Monthly Archives: February 2013

I am not Invisible

This is off topic, but I just feel a need to write about it.

This past weekend I took a tumble while walking my 100# dog; landing on my face.  So, now I have a big scab on my forehead along with a black and blue eye.

I have been a bit embarrassed by this, and took great care to “hide” it when I went to church on Sunday.

Yesterday I ventured out to the grocery store, and decided, what the heck, and had my hair pulled back in a ponytail when I went to the store.  Initially, I planned on wearing my sunglasses in the store, but decided against it.  I was really surprised at how many people actually “avoided” me while I was shopping; averting their eyes, looking away, pretending to be “oh so interested” in an avocado.  There was one gentleman that even turned and quickly walked in the other direction the moment he looked up and saw my face; heading for the bananas and looking oh so interested in them.

I sort of expected this type of reaction from the other shoppers.  The kicker was when I went to checkout.  The clerk wouldn’t look me in the face, he averted his eyes, and barely spoke one word to me.  The bag-boy did ask how I was doing, and did look me in the eye.  God bless him.

Is this how those who have physical disabilities and don’t look “normal” are treated?  Do I do this? (I try not to, in fact I try to look them in the face, smile and at least say hello.)  Were they wondering what happened to me? Probably.  Is that a valid excuse for this reaction to my “looks”?  No.

As a society we need to be more compassionate to those who don’t look “perfect”.  Whether it is a temporary imperfection (as in my case) or what “normal looking people” consider a permanent imperfection.

I challenge you to this – next time you are wherever in society and see someone who isn’t “perfect”; whether in a wheelchair, an elderly using a walker, someone with a big bruise on their face, or a purple birthmark, anything that our society seems to “shun”, go out of your way to look the person in the eye, and at least say “hello”, “how are you”.  You aren’t going to “catch” anything from them, and you will make their day.


Day 52 – Will the Shredding Ever End?

I thought I saw the light at the end of the shredding tunnel…
Turns out it was a train barreling toward me!

Yes, another day, another 2 bags of shredded documents.

I am happy to report that I have FINALLY finished with the document shredding and ridding my office space of un-needed, excess, in very good shape, office supplies.  Knowledge Arts Foundation (non-profit) will be very happy to get these supplies for their administration as well as the teachers they support. 🙂

I also found 50 3 1/2″ floppy disks that were never used…into the recycle they go – Does anyone even use those anymore???



I will admit – I have been lazy when it comes to decluttering the house this week.  Not sure if it is the weather – the Lenten season (giving up something?  How about not decluttering??  HA) – or, well, I find myself more than 1/2 way through the house now, and it is only February!  So maybe I am just “pacing myself” since I did give myself a year to get through all of this.

I think the other overwhelmning thing was dealing with all that paper and the shredding that ensued.  I’m still not done.  I have 3 drawers and one cabinet space still waiting for decluttering to take place.  My couch in the Den also needs to be decluttered as it is “holding” many items that need to either find a proper place.

Okay – so what does all this have to do with vacuums?  Well… I have been so busy decluttering that the normal house cleaning has taken a bit of a back seat.  Enter the NEATO ROBOTIC VACUUM!

Picture courtesy of website

I stopped by my friend Amy’s house last week, and she had her NEATO vacuum cleaner going.  The one thing that I LOVED about this one compared to others out there – it vacuums in straight lines!  Us “Type A” personality people love that!  I’ve been considering buying one of these gadgets (not clutter if you use it!), but the price tag on the ones I saw were more than I wanted to pay, plus some friends that have the other models weren’t really excited about how well they cleaned.  So, when I got home, I promptly got on the internet and found a very reasonably priced NEATO (you can find them on Amazon and Ebay – brand new models).  Three days later, my floors are now swept, and I didn’t need to do a thing besides press the “start” button.  I know I will be using this wonderful time saving device daily.  🙂

Rex and Roxy (my pups) are not bothered much by it either – though they do run from it when it gets too close.

Now if I could just find an automatic furniture dusting unit!  🙂

5 minutes a day

So I haven’t had a chance to write today. So I thought I would share this post from a fellow blogger who is also dealing with her “cleaning demons.

Real-Life Busy Wife

As I’ve mentioned before, my least favorite task is folding and putting away clean laundry.  I’ve been really busy lately, focused on my diet, exercise, and studying – but I’ve managed to keep the house in good-enough-for-company shape…except (no surprise here) the master bedroom.  Though I refuse to let the bed go unmade, piles of laundry, both clean and dirty, have formed.   I blame my lack of a dryer for the dirty piles, because I haven’t had time to go to the Laundromat to dry towels…so I don’t want to wash them.

I need a spare hour and a half to tackle this…but with all my time and energy focused elsewhere, I don’t feel like I have that amount of time to devote to it.

This morning, pushed to my limit with the mess, I got the bright idea that maybe it doesn’t have to be 90 consecutive minutes. …

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DAY 51 – Tax Returns

No, not for 2013. But many years gone by..and more shredding…

Today I tackled my drawer where I keep my tax returns. Yes, they have had a drawer all their own.  I thought I only had returns going back to 2002ish…but low and behold I actually had returns dating back to 1987!! 

Yea. My shredder for another workout today.

What Day is It?

Okay – So I admit, I did take a couple of days off from decluttering this weekend.

I did do a bit of work on day 47 and 48, (guest bath closet and cabinet under sink).  I also cleaned out and shredded more papers from a small 2 drawer metal filing cabinet (Day 49).  I also found a good home for the filing cabinet, a non-profit that my neighbor Mary works with.  Day 50, well, let’s just call that a day of rest.

Anyway, I just didn’t post anything the last few days.  Here are the after pictures:

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Overall, I am doing pretty good in decluttering the house, and am well on my way to being done with it in 365 days.  It is amazing how easy it is to declutter one very small area at a time.

Yes, I did skip a few drawers and cabinets in the Den, I will get back to those this week.  I just needed a break from all the papers and shredding.  Needed a quick declutter project that made me feel like I was making BIG progress (i.e. small declutter projects…)  🙂

Day 46 – More Papers…

Okay, I have a confession to make… I haven’t shared with you all the papers I have stashed in the Den.  I hate to admit it, but I think it would be helpful for others to realize they aren’t alone in this issue (or maybe I am hoping some will come forward and admit they have the same problem).  I actually have BOXES of documents/etc. in my den that I have to get cleared out in addition to all the stuff I have stashed in the drawers and cabinets of the built-in bookshelf/desk.

There – I said it.  Whew!  How have I been able to hide this? Well, whenever someone comes over the first thing I do before opening the front door is close the den door so no one can see the mess that is in there.

I am proud to say that I have been a shredding fool as well.  Today I took 6 20 gallon kitchen trash bags full of paper to the recycling bin at the school down the street. Yes, we do have curbside recycling pick up, but these bags were taking up so much space in the garage, I was feeling a need to get them out of there. Every time I walked into the garage they were staring me in the face, making it hard to get around in the garage, I was feeling stressed! Now I can focus on getting more documents that I don’t need to keep shredded and out of here!

I am also really happy to have my den back! Now family can come visit and actually have someplace to sleep! 🙂