New year re-organisation continues.

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2kidsintow Fri 25-Jan-13 21:00:23

I'm tackling small jobs (and not so small jobs) as and when the time and inclination is available.

So far I've

Sorted all of DD2's clothes and reorganised her wardrobe.
Bought and put up shelves in DD2s tiny bedroom for her to display all of her painted ceramic craftwork.
Put up a deep shelf and a mirror to make DD2 a dressing table/desk.
Result: Happy DD2.

Got DH to remove DD1's top bunk (and donated it to a friend) and bought her new bedding.
Moved all her bedroom furniture around.
Put up one shelf for her DVDs (still have another shelf to put up)
Helped her to sort through a lot of stuff she's been holding on to.
Result: Job still in progress. She's currently sorting through her other stuff and this weekend's BIG job is to empty her built in wardrobe, go through EVERYTHING in it and be ruthless. We aren't keeping any of her old clothes unless DD2 really loves them.

Last week I went through all the shelves in the pantry and binned anything out of date.

Today, I came home from the school run and spent an hour going through the wall cupboards, end open shelves, windowsill and the drawers in the tiny kitchen. I filled a massive bin bag and have a further pile of things like Princess mugs etc that DD2 has declared she is too big for now for the charity shop.
(Still need to sort through two base cupboards!)

Built a shoe rack and organised my shoes in my room and moved my dressing table. (Still need to be ruthless with my clothing - but waiting til I've lost a bit more weight and can just bin loads of stuff).

I hadn't realised how much I've got done as I've been doing it in a hit and miss fashion, but it is starting to make a difference.

I still have a house that is a practical rather than a pretty one in terms of decoration and storage, but it is getting easier to keep it tidy.

2kidsintow Sat 26-Jan-13 20:56:28

Today - DD2 out with mates. I gutted her built in wardrobe and managed to fill
1 bin bag of clothes for a friend's daughter
3 bin bags of clothes for the charity
1 bin bag of rubbish.
Of everything that was put away for DD2 to wear when she grows into it, I finally only kept 2 large carrier bags. (Stuff that DD2 liked or school uniform that will def be useful)

Where does it all come from?
I also put up her last shelf, moved some furniture to look better and did a few loads of laundry (washing machine water supply in the garage has finally thawed!)

Tomorrow I shall be going to argos and buying a shoe rack shelf and a tall shelf to go inside her cupboard to help keep it organised. I also need to do a run to the skip.

Unfortunately the rest of my house looks like a bomb has hit it, with bags of clothing and rubbish everywhere. (Finally just loaded them into the car).

<Knows that no-one else is reading this thread, but doesn't care, it just looks good all written down>

lagoonhaze Sat 26-Jan-13 21:50:41

Im reading and its inspiring me! Keep up the good work!

SlatternismyMiddlename Sat 26-Jan-13 22:10:53

I'm reading and I'm envy at what you have done.

LovesGSD Sat 26-Jan-13 22:12:02

I've just read it and I'm very impressed grin grin

2kidsintow Sat 26-Jan-13 22:50:57

Thanks. blush

HollaAtMeBaby Sun 27-Jan-13 17:48:27

I'm reading too. You sound very handy envy

2kidsintow Tue 29-Jan-13 22:09:49

I have my handy moments - but usually leave it to DH.

Sunday - bought the shelving unit. Nightmare of decision making required. Knew the height of my DDs cupboard, but forgot to accurately measure the height of the shelf in the airing cupboard. Ended up with a shelf unit from B&M and one from argos (shorter, but more expensive - but at least easier to build.) Would have been good to get the 2 the same from B&M, but wasn't sure they'd fit and don't know how good they are at giving refunds.

In the end I built the shoe rack and the smaller set of shelves for inside my DDs cupboard. And the B&M mid sized set of metal shelves that is now inside the airing cupboard so there is ample storage for the towels - but it is easy to move it out if we need to get to the boiler.

There is a spare small set of shelves now - and I'm going to wade into Dh's pile of crap that has accumulated in the bedroom, put the shelves there and put all his stuff on it tidily.

Monday - less exciting - vaccuumed throughout the upstairs as all the DIY had left behind a bombsite.

Hmmm..... after DH's shelves, what next? I think it will be my own clothing collection.... in a few more weeks when my size 16s no longer fit.

SlatternismyMiddlename Wed 30-Jan-13 12:45:10

2kids - what has prompted this frenzy of activity? I need to motivate myself so looking for inspiration smile

2kidsintow Wed 30-Jan-13 21:09:16

I don't know! I usually fall into the category of "it's good enough, it'll do".

I think push came to shove when DD2 just had too much stuff in her tiny box room and it made me decide that this year's resolution should be to sort things out.

I know it isn't financially the best, but we just don't have space to save clothes from one DD to the next when there's a 4 year age gap. So we've ditched everything that DD2 didn't like, that would be out of fashion, that isn't the type of thing she wears or that is in a fabric/colour that won't store well. And we've just kept the bare minimum.

I do have a lot of uber tidy friends, but my husband would live in a skip and be content. '"Why are you throwing this out? It might be useful one day" is his favourite saying.

(Did put the spare set of shelves in our room, in the corner by DH's side of the bed today and organised the chaotic pile of books/bits and bobs that was piled there nicely onto the shelving. )

Next on my list has to be the kids toy cupboard that is in the dining room. It contains a lot of DD2's toys. DD1 has a larger room, so stores her stuff up there, DD2 has the box room so she gets to keep her stuff in the cupboard downstairs.

It is over full and there is so much in there that she doesn't play with or even remember she has.... until you drag it out to have a sort out and then she can't bare to part with it!

I think that's a job for my day off when they are still in school so they can't clock what I'm adding to the charity shop pile!

2kidsintow Sat 02-Feb-13 21:39:38

Today DD2 and I tackled the toy mountain that was under her mid sleeper.

In November, we took out 6 bags of stuff, between clothes, toys and rubbish.

Then another few binbags the other week when I started this declutter fest, sorting her wardrobe.

Today there was a couple of carrier bags of things that she's had enough of and half a bin bag of stuff not worth charity-shopping.

We also put up her Moshi Monsters wall stickers to complete her redecoration of her room.

Yesterday I tackled the large built-in toy cupboard in the dining room and took out a few bags of stuff from there. It's still full, but the DDs can better see what was in there. It was lovely watching DD sitting there, pulling out games that she hasn't seen and played with for a while. We had a few games of downfall and operation. grin

2kidsintow Sun 03-Feb-13 21:30:51

grin Still updating here...
Tody was supposed to be a lazy day - nothing planned. Until my BIL dropped off their washing machine they no longer needed. Our washer dryer was getting a bit dodgy on the spin part of the cycle, but the dryer is fine. DH has ripped out an unused sink and cupboard in the utility part of the garage and we've put the washer in next to the washer drier.

Only problem is... we had to bring it through the house as DH's garage is a tip bit cluttered.
To do that, I had to remove the top of one of the kitchen sides and slide a unit out of the way. It wasn't too big a job, but there was no point doing it without giving everything a scrub asn making sure it was all sparkling before it went back into its place. And of course.... now I've done that side, I need to do the other side of the kitchen to match. But not today. I can't be bothered.

2kidsintow Sun 03-Feb-13 21:43:21

The pity is... my DH is such a hoarder (and not of rubbish that you could justify throwing away, but of 'useful items' and hobby paraphernalia - I've lost track of the different hobbies he has that require him to aquire stuff - walking, boating, making wine, making bio fuel etc) that all this sorting has only improved a few areas of the house. And the general feel is still of a house that is well lived in. (No problem) And a bit old (no problem). But also too full of stuff and not organised.

And the low-level grief I'd get for tackling HIS stuff to the degree that I've tackled my and the girls stuff, just means it isn't worth it.

amazingmumof6 Fri 24-May-13 07:49:43

hi 2kidsinstow

just read all of that, very impressive.

I'm inspired, but..... <cue 101 excuses> I'll get back to that.

how old are your girls?
how's everything now?

any tidying plans for Bank Hol weekend? or are you going away?

writing down what you've actually achieved is a great idea, so starting today I'll do the same.
I'd love to have a tyding buddy, I hope you'll be back.
until then I'm hogging this threadwink

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amazingmumof6 Fri 24-May-13 19:17:32

read through thread now and it struck me that I'm like your DH.
hobbies & hoarding.
so organised chaos suits me.

but it doesn't suit our very busy family life.

the biggest problem is that I can't get rid of stuff, but don't have enough space to store everything out of sight.

I'm just not able to "get on with it" and finish a job. ever.
so I'd rather not start . I do bits, but there's no visible improvement.

I meant to do loads today, but DS5 and DD kept on taking turns in whinging andaj

amazingmumof6 Fri 24-May-13 19:35:20

hey phone, I'm not finished yet!

so they kept on whining and messing up everything.Needy, needy children.

DD wants me to hold her a lot or she screams, so of course I stop and pick her up. more for my sake then hers, I feel angry and very stressed when she cries like that.

I don't think that the house being tidy or untidy should be my biggest problem. but it is right now and has been for years. That makes me unhappy.

I would love to spend 2 weeks on my own and just get things done. just to sort through things, finish some projects, fix things, organize my hobby things, declutter, clean and tidy and get on top of things.

With 6 kids (including a baby and a toddler at home) there are so many distractions and interruptions I just can't concentrate.

aaaargggh. it's too much.

amazingmumof6 Sat 25-May-13 11:31:30

today's plan - put all clothes away. About 8 baskets full.

clean windowsill in kitchen

find Thomas underpants for DS5 as just started toilet training.

general pottering about.

also it would be great to tidy kitchen worktop, very complicated issue as not enough cupboard space, so everything ends up scattered around.

MissPB Sat 25-May-13 13:09:20

lovely thread. Since Easter I have, cleared out a load of stuff from the garage (old baby toys, buggies etc) and donated two boxes of stuff to the charity shop.

gone through the children's clothes and given away a load of baby clothes - age 2 to friends.

this half term I plan to: go through my own clothes drawers to chuck out old /not word stuff.

amazingmumof6 Sat 25-May-13 16:12:44

hi MissPB - so glad someone else's posting after me, I hope OP comes back. It's nice to have company!smile

I'm chewing my way through our clothes, but I've done bits and bobs in between, like listing some stuff on Ebay and clearing out winter/ outgrown school uniforms.

I'm trying to stay away from the kitchen (new diet), but DH is putting up a new shelf and then I can reorganize undersink cupboard and general mess.

I've just figured out how to solve our problem storing lunchboxes - and had a brainwave to swap things round and store ALL my seed beads, embroidery & sewing machine related bits and bobs on shelf above piano (in dining room, where I do my sewing).

that will free some space in the living room to put all my craft related books together. yay!

and so it begins.

changed DS5's cot mattress cover, and planning my next moves.

mrspaddy Sat 25-May-13 17:38:31

Oh can I join..? I have finally gone through wardrobes and old suitcases of summer clothes - three bags to charity. Old towels too.

Gave my mum bangles, fashion jewellery, handbags, scarves, wine glasses and dishes I don't have room for. Bought underbed storage for all shoes (on wheels with lids - very handy) for occasional shoes.

Went to Lakeland and got shelves for kitchen cupboards - doubled the space.
I teach and recently bought A4 wallet type folders - 200 pages and photocopied my favourite worksheets and donated all my books to school (by subject/age). This was the hardest but have doubled shelving space and will now probably use the sheets!!! Still a bit more to do.

Also need to go through my CD collection - considering an IPOD but in the meantime bought an A4 holder and will get rid of all cases etc.
I start maternity leave shortly and will spend some of my time making photobooks.
We also bought a shed so a lot will be moving out there.
Have a lot of messy drawers and DH has a lot of paperwork to sort - I am working on him grin

floatyfloni Sat 25-May-13 18:54:52

May I join this thread? grin

Have been decluttering and organising the house this week. So much junk built up everywhere, it was getting impossible to keep the place tidy. Which is shameful really as I am at home all day, just one ds and lots of storage space.

So far I have-

Cleared out five bags of mine, my dp's and ds's clothes and shoes. Decent stuff taken to charity shop, the rest went in a rag recycling bank.

Sorted through paperwork and re-filed.

Cleared out airing cupboard and organised the stuff in it.

Ds bedroom looked lovely but masses of junk had been stuffed into his chest of drawers so sorted through all of that. Now have puzzles put back in the right boxes and toys back in the correct sets.

Sorted kitchen cupboards. Got rid of manky old pans so have more space for things that are actually used. Could do with a couple of little plastic boxes for storing spice jars and the like but for now a shoebox will do! Least they are not falling down behind the fridge now!

Have made several phonecalls that had been putting off for ages, and faced setting up re-payment plans for arrears. That is probably the biggest worry now tackled!

I have been on a laundry mission too. Hot washing all the towels and laundering cushion covers. Putting all spare bedding in the room its meant for. Sheets and duvet covers placed inside the matching pillow case so all ready to go when needed.

There are more great tips on another thread. I can't do links but hopefully someone more techy will come along and do so. Its called 'LITTLE things that help keep you organised.'

Fab ideas on there. So def have a look if not already done so.

Feeling really.positive right now. Amazing how little changes make all the difference!

amazingmumof6 Sat 25-May-13 19:43:59

hi MrsPaddy and Floaty!

you both have done loads!

when is BabyPaddy due? first child?

floatyfloni Sat 25-May-13 20:25:23

Thanks. It doesnt feel like loads when I look at what there is left to do!

But little by little smile

amazingmumof6 Sun 26-May-13 10:00:06

I didn't quite finishe all the tasks yesterday, but made good progress.
I'll list more on Ebay before lunch, then we are going out.

big plans for Monday.

laters!

I need a thread like this!

I was on a decluttering for Xmas thread that helped a lot but things have slid since. We currently have a decorator in redoing all the white gloss paint work (it all yellowed horribly within a year) so I need to and have great opportunity to get going again room by room. I still have a pike of stuff in the garage that was meant to go to the charity shop before Xmas!

So today I need to dust and vacuum the spare bedroom and airing cupboard and sort them both out. Need to make up bed in spare room too so we can move in there while main bedroom is being done. I also need to buy a new bed for the spare room as now the room has been decorated the old one looks really tatty. Also DH wants to tackle our overgrown and messy and mossy driveway. So will do the inside stuff this morning and outside this afternoon.

This evening I will sit down and make a list of jobs that need doing room by room.

SlatternismyMiddlename Sun 26-May-13 11:03:26

envy at all this decluttering.

Well done floaty on making those phone calls.

amazingmumof6 Mon 27-May-13 03:44:45

listed loads more on Ebay - zero insertion fees fest at the moment, ending at midnight today, in case anyone's interested.

all listed clothes are in one box, the ones to be listed in a second box. need to take pictures of all things in third box then can list them too (99p stuff)
feel much more organized already.

so list for tomorrow (well today!) :

- take photos of clothes for Ebay

- tidy desk in boxroom - this involves sorting my beads and bits that got tipped over and got mixed up. put away stuff until desk is empty enough to clean it with Pledge.

- hoover floor in boxroom (after picking up beads on the floor)

- fix some necklaces and a wristwatch

- change sheets and pillowcases in master bedroom.

- wash, dry and put away 2 or 3 loads of washing.

- scream at encourage kids with kind words until they finish holiday homework and do their piano practice

that's enough for one day.

BTW why am I still up?

- must have nap

SlatternismyMiddlename Mon 27-May-13 09:25:57

I too was wondering what you we doing up at that time smile.

I had a great days tidying on Saturday but didn't do anything yesterday. Now it's Monday and pouring down, not exactly motivating.

What were you doing up amazingmumof6?? Wow.

I have never sold anything on eBay. Seems like such a faff. Maybe I should try.

Well did the spare room and airing cupboard yesterday although didn't get to make up the bed. Also did the driveway. It was hard work. But looks a lot better. It's very long. Took 4 hours of DH and I working solidly with a bit if help from DS. I ached last night! Surprisingly ok today though.

Decorator is here so DH and I have emptied the main bedroom and walk in wardrobe. Spare room is now covered in stuff so I need to sort it before I can make up the bed. I will be getting rid of loads. Have lots I kept during cull last year that I still haven't worn so they will be going. Am also now a size 18 from a 22-24 so anything that is too big will be going. Lots of books to go too.

Thinking of doing a car boot sale next week. Have never done one before.

amazingmumof6 Mon 27-May-13 12:48:25

sometimes I just can't sleep.
I'm so used to being woken up by kids or having to stay up, that if I worry about something or trying to figure things out I go into overdrive.
like my brain can stop me from feeling tired, f needed.

I probably sound bonkers..wink

anyway, I've just got up, and now trying to get baby to sleep.
then I can get on.

will reort back later, have a great day!

amazingmumof6 Mon 27-May-13 12:54:33

slattern think of it this way - you might as well tidy today, BECAUSE there's little else you can do.
sounds like a great opportunity to get ahead.
making the most of an otherwise dull day.

then the next time it's nice weather you can treat yourself to a day out because you've earned it!

does that help? smile

mrspaddy Mon 27-May-13 15:44:26

Hi amazing.. yes first baby grin.. very excited. Trying to be sensible about what we are buying- like a good quality chest of drawers that will last instead of cheaper changing unit (will just get a good mat with sides).

I have lots of wicker baskets and bought a label maker too - I would recommend a label maker to everyone. Addictive!!

Love the idea about the shelving for the inside of the airing cupboard. I need a few things like that done. Also want to get a retractable washing line for the bathroom that still looks nice. There is great heat upstairs and at least I can close the door of the bathroom. At the moment I use the tumble drier far too much.

Well done to you all on the weight loss - great feeling I am sure and a good chance to get rid of the old clothes too

amazingmumof6 Mon 27-May-13 16:37:52

ahh, first baby, so cute!

my eldest is almost 12, I hardly remember what life was like before children! grin

I'm very slow today, again - grrrr

done all photos, but now baby's up I'll just be pottering around.

DH fixed broken patio slabs and will hopefully put up new shelf in kitchen tonight, so I can start reorganizing kitchen tomorrow.

I think that's what I'll do, focus on an area for a week or so.
other jobs will follow and inevitably occur, but I think for me it is easier just to concentrate and sort stuff in one room.

right, let's sort some toys

amazingmumof6 Tue 28-May-13 20:42:01

Kitchen shelf is fantastic!
I managed to clear half of the worktop and all around the sink. it's all tidy an clean.
a friend popped in and was amazed she could see the sink for the first time ever as it wasn't covered in stuff!
( she's known me for 4 years!grin grin )

I sorted toys in DS5's bedroom yesterday and threw away a big box of broken toys and puzzle pieces. score!

kids will be at grandma's tomorrow so I will probably have a sewing day just mending and altering clothes.
then I can use/sell/give them away, thus getting rid of another basketful of mess!

2kidsintow Sat 01-Jun-13 19:42:47

Hi all. OP here. Thanks to amazing for resurrecting this thread (and letting me know) - can't believe you've all been so busy.

I've been away for the week in North Devon having a lovely family holiday. The apartment we stayed in was super, but it brings it back home to me how much I still need to do.

Top of today's list is the loads (and loads) of laundry that we've brought back. The kids (2 DDs, 12 and 8) managed to wear everything they packed and most of what we brought back seems to be damp from trips to the harbour/beach/pool.

I've also had to email the council as they neglected to collect my black bin last week. So instead of only one week of rubbish to go in before collection - plenty of room from sorting out I thought - there's now no room for anything and they aren't collecting again til next Mon. I feel a trip to the tip coming on.

A couple of weeks ago I tackled the kitchen and redecorated it. Fitted an new light (well, got halfway through and then couldn't do it and had to be bailed out by my DH), then sugar soaped - urgh - the ceiling. 2 coats of white on the ceiling and a dark raspberry on the walls. I still need to gloss, but I'm back at work on Monday (teacher) so I think it might have to wait til next weekend. My arms are very tired from driving for 7 hours to get us home.

2kidsintow Sat 01-Jun-13 19:48:04

Tomorrow's jobs - drying and putting away all the clothes, making sure uniform is ready for the kids etc.

Visit to parents to offload clotted cream fudge and biscuits bought as souvenirs.

General hoovering etc. Kitchen quite clear and clean from being decorated before we went away.

Whole house needs a vacuuming from top to bottom.

As a teacher, I look forward to the hols to tackle the build up of mess that seems to happen in busy term times (especially with report writing at the moment - maybe cleaning will be my avoidance technique this year.)

This year (in 7 weeks) I will be repainting the hall/stairs/landing. And if I can face it, clearing out and recarpeting that area too as the current carpet has been down since at least 1995. It's a fetching duck egg blue with pink roses on it. It is very forgiving for mess, but is getting a bit worn.

2kidsintow Sun 02-Jun-13 22:56:50

Ok - did the washing and drying, but they aren't put away.
Visited parents.
DH did hoovering while I had a lie in. grin

I had to do a mega-shop to restock the cupboards after being away.

Have ordered some new drawer-knobs as I'm fed up of the ones I have coming off in my hand when I open my drawers.
When they come I shall consider painting the drawers too.

I also need to crack on with my diet so I can throw away my older and more worn clothes - although they are the only ones that fit at the moment!

amazingmumof6 Mon 03-Jun-13 00:37:46

hey, you're back!wink

my arrived yesterday to stay for 3 weeks to help out as DH is having surgery on the 5th.

I have no extra plans this week because of him, but will make a list of things that would be nice to get done while help is 24/7!

keep posting, you inspire me!smile

2kidsintow Mon 03-Jun-13 19:04:02

I couldn't resist the invite. grin

I have to say that it's report-writing time here now, so any house work or organising above the bare minimum that gets done in the next 2 weeks will be purely a way of avoiding the reports!

I have a light fitting that arrived that I forgot I ordered, to replace the one with a broken hinge above my side of the bed. After the debacle with the light fitting in the kitchen, I may avoid doing that one for a bit though.

And I did have to buy slats recently to repair where DH managed to snap one when he attempted to move the bed by just pulling on the headboard alone. We've been without a headboard for a couple of months while I waited for him to 'get round to doing it soon' before I gave in, ordered the bits myself from amazon and spent 2 mins screwing the new slats on and the board back in place.

More of a repair and DIY month than a reorganising though.

amazingmumof6 Tue 04-Jun-13 13:15:20

am sewing beanbags for a friend, promised weeks ago, when done that's another load off my mind.

not much going on. I have a bad cold and DH has op tomorrow, so housework is not important this week.

2kidsintow Sat 08-Jun-13 00:01:22

How's the DH after the op? Are you feeling any better yourself?

No housework here this week as reports being written. Done and dusted now.

DD has had new summer clothing bought - she's gone from a child's size 11-12 to an adult's size 8. They suit her much better, but sniff she's growing up too quickly!

Both DDs have limited storage for clothes so tomorrow's plan may be to go through it all and get rid of things that don't really fit.

I've replaced the knobs on my drawers in the bedroom (that sentences sounds soooo wrong!) as I was sick of them falling off in my hand when I opened the drawers. It looks much nicer now.

I'm back on the diet and I think I'm going to have to use cleaning as a distraction when I want to eat something - that should sort 2 problems in one. The house will get cleaner and I won't eat as much or sit still as much.

I'm also probably doing a skip run with rubbish from the garden (last year's paddling pool included as I've dug it out of storage and it's perished) and have collected some more rubbish to get rid of too. Oh, and there's a garden bench that is past it completely, so that can go too.

If I can be bothered, that is!

amazingmumof6 Sat 08-Jun-13 00:28:33

oh, thanks, he's on the mend. Op went well, beyond expectations really, so very pleased for him!

today I just could not be arsed to do anything. at all.

did the "triangle" - washing machine, tumble dryer & dishwasher on.

cooked dinner. that's it.

I'm addicted to MN at the moment. maybe if I started decluttering by throwing away any means of getting on the internet I'd actually get some things done!grin

tomorrow I want to do a lot of sleeping.

Sunday will be running around a lot - my DS1 is a choir boy at a Chapel Royal, which is a huge commitment.
besides us actually going to church for 8.30 service, he sings at 2 services/Sunday, with an hour+ practice beforehand.
it's a lot of driving back and forth. luckily we live close, but I can't have afternoon naps anymore on Sundays.

I found an interesting organizing routine on another thread - I can PM you the details if you want (don't want to link it, feels unfair on you somehow!)

My mum is staying for 2 more weeks and I really want to make he most of it as she can look after little ones, so I can get on.

I'll do the first bit of decluttering tomorrow, but rest is paramount.

I'll be back Monday latest. well done on your progress, smile and sad @ DD1 growing up! ah!

2kidsintow Sat 08-Jun-13 19:34:48

The weather was glorious today, so I got lots of laundry washed and dried quite quickly.

I dismanted the kids old plastic climbing frame/slide etc that they are no linger interested. 2 trips to the tip with that, the old seesaw, sand/water table and some other assorted rubbish.

Then I vacuumed and jet washed the car.

Then we had a BBQ. smile

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