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Organized Yard Sale

You have been decluttering for a bit now.  Some things were given away. Some went in the trash. Some were listed on Facebook or Ebay.  Some of it is still lingering in bins in the garage.  Those lingering bins are the signal that it is time for a yard sale.

An average yard sale is not organized.  Stuff is jumbled in with other stuff. Nothing is tagged so if you ask what the price is and it seems high then you assume the other stuff is also high and leave.  Stuff is dirty or broken or just plain ugly.

So how do you take your yard sale from average to spectacular and money-making?

1. Cover your tables.  A twin sheet covers an average folding table.  Pick them up at Goodwill or another thrift shop.  Nobody wants to look at dirty tables.

2. Inspect every item for cleanliness and free of breakage.  If it is broken put it in the recycle. If it is dirty wash it.

3. Tag each item with a price sticker.  Be realistic about your prices.

4. Group like items together. Kitchen stuff goes with kitchen stuff.  Toys go with toys. Kitchen stuff and toys do not get mixed together.  Leave enough space between items so that it does not look like a pile of junk.

5. Have cash on hand. $10’s $5’s $1’s and quarters.

6.   Plastic bags and newspaper (for wrapping breakables) is a must have.

7.  Make signs that are bright and catchy. Attach them to boxes that you can set on the street corners.  If it is windy take some big rocks or bricks to put in the box.  At the end of the day pick up your boxes.  It is so disappointing looking for a yard sale and finding out the box is from weeks ago.  Plus it makes the neighborhood look trashy.

8. Advertise on social media.  You can pay for an add in the newspaper but this is usually unnecessary.

9. Greet each person that comes to the sale. Don’t be pushy but if someone looks like they are looking for something in particular go ahead and ask them.  Don’t make too much small talk unless they start it.  Definitely don’t tell them your life story.

10.  Wear comfy but appropriate clothing.  Have a chair, a bottle of water, and sunscreen.

11. Before the end of the sale decide what you are doing with the leftovers. Are they going back in bins for another yard sale later?  Or are you going to donate the stuff?  It is perfectly OK to do either or both.  Just don’t put it back in your house. That will defeat the purpose of getting rid of the clutter.

Happy Yard Sale-ing!



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Organizing your pets.


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There are two parts to organizing your  pets. The first is organizing their paperwork. The second is organizing their stuff.  Having a pet is good for your health. Don’t let the extraneous stuff they need overwhelm you.

Pets have vet appointments, grooming, and play dates.  If you are breeding your pet there is a whole different paperwork and dates to keep organized. That will be discussed in a future post.  You need a calendar and a file.  Put on your calendar when they have appointments as soon as you make that appointment.  The receipts for the vet and grooming go into a file in your file cabinet. In this file also keep your proof of rabies and license.

Pet stuff can be overwhelming if not contained and organized.  Pet food, pet dishes, pet leashes, pet booties and jackets, potty supplies, pet toys.  My dog, Kenzi, is pretty big. My cat, Grrr, is about average.  I buy the biggest bag of food for each. I store it in this bin for dog and cat food.  I use one of these for Kenzi’s toys.  The other one I use for her leash, booties, and  Life Vest.

Organizing their stuff gives me more time to play and love on them.  I don’t have to search for their stuff. I don’t have to stress about missing an appointment.  Enjoy your fur babies.  They are good for your health.

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Organize the Kitchen Mess

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I hate the disorganized mess that is my kitchen. I have purged the kitchen of all of the things that will never be used, are broken, or are duplicates. It still leaves a lot of small appliances, utensils, dishes, food containers, and random stuff.  It was time to find some organizational items to organize the kitchen mess.  I went to one of my favorite websites. I prefer on-line shopping to retail shopping.  Let me tell you about the treasures I found!

The pots and pans and the lids that go with them are one of my biggest peeves.  I found these two items.  Adjustable Pan/Pot Organizer and  Professional Roll Out Lid Organizer.  The pan/pot organizer is adjustable to the size of your own pans.  I need two of these for all of mine.  The roll out lid organizer is going to be a back saver.

I have a lot of small appliances. I have this Hamilton Beach Hand Mixer, this  Air Popcorn Popper, and this  Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker.  All of which I use on a weekly or monthly basis.  I also have other small appliances that don’t get used as much but still need a space in the cabinet.  I found this professional roll out shelf for appliances.  I bought two.  One is on the top shelf for the appliances I use all the time.  The other is on the bottom shelf for the appliances that get used occasionally.

The pots and pans and small appliances was enough for one day. I will tackle the baking pans and utensils next.

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11 ways to Organize your Health

That makes no sense you say?  Actually it does. Your health can be very organized.  If you don’t think about your health and assess your health regularly illness and injury can sneak right up on you. I am not saying become a hypochondriac. That would just make you more unorganized.

  1. Annual physicals and the tests the doctor wants you to have. That mammogram, prostrate exam, blood work, colonoscopy are all important in keeping you at your peak.
  2. Food diary.  This is the best way to manage your nutrition intake. Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals? Are you eating to much fat?  How is your caffeine intake?
  3. Scheduled exercise.  “Oh I will exercise later”  Later easily becomes never.
  4. Scheduled breaks. Get up from the desk and take a walk around the office.  Stop the manual labor and sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Scheduled vacations. Even if it is just one day. Vacations help rejuvenate the mind and the body.
  6. Scheduled fun/socialization time with friends. Make time to socialize. This increases the endorphins that help your mental health.
  7. Get a pet and take care of that pet. People with a pet statistically are calmer and have lower blood pressure.
  8. Prep your meals ahead of time. I know this sounds boring but it will prevent the fast food drive through route.
  9. Have a hobby that gives you satisfaction. Keeping your mind busy on doing something you like prevents stress accumulation.
  10. Scheduled sleep. Get the right amount of sleep for your body. Create a sleep area that is conducive to how you sleep the best.
  11. Scheduled pampering.  Schedule some kind of pampering of yourself monthly.  This is the reward for taking care of yourself.

Without your health everything else falls apart. Protect your health. Organize your health so that it becomes a habit instead of an after thought.

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Money, Money, Money!

How much money do you make? What do you spend it on? Does it make you feel secure? Does it make you happy?  If the answer to any of those questions are “I don’t know” then you have an issue.

How much money do I make?

That is usually pretty easy to answer if you are on a salary and it never changes.  Even if you work hourly and don’t get overtime you can pretty much figure out how much you make. There is a big difference in how much you make and how much you get. After taxes, insurance, and retirement are taken out  “how much you make” is very different.  My yearly salary looks really good. Reality is I bring home about half after taxes, insurance and retirement. Do you know how much you are really able to use for daily living? Do you have goals for your money?

What do I spend my money on?

I am married so I don’t get to make that decision all on my own.  How we decide on how much we spend on those things are based on needs and the market.  We have to have somewhere to live, transportation, food, and utilities. We decide how large a home, what location, and how much of a payment we are willing to have.  We decide what kind of transportation we need, how much it is going to cost monthly, and will it function for our needs.  Food and utilities are dependent on the weather, the season, our diet, and the market. This fluctuates month to month.

Others can be cussed and discussed.  Some of the things that we discuss is vacations, home improvements that will add comfort and value but don’t have to happen, and the non reoccurring expenses like running shoes.  These are things we “need” but can live without if we have to.

We have an allowance that is just ours for our stuff that isn’t shared. I use mine for pampering; hair, nails, pedicure, housekeeper, and lunch with my best friend. My husband uses his for shooting matches and anything needed for those.  Having an allowance helps us not fight over money.

Does your money make you feel secure?

Are you comfortable with the amount of money you make? Can you provide for yourself and your family? Are you able to save for emergencies and the future? Is your life comfortable? If the answer is no to any of these there is a solution to your problem.

Take a look at your employment. Do you qualify for a higher paying job that will give you the same satisfaction as the one you have?  Do you need more training or education to get that job? Do you need a side hustle?

Take a look at your expenses. What are you buying that you don’t need? What are you throwing your money away on that could help make your life more comfortable elsewhere?  Our biggest item that we throw money away on is eating out.  Fast food and inexpensive restaurants add up to large amounts of money if you are eating out multiple times a week. What is sucking up your expendable income? At the end of your month look at your bank and credit card statements. Print them out. Use different colored highlighters for different categories. Then total each category. There are also different programs out there that can automate this for you.  Make a decision of what is important to you to keep and what to do without.

Does your money make you happy?

Are you using your money for things that make you happy?  My “extra” money goes for experiences and fabric. My husband’s goes to shooting matches and the equipment needed.  Just to brag a little,  he made #1 of the Governor’s dozen this year.  What do you want your money to do for you?  Do you need a lot in the savings to make you feel happy and secure? Do you need to go on vacations? What about sending your kids to college or trade school?  Take a good look at what makes you happy and adjust your budget and intake to help you achieve that.

Money can cause and eliminate a lot of mental turmoil. It can control you or you can control it. You have to know what your values are on money and what your values in life are and then reconcile the two. There is always a solution to how money controls your life as long as your pay attention to what money is doing for and to you.