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post #11 of 25 Old 07-05-2019, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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@waresbear That is impressive. How much land do you have? I only have one acre but have unlimited space behind my house for trail riding. Is that a skid-steer loader in the photo? My husband has always been in construction and when our son was a toddler (not yet two years old) he had a toy and called it a "squee, squee, whoa-der". I knew "whoa-der" was loader but couldn't figure out what "squee squee" was until my husband told me it was "skid-steer".


And husbands do tend to bring home lots of stuff. I am attempting to get my husband organized and it isn't easy, he is resisting and I don't know why. I would love if someone was willing to help me get organized!
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post #12 of 25 Old 07-05-2019, 04:34 AM
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Wow, a quail nest! We had a pair in the garden for a while, but they wouldn't nest. You must be doing something right!

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post #13 of 25 Old 11-05-2019, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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@SueC We have a couple of families of quail that live near us and run around our property every year. Two summers ago we had "single dad" quail. Mom was killed (thankfully, all I saw were some feathers) and dad took over taking care of the babies. It was so sweet seeing dad and his kids running around the yard.


I had to rescue a little bat this morning. We had a terrible storm last night with lots of rain and wind. The little guy got stuck in one of the empty trash cans. I went out this morning to dump the water out of the cans (since I'm doing a spring yard clean up and I have them all over our property) and found him. I dumped out the can near this post and he climbed up a couple of feet and stayed there for about 10 minutes. Poor little guy was shivering! He then slowly climbed up to the ceiling of this structure and turned upside down and settled in for a nap.
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post #14 of 25 Old 11-05-2019, 05:00 AM
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Bats are soooo cute, @MissLulu ! Well done for helping the little guy out. I don't know why so many people think these adorable critters are ugly... here's a fun thing to do: If you have a book with bat or flying fox photos, these are usually upside down. So turn the book upside down and look at them the right way up!

In Australia, we have a tube-nosed bat:






As far as yard work goes, I've had to press pause on my follow-up ditch project because of my stress fracture. Did manage to plant out all my peas though...

...but sadly I have no excuse not to clean out the office, which is overdue...

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post #15 of 25 Old 12-05-2019, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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@SueC Our bat was gone this morning. I'm so glad he was well enough to fly away in the night. That little bat in the video was adorable. I loved when it moved it's ears.


I saw a jackrabbit in the yard when I let the dogs out this morning. The dogs didn't see it and we have a large fenced area for them so they couldn't have chased it. I don't think I have ever seen a rabbit in the yard and when I see a rabbit elsewhere it is usually a cottontail.


Tonight my husband took me out to a lovely dinner to celebrate Mother's day. We both don't like to fight the crowds so decided to celebrate a day early. Not far from the restaurant we saw a charity shop and stopped to get rid of six large boxes. I had been carrying around the boxes in my car for over a week so it was nice to get rid of them.

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post #16 of 25 Old 12-05-2019, 12:20 PM
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I love decluttering and binge-watching youtube videos about minimalist traveling, housekeeping, lifestyle etc. even though I know I'll never be labeled a "minimalist" myself :lol"

Have you ever heard of project333? I know you said you don't relate to a lot of the blogs on the topic, but I think the point of project333 isn't so much in buying less but teaching you what you really love in your wardrobe and showing you how little you really need to be happy. It's a fun little challenge and it really minimizes your laundry related chores. I practiced project333 while I was in college because I needed more space to hide my pet rats in my closet

I just recently went through my closet and and stored a bunch of stuff away... not to get rid of but just to keep in some bins and simplify my life a little. It's kind of fun I think just to handle your clothes every now and then, and be able to pull out a box full of stuff a few months later and go "shopping" in your own closet. (I was definitely an individual who needed to stop shopping, at least with clothing. Mom still has a bad habit of it and sends me clothes frequently.)

Becoming interested in decluttering and living with less is really probably what taught me to budget. My parents have always looked out for me the best they could but that's something they didn't teach me, I just kind of had to figure it out on my own during college.

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post #17 of 25 Old 12-05-2019, 01:24 PM
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Since I moved to a house I have in town, and daughter and her family will be moving out kind of soon, she's caught the decluttering bug.

I intended to take her stuff to a second hand store, but co-workers and the ladies where I get my hair done took it all. I love re-homing clothes and house stuff.

I have away four pair of bell boots and polo wraps yesterday from when I played more often in polo, to a gal that helps with youth riding here. She'll teach them to wrap correctly and only when needed.
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I practiced project333 while I was in college because I needed more space to hide my pet rats in my closet


It's always nice to meet other crazy people. At that age I had a pet huntsman spider called Freddy:

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@boots , glad your decluttering is going well for you.

@MissLulu , very nice for the bat - and glad you had a good time!

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post #19 of 25 Old 12-05-2019, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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@CopperLove I read about project 333 a few years ago and recently decided to count the items in my wardrobe I wear on a regular basis. I counted 29. I didn't include my sunglasses because they are a necessity for me. I have decided that I clearly needed to rethink my wardrobe and get rid of the stuff I don't like and get out of my rut and start wearing something different once in a while! My two oldest had pet rats and they were so fun. My youngest wanted pet rats but we have a kitty that I call the "ultimate predator". I would worry for the safety of a small pet.



@boots I love re-homing things too. Many years ago when my two oldest children were three and six I had kept and stored almost every outfit they had ever owned. Six years of girl clothing, three years of boy clothing, and a bunch of clothing that they both wore. We were planning a cross country move and I knew I didn't want to move all those boxes of clothing. I had a friend and her sister worked for the county helping people that had been displaced. House burnt down or dad lost his job. Sometimes families were living in their car. And they always needed donations. So I went through all my boxes and decided what to keep and what to donate. I sorted everything carefully and made sure there were tops to match bottoms, sorted them by size, and put all the socks, underpants, undershirts, and pajamas together. I filled the trunk of my friend's car and she took the clothing to her sister. A few days later my friend told me her sister's office was overwhelmed by my donation. Usually what got donated was clothing that was worn out, stained, and not usable. The clothing from when my children were young is something that is really difficult for me to let go of so it was nice to be able to donate to a good cause. It helped me to let go.


@SueC The story of Freddy is amazing! And I think I would have been like you and set him free after seeing him on the ceiling.
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I am always decluttering, giving things away, throwing things away, organizing. I am good enough at it to hire myself out, really. I moved across the country a bit over a year ago and that's a BIG declutterer right there. My husband is something of a hoarder and an indiscriminate-pile-maker though, so we are rather at odds there.

What I am not, is a cleaner. I like seeing a few nice things artfully arranged, and the rest tidily sorted and stored. But I never get around to dusting, much less scrubbing. Plus, with three Aussies in the house plus two people who work outdoors, it is never clean here. One of my old dogs had a stomach event involving days of copious puking on the rugs a couple weeks ago. For example.

Kondo is all very well if you don't have a farm, or repair things from scraps. It's an urban philosophy. You don't have to love rebar, rolls of old fencing, rags, and slightly-broken buckets, to need them. It also has nothing much to say about recycling, re-using, making do, moving things on to people who need them more than you. Which are all part of "decluttering" too, in my book. One of my motivators is thinking about how other people could use my stuff. Freecycle and Craigslist come in handy sometimes.

The truth is, that it is always very hard to declutter if you wait until it's a big job. Dividing the job into manageable-sized chunks (say, one room or one closet or one section of the yard at a time) is a useful technique. The other technique is to constantly work at it. Have a three box sorting area permanently set up somewhere -- Give Away, Recycle, Dump -- and when a box is full, deal with it. Acquire the habit of "flowing" objects through your house rather than have them drift in and settle there.

After all, we are just caretakers of all our things, we won't need any of them where we're going.

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