Category: Decluttering

Controlling the Chaos Days 240-269

Now is your chance to purge all those items you skimmed over or haven’t gotten to yet.

Please keep in mind this list was created with our home in mind.  Yours may vary slightly, or you may still be working on items from the previous checklist.

This month is all about purging, not organizing, not cleaning, just purging our home of everything we can put into the garage sale before winter.  Originally we planned our garage sale just to clear our home of clutter, but with the huge amount of medical bills we now have I am hoping to use my part of the proceeds to rebuild our emergency fund.  AND I have promised myself that nothing left from the sale will still be here after 7 days.  Seven days gives me enough time to drop it off to the various resale, consignment and donation shops we frequent. 

What are you going to do with your items?  Decide NOW before you just create “another” pile.

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Why I Love My New Desk

Desk Organization

Why I Love My New Desk

As I write this I am still unsure what I want to share and if you, as readers, even care but I am determined to write and share it.

As many of you know it has been another crazy season here at Treasured Tidbits and nothing much has gone according to plan BUT we are still pressing on.

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Taking Control Week 1: Controlling Your Power Cords

Taking Control Week 1 Power COrds

Taking Control Week 1: Controlling Your Power Cords

Who is tired of seeing their power cords all over the floor?

Gathering dust, growing dust bunnies and just making your space look messy?

I know I am!!!

So when we remodeled our master bedroom (details to come) and I was on a mission to “declutter and simplify” our master.  I began brainstorming how to control the mess of cords we had in four different areas of our room:  my nightstand, hubby’s nightstand, my desk and the TV area.  (We have a TV area because our syndrome often leaves us bed bound and I don’t want a TV in my teen’s rooms.  Mean Mom, right?).

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The 7 Minute Home Maintenance Plan (That Works)

The 7 Minute Maintenance Plan That Works

A few weeks ago, I shared how a 3-layer chocolate cake changed my view on life and “clutter”.  I wasn’t sure that I should be so open and honest in a post about my home, family and shortcomings, but it was a hit with the people who needed it.  Over 50% of those who read it, went on to share it and many contacted me to let me know just how much it struck a chord with them.

That is what I pray for when I create a blog post, not to go viral, but to inspire others to be uplifted or aided by my post.  (Not that I would mind going viral.)

Today I want to share how I have been maintaining the house now that it has been “de-cluttered” and is much, much easier to maintain.

I call it “zoning” or “maintenance” rather than cleaning.

It just makes it sound so much easier and less stressful.

Don’t you think?


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What A 3-Layer Cake Taught Me About Decluttering and Special Moments

What This Cake Taught Me About Decluttering and Special Moments

For starters, lets just put it out there.

I am an (undiagnosed) 42 year old mom with ADD, OCD and hoarding tendencies.  A crazy combination, let me tell ya.  I thrive on being involved in lots of stuff, and I am already planning new things before that “stuff” is even finished.  Sound familiar?  I am one of those people who could have a five bedroom house with three projects in progress in every room (and 100 more stacked in another).  Of course, these projects would be spread ALL over the room and take days and days to finish because they would need to be perfect while the rest of my house fell apart and I had a nervous breakdown, over the mess and stress.  I would still be planning my next project.  I swear, my brain never shuts down.

I love to recycle and “buy” things because they are cheap or free.  Yard sales, clearance, thrift stores, estate sales, these are my nemesis.  I bring tons of things home for “future projects” that I end up just moving around and reorganizing 100x.  Can I get an amen from anyone like me?

This past December I became very sick.  More than my usual challenges I could barely stand up, walk and breathe without severe pain or struggling for breath.  Then a routine exam showed a mass in my right breast and we decided to have a precautionary biopsy.

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Controlling the Chaos-Day 1-“Zoning”

This is it!Controlling the Clutter Day Recovering From the Holidays

The first day of our journey to Controlling the Chaos.

I imagine many of you are still tired and worn down from last night’s celebrating and the long holiday.  (I am still recovering from a biopsy two days ago and a nasty bug for weeks before that).

If you are like me, you may still need to put away some of the holiday decor or clean up after house guests and THAT, my dears, is what we are going to focus on today.

I mean why try to “organize” when the laundry, dishes and stuff are piled up?

It is kind of like trying to put out a fire consuming your kitchen by working in the garage.

Am I right?

Today we are going to start the year off right and declutter, straighten or as we call it “zone” our homes.

What does this mean?

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“Just Make Do” January

What is “Just Make Do January”?

Just Make Do January Button

Just Make Do January” is the perfect opportunity to use up all the food, chemicals, health and beauty supplies in your home AND kick start an emergency fund in 2016.

Just Make Do” means instead of running out and purchasing new we will be creative, be building new food combinations and using up any “leftover” bottles, supplies and groceries we have on hand.

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Decluttering Your Mind & Life a.k.a Controlling the Chaos

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Why did we choose the title “Controlling the Chaos” and not a series on decluttering?

Because my hopes for this series include so much more than just decluttering and organizing.  I hope it will help me and others like me make lifestyle changes to reduce the chaos and clutter in our lives and minds.  I know the steps I have taken so far have worked wonderfully.

I hope this series will help guide you into making better choices and decisions about how you address everything that enters your life and mind every, single day From how and when you wake up to how you prepare for bed, from how you address incoming mail to how and when you pay your bills, create your budget and build your menu, etc… as well as removing and organizing the physical clutter in your life.

“Clutter” isn’t only something you can see but it is something you feel.

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Why We Have A Daily, Weekly & Monthly Checklist

Why we have a daily, weekly & monthly checklist

Have we always had a daily, weekly and monthly checklist?

No.

I have always had a daily checklist and an ongoing to-do list that I add to daily but it wasn’t until recently I made a more thorough set of useful, printable checklists.

Why a Daily Checklist?

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The Great Clothes Purge- 5 People, 5 Wardrobes in 2 Days

The GREAT Clothes Purge

5 Entire Wardrobes in 2 Days

The Great Clothes Purge Square

Okay, I confess, I began my “One Month, One Project, One Room” at a time just a little early.

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