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5 things to let go of today.

 

5 fairly easy and simple tips to reduce your clutter. Ready set go.agence-producteurs-locaux-damien-kuhn-97746Negative items.

(This excludes people!)  Although that is something to give some serious thought to.  But that is a topic for another blog.mike-kotsch-204195.jpgThings that make you feel bad.andrew-welch-290679.jpg

Plastic bags how many do you need?

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What did you let go of?

Thanks Pamela

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Controlling your clutter is just like eating chocolate…

via A Thought for Saturday — Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall

Break down the tasks into small and manageable parts.  Some people find if they take a room and divide the room into 4 sections they don’t get so overwhelmed. The one-quarter of the room and once that section is done then move on to the next. Move in a clockwise direction from the door.

Also, don’t work for too long. Set a timer and when the time is up stop. Immediately deal with what you have sorted. Throw out the trash, box up the donations. Now put the donation box in the car and take it to the donation center. Once it is gone you will feel better and can see your accomplishments.boxes  5-3

Some people find doing a room or even a drawer a day is what works for them. Find what works best for you and set a schedule.

Before you know it you will be organized and have your clutter controlled.
Don’t forget to reward your self with a bite of chocolate.

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You can control clutter and get organized. 🐝  When you do you will find things easier and faster.

Thanks Pamela

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Junk Mail

Outstanding tips on how you can chunk the junk…. Mail

A Mark of my Own


It was one of those days, ran errands fairly early, but my constant nightmare looked at me straight at the face as soon as I walked in the door later that morning. I probably looked like my ice cream fell off my cone… trying to get rid of mail is like trying to bag flies. The mail clutter as much as you think you’re handling it, it just keeps growing–well at least that’s how it is in my house— is unavoidable.

I took on the difficult task of going through every piece of mail, and any other papers in the clutter. And then it dawn on me, I know there is a way to help minimize this problem, I just have to remember it. And, I did, after searching on the internet and through my books– I was sure I had seen something somewhere to help get rid…

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Thank you for being my community!

This little blog is growing!  Over 1000 of you have chosen to follow me and I am honored!  Considering the fact that a little over a year ago I was not even sure how to start a blog.  What I did know it that I like to help people and I can talk.  So I am thrilled to have found my community and my tribe.  You have stayed with me when I was actually helping others and did not  the time to talk about it and I thank you.  I never planned this out I was just enjoying sharing my knowledge by  telling tales and I love meeting all of you.  Coffee could be on in minutes, and my kitchen table is place of peace and non-judgment. Anyone who needs to chat is welcome anytime.  Someone very wise once said take what you need and leave the rest. I hope I can continue to give you something that you need.

If you are looking to grow your community I hope you enjoy Susie’s Insight.   Thanks Again!!

Pamela

Six years into her blogging adventure, Susie Lindau has many solid insights to share.

via A Veteran Blogger’s Advice on Growing Traffic and Finding Community — Discover

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The real Truth – Volume I ~ Selling your stuff

The real truth about selling your stuff

I just made the decision to downsize one of our 2 guest rooms from a queen to a twin. See living in Arizona we have brutal summers and guest filled winters.emanuela-picone-46395

Which we love both of these things. But we realized we so far have not needed a sleeping arrangement for 4 adult guests at one time. We more likely need sleeping accommodations for 3. Thus the decision to sell one of our queen beds and purchase a twin. Easy right?

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Finding a new twin bed was easy. When our friends were downsizing and had a twin bed for sale I jumped on it because they have GREAT taste and their house is amazing. I know they had a 5 bedroom house and no one had ever slept on this one was in perfect condition, so I felt comfortable buying a used mattress from them. I would not buy a mattress from just anyone. Bedbugs, dust-mites, pets, and kid stains yucky!!

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Now there is some urgency to sell the old bed. Simple right? List it on Craigslist? Facebook, eBay or take to a consignment store?

Did you know that Facebook has local buy and sell pages? Also, there is a marketplace page that has a good reach for your specific area.

I did a bit of research, I chose Facebook and determined a fair price.bram-naus-200967.jpg

I took pictures and listed it on some of the local buy and sell pages. Now we wait. Not too long and I have interest and a sale.

The real truth is you have to choose a fair price. You are selling used stuff. In our case, it was a 25 year old bed. Not old enough to be an antique. So of course it’s not worth much and I wanted it to go. Price your stuff to sell and it will.

If I was selling something unique, small or light I might list it on eBay but not common furniture.

Not only do you have to know your market, i.e., price your stuff properly but you need to research where you want to list your stuff. Do you want anyone coming to your house?  Be safe.  If you are not comfortable having your address out there arrange to meet at a public place.

Do you want to have a garage sale? If you do Stay tuned for a post to have a sussessful garage sale.

Have a great day!

Thanks Pamela

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17 tips to prepare for Hurricane Irma!

Good things to keep in mind…

A friend who has experienced a hurricane before posted this on Facebook and I thought it was a pretty good list of things to do so here it is………

A few hurricane tricks for those who may need it:
1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil. Fill up any gas containers you may have.
5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don’t freeze your card for out-of-area “suspicious” transactions.
6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you’re headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don’t plan on taking them with you.
10. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.
11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don’t already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.
14. Stock up on dry goods, bottles of water.
15. If you have a grill, stock up on propane.
16. Fill your tubs with water to flush your toilets with.
17. Lower your pool water to prevent flooding from that.I

Stay weather aware and be safe.

Pamela

 

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Where Did Summer Go?

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I don’t know about you but I am not sure where the time went. It seems as if only last week It was memorial day and the unofficial start of summer and now we just had Labor day.   What happened?

chloe-ridgway-170406Well, I guess this means per the calendar it is time to start thinking about fall.  What does fall mean to you?  It is boots and sweaters or possibly pumpkin spice everything?

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One Thing That is For Sure It’s A Good Time to look at your closet.

Out goes the shorts and flip flops and in comes the boots and jeans.

Do you have clothing that you did not wear this summer? Did your size change? What about your kids?

If your kids are like other kids they have probably grown and what fit this summer most likely will not fit next summer.

So what are you going to do?

Let’s take everything out of the closet and make some determinations.
Does it fit? Keep or donate?
Did you wear it? Keep, donate or sell?
Is it stained, or damaged beyond repair? Trash

Make room in your closet.
Make a plan for hangers; when you put your stuff back in your closet make sure you leave room for empty hangers. When you take someone off the hanger to wear, make sure you pull that hanger and place it in a spot so when you do laundry you can easily grab the hangers and take them to the laundry room. (laundry is easier if you hang it up as you take it out of the dryer)

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Make a plan for worn but not dirty clothes. Sometimes you might wear something but it is not clean enough to hang up with your clean clothes or and you plan to wear it again. You need to dedicate an area in your closet for these. That way you will not be inclined to drape this over a chair in your bedroom or toss it on the floor.

If everything in your closet is something you will wear and is organized, you will find that getting dressed is less of a chore.  It might also save you some time.  I am sure you can figure out something to do with you extra time.  Right?

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