Worry Questions To Ask To Let Go Of Clutter

Worry Questions To Ask To Let Go Of Clutter

I recently spoke with a woman who was looking to clear her small home of clutter.  She kept telling me that she was just too busy. And, then said that she would have to maintain it.  Well, of course. I thought.  Spending time and money having a professional organizer to set up goals for every room in the house and you don’t want to maintain it seems uneffective.

She continued to say that her aunt and brother wouldn’t help her because they thought she was too messy and would never keep it organized. If you know people who are chronically disorganized, please don’t ever say this to them. These days, there are so many ways, sites to visit, like this one, and communities that can help a person with his or her disorganization.  By saying that they will never keep it organized, you will stop them in their tracks and they will always remember that statement when they want to make a change.

After expressing her situation, I asked, “Let’s put aside what your family is telling you. Do you want to get your home organized and feel more in control of your life?” She said, “Yes”.  “Well, then let’s stop listening to the doubters and start from the beginning,” I said.

I told her she needed to start small and stop worrying about how to get the entire project completed. Adding a recurring appointment (with an alarm) for each week to her electronic calendar works well to start the project. I like Sunday afternoons (between 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM) because people have usually done everything they needed to do over the weekend and they have a few hours before they start preparing dinner and for the next day.

When the day comes, I told her, allocate a few hours at first, clearing out the clutter in a main area of the home, like your living room or kitchen. Each week, add a few more hours till you get to about a 4-hour time slot.  In four hours, you can dismantle an area and reorganize it completely.

When picking an area of the home, start with the main areas that others will see because 1. you will be able to see the results and how you feel about the uncluttered space, which in turn will reinforce positive behavior; and 2. You will show your family that you can clear clutter on your own and keep it that way.

I explained to her that clutter doesn’t happen overnight.  So, it will take time. We collect things over years so accept that it will take the time to move forward and clear the space.

After we finished the conversation, she was calmer and more motivated to do something about her space.  She didn’t need to listen to her family anymore and be a defeatist. She also realized that it was the time constraint not her being messy that was the real issue.

Clutter is a cry for help. By Sabrina Quairoli

“Clutter is a cry for help. There is always something else that gets the person to the point where their home becomes a mess.
They just need help, not criticism.”

~ Sabrina M. Quairoli

The take away:

We are fearful of clearing clutter in certain areas of our homes. We don’t necessarily want the clutter but we also don’t know what to expect when we can’t blame the cluttered space any longer.

To help you curb the fear and take action sooner, here are worry questions to ask to help you start clearing your clutter. 

What is the worst thing that can happen if you got rid of this stuff?

What would I do if that happened? What would the plan be? How will I take care of me?

What can I do NOW that will help me feel more comfortable when letting go of things?

Feel free to share this free printable:Free Worry sheet printable by Sabrina's Organizing

These responses are different for everyone. What were your answers to these questions?  Leave a comment below. 

I hope this helps you get motivated to clear the clutter in your home.  And, if you need help, please contact a Professional Organizer.  Don’t struggle on your own. Thank you for stopping.  Please share your questions and comments below.


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Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment

Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment

Here’s another, not your average grilling dish. It’s dessert! Apple cranberry walnut grilled in parchment paper, yum! It’s so quick and easy to make.  I just had to share with you all.

Ingredients:

2 Large Apple Crisp Apples
1/2 cup Cranberries
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup Walnut (chopped and candied or just chopped)
2 Tbsp NonDairy Spread or regular Butter
Parchment paper

Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment

Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill to about 350 degrees.
  2. Cut around the core and then cut into thin slices.
  3. In a bowl, add apple slices, cranberries, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment
  4. With your clean hands, toss the ingredients in the bowl until it is complete coated. Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment
  5. Wash your hands, then cut 4 – 15×15 sheets of parchment paper and add a quarter of the mixture to each parchment center. Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment
  6. Bring two ends together and fold the ends down on itself. Then grab those ends and twist to make a tight seal. This will help keep the delicious juices in. Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment
  7. Add to grill and cook on direct heat for 10 minutes.Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment
  8. Pull off the grill and let sit a few minutes. Watch it will be hot!
  9. Each out of the parchment paper or add to a bowl of ice cream. Either way, it’s yummy!

Here’s the finished dessert:

Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment

Here’s the printable recipe:

Apple Cranberry Walnut Grilled In Parchment

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cooking Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

How Many Served 4

Serving Size 1 pouch each

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Apple Crisp Apples
  • 1/2 cup Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Walnut (chopped and candied or just chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp NonDairy Spread or regular Butter
  • Parchment paper

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to about 350 degrees.
  2. Cut around the core and then cut into thin slices.
  3. In a bowl, add apple slices, cranberries, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. With your clean hands, toss the ingredients in the bowl until it is complete coated.
  5. Wash your hands, then cut 4 - 15x15 sheets of parchment paper and add a quarter of the mixture to each parchment center.
  6. Bring two ends together and fold the ends down on itself. Then grab those ends and twist to make a tight seal. This will help keep the delicious juices in.
  7. Add to grill and cook on direct heat for 10 minutes.
  8. Pull off the grill and let sit a few minutes. Watch it will be hot!
  9. Each out of the parchment paper or add to a bowl of ice cream. Either way, it's yummy!

Would this be something you would try?  What would you substitute instead of the walnuts and cranberries?  Please share below. 


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Fun Cheap and Easy Practical Outdoor Gardening Ideas

Fun cheap and easy practical outdoor gardening ideas

Not all gardening has to be complicated and a lot a work. Some are just a matter of adding dirt to the right container.   Recently, I setup a potato garden for my ever-growing vegetable garden.

Here’s what I did this weekend. If you have read my blog for a while, you know I dismantled my garden last year and replaced it with this one.  Well, we decided to expand our garden because we really enjoyed having fresh veggies over the summer.  Our addition this year is our potato and string bean garden.  While doing research, I found it important to not certain veggies together in the same garden and some veggies complement each other.  For example potato and string beans complement each other. And, since we love string beans, we wanted to make more of them. So we moved the string beans out of the three-tier garden into a garden bag.  Here is the link so you can check out the different veggies the complement each other.

potato and veggie garden

If you want to see how we set up the raised bed garden, here’s the link to the post.

If you are wondering what a garden bag is, well I found it at Gardeners.com. (not an affiliate)  It is  made of BPA-free polypropylene, measures 50″ in diameter x 12″ deep, holds 400 quarts (13.7 cubic feet) of planting mix, and made in the USA.  It’s quite affordable too and is delivered folded up so doesn’t cost a lot to ship.

Here is how I set this up this outdoor gardening for small spaces.

First, I added dirt to the center.  We used garden soil (which I bought extra-large bags at the wholesale store). To change the dirt in the three tier garden, we took some of that soil and transferred it into the center of this bag after we laid it out.

add garden soil to bag

I then kept adding the soil until it was a little more than halfway full because I needed to have room to make a ditch.

ding a trench

But it turns out that the circle ditch idea wasn’t going to work because I wouldn’t have enough room for the string beans. So, I changed the configuration of the potatoes and started all over again.  The instructions for the red potatoes said that I needed to make a ditch, then add compost into the ditch and then the potatoes, and more dirt to cover the potatoes, then add more dirt every few weeks while it grows so I needed to be able to have a lower level of dirt on one side so I could add to it. Here’s what I have now.

details of the string beans and potato garden

Now the potatoes are to the right and the string beans are to the left. It works a lot better now.  I was able to put more string beans into the bag this way.  Plus, the string beans instructions said it needed a lattice and was able to add two smaller lattices so I can use it on both sides. Hopefully, it will hold the weight of all the string beans.

potato and string bean garden

Here is the finished garden. You can’t really tell, but the right side is lower than the left side.  The bag held together pretty well and I’m hoping it will grow potatoes. Only time will tell.

Here are both gardens.  It took the entire day on Saturday and part of Sunday but it’s finally done.  You can’t see it in the picture but we have hanging baskets for strawberries this year. I never grew them before.  Hopefully, they will do well in the baskets.  What do you think?

potato and veggie garden

Raised bed garden this year consists of two types of lettuce, kale, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli, and beefsteak tomato. In the pots in the back, there are spearmint and flowers.

Fun Cheap and Easy Practical Outdoor Gardening Ideas

Do you have a vegetable garden?  What is your favorite vegetable to grow?  Please leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you. 


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Three Organizing Fails and How to Correct Them

Three Organizing Fails and How to Correct Them

Not every organizing project works. Some are just wrong. Others work for a month and then something happens and it all falls apart. And, you are back to square one.  These have happened to me. Yes, a Professional Organizer can make mistakes too.  But, I was willing to try a new process so that’s ok.

Three Organizing Fails:

  1. Labels falling off raised print mason jars. Yes, I know, I should have used mason jars that were smooth. I didn’t want to use my trusty label maker labels that look so office like for the pantry, so I went for the “decorative” oval adhesive label. I pressed them on really well. Made sure they were straight and thought they look pretty.  I closed the pantry and was proud of myself picking something functional and pretty. Then, the next day, I went into the pantry and 3 of the 5 labels had fallen off the mason jars onto the floor with the stick side down. Great. =/ Back to the drawing board.
  2. Using a dry erase NEON marker on glass mason jars. On the heels of this experience, my husband had a great idea to buy Expo Neon Dry Erase Markers.  We thought it would dry a little since when you write on a markerboard, it usually leaves a faint stain, but… it didn’t.  This is what happened after one use.  So, I whipped it off completely and went back to the office label maker labels and they have worked fine ever since then. mason jar smug
  3. Underestimated how many dirty dark clothes we wear in the winter. Remember the laundry basket I was so excited to find. Well, it turns out in the winter time, we had WAY MORE dark dirty clothes than one side of this bin can hold. So we needed up using the “towels” section of the pink bin for the overflow. Linen Closet laundry basket

Oh well, I always tell my clients, not every system will work forever, life is about change and organizing is no different.

Here is how to create a better system and minimize your organizing fails:

First, figure out what you want to use the space for.  Not all rooms or areas have one distinct purpose.  Some have several different purposes.  It could be used for a family room to watch TV but you could also have a place to do homework or play games in the same room. Make a list of what you do in the area. Be as specific as possible.  Like, We watch TV, play video games, listen to music, do and homework.

Now, go and decide what system within the room needs changing. At this point, you are looking at the room in smaller systems. For example, your pantry may be too deep and you lose cans in the back. Maybe you need tiers that can display the cans in the back.  If you have lots of bags of snacks laying on their side on top of each other, maybe you need large containers with lids.  Then write what those areas are down on paper.

This is where it gets more personal for each person.  Do some research on the area that you need help with.  My blog and other Professional Organizers blogs have great advice on all these areas in a home so check them. If you can’t find it, try doing a Google search.  Write the name of the system you need help with.  For example, if you need help with pantry organization, write the word “pantry” and then “organization”.  Any area works with this.  If you write the area and then the word organization, you will most like to find thousands of pictures and articles about your particular struggle.

After you find the solution you want to use for your space, but before buying, make sure it fits in your area.  If it is an item for the pantry, be sure to measure the width, height, and depth of the shelf.

Now you can go and organize the area.

I hope this inspires you to take a chance on whatever system you want to do and not worry about it not being perfect.  Nothing is perfect and there is always tweaking involved when it comes to organizing.

Three Organizing Fails and How to Correct Them

Let’s continue the conversation: Do you have organizing fail story?  Please share below.  I would love to hear from you.


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Turkey, Broccoli and Cauliflower Alfredo with Penne

Turkey, Broccoli and Cauliflower Alfredo with Penne

Alfredo is a favorite of mine but I can’t have it because the cream is too heavy for my stomach. So when I saw an alfredo recipe made with cauliflower and milk, I had to try it. Here is how I made this delicious Turkey, Broccoli and Cauliflower Alfredo with Penne dish. We had leftover turkey breast from a roast I made the night before so I also wanted to use up all the leftovers as well. If you want to remove it and substitute another cooked protein like chicken, that would work too.  This is a great easy Gluten Free dish for any weeknight for sure.

THE REVIEW: We all loved it – even the kids. I didn’t tell them how I made it beforehand until my son went to get seconds. Score one for mom!

Ingredients:

1/2 lb cooked chopped Turkey Breast
3 cups of frozen broccoli defrosted
3 cups of frozen cauliflower defrosted
1 cup of chicken broth (low sodium)
1 lb pound of Gluten-Free Penne Pasta
2 garlic cloves
2/3 cup 1% milk ( I used 0% milk but it could have used a little more fat)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Romano Cheese (grated)

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the package.
  2. Place flour in the saucepan.  Gradually add stock and stir with a whisk until flour is completely dissolved. step-1 mix flour and broth
  3. Then add garlic, cauliflower 2 cups and bring to a boil. Cook about 5-10 minutes.step 2
  4. Add the cauliflower mixer to the food processor or blender. Then add milk, butter, pepper, lemon juice, and cheese (1 oz).step 3
  5. Add mixture back to the saucepan, add the cooked turkey, then add the defrosted 2 cups of broccoli and the 1 cup of cauliflower cook for 5 minutes.Step-4
  6. Add cooked penne to the saucepan and toss.
  7. Add 1 oz grated cheese and serve immediately.

Enjoy! Feel free to add more grated cheese and butter to your taste.

Turkey, Broccoli and Cauliflower Alfredo with Penne

Turkey, Broccoli and Cauliflower Alfredo with Penne

Here is the printable for your convenience.

Turkey, Broccoli and Cauliflower Alfredo with Penne

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cooking Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

How Many Served 6-8

Serving Size 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb cooked chopped Turkey Breast
  • 3 cups of frozen broccoli defrosted
  • 3 cups of frozen cauliflower defrosted
  • 1 cup of chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 1 lb pound of Gluten-Free Penne Pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2/3 cup 1% milk ( I used 0% milk but it could have used a little more fat)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Romano Cheese (grated)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to the package.
  2. Place flour in the saucepan. Gradually add stock and stir with a whisk until flour is completely dissolved.
  3. Then add garlic, cauliflower 2 cups and bring to a boil. Cook about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add the cauliflower mixer to the food processor or blender. Then add milk, butter, pepper, lemon juice, and cheese (1 oz).
  5. Add mixture back to the saucepan, add the cooked turkey, then add the defrosted 2 cups of broccoli and the 1 cup of cauliflower cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add cooked penne to the saucepan and toss.
  7. Add 1 oz grated cheese and serve immediately.

Need a skillet to make this delicious meal? Here are some lovely skillets to buy at the Rachael Ray Store!


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