The Purge Day 2 – The Dreaded Linen Closet

Still keeping up with the purge and organization for the new year. Today, I tackled the linen closet, which I don’t think I have properly organized in a few years. In fact, I think the last time I organized sheets was when I learned how to fold sheets like this from Pinterest.

This was the closet before I started:



So, I took everything out, vacuumed the floor and all of the shelves, and then put everything back together. As the kids have gotten older, they have all moved from twin to double beds, so I was able to get rid of all of the twin sized sheets and mattress pads. Clooney took some interest in what I was doing, and he helped by cleaning out all of the humidifiers, all the way down to scrubbing away and scale that was to be found deep inside them. In the end, the closet looked like this:


and got rid of all this!


Plus, I found a time capsule of Edison’s early school days that yielded these gems:



So, while it was a bit of work, it did yield some smiles. Thanks for stopping by.


The Promise of a New Year

So much talk about last year being the worst year ever. I don’t know about that. I mean, yes a lot of famous people died, and we got a completely naked emperor who came in after a particularly nasty election season. But all that is, at this point, nothing but change, and I don’t want to talk about that here. Nor do I want to talk about the situation in Syria, or Sudan, or Venezuela, or any of the other scary parts of the world. Though, if you want a great photo wrap up of the year, the New York Times did a great one NYT 2016 Year in Pictures, and figure that almost every¬†one of those is a thousand thousand words about sadness.

But, you know, there were some good things too, like the Olympics, unemployment was down, Hamilton was everywhere, and [uh, SPOILER?] Jon Snow came back from the dead.


But everyone’s been anxious to get 2016 over with already and onto 2017. I don’t know what they are expecting. Hopefully it will be good, but, you know, you have got to be the change you want to see.

For me, I just plan to go on rocking it like I do. Don’t get me wrong, I have my faults, but for the most part, I mean well. And right now, I kind of feel like I’m in a pretty good groove in my own life. The kids are 11, 14 and 16 now, and it’s easier than it was when they were little, but also there are new challenges. Edison’s driving a car. Clooney’s getting ready for high school and The Princess, who’s not as princessy as she used to be, is mixing it up at every opportunity. As a family, we laugh a lot, and you can’t ask for more than that.

One other thing though, I really really want to declutter this year. I know I have said that in the past, but I’m really going to do it every day until it’s done this time. I started today with two cabinets in the family room.

I took out all of this stuff to purge:


Organized the game cabinet:


And another cabinet that had been used for game cabinet overflow and general crap:


And from there we will see. Who knows what the new year will be?