Spring Cleaning/Purging/Projects

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 7:45am

So, I'm finally gearing up for some much-needed home improvement projects, stuff that's gonna require some packing of entire rooms, storing furniture, etc.  So here's the questions:

1) What's the largest home improvement project you've ever taken on?  How painful was it?

2) How often do you declutter/purge?  How effective is it?

3). Ever dumped anything in a decluttering frenzy and later regretted it?

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 11:37am

1) What's the largest home improvement project you've ever taken on?  How painful was it?

Re-doing the boys rooms and it was painful, lol.  

2) How often do you declutter/purge?  How effective is it?

I try to do so on a regular basis and if I am left to my own devices, pretty good.  I'm not the pack rat in the family though, lol.

3). Ever dumped anything in a decluttering frenzy and later regretted it?

No, not so for...I'm pretty cautious.

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 11:49am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Your home sounds lovely thardy, 100 years old and a widows walk? Color me envious! I have a fondness for old homes since buying a 1909 one myself (oldest recorded document dates back that far but there's the possibility it could be older b/c homes in the neighborhood are older).</p>

Thanks!  CYE for some trivia about my house. :)

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 12:10pm
I remember months with no floor in our living room, when I was a kid. My dad was installing the new floor on weekends and it took a while, lol. All our childhood houses were constantly having something done to them, and they were all 18th century, as is my mom's current house.
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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 12:16pm
There is so much charm in older homes, I love the built in features too like corner curio cabinets in the dining.. I forgot to ask you, What kind of heat do you have? The owner before us updated a lot of the mechanicals and we have gas but many still have hot water and coal type.

 


 


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Registered: 02-20-2013
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 12:33pm

1) What's the largest home improvement project you've ever taken on?  How painful was it?

Never taken on anything gigantic. Building shelves and making a "pantry" in the space where the old gas heater was. It wasn't painful at all. We could've done a better job but DH is not very handy.

2) How often do you declutter/purge?  How effective is it?

I really only do it when I am getting ready to move, but I used to declutter and deep clean at least twice a year. I like a few candles and photos, but other than that I'm not big on knick-knacks and clutter. But it's still amazing how much crap we accumulate!

3). Ever dumped anything in a decluttering frenzy and later regretted it?

Sure, but nothing too bad. I regretted that I'd have to go to Home Depot and buy another {whatever} because I threw away the old one when we redid the {whatever.} But not enough to regret the decluttering. :)

Shaking my head at the things grown women get their panties in a wad about.

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 12:33pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
There is so much charm in older homes, I love the built in features too like corner curio cabinets in the dining.. I forgot to ask you, What kind of heat do you have? The owner before us updated a lot of the mechanicals and we have gas but many still have hot water and coal type.

This house had a honkin' huge boiler (cast iron which took days to remove during one of our projects) fueled by coal then oil, and now to a hi-efficiency gas furnace.  Isn't it odd thinking about coal?  Or in our cases, maybe wood - who knows? 

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 1:04pm

1) What's the largest home improvement project you've ever taken on?  How painful was it?

Finishing the basement. It wasn't too awful, although the dust from the drywall was a PITA. We've done quite a lot to this place...but that was the single largest project.

2) How often do you declutter/purge?  How effective is it?

All the time. Pretty effective. Although I swear my DD is going to wind up on Hoarders one day...

3). Ever dumped anything in a decluttering frenzy and later regretted it?

Nope. And I once pitched our birth certificates. I reordered new ones. No biggie.

On Wednesdays we wear pink.

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 6:12pm

thardy2001 wrote:
This house had a honkin' huge boiler (cast iron which took days to remove during one of our projects) fueled by coal then oil, and now to a hi-efficiency gas furnace.  Isn't it odd thinking about coal?  Or in our cases, maybe wood - who knows?  </p>

I still heat by wood--at least on winter weekends.  This house has a fire place with a wood stove insert.  It's more than sufficient to heat the entire house and the wood stove burns very efficiently.  I'd like to upgrade the insert in another year or two so the front door is glass.  It's nice to watch the fire, too, but it's completely inefficient to run the woodstove with the doors open, so I keep them closed.  With a glass front, that issue is solved.

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 6:24pm

grapthars_hammer wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">thardy2001</em> wrote:</div>This house had a honkin' huge boiler (cast iron which took days to remove during one of our projects) fueled by coal then oil, and now to a hi-efficiency gas furnace.  Isn't it odd thinking about coal?  Or in our cases, maybe wood - who knows?  &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>I still heat by wood--at least on winter weekends.  This house has a fire place with a wood stove insert.  It's more than sufficient to heat the entire house and the wood stove burns very efficiently.  I'd like to upgrade the insert in another year or two so the front door is glass.  It's nice to watch the fire, too, but it's completely inefficient to run the woodstove with the doors open, so I keep them closed.  With a glass front, that issue is solved.</p>

A woodburning stove?  I'm impressed.  I didn't think anything these days was cheaper than gas, and I'm cheap.  Sort of.  Sounds great.  If the power ever goes out for an extended time, I guess you're all set for heat and/or meals.

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 6:50pm

thardy2001 wrote:
A woodburning stove?  I'm impressed.  I didn't think anything these days was cheaper than gas, and I'm cheap.  Sort of.  Sounds great.  If the power ever goes out for an extended time, I guess you're all set for heat and/or meals.</p>

The only option for gas in this neighborhood is propane (my next door neighbor has a large propane tank--they cook with it.)  The same company that delivers my oil delivers his propane (not the same truck tho :D ). My plan to upgrade the heating will be to install a solar system that heats the water, with oil being the backup system.  I prefer a baseboard radiant heating system--it's cleaner in terms of not having to keep ductwork clean and my allergies appreciate it.  Plus it doesn't dry out the air as badly as forced air does.    When I run the woodstove, tho, I keep a cast iron pot filled with water on the stove to put back the moisture that the wood stove removes.

I thought the stove would be good for power loss, too, but we haven't lost it yet, despite several storms that have knocked out power to the majority of the town.  My neighbor says our street almost never loses power (which is astonishing to me, because our lines are on poles all down the street).  But it's okay by me if we never do :D  We didn't even lose power during the derecho that came through last summer and a good part of our town was out of power for most of the week.  I had no idea that the storm was more than just a bad thunder boomer until I went to the grocery store the next morning and all the traffic signals were out and of the grocery stores that were able to open at all, most were busy slashing frozen food prices to try to get rid of as much inventory as possible before it thawed and spoiled.

My son and DILs townhome community didn't lose power, either, but the ex's neighborhood always loses power and this was no exception.  They were on generator power for about a week.