Monday, January 9, 2012
The first full weekend of the new year
I am not sure what it is around these parts but the availability of corn tortillas that are bigger than 3" is like, nil. Given mama makes a mean rendition of Chi Chi's Chicken El Paso and it requires corn tortillas, flour just doesn't cut it. So we got a tortilla press, some instant masa and busted those babies out.
They tasted right but a wee thick so I couldn't finish them but we'll just roll 'em a little thinner next time. Once I get my technique perfected, I'll share some creations. I am looking forward to mastering a small bit of Mexican (Latin? Spanish? I have no clue what is considered PC these days) cuisine.
After that it was time to tackle the clutter I'd been talking about. We started in the basement. Holy balls, man. We have like 10 bins down there and none really labeled properly so we had to go through them and the bags in them. You know the ones where you give up, chuck a bunch of crap in a bag and throw it in a bin to go through next time? Well, this was next time. I'm a pack rat and there were a lot of things I was holding on to because what if we needed it sometime? But I decided to tell family and friends local to us that if they wanted stuff, it was free. I took pics of everything we were considering donating and had an online freecycle for locals.
I got rid of about 10 things so far and told people that round will be available until Wednesday then we take it to Goodwill. My mom took a lot of it! She said "let me know before you give stuff away, you always give away GOOD stuff!" I don't know if I'd say that with this round but I do this with my aunt all the time. She has a pool so we've given her our outdoor sectional, patio table and chairs, we're giving her daughter the guest room dresser, our old universal gym...all for free because we knew it'd go to a good home. I highly suggest it if you're looking to declutter! You can also have a "freecyle party" and if you have a big enough house people can "shop" from each other's stuff!
I do love being a pack rat in the sense that I can stay in touch with my past. Whether letters from high school to old Christmas cards from relatives that have passed...
We came across some things that were definite donates or sellers but fun to look back on.
Remember when the world was supposed to implode?
The hubby found some old childhood records that served him well then but will now hopefully let someone else wax nostalgic.
We came across our fat clothes. Okay, well I know I'm still fat but I think nothing reminds you how far you've come than putting your biggest pair of pants on over a pair of pants and have them drop to the ground. Back in the space bag they went until we can do the cliche yet obligatory "hey, we can each stand in a leg of our fat pants!" pic.
Uh...they say it gets WORSE before it gets better right?
We began labeling all of the bins or taping lists when it was a real hodge podge o' crap. I was very glad to get a lot of stuff sorted but man it stunk having the workout area in a complete shamble. There was some pressure to get things together for sure because we had a strength workout scheduled. (Albeit a light one for me with the nagging shoulder injury)
My baking box left a lot to be desired especially since it was all basically strewn about and crudely thrown back into wherever wouldn't catch cupcake liners on fire so I stacked it all up to be rearranged.
Victory, she is mine. In there are a buttload of cookie cutters for Christmas and Thanksgiving, Wilton tips and bags, a gaggle o' sprinkles, more cupcake liners than I know what to do with but probably pretty lightweight to most bloggers and icing spreaders neatly tucked wherever space would allow. Whew!
There is still some work to be done in the basement and I'm sure I'll tackle some of that today unless I continue to cough up dust bunnies. Talk about waking up congested, it wasn't pretty yesterday but I felt a sense of order coming back to things and I might actually be able to have someone over for a workout without dodging boxes or heaps of bags. I was also able to nicely fit my new food processor, wood slab from West Elm, Sur La Table goodies and such from Christmas down there with no issue. I can already feel a slight weight being lifted from my shoulders. (Then I start to think of all of the VHS's that I have to preview and transfer and my neck disappears again.) But for now I revel in the small victories which is having the basement about 75% done from what I want it to look like for now.
Since it's only 75% done, that means that sadly (?) we couldn't take our tree or any other Christmas stuff down. Gee...that's quite a shame (dripping with sarcasm)...I guess I'll just have to continue to enjoy the view
Have you started decluttering your house yet or do you keep up on it as you go?
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