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    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 5th Jun 16, 4:45 PM
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    The end of procrastination and disorganisation.......
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    • 5th Jun 16, 4:45 PM
    The end of procrastination and disorganisation....... 5th Jun 16 at 4:45 PM
    .............and the above are the reasons for virtually all of my problems in the past and present, be it debt, weight, careers and the state of the house.

    I have plans, big plans which I don't have time to pop on here right now, but I intend to use this diary to sort me out once and for all.

    It's going to be fun.....a real step into the unknown.

    I can't wait.
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    • in need of direction
    • By in need of direction 19th Apr 17, 10:07 PM
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    When I last transferred my mortgage within the same bank I pointed out that they were charging me the same as a new customer and that I wasn't happy as I'd given them first refusal of my business. They waived the 1k fee. Might be worth a go.
    Mortgage at 01.01.14 119,481.83 today 83,478.58, target 75,000 by 31/12/17 Offset fund today 3,415.43 target 5,500 by 31/12/17
    Emergency fund 5.5k & 200 cash.
    determined to stop defining myself by my mistakes.
    Progress not perfection.
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 19th Apr 17, 11:04 PM
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    Thanks. That's a good idea which I hadn't thought of.
    Pay off debt by Christmas 2017 #22 - 1012.22/7148.39 14%
    I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be. Joan Didion
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 19th Apr 17, 11:30 PM
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    Much sympathy from me on the meltdown, it's really hard just having to suck it all in.

    If it helps you have inspired me to get on instead of just despairing at the house. I've booked a long avoided oven clean for next week which means as a minimum the back hall, kitchen and cloakroom must be fit to be seen. I can't book the rug doctor till enough carpet is visible to make it worthwhile. I've hand scrubbed the back hall floor instead of just taking the surface dirt off with the steam mop. I've downloaded the sample chapter to read later.

    Maybe work out the break even point on the mortgage transfer? I worked it out for the credit card and thought the reduced stress was worth the fee, and as it happens it worked out cheaper for us.
    Originally posted by hex2
    If we can all encourage each other Hex2 then it's worthwhile. I've never has a professional oven clean, but my oven is old and rusty so it's not really worth it. It's something I would do if I ever get a new one (with a new kitchen).

    I'm not a natural housekeeper proven by the fact that three days after planning to buy stuff I still don't have the cleaning stuff i need.

    Rug doctor....I knew there was something I needed to book. Thanks. I might have a go at my bedroom carpet this time too but will need to nail it down in places as it's not fitted properly.

    Today finished on a positive note. I spent some time in the garden and have been planning on moving my greenhouse for a while. I had laid slabs roughly where I wanted it but I have now changed my mind. I've decided on a better position and it won't seem to be taking up so much of the garden and it will give a nice space to put a table and chairs. I will also have a beer view down the garden when the small person is out playing.

    On a less positive note the ruddy slugs have been having a field day and a badger keeps popping up in parts of the garden leaving holes. My veg idea is going to have to be fought over this year. Cheeky beggars.

    Being outside and getting dirty makes me feel much better. fingers crossed for another nice day tomorrow.

    Night all. Time for bed.
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    I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be. Joan Didion
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 19th Apr 17, 11:59 PM
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    So sorry to hear about DSs meltdown. Big hugs for coping.
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

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    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 20th Apr 17, 7:53 AM
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    Morning diary

    Thank you Bob. It's something I just need to learn to deal with but it's very hardT times.

    I got up early and have managed to vacuum, tidy, put out the recycling and wash up so far.

    I was planning to spend some hours in the garden today but I have woken up to an damp start. Never mind. I could do what I wanted To do but I would end up very muddy and compact the the soil to much.

    I have a few jobs first thing. I need to pop DS's new trainers back as the toe has started to come away from the front" he has onlys rn them three times. Then I need to pop to the bank and also buy the elusive cleaning stuff.

    When I return I'm going to get DS to help me continue to paint the hall. It needs to be finished so. Can sort the floorboards. Later I need to book his birthday party and write a list of who he wants to ask and get the invites done.

    I must get dressed now, it's flying by this morning.
    Pay off debt by Christmas 2017 #22 - 1012.22/7148.39 14%
    I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be. Joan Didion
    • hex2
    • By hex2 20th Apr 17, 8:33 AM
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    Morning - chuckled at the 'beer view' from the greenhouse.

    Badgers are a right pain in the garden sadly. My dad has a collection of pop bottles and old cds dangling round the edges of his garden to deter them after a major invasion. I must ask if it helped. We don't get badgers, just moles and invasive weeds.

    I read the sample chapter and liked it, and found her blog too. Thanks for the suggestion, it has helped.

    Hope you have a productive day. I did the back hall and cloakroom (properly!) so must focus on the kitchen today. I've got a 9 year old rangemaster so worth a proper clean, I've tried myself but it's years of neglect.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 20th Apr 17, 9:30 AM
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    Oops its should have said better view.

    Hex, a rangemaster, im jealous. Well done on sorting the hall and cloakroom. The only problem is that the sorted areas make the rest look worse. Im getting annoyed with certain rooms.

    She does go on about washing up a lot which is not an area i struggle with. I just changed it to vacuuming. I hate vacuuming, but surprisingly its helping with the dust problem.

    Have a good day.
    Pay off debt by Christmas 2017 #22 - 1012.22/7148.39 14%
    I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be. Joan Didion
    • in need of direction
    • By in need of direction 20th Apr 17, 10:18 AM
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    i too am a lazy housekeeper. the difference is that i am determined to run down the stocks of cleaning products that I buy and then don't use!
    Mortgage at 01.01.14 119,481.83 today 83,478.58, target 75,000 by 31/12/17 Offset fund today 3,415.43 target 5,500 by 31/12/17
    Emergency fund 5.5k & 200 cash.
    determined to stop defining myself by my mistakes.
    Progress not perfection.
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 20th Apr 17, 10:36 AM
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    [QUOTE=in need of direction;72428508]i too am a lazy housekeeper. the difference is that i am determined to run down the stocks of cleaning products that I buy and then don't use![/QUO]

    At least you buy the stuff. I've just brought some bleach and surface cleaner and realised I forgot polish again. I give up.
    Last edited by parsniphead; 20-04-2017 at 10:38 AM.
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    I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be. Joan Didion
    • hex2
    • By hex2 20th Apr 17, 10:40 AM
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    I agree on washing up, years of flylady got me to see that dirty dishes annoy me so I just get stuff in the DW. Hate coming down to dirty dishes so I sort them every night. What I have got is mess blindness, I don't even see it any more or I think I will sort it 'one day' instead of just getting on and doing it. Your point about cleaning fairies rang a bell with me. I know nobody else in this house sees it as a priority or indeed cares enough to do it unprompted and I stopped wasting negative energy on getting upset about that years ago (another book taught me that).

    On that basis, knowing that I have to do some paid stuff for a couple of hours this morning, I took two sets of filthy curtains down and shoved them in the washing machine. Next break I will scrub the rails and window frames down. The curtains came with the house, and are probably at least 20 years old. They may just simply disintegrate if the dirt stops holding hands, but the worst case is I have plenty of fabric for OH to sew some new ones (he can sew straight, I can't!).

    Sorry, I must stop using your diary as my personal cleaning thread!
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 20th Apr 17, 10:46 AM
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    I don't mind Hex, it encourage me. or kicks me up the bum.
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 20th Apr 17, 2:08 PM
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    I've just discovered your diary and you're inspiring me to go and do things (I'm having an attack of procrastination).

    I'm sorry to hear you and DS had a tough morning yesterday. I hope today is better.
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    • hex2
    • By hex2 20th Apr 17, 6:03 PM
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    Hows the procrastination going cherryfudge? I'm terrible for putting off things I don't want to do but what parsniphead is doing is really quite inspiring.

    parsniphead I'm finding that the smell of the bleach in the back half of the house is really making me notice the damp upstairs, etc but I have to focus on the exposed by the Tuesday appointment area first. I have dried and re-hung the (now slightly mis-shaped) curtains rather than my usual trick of half a job, let it fester for weeks if not months, Household waste bin collection tomorrow, half full bin so I've had a dash round collecting rubbish, changing all of the litter trays, etc.
    I've also dealt with the long term washing pile - you know, the handwash only or puts fluff on everything stuff that you hide for months, maybe even years. That one might just be me.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 20th Apr 17, 10:47 PM
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    [QUOTE=hex2;72430983]Hows the procrastination going cherryfudge? I'm terrible for putting off things I don't want to do but what parsniphead is doing is really quite inspiring.[QUOTE]

    I pushed myself to make a start on the ironing, get the shopping and do some cooking thanks hex. The place is still messy but people are fed and we had a cosy evening watching Rich House, Poor House. I've been trying to ebay some stuff and got the photos and a price list done but the phone camera and the computer are refusing to talk to each other. I've ordered a new SD card for the phone so I'm hoping it will give me enough memory to download the 3bay app and not have to sell via computer. All these good intentions thwarted by silly stuff!

    Well done on attacking the long term washing pile, I'm always amazed at how determined some items are to take up squatters' rights.

    Off to read a bit more of parsniphead's diary!
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    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 21st Apr 17, 12:01 AM
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    I've just discovered your diary and you're inspiring me to go and do things (I'm having an attack of procrastination).

    I'm sorry to hear you and DS had a tough morning yesterday. I hope today is better.
    Originally posted by Cherryfudge
    Thanks for dropping by cherryfudge. We are having a much better day and he seems a little more relaxed.

    Hows the procrastination going cherryfudge? I'm terrible for putting off things I don't want to do but what parsniphead is doing is really quite inspiring.

    parsniphead I'm finding that the smell of the bleach in the back half of the house is really making me notice the damp upstairs, etc but I have to focus on the exposed by the Tuesday appointment area first. I have dried and re-hung the (now slightly mis-shaped) curtains rather than my usual trick of half a job, let it fester for weeks if not months, Household waste bin collection tomorrow, half full bin so I've had a dash round collecting rubbish, changing all of the litter trays, etc.
    I've also dealt with the long term washing pile - you know, the handwash only or puts fluff on everything stuff that you hide for months, maybe even years. That one might just be me.
    Originally posted by hex2
    Hex, I've been a real slob with washing this week. I have been putting lights in with darks and towels in with everything. I've always been good about sorting things but can't be bothered.

    My house has been smelling love!y and of lemon/lime. Well the kitchen does anyway.

    I pushed myself to make a start on the ironing, get the shopping and do some cooking thanks hex. The place is still messy but people are fed and we had a cosy evening watching Rich House, Poor House. I've been trying to ebay some stuff and got the photos and a price list done but the phone camera and the computer are refusing to talk to each other. I've ordered a new SD card for the phone so I'm hoping it will give me enough memory to download the 3bay app and not have to sell via computer. All these good intentions thwarted by silly stuff!

    Well done on attacking the long term washing pile, I'm always amazed at how determined some items are to take up squatters' rights.

    Off to read a bit more of parsniphead's diary! [/QUOTE]

    I don't mind ironing cheeryfudge,as long as the pile isn't too big. I just struggle to put things away.

    I've not done much today, you have all put me to shame. I have kept the kitchen and bedroom tidy and its been a few days now. I'm trying to keep these rooms done so that they become habits before starting on the next area. The stairs are getting better and hopefully will be cleared tomorrow. The bathroom just needs decorating really.

    I have been in the garden tonight and continued clearing the new spot for the greenhouse. I do love it when parts of the garden are reclaimed.

    Tomorrow I'm going to get up early and complete painting the hall. It needs to be finished soon. Pooh, stinky carpet.

    Time to bed now. Goodnight all. X
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    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 21st Apr 17, 8:06 AM
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    Back again. Good morning.

    I was up at 6.30 and have managed to get a few jobs done. I have pegged out washing, put another load in, vacuumed the sitting room and painted the bottom half of the hall. Oh and put some stuff out for the rubbish and recycling collection this morning.

    I'm taking the small person to get some trainers this morning. I had to take his other ones back yesterday as they had started to split after three days wear. I'm going to get him there for 9am and miss the crowds.

    Later today I'm going to either finish the painting or continue in the garden if the weather is ok. I would like to take some stuff to the local charity shop but it's DS's toys and I still get emotional. We'll see.

    Also DS needs to get his hair cut. He looks like Wurzel Gummage (for those old enough).

    Payday seems a long way off. I'm feeling a bit frustrated and just want to get on paying debt and saving for the emergency fund.

    Clutter area target today: the stairs.

    Have a good day all. P x
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    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 21st Apr 17, 11:05 AM
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    Ha ha well. So long as you don't look like Aunt Sally you're alright
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    • hex2
    • By hex2 21st Apr 17, 7:39 PM
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    'Why do we have to go for a haircut?' 'because you look like something out of the Munsters' Silence. 'Just google it'

    Back to school for my pair on Monday so it was essential.

    OH was off today so little done on the cleaning front, other than the essential dishwasher, washing machine runs. We fitted the shingles on the new shed instead and now I am shattered.

    I've not bought the book yet but I have been reading her older blog posts.

    Have to confess I only separate whites and hand wash things. Everything else just gets bunged in to take its chances,
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 22nd Apr 17, 12:04 AM
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    Luckily Bob I don't look like Aunt Sally. More like Worzel myself.

    I did Google it Hex but keep getting stuff about rugby!!!!

    I have a couple of sheds to do up too Hex. One I would like to turn into a chicken coop.

    A very bitty day today with little done. DS did get his hair cut and was very good, but has been a minx for the rest of the day. I'm not sure what's got into him for the past few weeks. He is usually such a sweet thing.

    I have done bits and bobs of cleaning but nothing to make a big difference. I think I will get up early and do some more painting tomorrow if I can get this finished and get the carpet up I will feel better.

    Bit tired now so off to bed I think.

    Have a nice sleep all. P x
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    • parsniphead
    • By parsniphead 22nd Apr 17, 7:20 AM
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    Morning diary.

    I finally managed to drag myself out of bed at 6am this morning. I just couldn't do 5.30. Anyway the hall is painted apart from one area for DS to do later. After that's done I'm going to have to rip up the carpet. I will be glad to see the back of the stinking stuff. The floorboards may need some work before staining though but that will be done one evening before bed.

    I'm still fighting and keeping the two rooms clean and tidy. I'm not saying it's easy but it's easier than living in clutter. Also it doesn't take too long to do now.

    One thing I did yesterday was start cleaning things which I never thought of before really unless I was about to paint. So some of the doors and frames got a good clean. It made things look much better. I'm going to try to steam the kitchen walls later but they are half plaster and half spikes artex . Plus some of the artex is peeling off and looks a real mess. I would love my kitchen done but that is going to be some time off at the moment.

    Right, must get on. It's a nice day here so hopefully I can get some work done in the garden later.

    Have a good day all. P x
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    I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be. Joan Didion
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