Posts Tagged ‘Clutter Control’

Retro Saturday: Don’t Lose Your Screws!

Retro Saturdays are a chance for us to share a post from the past and spend some time with our families. Dear Home-Ec 101, It seems every time we take something apart for storage, we manage to lose any screws that go with the items. How do you manage not to lose the screws? Signed,…

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Weekly Project #1: The Great Cabinet Clean-out

Ivy says: Now that summer is into full swing, I usually have more time to get things done because now I have helpers who are normally in school. So, I’m doing a project a week to get my house into shape! You can follow along as I do the projects and do them with me,…

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Mess begets mess, so try the vice versa

Ivy says: Yesterday, my mom came over because she had a little time to kill before going to work. There wasn’t any time to clean up because she called me as she turned onto my street. Thanks, mom. “Ah, Ivy,” she said, “Your home is a bastion of cleanliness.” We both laughed because, to be…

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Deciding what to keep

Dear Home Ec 101, I need a strong person to help me resolve to get rid of old shoes, belts, purses and scarves, even though I don’t use any of them. Some of the scarves and bags are really nice ones (if a little bit old lady-ish) inherited from my m-i-l. Some I bought in…

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Yet another reason to declutter

Ivy says: Here’s a really good reason to start decluttering your house right now. Eventually, someday, you’re going to die. It’s unpleasant to think about, but it’s one of the only sure things about life- eventually, you’ll die. And when you do, someone you love is going to have to go through your stuff and…

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The Great New Year Clean-up: Books

Ivy says: If you’re anything like me (and hey, you might not be, I’m strange), you have too many books. Go on, admit it, you have more books than you really need. Go through them. Keep the ones you want to read over and over, and keep the ones you plan on reading in the…

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The Great Pre-Christmas Toy Clean-out

Ivy says: If you haven’t done this already, this weekend would be a great time to go through all the kids’ toys and  get rid of anything broken, anything they don’t play with, anything they just have too much of (my daughter had approximately 1,493 stuffed animals before we cleaned out her room), and anything…

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Spare sheet storage

Ivy says: My husband usually does the laundry in my household. However, that wasn’t working out for us, and since he had surgery last month, I’ve been taking over the laundry responsibilities. I’ve learned many amusing things while doing the laundry, but the overwhelming thing I have learned is just the fact that we have…

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Declutter the closets while getting dressed

. Ivy says: Every once in awhile you come up with an idea that is so simple, you wonder why you didn’t think of it before.  I was trying on outfits and hating most of them. The shirts were too short, the pants caused camel toe, nothing was right. And then I thought, “Why in…

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Tis the season to clean your closets

Ivy says: Since the weather is finally changing from hot to cold, now’s a good time to go through all your kids’ clothing and get rid of the stuff that doesn’t fit or just generally looks like crap. I use two methods to do this: at the source (drawers and closets) and during laundry time.…

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Tis The Season To Clean Your Car Out

Ivy says: I ain’t gonna lie, kids. My car would easily win the Home-Ec 101 Seal Of Disapproval at any given time.  I have three kids and spend a lot of time on the go. Well, a poor excuse is better than none, as my grandma always said. Twice a year, however, it’s all shiny…

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