Archives for November 2013

What To Do With Silver Trays

Wish I could give you some clever, spectacular thing to do with these priceless things, that take up lots of space, that we never use, but I can’t.

If you don’t use it, and you don’t like them but you keep anyways because they are worth a fortune, then I have news for you. I did try and research this one because all of these years I kept a few thinking they were worth lots of money.


I thought someone could buy them and melt them down, sell to a jeweler and I would be rich. Not going to happen.

Other trays  took up space as well. Occasionally I would put out as decoration but it was only because I felt obligated to use them. Growing up, my mom used trays a lot but maybe that was more the norm back in the 60’s and 70’s .

These trays can be bought in thrift stores, EBay, Amazon and at many of your local yard and garage sales.

Today would be a good day to make some extra space in your cupboards.

Chances are, you are not storing something worth a fortune.

Decluttering And Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA. One of the few times we come together to celebrate regardless of religion or politics. What does this have to do with organizing and decluttering?

You know me, any subject, any holiday at anytime, can be spun into conversation about organizing and the benefits of decluttering.

Does it add value to your life?

Many of us want to be organized so we can spend more time doing what we love. Spending time with friends and family is usually at the top of the list along with a favorite hobby.

Today is about being with family but that is not to say you can’t take a mental note of the things you are using around your Thanksgiving table.

Remember those platters, gravy bowls and that special electric knife you save year after year for your big T-dinner? Well, now it the time to use. If you don’t use then you have some thinking to do tomorrow.

Do I keep or get rid of?

And by the way…. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!



Black Friday – Think Before You Buy

It’s not only Black Friday but now we have Gray Thursday. No matter what you call it, it’s coming.

The financial analyst folks forcast it will be the worst shopping season since 2008. You know what that means? It means the stores will try harder to get you to walk into their store and buy. I’m not saying there are not great deals out there but THINK before you buy or you will be buying stuff that you and others don’t need.

You may not need an extra TV for JUST IN CASE.

Be smart. You are spending hard earned money. You may be spending money you don’t have.


Be creative this year with gift giving. What about the gift of time?

What Will You Leave Behind

The WakeWill you leave memories of doing fun things with grand-kids or will you leave things like this?pig with lipstick

The broken garden pig with lipstick. I finally threw it away!

Yes, one day someone will be going through your stuff. Please do them a favor by going through it first.

Keeping that in mind might prompt you to get rid of things you would have normally kept.

If you are not using it and you don’t need it and in fact you don’t even enjoy it, then what are you waiting for?

Organize by decluttering today!



Living With Less – Is it for you?


Over a year has gone by since my  YEAR OF ORGANIZING started. Discovering that living with less is a better way to live, was really no surprise. Don’t get me wrong. We still need stuff, but we don’t really need that much stuff.  These are personal decisions. Consider a few things:

Debt – Having less means buying less. Debt free is a happy way to live.

Time spent taking care of stuff – taking care of stuff you don’t need or use wastes a lot of time.

The pressure to keep up – False appearances of looking wealthier than you are is a crummy way to live. There is freedom in financial honesty. Be confident without more stuff.

My new year has begun and I’m leaning more towards the life of minimalism.  STAY TUNED!

What To Do With Old Ski Outfits

Jim_Kathy4If they are too tight and you don’t wear them anymore then it is time to give to someone else.

Our ski outfits really did last a long time. They may be a little outdated but they still do the job.

The bigger decision is what to do with all of the gloves that are missing a mate and dozens of hats and scarves for our once a year snow trip.

If you live in an area that gets snow then it would make more sense to have more hats, scarves and gloves.

We will ask the same 3 questions.

Do I use it?

Do I need it?

Do I enjoy it?

If your outfits are ripped or won’t zip anymore then maybe it is time to get rid them. If you have a missing glove then get rid of the other one.

How many scarves do you need? Probably not as many as you have.

If you have a second hand sporting good store near by check to see if they’ll take your ski stuff on consignment. If you want to save money, buying a second hand ski outfit is the way to go.

Simplify your ski stuff before winter!



What To Do With Fancy Balls

fancy balls“Don’t teach them the word for BALLS”

Back in the eighties I taught Spanish part time at a local grammar school. I was the most excited to teach the older kids but was informed I had to teach in the pre-school as well. Ultimately, the ages of 3 and 4 ended up being my favorite age to teach.

The word for BALL was on one of the lesson plans and I was informed it would not be good to teach that to 12 year old boys because….you know how boys are.

Even when they grow up they giggle when they hear that word. My dad used to go to the school across the street and hit golf balls. One night a fellow Rotarian called and asked to speak to my dad. My mom replied, “He will be right here, he is out collecting his balls.”

Of course that one line was a hit at Rotary for months.

Joking aside, these pretty colorful balls are a decoration. If you like them, then keep them. If you are ready for a change consider giving away or selling instead of storing in your garage.

If you are simplifying, think simple. Decorations can be dust magnets. Don’t be afraid of empty space. Besides, cleaning a cleared surface is much easier.

Consider recycling and give someone else the opportunity to enjoy the fancy balls.

Does This Add Value To My Life?

Green TractorBelieve it or not, today this toy adds value to my life and is a really big deal to my three year old grandson.

Organizing is something you do everyday even if you don’t recognize it as organizing.

The question for you today is, are you organizing and shuffling stuff around the house that you don’t value?

Do I use it?

Do I need  it?

Do I enjoy it?

In other words…

  Does it add value to my life?

Obviously that answer will be different for everyone. A baby swing for a young mom adds incredible value to her life.

Today is an exciting day! I will be playing “garbage truck day” with my 3 year old grandson. This is when we pretend to be garbage trucks and make loud sounds using our arms as claws as we pretend to pick up garbage cans.

I am old enough to realize that when he is 12 he probably won’t want to play our sweet silly games like he does now. This is what I value today.

If things are not adding value to your life, then why do you keep them?

The answer I get the most is….just in case. Then my next question is…What is the worse thing that could possibly happen if you get rid of it and then need it?

It’s a process. The more you declutter the better you will get. Your anxiety level will go down because you will soon realize that it is only stuff. For most of you out there, stuff isn’t what you value. It is the people in your life that you value.