Nicole Alderman wrote:Pretty sure Paul might not be too keen on plastic wristbands, but maybe cotton ones? (I keep getting mental visions of those knotted friendship bracelets I made as a kid, or macrame bracelets). You could even just cut up old t-shirts or pants to make into color-coded bracelets for events. PTJ gets strips of denim. PDC gets old black t-shirt, SKIP gets old red tshirt scraps.
Or have a bunch of wool and cotton yarn, and have it be a little "Ice Breaker" activity and everyone braids their own bracelet.
I think a bracelet is probably a lot easier to keep on than a necklace--maybe have both, so if they lose one, they have the other.
elle sagenev wrote:
denise ra wrote:I love the honesty of the posters in this thread. I have a problem with paper and books. They tend to cover all level surfaces. 6 years ago when I was selling my house my best friend helped me get rid of things I was keeping. it was motivational to have her come in and say nope that's trash, nope you don't need that,.... Sometimes she only came in for 5 minutes to give me a jump start. Unfortunately, I ended up with two storage units after selling the house which I've just spent the last 6 years decluttering.
Clutter is not about stuff, it's about my emotional state. If I am hoarding, there is an emotional basis for this. As I have become more emotionally healthy, it has been much easier for me to part with things that no longer are useful in my life and the biggie for me is sentimental knick knacks from my great grandmother, great aunts and other deceased family.
So perhaps the bigger question is how to become emotionally healthy so that hoarding and other associated behaviors fall away? For myself I like 12-step programs. Currently I am working the Adult Children of Alcoholic and Dysfunctional Families 12 step program. I am decluttering my internal landscape of messages I received as a child which caused me to hide in unhealthful behaviors like emotional shopping, overeating, binge TV watching, escapist reading,...
Give yourself a big hug and acknowledgment for all that you have already done. Being aware and willing is a great first step.
I don't really see myself as a hoarder so much as someone too tired and busy with other stuff to handle these other things. I personally do not buy a lot of stuff. I have other people who do that for me. I get a lot of stuff from family. Yesterday my neighbor brought over bags and bags of old clothes and toys from her kids. Normally I'd just shove it in a closet because it's exhausting to even think about. Yesterday, however, I went through it all immediately. Things my kids could wear I immediately put in laundry. Things that they could wear in the future were bagged and labeled as such and immediately put in the correct spot. Things that were ripped or dirty I immediately disposed of. So it helped to deal with it immediately. I do have some bags of stuff my MIL has given me just sitting in my closet though. I need to go through them and see if they're keep or dispose of stuff but blah! So, that's my problem. I get a lot of stuff from elsewhere and finding energy to deal with it is hard. My infant is 11 months and she was up 3 times last night. That's normal for her. I'm tired ya'll.
elle sagenev wrote:
Morfydd St. Clair wrote:
I kind of hate wire racks/bars, but I get that they're efficient. Were it my space, I'd put in wood hanging rails and shelving/drawers down each side wall and a fab 3-way mirror against the back wall. But you know, projects only add to stress sometimes.
If you have clothes in a dresser or something elsewhere, move it in, under a rack. Everything in one place (unless like muck boots they obviously live in mud room or something).
My dresser is in that last pic you just can't see it because the bag of clothes I'm tossing is in front.
The closet came with the racks in it and I do love to put crap on them! lol
Anita Martin wrote:
Another big difference it made for us to not accept any more children's clothes.
Our kids were the youngest of the lot of the extended family so we received lots of hand-me-downs. I thought it was saving us money at that time but it also used massive space and energy. The things were often stained / with holes / buttons missing / out of fasion for about 15 years etc.
I discovered then that it made more sense to buy all the things second-hand (tidy, up-to-date, incredibly cheap and taking my children so they got to choose their own style) at the community market held in our school twice a year. Would have saved me some heartbreak! (same with toys btw).
Anne Miller wrote:Skandi mentions Clafoutis. I did not add it to the thread since to me this is not a cobbler-type dish, like the Bettie or the crisp. I read that it is a french tart and I consider it an egg dish. I thought it looks a lot like the Buckle. I don't know since I never really had either in real life.
At Wheaton Lab they make a Clafoutis which sounded so yummy that I went out and found a recipe, then adapted that recipe so it was easy to remember.
Here is my recipe for Clafoutis: