Sunday, April 26, 2009

Less Cluttered

I noticed today that the main floor of our house feels...well, uncluttered. Yes, there's the detritus of everyday living--the rest of today's paper, a few dishes still to be cleared from dinner, toys here and there. But on the whole, if a friend called and said they could stop by in about half an hour, I'd say "sure!" and do a quick tidy and then make a pot of coffee.

It's a good feeling, yes it is.

Monday, April 20, 2009


I haven't been feeling as attached to things recently. Stuff that is. Inanimate objects. It's a subtle shift and I don't know the why of it. It just is.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Today we all pitched in to clean our carport. Due to the slope of our driveway, random garbage along with leaves, piles up along the edges of the carport. I park my car there, and we store the kids' bikes, the grill, the cat litter and the hose there. So when the junk and leaves and general crapola piles up, it makes parking a challenge.

Sweetie pulled my car out of the way, then we dug in. We swept out the leaves and threw away the garbage. Broke down some random cardboard boxes that had been tossed out there. My car has a minor oil leak and I poured some clay cat litter on the oil spot.

It's much nicer now and it only took us ninety minutes. No pictures, forgot the befores and now am too tired to go out and take afters.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Crazy Ads

Sorry about all the crazy ads. There's some blogger setting that's gone wonky on me. Working on a fix.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Clutter Free? I don't think so

Have you heard of ClutterFreeBox? It's a service that stores your stuff by the box (rather than by the storage unit). You can just fill up boxes with your clutter, ship them off (for a fee) and have the company store them (for a monthly fee per box). Need the stuff back? They're happy to ship it to you, again, for a fee.

This is a great money-maker for ClutterFreeBox, but do you really want to pay and pay to store items you probably don't actually need to own?

Declutter and you won't need services like these.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Organizing Coupons

Since I've started doing the Drugstore Game, I've acquired many coupons. Thus far, I've kept them in their inserts, intact, rather than clipping them all out. This is because the deal sites where the truly compulsive Drugstore Gamers post all note which insert and which date has the right coupon for the deal they mention. By keeping my inserts intact, I only had to flip to the right page in it.

However, the stack had gotten too high. I decided to try a nice easy low-tech solution. No fancy binders or coupon holders for me. I had a box of clear sheet protectors around and I often have scratch paper (the back side of printing I no longer need, usually). I made these simple holders. Food coupons are on one side, non-food on the other.

They're easy to re-use, I can put them in a binder if I want to, and they used stuff I already had on hand.

I don't like to take a lot of time to clip coupons, since I don't actually use that many. I think of my coupon clipping time as relaxation time, and either put on a movie or some music. It's a nice little break, really.

On a side note, I send my expired coupons to overseas military families. They can use them at the PX or the Commissary for a few months past the expiration date. It's an easy way to help out our military families. Here are a few sites to check for more information.