Today I’ve been a little whirlwind of decluttering.
I haven’t done dishes yet, but I have…
* boxed up all the romance novels my mom’s given me lately and put them in one central location (I read them at the gym, nice and mindless)
* pulled out all the scrapbook stuff from the guest room and put in a box to go down to my eventual desk in the den or in the basement
* put a bag together of (40) books to donate to library
* started a box of stuff for Goodwill (I’ll drop off next week after I get more stuff together)
* threw out a bunch of garbage
* sorted kid clothes – 0-9ish month stuff all in one tub (I’m not ready to sell them yet, especially if we have an oops), pulled the 24mo-2T stuff out of the older one’s dresser and put them in the younger one’s dresser
* culled out kiddo outfits I didn’t really like for the baby sale here in a month or two
Left on my agenda…
* wrap dh’s birthday present before I take the wrapping paper and Christmas decorations downstairs (all boxed up, just needs to be relocated)
* drop off book donation on way to gym
* prep some stuff with a bunch of the ground turkey I got yesterday (ummm, yeah, I only bought 17+ pounds of various beasts and then some random produce at the store last night) and get dinner ready
* pull out maternity clothes to sell at sale as well (then put with high chair and baby bucket to sell)
I might try putting the high chair and baby bucket on craigslist and see if they sell before the sale. And all this cleaning/organizing? Means my period’s about a week away. I always go nuts right before. Probably to make up for the lack of energy during.
In other random crap…
* I’m taking a class in two weeks. On baking bread of some sort that I don’t know how to do. I don’t have the catalog in front of me, but it sounds fun. And kid-free. My first ever “fun” class in many, many years. Who knew learning (aka unschooling) could be fun?
* Budgeting rocks. I’ve done up our budgets for Jan-Mar, so we have a handle on how the winter/spring’s gonna be (financially speaking). We’re planning to visit dh’s grandpa before he dies (95yo), then probably visit my sister in June when she graduates. Might spend a few extra days there for an Ikea visit and to go to the zoo or science center or something. You know, we never really fumbled with our budget once we got going. We were realistic and just kept going with stuff. It actually takes a load off our minds because we know where every penny’s going before we even have it in our account. And it seems like we have more money, even though we technically have more expenses (we added saving for life insurance, medical stuff, woodcutting stuff, vacation saving). Kinda bizarre, but in a good way.
* Also planned out February’s menus. So I could buy enough stuff yesterday, and gear up our freezer on the current budget to see if I can skate in February with buying just milk and some produce (Feb’s a *really* lean month for us – if I can free up more grocery money we can throw that on the last remaining credit card and get rid of it quicker).
* After about May, we’ll only have a year left of payments on the car, dh’s student loans and the house. Yippee!!! Then I need to start hounding dh about closing a bunch of credit accounts. No one person needs $60K of available credit. Ever. And they keep upping the limits because we keep paying them off to zero and not using them again. It’s actually pretty annoying.