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In the past week, my sweetheart and I have made further progress at my house. I know this, because things are being crossed off my list right and left. (It being a long list, there remain lots of uncrossed-out lines, but still!)

We carted LOTS of things down from the attic, including sad Halloween decorations (buh-bye!), an empty bin, three bins full of romance novels (of which I will keep one small bin, and donate the rest - sad, but necessary), five banker's boxes full of old files that needed to be shredded, a huge box full of baby clothes (*sniff*), my old, indestructible dollhouse, which had the temerity to fall apart as my sweetheart brought it down, a box full of dollhouse furniture and, I believe Dawn dolls (anyone want them?), an aerobed, a humidifier, a fan, a turntable, and probably a few other items I'm forgetting about.

The shredding has been shredded (thanks, Camden County, for holding a "shredding" event this past weekend, which I didn't even think to check for until the boxes were staged in my upstairs hall!), and the things that needed to be tossed have been tossed, but there are some things that need to be donated (I'm looking at the turntable and baby clothes, for instance) that are here until Thursday morning, when the Boys and Girls Club comes to get them. They are upstairs, downstairs, but thankfully not in my lady's chamber. Still, they are contributing to the general untidiness of several areas in my house.

The contents of the family room, which we are in the process of painting, are likewise contributing to the general untidiness of the place. The sofa, loveseat, TV stand (small one from the basement, thankfully) and desk are all shoved to the middle of the room and tarped (a classy look, I think), the blinds are down (so the neighbors can better appreciate the classiness), and smaller pieces of furniture and art are strewn about the front hall and living room, mingling a bit with the "donation" pieces.

The painting process will take a while here, because I need a few days' rest after each day of painting. My beloved sweetheart is a champ with a roller, but the "cutting in" piece of the project is mine to do (it's one of the things I am good at!), and I cannot repeat the process for the second coat yet, so we are temporarily stalled. And even after the walls are done, there is wainscoting to be tackled, so the room will likely remain largely as is for the next week to 10 days. What joy!

Still, it IS all progress, even if it ain't pretty. And once the donations go out and the room is repainted, it will be slightly less distressing here. Probably. At least until we tackle the next room.

As my sweetheart says, "it's all good." And he is right. As usual.


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bogwitch64
Nov. 5th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
Whenever I read one of these, I think to myself, "I am NEVER moving!"
lorrainemt
Nov. 6th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
ha ha, that's funny--whenever I read these, I think to myself, it's time to move!!

Thanks for the inspiration, Kelly. Though the follow through is a little slow on this end...
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
The follow-through occurs in fits and starts here, Lorraine!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
That's one way to do it!
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Probably all of them. I am told that I have Jessica, Dawn and Glori. I have five dolls total. (One with long, honey hair, two with black hair (one of which I cut), and two with short hair. I have one set of hair additions for her, too - long hair on a hairband and a separate braid.)

As far as shredding goes: check to see if your town or county has a shredding event. I was all set to pay for shredding at Staples if need be, but the free event saved me about $140 in shredding costs. And it was very organized - you pulled up in the car, unloaded stuff into a large bin, and the bins got dumped into the huge mobile shredders. Very easy (and free!), plus I got a free reusable grocery bag from the "sustainable Camden County" folks.
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
I am nearly certain that the dark-haired one is Angie. And I have perhaps misidentified who I had.
cynthialord
Nov. 6th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
I had Dawn dolls, too!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
Mine are going to Goodwill at this point, Cindy. But I used to play with them A LOT. Most of their clothing has not held up especially well, I'm sorry to say. (Plus it's awesome 70s wear - I posted a photo at Facebook.)
MotherReader
Nov. 6th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
Well, now I have to look up 'Dawn dolls." Thanks, Kelly.

No, I'm really impressed with what you've been doing to downsize. Totally admire your approach, stamina and a bit of a ruthless streak. ;) Good for you!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 10th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
I am becoming increasingly ruthless as I go along, Pam. And now I am starting to find out new things about myself. Like that I don't have to listen to well-worn tapes anymore, or care whether my mom (for instance) thinks I should keep a particular piece. It's rather liberating!
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ain't that the truth? And some of the stuff she thinks I should keep is stuff that SHE got rid of. And was going to sell at a yard sale if I didn't want it. So . . .
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