6 Ways to Declutter and Make Room in 2019

The holidays are over and it’s time to go back to regain some normalcy and integrate our resolutions and changes. Gather some boxes for donations and prepare to declutter.

  1. We all dread (I do) taking the holiday decorations down. I am so happy to get them out and it seems like it takes twice as long to put them away. While taking them down check for broken or damaged items. Also think about decorations that may be out dated or you may not use for the next year. If you plan on fixing the damaged decorations set them aside and do so within the week. Items you do not want anymore put them in the donation box. Even outdated items may be someone else’s treasure.
  2. If you have children and they received toys, board games, video games, etc. that will be the next stop at filling the donation box. Depending on their age have them help you decide on what they want to donate. If you have older children who received video games they can take old games they do not play or want to a game stop or donate them. Games stop, game exchange or another store in your area they can earn store credit or sell them for cash and the games will be used instead of going to a landfill. Baby, toddler, preschooler and grade schoolers may have toys they have out grown. These items can be donated or taken to a consignment store such as once upon a child.
  3. Clothes and linens that family members may have received should be replacing an unneeded item. Go thorough dressers and closets and donate items that  have been outgrown, items that are not needed or that are damaged. These can be donated or sold. This is a great laundry day chore.
  4. Kitchen. Mugs and kitchen sets are great gifts and you may have received a few. Take time to go through cabinets and purge unwanted items. I know I can acquire a large mug collection over the holidays. If you received small appliances such as coffee pot and toaster donate the old one. If items are not damaged and work well you can always donate them. Also check for food you would want to donate while in the kitchen.
  5. Digital day. Take a day and clean out your email. When I do this I do not only delete emails I will decide if certain sites I subscribe to are of any value. I will take time to opt out and unsubscribe to unwanted mail. Also January 1st I changed all my passwords and updated information.
  6. Pictures and cameras. Clean up your photos. I am really bad about this and I never take time to print what I want printed. Print out wanted display pictures. Use the time to update social media and desktop pictures. While printing think ahead about Valentine’s day, Mother’s day, etc. and the pictures you may want to print out for projects or gifts.

When going thorough items remember that donating is always an option. If you can avoid adding to landfills please do. There are families that may need an item you have and they cannot afford it.

Places to donate food, clothes, and toys:

  • Shelters
  • Salvation Army
  • Churches
  • Free groups on social media or apps
  • Freecycle app

To sell items you can have a yard sale or use a social media group or an app such as Letgo, Craigslist is also another place to get rid of unwanted items.

Whether you decide to sell or donate it is better than the landfill.

If you have any tips for declutter for the new year I would love to hear them. Please share thoughts below.

Thank you and make room for 2019!



Posted in Daily Living

Welcome 2019!

Welcome 2019! Happy New year to all. I have never been big on setting resolutions, but this is the time we all look forward to changes. I am looking forward to what 2019 holds for me. I hope everyone has a good year and your goals  are accomplished that you have set.

I have this blog that has sat for years I have neglected. One of my goals in 2019 will be to revive my blogging. I hope to provide helpful information to others and just have fun with writing. I will also get back to my photography so I can share experiences with everyone.

Writing and photography used to be a fun pass time for me and over the years of being mom and living day to day I let it slowly fade away. We can lose ourselves when doing what is best for the ones we love. In 2018 my youngest graduated and started his journey in life. I love my children and grandchildren. In loving them I have lost my identity. I forgot what defines me. “I’m _______’s mom/grandma.” I love them, but now it’s time to identify myself again and share that with them. I have books on my shelf of poetry that have been published….decades ago. In 2019 I will find my identity.

Welcome 2019! My two main goals will be reviving the blog and finding my identity and passion in life. Also love my children and share those goals with them.

Posted in Special Occassions and Holidays

Rainy Days!

     I am sick of all this rain. It is supposed to be time for spring cleaning, opening the windows and enjoying a cool breeze. This weather is far from what I want it to be. I haven’t even had a good day to get into the spring cleaning mood.

     The week off between spring and summer semesters were a tease.  This four hours for one class is crazy. Therapeutic Activities is great and I could take that all day, but economics, come on. I am not meaning to complain, but I want summer to come so we can swim, camp, and  I can read a good book.

      This is also a busy week with the kids with three evenings of baseball, one singing at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Saturday at Canal Park for the Aero’s game. I am anxious for summer to busy the fun way and hopefully no rainy days.

Happy Mother’s Day!

       Mother’s Day has been great for me. I woke up to breakfast in bed and having my coffee made and brought to me. How sweet they are. They even cleaned the kitchen for me afterwards. Grandma was even surprised when they made her breakfast and it was delivered next door.

     All seemed well until my car was found with a flat. We did get it fixed……well hubby fixed it. Then we could go shopping for Hope’s things for trip. It has been a mixed day, but overall I rate it great. My kids are wonderful and I couldn’t be happier. I love Mother’s Day because it gives me time to reflect on the greatest blessings God has given me. My beautiful children. Thank you God!!!!!

     I hope all other mother’s have had a great Mother’s Day and realize how blessed we are.

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