Posts Tagged ‘de-cluttering’

Good morning Guys ‘n Gals!!

You all know how much of a brilliantly organised person I am (NOT!!!  lol)  – I just wanted to quickly share this blog I found while trawling through Facebook this morning.  What a brilliant idea!!  Although I reckon I would have to do daily purges, at least to start off with until I get my enormous pile of hoarded “stuff” under control!!  LOL    Anyway….go check it out for yourself – great ideas!


Hoping to put pen to paper (or fingers on keyboard…he he) shortly for some new bloggy news.  I have been super uber busy getting ready for my Annual Sandy Pandy Jewellery Party and it is now OVER for another year, so I have a small window of breathing space before I get back into full swing, giving my son the extra tutoring he needs to make it through end of year exams etc…..   Chat soon!

Have a great weekend!

Cheers – Sandy


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That’s me.  Although not to the extent that you would call it a “disorder” or “syndrome” ….. as such.  Well my poor long suffering hubby might disagree slightly with that statement!

Well, I’m happy to throw stuff out…..eventually.  Like after about 20 years…..or so. (She says sheepishly)

But, believe it or not – I hate my own clutter.  It’s like self-loathing.  I’ve already done two sweeps of my house to de-clutter it – and it’s still bursting at the seams!  I seriously do NOT know where I managed to stash the stuff that I got rid of during those de-clutter sessions.  And I don’t recall replacing it with other stuff either!

I have numerous clean-outs/ups etc and each time I have one, I find new places to put things.  And then I can’t find them!  So I can feel the need for Sweep Number Three coming on!

And to help me (and all you other Closet Clutterers out there bemoaning the fact that you never have enough storage space…yes, you know who you are…),  I found this wonderful little gem on the inter-web-net-thingy……

Nine Quick Tips to Identify Clutter

‘How many things are there which I do not want.’ ~Socrates

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project.

Lately, I’ve been on a clutter-clearing frenzy. For me, as for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, and sweeping away a bunch of unloved, unused stuff has given me a huge happiness boost.

As I sifted through our possessions, I identified nine questions to ask myself when I was confronted with a questionable object. This list helped me decide what to keep and what to toss, recycle, or give away.

  1. Does this thing work? I was surprised by how hard it was to admit that something was broken and couldn’t be fixed—say, our dud toaster or my daughter’s frog clock. Why was I hanging on to these things?
  2. Would I replace it if it were broken or lost? If not, I must not really need it.
  3. Does it seem potentially useful—but never actually gets used? Something like an oversized water-bottle, a corkscrew with an exotic mechanism, or a tiny vase. Or duplicates. How many spare glass jars did I need to keep on hand?
  4. Was I “saving” it? Leaving bath gel in the tube, or hoarding my favorite stationery in a desk drawer, was as wasteful as never using these things. Spend out!
  5. Does it serve its purpose well? For example, we have a lot of “cute” kitchen objects that don’t really work.
  6. Has it been replaced by a better model? Inexplicably, I’m in the habit of keeping a broken or outmoded version of tech gadgets, even after they’ve been replaced. Pointless.
  7. Is it nicely put away in an out-of-the-way place? One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: Just because things are nicely organized doesn’t mean they’re not clutter. No matter how tidily a thing is stored, if I never use it, why keep it?
  8. Does this memento actually prompt any memories? Sometimes I automatically keep things that fall into the category of “mementos,” assuming that they’d set off some sort of response, but they don’t. The attendance trophy from my daughter’s pre-school sports class—out.
  9. Have I ever used this thing? I was absolutely shocked to find, when I started looking, how many things we owned that we had never once used. Many were gifts, true, but I promised myself we’d either put these things into use within a few weeks or give them away.

Please note:- These are not my words (although I would have been very pleased with myself had I thought of them!) and this is the website I got them from.  Some cool words of wisdom and I hope you enjoy reading his blogs!  Just copy and paste into your browser…..(Sorry, I haven’t worked out how to make a proper link yet, so if you know how – I’d be much obliged if you would tell me….)


And with that – I will leave blogland and go do something constructive…..like de-clutter my house……

Have a happy day!

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Hello Blog ‘n Bead Buddies!!  Guess what  I’m doing??  No, nothing quite as exotic or exciting as I’m sure you are imagining right now……unfortunately I am not winging my way to a tropical paradise in the Whitsundays or embarking on a free holiday to Alaska or being wined and dined at a posh restaurant (well any restaurant that’s not Sizzler’s is posh to me  lol) or packing 200 of my lampwork beads into post bags because some fab customer thinks they would make dazzling exclusive jewellery (sigh, that would be nice….), I’m not even reading a letter from Woolies that congratulates me because I’ve won free groceries for a year (I wish!)……no, no, no…… I’m sitting in the middle of my “shed” (that’s what I call my rumpus room where I work) surrounded by kilometres of boxes of beads and beading components and wire and “stuff” thinking ….. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How on earth did I accumulate all this stuff????????????????  I didn’t even remember I had HALF these things!!

No wonder my poor long suffering hubby has a minor heart attack every time I bring something else home!  Well here’s a revelation for you – NEVER EVER again am I going to go stupid and buy humongous amounts of anything (well not until the next project, craft or hobby hits me, anyway… ha ha ha).  You know why?   ‘Cos now I’m gonna sell most of it!  That’s right – I seriously need to de-clutter for the simple reason is that I’ve run out of available space and I like my neighbours and I don’t want to move house!   I still have things I bought 9 or 10 or more years ago that I have never even opened – hobbies that I thought I could really get my teeth into like…. felt mobiles – I have a truck load of felt (somewhere – I haven’t got to that box yet) and glitter painting on t-shirts – I’ve still got the unopened mega bottle of glue and 48 containers of glitter….  Glass painting I did do for a while – I could open a shop with the number of colours I have and folk art was another hobby I sunk my teeth into for a while.  But none of them really took my fancy like beading!!  You beaders know exactly what I mean, don’t you?  Where do you stop?  Well the problem is – I didn’t!  I discovered the internet!  YAY!!  I could shop the world over and never leave my chair…and shop I did!  Lots of therapy shopping – not sure why it was therapy shopping, I wasn’t depressed or going through a breakup or anything! Mum and I used to go to the Bead & Gem Shows and – I kid you not – I used to take a spare suitcase just so I could fill it up with goodies to bring home!

Back to my floor covered in boxes………

I’ve moved on…to a different type of beading ….so I don’t need lots of the sorts of things I have in my stash which includes lots of plated components/findings, indian beads, gemstones, metal beads etc etc.  I prefer precious metals, making my own components and lampwork beads and the like and I have so much of the stuff I won’t use any more it’s just doing my head in!!  So – out it must go!  Cost price or less – and there will be kilos of the stuff.

So…the burning question is………….. anyone interested???   I’ll sort it all out and get back to you.  I thought I might list it in my ebay store, or on the website first to see if I get any takers.   In the meantime, if you are interested in being contacted when it’s all ready – please drop me an email at    sandypandybeads@yahoo.com.au

Have a great Monday!



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