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 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 To Do With Silver Trays

Wish I could give you some clever, spectacular thing to do with these priceless things, that take up lots of space, that we never use, but I can’t.

If you don’t use it, and you don’t like them but you keep anyways because they are worth a fortune, then I have news for you. I did try and research this one because all of these years I kept a few thinking they were worth lots of money.

THEY WERE NOT

I thought someone could buy them and melt them down, sell to a jeweler and I would be rich. Not going to happen.

Other trays  took up space as well. Occasionally I would put out as decoration but it was only because I felt obligated to use them. Growing up, my mom used trays a lot but maybe that was more the norm back in the 60’s and 70’s .

These trays can be bought in thrift stores, EBay, Amazon and at many of your local yard and garage sales.

Today would be a good day to make some extra space in your cupboards.

Chances are, you are not storing something worth a fortune.

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!

 

 

How Many Spatulas Do You Need?

spatulasAnswer….. Not as many as you have.

Almost every day in the kitchen we rummage through the, cheese grater, garlic press, big salad spoons and forks, steak thermometer, measuring spoons, spaghetti spoon, ice cream scoop, an incomplete corn on the cob utensil set, cracked wooden spoons, plastic spoons, tongs, wire whisk, bamboo skimmer, pasta scoop, pizza cutter, bottle opener, cookie cutter, pie and cake server, cheese knife, cherry pitter, corkscrew, crab cracker and dough scraper just to get to our favorite spatula.

Here we go again! When was the last time you used these things?

Some ideas.

Take the contents of  entire drawer to garage and as you need them, take them back into the kitchen one by one. Although that crab cracker might come in handy one day, is it worth keeping? What else could you use? What did they use before someone invented the crab cracker?

Take out what you have used this week. The rest of it goes into a bag and again like the suggestion above, take to garage or pantry and pull out what you need one by one.

The 2 steps above are little tricks that may help but you could also be brave and just get rid of what you haven’t used in a year. If a year doesn’t work for you then go with 5 years. You’ll need to be honest with yourself and just do it. What is the worst that could happen?

If you happen to through out something you at one point could have used, use something else. It really won’t be the end of the world. Besides, someone else will be able to use and you’ll feel more organized every time you open the kitchen drawer or grab out of the utensil holder.

Less clutter is easier on the eye!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

What To Do With Pots And Pans

pots and pans

Over the years I’ve been in many homes that are incredible organized and even those homes have a mismatch of pots and pans. Could be because new clever pots have come out over the years that make cooking more exciting and efficient.

One idea is to hang on racks. This is supposed to make it easier to grab, cook, clean and hang.

But before we look into how to organize it is a good idea to pull out all of the pots and pans. What haven’t you used in a year? Not using something for a year makes it likely you won’t use this year but you make the decision, maybe for you it is 2 years or 5 years.

Trust me, I know how this works. I have a couple of pans from my great grandma that I use and a few that I haven’t used in years. It is time.

DECLUTTER THE POTS AND PANS TODAY

Consider the lids as well. I have a favorite lid I use that actually doesn’t properly fit the pans but it works. I also had lids that didn’t match anything I own. I’m not even sure how they are in my cupboards.

With everything out of the drawers and cupboards, it would be a good time to scrub. Followed by covering with vinyl paper, rubbery material, painting, sticky paper, or any special material designed for covering and updating the kitchen.

Only put back what you use. The rest need to go.

Gift to someone else, goodwill it, or sell it.

It’s A New Day Today

My year is up, now what? I took a year to really get organized. What I discovered is what I already knew. Being organized or at least feeling organized creates calmness. Makes you feel at peace. It is the opposite of chaos.

How does one get organized?

They get rid of what they don’t use, need or enjoy. For most of us, that is a lot of stuff. I’ve posted dozens of short stories on getting rid of things along with ideas that came from many of you.

Something else I discovered was I like being a minimalist. This is not to say that I don’t have stuff but less for me was best.

For now my stories will continue. There are other areas that I want to declutter. I’m always interested in your stories and any ideas you might have to help others get organized.

Get out a tissue we all have issues.

One more thing that has become clearer over this last year is that whatever your issues are, someone else has had it and worse.

It’s official. Hoarding is now a disease. You are in good company and no need to go it alone.

You need support and it’s out there.

Stay tuned for more!