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Posts Tagged ‘clean’

Clearing My Space

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on May 20, 2011

Charity recycling

Image by HowardLake via Flickr

I have far too many possessions. It is true. I must get rid of some (okay, much) of the stuff that is taking up space in my home. There is just no getting around it. Besides, I do not like to clean. The less I have, the less I will have to clean. This will work out well for me.

So… I have been going through all of my belongings, deciding what will stay and what will go. I bet I’ll end up letting go of more than half of what currently resides in my home with me, and I am happy to do so. This process will take a while, as I do not have much time for this type of activity often, but it will get done.

I have my daughter on board with the decluttering movement as well. She is a college student who moves onto and off campus numerous times a year for both work and school. By going through all of her things and lightening her load, she will have less to drag back and forth with her.

We are not simply throwing things out, however. We have decided to incorporate different methods of non-wasteful disposal to rid us of everything thing we do not want, from clothing to furniture. Here are the steps we will be taking to clear our home:

  1. Offering items to friends and family.

  2. Incorporating into our efforts to get rid of things.

  3. Placing things outside with a big FREE sign.

  4. Donate to charity.

  5. Possibly having a yard sale with my sisters.

Just the thought of getting rid of all of this stuff is freeing 🙂



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Mini Homestead Happenings for 12/8/2008

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on December 8, 2008

I have been sick for a few days now. The worst part is, when I have a cold, my asthma kicks in pretty bad. And we have had two very cold days since Friday. I am reassured, once the cold is mostly gone, I will be able to breath well again.

Saturday I stayed on the couch all day watching Christy episodes and Loves Enduring Promise, as well as looking at homesteading magazines.

Zowie had made tomato soup for lunch, and she helped me to make homemade chicken soup for dinner. It was very good, and we are having leftovers today.

We helped a friend clean all day yesterday, as well as take down Thanksgiving things and replace them with Christmas things. We are helping her to prepare for the month. He husband has to have surgery on the 16th, so they will be in Boston for about a week. Then he will have a five month recovery period at home.

As a treat afterward, Zowie treated us to a movie at the theater. We saw Twilight, which we enjoyed very much.

I am refusing to go outside at all today. It is only about 7* outside right now, feeling like about a -9*. My lungs will not be able to take it. I had to tell the girl that I babysit for that I could not bring her daughter to school today, and she will send her daughter here on the bus this afternoon so that I do not have to go out.

Isaiah is studying while I write this post. He is learning about cause and effect in his reading book, and is finished with his writing assignment.

Zowie is running the dishwasher and preparing to leave for one of her classes, and I am contemplating posts for other blogs.

I hope you are all doing well.


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Preparing the Pantry

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 13, 2008

On my blog Living the Low-Income Life, I have a page dedicated to creating a pantry. Feel free to check it out if you would like. You may find it useful.

My daughter, Skye, is living out of the home now. She has four roommates, so she does not have a place for most of her things. Said ‘things’ are taking up a lot of space throughout my home, but she was able to pick a few things up this past weekend.

For starters, she took her futon (bed) which frees up space in her sisters room. I am unsure of what her sister is planning to do with the extra space at this time. It may turn out that a friend of hers will come and stay with us in a month or so, She may hold off until we learn more.

Skye was also able to take the food and cleaning supplies from the little room. For a couple of months now, I have not been able to move in that room, which is where the pantry shelves are. The shelves are filled with food, some of which will now be moved into the kitchen, then I will be adding more stock-ups to the pantry. I will first clean the shelves and organize them better. Thankfully, Skye organized her ‘things’ better in therem so I can now move.

I plan to post a picture of my pantry shelves as I progress with my stock-up plan.

I am also taking stock of what all is in the freezer, and will be stocking it with more food soon.


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