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Day One of Decluttering Project

Crap surrounds me. I often feel discouraged about my messy house. Truthfully, though, it is nearly impossible to keep a neat and orderly home when you own so much crap. So, I am ready to declutter.

I opted to start with a minor project today. I’m tackling a small book shelf in our family room. It currently holds 175 books. As you can see from the photo, I have more books than shelf space, so 22 homeless books are just stacked on top of the shelf. Classic clutter. Do you want to know the most embarrassing thing about that unsightly mess? The books have been stacked there for so long that I had stopped noticing them. Yuck. They need to go.

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As a writer, I read a lot. I’ve accumulated over 1,000 books over years. But why? There are only a handful of books that I read over and over, so why am I hanging on to all of them? Why am I letting these books that I am finished with hog valuable space in my home? Books that I found too boring to finish reading are also taking up real estate. Ditto for books that I liked but will never read again. I have collected many writing grammar/reference books too, but I bet most of the answers contained in those books can be found online. Finally, I went through a coloring book obsession a few years ago. I still enjoy coloring when I have time, which is hardly ever, but why do I need nearly 15 coloring books? Sure, many of them were gifts, but I should have tossed some older books when I received newer books. There is no way I will ever have free time to color all of those blank pages, so I need to weed out the ones which don’t appeal to me as much.

When I decided to start my decluttering project with one book shelf, I remembered Jerry Seinfeld’s classic take on most people’s tendency to hang on to to books once they’ve finished them.

 I am taking Jerry’s advice. Wish me luck, and stay tuned for an after photo. 🙂

Peppa Pig Birthday Party

About 18 months ago, it was a lot harder to find Peppa Pig items in the United States. My young daughter had discovered the animated character on YouTube. She loved Peppa, her family and her animal friends. I wasn’t surprised when she asked for a Peppa Pig themed party for her third birthday, but I knew it’d be a challenge to find decorations. With the exception of a Peppa pinata that I found online, I made all the decorations myself with the help of online graphics and our tabloid printer.

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peppa2The Peppa clouds were the only decorations that
I was semi-proud of. I found a generic cloud online,
created a mirror image in Paint Shop, printed them on a tabloid
printer, cut out the clouds, glued cotton to the inside of one cloud
and used a glue gun to attach the other cloud. I ended up with
fluffy clouds that my daughter kept hanging in her room
for over a year.

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I ordered a Barbie birthday cake at Von’s and placed Peppa toys
I bought at Amazon on top of it. Daughter insisted that Barbie
remain though.