Closet Clean-up

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I’ve been thinking of cleaning up my closest for the longest time but have always been too lazy to do so.  I’ve been a full-time stay at home mom since February but I still keep all my “working clothes” in the closet.  I finally decided to de-clutter my closet last Friday.

I pretty much survive on a daily uniform of shorts, t-shirts and slippers.  I wear jeans and a t-shirt when I go out.  I really have no need for long-sleeved shirts and dresses and blouses.  I figured since I mostly wear the same things over and over again anyway, I’ll also reduce the number of shirts that I’ll keep.

After emptying out my clothes on the bed, I realized I had so much underwear that’s no longer wearable that I still keep.  I don’t know why I did that.  I also had scarves which I never use and bags stuffed in bags which I don’t use either.

In the end, I decided to store my “working clothes” in case I’ll ever go back to working in a school or office again.  I also kept my dresses just in case I need to wear them.  I’m not really a dress person and I’d hate to buy a dress just to be worn once.

I did keep a couple of nice shirts in the closet.  I also limited the shirts that I’ve kept.  I just chose the ones I really liked and that I wear more often.  It shouldn’t matter if I wear the same shirt to two different occasions with the same set of people, right?

So, here’s my closet now and I’m loving all that space. 🙂

Kudos Basureros!

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Last March, I wrote about the garbage segregation project supposedly being implemented.  They’ve threatened not to pick up the garbage that’s not segregated but I’ve never seen it happen.

Well, they made some changes this month.

About two weeks ago, I was surprised when the garbage truck came by on a Tuesday.  Their schedule for pick-up was Wednesdays and Saturdays and we have not been informed of any changes.  We asked the collectors and they said that the schedule has been changed to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  They said that Tuesdays and Saturdays were for biodegradable waste and the non-biodegradable waste will be collected on Thursdays.  I was happy about this news as it would really force people to segregate and just bring out the appropriate trash.

My hopes then were dashed as I still see all sorts of trash taken out during garbage day.  I walk everyday after bringing Yumi to school so I can see (and smell) the garbage along the streets during garbage day.

Last week, some people from the baranggay came around informing us of a meeting about garbage segregation to be held at the baranggay hall.  They then again reminded us to segregate and only bring out the correct type of garbage on the assigned day.

So yesterday was biodegradable day.  As always, I walked around and again saw all sorts of garbage, even among my neighbors.  Imagine my surprise when I heard the collectors talking to our neighbors and I saw them bringing back in their house boxes and other non-biodegradable trash.  They actually followed through!  This is amazing and the first time I’ve actually witnessed such a thing.

I admire the basureros as I know it’s difficult for them to talk to people and actually implement the rules.  I know it’s such a small thing but it’s a start.  I guess there’s still hope for our country if this is done consistently, everywhere.  I just hope that this will be sustained and be the start of even bigger projects to solve our garbage crisis.

Keep up the good work!

The Writing on the Wall

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I think our bathroom wall is trying to tell me something:

And I think our bedroom ceiling is saying the same thing:

I wonder when they’ll get a reply?

Paper traffic


I feel very proud of myself today.  I spent the whole morning organizing my files.  Piles and piles of papers, envelopes and folders filled with receipts, payslips, contracts etc.  The result isn’t really obvious to anybody but myself since the files are kept upstairs and I’m the only one who deals with it.

I have actually organized our papers maybe a few years ago but I wasn’t really clear on how I should file everything.  And of course as new papers came in that had to be stored, I sometimes just put it in the most accessible folder or envelope so there were some very jumbled papers.  I’m still not sure and I even texted Jon and my sister repeatedly to ask for tips on organizing and what to keep and what to throw.  I have all these utility bills, payslips and receipts from years and years ago.  I found some report cards from STC, form 5s and classcards from UP, and school IDs. I even saw the contract for my first ever job 16 years ago.  And my monthly salary then was Php7500!  Amazing!  I ended up keeping that contract but I really don’t know if I should hold on to these.  How many years of paperwork should we keep?

I’ve been contemplating this project for months now but I always find excuses not to do it.  I finally decided to face the task today and didn’t stop until I was finished.  What’s great about the project was that I ran across old photos and letters.  I took some time to browse and see how I’ve changed throughout the years.  It’s also nice to see pictures of old friends and colleagues who I haven’t seen in ages.

I think I still don’t have the ideal set-up for a proper filing system.  Mostly my problem is storage.  I don’t have a drawer to put all the files together.  I just have a couple of boxes.  And while I got to fix it adequately, it’s not very convenient to file the papers as they come since I keep the boxes upstairs and I deal with paperwork downstairs.

So the plan is, have a temporary storage of papers downstairs where I put in the bills after they’ve been paid.  Then, every first of the month, I will file those papers in the boxes upstairs.  Since I’ll be doing it on a monthly basis, it shouldn’t be a daunting task and would probably just take me 5 min to do.

Here’s hoping I get to stick with the plan.  How do you manage your files at home?