Declutter Thursday…on a Friday

Spring is a busy time of year. So much to do inside and even more waiting for you outside. I kind of cleaned my fridge out yesterday, but only half way. My toddler was taking a nap while I attempted the job, but woke up and wanted some attention. And the weather was nice. So that was the end of that!

I am quite happy with this week’s box because my DH contributed to it as well. That’s encouraging!

The Box

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The Contents

  • 24 drinking glasses
  • decorative tin
  • 2 packages of gasket covers
  • Frisbee
  • foot scrubber
  • 2 rulers
  • snow globe
  • small tube of hand lotion
  • hat
  • package of utility hooks
  • 2 ramekins
  • 6 chowder bowls
  • 4 bottles of body wash
  • 2 placemats
  • 2 sweaters
  • 2 wall plaques
  • brooch
  • pedometer
  • new toothbrush (thought I should specify…)
  • answering machine tape
  • 2 books
  • wall clock

60 things in the box(es) this week- bringing the running total to 407! Great! I’m about a third of the way to my goal. I can do this!

How are you doing? Are you just starting to declutter or are you just in “maintenance mode” now?

Happy Friday!

SAJ

Decluttering!

Aaand we’re back to the decluttering. Oh man. We went on a family trip for a wedding a couple of weeks ago and I felt like there was more in our vehicle on the trip back home than there was at the beginning of the trip. That means it’s a great time to get back to the declutter challenge. (So sorry I dropped the ball on that for the past few weeks!)

The Box

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The Contents

  • cosmetic bag
  • book
  • candle
  • spatula
  • 4 dresses
  • 4 shirts
  • bathrobe
  • skirt
  • sweater
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • winter hat
  • scarf
  • gloves

I usually don’t list off the different types of clothing, but I wanted the list to look longer so I’d feel better about myself. It seems to be working. 20 items this week- pretty good. That brings the total to 347 items.

I’m going to be positive here- that’s 347 items that are no longer in my home. You know what? It has been over a month since I’ve posted on this challenge. That’s a month with no declutter boxes, and still I’ve managed to purge 347 items from our house. That is A LOT of stuff!

Okay, now for a little reality check. My goal is 1,200 items by the end of the year. Must keep moving…

How are you doing? Did you get rid of a lot of stuff recently? If you did- congratulations!

SAJ

 

Declutter Challenge Update

Have you been eyeing some dusty items and thinking,”Why do I still have this?” Me too!

This week’s box had a little help from DH. Yay! It’s always encouraging when your family joins you in clearing out. Yup.

This week’s box…

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What’s in the box?

  • skillet
  • 3 mixing bowls(nesting)
  • cheese grater with attachments
  • spatula
  • canned soda preserver(Weird, I know. I only tried it once…)
  • wine bottle opener
  • plastic food container with lid
  • travel mug
  • screwdriver set
  • 8 books
  • Bath & Body Works Smart Soap dispenser
  • bottle of hand soap

21 items. Add that to our running total of 306 and that brings us to 327. Okay. Slow and steady is my pace. Slow and steady wins the race. I’m just going to keep saying that to myself. Eh. 🙂

How are you doing? Are you tackling a project that has been on the back burner for awhile? Great! Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of items you have in your humble abode? Just scroll back…slow and steady. It didn’t happen overnight, and it won’t get cleaned up overnight.:)

Have a great Friday!!!

SAJ

Unboxing! Ipsy: March 2017

So I have a couple of the same items that Beks got in her bag- but the rest was different. If you haven’t seen her unboxing video, well it was the last post on here…scroll down and check it out! It’ll be fun to compare the bags anyhow.:)

Ignore the goofy face I’m wearing- take a look at the goodies Ipsy sent. It was good, but I’m kind of kicking myself for not rating the items in my last bag on their site. I really think it makes a difference.

Did you get an Ipsy bag this month? Do you think giving ratings on the items makes any difference?

Decluttering Thursday

What a busy week! I hope everyone has made it safely through Winter Storm Stella. It was really windy here and, of course, there was a good amount of snow.

This week’s box is small in number, but I feel good that I’m letting go of some things that I “had to have.” Only a couple of the items fell into that category, but since I feel that I could be called a borderline hoarder(maybe)- it feels good!

The Box

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The Contents

  • old lard bucket(heehee)
  • Nalgene water bottle
  • 2 large piggy banks
  • trivet
  • slate welcome sign
  • small markerboard(not the same as last week’s markerboard)
  • 4 cookbooks
  • drinking glass

That is 12 items. Eh. Not so great this week. Better than nothing, but could be better.

Okay, that brings the grand total to 306 items out of our home! Nice to make it past the 300 mark. Still, I need to crack down on this stuff if I want to make my goal.

How are you doing with your decluttering? Any victories? Are you having a lackluster week like me?

Let’s try for a better box next week! We can do this. 🙂

SAJ

How to get ALL your Aveeno lotion out of the bottle in 5 easy steps.

I love Aveeno lotion. I use it everyday. I got to the “bottom” of another bottle of the stuff recently. Begrudgingly, I took the pump out and started furiously smacking the open end of said bottle against my hand in an attempt to get some of the leftover lotion. Why? Because Aveeno, like so many other companies, has made it their unfortunate practice to fit their lotion bottles with pumps that are unable to pump out every last bit of their fabulous lotion. Maybe their lotion is too thick? No.

 

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The way the light hits the container, you can see all that extra lotion. This bottle is holding out on me!

 

I would say that there is probably around 3/4 of a cup of lotion left in each bottle when it stops coming out of the pump. Argh!

So. I finally grabbed all my other “empty” bottles and decided it was time to combine. I have done this before, but usually I don’t wait so long to combine. La-zy.

It’s actually pretty easy to get this stuff out if you have a couple of kitchen utensils on hand. If you don’t want to use your utensils on lotion, you could always stop by a thrift store and get the necessary tools there for a really small amount of pocket change. Then you can use them for all sorts of lotions, body washes, etc. You get the idea.

The Utensils You will Need

  • kitchen shears
  • a spatula
  • a funnel
  • a container to put the lotion in(I just use another “empty” bottle)

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5 Easy Peasy Steps

  1. Take the pump out of your old bottle and place funnel in opening of container your lotion is destined for.IMG_2129
  2. Using your kitchen shears, cut that bottle through the middle horizontally. You could use a knife if you want to. Either way- be careful with sharp objects.IMG_2131.JPG
  3. Scoop contents from old bottle into funnel.IMG_2128
  4. Holding the funnel firmly in place, tap the new container on a counter until the lotion travels from the funnel into its new home. You can use your spatula to push the lotion into the funnel as well.

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    Evidently I did not push all the junk on my table out of sight. Oooh- a banana!

  5. Close up your new container and recycle the old one!

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    6 “empty” bottles make 1 full bottle…

That’s it. Doesn’t it feel good to know that all that extra lotion isn’t going to waste while your hands feel like they’re shriveling up? Yes. It does.

A little side note: when I say tap the container in Step 4- I’m serious. Don’t let it get out of hand! If you’re too aggressive with your tapping you may end up with lotion on your ceiling. Just sayin’.

Do you love Aveeno, too? Have you found the amount left in the bottle irritating? Does that sort of stuff just not bother you? 🙂

Saj

p.s. Aveeno didn’t pay me for writing this. I don’t even think they would want to. I still love their lotion. It’s not fun to clean lotion off a ceiling.