Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Unclutterer Post ~ Good Ideas!

I just wanted to share this post from Unclutterer.  It makes perfect sense to me!  These are all good questions to ask yourself when organizing, dejunking, and cleaning out an area of your home.  Enjoy!

Questions to ask of your things when uncluttering

The earthquake and hurricane this past week on the east coast have left me glad I made August’s resolution to update my “In case of …” file. Mother Nature sure knows how to drive home a point in a really big way.
In addition to creating the file, I’ve also started to take a new approach to how I see the items in my home. Not only is the stuff we own there to serve my family’s needs and bring us joy, but it is also stuff that someone else might have to deal with in case of an accident. Obviously, I hope no one else ever has to deal with our things, but it’s important to consider that it is a possibility.
Now, as part of the questioning process I consider when uncluttering items in my home and office, I’ve added another question to the list:
  • Do I have something else like this that fulfills the same purpose?
  • If this is a duplicate item, which of these items is in the best condition, of the best quality, and will last me the longest?
  • Is this item in disrepair and need to be replaced or fixed?
  • Does this item make my life easier/save me time/save me money/fulfill an essential need?
  • Why does this object live in our house and is this the best place for this object?
  • Do I need to do more research to know if this is the best object to fulfill its essential need?
  • If this is a perishable item, has its expiration date passed?
  • Will this item be easy for someone else to deal with in case I am not capable of doing so?
  • Does this item help me to develop the remarkable life that I want to live?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Love this! ~ Houzz.com

I think this is my new favorite website ~ http://www.houzz.com/.

It is full of ideabooks for home decorating, design, remodeling, and anything else you can imagine with your home.  Once a week, I get an email with updated ideabooks and they are full of fabulous tips and tricks and great photos of different home spaces with a variety of themes.  For example, it has ideabooks incorporating nursery ideas, color ideas (how to use navy blue), great uses for beadboard, lighting, color, patterns, etc.  And you can create your own ideabook to use for your next remodeling project!

This is a great site for anyone interested in decorating and design.  It's full of good ideas!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Money Saving Tips & Tricks ~ Great Ideas!

I have some great links to blogs that I read for homemaking tips, money saving tricks, and other ideas to keep our home running smoothly (well, as smooth as it can be during the summer!).  Take a peek when you have a spare minute or two...you might find something to help calm the chaos in your home and life too!

Check out her downloadable lists.  I especially like her information on how to do a freezer meal day!

This site won't let me load a photo of it, so just click on the link below.
It's a good place to start if you are new to couponing or just need a refresher course!

This site lets you choose which store you want to shop at, what types of meals you need (including gluten-free), how many servings you need, and then gives you a meal plan with the grocery list.

Love the great organizing ideas at Organizing With Sandy!  Great post on
"Organizing Your Files" that everyone should read.  I know lots of people are going digital, but I am not one of them (yet), so it's good to see examples of how people organize their files.

Okay, that's all for now!  Have a great week!


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