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Yard Decluttering Time Has Arrived

Yahoo and hallelujah, spring has finally arrived in Maine!  I’m looking forward to sunny days and warmer nights, and the return of greenery to my little corner of the world.  However, the rapidly dwindling snowpack has a downside: it reveals everything that has accumulated (largely out of sight under snow) over the past winter.

So, my first spring yard decluttering project will be basic clean-up of debris, some of it of my own cause and some not.  For example, it’s a bit annoying how much trash has found its way to my yard from people just tossing it out of their cars.  I’ll be lugging a trash bag around picking up cans, wrappers, and whatnot regardless of origin.

Another yard decluttering project will be a simple raking of the lawns.  This is particularly needed under a weeping willow out front.  Man, I think that tree must have shed at least a pickup truck load of twigs and branches.

After the yard is cleaned up, it will be time to inspect the house for any paint or wooden siding damage.  And this year, the house will need a repaint, which is par for the course for a 100-plus year old house up here.  It’s tedious but not terribly difficult.

Then I’ll sit back and watch the flowers bloom!

Spring has sprung!


This Week’s Progress

This past week I have been getting psyched up for the annual rite of “Spring Cleaning”.  As part of that I have been decrappifying a bit as well.

  • I weeded through my remaining books and took two canvas bag’s worth to a book collection kiosk.
  • I took a large box of old magazines from which I removed articles of interest. I put the saved pages in a folder for scanning.
  • I took a trash bag full of nice clothes I didn’t wear in the past 12 months to Goodwill.
  • I repaired and re-strung my outdoor clothes line, which will enable me to simplify laundry chores and reduce my energy consumption.
  • I rented movies on Amazon via my Fire Stick (using a gift card I bought) instead of buying them as I have done in the past.
  • I’ve been researching what I need to acquire and/or borrow to begin ripping my DVD collection to a terabyte or larger hard drive.

Yessir, spring is surely in the air!

Decrappifying Tips From All Over

I use the word “decrappify” to denote a philosophy of simplification. This philosophy encompasses a lot of things such as reducing the amount of stuff in my home, streamlining routine activities, decluttering, and generally making life easier and therefore less stressful. Here are a few things I’ve seen here and there that definitely make life easier.

A nifty idea I came across is when you install shelves with wooden brackets, install the shelves upside down with a few extra brackets. Now you have shelves with built-in dividers! This would be great for towels or books, for example.

You can use good old pegboard for storing stuff besides tools (although it’s great for that). You can use a small piece in your kitchen for storing frequently used items such as spatulas and what not. Pegboard can also be used to create a flexible way for hanging clothes, towels, and so on. Did I mention it’s great for storing tools, too?

This one is pretty obvious, but shallow boxes or totes that fit under your bed are a great way to get off-season clothes out of the way. You have minimized your clothing collection, though, haven’t you?

Keep two wire document baskets near the door you use the most. When you bring in your mail, open it right there, right then. Place bills in one basket and all other correspondence in the other. Place whatever is left over (junk mail, etc.) in a recycling container. You don’t need to deal with the bills and correspondence immediately but by the same token you should not be dropping all your mail into an unsorted pile.

As seen on Oprah! (Or so I hear, I’ve never seen an episode.) Hang all your clothes in a reverse direction, hangers facing the closet door. After wearing an item, put it back the other way, facing the back of the closet. After several months, check which hangers are still facing the closet door. These clothes need to be thrown out or donated.