Category Archives: Organizing

Update on KM and DR

Well, we are officially on BS2 with DR! We have one car payment as of April 1st as hubby’s car will be paid off next month!! All that money will be directed to our debt snowball. We have started sinking funds for household, car, etc.

I met with our financial advisor a couple of weeks ago and we’re on track for retirement. Whew. It’s nice to see that in black and white vs. just thinking you are ready.

I have to sell a few more things. I have two sewing machines for sale, a MacBookPro, 2 Apple TV’s and 2 Blu-Ray players. I have a few purses listed for sale also.

I have been writing down our monthly savings for the No Spend 2017 and it’s ridiculous that we never noticed that much money leaving our hands. Target and Amazon are definitely the culprits. We did spend some money replenishing items necessary clothes and house wise. But, compared to what we were spending, not knowing where our money was going, it was not that much.

We decided to not join any wholesale clubs and not to renew with BJ’s. I went to Costco and looked around and I actually was surprised that BJ’s had more of a selection of most things. In the long run we are using Amazon Subscribe and Save and Prime Pantry for things that we would have gotten at BJ’s. I know that some of the money saved in January was from that alone. I always overspent in there. Even if I stuck to my list.

Hubby moved into my old office and I’m slowly going through the items that I left in the closet since the move. I have a lot of things to give away, but, I also have some scrapbook things to sell. I did go through the other two spaces last month, this month I just have the board games to go through. Plus we are getting rid of a lot of paperwork from a car accident, so that will clear up A LOT of space in a storage bin that I can use for really important things that I want to save. I go through and scan in documents and art work, I save those to a hard drive. That saves SO MUCH space it’s unbelievable.

I closed down our safe deposit box at the bank. This saves $100 a year. Not much, but, since I would have to wait for someone to let me in and I actually forgot about all the things that were in there, it’s better this way. Less aggravation is always better.

I’ll check in again next month!

Share

Near the finish line…

KonMari has been completed in 90% of the house. I have to purge and organize a couple of closets, photos and CD’s. I’m going to see what I can finish this week and then rest until after the New Year.

What a journey!

I went through all the crafty things down in my art space. I gave my artsy friend quite a bit. I hope this helps her launch a new venture! I have another artsy friend that I put things aside for when we meet next month.

Hubby put together a couple of organizers for me…I’ll post photos this week of before and after. I did get rid of a lot of card stock and I have more to go through. Extra stamps and stamp mounts, tools, scissors, products that were outdated or that I just didn’t use…all gone. I’ve been visiting Salvation Army’s donation line so often they actually are ready with a cart when I pull up. I’ve taken things out of boxes and containers and I’ve put them in drawers or on shelves.

I have found that I actually can find things when I’m looking for them.

I don’t have excessive things laying around.

It’s okay to have an empty space, shelf or cubby.

It’s helped a lot with my stress.

All good things!

Share

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.

Share

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:

img_4671 img_4645 img_4628

The pile of boxes just kept growing and growing.

Continue reading

Share

Cleaning out the spice rack.

I recently cleaned out my spices. Most were okay, some were way past the expiration date. I try to buy McCormick spices, they are local to us here in MD and the expiration dates are easy to read.

IMG_0386

I have found that I need to look before I purchase spices at the grocery store, sometimes they are out of date.

You can see where the expiration date is on this one:

IMG_0388  IMG_0387

Sometimes it’s on the back or the bottom of the bottle.

Here’s a list of what I need to replenish. I basically use just a few things, no need to have all of those in my pantry. I have cinnamon and other things already, these are just what I need to replace.

IMG_0389

Now that I have removed so many, I have room for other things in my pantry!

Share