Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue
I know you are saying what does that even have to do with clutter?
Think about it like this to help you gain control of your clutter.
Something Old for Something New
Every time you buy something new you have to get rid of something old.
Are you going shopping for new shoes? Donate or throw away one pair of old shoes. Look I know about shoes and our relationships with them. But Still.
New T-shirts – Old T-Shirt out, New shorts ~ Old Shorts out. Come on you know you are buying new t-shirts because the old one is stained, misshapen, faded or not the right size. Let it go.
OK try this one.
If you decide that you want to redecorate your kitchen from Roosters to Magnolia. Donate your Roosters to another hen house.
Technology is not exempt to this adage either. How about you need to upgrade to the latest iPhone 7.925? Donate, sell or give the old one away.
This applies even when before you go to the grocery store. Clean out your fridge. You will be able to see what you need to replace. You know you are not going to use that last olive in the jar that has been in there since you New Years’ Eve party. Nor are you going to use that last drop of Catalina salad dressing. Do you even like Catalina dressing?
Sometimes you can borrow what you need instead of buying it.
Here is a great example: My friend and I have a deal. She bakes a lot and I make homemade ice cream a lot. She keeps my KitchenAid Mixer at her house and I keep her Ice Cream Freezer at mine. When either of us needs it we pick it up from the other. I don’t have to store that big heavy mixer that I hardly ever use and she doesn’t have the garage space to store the Freezer. So it works out perfect for us.
Maybe 1 or 2 times a year you need a card table. You don’t need to own and store a card table. You need to borrow one. I suggest you take a picture of the borrowed object with the borrower. (Evidence) This will most always assure you get your property back without any problems.
If you cut down and control your clutter by trading something old for something new, using something borrowed instead of buying new, you will not be blue.
Get moving as soon as possible, a big sign in depression is when you lose all activity, when you feel so down, you have no desire to be moving and when you go down this road, you are losing your way, it does not matter what activity you do, but you must occupy your time.
Organise your day.
Form a routine and keep to it, organise your life,most people who suffer from depression have no schedule or routine in their life. It is important to keep a schedule going during your day, include your lunch time, hobbies and computer time, you are maybe thinking that when you are down the last thing you want is a scheduled day or to plan one, this is the main reason why you should.
Empty your mind of all negative thoughts, these will not help you to solve problems, or…
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Do you plan on driving this summer? Duh ~ Of course, you do.
Are you going on a driving vacation? You really must prepare your car before loading up the family and heading off into the wild blue yonder. This post may not be sexy but if you have ever been on the side of the road with kids, pets, and parents you really will appreciate the words of wisdom. If you haven’t, you really don’t want to have stranded roadside memories.
Ditch the junk in the trunk – Clean the clutter out. You will need all the space you can for the kiddie gear. Plus extra weight means lower gas mileage.
Power up – Did you know that your battery could leave you stranded in the hot summer months? The heat and overcharging can shorten the life of your battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery.
Kick the Tires – Do you really want to have a flat tire on the side of the road? Properly inflated tires are important to both your fuel economy and to the life of your tires. Don’t forget to check the spare if you have one.
Remember that you can check the tread by taking a penny and insert it upside down along your treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, those treads are dead and you need new tires.
According to Edmunds.com even if you have sufficient tread but your tires are older than say six years you may need to replace your tires.
Carmakers such as Nissan and Mercedes-Benz who tell consumers to replace tires six years after their production date, regardless of tread life. Tire manufacturers such as Continental and Michelin say a tire can last up to 10 years provided you get annual tire inspections after the fifth year. The Rubber Manufacturers Association says there is no way to put a date on when a tire “expires,” because such factors as heat, storage and conditions of use can dramatically reduce the life of a tire. Here’s more on each of these factors.
How To Determine the Age of a Tire
The sidewall of a tire is full of numbers and letters. They all mean something, but deciphering them can be a challenge. This Edmunds article about reading a tire’s sidewall goes into greater detail, but for the purposes of determining the age of a tire, you’ll just need to know its U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number.
Check the Juice – You can easily check your fluids like coolant, motor oil, and windshield washer fluid also. I recommend you take your vehicle and have the oil changed and checked out by a professional before you begin a car trip.
The future is so bright you need shades – Purchasing a $10 sunshade that keeps sunlight from coming in the windshield can reduce fading, drying and cracking inside your vehicle, and keep you cooler when you sit down behind the wheel. If you happen to live in Arizona you will find that a sunshade is necessary. Believe me, you don’t want to sit on a leather seat that has been baking in the sun. We really can bake cookies in our vehicle in the summer.
Preparation is a key to handling the harsh summer heat. That certainly beats being stranded in the heat. But if this happens make sure you have signed up for a roadside assistance program. Your cell phone provider may offer roadside or there is always AAA.
Failure to plan is a plan to fail. A little organization goes a long way. What are your summer plans?
So I have been talking about how to control the paper monster for some time now. Today I want to share the feedback I have received in the past from some of my clients.
This has really helped me A LOT! I also have a flash drive on my keychain that actually looks like a key! All the bills have their own folder where I save a copy of my confirmation as a .pdf. An easy way to accomplish this is by downloading “PrimoPDF” and it’s FREE! This will allow you to “print” anything into a .pdf form! I also do this with the online bills that I no longer get paper bills for. I’m trying to ween myself off the paper thing!!!
I have files set up for each of them. But my biggest issue is, I NEVER file them the way I had intended to! So I saw this “calendar/book” at a dollar store recently that gave me an idea to take a different approach and possibly allow me to actually FILE THEM and save time, paper, and patience!!! It was a book that had a calendar and folder for each month. The folder was for putting the bills in for that month! So I have about 27 items on my spreadsheet that I keep up with every month. So instead of having 27 files to deal with, I could potentially have 1, yes, ONE folder for the WHOLE YEAR!!!! I’m so excited! But frugal as I am, I will probably make my own folder so I can customize it a bit! I’m thinking legal file folders, folded, and bound together, and a printable calendar on sticker paper should do the trick!
I have filed in an over the door plastic shoe holder for years. It helps me to see what I actually have instead of hidden in a folder. Once the pocket gets full I usually realize I don’t really need most of the papers I keep and put them through the shredder. I do have a filing cabinet for car titles and important stuff, but the monthly bills etc., it’s easy to just stuff them in the pocket. This saves me from the stacks of papers on the counter, the table, basically any flat surface I happen to be standing by when I open the mail (haha). At first, I labeled the pockets with post-it notes, but then those that I used for a while got a real label with large magic marker writing so I could easily identify each pocket.
The idea of color coding for a visual clue as to when things are due. When I sort through papers I have three bins: trash, recycle and shred.
The point of sharing other people’s solutions is to stress that there are lots of options. You will have to find the one that works for you.
I know this was a lot, but if anyone can use any of it to help them, I’m just happy to share! I know that many of you have been struggling for a long time and the stress of being late on stuff to gets to you!!! So are any of you thinking of adopting some of the ideas above?