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Guest Room Closet – Scarves and Gloves

Back from a trip to New Orleans to watch my fearless Notre Dame Fighting Irish Women’s Basketball team in the “Final Four”. It was a tough game, but I’m proud of those girls!

Back to my decluttering project (and then fixing that darn french drain the dogs pulled out this afternoon – thank you geckos…)

Anyway – Today, with temps in the 80’s, but expected to be in the mid-40’s by tomorrow/Thursday I decided to tackle this box in the guest bedroom closet


What’s really in that box anyway?

Filled with winter gloves, both “utilitarian” and “dress gloves”, some scarves and headbands…

I refolded the scarves (there were just a couple) and put them on the “scarf shelf”, then re-organized the box of gloves, checking for any that had tears or were worn out.


Nice and neat!

Instead of putting these back on the top shelf, I put it on a lower side shelf where it will be easy to get to and I won’t be inclined to just throw the gloves up in the general direction of the box…


Tucked away in it’s new place for the summer.

Now to go fix that darn French drain…



Room for Guests!

My Guest bedroom now has room for guests!

This is what the bed has been looking like since before christmas

(yes, it was my “staging” area for making presents)…and it just kept looking that way, until yesterday.

Now it looks like this!

Sheets and duvet cover laundered and freshened up.  I just may have to sleep in here, since it seems Roxy wants to take over the bed in the master bedroom.

More Guest Room Cleaning

Back to the guest bedroom and the bottom part of the china cabinet





What was in there ?  Well, the box on the top shelf was filled with miscellaneous sewing stuff.  The material items – table clothes.  I will go through all this and decide what to do with it, and of course, re-organize what I keep.

The box on the bottom – old costume jewelry.  That will be sorted through and put up for sale on ebay/craigslist or in an upcoming garage sale.  What doesn’t sell will be donated. 🙂

Pictures?  Yes, a few pictures – a couple of my nieces when they were really little, and a couple of art pieces that I need to decide if I want to keep (and if so, where to display them).

Grandma’s Shovel

Remember this from my rusty tool post?


It now looks like this after a good soak in the vinegar/water mixture and a bit of mineral oil.  I did have to soak this shovel for a couple of days, it was so rusty.  I probably should have sanded it a little bit before soaking it, that may have helped to remove the rust faster.

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Almost like new!

The bucket I had this in wasn’t deep enough to get the neck of the shovel, so I just sanded it down.  In the future I will get this into a deeper bucket to clean up the rest of the rust on the neck.

Don’t throw the rusty garden tools away

SAVE YOUR MONEY and just soak your rusty garden tools in a pail of vinegar (plain ol’ vinegar you get at the grocery store, no need for the horticultural vinegar) and water (I use about a 1:1 ratio).


This is my spade, and I just soaked the bottom part on purpose so I could show you how well this works.

This is an example of how clean and rust-free your garden tools will be after a good soak and wiped down.   The rust will turn black, a sign the vinegar has done its work and the tool is ready to be cleaned.

Be sure to use gloves when cleaning off the tools after their vinegar soak! The black residue you wipe off is hard to get off your hands! PLUS – the acidity of the vinegar isn’t good for your skin.  I use rubber gloves when I wiped this down.  I also used old rags that I just threw away when I was done.

I did the same with my pruning shears over the weekend.  I had have a bad habit of buying new ones because the old ones were all rusted.  Well, now I have a whole supply of shears that are ready for the new gardening season!


All oiled and ready to go!

Once you have cleaned your tools, be sure to wipe them down with mineral oil, this will stop them from rusting.   Re-applying mineral oil to the tools after each use and cleaning is necessary to keep them looking brand new!

I admit, have a bad habit of not cleaning my tools after I have used them.  Why?  Well, usually because I am so tired after working in the yard I just don’t feel like it.   I remember hearing a little trick (I think it was from a Martha Stewart show) where you take clean sand in a large bucket and add mineral oil, mix it well.  Then after using your tools, clean them off with water, dry them and stick them in the bucket – this will help to prevent rusting of your tools.  Haven’t tried it myself, but I will soon – once I get my tools cleaned!


I can’t wait to get this little garden shovel cleaned up! It is from my Grandma Helen who loved to garden.

Celebrities on the Declutter Bandwagon!

Who knew I would start a national declutter craze!  Ok, so I probably didn’t really START the national craze, but it seems many celebrities have jumped on this bandwagoin with me!

It appears I am in very good company when it comes to clutter!

I picked up a Women’s Day magazine the other day because an article on clutter caught my eye – low and behold Katie Couric has a clutter problem too!  She has had the hoarding problem for a very long time; and is way worse than me – evidenced by her hiding dirty dishes in the trunk of her car when getting her home ready for a party!  (THANK YOU MOM! for teaching me that dirty dishes should be washed right after the meal! SO… Katie is hopping on the declutter bandwagon (following my lead, of course – HA!) http://www.katiecouric.com/on-the-show/2013/02/25/katie-comes-clean-can-she-de-clutter-her-life/


THEN… This morning I was getting ready to check out at the grocery store and what do I see??  OPRAH’s O magazine with DECLUTTER in big bold letters across the cover!  http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-Oprah-Learned-to-Declutter

This makes me feel a bit better about my clutter problem – plus the fact that I can tackle it on my own, without paying booku bucks to someone else to do it for me (because when you do that, well, you just go out and buy more stuff to fill the empty spaces these other people have created in your home).  🙂


China Cabinet Drawer

Anyone in need of some cable?

DSCN3929This stuff has been residing in this drawer for at least 15 years (since I moved here).  Time to get rid of it and off to the recycle it goes!  The wine bottle toppers will be placed on ebay, and the rest of the stuff – old, old papers – into the recycle bin they go!

DSCN3932Mmmm, what to do with this empty drawer?

DSCN3935Color coded ribbon storage drawer!  🙂  This ribbon was in a large plastic storage container that is now being used for (wait for it….) – Christmas decoration storage!