Monday, June 22, 2009

Itch to Pitch - Week 2

The Happy Housewife is hosting an "Itch to Pitch" challenge all summer long. I am WAY overdue for some pitching so here goes!

Practially my entire house needs to get "pitched", but I'm trying to keep each individual project small so its manageable and I don't get overwhelmed. I've been putting off cleaning up for so long because it seemed like such an impossible task, but its amazing how much can be accomplished with an hour here and an hour there!

My office has been our "dumping ground" for... well, forever! Whenever we're straightening up the house and run across something we're not quite sure to do with, I always say "put it on my desk and I'll figure out what to do with it later". Later never came, my desk got full. So stuff ended up on Ninja Hubz' desk. Then the floor... ug, you get the idea. I have a room FULL of junk. Tackling the whole room at once is just too much, so "Phase I" was to de-clutter Ninja Hubz' desk.

So without further ado, may I present the horror of the "before pictures":

We don't even use that computer anymore. And I'm pretty sure that wall calendar is from 2006. Sheesh! After I cleaned everything up I decided to set up my old laptop on the desk (I still use it sometimes). And check it out! There's a floor under there!

All the paper stuff went to the recycle bin (a couple things were shredded first). The computer and monitor are temporarily in my dump heap on the other side of the room. I have a lot of old computer gear to get rid of, so I plan to gather it all together and find a local electronics recycling place and make one big trip (ok maybe two).

And guess what else? I have PROOF that clutter is the enemy of frugality! It has been MONTHS since we last saw the Ninja Kitty's brush, we ended up having to buy another one (which is too big and none of the Ninja kitties like). Guess what was buried under all that STUFF??

(The brush, not the cat!) Ninja kitties approve of the Itch to Pitch challenge!


Jana said...

It's so good to know that we're not the only ones who "put it there til later!" Great job!

Jolyn said...

Oh, I Hate spending money on things I already have but can't find! (Or don't even remember I have!) Good job!

Julie said...

Great job! Love the ninja kitty. :)

DarcyLee said...

I love getting rid of clutter and I have a couple of closets that are just screaming for some attention. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the whole idea behind your blog and how you really want to fight (like a Ninja) to beat debt. I'll be back!

The Happy Housewife said...

Great job! I have a post in the works about clutter and money, lol! I organized my desk today too, so much paper garbage! Your office looks great, thanks for participating.

Honey said...

Just visiting via lifeasmom. I was going to say at least you have the advantage that all your "clutter" and "odds and ends" are gathered into one room-mine are scattered throughout!!! It looks so nice now with your laptop there.

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