{April 9, 2017}   Clean Break

The kids last day of school was yesterday and they are out for Spring Break. I told them it is going to be Cleaning Break for them because I am tired of the way the house is and always having to fight with them to clean it. It’s mostly just clutter and I am over it we need to do away with a lot and make the house more functional for us at this stage. We have been here going on 4 years we have changed things around once since then. That was to take the play room out make room for desk and bookcases. The kids all have gotten bigger their needs have changed and we need more room. Not so much more room as we need to make the space we have functional not just cluttered space or a dumping ground for things we don’t know what to do with or where to put it.

I have the 4th bedroom or the back room as we call it that we are going to move around and change up. It is the size of of one and half bedrooms and it has a closet. Right now it has 6 tall bookcases and two short ones, three school desk a regular desk, toddler bed, couch, love seat, queen size mattress/box spring and other junk that has collected back there. I forgot about the three desk until I was writing this just now. One has the printer it will have to stay the other two I am not sure what is even in or on them. The big desk I hope my Big Boy will agree to get rid of because we don’t really need it. But someone gave it to him and he is funny about it. Oh and there is a rocking chair back there forgot it too. The other two school desk I am not sure if I will have room for them or not or if I will use them I will have to wait and see how things go once I move everything around.

Right now I know that I am selling the dinning room table, taking the fish tank and stand out of there as well. I am putting the frogs back in the five gallon tank and taking the big one down. That stand will go in the trash or given away that it is sitting on. It is an old night stand I redone and spray painted to sit it on. The five will sit on my end table nicely in the living room and the frogs will get more interaction. They love when you are at the tank watching them and swim around and things.

I have a dinning room table that use to be bar high with two stools it is a few feet long and couple wide. I cut the legs down shorter so the kids could put their chairs up to it and use it. I think I am going to put it in the dinning area and put the computer on it. Then take a few of the bookcases out of the back and put in there to free up some room in the back room. Make and office area in that area. Maybe put the little desk with the printer in there or one of those little desk out there for the little kids to draw and play out. I have the rug I put in my room it is to big most of it will be under my bed so kind of a waste I am going to put that in there as well. Kind of tie everything together make it look nice.

Then in the back room I am thinking move all the book shelves over to one side of the room and then use the other half for either a family closet like area or a play room. I love the idea of putting all the dressers and clothes out of the bedrooms out there. I think it would make it easier when folding and putting everything away and easier when looking for clothes for everyone. It would also keep the kids from taking things out not wearing them and them getting tossed around their rooms and back into the dirty clothes when they were never wore.

But I also like the idea of having all the toys back there and not having them all over the bedrooms. If it isn’t spotless all the time it is in the back where no one goes but them and it isnt’ all over the floors where they are sleeping and everyone is walking around. I tell them all the time if there was a fire how would they get out there is so much stuff all over their floors. I am also getting rid of a bunch of toys and packing others away for a while so there will not be near as many as there are now so it shouldn’t be as big of a deal. The kids want the play area in the back instead of putting the dressers in there. They said they would rather have a play room than more room in their rooms without the dressers and things in there. I am thinking maybe we will try it this way for a little bit and see how it goes. If it isn’t working then I will move the toys back to their rooms and put clothes back there.

But for now first things are first they are going through all their toys deciding what to get rid of and what to keep. I have to get all the crap back there that I don’t need sold and the table sold so that I can move everything around. I just hope it all sells and sells quick because I want it all gone. I think it will be odd at first with not having a table in the dinning room but I think it will be a lot nicer. We do not use the table at all hardly. It sits a cluttered mess that you can’t even sit down at 99.99% of the time. I we eat in the living room, the little kids have a table and we sit on the couch. Me and the older kids were talking about it and when we were with RC we didn’t have a table big enough for all of us and most the time we went outside and sat at the tables out there and had dinner. The kids loved it they would eat and then run around and play we would sit and talk or whatever. We all ate at the table together more then than we do now with it right in the house with us. We liked sitting outside and eating like that more than at the table in the house. Even now if one of my friends stops over or comes over the kids sit in the living room and eat and me and them go outside and sit and eat and talk. I like being outside in the evenings.

Even when the table inside is cleaned off the kids always want to sit in the living room and watch something why we eat. We don’t end up watching whatever it is with them all talking but everyone is comfortable and they do talk and things. When they are the table they rush to get done and get down.

If everything goes good I hope that we can have everything gone through by the end of the day today now that it is Sunday. Then I hope that it all sells by Tuesday or Wednesday because it is so packed in there right now I can’t do anything until some of the stuff is gone out of there. Right now I have to do homework, I have said for hours now I was going to do it but haven’t yet. I need to get all of it done for the week and then really start going through everything. I started in december then everything happen with sending my couch and things back and using the old one and everything. I have just been to busy since to mess with it all. I think I will go now and start listing stuff and hope to have people coming to look at it tomorrow.

{November 19, 2016}   Another Yard Sale Day Down

I got up about 630/7 this morning to put out my yard sale stuff again and it looked like it was about to pour. I checked the weather on my phone and it said that there was 100% chance of rain later in the day. With all the dark clouds over the house I decided not to risk it, I didn’t want anything to get wet and messed up because it is just me and the kids moving stuff in and out it takes longer. I went back to sleep for a little bit and got up about 830 and it was bright and sunny. I decided to go ahead and pull stuff out and try it.

The lady who stopped the other day came back with her husband to show him the couch and love seat. I didn’t get a good feeling from them. I have a back room that has a door to the outside. I can close it off to the house and go in from outside. I have everything stored in there. There was a few things like the couch me and my friend were not able to get out. We figured we would just take anyone interested around to look at it since we didn’t have to bring them into my house. I took them around to show them and told them there was nothing wrong with it I just couldn’t move it out with it being so big and with the help I had. She asked about my husband and why he couldn’t do it? Just like that what’s your husband doing that he can’t do it or he won’t help? I told her there was no husband. I said it before I even thought. But I found it really odd the way she asked and things. Kind of like she was looking for information or something. Something else was said about the couch and things. I told her there was nothing wrong with it I just bought one I liked better. I told her it was cleaned when it was put back there and that the dogs were not allowed on it at all. I told her that I didn’t want to take people through my house because of the dogs, I didn’t want them to get after anyone or away.

I had a lady stop and ask about the dressers but I haven’t heard back from her. I posted it all about 14 groups on facebook and placed about 6 adds on craigslist to try and sell it all. I had a few people reply today about stuff but have had a lot more asking about it this evening. I have one lady who asked if I could hold the couch set until in the morning since it was already after dark. I told her yes and what I was asking for it, if she could pick it up around 8/830 in the morning and haven’t heard back from her. I ask a few times if she still wanted it at that price since she hadn’t ask the price and it wasn’t listed and haven’t heard back. I had others asking about it and one person say they wanted it but not until Friday. I told her I had this lady wanting it tomorrow but could’t get a response back and others asking about it that I couldn’t hold it if one of them wanted it sooner. I feel bad to not hold it but so many people ask you to hold stuff and then never show or respond like tonight and you miss other buyers. I have been trying to sell it for a week or so now because I had listed it a few days before I decided to have the sale. If people want it and are willing to come with the money tomorrow or the next day I have to take it. She said ok and to just let her know if I still have it Friday. I was thinking it is black Friday as well and most people are going to be shopping so then if she shops then decides she don’t have enough or don’t want it. I need this money for bills. As it stands right now I need $520 by the 28th of the month to pay all my bills and be ok for a few weeks. If I sell everything and take my rock bottom price for it all I will have just at that. It is all worth more but the time of the year and thing I can’t get people to come off the money. Everyone thinks it is a great price and worth it but don’t want to spend that much or don’t have that much.

I am debating putting it all out for one more day tomorrow and see if anyone stops. I want to go to church in the morning then put it out in the after noon when others are getting out of church. At the same time I am tired of messing with it but I need the money and got to get it out of the way. Something has to give and soon.

My Little Guy sold more candy bars so it wasn’t a complete waste of time. He say his little table out there and his sign. Then he would stand at the end of the drive way and wave at cars as they went by. About three of them stopped to see what he wanted and bought candy bars from him. He went across and ask our friend across the street to buy some and he bought two. The lady and her husband who was odd and came to look at the couch bought 6 from him. I think we have over half a box sold now. Setting up tomorrow may be worth it to hopefully sell the rest. I think he sold about 16 today. He wanted to flag the ice cream man down and trade him candy bars for ice cream. I told him that wouldn’t work because the ice cream cost more than the candy bars and I would still have to pay for it. Then he wanted to flag him down and ask him if he would help him sell his candy bars by selling them with his ice cream. I tried to explain to him it didn’t work that way. He kept asking to go across the side street from us and ask them. I told him they weren’t home so he wanted to leave some on their porch. I told him he couldn’t do that he had to sell them and not give them away. He said he thought he just had to get rid of them.

I just hope that someone from my online adds comes through on some of this stuff. I need this gone, more than that I need the money from it. I am trying not to stress, worry, or get depressed but it is getting hard not to.

I don’t remember if I told you all me and my friend went to try and get jobs as bell ringers Friday but they said they were full and didn’t need anyone else. That was going to be my Christmas money if all this stuff sold. If it didn’t it was going to be my bill money. It would have been about $1000 of the $2000 I needed. If I sold everything and that would have given me $1500 of what I needed.

I have some clothes I forgot to put out I am going to list online tomorrow as well and sit out if I end up setting back up. I have some really nice kids jackets that they have wore a few times and outgrew. I hope to make back what I had to spend on my Big Boys jacket tonight at least on them.

I was going to write about something else to do with the sale as well but now I have forgotten what it was. I guess I better get off here, it is past time to take my medication and I forgot to take it last night. Plus my Little Bitty is asking for a story so she can go to sleep. When I get done doing all that I have to work on my school work that is due tomorrow.

{September 22, 2016}   Made up My Mind

I have decided that I am going to go ahead and get a decent living room set that should last me a while. I am going to try and get my bedroom set as well when I can. One room at a time, may be slow but I will at least have a nice put together house. Not just what I can find cheap at the time to fit the bill because I have nothing.

If I just buy something for now it is going to be cheap I am not going to get much of anything out of it if I sell it when I leave here. There for I am going to have a small amount to find something when I get there. I will be back at trying to find whatever that is cheap to have something. I am tired of doing that and living with whatever and being ok with it to have something. We have been here for two and a half years doing that and just starting to get stuff that we want that is decent and works. Why do I want to take the money and waste it on something that I am going to use a year or so and get nothing out of when I sell it. If I buy what I was looking at buying it probably won’t last more than a couple years and I am going to be replacing it. Plus it is not something that I really like, it is just something I am getting to make do with to have something. right now why I can squeak it out and get it I may as well get what I want that is going to last me a while and just pay the little extra to move it when I go.

This way when we get where we are going we can set a place up to move into go there and set up our new house. We will have all the big things we need and can just relax spend time exploring our new area meeting people and things like that. Instead of getting there having a empty house and having to not only find stuff for it but find our way around town and someone to help us get it home if we can’t and all that. Plus I will be out less money this way as well I think because like I said I will not be putting out money to get something now and then having to come up with money to get something later. Right now a cheap living room set that I don’t like is going to cost about $500, that is half of what a well made nice set that I really like is going to cost me. If I buy it now I may get $200 to $300 out of it. Then I am going to be back to buying another set that probably isn’t going to last long for $500 and all I have is $300 so I am going to have to put another $200 with it. Now I am $700 or more into a living room set and still probably don’t have one I really like or that is made very well. I may have more into it depending on how much I get out of the one I have now to put toward the first one. If I just keep the one I have now it is useless because I never use the living room because it is not great to sit on and it is just sitting there getting more and more used by the kids and not going to be worth much if anything by the time I move so I am going to have nothing to get one when I get there. I do not want to end up with another one like I have. So for what I will have in two I don’t really want I could have one I really want. So that is what I am going to do. I will take all I make off the one I have now and put down on the new one when it comes that should make my payment for a few months until I get some money again. Then I can pay it off. I still have this other furniture I can sell and will probably just put that with it and pay it off or close to off and not be out a bunch of money. It seems like the the best option when I really look at them and what is out there and what I am going to spend.

I hadn’t really looked into all the options, pros and cons just knew what was out there. But now I am ready to decide and have a couch picked that I want and one that I will get if I went the other way. I was going to go check on the one I had picked to get by with until I was talking to a friend and I really got to thinking about it I was like this is crazy and going to spend the same money and still have just whatever. I decided I should just get what I want. So my goal is to get my stuff sold tomorrow or Sunday and get my couch ordered. I have to even see if my store a few blocks away will order it or if I have to go to the other store by where I use to live with RC to get it. I had this same sectional before and it was from the store by me, they told me they were going to stop carrying it those were the last two they could get. But when I called the place that makes them they said that I could only get them from that store. I called the one that I use to deal with and they said they would order it. If I order it by Monday it will be here with in a week. If I order it after that it will be two weeks or something like that.

I really hope I like it as much as I did when I had it in the past. It’s just kind of a simple black corduroy type cushions and then the leather or leather like bottom and sides, it has a big ottoman that goes with it.

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