Are You Ready for Halloween?

Sometimes life throws roadblocks in front of you.  The detour to get around them may be short or long.  When the detour is long certain things get pushed towards the bottom of the priority list.  Unfortunately this blog was one of those things.  But now I feel life is a little more under control so I’m back.

I’ll be sharing many of the lessons I’ve learned about clutter (my own and inherited clutter) in future blog posts.  But for now I want to help you with planning for Halloween.

Because Halloween is less than two weeks away I want to share some of my past blog posts about preparing for the holiday.  I wrote a series of posts called “Countdown to Halloween”.  Many of the ideas and tips are from the ebook “How To Have A Fun, Safe, And Decluttered Halloween”.

Since I consolidated my other blog “Organize By The Month” with this one I’m finding many of the links in the old posts need to be updated.  I’ve now updated all the links. If you have any questions, suggestions, etc. please let me know in the comment sections.


witch 1Countdown to Halloween Series Part 1/

Countdown to Halloween Series Part 2

Countdown to Halloween Series Part 3

Countdown to Halloween Series Part 4

Countdown to Halloween Series Part 5


If you’re feeling overwhelmed right now about Halloween, the eBook, “How To Have A Fun, Safe, And Decluttered Halloween” is loaded with a lot more tips to help you feel in control.  It’s available for only $2.99 at Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and for your computer (PDF). Check out this page to find out more of what’s in the book.

To a lighter load along the way.



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Take Time For Gratitude

If the craziness of the season is starting to get to you then it’s time to take a a few minutes to relax.  Think about what you are grateful for in your life.  It can make a world of difference in how you feel.

Below is a prior post from my other blog, Organize By The Month.  Listed at the end are other posts I wrote on gratitude.  I hope they inspire you to be grateful for all that this holiday season offers.

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.                        ~Johannes A. Gaertner

Blog Post:

It’s that time of year where we are so busy running around we forget to stop and smell the roses.  Okay, I know that’s a cliché.  For most people, at least in this country (U.S.), the rose bushes are dormant this time of year.

IMG_0888But that doesn’t mean you can’t stop to smell the roses       figuratively.  Look around for things to be grateful for. It just might be what you need to dress up your mood.

There are always things, people, and events in everyone’s life that are good. Sometimes we just have to stop rushing through life long enough to see them.

Some things to be grateful for:

  • the smile on your child’s face when you kiss them goodnight
  • a roof over your head
  • food to eat
  • clothes and shoes to wear
  • that fact that you are reading this blog post on a computer – you can read!
  • your dog or cat greeting you when you get home – pets love unconditionally
  • freedom to celebrate your religious holiday
  • your family’s and your own health

The list goes on and on.  Take a few minutes each day to write down the things you are grateful for. Create a gratitude journal with a fancy journal, spiral notebook, or even on your smartphone or computer. It doesn’t matter how you do it.

The important thing is to write down what you are grateful for. Then read it anytime you feel overwhelmed, out of sorts, or depressed. Heck, you might want to read it first thing each morning to dress your day up right. You’ll be amazed how something this simple can have such a profound positive effect on your attitude.

Below are some previous posts I wrote about gratitude. Check them out for more motivation and ideas on how you can start wearing gratitude to help put a smile on your face.

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” ~Epictetus

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” ~Robert Quillen

To a lighter load along the way.




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Some Clutter-free and Almost Clutter-free Gift Ideas


“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”                               ~ Mother Teresa

Has someone told you not to buy them any gifts? They don’t “need” anything. They claim they have way too many things in their home already.

You still want to get them something but don’t want to add to their “too many things”.

Maybe it’s time to consider some clutter-free gifts that they will enjoy and you won’t feel guilty about giving it to them..

Below are some lists of clutter-free and almost clutter free gift ideas. Continue reading

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Prevent Holiday Clutter Build-up


Are those mouth watering cookies and candies already blowing your diet?



Is it overwhelming you just thinking about getting all the Christmas decorations unpacked and put up?



Christmas presents

Are you starting to panic about all the gifts you have to wrap? How many have you already bought and how many do you still need to buy?


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Diary of a Kitchen Remodel Update

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote about the kitchen remodel.  The contractor started on November 18, so we are half way through the 3rd week.  Of course with Thanksgiving last week we lost a couple of days.

I’m amazed how much has been done in 10 working days, most of those with only one person working. So far there have been very few glitches. Either I have a fantastic contractor or I’m incredibly lucky. I think it’s a little of both.

When I think about all the horror stories about kitchen remodels I keep my fingers crossed and hope each day ends on a positive note. Continue reading

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How To Stop Catalog (Paper) Clutter

It’s that time of year where the catalogs fill up your mailbox.  How many times do you receive a catalog that you’ve never heard of?

Maybe you received a mail ordered gift from someone. Now your name is on their list.

Maybe you ordered something from one catalog. They sold their customer list to another company. Your name was on it.

Maybe you ordered online. That company may have sold their customer list.

There are multiple ways your name may have gotten on those lists but there are ways to stop the junk mail and catalogs from filling up your mailbox. Continue reading

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Ten Time Wasters – Which Ones Are You Guilty Of?

big_plain_clock_greenWe have a tendency to waste a lot of time, especially at this time of year.  Below are 10 time wasters that may be making it harder for you to get all those things on your list done (you do have a list, don’t you?).

You don’t have to be busy all the time. Nor do you want to.

Life is too precious and it’s so important to take the time to enjoy it.

But if you recognize where and when you are wasting time you can learn to be more productive.  In the long run that will give you more time to do the things you really enjoy. Continue reading

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Do You Have Pre-Holiday Syndrome?

Have the upcoming holidays already got your panic buttons going?

Do you feel lost and don’t know where to start first?

This time of year always reminds me of the quote from the movie “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory” where Willy Wonka says;   Continue reading

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Halloween Tips

witch 1Halloween is only a week away.  In the past I’ve blogged about the holiday on my other blog, “Organize By The Month”.

Recently it’s been hard to keep up with both blogs.  Since there is so much overlap I am seriously considering consolidating that blog into this one.

So to help you out with last minute organizing/planning for Halloween I am putting the links below from my other blog to a Halloween Series I wrote a couple of years ago. Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodel – The Lull Before The Storm

Time flies when you’re having fun.  But I’m finding it drags on and on while waiting for the contractor to get started with the kitchen remodel!

Originally he was suppose to start around the first week of October. Because it took us longer than expected to get quotes and ordering the cabinets he went on to do another job.  The floor tiles are in and the cabinets were delivered today. His start date is currently around November 1st.

In the meantime I’m feel like I’m in limbo with packing up the kitchen.  Everyday I’m fighting my procrastination tendencies to do nothing until I know an exact date.  Continue reading

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