The More You Give Away The Less You Will Spend

This statement appeared in a blog I recently posted and several of you were confused and a few of you disagreed. So I will try making my case with the following story.

A few years ago I made a trip to the Burbank Airport to pick up my mom. Traffic can be hard to gage so I left in plenty of time and as luck would have it, I sailed through with no traffic. Close by the airport is a BIG store with everything a house could want, along with a little food court. With an hour to spare I headed over there to get a coke and walk through the store.

I don’t know what they teach in marketing school, but it works. As I walked through that store, I wanted to buy. The bargains were unbelievable and if I didn’t buy I would never have that opportunity again. Why, you ask?

Because the sign said so.

Tblue duvethat is when I spotted a blue duvet with a touch of yellow for $19.99. What a bargain! After all, changing a bedspread is kind of exciting plus it was new, clean and affordable. It was fun buying and I couldn’t wait to get home to put the duvet cover on the bedspread to enjoy the new look.

I picked up my mom at the airport, dropped her off at her home, went straight back to my house and remade the bed with my new purchase. It wasn’t until I remade the bed that I realised the new duvet didn’t match the bed skirt so I made a quick trip to BBB to buy a bed skirt that would match. Ouch, this was costing a little more than I wanted it to but at least the first item was on sale.

The duvet cover was washed several times throughout the year and it was such a hassle to put on that I decided one day to stick it up with the rest of the sheets and use the original bedspread. I had every intention of using it again, just not that week. The week turned into months and the months turned into a year.  Since then, that $19.99 duvet cover and new bed skirt have been stored.

Every time I go to change sheets and see that duvet cover I get mad at myself for buying it in the first place.

I really started to seriously declutter last April and the more I give away, the more I realize that I don’t need more. Therefore, I buy less.

My Three Big Mistakes.

1. Passing Free Time With Shopping. If you have free time don’t spend it shopping. Save money!

2. Impulse Buying. Impulse buying is never smart.

3. Allowing Myself To Be Tricked By Clever Marketing. Am I really that gullible? Really?

Getting rid of what you don’t use makes you more aware of what you don’t need to buy. You don’t need a duvet to be happy. Lesson learned.





The Famous Bible Verse On Cleanliness And Doing Taxes

What does the Bible say about cleaning and organizing? There is that famous bible verse…

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Oh wait, that actually isn’t a bible verse.

The paragraph below is from

Being clean is a  sign of spiritual purity or goodness, as in Don’t forget to wash your  ears–cleanliness is next to godliness.  This phrase was first recorded in a  sermon by John Wesley in 1778, but the idea is ancient,  found in Babylonian and Hebrew religious tracts.  It is still invoked, often as  an admonition to wash or clean up.

We do know the bible says a lot about laziness. I’m trying to decide if I am just lazy when it comes to gathering tax stuff or just not emotionally prepared to do so. It’s one of those things I avoid until it absolutely has to be done. The good news is, I am not alone.

Organizing paper is so critical, not only to businesses but for your home business as well. You might say, I don’t have a business in my home, and you would be wrong.

Even for the most simplest of households, you do what businesses do. You hopefully make money and you pay bills. It may not be as complicated as a business but the same concept applies.

Remember the days when we thought using computers would do away with paper? Little did we know. I know more than a few that wished they had invested in paper companies. The need for paper has increased not decreased.

And here we are, full circle back to organizing and decluttering. If you declutter your computer or your work area, the tax preparation will be less painful.  The organizing books collectively tell you that if you declutter what you don’t need that almost any organizing technique will work. Whether it is separating categories on a computer, using color folders, binders with tabs or simply a pile with sticky notes.


It’s that time!

Clean up your work area this week. You’ll need to get started on taxes.










Why Did The Shoemakers Kids Never Have Shoes?

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


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……..



The Cost of Clutter

There is a show on TV that films auctions at public storage places. I’ve watched only a few of those shows and am always shocked with what the highest bidder ends up with. Back in the 60’s my family moved to a suburb of Los Angeles. The population was 7,000 and as far as I can remember there was not one storage place in the whole town. Fast forward 5 decades and there are storage units everywhere. What changed?

Why do we have more stuff now than we did then? Are we happier with more stuff? What is the cost of clutter?

What’s Your Reason?

There are good reasons to store our belongings. Just last year my mom moved and had to store stuff for two months until she could move it all into her new house. I had a son who, while on deployment had to store his belongings. Even my own family paid for storage while we were out of the country for several years. But you have to wonder, how much money is paid to store junk that we will never use.

The truth is when we came back and emptied our storage unit much of it ended up in the trash or the goodwill. I could kick myself for not getting rid of some of it earlier but we really didn’t know how long we would be out the country so we kept it.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

There are great bargains and eye catching signs out there like.. first month free or first month of storage for $1.oo. Again, sometimes it is necessary, but we all know much of what is stored will never be used by anyone.

Storage can be tricky as well. We stored things like pillows and blankets and clearly didn’t know how to pack away because when we unpacked the smell was not good. The money that we could have saved by not storing could have furnished an entire house of new stuff.

Just look around your neighborhood and see how many cars can’t pull into the garages because it is cluttered with stuff. We build and buy larger homes that cost a lot of money because of this illusion that we need more space to hold more stuff that we don’t use or need.

Whether you pay for outside storage or not you are paying for space. Your mortgage, your rent or your storage bill. Maybe it is time to rethink what you are storing.

Remember it all costs money.