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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 28th Dec 17, 9:04 AM
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    JackieO
    New Year, New Plans and Hopes
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    • 28th Dec 17, 9:04 AM
    New Year, New Plans and Hopes 28th Dec 17 at 9:04 AM
    Good Morning chums ,well as its almost the end of 2017 what things would you like to see change for the better in the coming year.
    Not so much resolutions, as they are far to easy to forget, and break. But actual plans, hopes and dreams ,be they small or large and why

    I am hoping to detox my study of all the old rubbish accumulated over the past year , the projects started, and not finished. The books collected, yet not read.

    The upcycling to be done in my conservatory, no more shilly-shallying that stool will get finished off sanding, undercoated and top coated .

    The shelf I bought to be put up will jolly well get put up .The mirror that I stuck around with masking tape will be painted and hung. The print I bought back in April will be framed and hung up.Tubs in the garden will get planted with tomatoes instead of bulbs to save me some cash.

    enough prevaricating, this is my master plan for 2019, so come on chums what's yours.

    doesn't have to be big can be a to-do job that just hasn't been done Pick a few out and write them done and get motivated
    Lets see how many of us can polish a few of them off

    JackieO xx
    Last edited by JackieO; 25-01-2018 at 10:32 AM.
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Half year totals = £166.19. July added equals £204 .29,Todays August food shop added equals £227.75
    1st Sept £34.66:15th Sept £34.44 totals £262.19
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 31st Mar 18, 3:24 PM
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    Wednesday2000
    We paid ours off a few years ago, and I can tell you, being mortgage-free is great! I can put hand on heart and say that I do not owe anyone so much as a single penny!
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    Yes, I can't wait for that feeling.

    It was only from MSE that I ever got the idea to overpay our mortgage. This was years ago now (maybe 2006?) but I remember reading the mortgage free part of the forum and thinking what a great idea!
    2018: Simplify your life
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 2nd Apr 18, 2:34 AM
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    nannywindow
    Hello all.
    I can't sleep so I thought I would do an update. Probably had too much excitement or sugar today .
    The de-cluttering is still ongoing and I have a bag ready for charity pick up on Tuesday. Some of my old books, which were going to the cs, have been earmarked for the DGS, so although they aren't going anywhere for now, they will be in use again.
    Our new windows are being installed next week, so I hope this weather perks up by then, we have had snow and now heavy rain tonight and I don't fancy having patio doors installed in this weather .
    Hope everyone is still trying to continue with their own plans etc. Good luck to all.
    nan
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 7th Apr 18, 8:53 PM
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    Evening all
    We have taken all the blinds and curtains down ( except the lounge ones ) in readiness for the window fitter due on Monday. The blinds have been dusted and the curtains all washed.
    I have also sent a bag of stuff to charity and put an old sleeping bag and a pillow in the rubbish. Still a lot more stuff to get through, but it is going slowly.
    Hope everyone's plans are still on track.
    nan
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 7th Apr 18, 11:24 PM
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    Evening all
    We have taken all the blinds and curtains down ( except the lounge ones ) in readiness for the window fitter due on Monday. The blinds have been dusted and the curtains all washed.
    I have also sent a bag of stuff to charity and put an old sleeping bag and a pillow in the rubbish. Still a lot more stuff to get through, but it is going slowly.
    Hope everyone's plans are still on track.
    nan
    Originally posted by nannywindow
    Well done nannywindow
    How did the ‘mug’ thing pan out? Hope it worked

    MrsSD
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 8th Apr 18, 9:29 AM
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    JackieO
    Good morning every one and Wow how brilliantly you have all done over the past three months .

    Looking through the posts its inspiring to see how many changes have come about simply by small things.

    We seem to have all become more positive and hopeful, and as opposed to "Make a New Years resolution, and break it before the week is out' Baby steps seem to work better

    We have all made a few small changes to our lives which had grown and become second nature . I think you are all fantastic and its very heartening to think that one small post just over three months ago has been like a pebble in a pool, and got you all thinking about the 'Yes I can do that ' instead of 'Oh I give up ,or CBA'

    I have had at time a difficult three months, owing to three funerals to attend (its more common when you get to my age sadly) but I have battled on and managed to do some of my original things done.

    And a good few more besides as well .

    I am still battling with my freezer emptying but at least there is room now that there wasn't in January and I am hopeful that by the summer (should we ever get one ) my freezer will get defrosted at last .

    I have done quite a bit more knitting and become more involved in the Making Miracles charity locally.quite a bit more socialising though so I am having to learn to say no with a smile to some things

    I have become a GreatGranny for the first time and am totally besotted with baby Erin born on 26th March, she is adorable and I am her slave for life

    I am away this week on holiday to my beloved Ise of Wight with DD son-in-law and DGS, we are hoping for some dry weather, but even if it rains it doen't matter too much. Then I have another week in June away with my friend to Stratford -upon-Avon which I am looking forward to and then another two week on the IoW in August.

    My DGS in NYC keeps mithering me to go out there for a visit but at the moment I am far too busy, and I have a full calendar until the end of August But my indoor stuff has been good, and lots of projects were started AND finished which was great I even helped DD redecorate her downstairs bathroom.Decluttering has come on in leaps and bounds and ,especially with clothes if I haven't worn it in 6 months its gone forever.

    Walking has been not done on a regular basis as the weather this year has been dreadful, so I am hoping with the lighter evenings I will be able to catch up on that.

    I abstained from my passion for ginger nuts for Lent and that was a tough one I really am hooked on them A cuppa just wasn't the same without them.But Lent is now finished so I am a happy old lady once more.


    But to all of you who have come along for the ride well done and its fantastic how one little post has changed so many peoples outlooks and lives I am so proud to be a part of all your efforts


    Have a great week chums, and read back and reflect today on how well you have all done and the changes you all have made

    Its lasted far longer that a 'New Years Resolution' hasn't it ???


    Cheers chums

    JackieO xxxx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Half year totals = £166.19. July added equals £204 .29,Todays August food shop added equals £227.75
    1st Sept £34.66:15th Sept £34.44 totals £262.19
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 8th Apr 18, 10:22 AM
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    Thank you JackieO I really like the analogy of the pebble in the pool. The fact that you used ‘Plans & Hopes’ rather than ‘resolutions’ has been a great help to me. It has meant that if my Mojo disappears for a few days I do NOT get disheartened - I just dust myself off & get back on the bandwagon. I am enjoying the space I am creating & the amount of ‘stuff’ that is leaving the house whether it is recycled, binned, relocated or cs’d & my DH is fully on board - has fully redecorated the bedroom for my DSis when she moves in & the upstairs landin & stairway has been decorated & recarpeted He is also decluttering bits & pieces from his office & garage

    Have a great holiday JackieO & I look forward to your posts when you get back

    MrsSD
    • wort
    • By wort 8th Apr 18, 10:49 AM
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    wort
    Congratulations Jackie, a great granny that's double the indulgence of a normal gran I hope you have many joyful moments with her.
    Enjoy your holiday.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 8th Apr 18, 11:02 AM
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    Hi all
    MrsSD I managed to cull 4 mugs out of 6, so I'm pleased with that. The other 2 were a Grandad one and a beloved Star Trek one ( neither have been used ) so they have gone back on top of the book case........... for now .
    Today I have let loose another frying pan which has seen better days.
    I am hoping than when the new windows are in and we are decorating , I will find a lot more stuff to get rid of, fingers crossed.
    Keep up the good work all.
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 8th Apr 18, 11:22 AM
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    Thank you JackieO I really like the analogy of the pebble in the pool. The fact that you used ‘Plans & Hopes’ rather than ‘resolutions’ has been a great help to me. It has meant that if my Mojo disappears for a few days I do NOT get disheartened - I just dust myself off & get back on the bandwagon.
    Originally posted by Mrs Salad Dodger
    Yes, I feel the same way!

    I feel so much more positive this year.
    2018: Simplify your life
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 8th Apr 18, 12:13 PM
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    Congratulations on becoming a great grandmother , what a wonderful feeling. I've a way to wait yet as Josh is only 11

    I'm still very very slowly getting through the decluttering. It's the 'office' and my wardrobes I'm struggling with

    The wardrobes , it's because I've a pile of expensive clothes which no longer fit or are suitable at my age, but I'm loath to throw them away. And the office, well that's full of junk, seriously junk, boxes of programmes for Windows XP, a couple of computers in bits, piles of paper work.

    I've got as far as bringing up a black plastic sack. If I can get in this week and clear the floor area so I can get in there it will be a start

    I really don't know what is blocking me from this area, the rest of my house is quite orderly and I'm ruthless in other areas when I decide a clear out is required.

    But I will get it done before the year ends, I've promised myself

    Weight loss is going the right direction and I'm still motivated with staying alcohol free. I do have little slips on the weekend,Saturdays usually , but still keeping it well below recommended limits.

    Exercise hasn't really improved, bikes still in the shed but in my defence we have either had snow or rain every day this year so nothing outside is being done

    But like all that are posting, the seed has been planted and grow I will
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Topher
    • By Topher 8th Apr 18, 12:18 PM
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    Topher
    I noticed a few people on here in the last few days are kind of reviewing their "Plans and Hopes", I'd come on here because I was feeling disheartened about falling off the wagon re: my own Plans and hopes. However, I read mine, and was surprised that, although I haven't focussed on them particularly, I seem to have nibbled away at some of them. Tartan cushion covers not made (I got the material out and felt guilty about the prospect of slicing up such a lovely large piece of high quality wool fabric ..... hmm, could do with some advice on that attitude methinks). However, the garden plan did exist, and although I've done no actual work, each time I stand at my kitchen sink, I muse about the plan, and formulate a mental checklist of what I'm going to do. Now I know that isn't rolling my sleeves up and doing it, but I've just come round from some pretty major hiccups in my life, and some genuine weather excuses, so maybe I can go easy on myself for not having started. The long and short is I've taken heart from some of your posts on here, our Mug Shelf is about to be pruned in the next five minutes, and I feel marginally more positive that at least some baby steps have been taken towards the goals I outlined way back at the start of this post.
    • Topher
    • By Topher 8th Apr 18, 12:22 PM
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    Topher

    I'm still very very slowly getting through the decluttering. It's the 'office' and my wardrobes I'm struggling with

    The wardrobes , it's because I've a pile of expensive clothes which no longer fit or are suitable at my age, but I'm loath to throw them away. And the office, well that's full of junk, seriously junk, boxes of programmes for Windows XP, a couple of computers in bits, piles of paper work.

    I've got as far as bringing up a black plastic sack. If I can get in this week and clear the floor area so I can get in there it will be a start

    I really don't know what is blocking me from this area, the rest of my house is quite orderly and I'm ruthless in other areas when I decide a clear out is required.

    But like all that are posting, the seed has been planted and grow I will
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Oh my goodness, I had to check that a) this wasn't me writing this, and b) you don't have a spy camera in my own wardrobe and office, I mean really, I've nothing more to add, you've summarised my own stumbling block.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 8th Apr 18, 12:24 PM
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    Tartan cushion covers not made (I got the material out and felt guilty about the prospect of slicing up such a lovely large piece of high quality wool fabric ..... hmm, could do with some advice on that attitude methinks).
    Originally posted by Topher
    Topher that's the same problem many artists and writers have, when faced with making the first mark on a brand new pristine piece of paper.

    I had the same thing when I started my First Aid For Dogs course, and had a brand-new notebook to write my course notes in. It was, in fact, a notebook that came as a freebie several years ago, and I'd always felt it was "too nice to use" iyswim. But what was I going to do - go and buy a cheap notebook for the course when I had a perfectly good notebook sitting there? Logic won, and I used the notebook I had.

    Take a deep breath, put scissors to material, and make the first cut; from there on, it's easy.
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 8th Apr 18, 7:37 PM
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    Suki and Topher I too have an "office" like that . I walk in with purpose then look at all the stuff and come straight back out.
    There is an old computer tower unit and an unusable laptop in there, however my DH won't get rid until he has removed the hard drives ( I think that's what he said they were called ). We already have replacements ( 2 home computers and 4 laptops ) so they can go as they are obsolete. I think I'll have to resort to pulling them out and start to demolish them myself, that should get a reaction. But I am determined to get rid this year !
    Well done all, whether it's big steps or baby ones, we will persevere, persist and continue.
    nan
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • frosty
    • By frosty 8th Apr 18, 8:26 PM
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    Hi everyone,I posted here at the beginning of the year saying I was going to alter the house and let a couple of rooms on Airbnb .Its taken a lot longer than I thought mainly because we had to wait for workmen.....and they were very busy.We are finally ready and posted our rooms on Airbnb last Friday.We had a very tight budget and all the rooms contents were either what we had already of charity shops.
    Really pleased because we have two bookings.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 8th Apr 18, 9:27 PM
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    I was also feeling a bit disheartened, because one of my aims - to walk every day - hasn't happened. However, on reviewing what I posted at the start of this thread I'm not doing as badly as I thought.

    Meal- planning and cooking has been happening most of the time, I'm getting much better at making my own 'ready meals' for the freezer and not relying quite so much on jacket spuds. Bread making has happened a few times with varying degrees of success, I've decided the only way to get better at it is to keep practising.
    The decluttering is an ongoing thing, I think it's now become an ingrained habit so I'm confident I'll carry on.

    I'm doing fairly well with the 'more fun', by trying to book things in the diary with friends rather than just waiting for things to happen.

    'Do more sewing' hasn't happened, I was very busy in January and February and since then I seem to have lost my mojo a bit, but things are a bit quieter now and I've got a pattern out to prepare.

    The holiday is on hold for the moment, but I've got some short breaks planned this year, I've decided not to stress about it, I'll know when the time is right.

    So, three months in - this has helped me focus, and the aim of walking every day is my next challenge - no excuse now the weather is better.

    Good luck everyone with your hopes and plans.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 8th Apr 18, 10:28 PM
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    Phew Im so glad Im not the only one with the "office" from hell

    Im sitting here thinking whats in there and I know for a fact Ive a huge envelope of pay slips from when I worked for the NHS - I left in 1999

    Theres years of copies of Computer world,Ive not bought that since windows 7

    and leads and cables and bits of computers galore

    It really is all pure junk, none of it is of use to anyone, yet Im holding on - pure madness

    Oh and just to add to the complete madness, my "office" is actually the hot press. Think a room the size of a single bedroom. So Ive the immersion in there and one side is shelved for linens, bedding and towels etc.

    Ive something like 40 single bed sheets, 20 single bed duvet covers, about 6 spare single duvets, and Ive only 2 single beds

    I won't mention the doubles and king sizes I have

    I will get there, I will I will I will
    Last edited by suki1964; 08-04-2018 at 10:35 PM.
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 9th Apr 18, 1:56 AM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    To all those with offices/storage rooms - my DH does at least 15 minutes of decluttering a day - little and often seems to be the order of the day the old ‘eating the elephant’ He has practically cleared the floor

    I read somewhere about picking a section and decluttering & clearing completely - pick up each item just once & make a decision e.g. bin, recycle, cs, relocate, deal or put in a keep box. The keep box will be sorted when you have cleared the room & organised your filing system/storage. There is no necessity to work your way round a room - you can flit around but the intention is that all the cleared spaces will eventually meet

    Sorry if it reads like trying to ‘teach my grandma to suck eggs’ but it was a light bulb moment to me, as I had got so used to just seeing the entire mess & just not knowing where to start

    From experience this method does work in any room. Granted you will have the rubbish/recycling/cs bags or boxes but those will be disposed of as appropriate. It is difficult to describe the joyous feeling from seeing all the little spaces you clear finally meeting so that you have one clear, clean & tidy room - a place for everything & everything in its place.

    Forgot to mention - once a space is cleared it should remain as clear as reasonably possible

    Apologies if I have offended anyone

    MrsSD
    • Lilith1980
    • By Lilith1980 10th Apr 18, 6:26 AM
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    JackieO - congratulations on becoming a great grand-mamma!

    Mrs SD - I've gone through a major declutter, and am now doing little bits here and there as I see them. I took some more clothes to the CS the other day because they no longer fit me and I also had a sort through some more clothes I hardly ever wear too. I think doing a bit at a time is a great way to keep on top of things
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Apr 18, 6:11 PM
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    Ok, don't anyone faint - I made a start

    One bin bag full

    Two drawers emptied

    One box of "stuff' that needs to be gone through to decide what is binned, what stays and where


    So thats the chair, part of the floor and two desk drawers done. Now Ive the desk top, a long shelf and a 5 drawer filing cabinet

    Ive even found my wedding cards, got married in 2003 and they still not gone into an album lol
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
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