HOW TO BE LESS STRESSED DURING A MOVE..

 While moving is stressful, there are ways to make YOU  less stressed. Here are some ways that  worked for me.

DECLUTTER, DECLUTTER, DECLUTTER!   (By this, I mean before you load the truck.)

VISIT GOODWILL, ALOT!!

EXERCISE DAILY!!!

START PACKING EARLY.  As soon as you have an inkling you might be moving, get started!

SOLICIT LOTS OF TRUCK-LOADING HELP.

BUY DRINKS FOR TRUCK-LOADING HELPERS

WHEN SOMEONE OFFERS TO HELP YOU WITH PACKING OR MOVING, BE VERY SPECIFIC AS TO WHAT “HELP” MEANS!

SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS BEFORE YOU MOVE, TO SAY YOUR GOODBYES.

LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING NEW FRIENDS AND GETTING TO KNOW NEW PLACES.

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE.

LEAVE BEHIND ALL THE CLUTTER, BAD MEMORIES YOU HAVE, BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY!

PRAY!

REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES AND GOOD PEOPLE.    SAVE YOUR ENERGY BY STAYING IN TOUCH ONLY WITH THOSE WHO POSITIVELY TOUCHED YOUR LIFE!

SOLICIT LOTS OF UNLOADING THE TRUCK HELP, for the big stuff!!

START YOUR NEW LIFE!

 

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Great Ways to Have A Successful Garage Sale

Posted by: Kelly Murphy-Briley

School is almost out, and it is a great time to have a garage sale. How many of you out there would love to do the same, but don’t because of all the work of tagging everything? I was one of those people, until I became one of those “NON-TAG-ERS.”

Did I just say,’ just putting the stuff out and selling it without the tags’? Yes, you heard me, without the tags

In my opinion, this works fine.  People don’t seem to mind so much these days.  I used to find this so irritating, when I went to a sale to see no tags on stuff, but then realized the reason I didn’t have a  sale was because I never could get around to tagging everything

But. after using this non-tagging method for the last several years, I find it works pretty well. 

People tend to buy more stuff if you tell them to get all they want and you’ll make them a deal. (Of course, you have to actually make them a deal).

This method has some challenges, so here are my tips on how to do it.

First, make sure you  have your cash handy and out of sight.
Next, and the biggest challenge, have plenty of help from friends and family who know the prices.  
Also, be very discerning before you let anyone in your house to use the phone, or the restroom. While using the phone isn’t the request I usually get, using the bathroom is.
 I guess living in Memphis has made me skeptical, but people who send their your children in your home to use the restroom, sometimes have sticky fingers. I dont’ want any tiny thieves in my house, since the stuff I want to sell and get rid of is outside! Additionally, little boys tend to leave surprises on the toilet seat, and bathroom floor, too!

As for other tips…

-Start early
-Post your sale on Craigslist
-Put BIG, readable signs up @ important intersections
-Be ready to help, but don’t hover!

Here is an especially good link to help you along the way too:

http://www.livingonadime.com

 Hope that helps!

As for being minimalist… Remember….you don’t want to take anything back in your house.   Whatever you were planning to sell, that doesn’t sell, take to the car, and go to Goodwill immediately.

If you like this post and want to subscribe please do!  Happy Decluttering!!

Mama-isms

Posted by: Kelly Murphy-Briley

Come on….  I know you know what I’m talking about.  All those things your mom told you as you were growing up.  Those things you heard over and over until you  sighed deeply, and rolled your eyes, (but not in her presence).

I’ll go first and you can share some of yours! Ok, here we go!

  • The first and most used~Where there is a will there’s a way.
  • Keep looking… I know it’s there!
  • If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.(Thanks, Thumper’s Dad!)
  • If you want something done right, do it yourself.
  • Pretty is, as pretty does! (Thanks, Little Mom!)
  • Just because someone jumps off a cliff, does that mean you will too?
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
  • Are your arms and legs broken?
  • Close the door!
  • Turn off the light!
  • Don’t run in the house, and don’t bounce the ball in the house!
  • If I have to get up and come in there….!
  • If you’re bored, go outside and run around the house!
  • There’s always peanut butter! (This was given in response to any complaint about what was being served @ supper or in between.)

These quotes, certainly helped shaped me into the person I am today!

What about you? Any memorable, favorite, or mind-blowing, life-changing quotes from your mother? Subscribe, comment and share your favorite Mama-ism and then go—— call your mom, write her a note, give her a hug and make sure she knows how you feel about her! 

Happy Mother’s Day!!

How to Downsize Your Closet Without Going Nuts

by: Kelly

I recently gleaned an idea about downsizing on stuff by throwing one thing away a day.  While I think that is a good idea, it doesn’t really work for me.  Here’s why… I usually get caught up finding stuff, start going through the entire house, and the next thing I know, everything is a wreck.  So, my suggestion would be to start in one place, whether in one room or in one category.  So, say, like the bedroom, or the cupboards, or the pantry, or closets.  For my example, I will use bedroom closets.  

 If you choose one closet @ a time, you will make less clutter in your house while you sort.

 First sort in categories of : shoes, winter coats, winter clothes, workout clothes, handbags, hanging clothes. 

Boots- I put boots on lower shelves toward the back of the closet since they are used less often.  I have 2 pair:  1 hiking, and 1 rainboot. (Some folks might like these on higher shelves, but I prefer nothing falling on my head.)

Shoes dressy, casual, hiking boots, and rain boots.
House shoes   1 pair (Go on bottom of closet, or on the door shoe organizer.)
Dressy shoes   3 pair   
Flats          1 pair Black and Gray    
Oxfords    2 pair   Flats   1 Pink, 1 Red
Clogs         1 pair   Low heel  slip-on, Tan
Workout   1 pair Reebocks  White 
Flip Flops  3 pair Gray, Brown, Black

Winter Coats         2     Wool Brown 1, Trench 1
Winter Sweaters  1     Turtleneck  Gray sleeveless
Winter Gloves, Hats, Scarf      2     Black  Scarf  Black
(My theory on winter gloves, hats, and scarfs is buy the same color, so if you lose one, you still having a matching set). I buy the stretchy ones, because I invested in a nice suede pair, and then lost one. Because I was so disappointed by that, I haven’t decided to do that again. I still keep that one glove under my car seat and wear it to pump my gas, when it’s really cold.
As for winter clothes, I keep whatever I have all in my closet- a sweater, and my thermal shirts, since  I don’t like accumulating too many clothes. I don’t want to dread what I hear from friends who have to “bring down the winter clothes from the attic” since there are no winter clothes for me to bring down.  And unless, you are a person who works outside, most places I go are heated, (thankfully) so if I were to wear a winter sweater… by the time I left the building, I’d be too hot and sweating.
The hard part for me is getting rid of some of  my jackets. Hoodies and jackets seem to multiply. I don’t need that many, but still can’t part with my  blue, corduroy, FFA high school jacket with my machine embroidered name on it, it reminds me of Agri club @ Bruno School, and the sacrifice my parents made to buy it for me. We were dairy farmers and I knew money was scarce. But they bought it for me anyway, which meant alot to me. That memory makes me hesitate to give that jacket up.  
And then there are workout clothes.  The t-shirts. They also multiply in the drawer! We all love them, think they are sooo important, and those seem the hardest to part with!  For example, I love my Air Venture Flight School shirt, because it reminds me of that feeling of flight, that I enjoyed tremendously- and all the great people I met @ Air Venture, and while taking my Aerospace class!  So, I have tried to par them down to seven. As I finish with them, I don’t donate them to Goodwill, though, since they make great cleaning cloths.  I mean, why buy cleaning clothes @ Target, or wherever, when you can just use an old T-shirt! 
Socks-  The same goes for socks. They are great for cleaning or padding in packing dishes, or knickknacks. I don’t really need more than 10 pair, do I?
Other undergarments-And I guess the same is true for workout bras, or other undergarments  in general, right?
After organizing by color, I like using hangers that are all the same color. It makes your closet look cohesive.

 So what about you? Do you have any hanging clothes that you haven’t worn in 2 years? Find a home for those, or figure out why you still have them. (I have a few items of clothing my mom made, and I kept to pass down to my daughter, but it seems my daughter doesn’t want them and I still keep them. So.. hopefully I can begin to give those away too.

Do you have jeans, you can’t wear, or pants?  Call a friend who you think could wear them, and see if she wants them and give them to her. Give them with the understanding that if she gets tired of them she will pass them on and NOT return them to you! Goodwill would love to have them.  And if you can’t quite part with something, give it six months, and if you don’t wear it, downsize it! 

As weird as it sounds, it will be a freeing experience.   I prefer to give to Goodwill, rather than wait for the Salvation Army to schedule a pick up time. Once I mentally decide to purge I want it out of my sight! This is why I choose to go to  Goodwill.

My home staging expert told me to she always suggests clients use the same color closet hangers. So I took her advice,and like the cohesiveness that has brought to my closet organization. Now I love that feeling of peace I get when I open  my closet door!
I hope this article helps you in your quest for more organization! Please subscribe, and tell us your stories or dilemmas!

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