"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-24-2008, 04:37 PM   #41
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,973
I definitely have messie tendencies; I can never see the point of putting away something I know I'm going to use in the immediate future -- in other words, the several books I'm currently reading will NOT be in the book case, but on the table by whatever piece of furniture I'll be sitting or lying on when I pick it up again. Whatever projects I have going will NOT be cleaned up between efforts at it (i.e., laundry will be all over the laundry/bath/utility room, in sorted piles until it is all clean; my beadwork tables and pallette will be out on the table I use for that project until I'm done with it, ditto sewing). Picking up between stabs at working on something just doubles the amount of work I have to do.

ON THE OTHER HAND, maybe because I've moved so often in my life, every year I look over possessions, if I haven't used/worn something in a year, unless it is seasonal, it goes to trash or Goodwill. I hate having garage sales, but when I've had to, I arrange for pickup immediately after by whatever charity does pickups. I don't know how many times I've arrived at a new home to look at a box of stuff (there always seems to be a box of stuff, you know those odds and ends that defy catagorization) or even what I thought were possessions I could not part with, only to find myself wondering why I brought it with me on the move. Clothes that were more worn out than I remembered, etc. Yes, I do occasionlly find myself thinking, gee I could have used that whatchamicallit that I threw/gave away a couple of years ago. BUT ... not very often, certainly not often enough to change my ways.

I have a friend who calls me her hero for my ability to throw away the unnecessary. I even converted my once-junk-collecting husband to my ways (exactly why DID he need 4 pairs of combat boots when the chances of him needing them again were fractional, and if he did, the Army would have issued him more?).
__________________

__________________
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 07:35 PM   #42
Senior Cook
 
meshoo96's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: I am home at last in SC!!!
Posts: 426
Send a message via AIM to meshoo96
finally got DH to help me with the "bottomless pit" room and it looks great....
__________________

__________________
No beans unless they are green or jelly...
meshoo96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 09:07 PM   #43
Chef Extraordinaire
 
babetoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: escondido, calif. near san diego
Posts: 14,349
my messes are being cleaned up by abel the handyman. he does a great job. has finished the sunroom and the bathroom. will be back tomorrow. we are doing curtains, etc. he is very detailed oriented

babe
__________________
"life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain"
babetoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 09:49 PM   #44
Chef Extraordinaire
 
suziquzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MN
Posts: 11,488
Send a message via AIM to suziquzie
Quote:
Originally Posted by meshoo96 View Post
finally got DH to help me with the "bottomless pit" room and it looks great....

I just visited my bottomless pit room today looking for safety pins.
Does he travel?
I'll make a pie......
__________________
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
suziquzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 10:48 PM   #45
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Raton,NM, USA
Posts: 4,573
I used to be a non-messie then got married adopted 3 dogs and 2 cats. DH is a big messie he loves to pile mail etc on kitchen table drives me crazy. I have learned to live with a good bit of clutter because I just can't keep up with it. I like to do crafts and but have no where to put my things. But compared to some it's not that bad. But still I would love to have a home anyone can come over anytime and have it perfect. I chose not to have kids don't know what my mental state would have been if I did.
My motto "My house is a mess because" PEOPLE LIVE HERE!"
If our house was just a little bit bigger and we had more closets it would be better. Then again if I had more space would it be big enough or would I need more space after that? Think about it most Americans tend to pack rat stuff that they will never use or even remember that we have all that stupid stuff. I give things away all the time to cut down all the useless things that have no other reason but to take up space and collect dust. Don't get me wrong I still have many so called collectibles some I will keep forever but after time it's not hard to give some of the silly things away.
Bottom line we tend to hang on to a lot of stuff that has no real use. Things we need to rearrange and dust. Wasting good money on things that that are not needed has been a big problem for me for a long time. But I am getting better and try to not to purchase things I really do not need. It's way to easy to buy stupid stuff in America because it'so cheap. But I think with food and gas prices the way they are maybe will we will get back to the basics and learn that buying useless things will not make you happy in the long run.
__________________
"It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it." - Julia Child
jpmcgrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2008, 12:42 PM   #46
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 3,619
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpmcgrew View Post
My motto "My house is a mess because" PEOPLE LIVE HERE!"
If our house was just a little bit bigger and we had more closets it would be better. Then again if I had more space would it be big enough or would I need more space after that? Think about it most Americans tend to pack rat stuff that they will never use or even remember that we have all that stupid stuff. I give things away all the time to cut down all the useless things that have no other reason but to take up space and collect dust. Don't get me wrong I still have many so called collectibles some I will keep forever but after time it's not hard to give some of the silly things away.
Bottom line we tend to hang on to a lot of stuff that has no real use. Things we need to rearrange and dust. Wasting good money on things that that are not needed has been a big problem for me for a long time. But I am getting better and try to not to purchase things I really do not need. It's way to easy to buy stupid stuff in America because it'so cheap. But I think with food and gas prices the way they are maybe will we will get back to the basics and learn that buying useless things will not make you happy in the long run.
You and me both, JP. I've been boxing up stuff I was hanging onto for no good reason and taking it to local charities. (Waaaayy too much fabric, yarn, etc. for one person to use in a lifetime!) I've made a serious dent but I still have to convince my packrat boys that they can live without a lot of this stuff.
__________________
Fisher's Mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2008, 12:53 PM   #47
Chef Extraordinaire
 
suziquzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MN
Posts: 11,488
Send a message via AIM to suziquzie
you were giving away fabric and yarn and didn't tell me?!?!?!
:)
__________________
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
suziquzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2008, 08:18 AM   #48
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,973
Aha! The great crafts/hobbies/art mess! It rears its ugly head! This year I was so proud of myself. First step: End Denial. The fact is I hate to sew. There are many reasons why I've done a lot of sewing in my life, but most of them are moot at this point. Second, have a crafty friend over, lay out all the stuff I'll never use, in spite of good intentions, and let her have at it. The rest to Goodwill. In some ways this was harder than the clothes I'll never wear, kitchen ware too specific to get used even annually, etc. This is admitting that I'm too darned lazy and am not going to do it.
__________________
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2008, 08:40 AM   #49
Chef Extraordinaire
 
suziquzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MN
Posts: 11,488
Send a message via AIM to suziquzie
I did get rid of a big pile this weekend, my SIL had a baby so I got rid of all my baby boy clothes, and a bunch of my big clothes I bought after my last baby. I feel really bad asking people if they want my big clothes after they had a baby, but I know one thing after 3 kids, you need them for at least a little while, and if you don't have to pay for them to wear only once (like maternity clothes) it's even better!
Now I just have to make the trek to the baby re-sale store to sell my highchair and swing and other bulky baby things, or get over wanting a few bucks for it and donate it.
__________________
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
suziquzie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2008, 11:35 AM   #50
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 3,619
Quote:
Originally Posted by suziquzie View Post
I did get rid of a big pile this weekend, my SIL had a baby so I got rid of all my baby boy clothes, and a bunch of my big clothes I bought after my last baby. I feel really bad asking people if they want my big clothes after they had a baby, but I know one thing after 3 kids, you need them for at least a little while, and if you don't have to pay for them to wear only once (like maternity clothes) it's even better!
Now I just have to make the trek to the baby re-sale store to sell my highchair and swing and other bulky baby things, or get over wanting a few bucks for it and donate it.
A big High-Five for not needing big clothes anymore!!! Isn't it hard getting rid of the baby things? I still haven't managed to do it with Fisher's stuff. (I keep hoping I'll have a grandchild one day.)

But here's a good idea - if you have a changing table and no use for it - you can re-purpose it. I had a very heavy, sturdy one for Fish. When he was too big for it, I turned it into a rolling bar cart for one of my drunken friends. (She's not really a drunk.) I just attached 4 casters and a towel bar on one end to use as a handle/towel bar. It worked great and looked wonderful. A couple of weeks ago, we turned it into a bake station/work table for her kitchen. We took off the "lip" around the top edge and then applied ceramic tile to the top and the two shelves underneath. We added a magnetic knife rail on one long side and a towel rail that we hung from the bottom (underneath) the top of the cart and added s hooks to it so she can hang utensils, etc. from it. We put a few hooks around the sides for hanging things like rolling pins. It looks fabulous and is narrow enough to roll through her very narrow galley kitchen.
__________________

__________________
Fisher's Mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.