Archives for November 2014

What To Do With Mugs

world's best boss mugDo you have a full set of mugs that are routinely used?  Or a collection of chipped mismatched mugs that are not being used?

Thinking about what to buy for my husband when we were dating wasn’t easy until I found out that he collected mugs. Then it got easy!

Easy for the buyer but eventually overwhelming for the receiver.


These mugs have other uses besides holding tea and coffee. In many houses and offices across the world, it isn’t uncommon to see them holding pens and pencils. Makeup or shaving soap, anything that needs a holder.

Re-gift with something fun inside. Candy comes to mind.

If you are done re-gifting and don’t have any more pens or pencils to hold then think about donating.

Organizing is code for decluttering. To be successful you need to get rid of things you no longer use.

Make life simple and you will begin to feel more organized.




What To Do With Clocks

clocksClocks and watches have a way of hanging around the house, even if they are broken. broken watchMaybe it’s a simple dead battery or you have put in the garage to make room for an up to date prettier clock. Bottom line is that you have lots and lots of clocks and watches not being used.

If you have read other articles on this site then you know the recommended routine.

Organizing is code for decluttering.

A trip to the goodwill, or anywhere that will take second hand items, is in order.

There is always the option of selling or giving away to a friend or family member.

My family had our famous cuckoo clock that ended up with my sister. A couple of decades ago my 4 year old pulled on the chain and it broke leaving little medal pieces all over the floor. He gathered and hid them and then let us know that a monster broke the clock.

The forgiveness process:

He lied and denied and then blamed it on the monster. The guilt got to him so he then confessed and with some encouragement, asked my sister to forgive him and she did.

Are clocks cluttering your walls?

How many broken watches are in your jewelry box and drawers?

Experience living with less! Get rid of broken clocks and watches!






“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”

This is a quote from A. A. Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh (1882-1956)

I suppose this is one way to look at it. Are there any other advantages to living in a cluttered house or having a cluttered desk? My answer would be NO, but then there are recent studies that show an upside to clutter.

A messy desk can actually lead people towards  clearer thinking, say researchers from Germany.

The researchers found in a series of linked  studies – using a messy desk and a messy shop front – that people actually  thought more clearly when all around was chaos, as they sought to simplify the  tasks at hand.
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Another study; Clean desk or messy desk? Both have benefits, study finds….

People in tidy work  environments show more generosity and healthier food choices, while those in  messy environments are more willing to be creative and take risks, according to  a University of Minnesota study.

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For me personally, if it is a choice between creativity or sanity, I choose SANITY. There are incredibly productive people that have messy desks, many of us work with those people. So unless they ask for help in organizing their work space it is better to not get involved and expect Creativity.

Warning. This again is a good lesson in how hard it is to organize other peoples stuff, especially if they are not there when it’s being done. People who have messy desks with lots of papers sometimes remember where those little critical notes are located in their pile. Unless you are an administrative assistant to that person it is hard to know what’s important and what can be tossed.

There are more studies on the negative effects of hoarding. Including the impact not only on the individual but the family. In conclusion, although it might be fun to constantly be making new discoveries in your disorderly clutter, there is a possibility that it is hurting you and those around you.

It’s your choice until authorities step in and say otherwise.





What To Do With Old Perfume Bottles

old perfume bottlesThey are pretty, aren’t they? Unfortunately the stuff inside smells more like rotten alcohol.

We love to collect pretty things but if your goal is to get organized maybe it’s time to ditch the bottles.

It’s painful, I know. Some were handed down from mothers and grandmothers. They are not only pretty but now they are sentimental.

These bottles represent so much of what we own. It’s hard and emotionally unpleasant to even think about getting rid of them.

No need to panic. If you need to keep for now then keep. However, if you are ready to move on then let’s get started.

Gather the bottles. Keep what you use. Give the rest away by recycling.

By clearing out, you’ve just made cleaning the counter top more efficient.

The next time you are out shopping and a pretty bottle catches your eye….you’ll think twice about buying. Basically, by giving away, you’ve just saved some future money.



What To Do With Old Pantyhose And Nylons

nylonsPantyhose and nylons are not as popular as they used to be. Less popular if you live in warmer climates and rarely dress up.

Think travel. I remember a fashion designer saying that going to the airport now was like going to a velour tracksuit conference. Not like the olden days when women dressed up for travel with pantyhose and girdles.

Unless we have a quick turn around in fashion, few of us will wear all of those pantyhose in the drawers.

So now is the time to take them out and make a decision.

When was the last time you wore a pair? I could understand wanting to save a couple in case of a wedding or funeral.


There are dozens, possibly hundreds of ideas out there for those that do arts and crafts.

If you don’t need for arts and crafts then maybe today is a good day to simplify your collection.