Friday Find: LandHope Push Broom

Friday Find: Landhope Push Broom | Ordered and Organized

I’ve been noticeably absent for a while, but I had a good reason:  I moved!  My husband and I sold our 56-year-old ranch house and moved into a nearly brand new home closer to his new job.  The four-month-long ordeal is a story that will give me blog (and ebook) fodder for ages to come.

But I digress.

The contract to sell our previous home required us to leave the house “broom clean.”  According to our realtor, what this vague phrase means is up to interpretation, but at the least, we had to sweep the house after we removed all of our belongings.  And boy, did the house need it!  I thought the floors were relatively clean, but after the beds, couch, and other large pieces of furniture were removed, I found dust bunnies of lint and hair underneath, gathering with other dust bunny friends near the walls.  I was highly dismayed.  I was even more disappointed when I realized the state of my broom after I swept our garage floor three or four times.

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Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with dirty feet.

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. | Ordered and Organized

Mahatma Gandi has given us so many great quotations.  I found this one particularly thought-provoking earlier this year.

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. | Ordered and Organized

Let’s face it:  Folks try this every single day.  Family members.  Neighbors.  Strangers.  Sometimes even “friends.”

Every time I’m on my personal social media profiles–and particularly on Facebook–someone does this.  And I allow it to happen.  I read comments that add no value to my life.  I allow Facebook’s algorithms to mold my view of the world and politics.  I allow family members to make draining comments on my own status updates and photos because I don’t want to start a row.

Today it stops.  I don’t traditionally observe Lent, but given it starts today, what better time to give up something that adds very little value to my life but adds anxiety and stress and results in wasted time?

So join me on Instagram over the next 40 days as I provide daily challenges to help you walk away from Facebook drama–from the drama that starts in groups to the occasional arguments that start on your own profile or wall.

You can find my Instagram page at http://www.instagram.com/simplifydeclutterorganize.

Blessings,
Bridget | Ordered and Organized

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Decluttering Questions: Would I Buy This Again?

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Over the years, I’ve found helpful a list of questions to guide my decluttering.  As an example, a lot of people go through their closets and ask themselves questions like

  • Does this item still fit?
  • Have I worn this item in the last year?
  • Will I wear this item again?

The single most influential question for me is this one:  Would I buy this item again?  If I would buy it again, I definitely keep it.  If I wouldn’t, I start looking at whether the item needs to be discarded or even replaced.

This single question works for decluttering clothing, shoes, accessories, kitchen utensils, books, movies, toys, even decor.  I highly recommend it as your go-to question as you are cleaning out just about any room in your home.

What Questions Guide Your Decluttering?

I’m compiling a list of questions for visitors to ask themselves as they declutter, and I’d like to hear the questions you ask yourself as you’re deciding whether to keep or discard items.  In fact, in the next week or so, I’ll be hosting a mini-giveaway as an incentive for you to share your questions.  Follow me on Facebook and on Instagram for more information!

Blessings,
Bridget | Ordered and Organized

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If You Can Look Up, You Can Get Up!

If you can look up, you can get up. | Ordered and Organized

My New Year’s Eve went like this.

My January went . . . . well, let’s just say that February 1st 2nd is a good day to push the reset button.

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Friday Find: Best Choice Products Ladder/Folding Stool with Platform

Friday Find: Best Choice Products Ladder-Folding Stool with Platform | Ordered and Organized

When I went home for the holidays in December, my mom showed me the Werner foldable step stool she received for Christmas from my father the previous year.  While she uses it primarily to change literal light bulbs, figurative light bulbs went off in my head when I saw it.  If I were to get one, I could finally install crown moulding or clean the tops of my kitchen cabinets without standing on a chair!

After Christmas, my husband and I put our house on the market to relocate to an area closer to his new job a few hours away.  Because I needed to pull down and pack the milk glass atop my kitchen cabinets and the items on the top shelves of our various closets while my (tall) husband was at work, I decided to purchase a step stool similar to my mom’s.  Ultimately, what I bought was the Best Choice Products 3-step space-saving ladder and foldable stepstool with a platform tray from AmazonContinue reading “Friday Find: Best Choice Products Ladder/Folding Stool with Platform”