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 Odds And Ends

locksLocks with no combinations. Missing weight mate. Broken shoe things. Magnets that hold clutter to fridge. Bathroom toothbrush holder that was always dirty. Old shoe shiner that kind of works. They all need to go and I won’t miss any of them. Less clutter to deal with is a good thing. It simplifies life. Too many of these little items around the house begin to add up to lots of clutter. magnets

shoe shinner

toothbrush holder

broken show insert


missing  weight



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



What To Do With Bird Feeders And Bird Houses

bird house bird feederYou know I love the outdoors. To be outside and hear the sounds of birds chirping is relaxing. But what do you do when you have too many bird houses and bird feeders?

The short answer is get rid of the ones that are broken or simply ugly. Although some of those homemade ones can be sentimental.

Several were in my backyard. Most of them were gifts except for the hummingbird feeder. As you can see that feeder was missing a few of the little yellow things.

Although it looked pretty when it was full of the bright red sugary stuff, it was still broken.

Here are the 3 big questions.

Were they being used?

Were they being enjoyed? 

Were they needed?

No, no and no.

In fact, my beautiful garden was looking somewhat cluttered. So here we go again. Just when I think there is no more to get rid of.

Another question when it comes to birds is what to do when they make nests around your house. I grew up hearing a story about a bird that picked up a cigarette, brought it back to it’s nest against the house. Then the house catches fire and is completely destroyed. Is that an urban myth story? Don’t know. But they say that birds carry up to 60 diseases. Who wants that around their house?

Bird houses, sentimental or not, all but 2 are in the trash.

Declutter those bird houses!


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.









Black Friday – Think Before You Buy

It’s not only Black Friday but now we have Gray Thursday. No matter what you call it, it’s coming.

The financial analyst folks forcast it will be the worst shopping season since 2008. You know what that means? It means the stores will try harder to get you to walk into their store and buy. I’m not saying there are not great deals out there but THINK before you buy or you will be buying stuff that you and others don’t need.

You may not need an extra TV for JUST IN CASE.

Be smart. You are spending hard earned money. You may be spending money you don’t have.


Be creative this year with gift giving. What about the gift of time?

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.