Sunday, 15 May 2011

Project Declutter: Week 2 (and a quick update)

See last week for the details; here's a quick update on how the second week has gone:

Sunday 8th May


Gave those barbecue tools we got for our wedding to The Friends. They're excellent quality but we haven't used them in 14 years so we're clearly never going to!

Also got those last few boards out of the attic ready for the insulation to be done tomorrow.

Monday 9th May


Chucked out those old shoes that I'd been wearing to go up into the attic - they're filthy now, and not that comfortable any more anyway!


Sorted through a pile of patterned paper to find some to use with my papercrafts class, too.

Juicer collected today!

Tuesday 10th May


Went up to bed and remembered I hadn't decluttered anything! Hastily looked through my wardrobe and set aside a couple of t-shirts for the charity shop - and one for the bin...

Wednesday 11th May


Sorted through my stock of patterned papers to find some to use in the Connect group on Friday - instead of using it as an excuse to stash shop! I'm proud of me...

(Pasta machine collected today, too.)

Thursday 12th May


So tired after a busy week! I just picked a small pile of craft magazines to sort through (mainly DoCrafts, a couple of Making Cards) and reduced them to a handful of pages to keep and the rest to recycle.

Friday 13th May


Found some napkins left over from a craft project - perfect for donating to our new Connect group, ready for the cookies we'll be eating!


More magazines sorted in the evening, too; plenty of them left, but that's another stack reduced to a few pages I actually want to keep...

Saturday 14th May


Saw Clair (yay!) and gave her my box of Fimo and moulds. I know she'll make far better use of them than I will - well, she'll actually use them, to start with!

Another successful week, I reckon! Plenty more to be done, though.... This may turn out to be more than a month-long project!

And in other news, a lot of my time is being taken up at the moment by preparations for our trip to Los Angeles. It turns out that because of the work The Doctor will be doing there he needs a visa, but also so do we.... We'd thought that because The Children and I are going for a holiday, we'd be able to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (easier and cheaper) but it turns out that we do all need visas after all. I've hence spent several hours this week (that's a bit of an understatement!) gathering paperwork, taking photos, filling in online forms, printing off receipts and so on, and the coming week includes a trip to London to be interviewed at the American Embassy in order for the visa application to be processed. (Fortunately The Children don't need to be interviewed, and The Mother is very kindly looking after them for us while The Doctor and I go.) It'll be worth it, of course, but it's taking a big chunk of my time at the moment :)

So I want to say a big thank you for bearing with me during my absence from your blogs! I have been reading as much as possible and I've left a few comments here and there, but whenever I think life has calmed down enough that I can start commenting regularly again, something else crops up! I really do appreciate your loyalty in keeping up with your visits and comments here during this time that I'm not able to comment on your posts as much as I'd like. Once I'm back from London perhaps life will actually calm down at last....? xx

22 comments:

helena said...

way to go on the de-clutter

I think visa applications are the most frustrating set of bureaucratic papers ever.

Amanda said...

Is getting a Visa for the US harder than other places? I had to get a visa for Australia and I just filled out a quick online form.

JO SOWERBY said...

oooh usa posh visa's what a pain for u all. hope it all is straightforward and you get it sorted in one day. hope to see you back in blogland soon,
Jo xxx

dogmatix said...

Ur going great guns there. I managed to clear out 2 boxes of stash b4 I went on hols to one of the day centres at work....she asked if I stopped crafting!!!!!!!
Hope everything goes well in London.

Denise said...

I am so impressed with your de-cluttering Mel. You feel so much better for it don't you? Question: - Where do you keep all the pages you tear out of crafty mags ?

humel said...

Denise (and anyone else): I'm putting them in a box file. Once I've finished going through my magazine collection I'll sort through the pages once more, possibly culling them a bit further, and list the different projects and techniques on the outside of the box file (or files, if the first one gets full!)

Gem's Crafts said...

Wow, what a lot of paperwork to get through just for a visit to Los Angeles. I hope it all gets sorted quickly.

And well done for your decluttering, and persisting with it!

Lizzie said...

Yes there was a prog on tv Friday, that I just caught a bit of while eating lunch; the chap hadn't checked passport requirements for USA and his daughters was only a children's one (Germany). You need a machine-readable passport plus a visa for USA now. The airline couldn't let their little girl fly on her kinder passport, because the us immigration wldnt have let her in. Their holiday was cancelled :-( They were warning people to check v. carefully what they needed.

I'm v impressed by your stash busting and junk clearing. Hmmm what did we clear? Errrm... Oh dear.... And the MIL came today and brought a load of stuff she didn't want(why do relatives persist in this irritating habit - if she doesn't want the junk, why would we? Grrrr....) so a biiiig sort out this week! Keep up the good work, Mel!!

paperpocket said...

I don't envy you doing all that paperwork for the US. Sucks! But well done on all the decluttering. It's a good idea to pull out the pages of magazines you want to keep rather than keeping the entire thing. They take up soooo much room! Maybe it's about time there was a clear out at my place...hmmm.

Cheri said...

good job on the decluttering Mel! Keep going - the rewards are so worth it!

furrypig said...

impressive decluttering! I really wish I had commited to joining you as I need to do it! Maybe I will do the same starting in June instead!

Amy said...

Visa's for the US, even if you are a US citizen living O/S as an expat, are hard to get, as well as being a laborious and drawn out process ... this is all according to my friend from the US. Good luck, make sure you have all your i's dotted and t's crossed before your trip to London for the interview.

Amanda's comment is making me giggle though - we love everyone! ;-)

ange_moore said...

Well done with the decluttering - that's something I need to get onto once I've finished this wretched studying!

Thanks for the inspiration.

Maria Ontiveros said...

You're doing great on the decluttering. I've fallen off the wagon, I'm afraid. I really need to get my passport renewed for our trip in July!
Rinda

debs14 said...

I have to hope that my husband NEVER sees a blog page on de-cluttering or he will be on my case to follow suit! You are doing so well, I struggle not to hoard things and my messy study is proof of that!
Enjoy London, try and do something fun in amongst all the offical stuff.

scrappyjacky said...

You're doing great on the de-cluttering.
I tend to cut up mags soon after I've read them and have have about 6 files they go in...cardmaking, scrapbooking, stitching, gardening etc. Though I still don't always find it easy to find what I want....as so mant articles 'cross over' genre!!!

Alison said...

Great going on the de-cluttering Mel! I hope the form-filling doesn't put you off your trip...I would have thought you and the children would be able to use the visa-waiver system too
Alison xx

Melissa said...

Great job keeping up with the daily decluttering. I took three bags to the donation center this week after cleaning out the master closet then the master bathroom last week!

Beverly said...

I am SO IMPRESSED!!! you even jump out of bed at night to stay on track!!! Sorry it's so hard to get here but it will definitely be worth it :)

Rachel B said...

Isn't it a pain? You just get yourself up to date and something throws a spanner in the works! Bad blogger has made me behind again!!! Hope you manage to sort out your visa soon, it sounds like a complete headache! :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I have a pair of shoes just like that.

Congrats on the destashing.

Gail said...

You've inspired me - time to go through all those magazines. Congrats on all that decluttering.