As most women do, I have a running "Honey Do" list going . A list containing all the household gack I would like to get organized, moved, thrown out, fixed, bought or returned, mowed, raked and planted. I am the "HONEY" in this equation. Most women make this list for their Hubby - but- I am the hubby around the house - Shhhh, don't tell mine! Don't get me wrong, my Hubby loves to work on projects but they mostly revolve around marine activities and boat building...not so much home repair or maintenance.
Truthfully, I like to get to the home repairs and take a lot of enjoyment out of learning to do them myself. But, this is becoming increasingly difficult as my expanding belly begins to get in the way. I can't lift boxes, or squeeze into small spaces or climb the pull down attic stairs, like I could, even up to last week, thus my "Honey Do" list is actually morphing into a real "Honey DO" list as I enlist the help of a very helpful Hubby ... on his terms.
On the top of this list for the better part of a year has been:
"Sort through remaining boxes, repack into squirrel proof rubber containers, store in attic."
We have been in our house almost a year. We purged big time before moving south so unpacking only what we wanted to keep without sorting made it a lot easier. Still there are the boxes of old photographs and letters you can get lost in - a whole afternoon gone before you know it - dragging out the unpacking process.
I unpacked and sorted the house out as best I could before company began rolling in to visit, and that's where my organizing stopped. I had hit a point where everything had a place and the remaining boxes I didn't feel like going through were stuffed into a closet and an out of the way corner of our home office. Don't get me wrong - the stack of boxes was an eyesore. But I had become accustomed to turning a blind eye to them and they didn't seem to bother Hubby in the least. I vacuumed and dusted around the stack of boxes in the office until the other day when I had had enough.
I began to go through the boxes:
* Four boxes of tax papers to be held for another 5 years.
* Two empty bankers boxes - collecting dust.
* A rubber container full of fabric samples and a sewing kit.
* A box of Christmas wrapping paper -yeah that would have been handy to find last week before I bought 4 more rolls! (Sorry trees - it's the last year for paper wrap I swear!)
* A box of my shoes ( all 40 pair) I don't have a shoe shopping problem I like to think of it as more of an ability - really.
* And finally a heavy bankers size box of my husbands things...which I opened to find, one video
game three pounds of Canadian pennies, some old pens and pencils, a stethoscope and a few cross country running medals.
I am happy to say the office has been cleared of all this gack! The shoes have been donated - the rest put away, there have been more than a few trips to the garbage and the rest readied for storage in the attic. Number one Hubby was home, he willingly carried our condensed couple of boxes to the second floor to go into the attic.
They are no longer in my office or closet! YAHOOO!
But, they are at the top of the second floor stairs ... in a pile where Hubby left them. So close to the attic and out of my sight. So close. Who wants to place bets on how long they will sit there?
I head back to my "Honey Do" list and write, "Move Boxes to Attic" once more on the top of the list - right underneath where I had struck a line through the original only hours earlier.
At some point I will become annoyed with vacuuming around the boxes again and I will head back to Hubby to ask for the boxes to finally go up into the attic.
But how long will that take me?
I might just need a Christmas Miracle - to get the stuff to the attic - before another year passes. I might.
The boxes made it to the attic on December 21st! YAY! Thank You Hubby!