Sunday, July 27, 2014

Week 30


The items: A giant box full of stuff. Lampshades, ceiling light, mixing bowls, tree stand, shower curtains, curtain rods, vases, and more!
The backstory: I'd tried unsuccessfully to sell some of the items online, and other items had just been hanging out in the basement. My folks were planning a garage sale, and we hoped on the bandwagon.
Method of expulsion: A few items sold in the garage sale, the items that didn't were donated.
Monetary impact: $25.25
YTD monetary impact: $419.13

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Week 29


The items: Clothes!
The backstory: I'm trying to be very conscious every time I look in my closet, and ask myself if every item I'm looking at is something I'm really wearing; or if I'm not wearing it, figuring out which one of 3 spots it needs to be moved to -- my "work clothes" storage bin, my "not-currently-in-style-but-will-probably-come-back-around" storage bin, or the donation pile. Lately, brutal assessments of items that will never be good on my body type have filled up another bag ready to be donated.
Method of expulsion: Donated -- but I recently learned about the app Vinted (thanks Brittany!), so my next closet purge might net me a profit.
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $393.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Week 28


The items: A small box full of stuff. More lights, outlet covers, curtain hooks, etc.
The backstory: This is all stuff that was in the house that got swapped out at some point, and has -- you guessed it -- been hanging out in the basement for years. 
Method of expulsion: Donated to a re-use center
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $393.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Things

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Stunning Truths Your Facebook 'Likes' Really Reveal About You.

Not too long ago was National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day. In America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result. Those statistics stunned me, and personal accounts never cease to take my breath away. The ASK Campaign promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. It encourages parents to ASK if there are unlocked guns in the homes where their children play.

Vegetables can hear themselves being bitten

Aw man. Don't spray sunscreen on kids. via Design Mom

Parenting (extroverted children) as an introvert. A lot of this resonated with me. Being "on" all of the time can be hard for me, and most of the time, "off" time actually means work time, not recharge time, which means I'm not doing a great job of prioritizing. Or scheduling. Or something. (Does it feel like the topic of being an introvert/extrovert is having a bit of a moment? I don't mind, as I find it interesting, but I wonder, are you sick of it?)

Is this all too much of a downer this week? How about the idea of having one adventure a month?

The importance of kindness in a relationship. via Design Mom

Amanda Hesser's final meal. Well played.


ASK TOOLKIT 2014
WWW.ASKINGSAVESKIDS.ORG

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Week 27


The items: A big box full of stuff. Lights, kitchen tools, etc.
The backstory: Mike was lobbying for this to be saved for a garage sale, but since most of it has been sitting in the basement for 4 years, and isn't worth all that much anyway, donating seemed like the better option.
Method of expulsion: Donated to a re-use center
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $393.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Week 26


The items: A side table/plant stand.
The backstory: I liked this little guy, but didn't have the perfect spot for it, and didn't want to put the effort into refinishing another piece of furniture right now.
Method of expulsion: Sold online.
Monetary impact: $10
YTD monetary impact: $393.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Week 25


The items: A lounge chair.
The backstory: After a party, we discovered that one of our lounge chairs had a crack all the way through a slat (in a key location). Luckily no one's derriere hit the patio, but we figured we shouldn't push our luck.
Method of expulsion: Set on the side of the road and was carted away within a half an hour.
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $383.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday Stuff

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I am wiggling with glee. I'll be participating in ArtPrize this fall, and my work will be showing at the Women's City Club.

Shonda Rhimes' commencement speech is too good for you not to read in its entirety.

I thought I'd heard of all of the ideas for beating jetlag. (None of them work.) But this one is new to me, and I just might give it a shot.

Are You Serious? Marianne Williamson's response to reasons why people said they didn't vote for her in last week's House of Representatives District 33 primary election.

Ramona at Forty. I cannot wait to reread all of these books with Miss J. via Go Fug Yourself

Time has a political memoir generator. Mine shall be called The Dictum to Agitate. via Go Fug Yourself

Week 24


The items: More clothes! 
The backstory: I thought I sold the same item on Craigslist twice this week, but both sales fell through, and I had to scramble to get rid of something else. So another bag of clothing was purged from my closet. 
Method of expulsion: Donated.
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $383.88

Confused? Here's what's going on.