Pulling Myself Up by the Bootstraps

Pulling Myself Up By the Bootstraps | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 2:34 am

 

I never heard of “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps” until I was in college.  One of my favorite English professors used that phrase with some frequency.  I became quite a fan of the concept, and I still love it today.  A girl like me who likes fresh starts definitely loves the idea of succeeding by one’s own efforts, especially after periods of adversity.

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100 Ways to Save Money: Join Ebates

100 Ways to Save Money: Join Ebates | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:08 am

 

I’m currently posting (relatively!) easy tips to help you save money .  Because your life can never be truly organized until your finances are in order.  

I’m sure you’ve seen the Ebates commercials on television.  A lot of people are skeptical and suspect that Ebates is a scam or a data-mining site.  Maybe you are one of those people.  I personally have had nothing but good experiences with Ebates, and I recommend it as a way to earn back some of the money spent on online purchases.

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100 Ways to Save Money: Read Your Meters

100 Ways to Save Money: Read Your Meters | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:09 am

 

I’m working on posting (relatively!) easy tips to help you save money this year.  Because if you’ve ever had a disorganized financial life, you know that your life can never be organized until your finances or in order.  

I haven’t mentioned it here yet, but a few days after my family moved into our new home last month, my grandmother died.  Although she was quite a bit younger than my grandfather, she outlived him by just 18 months.  I know that she missed him, and I hope that they are reunited now.

My grandparents were a lot alike.  When I was a child, my dad used to joke that they were both so cheap, they could stretch a dollar until it screamed.  When I became a young adult, my dad commented frequently that I followed closely in their footsteps.  He wasn’t wrong.  And my grandparents were proud of my frugality.  In fact, I’m certain that my grandfather was never more proud of me than when he learned I’d just started monitoring the electricity and water meters at the apartment I shared with my husband.  He was proud that I was working to be thrifty.  And his encouragement kept me documenting those numbers and using my cell phone to document those readings in picture form on a daily basis.  Seven years later, and I have consistently monitored our energy usage, from a one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom apartment to a small house and then to a bigger one.

Until recently anyway.

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Day-by-Day Decluttering, Day 5: Discard Old Throw Pillows

Day-by-Day Decluttering - Day 5: Discard Old Throw Pillows | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:09 am

 

Today is the fifth part in a series called Day-by-Day Decluttering , which I’m creating to help those of you who are just getting started–or starting over again–on decluttering.  Today, we really get started on decluttering rather than the previous focus on clearing “procrasticlutter.”  If you’re new here, you can click here to start at day 1.  Links to all the posts are at the bottom of this post.  

Today is a good day to get started on serious decluttering!  Consider starting with all those old throw pillows you have lying on beds, couches, and in chairs.

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Day-by-Day Decluttering, Day 4: Wash (All) the Laundry

Day-by-Day Decluttering - Day 4: Wash (All) the Laundry | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:09 am

 

Today is the fourth part in a series called Day-by-Day Decluttering , which I’m creating to help those of you who are just getting started–or starting over again–on decluttering.  If you’re new here, click here to start at day 1.  Links to all the posts is at the bottom of this post.  

If you did yesterday’s challenge in the Day-by-Day Decluttering feature on this blog, you know what today’s challenge is.

The laundry.

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