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 Clocks

clocksClocks and watches have a way of hanging around the house, even if they are broken. broken watchMaybe it’s a simple dead battery or you have put in the garage to make room for an up to date prettier clock. Bottom line is that you have lots and lots of clocks and watches not being used.

If you have read other articles on this site then you know the recommended routine.

Organizing is code for decluttering.

A trip to the goodwill, or anywhere that will take second hand items, is in order.

There is always the option of selling or giving away to a friend or family member.

My family had our famous cuckoo clock that ended up with my sister. A couple of decades ago my 4 year old pulled on the chain and it broke leaving little medal pieces all over the floor. He gathered and hid them and then let us know that a monster broke the clock.

The forgiveness process:

He lied and denied and then blamed it on the monster. The guilt got to him so he then confessed and with some encouragement, asked my sister to forgive him and she did.

Are clocks cluttering your walls?

How many broken watches are in your jewelry box and drawers?

Experience living with less! Get rid of broken clocks and watches!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

SIMPLICITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Do With Vacuums and Moppers

moppersOnce again, it was the infomercial that won. If you have carpet you probably have a vacuum. For tile and wood you have brooms and mops. Sounds somewhat simple for keeping the floors clean. Doesn’t it?

But then they come out with something that does more. In fact you need to do very little. Just plug it in and magic happens! Or not.

These kinds of fancy moppers end up taking up valuable space for many of us. If you use the new and improved vacuums and moppers then keep them.

If they are taking up space and you don’t use them then now is the time to take them out of the closets and make a decision.

Are they broken? If they are, you have 2 options. Take them to get fixed or get rid of them.

Taking a vacuum to get fixed is like taking a car to get fixed. Most of us just have no idea how these things work. If the guy says, it can’t be fixed or the price to fix is crazy high then we don’t question it.

My sister recently took her very expensive hardy vacuum to get fixed. They guy said it couldn’t be fixed and talked her into buying a new one. She was bummed because she liked that old sturdy vacuum.

Two weeks later she walked by the store and saw her old vacuum in the window for sale. She went into the store to make sure it was her old vacuum and sure enough, it was. After weeks of fighting with the dishonest sales guys she decided to let it go.

Here is the bottom line with a vacuum. Most of us only need ONE. That’s it. Only one.

My sister’s advice to you….donate your extra vacuums! Just don’t donate to dishonest sales people who lie to you. You will feel better if they end up in a non profit 2nd hand store.

 

 

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 JUST STUFF

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 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!

 

 

Hoarding Awareness Week

WOW!   composting food

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.

 

 

 

 

How to Organize Batteries

BatteriesIt’s hard to keep batteries in one area. No matter how determined we are, they pop up in unusual places, including the refrigerator.  I tried to keep all of them in a plastic box  but because I live with others, that box would often disappear.

We had a prompt family meeting to announce “don’t put old batteries in with the new.” You would think that is a given, but apparently not.

Battery Recycling

I was confused as to what to do with the old ones. In the olden days we would toss batteries in the trash, but laws have changed and we can’t do that anymore. Local companies often have “electronic drop off days that include batteries”

Home Depot in my area had one not long ago. They said I could drop off all batteries except for “Forklift batteries”. Assuming you don’t have any forklift batteries, you should be fine.

Replacing Batteries

The reason the battery box came out today was, I have those little solar lights for my backyard and many of them were not lighting up. After finding the battery box, I replaced most of them until I ran out of batteries. About half of them worked after that, the rest didn’t.

So now I don’t know if the battery didn’t work or if the little light bulb was broken.   This is why it is important to have a battery tester.

I had no idea in researching, what to do with batteries, that it was so complicated. The government website explains everything. Everything I ever wanted to know about batteries.

http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/battery.htm

Bottom line is….laws have changed. You can’t just toss in the trash anymore. One option is get the rechargeable batteries. Then you would have less to get rid of. The other option for today is gather all of your batteries.

How to Organize Batteries That Are Still Good

The best thing I’ve seen so far is this battery organizer on Amazon.

Battery Organizer/Tester

So take today to organize your batteries, and take back the power!