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Monday, July 23rd, 2007
7:38 pm
Space Bags!
So, i went to the Holy Grail for Virgoes today, and got some space bags, after my mind was completely taken over by this late-night informercial. I was tempted by the awesome deal, but then thought "hey, I don't NEED half those bags" so I went to the CS and got three jumbo - which was all I needed.

I had two down comforters that I hated wrestling into the closet, and a down sleeping bag. Took up THREE precious closet shelves.

These things work! Now, I'm just waiting for the slow seep of air that's gonna wedge them bigtime in my shelves, hahahah! But they seem to be hangin' tough.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
3:27 am
Make a cleaning schedule!
Using Clorox's website!

Go here and then click on "Create Schedule" on the right.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
2:28 pm
If you have a guest room, keep some of your magazines and favorite books in there for your guests to read. It's a great place to put back issues of magazines. (I keep our old National Geographics in ours.)

Current Mood: busy
Monday, June 27th, 2005
10:44 am
Question of the Day
Has anyone tried those Huggable Hangers?

I know there's an infomercial, but I don't watch television, so....
I was just curious as to whether they really made it easier to organize a closet and increase closet space or if it's just more crap to buy. :)
Saturday, June 25th, 2005
3:31 pm
Tip of the Day (from ISCA TWRite)
Do you have a stack of college textbooks in your house? Maybe you wanted to
keep them for reference not realizing how fast information changes. Maybe you
never got around to taking them back for the money. Maybe you can't figure out
where to take them.

Go to http://www.bigwords.com. Enter in the ISBN's and then they'll tell you
if any store is buying your books. Enter them all in - it only takes a moment
and ecampus wants to buy a few textbooks I know are 4-5 years old at least and
an old edition. *boggles* Only $4 sure, but that's $4 in my pocket and
ecampus pays shipping. I also went through my library and found a bunch of
Dover paperbacks of plays and stuff and ecampus will buy them too for a buck or

So now you're left with a pile of textbooks no one wants. Bigwords will point
you at a charity that wants them. They're used for literacy in education in
Africa, Asia, and the US. They sell some of the nicer ones for expenses. And
the best part? *drumroll* They will pay shipping via Media Mail with a RMA

FYI - if any of you have used bibles that you do not need or use, check out
these URLs for places to mail them to.


[reposted with permission]
Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
4:11 pm
Tip(s) of the Day
Multiple laundry baskets or bags make sorting laundry easy -- sort your laundry an item at a time, and then as each basket gets full, do that load of laundry.

If you have a scanner, scan bills or other documents you might want to keep as you get them. At the end of the year, you can make a CD that has all important documents on it, labelled with that year, instead of having a huge filing cabinet.

Mark all the clothes in your closet with a clothespin, a safety pin, or some other mark. After six months to a year, donate whichever clothes you haven't used unless there is a good reason to keep them (formal wear for special circumstances, sentimental value, etc.).

Also, what websites or services have you found to be helpful in your decluttering or simplifying goals? I know www.flylady.com gets tossed around a lot, and at least one friend has found www.paytrust.com to be helpful in simplifying bill paying. Many people have been really successful in using FreeCycle as a way to less wastefully declutter.

Are there other sites or services you have found helpful? If so, please comment and I will try to get links up for them at some point soon.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
10:11 am
News from Clutter Central:
I really haven't looked much into Feng Shui, but some of what I've been told of it relates well to the 'declutter' movement.

I have a love/hate relationship with paper productsCollapse )

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
10:10 pm
When to Throw Away Those Old PapersCollapse )

Current Mood: productive
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
7:02 pm
Tip of the Day
Everything has a place, and everything in its place.

If you put something there "just for the moment" it becomes a habit, and "strewn about" becomes the objects' place.

Put things away right away and keep them that way!
Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
5:10 pm
Every few months, I go through my piles of books and weed out books I bought at an airport and don't like enough to keep (especially "best-sellers" found in every library), non-fiction I haven't referenced in years, impulse purchases that weren't as good as their cover, stuff I had to read that isn't to my taste. The public library where I am living has a Book Nook, where they sell donated books cheap and use the money to buy new books for circulation, and they have never refused a bag of books. More space, and I feel useful!

Doing this regularly made sorting books to keep when I move very easy.
3:26 pm
Socks Tip
If your socks are in need of replacing anyway, consider replacing ALL your socks at the same time with multiple packages of the exact same sock. Makes matching socks easy, and if you lose one or two, it's not a big deal.
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