Category Archives: Decluttering

My Cleaning Schedule

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I was reading this older post about how Laura Ingalls’ mother had a homemaking task for each day of the week and it reminded me that I do the same thing, so I thought I would share mine. I’ve mentioned before in this post how shining my sink lead me to have an evening schedule, which ended up helping our mornings run much smoother. While Fly Lady has an area of the house (or zones as she calls them) that last for up to a week each, I found that with animals and a smaller house, a week was just overkill.  Therefore, I decided to schedule an area or certain activities for each day of the week.

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Project 333

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Several years ago, when I became aware that my lifestyle was not helping me heal from being sick, and that some changes needed to be made around our home in order for me to function, I came across something online called Project 333. The premise with Project 333  by Courtney Carver, is that you look through your wardrobe and select 33 items that you will wear for 3 months. This project intrigued me because one of my main frustrations was having a walk in closet stuffed full of clothes and having nothing to wear!

Now, I basically live in jeans, skirts, camisoles/tanks, and what I term layer-ups, with the occasional t-shirt thrown in. Oh, and flip-flops. I can’t forget those! I am also so not a jewelry or scarf person, so there was nothing to fret over in those departments either. So you would think that this would have been easy.

Nope, it was hard. Because of my illness, I could not just pull everything out and go through it in all one go. I had to work drawer by drawer and item type by item type. This took me quite some time, however as I went through each item type I realized that I didn’t even wear over 50% of the items and I’m embarrassed to say that there were some I had never worn.

And if I thought setting aside over half my wardrobe was hard, it got even harder when I had to decide what went together. All I can say was not much. I really had no style, as my wardrobe went from animal prints to stripes and everything in between. No wonder I would get overwhelmed every morning when I went to get dressed.

So for the first 3 month segment, I decided to stick with solid bottoms and camisoles and then wear colorful layer-ups or tops as the flashier pieces in my wardrobe. This of course eliminated almost all of the rest of my skirts except for a few denim ones. I also decided that my colors would be based around navy blue and gray, so that eliminated black pieces which didn’t work well with my complexion anyway.

Then I put all the rejects into some boxes and stuck them in the spare bedroom to review at the end of the three months. And guess what? I didn’t miss anything! In fact, I felt so much better when I got dressed each morning, that I ended up going through the boxes early and giving stuff away.

While I currently do not do Project 333 anymore, mostly because I have streamlined my wardrobe to be everything I love and need, I recommend it to anyone overwhelmed by their closet/wardrobe each morning. I can’t tell you how freeing it is to just open the door and knowing whatever items I grab all go together. What used to take ten minutes or more, now takes maybe one. I love it!

Have you decluttered your closet? If so, I would love to hear what inspired you to do it and how it went for you.

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Ideas I Want To Try

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I’m one of those people who always has to try new things, as long as they aren’t dangerous, like sky diving or feeding sharks while scuba diving. I’m glad some people are brave enough to do those things, but I do have a line in the sand, and those definitely cross it. However, when it comes to saving money, I’m usually all for it. Therefore, I decided when I come across a neat idea to save some cash, I’d make a list so that I would not forget to give them a whirl. So without further ado…

First up, is freezing yogurt. Who knew? Not me. I’ve tried freezing milk and that didn’t turn out as planned, so I never tried to freeze anything dairy again besides ice cream. Then, I came across this older posting at The Humbled Homemaker.  Unfortunately, I found this the day after my favorite yogurt went off sale. I have that kind of luck, but next time I see a good deal I’m going to give it a try and see if it works.

Then I noticed that Colleen at 365 Less Things, had a repost of some questions you can ask yourself about how your decluttering is going. I am giving them some thought and maybe I’ll make a post about my progress so far.

And I love this idea of turning old flannel pj’s into napkins at  I do have some material on hand and since school is starting, what better time to try something. I’ll have to iron and measure these so as not to embarrass family when they are used in public. Bummer.

Froogs at Frugal Queen is a UK blog I’ve been reading for years. She really knows how to whip up some frugal dishes and she unknowingly inspired and helped me to learn how to quilt through some tutorials she has on her blog. The other day I came across her post about budgeting for Christmas and realized it was that time of year again. Yep, time to start planning in order to not rack up any debt over the holidays and not add any more clutter in the home.

Have you come across anything interesting you’d like to try?

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