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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Registered: 03-22-2013
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 6:52pm

Oh, y'know, I should probably mention that the wood stove is enough because the house is small.  Around 790 square feet :)

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 8:54pm

1) What's the largest home improvement project you've ever taken on? How painful was it? -- that we did ourselves? Probably the installation of the wood flooring in our first house.  The arguments between xh and I were the most painful part, lol.    

2) How often do you declutter/purge? How effective is it? -- I do a lot of "decluttering" as I go, so in some ways I declutter weekly or even daily.  But big decluttering purging happens every 2-3 years, usually when 1) we move or 2) the kids have a scout rummage sale, lol.   I'm actually in this mode right now, as our community wide garage sale is in about 6 weeks.

3). Ever dumped anything in a decluttering frenzy and later regretted it? -- Not that I can recall.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 8:58pm

grapthars_hammer wrote:
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>

My mother still has a wood stove, in the living room. Good thing too - she was iwthout power for 4-5 days when the blizzard hit this winter, and was without power yesterday after a freak spring snow/ice storm.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Fri, 04-12-2013 - 6:38am

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">jamblessedthree</em> wrote:</div>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.</blockquote></p><p>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>

Neither DH or I would have been prepared for anything but conventional heating, Lol!  The website, This old house became my friend when we moved in though, I find lots of tips and advice there. 

 


 


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Fri, 04-12-2013 - 1:52pm

grapthars_hammer wrote:
  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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p>

You are very lucky with your power staying on.  (You probably shouldn't even write about it here and jinx yourself!)  Let us all know here if you upgrade to solar hot water heating.  That's an exciting green improvement if you get enough sun (we don't) and you'll have the backup oil system. 

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 6:31pm

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

Probably the painting thing this fall.  It wasn't too bad. I'm contemplating painting my bedroom, so it couldn't have been too terrible.

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

Fairly often.  If I actually get rid of stuff, it's good.  Otherwise I just end up moving stuff from one place to another, which I then have to declutter and move to a different spot, which then needs to be decluttered, until the stuff is back in the original spot and I have to start all over again.

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

Nope.  Luckily, I have a fuzzy memory for that kind of thing.

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