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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Miley Cyrus bought my house.

I have an obsession that drives Denton absolutely bonkers.  And it’s name is Realtor.com.  (That’s not an affiliate link.  If anyone knows how to become an affiliate for realtor.com, please let me know, that would make my day.)

I love it.  I spend an unprecedented amount of time perusing the listing’s and dreaming of which house will be mine.  If it were up to me, and Denton had absolutely no say in it, we would buy a new to us house every two years.  Buy low and sell high.  That would be my motto.

At least once a day, I am on their website looking at the houses that are for sale in my little town and the towns that are adjacent to it.  You have to keep up with what’s selling in your area.  And then there are the dream homes.

Ahh, the dream homes.  You know, the ones that you would buy if you won the lottery.  I keep a saved list of these on my account.  That’s why I noticed that one of my going to be mine someday houses had been sold.  NOOOOOOO!  To Miley Cyrus.

It’s a stunningly beautiful home, with a pool and 33 acres of land.  Here’s what drew me to this particular house.  On to the eye candy!

 Miley Cyrus Buys Home In Franklin, Tennessee

First of all, it’s a farmhouse, with a wrap around porch.   And it’s private.  No one can see me wandering around all day in my yoga pants like my neighbors do now.  Or drive down my long windy driveway without my permission.  Privacy will be good when I win the lottery.

 Inside Miley Cyrus' Rustic, Country Home

The floors, the beams, the rock fireplace.  What’s not to love?

 Miley Cyrus Just Bought A New Southern Home

The kitchen is perfect in my opinion.  I have room to cook; my people have lots of room to stay out of my way while I’m doing it and still be right there for long lovely conversations about everything under the sun.

I love this little sitting area off of the kitchen.  I could sit here and read in front of the fire, while I make sure not to burn down the house with some chili or soup on the stove.

With five bedrooms, we would have enough room for family to visit and everyone would have their own space to retreat to when someone wants to bash in someone else’s head.

 Farmhouse-inspired bathroom decor

This space is my favorite though.  It’s screened in.  You will understand if you are like me and Hayden.  The mosquito’s eat us alive.  A place to sit outdoors, with a fire, that the bugs cannot enter.  Paradise.

Although, I have no idea why they have those giant doors open.  They are letting out all of the A/C.

 Miley Cyrus' Tennessee Estate

I want a sofa swing in my living room now.  I hope that Miley made them leave it.

The pool.  It’s large enough to do laps in and with all of the privacy, I could finally learn to cannonball and no one would be watching.  Not even Denton.

How adorable, a caretakers cottage!

I love this house and property.  It’s one of my all-time top five dream homes.  Maybe top three.  When I win the lottery, maybe Miley will sell it to me.  😉

Do you have this obsession with Realtor.com too?

 

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Why You Should Grow Your Own Tomatoes | Tomato Sandwich Recipe

Everyone who has ever come into contact with me knows that I do not like the heat.  Any day that the temperature goes above 78* is (shudder) not a good day in my opinion.  As you can imagine, summer is not my favorite season.  It’s fall in case you ever have to answer a trivia question about it.  But.  Summer does have at least one saving grace.  Tomatoes.  Yummy, exquisite, delectable, homegrown tomatoes on the vine.  For these, I will suffer through summer every single year.

There is nothing like a home grown tomato.  Nothing!  I buy tomatoes year round.  I can’t help myself.  Even in the dead of winter, knowing that they will more than likely taste like wet sawdust, I can’t help myself.  I love tomatoes.  But summer tomatoes….  There is truly nothing like them on earth.

Every year I say that this is the year that I will grow everything.  Then life intervenes and I am lucky if I get a tomato plant in my rose bed.  Do you do that?  I always grow tomatoes and peppers with my roses.  At least when I buy the plants with the intentions of planting them, I do.  Did that happen this year?  Nope.  There is always next year……

This is where friends, family and the local farmer’s market comes into play.  Denton brought home two perfect specimens yesterday from a friends garden.  They were soooo good.  I always buy on the vine tomatoes when I get them at the supermarket, when I don’t have access to garden tomatoes.  They are good, but they are definitely NOT summer garden tomatoes.

Try it yourself and see the difference.  You can thank me later.  And plant a tomato plant in your flower garden.  You’ll be glad you did.

While we can still get our hot little hands on them, and until this neverending summer is over, here is my favorite way to eat summer’s mouthwatering tomatoes.  I can’t call it a recipe because it’s so simple, but I’m going to anyway.   😀

Start out with your favorite white bread.  The choice at our house is always Nature’s Own Butterbread.  Deliciousness.

Add the world’s best mayonnaise. Hellmann’s, of course.

Add a slice of heaven that’s as big as your head.

Sprinkle on some salt and black pepper.

And enjoy one of the marvelous joys of summer.

Here’s the handy dandy recipe.

Why You Should Grow Your Own Tomatoes | Tomato Sandwich Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 1 heavenly homegrown tomato
  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 1 TBSP Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Spread mayo onto bread slices.
  2. Add a giant slab of delicious homegrown summer tomato.
  3. Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Enjoy!
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Word Nerd | Confabulate

I love words. When I come across a word that I don’t remember reading before, it just makes me happy. Stephen King is good for this. So is Michael Crichton. Reading in general just makes me happy.

This morning I received my word of the day from Dictionary.com. It was Confabulate.

kuh n-fab-yuh-leyt verb

1: to converse informally; chat.

2: Psychiatry. to engage in confabulation.

E: In the large room, where several different groups had been formed, and the hum of voices and of laughter …

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Words. They’re good to know. 😉

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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69 Things I NO Longer Need in My Home.

Last week I finally gathered together all of the things that no longer have a place in our home and carted them out to the car to donate to our local Salvation Army.

Aaaaahhhhh, the magazines!

Six pairs of socks from Liv’s drawers that she doesn’t like, a book stand, an unopened prize from Wendy’s, a lamp and shade, a crystal dish that I don’t know where it came from, and computer games our kid’s haven’t touched in 137 years.

A Danskin workout bag, another crystal dish, pages for a photo album, and more magazines.

More magazines, a pretty box that I have no use for now that I keep my hammer and other tools in a beautiful leather box I found on one of my outings.  An iPhone 4 charger that no owns anymore, and a pair of jeans.

MORE magazines and the magazine holders that I no longer need.  I also found two Air wick air fresheners that have never been used that I truly dislike the smell of.  Liv says they smell like an old lady.  Good grief, someone will like them, I’m sure.  A heavy crystal dish that someone will give a wonderful home to.  A crystal lid that hopefully someone is looking for for their crystal jar.  A cat toy that all of our cats are terrified of, a purse, a decanter that Denton won’t use for his whiskey, and a pretty box that candles came in.  I am also donating my almost empty candle jars.

I always ask at my Salvation Army before I donate something like this, because I don’t want to give them something that they will just have to turn around and trash.  They said people are always looking for these things, so off they go.  I suppose they are going to make their own candles in them, what do you think?

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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