I really hate the idea of moving again, but with rent going up and other expenses, it’s just not worth it to live here anymore. The problem is the rental house is quite large -at least to us, and we are downsizing to an apartment. We know we will have to get storage space but really hope to mainly keep large items and not too many boxes.

We are moving in three months, so I have a fair amount of time to cull through our belongings. It’s a daunting task that I would much rather someone else do.When we first moved to San Antonio, we brought the essentials plus two storage bins each of whatever we wanted to bring. This worked out great as the apartment was pretty much always clean. The problem happened when we moved into a house and had so much more space. We brought another truckload of stuff from Mississippi. That was a big mistake. A lot of that stuff has just sat in the garage untouched. It’s definitely time to let go of some things.

The garage will be the last area to tackle as I don’t want to make room for stuff from the house. I am going through the house room by room with a goal of getting rid a lot of the stuff we are not using. I have to be honest with myself and just let things go. It’s only stuff – stuff I am not using – and ultimately it’s making me unhappy. Unhappy that my house is a cluttered mess. Unhappy that I bought this and never use it.

Last weekend I worked in the downstairs closet. It was a small task. This weekend is the guest bedroom which has a lot of craft supplies that must be dealt with. I dread it was it could be the most difficult since it is all of my stuff. Time to make some tough decisions.

Housekeeping Boot Camp

A military friend of mine keeps a well organized, always clean home. She can’t help it. She’s in the military and used to strict routines so having a home ‘just so’ is second nature. I envy her. I’ve always lived in clutter and disorganization. I know I lack discipline. Sadly I am too old to join the military, so I cannot get it that way. If only there was a housekeeping boot camp.

Possibly the next best thing is Fly Lady. Fly Lady is a gem of a website that really helps you develop better housekeeping routines. I discovered Fly Lady years ago. I had started the baby steps and enjoyed it. Not sure why I stopped. I probably faltered and never got back on track.

So while thinking about how great a housekeeping boot camp would be, I remembered Fly Lady. The website is still there and content is still free. So today I will start with baby step one. It’s an easy one – shine your sink. Just make sure that kitchen sink is clean before going to bed. I look forward to making this a routine in that I love having a clean sink. It’s amazing how little things can have a big impact.

So while I may not be in an official housekeeping boot camp, I plan to really give more attention to the home. More quality attention that hopefully will produce better results for a clutter-free way of living.

Atomic Clock

Atomic Clock
Atomic Clock

One of the most useful gifts we have received is an atomic clock. We have had it for years. It is said that atomic clocks are the most accurate time pieces, so when it the clock starts losing time, I checked the batteries thinking this was the issue. So I changed the batteries and then waited for the clock to update since it receives electrical transmissions from somewhere magical ( I think Denver?) to set the time. This never happened so I set it myself.

I thought it strange I would have to set the time on an atomic clock that receives the ‘time’ (really it’s not the time but pulses or something like that..I could Google it but it’s not important to this story). But for a while we lived in an area that the clock seldom received the signal and would have to set the time ourselves.

After a little Googling of the issue (this I DID Google) I reset my clock and it picked up the time. The key for it to keep receiving the time is the little antenna icon displayed in the time. When you set the time manually, that little antenna disappears and the on-so-accurate time. So now I just let it set the time and not set it myself.