Tid bits and fun

I am excited to finally have some new bookmarks. I ordered them 2 weeks ago and they arrived today. I went with this design because I wanted something that had all 3 of my books on it and I am planning on attending several preschool classes with our children’s librarian next month and I wanted something to hand out to all of the kids.

I will have these available at the book signing in St. Clairsville Ohio at the Dairy Queen on February 6th from 1-3 pm.

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Until Next Time,

~Kristen

Simplifying Part 2

I’m fully on my road to simplifying my life now and I already feel freer and happier that the amount of clutter in my house is slowly being removed bit by bit. Over the last couple of weeks I have completed somewhat small but important tasks. Such as organizing and filing all of our paperwork that was previously in a large pile. We had been looking for wooden filing cabinets and my husband finally found 2 of them at an auction for less than $100 for the two of them which is a great price. Now they aren’t vintage per-say but they are built well. We only have 1 in our house because that is all we need, the other one will go into Josh’s office up in the studio (for more info on that check out my other Blog ).

While organizing our paperwork I was able to throw away a diaper box full of papers, that Wooden_file_cabinetcleared out a large portion of clutter in the one corner of our den where my desktop is currently located. I still have some filing to do but it requires my husband to go through it with me since it is his paperwork and I dare not touch it in case I accidentally throw it away or lose it. This took almost 1 1/4 hours.

One of the other projects I have been working on is going through our kitchen cupboards and downsizing the amount of stuff I have in there. For instance why do I have 2 different types of plates when only 1 will do? So I got rid of things like that, I also removed about 10 mugs when 4 will do, cake pans that I have never used etc. I have 3 decent size boxes ready to go to charity shop just from the kitchen alone. This took 30 minutes

The Next thing I did was go through the drawer in our foyer, that took all of 5 minutes to do once I tossed the trash and put all the colored pencils and crayons in their proper place.

When I wrote before that these tasks do not take long they really don’t with the exception of filing paperwork only because I had to go through and look at each piece of paper to put it in the right folder.

I also went through what I call my lingerie drawer where I keep my slips, swimsuits etc in there. I removed things I haven’t worn in the last 3 years, thus removing over half of the things in that drawer. Time wise it took about 5 minutes.

Time accumulated with all 4 of these tasks about 2 hours.

Until Next Time,

~Kristen

 

Simplifying Part 1

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I first saw this idea on Pinterest and was immediately  intrigues by it. Now I have a single closet in my house that has one very wide and deep shelf at the top so it makes it a little harder to look organized however on my journey to simplify I will make do.

I did my own version of this idea today, now they aren’t as neat since I had my 10 year old helping me but that doesn’t matter as long as the job gets done. I had a extra large space bag on the shelf that had blankets, sheets, and a whole host of odds and ends that I went through. Now that bag holds all the things I want to get rid of, There were a few blankets in there that I will be donating to our blanket ministry at our church that goes to a shelter who hands them out to the homeless. These blankets will be used rather than sit on my shelf “rotting” away.

Since this giant shelf is home to not only my linens it also holds all of our towels and wash clothes as well. I can honestly say I only got rid of 1 towel only because it was threadbare it wasn’t going to do any of us any favors. Next was downsizing the amount of wash clothes, I have no idea how we ended up having over 20 of them but we did. I downsized to about 10 of them that were all the same color to keep things simple.

Before I put everything away I wiped the shelf down just in case there had been any mice rummaging and leaving poop treats everywhere, thankfully none were found.

This whole process took less than 15 minutes to do and that is 1 more thing I can check off on my checklist.

Until Next Time,

~Kristen

 

2016 The Year of Simplifying

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A New Year rolls around and I see hundreds of resolutions floating across my computer screen, most of which will not be followed by February. Growing up we never made resolutions in our house and I still don’t however I do make attainable goals usually for my businesses. This year I have decided to make this the year of Simplifying. I want to simplify my life by not having it cluttered with stuff. Simply put I want my house to stay clean all the time and not spend 6 hours deep cleaning it every week.

So how does one go about simplifying their house?

First of all I made a list, I am the queen of lists and have them littered around my house. It feels satisfying to check a line on my list off once it is complete so that is how I start.

I go room by room, my list isn’t all over the place but I have header for each room and what I want to accomplish in that room underneath. It makes this seeming overwhelming task into a much more manageable one.

Here is my list that I call Simplify and Clean as you can see it is very simple and basic however each item has a deeper meaning. For instance the Vanity in the Bathroom means clean the vanity out, scrub it down, throw away old stuff that I haven’t used in the last 3 months ( the only exception to this is holiday things that I do use), organize what goes back in and put it away.  Another example is the Kitchen and underneath it I have the word Cupboard. That entails so much more, I am planning on going through and getting rid of excess things we do not need or have an abundance of such as mugs. For some reason we have oodles of mugs, we don’t drink coffee or tea on a regular basis so we do not need 20 mugs for 6 people.

What am I suppose to do with all the stuff I don’t want?

There are several options 1. Throw it away, 2. Donate it, 3. Sell it on a Buy Sell or Trade (BST) site.
Some things you will need to just throw away, others you can donate or sell it on a BST site for a few extra dollars. I utilize BST pages often and they take very little effort on the sellers part. Just be sure to take good pictures, have a good description and the condition of the item you are selling, a Price and usually a location. You meet the buyer and exchange money and item and wham you are good to go. I do however recommend not meeting strangers at your home instead meet at a public place. Since I live in a small town I like to meet people at my local library which is centrally located in town.
When I donate items I go to a local computer business and get boxes from them and use those to put what I am donating in, that way everything is in one place and it can easily be taken out to the car and dropped off once it is full. It is up to you if you want to take multiple trips to the charity of your choice or take it all in when trip, it really depends on how much room you have in your house.

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Once my list is made I start by cleaning a small spot first, I aim to deep clean something for 10-15 minutes a day. If you stick to that plan you will be burnt out after 3 days and it doesn’t become an overwhelming task to accomplish. Just the other day I spent less than 10 minutes going through and clean a table in our den/school room. I put files away, books on the bookcase, threw trash away and wiped the table down. I did all of this while my oldest daughter worked on her math assignment, the preschooler was at school, the toddler was playing with blocks and the baby was on floor with a few of her toys. So it can be done with children at home, get them to help. My boys 4 and 3 love to help organize small projects.

Until Next Time,

~Kristen