Mudcat Café message #4002295 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4002295
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
27-Jul-19 - 11:02 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Up early enough to walk the dogs and while out there we met several other people, some with dogs, to chat with. My two are now panting up a storm while sprawled on the cool tile floor, but they look happy.

It's still morning so I'll take another swing at projects in the yard before moving indoors. If I find the missing knee pads I'll paint trim, but otherwise, it waits a while longer or is done in very short spurts to avoid further bruising.

I have eBay things I will start listing as soon as the computer stuff is moved off of the dining table (I have a fabric photo cube and lights I'll set up there for photographing what I'm going to list.) I need to start with "back to school" stuff (I have some children's jeans, etc.) and holiday listings (there are people who plan way ahead). It reminds me that LilyFestre is probably doing the on-the-ground back-to-school planning even as I type. I've seen a few things show up in grocery stores, as they assemble aisles with the supplies listed by area schools, by grade. Packs, tablets, folders, pencils, crayons, paints, glue—I do believe it's possible to get a contact high from handling the boxes of crayons! That smell has been magical since I first got to use them as a child and never faded. I haven't smelled the old sweet school glue for decades (but it tasted good!) but even the pads of paper, the boxes of pens, they have such great evocative smells. I was typical, not looking forward to going back to school, but dying to get my hands on those fresh supplies! As we grow there are other things we respond to that way - walking into an office supply store and looking at the pens, the tablets, the erasers! (Anyone else love those squidgy gray ones that were like silly putty and smelled so nice?)

Last week my daughter illustrated a similar passion for supplies, this time sewing, when she asked "can I look through your buttons?" I pulled opened that drawer in the craft room and she dove in, to find old packets that were 25¢ and 50¢ a card back in the day (many were from my mother's collection). I suspect she'll dream up projects just to use those buttons.

Okay. Back to decluttering.