Archives for June 2014

What To Do With Your Chicken Collection

gold chickensThey are kind of cute, aren’t they?

If your goal is organization then getting rid of clutter is a must.

What is clutter?

NOUN; A confused or disordered state or collection

VERB; To make disorderly or hard to use by filling or covering with objects

Collections can be a problem and before you know it, there are chickens everywhere. You didn’t mean for it to get out of control, but it did and now you need a change.

Now what?

Some options;

For starters, you need to inform those who buy you gifts that you no longer wish to collect chickens. That can be a blow to the gift buyer because up until now you were super easy to buy for.

Get rid of a few. Pick out the ugly and the broken. Donate or throw away. It’s a start and you will eventually see that it wasn’t that bad to shed a few.

Memorialize your collection by taking a picture and framing it.

Sell on the internet or in local classifieds.

Give to family members that might want it as a conversation piece.

Get rid of what you don’t need, use or enjoy.

I do like chickens.

Real and fake. Many of us had grandparents that raised chickens in their backyards or farms. I had a grandma that raised them in her attic in New York in the 30’s.

If you raise chickens here is a helpful site;

Words of encouragement.

Don’t be afraid to end a collection.

What’s the worse thing that can happen if I part with my collection?





What To Do With Puzzles

PuzzlesDoes anyone out there have patients anymore for putting together a puzzle? For some it’s a hobby and can be a relaxing hobby. The art of piecing together a puzzle could also mean a good social time. Where you are actually having a conversation with a real person sitting in front of you instead of a computer.

Oh….The Good Ol’ Days

For most of us, they were given to us as gifts, and those gifts are now up in our closets. The honest truth is… we will NEVER work on these things again and yet we keep, despite the missing pieces. Why? Not sure.

Maybe you put together a very impressive puzzle and then had it laminated to hang like a picture on a wall. It may even be a conversation piece.

If you are working on a puzzle or if you enjoy looking at the puzzle hanging on the wall then, keep. But, if you are tired of keeping them for no good reason then consider selling them or giving them away.

Do you use it? Do you need it? Do you enjoy it?

Starting with these questions will help you begin the process.

It’s this simple…Are you working on the puzzle or is it just taking up space?



Out With The Old And In With The New

coffee jarsSurely I’m not the only person out there that gets excited when something is nearing the end, the new jar comes out and the thrill of throwing out or recycling is in air.

Yes, the coffee is almost gone and the new jar is ready to open. So I take the tablespoon that remains and dump it in the new jar.

Glass jars can be recycled in so many ways. They can hold many things and the fact that they are see through makes it easier to see exactly what’s in there.

What to do with glass jars?

Recycle and use as a pin cushion, candle holder, fill with herbs or homemade food, glass bottle chandelier, vases, decorate and make pretty napkin holders, water glasses, pen and pencil holder.

For the crafty person, there is no end to what you can do to decorate these glass jars. For most of us, the answer is to get rid of it.

A key for maintaining organization is keeping a good balance of stuff. If you bring something into the house something has to go. If you buy a new shirt then get rid of an old shirt. This is a little trick that the pros promote.

Remember, being organized is a way of life. If you continue to bring things into the home without getting rid of stuff you will once again be surrounded in a heap of stuff. Stuff that may not add any value to your life.

Remember to recycle!



What To Do With Odds And Ends

locksLocks with no combinations. Missing weight mate. Broken shoe things. Magnets that hold clutter to fridge. Bathroom toothbrush holder that was always dirty. Old shoe shiner that kind of works. They all need to go and I won’t miss any of them. Less clutter to deal with is a good thing. It simplifies life. Too many of these little items around the house begin to add up to lots of clutter. magnets

shoe shinner

toothbrush holder

broken show insert


missing  weight