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  • Remove to Improve - Small Notebook
    at 10 43 am HUGE improvement Way to go Lois says August 24 2011 at 10 45 am Nice Biggest thing for us the puddling dark colored swirling paisley drapes and matching chintz that went on for miles after I got it down How anyone got it up there in the first place was beyond me Our son in law very talented started investigating a wall on one side of their living room with the stairway behind it and found it was not attached to the stairs and down it came He tore out the old carpet and put in stained steps stained banister with white spindles and a white decorative newel post he did himself Lovely and open Joe says August 24 2011 at 10 48 am Wow so many arch fans My first thought was what were they thinking when they built those Not as dramatic but the thing we tore out on move in day was the glass shower doors heidikins says August 24 2011 at 10 51 am So at first glance I totally thought this was an after the earthquake post Then I remembered you don t live on the East Coast And then I remembered you had mentioned tearing down those arches in an earlier post And then I felt kind of dumb xox heidikins s last post Graduation December 2011 Tabita says August 24 2011 at 10 55 am Wow love it I showed my husband the before pictures a few days ago and he said he didn t care for the arches and he will be pleased to hear you took them down My husband as yours is very handy We did a lot of things to our house ourselves including roofing adding a beautiful bathroom to our basement and very nice fencing around our back yard Take care enjoy the work and keep us updated I love your blog I hope you read my comment on your broth receipe I added not too long ago Kristia says August 24 2011 at 10 58 am Our house was built in 1969 and when we bought it in 2001 it still featured a brick flower planter in the foyer Not sure why The previous original owners kept plastic plants in it which they so kindly left for us But my husband promptly took a sledge hammer to the planter not long after we moved in and we replaced it with a bench Kristia s last post Vertical Gardening Update SUCCESS Jennifer says August 24 2011 at 11 02 am We took out a big wood stove tile underlay and brick on the wall behind because it completely disrupted the furniture placement in the living room If we had used it we could have worked around it but it just was not planned well and looked so much better without it In your house I like the arches gone but not as much as I ll like the wet bar gone Lori says August 24 2011 at 11 08 am That s AWESOME What an improvement We had some wood columns in our first house that I always wanted to get rid of but sadly they were weight bearing Great motto too MaryJo reSPACEd says August 24 2011 at 11 08 am PREACH it sister You definitely DON T need to buy anything new to make your home feel rejuvenated and less cluttered It s almost always more rewarding to remove to improve love that btw I preach that gospel on my blog too respacedpdx blogspot com And Kristia I would love to see pics of a brick flower planter filled with plastic plants in the middle of a foyer I can t imagine a home decor element more deliciously horrible MaryJo reSPACEd s last post A year ago in review Getting organized for back to school organizing your camping trip LaPriel says August 24 2011 at 1 24 pm We also had 1969 house with a huge planter in the entry I never tore it down but it was filled with plastic plants too scarey The entry was slate and on the other side of the LONG planter was a 15 x30 living room with WHITE carpet I had 3 little ones Under the carpet was a beautiful oak floor My kids constantly dug in the dirt in the planter I was waiting for them to ruin the carpet so I could tear it all out and redo the whole thing But we moved before that happened I did a spring real flower arrangement in the planter just before we sold the house It was vey lovely Jo H says August 24 2011 at 11 09 am This makes a stunning improvement so nice Our first home was a split entry with upper and lower apartments We took down the walls where the upper and lower entrances were in order to open up the stairway since we would be using both levels ourselves It made a huge difference Jan says August 24 2011 at 11 12 am Love the light Sharon says August 24 2011 at 11 31 am I can t believe the difference this made I m so excited to see your redos We got rid of a storage room in the basement and made it useable space i e a movie room What a difference taking down a wall makes I ve been decluttering quite a bit and there is nothing more refreshing that wide open clear spaces Sharon s last post To monetize or not to monetize That is the question and I have the answer Cindy T says August 24 2011 at 11 36 am I am learning appreciation of many retro details but the arches and wet bar didn t turn me on I m looking forward to seeing more of your projects Elle says August 24 2011 at 11 38 am Believe it or not I had a dream about those arches I just couldn t believe you bought a house with such a feature In my dream I wondered if that was a load bearing wall and how you would handle that challenge if when you removed the arches Guess you lucked out jane says August 24 2011 at 11 52 am Your post brought back memories of my first home purchase It needed exterior improvement The front yard was overgrown and enclosed by a chain link fence First thing we did was head outside and start yanking it up The neighbors came from all up down the street to help Seems they d been hating that fence for years jane s last post Design Wall Monday jennie says August 24 2011 at 11 56 am That really is so true You have to get down to a blank canvas before you can paint the picture you want If you keep trying to paint over the mistakes it just looks like a big mess jennie s last post The Savoring of Life LaPriel says August 24 2011 at 1 27 pm Oh I love how you said that Jenni D says August 24 2011 at 12 02 pm Sigh I WANT to remove some awful cabinets that divide our kitchen from our dining room but hang down so low that you have to bend over to talk to someone underneath them but nope our landlord in laws who own the place say no One day Rachel says August 24 2011 at 8 33 pm We did that and I think I got the idea from a note on your Pinterest Maybe if they will see our before after savvysuzy says August 24 2011 at 12 08 pm Yep Those arches were definitely taking up unnecessary space What were they thinking with a wet bar and all I can imagine someone getting kind of tipsy after being served up at the wet bar and running into those things face first I ve never seen anything like that before inside Good for you guys they weren t propping up the roof It s like a different room Two thumbs up Suzanne says August 24 2011 at 12 31 pm Let there be light and there was Trish says August 24 2011 at 1 18 pm Great reduction My father renovated every home we lived in 4 and I learned at his knee how to do electrical power tools plumbing the works Being married to another DIYer is wonderful The biggest project we did was the 14 60 single wide mobile I bought in 1996 after my divorce I met my new guy in 1998 and now we are married We tore out the stupid breakfast built in that you had to circle around to get in the door put in a pantry and then added kitchen cabinets that he got when he worked at Lowe s He got a corner unit top and bottom new counter tops and a new straight top and bottom unit all for 25 They were a kitchen model that was discontinued and removed and was going in the dumpster My guy rescued and we used them DIY is the best Sandra says August 24 2011 at 1 35 pm My sorry first husband LaPriel says August 24 2011 at 1 39 pm Oh I just love old house remodel stories We just purchased a rambling 1978 house There are large things coming down in that house Sad thing is my hubby was in charge of the before pictures Well the first day my friends and I just couldn t stand it and started ripping wall paper off the walls It would be super fun to see you host a remove to improve party on your blog We could all send one before and one after photo of our biggest or best remove to improve Love your blog I love how much light is now in your room Thanks for sharing Jennifer A Blog of My Very Own says August 24 2011 at 3 50 pm I love the idea of a remove to improve party I m in if we have one Though I ve already removed a bunch without thinking of befores and afters Jennifer A Blog of My Very Own s last post Seeing the Lord in everything Karen says August 24 2011 at 1 41 pm Wow what a difference it makes knocking those down So glad to hear it wasn t a load bearing wall and they could go seashoreknits says August 24 2011 at 2 03 pm Bravo Undeniable improvement The arches looked kind of cool at first glance from the comfortable distance of our computer screens but it was apparent one would be sick of them before the first day was out And anything that impedes the natural light Got to go So looking forward to seeing what happens next When my husband and I bought our farm many many years ago and as we prepared to move in to the old original farmhouse that came with it the first thing we removed was the dark green and gold flocked wallpaper in the living room and hallway I m sure those mere words paint the picture sufficiently for how hideous it was I cannot tell you what a relief it was Chippy says August 24 2011 at 2 40 pm Had the arches been at a heritage site or an archaeological dig then they would have been fine in a house err not so much Was it theraputic knocking them down Bet it was a good stress reliever Chippy s last post Random Quote 45 Jen says August 24 2011 at 2 42 pm I agree about the drapes and unnecessary window coverings I need light in my home I learned a great lesson living in an old rented house that had beautiful old glass windows and no blinds shutters or curtains We put up necessary curtains in our bedroom but otherwise I adored having all the natural light pouring in We now live in a fairly new apartment and I quickly pulled most of the mini blinds up and enjoy filling our home with natural light and often don t even need to turn the lights on Helene says August 31 2011 at 8 35 pm I agree too Jen We have a lot of natural light pouring through the house because we live on a hill In our big main windows on the main floor I use only sheers no drapes to provide a bit of privacy but let in all the light Heavy drapes are for the birds Living the Balanced Life says August 24 2011 at 2 42 pm My husband likes to collect CARS We have had as many as 9 in our yard Thanks goodness I finally got him to see that we needed to reduce his collection Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post When life throws you off balance don mae says August 24 2011 at 8 15 pm Bernice I know what you mean My hubby has four and with my Jeep we have five cars on the property It is annoying just looking at them all I have told hubby that if he goes first inside his coffin will be two of his cars Reduced to blocks of metal and fiberglass Corvette One for his head to rest on one to prop up his feet don mae s last post Back To School Quilt Is Finished Romney says August 24 2011 at 3 44 pm Goodbye Catacombs We got rid of chimney breasts that had no chimney on top anymore load bearing walls that blocked the view of the garden all sorts With the help of a builder of course I only regret that we didn t take out the other chimney breasts too while we were at it One day Jennifer A Blog of My Very Own says August 24 2011 at 3 46 pm I have to agree about heavy curtains drapes I can t stand them nothing like living in a cave and unfortunately we HAVE to have them in our home All of our windows face either east or west so without heavy curtains our home gets HOT Did I mention that we live in the TX Hill Country and we haven t had a high lower than 103 in the shade in about a month I m so ready for fall The change looks fantastic It was a good thing for y all that those arches weren t a load bearing wall Jennifer A Blog of My Very Own s last post Seeing the Lord in everything Jade says August 24 2011 at 4 26 pm The biggest thing I got rid of was a boyfriend then a large console TV Kait Palmer says August 24 2011 at 4 48 pm WOW what a difference The biggest thing we got rid of was an oversized chair ottoman and sofa and replaced it with a mod sofa its takes about a quarter of the space Kait Palmer s last post Tatum s Third Week Tasmanian Minimalist says August 24 2011 at 5 19 pm Goodness me what a magnificent beginning That is some change indeed I am really looking forward to seeing the progression Inspiring Tasmanian Minimalist s last post Oops That s Very Wabi Sabi Mary A Simple Twist of Faith says August 24 2011 at 6 53 pm We removed four walls in our living room dining room kitchen area Wow what a difference especially the light Fortunately my husband knew what he was doing with load bearing walls Mary A Simple Twist of Faith s last post Tackle It Tuesday 9 The Guest Room Glenda Childers says August 24 2011 at 7 08 pm Today I removed a big bag of store bags from my linen closet and freed up some space I didn t even haved anything I need to put there so have an empty shelf Fondly Glenda Glenda Childers s last post Holly Becker comes to Chicago s Anthropologie and a mother daughter adventure Megan declutterdaily says August 24 2011 at 7 47 pm Wow I wondered about those when I saw them I assumed they were structurally important What a big room without them Megan declutterdaily s last post Days 196 and 197 Wordless Wednesday and Thursday Cause Summer s Not Over Yet Lucy says August 24 2011 at 8 22 pm When we first moved into our house we took down the cabinets that separated the kitchen from the eating area What a difference Of course now my kitchen can never be messy We also took out the closet in the back entry and made it into a mudroom It s messy all the time but you couldn t even turn around and I had infant carseats I was carrying in and out all the time I still love how open it is even if there s coats and shoes out all the time we have hooks and bins but somehow the kids never put their stuff there Your room looks so much better And I love remove to improve Margo says August 24 2011 at 8 58 pm so satisfying to see those arches go SO glad you re keeping the double ovens When we bought our house there was a lot of JUNK in the basement For years we would take a load to the dump or list stuff on craigslist I think we re finally down to our own junk only Whew Margo s last post Our Very Own Ice Cream Belle says August 25 2011 at 12 10 am This house has such awesome potential I can t wait to see what you guys do with it Stephanie says August 25 2011 at 12 43 am I saw your double avocado ovens in the film Omega Man tonight hubby s choice dvd night Can t say I would recommend

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  • Perceiving - Small Notebook
    police and hey that s not a Kleenex it s facial tissue poor poor tupperware reps we must drive them insane the nester s last post White Walls and other misunderstood things eila says July 11 2011 at 10 04 am love this post what a great reminder Mindy says July 11 2011 at 10 05 am Sorry first thing I noticed was the plastic containers kelley says July 11 2011 at 1 34 pm Guilty I noticed the plastic containers as well I did enjoy the excercise though I think as it was pointed out in an earlier post it seemed out of place with the surrounding decor Leslie says July 11 2011 at 10 48 am I noticed the sense of calm and that someone had taken the time to actually place the items on a tray and relax with a book even if the book is really a notebook for making lists of things to do in This is a sharp contrast to me eating every meal standing at the kitchen island while I fix my kids their lunch or dinner and tell them to stay seated Nevermind that I have a wonderful large dining room in the next room or a big wooden table that seats six about two feet from the island Christine says July 11 2011 at 11 32 am A paint by numbers masterpiece I love all inclusive quick craft projects Christine s last post Olive Grove 2011 Louise says July 11 2011 at 11 37 am Loved this and my eyes went to the fruit first and then the notebook I love notebooks I love the fact they were all in tupperware as we were all drawn to the colour of the fruit really Mmm I fancy some fresh fruit now Thank you for this Great photo loriq says July 11 2011 at 11 40 am I noticed the tray I like arranging things on trays for portability but also because I like the way things come together and form a picture of sorts LB says July 11 2011 at 11 55 am Funny the first thing I noticed was the plastic containers Maybe it is my version of making something grand and beautiful with what I already have To me taking the time to present food in real containers is an economic way to give gourmet flavor to my econo brand fare I find the ten dollar bottle of wine and store brand cheese taste so much better when a small effort is made with the presentation Eliz K says July 11 2011 at 12 03 pm I love simple beautiful things I also love presenting things on my few pieces of family china Your photograph is wonderful thank you for the inspiration Eliz K s last post jamming yet again Rebecca says July 11 2011 at 12 14 pm I noticed the fruit the wine the notebook and then the tupperware didn t even notice the books But as a whole I saw Romance It looks like something my husband would throw together for a surprise for me Rachel says July 11 2011 at 2 50 pm My husband did put this tray together for me It wasn t a staged picture Tamsyn Sapckman says July 11 2011 at 12 23 pm Actually the first thing I noticed was the tupperware Haha if the fruit actually makes it into tupperware before we consume it we think that we re doing pretty good I also noticed the dinner tray and thought of an at home lunch on the go meal the kind that I have been preparing for my husband lately Tamsyn Sapckman s last post Dreaming of a dream home casanna Jackson says July 11 2011 at 1 07 pm I noticed the fruit I am loving the less is more concept The idea odf serving something on a tray always makes it better anyway Who cares what the container looks like Natalie Maple Leaf Circle says July 11 2011 at 1 13 pm I didn t notice the tupperware because the fruit was so pretty colorful and various contrasting with the wood and dark bottle of wine I agree with others who thought it looked European Very nice Natalie Maple Leaf Circle s last post Camping Anyone michelle this little light says July 11 2011 at 1 34 pm All I saw was good wine good food good books Fussy never impresses me I really do love simple Thanks for this breathe of fresh air reminder what a wonderful way to start the week michelle this little light s last post My Love for Joy in the Morning and Other Such Books Jennie says July 11 2011 at 2 21 pm I can t help but think that if you can make tupperware look that good I want your camera Maybe that doesn t help the message of wanting what you have but my camera is not a great blogging tool Or maybe I m just not perceiving it right Jennie s last post In Medias Res Catherine says July 11 2011 at 3 07 pm Yup noticed the plastic containers first too I admit I take pride in presentation and always place food in nice bowls even at potlucks where plastic to go containers are way more practical Maybe it s something I need to let go of Thanks for the post Rachel says July 11 2011 at 3 43 pm No I don t think it s something to let go of that s not the point of the post I like to use pretty bowls too My point is more about how things can be pleasing even if it s not perfect the nester says July 16 2011 at 12 56 pm bravo I love this post I noticed the plastic first too but not in a bad way just noticed you don t have to have the finest of everything to create something worth having

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  • My Kids' Summer Plans - Small Notebook
    leave from work for a month so the first month is going to be about quietly getting on with things at home and close by and the second month will be more fun with trips out a belated 1st birthday party and an extended family group holiday to the seaside in Wales Laura says June 27 2011 at 1 02 pm Our plans are to be spontaneous this summer Big and small So far we ve skipped all of the library events and kids 1 movie matinees Instead we ve played more with friends and substituted an ice cream stand for dinner a few times We ve all been happier LaPriel says June 27 2011 at 1 37 pm My kids are teenagers now My 16 yr old son is working at scout camp almost the whole summer He stays there Sun afternoon Sat afternoon The camp is at the base of the Tetons on the west side Beautiful My 13 daughter is going to girls camp taking sewing lessons and kayak lessons Other wise she is hanging out in our neighborhood jumping on the trampoline often with the sprinkler under it building in the sand box participating in the library reading program and anything else they can think of to do I think summer is made for just hanging out and doing fun warm weather activities I don t like things to be too scheduled I also don t like to see my kids watching a lot of TV I would prefer no TV electronic games and such Those are winter activities Go outside and enjoy By the way the sand box at our house has been the biggest bang for our buck with all three of my kids my oldest is 19 and in Korea We purchased a way expensive super fun swing set club house They love it but the sand box some tools and some water has been just as exciting for A TON less money Happy summer Tamsyn Sapckman says June 27 2011 at 1 37 pm We love our tub pool too We have made some water toys out of pvc pipe and punched holes in some yogurt containers for the kids to play with while they swim Our library has a great summer reading program that we are doing as well Tamsyn Sapckman s last post Supporting the Role of Fathers Kate says June 27 2011 at 1 41 pm Oh I m with you Sometimes I feel guilty for not taking on more or bigger adventures but it s so much easier to head out back to our plastic kiddie pool and when the kids seem so darn happy with it it s awfully hard to justify all the extra hassle and expense it would take us to have gone somewhere else even the city pools nearby Every Sunday we walk to the neighborhood farmer s market which is no big deal but feels like an occasion to me I ll save the tons of activities for when they re older I guess but even then only if they re actually asking to do them and only in moderation so that we don t become over planned I hope the best laid plans right I am trying to balance my homebody nature this summer with a feeling of wanting to take advantage of living in a big city with lots of great things to do and see What s the point of it if you never go out right So this weekend we hit the zoo and had a picnic at the beach and that was our big outing for the weekend Hope to do a few more in July Kate s last post But it s Soooooooo Much Better Mandi says June 27 2011 at 2 55 pm We are way too scheduled this summer and I hate it I feel like I m running more now than I did during the school year I don t know how it happened I tried to keep it low key but between swim lessons and gym class and the one 4 day trip out of town somehow we are just booked But we are spending our time at home in the little plastic pool or the sand box and eating homemade popsicles That part I love Kait Palmer says June 27 2011 at 3 06 pm Haha definitely big and exciting with a baby due in 4 weeks And with 8 friends and family members flying up here to be with us for 1 2 weeks I m going to work on doing definite low key things And until then I ll try to keep things as low key as possible ALKAP for short Living the Balanced Life says June 27 2011 at 3 18 pm Our plans are a bit exciting yet laid back We just purchased a used RV and cannot wait to try it out We ll do some shorter weekend trips and then plan to do a 10 day trip to the Ozarks never seen Want to be able to experience seeing the country in a more relaxed way I love the pool idea My daughter got one for her 2 young girls and they have loved it Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post 8 ways to slow life down SC Ramsey says June 27 2011 at 3 39 pm Moving and starting a family qualify as big plans no I do wish there was a little more time to spend relaxing down the shore Thankfully there s a pool nearby our new home SC Ramsey s last post The War on Silverfish Natalie Maple Leaf Circle says June 27 2011 at 9 43 pm We re relaxed and low key I love the break from formal homeschooling and just having fun with my kids being present in each summery moment Natalie Maple Leaf Circle s last post Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies Rachel the minimalist mom says

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  • The Jam Jars - Small Notebook
    candy for the things that I want to have out on display If I was a pure minimalist I wouldn t need containers at all because not only would everything have a place but everything would have a function I have found that the last ting in a long long long time of decluttering and refining of our stuff is to get rid of containers not just a few of them I am not saving them for a rainy day or when we have more stuff just don t need them be gone Tammy says June 16 2011 at 8 24 am When I see organizational articles pictures with containers full of like items I wonder what the purpose is Eye candy exactly Tammy s last post Your Guess is as Good as Mine heidi says June 16 2011 at 8 27 am So true De cluttering and organization is really a way of life rather than a quest to be completed I appreciate that you pointed out that getting organized does not require adding new possessions to contain what you already have and maybe too much of at that On of the favorite parts of my job as a professional organizer is to find novel creative ways to organize a persons belongings with things they already have heidi of operationorganization mn com wonderwomanwannabe com Jessicah says June 16 2011 at 8 28 am Hm I m not at the giving away containers process yet But I m making progress most of my bookshelves are now only a single layer instead of being double stacked maybe someday I ll actually have an empty shelf Bobbi Jo says June 16 2011 at 8 32 am The last time we moved we gave away 15 or 20 big empty Rubbermaid containers after sorting through and deciding we didn t want to actually move so much stuff People thought we were crazy for getting rid of them It was probably one of the smartest things we ve done because we haven t replaced them since Margaret says June 16 2011 at 8 58 am I LOVE this blog SO TRUE Everything you say about organization is SO TRUE Smi says June 16 2011 at 9 05 am The moment I saw the Jam Jar picture I thought ooh what a good idea I should do that Only when I read the blog did I figure out where u were going with that So true I missed you blog for last some days Great to see your post Kait Palmer says June 16 2011 at 9 05 am I think you can reach that point of I m finally de cluttered at the end of a day you just spent cleaning and uncluttering but the next day you ll notice something new that s out of place and start all over again Sort of like cleaning the house how do we accumulate all this stuff Kait Palmer s last post The Baby Shower Stephanie says June 16 2011 at 10 17 am What a great point it s so easy to get caught up in how you can organize things and not really get rid of the things themselves that you don t need Kesha says June 16 2011 at 10 17 am Yes Thank you This was exactly the push I needed to get rid of my empty organizational containers Thanks for the great post Amy says June 16 2011 at 10 17 am I don t know that I have too much trouble letting go of containers but that s usually because I m just replacing them with ones I think are cuter I may have a problem Amy s last post My new philosophy on parenting Tawnya says June 16 2011 at 10 18 am Funny I am realizing that in order to complete the stage of decluttering I m in I have to get rid of the container that is holding the clutter as well as the clutter I easily horde boxes and containers as much as the stuff that goes in them In my craft room I have a hard time letting go of those because I just think I m going to need it but my table is full of half full boxes that I could easily pass on The contents and the box Susan says June 16 2011 at 10 19 am Oh so cute jars I confess I do keep my old storage containers in the attic and I have gone shopping more than once to use them for an entirely new purpose Susan s last post Display Your Child s Art Denise in Bloom Bethley says June 16 2011 at 10 24 am Great comments Yes I did some decluttering this week and found myself with two empty plastic baskets I put them in my toddler s toy area for her to play with My challenge is not to buy new things once the old have been organized recycled donated thrown away As for Jam Jars I m laughing because I heard on the news last night that one of the Kardashian sisters registered for a 500 Jam Jar at some store in LA They should read your blog Shannon Jones says June 16 2011 at 10 28 am Yes I so agree with this post We have spent the last year decluttering and our final sale is this weekend I have gotten our entire street on board and we are all putting things out for a sale and this past week the broken bins washers lawn chairs etc were picked up by the bulk disposal company So good to see my clearing out became contagious Maybe we will actually start to know our neighbors more not that everyone isn t busy being buried in their stuff Shannon Jones says June 16 2011 at 10 30 am oops typo I meant to say Now that everyone is no longer buried in their stuff Jen says June 16 2011 at 10 33 am Hilarious My first thought when I saw that picture was How cute and clever but why would anyone ever need that many erasers And of course you can t actually use those erasers or they will get all gray and gross looking and ruin the effect Kitty says June 16 2011 at 10 52 am Great post I have found that its easier to give away stuff if the container comes with it I too have been downsizing and decided to get rid of as many containers as possible so they wouldn t fill back up Some of the containers served several functions before being passed on because they were sitting empty I would use them as sorting stations in the interim As long as the stuff was being cycled in and out I didn t worry But as soon as everything started acting too cozy like it might want to live with me another decade I would focus on getting it out of the house I feel slightly guilty when I give them away only because the recipient is so surprised they are getting the nice container that they will take more stuff off my hands Does that make me a bad person Kitty s last post Really America Youre Going to Watch Combat Hospital ABC While My Soldier Is Still Over There Megan at SortaCrunchy says June 16 2011 at 10 52 am Yep We agreed to a moratorium on buying cute baskets because the more baskets we have the more STUFF we keep that needs to find a new home I so agree Rachel it s so easy to get caught up in the eye candy of it all Far far better for us to just keep focused on what is beautiful and needed Megan at SortaCrunchy s last post Introducing The Husbands Guide to Getting Lucky by Marla Taviano Mel MySunshine says June 16 2011 at 11 36 am This is such a good point I often get caught up in the novelty of an organizational tool or container It s so easy to do Especially with all the neat things on Pinterest But I have to draw the line they are neat to look at but I don t need to have all them in my home I have the same thoughts about storage containers in the garage Why do I have them If the items need to be stored and I haven t touched them in months why do I need the stuff that they are storing Thanks for keeping us on track nancy says June 16 2011 at 11 40 am I have been in the declutter mode for about a year My problem is magazines and yes I do recycle them through a friend who first reads them then takes them to an elderly care facility Made me feel good I have hit the garage and found a bucket of jelly jars about 6 cases I was going to donate them then had a bright idea make jelly and give them as gifts I have made mint hot pepper bitter marmalade figs in syrup as well as pears in syrup and of course the strawberry jam I also found two cases of wide mouth jars and have put those to use also cheap storage when lined with a zip lock bag for beans noodles and other small pantry things again cheaper than buying plastic I bought an 8 quart canner and put up chow chow first time in 15 years I have a much larger pressure canner that I used when my children were at home I know what goes into the food where the food came from and how clean it was in the preparation I have even used my dehydrator to do bell peppers tomatoes and green onion tops which I store in a you got it quart jar It has worked all through the house but I have the office to go through yet and my material shelf Thee is hope for all of us who have piled things into our lives and now reach for the people in our lives call it peeling an onion layer by layer Marcia Francois says June 16 2011 at 11 45 am Okay how is it you always know what to write at the right time I just took out some of the jam jars I ve been keeping to see where I can use them after seeing so many cute organised craft rooms on the internet Now I m rethinking it Same like your other post about how all the blogs make us want to take up all these extra hobbies Guilty Erika says June 16 2011 at 12 47 pm I tend to be a lurker but this one brought me out YES They look so cute in the pictures but not so cute when your house starts looking like a containerized version of hoarders I have to remind myself often It s cute for them but not what we need Same thing goes for things on sale Erika s last post Chorus of Prayer Danielle says June 16 2011 at 11 54 am I sat down to read this with a jam jar the same one full of plain yogurt YUM Aimee says June 16 2011 at 11 55 am VERY true I will say however that our home needs at least that many erasers My 11yo and 7yo sons lose them like mad Aimee s last post Stairs Maaike Quinn Life with FlyLady says June 16 2011 at 1 10 pm Yep I agree Although I love to have a few nice decorations I d rather have less than more By the way I host a Declutter Challenge on my blog which might be handy You can find it here http www lifewithflylady com declutter challenge 1 getting started And I m so glad you re back Rachel I missed your inspiring posts Maaike Quinn Life with FlyLady s last post The Top 10 Most Beautiful Laundry Rooms Ever don mae says June 16 2011 at 1 15 pm Right now I am in love with the little clear plastic container with the red top from KFC They use them for the small sides like green beans mashed potatoes Hubby has been told DO NOT THROW THEM OUT I am saving them Not sure for what So far I have 10 of them I can t seem to toss them At least not yet don mae s last post Recycle 5 By Sea Jeans Handbag Jessiejack says June 17 2011 at 10 50 am I can t believe you said that I had KFC for the first time in a long time just last nite and I fell in love with those little containers they are so cute I REALLY had to force myself to let go tho I thought they could be used for lunches somehow It s tough sometimes to resist Heather says June 19 2011 at 11 14 pm I ve started saving all my cottage cheese and sour cream containers They are all the same size lid but some are shorter No need to buy a matching set of food storage containers And I don t mind writing on them And when the tomato sauce stains them or someone melts bubbles into it at the microwave at her work I can throw it away And when I m sending my partner off to work on the bus with lunch in hand he doesn t have to remember to bring it back And they stack together nicely I am however guilty of saving a number of the glass jars we go through at a much faster rate because I would LIKE to stop using plastic as much as possible but they don t stack as nicely and they take up a lot more room They are great for organizing though Problem is that most of the things that need to be organized together I actually USE so it s not like we can get rid of it I d love to de clutter but I use the things I own I ve de cluttered a lot of my partner s junky stuff trying to get him to learn that broken things need to either be fixed within the week or discarded The laundry basket with the broken handle does NOT need to stay The coffee grinder that should still work but the casing won t click back together will take as much or more to repair than to replace list it on Freecycle as broken good for small appliance fiddler Problem is I have legitimate piles of stuff that need containing The pile of fabric for various sewing projects The pile of first aid supplies for our emergency preparedness kit that doesn t yet have a bag to be organized into The pile of bread that always ends up taking over the whole counter The ever rotating pile of fruit that seemed to take over and annoy us rather than tempt us with its deliciousness because there was nowhere to put it I sincerely think there is a balance for having too many containers and container clutter It IS nice to have an empty basket to toss each roommate s belongings into the day we really clean the living room each week It makes cleaning the living room a 20 minute chore and only another 5 minutes for people to put things away in their rooms when they get home And if I didn t have all those baskets on top of my cupboards I don t know where our dry goods would live Leslie says June 16 2011 at 1 28 pm You know what I find so helpful Saving a lot of my old shoe boxes and buying Really Useful Boxes for storage of little things But I can t figure out how to make it easier on the eyes I can redecorate my shoe boxes and put crafts and whatnot but I don t know what else to do with these boxes Do you have any ideas Ann N Z says June 17 2011 at 3 58 am Leslie You want a good use for your shoe boxes Have you heard of Operation Christmas Child run by Samaritan s Purse If not google it and check it out You can cover those boxes in decorative paper and enclose a range of goodies clothing toys stationery personal hygiene to make a child in a less fortunate area very happy I ve been involved for the last three years and can guarantee a lot of fun for you too in the preparation of them Best wishes Ann Kate S says June 16 2011 at 2 13 pm I agree with you but would add that an empty drawer or shelf in your kitchen is a thing of genuine beauty proving you know how to live with only what you really need I love to cook I often cook and bake at friends houses for parties and I cringe every time I 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    has sprung Julia says May 31 2011 at 1 14 pm When I lived in the US in Minneapolis I loved going to the Edina s mega garage sale The whole neighborhood has a garage sale the same day around 6 21 and it s insane They even print out flyers with codes for the stuff they sell kids electronics furniture etc and as a customer you can run wild through those streets buying nice things OK I did For me it felt like I was rummaging through the closets of these people Felt weird but good Like authorized voyeurism The first time we went we were 2 couples By the end of the day the other guy said we had enough crap to set up our own garage sale and he was right But I still have things I bought then Julia s last post Grandpa goes to Hollywood Jessica says May 31 2011 at 1 15 pm My place is small and I never have enough stuff When I decide I can live without something I want it gone right away When I have a bigger place and more stuff I love the idea of having a yard sale and cross posting stuff on Craigslist Barbara Galloway says May 31 2011 at 1 25 pm A garage sale is not worth the effort for us Like you I keep a giveway black trash bag and add items to it until it is full or almost too heavy to carry It gets dropped off at our Good Will store and I get a tax receipt for it That is easier for me And I do go to the Good Will store and shop and buy things that some one else has donated to them Barbara Galloway s last post Civil War Quilt Post 4 carolyn says May 31 2011 at 1 31 pm I had one garage sale about 15 years ago and said never again It s just not worth the time and I hated haggling with people I donate things on a continuous basis and if I ever have anything really worth something I can sell it through the online for sale board at my husband s work To be fair I m not a garage sale buyer either Lois says May 31 2011 at 1 36 pm Last time I had one it was for my folks and it was really work I don t think I made them that much money either Right now we re moving and packing up and throwing out so it either goes in the trash or to Goodwill or I had so much fun last weekend putting an old not very functional desk out on the sidewalk with a free sign and 2 teenage girls were delighted to take it and rolled it down the street to their house Then I put out a few other things with a free sign They were gone so fast One woman came while I was putting things out and said she was moving to a home from an apartment and was so delighted to find what I had Rainya Mosher says May 31 2011 at 1 37 pm In general I prefer to donate small things and clothes and post larger items on craigslist However I am planning a yard sale this weekend as a way to motivate my 6 year old daughter and husband to clear out stuff My neighborhood doesn t have any special restrictions so you can do a yard sale pretty much whenever which helps a lot I will insist that anything that isn t sold by 2pm gets loaded into the van and taken to a goodwill donation station We ll see how it goes Mary A Simple Twist of Faith says May 31 2011 at 1 38 pm Last year I had a garage sale and made a total of 30 yes 30 We live at the end of a cul u sac great for kids playing but not so good for garage sales The rest I donated itemized and was able to take the donation off my taxes Mary A Simple Twist of Faith s last post No Greater Love Carrie says May 31 2011 at 1 56 pm Exactly Mary I think the worst I ve ever done at a yard sale was 13 that was TOTALLY not worth my time The best we ve ever done was around 180 but we were selling some big ticket items We re just not successful yard sale ers so I d rather donate 99 of the time Glad to know we re not alone Carrie s last post Pinterest Project 1 Sandra Gonzales says May 31 2011 at 1 41 pm We have a community wide garage in my subdivision once a year I price everything cheap and I still get low balled I even get cases of people stealing So nope no thank you and NO you may not use my bathroom Jasi says May 31 2011 at 1 43 pm my little sister is the queen of yard sales she will make 1000 in a few hours however she s selling her 120 jeans for 30 200 handbags for 60 this all goes back into the buying of more clothing and accessories it doesn t make sense to me but i think i paid 7 for my last pair of jeans lol designer clothes and bags electronics and furniture go great in yard sales donate everything else i just give anything i don t want to family or salvation army recycle where i must Suze says May 31 2011 at 1 45 pm Generally I would vote no We too keep things going out for donations regularly Maybe once every couple of years if we have enough stuff all at one time we ll post a sign on Saturday 9 12 only and then done and gone The question does become Do you want to make money Or do you want to get rid of stuff Internet to make money I think and yard sale donate to get rid of stuff Laura says May 31 2011 at 1 47 pm We have had a garage sale once a year for the past 2 years and it has been worth it for us We have gotten together with one other family to do them that we don t see very often and if nothing else has been a fun time of fellowship I love the opportunity it has given us to meet neighbors too Just our family made 500 the first year and half that this year We are preparing to move internationally next year so it has been a great way for us to gradually start getting rid of everything We do also donate to organizations throughout the year and sell stuff on craigslist My one garage sale tip price and organize stuff as you put it out then you only have to touch the items once and the prep work is not overwhelming Sarah Martina says May 31 2011 at 1 50 pm I just had an online garage sale for my craft supplies and while I m having to deal with shipping fun insert sarcasm I found that I was better able to target my audience and get better sale prices than I would have had I just done a neighborhood garage sale Also I could monitor it from my smart phone instead of having to sit out in the hot sun all day So I guess your Craig s List idea is the best option IMO Kim C says May 31 2011 at 1 51 pm For me it was hard to have people want to go disgutingly low on items that held so many memories or still have value People would be upset when the well cared for baby clothes I was selling for 1 per item wouldn t be sold to them for 10 25 cents I d rather donate it The tax deductions are more helpful than a few bucks in my pocket after haggling all day with unreasonable people Kim C s last post one man s junk Carrie says May 31 2011 at 1 52 pm I say yes but only sometimes My husband says NO 100 of the time I say hey that s 20 more than we started the day with and less junk He says it s worht 20 to me to dump it all at the donation center and have my Saturday to do other projects We ve done our share of yard sales and I have boxes sitting around our house now with stuff I want to bid farewell to but I ve also come around to his way of thinking and I voted NO on your poll It s worth it to some folks but it s not worth it to me at least at this stage in my life Carrie s last post Pinterest Project 1 P says May 31 2011 at 1 57 pm Generally speaking for us not worth it We also keep the perpetual giveaway bag at the ready there s a convenient goodwill truck dropoff near our local grocery which makes it even easier and do the Big Pricey items on Craigslist or Ebay There s also a healthy exchange around here by just putting things at the curb with a sign saying Free on it so if it s too big bulky for goodwill dropoff we ll leave stuff there We also love to give things away via Freecycle especially if it s something kind of odd specialized that someone at Goodwill may not even be able to identify etc Baby clothes if unworn lightly used get handed down to friends family although there are some good children s resale places in town too Frances says May 31 2011 at 1 58 pm We can t do one in our neighborhood but our church did one to help cover the cost of our youth trip this summer which also helps cover my ticket because I m a youth sponsor At first things started out really slow People were asking us to come down on the price from 50 cents to a quarter We got more for the things we didn t put a price on After we put up signs telling what the proceeds were for people became a lot more generous We also washed people s cars for donations and sold a small table of baked goods We ended up making 900 in 6 hours so I d say it was worth it in the end I also bought a few things while I was there that I absolutely love a light fleece a cardigan and a foot spa That foot spa has done wonders for my tired concrete floor hating feet after work Some people live for that kind of treasure hunt Stephanie says May 31 2011 at 2 04 pm i am definitely no garage sale kind of girl for 3 reasons 1 typically it is time not well spent craigslist could get you the price you want on the items for far less time and you could do it bit by bit things wouldn t have to accumulate to garage sale junk proportions 2 i don t buy lots of stuff so i don t have lots of stuff to sell do i have junk yes and i get rid of it but excess junk my house and bank account are small big ticket items just don t exist for me at this point in my life and if they did i would sell on internet 3 do you really want everyone at your house in your garage scoping out your stuff think about it who are these strangers would anything they see entice them to burgle you never know call me paranoid and like the above commenter i love a free sign on my junk at the end of the sidewalk and seeing it totally make someone else s day once i put 2 bar stools on the curb and probably could have gotten 50 on craigslist but i felt like the universe had been generous with me and i needed to do so in return sometimes its just good to put that kind of energy out there it sounds strange but i really believe that Stephanie s last post The Zoo on a Saturday Jill says May 31 2011 at 2 13 pm The last time I had a garage sale I made 100 for a 6 hour day For my line of work I can charge 50 to 60 an hour so I really don t see how I can ever justify the time to income ratio here I tend to buy most things I own used or on sale and generally use the heck out of everything so I understand why I really won t ever make much money on a garage sale That s what you have to think about how much can i make spending my time doing something else and how much is my stuff really worth BrownThumbMama says May 31 2011 at 2 13 pm After I figured out my hourly wage from our last yard sale a la Tightwad Gazette I won t do another I only made 6 an hour and it took up most of my Saturday All of our clothing donations go to the local food bank for free distribution to the needy I feel much better about this and it s easier than a yard sale BrownThumbMama s last post Why Didnt I Think of That Wednesday S says May 31 2011 at 2 16 pm When we lived in a subdivision and had lots of kid s clothes to sell it was definitely worth it Now we are in a rural area so we wouldn t get the traffic that you would in town So now I take some things to a consignment shop and donate others still I know I hold onto too many things I don t use MAUREEN says May 31 2011 at 2 33 pm The embarrassment of having strangers rattle through our junk and decide it wasn t even worth a few cents was too much for me We make routine trips to drop off stuff at the thrift store they can make a few cents on the stuff and it is out of our way I love the comments here about not even having wanting enough stuff for a sale We have a long ways to go but that is our direction MAUREEN s last post SPEED BUMPS Karen Candid Diversions says May 31 2011 at 2 37 pm I voted no but I still get talked into throwing one with my sisters or a friend every other year or so It s more for the time spent together than the money earned Wendy says May 31 2011 at 2 45 pm Our location isn t the most convenient for having garage sales but I haven t enjoyed having them in the past anyways Usually you end up moving the stuff twice once outside for the garage sale and then again to the dump or donation center We make regular trips to Goodwill to drop items off and I get much more money from selling unwanted books to a used book store than I ever would selling them at a garage sale Wendy s last post To my dear and patient tomatoes on the delay of your planting Barb in GA says May 31 2011 at 3 07 pm I ve been on the selling end of two garage sales It took me 20 years to get over the first one and I got talked into assisting with the second one Never never again Such greedy grasping boorish behavior Ugh No amount of money is worth it and the whole experience was about as pleasant as a root canal Amy F says May 31 2011 at 3 14 pm My mom and her friends have held a 1 day sale for years They potluck have a great time and donate anything that doesn t sell by 4pm after having a dollar a bag sale from 3 4pm Last year they quit and I keep looking at my growing stack of stuff to get rid of and debating what to do with it If I can get money for anything I d like to Ideally I ll find a few nearby friends and start up our own version of my mom s sale Amy F s last post Rhubarb Extravaganza Gone Awry Charis says May 31 2011 at 3 20 pm i am like you and i always think it would be a good idea to have a garage sale but i never really make that much money at them i have had a lot more success with selling things as they come up on craig s list or even ebay and i make more per item that way too my sister has been taking used baby clothes to a second hand baby store in town and been making far more money for the lady only taking a handful of clothes than if she sold all of them at a garage sale then she donates or repurposes the rest i am thinking that is what i may start doing with clothing anyways i always fall for the annual garage sale thing though i don t have a ton of big ticket items Charis s last post the rooster formally known as susan or letting go of false expectations Julia says May 31 2011 at 3 23 pm I too love a good garage sale I have had successful ones in the past but mostly they are just fun to do Oddly I am posting about this very same topic this week I am in the precess of getting ready to move and the need to purge some items is eminent so a post about to garage sale or not is definitely on my mind Julia s last post Vintage Back Talk Jean Jean Vintage Rachella says May 31 2011 at 3 27 pm I live in a place where people don t have garage sales First of all we don t have garages so I take stuff to Oxfam a couple of times a month If it s not good enough for the charity shop I can usually find someone on freecycle who wants whatever I give away However I would do a garage sale if I could Before I left America I held a series of garage sales and went to fleamarkets until I made enough money to live for several months Erin says May 31 2011 at 3 32 pm Perfect timing to read this post as I am bagging up the good things that are left from our garage sale 2 days ago that was a bust I thought I would give it a go since we had huge success at our last sale but from now on I think I will support my favorite local consignment stores I can use credit towards used or new merchandise sell the really nice stuff on our local mom s yahoo group if I am sure that it s worth the effort and start teaching my kids to let go of things especially good ones to share with others who need them so that they do not end up where I am today with too much STUFF Jen says May 31 2011 at 3 43 pm i am also torn on this a garage sale always seems like a good idea until you are sitting in the hot sun ALL day on a saturday selling your stuff for a nickel or begging people to take it away for free by the end of the day i like to clean out as i go too i am perpetually getting rid of stuff around our house i sell things on craigslist take clothes to places like plato s closet or consignment stores or drop things off at the goodwill Jen s last post Chrystabel Photography Laura says May 31 2011 at 3 52 pm I always have a bag or two of stuff that is on the way out Most ok all of my kids clothes are used when we get them and they don t have a ton of clothes so by the end of the season they have seen a better day usually Big stuff we sell on ebay or craigslist and just have it done with as soon as we are ready to be rid of it I hate garage sales and have never made enough to make it with the time and effort The only exception was when we bought our second house it was full of stuff we sold the big pieces on craigslist and the rest at a garage sale and the rest we hauled to the local thrift store Jane says May 31 2011 at 3 56 pm I used to have a garage sale almost every year but yes it s alot of work and then someone offers you so little for something priced so low and it used to make me mad so I usually donate my things Kat Randall says May 31 2011 at 4 15 pm I love going to garage sales but I also resell things at a booth in an antique mall So anytime I need to get rid of something that has any value ironically usually things I ve found at garage sales I sell them there non antiques I sell on CL and everything else little I give to goodwill or to friends who brave the garage saleing territory p s I totally woulda bought that lovely lady for 2 and as a rule I almost never haggle with reasonable prices Tamsyn Sapckman says May 31 2011 at 4 20 pm I heard about a family who hosts amazing garage sales every year and people come far and wide to come They make a lot of money but not from all of their old stuff which they purchase throughout the year for the event No they make money by selling hot dogs and homemade cookies etc People don t hesitate to spend 2 on a hot dog but they really have to think twice about spending 25 cents for a hard bound book Money is emotional If I ever do host a garage sale I will offer tempting refreshments Katherine YeOldCollegeTry says May 31 2011 at 4 21 pm The last time I did back to back yard sales in the sweltering heat I took the leftovers to a shop that buys your old stuff and resells it at a much higher price They wrote me a check on the spot for more than I had made in the hours and hours I had spent outside trying to get people to buy my stuff Bleh Kind of disheartening However I hope others don t stop yard saling because I love to browse Katherine YeOldCollegeTry s last post Threeeeeee Susan Emperorp says May 31 2011 at 4 37 pm I voted yes but I d like to qualify my answer We are preparing our first yard sale to raise money for endangered animals My daughters really wanted to figure out a way to raise money and when they heard about the neighborhood yard sale day they wanted to participate it has been a good opportunity to go through all our stuff and do a big clear out However all my maternity clothes and baby clothes I have donated I didn t want to sell them for a pittance I wanted to give them to an organization that would give them away free to women who really needed them Also lots of the baby stuff I gave away had been given to us as gifts or hand me downs I wanted to honor that spirit of community giving by passing them on I have to say I m looking forward to our yard sale this weekend We will be having an endangered animals theme and will Include a craft sale and a lemonade and cookie stand It s a big neighborhood day so it should be a lot of fun I have been meaning to check craigslist for selling more valuable items that it would be more appropriate and thrifty for our family to sell Otherwise I d just give it all away instead of a yard sale Susan Emperorp s last post How Many Kids Does It Take To Fill a Bath Megan Faith Like Mustard says May 31 2011 at 4 46 pm It s worth it to me Only price certain items to keep prep time low Everything at my garage sales are 25 cents unless marked Also there s no point in doing 2 day garage sales in my opinion people only spend on the first day We host approximately one garage sale per year and even though I giveaway a lot throughout the year it has been worth our efforts Money earned always goes into our vacation fund or to save for furniture purchases Megan Faith Like Mustard s last post Sunday Smorgasbord Summer Edition Clare says May 31 2011 at 5 22 pm I usually have a yard sale when I have a lot of stuff that is not worth my time to try to sell on Craigslist We have had a lot of problems with spam and no shows so I usually only list items that are 10 or more We are having a yardsale next weekend because I have had a terrible time selling my own clothes on Craigslist and we also have a bunch of weird miscellaneous items mixer with dough hook but no beaters shower curtain odd toys that wouldn t sell on CL and I don t do mailing so no Ebay but I can get a few bucks for at a yardsale I would love to just donate the lot but we could use the extra cash even if it is only 50 Chandra says May 31 2011 at 5 50 pm To me its not about the money although it is nice to get a little chunk at the end of it all Its kind of become family time for me That and I hate stuff Yes a bit of a minimalist here I do really enjoy having a garage sales other than the pricing stuff part My mom and I usually have them together at my house s garage and we get to spend all morning and afternoon just catching up and enjoying each other s company Sometimes my brother joins and sometimes my mom s boyfriend joins and its just a big gabfest I also get to see people from around town that I haven t seen in years or have conversations with people I never would ve had the opportunity to with otherwise Like I said its great to get some money for your old crap but I like the excuse to have a really lazy social day and just sit back sipping some coffee and playing cards while I am simultaneously earning money AND getting rid of junk Seriously I couldn t ask for a better way to spend a day Which is why I am really so surprised that so many people have voted no I say make it a family event Suzy says May 31 2011 at 6 29 pm Back in the day when my kids were little and my husband I owned a house our family would have an annual garage sale some times two in the late spring early summer or late summer early fall to coincide with cleaning out the garage house I looked at it as a fun way to interact with neighbors play store let the kids have a lemonade stand make fun signs set up displays chit chat with family and make some decent cash not always while doing it What we didn t sell we d place an ad in the newspaper internet not available for a large item and always donate leftovers Also would put kids clothes in consignment shop When kids are little more things are generated without a doubt I haven t had one in over ten years now that s mostly because of living in a townhouse association doesn t allow and kids are grown However we ve sold a few things on ebay and we always donate once a year but that is getting to be less and less We simply don t buy as much stuff now I decorate eclectically with a mish mash of furniture objects Holding on to only things I truly like I came up with this philosophy due to economic circumstances years ago to make the most of what I have reuse and use things gently whether I pass them on or keep them myself Just incorporating the Less is More adage in my daily life So I did vote yes but these are different times it comes with a caveat due to more choices today to sell things evylynn says May 31 2011 at 7 18 pm I love having garage sales My friends and I get together and do a joint one That makes it more fun because we basically hang out together on a Saturday Plus our combined stuff makes people more interested in stopping since we have so much stuff And at the end of the day we take everything that didn t sell to Goodwill But to me the best thing is that I get to meet my neighbors If I didn t have a garage sale I wouldn t meet my neighbors So it feels like a small community event All sorts of people come out to see what we re selling Marie Awakeatheart says May 31 2011 at 8 01 pm I voted yes but that s only a qualified yes I ve never found a single family garage sale to be profitable Neighborhood or street sales do better Even better for us is to load our crap up into the pickup and haul it to the giant flea market For a 15 table I generally manage to get rid of half my stuff which is a much better percentage than doing it myself at home It s not really about the money you make but making some is better than making none if you re coming up short and need some extra cash Marie Awakeatheart s last post Anger Church Mouse says May 31 2011 at 8 14 pm We just had one this past weekend and I just blogged about this very question Good timing My conclusion was that yes for me it was worth it Not because we made loads of money but because it was actually fun and because we had a great time with friends and neighbors Church Mouse s last post Tips for Having a Garage Sale Prerna says May 31 2011 at 8 37 pm Like you I have a perpetual giveaway box I also declutter periodically and luckily for us DHL has a tieup with our local charity so we just call them and they come and pick up the box whenever it s full So yeah I have never had a garage sale and may I never need one Prerna s last post 30 Fun Craft Sites to Keep Your Toddler and You Busy During the Summer Lynn says May 31 2011 at 8 55 pm I sell stuff as I come across it within reason or I donate it I even post to Freecycle and Craigslist so people come and get boxes of stuff FROM me rather than having to load up the car and haul it away I don t have enough time or patience or even room to have a garage sale and it s just not worth it to me I guess if I had larger ticket items and lived in a neighborhood with yards that were prone to garage sales maybe but even then SueTR says May 31 2011 at 9 03 pm I just cleaned out and packed my studio to move to our new house My sister came and helped me and SHE is having a garage sale so I loaded up her van literally good thing it was just her in the car with all the things I don t want don t use feel guilty about throwing out and she s excited to sell them Gave her a bunch of supplies to take to her elementary school and pass along to the teachers there too Win Win Win I just donate or give away and am glad that someone can use it Morgan says May 31 2011 at 9 13 pm We participate in one at my older son s school every year but we donate all of the money we make to a charity we agree on as a family This year all of our proceeds went to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan I don t really like garage sales and I hate having to store things for the sale throughout the year in our limited storage space but it s a good lesson in giving for the boys so I always do it And since it s in the spring every year it s a good time to do some spring cleaning and purging anyway Plus we don t have Goodwill and Salvation Army here we live in Taiwan so there s no easy way to get rid of clothes and toys and things our family has outgrown Morgan s last post Going to the doctor in Taiwan Amy Sullivan says May 31 2011 at 9 14 pm I love your idea of a give away box In fact I stole your idea of a perpetual give away box ahh life became just a tad easier Garage sales Sometimes I like to stop at a garage sale or two but have one of my own No thanks Amy Sullivan s last post Horse Saddles and Soap Kate says May 31 2011 at 9 14 pm Only once in awhile I cannot understand having a yearly garage sale But after our last sale we were able to buy a new couch Kate s last post this moment Katie says May 31 2011 at 9 21 pm We just made 800 at the yard sale we had this weekend It was a lot of work but it was so fun to have people pay me for things I didn t want any more Katie s last post Donation Link Tina says May 31 2011 at 10 12 pm Our church has an email system called eboard where you can offer up items or ask for a specific item you might be looking for at a garage sale for sale or for free The blessing of this has been we ve gotten so many things we needed for having 2 babies close together and suddenly needing things like a second crib Once we re done with all the baby items the bigger items that would make for an awesome sale I really feel we should pay it forward and offer it to others who need it Though there are times when I think We could make SO MUCH christy says May 31 2011 at 10 26 pm it s worth it for entertainment value alone Betsy C says June 1 2011 at 5 53 am We just had a yard sale two weeks ago Our first Our last Our family is gearing up for a move to Spain this summer and while it was good to make about 300

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    Kelli R A says May 28 2011 at 11 07 am Love your blog Thanks for the link to the Lettered Cottage I m now following I m on Pinterest too so much fun Definitely inspiration for the eyes there You and your daughter are lovely Thanks for your blog best Kells Carrie says May 28 2011 at 11 56 am I just got hooked on Pinterest about three weeks ago and I have to admit I m addicted I have found so many great ideas on there since I started and it s easy to lose track of time Love the photo of your daughter she looks like how I feel when I get comments on my blog Carrie s last post Thankful For 401 410 Robyn Q says May 28 2011 at 3 59 pm What a great capture of that sweet face Thanks for the ant remedy and the courage to try Pinterest Summer Reading the kids are older now I should still encourage Always a pleasure to stop by your place Robyn Q s last post Where Do You Go For Community Denise M says May 28 2011 at 4 57 pm Hi I noticed that you have curly hair I haven t been following your blog very long and when I saw your comment about hoping your hair lasts until the afternoon I knew I had to comment I also have curly hair and found some great products and philosophy for curly haired people on http www devachansalon com Their more helpful website is currently under construction www mydevacurl com Using products free of SLS will change your curls Hope that helps some as you continue on the path of a curly girl Best wishes Paige says May 28 2011 at 5 50 pm I ve been interested in finding out more about Pinterest Thanks for the link Jessicah says May 28 2011 at 6 01 pm I like your description of Pinterest It s very addicting late at night for sure And that s a super adorable picture of you and Lane A belated happy birthday to her Jessicah s last post pigtails Tracy says May 28 2011 at 6 13 pm The photo of the two of you is precious pinterest is super cool window shopping without the hassel mine is http pinterest com fromthekiwigirl action view current 20042011165 2 jpg Tracy s last post Op Shop Only Mary A Simple Twist of Faith says May 28 2011 at 7 13 pm What a sweet picture of your daughter and you Pinterest looks like a LOT of fun Mary A Simple Twist of Faith s last post 7 Quick Takes Friday Volume 37 Meggie says May 28 2011 at 7 48 pm I just got onto Pinterest too So addicting and TOO MUCH FUN Meggie s last post Things I am Loving Anita says May 28 2011 at 10 26 pm I just saw your daughter s post She is so cute I

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    May 27 2011 at 9 48 am Dear Lane You should be so proud of your very first blog post I enjoyed it very much My favorite parts were when you said you loooved chasing butterflies and that you like to get chocolate and that you love your shiny shoes I love your shoes too Happy birthday dear girl 5 is very special Teresa se7en says May 27 2011 at 9 54 am Happy Birthday Little one I hope five is a fabulous year for you And I love your shiny shoes they are just brilliant Sharon says May 27 2011 at 10 20 am Happy Happy birthday Lane Enjoy your day I hope you get lots of chocolate for your special day that s my favorite Your shoes are stunning Sharon s last post What is going on with blogger Karen Scotland says May 27 2011 at 10 24 am Dear Lane I love to buy chocolate too And I love your shiny shoes Maybe I should buy shiny shoes They are prettier than my Crocs that s for sure Thank you for talking to us Karen Scotland Lindsay says May 27 2011 at 10 29 am Happy Birthday Lane Five is such a great age I had some shiny red shoes just like yours when I was your age they rocked and were great for dancing in Hope yours are too Hope you had a lovely birthday and well done for keeping up with your chart so many ticks Suzy says May 27 2011 at 10 41 am How cute We have something in common Lane I have a pair of red shoes too and I also like smoothies But I don t have a tutu like yours Do you still have it Happy BIG 5 Birthday Vicky Thornton says May 27 2011 at 10 42 am Very nice job Lane You re a real pro Kassie says May 27 2011 at 10 46 am Happy Birthday Lane I like all those things as well I love to wear my red shoes too Kassie s last post Multi tasking Leslie says May 27 2011 at 10 56 am Lane yogurt and smoothies are the best And chocolate is even better I hope you have a wonderful 5th birthday and I look forward to more of your blogs Megan at SortaCrunchy says May 27 2011 at 10 59 am I love to wear shiny shoes too You are such a sweet sweet girl beautiful on the inside and out Happy fifth birthday Lane XOXOXOXOXOXO from your friends in Oklahoma Megan at SortaCrunchy s last post processing Nadir stitchsense says May 27 2011 at 11 01 am Heehee What a sweetie Happy birthday sweet girl Cathie says May 27 2011 at 11 06 am Wow great post Lane My son is 8 and he blogs from school Hope your birthday is wonderful And great job on your chart too Jamie says May 27 2011 at 11 14 am She s ADORABLE Happy Birthday Lane Kelly says May 27 2011 at 11 17 am Happy Birthday Lane Love your blog post thanks for sharing Kelly s last post Busy Week Lindsey says May 27 2011 at 11 20 am Happy Birthday Ms Lane You wrote a lovely post Lindsey s last post Afraid To Touch Frances says May 27 2011 at 12 04 pm Great post Lane You are doing such a good job keeping up with your chart too Happy Birthday Emaliza says May 27 2011 at 12 32 pm Dear Lane I love chocolate and shiny shoes too My husband says I have too many shiny shoes But I don t think you could every have too many shiny shoes Birthdays are my FAVORITE days of the year I love it when it is my birthday or my husband s but I found out that the best birthdays of all are your children s I bet your mom feels the same way I have a little boy who just turned one but someday I hope I have a little girl that will love shiny shoes too I know another pretty little girl named Lane She is a little bigger than you I think she will turn eight this year It is such a lovely name I hope you have a very very happy birthday Enjoy YOUR special day Rachel says May 27 2011 at 12 40 pm Dear Lane Happy Birthday You will be a wonderful blogger some day I love your shiny shoes Living the Balanced Life says May 27 2011 at 12 40 pm How precious So glad to see she has some of her mother s talent Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post Strategies for a holiday weekend Mary A Simple Twist of Faith says May 27 2011 at 1 00 pm Love tshoes love the post you go birthday girl Mary A Simple Twist of Faith s last post 7 Quick Takes Friday Volume 37 jennie says May 27 2011 at 1 10 pm Lane We hear about you a lot but it s so nice to hear from you Thanks for putting some sunshine in my day You share a birthday with my niece It s a pretty special day Happy Birthday jennie s last post My City Salt Lake City annel says May 27 2011 at 1 58 pm Happy Birthday Lane Your blog post made me smile great job Have a wonderful year being 5 Deb says May 27 2011 at 1 58 pm Happy Birthday Lane I hope you have a wonderful day Today is also my mom s birthday and one of my dearest friend s birthday I love chocolate also Jennifer ABlogofMyVeryOwn says May 27 2011 at 2 27 pm Happy Birthday Lane Jennifer ABlogofMyVeryOwn s last post Proverbs 31 26 28 AndreaSomething says May 27 2011 at 2 38 pm Happy Birthday and great job Lane We like a lot of the same things AndreaSomething s

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    even get stressed over having my home look like BHG This just goes to show that fashion fades Go with what you love Thanks Jenna momofmanyhats blogspot com Jenna s last post New JerseyFinally Jennie says May 25 2011 at 4 47 pm I ve been going through a lot of design blogs recently and I ve chuckled a few times over what people call classic Something like design is so subjective and tangled up with its own time that it is really difficult to call anything classic Jennie s last post My City Salt Lake City Shannon says May 25 2011 at 5 08 pm The color mauve is not a real color Just a phase Shannon s last post How to Live a Story Worth Telling Living the Balanced Life says May 25 2011 at 7 04 pm Omg I had way too much mauve back in the 80s Including carpet in my daughter s room Living the Balanced Life s last post STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO Mary A Simple Twist of Faith says May 25 2011 at 5 10 pm 1986 I lived in Germany and lived in a tiny apartment what a blast from the past Mary A Simple Twist of Faith s last post Fit in Fitness Dorothy says May 25 2011 at 5 12 pm What I can t understand is this Why is someting beautiful at one time and not at the next If it s beautiful surely it s beautiful Who says it s not This cool blog today encourages me to go with the things I see as beautiful and give me pleasure but I do need to check it is really me making the choice and not them se7en says May 25 2011 at 5 19 pm I totally love this post it is simply genius You have certainly had a break and your mind is ready to bring us brilliant posts My mom still has so many cushions its always like Where do you want me to sit And to be honest she still has a pile of magazines just like this one on her coffee table that she tries to pass off as new it is the March issue after all My worst was shades of white when we moved into our house the bedroom was just slightly pink the hall way just slightly olive green everything was just slightly awful Just no Diane InMyOwnStyle says May 25 2011 at 5 36 pm Very smart post and fun post I was a young bride in the eighties decorating my first home and having my first child It is so funny to see what was popular back then I have lived through so many decorating trends that I try not to pay much attention anymore a tweak here or there is all I do The trends now that everyone is swooning over like antlers and graphic pattern wallpaper are going to look so dated in only a few years it is so much better to just decorate with things you love and never go for the whole look My best Diane Diane InMyOwnStyle s last post Creativity 1 2 3 8230 1 Just an Idea Living the Balanced Life says May 25 2011 at 7 07 pm The same for me a very young broke bride trying to decorate her first rentals and then our first home One thing I remember so distinctly is the country style with the ducks and ruffles and all the little wooden doodads What WERE we thinking Living the Balanced Life s last post Four things that need to be done slowly Heather says May 26 2011 at 8 06 am YES My most vivid memory of people s houses from childhood was ducks and hearts in some combination all over the house Either groups of wooden ones or stenciled on the wall in that country blue rust red and dusty mauve or appliqued on kitchen towels I know I m going to look back in 20 years on my early marriage decorating style and see French Fatigue I m already tired of everything Paris which is sad because I liked it before it became a trend I cringe whenever anything I like becomes a trend because I don t want to end up hating it later Suzy says May 26 2011 at 11 47 am I was was setting up a nest in the 80 s too Learned back then to use what I have and to mix and match eclectically I still have many of the things from then and new things mixed in over the years Forget about matchy matchy Suzy says May 26 2011 at 11 52 am I forgot to say that I have a few rubber duckies in my bathroom and duck decoy lamp in my living room Not because of any trend mind you but just because I like them Only way to go Suzy says May 26 2011 at 11 58 am You re hitting home with this post no pun intended Just had to add one more thought I don t like the term living room We live in our whole house Duh That s it I m done Rachel says May 25 2011 at 8 55 pm never go for the whole look that s the best decorating advice I ve heard in a long time amy says May 25 2011 at 5 41 pm This was the year I graduated high school I love your critiques so witty and spot on I have lived in a house with a ginormous carpeted bathroom and a mauve garden tub so horrible It was seven years ago in my soon to be husband s house Oh the things we do for love Thanks for sharing this is classic Living the Balanced Life says May 25 2011 at 7 08 pm Omg a mauve TUB I had a yellow gold stove it was horrific Living the Balanced Life s last post Moms in business learn to prioritize life Vanessa says May 25 2011 at 5 55 pm I was so going to ask what that nail polish is Thanks for providing the info angelvalerie says May 25 2011 at 6 16 pm Great post I guess like the 80s fashion the style was well something else good to start with a laugh today thanks angelvalerie s last post when is near enough good enough Slackerjo says May 25 2011 at 6 53 pm I still never get the 8 345 923 pillow on a bed couch chair decorating thing I have a theory that every couple married between 1950 and 1985 hade to buy a brown plaid couch My parents and my friend s parents had one It was like it was the law or something Slackerjo s last post The Death of Common Sense Melinda says May 26 2011 at 7 10 am there is only ONE brown plaid couch it just keeps getting passed on to the next unfortunate home LOL Jenifer says June 18 2011 at 9 22 pm We didn t have the brown plaid couch ours was FLORAL and then my parents recovered it then they put a cover over it which was just as ugly Gah Jeanne G says May 26 2011 at 8 39 am There is an exception to the brown plaid couch My parents were married in the Bicentennial year 1976 so their plaid couch was red white and blue They had the matching rocking chair too About 1990 my mom recovered them in gray and mauve plaid Ugh I thought it was so pretty at the time Jeanne G s last post Simple Joys Living the Balanced Life says May 25 2011 at 7 12 pm The stupid sofa I bought at the early 90s is not brown plaid but it does have lots of huge pillows instead of attached back cushions I hate the way it looks now and it is virtually impossible to put a slipcover on becasue of the cushions Don t want to buy another sofa as we hope to begin RVing in a year or two So I just ignore the sofa Living the Balanced Life s last post Four things that need to be done slowly Carrie says May 25 2011 at 7 53 pm Wow Did you notice that the tub in the last picture has flowers on it to match the curtains Gotta love it such a fun post Certainly made me laugh after a long day at work so thanks Carrie s last post Round Three Lindsey says May 25 2011 at 7 55 pm What a fun post I often look around my house and wonder which of my tastes I ll be laughing at twenty years from now Jenny W The Housewife Project says May 25 2011 at 8 41 pm Ok now I feel better about saving my Better Homes Gardens someday it s going to give me a great laugh Your post was hilarious thanks Jenny W The Housewife Project s last post Ten Favorite Beauty Products Zengirl Heart and Mind says May 25 2011 at 9 03 pm Ha ha this was good memory down the lane I actually have some of the old magazines that my mom had and I still like to look at it to see how we have changed something like you mentioned here is clearly a fad but other things stays true classics such old time music or hand made wooden furniture Now I have to go and look for old magazine stash somewhere I have about 5 not too much clutter just a little Preeti Zengirl Heart and Mind s last post Help Fight Child Hunger Make Others Happy Nihara says May 25 2011 at 9 39 pm Hey what about plastic sofa covers Not sure if I m getting my style vintage correct was that 80s or 70s but I always think about plastic sofa covers whenever I find myself telling the kids not to play in the living room I try to remind myself that my home is not a museum that is why I don t have plastic sofa covers just ScotchGuard Nihara s last post Finding Three Good Things About Each Day trinity says May 25 2011 at 9 39 pm My house came with black kitchen appliances and a black kitchen sink with a black faucet Every time I look at it all I think AVOCADO of 2015 Soon enough the appliances will break down and I already have a new sink picked out I m going with all white Jessica J says May 26 2011 at 9 55 am Trust me don t go with a white sink it is a NIGHTMARE to keep clean My friend and I were just chatting on the phone last night complaining about our white sinks Amy says May 25 2011 at 9 41 pm I can t decide which I like better the pictures or the nail polish The Sephora stuff is my favorite But I can t get over the picture of classic furniture Could those chairs be any more awful Amy s last post My lonely onions and how I got them Janel says May 25 2011 at 10 28 pm lol Loved it Our last house had carpet in the master bathroom What were they thinking ICK I refused to let the kids use that bathroom at all G R O S S Amy F says May 25 2011 at 10 56 pm Hilarious My aunt still has carpet in her master bathroom Let s see I know she was in her previous condo when I was 5 because I knocked my sister off a big rock in her yard and she ended up in the hospital I think she moved shortly after that I was 5 in 1983 so yep 1986 sounds about right Amy F s last post Grandpa sharon says May 25 2011 at 11 50 pm Too funny What will they say about our decor 25 years from now My mother put shag carpet in the kids bathroom when I was a child I have two brothers That toilet overflowed at least once a week Oh so gross wet shag carpet full of yeah you get the picture Also loved all those pillows Who ever thought more pillows were better Thanks for the laugh Jenn the Pen says May 26 2011 at 6 55 am My ugh statement from the 80 s teal jade and navy together What the heck Oh wait that tone on tone look may be worse I ve always loved contrast The striped chair in that living room is horrendous Finley says May 29 2011 at 8 21 pm Funny you write this because those colors are SO back for fall Designers were showing hints of jade all over the runways and mixing it back with peacock teal or navy I think it looks really fresh in fashion still not sure what I think of it in design mommy chic design style kids life Finley s last post Asked and answered Autumn says May 26 2011 at 7 52 am Love it How funny and I can totally relate to the procrastinating Romney says May 26 2011 at 8 13 am When we bought this house the rose coloured carpet was the first thing out of the door My favourite style is cutting everything back to simple and useful things The 80s are the opposite of that Of course having less stuff means that inevitably there is less to criticise or love but looking back at archive photos its always the simplest homes or outfits that impress me most For instance in pictures of The Rolling Stones Charlie Watts always wore pretty much the same thing a suit and hes the only one that didn t look a fool for much of the time Anne says May 26 2011 at 8 34 am Something from the eighties that I remember is wallpaper everywhere And carpet on the walls not just the floor Thanks for the reminder that trying to emulate magazine fashion trends is just silly Suzy says May 26 2011 at 11 15 am I can unfortunately attest to having actually seen a couple of places with carpeting in the bathroom Thanks a lot for reminding me Yuk Even worse than that I ve actually seen carpeting in the kitchen No joke It was supposedly some kind of trend Talk about GREASE FEST but take your pick between the latter Either way or both odour dust mites and who knows what else A grossly funny post X Annie says May 26 2011 at 1 39 pm Yes My grandmother s house had carpet in the kitchen And as best as I can remember there was always a strange smell in there no doubt nasties hiding in the carpet And she had a pink bathroom pink tub pink shower pink tiles pink wallpaper pink sink pink vanity pink toilet and yes even pink carpet Suzy says May 26 2011 at 8 23 pm Yikes Talk about pink overload I bet she can t stand pink now Plus I imagine there being this one carpeting manufactuer who was selling folks on this pipe dream idea of never having to mop a single floor again Never mind turning the carpeting into this huge absorbent grease odor water dirt whatever collection trap What were they thinking It boggles the mind Jenifer says June 18 2011 at 9 14 pm My aunt s cottage has the same thing And my Mom was so impressed when she saw it Gross Megan at SortaCrunchy says May 26 2011 at 11 37 am carpet in the bathroom gag me with a spoon This was fun Megan at SortaCrunchy s last post Make A Plan Workshop Winner and Discount Code Rhonda says May 26 2011 at 12 05 pm Oh I needed a laugh today and this was it Rhonda s last post New Kids Site Maintenance and Other Stuff Maria K says May 26 2011 at 1 27 pm A great blast from the past I was in college in the 80 s and I actually owned one of those swim suits shudder I see Teach child to read on your docket are you planning on home schooling Simply Bike says May 26 2011 at 3 41 pm Hi I just came across your blog recently and am loving it This post is hilarious the bathroom carpeting is the worst I also really enjoyed your last post in traveling with children I m 31 weeks now and as my family s European but my husband s American we travel quite a bit between Europe and the US I am stashing all those travel tips away for when I ll need them next summer Thank you S South County Girl says May 26 2011 at 5 28 pm Wow its crazy to see what s in style when I was born South County Girl s last post A letter from our HOA Anita says May 26 2011 at 5 28 pm OMgoodness Now I really feel old I think what I miss most about the 80 s is my floral jeans Anita s last post Frugal Snacks Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies faith says May 26 2011 at 6 18 pm You are HILARIOUS Thanks so much for the history lesson and the perspective Akemi S says May 26 2011 at 7 28 pm ha ha i ve gone to some estate sales recently half the reason why i go is to check out the decor and seen a whole lot of 6 Akemi S s last post Green City Fair at Coldwater Canyon Park Jo H says May 26 2011 at 11 53 pm What I remember from the 80 s is all the fussy crafts made

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