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Goal in focus Declutter 141 people are doing this
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48 entries 59 cheers
18/02/2017
Every Week
  • spatz
    spatz Doing 16 cheers 2017-08-01 18:01:27

    Off to the donation pile - two winter tops I never wore in the last seven years, and one winter top that pills too bad and never looks right. Someone else might love them, so out they go.

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    • ExplorerSoul
      ExplorerSoul 2 cheers 2017-08-01 23:27:46

      @spatz Curious: do you have an end goal or a way to determine when your Declutter goal has been accomplished?

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-02 04:54:04

        @ExplorerSoul I've very got two goals mixed there: I'm still going through my list of things to declutter from Apartment Therapy's January Cure, and I'm doing a rotation schedule of steady keep-it-up decluttering and clearing things up. The first looks all hopeful to be finished soon, but I'll keep the rest as an ongoing goal for some time.

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    • rosewilder
      rosewilder Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-09 13:57:41

      @spatz You can not imagine how much you inspire me with your progress! Thank you.

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-08-11 05:08:35

        @rosewilder Thank you so much. It's the slowest decluttering ever but I'm so glad to do it - and it really shows progress after some time!

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 8 cheers 2017-07-31 19:31:36

    Off to the donation collection - the first bag of things from the donation pile. A bit less cluttered already.
    And off into the garbage - a replacement part we have no use for, and a tube of curl cream that doesn't work on wavy hair. Oh well.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 9 cheers 2017-07-24 19:11:39

    Off to the donation pile - a green evening top that's never been worn. I don't like the color and the cut. Plus, to the garbage, a powder eyeliner that never worked for me. Bye.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 7 cheers 2017-07-23 17:08:55

    Off to the garbage - a wrist rest I had bought off Etsy quite some years ago. It's filled with a mixture of rice and lavender and started to dissolve lately.
    Plus, as a bonus, a paper back I won't read again and that's still very nice off to the donation pile.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-21 17:30:33

    To the donation pile - a stack of six tops in mixed shape, from never worn to well loved, but all in a no-I-won't-wear-they-again style. Off they go.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 15 cheers 2017-08-05 05:17:31

    Got my hair cut again, at the same salon in the same style - except one inch longer this time. It's almost perfect :-)

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 7 cheers 2017-07-23 17:11:53

    Changed a few things out - I had set out to use up a few sub-par things while saving the already bought nicer variety for later.
    Time to ditch the sub-par variety and use the new things. Much better!
    Plus, I ordered a few replacement parts for a few household things instead of wrestling around broken things.
    Now off to schedule a hair cut and I'm good for the week ;-)

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 15 cheers 2017-05-19 19:16:05

    I tried to grow my hair out a bit. It was just over shoulder length and looked terrible.

    Made an appointment at a new stylist and now it's over 2 inches shorter again. Short neck, longer in the front.

    I'm not doing to great at the growing out it seems, but I like the new style :-)

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi 2 cheers 2017-05-19 22:11:15

      @spatz that's funny i'm the opposite i HAVE to have long hair or else i can't stand to look at myself!

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-21 05:13:22

        @ahorrasi I had hair down over the shoulders for most of my life, too - but lately it's just getting on my nerves. Do you enjoy your long hair?

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        • ahorrasi
          ahorrasi 0 cheers 2017-05-24 07:44:57

          @spatz definitely much better than i would short! The only time it's ever a real prblem is when i lapse on grooming (frighteningly often for a woman my age) and thenit gets matted - I would consider going the dreds route before cutting it, though, that's for sure!

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          • spatz
            spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-25 07:27:23

            @ahorrasi An acquaintance that had dreads claimed they were even more maintenance than "normal" hair. Ouch. I've had matting, too, it's just my babyfine hair. Putting it up or back helped 🤔

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 10 cheers 2017-03-24 20:17:10

    There was some doinkery around today and I admit I let it get to me and became mad. I said a some unkind things.
    That's not exactly where I want to be. Somehow, it's still getting to me.
    I'll have to think about a new plan to shrugs those things off.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 9 cheers 2017-03-21 19:49:22

    Another checkup at the dentist and nothing bad showed up. Teeth are clean and the wisdom tooth doesn't look too bad.
    Next checkup - 6 month to go.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 15 cheers 2017-07-14 19:43:09

    A 28 day streak of stretching me feet and the inflammation has almost gone done. Metatarsals are feeling much better, an the tendons sloooowly lengthen and relax.
    I'll keep that up for sure.

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    • aloha50
      aloha50 Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-23 21:23:48

      @spatz I broke my foot a few years ago (3 metatarsal bones). Other than having to wear a boot for a couple of months, it was recommended that I wear a shoe that has a hard sole. I chose to wear Tiva's. Something about those hard soles really helped stretch whatever was hurting. I remember telling people it felt like my foot wasn't a part of me, but like healed broken pieces. I still wear my Tiva's to go for walks that are under 3 miles.

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-06 06:42:44

        @aloha50 That's interesting - I suspected my choice of shoes had something to do with it. Strangely, I've felt better in soft shoes. I wonder if that's a good choice...

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        • aloha50
          aloha50 Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-06 19:45:10

          @spatz the Tivas are like slippers with two straps across the top and one at the back of my foot for support (not very attractive). It's the sole of the shoe that is nice and firm that really helped me. I have another pair that has a lot of straps at the top of the shoe, but I don't think they would be as comfortable for long walks. That is what helped me with the Tivas, I was able to take long walks and felt like it really strengthened my foot.

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          • spatz
            spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-07 19:58:52

            @aloha50 I've never seen them around here. Will have to look for something similar around, hopefully. They sound really helpful.

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            • aloha50
              aloha50 Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-08 22:29:23

              @spatz I walked 4 miles in them last night. It was not supposed to be that long of a walk, but we walked with friends. I am attaching a photo of one. It's the sole I want you to look at that is very solid. With your cooler weather, it may not work for you.

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              • spatz
                spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-09 06:17:21

                @aloha50 You're right, that won't work in the fall weather we have already. It's getting cooler every day. I'll have to look for something similar in a closed version.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 13 cheers 2017-04-23 09:45:24

    Somehow, I lost another kg over Easter. Admittedly, I still have most of the candy around - but the loss is a bit unexpected.
    Well, the journey continues, it seems.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 16 cheers 2017-02-23 06:15:26

    Another milestone covered on the way to feeling better - I'm down another kg. Not dieting, still. It's been a journey of more than a year now and so far, it works well.
    Let's see where the journey takes me.

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Breathe 1 person is doing this
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10/04/2017
Every Day
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18/02/2017
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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 4 cheers 2017-09-21 05:24:05

    Loan Nr 92 to Biolite, Uganda

    This month's loan goes to

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1377259

    A loan of $50,000 helps to provide clean cookstoves that charge phones for low income families in Uganda.

    Biolite's story
    Problem

    Nearly half the world's population still cooks on open smoky fires, causing over four million respiratory-related deaths annually—more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. They also emit more black carbon, the second-greatest contributor to climate change, than all of the world's cars and trucks.

    Solution

    BioLite designs and manufactures personal-scale energy appliances that enable users to cook, charge, and light their lives off the grid. BioLite believes in a market-based business model that leverages the revenue generated from their outdoor recreation product line to support their emerging markets initiative where BioLite partners with 3rd party credit-enabled distributors. These partners provide consumer finance to sell products to off-grid, low-income customers within their channels. BioLite supports distribution partners by providing product demonstrations, customer training, and after-sales service.

    To date, BioLite has retailed 20,000 HomeStoves and 5,000 SolarHome 620 units, providing life-changing clean energy access to 125,000 people.

    Loan Use

    This loan will enable BioLite to bridge the gap in cash-flows that exists between manufacturing their products and delivering them to off-grid, low-income customers.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-20 08:10:33

    Loan 91 - Minie from Liberia

    This months loan goes to

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1350697

    A loan of $350 helps to buy more ingredients that will be used to prepare cooked food to sell.

    Minie's story
    Meet Minie. She is 45 years old and married, with four children. Minie has two children who are presently in school while living at home. She never had the opportunity to attend school. She runs a business where she prepares cooked food to sell. She has been involved in this business for six years and she described herself as a strong and hardworking business woman. Minie often spends nine hours per day, Monday through Saturday, at her business site. She began her business with her own savings and learned the trade by herself. She uses a car to transport supplies to her business site. She has had no problem with her business. To increase business, Minie had asked for a loan through Kiva's field partner BRAC Liberia to buy more ingredients that will be used to prepare cooked food to sell. She likes her business because sales are fast. She feels proud of her business because it is profitable. Minie dreams of building a shop and educating her children in the future. She wishes to say thanks.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-24 19:15:43

    Loan 90 - Pualhaj Las Gradas Group from Guatemala

    This months loan goes to

    https://www.kiva.org/lend/1337837

    A loan of $3,025 helps a member to purchase and sell traditional clothing such as: güipils, sashes, and hand-woven cloth.

    Pualhaj Las Gradas Group's story
    María is a great woman with great aspirations for her life. She says that her traditional-clothing business went very well for her. This was possible because of the help from the loan, which contributed to the improvement of her income.

    María now is looking for a new loan which she will invest in the purchase of more traditional clothing merchandise to continue growing the traditional clothing business, such as: güipils, sashes, and hand-woven cloth.

    Her greatest desire is to have a chain of traditional-clothing stores.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-25 06:58:43

    Loan 89 - Paul from Zambia

    This months loan goes to

    https://www.kiva.org/lend/1320663

    A loan of $1,900 helps to obtain a solar water pump to help irrigate his crops.

    Paul is a 62-year-old small-scale farmer based in the Chisamba District of Zambia’s Central Province. Paul has lived in Chisamba for over twenty-nine years with his wife and three children and has been farming for twenty-four years. Paul is asking for a loan so that he can obtain a solar water pump to help irrigate his crops.

    Paul grows a variety of crops on his farm including soya beans, maize, tomatoes, and onions. Due to the high cost of irrigation equipment, Paul has had to rely on the rain or manually draw water from a shallow well on his farm using buckets. After harvest Paul takes his crops to markets in Lusaka, a few hours drive from Chisamba, where they fetch a more favourable price than at markets around his farm's area. A solar water pump would greatly reduce the labour required and increase the efficiency of the irrigation during the dry season.

    Rent-to-Own is interested in testing out new irrigation technologies that are not widely available in the Zambian market, such as the solar water pump. With the cost of solar power dropping each year in conjunction with the rising costs of fuel in the region, solar technologies are becoming a more viable option. Rent-to-Own will deliver the solar water pump directly to Paul's farm and will provide Paul with training on how to use and maintain the pump properly.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-23 18:43:43

    Loan Nr 88 Grupo Las Hermanas Panquiney Group from Guatemala

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1300336

    Marta is a woman who works very hard to get ahead with her family. She says she is very happy for the advances she has made with her previous loan, which allowed her to improve her living conditions and to better serve her clients.
    With the goal of continuing to prosper with her business, she is now requesting a new loan to invest in the purchase of more merchandise for her business where she sells traditional clothing. She sells products such as güipiles, corsets, and skirts.
    Her greatest desire is to improve her family's living conditions.

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14/06/2017
  • spatz
    spatz Doing 7 cheers 2017-07-21 17:34:15

    So far, I've weeded out my digital photos up to 2008. the plan is to get up to 2014 and then put them all in their folders and collections. So far, so good.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 8 cheers 2017-07-06 08:25:09
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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 9 cheers 2017-06-14 05:30:52

    While most of my photos are stored on Flickr, it's a huge mess. I'll have to sort through the last three years photos and cull and make folders. Plus, there's the old photos that need to be scanned and stored. And then there's a backup copy to be made.

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    • cia007
      cia007 4 cheers 2017-06-14 13:20:44

      @spatz I can fully relate to this challenge- I wish you persistence and success with this goal, and I hope you can create something meaningful from it!! I've been tempted myself to just order a bunch of those online photo books and have them printed....will maybe do that for my Italy trip.....

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-14 19:32:40

        @cia007 Thank you! I hope it will work out. And I hope your Italy trip book comes out great! I've ordered a few of those online books for travels and they were very nice.

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi 1 cheers 2017-06-14 15:56:20

      @spatz this is a constant challnge, all right, amazing how files duplicate, too

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30/06/2017
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Get a hobby 11 people are doing this
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12/03/2017
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14/08/2017
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