What To Do With Placemats?

These things come in handy and do protect furniture. For years we had placemats that were maps. Kids can learn a lot while eating their cereal. They make great gifts, can decorate a table and are useful. But it’s time. I have not used many of my placemats in years. Time to donate.Placemats

What To Do With Homemade Binaculars?

My grandson made these and we did actually play with them for a couple of days. Think of all of the homemade gifts you will receive during your lifetime from kids and grandkids. Keeping everything would be a recipe for insanity. There is no shame in using things for a season or for a couple of days and then trashing or recycling.

Homemade Binaculars

What To Do With Mugs

world's best boss mugDo you have a full set of mugs that are routinely used?  Or a collection of chipped mismatched mugs that are not being used?

Thinking about what to buy for my husband when we were dating wasn’t easy until I found out that he collected mugs. Then it got easy!

Easy for the buyer but eventually overwhelming for the receiver.

Ideas

These mugs have other uses besides holding tea and coffee. In many houses and offices across the world, it isn’t uncommon to see them holding pens and pencils. Makeup or shaving soap, anything that needs a holder.

Re-gift with something fun inside. Candy comes to mind.

If you are done re-gifting and don’t have any more pens or pencils to hold then think about donating.

Organizing is code for decluttering. To be successful you need to get rid of things you no longer use.

Make life simple and you will begin to feel more organized.

 

 

 

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 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 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.

Ideas

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.

Donate

Sell

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?

MINIMALISM

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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downsizing And What To Do With Figurines

lladrosDusting these things are a pain! From the cheapest price of 99 cents to the most expensive into the thousands, we buy and gift them with pleasure.

If you have a Lladro collection then you may be sitting on a small fortune. So before you (mom) give to the goodwill you may want to do some homework and research on selling second hand.

I don’t think I have ever been in a home that hasn’t had some type of figure or statue and I’ve been in LOTS of homes. The ones that were handed down are the most difficult to part with.

Don’t panic just yet. You don’t need and you don’t use but if you enjoy them, then keep them. However, if you are downsizing then now is perfect time to make some decisions.

 

Options;

Start with a few internet searches to see which ones are worth some $$ and which ones were bought at the dollar store.

Let family know you are organizing and the key to organizing is getting rid of stuff. Gift some of these figurines to kids and grand kids.

Sell online. Using a dealer is an option, but remember they will take a portion of the profits.

Use them for a fund raiser for your favorite charity or simply donate.

It is hard to part with things that have strong memories attached. Keep in mind, these are just porcelain, glass, clay or plastic.

Memorialize by taking a photograph.

Remember, it’s just stuff and you can’t take it with you into the next world.