Books Make you Smarter


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Perhaps, but only if you can actually find them and read them.  For years, a certain person in our family who I will not mention but we all know who she is, convinced herself that the more books you could acquire the smarter you would at least look to your friends.  She housed hers on those spur of the moment bookcases you buy that have cardboard contact paper backs.  They really won’t hold the weight of books unless you anchor them to each other and anchor to the wall.  They come in all sorts of “natural wood” finishes.  Are you getting the picture yet?  We’ve all had a turn at moving her “library” and praying she will catch on to ebooks.  However, as God always reminds me when I am being a tad too critical, I do like it when shelves can really be used. Let’s take a look at the difference between a workhorse and a filly.

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Muffin Tops


We’ve all got them…places in our homes that are “spilling” over their proposed containment. Small drawers seem to be the number one culprit.  How to books and blogs about organizing either preach that we should not even have some of the stuff I am talking about or require us to buy all kinds of new, expensive systems.

Enter the humble muffin tin.  Deep, multiple compartments that fit in even the most narrow drawers.  Can be placed vertically or horizontally. Use them alone or in groups.  Available in multiple finishes and colors. Let’s look at a few ways to do some quick organizing.




Looking back I can remember our Dad buying boxes of “stuff” at auctions.  Many times these boxes had nuts, bolts, washers, nails and screws  all mixed together in coffee cans.  He had a few old muffin tins and we’d sit and sort for hours.  I have no idea where anything went after we sorted it but we sure felt important doing it.   I can’t look at a tin without thinking I thought they were just for screws!

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Jumpstart your Week

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.-C.S. Lewis


My Domaine

If you talk to 10 people in a room…11 of them have too many articles in their closet. The nagging need to edit hangs over our heads because now the push is to undo what we have spent a lifetime doing.   We are a society of consumption and trained to not let go of something we worked towards and paid for.  It’s normal. It’s also ok to evolve and lighten up if we want to. But where to start? There are so many views, tips and guidelines on how to overcome our anxiety.   Frankly, some are so complex and time consuming I burn out simply reading about the process. Here’s what has worked for me.  I choose to create a habit so simple it is successful from day one….instead of following someone else’ system that would make me feel like I was running a race.

  • Each time you purchase a new item for your wardrobe purge one.
  • If you buy 4 items….4 items go into the donation bag.
  • Use the shopping bag of the new items as your donation bag.
  • Immediately place donation bag in front seat of your car.
  • Drop bag at donation center on your next trip out.
  • Award yourself with a consumable treat of your choice.


Empty Shopping Bag

(new purchases are just fab!)


Donation Bag of Castoffs

(already dropped at Goodwill and sure someone else is enjoying the personal shopping service I have provided)

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Consumable Treat

(is there a better reward than cheese to help you forget what was in the bag you just dropped off?)

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