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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #600 on: May 31, 2017, 03:38:37 AM »
Filled out forms, scanned and emailed them, and paid a bill. My achievements have changed a bit with a newborn in the mix!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #601 on: May 31, 2017, 05:50:16 AM »
Last night I put foil on the window on the front door. It was a small job, but should help with the A/C costs a bit.


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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #602 on: May 31, 2017, 06:47:00 AM »
Back from vacation, time to get back to the odd chores.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #603 on: May 31, 2017, 08:12:02 AM »
I took last week off while my boyfriend was visiting and we knocked out so many things on the to do list.

Most notably: Sell car and Buy new phone (iphone 4 was losing it's will to continue). Also sealed my raised beds, planted the garden, cleaned the garage, fixed so many different odds and ends, primed the window frames (painting them is still on the list), fixed a leak and the fence at the rental property and made so many other decisions and small progress towards other items on the list.

Yesterday I painted the concrete steps leading up to the front door. The old paint was chipped so badly there wasn't much left on the steps. Looks so fresh and clean now. :) Also worked on the dandelion problem. It's brutal.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #604 on: May 31, 2017, 09:50:52 AM »
I painted the scratched screws on my bathroom switchplate with a tiny paintbrush and white Rustoleum.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #605 on: May 31, 2017, 11:07:31 AM »
Killed off a bunch of invasive honeysuckle and privet down by the public road at the foot of our mountain.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #606 on: May 31, 2017, 05:27:21 PM »
Submitted my expense report for last week's work trip to LA.  Time to get back at it.

Also, helped my 17 year old daughter set up a Mint account.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #607 on: May 31, 2017, 06:46:15 PM »
Cleaned up the front entryway and put some flip flops, umbrellas and jackets in the giveaway box.

I saw a listing online today for a condo I am interested in. I have been thinking about downsizing to a condo someday, but someday may have come sooner than I thought. Which means ... the Odd Job list may have to get fast tracked so I can sell my house.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #608 on: June 01, 2017, 02:46:00 PM »
I cleaned my sewing machine and fixed the tension.  Can't find my machine oil so I ordered some and will oil it when it arrives.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #609 on: June 01, 2017, 05:51:48 PM »
Repaired a baby toy, paid all bills and made sure things are running smoothly for this month.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #610 on: June 01, 2017, 11:47:50 PM »
I saw a listing online today for a condo I am interested in. I have been thinking about downsizing to a condo someday, but someday may have come sooner than I thought.

How exciting!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #611 on: June 05, 2017, 06:31:54 AM »
Ok, I've been avoiding this thread and all the ones related to decluttering or house projects but it's time to join. With a newborn coming in Nov, it's high time I organize the appart and declutter. Another thing is with 80% of my wardrobe useless for some months, I need to organize my closet.
Tonight I have to do some cooking so my odd chore would be to clean the sink a la Flylady or the bathroon, if I have time both.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #612 on: June 05, 2017, 10:07:34 PM »
I finally installed the ecobee!  Had to hook up an extra wire, so it was an advanced beginner level installation.  I feel very accomplished.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #613 on: June 05, 2017, 10:18:57 PM »
Love reading everybody's accomplishments! :)
Well done, all!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #614 on: June 06, 2017, 12:40:52 AM »
Ok, I've been avoiding this thread and all the ones related to decluttering or house projects but it's time to join.

Hahahahaha! This is me too!

Joining to get the rest of my unpacking done from our move. Today I unpacked an orange cloth bag from Powell's Books! yay me!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #615 on: June 06, 2017, 04:02:42 AM »
I'd like to join! I haven't been on the forums in a dog's age. This challenge is just what I need before I move.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #616 on: June 06, 2017, 04:04:05 AM »
We have a clown-sized garage, 1050 sf, which hasn't sheltered a car since we bought this place four years ago. It's mostly quite organized and we store a lot of stuff that supports our involvement in our community. However, there are plies of clutter that have to be dealt with. I've been working on them little by little over the last week. It's starting to make a visible difference, for which I am quite pleased. Last week, a Girl Scout Leader asked via freecycle for canning-type jars for a craft project. I was able to give her 60, plus assorted other crafty items, which resulted in an empty cabinet for the win.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #617 on: June 06, 2017, 05:22:08 AM »
Ok didn't do any odd chore yesterday. I did arrive home late, 10 past 9PM. That's not an excuse I know. Today, I'll have to do one.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #618 on: June 06, 2017, 05:36:53 AM »
I retrieved a couple of documents from our safety box, scanned them and returned them all in the same day. That's amore.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #619 on: June 06, 2017, 05:39:04 PM »
I have not updated this thread in so long because I have been in an insane odd chores marathon. Basically I have been doing 2-3 hours a day working on odd chores in a real push to get all my outside spaces in gear by the end of June. After being sick for a few years my property was an overgrown mess, as of today there are still a few areas to work on but it looks 100x better and I am getting daily compliments from family, friends and neighbours! It is such a positive mental boost. The best part, I have done it all with an insanely low budget!

The rest of the month for me is fixing porches/decks, painting them, a new garden bed, more shrub pruning and weeding. Oh and decorating my front porch will be the icing on the June cake. :)

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #620 on: June 06, 2017, 05:59:32 PM »
I hemmed a pair of my daughter's pants.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #621 on: June 06, 2017, 07:01:43 PM »
Sprayed roundup on the weed crop.  Again. 

Soon, we'll do mulch. 

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #622 on: June 07, 2017, 01:24:30 AM »
Put just one thing in the give away box, but that was more than I did on most days since our move, so there's that...

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #623 on: June 07, 2017, 02:00:28 AM »
Returned containers which had been used to gift me food. If my brother is going to go to the trouble of bringing me meals, the least I can do is return his Tupperware in a timely fashion :-)

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #624 on: June 07, 2017, 12:53:00 PM »
I really fell off the wagon for a couple of months, but I am trying to get back into the odd-jobs mode. Today I finally assembled the new rolling cart to contain the Lego tornado and put all the errant Legos in my daughter's room into it. So much better.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #625 on: June 07, 2017, 01:28:47 PM »
Half reorganized our coat closet.  A little flummoxed about how to make the space more functional.  In addition to coats, it stores shoes, brooms and a mop, and my sewing machine and ironing board.  Storing boots is such a pain.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #626 on: June 07, 2017, 04:58:22 PM »
Collected all the little jars of paint and half full paint cans with colours that don't match our rooms anymore.  Stirred in paint hardener so I can put it all in the garbage tonight.  Also broke down a bunch of small Amazon boxes to add to our recycling box.   The garage already looks neater.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #627 on: June 07, 2017, 05:42:28 PM »
I have a refrigerator and an upright freezer in the garage. (Yes, I'm prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.) The refrigerator requires a firm push toward the bottom to assure it's closed, which is, of course, accomplished with a foot, as one's hands are always full. The face of both and the handles were looking pretty gross. Today, I nuked them and they look like new. Happy. Took longer to type this than to complete the chore. There's a lesson there somewhere.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #628 on: June 08, 2017, 01:02:51 AM »
Half reorganized our coat closet.  A little flummoxed about how to make the space more functional.  In addition to coats, it stores shoes, brooms and a mop, and my sewing machine and ironing board.  Storing boots is such a pain.

i use this.  There are larger ones too.  Soft sides so they shift to accomodate other stuff in the closet.
https://www.jysk.ca/storage/shelves/alice-10-shelf-organizer.html

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #629 on: June 08, 2017, 07:25:57 PM »
Decided today was the day to strip out all the old caulk in our shower and redo it.  Took forever, but it looks so much better.  I've been procrastinating about this chore for over a year, so I'm glad this thread gave me the kick I needed to get it done.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #630 on: June 09, 2017, 06:58:18 AM »
Decided today was the day to strip out all the old caulk in our shower and redo it.  Took forever, but it looks so much better.  I've been procrastinating about this chore for over a year, so I'm glad this thread gave me the kick I needed to get it done.

Nice! I did this a few months ago, and it is so satisfying to be in the shower with the clean-looking caulk!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #631 on: June 09, 2017, 09:50:41 AM »
I have been avoiding my hobby bench (electronics) because it is so cluttered.
When I finish this post I will go and clean it up.
 I'll edit about progess if/when I finish.

 EDIT: Great, I got it cleaned up, parts restocked and have one project that I can work on again.
I almost got derailed when I picked up a stack of reciepts, one was from a restuarant from my daughters graduation where I had Grouper Picatta, it was very good. I was deciding where the receipts went while sitting in my computer chair, I almost Googled Grouper Picatta to see how to make it, but caught myself, I filed the receipts and continued the cleanup.
  Btw, that was not a very Mustachian meal, I paid $160 for 4 of us and left a $35 tip. But your only daughter only graduates from college once right? No, not in my case, that was her second, BS, now she studying for her masters, and then dental school. I'm saving for two more dinners :-)
Next is to tackle my computer desk, but not now!
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #632 on: June 09, 2017, 09:55:42 AM »
I have been avoiding my hobby bench (electronics) because it is so cluttered.
When I finish this post I will go and clean it up.
 I'll edit about progess if/when I finish.


What are the most important items you use on your hobby bench?  I have a bunch of small electronics that I've kept around with the intention of eventually taking them apart and learning more about the internals and finding things to mess around on. Any suggestions?

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« Reply #633 on: June 09, 2017, 10:53:59 AM »
I have been avoiding my hobby bench (electronics) because it is so cluttered.
When I finish this post I will go and clean it up.
 I'll edit about progess if/when I finish.


What are the most important items you use on your hobby bench?  I have a bunch of small electronics that I've kept around with the intention of eventually taking them apart and learning more about the internals and finding things to mess around on. Any suggestions?
Do you mean tools?
Soldering iron,  DVM, oscilloscope, Light, optivisor, DC power suppply, variac, signal generator, frequency counter, and battery operated drill and bits, for starters. I have an inductance/capacitance meter and multiple other test meters.
  I do more repair than design, but I have built may items over the years, mostly from other peoples design.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #634 on: June 09, 2017, 04:54:57 PM »
Fixed two locks in the house.
Rearranged baby clothes and changing table for easier access to everything we need.
Cleared out all the stuff/paperwork hospital sent us with and made followup appointments with everyone
 concerned. Just need to wipe down a suitcase before it goes back inside.
Did a grocery run for the week - we are good to go for a few more days.

Need to empty a dresser top from all the crap on it but I might take some time doing it based on how well baby cooperates. Also need to activate a Fitbit but I guess I'll let DH do it for me. He loves fiddling with it while I don't, so off it goes onto his plate.

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« Reply #635 on: June 09, 2017, 06:08:23 PM »
Posting mostly to follow.  I did finish sorting through a box of papers that I've moved at least twice, shredded and tossed most of it.  Still need to put away the files I kept for now.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #636 on: June 10, 2017, 04:21:17 PM »
So far today:
  • Took the mountain of recycling to the depot
  • Picked up the broken branches and fallen pinecones in the yard from the big storm we had on Thurs. night
  • Took the refundable bottles in (got $33.40)
  • I'm on my way out in a bit to pick up a small table for the deck. I sold my big set, so I'm buying a used table for $20
  • This week I have continued to put at least one thing/day in the give away box. Usually it is more, but the rule I have made for myself is 1/day

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #637 on: June 10, 2017, 06:56:31 PM »
The last three days' odd chore was cleaning the deck.  Oh, what fun.  At least I got it done before the really hot weather gets here in the next few days!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #638 on: June 10, 2017, 07:40:13 PM »
Prairie Gal, I like the one thing a day rule! That could work for me

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #639 on: June 11, 2017, 07:12:21 AM »
I've been getting a ton of stuff done around the house and will continue it today, I think this is a really cool thread.

The last week I've done a bunch of deep cleaning, gone through my clothes and donated half of them, started a filing system while recycling all the old papers and documents that I was hording without needing them. Today will be cleaning off the bookshelf and going through my outdoor gear and then that means I've gone through the overwhelming majority of my stuff and gotten rid of a lot of clutter!  Moving back to my house in two months is going to be a lot easier now.

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« Reply #640 on: June 12, 2017, 09:15:02 AM »
I had one of the most productive weekends of my life this weekend.

Picked up two truck loads of garden soil to spread around the 'lawn', leveled it off, spread grass seed. Need one more load of soil and another bag of seed, hopefully I can get that done during the week.

Dropped off two dog crates taking up space in the garage from previous foster dogs

Picked up and planted two cherry trees

Sewed half the curtains needed for my pickup camping setup and finally decided on and ordered a mattress that will fit my sleeping platform.

Harvested rhubarb, froze most of it and made a rhubarb crisp.

Started going through all the library books I checked out to figure out how to design the prairie meadow section of my yard.

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« Reply #641 on: June 12, 2017, 10:14:07 AM »
Yesterday I finally out up 2 smoke alarms and a CO detector in my motor home.  I live in it full time so I should not have taken this long to do that.  Today will be putting the last of the errant tools into the tool boxes I bought.  When I moved back in 2008 I put tools in various boxes I could find at the time.  They are finally getting put where I have a chance of finding them when I need them now.
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« Reply #642 on: June 12, 2017, 11:49:25 AM »
It's finally hot enough to have to turn on the a/c, so I just rebalanced all the air vents.  We have a 2 storey house, and we want the cold air to get upstairs so we can sleep at night.  If I don't do this, the basement is frigid, the main floor is cold, and we still sweat to death upstairs.


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« Reply #643 on: June 12, 2017, 11:50:43 AM »
I should totally join this thread, and I should also totally move some mulch this afternoon and/or work on clearing out the basement.  The basement is cooler, so maybe I'll go down there.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #644 on: June 16, 2017, 03:02:59 PM »
Repaired a clock that's been broken for 2 3 OK 4 years.  I am the queen of procrastination!

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« Reply #645 on: June 16, 2017, 08:45:14 PM »
This is such a fun thread:)
Put six things in the ongoing donation box-yay.
Went through all my purses today - cleaning and re-organizing.


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« Reply #646 on: June 17, 2017, 04:19:43 AM »
Reorganized diaper bag to be used for two kids instead of one. Returned three items and cleared up space.

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« Reply #647 on: June 27, 2017, 08:18:05 PM »
Cleaned the filters in the HRV unit today.  I really need to do this more than once a year - I'm going to set myself a reminder to do it again before Christmas.

Also changed the last back up battery for our smoke alarms.  Did the other two a few weeks ago, but was too lazy to haul the ladder upstairs to do the last one.   Now that it's up there, I will use the ladder tomorrow to clean the lights and skylights.

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« Reply #648 on: June 28, 2017, 06:24:04 PM »
Not an odd chore but been on my to do list for quite some time: deep cleaned the house. Next on list, work through kids clothes and donate the too small ones.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #649 on: June 28, 2017, 10:45:10 PM »
One of our tenants broke their lease, so we had to clean the house top to bottom, left to right, inside and out. Oh yes, this house is located in the Desert, where temperatures bounced from 115 to 118. Fun! They had only been there ten months, but boy, were they pigs! FWIW, they broke the lease because they liked the area and decided to buy.

I did so many chores that I lost count. At least a month's worth. Hell, I cleaned there better than I do at home.

Happily, we found a new tenant while we were there.

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