Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What goes up must come down...

...but everything that has come down is definitely not going back up! Explanation: we have had some ceiling work done this week. Okay, a LOT of ceiling work. So this week it seems like all Mark and I have done is move stuff from one room to another. Everything has had to come off the walls, off the tops of surfaces, moved to another room, then back again. The worst was moving my sewing room and office to the spare bedroom. Ugh, what a lot of stuff. And then we had to move all that stuff back to its rightful place, and then move everything out of the spare bedroom. Anyway, enough of the boring details.

My point is this. Once we took everything off the walls and off the surfaces, our rooms looked so much bigger! Even with most of the furniture still remaining. And since I am in a major decluttering phase, all the pictures and artwork that came down will not be going back up.

In my office during the gray and dreary days (which I happen to love, by the way), I always enjoy burning a candle. I love the flickering light and scent of cinnamon. But I guess I never looked up and realized it was creating so much soot up near the ceiling. *sigh* No more candles for me. I want to keep the ceiling nice and clean, and the walls, too, once they get repainted.

Yeah, I know. Really interesting picture, but can you see the fingerprints that the ceiling contractor left when he was up there working? Ugh!

So there is a lot of painting that will be taking place in the next couple of weeks. Definitely stay tuned for that, because watching paint dry is something you won't want to miss!

Now to figure out what to do with all this....

I'll show you what I come up with, but if you have any great ideas, feel free to share.


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The Luedtke Family said... #

Congrats on the decluttering! Have fun going through your never-going-back-up goods! Here are some ideas:

1. Donate household, useable goods through AmVets, American Disabled, Purple Heart, investigate through churches/firestations if anyone has experienced a housefire and needs to rebuild their home, or refugees/immigrants. Even women's shelters may take items as women may need to rebuild their lives.

2. Craft items - such as unwanted material, inquire with Project Linus to see if they accept such donations. I am not sure.

3. Items good for projects may be desired by Easter Seals or places that work with people who have disabilities, or even a special education program in the public schools.

4. Memorable items that you want to remember but do not want to keep, take a picture and create an album for such pictures. Easier to store pics than things.

No more ideas for you. Hopefully this will trigger some ideas!

Live a Colorful Life said... #

Thanks, Becky. I had read #4 someplace else and I LOVE that idea!

JHNickodemus said... #

Hmm looks like you need a candle warmer! Same good smell, even melting mess...(unless you spill the wax that is!)