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Guest Room Closet – Part I

Back to decluttering now that I have the french drain finished.  Finalized that project just in time for a major storm and several smaller storms to pass through my area.



My guest room closet is rather small.  That said, I sure can pack it in there!

I worked on the shelves and floor area on one side of the closet last night.



What’s in that pile?  More bedsheets, a couple scarves, a hat and some gloves, a table cloth for patio table, and a stack of family pictures I never got around to putting up.  I also had a lot of other pictures on the floor below this shelf.


Now to decide where and how to display my family pictures! Good thing my friend Lisa from Taylor TX will be coming to Houston in the near future – she is a great decorator, and will certainly take on the challenge with me in hanging these in a beautiful display.

DSCN4029This is my “collection” of bedsheets – yes, there are a couple unopened packages there! (YIKES).  Actually, they are twin bed flat sheets and my intention on buying them was to use them to make a duvet cover or maybe an outdoor blanket that could be used as a beach blanket, etc.   All these will be put in a garage sale I am going to participate in with a neighbor and her daughter.  I hear they are very popular GS items.  🙂


The rest of the closet that I will be tackling in the days to come… Amazing how many winter coats I have for a person living in the south, isn’t it.  🙂

After pictures of the shelves.



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.

Ebay or CraigsList?

I have been posting things for sale on Ebay for a while, with mixed success.  I can’t complain, Ebay has been “generous” in special opportunities to list items for free with no item limit (though I still have a monthly $ limit that I can list – so far this hasn’t been a problem at all).

I also have a Craigslist account.  I had listed a set of candles on it a LONG LONG time ago, and never did anything else on there.

Craigslist is free, unless you are selling services, or listing a job posting.  Ebay has a fee to list (though if you list as auction style you get up to 50 free a month), if the item sells, they take a fee off the top.  You also have to set up a paypal account to receive payment, and of course, paypal hits you for another fee.  In total you end up paying about 5% to Ebay/Paypal (paypal is owned by Ebay).  Paypal also takes a fee on the shipping cost you charge, Ebay does not.

Pros and Cons?

Ebay audience is huge. Craigslist is local only (but then Houston is 4 million+ population)

Ebay charges fees, craigslist does not

Ebay/Paypal ensures payment received before you have to ship the item sold. Craigslist has no payment option, but I would insist on payment in CASH only, no checks, no credit cards, etc.  I suppose you could use your paypal account to accept someone’s payment for an item on craigslist – if I recall correctly, you can get one of those smartphone attachments as a credit card machine, but there you are again, paying paypal, when getting cash is just easier.

Ebay has an integrated email system.  Craigslist uses a forwarding email address to you and people have to email you. You also need to check your spam in case an email from a craigslist buyer shows up there.

People can buy your item right on ebay. Craigslist requires them to email you and you need to finalize the transaction on your own (not necessarily a bad thing, but you have to have the time to do so).

I also have a number of items that are heavy or rather large, so shipping costs would be too much (who is going to pay $5 for something and $25 in shipping costs?) from my perspective to post those items for sale on Ebay, they will go on CraigsList.

So, I have decided to use both – Ebay for smaller not very heavy items that are probably of more interest to a unique audience that I am more likely to find on Ebay.  Craigslist will be used for larger items that I feel shipping is just too expensive and the item is more widely available anywhere (such as flower vases).

Do you use either of these?  Which do you prefer?  Is there another “sale site” out there that anyone uses?  (Etsy?  – well that seems to be for people who make things to sell, not for selling used items you don’t want/use anymore).

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).  🙂


Gma’s China Cabinet Shelf II

So, here is what happened with the second shelf in Grandma’s china cabinet –





Yes, there is now a THIRD shelf in Grandma’s china cabinet!  It has two shelf inserts, but I only had one in there before – because of that huge box, which is now gone.  🙂  I have yet to decide what will go on the second shelf.

I actually put another item on that bottom shelf


That christmas decoration given to me by my parents on one of their visits to see me was in its original box on the floor in a corner in the guest room.  Looks much better where it is!

On to the Guest Room – Day 64

Time to move on to the guest room – the last room “in the house” for cleansing before moving on to the garage, the back patio, and, of course, the attic.

Today I focused on the top of the china cabinet I have in the guest room.






Getting Back on Track – Days 53 – 62

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I’m feeling much better, my black eye is almost gone, the scabs from the fall are healing nicely and the scab on my forehead is gone. So today I am getting myself back on track by cleaning out the hall … Continue reading