Keeping Up With The Bills (Revised)

It’s that time of year again – time to empty out my bill folders and reset my Due Bills system for the new year. I detailed my Due Bills system a few years ago here, and I tend to share it each year at the end of December. The key part of the system is…

Three Weeks In

We purchased a cottage on 1-acre in the woods of the Florida Panhandle three weeks ago. It’s a real fixer-upper, but each day we make a little more progress. The first week, running water was the biggest task. Some of the water pipes had cracked during the period the house sat uninhabited. The first few…

End-of-year Organization

It’s that time of year again! I have shared previously how I handle our paperwork and due bills. I’ve used this folder system for two years now and it has made SUCH a difference in my effficiency and organization. By keeping the year’s documents filed by month, I can easily find and retrieve any needed…

40 Bags in 40 Days

I am always in need of some motivation to declutter. It seems I am always dodging piles of stuff, or rummaging through various junk drawers in search of something. A friend posted about this “40 Bags in 40 Days” challenge and I was immediately intrigued. The goal is to tackle one room or area each…

Downsizing Part 2: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The purge continues. In my previous post about our downsizing, I mentioned sorting our belongings into three categories – keep out and accessible, keep but pack for┬ástorage, and toss. We are sorting and packing up things we know we want to keep, but don’t need to have out. These are getting ready for storage. In…

Old Faithful

Our autodrip coffee maker recently crapped out on us. We have very hard water around here and even with regular maintainance cleaning with vinegar (okay maybe not that regular…) we ended up with a very clogged machine that we could not salvage. We even tried resurrecting our older autodrip machine we had kept for “parts”…

Downsizing Round Two

A couple of years ago, when I first started this site, my family had just started downsizing. We were living in Maryland and decided to leave our 3 bedroom townhouse and move into a small 2 bedroom apartment. We made this decision after realizing that we were surrounded by clutter, and that we were paying…

Keeping Up With the Bills

In a perfect world I would have my home office tidy and organized, with neatly labelled bins and folders. Every thing would have its place, and every place would have its thing. Clutter frustrates me, and leaves me feeling overwhelmed. Yet, I am constantly surrounded by clutter when it comes to the home office. I…