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 - 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 - 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 - 12:16pm
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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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 - 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 - 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 - 11:23am

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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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 - 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 - 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.