Sorting through Memorabilia

boxes of stuffMemorabilia is a double edged sword. It can be very emotional, and some of those emotions are bad.  I am in the process of opening and sorting through a great deal of things that have been given to me, inherited or kept since I was a kid.

I find I can only do about a box at a time, and then have to walk away. The bad news is some stuff really bothers me (The is the stuff you GET RID OF), and other things make me smile ear to ear.  So let your emotions come into play. If something has you feeling bad or neutral, ask your self-do I give it to someone who will appreciate it, throw it away or donate it? Make yourself choose and move through the stuff you don’t like quickly. Set aside everything you love or like and want to keep.  You might part with it later in life, but now is not the time.

I will tell you if you are able to get rid of something that is useless or leaves bad feelings, once you start it becomes very freeing. I may have to do it one box at a time, but I am making headway.

And don’t forget, if you think it is worth something, look it up on the web. Most times it is not worth much of anything, but sometimes you find a nugget here and there.  If you do-out it on Craig’s List or Ebay and get that process started. If you don’t sell it in 3 months-lower the price or get rid of it.  We are going for peace of mind decluttering so please don’t go crazy with another pile of stuff to do. If it doesn’t sell, it is gone.

Squeegee Those Windows

squeegeePaper towels and window cleaners are for quick window cleanups only. The fastest CLEAREST way to wash your windows is a warm bucket of barely soapy water. Dish liquid is fine.  Use a sponge to wet the window and rub it if you have some grimy spots (like bugs!).  And then SQUEEGEE it off.  Wipe your squeegee inbetween swipes.  You will be surprised how fast this goes and how in crystal clear your windows come out.  Even with a ladder around the house-only 1 story granted-I got all of the windows done in about 2 hours. INSIDE and OUT.

I was amazed.  I always have smear marks, and this time they came out beautiful. Try it!

Purge in the Fall

spicesFall is a great time to purge.  If you have a time change that is a wonderful reminder.

Check your smoke alarms. If you have batteries-change them.

Cleanout out your freezer and the pantry.

Spices and Seasonings get tired and old and loose their punch. Check them and toss the ones that are not going to spice up your meals. If there are expiration dates, check them.

Organize your garden supplies now so you are ready to rock in the spring. Throw out the holey gloves.

Store summer beachwear and toss suits if completely worn out. Check and store or toss tired flip flops. Organize your beach bags so they are ready to go next summer.

Switch summer for winter clothes especially if you are storing them.  Donate what you don’t wear or is too small.