Bloggin’ Blahs

March 13, 2013 § 1 Comment

It was bound to happen of course, the slow death of the “everyone has one” blog phenomenon.  The blogs that do work are mostly of special interest, have interactive and video elements and reach a mass market.

The Mommy blog, which I never subscribed myself to but recently realized that’s exactly what this is, is fading and fast. We are being supplanted by celebrity gossip as news sites, Caturday videos on YouTube and blogs that are trying to sell you a better version of your reality.

Who can compete with that? Moreover, who wants to?

Don’t get me wrong, my blogging experiences so far have been a blessing. I’ve made so many friends, I’ve learned more than I ever thought I wanted to know and I’ve had an outlet for my creative side.  There were stretches when I was blogging a post a day.

Lately though, I’ve been very blah about my blog and have only managed to be excited about posting for Organize 2013.

Maybe it’s the time of year, maybe it’s just that time of the month ;).  In any case I’m not giving up, I’m justifying my lack of presence lately.

😀

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Organize 2013 – Update #2

March 2, 2013 § 2 Comments

I’m a little early with this month’s Organize entry because I’ll be busy on Monday.  Anyway, last month I thought I wouldn’t get around to anything big because I had finally finished putting together my library and that was a huge project that took weeks to complete.

Well, life has a way doesn’t it and while we were at an auction a couple of weeks ago I fell in love with a dining room set that was basically a steal. I couldn’t walk away from it and just knew I had to have it. It’s not like we make major purchases very often and the last dining room set we bought (from a consignment shop) was over 12 years ago.

So voila, easy peasy, paid for and picked up. Well, that part was easy. What wasn’t so easy was cleaning out the older, much bigger hutch, and sorting through over a decades worth of “stuff”.  I wasn’t going to have room for everything in the new hutch so I had to prepare myself to downsize, big time.

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This is the beginning of the emptying out process. The stuff on the piano and in the corner was leftover clutter from the library as well, it was total and utter chaos for two weeks. But this is what it looked like after.

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Interestingly, I did not find the process of purging very painful and it was pretty easy to decide what was going. Of course, there was a part of me that didn’t want to sort it at all and was tempted to grab a couple of boxes and garbage bags and just toss the whole mess.

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Seriously, what a disaster. I’m really not sure how I managed to avoid screaming every time I walked in the room. Nevertheless, I kept at it and before long, all that mess was made tidy and neat.

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The piano looks, well…like a piano and not the back room of a Five and Dime. I also dispensed with many of the curios that were cluttering the top of the piano opting for a simpler and cleaner look. Not to mention that now it’s much less of a pain to dust.

The worst was the corner of chaos…it’s where we put everything we didn’t know what to do with. I was amazed at how quickly we filled that space.

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I was equally amazed at how quickly, once we decided to just do it, that the space was emptied and cleaned up.

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Ah, a minimalists dream, right?  The room looks twice as big as it did before and I feel 20 lbs lighter (figuratively, of course – literally, I wish).  Oh, not shown are the outlet covers I finally put back on after I took them off to paint the room, 6 years ago. What can I say, I’m the Queen of Procrastinate.

So, that’s my Organize update for March. As always Hat Tip to Shady @ Unschooling Royalty for getting the ball rolling on this Organize 2013 project.

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