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Baker’s Rack – After

We will be moving this summer and I’ve started working on decluttering before packing. I haven’t gotten very far. You can see some of my progress in this post or by joining my Facebook group, Finally Free Decluttering Support.

My decluttering efforts have been kind of haphazard and I decided that I needed a more systematic way of going about things. So I was figured out a general timeline. We want to be in the new house in June or July. That means I have to be ready to get work done on our current house starting in May (we’re moving before this house sells).

Then I listed all of the areas I need to work on: laundry room, kitchen, living room/dining room, master bath, master bedroom, bedroom 2, bedroom 3, bedroom 4, bathroom 2, run-in, front shed, back shed (has 2 stalls, guinea pigs, and storage), inside yard (i.e. where the chickens, ducks, Bubba, and Marshmallow are), chicken coop, and the front porch. That’s a long list! And I need it all done by May?!

First I thought, “OMG! How am I ever going to get this done?” Then I realized I needed a plan, a schedule. So I counted months–4 months to finish everything, and broke it down.

I need to have the heat pump and kitchen sink repaired so I need to have someone in to work in the main area of the house. I also need to get an estimate on replacing the windows in those rooms as well as replacing at least the bottom kitchen cabinets and the counter. That puts those areas first. So the kitchen and living room/dining room combo need to be finished in February. I also put the front porch in February because I have some bags of feed inside the dining room that I want to move into feed cans on the covered front porch.

Why is the feed inside? Glad you asked! Have you ever gone to a petting zoo and tried to walk through a bunch of goats carrying food in your hands? Yeah, it was like that every time I went to the back of the run-in to get feed out because they knew it was coming from back there. I would open the gate to get into the back storage part and 13 goats would be at my back trying to get in with me. So it’s inside the house and I now deliver the main herds’ portion in a bucket sealed with a gamma lid. I set it up so that I can feed the bucks through the fence and Bubba and Marshmallow got their own feeding station as well (pics coming soon!). So I can carry the sealed bucket out to the main herd, set it down, and get their feed pans ready while they all stand around the bucket sniffing to see if they can get in. Good times!

Back to the schedule! The master bedroom and master bathroom are planned for the end of February/beginning of March, followed immediately by the second bathroom. I want to get an estimate on replacing the bathroom cabinets, counters, and sinks. The other bedrooms fall in line after these rooms, with bedroom 2 scheduled for March. The inside yard is also scheduled for March so that I can hopefully stop the weeds and reseed the inside yard. I need to have the birds, Bubba, and Marshmallow doing something else by this time.

April gets us to bedrooms 3 and 4, laundry room, both sheds, the run-in, and the chicken coop will be last going into May.

It is a TIGHT schedule, and I am almost panicking even thinking about it! I hope we will be decluttered enough by April that I can have the windows, counters, and cabinets all replaced in April. I want that done so that I can fix any marks/holes in the walls and repaint in May. I hope to be able to get this house on the market as soon as we get out!

I think the most difficult thing about sticking to this schedule will be my energy level. I have fibromyalgia and pretty much wake up exhausted. I’m usually ready for a nap by about 10 AM. (Wish I could LOL here, but I don’t have the energy, so…)

Have you done a massive decluttering before? Tell me about it in the comments!

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Decluttering At The Speed Of Molasses!

I’m still working on my decluttering, just a lot slower than I originally intended. At this rate, we might be ready to move 5 years from now…

Time to share a few pictures

Kitchen shelf rack #1

Kitchen Shelf Rack #1 – Before

Kitchen Shelf Rack #1 – After

Baker’s Rack

Baker’s Rack – Before

Baker’s Rack – After

Living Room corner

Living Room Corner – Before

Living Room Corner – After

“The Invisible Path To Success” Review

It’s What We Learned Wednesday and I recently read the book “The Invisible Path to Success” on the advice of a friend. The idea behind the book is that there are “unseen forces” that operate in our lives every day and that those unseen forces can be consciously tapped by us. It does sound a lot like prayer, but may help people who are more spiritual than religious (myself included).

The author proposes that the primary unseen force is actually a part of us–higher self, if you will. He calls it the “director” and uses the analogy of your life being an immersive movie, like a really good 3D movie at the theater. He says that we can get help in our daily lives, either understanding something that’s happening or getting what we want, by addressing this director directly via journaling. My friend said that she thought the author said to name your director, but I did not see that in the book. However, I can see how it might be easier to be able to address your journal entry to a named entity.

Further, many of the unseen forces are the directors or higher selves of others. When you make a request of your director (e.g. “I want to have this type of love experience next.”), your director sends out a casting call to the other directors to see who would be willing to play that part. This aspect of the author’s theory is used to explain why things like children with cancer or widespread starvation such as in Ethiopia decades ago can occur–they are actors who have agreed to play certain parts. Feel like you’re living in a simulation yet? It’s like the Matrix, but with a little more control!

The author gives seven steps for using the Invisible Path to Success:

  1. Let go of opinions and do what works for you. Try things to see if they work. Don’t accept someone else’s truth as absolute.
  2. Take your seats to the best show in town. Part of you is the star of your life’s movie, part is the crew (subconscious) setting it up, and part is the movie director (higher self).
  3. Turn off the cruise control. Live more mindfully. Try to ask consciously, at least sometimes, “What does this mean?” and “How should I respond?” instead of all decisions being based on prior programming.
  4. Reach out and touch someone. We constantly send out “ads” for what we want in our movies (lives); all “ads” are taken literally, including any post scripts such as “I want ____ dollars and this kind of house, but I’m not good enough for that.”
  5. Tap all your resources. Communicate with your director and crew. Increase your intuition using books, CDs, etc. to better be able to listen to your director.
  6. You don’t always get what you want, especially if it goes against your movie script or the current movie scenes. Your conscious self is not running the show.
  7. Sail with the winds of change. Don’t be anchored down by constantly living in the past or future.

He also includes sections on the following:

I found the book very interesting and empowering. It’s kind of comforting, in a way, to think that maybe I agreed to the (major) bad things that have happened in my life rather than think that (1) it’s just random chance or (2) God/Goddess either doesn’t care or has it in for me. I feel like it gives some of the power back to me and that’s a liberating feeling.

I wrote a note down at the end of my notes from the book that I don’t know if it’s the author’s words or mine. Probably the authors:

“You’re never alone and you can’t make a mistake.”

Comforting, don’t you think?

One Thing To Know Before Getting Goats

If I could tell everyone one thing before getting any goats (minimum two due to them being herd animals), is the same as in so many other things–buyer beware.

Research what goats need to live healthy and happy and decide if you can provide those things. They should not just be stuck out in a field.

Unlike cattle, goats need their hooves trimmed regularly. They are designed for living on rockier areas that grind down their hooves; pastures just can’t keep up with their growth.

Goats need extra copper. I struggle so much around making sure they all get enough that I honestly can’t figure out where they would get enough copper from in their natural environment. The amount of copper in goat feed and goat minerals is enough to kill a sheep.

Goats are herd animals and need a buddy–preferably a goat buddy. They will cry, loudly, if kept alone. They will also get into trouble trying desperately to escape their solitude to find a friend.

But the number one thing to know before getting into goats–research the breeder you’re buying from! News flash! Breeders may not tell you the entire history of an animal or its parents. I forgot this most important rule when I first got goats.

I made the wise decision of buying does that had already given birth so at least one of us would know what to expect when the time came. Unfortunately, I listened to the wrong advise of a breeder regarding breeding horned goats to polled (naturally hornless goats). She said you can’t breed polled to polled because you would get hermaphrodites. She made it sound like you would get hermaphrodites with every breeding; in actuality, the number is closer to 7%.

Another breeder I bought from sold me an 8-year-old doe because I was looking for a polled doe. I did not know enough to ask about her breeding history–how often she had kidded, how easily she became pregnant, and how long ago she had last kidded. I’ve learned since that she likely has a cyst on her ovary because she has only become pregnant 1 time after 5 months of being with the buck (not the buck’s problem), lost that kid, and never became pregnant again. Her heat symptoms are obvious and regular so the vet said it was likely a cyst. It’s probably treatable, but she’s getting old so I’m kind of leaning toward not trying with her.

Okay, that’s more than one thing to know, but the bottom line is: do your research on your chosen breeders as well as your chosen pet/livestock.

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