Hoarding Awareness Week

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I just found out that this is Hoarding Awareness Week. This is now getting lots of attention. More and more studies along with more publicity not to mention the TV shows. Over the years I have met a few serious hoarders but most of us fall somewhere in the middle.

In fact most people would simply say… “I would like to be more organized”

Organization means being productive and happy. If you are finding it hard to get organized you might want to consider the possibility that you have too much stuff.

If the key to happiness is being organized then what is the key to being organized?

Get rid of things that you don’t use!

That includes;

Clothes you don’t wear.

Broken things in the garage.

Gadgets in the kitchen that you have never used.

Towels and sheets that haven’t been used in 5 years, 1 year for the brave.

It’s a start.sunflower

Give yourself permission to NOT be a hoarder.





If It Sounds To Good To Be True Then………

Aren’t we all looking for a good deal? The satisfaction of getting the most for our money is enjoyed world wide. The chance to brag to others about those deals is exhilarating. But what happens when we have been taken?

As seen on TV!

First, there were the traveling salesman. Then, As Seen on TV. Now for most of us, it is the INTERNET.

photo (1)My brother in law thought that he had found a deal that would give the family toothpaste for the next year. He ordered it online. When the box arrived, he was surprised.

“This isn’t what I ordered”

They will have toothpaste for about half the year because the tubes of toothpaste were mini size.

Live and Learn

If this is the worse buying experience he ever has, then he’ll be on the luckier side.

What To Do With Old Towels

old towelKeeping old towels in the garage or in a closet is something most of us do. You never know when the toilet will overflow and you need to have something around to soak up all that water. (Well, hopefully it’s water)

Other uses for old towels could be for cleaning the house, drying off pets, washing the car, drying the car, or wiping feet before entering the house. Whatever the reason…we have lots. Some of my towels were 25 years old. I remember because I bought inexpensive towels one Christmas and sewed on lace to give as gifts. They were pretty, but after 25 years of keeping, for the just in case, was over. old towel with lace

Using old towels for cleaning didn’t always work out for me. They were often the wrong type of material for cleaning and left little fur balls. Even though they were handy I always seem to grab the paper towels. Having a few around for the dogs worked but I didn’t need as many as I had in the garage.

The reason these old towels caught my attention was because in my recent trip to a big discount store, I bought some bright inexpensive new towels. This added some extra color to the bathroom and also meant I had more old towels to store.

Most were put in the trash and some of the better ones ended up in the goodwill bag. No need to freak out over getting rid of towels. Towels can be inexpensive. In fact, some of the more expensive towels are too cushy and don’t soak up the water. Not to mention the fuzz they leave behind.

Declutter your towels today!

 You just don’t really need that many!

It’s A New Day Today

My year is up, now what? I took a year to really get organized. What I discovered is what I already knew. Being organized or at least feeling organized creates calmness. Makes you feel at peace. It is the opposite of chaos.

How does one get organized?

They get rid of what they don’t use, need or enjoy. For most of us, that is a lot of stuff. I’ve posted dozens of short stories on getting rid of things along with ideas that came from many of you.

Something else I discovered was I like being a minimalist. This is not to say that I don’t have stuff but less for me was best.

For now my stories will continue. There are other areas that I want to declutter. I’m always interested in your stories and any ideas you might have to help others get organized.

Get out a tissue we all have issues.

One more thing that has become clearer over this last year is that whatever your issues are, someone else has had it and worse.

It’s official. Hoarding is now a disease. You are in good company and no need to go it alone.

You need support and it’s out there.

Stay tuned for more!

Frivolous Fawn Hair Dye

Hair DyeIt was always a choice between;

1. Wash out

2. Semi permanent

3. Permanent

Choosing the right color was always the real problem. How did I end up with so many boxes and bottles of hair dye? Well, in the summer I thought I would go for the lighter look and in the winter, the darker look. When the two for one sale happened, I bought extra. Then just in case I wanted something exciting for the month I would buy something with a red tint. That is how it happened.


It’s time. Take out all of the hair dye boxes and bottles including bottles like Frivolous Fawn. If they have been there at least 6 months and you don’t plan on using in the next month, then toss.

This won’t take much time.

If you buy from the beauty supply store and mix your own then you probably already know that once the color and developer are mixed, you will have to throw the extra away. It stops working after 30 to 45 minutes.

Just for the record, my hair has been every color you can imagine. I still can’t decide what color I like the best but for now I know I don’t want to be grey. Or is it gray?

How To Get Rid Of Spiders

We found a spider today in the shower and after doing research we thought it might have been a Brown Recluse. That then motivated everyone in the house to look up ways to get rid of spiders. What caught my attention on the link below was the paragraph on organizing.


Keep rooms clutter-free and well-organized to avoid spiders who love making a home in small hiding spots.

Coincidentally I had just watched a Horders episode on TV that showed lots of cobwebs. Even in my own home and outside in the garden those cobwebs weave fast and large ones can appear over night.

If you find that you have camel spiders. well I think you may have bigger problems then clutter!

Don’t give spiders a chance to find a cozy home in your clutter.

Your Toilet is Not a Bathroom Magazine Rack

It was such a pretty day today I could not pass up the opportunity to spend some time relaxing in the backyard. I could hear the faint sound of traffic and wind chimes, being surrounded by what we call the “Garden of Eden.” The dogs were lying in the sun and at peace now that the squirrels had all been chased away.

What a perfect day to weed through that pile of magazines from the bathroom.

That pile had grown into a stack that was leaning over and secretly I was hoping I could throw away all of them. There were such a variety of magazines including lawyer, medical, and University magazines as well as the latest on all of the celebrities that we buy for airline trips so I thought it was important to at least skim through them.

I filled up a little foot bath with epsom salt for my aching feet, grabbed the magazines, my reading sunglasses and headed for the backyard.  Things were calm and good, until I heard the loudest crash ever. It was the sound of glass and metal. I thought that the termites have finally done their job and half of the house had caved in. The dogs took cover and I ran into the house thinking to myself I might be calling 911.

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Why Did The Shoemakers Kids Never Have Shoes?

What is the origin of the phrase, the cobbler’s children have no shoes?

From Wiki.answers.com:

Origin unknown; however the essence of this phrase is used to describe the phenomenon where certain ‘professionals’ in any given area are so busy with work for their clients and their teams that they neglect using their professional skills to help themselves or those closest to them. For example – the painter & decorator who never decorates his own house, the web designer that hasn’t finished their website, or the accountant who is late in submitting his own tax return!

The reason I took this year to get organized is because I’ve been very busy over the years organizing other homes and businesses. If you were to drive by my house and the garage door was open, you would assume a hoarder lived there.

It reminded me of that saying that the shoemakers kids never had shoes…..

This is why I am taking a year to get organized. Before I even start I know the answer.


So here we go……..



Letting Go of The Big Hair From The 80’s

Today is the day we gather all of the hair dryers, straightening irons and curling irons in the house.

Your question:

When was the last time I used each one of these?

I Look Good…

When I go through old photographs I am always amused by the decades of different hair styles. How can you not love the big hair of the 80’s? I think that is when I first bought all of the different sizes of curling irons and hot curlers. Then they came out with the straightening iron because curl was out. Hair dryers are a necessity but I honestly don’t remember those growing up. Then of course we all needed the miniatures of everything for when we were traveling.


Most of this stuff is kept under the bathroom sink, in a bathroom drawer or maybe in your closet. If they haven’t caught on fire they are probably still there. One thing to consider is safety. If you have little ones around or grand-kids that come to visit nothing looks more inviting than a plug to stick into the wall. How many of us over the years have burnt ourselves on that darn curling iron? Cords get old and wires pop out not to mention the build up of hair, lent and fuzz that again can be a fire hazard.


If you travel you will know first hand there are hair dryers in almost every hotel room in the world. If it isn’t in the room the front desk usually has one. And besides unless you have the right plugs for that country  your hair dryer won’t work.

Truth be told, most of my hair appliances have not been used in years and it was time to be ruthless and let go. I kept my newer hair dryer and a  little  5 curler travel pack and it’s now time to say goodbye to the rest of it.

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Free Lipstick With Purchase

It is hard to pass up free. Everyone I know likes the price of free. How many free lipsticks are in your bathroom drawer? It is time to dump your makeup drawer or make up bag out on the counter. Include make up from you bathroom medicine cabinet and car glove compartment as well.

Divide and Conquer

Let’s start. Separate your lipsticks, mascaras, liners, eye shadows, face make up, touch up sticks, fingernail polish, bobby pins, nail files, lotions, creams, scissors, and bar soap from the hotel.

Next, we need to consider possible health hazards. Most experts will tell you there is an expiration date to makeups and lotions. There of course it the smell test. You know the smell of rancid. If you smell that, then throw it out.

Protect Your Eyes from Infection

Mascara is always the one to be most concerned with because of eye infections. Keep 3 to 6 months. If the mascara wand is dry when you pull out then it is time to toss.

Powders and eye shadows could possibly last 2 to 3 years but honestly, if you have an eye shadow from 3 years ago you clearly don’t like the color. Unless you are saving the bright blue eye shadow for that 70’s party we talked about then toss them.

if you have an eye shadow from 3 years ago you clearly don’t like the color.

Base Makeup

  • Water base – 12 months
  • Oil base – 18 months

Most women I know have kept some longer than that because of the different shades we use during winter and summer. Unless you are super organized and somewhat of a minimalist you probably have several bottles. Or you have poured from one glass bottle into the other and there is no way to know how old the stuff is, so at least do the smell test and then narrow it down. A couple of bottles should suffice for the year.

Unless you run a makeup studio, every women I know has too much. There is no way they will be able to use all of it within a reasonable time. Save yourself some money and next time they offer free gift  with purchase, give it a pass. I promise that free deal will come along again before you know it. Ignore it, because you will have already bought three new shades by then (unless you keep reading my site).


Now lets talk lipsticks. Of all of the makeup, lipsticks seem to last the longest, about 3 years. I know my aunt has lipsticks from 15 years ago and they still work. So when they say a shelf life of  3 years, I think it is because of health reasons.

No one has more lipsticks than my sister. She has every color, every shade, shiny and not shinny.  Several times a year we go through all of them and she keeps a few. It’s amazing how they accumulate so fast. She is happy to take the lipsticks from my mom’s free gifts and I too am happy to give her from my gifts. I’m not so sure we are doing her any favors but my mom and I love the opportunity to give them to her.

Keep only what you use. Get rid of old make up.

Less is Always More

Clean out the drawer. If you organized your makeup today and didn’t throw out any of it then something didn’t work. The point is to narrow it down. Streamline your makeup.

Keep it really simple, it will save time and money.