Archives for October 2013

National Day To Get Rid Of Unwanted Pills

Today is the day to organize all of those pills.

Remember, the key to happiness is being organized but the key to being organized is decluttering.

That includes pills. Prescription or over the counter pills have a way remaining in medicines cabinets for months and even years. Some of you out there mix them up in bottles or pill holders and don’t remember what is what.

It’s not uncommon to get a prescription, use a few and the rest just hang out around the house, forever.

You don’t need a lecture on the dangers of certain pills but let me remind you that one of the more common calls to the poison control center is because grandkids thought your pills  looked like candy and took several….not good.


Yes, today is the day!

If you miss today you can always talk to your local pharmacist.



How Many Spatulas Do You Need?

spatulasAnswer….. Not as many as you have.

Almost every day in the kitchen we rummage through the, cheese grater, garlic press, big salad spoons and forks, steak thermometer, measuring spoons, spaghetti spoon, ice cream scoop, an incomplete corn on the cob utensil set, cracked wooden spoons, plastic spoons, tongs, wire whisk, bamboo skimmer, pasta scoop, pizza cutter, bottle opener, cookie cutter, pie and cake server, cheese knife, cherry pitter, corkscrew, crab cracker and dough scraper just to get to our favorite spatula.

Here we go again! When was the last time you used these things?

Some ideas.

Take the contents of  entire drawer to garage and as you need them, take them back into the kitchen one by one. Although that crab cracker might come in handy one day, is it worth keeping? What else could you use? What did they use before someone invented the crab cracker?

Take out what you have used this week. The rest of it goes into a bag and again like the suggestion above, take to garage or pantry and pull out what you need one by one.

The 2 steps above are little tricks that may help but you could also be brave and just get rid of what you haven’t used in a year. If a year doesn’t work for you then go with 5 years. You’ll need to be honest with yourself and just do it. What is the worst that could happen?

If you happen to through out something you at one point could have used, use something else. It really won’t be the end of the world. Besides, someone else will be able to use and you’ll feel more organized every time you open the kitchen drawer or grab out of the utensil holder.

Less clutter is easier on the eye!




What To Do With Wallets

walletThere is something nice about having something new. After years of having the same wallet I thought it would be nice to get a new one and replace the old.  The old one was fine, not broken or ripped but it was looking kind of raggedy.

The wallet was too big anyways. Lots of hidden pockets meant carrying around pointless business cards and pieces of paper.

Some women end up with neck and shoulder pain from carrying around heavy purses with bulky wallets and all of the other fun stuff that you can find in purses.

Replacing is the key word.

This wallet quickly ended up in the goodwill sack.

One of the best suggestions I ever heard when it comes to wallets is to take out everything and make a photo copy, especially before a trip. If you have ever lost your wallet on a trip you will know what I am talking about.

I wasn’t able to find anything fun or clever to do with wallets. Only that people make wallets out of all sorts of material including duck tape. They have a purpose and that is to carry around your most important information. Knowing what’s in your wallet and having those numbers , like your drivers license, somewhere else is critical.

The men in my family have quite the reputation (Rick) of losing wallets. First they accuse…”where did you put my wallet” Then it’s the frantic phone calls to cancel the cards. Followed by everyone stopping what they are doing and looking for it. Only to find under a couch cushion.

Really? Yes Really!

Hoarding Awareness Week

WOW!   composting food

I just found out that this is Hoarding Awareness Week. This is now getting lots of attention. More and more studies along with more publicity not to mention the TV shows. Over the years I have met a few serious hoarders but most of us fall somewhere in the middle.

In fact most people would simply say… “I would like to be more organized”

Organization means being productive and happy. If you are finding it hard to get organized you might want to consider the possibility that you have too much stuff.

If the key to happiness is being organized then what is the key to being organized?

Get rid of things that you don’t use!

That includes;

Clothes you don’t wear.

Broken things in the garage.

Gadgets in the kitchen that you have never used.

Towels and sheets that haven’t been used in 5 years, 1 year for the brave.

It’s a start.sunflower

Give yourself permission to NOT be a hoarder.





My Fortune Cookie

IMG_0898Fortune cookies are such a treat after a great dinner. It’s a moment around the table shared by all usually followed with laughter or envie, because someone else got the fortune cookie you wanted.

This was mine. Seemed quite appropriate for me, as I am always tidying my room. It’s been a few months and I haven’t found any lost item. Why? Because I have decluttered to such an extent there are no surprises in my room.

There is a funny wisdom in this fortune. Whoever wrote it clearly understands the world wide phenomena of too much stuff, clutter and even hoarding.

This suggests that important things get lost in stuff.  This helps make my point. Your answer may not be to organize what you have but to get rid of what you don’t use, need or enjoy.

Simplify your life.

You will be so happy you did and maybe you’ll even find that lost item you have been looking for.


Lighter fluid BBQ Starters

lighter fluid

I don’t ever remember buying any of these. We have a self lighting grill outside and matches if we need them, so there didn’t seem to be a need to have these around the house. One of my sons may have used for a beach barbeque but those don’t happen often.

Getting rid of these in the trash just didn’t seem safe. I looked online,

“How to get rid of lighter fluid”

Here is a sample of the list;

Burn it
Put in your car
Dump it
Flush down the toilet
Use as a firecracker

One story was that of a kid who burnt down half of a school.


Safest thing to do is use it. Have more beach BBQ’s.

What did I do? I gave them away to friends and family.

It’s fire season here in California.