Friday, October 18, 2013

Day 13: I Know I am Behind!

Things are still progressing over here, but often times real life hops into your well made plans. I can make a list of everything I plan to do every moment of every day and I have learned to accept those interruptions.Many times I need to welcome them.

My parents are here visiting, and it is time to visit a bit. My friend has delivered a trailer for me to start loading for the barn sale. I will load a few things that are priced and move them out of the way. I have one piece of furniture that has a small bit to finish it up, and I will load it as well.

I will take a few pictures of the finished pieces before I load them so you will indeed see that I am still making progress. Yesterday I finished painting a small table, a mirror, and a small urn. I priced a box of fabric pieces that will be going to the barn sale as well. My mom brought a few pieces to put in my booth, and we priced them immediately and got them down to the booth today.

I pray that all is well with all of you. Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Day 12: What 31 Days Has Done For Me

Today I thought I would share what this 31 Days challenge has done for me so far. 

It has enabled me do some much needed organizing.

I am finding a place for everything.

Letting go of things feels good, less feels best!

My perspective is changing, I am feeling more focused. 

I am beginning to enjoy this season. 

Remember the cabinet that doesn't work well size wise? Well until I find something better, it is going to stay. 
Being the quirky person that I am, there is a correct way to fold your fabric that helps when organizing it. Here's a look at what I did for a little while yesterday. 

I have a bunch that I am cleaning out, bundling and headed to the barn sale. It will be great for someone who would like to use it for pillows, quilts, etc. 

I'd love to hear what all of you are working on. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Day 11: Sunday

It has been a great Sunday! With all I need to get done around here, it is hard to keep myself from working. Instead, I rest and think on my list of To Do's for tomorrow.

 Tomorrow we are back to our regular scheduled programming. 

Praying you all have a blessed week!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Day 10: Kitchen Clean-Up

Here I am on day 10 for me. Most everyone else is on day 12, but this is the most I have posted in quite some time, and yesterday I simply forgot. The past couple of days have been mostly general cleaning. 
  • The two bathrooms got scrubbed
  • Changed sheets on the bed.
  • Laundry
  • Kitchen cleaned: counter tops cleared, swept and mopped 

Ah, clean counter tops are great!

Love my colorful coffee mugs. 

A clear view into the breakfast room. 
Definitely ready for a day of rest tomorrow.
Lunch with a friend.
Enjoying the beautiful fall weather. 
Goodnight to all.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Day 9: Sewing Room After

Here's where I started and ended up the day I worked on my sewing room. I have an organized craft cabinet, and I actually know what's in there. 

As much as I like the way this cabinet turned out, it is going to have to go to the barn sale. It just doesn't fit the space. 
Off to tackle another area.  Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Day 8: Checking In

No pictures today, my camera battery was dead, ended up meeting with my friend Allison about the Barn Sale, Bible Study tonight, and I am simply pooped!

I did get the pile in the sewing room in order. I have actually priced all of the yard sale items so far, and they are boxed neatly and out of the way in my son's room.

I will be volunteering tomorrow at our crisis pregnancy center until 2, but tomorrows focus will be cleaning out a few things in the kitchen, straightening in there as well, and pricing a few things for the Barn Sale. I will be sharing  a few pictures as well.

Have a good night.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Day 7: The Sewing/Craft Room

Here is my sewing/craft room, yet to be completed. This is what I will be concentrating on today. A lot of the items you see in the picture are yard sale items that need to be priced and stacked neatly until our Yard Sale in November. There will be plenty more to add to the pile before November gets here. 

I will try to do a little update at the end of the day to show you the progress that I have made and also help me to be accountable for getting it done.
I would love to hear if you have had a yard sale recently, and any tips you might have.
We are going to call this Yard Sale 
Do you think that will get everybody's attention?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Day 6 : Monday Progress

Sorry no pictures today, but here is what was done today.

  • I took a box of items to my booth. 
  • Our desk is actually cleaned out and organized. If I had to look for something I think I can actually find it. That task alone filled a brown paper bag full of trash, and out it went. 
  • Priced 2 boxes of yard sale items. 
I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but It feels good getting things in order. One thing I realized today. I do not need to purchase any pens, pencils or highlighters. 

Tomorrow I will be concentrating on putting the sewing room in order. Several boxes of yard sale items need to be priced, and the cleaning out process will continue. Will try to post pictures for you tomorrow. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Day 5: What to Expect

Yes, yes, yes, I missed a day! It is a little difficult being out of town, and seeing that I have not planned these posts far in advance, I was not able to post yesterday. Just thought I would give you an idea of what to expect from here on out. I've got a TO DO LIST ten miles long!!!!

Sunday is typically not a work day for me, and I try to set aside that day specifically for Church, rest, and spending time with my guy. Today however, was a work day at the market where I have my booth. Everyone was preparing for Christmas Open House which is this Thursday. Yes, you read right! Christmas Open House. It was hot today, and needless to say it is very hard for me to prepare for Christmas when we still have Thanksgiving on the way.

I went and did a little rearranging, and have been pricing some items tonight, to get in my booth tomorrow.

Just a little shot of my pricing station. 

From here on out I will be posting for the most part PROGRESS pictures, and possibly a list of what is going out the door. This will be my way of staying accountable. I am following along with some of the other 31 Dayers that are on a similar journey. It would be worth your time to check it out. 

Stay tuned for PROGRESS!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Day 4: How Much is Too Much?

You might have too much, if you can't get into your storage building.
You might have too much, if you have a closet full of fabric. 
You might have too much, if your cabinets are full with no extra storage.
You might have too much, if your back porch is your workshop.

You get the idea I suppose. I am looking forward to the Barn Sale, Yard Sale, and Artisan Market! I am even contemplating whether or not it is time to take a little break from my small business. These are all things that I hope are going to change over the next 30 days.

We have lived in our current home the longest of any place we have lived, and I am now realizing that the more we moved, I let things go more easily. Sometimes there were things that I got rid of so easily that I found myself wishing I had them back, and that is what I think started turning things slowly in the other direction. What if I need it one day, what if I regret selling it. What if I need those extra clothes, they might not be the right size now, but one day.......

It is time for a change! a real change. I could sure use your ideas and a little cheer leading along the way.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Day 3: Coming Up With The Game Plan

Please bear with me, as I am out of town so I will be limited in posting and no pictures. I am trying to come up with a more concrete and daily plan of action.

I am sitting here while my daughter tells me I am a little too "matter of fact". I have got to be a little more light hearted in my writing, so maybe I can do that as well during this process.

While I am visiting I will be working on a game plan that is doable.  More often than not I tend to take on a little too much. I have learned that I cannot allow myself to feel defeated before I have barely started.

I know this is a pretty short post, but I am determined to keep up with this 31 days of posting.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day 2: Letting Go

One of the key elements of  "Taming Too Much", will be in being able to let things go. You see my cabinets and closets are filled with lots of good stuff, but a lot of stuff that I don't need, making it difficult to keep in order the things that I do need.

I know that sometimes it is difficult to let things go, especially the good stuff, those thrifted finds that were such a great deal, the beautiful glassware that is really pretty, or that thrift store pair of shoes that was such a great deal you couldn't pass them up!
That could pretty much sum up part of why I am where I am. 

This cabinet is one of the things that I may have to let go of, and I just finished painting it yesterday! I had decided to keep it and use it as storage space for my fabric in my sewing room, painted it moved it in there, and didn't love it. The proportions are all wrong for the space. It may either go to my booth, or the Barn sale. Still trying to decide, but I am willing to let it go. Another thing to remember, if it just doesn't work,
Let It Go!

Last but not least, here is the pile of yard sale stuff that I have started. By the time I am finished I think you are going to be surprised, and just for fun I think I will compile a list of just what I let go of during these 
31 Days of Taming Too Much!
I would love for you to join me, and share how you "Tame Too Much".