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 Fingernail Polish

fingernail polishFingernail polish is technically paint, right? So what do you do with paint, besides paint walls?

Art projects and marking or labeling things were the most talked about on the internet. In years past, I used to stop runs in the panty hose. More recently I’ve used to mark up keys.

Clear polish has the most possibilities. Painting over things that could use a clear coat to prevent rusting or to make something shiny.

My guess is most people eventually throw away bottles that are old and gunky. You could always add a thinner if your favorite color is getting too thick.

These things can be inexpensive to buy and maybe that is why we end up collecting so many.

Simplify your collection by giving away the ones you don’t use.




Discovering Minimalism

Living with less.

This may or may not be for you. I’m not here to twist your arm but to propose an alternative to living with lots of stuff.

Alternative – Live with less

Charity – Giving is good

Benefits – Peace of mind and freedom








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



Organizing Gadgets That Didn’t Work

Trying new things can be fun. When it comes to organizing, we know there are organizing gadget traps but then one hits the market that you think might be worth a try.

shower organizerHaving less in a shower makes it easier when deciding which shampoo or soap to use. So when I saw this little shower organizer, I knew this could possibly work. There was room for a soap bar and a couple shampoo products. Along with a 2 hooks to hang that squishy sponge and wash cloth.


Maybe it was me. I tried sticking on every which way with the exception of super glue. It was tempting but I didn’t think the glue and humidity would hold and I would run the risk of messing up the tile.

This thing hung around the house in several places. Usually holding things that belonged in the trash. I just hit me one day when opening up the back utility closet. It was time to stick in the goodwill bag.

Organizing and trying new ideas is fun. Being perfectly organized is a process. Will we ever get there?

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney

garden happiness


Insomnia And Decluttering

No matter what the subject or topic being discussed, I can literally take everyone one of them and some how spin it into the problem of disorganization and clutter.


Take insomnia for example. If I had a nickel every time my grandmother told me she didn’t sleep all night, I would be a millionaire. Her medicine cabinet was a mess with pills prescribed by well meaning doctors. Too many pointless problems would often clutter her brain and I hope to God that I don’t inherit her WORRY gene.

All of that being said she was a fun grandmother, who always had gum in her purse. I miss her and only wish I could have an extra day with her to ask those questions about her life that I never asked when she was alive.

Organizing is what you do everyday, even if you don’t recognize it as organizing. If you want to be successful at organizing, get rid of what you don’t use.

Simplifying your life will give you less anxiety not more.

Having less to worry about will produce a sweet calmness.

Insomnia can be a serious medical problem. Seek out help from a professional and don’t forget to declutter your medicine cabinet.



Perfectionism Is The Enemy Of Progress

TulipsI heard this phrase on the radio today.

From Wikipedia;

The perfect is the enemy of good is an aphorism or proverb meaning that insisting on perfection  often results in no improvement at all. The phrase is commonly attributed to Voltaire…..

The first story that came to mind was a family I knew that lived out of boxes for years and could never make a decision. When asked why they had not hung pictures or put things away they said it was because they wanted things to look just right and therefore could not bring themselves to make the final decision.

Sometimes you just have to plow ahead and accept that you might make a decision that you regret. This is when we ask ourselves…what’s the worst that could happen? If you are stressing over hanging the picture on the wall then the worse that could happen is you would have a little nail hole eventually above the picture. So what! Fill it with fill or toothpaste, take a q-tip and dab some paint on there. So what!

The same goes with organizing which can’t happen unless you declutter.


It’s not alive! It doesn’t require a funeral or a memorial service. It’s not going to Heaven or Hell, it’s just going to someone else that could use it. That’s all.

It’s simple.

Stop stressing and relax, it’s just stuff.

Pretty Flowers, Be Patient

blooming sunflowerOrganizing your stuff is a process and if you want to be successful you will have to get rid of what you don’t wear or use or even need (which for most of us, is a lot of stuff)

Parting with expensive stuff is painfully hard. A harsh reminder of money not well spent. Ouch. Maybe the one good thing to come from parting with something expensive is next time around you won’t be lured into buying it in the first place.

Parting with sentimental stuff can be just as hard. There are ways to safely let go and at the same time keep the memory.

No matter what method you use you need to remember to be patient with yourself.

If you follow through and begin to declutter you will eventually see something pretty in the simplicity of life.

Be patient.





What To Do With Bath Mats And Rugs

blue bath matThe simple answer would be to get rid of them. For the minimalist, they are not needed. At the same time we need to be practical. In my effort to vigorously declutter one day, the bathroom rug caught my eye. At the time I bought it, I am sure I thought it looked good, but the wear and tear and the washings finally took it’s toll.

I was OK with no mat or rug in the bathroom but not everyone in the house felt the same. Every other morning I would notice that someone had put down a towel to soak up that extra water. How in the world there was that much water to shake off ones body, was a mystery. Maybe the shower accidentally sprayed the whole bathroom. Either way it was becoming clear to me that I had to do something.

During my lunch hour I thought I could do a quick errand (buy my favorite lipstick from the beauty supply) and right next store was a “Big Lots”. I’ve been in there only a few times but when I entered the store I knew this would take awhile.

You would think I would know better but I started to go up and down every isle. The best buys ever! Colors were bright! Price was right! This was turning into a fun day! It didn’t take long and my basket was full. In it… a new bathroom rug, with matching towels and bingo, a matching shower curtain. I couldn’t resist a few little things for my grandson and of course the shampoo and soap isle had all sorts of great buys.

The good news is in replacing some of these household items, I quickly got rid of the old stuff. Either the trash or recycling or the goodwill.


This is another good rule of thumb. If you want to update or need a new rug then you are simply replacing. Remember to get rid of the old.




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!