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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #650 on: June 30, 2017, 01:26:36 AM »
Ordered a photo book!!

Back story: After decluttering the digital pictures we have, I realized that we had some really good ones that we never enjoyed because they were files in hard drives. Keeping them as files in accessible folders was not a good option because we had a number of distractions/things that needed our attention on our phones and laptops. The best of best, I printed and posted on our wall of Fame but we didn't want to clutter the walls too much.

Enter the brilliant idea to make a photo book for every year so we can weave a story out of that year. This was not hard on the surface since I had to make just 5 (now 6, since this project was started in Jan 2016) photobooks..... And I completed just one during all of 2016! I kept procrastinating and looking for deals all the time. Most times, I'd either be not ready for a deal that came or I'd take too long to get the photo book ready. And today, spurred by a deal, despite having a toddler and newborn, I managed to finish book#2 and it should reach in two weeks. Feels so satisfying!!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #651 on: June 30, 2017, 04:35:46 AM »
Ordered a photo book!!

Back story: After decluttering the digital pictures we have, I realized that we had some really good ones that we never enjoyed because they were files in hard drives. Keeping them as files in accessible folders was not a good option because we had a number of distractions/things that needed our attention on our phones and laptops. The best of best, I printed and posted on our wall of Fame but we didn't want to clutter the walls too much.

Enter the brilliant idea to make a photo book for every year so we can weave a story out of that year. This was not hard on the surface since I had to make just 5 (now 6, since this project was started in Jan 2016) photobooks..... And I completed just one during all of 2016! I kept procrastinating and looking for deals all the time. Most times, I'd either be not ready for a deal that came or I'd take too long to get the photo book ready. And today, spurred by a deal, despite having a toddler and newborn, I managed to finish book#2 and it should reach in two weeks. Feels so satisfying!!

I do photo books.  One per year.  I usually get going in November when I start combing the year for four or five photos for a Christmas letter and finish a few months later when there is a special.  I keep doing different sizes but I max out the number of pages and pack each spread with tons of photos.  I have started adding captions because we were having trouble remembering what was going on in some of the older books.

I went through the soccer bin and pulled out all the too small cleats and shin guards.  It is embarrassing that there are five pairs of too small shoes.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #652 on: June 30, 2017, 06:57:01 AM »
Ordered a photo book!!

Back story: After decluttering the digital pictures we have, I realized that we had some really good ones that we never enjoyed because they were files in hard drives. Keeping them as files in accessible folders was not a good option because we had a number of distractions/things that needed our attention on our phones and laptops. The best of best, I printed and posted on our wall of Fame but we didn't want to clutter the walls too much.

Enter the brilliant idea to make a photo book for every year so we can weave a story out of that year. This was not hard on the surface since I had to make just 5 (now 6, since this project was started in Jan 2016) photobooks..... And I completed just one during all of 2016! I kept procrastinating and looking for deals all the time. Most times, I'd either be not ready for a deal that came or I'd take too long to get the photo book ready. And today, spurred by a deal, despite having a toddler and newborn, I managed to finish book#2 and it should reach in two weeks. Feels so satisfying!!

I do photo books.  One per year.  I usually get going in November when I start combing the year for four or five photos for a Christmas letter and finish a few months later when there is a special.  I keep doing different sizes but I max out the number of pages and pack each spread with tons of photos.  I have started adding captions because we were having trouble remembering what was going on in some of the older books.

I went through the soccer bin and pulled out all the too small cleats and shin guards.  It is embarrassing that there are five pairs of too small shoes.
Thanks! This seems a doable schedule. I need to put it on my calendar so I don't forget when November comes along. Now to be ready with photos for the next book so I can use the deal when the next one comes along.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #653 on: June 30, 2017, 09:26:23 PM »
"Replaced" the attic fan... added the quotes because the fan was not there, just the temp control box.  Today it was ~90 in Ohio so I decided to check the attic out and it was unbearably hot.  A Christmas candle I put up there had melted on its own, so I worried about other items being stored and ruined.  Wasn't very hard to do since I had a light and outlet available to chain romex off, just aggravating because of the heat and sweatiness.  Tested and it worked great, so happy it is setup and working now!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #654 on: July 03, 2017, 03:52:26 AM »
Almost a year ago we had my parents parrots staying over at our house for a couple of weeks. They are really sweet, but unfortunately, they also are tiny little destroyers, so our kitchen door and wall got damaged, because they decided to nibble some of the wood/wall away.

This weekend I finally bought the stuff needed to repair the damage. 15 euro's for some wall- and woodfillers and 5 minutes of work. Why have I left this out so long?
Today I'm heading to the store again, to get the right color woodfiller to also repair the small holes in our wooden floor.
The 'odd chore' list for our house has several more items pending, if I keep this up, it should be done by the end of the summer.

I also decided to spend everyday 5 minutes to clean up my laptop. I have files everywhere, several backups on several harddrives, etc. etc. It's a real mess, so in 5 minutes everyday I hope to have sorted all the mess out by the beginning of september.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #655 on: July 03, 2017, 06:06:05 AM »
Yesterday I rearranged the furniture in my office, cleaned under everything I moved (ick), moved in the two-drawer filing cabinet from the dogs' bedroom to make them more room since they are now also sharing with all the tools. I moved the printer onto that file cabinet and finally got rid of the "printer stand" of two sheetrock mud buckets and a scrap board it had been sitting on. This house may look finished one day yet!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #656 on: July 04, 2017, 08:03:54 AM »
"Replaced" the attic fan... added the quotes because the fan was not there, just the temp control box.  Today it was ~90 in Ohio so I decided to check the attic out and it was unbearably hot.  A Christmas candle I put up there had melted on its own, so I worried about other items being stored and ruined.  Wasn't very hard to do since I had a light and outlet available to chain romex off, just aggravating because of the heat and sweatiness.  Tested and it worked great, so happy it is setup and working now!
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #657 on: July 18, 2017, 05:10:36 PM »
unplugged my old 3 monitor setup that was sucking up a lot of power. replaced them with a very large display I had purchased a while ago on sale that has built in split-screen. less cables and clutter, less power consumption.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #658 on: July 23, 2017, 03:04:07 PM »
I've been slacking.  It's been hot and humid, and even doing regular chores has been unpleasant.   Gave myself a kick today and cleaned/organized the computer set up we have in the basement for video editing and transferring old VCR tapes to digital (one of my retirement projects).  Looks so much neater without cables running everywhere, and I like this set up better than the original.  I also set aside some computer parts and accessories we don't need anymore, and will offer those to a local guy who builds free computers for people on disability.

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« Reply #659 on: July 23, 2017, 03:10:42 PM »
I'm almost done cleaning and organizing my ginormous walk-in pantry.  It's taken me two days and it hasn't been done since we moved in four years ago. Surprisingly little to be thrown away and most of what I'm ditching came from DH's house after we got married. Woot!
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #660 on: July 23, 2017, 07:03:18 PM »
Today was turning my mattress. It's a tempur pedic type so it doesn't get flipped, but it hasn't been rotated in forever, so that was today's chore!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #661 on: July 24, 2017, 06:24:55 AM »
Today's odd chore was cleaning out my nightstand! So much random stuff in there. I threw out most of the junk and reorganized.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #662 on: July 24, 2017, 06:31:00 AM »
Yesterday we got rid of a large 50 gal aquarium from our front porch that housed a turtle temporarily.  Got all the sand and rocks out and delivered to SVDP. 

Today I will finish decluttering from son #3's room.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #663 on: July 25, 2017, 06:50:45 AM »
Went couch and cushion surfing today. Took out all of the cushions, found some spare change and socks, then vacuumed the nooks and crannies and did a once over on the couch. Thankful for my shop vac today!

I'm not sure if my "odd chores" are odd enough for this thread, but it's inspiring me to do things I wouldn't normally.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #664 on: July 25, 2017, 09:41:50 AM »
I've been cleaning out the freezer the past few days.
Made a chocolate zucchini cake from some shredded zucchini I froze last fall. So moist and delicious!!
There's still so much food. There's no way I'm going to even make a dent in the next 9 days.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #665 on: July 26, 2017, 09:40:19 AM »
I've been cleaning out the freezer the past few days.
Made a chocolate zucchini cake from some shredded zucchini I froze last fall. So moist and delicious!!
There's still so much food. There's no way I'm going to even make a dent in the next 9 days.

That sounds delicious!  Can you share the recipe?  We have excess zucchini just like every summer.

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« Reply #666 on: July 26, 2017, 03:10:10 PM »
I've been cleaning out the freezer the past few days.
Made a chocolate zucchini cake from some shredded zucchini I froze last fall. So moist and delicious!!
There's still so much food. There's no way I'm going to even make a dent in the next 9 days.

That sounds delicious!  Can you share the recipe?  We have excess zucchini just like every summer.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17643/chocolate-zucchini-cake-iii/

I used less sugar (maybe 1 1/3 cup) and skipped the walnuts.
Delicious served with fresh raspberries :)

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« Reply #667 on: July 26, 2017, 06:20:31 PM »
Today I cleaned out and scrubbed down the refrigerator. Ick.

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« Reply #668 on: July 27, 2017, 10:38:14 AM »
Does weeding count? Holy man I'll be glad when my lawn is good enough to keep up with the weeds.


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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #669 on: July 29, 2017, 10:22:58 AM »
I finally scraped the peeling paint off a couple of windows, primed and painted them.  This is a job I meant to do last year, so it feels good to get it off the list today.

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« Reply #670 on: July 29, 2017, 07:32:25 PM »
Cleared construction debris and sawdust from our library-cum- roommate bedroom. The room is finished (walls, moulding, ventilation, ceiling fan all this week).


Also glued back a piece of trim that fell off the sideboard two moves ago (= at least 8 years).
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #671 on: July 29, 2017, 11:26:36 PM »
This thread is brilliant and I need to get by butt in gear.

Today I rendered some bacon grease that has been sitting in my fridge for probably 6 months. I'll do one or two more passes tomorrow. The lard will eventually be used to make soap for christmas presents this year.


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« Reply #672 on: July 30, 2017, 05:07:07 AM »
Only a chore because I dislike shopping generally, and anything other than caring for my baby feels like a chore right now: went shopping with a friend and picked up the baby clothes we need in the next two sizes to supplement the hand-me-downs we've received.

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« Reply #673 on: July 30, 2017, 11:39:34 PM »
I had a couple weeks worth of clean, unfolded laundry hanging around (yep, I'm one of those people), so today's odd chore was to fold and put it all away.

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« Reply #674 on: July 31, 2017, 06:04:48 AM »
Dusted the bookshelf, moved paperbacks to a new shelf, rearranged. Living room looks better. Going to take a few from husbands high school teach days to a thrift store today.


LMBB, I need to do that clean laundry thing!



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« Reply #676 on: August 05, 2017, 08:04:26 AM »
I'm joining this gauntlet for the next two weeks because I've done a very unmustachian thing and bought an 8 hour blitzkrieg of house cleaning from Angie's list. Since I am generally a semi-slob, this puts the pressure on and motivates me to get things picked up before the "Fall cleaning date." Gotta get stuff put away and taken out before then!

Goal for today:
Take "to donate" piles from shelves and hallway and actually donate

Goal for tomorrow:
Start donate pile for food pantry
Drag around bags of dirt and level out ground/fill in holes in yard which keep trying to break my ankle

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #677 on: August 16, 2017, 07:53:55 AM »
Visiting my parents. Discovered my mother had labeled/stickered all of her out of date canned foods. I decided it had to go so I cleaned out her pantry. I found peanut butter that had expired in 2008. It's not as if she was ever going to eat it, she's just unable to throw things away. I've gone through the refrigerator now too. 

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« Reply #678 on: August 19, 2017, 08:47:22 AM »
This is a brilliant thread and I just want to check in to tell everyone how it has inspired me.

One day I sat down to post a comment about doing an "odd chore", when I was struck by a thought: instead of writing an MMM post about yesterday's odd chore, I will spend that time doing today's odd chore! So it has spurred me to get a lot of little things done.

Here is a list of a few of the odd chores I've done over the past weeks:

*Scrubbed the fronts of all my kitchen appliances including the gross and grimy kickplate beneath my oven
*Removed ceiling light covers and washed them; replaced a couple of fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs.
*disassembled and hosed out my smelly wet-dry vacuum cleaner; cleaned with bleach solution
*Cleared out all of the kitchen cupboards and washed them inside and out; got rid of outdated food (yikes! waste)
    and pots/pans & accessories that I don't use. This actually took three days.
*Scrubbed baseboards and corners/walls where the pets had begrimed them
*Scraped, sanded and painted some trim where the paint had flaked off
*sorted through two large filing cabinets and reduced their contents by two thirds, reorganized the rest
*sorted through several large boxes of old papers for filing, recycling and shredding
*scrubbed the bathroom ceiling and applied a mildew inhibitor
*random sorting and decluttering --> took a whole car-trunkload of stuff to the Goodwill
*and more!

Coming up soon:
Get rid of most of the tchotchkes and greeting cards that have been collecting on top of the piano
More basement decluttering (I'm slowly going through boxes)
Sort through drawer stuffed with giftwrap/cards/ribbon

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« Reply #679 on: August 19, 2017, 11:35:13 AM »
Need to get back into this thread again! Things that used to be "regular" chores have been slipping into the "odd chore" category. GULP. Things like 'mop the kitchen' that really should NOT be an odd chore! But hey, starting somewhere, right?

Done:
Go through pile of papers that accumulated in the kitchen. File/shred/recycle as appropriate.
Sweep and mop kitchen and bathroom. Get baseboards at the same time.
Sort through fridge contents. (Cry over nearly an entire pack of guacamole that got abandoned at back and had to be thrown out).

Up next:
Deep scour kitchen sink.
Photos of goodwill items for tax records, then move to goodwill bin in garage.
Mop master bathroom.

Hopeful for today, but unlikely:
Can pickles.
Mow front lawn.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #680 on: August 19, 2017, 07:17:09 PM »
1. Cleaned out my car, vacuumed and all!
2. Hung up a piece of art in my office that my grandmother made.

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« Reply #681 on: August 21, 2017, 01:27:34 PM »
Washed my backpack (it's soaking now). We've been hiking a lot and the pad that rests on my back totally stank.

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« Reply #682 on: August 21, 2017, 09:15:34 PM »
Things that used to be "regular" chores have been slipping into the "odd chore" category. GULP. Things like 'mop the kitchen' that really should NOT be an odd chore! But hey, starting somewhere, right?


100% agree! And in that vein....cleaned the guest bathroom, including cleaning and reorganizing under the sink, and wiping down the moulding. Also tackled the backyard and pulled a bag full of weeds.
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« Reply #683 on: August 21, 2017, 09:46:45 PM »

This all started for me (and this thread) because I tried to make a massive list and got completely overwhelmed. Add to that I also have a mental nagging list as well. I sometimes put too much pressure on myself.

I am trying to let the list be "free" and just spontaneously do tasks and I have to say it's actually a lot less stressful and dare I say, kinda fun. I recognize I am only getting a few things done a day, but I feel like I am accomplishing more and without stress! Reporting here is almost like a reward and having something to list AFTER its done is way better then a massive "to do" list.

This exactly. Any time I've made the big long to-do list I've also been immediately overwhelmed, and don't want to do any of it, but the idea of just doing one random thing a day and then reporting back here is totally inspiring. Great idea Lindsey!
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« Reply #684 on: Today at 11:57:18 AM »
Had to remove a malfunctioning toilet.  While it was out, I was able to finally get a ladder in and repaint the trim of the skylight above.

I will install the new toilet tomorrow, so that's Wednesday's odd chore.