Posts Tagged ‘quick tip’
February 17, 2013 by Jenn
This is the time of year when people’s resolutions start going out the window. Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t accomplished some of the goals you had for staying neat and tidy. Rome wasn’t built in a day, AMIRITE? My big goal for this year is to de-clutter, as you can tell by some of my other posts. Here are a few quick tips for how to stay on top of the mess.
1. Conquer the closet. I recently got rid of a lot of things but keeping closets clutter free is an ongoing process. Go in your closet and turn all the hangers the wrong way. You’re probably saying “what? huh? that’s crazy!” but it works. If all the hangers are backwards and as you use things, you put them back the right way, after 6 months you’ll see what you don’t wear! It’ll make it a lot easier to give old clothes the boot when you are 100% sure you never wear them.
2. 1 thing in, 1 thing out. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book but I’ve been doing it for about 6 months now and it work so well. If I bring 1 thing into my home, 1 thing has got to go. Accumulation is no longer a problem.
3. Scale it. Make yourself a scale of 1 to 5. 1 being that you don’t need an item and 5 being that you just have to have it or you’ll die. I have a tendency to go to thrift stores and purchase way too many things. Ill tell myself “It’s only 2 dollars so I have to get it, I’ll find something to do with it!”. Reality? No I won’t. It will sit in my house forever until I forget about it. When shopping, scale it. How much do you really love/need this object? Can you afford it? Is the price in sync with how much you want it? (That dress is 30 dollars, it’s cute, but is it 30 dollars worth of cute?)
I hope you find these tips helpful! If you’re mindful of the shopping choices you make and if you really want to live a less cluttered life you will not only be saving money but you’ll feel better too!
February 7, 2013 by Jenn
I am a recycling monster. I try to re-use everything including jars. Spaghetti sauce, salsa, honey. Anything that comes in a jar, I’ll re-use it. A lot of jar labels are adhered with this crazy glue that is hard to get off and I figured out a way to never mess up my fingernails again. Use your vegetable peeler!
Soak the jars in hot water for 5 minutes. Use the peeler to scrape off the labels then wash with hot soapy water. If the glue is stubborn, spray the jar with any brand of non-stick cooking spray and let sit for 10 minutes. Wash with soap and water again and boom! Nice clean jars!!
January 27, 2013 by Jenn
I save all my plastic bags so I can re-use them as trash can liners, cat poop bags, etc. but having them all around the kitchen isn’t very pretty. No one likes that. Instead, create a bag storage container. When I finished all my oatmeal, I made this inexpensive and visually appealing holder to corral all my plastic bags!
Take the paper off, paint on some mod podge, and use a scrap of fabric to cover the can. Use an exacto knife to cut off the excess fabric, then cut a hole in the lid of the can. Voila! Easy bag storage that takes up very little space and looks cute doing it.