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 - 8:13am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>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:</p><p>1) What's the largest home improvement project you've ever taken on?  How painful was it?</p><p>2) How often do you declutter/purge?  How effective is it?</p><p>3). Ever dumped anything in a decluttering frenzy and later regretted it?</p>

Last fall we had the exterior of the house painted.  All the floors with the exception of the bathrooms replaced, new hearth/surround on fireplace,  most of the interior painted, some light fixtures replaced.  I would say  more of a hassle than a pain.  Since so much of the flooring was being done plus the painting we had to pretty much empty the house out.  We put a Pod in the driveway and had lots of help from family and friends loading and unloading.  We moved into a hotel while they did the interior work so that minimized the pain.  I actually enjoyed that part.  We stayed at a long term hotel, they fed us breakfast every morning and dinner three nights a week,  We were at my busy time at work so it was nice having few household chores to deal with. 

I do not know if it is because of having to move so many times in the military or something built into us but we are not "hoarders" in general (although DH does have a bit of a computer parts stash).  I usually have the last couple of weeks off work so I take that time to do some purgeing, with the renovations last fall we did even more.

After having DD2 we thought that we were done with having kids so got rid of crib, high chair etc.  When we decided we were not  done and had DD3 we had to repurchase the items. 

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 8:34am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>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:</p><p>1) What's the largest home improvement project you've ever taken on?  How painful was it?</p><p>2) How often do you declutter/purge?  How effective is it?</p><p>3). Ever dumped anything in a decluttering frenzy and later regretted it?</p>

DIY or contractor assigned?  We hire out the majority of our home improvements and the largest project was probably the patio/sun room addition we added to one of our homes in TX, They did a fabulous job from matching the brick exterior to the slate floor.  And b/w that and the granite kitchen we also had done we collected 4X the expense in equity when we sold it four short years later, That was the best money ever spent.  That home will go down as my favorite one I think. 

I declutter/purge at the end of every school year.  I also purge before our Summer garage sales. 

What do you mean in number three? 

 

 

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 9:10am
What I mean in number three is have you ever gotten on a roll throwing stuff out.getting rid of stuff and later wished you hadn't gotten rid of something? Like for me, about 25 years ago we got rid of all DH's military uniforms. Now I wish we'd kept them for the boys to see, because the younger one in particular is kinda into the whole military thing.
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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 9:23am

bordwithyou wrote:
<p>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:</p><p>1) What's the largest home improvement project you've ever taken on?  How painful was it?</p><p>2) How often do you declutter/purge?  How effective is it?</p><p>3). Ever dumped anything in a decluttering frenzy and later regretted it?</p>

1.)  You name it, I'm afraid we've probably done it.  Our house is over 100 and we have a vacation house with its own problems.  My painters are great ~ they get down to the plaster (layers and layers of unusual wallpapers) and take care in terms of lead abatement.  Our biggest project in terms of re-sale and efficiency was solar panels.  We have a lot of panels and our electricity bills (winter and summer) are 0$.  About 2 years ago, we started "selling" carbon credits to state businesses.  It wasn't a painful project ~ they just worked mostly in our attic, basement and outside.  It was quick, but something to see.  It was the first (and last!) time I went on our widows walk.

2.)  I purge piecemeal.  And the endless projects here help motivate us. 

3.)  Biggest regret in a decluttering frenzy was the kids' dolls.  Before they were even born, my mom and I started their collections.  But when it became clear they were not "doll" kids, I donated them.  A collection now at their ages might be nice to have around, something to decorate a playroom with.

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 9:35am

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

Probably gutting the kitchen as it was something that wasn't able to be used for about a month. The outside (siding, roof, gutters, driveway, pavers-even stairs inside) were not too bad as it didn't really affect everyday life. Not too painful but we used the microwave a lot, brought in food and had to wash the dishes in the sink and tub for a couple of weeks. 

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

ALL.THE.TIME. Very effective. I do not like clutter and papers and such. 

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

I think so but not sure if it got thrown away or said child lost it someplace else. lol.

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 9:36am

Getting the condo ready to sell.  We remodeled both bathrooms (new vanities/counters/hardware, new toilets, new tile floors, new mirrors), and created a new door from the master bedroom to the master bathroom vanity area.  That had previously been designed a la 1980s, where the vanity area (and the largest closet in the room), were open to the bedroom, but the microscopice bathtub/toilet area had a door closing it off from the vanity area. We removed the door (the swinging part, not the opening :D) from there and framed out a new door right where the vanity area started.  I may have pictures of that; I'll look and post.

We replaced the carpet in the master bedroom and painted the entire condo, swapped out the dining room light fixture for something that wasn't butt ugly, and replaced every switch and electrical outlet and faceplate for new clean stuff.

As far as decluttering went, I first emptied the bedroom I'd set up as my sewing room and put all my sewing machines in storage (I got a good deal; $1 first month, $25 second month and then full price $65 for the 3rd, which averaged out very nicely for me). I boxed up my valuables (the good china, the sterling silver, etc.) and send that off to my son and DIL's house for until I moved to the new house.

Then I went through every room and just got rid of stuff, with a view to whether or not the leftovers would fit in my new house, which is half the size of the condo.  I was ruthless...in fact that was my verbal mantra during the whole thing.  When I looked at things to decide whether or not to keep them, I made the decision on "be ruthless".  All of that went back into the sewing room bedroom and when I was done, I called a junk hauler and he and I worked out a deal (he based his junk hauling price on what and how much of the stuff I'd put in the room could be sold at his flea market stall, so I crammed that room full and he charged me $199.  I was very VERY happy.  I'd reduced what I owned by nearly 40%.  I told you; I was ruthless.

The remodeling/painting?  Was hell to live through, but that's because it was going on while I was trying to sleep during the day for work.  I'd have to change from bedroom to bedroom (after all the junk was gone, I set up the old sewing room as a third bedroom), so the workers could do the plumbing or tiling or painting.  And tile saws, regular saws, and all that gets loud.  I ran through an entire package of ear plugs that month.

It worked, tho. I listed the condo on March 1, I had a contract on March 18, and we closed the sale on April 8 (2011). 

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 9:40am

I got rid of a lot of stuff during that purge I described in my other post.  Occasionally, I'll wish wistfuly that I'd kept a set of books (like the Anne of Green Gables collection, or the Horatio Hornblower collection), or Gramma's dining table set.

But the reality is, there is no place in this house for those things.  I don't really NEED them; I just get the occasional emotional twinge over it.  I got the Anne books on my ereader now.  Takes up a LOT less space.  I should probably look and see if the Hornblower collection is available on ereader, too.

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 10:26am

bordwithyou wrote:
What I mean in number three is have you ever gotten on a roll throwing stuff out.getting rid of stuff and later wished you hadn't gotten rid of something? Like for me, about 25 years ago we got rid of all DH's military uniforms. Now I wish we'd kept them for the boys to see, because the younger one in particular is kinda into the whole military thing.

Probably my artwork.  I like to draw and I did that a lot when I was younger, Some of my work was published in my high school yearbook too.  I threw much of that away when I moved out but looking back I wish I had saved more.  I still have this black portfolio carry-all with a few pieces left in it and my kids have seen them. 

 


 


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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 10:50am

Fun times ahead! :)

We re-did the flooring in the entire house 5 yrs ago. What a massive project. We would move things from room to room each night depending on what area they were doing the next day. The noise was the worst, with a special-needs son who has a hard time with loud sounds. My best advice is to choose your timing carefully as we did not expect the horrible heat that came early and we could not run the a/c as the doors/windows were open all the time for ventilation due to some materials they were using. We also landscaped our entire backyard, having contractors do some of it and us doing the rest. (We were doing it on 9-11, so we were able to put the date in the cement. So sad.) Anyway, those were our two biggest projects.

We try to declutter on a regular basis. If I buy new clothes, I see what I can purge to even it out. We continuously donate items or give them away to a friend to keep the house less crowded. We have made two major moves in the last 3 years so that helps, too. It is amazing what you are willing to part with when you find you have to pack it up or pay to transport it!

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Thu, 04-11-2013 - 11:23am

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).

 

 

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