By halaluyah77 from MO
By ChurchGrandma from MT
Source: I read it in a magazine while waiting at the dentist office.
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
As these things wear out or deplete, then replace it and throw out the old. Replace with only the things you love or that are beneficial. For those clutterers throw them out or give away at least three things in all your rooms daily or weekly and watch how the clutter diminishes over time. You will become happier and you will bless others by giving them good things that are not in use. Things are meant to be used, so if not in use, give it away.
By Donna from Philadelphia, PA
I had an old roll-up front wooden breadbox that I was loathe to part with, but didn't need for bread keeping so I re-purposed it as a kitchen organizer. Everything goes in there instead of on the front or side of the fridge or in the junk drawer; the grocery list and coupons, prescription refill, To Do list, lotto ticket, stamps, household bills to pay, etc.
Being super organized that I am, there's a pad of paper in there and an old jam jar to wrap elastics on and to keep a couple of working pens in, as well as, a small flashlight and a magnifying glass to read that fine print on boxes.
I put several dollar store cup hooks on the inside wall for keeping spare keys. If in doubt where something might be; look in my breadbox!
You can do the same thing with kitchen recipe cards, things you use often like matches and batteries, etc. Now that you have the idea, you can put them up in your bathroom, shop, laundry room, and more.
Hope this helps.
Source: Always thinking.
By Sandi from Salem, OR
But, since this was just for show, you could use like things. Camping utensils, napkins, and plastic silverware. Stationary supplies like pens, markers, and such. Art brushes, scissors and paint tubes. Craft hooks and needles, a small skein of yarn or pattern books. Beauty supplies like emery boards, tubes of creams or items for skin and bug protection. Screwdrivers, pliers, and small tools.
The nice thing about this is you can throw it together for a special project or event, then put things away when you finish or get home. Keep the cans together or separate for later. If you find the right box or tub, you can do this without the clips, by just setting them inside. I can tell you that a 6.5 in. by 6.5 in. inch box is perfect for four cans, so you can plan accordingly.
Got a big picnic? Set this, as big as you need it, on one end of the table for all your utensils. Fixing the house up? Set this up in the center of the project area and keep all Phillips in one, flat heads in another, and so on.
Art project in the future? How handy would this be for all the same colored markers, florescent and crayons, art brushes, foam brushes and more to stay organized? You can leave them uncovered for the "unfancy" event, or decorate or paint them for picnics, parties, or BBQ, etc.
If you have smaller things to put in them, but don't want to have to dig, just put the smaller things in a yogurt cup and it will set in the top just about perfect. N-JOY!
By Poor But Proud from Salem OR
If you have more things than you have room for, and want them close or at least safe from pets and such, put them in a pretty basket.
Make a cardboard "cover" the same size, and cover the cover with balls of yarn. You can do the same thing with rag rolled balls, teddies, fabric scraps, or anything pretty.
Inspired? Then my job here is done.
By Sandi from Salem, OR
The kids each have their own basket that they carry around with them and pick up anything that belongs to them and put it in the appropriate place. They are getting pretty good at this because they have learned that the alternative would be mom picking up their belongings and placing them in the toy jail. The toy jail is a sad and lonely place where toys go and have to stay for a while until they have served their sentence or until a fine can be paid by doing extra work or chores.
Source: I got the toy jail idea from: Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years by Jim Fay and Charles Fay. The Love and Logic series is an excellent parenting resource!
By Ellie from Melbourne, Australia
On top of the stand, I have folders that I keep for my daughter's medical information and other stuff that is important. We have small cabinets up on top so on one I have a plastic tote to put the mail in. Then hubby and I will go through it and pay what bills that need to be paid.
I try to only buy stuff that I need and not just what I want. I did buy the dryer balls, I like them so far, and found a place to get them for $6. My daughter likes VCR tapes so I go to goodwill or auctions. If I have too much paper work, I just sit down one night and go through it and read what I want and the rest trash or recycle.
My motto is "buy it if you need it, save money if you don't". I still having a bit of a problem with the food and my pocketbook is sometimes empty because of not learning to say no on some things.
By Barbara from Shoemakersville, PA
Our youngest is in football so we have to keep that all gathered for practice. We keep that ALL in a spare clothes basket. He can take it all with him to the bathroom to get ready. Very handy. We go through the magazines weekly and get rid of the ones we don't want. When we walk in with the mail all the 'junk mail' goes directly to the trash can. This all helps immensely with our family.
By Nancy from Troy, OH
I worked for an apt complex for 9 years. Our residents were mostly college students. When they graduated and moved a lot of them left everything behind.
I started gathering up the stuff that was left. I have 18 vacuum cleaners and over 300 T-shirts, as an example of what I have. I've said, "I have found everything except a house and a gun". I gathered too much stuff and now my friends think I am a hoarder. But, I've got so much stuff, I don't know where to begin to get rid of it.
I've been told to take it all to the flea market and sell there. I have a 10 room house, 5 of the rooms are almost completely dedicated to stuff I want to get rid of. Are there garage sale experts who can give me advice?
By Lotzamoxie from Waco, TX
My folks owned a "seasonal residential hotel" for many years. The people would come and stay for just one season, and then move on. Usually , they were just considered tourists, but some followed "where the work was". They bought everything new when they came, and left it all sitting there when they packed up the clothing they wanted and left. Sometimes, we'd see them several years in a row just in the summertime.
I'm sure they had homes and I know they didn't always buy the best of everything to use for the time they were in the hotel. When they'd leave though, my parents would call the agency that oversaw "Battered Women" as they were always the most in need of clothing, and household items in order to make a home for their children.
Now, I always find the same outlet for anything I have to share. Those women need everything, and as a rule, they've left abusive situations with nothing except the clothes on their backs and the backs of their children. Very few of them are in a position to find a job yet, but they still need certain things which are just out of their reach.
I urge every woman reading this to consider giving clothing and household items to an agency that will get it all to "Battered Women". No one in our country needs your help more than they do.
With 18 vacuum cleaners and over 300 T-shirts, you could do a lot of good all at once.
Wait until spring and have a garage sale, or yard sale. Run an add in you're town news paper, and sell the best if you need a little cash. Then donate the rest. Don't take checks, ask for cash in your ad. You should make some good cash. You have kept the items this long. So you can surely keep them until spring, Lot of people buy old clothing to make crafts out of.
Hope this helps.
If you don't want to donate or give it away, you can always try Craig's List. Then you don't have to bother hauling the stuff to the flea market, just post the info & sell it. Follow precaution though, don't let them come to your house, arrange to meet them in a public place like the parking lot of your corner convenience store or grocery store or something & don't go alone. Cash only, don't take checks or anything else that can be faked. Here's a link to the Waco website & to their safety suggestions.