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800 feet and a ton of rubble - motivated?

OK, I exaggerated about the ton of rubble

But not about the 800 feet - indoors. We live in a 3-storey Victorian house, it's over 120 years old and has 4 separate pieces of staircase to climb to reach the top floor.

Paint Job Became A Construction Job

You have probably experienced this too? What was meant to be a simple, 2 day paint job became a "Hmm, this bit looks damp" and "that bit of plaster looks bose" (Bose = loose, not adhering properly to the brick below) and "this ceiling plasterboard looks damp" and then pieces being ripped off until the whole lot needs reconstruction.

How Come 800 feet?

I keep a motivation chart for fitness and one of the daily items on it is to climb to the top of the house 10 times daily. The chart includes a tick box that I check off each time I reach the top of the house. I don't have to go to the gym to do that and it happens mostly as part of my daily living. On one of the days the bedroom was being ripped apart, I climbed those stairs 27 times from top to bottom, well ok, bottom to top and back down again if you want to be pendantic! On the way down I carried pieces of wood for stacking in the garage for possible reuse. (The wood was yellow pine that had been stripped off an old roof and repurposed in our house and which will probably be repurposed again.) I calculated that the vertical height climbed each time was about 30 feet, so multiplied by 27, was over 800 feet just on one day. I reckon I could climb Everest eventually, a bit at a time, in the house.

And The Ton?

Well, my husband says the ton is not true, he estimates the rubble that came off the walls at about a quarter ton. But I shovelled it and brushed it and bagged it, in old coal sacks my husband keeps for the purpose. I am a dab hand with a square mouth shovel, shovelling rubble and bagging it!

Labourer's Mate

I can't do the skilled jobs, like using a claw hammer to remove old nails (LOL) or using a hammer and chisel to remove plaster but the menial job of shovelling and bagging the rubble also needs to be done, so a worthwhile piece of work!


Climbing a long set of stairs is hard work after the first few times, so how do you keep at it? My motivation chart is one technique. I get a point for each climb and at the end of the week, I total them up and award myself coins for the points I have. Of course, climbing the stairs is not the only item on my exercise chart and I also have a housework chart, to make sure I keep up with what is needed. Last week I "earned" £8 (about $11) that goes into a jar. I don't generally get that much a week but it adds up to "free" money I can spend without feeling guilty. emoticon :grin:

Image Credit » (c) MegL, my own photograph

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VinceSummers wrote on September 13, 2016, 4:54 PM

I am hoping to simplify. I do currently own a house, but would love to find one with a postage-stamp yard. And I would like to divest myself of a host of possessions.

MegL wrote on September 13, 2016, 6:04 PM

downsizing and decluttering can reduce stress levels greatly.