Friday, September 16, 2016

Clutter Busting Challenge September 2016 Part 1

That's 66 items for the month so far and 1600 items for the year.  I've been working on the Komono categories of Electronics and Music, Hobbies and Crafting, and PreK Homeschool. My husband was tested for food allergies this week and is allergic to Hazelnuts/Filbert and Mustard Seed. There's mustard seed in a lot of condiments.

My Purge Pile:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August 2016 Reading List

The New England Romance Collection
The Prisoner's Wife by Susan Page Davis (read July 2016)
Love's Raid by Darlene Franklin (read July 2013)
Michaela's Choice by Lisa Harris
All That Glitters by Lynette Sowell
In Search of a Dream by Pamela Griffin

A Hearts of Middlefield Trilogy by Kathleen Fuller
A Man of His Word
An Honest Love
A Hand to Hold

Friday, August 26, 2016

Clutter Busting Challenge August 2016 Part 2

This makes 151 items purged for the month of August. I've got a mix of books, paper, office supplies, craft and electronics.

My purge pile:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

KonMari Week 8: Spare Change

I'm working on Office Supplies during Week 8.

Spare Change is a small subcategory in Office Supplies. I don’t have much spare change since I turned in about $100 at the beginning of Summer. I did have almost $6.00 in my flower pot container.


I rolled up what I could to take to the bank, I put the dimes in my car change tray, and the quarters in my money tube. 

I keep $2-5 in quarters and $25 cash in several mini m&m containers that I have in my on-the-go bags. This works great for vending machines or when I need cash and I forgot to go to the bank. We don’t have credit cards and this is one of the things that works for me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

KonMari Week 7: Legacy & Bill Drawer

I'm working on Paper during Weeks 6 and 7.

My husband and I went through our Legacy drawer and bill drawer last night. We were able to discard a stack of stuff. It was mostly his papers to discard in the Legacy drawer such as pay stubs, student loans, car accident, and receipts. I did our bills and medical papers as he worked on his papers. I do bills and if needed medical papers every two weeks on payday.

I last went through our Legacy drawer in November and will have to do it again this coming November. Enrollments will start coming in and we can replace with 2017 papers. It took a week last year just to do the Legacy drawer since I completely redid it after learning of the term from Dave Ramsey. The name/term gave that file drawer a whole new meaning. :) I guess I'll have to come up with a name for the bill drawer since its more short term currently used papers and not long term storage as the other drawer.

We use the Legacy drawer for ourselves mostly but if needed it also serve our family. It has to be keep organized enough for someone to lay their hands onto and know what they are looking for or need. It provides all of the important information our family needs in case something happens to one or both of us. Therefore our Legacy. Its based on Proverbs 13:22. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children.

I like to do paper as it comes into the house but I also have an office day on Thursdays. It really helps to keep up by having a day to dealing with office tasks and paper weekly. It usually takes about an hour or two a week. Going through our files is a great end of year task that I add to my calendar.

 The start. Our keep on the left and discards on the right.

 Our Legacy drawer the term was inspired by Dave Ramsey. You can read what he says about the Legacy Drawer.

Our discard pile once finished.

 Our bill drawer along with our temporary files and extra file folders/manila folders.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

KonMari Week 7: Exercise Papers

I'm working on Paper during Weeks 6 and 7.

I went through the papers in my exercise room. I decided the discard the cardboard CD holders that were empty. I had 2 boxes but moved the now empty one into storage, I may need it later. The exercise Cd's are the last to go before our home becomes completely digital. My husband is going to work on that for me. I forgot to do the exercise/heath books, so I went ahead and did them too. I discarded 3 items.

Monday, August 15, 2016

KonMari Week 7: Homeschool Papers

I'm working on Paper during Weeks 6 and 7.
Homeschool Papers:

I worked on the last of our homeschool papers. I did a big purge in February 2015 of about 10 crates but these were my holdouts. I'm putting school work papers from each child’s notebook into the accordion folders. The notebooks will be for each child’s awards. The goal is for each child to have an accordion folder of school papers, a notebook of awards, and their memory box.

This was soon after starting.

This is after for day one. I finished all the papers and have a big stack to discard. It took me about an hour. Why did I put it off for so long? My children are 27, 25, 24, and 20. Yea, I know sentimental. LOL

I collected the awards from the memory boxes and put them in the notebooks. It took me about 5 hours. My 4 children each have an accordion folder of homeschool papers, a notebook of awards, and their memory box. I have a notebook too. My children have all graduated from our homeschool so this project is complete. It feels real good too.

I did find a bit to discard from the memory boxes along with a crate. The discards from day two.