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dlr: I'm still waiting for the final 'verdict' on the walk-through. I did stop by the leasing office yesterday and the big take away was they're still breathing down my neck, although they're backing off a little bit. They did see improvements (no kidding!!) but they're still giving me grief because the bathtub and kitchen floor weren't pristine. Not sure if they have any other issues, beside possibly dusting.

I ordered some cleaning supplies (refills for the Swiffer mop and duster and a few other things), which will save me a trip to the local Target. Just need to make sure the boxes go out, instead of piling up. Really don't need to start cluttering things, after all the hard work I've done so far.
 

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Hooray Ren! I am so impressed with all the work you have been putting in, it is inspiring!!!

Meanwhile, I am still trying to dig out here, with the in-laws potentially coming to town in less than a month!!! H is still in the last few weeks of his semester and using that as the excuse-du-jour why he can't do much of anything... DD18 is feeling better lately, but still has to be CONSTANTLY redirected to get anything done, and DD14 is smart enough to look around and say "why should I, if they aren't????" It is maddening...

BUT... I got three big boxes of mostly clothes donated to the Quaker charity sale earlier this week, and when I went today I only bought about one shopping-bag worth, so I call that a win... Since this is their first sale since COVID, it was smaller than in the past, and it was weird seeing so much of my own stuff there... the funniest part was when I saw a BEAUTIFUL purse, then realized I had donated it!!! 🤣

I still have a lot more clothes to go through, but I need to get a few more boxes to put things in first, then the next batch can go to Goodwill.
 

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Zhoen: great work in getting the boxes out for the charity sale. I donated some hats and scarves to the FM charity yesterday. I was thinking of donating an afgan I made for my Dad since he died back in December but I ended up sending it to one of my sisters. TBH, I should have gotten that out to her a couple months ago.

I just hope the cleaner I'm having delivered will help with the tub. It's frustrating to keep scrubbing at stuff and not really see any improvement. If nothing else, I hope it bleaches stuff enough to be less noticeable. I'm still finding things to get rid of and out of the house.
 

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lol Zhoen that happens! told my mom about my donation and said don't buy it back. She buys books to read there and donates them back. Frustrating w family .they are quite happy to have you do it. well if the inlaws say anything you can say well great glad you want to help!

Ren hope the cleaner works though really if the tub is stained is more their problem. since we got the new tub which was acrylic not the old enamel one..doesn't get as clean as the enamel one. and doesn't clean as easy.
almost have 2 full bags of yarn and looms to donate. more things in the thrift store box.
 

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SD: so true :lol: Especially since the car's been needing a purge for quite some time as well. Thankfully, I can just pull the car up close to the recycling/garbage area and don't have to put in as many steps.
 

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I'll start shampooing carpets here, one room every couple of days, weather permitting. That should freshen things up.
Hubby changed old kitchen under-cabinet fluorescent lights to new LED ones. He needs to haul all the old fixtures and tubes to recycling.
 

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The cleaning stuff I ordered all came in separate boxes for each individual product. Sigh. Fortunately, I was able to nest all but one of them so I got most of the boxes out to the recycling this morning as I headed out for work. I can get the last one out either this evening or tomorrow morning.

Sigh. I do need to clean out the fridge and wipe it down. Plus do more in the closet. On one hand, it's kinda annoying since it makes me restless and I can't settle in for the evening. On the other, I want to make it a habit of keeping the apartment clean (and not just because of the leasing office breathing down my neck). I was getting annoyed with the way it was before. This was just the tipping point I needed to purge the place.

I just need to find a way to watch my shows without resorting to buying more DVDs, both because they're likely on their way out and because I really don't want a large pile of them scattered around the house. Thankfully, I've been buying the digital albums from my favorite artists more often recently.
 

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Would streaming services work for you? We just bought a Fire TV for the bedroom (I caved) and it offers a large variety of the new networks. Some are pay or PPV, but there are free channels and shows, too. We just got it a couple days ago so I'm still learning about what all is available free. The TV wasn't very expensive, around $100 on sale at Best Buy. I think it's 32". You would need internet, of course.
 

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SD: I'm thinking of streaming services but I'm not sure which ones I want just yet. Most likely PBS or Acorn, rather than something like Netflix. Maybe Amazon Prime, although I'm not sure. We'll see. I just need to find the shows I want to watch and then where to watch them.

I do have the internet so that's not an issue.
 

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The nice thing with streaming is a lot of them offer short contracts, you can get a different one every month. Watch all the shows you want, then switch to a different service, that's what most of our friends do.
 
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Great idea, CH. I will mention that to Husby.

Ren, can't you get PBS over the airwaves?

I'm talking to Husby because I'm not sure what we get with Fire. I think I get it now though. Fire is an Amazon Prime product that comes with your Prime membership if you have it. There's a ton of stuff you can get on Prime. Prime is currently $125/yr but he said it's going up to $140. Gotta pay for those space trips, y'know. That's still not very much per month. Anyway, Husby doesn't think you have to have Prime to view all the other streaming services the TV offers. I find this all confusing because there are pay services like Netflix on that TV, and we also have both Prime and Dish Anywhere that we pay for with Prime membership and regular Dish, respectively, plus the free services also require payment for some shows. A person at Best Buy could probably give you better info, or look up Fire TVs for more info.
 

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SD: Thanks for the tip about talking to someone at Best Buy. Great idea!!

I don't have TV. Well, while I do have a TV, it's basically broken and I never bothered to move it out of the apartment due to the weight. (It's ~20+ years old, large screen TV someone gave to me when they got a new TV at the time.) Even if it did work, I'd need to get cable to be able to watch anything anyway. So, streaming would be the better option either way, as I usually watch shows (via DVD) on my desktop computer to begin with. That was one of the reasons why I got a desktop computers in the first place, in addition to a place to keep my music (downloads, etc.). Writing is another reason. The computer is multi-purpose where the TV isn't (and should really go at this point).
 

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The Fire TV is a device that allows you access to various services like Amazon and Netflix, but you may have to pay fees for some channels. (It's like a cable box) If you have a Prime membership you should be able to watch all their content free via the device. You pay for whatever streaming services you want, in that regard it is more like pay-per-view (you choose the channels you want) than a bundled cable tv package (you take what they give you). Apple TV and Roku do the same thing.

We have Curiosity Stream, it's $20 a year. All kinds of science and history documentaries from around the world. And you can watch that on your computer.
 
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Still getting a few bits and pieces out the door. Got rid of an old plant that died off some time ago. I'm sad about that one since I had it for a long time and kept it going for years. Then again, I hadn't watered it in some time.

Slowly working through some books that I didn't get to in the major portion of the purge. These were on shelves so there wasn't much urgency to getting them out the door. I'll probably just leave them in the recycling area, although I could drop them off at the free library near the community garden sometime on a weekend.

Next big decluttering project is my car. I may do it over Memorial Day weekend since I have few days off. Thankfully I can just park by the trash/recycling area and save myself a lot of steps. Definitely feeling a lot better, getting rid of stuff.
 

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Ordered a boot rack for the garage (mostly covered by a gift card). Can get rid of the big cardboard box that holds the outdoor shoes now. Hubby may get rid of a few pairs once he sees them all sitting out. Coat closet really needs organizing. I don't want to get rid of anything but there are spare and backup items (hats gloves scarves) that should be stored more neatly and maybe elsewhere since not in regular use.
 
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