104 + More Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

With the holidays, everything has been completely off kilter…in a wonderful way.  We’ve slowed way, way down, and just been together.  It’s been awesome.

I did however, right before Christmas take another load of stuff we no longer need to our Salvation Army.  Want to see?

Some of my Food Network magazines.  I absolutely love them, but I almost never refer back to these and they were collecting dust.  And, my library has them if I ever need a specific recipe from one of them.  Also, there is this thing called the internet……  It wasn’t painful at all to let them go.

Magazines that I read in the last week or so.

Perfume samples that came in the mail.  I knew that I would never use them, so I am sending them off to someone who will.

More books that I know I will never read again.

This past summer I found myself a beautiful little tree that holds my Christmas cards, so all of these can go to someone else’s house.

I cleared out another hidey hole and found four more lunch boxes and an insert.  Liv also took one of her porcelain dolls off the stand to sit on her shelf and declared that she would never want to use it, so off it goes.

In the same hidey hole I found glue traps.  I’ve never bought glue traps in my life.  Which means that these have been in there since the previous owners had our house twelve years ago.   Peppermint mocha anyone?  No one here will drink it.  Random things someone might find useful.

Another breadmaker that was an extra.  I’m down to one!  Yay!

Something that Liv used for a jewelry stand, with jewelry she no longer wanted or needed. 

A crystal tray, a head massager, perfume and miscellaneous.

Bras, books, magazines, magazine holders and pajamas.

And last but not least, a giant candle holder.  It had layers of dried beans in it when I bought it, but, it got knocked over and they spilled and mixed EVERYWHERE.  I hope someone will enjoy it!

Well, that’s it for this weekly edition last weeks things I NO longer need.  I am behind as usual!  Did you clear out any of your clutter last week?  How did you do for the year?  I’ll write it all up later this week.  This is one of my goals that I didn’t fail at this year!  Yeehaw!

 

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88 More Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

I had Denton help me to haul away last weeks goodies again.  Nothing too big for me to haul, but we had a bunch of errands to take care of and it just make more sense.  He’s still never happy to visit a thrift store, but he will tolerate it for very short stints.  Is your significant other the same way?  There’s nothing more fun to me than to find a thrift store or a yard sale to see if I can find a treasure!

Anywho, this is what doesn’t fit, we’ve already read, or we just plain don’t need anymore.  So, it’s going to give someone else joy now at their house.

My beautiful city mugs.  They just don’t hold enough coffee people!  Apparently, we need at least 12 ounces or people are going to melt down.  Hopefully someone who can tolerate REFILLING their mug will give these a loving home.

A milk glass light fixture.  You know my love of milk glass, but this just didn’t fit anywhere in my house.  I started to list it on Etsy, but inside where you will never see it there is a big chip.  Not worth it to me to list, but someone else will take it home gladly for the couple of dollars they will put on it at my local Salvation Army.  Two Pepsi-Cola glasses.  I am a Coca-Cola girl, but I love the shape of these.  Well, I started out with twelve of them.  Ahem.  They are very fragile and now are going to live with someone who is not as destructive as we are.

A vintage lamp that started out as a set.  Not really.  They are identical except for the fact that this one is etched with grapes.  The other one that I love is etched with flowers and leaves.  I don’t know why I dislike the grape motif so much, but I dislike it intensely.  I have some milk glass in my collection that was gifted to me and I really, really don’t like it.  It sits there staring at me, laughing because I don’t have the heart to get rid of it yet.  Yes, I have issues.  Moving on…..

Three more sets of Liv’s funky footed pajamas that she says, “Don’t feel right”.  I know what she means.  Off they go.

Six paperback books that were absolute garbage.  I’m not even going to show you the author or title.  That’s how bad they were.  My reading time is precious people, stop printing garbage that takes up my mental time and space!

The first of many lamp shades.  I swear these things are procreating in the closet at night when we sleep. 

Otherwise, how do I keep finding more and more of them?!?  Every time I clean out another hidey hole, I find more!

Odds and ends from drawers and more drawers. 

More odds and ends. 

Magazines that have been read and books that I tried to read and seriously couldn’t get into. 

More clothes that “don’t fit right” or just plain don’t fit anymore.  A really annoying photo box.  There are no separators, so you just throw things into the box and it all gets irritatingly jumbled.

Well, that’s it for this weekly edition last weeks things I NO longer need.  I am behind as usual!  Did you clear out any of your clutter last week?

 

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3 Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

This week I wrangled Denton into helping me haul these three items away. 

First up, a chair that has had no place to call home inside our house.  It’s a great chair, but it had to go.  Two years ago it was in Hayden’s room as his computer chair, but it was not comfortable to sit on for any length of time and we replaced it with a leather executive chair.  Now he can sit for hours!  Hahaha.

This rolling desk chair was in Liv’s room for several years, but she found a vintage stationary chair that she liked better that has arms.  So this one is going to live at someone else’s house.  There were six people, SIX, clustered around it when Denton and I left.  I think that Denton thought a fight might break out, so he very quickly went to the truck.  Or maybe it’s the fact that he dislikes thrift stores.  What is wrong with him?  Yes, mother, I cleaned the cat hair off of the chair.

Now this item I stopped in and talked to Vicki, the woman who manages our local Salvation Army, about earlier in the week.  We’ve had this electric fireplace in our downstairs den for a couple of years now and the insert stopped heating.  I absolutely hated the idea of taking this to the dump.  So, I stopped in and showed Vicki a picture of it and told her that we didn’t know what was wrong with it.  She said bring it on.  She said even if they don’t sell it to someone, she can set it up during the holidays with a tree and stockings for a decoration.  Win/win.  I didn’t have to take this to the dump and she gets use out of it.  Yay.

This beautiful bundle of goodness I picked up while we were at the Salvation Army.  I was chatting with Vicki while Denton and another man unloaded the fireplace and I spied this material laying on the counter behind her.  I asked if it was for sale and she said sure, $2.50.  Yes!  I can’t wait to show you what I did with it this weekend.

Look at those lovely rosettes.  I’ll do a proper DIY post about it on Tuesday.  You’re going to love it.

Well, that’s it for this weekly edition of things I NO longer need.  Did you clear out any of your clutter last week?

 

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75 Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

I have loaded up another lot of stuff that we no longer need at our house. I’m sending it all off to allow someone else to love it, via my local Salvation Army. Here’s what going away this week.

More glassware. I’m telling you that it’s breeding. I find more every.single.time.

Tri-pod, leather watch bands, notepad and pen, measuring spoon, silverware caddy, and a salad greens dryer.

Liv has been cleaning in her closet again. It’s very sad that we no longer have anyone to pass clothes down to. One of my nieces is taller than me, Liv is barely 5 feet tall, so a no go, and the other would take too long to grown into them. Sigh.

More Liv stuff…..

More socks that “just don’t feel good”, a candle holder and this weird bag that a set of sheets came in. Who stores their sheets in a bag? Uhm, first of all, I would never get them folded again like they were when they came out of the package and second of all, I keep my sheets in one of the pillowcases. People are strange. Of course, you may be saying that I’m strange for storing my sheets in a pillowcase, but whatever.

More magazines that we’ve I’ve already read. See that duplicate magazine? The woman we bought our house from keeps renewing magazines and they are still sending them to my house. My house I bought almost 10 years ago. Last I heard she had moved to Brazil. Someone is going to enjoy them both.

I finally brow beat Denton into clearing out his t-shirt collection.

I believe that they have been duplicating themselves just like the glassware.

Pajamas from Liv….

Curtains that I and everyone else decided against.

I am still clearing out hidden corners at my house. Did you clear out any of your clutter last week? I love the freedom of clean spaces in my house!

 

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107 Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

I went through drawers, closets, hidey-holes, and even the kitchen this week.  If someone didn’t declare that they couldn’t live without it, it went into the go-away pile.  Let’s see what didn’t make the cut.

Dishcloths.  I can never close the drawer that my dishcloths are in.  So I got rid of a bunch of them.  Problem solved.  Now my dishcloth drawer will close and I still have over forty of the things.  Good grief.

Pants Liva won’t wear anymore, socks that “just don’t feel good” as my niece would say and bra’s.  I hate a normal bra now, and normally only wear the sport type (TMI, sorry) so these are going away.

A friend of ours knows that Liv likes a cup of coffee in the morning and sent these to her.  But she does not like these.  So they are going to the food pantry.  The one thing I’ve found at ALDI that my family doesn’t like is their ranch dressing.  I thought it was fine, but everyone else didn’t like it.  So I made them finish the first bottle and this unopened one is being gifted to people who aren’t so picky about ranch dressing.

I texted my brother and asked him if he needed a four cup measuring cup.  He laughed.  So it, this crock and some stickers are going away.  I also went through my silverware drawer.  It was ridiculous how many spoons and forks we own.

Liv went through her drawers again.  The only ones she had a pang about were her black cords.  She loved those pants and now that they don’t fit her she needs a new pair, but she’s had them since she was 12 years old.  I think she got her wear out of them.   By the way, do you know how difficult it is to buy pants for someone who is barely 5 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds?  Very, very difficult.

More, and more dishes that I keep finding hidden.  And I didn’t even try to hide them.  I think they are reproducing.  My lovely curtains.  When I rearranged my living room these curtains were too short for my front windows.  It just looked weird, so off they go until I find something new.  I have another tripod and only one DSLR camera.  So this was a no-brainer.

I went through one of my sewing boxes.  I have no idea what some of this stuff is (it came with the box), but I am certain that someone will know what it is and want it.

My beautiful, beautiful giant pasta plates.  Everyone at my house hates these plates.  But, look how pretty they are!  No matter how I exclaimed over them, everyone hated them.  So they can go live with someone else who thinks they are beautiful.  Sorry, beautiful plates, I don’t keep things that don’t serve a purpose at my house.  And you are not sentimental to me, so out you go.

My magazines!  I forgot to take a photo of them.  I’ll add it later and you can see what we read about this week in the 21 that are getting re-homed.

Whew.  I am still clearing out hidden corners at my house.  Did you clear out any of your clutter last week?  I love the freedom of clean spaces in my house!

 

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108 Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

I’ve been clearing out the clutter again at our house.  If it’s not something that I love, it’s going to live at someone else’s house.  Let’s see what didn’t make the cut this past week.

Twin sheets.  Uhm.  We’ve not had a twin bed in our house in over six years.  Why!?  Why do I keep things like this?  A green binder that everyone always picks another one over.  A basket that I have no place for.  A controller, two baby doll hats and a number one redskins stuffed toy.  Where in the world did that come from?

Books and more books.  A set of Italian study cards.  We didn’t learn much Italian, sadly.

More books and even MORE magazine holders. 

MORE books and a leather like portfolio that I had photos in.  I finally transferred them to an actual photo book I’ve had for over a year. 

An awesome brass magazine rack I have no place for.  Glassware and an iPhone 4 charging dock with a radio.  Ask me how long it’s been since anyone had an iPhone 4.  I can’t remember, that’s how long I’ve kept something that is useless to us.

More glassware and a canister I don’t need.  And a beer cozy, sheezsh.

Liv has been busy hauling things out of her closet that she insists she’ll never wear.

She’s really into flannels and jeans right now. 

I told her that she is turning into her mother – circa 1987.

She just stares at me with her typical Olivia look and goes on about her business.

She is her Papaw’s girl.  Calm, almost never out of sorts, so when she is you know to pay attention, because it’s an anomaly.

A few items from the basket I keep in my closet.  Why oh why did I ever buy a sparkly TANK TOP!?!  Oh well.

Aaaaahhhhh, the magazines!  Once we read them, I rarely keep them.

Whew.  I am still clearing out hidden corners at my house.  Did you clear out any of your clutter last week?  I am going again this week.  I love the freedom of clean spaces in my house!

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79 Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

Searching through all of the hidden areas of my house has been eye opening.  We have a lot of storage space in our house.  There are three closets in just mine and Denton’s bedroom.  One of which is a walk-in.  Both of the kids have two oversized closets, EACH.  Then there are the linen closets and the bathroom closets and the laundry room and on and on and on, Amen.

Not that I am complaining.  But, those areas do tend to fill up with stuff that ordinarily would already have gotten the heave ho.  Here’s what I found that hit the donate box last week.

A sewing machine.  Seriously.  I forgot that I had it after I gave my Mother the sewing table it came with.  She turned it into a desk for the grandkids.  Two pitiful lamp shades and a basket I definitely don’t need anymore.

Liv uses her kettle every day and this green stove top version hasn’t been used in over a year, so it’s got to go.  The leather LL Bean bookbag is too small for anyone’s books.  The corn roaster turned out to be more trouble than it was worth (to me).  We have about 78 more to go cups and no one liked this one.  I also found out I don’t like votive candle tart warmers.  A random stuffed animal and a canister.

Here is the notorious throw that had to go.  A book that has served it’s purpose.

A bathroom set that I no longer need.

Liv has been cleaning out her closets…..

Aaaaahhhhh, the magazines!  Once we read them, I rarely keep them.

Whew.  I am still clearing out hidden corners at my house.  Did you clear out any of your clutter last week?  I am going again this week.  I love the freedom of clean spaces in my house!

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How I Balance Shopping with Donating.

I had someone ask me the other day:  Why do you keep buying things at thrift stores and yard sales only to take even more stuff to your local Salvation Army?  I was very surprised.  The answer is very simple in my mind.  Let me give you a couple of analogies to make it clearer.

To survive, everyone must go grocery shopping.  Unless you grow everything you eat yourself that is.  This comes with the responsibility of disposing of all of the accompanying refuse that comes with shopping – unless you are the Johnson family from Zero Waste Home , who I aspire to be like and will more than likely never accomplish.  You must then recycle the things that you can and trash what’s left or you will find yourself swimming in home filled with garbage and recycle.

We all like new things, yes?  I just prefer to find my new to me things at yard sales and thrift stores.  When Denton and I first married, it was a huge blessing to our family of two that I came with all of the inherited knowledge I had from my own mother about thrifting.  Way back in 1995 it was not a popular past time like it is now.

That first year, I worked for a bank in Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.  One day at work one of the other young women complimented me on my outfit and asked me where I got it.  Well, I had paid $2.00 for it at a yard sale earlier in the week on Route 1.  She was stunned.  She had never been to yard sale, heck, she had never been in a Wal-mart!  She was from New York and it would never have entered her mind to shop at a yard sale.  There’s nothing wrong with that either.  If you have the disposable income to buy your new outfit at Nordstrom’s, not even on clearance!, that is your prerogative.  For me though, I would rather find those gems at a yard sale for $2.00 and pocket the other $198.00 and put that towards our next adventure.

Here is a perfect example of something I bought earlier this year that is going away this weekend.  It’s a beautiful throw.  I love the color, and it is as soft as a cloud.  It is absolutely perfect and I gave $2.99 for it at my local Goodwill.  But, here is the problem I have with this particular throw.  When I washed and dried it, we ended up having to take the dryer APART.  This thing sheds like a baby alpaca in the dryer.  I am shocked that the dryer didn’t catch fire while it was drying.  The throw came out beautifully, but I cannot have things in my house that are that finicky and time consuming.  Now, it can go live with someone who doesn’t have three cats who make their home on everything and therefore cause things to be washed and dried in the dryer.

I am very glad that I only paid $2.99 for this throw, because even though I still love the color and softness, I don’t feel too terribly bad about sending it away.  Now, had I bought it at West Elm and given $160.00 for it, yes, that would have caused me to have heart palpitations.  And then, I might have kept in it my house when I truly didn’t want it anymore.  Which will not bring me joy.

I have had to learn over the years, that if I bring something home, something else may will have to leave.  So I use this as a balancing measure when I am out and about shopping at my lovely yard sales and thrift stores.

How do you balance shopping with donating?  Nosy people want to know!

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Just One Thing.

My family is coming!! Yay!  My Mama and my Daddy will be here tonight and my brother and the rest of his kids will be here tomorrow!  I can’t wait.  We all live almost five hours apart, and time together is precious to me.

This also means that I have a list of things that I want to get accomplished, before they arrive, that’s as long as my arm.  Probably longer.  And this is my brain’s downfall.  Because my default when I feel like there is too much to get done is to say, Oh well.  I might as well just sit here with my (new) favorite book in my hand.  I’m never going to be able to get everything done.

So.  I have to trick my brain and tell it to get my arse up off the couch and do just one thing.  And when it only takes me 49 seconds – I have timed myself you see – to load the washing machine, then I can tell myself to go unload the dishwasher.  Which will take approximately 2 minutes and 29 seconds.  Seriously?!?  Yes, seriously.

Things never take as long as I have built them up in my mind.  In case you missed it, you can read how I sort of keep house by doing what Emmitt does.

I don’t think I’ll ever be a great housekeeper (stop laughing Denton), but I do know how to get some things done.  Just one thing.  One thing at a time.

It won’t all get done, but I’ll do something.  And I’m okay with that.  My Mama will have to be too.  Besides, she doesn’t live here!

Now I’m off to change the sheets.  I’ve never timed myself doing that.  I think I will today just so I’ll know.  What do you think?  In my mind this dreaded task will take me about 7 hours and 12 minutes.  I don’t think it will take quite that long.

100 Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

This week I gathered up 100 items that we no longer need and carted them out to the car to donate to our local Salvation Army.  Here’s what I found.

Aaaaahhhhh, the magazines!  36 magazines.  Once we read them, I rarely keep them.

A book in German that no one has looked at in over 5 years.  A photo book that apparently I was too busy raising kids to use. 

A milk glass lamp that doesn’t have it shade.  Another magazine holder, a green dish, 8 small milk glass bowls, a singing Wizards of Waverly Place pen, two pair of fingernail/toenail clippers that I don’t like.  A hair-bow from wayyyyyy back.  Stickers.  A food network glass cutting board.  I hated that thing!  A kindle charger, another green dish and an extra rice cooker.  Five thumbprint punch bowl glasses and a set of magnetic Espanol/English poetry words.

Golf shoes, four scarves, and two floor registers that don’t fit our floors.  A necklace, two bottles of makeup that I didn’t like and 10 pencils that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away.  Seven green glasses, a makeup brush and a candle jar.

A dart that goes with the set I donated a few weeks ago (it’s still there – I checked) a lip gloss that Liv didn’t like, and a large orange basket.

Five pair of workout pants, and three bras that I hated after I bought them.

Whew.  I am still clearing out hidden corners at my house.  Did you clear out any of your clutter last week?  I am going again this week.  I love the freedom of clean spaces in my house!

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