Nony Starts Using Grown-Up Glasses (And Declutters Her Kitchen Cabinet in a Webisode)

Nony Gets Grown-Up Glasses and Declutters Her Kitchen Cabinet at ASlobComesClean.com

Oh, the layers of procrastination that exist in this project.

First, I received a lovely set of glasses for Christmas.

In 2012.

They were beautiful, appreciated, and perfect.

And they sat in the bottom of my kitchen pantry for the next eight months . . .

In the box.

Even though I was glad to have them, there was the whole matter of washing them.

Which meant an extra load of dishes!?!?!?

And putting them away.

Which meant decluttering my cabinet of all my mismatched (and totally lame) cups and glasses so there would actually be room?!?!?

Oh my. It was like the Perfect Procrastination Storm.

Then, over the summer, while I was on my blogging break, I made some of the world’s greatest cinnamon toast for my kids. They declared I MUST blog about it so children all over the world could enjoy it too. The picture was a little bleh, so I pulled out a single clear glass from the box, hand-washed it and filled it with milk to make the photo more interesting.

Once that glass was in the rotation, I saw that it immediately became a fought-over family favorite. Everyone loved drinking from the fancy (totally plain) glass cup, sans comic book characters.

It just felt . . . couth.  (Evidently, couth is not a word, even though uncouth is. Whatever, Webster. I’m usin’ it.)

So on the first day of school, as I was back to blogging and getting my house under control, I ran that single extra load of dishes and washed ALL of the glasses. And made a webisode. Which I just edited last weekend. Which was mid-October.

Click here if you can’t see the video.

Anyway, it’s done. We’ve been drinking out of fancy-schmancy glasses for almost two months now and life is good. We don’t miss our plastic cups, even the ones that caused Hubby to narrow his eyes at me when he saw them sitting in the donate box.

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Yes. We even got rid of our Disney cups. Wonderful memories, not-so-wonderful cups.

I accepted that they were the LAST cups we ever used. And the handles made them unstackable and difficult to store.

And that was basically how this project went. Overall, I followed my One In One Out rule. There simply was not enough room for us to have a full set of grown-up glasses and keep our hodge-podge of random cups. Pre-blog, I would have thought this meant we needed another cabinet. (Maybe a full-kitchen remodel.) Now I know it’s okay to part with a Hulk Hogan cup from the 80s. (No matter how much I love it.)

I used the box the grown-up glasses came in to safely pack up the glass glasses were donating. The plastic ones got piled on top.

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And there is the after picture. Yes. I kept a few favorite plastic cups and I’m glad. My ice melts too quickly in the glasses.

 

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--Nony

Decluttering the Boys’ Bookshelf

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We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this Decluttering Webisode with two special guest stars.

(Please be warned that if you only have girls, this may be disconcerting to watch. Video contains excessive loudness, goofiness, mild cartoonish violence and fake bodily function noises.)

(If you’re reading via email, click the title of the post to get to the blog so you can view the video.)

The kids were out of school on Friday.  Fun Mom took them to the park to enjoy a warm and sunny January day.  (Seriously.  We’re in Texas.)  But before she took over, Good Mom made them declutter their bookshelf.

Their insanely messy bookshelf.

And Slob Blogger Mom made a webisode of it.

We asked three questions:

#1:  Did you love this book?

The Ones We Kept

#2: Did you love it enough to read it again?

The books (and other random stuff) we donated.

#3: Would you recommend it to your brother or sister?

The ones we saved for our sister.

It was a wild and wacky morning. 

We decided to pitch things they didn’t even know they had (one of my decluttering questions!), they took random non-book things to their homes immediately (another one of my strategies), and in the end we got rid of a wholelotta books.

Now that the books we kept are visible and accessible, the faves are already being read again.

In case you’re a mom who is always looking for books for your boys, here are some of their favorites:

They both love the books in this series by Dan Gutman.  A boy goes back in history and meets baseball players.  They devoured every one they could find last summer.

They also love the Hardy Boys books, this one especially.

And . . . this is the one mentioned frequently in the webisode.  They love it.

And my 11yo LOVES this one:

Oh. And this one.

Which . . . I just now realized is written by the same author as the baseball card series . . .

I could keep going.  I’m thankful they both love to read.

Do you find it difficult to declutter books?

Oh, and all the books on Amazon? They’re my affiliate links.

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The Master Bedroom Saga: Part 10

Oh my word.  It’s JANUARY of 2013, and I still haven’t finished posting the Master Bedroom Saga????

Well, this is the next-to-the-last post in this series.  It’s the end of the video footage I shot while actually doing the project, and I put it into two different videos.  (If you’re reading by email, click on the title of the post to get to the blog where you can see the videos.)  At this point, I’d stopped bothering to write in the daily journal, so I’m just going on memory and what I said/did in the videos.

Basically, it went like this:

(All characters played by me.  All characters are me.  I have lots of these internal dialogues . . . )

“Oh no! I’m never, ever going to finish this stupid project!  What was I thinking!!??!!??!!”

“Chill.  Do the easy stuff.”

“OK, that helped.  I got some easy things done, but WHY oh WHY do I always find stuff like books of Broadway songs at the bottom of piles of shoes??  WHY??”

“Get over it.  Ask your first decluttering question (that YOU invented) and then go put it wherever you would look for it first.  It’s not that big of a deal.”

“So the room is looking significantly better as I’ve worked through it little by little, but what about this?  Huh?  I mean, this almost-15-year-old Rolling Stone magazine with the Seinfeld characters dressed as Wizard of Oz characters . . . . THAT could be valuable!  So what do I do with that???”

“Ummmm, check how much it’s selling for on eBay.  That ‘could be valuable’ excuse doesn’t fly anymore.  You can know whether or not it’s valuable.  In, like, 28 seconds.”

“Fine.  You were right.  Ten dollars isn’t worth my time to put this on eBay right now.  Maybe a few years ago when I was selling on there all the time, but now that I’m busy with . . . ”

“Stop talking.  Get back to work.  You have to finish this project.”

“Oh.  Right.  Sorry.”

And . . . that’s about it.  I did this huge project in August of 2012.  I wrote my new e-book, Drowning in Clutter?, in December.  Looking back at the videos confirmed that all the strategies in the e-book are the actual strategies I use as I work my way through decluttering projects.

All of them.  Little ones or seriously-is-this-ever-going-to-end ones.

My goal for next week?  Post the FINALE of this series.  The still-to-be-shot finale.  The oh-my-word-am-I-really-going-to-show-what-my-master-bedroom-looks-like-now video?

Yes.  I will.

Oh.  And the two videos in this post are titled parts 9 and 10.  I didn’t include a video in blog post 9.  It’s confusing, I know.

See links to the strategies mentioned above on my decluttering page. And/or get the e-book while it’s on sale this month.  It’s getting great reviews.

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--Nony

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