Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 10: Miscellaneous bathroom stuff

What I purged

No picture on this one, but when I was cleaning up my messy room and bookshelf last night, I also pulled a few things out of my bathroom, things that I either didn't like or hadn't been using: a bathroom cup I got over the summer, and two wire baskets that I'd been using in one of my drawers, but that didn't work very well because the spacing between the wires is too big.

Day 9: And this mess, too

What I purged

Yesterday was a day for going through messes.  After I went through all the junk on the counter in my bedroom, I tackled this shelf, which has been full of miscellaneous junk since I moved in.  I hadn't put the books back on it because I wasn't sure where I wanted it to go.  More recently I decided I wanted to use it as a shelf for shoes, hats and scarves, and other things, as I've put it in a little hallway or entry way to my bedroom and bathroom.

Day 8: This mess

What I purged

I've had quite the mess accumulating in my room for the last couple months.  Last night I finally went through it.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Good advice

Recently I went to a Chinese restaurant with my mom, and at the end of the meal my fortune cookie told me this:

At first I thought it was funny that I got it when my mom seemed like the better recipient for such advice.  She is incredibly resistant to spending money unless she thinks she's getting a good deal -- then she'll buy all manner of unnecessary things.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 7: Food

What I purged

I am pretty bad about letting food go to waste.  Sometimes something is just slightly on the old side, and I won't get rid of it because "it might still be okay," but then I won't eat it, either, because hey -- it also might not.

So my goal last weekend was to get rid of ALL the old food, and to be honest about whether I would use it still or not.  I cleared out quite a bit.  The only borderline food I kept was some eggnog, which I did have more of that night (but the rest of which will go into the trash tonight), and some cheese that was a little old for my tastes but probably not too old for my rat.

What I did with it

There was no way around this one, so I tossed all the old food and put any recyclable containers into recycling.

Final notes

I'm only two weeks into 2015, and I'm already one week behind.  This is not promising!  I'll get caught up this week, though.  I actually already have ideas of things I want to go through and possibly get rid of, so getting caught up is more about finding the time than finding the stuff.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Day 6: Rodent cages

What I purged

I've been collecting rodent cages, so I cleaned up all the ones I'm not currently using and I'm going to get rid of them.

I got a rat back in... oh, October, I think?  I started out with him in the purple and white cage, which the family I nanny for had given to me to find a home for.  It was their daughter's late gerbils' cage, and was clearly too small for my rat, so I ended up getting the larger white cage from a friend.  That was still a little small for him, so I got an even bigger cage, and my friend doesn't want her cage back.  The little carrying cage I'd had when I was younger, and took to house the crickets for my nanny kids' praying mantis when my parents sold their house a few months ago.

What I'll do with them

I don't have a use for any of these, and I could use the money, so I think I'm actually going to list them on Craigslist and see if I can make a few bucks -- maybe enough to put toward something else for my rat!

The rat foot in the last picture I was going to throw in with the cage, but I might just toss it, as I'd feel guilty giving it to anyone -- it's not that great quality, and has both alfalfa pellets and dried corn in it, which rats actually shouldn't have.

Final notes

I'll probably start by selling the gerbil/hamster stuff.  The larger white cage I feel a bit guilty about selling, since a friend gave it to me, so I may hold off and ask her again if she's sure she doesn't want it back!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Starting over: Day 5: Pajamas

What I purged

My pajama drawer has been in serious need of culling for some time.  I adore pajamas, and lately I've collected so many that my drawer of pajamas and loungewear is in danger of overflowing.  Even with the pictured pajamas removed from the drawer, everything barely fits.

Starting over: Day 4: These clothes

What I purged

As I was putting my laundry away a couple nights ago, I pulled several items off to put in my donations pile: a pink tank top that is simply too short for today's styles, a white tank top that has seen better days, and a black sweatshirt.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Starting over: Day 3: A lumpy pillow

What I purged

I'm not posting a picture of this one, mainly because it's so yellowed -- I feel somewhat embarrassed.  This pillow has been mostly used for decoration, which is why I've put up with its lumpiness for so long.  Besides, it's soft enough to be forgiven if not used on a regular basis.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Starting over: Day 2: Two sweaters

What I purged

On impulse, I pulled these two sweaters out of my closet.  They are beautiful sweaters, but they have started shedding copious amounts of chenille in the washing machine at my new place.  The blue one has gotten quite thin on the shoulders, and when I went to put the red one (just washed) away tonight after hanging it dry, it dropped red clumps of fuzz everywhere.  It also shedded all over two of my other sweaters, necessitating they be washed again, and this was with the gentlest possible cycle on the washing machine.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Starting over: Day 1: Clothes

What I purged

Since late summer or early fall, I've been collecting in a bag in my closet clothing items to get rid of.  On New Year's Eve Day, I finally went through these items.  I only returned two to my closet (a purse and a tank top), and the rest got photographed, cataloged, and sent to Goodwill.