How To Declutter Food And Composting…. UPDATE….2nd Update…Worst Idea Ever!

 

composting foodHow to declutter food, PROPERLY.

Farming. It’s in my DNA. The problem is, I don’t live on a farm so I pretend and that is what started the problem.

Who out there doesn’t hate throwing out food? Such a shame and what a waste is what comes to mind when I have to toss food that is no longer edible. If I keep it and it decomposes then it becomes good fertilizer for my garden.

With that in mind I started to throw food down the little hill in my backyard. Choosing an area away from the house was the smart thing to do because I knew it would attract lots of flies. I started to notice more and more squirrels around the back along with more flies and a strong smell of rot and ferment.

Then one night the dogs started to go wild. Barking was sure to wake up the neighbors so we quickly ran out there to grab them. They had cornered a “pig possum”. That is the only way to describe this creature. It wasn’t a normal possum but something out of a horror movie. We had never seen anything like it before. That thing, was after all that rotting food in my compost pile.

Clearly the way I was composting for my area was incorrect. That is when I purchased a composter. The picture on back of the instructions showed nice dark dirt coming out the bottom. So far that hasn’t happened. composting box

It has a long way to go before the thing is full but for now it does feel nice to be able to through out old food with the exceptions of meat, fat, and dairy. I’ll do an update in a few months and let you know how it worked out.

 UPDATE

The whole family got involved but we never had that rich brown dirt as a result of our effort.

FLIES AND MORE FLIES!

We had more squirrels and raccoons and finally the decision was made to end our composting. Some was buried into ground and some went into the trash.

This container is now being used in the chicken area. I’ll be back soon to let you know how it works for my girls.

2nd UPDATE

Composting was a disaster for me! Worst idea ever. All it really did was feed the rats and those rats told all of the other rats and we had a serious problem.

It didn’t work out for the chickens. They were not interested in the plastic box.

Although the idea is terrific, I have yet to meet someone who was truly successful and didn’t attract rats and flies and raccoons.

I won’t do this again.

As far as decluttering food….throw it out and let the trash company do their job.

Before And After Bookcase

Bookcase Before

 

This last weekend a friend and I were busy organizing. The catch all area for them was their bookcase. They estimated  the mess in their office has caused them to spend hours looking for the documents needed for a tax return.

Frustration and blame does not make for a happy home. The only way there would be success was for them to accept they needed to declutter.

The big problem for students and teachers is they may again use one of those books for reference. Getting rid of a book doesn’t mean it goes out of existence.

Donate to the library!

Let the library store it for you. If you can’t find that lost book then the library can check out other libraries and have it sent to yours.

We started by taking everything out and giving it a good clean. Then one by one, only putting back the books they needed and used. We also did the rest of the office. Lots of paper, junk mail, souvenirs, and everything in between.

Like items with like items. This will save you hours of searching.

Bookcase After

What Will I Do Without……Living With Less

Potty Chair

Bookends

Bookends

Coasters

Coasters

Treasure Chest

Treasure Chest

Steamer

Steamer

Centerpiece

Centerpiece

Getting rid of things not being used, would take care of four items above. Getting rid of things you no longer enjoy, would take care of the other two .The more you declutter, the easier it gets!

Living With Less!

It’s not so bad!

What To Do With Umbrellas

umbrellasIn Southern California we occasionally have STORM WATCH. This typically means there are a few clouds in the distance and we  hope against all odds that it might rain. We get out the umbrellas and yet again are disappointed with a little sprinkle.

Don’t get me wrong. It does actually rain here but just not a lot. The truth is, when we don’t have sun for one day, many of us panic.

These things were an absolute necessity when I lived in England.

But what do you do with them if they are broken? It wasn’t uncommon for kids to use as swords or for a big wind to come along and turn one inside out.

Getting poked in the eye by one of the metal sticks that holds it together, is not fun. The safe thing to do – get rid of broken umbrellas.

Using for shade is another use but I rarely see that and I live where it’s sunny most of the time.

If you are creative you could pull it apart and use the metal sticks in the garden or……you could simply recycle.

Apart from shelter from rain, using to shelter you or the food on your picnic table from the sun, there isn’t much more we can do with umbrellas.

Do you use it?

TIP – Keep what you use and get rid of what you don’t use. That includes umbrellas.

 

 

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 Old Pantyhose And Nylons

nylonsPantyhose and nylons are not as popular as they used to be. Less popular if you live in warmer climates and rarely dress up.

Think travel. I remember a fashion designer saying that going to the airport now was like going to a velour tracksuit conference. Not like the olden days when women dressed up for travel with pantyhose and girdles.

Unless we have a quick turn around in fashion, few of us will wear all of those pantyhose in the drawers.

So now is the time to take them out and make a decision.

When was the last time you wore a pair? I could understand wanting to save a couple in case of a wedding or funeral.

Recycling

There are dozens, possibly hundreds of ideas out there for those that do arts and crafts.

If you don’t need for arts and crafts then maybe today is a good day to simplify your collection.

 

 

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.