!           I wasn’t procrastinating, I had other priorities!          Okay, yeah, I was procrastinating.

But, now it’s really neat!       No receipts!      (The few I kept to brag, blog about later, are in the Palisade.)

slob, humor, finally neat!

Ah!  Clean again!!      Nice!        (Having flashbacks to the Declutterathon Desk!)

Nap time!!

 

 

Queen Anne’s Day 4: https://minimalistsometimes.com/2016/11/23/out-of-commission/   Poor Queen Anne was felled, but not from a massive paper cut, as I had feared.

Our Other Fellow Sovereigns:
– Viv, at GriefHappens, said she needed to be on this “like an over-sugared kid in a bouncy house”, and is joining with 30 minutes a day.🙂
– Jena, at All Round Better me,  is in for 60 minutes a week.
– Amy, at More time than money, also joining with 60 minutes a week.
– Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog, just told me she is joining, woohoo!                                            – Barb, at Decluttering The Stuff, has gone through some of her papers as well.. but is staying far away from the scanning part (and I don’t blame her..)

Sitting on the fence;

– Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder, is hard at work on her front porch, and hasn’t quuuuite decided yet.😉

Sadly,

-Gilly, at Anything but Housework, had to withdraw from the challenge, due to becoming full time care givers for her parents.     We’re here for moral support, Gilly!!

Paper Purgathon- Pal

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Paper Purgathon

Paper Purgathon- Pact

Paper Purgathon- Palisade

 

Tonight as I was reading my news feed on FB, this came up.

http://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2014/03/how-to-reduce-paper-clutter

As my long time readers know, Nony is my slob mentor.    No, wait!       She did NOT teach me how to be a slob!         I did that one ALL by myself!         She’s my un-slobbing mentor!     There ya go!

(I sure wish I knew how to photo shop a pic of Nony and I together!  I’d be ALL over that bad boy!

slob, humor, Nonyslob, humor, happy!

Probably as close as I’m ever likely to get!)

Okay, enough fooling around with our heads….

So, since we’re in the midst of a Paper Purgathon, I thought, what better time than now to feature a post from Nony about paper de-cluttering??          Answer: None better.

Nony starts out:

How to Reduce Paper Clutter

Tips for reducing paper clutter at ASlobComesClean.com

Oh, how I don’t want to write this post. I’m only writing it because it has been specifically requested many many times.

Paper is a slob’s natural enemy. And I most definitely don’t have paper “under control.” This makes me feel unqualified to speak on the subject.

But . . . I’ve come a long way. A VERY long way.

So I decided to share how I have greatly reduced paper clutter in our home. Notice I saidreduced instead of conquered.

 

(Notice: Nony’s pic, not mine.)

Then she goes on to say:

So here’s how I’ve significantly reduced paper clutter in our home over the past few years:

 

(You’ll just have to go read her post to find out what she’s done!!)

http://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2014/03/how-to-reduce-paper-clutter

 

Now, since I’ve spent MORE than 15 min blogging about purging paper, does that count for today???

Not really!

Too bad!       I’m going with it!

 

Go check out what my fellow Queens are up to in their respective kingdoms!         Tell ’em PurpleSlob sayeth “Greetings, and Salutations!”

slob, younger clown me     What???    It’s a crown, isn’t it??

 

Queen Anne’s Day 3: https://minimalistsometimes.com/2016/11/21/2103-the-trial-and-error-of-scanning/

Our Other Fellow Sovereigns:
– Viv, at GriefHappens, said she needed to be on this “like an over-sugared kid in a bouncy house”, and is joining with 30 minutes a day.🙂
– Jena, at All Round Better me,  is in for 60 minutes a week.
– Amy, at More time than money, also joining with 60 minutes a week.
– Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog, just told me she is joining, woohoo!                                            – Barb, at Decluttering The Stuff, has gone through some of her papers as well.. but is staying far away from the scanning part (and I don’t blame her..)

Sitting on the fence;

– Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder, is hard at work on her front porch, and hasn’t quuuuite decided yet.😉

Sadly,

-Gilly, at Anything but Housework, had to withdraw from the challenge, due to becoming full time care givers for her parents.     We’re here for moral support, Gilly!!

 

Purge on, people!

Paper Purgathon- Palisade

Paper Purgathon

Paper Purgathon- Pact

Palisade??     Yup, means enclosure.     And I consider the filing cabinet an enclosure.     Hence- palisade!       You didn’t know you’d be getting vocab lessons with your Paper Purgathon, didya??  slob, humor, winky    Hope you don’t roll your eyes too hard at me!

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Ok, now down to today’s business.    Hitting the filing cabinet. AGAIN.      Seems like a theme with this purgathon, doesn’t it??

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The palisade

It only took me about 15 min to gather up, go thru, and sort this time.     YAY!!

I culled out the already paid, and showing on this month’s bills, to be shredded. Total: 9

Money receipts, large size, related to above mentioned bills, to shred.  Total 10.

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New and improved shred pile. (Well, not improved, but definitely added to!)

 

Pages cut out of the herd, for recycling, total: 12.

Empty envelopes for recycling, total: 10    (After I tore off these large windows, that I figure I can use somehow in crafting.)

slob, humor, reusable windows?       Who needs to pay for laminating???      Free is for me, baby!

The recycling paper pile going out the door.    

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Paper Pile leaving Premises

(No, they’re not floating in mid air.   I’m handing them to sweet friend, who had just come in to tell me he fixed my burnt out tail light.    He is a treasure!!)

Whew!   Glad that’s done!      (For now……..   bwahahaha!!)

Queen Anne’s Day 2: https://minimalistsometimes.com/2016/11/20/2102-document-keep-overview/

Queen Anne’s Fellow Sovereigns:
– Viv, at GriefHappens, said she needed to be on this “like an over-sugared kid in a bouncy house”, and is joining with 30 minutes a day.🙂
– Jena, at All Round Better me,  is in for 60 minutes a week.
– Amy, at More time than money, also joining with 60 minutes a week.
– Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog, just told me she is joining, woohoo!

Sitting on the fence;
Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder, is hard at work on her front porch, and hasn’t quuuuite decided yet.😉

– Gilly, at Anything Except Housework is no longer on the fence.   She had to withdraw from this challenge.     She is now full time care giver for her dad,  and mum, after an operation.   We’re here for moral support, Gilly!

Paper Purgathon- Pact

slob, humor, challengeIt was hard to come up with that first “P” word!

Here is my first mess to deal with, my desk.    Again.

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And this is only since 11/9/2016

Yes, I know it was only _10__ short weeks ago that I de-cluttered that same area in Declutterathon Desk.       AND??         Your point is??      Slob here!!      IN recovery- not recovered yet, by a long shot!!

At least I know WHY this mess!      And where it came from!       Christmas shopping!!         At Bealls, the perfect place to shop!!          Clearance, and coupons, and discounts, oh my!!

Yes, I used a credit card.        (hangs head in shame)           I officially messed up.        But, we’re not here to discuss that!        Paper!        A Paper Purgathon! is today’s topic!

And so since they’re receipts, (two of which are 6 feet long!!),   slob, humor, 6 ft receipts!

(Any new readers asking why I don’t clean up a little first, before I take pix??      That would be, cuz I stay true to my name.       I’m a slob, and I show all the slobbery, in all its hideousness.)

why exactly are they just piled higgledy piggeldy on the desk?      Well, because they have surveys on the back, that enter me into $500.00 shopping spree!         And, if they just stay piled up there, will that enter you??          Well…… no…… but…..         No buts!     Get busy, enter them then toss!             Yes, ma’am, immediately ma’am!

Wow, she gets bossy sometimes!

Read, type, enter…..  rinse, repeat.       Over, and over, and over again.

Hey, that only took me 30 minutes!         For the Beall’s receipts, you mean.         Yeah, well…. yes.         How about the Taco Bell, and CVS ones??            Oh drat!       I have to do all those too????                     But I only promised 15 minutes a day!!           whine, whine, whine…..

(BTW: good thing I did this!     I found a Dr. appt notice, and a chit for blood work under all that!          Whew!        Dodged a bullet there!)

I’m making an executive decision.      Since I only promised 15 minutes a day, and I’ve already done double duty for today, I’m DONE for the day!!

slob, humor, checking bill- twice!

Update:  Got the bill, so I’m checking it twice!    (Yup, I really DID charge all that!!)

 

Queen Anne’s Day 1: https://minimalistsometimes.com/2016/11/19/2101-sorting-time/

Queen Anne’s Fellow Sovereigns:

– Melinda, that’s me! is joining with about 15 minutes a day.
– Viv, at GriefHappens, said she needed to be on this “like an over-sugared kid in a bouncy house”, and is joining with 30 minutes a day.🙂
– Jena, at All Round Better me,  is in for 60 minutes a week.
– Amy, at More time than money, also joining with 60 minutes a week.
– Grace, at The CFO MOM Blog, just told me she is joining, woohoo!                                            – Barb, at Decluttering The Stuff, has gone through some of her papers as well.. but is staying far away from the scanning part (and I don’t blame her..)

Sitting on the fence;
– Gilly, at Anything Except Housework is waiting to see if we survive it all.😉
– Jen, at The Hidden Hoarder, is hard at work on her front porch, and hasn’t quuuuite decided yet.😉