Tag Archives: Clutter Free

Less is More. Except in the Garage!

So three weeks ago today, I got rid of a lot of my stuff.

And I still haven’t bought replacements yet.

I have been roughing it, and, I am pretty proud of myself for not freaking out.

In the past I have practically killed myself to unpack and put my entire place in order on the very same day I moved.

I couldn’t sleep soundly unless everything looked perfect.

Wow. Baby has come a long way.

Since selling my condo in the fall of 2009, I have moved many times trying to find my footing again.

Well I guess I found it where I am, back in Northern Virginia.

I have been in my apartment for 2 years this December, and I recently signed a lease for another 18 months.

That’s a pretty big commitment for me. hahaha

I owned my condo for nine years, so all this moving around and trying to find my footing again really hasn’t been all that fun.

I like having a home base.

And now I have it again.

This year I was looking into buying a place.

And I could have.

But I didn’t feel comfortable asking for the kind of help I would have needed to own again right now.

Plus, I visited my dream condo (check it out here) and it so wasn’t worth tying myself down to own it.

I want to have fun, and freedom means a lot to me.

Now vehicles, owning and enjoying the *bleep* out of them, um, that speaks to me.

I have loved vehicles since the ripe old age of 14.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

My first set of wheels was a moped.

A Honda Spree….

Honda_Spree

God I was in love.

No fear.

I even drove on the open roads, much to the annoyance of the cars behind me.

But the best part was driving in the storm drains at night with New Edition blasting in my ears and the wind blowing against my face.

Heaven.

Those were some of the best days of my life.

Freedom at 14. #mindblowing

I think that is when I became……Born to be Wild!

So back to present day.

This is my empty home.

1

2

3

This is them installing my new carpet.

5

6

 

This is my new Jeep.

7

8

WHAT????!!!!

Pretty, huh?

I now own two of my five vehicle goal.

9

One I own outright, and one I am paying on for the next six years and it pains me so, and one……

A third one could be mine any day now if I make the move.

A 2002 Honda Shadow.

Check it out.

286235d1170653662-2001-honda-shadow-spirit-750-profile

I know of three right now for sale by owners, all with extremely low mileage and within my price range, so I could pay cash and owe one of them.

And I could easily park it right in front of my other two, only gotta back the S2ooo up a little bit.

10

I am sitting with that at the moment.

I would love nothing more than to leap, but that is a pretty big responsibility owning three vehicles.

The good news is, one of my coworkers has dealt with motorcycles for more than 20 years, selling and owning, so he can help me.

That is one thing that has always held me back; I know nothing about bikes except how to drive one.

So having him in my corner might just push me to finally buy a bike.

Just thinking about it, I can taste the wind and feel the thrill of riding on the GW Parkway…..

But in this moment in time, I really need to do something about my place.

Three weeks, no furniture, I am tired of roughing it. hahaha

I am going to go with a minimalist approach.

Open – airy – spacious – clean – crisp – but still, I need some furniture.

So I am going shopping today.

I hate shopping.

Even for cars and motorcycles.

 

 

 


Wordless Wednesday: Recent Home Improvements

Bathroom 1

Bathroom 2

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4

Kitchen

Living Room 1

Living Room 2

Tunes for the post (so I lied, a few words here) just because they make me HaPpY!

Shower – Becky G

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor


I Am Not Passive Aggressive.

That’s a lie.

I think we all are to a degree.

It’s so much easier.

I happen to be the target at present.

One of my bosses is deeply disappointed that I am leaving.  The other one is disappointed too, but not quite as much.

This past weekend I had a missed call from work, so I called in to see if they needed something.

Nope.  Found it.

Well when I came in on Monday morning I was left with the trail of discovery, along with a few other things.

Somebody threw a “party” and forgot to clean up.

And everyone in the joint knows….please don’t dork up my area, dork up your own.

Yesterday, let’s see, I was told…..You did this wrong….um, I lost count how many times, only two of which were indeed me and owned and corrected.

My boss followed up this spectacular display of digs with, So did you change your mind yet and decide to stay?

But here’s the thing, he’s not a bad guy or being mean, he’s just human.

We all do this, whether it is conscious or not.

When we are hurt or disappointed, we try to hurt and disappoint in return, classic tic for tat.

So, one week down and one week to go.

And…..

imagesL4E7E10Y


Happy Homebody 4th of July!!!!

I have been looking forward to this three-day weekend for some time now so I could be a homebody and putter around my house and do things that make me happy.

My to-do list consisted of….

Clean & work on my place.

Files & shredding.

Steam carpets.

Goodwill run.

Work on vision board.

Paint coffee table.

Wash & vacuum car.

Oh, and go out and buy a motorcycle!!

I didn’t even ask anyone what they were doing.

I just wanted some time to myself.

And it turns out that I really need it.

This weekend while doing these things I originally was going to be pondering….what do I want to do over the next year?

I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to make any moves work wise for the next year and was going to focus on moving forward on the yoga training front (by the way, on July 1st I was accepted into the year-long teacher training program that begins in September!).

However, I couldn’t shake the nagging thought of, but I need to make more money now to be able to do the things I want to be doing with and in my life, and I am not interested in getting a part-time job.

Stage left enter second surprise of the day going down on July 1st, I was offered a job by my former employer, which I accepted.

Needless to say, I have had a bit of an emotional and stressful week.

My current bosses are really sad to be losing me, one of my bosses had such thick emotions in his voice as he said, Man, you are really bumming me out, I’ll be down in a little while to talk.

I almost started crying on the spot as I said, I am so sorry, I wasn’t looking and I’ll do whatever I can to help you guys out during the transition.

I held it together and didn’t cry until I drove home.

I hate disappointing people, I really hate blind siding people, and I totally wrecked their we finally have a good thing going on here again thanks to Lisa.

So anyway, this weekend couldn’t have come any sooner for me and now I have even more reason to want to be a homebody and just take care of me and my stuff.

My dance card just got pretty damn full in the weeks and months to come, so I want a detach from everything and do what makes me happy and feel good weekend.

So today I bought a couple of things to brighten up my place a little more.

I am kinda from the school of I do it myself, I do it myself so I trekked across town to buy and drive home a big ass mirror in my tiny car hoping that I would not get pulled over by the cops.

I passed two on my I’ll take every back street between here and there and not go over 35 miles an hour even if it takes me an hour to get home route!!

No one pulled me over.  In fact, they didn’t even give me a second glance.

And the mirror was SO worth it because it only cost $30!  And the art work only cost $7 each.

So here are a couple of photos for your viewing pleasure and with any luck Sunday night I’ll be able to share many rooms completed taa daas!!!

DINING WALL DECO_crop

I got two of these to be placed on each side of the kick ass mosaic mirror that I got from Pier One a month ago never featured here but seen on FB. These are for the dining area and right now, obviously it is laying on the carpet. hahaha

PHOTO 1_crop

Huge ass mirror strapped in and ready for painfully slow but worth it transport!!

 

photo 2_crop

Yes Officer, I can see out my passenger side mirror!

PHOTO 3_crop

Yes Officer, I can see out my rear view mirror!!

So, as I recoup from my long week and day, and putter around my house, I wish all of you a safe and happy 4th of July doing whatever makes YOU happy!!

 

 

 


Operation Organize Closet

COMPLETE!!!

Full View

Left Side

Right Side

And yes, my tops are grouped by color.

And yes, my friends make fun of me.

And yes, I AM THRILLED OUT OF MY GOURD!


Stalling for My Hall of Fame

So I have been giving a lot of thought to what it is I really want.

In my perfect world, my 40 hour work week would look like this:

20 hours, typical office job.

10 hours, fitness instructor job.

10 hours, organizing/de-cluttering job.

I would spend 20 hours a week sitting on my butt using my brain, and I would spend 20 hours a week busting my butt while using my brain to help others better themselves and their work/personal space.

I like freedom, I like variety and I like interacting with as many different people as possible.

I am telling you, I’d be in heaven!

So I am not going to go full throttle and attempt to complete the accounting certificate this year.

The last time I was working towards that goal, I fell into a deep depression, for real.

I even sought professional help, that’s how unhappy I was.

The first thing he told me, you do not want to be an accountant.  Do you know how many accountants I have as clients?  You seem better suited to be an Office Manager, and you need to be physically active too.

Great, that’s right when I was enrolled in an accounting class that was being paid for by my bosses at the time.

Against his advisement, I stuck the class out and got an A.  But what he shared with me stuck with me.

The reason I was so unhappy was that it was going to take me forever to complete the program class by class.

Add into the mix taking time off from school because of tax season, and more importantly, the fact that I just could not fathom continuing to work under the same woman any longer than the 2 ½ years I had already put it….well, it was just doomed from the beginning.

I think that I still want the accounting certificate.  I just don’t want to go after it this year.

And I don’t want to go after it until I am in a position to get in, get out and get it done in one year’s time.

But, I am ready to put in the time on developing the other aspects of work that I would like to be involved in.

I am taking a 2-day Quickbooks training course at the end of this month.  I decided not to wait for my bosses, and I am paying for it myself.

With this training, not only could I potentially work on the side for clients as some of our accountants do, in time I will better understand accounting through the hands on approach.  I might even find getting the accounting certificate easier should I revisit it next year.

I am taking a weekend Aerial Yoga Teacher training in July, and I hope to be accepted into a 200 hour Yoga Training course that runs on selected weekends from September 2014 through June 2015.

With those two trainings, I will be a certified Aerial Yoga Teacher and a certified traditional Yoga teacher.  I could potential get work on the side doing those as well.

And this weekend, I will be bringing the smack down of getting organized and de-cluttered on at work.

I was supposed to work on the second floor, however one of my bosses said, Screw that, first I need your help with my office.

So that is where I will start, and I bet overtime I could find ways to make money at that on the side too.  Many people in the office have said…..I need to take you home so you can help me get my life organized and de-cluttered.

And all of these little sides, in time, could possibly add up to my perfect world.

Tune for the post ~ Hall of Fame by The Script, featuring will.i.am (beautiful video).

Hall of Fame


DREAM UNTIL…your dream comes true

I was able to work on my bedroom yesterday.

The duvet cover that my sister bought for me arrived and there was no holding me back!

I traded in my yellow Keurig, it just wasn’t working out between us, and was able to create what follows instead with my refund.

My inspiration….a pin a friend shared on Pinterest:

Inspiration

My results (not yet completed, but I work too darn hard not to share something):

1

2

IMG_2387_crop

I have this Wall Quote Application to add:

DREAM QUOTE_crop

It is 3 feet wide and 7 inched tall.

It will either go in the center where the curtains part, or I will close the curtains and run lights cascading down like in the inspiration photo.

In that case, I will add the quote to the column above the curtains.

Regardless, Miss Kennedy thinks I have built her a play area.

You’ll notice her in each picture, to include the blur of her racing back and forth!

So this might be as good as it gets before it all gets torn down. hahaha

Either way, it takes my breath away when I go in and only turn on the string of star lights.

It is so beautiful and peaceful.

By the way, my bed’s backboard, that’s my twin mattress from the guest room I had in my last place.

When I have company, taa daa, I have a bed for them.

It gets better, I saved my old duvet which is identical to the new one I have, so we will match!

Sleep over party up in my house!

I have to keep things matching and balanced, or else I go bonkers. hahaha

Disclaimer: My pictures are a bit blurred, the string of star lights are a little off, and the curtains were a bit skewed all due to Kennedy’s supervision.  Without her help, it would have been picture perfect.  But then again, it wouldn’t have been real life (quick take a photo while it is still standing!! Aw crap, here she comes again!!).


plankful

Wellness, Support and Mindset

TwoTireTirade

Keeping the faith of fanatics who feel fired up for anything motorcycles. It’s all about the journey and the philosophy of riding on two wheels. Let’s bring alive the truly unique culture of motorcycling and never let the ride leave the fibers of our being.

Paul Militaru

Photography Portfolio

The Smirking Cat!

My place to rant, rave, and otherwise make observations. Like it? Stay. Don't? You know what to do.

nine apple trees

making our home

leave it to Joy

DIY it, knit it, sew it, cook it, and opinion on it

naptimethoughts

livin' the dream.

Real Woman's Health

The Journey to Wellness

elysha lenkin: mind body soul stylist

Helping self improvement seekers live well and look awesome through personal style, holistic fitness, and mindful living.

Did That Just Happen Blog

Sometimes even I can't explain my life!

50 Things Before I Turn 50

No resolutions, just changes

Stride and Joy

An Aussie in Boston learns to run. And tries not to fall down.