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Hello Friends! 

I’ve been very busy this week getting organized and have found some really cool Good Will treasures that I can’t wait to share with you soon.  First though I spent the day going through my biggest source of clutter and found a neat “Techy” way of getting rid of them.  Allow me to explain:

My biggest source of clutter is my books.  I am an avid reader,  I probably read about 5-6 books a month so you can imagine just how many books I have.  As a matter of fact I have so many that I converted my dining room into a library so I could have a place to store them.  Even doing that though they are spilling over into every area of my house so it’s time to reduce and share the love.

In my attempt to figure out how to reduce and recycle all these books I realized that I have bought so many used ones over the years and that got me thinking – why not sell MY books?  It turns out that it is very easy to sell your books on Amazon.com.  (check it out here)  So I set up an online store for myself and I am going to try and move these books out of the house by sharing them with others at a reduced cost.  I guess it’s like a virtual garage sale.  My site is called Read-Cycle and I hope to be able to reduce my stockpile of books over time.  (I’ll let you know how that goes).

Anyway I just wanted to share this idea as a way of recycling things and making some pocket change.  Obviously this isn’t a way to make a ton of dough but if I want to purchase more books I now have a way to pay for them and move them on to the next person to enjoy.

I’d love to hear from you about how you are reducing-reusing & recycling!  Leave a comment below!

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Hello!  Welcome to my blog!

I am so excited you are joining me as I endeavor to bring some practical organization to my active life.  There is nothing more fun to me than having a friend to share a project with to spur you along.  I hope you will stay with me as I navigate myself back from the brink of disorganizational disaster.

 

Now please don’t misunderstand me, I really do have the desire and the ability to be fairly organized however, I’m finding out that life is just so darn BUSY!  Are you with me?  It’s not that I don’t know how to put my things away or “create a place for everything and everything in its place” but I just really don’t have time to do it while I’m flying in from one thing and out to the next.  The last couple of years have been super busy for me and although things have slowed down a bit I’m still not wandering around looking for stuff to do, if you know what I mean. 

 

So I raised my head recently and discovered that I am drowning in a sea of chaos and I need to get a handle on things.  SO, I’ve decided to start with baby steps and take on something small to boost my confidence.   In my minds eye I hear Bill Murray whispering,

“baby step onto the elevator… baby step into the elevator… I’m in the elevator”

as I scan my house taking in the multiple possibilities for a first project.  Well I’ve finally settled on the perfect mini-project – the kitchen window ledge – and I can’t wait to share it with you!

My kitchen window ledge is the focal point of my kitchen.  I have grandiose visions of it looking something like this when I enter the room:

Or maybe something like this:

Unfortunately in my house the kitchen window ledge is the catchall for everything one (as in numero uno) doesn’t want to lose.  Most of the time it looks like this:

 

 

And apparently I’m not the only one.  Check this out.   Now in my defense I must say this is not all my doing.  I have employed my 14-year-old boy to assist in emptying the dishwasher and he has a habit of putting things up there he doesn’t know what to do with yet knows I will be looking for later – hence the large colorful bottles and their corresponding lids.  And my husband does the dishes (don’t hate me now – he got in the habit when I went back to school and I developed a severe dishwashing allergy since then ) but anything that doesn’t go in the diswasher winds up staying on the counter until it grows legs and leaves on its own.  Thus I have a menagerie of various odds and ends that accumulate in the general vicinity of the kitchen sink that I either don’t know what to do with, don’t want to lose or am too pressed for time (-ahem! lazy!) to walk up the stairs and put away.

But as I said this is a new day!  So I separated everything out and sorted it into piles – things to stay (left) & things to put elsewhere (right)

I found a nice container (in the plastics cabinet –  project for another day) for the dog treats and the kelp (for the old pooch) went into the dog food bin:

The dog gets this in her food daily as a vitamin supplement, this place to keep it eliminates extra trips to add it to her food – and why fight fate by insisting that the kids put the treat box back in the pantry?  This container works on the counter and may even encourage more treats to be passed out 🙂

In the end I wound up going a bit beyond the window ledge and had room to put some cards I recently received on display.  What do you think?

 

What a beautiful site ay?  But alas! I still have one thing left that I’m not sure what to do with (am I the only one this happens to?!)

I’d love to hear your suggestions on what to do with this – I don’t sew, but I feel like I can’t throw these away.  Any thoughts?

Well, that was a wonderful project to do after work!  I feel so much better I can almost pretend I don’t see this:

Guess what I’m tackling next?

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