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July 2013 Goals

Shame on me.  In case you guys didn’t notice, I didn’t have the heart to make up a set of goals for last month.  For some reason the month of June was a pretty depressing month.  I’m not sure why, perhaps it was the fact that I had to file for an unemployment extension, which was a big smack in the face to me on how I still hadn’t found a job.  Perhaps it was not getting any callbacks whatsoever from the schools to which I applied so there goes one full year after college of not finding a teaching job. Meh.

The month of June was either sunny, or downright dismal with rain.  And on the sunny days, it was blistering hot and more humid than anyone can stand.  My poor pups could only be about for five minutes or less without looking like they were about to suffer from heatstroke.  I wanted to go biking, or running… anything to get more active, but the heat or the rain kept me away.  More like my depressed state in the month of June, but golly.. I hadn’t figured that June could come with some pretty heavy blues.

July is a new month however, and I’m going to make it easy for me this month.  If I get through all of these goals, I’ll just continue working on the 101 things to do in 1001 days project.

Money Goals

  • Find a few ways for this Rainy Day blog to make some funds, however small it may be…
  • Find a new way of making money.
  • Take new commissions and finish in a timely manner.  3/5 Slots still open.  Comment or Message me for details!
  • Sell unneeded items on ebay and amazon to make extra $.
  • To make enough money this month to pay my car payment ($301).
  • To spend less than $150 on me.
  • To find a job.

Since this month consists of the 4th of July, and my mother’s birthday, it’s going to be a bit of a month.  SO, I’m upgrading the budget to $150 this month.

Rainy Day Goals

  • Convert my brother’s, my guy’s, and my own music to the existing external hard drive for easy access.
  • Organize my dvd/blu-ray collection.
  • Get rid of at LEAST 20 items this month, via selling, donation, or throw-away.
  • To continue organizing my room for optimal business format/personal use.
  • Use my organizer.

Because the graduation party is only in a month, I really have to step up my game on getting the house ready as well as my room.  There will be family staying over the night of the graduation and even the graduation party night, so my room will be associated as makeshift hotel room for that weekend and I’ll probably have a couch downstairs.  So, that means A LOT of cleaning and organizing in my future!  I have a feeling I need to make a pretty awesome playlist for motivation soon.

Personal Goals

  • Be consistent on MyFitnessPal
  • Start the BodyRock Beginner’s Challenge
  • Borrow my brother’s bike and use that to go around town once this month.
  • Participate in Move Your Ass Challenge
  • Blow my 50 mile goal for MYAC out of the water.
  • Lose 20 pounds.

Think I can do it?

Count those Raindrops!




Clutter-busting Saturday #2 – 14 Items!

Not bad for a simple days work.  The catalogs are being recycled, the pencils and pencil sharpener and being sent to my little brother along with the drawing pad that I found a week ago that would be perfect for his budding artist talents.  The calendar?  Well that was a choice I made after a lot of thinking and finally just shrugging it away simply with a “Well, I do have an organizer now…” type of thought.


Things are looking good!

Count those Raindrops!


May’s Clutter-busting Challenge = 440 TOTAL ITEMS!


Well, May has come and gone, and with it a lot of items have said goodbye and good riddance during said time.  To be more exact, I got rid of 440 total items during the month of May.  HOLY COW!  I didn’t even realize I was carrying some of that stuff honestly.  It was so nice to see that amount climb over the weeks as I was purging, cleaning, and organizing my little suite that I’ve put together upstairs.  I’m pretty happy with the way things are going so far; there is still a lot to do, but I’m up for the task.  Now that there is a lot less stuff to worry about, it looks easier as well.  And THAT, makes me even more happy.

440 items guys… That’s just… WOW.  I still can’t get over it.

As I know I still have things that I can get rid either by donating, selling, or trashing, I’m going to continue my clutter busting on Saturdays and will have updated posts for you there.  I probably won’t keep a tally of the totals, but the pictures will probably speak for themselves.  Right?


Count those Raindrops!



That’s right! 82 items today!  Too many to list, but  as you can see from the picture, it was definitely a variety of items today that is either being sold, donated, trashed, or recycled!  Four books, 2 styrofoam balls, at least two dozen foam discs that I have no idea where the gun is anymore and if I find it, it’s just going in the donation pile too (I’ve upgraded to true nerf guns 😉 ). I even have two digital video recording tapes that I had from a college Media course that I’ll never use again.  Meh.. why did I keep this stuff?


Huzzah for me, and my accomplishments on the clutter busting challenge!  I do believe that I knocked this one out of the park.  I’ll have a recap on it in a few days, but let’s just say I got rid of over 400 items this month.  THAT amazes and thrills me at the same time.

Count those Raindrops!


May’s Clutter-busting Challenge Day 30 = 22 ITEMS!

Day 30 ended up being a lot more organizing than decluttering for me.  Since I was doing more outside chores than inside, I didn’t have much time to spring forth for a lot of items to get out of my life.  Some of these things are being recycled, put into my shipping supplies (and obviously taking less space), or in case for one item, being given to my little brother.  But there’s 22 items there for one day, and I don’t see an end in sight at this moment as I still have yet to tackle that closet of mine and various other things.  I think I will be making Saturdays my clutter busting days for the ongoing future until I’m finally happy with where I am.  The fact that so many things are getting organized and put into their proper places is a huge accomplishment.  This challenge that Money Saving Mom put together really lit a fire under my butt in the motivation department, that’s for sure!  Also, big thanks to True Whit for talking about this challenge on her own blog and I ending up coming across her great writing as well as a great motivating challenge. There’s only today left in the challenge, and I think that I’m going to blow your mind on how clutter-busting happy I got today!


Items being put into the shipping supplies shelf:

  • 4 pieces of bubble wrap
  • 1 dry cleaning bag (the plastic is perfect for adding just a little extra cushion to some small items that sell

Item being donated:

  • 1 Small drawing pad that I never ended up using, this will go to my little brother to help cultivate his inner artist

Items being trashed/recycled:

  • 9 sheets of paper
  • 5 very old and outdated advils
  • 1 ripped piece of plastic
  • 1 piece of dead cardboard

Total = 22 items!

Count those Raindrops!


Lose the F.A.T. in Your Office!

I found this article incredibly motivating. I am most certainly someone who is guilty of this, as right now my desk area looks like a bomb went off with no warning. I’m hoping that my week long organization project helps in this so that not only are my future guests next weekend happy, but I’m happy too.

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Written by Anne Gideon, Professional Organizer

Tired of those piles of paper, missed appointments and lost documents?

Well, you need to ‘Just Get Organized’ once and for all.

When it comes to paper, the saying “Out of sight, out of mind” is the fear of some people.  The opposite is just as true “Insight, in mind”.  Clear the clutter and eliminate the distractions.  Working with a cluttered desk can lead to procrastination, important calls being missed, bills going unpaid, vital records misplaced and mostly, distract you from the things that matter most to you.  Some studies suggest that as much as 1½ hours per day can be wasted because of a messy desk – YIKES !!…………What would you rather do with that extra time?

Have items you use everyday within arms reach of your desk chair.  Less frequently used items or papers can be filed and stored away in file…

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May’s Clutter-busting Challenge Day 29 = 55 ITEMS!

know I’ve been basically blasting through this clutter-busting challenge nonstop this past week and haven’t really had any time to post about anything else, and I apologize for that.  We are almost done.  I promise.  I wanted to make sure I followed through on this challenge as the Move Your Ass Challenge had been abandoned early in the month as countdown to my best friends’ wedding and my brother’s graduation/party commenced.  Good grief have I been finding things in nooks and crannies lately, I’m telling you.  The last couple of days have been me going through my art supplies as you saw with the big Sculpey cleanse (by the way, if you’re interested in that, I’d go looking, I already have four watchers on that listing and it’s definitely priced to sell).  This time, I decided to purge some of my comic book pages that I had salvaged from dead comics that my oldest brother had when he was a teen.  I had dissected them, put them in comic book sleeves, and plastered them on my closet doors in my dorm to give it just a bit more nerdiness and color.  Sadly, I found out most of the women in my hall were most definitely NOT into what I was and instead spent my freshman year in college spending time with my best friend (also my roomie in that dinky room), along with my two besties from high school.

I went through them and found the ones that I could still find some artistic inspiration from, kept those for later filing into a binder, and here are the rest waiting to be trashed.  Oh, and a fortune cookie wrapper.  That’s 55 items right there folks.  They gave me good memories, and I wish I had a picture of the closet in all its glory, but sadly I believe it was lost.  It was truly epic and thrilled me every day when I woke up on the bottom bunk.


Count those Raindrops!