Week Five: More Clothes Than You Can Shake a Stick At

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is something seriously wrong with my head. It doesn’t work right. It’s kind of like a big truck with a little bitty battery; you turn the key, and it starts to turn the engine, but it just doesn’t have the juice to kick it over and let it run.

Here’s an example:

This morning, when My Sweetheart and I were waking up, he commented that today is another day for me to post a pic for the 4-day De-Clutter Challenge. When he mentioned it, I told him immediately that I planned on posting something really easy this week. “I think I’m going to post a photo of the bed of the truck.” That statement was turning the key in the ignition. Now that the time has come to actually take some pics and get them out there for you to see them and join me in the challenge, the engine just isn’t engaging like it should.

Instead of taking the easy way out, like I would do if my head was right, I am thinking about a massive pile of clothing in the warehouse. Make that 2 or three piles of clothing… Massive piles of clothing. All of it clean. Most of it folded or laid out flat, waiting to adorn hangers. If I had to quantify the amount of clothing waiting for attention, I would say that there is enough of it in the warehouse to provide modest wardrobes for nearly a dozen people… not counting the massive amount of infant, toddler and small children’s clothes.

The amount of clothing we have is sometimes the bane of my existence. And the most troublesome thing about the clothes is that most of them aren’t ours. Most of them have been tossed out by the bagful and sneak into the warehouse among the treasure that My Sweetheart brings home. Every now and then a few items which are sized to fit me will come through the door, but only very rarely. We go through the bags and pull out what we think will work for us and we make piles for alteration or upcyling, but I’ve only recently gotten the sewing machine needed for those projects. The task is pretty daunting at this point.

We need to make a trip to the donation center with a lot of the clothes we have here. I don’t know why we’ve been putting it off, but I do know that if I don’t post about the clothes today we won’t be accountable for doing something about it for at least a week. Posting a photo of the bed of the truck (which doesn’t happen to have much in it today anyway) isn’t going go very far in the progress department.

That said, this is my project for week number five: More Clothes Than You Can Shake a Stick At.

And this is but a fraction of the clothes I am talking about…. UGH!

See what I mean about my head not being quite right?! If it was right I would be showing you much less work!

I hope that some of you will join me this week!

(btw… Posting on a blog works a lot better when you actually publish your post rather than just previewing it and walking away. Duh! More proof that my head isn’t right…)

The 4-Day DeClutter Challenge (week 4)

If you read my response to MrsJ’s comments yesterday, you surely caught my reference to the 4-day challenge. I know that there are hoards of you hoarders out there poised and ready to shamelessly flaunt your clutter for all the world to see. I know you are all beside yourselves waiting and watching for me to publish this post so you can link the rest of us to the photos of your little corner of insanity.

I also know that after so many weeks of inactivity the likelihood that I am talking to an empty room is pretty high. Am I gonna let that get me down? You better believe it!

I joke. I joke!

I’m all fired up to kick this meme in the patootie, so here we go! (And I’m going to pick up on the week number as if we didn’t go weeks without a single round. It’s my blog… I can do that. :-D)

Instructions/Rules: (for those who would like to play along)

  1. Identify an area of your life that is overrun with clutter (could be a room in your home or workshop, your desk, your car, your purse, your wallet, a drawer… Even your file folders in your computer, your email inbox or to-do list… any type of clutter that you have been trying to ignore or overlook or work around is fair game for this meme)
  2. Get a photo of that clutter.
  3. Post your photo on your blog or Facebook or twitter or any place you are able to share images online and give the post the same title as this thread, The 4-Day DeClutter Challenge (week 4)
  4. Come back to this post and leave a comment that includes a link to the clutter photo you posted in step #3.
  5. Enjoy the rest of this week and the coming weekend any way you would like, but on Monday, take another photo of the area you photographed in step #2 and post it as you did in step #3 with the same title + the word “REVEAL”
  6. Come back to this blog again and keep an eye out for my REVEAL post and add a link to the post you made in step #5 in my comments.

The goal over the time between this post and the one on Monday is the de-cluttering of your featured area, but don’t forget the other goals of finding some inner and outer peace while meeting new people and having a little fun!

I guess there’s nothing left for me to say about the rules of the challenge at this point, so I guess it’s time to jump on in!

My area of clutter for week #4 is this desk: 

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This piece of furniture is a wreck in the room it is being moved from. In this space, it is a horrible catch-all that really does have just about the whole world thrown at it or on it on any given day, so it is out of here! No, not out of my life, just out of it’s current location and into a more practical place. What a relief it will be to be rid of this eye-sore in the main chillin’ zone of the entire warehouse!

Your turn!

**************************UPDATE**************************

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(Special invites to play are going out to: Not Messy (that’s MrsJ), Minimalism Journey, Janeys Room and my entire team at Upcyclers. Come play with me!!!!)

New Series… Help Me Name It, Please.

Quick side note: If you read my posts with any regularity, you know that the irregularity of my posts is an issue for me and you know that the issue would be resolved if I posted more frequently (and more significantly). Well, I’m posting today to let you know that I may have a way to reach that resolution and I’m both excited and a little squeamish over the idea behind it. The squeamish part is just about knowing that once I post my big idea I’ll be responsible for its execution. A week ago I wouldn’t have been as confident (although still queasy) about that responsibility as I am today. But a week ago I didn’t have a blog-buddy (or two) to back me up. Now that I’m buddied up, I’m certain that my uneasy feeling will go away once I actually spill the beans on my idea, so what am I waiting for?

I’m so glad Wednesday has finally come around again! Today is the day I’ve decided to launch a project series as part of the repurposedKATE experience. The series will focus on decluttering and repurposing my personal environment twice a week and just so I can’t be the only one having all the fun, I’m going to make it a meme… That means you get to play along! {Raises hand over head and squeals “wheeeeee” Gieco piggy style…} Not only do you get to play along, but you get to help me name it because I’m kinda blocked on coming up with a catchy moniker for this twice-weekly clutter and purpose meme-thing. But I should tell you how it works first, huh?

    Okay, the meme goes like this:

  • Every Wednesday (like today) I’ll post an image of some physical part of my life that has become cluttered or is not being used for its intended purpose and explain what’s not right about the area and how I would like to rediscover a valid purpose for the subject at hand.
  • That’s all I have to do on Wednesday to participate in the meme.
  • Part three comes in on Monday. I know I skipped part two, but I only did that because the next part that involves the blog is part three. For part three, I’ll post another picture of the same physical part of my life I posted on the previous Wednesday (along with the original image I posted on hump day). The Monday image will (fingers crossed) show how I’ve used at least some part of the four days in between to clear out the clutter and restore honorable purpose to that corner of my world. (

That’s about it for my part of the series, but it isn’t a meme without your part. Here’s what you’ll do to play along (and get in on some friendly link-swapping and shameless self-promotion): On Wednesday, post a pic of some little area of your world that needs a little TLC on your blog and post a link to it in the comments of the meme post on this blog. Then take four days to transform your problem area and do the same on Monday (post on your site & link to your post in the comments on my site) so we call all ooooh and ahhhh over your amazing transformation. Piece of cake and you’ll get a confidence boost to boot!

I’ll go ahead and start the part off right now… Well, I’ll start it in about 10 minutes with a fresh post.

Comments are open to everyone to post ideas for the name (or whatever you want to say about this idea). I’m linking this post to 100things100days, Not Messy, Restitch Me, Home Sweet Here and my Blog Buddies Janey’s Room and (from the BlogSpot universe) Minimalism Journey because each of these blogs has contributed to the inspiration of this series (and hoping for some help naming it).