Archives for January 2015

Decluttering And Finding Your Own Paradise Island

paradise islandHas anyone out there seen the documentary about the Galapagos Islands? It was good. There would be many things one could discuss regarding this documentary and the natural one for me would be the desire in humans to be organized and free from clutter.

A new life and a new beginning was the goal. It didn’t quite work out like they had hoped but the desire was there. One of the relatives of the main character was interviewed and summed it up,”…..the problem with moving to your paradise island is you take YOU with you…..”

Being free from the valueless things that weigh you down sounds like paradise to me. YOU can change!

At first it can be a little painful. Getting rid of those skinny clothes that no longer fit isn’t what you had first envisioned when you bought them. Or the decoration for the house that worked for awhile but now is just a sore spot.

Make the trip. Declutter the stuff that you no longer use, need or enjoy. Discover your paradise island!

 

 

 

Stupid Steamer

Yesterday I burned myself while trying to use and fix a floor steamer. After I bought it, I thought it was a great buy. It worked for a few months, the floors did look better and then it was put in the garage for the occasional use.

I must not have followed instructions because rust and gunk eventually became part of the cleaning process and I knew that wasn’t normal. I filled with water and a little vinegar. It got hot but then the hose part wasn’t working. I knew it was broken and decided to unscrew the cap. This is when it popped with steam and burned my left hand. (I’m left handed)

Some places will take broken electrical items but check first. Even taking back to the store where you purchased it might work. Just don’t expect a refund.

For the next week or so I will have to use my right hand. I always thought I was a little uncoordinated but having to use my right hand now proves it.

One other thing. Growing up we were not allowed to say “Stupid” or “Shut Up”.

STUPID STUPID STUPID STEAMER! Why did I buy in the first place?

You say, you bought one too? Shut up, no way!

A mop and elbow grease works just as well! Save your money!

What To Do With Cloth Napkins

green cloth napkinsPainful, isn’t it?  Finding something you paid good money for, only to have never used them. Sandy was clearing out her drawers of table cloths and napkins and saw that a whole pack of napkins costing $32.00 were not even opened. What’s worse, they’ve been there for years. Why oh why did I buy them? She remembers that they were on sale, so the tag of $32.00 was most likely the full price. Even getting 50% off would not have been worth it.

It’s hard to let go of expensive things. We pride ourselves in finding those great deals out there. This is when we acknowledge that it really wasn’t a good deal after all.

Next time she will think twice before buying impulsively. No one likes to feel taken, however that is how she felt.

Ouch, it does hurt but there is no need to lose sleep over this bad deal. Live and learn and move on.

Impulsive buying is almost always a mistake. Sometimes we get lucky but usually it goes the other way.

How To Cut Clutter Article

I love it when there is an article on Yahoo that pops up about clutter or organizing. Usually there is some take away that is helpful but today’s article was really pointless and just plain wrong.

It gave 11 ideas. Those ideas just created more clutter.

If you have clutter that you don’t need, use or enjoy….GET RID OF IT

That is the golden rule in organizing.

What To Do With Oven Mitts

old oven mitsKaren had this one favorite pair of oven mitts. She also had many more scattered around in several drawers in her kitchen.

She is in the process of organizing her kitchen and more space would make it easier to locate things. Oven mitts with holes in them are a dangerous way to get burned. That meant this pair had to be thrown away.

Downsizing is a good way to get organized.

Look around your kitchen and count how many oven mitts you own. If you are feeling energetic, look at other things as well. Maybe it’s towels or tile hot plates that are squished into the drawers that could be downsized.

We use all of it but we really don’t need that many. Creating more space in the kitchen gives us extra breathing room for when we have to cook, especially big meals for lots of people.

Make due with less and you won’t just feel more organized you will BE MORE ORGANIZED!

 

“Indecision is the graveyard of good intentions”

Not sure who said this one, but isn’t it true? When it comes to making a decision about stuff, (keep or not keep) the indecision is a problem. There are many sayings about good intentions, like….

Good intentions and 50 cents will only buy you a cup of coffee at your local gas station. Or, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The other day I was in an office that had all sorts of magazines. Every headline that caught my eye were headlines of how to better yourself. As I sat there and read I realized these articles were trying hard to inspire me, to lose weight, get organized and take on all sorts of challenges. This is when I began to imagine all of the things I needed to do, like exercise, buy healthier food, get more organized.

I truly had the best of intentions but by the time I got home I was distracted and never accomplished those wonderful things.

One little step at a time.

There was one article that promoted THE CHALLENGE. I can’t remember the magazine but one challenge on organizing was the, get rid of one thing every day challenge I like that one!

Whatever works, WORKS. Try it. If you can’t do everyday then try once a week.

There is no shame in trying.

Are You Ready For 2015?

orange flowerThis could be your year to get organized! Here are some starter tips;

CHECK YOUR FIRE ALARMS

CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE

CLEAR OFF THE COUNTER TOPS

CLEAR OUT PAPERS AND RECEIPTS NOT NEEDED FOR TAXES