6 Home Organization Excuses

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Ester Benjamin Shifren

Subject: Clutter Stutter

OMG! This is so much my problem as well. Even the thought that my children may have to clear out stuff after the I've left this planet is not enough to get me to really deal with the masses of stuff that I collected over the years. The trouble is, I still wear my clothes after two years, or more, of not even looking at certain items. And they all still fit, so what do I do? I promise myself every day that I will begin slowly, one bite at a time, but by the second bite I usually stop for long enough to lose the enthusiasm! A lot of my stuff is technical stuff, old computers and hardware. I think many people have the same problem.

Lori D.

Subject: How do you get started???

I love this but where do you start? The clothes closet, the understairs throw all, the upstairs den that holds everything you're going to get to....HELP...

Atalanta

Subject: Flea Marketing

I've been going through boxes and boxed of STUFF, especially since I've gotten rid of my storage sheds (yes, that was plural). I've been filling my car with boxes and going to the flea market. I go through the boxes there and separate the contents into 3 groups: Trash/shred, sell, keep. I strive to make the keep pile as small as possible. Anything marked Sell that doesn't sell goes to Goodwill (I pass one on my way home so take it straight there). I get a little bit of a write-off and it is no longer my problem. Eventually I will only have keep boxes to go through and weed down.

Brenda Ishee

Subject: Home Organization

Excellent article. I needed this information to give me a boost to get started in my own home. Now I have the determination to get the job done.

Connie Bryan

Subject: Clutter

I have a 3 bedroom. Home & just me in it thing have gotten. Out of hand ! Things my husband & I hold dear . Now he's GONE his brother too he was not close to his 2children , not for lack of trying . The same goes for me and mine! We had 23 graet yrs. Together seen each other though the ups & downs with our kids from previous marriages! Now he & l feal becouse of there lack of careing &intrest thats the problem! No love & cruelty. They habe shown thrugh the years that now they don't deserve. Anything. !We both have some very nive things to share! But the house is full and i'd love to move stuff out and try to injoy what left of my life! I've. Told my children this And his kids just wanted our home for the money ! So here i sit!!

ann

Subject: don't let it get you down:)

Connie,
Just like to add that your situation is not at all unique. We all wish we had that happy devoted family, but not all of us get that. We all make mistakes along the way, sometimes the other party is not willing to meet halfway and that's on them. Goodwill or Salvation Army would love those items and don't rush to do it. After losing spouse sometimes it's helpful to declutter in stages: boxed in closet, boxed in basement, then garage then out over period of weeks/months. Best wishes!

Sheila Tolley

Subject: Clutter

Hi Connie....Just send an email to the people who should care, but don't.....and let them know when you will be delivering the items to Goodwill. If they care enough to go and get the items...good...if not...they had their last opportunity from you. Get the stuff and reminders out of your way and enjoy your own life.

Barry Werber

Subject: Beta Video Tape

Along with a lot of other things I wish to get rid of, I have over 300 used Beta tapes I hesitate to throw out, any suggestions??

Monsie Felicier

Subject: Get Organized and De-clutter

These articles and points on getting organized are so timely for me now. My husband and I work full-time and we are college students as well so de-cluttering our basement, my home office and finishing about three big projects have been put on hold for the past two years. However, I'm going to read some more of this good advise and maybe throw some stuff out and donate the rest after this semester is over. I feel like this was the "kick in the pants" I needed! Thank u!!

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.