On the Road in May

May The Road to Domestication

Less than 7 months until Christmas, y’all.

I’m sorry – I couldn’t resist.

Can you believe that today is JUNE 1?! (It’s also the beginning of hurricane season, which is a big deal for us in Florida. And since the painters literally finished painting the outside of our house on Friday, I’m not sure whether we’re totally smart – since everything is nicely sealed now – or totally gonna have an insurance claim on our hands – and have to pay for new paint all over again! I guess we’ll find out…)

Anyway…today is the day we find out the top five posts here on the blog for the month of May! Let’s see…

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Importance of De-cluttering Your Home to Remain Stress Free – A Guest Post!

I have a hard time, sitting still around the house. I really do. Part of it is that I’ve always had a hard time sitting still, and part of it is that when I sit down, I notice something that needs to be done. So I get back up to take care of it, and one thing leads to another, and by the time I’m able to sit down again, it’s time for bed, so there’s really no point!

See, I’ve never been much of a procrastinator. Unless I’m in a funk. Which is not very often. I like to get things done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and I’m not really one to put things off until tomorrow.

Why do I do things in this crazy manner, you might ask? Well, I tend to function much better and much less-stressed when I know that my home is clean and my workspace is organized and I don’t have a list of things a mile long that need accomplishing. I also tend to have a much better day when all my ducks are in a row, and part of that comes from the fact that I really despise CLUTTER. It makes me feel like this:

Distressed Girl Holding Her Head

Clutter is messy, and disorganized, and takes up space, and is overall unnecessary. I have always felt that when  clutter begins to stack up, it prevents me from being the best me that I can be. So I work hard around our home and around my office to make sure that there is no “stuff” that can “clutter” any particular area. As a result of this, my husband would say that he takes out the trash far too often! But I don’t just throw things away. I re-purpose and give to others who can make use of items that I am not using. Because after all, if it’s going to just sit around at our house, why not give it to someone who will really use it?

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On Making Your Own Packing Materials

If there’s two things y’all know about me already, it’s that I HATE clutter…and that I LOVE a bargain. This being said, I’m quite the avid viewer of the Yard Sale Sites on Facebook. Have you seen them? If not, do a search on Facebook for a Yard Sale site for your town/city/county. People post anything and everything on these sites! You can get some great deals, and even haggle prices, right on Facebook!

Anyways, we have a room at the new house call “The Project Room”. The reason for this is, it’s basically an extra bedroom that we’re not using yet. We never really anticipated getting a 4-bedroom home yet, it just kind of happened that way. Down the road, that will be the nursery (and NO, I’m not insinuating or announcing that I’m pregnant!) but for right now, we’ve left it pretty empty. Except for having “stuff” in it.

This “stuff” was stuff I gathered and people gave us while we were looking for homes. When we bought the house and moved in, all the “stuff” that didn’t have a home was put in this room, awaiting the time when it would find its spot around the house. Well, after a while I found out that it wasn’t meant to have a place in the house. So I started posting and selling it on the Yard Sale sites in my area.

Sometimes this requires mailing items to folks. They offer to pay shipping and handling above the cost of the item, and I pack it up and send it off to them!

Except I had been packing and sending a lot…and I ended up with no packing materials left for this last shipment.

So I made my own – with trash bags.

If you blow some air into a trash bag, and then knot it closed, leaving some air inside, it creates a nice little cushion perfect for packing! See?

Bag

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Why are you holding on to all that JUNK?

I recently saw an article in Ladies’ Home Journal called “The Clutter Problem”. Obviously it jumped off the page at me, because I really despise clutter.

This is how much I despise clutter: if I sit down on the couch in the evening and I see something that needs to be put away or dealt with, I’m literally right back up. That means that oftentimes, my husband literally has to beg me to come sit down with him on the couch, not because I don’t want to, but because clutter is THAT distracting to me! That’s just how my brain works – if it sees something needing doing, it must DO!

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