7.20.2017

How to Prepare for the Dump (in Port Angeles)

It's a dirty job, but someone has to write about the local dump. Read my Google write-up of Blue Mountain Transfer Station below to learn how real the struggle is; also included are helpful tips on how to organize and prepare for the dump when you take your garbage in yourself.

BLUE MOUNTAIN TRANSFER STATION
1 4 6 9 Blue Mountain Road
Port Angeles, WA 9 8 3 6 2
Phone: ( 3 6 0 ) 4 1 7 - 4 8 7 4
Hours: 9 - 5 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
clallam.net

Resourceful facility, attentive employees, clearly marked stations with free recycling for paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum, plus antifreeze and motor oil recycling; however, there are a few insights people may find helpful to know from a local. LOOK OUT: There is absolutely NO SIGNAGE when you turn right off Blue Mountain Road (from Hwy101 direction) indicating the facility is there, as of the time of this writing. It would be nice if the owners could rectify this for the sake of clearly identifying the location from both directions of Blue Mountain Road so that people looking for it can find it, and then they can make money from the people which is the point of being in business. I know folks who have driven miles past the facility never seeing any sign telling them it was there or that they even missed it! This is a terrible lack of service on the facility's part, but typical for this region overall. There is a small sign after you turn to get into the facility, but it is not in view from Blue Mountain Road. No signage might explain why I've seen bags of garbage along the side of Blue Mountain Road, from people who grew tired of looking so they tossed their garbage out the window. BEWARE: Plenty of people who use this facility have little respect for others who use it. People park in the way where signs tell them not to park causing back-ups, they don't make room for others or seem to understand others need access to the limited space too, they move slowly while a line forms and people wait for them, and they appear to have no intention to go quickly to facilitate the line moving; it's as if the world revolves around them. It's mind-boggling to sit in line watching grown adults dawdle who know better, yet they do nothing to do better. So go early to beat the entitled, the retired, the slow moving, and the poorly prepared.
ALSO BEWARE: Geriatric folks in their nineties; they may ask for help with their garbage. Personally, I see this as endangering themselves and others, not only by driving at their stage of frailty but by relying on strangers to lift their heavy property on the facility's grounds. In the litigious State of Washington, that's a major danger warning to me after working in their courts. GARBAGE ORGANIZING PRO TIPS: Break garbage down into small enough bags so that you, your parents, or your grandparents, can handle each bag yourself. That's what I do when I have no one else to rely on but me and it works every time. Grocery stores have tons of free plastic bags in the bag recycle bins; take some and use them for this. It also helps prevent all the little pieces of garbage/recycling from escaping and littering the facility grounds. Just because it's the dump doesn't mean people have to walk in the garbage; management does a good job of maintaining the bins and the grounds, it's the users who seem to have no regard, no pride, and no shame. GO PREPARED: Have a plan of attack when you go to make it more efficient. If you've never been, do research; call ahead to find out how it works, or make time to go and observe how it works before showing up unprepared with a load. (I hope this review helps with that!) PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND GET OUT OF THE WAY: Space is limited. This facility is not a play area or a place for hanging out and wasting space; people need the limited space to unload, park, walk, and leave so they can get on with their day. Happy dumping!




7.15.2017

How to Start Meal Planning with a Weekly Menu Schedule (FREE DOWNLOAD!)

I have started a weekly menu schedule for my household! 

I am not ashamed to say I can't keep it all in my head, and there is absolutely no reason for anyone to keep it all in their head when there are so many amazing tools to utilize that help make life easier to manage in the 21st Century! 

In a one-vehicle household and me at home all week miles from town, having meals and groceries planned out before we leave for the store on the one day we shop makes for more efficient shopping because it goes quicker. Less time in public is always a good thing!

Planning ahead also helps because it allows for household communication, so that we know what we want for the week before we are standing in the middle of the grocery store unsure of what is at home and what is still needed. I loathe assuming what another wants to eat, so I prefer to ask, discuss, and plan. Plus, that's my job as the home-managing homemaker now!  

Granted, we are just two adults and two cats with fairly uneventful lives, but if I need a schedule for just us...then what do people with kids and lives need? Most likely a schedule!

So, I found a free Word template and tonight I changed up the colors and fonts so that it looks like a form I would actually use. Maybe others would like to use it, too!

VIEW AND DOWNLOAD GOOGLE DOC HERE:
WEEKLY MENU SCHEDULE


The Google Doc is set to comment and the download feature is activated. If there are problems, please contact me to fix it!

If you would like a Word Doc template, email me with the subject 'Weekly Menu' and I will send it to you!

The Word Doc and Google Doc vary in font styles, but the layout and colors are the same. 

HAPPY PLANNING!

How To Start Meal Planning:
Write down what you eat, including dining and take-out, and keep track for a week on your weekly menu schedule. At the end of the week, look back and see what you ate. Make notes of what you want or don't want for the next week and plan your shopping list from there on your weekly menu schedule! (It's good to know when you plan on eating out so you can plan groceries accordingly.)

Always change fonts and colors, and anything else you can on documents, to inspire you to use them!


7.02.2017

15 Reasons to Get Rid of Stuff (When Preparing to Turn 40)

I have approximately ten months to prepare for my 40th birthday. I want forty to be something to look forward to, and why shouldn't it be? 

Forty is the beginning of a new decade! I haven't started a new decade in, like, ten years, so I'm due. The last few years of my thirties have just dragged on, dragging me and my hopes down with it. Something has got to give and I know what it is -- me! 

Therefore, my wish/goal ten months from now is to start the next forty years of life without so much dust-collecting, space-taking, anxiety-inducing, memory-saving, life-sucking stuff from the first forty years. It's time to really clean house.

No one can make this wish come true but me, so that's why it is a goal and not just a wish. It takes work and it is not easy work, as I have already started the process of parting with sentimental items that I just can't keep holding on to any longer.

Stuff is a bandage; it takes powerful force and determination to rip it away. It's a force not everyone can handle by themselves and I know why -- it hurts! 

Just like when a bandage is ripped from the flesh, sometimes taking skin and hair with it, stuff is no different; you feel part of you go with it as it gets ripped away. 

And when your stuff ends up in the garbage for the dump, it hurts to think part of you is going to the dump with your worthless stuff that you loved for so long. 

But, this is just stuff. STUFF! 

S-t-u-f-f; five letters, that's all. 

Stuff is inanimate; it doesn't bleed, it doesn't cry, it doesn't go to college, it doesn't have a career or start a family, it doesn't meow, it doesn't undergo surgery...but it takes hold of a person as if it were a life force that must be preserved forever and ever and ever. How is this not crazy, people? 

It is totally, 100%, completely crazy, but that's humans for you. If humans weren't crazy they wouldn't be humans. 

Craziness aside, it doesn't change the fact that getting rid of stuff is not easy for a lot of people, myself included; and yet, getting rid of stuff is something that absolutely must be done throughout one's life in order to not become buried in one's own stuff. 

So, since bandages have to be ripped away from time to time, I wanted to share my own reasons that I tell myself to help me stick to my guns when it comes to getting rid of stuff. 

These aren't in any particular order of importance; every item is different to part with and it's different for every person when they are in that moment; the most important thing is being prepared mentally to better handle the situation. 

1.  When I get rid of this, I will literally and finally 'let it go.'

2.  When I get rid of this, I make room for something new when it presents itself.

3.  When I get rid of this, I don't have to clean or organize it any more.

4.  When I get rid of this, I don't have to pack it up or move it again.

5.  When I get rid of this, I free myself up to do something else.

6.  When I get rid of this, it will no longer own me.

7.  When I get rid of this, the memories I don't want will go with it.

8.  When I get rid of this, it will allow me to move forward.

9.  When I get rid of this, I will feel relieved.

10.  When I get rid of this, it will be easier to get rid of the next thing and the next.

11.  When I get rid of this, I won't be leaving it for someone else to get rid of.

12.  When I get rid of this, I will be less overwhelmed and less anxious.

13.  When I get rid of this, I will be doing the thing I think I can't do. 

14.  When I get rid of this, it will empower me when I face other challenges.

15.  When I get rid of this, I will become what I might be.


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6.30.2017

Decluttering in Sequim: 10 Places to Take Your Stuff

Life on the North Olympic Peninsula means being creative when you don't have all the resources the big cities have; namely recycling centers everywhere, thrift stores everywhere, internet marketing sans Facebook, and millions of potential buyers everywhere. Welcome to life on the Edge of America.

So, now, after being here a few years and still trying to figure out where to take things and at what times, I have created a Google map as a resourceful solution to help myself and others who are wondering where to take stuff when it comes to decluttering, recycling, and minimizing on the North Olympic Peninsula.


Likewise, should you be in need of buying used goods, this is the map for you!

Each marker on the map includes the business contact information and my notes about the services they provide. Just click on the map marker!

As of this writing, businesses on the map include:
1. Around Again
2. Blue Mountain Transfer Station (County Dump)
3. Carrie's Corner Collectibles & Thrift Store
4. Office Depot
5. O'Reilly's Auto Parts
6. Pumpkin Patch Flea Market
7. Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop
8. Sequim Fire Department
9. Sequim Goodwill
10. Serenity House Thrift Store

Feel free to share this map with others so more people know about what resources are out here on the North Olympic Peninsula. 

I am not affiliated with any of these businesses. I am a private citizen providing compiled information based on my own research. The information provided is not the totality of any businesses' services.

Please contact businesses directly to confirm they can provide the services you need and to learn what else they can do for you here on the Peninsula.



This map will be a work in progress as I discover more resources in and around Sequim, on the North Olympic Peninsula.

I will address online options for decluttering on the Peninsula in another blog post. Sign up for email notifications in the side bar so you don't miss it!

Please email me if you have a place to add on the map or for any other inquiries!

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