Chronicles of efforts to lighten the load at home. How many items can you have/like/need?
Monday, January 26, 2009
Ma'am, There is Not an Animal in Your Attic
Today I was exonerated! I know they talked about me; thought I was crazy. But no more. Now we are working together, again, to downsize: we're ready to rid the house of whatever animal is setting up a workshop in the attic.
The exterminator came in to check and remove traps he had placed a few days ago. These traps had been placed 3 times already in the past few weeks, with no evidence of success. This morning, the exterminator left, saying very politely, "You might be hearing something late at night in your walls, but I don't think it's an animal!" I told him I would not ask for more traps; I'd watch and listen and let them know if any new evidence became available that might help them.
It wasn't that I was letting them out of their contract easily; they have been to my house 5 times already during January. The first time, I complained of animal noise in the attic, and they found a hole through the wall in the gutter. They patched the hole and left 5 traps. The second time, they came to check the traps. Three traps had sprung, but no bait had been taken and no animal had been caught. The exterminators came back several times and placed traps in different parts of different attics (we have 3). A supervisor even rechecked the entire roofline from a ladder.
The logical situation would be that with a hole patched, an animal would be trapped in the attic and would either go for the bait or would die of starvation somewhere within the walls and would stink. Nothing happened. But nights, sometimes 11:30, sometimes 1:00, and once at 4:30 AM, my husband, I, or both of us would hear noises and would listen and try to locate the noise. I went outside, shined flashlights, listened with my ear to walls, sat quietly staring at ceilings...and heard animal activity. I think Santa's workshop might be relocating to my attic! There is scratching, scraping, banging around, twanging, pitter-patter, sawing, and gnawing.
Then, this morning, after the exterminator left with his traps and his opinions, I heard scraping and gnawing above my head, during business hours for the first time. I phoned the exterminator and he came back...and heard it! He set more traps. He believes me now. I hope we get the animal(s) out before they have a problem or cause a problem.
Just because they don't make stuff the way they used to doesn't mean that the new ways aren't equally valuable, if different; especially digital stuff.
The younger generation really isn't interested in the old collectibles the baby boomers all hope to sell for high prices.
Boxes take up a lot of space, but they can help you cope with stuff in many ways - saving stuff, separating stuff into batches to work on later, storing stuff that is worth storing, or even packing up shredded paper to recycle when you clean out your old paper files.
If you try on a pair of jeans and they fit, buy them! Some people would say buy 2 pair.
Craig's List is a wonderful community resource. In spite of a few bad apples, most of the millions who trade on Craig's List are good people.
Selling or even giving something you used to love directly to a stranger involves 2 possibilities: either you will feel really good to see someone getting pleasure from acquiring an item you enjoyed or you will feel creepy thinking of your impression of this person you don't know using your stuff.
You can find someone to take most anything off your hands if you post in "free stuff" on Craig's List. Post during the day. People sneak a peak at "free stuff" while they're at work!
A dog does not clutter a home so much as create movement and energy within.
After getting your carpet steam-cleaned, the carpet takes much longer to dry than the cleaning company leads you to believe. It is a good idea to keep heavy furniture off the carpet without anything under the legs until the carpet dries, as occasionally stain from wooden furniture can stain the wet carpet. Give it 24 hours - license to procrastinate
Once you have thoroughly cleaned your closet, you can keep it under control by just getting rid of a few things now and then, as you uncover them and realize you are finished with them. As long as you feel good about your clothes when you encounter them in their natural habitat, then it's working for you.
If you are looking for freeware or shareware, a good way to find what you want is to search it on Lifehacker.com. There you'll find the choice programs plus comments about them. On the search engines, you might find the programs that have finessed getting placed high on the search engine list rather than the best programs.
If you are having trouble deciding whether you really want to keep something, think about selling it. If you automatically know what price you want for it, you don't want to keep it!
If you are going to do home repairs, keep the future in mind. Will there be ramifications when you sell the house?
Magazines - News magazines almost always should be recycled rather than kept! Cut out an article and put it in a folder in your filing cabinet if you think you'll remember it and want to refer to it later.
An old invoice from your dentist or doctor may have the doc's social security number on it (and, of course, yours)!
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Me at a place where it didn't reach 100 degrees every day last summer!
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