What To Do With Jewelry Gift Boxes

They are pretty but do you use them? Are they empty? There is your starting point.

Maybe you simply save for when you need a small box for your own gift giving. That was why Carol saved these handy little holders but it was time to let go. As pretty as they were, they were taking up space. Letting go of small things give us momentum. Three simple questions. Do I use it? Do I need it? Do I enjoy it?

Jewelry Gift Boxes

What To Do With Vases

vasesCollecting vases is what many of us do without even trying. Most flower deliveries includes the vase and over the years the vase makers have gotten quite creative.

I don’t remember ever buying a vase but I have several that haven’t been used in years. With all of the flowers in my garden it isn’t uncommon for me to have fresh flowers displayed inside and out.

However, I don’t use most of them so it was time to simplify.


Make it a point to give flowers this year in a vase. Whether store bought or cut from your garden, they are pretty to receive.



Trash if they are broken and be careful if disposing sharp glass edges.

If you are a crafty person, there is no end to what you can do with extra vases around the house.

Making center pieces, coin jars, lamps, painting and decorating plain vases and creating a one of a kind masterpiece, candy jars, filling them with anything and everything for an unusual gift.

For the brave…..If you are ready to declutter your vases then here is a good step by step process.

Gather all of the vases in your house and put on kitchen table.

Take all of the vases that you haven’t used in a year, wrap them safely and put in donate box.

Take the donate box to goodwill or 2nd hand shop.

How simple is that?

Time to add some water and fresh flowers to the vase I actually use and enjoy. vase with flowers

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 Socks

red socks

These things typically take up an entire drawer. From the solid colors to patterned to bright holiday themed socks, we can’t possibly wear all of the ones we own.

The minimalism journey is fun!

Little by little you can get organized by decluttering things you no longer wear. That includes socks with missing mates and holes.

Gather your socks from drawers, closets and don’t forget to check inside shoes. Lay them out on a bed and pull out the ones that you have worn during the year.

The rest can go. Recycling as a dust rag works or simply put in your ongoing donate bag.


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?



What To Do With Fake Plastic Flowers

white plastic flowersPut them in garage sale. Yeah, that will work. Then what do you do if no one wants to buy them? Even worse, what if no one will even take them for free?

Yes, this is exactly what happened.  The neighbor had a garage sale. They made a little bit of money. Hardly worth the trouble but it does make us feel better to sell and get back a little bit of the money that we foolishly spent.

Things were free at the end of the day and even then they were still left on the driveway.

They were pretty but fake flowers aren’t as popular as they once were in decorating our houses. One alternative is to pull out the individual flowers and carefully place in your garden.

I once had a Gardner compliment my flowers and I didn’t have to heart to tell him they were all fake. It would have been a little embarrassing but worse for him, who was an expert in flowers.

If you are not enjoying your fake flowers as you once did, then maybe it is time to get rid of them. After all, they do seem to attract the dust. Who out there wants to spend time dusting these?

It’s your decisions. Full disclosure….. I still have a few, that includes a few in the garden. They don’t last long out there and soon a few of those will end up in the trash. red fake flowers



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 Handmade And Homemade Gifts

Who out there received gifts this year that were handmade by a family member? I did and I love it! Those gifts will be kept for a long time. Passion, thought and time was spent making it, just for you.

Seems almost cruel to get rid of them. Does this mean you have to keep forever?


Think about all of drawings, hand molds, ash trays (even though many of us don’t smoke), popsicle stick masterpieces and more, that you have received over the years. You would need an entire room or more just to display.

It’s not practical to keep forever. Here are some ideas;

1. Consider re-gifting your child’s gift back to them or even to their children.

2. Memorialize it in a photograph.

3. Let family members know that you want to declutter and organize and give them the opportunity to take back some of those gifts they made at camp.

4. If these homemade gifts are stored under beds or in garages this is the time to take out and display. Turn them into conversation pieces.

5. Frame those works of art and put up on the wall.

6. If it is something someone else could use then give away.

7. Offer it back to the person that gave it. If it is something from their youth, they may want to keep it.

If getting rid of it would cause a family uproar then keep it.

If keeping it means more to one of your grandkids then maybe just for now, keep it. 

One in one out theory

Try this…for every gift you received, you get rid of something.