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Tip #25 – 28 Days of Decluttering

Tip #25 – Put your clothes away

I promise - all of these are clean, they just need to be hung up and put away.

I promise – all of these are clean, they just need to be hung up and put away.

I don’t know why I do this.  A few years ago, my New Year’s Resolution was to make sure all the clean clothes get put away.  I am really good about putting my kids’ clothes away – or having them put them away.  My husband is really good about putting his clean clothes away.  Yet – I am the culprit here.  Why do I do this?  I have not a clue.

OK – for the record, I do eventually put them all away.  And typically, it is only my hanging clothes that don’t get hung up.  Usually, I will hang everything up as I start the next round of laundry. In fact, right after I took this picture, I hung up everything in this pile.  But why do I wait?  I dumbfound myself.

And it totally makes things look cluttered.  It is hard to work around this giant pile of clothes.  It probably drives my husband crazy, although he never says anything.

How about you – how successful are you at putting your clean clothes away after laundry day?

~Amy

 

 


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Tip #24 – 28 Days of Decluttering

Tip #24 – Don’t let your purse become a trash can….

I feel a little bit like Ally Sheedy in the Breakfast Club when she dumps the contents of her purse for all to see.

I feel a little bit like Ally Sheedy in the Breakfast Club when she dumps the contents of her purse for all to see.

 

…like mine does.  So, remember when I said I empty out the trash from my car every time I get out.  Well, lately, I’ve been trying to avoid that step and I have found myself putting the trash in my purse instead.

So tonight, I cleaned out my purse.  Here’s what I found:

  • trash – including gum wrappers, an empty toothbrush holder from my last trip to the dentist, a whole bunch of receipts, a Milky Way wrapper – luckily nothing gross
  • a used up manicure set
  • a brown marker
  • a spoon
  • old business cards that I don’t need any longer
  • the paper backing to an Olive Garden gift card
  • and some other stuff too that is now out on the curb waiting for trash pick-up tomorrow morning.

UGH!  I need to clean that out more often.

How about you – post a picture of the contents of your purse for 10 extra points!

~Amy


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Tip # 23 – 28 Days of Decluttering

Tip #23 – Limit your cleaning supplies

This seems like too much!  I bet this person could reduce this stash to a third and still be able to clean their house respectfully.

This seems like too much! I bet this person could reduce this stash to a third and still be able to clean their house respectfully.

I think the 30 Day method would work great on the clean supply closet – don’t you?  When you think about it – how many cleaning supplies do you really need?

Here’s what I propose:

  • a good all purpose cleaner that can clean the bathrooms and kitchen
  • a toilet cleaner
  • a glass cleaner
  • a furniture cleaner
  • an air freshener
  • don’t forget a good supply (not over supply) of cleaning rags.  

What is your favorite cleaning supply?  Do you have one or many?  Share your thoughts below!

~Amy


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Tip #22 – 28 Days of Decluttering

Tip #22 – Download – don’t buy

Frozen

I used the carrot of buying the movie Frozen for my boys this week if they were good and did all of their chores and homework without complaining.   And it worked!  We had a pretty successful week or minimal issues.  It was pretty pleasant all around.

And so I treated them to Frozen!

A few years ago, my husband bought a large external hard-drive and burned all of our DVD’s and CD’s to his computer.  Then we got rid of all the DVD’s and CD’s.  Now, we only download music and movies, we don’t purchase the actual DVD.  Does anyone buy CD’s anymore?

But this has been the best thing!  No more DVD jackets lying around, empty.  No more DVD’s lying around not in their covers.  No more finding a place to store and remember to put the DVD’s away.  No more contributing to the landfill by purchasing said DVD’s and CD’s.

One less thing to add clutter to my life – gone!

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

~Amy

PS – hey, hey!  I caught up.  So now we need to start thinking about what our 28 Day series going to be next month?  Any ideas or suggestions?

 


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Tip #21 – 28 Days of Decluttering

Tip #21 – Beware of Garage Sales

garage-sales1

It’s starting to warm up and people (like us) are cleaning out their homes and spaces.  Next up – sell all your stuff!

I’ve never really gotten into garage-saling.  I know it is a thing, and I know you can probably find some good deals out there.  Honestly, I would rather go for a run or sleep-in on a Saturday morning than go driving around and go shopping through other people’s used items.

This morning, my boys and I spent about two hours picking-up and cleaning our house.  And the whole time I was thinking, we just don’t really need any more stuff.  I don’t want to have to deal with or clean around anymore stuff!

I think the best way to make the most out of garage sales is to have a plan or a wish list.  But most importantly – stick to your plan.  It is so easy to fall to temptation over the cute picture of the cat or another toy for your grandson.  But if it isn’t on the list or part of the plan….ask  yourslef – do you really want to pick it up later, clean around it later, eventually get rid of it later?

~Amy

 


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Tip #20 – 28 Days of Decluttering

Tip #20 – Make your bed. 

peaceful and calming

peaceful and calming

 

not peaceful or calming

not peaceful or calming

I make my bed every.single.day.  Never fails.  NEVER!  It haunts me if it is unmade.  It will call me from the bedroom, begging to be made, longing to be finished.  A bed wants to be slept in and then it wants to made!

This is probably the most simple thing that someone can do to reduce clutter.  So, if you make one change this month to reduce clutter – –  move the cat and go make your bed!  

Do you make your bed?  Everyday?  Let’s take a poll: 

 

Happy Friday, Everyone!

~Amy


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Tip #19 – 28 Days of Decluttering

Tip #19 – When getting out of the car, take everything with you. 

At first I looked up dirty car and the images were too gross to share on a spring afternoon.  Let's all strive for this.

At first I looked up dirty car and the images were too gross to share on a spring afternoon. Let’s all strive for this.

This one is a good one for me – but not my kids.  Every time I get out of my car, I empty it.  I take any trash out, I bring in my coats, scarves, hats, I always unload everything that I brought with me or acquired in my trip.  My kids, they don’t.  So I remind them and they sometimes do a good job, and sometimes they can’t see the forest for the trees and leave half the stuff they brought with them in the car.  It’s a continuous thing we work on.

But I insist on it!  Because the car can get just cluttered as your home, your desk, your junk drawer (remember last weekend when I cleaned out my junk drawer? I posted pictures on the before and after on Facebook.)

~Amy