Posted by: navalanche | July 25, 2014

Boxes of boxes

In addition to all the clutter in my home, I seem to collect a lot of empty boxes.


At one time, I needed boxes of all shapes and sizes as I was selling items online.  When I took a break, I kept all the boxes.  I don’t use them to store items because once I fill them, I forget what is in them, even if I mark a detailed description on the box.  If I do use a box for storage, I take a picture of the items and tape it to the side of the box.  It works well for seasonal items.

In the past, I’ve also kept the original boxes that items were packed in.  Ollie the Octopus was one of them.


I brought him out every summer for the nephews and neighbors to play with and stored him for the winter in the basement.  Then one year, I lent him to the boys across the street while we were on vacation and forgot about him.  One afternoon, I saw the boys playing with Ollie unsupervised in their front yard.  How cute!  I noticed that Ollie was missing an arm and another was twisted and no longer functioning properly but the kids were having fun.  Not 20 minutes later, I heard rhythmic pounding and looked out to see one of the boys (let’s call him Andy) brandishing a baseball bat and assaulting Ollie’s head.  I started to yell for him to stop but it was too late, the final blow decapitated Ollie and I watched in horror as his head, both dented and split wide open, slowly rolled towards the street.  Andy then grabbed Ollie’s base from which the arms were still streaming water and attempted to chase the other children around the yard.  They squealed and fought back by grabbing Ollie’s flailing arms and attempted to redirect the water back at Andy only to have all but one of Ollie’s remaining arms break off during the struggle.  Without arms, water just trickled out of the base at which time the boys lost interest and cast him to the ground and ran towards their backyard.

Stunned, I stumbled into the house to tell Mike the horror that I had just witnessed.

Me:  “I’m so upset.  I just watched the boys beat Ollie to pieces.”

Mike:  “Who?!?”

Me:  “Ollie the sprinkler!  The boys across the street ripped him apart right in front of me.”

Mike: “Andy?”

Me: “Mostly…”

Mike:  “Are you @&^%$ surprised???  I found Andy beating on the plastic kitchen in the back yard with a croquet mallet a week ago and the week before he was throwing a ball at our dining room window.  Why would you give him something that you did not want to be destroyed?”

I don’t know why I thought that Mike would sympathize with me, he didn’t care about Ollie and was happy that one more item was gone from the house forever.  However, I was determined to replace him so I kept the box and hoped to find another online even though the sticker on the box indicates that I bought Ollie at Hills Department Store which existed until 1999.  Thus the box is at least 15 years old.  And I’ve kept it…….empty.  Hmmm…

I never found another.  A perfect example of an item I kept because of sentimental value that I’ll write about another day.

So what to do with Ollie’s box and all the others?  They are perfect to use on trash day.


Mike is quite happy filling them yard debris and other oddly shaped trash.  He obviously has weeks of happiness to come.

Posted by: navalanche | July 22, 2014

In and out – weeks ending 7/20/14

I’ve been working split weekends of late and it is interfering with my decluttering projects.

To insure success, I need two days together, one to pull the clutter apart and a second to put things back in place.

Regardless, I did get a few things done.

I brought home a laundry basket from a neighbor along with a skirt, tiny teapot and an iron.


Mike commented on the iron.

Mike:  “Don’t you have an iron or three?”

Me:  “Not like this one.”

He’s wasn’t happy, he’ll get over it.

I moved some things to the garage sale pile but most went to the thrift store.


There may more more I’ve forgotten but I am still reorganizing.



Posted by: navalanche | July 20, 2014

Cow Day 2014

We may be crazy busy lately but we made time for Cow Appreciation Day.


Jaxon is usually reluctant to dress up but made his very own shirt this year.  Our group was smaller but we did have a great time.

Posted by: navalanche | July 6, 2014

In and out – week ending 6/15/14

I’m trying to reconstruct the work that I started over the last few weeks.

I stopped at the St. Anne’s flea market and brought things home.


I don’t think I brought anything else in so it’s a small victory.

Kat was stopped by and brought my son a bear and a rattle.


College themed but he lives in California so I guess he can enjoy those gifts at Christmas.

She also brought a train for Jaxon.


It doesn’t fit in the house so I placed it on the porch for him.  Notice it’s blocking the front door because the porch is full of clutter.  Just a another project I’m working on right now.

I made of small pile of items that could be trashed or donated.


Not much but I’m still focusing on clearing clothing from the house.

Posted by: navalanche | July 5, 2014

Time out to whine

I’m way behind.  So far behind that I feel lost.

I’ve broken my glasses….

and haven’t had the time to shop for another pair or order new contact lens.  Thus, I am wearing an old crappy pair of glasses with scratched lenses.  Loved those glasses….ARGHHHH.

I took a day trip out of town to see my son and left my laptop at a hotel.  ARGHHHH.

I can’t believe someone actually turned it in to the hotel desk and they shipped it back to me at a very fair cost.  It took over a week to be returned though but I’m satisfied.

My son stopped by for a few days…..


and I only had time to take a parting shot at the airport.

June has been full of graduations……


and picnics as the nephews are soon to be on their way to college.


Actually, things are pretty great.  I just need to take a deep breath and focus.

Posted by: navalanche | June 21, 2014

200 and counting

I was off Friday and sorted more clothing.

I found 22 items I was willing to part with plus 3 more that one of my co-workers offered to take home.


Count 225.

Posted by: navalanche | June 16, 2014

150 and counting

Saturday, I found 30 items to donate.


Sunday, I had 20 more ready to go.


Total 200.

I can’t believe it.

Posted by: navalanche | June 15, 2014

In and out – weeks ending 6/8/14

I ran into Kat at the corner store and…….she and my fellow corner store junkies “helped” me pick new clothes as I have lost a few pounds.


One was free because it had a hole in it and the cashier thought I could fix it.

I took it home and placed it in the trash.

I added some things to the garage sale pile.


Today, I plan on making sure that someone has a tentative date for it.

I’m still a week behind and I’m working on a few other projects and making some progress, pictures soon.

Posted by: navalanche | June 11, 2014

100 and counting

Saturday, I found 20 items that were easy to let go.


Sunday, I had the same goal in mind and did it.


Kat stopped by and found 2 items that she thought she could use.


And another 2 when she picked up her mail.


I was motivated to find 6 more to get my count to 50.


Total items 150.

Posted by: navalanche | June 5, 2014

In and out – weeks ending 5/25/14

I’m so far behind that I’m getting confused but here goes.

These two weeks, I brought home more clothing…


a pair of shoes and a purse (Kat took the purse home with her)…


and a few other items and a Partylite shade for Kat.


I don’t have time for out today, next time.




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