• Finances,  Housing,  Organization

    The Value of Household Inventory

    I opened the last tote of kitty litter this morning. As soon as I topped off the litterbox I sat down and penned a note to my daughter, asking her to order more come payday. We had 1.5 totes of cat food on hand, so I informed her that we would be good on cat food for this round. This…

  • Organization,  self-improvement,  Simplicity

    How I Spent My Vacation

    Last week I took the first paid vacation at a public job in almost two decades. “What do you plan to do?” Curious friends wanted to know. “Absolutely nothing,” I grinned. I lied to everyone prior to taking those days off. I had something special planned to mark the start of my 49th year of life. While one day had…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    The Habit Chain

    It takes time to form a habit. Positive habits are definitely worth the effort to build. They can slowly transform our life from the mediocre into an absolutely astounding existence. When remaking your life it is best to start small. Analyze the things you want to change about yourself and select just one to focus on. This is how Benjamin…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  self-improvement

    Preparing for the New Year

    Twenty-eighteen has been an incredibly eventful year. I’ve come to terms with the fact that the previous stage of my life is ending and determined a new direction for my life. I may not know yet how I’ll get to there from here. That’s okay. All I have to do is continue to move forward with my end goal in…

  • Organization

    Making Changes

    Life has been a whirlwind since I made the conscious decision to stay in this little house. The past seven years had been a holding pattern so I hadn’t invested much of anything into making this house look more like a home. There wasn’t any point in spending the money if I was planning to move, after all. Along with…

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    Finances,  Frugality,  Organization

    Moratorium

    Everyone’s needs change over time. You may slow down or stop using an item, or you may start to use something else instead. It’s just a part of life. For instance, I was a big fan of pencil and paper. I not only write copious lists, I also composed my book/blog drafts and kept a journal in paper format. To…

  • Decluttering,  Organization

    Corraling the Closet

    I did it:  I managed to reduce the amount of clothing I possess to just enough to be contained in a single side of the closet! Hooray!  No more clothes hangers draped off of the shelves! I turned the hangers around backwards to better determine what I actually wear and what I don’t of the remaining clothing.  By this time…

  • Organization

    Reorganized Kitchen

    I rearranged the kitchen the other day.  Considering how piled up it was before I consider it a success.  I am posting pictures of the “after” part here. The laptop is not only my computer but my radio, television and telephone as well.  The PDA is used as a portable music player, portable video player and bookreader. Reducing possessions–especially in…

  • Decluttering,  Organization

    Progress?

    I eliminated several smaller boxes of stuff in the back room, plus pooled some other boxes together to eliminate 4 boxes from the pile back there, not including what got tossed. I have a lot of stuff from where I work on computers stashed away, as well as overstock from supplies I’ve caught on clearance like notebooks, ink pens, liquid…

  • Frugality,  Organization

    Accomplishments, Computers and Clutter

    So far I have managed to reasonably maintain my goal of washing all the dishes before bed; the other night I did forget to wash the dog dish as planned and I left it until the next day. Once I was ready for bed and remembered my promise to myself, so bedtime was delayed while I washed up. In some…

  • Food,  Organization

    Groceries

    Tonight I watched my daughter enjoy watching the season of The Saddle Club that she checked out from the library today. She watched every single episode, and one episode twice! We went to Sam’s Club to purchase potatoes, yeast, baking soda, brown gravy mix, vinegar and some meat. Total bill was $36 and change. Not bad for what we got. Everything but…

  • Housing,  Organization

    The Living Room

    Once again I have managed to get all of the dishes washed after dinner. It is a relief to know that another day has passed in which I achieved my goal of having all my dishes washed before bed. I have taken a few new pictures of my living room. I have a kiddie pool to house the guinea pigs…

  • Housing,  Organization

    Success!

    It is 8:30 pm here, and I have managed to wash all of the dishes for the evening. The kitchen is clean as a result, and I can breathe easy knowing that a night has passed and my goal has been met. I look forward to the day when getting all of these dishes washed every night is a habit!…

  • Organization

    Coffee and Cold Weather

    I have finally decided what to do about the coffee brewing dilemma: I do believe I’m going to attempt instant. I have researched and read and frankly I’m tired of spending precious time debating over it. I don’t drink that much coffee – so why not try instant on those days I’m in the mood for a cup? I’m already…

  • Decluttering,  Organization

    The Purse from Hell

    I have the purse from Hell. I’m embarrassed to go through it here, but I’m opening it up and posting a quick snapshot. Most of it is junk. Receipts, old coupons, loose change, extra napkins. . . Junk. Whenever I need something out of it I am forced to dig. My cash/card purse constantly springs open in this chaos, spilling…

  • Decluttering,  Organization

    The Gadget Bucket

    This is what I call my “gadget bucket.” It contains the majority of tools I use when preparing food. It has become overgrown, so in the name of simplicity I am thinning it out today. Here are all of the items spread out so they can be seen better: This hodgepodge contains: 2 metal spatulas 2 sets of tongs hand…

  • Organization

    My Kitchen Table

    My kitchen table serves many purposes: staging area, food prep area, meal area (when we don’t eat at the bar), work desk and household hangout. As a result it seems to always stay cluttered. Right now the table contains my laptop, some external speakers from where we were watching a show on hulu this weekend, a book about The Secret,…

  • Organization

    Small Steps of Progress

    The knives weren’t as bad as I thought. There were only 2 that needed to be stored. The rest was composed of rubber spatulas I don’t ever use, some wooden spoons and miscellaneous items. All but one of the spatulas went into storage. If I don’t use the one in six months, they may all get tossed. With the two…

  • Organization,  Simplicity

    Paring Down the Kitchen

    Breakfast was homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, all from scratch. An inexpensive yet filling meal, one of the few that my daughter actually likes in this picky stage she is in…. My tub of flour is going down steadily. Part of me wants to use it all up then buy another large bag of flour, but I have been working…

  • Decluttering,  Organization,  Simplicity

    The Goal

    Okay, just wanted to clarify the goal here. The goal is not to buy more stuff to care for the stuff I have. Some things, like a magnet to hold my knives would be wonderful, but I have been unable to locate one locally. I would purchase one of those if I knew where to purchase it for it would…