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Day 10- Cleaning Supplies

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Day 10- Cleaning Supplies

Is your cleaning supply area streamlined and organized? or is it more of a cluttered mess with half empty bottles thrown under your sink?

Today’s goal is to get rid of excessive bottles of cleaning supplies that you don’t use. You can also use today to look at cleaning tools such as rags, mops, brooms, vacuums to see if anything is no longer used or broken.

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Day 9- Linens, Sheets, Towels

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I hoard linens like they are made of gold.

It didn’t matter how many new sets of sheets I purchased, I would never get rid of the old ones. I would fold them up and tuck them in a box under a bed or in a closet…ya know…just in case! I would do the same thing with towels too. The old towels would just get shoved deeper into the linen closet until things were overflowing.

For today’s declutter challenge, pull all of your linens out. Put away what you actually use. Then decide if you need to keep a couple sets of sheets or towels as extras, but don’t keep multiple extras if you do not use them.

Personally, I am putting 5 sets of sheets in my trunk to get dropped off at our textile recycle bin. I also pulled two flat sheets out to keep as drop cloths for painting or home repair projects.

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Day 8- Clippers, Nail Files, Tweezers

excessive number of nail clippers, tweezers, and scissors

I added this topic, because I am just amazed at how many sets of manicure supplies I have around the house. A while back, I got ‘organized’ and put them all in one place. Despite all of the items being contained to one small plastic bin, I still have absolutely no reason to have eight different tweezers when there is only one that I actually use.

Take a peak through your self care supplies. Keep what you actually use (and maybe one item as a back up). Get rid of the rest.

The list includes anything that you have multiples of such as:

  • Hair clippers
  • finger and toenail clippers
  • files
  • tweezers
  • manicure and cuticle scissors
  • combs
  • brushes
  • etc. etc. etc.
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Day 7- Coats and Jackets

Day 7- Coats and Jackets

How many coats do you really need? The answer might be different for everyone (depending on where you live and how much you go outside), but odds are you probably have too many.

Open your coat closet. Pull out anything that doesn’t fit, has stains (unless it’s a work coat), or that you haven’t worn in the last year. Put it in a bag. Pop it in your car. Drop it off at the next clothing donation bin that you pass.

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Day 5- Kitchen Appliances

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Day 5- Kitchen Appliances

No, I don’t mean your stove or your refrigerator. I’m talking about those small(er) appliances that are cluttering up your counter tops or shoved deep in a cabinet somewhere. Let’s be honest…do you really need all of those fancy appliances?

It is okay to admit that you bought a fancy bread maker, but haven’t made a single loaf of bread. It is NOT okay to hoard the bread maker in your cabinet lying to yourself that one day you might decide to use it. Get rid of it. The guilt will go away once the appliance leaves your home.

Maybe you do use your bread maker, here are some other examples.

  • blenders
  • Instapot
  • air fryer
  • quesadilla maker
  • sandwich maker
  • mixers
  • food processors
  • rice maker
  • slow cookers
  • toaster oven
  • electric griddle
  • coffee maker
  • ice cream maker/ yonana
  • electric tea kettles
  • hot plates
  • juicers
  • soda stream

I am not telling you to get rid of things that you use. I am, however, telling you that if you haven’t used the appliance in over a year, you don’t need it!

Also, if you have 2 of the same appliance, ask yourself if you really need both.

For me, yes, I really do need multiple slow cookers/crock pots. I use them for meal prep, parties, etc. No, I do not need two blenders. I am getting rid of my old one, and keeping the new one.

If the appliance still works, consider gifting it to someone that will use it. Many thrift stores will also take it if you would like to donate your small appliances. Finally, you can also make some money back by listing it for sale online (facebook marketplace, craigslist, and letgo are all great options).

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Day 3- Cookbooks

Day 3- Cookbooks!

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I’m sticking with our holiday theme again today!

Did you do any cooking or baking during the holiday?

Did you use your multiple cook books for the recipes? Or did you just search recipes online?

If you’re anything like me, you might have some family recipes that you like to use, but other than that, all of your ideas come from the internet. That means you really don’t need an entire kitchen cabinet dedicated to a stack of cookbooks.

Pull them out. If you haven’t looked at them in over a year, don’t even page through them…that will make it harder to get rid of them. Trust the decluttering process and donate, recycle, or gift your cookbooks. Just imagine all of the space you will have once they are gone!

Interested in donating your books, but don’t know where to take them?

Many thrift stores will take used books. Better world books also has donation bins in many locations. Check out this link to see if there is one near you.

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Day 2- Decorations

You made it through the holidays! That means it is soon time to start taking down all of your decorations. STOP! Before you start to pack things away, take a look in your boxes. Are there any decorations left in the boxes that you didn’t get out this year (or ever)? Do you have so many decorations that there are packages you didn’t even open? I challenge you to get rid of all of the decorations that you did not use this year. That’s right…ALL OF THEM! Items have absolutely no value boxed up sitting in an attic for years and years if they aren’t going to be used.

Having trouble throwing things away? Think about this…

Decluttering gets a lot easier when you start to think about what you get to keep instead of what you are getting rid of.

Keep everything that you actually use. Get rid of the rest. It really is that simple. Quit overthinking it.

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31 Day Declutter Challenge

I will be releasing my custom 31 days of declutter calendar on December 29th! Starting January 1st, I will posting the topics daily, along with some inspiration to help keep you on track. Make sure that you follow the blog so that you don’t miss a thing!

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Everyone Can Use Some Extra ‘Dough’ During the Holidays.

Give a little extra ‘dough’ this year…Cookie dough that is.

cookie dough log gift wrapped with a tag

I love giving homemade gifts during the holiday season. To me, a homemade gift tells a person that you care about them enough to take time to create something special. Another benefit is that you can give a great gift without spending a lot of money. I do, however, try to ask myself one thing before making gifts…

Will someone actually want this?

Well, when it comes to sweets, the answer always seems to be YES! Cookies are a crowd favorite, but there are a few things I love about giving cookie dough, instead of baked cookies.

  • First is that the recipient does not have to use it immediately. With baked cookies, they have to be eaten within a few days. With dough, if they don’t plan to bake the cookies that week, it can be placed in the freezer for up to 8 weeks and still bake perfectly.
  • The second thing that I love about giving dough is that the recipient gets to be the one to fill their home with the delicious scent of freshly baked cookies. YUMM!
  • Finally, if they are not a ‘cookie person’ (not sure why I would be friends with a person like that…) the dough can easily be passed along to someone else that would enjoy them. As long as someone gets joy out of the melty, googy chocolate chip cookies, that it all that matters.

Check out the super easy instructions (with images) below:

  1. Mix your cookie dough according to the recipe. If you don’t have a cookie recipe that you are in love with, you can use this chocolate chip cookie recipe. This recipe yields 24 cookies, so I was able to split the dough into 2- logs that each will yield one dozen cookies.
raw cookie dough in mixer

2. Be sure to chill the dough. I recommend removing the dough from your mixing bowl before chilling, otherwise the cold mixture is very hard to scrape out of the bowl. I took my room temp dough ball and wrapped in it plastic wrap before placing in the fridge.

chilled cookie dough

3. Once the dough has chilled for the appropriate amount of time, you can now roll it into logs.

4. Take the dough logs and wrap them in parchment paper or freezer paper. Make sure that there is enough to cover the ends as well.

5. Wrap the dough logs in a decorative paper of your choice and tie the ends with ribbon. Be sure to add directions for baking along with the dough!

Sample instructions to print for your gift tag:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Yields: 12 cookies

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Keep the dough in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the dough into 12 equal slices.
  • Place slices of dough 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes (or until the edges are golden and the tops are no longer glossy).

**Note: Dough can be frozen for up to 8 weeks if you are not ready to bake the cookies!  Simply allow the dough to thaw in the fridge before baking. **

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

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6 Months of Buying Nothing New- UPDATE

Update on my 6 months of buying nothing new challenge

**Spoiler alert…I bought something!*

As many of you know, part of my simple living journey is learning to buy and consume less stuff.  To jump start this process, I am challenging myself to go 6 months without buying anything new.  I am almost 2 months into my challenge.  See the original post here for more details!

Anytime that I discuss my challenge with someone, I always seem to get the same question.  

'Well?? Have you bought anything new??' 

My answer is yes.  I am not perfect. However, my shopping is drastically reduced.  In fact, aside from my grocery trips, which only occur every 2 weeks, I have not stepped foot into a department store or super market.  

So what did I buy?

I bought the grey and white stuffed animal pictured below (on the right). Unfortunately, I think that Target must have known about my challenge to buy nothing new, because they messed up and sent me the incorrect thing….not just once, but twice.  That grey stuffed animal is what I ended up with, but that is NOT what I purchased.  

6 months of buying nothing new

Allow me explain…

The all white stuffed animal, pictured above (left), is my daughter’s attachment object.  Its name is ‘mini Cooper’ since it is a miniature version of our white huskie mix, Cooper.  Mini Cooper has to be with my daughter for naptime and bedtime.  She will cry and search for this stuffed animal when she gets tired.  This meant that I was constantly lugging the animal to and from daycare everyday to make sure that he was there for naptime and at home for bedtime.  I would even occasionally forget to bring him home…which made for a less than fun bedtime routine.  I decided that having two ‘identical’ stuffed animals would make life a bit more simple…and that is the goal right??

Imagine how happy I was that with a quick google search I was able to find an identical match to her white ‘Mini Cooper’.  A few days later I get the notification that my item has been delivered.  I rush to open the box when we get home, anxious to see what my daughters reaction will be when she sees another ‘mini Cooper’.  Well….it was not a stuffed animal.  It was this Fortnite Elf figure. I obviously got the wrong package. Customer service was quick to fix the issue and sent out a replacement package ASAP.


A few days later, another package arrived. I opened it up and boom, wrong stuffed animal. At this point, I realized that this was a sign that I should not have attempted to buy something. I decided to just give the grey stuffed animal to my daughter and see what she thought. Turns out, it must be close enough, because she loves it. Now, even though they are not identical, I finally have a stuffed animal for daycare and for at home.

My conclusion-

I’m happy that I don’t have to lug a stuffed animal to and from daycare everyday now, but I don’t think I am going to be as tempted to buy something again soon…it was more trouble than it was worth.

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