Yikes. Just Yikes.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Yikes. Just Yikes.
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Tue, 07-03-2012 - 10:55am

Last night it really hit me that I have serious work to do. In 18 days I'll have a throng of relatives arriving for a big family party. Then up to 13 of them will spend the night (hopefully a few of them can stay elsewhere). And 3 of them will be staying for a few additional days. We have one full bath (with tub/shower) and one half-bath with only a commode and sink...this should be good with everybody trying to shower. But the real issue is where to put them. We have one real guest room with a queen bed, and two queen size sofa sleepers--in the den and in my office. And one sofa in the living room, although the cushions from the sofa sleepers can be made into 2 more "mattresses". All of our floors are bare wood but we have a thick area rug in the living room.

But wait, there's more. We're supposed to have work done on the house, plaster repair on walls in the living room, dining room, den, and hallway. It was supposed to be done weeks ago but the guy has been hung up on another job and keeps delaying my job. We had also hoped to get those rooms repainted, all before the party, but doesn't look like that is gonna happen. So I'm just hoping that I can have the furniture back in place and the plaster dust cleaned up before the guests arrive. 

The real chore at hand is de-cluttering. The LR/DR/kitchen aren't too bad, I probably can get them decluttered in a few sessions. The real issue is my office, its a wreck. Its the dumping ground for everything I don't know where else to put. The flat surfaces all have lots of stuff on them, mostly paper clutter. It used to be a bedroom so there's a closet which is stacked with boxes and bags of more stuff, again mostly paper. Seems I have some difficulty in parting with papers LOL. This morning it occured to me that the people staying in my office may want to hang some clothes and will probably figure the closet is the place....not the way it looks now! So working on the closet is on my secondary list. I guess I can't stash everything from the flat surfaces into the closet!!

I'm trying to not get overwhelmed. There's a lot more going on besides the decluttering task including planning the details of the weekend and preparing the backyard where the actual party will be held. Yikes!! If I can stay focused and organized I can do this, its just that focused and organized part where I get in trouble! Wish me luck!

 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Re: Yikes. Just Yikes.
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 11:48pm

It went okay. The plaster guy finished on Wednesday afternoon so I had 2 days to clean and replace the furniture. My dh took off work Friday to prepare the backyard and helped with some inside stuff too. The draperies were not back up by the time the guests started arriving (4 hrs before the official start time of the party) so we recruited them to help hang them. And they brought snacks for that 4 hr period and replenished the beer.

"Only" 11 spent the night, then 4 left so 7 spent a second night, then the last night there were just 3. One of those 3 washed dishes a LOT so she was a big help (did I mention that our dishwasher is not working?). All in all it was fine with so many people. They brought their own towels but used my bedding. The worst part was showering, it took hours for everybody to get a turn--and I dread my next water bill.

I ended up doing dash and stash of the mess in my office, into the closet :smileyembarrassed: I have a hook for hangers on the outside of it so I told them to hang their stuff there. If they looked in the closet, oh well...  My office is still pretty uncluttered today and I'm trying to keep it that way. My plan is to spend 15 minutes each day going through the contents of the closet in hopes of getting it cleared out eventually. Unfortunately I haven't started with that yet, but at least I'm staying on top of the paper clutter that's coming in, and that's a start.

Thanks for asking!

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 07-29-2012 - 6:57pm
WOW!!!
You are Simply Amazing!!!
:smileywink:
Nightangel
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Re: Yikes. Just Yikes.
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 5:25pm

nightangel, how is the packing going? Have you been able to purge very much? When do you move?

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Registered: 03-06-2002
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 8:11am

Hopefully you've had time to tackle your stash and dash in the office. Sounds like you did an incredible job!

 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 8:35pm

I've barely touched the stash and dash. But the good news is that I've kept my desk pretty well decluttered and also the card table that I use for an additional work space; and the other office surfaces that I cleared before the party are still clear. So I feel good about that but definitely DO need to tackle the closet, 15 mins at a time.

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 6:49pm

~hugs~

Sorry, I took so long to respond.

I purged, packed, and we have moved!

Still have some things to do but love our new place.

Love the shiny sink!!!

My ds cleaned our living room floor this morning and the living room!

Wow!!!

It feels really good...

Still have a couple of boxes here to empty but basically we un-packed and got settled right away.

Trying to keep it up...

I think getting into a routine helps.

Still have to go back and get a few things and clean up our old place.

Nightangel