The Super Fling Boogie continues! Again! (Again, again…)

Four weeks into the Flylady‘s Super Fling Boogie, and the clutter continues to leave the house – yay! 😀

In my last Super Fling Boogie post I was recycling, donating and giving things away – which is my usual way to get rid of clutter.  But last week I decided to try something different as I had a few special items that I thought I just might be able to sell.  (I’m a member of an international ladies club in Copenhagen, and get mails on a daily basis from people buying and selling kids toys etc.)

I prepared an e-mail with a list of what I was selling (electric coolbox, air purifier, box set of DVDs, books, etc) and grouped the items in a corner in the basement.  I made a strict deal with myself.  If they didn’t sell within two weeks, off to the charity shop they would go!  Cos the last thing I need to is have more junk hiding in a dark corner…

My e-mail went out on Thursday afternoon and by Saturday afternoon I had sold everything off the list apart from a few books…which gave a grand total of kr. 500! (£56 or $88) 😀

Would I do it again?  Well, to be honest, it’s not something I’d want to do on a regular basis.  Because there is, of course, the hassle of answering all the e-mails and arranging for the items to be collected.  Though I did send out a second e-mail with a few new ‘treasures’ that we’re ready to part with – like boardgames that we’ve never played and a Playstation 2, complete with games and controllers.  So, really, I’d only try and sell ‘large’ things.  The ordinary clutter will just go to the charity shop as before.

And what’s next for the proverbial chop, now that the major visible clutter in the house has been conquered?  My achilles heel…paper clutter!  Ha!  Stay tuned!

Have a marvelous Monday! 🙂

The Super Fling Boogie continues! Again! (Again!)

What a fantastic week!  Three cheers for the Flylady’s “Super Fling Boogie“!  Clutter is going out the door like there’s no tomorrow!  If you saw last Monday’s declutter post, you’ll see that I’ve been flinging like mad since the beginning of the year.  Here are a few of this week’s ‘highlights’…

See these 8 garden chairs and table?

They were in the garden when we bought our house over 10 years ago. Since then we’ve bought our own wooden garden furniture.  But we held on to this lot.  Just in case… ;D  Well, we never use them and no-one we know wanted them.  And they were too bulky for the charity shop.  So Thursday lunchtime I put them out on the pavement, ready for the recycling pickup early Friday morning.  Lo and behold, two hours later they were gone.  Hooray!  Just goes to show that one person’s junk is definitely somebody else’s treasure! 🙂

The kids also went through their English and Danish books and managed to donate a huge Ikea bag full of them to the After School Club.  And the family across the road who have small kids were very pleased to get this Ikea puppet theatre/shop/playhouse/let-your-imagination-run-riot thingymyjig 🙂

I’ve also been to the recycling centre.  Again.  Again.  With papers, bottles, electrical cords and old paint/oil/chemicals from the workshop in our basement.  Little by little, I can see that the laundry room and workshop (both former dungeons..) are beginning to look quite decent!  Ha!

So, all in all, a very productive week.  And I’m still ready for more… ;D

Hope you have a marvelous Monday – let’s keep flinging out there! 🙂

Menu plan – Thursday 19 January 2012

As you saw last week, I’m focusing 120% on the Flylady’s
Super Fling Boogie
 and am using up what’s in my
freezer/storecupboards 🙂

My grocery bill this week came to kr. 624 (about £70
or $108) – which is almost half of what is usually is – hooray!  🙂    I do my shopping on-line once a week and that includes everything we eat for breakfast and dinner, the kids
packed lunches for school, and things like wine/washing up liquid/’bog

So here – in Super Fling Boogie style – is what’s on the menu at Casa
Copenhagen this week:

*  Blender Quiche – the recipe is here (I just mix by hand in a bowl) – served with salad and pickled beetroot (I always have to have beetroot when I eat quiche)

I love quiche…hot or cold! 🙂

*  out to dinner at an Indian restaurant for DH’s birthday (yay, no cooking!)

*  ‘Breakfast for Dinner’ – always a huge hit with the kids – orange juice and hot tea, sausages, scrambled eggs and waffles or my Granny’s frugal pancakes ;D

Krebinetter (Danish pork patties) with baby potatoes and stuvede gulerødder (carrots cooked in a white sauce)

Krebinetter – a Danish classic!

*  Roast chicken with raw broccoli/bacon/nut salad and crashed potatoes (using the leftover baby potatoes)

* Wholemeal pitabread pockets with the leftover chicken, salad and veggie sticks

*  Leftover night = will dive into the fridge and root out some veggies/leftover meat and make them into a pasta or fried rice dish ;D

Bon appétit!

Hope you have a thoroughly thrilling Thursday! 🙂

The Super Fling Boogie continues! Again!

Decluttering is a work in progress.  I used to tend to do it in fits and starts. But, with the help ofthe Flylady, I’ve learned to keep at it.  Fling, fling, flung.  And if not every day, then at least every week. But when there’s a Super Fling Boogie (a sort of ‘get-rid-of-your-clutter-and-your-cares’ jamboree for flybabies around the world), I get into competitive mode, and fling like crazy! ;D

If you saw my very first post of 2012, you’ll know that I kick-started the new year with some purges in the basement.  Decluttering works best if you take one little area at a time, in order not to get overwhelmed.  So on Saturday morning I set my timer for 15 minutes and decided to concentrate on the toy shelves in the basement.

And after 20 minutes, plus another 5 mins checking with the kids, I had filled two large Ikea bags with jigsaw, games and toys (plus other bric-a-brac).  Here they are, ready for the charity shop! 🙂

And – well, you all know what’s coming here, don’t you? – we spent the rest of the weekend playing some of the games that we had forgotten all about… ;D

This morning, Monday, I drove straight to the charity shop to drop off the bags.  Plus two bags of junk to the recycling centre.  One of the hardest parts of decluttering for me is actually to get things out of the door.  I have to do it immediately.  If I don’t get it into the car, it will sit in the basement for weeks, eek! Anyway, my heart always beats a little faster when I drive to this particular charity shop – because the area is also home to Denmark’s (officially) sexiest man, the (international) actor Mads Mikkelsen.  And, as I’ve been lucky enough to see him – in the flesh – not once but twice (be still, my beating heart!), there’s always that chance that it might happen again! 😀  For those poor souls not lucky enough to live near Mads Mikkelsen, here’s a nice little advert he made for a holiday company.  Sales went up by 30% the week that this advert was shown.  Ha!  (Link to the video here, if you’re reading this post as an e-mail.)

[Swoon]  Enough daydreaming 🙂  I have to finish this post because there’s a courier coming to pick up an old (and very large) painting that we’re finally getting rid of giving to a friend.  Hooray!  More junk heading out of the door!

Oh, and last, but not least!  Don’t forget to post those purged pounds (1 kilo = 2.2 lbs) on the Flylady’s clutter meter which you can findright here.

Happy flinging and have a marvelous Monday! 🙂

Super Fling Boogie…in the dining room

The Super Fling Boogie continues!  And I continue to feel lighter with every 15 minute decluttering session.  So why, oh why, can’t I be consistent about it?!  Oh well, progress not perfection, right? 🙂

This week’s Flylady zone is the Front Porch/Entrance/Dining Room.

I set my timer for 15 minutes and started on our sideboard/china cabinet.  The ‘china’ part only needed straightening up.  Though to my credit I did manage to part with some cups and glasses that we never use.  I then attacked the ‘worst’ drawer – which is the one that contains candle holders…

I could have sworn I sorted this drawer out during the last Zone Super Fling Boogie?! ;D

Now – granted –  you may think that that’s an awful lot of candle holders to have…  But, hey, remember that I live in Denmark!  So we light candles morning, afternoon and night… 😀

Anyway, the timer was still ticking (8 minutes left) and I got stuck in.  Anything I hadn’t used since last year or didn’t love went straight into a giveaway box.  Lots of half-burnt candle bits went in the rubbish.  I gave the drawer a quick hoover and put everything back in.  The things I wasn’t sure about – not too many of those this time round – were put at the back of the drawer, along with a mental note to fling them next time round.

Still too much stuff…but getting there! 🙂

I was finished before the timer went off.  So I did the part which, for me, is always a bit of a stumbling block…  I actually took the giveaway box right out to the car.  Hooray!  And two hours later, it was out of my car (and out of my hair) and had found a new home at DD9’s After School Club (who always find a use for our ‘junk’).  Hooray again! ;D

The giveaway box

I ♥ decluttering!

Hope you have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Super Fling Boogie…in the garden

The Flylady’s “Super Fling Boogie” (a month long party to get rid of as much clutter from your home as you possibly can) continues and I wanted to make serious in-roads to some of the ‘clutter’ in our garden…  Apples!

As much as I love our two ancient apple trees, we always have a bountiful crop and there’s no way that we can use them all.  I freeze them, use them for cakes and desserts, grate them into bread dough and sauces.  And we’re always giving them away to friends and family.  But most of them usually end up here…in the garden refuse container.  And every fortnight we have three bins full! 🙁

This year I’m putting the windfall apples around our bushes and trees as a kind of compost.  It’ll give them lots of nourishment during the winter and – cross your fingers – maybe keep the weeds/grass at bay?

I also invited DD9’s class to come “på æblerov” (‘pinch’ or ‘steal’ our apples).  They were here this morning and we had great fun.  I shook the trees – while they stood well back to avoid being hit! – and it literally rained with apples.  They also climbed up the trees and used brooms, rakes flag poles to get them all down…

They filled up their wagon and hauled it back to school.  Where they were going to draw some of the apples as part of their Art Lesson. The rest of the crop will go to the After School Club for baking! 🙂

They’re going to weigh them back at school.

Don’t forget to post your own pounds on the Super Fling Boogie Meter! ;D

Hooray!  I get rid of my ‘clutter’ and everybody wins!  And we still have a few left on the trees.  For us.  For the birds.  And for our squirrels…

I’m off to make crockpot apple sauce.  Have a marvelous Monday! 🙂

The Super Fling Boogie continues!

I’ve just done another one of this week’s Super Fling Boogie missions – going through the CDs, DVDs, etc in the livingroom and letting that clutter go, go, go! 🙂

The kids DVDs have been relocated (back) to their bedrooms and I’ve managed to condense my DVDs – the ones I absolutely must hang on to – to this little lot…

And what a rag bag collection it is!  Three box sets: Marx Bros films, the complete series of Wonder Woman and Inspector Montalbano [swoon].  A very worn out copy of my most favourite film ever: Thoroughly Modern Millie [bien sûr].  And various comedies: Hot Fuzz, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Blades of Glory, Mickey Blue Eyes, Les Visiteurs etc, etc.  Because one of my fave ways to pamper on a cold autumn evening is to get my pjs on, light a few candles, pour a glass of wine and watch half an hour of something that puts a smile on my face.

And the box set of the Transporter?  Pure, gratuitious…Jason Statham! 😛

Have a wonderful Wednesday! 🙂

Autumn flinging cheer!

Just as I was beginning to despair about autumn (my least favourite season) being fully upon us, an e-mail arrived from the Flylady

Hooray – the Zone Super Fling Boogie starts today, Monday 19 September 2011!  Which means that we are decluttering the house (in babysteps, bien sûr, zone by zone) over the next few weeks in order to get ready for Christmas.  Christmas?  Yay!  My favourite time of the year.  Which, thanks to the Flylady, is not only my favourite time of the year but is now my favourite-time-of-the-year-and-I’m-not-even-stressed-about-the-whole-shebang.

Flylady timer at the ready – 7 minutes on the clock

So even though I was sick and poorly during the weekend, I awoke this morning with a song in my heart (and a cup of coffee in my hand), ready to start flinging.  (Though I didn’t allow myself to start until my Morning Routine was done, the laundry was done and I had taken out chops to defrost for tonight’s dinner.)

My bedside cabinet was mission number two…

yes, there are always magazines to throw out!

I managed all of this week’s five missions in the Master Bedroom within 30 minutes (you see, I am winning the war on clutter!).  And was feeling so good about the whole thing that I decided to dust the ceilings/top of the bedroom door (two minutes).  And then cleaned all the bedroom windows – inside and out – and the glass balcony door.  I didn’t procrastinate…I just grabbed the windex and my purple royal rag and was finished after two songs on the radio.  Only two songs and I was done!

And what will I concentrate on tomorrow?  Probably our guest bedroom.  Because we’re expecting a visit from family this week…the World Cycling Championships are taking place in Denmark and they just happen to be cycling through our street!  So keep your eyes out if you see the cycling on the telly.  Our house is the one with the shining windows… ;D

Happy Monday! 🙂