Getting worse…

before it gets better…

Oy, I have made a holy mess of the third bedroom.  It’s already cramped in there, it should be called the multipurpose room.  It’s part hobby room, school room and craft room.  I’ll call it the craft room though to make it easier.

There are two walls that are covered with bookcases.  Those bookcases have Sully’s collectibles and family games.  The third wall has one bookshelf and large window, Boo’s desk for school is in front of the window.
 Between the window and the 
 fourth wall is a smaller bookshelf, that is my shelf.

The fourth wall is the bedroom closet and the door into the hall.  both bedroom doors are on an angle, which is nice and  unique for the bedrooms and the hall.
I took the doors off of the closet several years ago and put in shelves for my craft stuff.  It’s nice to have a place for my stuff, but it’s hard to get to and my scrapbook stuff is all over the place.  
My sewing stuff wasn’t even in the bedroom.  I had my sewing machine and a craftstore container full of thread, buttons and all of that other stuff on a shelf in the laundry room.  

Sully’s mom got this cart and I immediately wanted it.  I found it at Bed, Bath and Beyond online.  I went into the store used a coupon and got free shipping.  You have to ask if they can waive the shipping, so far I have been lucky.  I saved about $10 but had to wait over a week to get it.  

It was worth the wait, I love it.  My Cricut Expression fits perfectly on top.  I have all of my sewing accessories on the left side with my Cricut cartridges and accessories on the right side.  

I liked the craft cart so much that I decided I needed to have the scrapbook cart too.  I got this one straight off of Amazon.  I looked on other sites for discounts or coupons but Amazon had the best deal when price/shipping/time were compared.

The scrapbook cart is great too.  My small photoprinter fits perfectly on top and I have organized a lot of paper in the drawers.
My problem then became where do I put them.  I hadn’t really thought of it.  I knew I’d have to find a place for them but kind of ignored that because I really wanted both carts.
The craft room is already suffering, not only is it cramped from the hobby/school/craft uses but it’s housing a lot of the things that don’t have another place in the house.   A lot of them are recent items that we’ve brought home from Sully’s mom’s, some of it we’ve put away and others we just don’t really know what to do with.   Some of it we just aren’t ready to deal with, that’s ok but I need to find a better place to store things.
I made the bold decision to put the carts where I wanted them in the room.  It created more clutter in the room as I just moved stuff out of the way of the carts but it seemed better than cleaning up the room just to have to move things a second time.  There is room now on shelf under my desk where the Cricut and photoprinter were kept.  There will also be room in the closet where I kept the scrapbook paper that is now in the drawers.
Now is the part where I go in and move a few things around until I get stuck.  I will leave to go do something else, check on laundry, have a snack, whatever.  Later, I will come back in and just stare at the room.  Sully will come in and stare where I am staring and then whisper, ‘What are we looking at?’   We both leave and then when I am doing something mindless I will come up with a great idea.
It’s like Sheldon* trying to figure out how electrons move through a graphene sheet. Menial labor is the only way to let your brain figure out complex problems. And I can hear Sheldon asking, “Are you comparing your messy room with understanding particle physics?”
Hopefully, I can get in there to stare tomorrow.
*Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory
My June +1 for today will be a recap of how things went this last week.
I stretched for three days in a row and then nothing, but I did think about it everyday.  I’ve been pretty good about the water but I need to plan better to get all three 24 oz tumblers in before 9PM.   Taking the time for myself to read has been going well.  So, still working on stretching and free weights.  Only good times ahead.  🙂



Feeling better…

Finally, we all woke up feeling better this morning.  Boo still has a bit of  a cough but I think we finally have gotten to the end of things.

I have two and half days to get my house together.  I spent most of the day working on laundry, folding towels and clothes is so not my favorite thing.  It felt great to get something done, anything beyond just feeding the animals.

I really hope that I can get back on track.  This was supposed to be my year to get so much done and it’s been one thing after another.  It’s making me crazy.  The garage is a mess and my Spring Cleaning is about three months behind schedule.  I don’t even want to talk about the editing that was supposed to be done in January.  

Ugh, I think I am depressing myself…

Alright, I am just going to plan for this week and we will see after that.  At least I am on the road heading towards my destination.  I might have to make a lot of stops but I will get there eventually.  Right? 


Light at the end of the tunnel…

It was just a flicker but I think there is hope.  Believe it or not, I actually got quite a bit done today.  Yay me!

Boo wasn’t feeling well, it seems to be allergies because she is all good now with occasional sniffles and sneezes.  It’s not surprising though considering that it’s been really windy here the last few days.  She had an easy day though, I let her watch Harry Potter movies while she rested on my bed.

We took a trip to the store to get some stuff for lunch and dinner.  After lunch, I got crackin’.  I worked on some of my Spring Cleaning in the master bathroom.  I had originally planned on changing out all of the Winter bathroom decorations to make room for the Spring decor.  I had forgotten that I really wanted to do a bunch of the Spring cleaning stuff in there first.  I almost scrapped my plans but decided I would at least start some of the cleaning.  I had a few things that had to be done first, like dusting off the walls over the shower enclosure and cleaning the window over the shower.  It hardly took any time at all, so I jumped right into changing everything out.  I was quite excited that I was able to get the Spring decor up, it looks really good.  It’s a little bare, so I will have to look around and see what I can do to liven it up a bit.

Golden Garden III by Susan Winget


Another fresh start…

It’s the start of a new month and even though February wasn’t the best, I am planning on moving forward.  Positive thoughts, only good times ahead…

(I am going to keep repeating that until I believe it…)

So, this month’s goals are pretty  much a repeat of last month’s goals.

–  Focus on my fitness more, drink more water, drink less soda , eat healthier meals.

–  Edit my WIP.

–  Start my Spring Cleaning.

–  Do something creative.

–  Make time for me a priority.

–  Stay positive.  (this one might be harder than the rest).



Now that I am feeling better I am trying to regroup.  I have so much to catch up on, I don’t know where to start.  No matter what else I do, laundry will be on the list.  Beyond that, what should I work on… garage, master closet, craft room, desk, pantry or laundry room.  What about the floors?  Dust mop and mop?  Dusting bookshelves?  I have stuff to do outside too.  The never ending list…

I want to start my Spring Cleaning soon.  Normally, I would be almost done with my Spring Cleaning since we usually start right after we pack up the Christmas decorations.  There was other stuff going on and that just didn’t happen.  

I think my regrouping task for today is working on a schedule for my Spring Cleaning.  I can prep next week and then start the week after.  Onward and upward… only good things to come…


Clearing the clutter…

I have been working on packing up the Christmas decorations that have been adorning my house since the first weekend after Thanksgiving.  As much as I love the decorations, I always feel a sense of calm and certainty wash over the inside of the house as I slowly get the rooms back to normal.  It’s never quite normal though, each year we find something to change and eventually make better for the house.

I usually start my Spring cleaning as soon as the Christmas decorations are put away.  In Arizona that makes sense because Spring usually only lasts about three weeks before we start the fast sprint to the 100 plus degree days of summer.

I am finding that I need to cut some of the clutter personally, as well.  I have all of these unhappy thoughts and voices running through my head.  No, I don’t hear voices, it’s just my own critic giving me the what for.  Those voices and comments have to go, I don’t need the negativity.  So now I am replacing the negative thoughts with positive ones.

When I hear that evil whisper that I will never get my book rewritten, I just remind myself that I never thought I could finish a full length book and I have two proof copies and two other projects finished to say otherwise.

When I hear the voices say I weigh too much, I remind myself that I lost weight last year and I can do it again.

Positive, positive, positive!