I've slowed down in the month of August from a lot of blog postings, IG and FB posts though I'm still visiting a lot of blogs and leaving comments.
Slowing down is enabling me to survive the heat and focus on my goals for the month of August. I also have small house repairs that I simply haven't had time to complete. Over late spring season, I was working furiously to declutter and get organized before Jonah's arrival. While I made good progress, I ran out of time to complete what I wanted to accomplish. Now that Jonah is working and more or less acclimated, I want to make some progress on these outstanding tasks before the summer ends and the days grow darker. I'm also still very busy with physio and massage therapy appointments and in between we are trying to enjoy the last days of summer while getting things organized for fall season. Before you know it summer will be gone. I don't look forward to it but it happens every year.
Instead I made a mess in the living room and left everything undone because I ran into issues when drilling into the concrete or steel wall. So I left it all aside while I focussed on decluttering. Jonah has helped by pulling out some of the anchors I'd put in the partially drilled holes. Monday night I filled all the holes in both the living room and the master bathroom walls in readiness for sanding and painting. It feels good to finally have these tasks done.
In another project, I'm getting rid of more clothes. I managed to put together a few large bags of clothing which hopefully will be picked up on Tuesday. I've been inspired by a few women on You Tube who create 10 piece wardrobe for each season. There is no way I will get down to 10 pieces per season but I can whittle down the number of items I keep. I'm going to try to keep things that I really wear often and see what I can let go. I get rid of a few bags every now and then and will keep on going with that approach. Of course Jonah also needs space for his clothing and personal items and this is another incentive for me to reduce mine.
|One bag of summer knit tops and PJs|
A few scatter rugs also went out the door today. It didn't take long for people to respond to my adverts for giveaway. I'm always pleased when someone else will make use of what I no longer want. Tuesday update: Someone came to pick up all the clothing and another person picked up the scatter rugs. I'm so happy to get them out the door. I'm now going through the kitchen trying to get rid of excess mugs and water bottles.
|Two rugs, one red/cream, one blue/cream|
The rest of this month I plan to get rid of the remaining papers I didn't shred in April 2022 and a few small tubs or old journals and planners. Once this is done I will tackle the entryway closet and the bookshelves again. I've already done a big clear out of books I'd collected for decades so I won't have quite as many to sort through this time. I also think it's time to offload my music CDs and instructional DVDs. I haven't listened or watched any of them for at least a decade. That means they are just taking up precious space. These days I learn 'how tos' on line and listen to music on You Tube.
In case you are curious about my current reads, these are the books I've recently right. Right now I'm reading The Soviet Sisters: A Novel of the Cold War by Anika Scott.