Things I have learned about Decluttering
Things I have learned about Decluttering
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A couple of weeks ago I blogged about using floppy disk as a monitor riser. This week's post is about using Iomega zip disks as a riser.
I ended up buying a lot of zip disks back in the late 1990s. I was obsessed with using them as a backup. Nowadays, I don't think I can read the data as my zip drive doesn't seem to be working.
I thought having them as a monitor riser would add a little tech appeal to my desk.
Two Zip Disk Case equals an inch in height. This means that to raise it 3 inches, I needed 18 disk cases. This is because I have set up three stacks to balance the monitor.
As for Floppies it takes 10 Disks to raise it one inch. I also have set up three stacks. So for ever inch of height, I need 30 disks.
Bare VHS tapes are about 1-inch in height. Since they are bigger, you might be able to get away with 2 stacks.
Cassette Tapes in the cases are about 3/4 inch. I would recommend having 6 stacks. This is because the cassettes are smaller and it would be easier to balance the weight of the display.
Not only is using Zip Disks / Floppies / Cassette Tapes or VHS tapes good recycling but they add a nice decoration to your desk.
The bad thing is that you can't put anything under them - unless you spread them out and have a board on top. That might be something I'll do someplace else on my desk - stay toon for a future blog post!
If you have a small collection of expired Propane tanks in your yard, it's probably because you don't want to have to pay a fee to dispose of them. As a result, some people have a small collection of tanks behind the shed or next to the grill.
But what can you do with those old propane tanks? You don't want them taking up space in your yard, but you also don't want to pay for disposal. Luckily, there is an easy solution: recycle them!
There are several companies that will recycle your old propane tanks for free. All you need to do is call and schedule a pick-up time. Then, simply leave the tanks at the curb and they will be taken away for recycling. It's that easy!
So if you're looking for an easy way to get rid of those old propane tanks, recycling is the solution for you!
You can see someone left an empty tank next to the Blue Rhino cage.
Did you know that you could simply drop off any unused/unneeded tank at a Blue Rhino establishment and they will recycle the tank for you - for free!
I didn't know this until recently and was so happy to find out. I had an old propane tank in my backyard that I no longer needed and was dreading trying to get rid of it. But, Blue Rhino makes it easy! They take the tanks, recycle them, and turn them into new tanks - all for free. So if you have an extra tank or two lying around, be sure to take advantage of this great recycling program from Blue Rhino!
Used the location finder on Blue Rhino website for the nearest drop off point.
Simply place the propane tank next to the cage and walk away - there's no need to go inside the establishment.
There are a lot of different ways to recycle floppy disks, but one of the most popular is to stack them up as monitor risers. By doing this, you can create an eco-friendly and functional workspace.
Here's how it works: first, gather a few old floppy disks. You can find these at thrift stores or garage sales, or you may even have some lying around your house. Then, stack them up so that they form a sturdy base for your monitor. Make sure that the top disk is slightly elevated so that your screen sits at eye level. Finally, secure the disks together with duct tape or hot glue.
Not only does this recycling project help reduce wastefulness, but it also creates extra storage space on your desk! So if you're looking for an easy way to go green and organize your work area simultaneously, try using floppy disks as monitor risers
When you start accumulating things, you may think about renting a storage unit so that your house doesn't appear that cluttered. Here are some fun facts about renting a storage unit:
You can find many different sizes of storage units to fit your needs. This means that whether you are just storing a few boxes or have an entire room to fill, there is likely a storage unit for you.
Storage units come in both climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled varieties, so be sure to choose the one that fits your needs best. Suppose you are storing items such as electronics or musical instruments. In that case, it is important to choose a climate-controlled unit in order to protect them from extreme temperatures and humidity levels.
Rental prices for storage units vary depending on the size of the unit and the location where it is rented; however, most people find that they spend between $50 and $250 per month on their rental fee.
When looking for a storage facility, be sure to ask around for recommendations from friends or family members who have previously rented units themselves - this can help ensure that you select a reputable company with good customer service practices."
These statistics come from the National Self Storage Industry. The numbers are from June 2022 - the latest public numbers available:
If you're like most people, you have a lot of cardboard boxes from your recent move. You may be wondering what to do with them all. Fortunately, there are many services that can help you dispose of your cardboard boxes quickly and easily.
One option is to call a local recycling center and ask if they accept cardboard boxes for recycling. Many centers will take them, but they may charge a small fee per box.
Another option is to contact a local junk removal service. These companies will come to your home or office and haul away any unwanted items, including cardboard boxes. The cost of this service will vary depending on the size and number of boxes you need to remove.
Finally, if you have time on your hands and want to save some money, you can always try disposing of the cardboard boxes yourself. This can be done by breaking them down into smaller pieces and placing them in designated trash cans or dumpsters outside your home or office building
The recycling of wine glasses is a process that many people are not familiar with. Wine glasses can be recycled by breaking them into small pieces and then sorting the glass by color. The different colors of glass are then melted down and formed into new wine glasses.
The recycling of wine glasses helps to reduce the amount of waste that is produced each year. It also helps to conserve natural resources, such as sand, which is used to make glass. By recycling wine glasses, we can help protect our environment and conserve valuable resources.
If you have a few wine glasses that are no longer usable, don't throw them away! You can recycle them by using them as vases or candle holders. Another option is to use them as drinking glasses. If they're not in too bad of shape, they can still be used for this purpose.
If your wine glasses are too damaged to be used as drinking glasses, don't worry! You can still recycle them by breaking them down into small pieces and using them in your garden as mulch or soil amendment. This will help keep moisture in the soil and improve the quality of your plant's growth.
Lots of glass items can be recycled including glass bottles and jars. There are some types of glass such as Pyrex, oven-proof glass, and drinking glasses that can't as they are designed to withstand higher temperatures when being recycled.
Drinking glasses are not accepted in your local council's kerbside recycling bin, box, or bag.
You need to throw away the drinking glasses - including fancy wine glasses in the trash.
When doing your spring cleaning - you may encounter a lot of books that you don't need anymore.
There are many ways to donate used books, and each method has its own benefits. Here are five easy methods to donate your used books:
During the most recent purge. We ended up donating most of our clothes to Savers. Savers is a privately held for-profit thrift store retailer offering second-hand merchandise. They take any donation and their distributors see what items can be sold as second-hand merchandise.
According to financial documents, Savers keeps roughly 83 cents of every dollar it takes in, while the supported charities get only 17 percent.
Our goal wasn't to support savers. Our goal was to donate old clothes to people that may need it. We wanted to get it out of the house and not throw it away.
We did throw away some clothes that were in poor condition - such as holes or had really bad food stains. (Why did we keep them?)
Check various local sources that accept clothing donations. There are some places that may specialize in distributing only children's clothes.
Read up on what places are accepting what. A good read is the "Items we Accept" by the Cradles to Crayons in Boston. The Recycling Partners PDF is a excellent list of places that accept items that you may have.
We reached out to the Facebook community to see if people are looking for certain clothes. We didn't sell them, just let them know the size and season that we had available.
There's no reason to hold on to all the kid's clothes. It's okay to keep a few things that may have sentimental value. However, keeping every item doesn't make sense for future children. You may find that the next child may need certain clothes in different seasons.
We found that clothes stored in bins with lock lids did better than clothes in trash bags. We'll never use trash bags as a means to store clothes - even for seasonal clothes.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home? Are you struggling to find a place for everything, and feel like you're constantly cleaning up after yourself? If so, Fly Lady might be able to help.
Fly Lady is a professional declutterer who can help you get your home organized and tidy in no time. She offers helpful advice on how to declutter your home effectively and provides tips on how to keep it neat and tidy over time. Her methods are simple but effective, and she's helped many people achieve a more organized lifestyle.
If you're interested in getting started with Fly Lady's decluttering advice, her website offers plenty of resources including tipsheets, e-books, online courses and more. There's also a free 21-day trial membership available so that you can try out her methods before committing fully. So if clutter has been causing stress in your life, why not give Fly Lady a try? You might be surprised at how much difference she can make!
Several times each week someone writes and want to know if my home is perfect. All I can say is that we don't live in a museum. I am not striving for perfection, just peace.
Let me make myself clear. I am one of you; I struggle with all the same problems that you do: My Hot Spots catch fire just like yours. I have peace knowing that if you came to my door, I could let you in without fear. I have no clutter.
In 5 minutes all my hot spots could be extinguished. You could open up all of our closets and you would not be in danger of losing your life from falling objects. I could even take you to our basement and Robert's office. This area used to be our dungeon, but they are getting better each week. Our garage is now a workstation for shipping and Robert's office is Computer Central. The space is functional, even if it is not perfect.
So you see, we live in our home. It is our place of refuge from the outside world. It is our work and our play environment. Our home hugs us and makes us feel comfortable. It welcomes our guests without the stress of having to make it look acceptable to strangers, close friends or family. We do not get in a tizzy if we track in a bit of mulch from our garden paths or if the critters leave footprints on the hardwood floors, because we know it is the work of only a few minutes to clean them up. Since I enjoy seeing my kitchen sink shining you would think that I would go into a mad rage if a glass is left there or if I find a few renegade coffee grounds clouding my reflection. No I don't! It is so simple to just fix it instead of upsetting the tranquility of our home. It doesn't matter in the full scheme of things. What doesn't matter really doesn't matter! Why get all upset when you are talking for a few seconds.
Our home is lived in, not put on display for the world to judge. Even though I would be happy to open my doors to anyone and we have at a moment's notice. In a museum, you can't touch; all you can do is look. Our home is enjoyed by us! Not only is it a pleasure to see because we only have things that bring a smile to our hearts, but we can use everything in our home. When was the last time you opened up your china cabinet and served a meal off of your grandmother's china and good silverware?
My peace comes from being able to find things, live and work in a loving environment, and open my door at any time. I want for you the peace that I have found. It all started with shining my sink and establishing simple routines. You can have this too but is doesn't happen overnight. BabySteps will get you there: One small habit at a time and add to each habit until you are able to put together your own rhythm to FLY by!
Are you ready to FLING open your doors and join me FLYing?
Are you doing your spring cleaning? Making frequent trips to the dump? Maybe its time to think about getting a household dumpster for a couple of weeks?
Dumpsters are great for disposing of large quantities of waste quickly and easily. They're perfect for spring cleaning when you have a lot of clutter to get rid of. And they're also great for big projects like remodeling your kitchen or bathroom. Instead of making multiple trips to the dump, you can just load everything up and wheel it away!
Renting a dumpster is easy - just call your local waste management company and they will deliver one right to your driveway. You can choose from different sizes depending on how much waste you need to dispose of. Most companies offer weekly or bi-weekly pickups, so you can always have a clean driveway!
The cost of a dumpster has gone up. It now costs about $440 to rent a 10-yard dumpster for two weeks. If you need more time - some places will let you keep it for an additional $10 a day. Two weeks should be enough time!
A dumpster is a must-have when you decide to move. You can use a dumpster to get rid of all those things in the basement - many of which you haven't seen in years.
If you don't have a lot of things to discard - team up with your neighbor and share the expense. We did this for several years with one of our neighbors to help with the spring cleaning.
The size of the dumpster depends on what you need. I would suggest starting small and then working up from there. Understand the height limit of the dumpster. If you're unsure about whether or not something will fit , ask someone at the rental company before making your rental decision.
Note: Some recycle drop-off centers will take certain things for free such as magazines, shoe boxes or metal. Don't overload the dumpster with things that you can easily dispose of for free. (Framingham Recycle center will also accept rigid plastics - such as playground equipment)
Don't put a grill in your dumpster if you can drop it off at the recycling center for free! This goes for lawn chairs!
Know what can and cannot be thrown away in a dumpster. Certain items, like electronics and hazardous materials, should not be disposed of in this way. Check with your local dumpster company for a list of prohibited items. Keep in mind that corrugated cardboard should be recycled!
Don't fill it up too high - You don't want to overload the dumpster and have it topple over onto your property or worse, into the street! Be careful not to put too much weight on top of it.
Dumpsters can have an additional charge if it weighs too much. Usually, the first 1-ton is included in the price.
One ton is equivalent to 100-trash bags that weigh 100-pounds each. That's a lot of trash!