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KonMari and Dave Ramsey

This year I have to just clean out one cabinet in the kitchen, one shelf in the basement storage area and go through our board games and card games. I just cleaned out my sewing area. I have two sewing machines for sale. I condensed my sewing items so much that I actually have some more storage boxes that are empty. I loaded up my truck the other day and brought a lot of photo frames and other items to donate. We have two Blu-Ray players for sale and 2 Apple TV’s also! Once I go through our cabinet, I’m sure there will be other things for donation or for sale.

Since we’re at the end of the road with KonMari, we decided to start on the Total Money Makeover with Dave Ramsey for 2017.

2017 is a NO spend year. Unless it’s absolutely necessary for work or groceries/household items, it will not be purchased. We went through our budget and we couldn’t account for quite a bit of money going out of our bank account.

Hubby has a business wardrobe that needs some things replenished throughout the year. I literally am set for clothes. Even after giving away items, I still have enough to last all year without buying anything.

Cash is our friend. We’re at the beginning of the stages, BS1 is underway though!

We have a car being paid off in a couple of months and hopefully we’ll have a tax refund to get BS1 complete!

Our goal for this year isn’t that difficult. Since I’m the one that usually goes shopping for the house and food, I just have to stick to the list and stay away from buying things that aren’t necessary. Amazon and Target seem to be the easy places to stay away from. We do have subscribe and save through Amazon, which is something that I recently edited to only necessary items per month. We are letting our BJ’s club membership expire and I’ll look at Costco later this month. I feel that BJ’s is limited with certain things. I’ll see if Costco meets our needs for bulk items. But honestly we use Amazon for most bulk things each month. It just seemed like a of time, gas and money to get to BJ’s each month. My usual amount spent could be directed to something else, like a bill or savings.

I’ll check in next month with an update!

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Hummus Recipe

My daughter creates this amazing hummus in my Vitamix. So good anytime and so easy! You know exactly what’s in it too! Get some amazing crackers or pita chips and enjoy!

1 can chickpeas, drained
2 medium cloves garlic
Dash of paprika
2 tbsp of lemon juice
3 tbsp of tahini (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil. Add more if you need to loosen up the humus.
Pinch of salt.

 

 

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Organizing and KonMari

One of the things that Marie mentions in the book is that you already have enough storage for your home. This is SO TRUE!

I took some things out of a basket recently and reused that basket under my bathroom sink, so everything was in one place. The baskets that were under there, are now holding all the medicine in our newly organized cabinet in the kitchen.

I just filled up four paper bags with mugs and glasses to give away.

Tackled the three baskets under our front hall bench. They fit inside the bench, which is good and bad.

I had my grand-daughter help me since 2/3 of the baskets are filled with school things, art supplies, her stuff!

One basket now has all paper for her to be creative with. Construction paper as well as plain printer paper. And a cool paper airplane book that she creates great airplanes with. My hubby helps her.

The other basket of hers was school papers from last May and from this school year. Now it’s really empty. She has a lot of room to put things into it.

The middle basket was a dumping ground. The makeup we were looking for face painting her face a few weeks ago WAS IN THAT BASKET. I knew I put it somewhere safe. So now we know where it is for the Spring. Twice a year I wait in an enormous line at our church festival for her to get her face painted. I wanted to do it beforehand this Fall, but, we couldn’t find the face paint. I even had hubby look in the Halloween decorations for it. NEVER AGAIN. I cleared out a lot of things for donating and she and I filled an entire garbage bag of things and papers.

Whew. I need to tackle the table in the living room before Wednesday when we move the furniture to clean the carpets. I also have to finish cleaning the fridge in the garage and in the house. Now that hubby is home all week, he can help.

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KonMari

A while ago I purchased this book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. She’s the person that changed my life for the better while just reading a book!

Over the past two months I’ve been going through things according to the book, but, I’ve actually been doing this since the Spring. We moved my creative space from an upstairs bedroom and a lower office to one big area in the basement. Before the move in August, I knew I would have to start getting rid of things, because I didn’t want to be overwhelmed and to do it when everything was in one area. It happened anyway, but, in a much smaller scale.

The basis of the KonMari method is to keep things that only Spark Joy. Keeping this in mind I went through the first category in my closet and dresser drawers. I learned to fold things the proper way so things stand up and aren’t wrinkled when worn. I also learned that holding on to things “just in case” is not the way to live. The wasting money aspect was a stumbling block over a weekend, then I just thought about it and prayed about it and moved past it.

I had been doing this with just my clothes.

Then the weather began to change and I wanted to get some Fall decorations out around the house. I had read in the book to get rid of empty boxes for appliances and items that you’ve purchased right away. The reason behind this is that if you need to return it and it’s not in the box it was purchased in, it’s okay. You can buy a new box…you also don’t need the instructions for some things, so you can toss the manuals. I have kept a LOT of boxes up in the garage attic space. Every time hubby would go up there to get something down, I would hear him say that there are a lot of boxes. So, with him up in the attic space to get down the Fall decorations, I took this chance to make both of us happy. Here’s the result of him purging the boxes:

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The pile of boxes just kept growing and growing.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe

I just made this today, but, instead of using my crock pot, I used my Instant Pot. I would strongly suggest you use a pinch of pepper vs. the 1/2 tsp. It was spicy! I changed the ingredients to what we eat and what we had in the house. I didn’t use the green beans, nor any parsley. I also recommend not using an entire onion unless it’s a small yellow onion. I used about 1/4 of the yellow onion I had, it was a large one.

This is what it looked like in my Instant Pot before I shut the lid:

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Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, cut into ½-circles
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups frozen green beans
¾ cup pearl barley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
¾ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper
1 (14 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley

All vegetarian ingredients and I believe this is vegan as well.

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients, except for the parsley, in a large (6-quart) slow cooker.
Cook on LOW until the barley is tender, about 8 hours.

Instant Pot – Click the soup button. It’s about 15-20 minutes to get up to pressure, then 30 minutes until it’s done.

Stir in the parsley. Serve.

This makes 11 cups. I filled two large canning jars almost to the top and I had 3 adults eat as well. There’s some leftover for one or two people for lunch tomorrow.

This is what it looked like after it was finished cooking:img_5523

Yum! Put a piece of bread in the bottom of the bowl before you pour the soup and it makes it even more yummier.

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