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.



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

What To Do With Matching Flower Pots

blue matching flower potsThese pots have been used in the last year and I like them. So why am I getting rid of them?


Like so many of you out there I’ve discovered that living with less is nice.

Less to juggle and less to clean makes for a more simple life style.

They were carefully wrapped and put in the donate bag this morning, followed with a quick detour to the goodwill drop off.

Simplifying means more time and energy.

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.




What To Do With Sewing Machines

sewing machineBack in the 60’s I think every house on the block had a sewing machine. How many of us remember being in the local store, trying to stay out of trouble while our mothers would look through patterns.

Everyone my age had to take homemaking in high school and all of us girls learned to make at least a couple of tops or dresses in those classes.

Those days are over. Clothes are now cheaper to buy than to make.

My mom still has her sewing machine and used it last year to make a costume for one of the grand kids. It’s also occasionally used to fix a hem.

I have one that is old and sentimental. It’s never used. I keep thinking it’s worth something.                    singer sewing machine

Others out there thought the same thing. That is why they are all over the place and no one will be paying me the thousands that I was hoping for.

Some things are easier to part with than others. This one for me is more difficult but I was ready to take to the goodwill and happen to mention to my mom.

She wanted it.

Giving things to family members is a good way to get rid of something sentimental.




What To Do With Scarves

scarvesThese beautiful colorful pieces of fabric are hard to part with even though you rarely use them. You may be one of the few I see around that look completely coordinated with one of these draped perfectly around your shoulders or tied around your neck but many of us don’t think to wear them that often.

Religious reasons; I had an opportunity years ago to travel to Kuala Lumpur and the women there wore beautiful scarves to cover their heads for their religion.

Practical reasons; like a wool scarf in the winter for warmth.

Fashion reason; the biggest reason I see around where I live. If you look on youtube you can find clips of women showing you all sorts of creative ways to wear them and tie them.

But what do you do when years have gone by and you just don’t grab for that scarf anymore? One thing is to get them out and make an effort to wear them but again, if a year goes by and you don’t, consider some of the following.

Other uses for scarves;

Beach Dress, Skirt, Quilts, Table Decoration, Crafts, Turn Into A Belt, Make It A Headpiece,

If those don’t work for you then consider selling it or giving it away.

Step One; Take out all of your scarves, the folded and the hanging.

Step Two; If you haven’t worn in 2 years, then sell or give away. For those of you who are getting braver, try 1 year.

Scarves are in most clothing stores. Target and Walmart have lots. So if you happen get rid of all of your scarves and you suddenly need one then relax because you know there are many more out there at good prices.

They are pretty, aren’t they?



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








The Stuff Above The Washing Machine

Above the washing machineMost households have washing detergent, softener and little softener towelettes above the washing machine. But, that’s not all we keep up there.

There are lots of half filled bottles, including bottles you bought back the early eighties. It’s amazing the stuff hasn’t completely dried up.

Can you spot the super oil for the sewing machine that I haven’t used in years? I hate throwing it away because it’s oil and probably still works but most of us own a can of WD40.

Some shoe shine stuff and boot lotion and bug repellant that I don’t use.

What to do?

Apart from the air can, I haven’t used any of these in years.

Discovering minimalism.

Having less stuff, (especially stuff not being used) is easier on the brain. There are many benefits.

Less to insure and less to worry about, means freedom.

Living with less not only gives us more confidence it saves money.

Less to clean and less to wash means more time to play.

It’s not complicated.

Consider this –  it might be in your best interest to have less.

That includes half used bottles that are 10 years old.


How To Organize. Clutter = Negativity


Here is a recap of an old TV clip on organizing couples.

1. The disorganized young couple.

Problem. They had little space, living out of boxes, no actual closet and came together with lots of stuff. Including too many college t-shirts that needed to go.

Solution. They bought a closet they could put together so stuff they used would have a designated place. They purchased nice hangers and before hanging their clothes they did a fashion show for each other. Decisions were made on what they would keep and what they would get rid of, including 90% of those college t shirts.


2. The older couple.

Problem. They came together later in life and had to merge two households. He liked his MR COFFEE and she liked her FRENCH COFFEE PRESS.

Solution. They bought a coffee maker that did both. They had two of everything so consolidation was their answer.


3. One is messy and the other is neat couple.

Problem. He drove her crazy and needed his own space.

Solution. The man cave. This gives him an area for his own stuff that he won’t get rid of. She needs to stay out of this area.

Decluttering is a must if you want to be organized!