April Fool’s! Twice.

Why’s it always seem to go
that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone..

I hate it when life throws me a curve ball.  All set to begin my April Resolutions, I woke up yesterday to no electricity.  It was a lovely calm, sunny day; so it wasn’t weather-related.  It was off for three hours—or more).

It’s amazing how much we depend on electricity.  I couldn’t make coffee, couldn’t toast a bagel, couldn’t make oatmeal.  So I settled for a trip to McDonalds.  (Need the coffee!)  Couldn’t pay bills, thanks to the convenience of online bill pay.  I wrote a letter but couldn’t check the price of stamps.  Couldn’t check the weather to see what clothes to wear.  I’d let the iPad battery run down the night before and hadn’t recharged.  My iPod was charged, but the router doesn’t work without power.   At least it was a sunny day and I didn’t need a flashlight—except for the closet.

This morning I woke up to no hot water—and I really needed to take a shower.  Fortunately, the laundry I didn’t get done yesterday required cold water only.  But the dishes in the kitchen would have to wait.  Who wants to wash dishes in cold water?

Why do we realize how much we depend on our modern conveniences only when we don’t have them?

I was tempted to use both days as an excuse to delay (or worse, forgo) my April resolutions.  But I muddled through as best I could.  It wasn’t perfect, but perfect shouldn’t always be the goal.  Sometimes the goal is just to move forward.

Ok, April.  All your jokes are over now.  Right?


The junk saga, part 1

So, about my Supernatural Unofficial Season 3 Companion?  Yeah.  I (finally) watched “The Magnificent Seven,” took notes, and… nada.  Yeah, I don’t think that project’s going anywhere.

However, as I always tend to do when work pisses me off, I have made yet another schedule of things to accomplish before I retire.   I believe I had previously mentioned (in a blog I have since deleted because it was corrupted) the mess my home is in.  And that last spring I hired an organizer to help me.  Well, I met with the organizer three times (once to assess, twice to clear out).  And then I stopped.  (They work for 4 continuous hours, and it’s very tiring, especially since I live on the top of a 4-story walk-up.)  But the time has come when I need to start getting things done if I’m ever going to get the place ready to sell by the time I retire.

So yesterday I made a schedule of rooms to attack, one room per month.  If I follow the schedule, I could get the place clutter-free by November.  But I know I’m not going to be able to get it accomplished on my own.  It’s time to call the organizer again.  I may even consider taking a couple days off per month to get things taken care of.

But before March begins, there are a couple rooms  I need to take care of:  the kitchen and dining room.  Both have been decluttered with the organizer, but I’m having trouble keeping them that way.  So, here’s the plan of attack for the next 10 days.

The kitchen—The problem is the kitchen needs (at least a little) work every day or is it gets away from me.  Plus, I have an electric outdoor grill I need to put together… and put outdoors.  And I have a couple appliances that need to go to the Goodwill.

The dining room—Ah, it was so nice and clean.  Then my computer crashed.  When I got it back from the repair shop, I’d already set up my new computer.  So the old computer went on the dining room table.  It’s still there.  I finally bought a backup drive.  I need to backup the computer, clean the hard drive, and list it on Freecycle.  (I’m not going to bother trying to sell it.)  I have absolutely no excuse for it to still be sitting on the dining room table… except my own laziness.

I’ll let you know how much progress I make on March 1st.

Living in CHAOS

I have another blog called Pack Brat.  Over there, I’m trying to chronicle my attempts to get my home in order.  I’m about as consistent with it as I am with this blog.  But that’s all about to change. I was supposed to let people into my place this week to videotape the condition of my ceilings. Here’s what I wrote about yesterday:

Next week my condo building is having its roof replaced.   The roofers and the condo association wanted to do a walk-through of all top level units, documenting the state of the ceilings by videotaping them.  That way, if any damage occurred, unit owners wouldn’t be held liable.  Since I live in a top level unit, that included me.

I was very uneasy about having the contractor come in.  But I bit the bullet and scheduled a walk-through.   Then I found out it wouldn’t be just the contractor; the party would include the condo’s maintenance man and someone from the board of directors.  The more I thought about it, the more worried I became.  So early this morning, I called to cancel the walk-through.  Now, if I do incur damage, I’ll have to pay for it myself.

How ridiculous is that?  So, I decided it’s time to get serious (again) and really, honestly start taking the state of my home seriously.  My game plan fell by the wayside after I got the dining room decluttered.  (More on why I stalled in another post.)  My way of starting, I decided, is to do the daily 15 minutes of decluttering prescribed by Flylady.

I usually have a hard time motivating myself to do any housework on a Friday night, what with the weekend looming.  But I did spend 10 minutes in the bedroom, folding laundry and putting things away, and 5 minutes in the kitchen, filling the dishwasher and making a dent in clearing off the table.

Its a good feeling.  Now I just need to keep it up.