Demons, Decluttering and Decongesting, a Match Made in Heaven

by Katy on January 13, 2011 · 17 comments

Take that, you demon virus!

I am getting good and tired of the viral menace that has taken up residence in my body. Being sick can be kind of nice for a day or two. Laying about in bed while adoring husband types set up TV’s, bring tea and take care of kid school lunches. Sure, there’s the body aches, wheezing and feeling like crap thing, but it’s amazing how soothing the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer can be to an ailing middle aged mom.

Yesterday I decided I was feeling much better and made the decision to abstain from sleepwear, which means that I:

  • Did all the laundry and put it away, an accomplishment on any day, really.
  • Helped with homework.
  • Concocted dinner from four different leftover items, (two containers of cooked rice, last week’s pork roast, broccoli and barbecue sauce.)
  • Freecycled a paper grocery bag full of sorted down felt tips and colored pencils.
  • Walked the plastics recycling to the grocery store, while on my way to pick my son up from martial arts. (Found a quarter.)
  • Drove to Safeway with the teen man to buy snacks for him to share with pals while on a 12 hour field trip to the beach today.
  • Cleaned the kitchen.
  • Met with my son’s social studies tutor.
  • Almost cried from exhaustion while helping my son assemble his breakfast/lunch/dinner that he would need for his beach trip.

Okay, maybe I did too much stuff.

Today I’m paying the price and am feeling somewhat hit by a bus, although I did take a moment to list on Freecycle a big bag of Christmas lights and a pedestal table that’s been on my project list and needs to go bye-bye. Because there’s something very healing about the space created by less crap in my life.

Now if someone could just tell this to the viral encampment in my sinuses. Gotta go, Buffy’s on.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheryl Breuer January 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

Awesome post, Katy! I hope you feel better soon. So cool you found a quarter!


Katy January 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

Thanks. The quarter was my reward for recycling the plastic crap. 😉



Kristen@TheFrugalGirl January 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

Wow, Katy! That’s a lot of stuff for a recuperating sick person.

Rest up today!


Katy January 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

I remember that I also mended a blanket and sewed buttons back on two shirts.

And BTW, I’m just trying to compete with you. 😉



Ame January 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

There is very little that Buffy Season 5 won’t help in curing…unless that thing is a massive crush on Spike. If such is the case, then you’re only feeding the flames.

Hope you feel better!


Darcidoodle January 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hey, you’re a Clutter Slayer! Without the Scoobies, but whatevs.

Hope you’re feeling better today. Go watch The Musical, won’tcha?


Heather January 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Holy crow! I am lying around in bed today suffering from some type of head cold. Husband is watching kiddos. I may get out of bed long enough to eat, but it remains doubtful at this point. I hope I feel well enough tomorrow to do just half of what you accomplished.


Jessica January 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I folded clothes and took out about a month’s worth of recycling today!

Also, this is a little off topic but…. a field trip to the beach? In January?


Molly On Money January 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I was curious about the beach trip too?!


Mary Ellen from Napa January 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Sorry you got the bug, Katie! I’m on day 12 of feeling croupy and now Ranchboy has it! Don’t push yourself too fast, but this is coming from someone who has no children in the house, so I know how impossible that is!


Jill January 14, 2011 at 4:41 am

Sounds like someone has to give in and let go. Rest, Katy – you need it! You can be super powerhouse mom-recycler-go to it gal another day. Don’t worry, the projects will wait for you! Get well!


maryperk January 15, 2011 at 5:52 am

Go Buffy! I love the show and the Spike/Buffy storyline so much I started writing Spuffy fanfic. LOL. I just can’t stop.

You’re really productive while sick. I usually lay in bed and hope I die.


Kira January 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Off topic, but I know you love Fiestaware. Have you ever checked the blog over at You’ll be totally Fiestaware-porned-out-bigtime.


Katy January 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I just looked at that sight and it was too much! Nowhere for the eye to rest.

Must go look at Apartment Therapy.

Thanks! 😉



Dmarie January 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

wow, if you get that much done when sick, makes me look bad. but I’m recovering from a cold myself, so I will cut myself some slack. this time


Katy January 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Keep in mind that I thought I was feeling better.



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