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Posted on: Mar 21, 2011 01:00PM - edited Feb 21, 2012 12:21PM by suzwes

suzwes wrote:

 

Okay friends, I'm updating this info.  I love the picture though so I'm leaving that!!  I continue to look at a very unorganized house.  My friend Zogo had an idea about a thread for decluttering and I thought why not get one started.

Feel free to share decluttering or organizational ideas or hold yourself accountable to us. We have a fun group to share with and want you to jump in!  Below are a few links and info that might be helpful to get you started or to review from time to time.

Fly Lady: http://flylady.net/

Wonderland shared Jeff Campbell's Clutter Rules. Go to www.jeffcampbell.com/Rules-Clutter/ for more details on each rule.

1. When in doubt, throw it out

2. Use it or lose it

3. Efficiency counts, so store things accordingly

4. Handle something once (this is my personal favorite. Another way to state it is "Touch Paper Once")

5. Recycle it

6. Pick a number and stick with it

7. Use a file cabinet

8. Do Something (another personal favorite)

9. A place for everything, and everything in its place

10. Items displayed in the house have to pass a test

11. Don't do things "later"

12. Label things

13. Call in a professional


Suzette Dx 4/3/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 11, 2017 08:11PM glennie19 wrote:

Poodles: Congrats on the weight loss and the new wardrobe!

Divine: I like the feng shui decluttering advice and the power of words!

Honeybeaw: that is a sad story.

Being inside in the cooler weather and decluttering is great for all of you up north,, for me in FL,, NOW is the time of year I can work in the yard without dying of heat stroke! But I'm still cleaning out a little here and there. Got the shed out back cleaned out and organized with the paint cans and gardening stuff. Can easily walk in there now and find things.

Fibromyalgia and Truncal Lymphedema,,, some of the fun things I live with. Total hysterecomy 9/29/14 Prophy MX Righty 11/30/17 Dx 6/27/2013, Paget's, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/7/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx DCIS
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Nov 11, 2017 09:17PM - edited Nov 11, 2017 09:18PM by Mominator

I found this sectional by the side of the road. It was from a rarely used room. A couple was downsizing and wanted to replace this sectional with bedroom furniture for visiting grandchildren.



In our house, this sectional is replacing a very old sofa and two chairs from hubby’s grandma.

I was so happy how nice the room looks that it inspires me to keep decluttering.

Mominator, BRCA2+, STK-11 VUS, wife, mom to 3 children of various special needs, musician, volunteer. My Mom dx DCIS age 62, ILC stage IIIA age 79; Mom just passed 2/28/18. My Grandmother died of ovarian cancer age 48. Friend to Lori M, died 5/25/16. Surgery 11/11/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 1/18/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 6/30/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant
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Nov 11, 2017 09:46PM mustlovepoodles wrote:

HoneyBeaw, it really is sad when you read something like that.  Sometimes people are so attached to their things that it interferes with relationships and normal life. My sister's in-laws had a similar story.  The MIL had signs of dementia, but the FIL wouldn't allow anyone to intervene. They were Class A hoarders--like, they would be seriously eligible to be on TV. Every room in the house was piled high, to the ceiling, with little rabbit trails throughout the house.  MIL had taken to falling on the stuff, but she was always able to get back up. Then, one night, she fell out of bed. She couldn't get up and she was in too much pain for FIL to get her up. He had no other option but to call 911. 

It took the EMTs almost 20 min to get to her because of the immense hoard. They had to clear paths through each room just to get the stretcher to her. They called Adult Protective Services right at the scene. FIL was furious--he just wanted them to put her back in bed and leave!  Totally in denial. 

Unfortunately, MIL broke her pelvis and her lower back.  Her dementia took a dramatic turn for the worse while she was in the hospital; she went to memory care upon discharge and died shortly thereafter. The FIL was not allowed to return to the house unless he cleaned it up. He finally was forced to admit that it was far beyond his capabilities and he entered an assisted living facility, where he absolutely thrived.  My sister and her husband  came down to clean up the home and put it up for sale. It took them 6 WEEKS to clear it out and they filled up 7 of those giant dumpsters. His mother was one to store important things with trash things, so they had to go through every. single. box. and. bag. Six weeks. They swore they'd never do that again. And then OUR mother died and left almost the same situation, but not quite as bad. 

Which is why my DH and I have been on a tear since June to reduce our belongings to the minimum needed to have a good life: it all fits in a 10' x10' storage shed. We have moved into our 33' RV, so there is really no room for things that aren't necessities.  I think our kids will thank us for it one day. 



Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Nov 11, 2017 09:49PM - edited Jan 10, 2018 08:55AM by Teka

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Nov 12, 2017 08:02AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Good morning friends- I continue along with my quest of decluttering. Still getting rid of home decorations that no longer fit (nor need to be stored) and clothing that is too big for me. Each time I go to either consignment or thrift, I bring many items and come away with some nice treasure. This week it was this pair of never worn leather boots from the thrift shop I take a lot of my donations to. Only $6 too! I have two more apts with consignment this month to get rid of more things, including some holiday wear that I have too much of (don't seem to go to as many holiday events anymore....)

Mominator- that is one seriously NICE find by the side of the road. That sectional is in mint condition and looks perfect in your space. One of the nice things about clearing out of things you don't want or need is to have space for something like that which is just perfect. Enjoy your new sectional and keep purging!

Teka- I am doing outdoor decluttering too as I broke down the outdoor things this week. Throwing out a bunch of old pottery. Muy rule is usually something like 10-20 things out, 1 new in!

Honey and MustLove- sad stories about the hoarders and the people around them who seem to just sit on the side lines, but think it is harder than one might imagine about how to deal with this. I have a friend whose father was a hoarder and used to make the kids rummage through the dump for junk. The family tried for years to get him help without his willingness, but did manage to get him to keep his hoarding in a garage space, that was floor to ceiling with is stash. But when he became ill, they took over and got a company in to clear things out. Stories of hoarding do keep me on my toes and constantly purging......

Gennie- it was very hot here this summer and so some of the decluttering in the garage had to wait to the fall with the cooler weather. Good luck getting things done now that you have cooler temps too.

Keep going ladies......


Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Nov 12, 2017 08:41AM NativeMainer wrote:

Teka--Hooray for spiffy windows!

Honey--oh, my, what a sad story. I can see how all the junk can pile up when someone doesn't feel well, or has depression, especially if they live alone. Even with family it can get ahead so sneakily. I can picture her striving mightily to keep her husband's work clothes in decent shape and not having any energy to do anything else. I was functioning that way for quite a while, keeping up with the work clothes and letting everything else go because I just did not have the energy left to even think about it. It took a major change in my life to turn things around. The cleaning out is still not complete, but I've cleaned outmore than 20 cubic yards of junk, trash and clutter since spring and am still making progress. I feel so badly for that poor woman who never had a chance to change things and feel the sense of control and accomplishment that brings.

Glennie--Good for you getting the Shed cleaned out and organized! Yup, time for me to focus more inside than outside, got to take the environment and temperature into account while doing this work.

Mominator--WHAT A FIND!!!

Poodles--I'm sure your kids are thanking you now for downsizing and minimizing!

Jazzy--nice boots!

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 12, 2017 09:23PM glennie19 wrote:

Mominator: Awesome find!!!

Poodles: good for you for thinking of the kids. Been trying to get my mom to de-clutter, she's not a hoarder by any means,, but there is still a LOT of stuff in her house.

Fibromyalgia and Truncal Lymphedema,,, some of the fun things I live with. Total hysterecomy 9/29/14 Prophy MX Righty 11/30/17 Dx 6/27/2013, Paget's, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/7/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx DCIS
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Nov 13, 2017 07:40AM DivineMrsM wrote:

Mominator, it isn't every day you come across such a great cast off; the sofa is a terrific find. The bonus is you have the perfect spot in your house for it! It looks fabulous!

Yes, the hoarder stories are sad. Ocassionally, local news here reports on situations similar to that. Once it was a fire and the woman inside perished because she could not be reached over the mounds of debris in her house.

I've read up on hoarding, and two brothers, the Collyer brothers from Harlem, became infamous in the 1940s because of their bizarre hoarding. It may have been one of the first kinds of these hoarding stories to come to light. They were accomplished men whose lives disintegrated into this behaviour over the years. From Wikipedia: "they obsessively collected books, furniture, musical instruments, and myriad other items, with booby traps set up in corridors and doorways to ensnare intruders. In March 1947, both were found dead in their home surrounded by over 140 tons of collected items that they had amassed over several decades."

Heres a link if you want to read the article: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collyer_brothers

Glennie, you're right, the cooler weather in Ohio brings me indoors to tend to household matters. Many people like to spring clean, but I do it in the fall; in the spring, I want to be outdoors caring for the yard and flowerbeds enjoying the nicer weather.

Poodles, we camped in the summer for several years in a 27 foot RV. No way could I downsize that much for every day living, even at 33 feet!

We've been really good about not allowing stuff to creep back into the home after discarding old stuff. Our house was originally a side by side duplex that we opened up to live in the whole thing. This means we have lots of room and rooms and it is easier to take on more than you need if you are not paying attention. We are more vigilant about that at this point in our lives.
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Nov 13, 2017 11:12AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Divine- interesting article about the brothers in NYC.


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Nov 14, 2017 06:01AM NativeMainer wrote:

Wow, what a story about the brothers in NY.

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 14, 2017 12:58PM Wren44 wrote:

Hoarding to the extreme is definitely a mental illness. Hard to treat because the person who has it isn't the one who's distressed by the mess. Sometimes I worry about DH. Yesterday I noticed a 2 pint container in the basement full of twisties to fasten bags and the flat fasteners that come on bread. I'm sure there's a small container in the kitchen as well.

Lumpectomy and re-excision followed by mastectomy of right breast. Five years of anastrasole completed.
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Nov 23, 2017 08:46AM - edited Jan 10, 2018 08:55AM by Teka

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Nov 24, 2017 06:51AM NativeMainer wrote:

Gobble, Gobble!

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 24, 2017 07:11AM DivineMrsM wrote:

Here we are heading into the holiday season....rather, we are in it! Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I had family in for the day, about 11 of us this year; everyone brings a side dish. Last year I was overwhelmed with the preparations (had additional guests, too) so I mindfully made certain to keep it more simple this year with great success. I put out minimum Thanksgiving decor as the main thing was that the house was clean, and that was good enough. I bought a smaller turkey, made less stuffing, bought less soda, and bought a nut roll instead of making pie, which my sister always brings pumpkin pie and a few others anyway. We still had so much food left over, even after guests took plates of food home.

The house felt so good uncluttered. Of course, I wish I'd always approached family gatherings and special occasions this way! Live and learn.


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Nov 24, 2017 01:12PM Wren44 wrote:

My prep consisted of getting the house clean. It's so easy to let it go when you know you'll hurt. DH did the sides and DD cooked the turkey and 2 kinds of dressing. Army 1st Lt was there on leave from his post in Arizona and his girlfriend, who is a vegetarian. DH made 2 kinds of gravy, veggie and turkey. She is a lovely young woman, graduated in June, and is working for a firm that does accounting audits. She was appreciative of all the vegetarian dishes available. I told her we'd been vegetarian in the past, so it was easy. Sai is going to Korea in Feb. (heart in throat) and is looking forward to the adventure. The clean house is inspiring me to do some decluttering, so I should get busy. No shopping on black Friday for me, although I might go to an art supply store that's employee owned. It's not in a mall.

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Nov 24, 2017 07:08PM mustlovepoodles wrote:

This Thanksgiving we decided to change things up. The past two Thanksgivings were sad and unsatisfying, mostly because of my adult kids.  My daughter-the-chef had promised me both years to help with the cooking, then reneged without warning both times. Last year, my mother was supposed to join us but go extremely ill at the last minute and couldn't make the trip. Last year my daughter and my son showed up 1 hour and 2 hours late for dinner and had the audacity to be upset that the food was all in the fridge.  That was IT. I QUIT!  I packed my things and LEFT.  Drove myself 8 hours to stay with my mother in the hospital for two weeks. 

So, in Sept I told my DH and kids that I would not be cooking this year (DH was all for that!)  So, we elected to go to a resort that has a nice Christmas light show and stay in a cabin for three days. I invited my kids and my sister to join us for Thanksgiving dinner at the main restaurant.  Unfortunatly, my kids couldn't be bothered (their loss--well, and mine but that's a whole nother post) but my sister and her family joined us at the resort. We had a blast!  On Tuesday night we all took my youngest son (22) to see the Christmas lights--he is severely mentally handicapped and nonverbal, but he adores lights and music so this was perfect for him.  Then Wednesday was spent watching movies and hanging out, culminating in a ham feast at supper--ham, tater salad, green beans, devilled eggs, apples, brownies and ice cream. Yum!  Then, on Thanksgiving we got up late, watched all the parades and the National Dog Show, then leisurely dressed in our Thanksgiving shirts and met my sister's family for dinner at the buffet. It was heavenly.  We ate our fill, then spent the rest of the day at the local botanical garden. 

 I'm so glad my sister made the effort to get together. Together we took care of my mother for the last 6 months of her life.  Mother passed away in June, so I knew this holiday season was going to be difficult.  Hats off to dear Sister, who made this Thanksgiving more bearable!  We will be doing this again! 

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Nov 24, 2017 08:01PM DivineMrsM wrote:

Oh my goodness, poodles, that sounds like a truly wonderful Thanksgiving. You are so smart to do things your way and make it easy on yourself. I love how you chose not to set yourself up for disappointment and instead, took control of the holiday and shaped it in a way that had great meaning and was so satisfying. I am sorry for the loss of your mom, may she rest in peace. Btw, I visit every botanical garden I can, I love them.

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Nov 25, 2017 11:00AM NativeMainer wrote:

Mrs. M--what a wonderful Thanksgiving you had! It's amazing how downsizing a bit makes such a big difference. I'm looking forward to next year when my house will be company ready and I can prepare Thanksgiving dinner for the family.

Wren--I don't do any Black Friday shopping, either, unless it's on line. I just do not like being in big crowds. There's a big mall near me that I actually have not set foot into for more than 2 years! I actually cannot remember the last time I was in the Mall. Now I hear that a good part of the Mall is empty. One of the anhor stores, Macy's, closed down a year or so ago. I do like local shopping, though.

Poodles--Good heavens, last year was a disaster! No wonder you quit. I would have too. Your mom getting sick is excusable, and out of her control, but to renege on cooking at the last minute and to show up late without the excuse of a blizzard or something similar is just rude and selfish. The resort stay sounds like a fantastic way to relax and celebrate and visit with family. Too bad the kids didn't come, but someday they will regret that choice. What a wonderful sister you have to help make this first holiday without your Mom more bearable.

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 25, 2017 04:42PM - edited Nov 25, 2017 04:43PM by mustlovepoodles

LOL, NM, they already regret not showing up I think.  DS begged me to get together for pizza today. He admitted that he had a terrible Thanksgiving. No turkey dinner. He ate hot wings at Hooters, the ultimate in "sad, lonely holidays." DD ended up sick in bed by Thanksgiving afternoon, so she gets a pass.  All I can say is they need to do better at Christmas or they'll be getting coal and switches...

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Nov 26, 2017 08:38AM NativeMainer wrote:

Poodles--sounds like DS has learned his lesson already! Poor DD, being sick on the holiday and all alone. Bet the do better at Christmas!


"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Nov 28, 2017 08:43PM - edited Jan 10, 2018 08:55AM by Teka

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Nov 29, 2017 01:13PM - edited Nov 29, 2017 01:19PM by DivineMrsM

Thanks for the blessings, Teka.

A couple months ago, I sent a second batch of home videos to iMemories. I sent the first batch in over two years ago, so about 65 videos total, taken over 20 years time. The website transfers VHS to digital and allows you to edit videos & create DVD compilations from what you send in.

I'd been editing the first batch a little at a time. It's very time consuming. I managed to create six or seven DVDs, ones for my extended side of the family, one for my husband's side of the family, and a couple for me with mostly just me, hubby and son. When I sent the second batch of videos in, I started to feel overwhelmed again.

Then it occurred to me to order DVDs of the videos I'd already created from the first batch, rather than wait until I edit the entire collection. So, I placed a DVD order today. It feels great to complete this first part of the project. I hope to receive the DVDs in time to give a few as Christmas gifts.

After the new year, I'll start viewing and editing the next 30-some videos. I even give myself the time frame of a whole year to do so! Since the first ones are out of the way, I am starting with a new slate and it feels much less cumbersome.


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Nov 29, 2017 02:11PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Divine- what a great idea to make those videos into CD and give them as Xmas gifts. Great reuse of things and also provides an experience for people with conversations to go with them, vs. things they don't want or need. Bravo!

Took my last round of donations to consignment today with holiday wear I don't wear. I am self employed so I don't get invited to as many holiday work events, but left enough velvet and sparkles for the events I will do.

Consignment shops are a great place to get a holiday outfit, by the way, for very little money! Then you can recycle it back to the store if it is a one time only place to wear it. Also great for mother of the bride and/or gown type things, depending on the store.

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 4, 2017 08:33AM Jazzygirl wrote:

Happy holidays friends!

I cleared out a bunch of my Xmas stuff a few years ago after going through containers of things for Xmas and then saying to myself "wait a minute, I don't even LIKE Xmas that much! Donated a small artificial Xmas tree, some pillows, rugs, etc. I am down to two containers and hoping after this season to be down to one for Xmas and one for the fall (my bigger decorating time).

But yesterday, I was going through some music CDs to pull out my holiday music and counted up like 45 holiday CDS (including some double CD albums). Many of them I have not listened to for years, and some I know I don't want (given to me by others, etc.) So my goal this year is to put them in the 5-CD player in my home and listen to them as we go along. Anything I DON'T like is going to be donated to my favorite spot I found this year. I did listen to my first set yesterday (keepers) and starting on the second and did delight to find some old favorites I have not played in some time too. I love Xmas music and enjoy listening to it November until New Years!

I do have a few other Xmas things from my mother's house to donate too. Tis the season to be purging. I will let you know how many CDs remain (and it is okay to keep them as long as I like them and will listen to them each year). I am reminded many people want to have holiday experiences but cannot afford to go to stores to buy new things and so the thrift shops and the like provide a place for holiday goodies for very little.

I have some greater CDS to go through too, but that goes on next year's list!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 4, 2017 11:45AM - edited Dec 4, 2017 11:48AM by DivineMrsM

That's a lot of Christmas CDs, Jazzy!

Every Christmas has its own feel to it, depending on what the year has brought leading up to it. I don't try to re-create Christmases past. This year, I want minimal decorations because too much makes me feel claustrophobic. I know some people who insist on putting out every single Christmas decoration they ever had, every single year. I have some things that are a tradition to put out, a felt mitten with my son's hand print when he was in kindergarten, my mom's manger scene, a little plaque that says "the best gifts at Christmas are family and friends". I do love to fuss over the tree, tho it has gone from a monstrous nine foot sprawling one in front of the window back in the day to presently a slender seven foot tree tucked in the corner. Still adds a lovely holiday touch.

But every year, my table centerpiece changes. This year it is a two-tiered candy dish that I've had for years and a couple snowflake candles. I have a small snowman collection that I display wherever the mood seems right. I'm not putting lighted garland on the fireplace mantle; its in a room we seldom use. I sold most of my Christmas village in the spring garage sale along with other Christmas wreaths and decor. Dh hangs lighted garland on the front and back porch. For,us, it's enough and feels plenty Christmasy.


found lump 12/22/10~er+/pr+/her2- stage iv bone mets~chemo~lumpectomy~radiation~arimidex~ "The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places."
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Dec 4, 2017 05:29PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Divine- I know, right? I was a bit appalled by the number of CDs but told myself the same thing "too many, weed out the ones you don't want and donate them" and keep your favs. Like everything else we are doing these days.

I know you guys know I am the Queen of Consignment and had taken some nine home things (including a couple expensive rugs) plus some nice southwestern jewelry I don't wear to resell a few months back. With everything I put in, the amount back I should get if everything sells was like $600 and today called and found out I have a check for $285 waiting for me. Whoot whoot! I also took some of the last of my winter consignment (holiday wear) items in to my clothing consignor last week and have about $120. I will hold on to that credit for now and wait until after December and then cash out on the major that has been sold. I am doing very well with consignment this year!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 5, 2017 12:27PM Vargadoll wrote:

2 loads to the local thrift ship yesterday! DH unloaded several lawn lowers and poker machine to! We are in get rid of mode! We have so many things still in boxes from our move 4 years ago. I haven' missed one item in those boxes! Slowly going through them and only kept a few things.

The Christmas tree is up and I will work on the rest of the house this week and weekend.

Clutter be gone!


"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come" Proverbs 31:25 Dx 12/23/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/7/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 4/13/2017 Breast
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Dec 5, 2017 01:24PM Jazzygirl wrote:

Vara- good job! I got rid of some things in boxes this year from my parents home I took 12 years ago and never missed having.

More space, less stuff!

Dx 9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/15/2012 Lumpectomy: Left, Right Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Surgery 11/15/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/7/2013 Breast Radiation Therapy 2/25/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/21/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane)
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Dec 5, 2017 04:45PM mustlovepoodles wrote:

Well, we took the last load to thrift today. Movers come in the morning. We close on the house Fri at noon, then hit the road.

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Dec 6, 2017 11:18AM NativeMainer wrote:

Vergadoll--clutter be gone, indeed!Good job!

Poodles--what a huge job nearly done. You must feel accomplished, and tired!

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." Audre Lorde Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/15/2007 Lumpectomy: Right Surgery 3/29/2007 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/10/2007 Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/5/2007 Hormonal Therapy 4/25/2008 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/15/2008 Mastectomy: Left Surgery 6/21/2010 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap

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