About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and handsome little boy. She is the main voice behind Embracing Homemaking.

Ways to Practice Kindness as a Busy Adult

Once we become an adult life gets a little trickier. We often have children and spouses to think about and tend to. We have a job and often times we opt to homeschool our children which just adds to our plate of things to do. Every adult is a busy adult in this world, and with technological advances, it seems adults are able to do even more at once without blinking an eye. While it’s great that we can remain busy as adults, it’s also important to remember that we should be kind to others. Practicing kindness as a busy adult helps reduce stress and forces us to slow down from our day to day life. Here are a few ways you can practice kindness no matter how busy you are:

Ways to Practice Kindness as a Busy Adult

Give up Your Seat

If you’re on public transportation and see a passenger get on without a place to sit, stand up and let them have your seat. This small gesture of kindness could make that person’s day and in turn, inspire them to do the same next time around.

Hold the Door

Nothing beats that feeling when a stranger holds the door for you. All too often we’ve seen a stranger ahead of us in line or leaving a store when we’re about to go inside and they don’t hold the door. Holding the door for the next person entering or exiting is a simple act of kindness anyone can do.

Use your Manners

Tell the cashier to have a great day. Consider leaving a thank you note on a small piece of paper for anyone who’s done something kind that day for you. Always say please and thank you when being served in a restaurant or at a local store.

Give up an Hour

Take one hour out of your day to reach out to friends. If someone needs to vent about something or needs your advice with a situation, give them your undivided attention for at least an hour. This will help them feel calmer and in turn, make you feel good that you helped them out.

Forgive a Debt

Sure we all need money but one unique act of kindness is to forgive one debt every year. If someone owes you money, consider forgiving their debt. Be sure to forgive a debt that you can afford to forgive and feel confident this is the right act of kindness for you and that friend.

With World Kindness Day quickly approaching, it’s important that we all aspire to be more kind to our fellow human beings. When you practice an act of kindness you are doing your part to help make this world a more positive, happier place.

7 Easy Ways to Remove Car Odors

This post is brought to you by Lustine Toyota.

Remove Car Odors

Scent is a powerful thing and is often one of the first things people notice when entering a new place.  For drivers that can be bad news.  Some odors can be easily avoided by not smoking or leaving food in the car.  However, other spills, especially with kids, are harder to avoid.  Take hope though, I have some suggestions to help keep you remove car odors to leave your car smelling fresh and clean.

-The easiest way to keep a car smelling good is surprisingly easy.  Grab a pack of dryer sheets, poke a few holes in a baggy, throw them in, and toss them under the seats.  They’re out of sight and will cost only a few dollars a year.  Easy peasy!

-If you’re not a fan of chemicals and want to take a natural approach I’ve heard that you can use fresh herbs to make your car smell lovely.  Buy a few sprigs of basil, lay it on some newspaper, and set it in the car’s back window.  There it will receive sunlight and will dry out.  Other aromatic herbs can work too.  Mint and thyme come to mind as good options to try.

-The next step isn’t too hard as long as you have nice sunny day and a water hose.  Clean your car mats.  The mud and muck can build up and make your car smellier than it needs to be.  A quick rinse and maybe a scrub will help keep your car fresh.

-If you still have a funky smell you can sprinkle baking soda over the seats and carpeted flooring.  Baking soda is one of the world’s best natural fresheners.  Plus, it’s incredibly cheap too!  Leave the baking soda sit for a few hours and simply vacuum it up.

-One unsuspecting place that can hold bacteria and mold is your car’s air conditioning system.  Fortunately, there is a $10 fix that’s easy to implement. Simply buy a can of air conditioner odor treatment spray, turn the air conditioning on high (with the re-circulation button off), and spray the treatment into the exterior air intakes (at the base of the windshield).  Wait ten minutes or so and turn the re-circulation button on and spray the treatment again into the interior vents.  Leave running to another ten minutes or so.

-One of my favorite cleaning products for inside the house can also be beneficial inside the car – vinegar!  White vinegar is super cheap and it works as a great cleaner and deodorizer.  We buy it buy the gallon for roughly $4 a gallon.  Mix equal parts water and vinegar to a spray bottle and go to town.  The temporary smell will dissipate leaving your car cleaner and fresher than before.  It can clean upholstery, windows, and hard surfaces alike.

-This next tip is one that we learned how to do when my husband accidentally left a gallon of milk in the car…for a couple of days.  Oops! He thought he just forgot to buy it.  If you’re a coffee drinker this will be an easy fix for you…and better yet, if you’re like me and continually accidentally buy bags of beans instead of coffee grounds you already have a good supply of coffee on hand. 🙂  Fill a tin or plastic container with about 6-8 ounces of coffee grounds or beans (beans are less messy) and poke holes in the top of the lid.  Simply leave it in the car overnight (or in our extreme case for a couple of nights!)  The oils from the coffee beans absorb and eliminate the odors and leaves a faint delicious coffee smell behind.

There you have it folks, seven ways to remove smelly odors from your car so you and others can enjoy a fresh ride around town.

Audiobooks for Road Trips with Kids

This post is brought to you by Lustine Dodge Jeep and contains affiliate links.

Everyone loves a good story, right?  Also, everyone loves road trips with kids, right?  Yea, that last answer you gave sounded less enthusiastic that the first.  Audiobooks make road trips more than tolerable but even enjoyable!

Here are the audiobooks my kids would enjoy on a road trip and I hope yours will too!  If you’ve never tried Audible by Amazon you should look into it.  Their free trial gives you 2 free audiobooks that you get to keep even if you cancel your subscription right away.

Boxcar Children Audiobook

The first book I’d recommend is the beginning of The Boxcar Children Collection.  This series is a rich, easy read that my kids are hooked on.  My kids are 4 and 6 and they both enjoy these stories.  We haven’t enjoyed the audiobooks yet because we haven’t traveled since we’ve discovered this series but we’re already on book 38 of the series. 

This audiobook series includes 3 books for one price ($33.60) but you’ll get the whole set free plus another book if you sign up for the free trial.  I like how they’ve lumped the first three books together into one set.

Little House Audiobook

The Little House series is another great one that we’ve only had the pleasure of reading and not listening too.  It has great reviews on Amazon though so I’m sure the reader does a fabulous job.

Pippi Longstocking Audiobook

Pippi Longstocking has been a favorite of young girls for decades now and this audiobook will help introduce it to more children.

Mary Poppins Audiobook

What kids wouldn’t love a story about a nanny who could clean up their toys, dance with them on rooftops and hop into sidewalk drawings with them?  Mary Poppins is a classic and my kids adore her.

Peter Pan Audiobook

Peter Pan is another story that ignites a child’s imagination and takes them far away from home.  This is another one I think all young kids would enjoy.

A Bear Called Paddington

The bear from darkest Peru will surely warm heart young and old.  🙂  A Bear Called Paddington is another great classic book for young kids.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delightful tale of fantasy.  I can still remember feeling my heart race as I first read this book and eagerly anticipated Charlie opening his chocolate to find the golden ticket.

I love watching my kids read books that I did as a kid and see their excitement as the characters take shape and they see themselves in the character’s shoes.  Discovering new books together is great too so please, let me know any audiobooks that your children enjoy.

Car Seat Safety Checklist

This post is brought to you by Waldorf Dodge

Car seat safety is one of the most overlooked responsibilities of a new parent. While this is commonly overlooked, it doesn’t negate the fact that parents do want their child to be safe when riding in the car. As a means to help educate you on car seat safety and help reduce the stress of wondering how safe your car seat really is, I have created this car seat safety checklist.

Car Seat Safety Checklist

  • -Research the four types of car seats and which one is right for your child.
  • -Know the car seat safety recommendations from NHTSA.
  • -Follow detailed instructions on installation of the purchased car seat.
  • -Know how to install anchors properly so the car seat is secured in the car.
  • -Make sure you can’t move the car seat more than 1 inch to left or right.
  • -Tighten straps so there is no slack when harnessing child in car seat.
  • -Keep child rear-facing until the age of 2 at a minimum.
  • -Have rear-facing car seat at 45-degree angle at all times.
  • -Place retainer clip at child’s armpit level and keep it there at all times.
  • -Children who have outgrown car seats and weigh less than 80 lbs should always ride in a booster seat.
  • -Research car seat for any recalls before purchasing.
  • -Do not buy second-hand car seats; they are unsafe after being in an accident.
  • -Upgrade car seat when the child outgrows the seat to maintain safety.
  • -Purchase an all-in-one seat to save some money rather than buying used.
  • -Visit a local car seat safety checkpoint, usually hosted at fire stations.
  • -The seat belt should be snug across chest & shoulders and lie across thighs.
  • -Register your car seat to get notifications of any future recalls.

There are many types of car seats and some may fit better in the family vehicle you have than others. Regardless of what type of car seat you decide to purchase make sure that it is new, has never been in an accident and doesn’t have any recalls. Following a car seat safety checklist and being familiar with NHTSA’s requirements will help you maintain car seat safety at all times.

It is said that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Because the number is so high, this car seat safety checklist is my way to help more parents have safe riders every time they buckle their child into a car seat.  I hope this car seat safety checklist inspires you to double check your car seat today.

How to Have Fun While Spring Cleaning With Kids

Spring cleaning season is here and with that comes the need to get the family on board to clean together. Open up those windows, get the air flowing through the home, and get prepared to make spring cleaning with kids a fun event with these ideas. This post contains affiliate links.

Spring Cleaning With Kids

Visual Timer

Use a Timer

Many children work best when a timer is put on. This timer can be set in 10-15 minute increments. This establishes a goal for your children to reach. I recommend visual timers for kids so they can see a picture of how much time is left.  (Here is a great visual timer from Amazon for only $24)  As the timer winds down, your children will know to step up their game and get that cleaning task done before the timer goes off. For each new task, set the timer again. This is a fun way to keep the family motivated when tackling spring cleaning.

Name Tags

Create Job Titles

For every family member, there should be a job title. This job title will define what tasks and area of the home each family member is in charge of. Giving each family member a job title will make them feel confident and excited to be in charge of their job duties during spring cleaning. Job titles can include fun titles such as Sweeper Upper or such to make spring cleaning a bit more humorous.  If you happen to be like me and have young kids who love stickers of any kind, you might enjoy making personalized name tags for them.

Put Music On

Music is a great motivator for adults and children. Consider making your spring cleaning a family dance party affair instead of a dreary boring day of hosing out the house. Have upbeat dance music playing that’s family-friendly to ensure everyone stays on task and motivated to continue on in their mission to help get spring cleaning done.  The Greatest Showman soundtrack is our current favorite.

Root Beer Float

Celebrate Your Successes

Lastly, be sure to celebrate together as a family whenever a large task has been accomplished. Whether you go out to dinner, make some sweet treats or have some root beer floats, find a way to celebrate together as a family to reward everyone for their hard work. When the children know a reward is the final step in this spring cleaning event, they will be extremely motivated to keep helping.

There you have it 4 fun ways to make spring cleaning with kids fun. It’s great to get the whole family involved in spring cleaning because it will take far less time to complete and it helps teach children the skill of learning what to get rid of and what to donate. As you work to spring clean the home, you can separate piles into junk, yard sale, and donate piles to venture off to the local shelter to donate any reusable items.  Speaking of, you may be interested in my 200 Things to Throw Away post.  I don’t really advocate throwing away everything but only after things can be donated, recycled, etc. do I suggest throwing in the trash.

Things to Throw Away

 

10 Things We Love Made in North Carolina

This post is brought to you by Bob Fisher Chevrolet.

Made In North Carolina

While I’m native to West Virginia, I now reside in North Carolina.  Not only is it a special place to me because I’ve raised my family here but also because of the beautiful scenery that surrounds it and the distinct culture that is North Carolina.  There are things that distinguish North Carolina from the rest of the country, brands that make it stand out.  I’ve curated a list of the best products made in North Carolina that I’m sure you’ll love.

  • –  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme was founded in 1937 by Vernon Rudolph who bought a recipe from a French chef and had intended to only sell to the local grocery stores but through constant public demand to buy the sweet smelling pastries he relented and started selling right from the bakery as well. The first bakery was opened in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • –  Crab Pot Trees:  Crab Pot Trees began when Harvey and Sons in Davis, NC experimented with their colored crab traps (locally termed “crab pots”) and the Core Sound Christmas tree was born.  The unique artificial tree was an immediate hit with friends and neighbors, who loved seeing the traditional material put to a new use.  Crab Pot Trees are now sold across the US.
  • –  Le Bleu: Le Blue is bottled water, bottled under a patent pending purification process and nationally sold. They also bottle sport drinks, coffee and flavored drinks. This product hails from Advance, North Carolina.
  • –  Simplicity Sofas: Sold through the Simplicity Sofa website only, this unique furniture store creates unique, one of a kind furniture that is multi-functional and assembled by the consumer. They offer one of kind designs that are all hand-made and customized by only one of 30 frame options. These 30 frame are able to create hundreds of sofa’s, sofa sleepers and sectionals.
  • –  Cheesecakes By Alex: Alex baked his first cheesecake at the request of his mother-in-law.  Unhappy with the way it turned out he baked and baked until he had the perfect recipe.  Not long after his friends and family agreed he had the best cheesecakes around, Cheesecakes By Alex was born.
  • –  Lenovo: Based out of Whitsett, North Carolina Lenovo is the world’s second largest manufacturer of PC’s. Responsible for hand-held electronics like the ThinkPad and the ThinkPad Helix. The opening of this facility is the beginning of American made products relinquishing the reliance on overseas manufacturers and created hundreds of jobs.
  • –  R.J. Reynolds tobacco company: Based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the manufacturer of Winston cigarettes, which used to be the top selling brand in the 60’s and 70’s. R.J. Reynolds is now conducting studies and testing to come up with or even transform the use of tobacco.
  • –  Pepsi: Originally “the Brad drink”, developed by Caleb Bradham in New Bern, North Carolina in 1893.  Pepsi is now one of the world’s top competing soft drinks.
  • –  The Universal Bar Code: Developed by George Lauer in collaboration with IBM in 1969 and implemented in 1972. The Universal Bar Code was intended to make a supermarket scanner code for inventory purposes.
  • –  Goody’s Headache powder: Developed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina by a pharmacist by the name of Martin Goodman in 1932. Goody’s Headache powder can now be found in grocery stores and convenience stores nationwide.
  • Mt. Olive Pickles: The largest independent pickle company in the United States, made by Shickrey Baddour in the mid 20’s in Mt. Olive, North Carolina. Mt. Olive Pickles are now sold nationally in most food chains.

Texas Pete, Hanes, Cheerwine, Vick’s Vapor Rub and Sara Lee also found their start in North Carolina!

Do you have a favorite Made in North Carolina product?

Nectar Mattress Unboxing and Review

Sleep is crucial, right?  Everyone agrees to that.  That’s why the mattress industry is as large as it is…and why we have four mattress stores in our town that are within sight distance of each other.  The industry is huge!  Have you heard of the new craze in mattresses?  Online mattress ordering, delivered right to your door with a money-back guarantee.  We tried this process recently and we loved it.

Let me back up a little bit, since January we’ve been working on fixing up the downstairs of our house.  If you’re a regular follower of my blog you know that we bought this house almost two years ago and it was decorated in the best 70’s decor possible.  We’ve since gutted and redone most of the upstairs but the downstairs has been untouched.  We’ve tackled the homeschool room and now we’re on to the guest bedroom downstairs.  The room is a good space but it lacked a bed, decor, and it boasted of two different colors of paneling. 🙂  We’ve added window treatments, a rug, and we’re working on the decor.  Nectar helped us with the most important aspect of a guest bedroom, the bed.  They gave us a mattress to review and we couldn’t be happier with it.

I’ll tell you every step of the unpacking process so you won’t have to wonder at all about it.  If you’re still hesitant know that they offer free shipping and free returns.  They have a marvelous 365 night home trial!  Wondering about their warranty?  They have what they call a “forever warranty.”  It doesn’t get any better than that!

The mattress arrived quickly after we had ordered it.  The mailman delivered it to my door just like this.  It is very heavy but being in a bag it was easy to pull it/roll it to where I wanted it till my husband came home.  He wanted to open it with me and we opened it as soon as he came home in the evening so please forgive my dark pictures.  (Notice, the two kinds of paneling?  We’ll paint them soon!)

Nectar mattress delivery

After we untied the drawstring on the blue bag and slid it out we found a large duffel bag covering the mattress.  I think we’ll keep the blue drawstring bag to store my kid’s ball pit balls.

Nectar Mattress Unboxing

After we unzipped the duffel bag we uncovered the tightly wrapped mattress.  Here comes the fun part!

Rolled Nectar Mattress

Can you see how thick the plastic is?  It’s thick!

Packaged Nectar Mattress

After we carefully cut that thick layer open with scissors, we unrolled the mattress and found a Nectar envelope opener.  This made removing the last layer of plastic a breeze.  We wouldn’t have wanted to cut the mattress by accident.  I thought this was a great idea and was pleasantly surprised to see it included.  How thoughtful!

Nectar Mattress Opener

See how vacuum packed it is?

Nectar Mattress Inflating

Here are the pillows beginning to inflate along with the mattress.

Nectar Mattress and Pillow
We let the mattress air out a full day before laying on it even though they assured us that the fumes the mattress put off were safe.  Look how plush it is.  It really is the right amount of support.  It’s not too hard or too soft.

Nectar Mattress

The pillows are amazing!  I was needing a new pillow so I think I’m going to steal one off of our guest bed.  My daughter is trying to take claim of the other one although I’m not sure my husband is going to let her. 🙂  My husband loves the bed and is wanting to stay in the guest room to sleep.  I think we might have to replace our bed too!  Which, now that I think about it, my daughter would like because that would mean two more pillows.

Girl on Nectar Bed
My kids have loved hanging out on the mattress, even before the sheets were on.  It is the comfiest place in the house!

Boy on bed with toy football

It is a great place for day dreaming.

Girl on Nectar Mattress

It’s the perfect height for us and it goes with so many bed frames.  Adjustable, platform, floor, box spring, traditional, divan, you name it!  Because we didn’t have a mattress in here previously we had to go shopping for a box spring and it was not a fun experience.  The prices varied so much and driving somewhere, borrowing a trailer, and hauling it home wasn’t very fun.  If I could do it over again I would have ordered a box spring online somewhere.  That experience made me so thankful for the ability to order a mattress online.  Going from store to store, matching prices, dealing with less than friendly/knowledgeable employees, and laying on mattresses in public that who knows how many peole have laid on before you.  Yes, I think ordering mattresses online is the way to go.

Nectar Mattress Height

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, don’t lose sleep over trying to pick a brand, try out the Nectar brand!  With free shipping, free returns, and a 365 night trial, there’s nothing to lose!

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30 Day Family Floss Challenge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DenTek. All opinions are 100% mine.

DenTek Triple CleanMy husband often reminds my kids that they don’t have to floss all their teeth, only the ones they want to keep.  Teaching kids to floss with long strings of floss is difficult but DenTek® flossers make it easy for kids to learn this important habit.  I’ve heard that brushing alone is like painting the front of the fence but leaving the backside to rot.  Neglecting to floss will still leave the spaces between your teeth subject to cavities. As a part of our 2018 family resolutions, we’ve decided to floss more as a family so we made a trip to Walmart to get floss that they whole family could use.  DenTek® flossers make it easy for us to floss daily.  To tell you the truth, we started a little before the new year to give ourselves a head start into the habit.  It was easier than I thought.  The kids LOVE the flossers because they are brightly colored and the kids can floss by themselves (with adult supervision).  Plus, they’re sold at Walmart which makes it easy to pick up a bag or two. DenTek Kids Fun Flossers We took both kids to the dentist today and got two good reports.  Check out how cute my son is!  He wore his hat like a security blanket and he was so brave.  He did a great job. Dentist apt My daughter is an old pro and was excited for the chance to lay back and watch some cartoons. Dentist appointment While I was there I found this sign. Plaque 1/3!  How icky, I had no idea it was that much. If you want to reach that icky plaque and want to do it as easily as possible look no further than DenTek® products.  I’ve tried out all of their adult flossers and they’re great.  The newest DenTek® Triple Clean Floss Picks even have fluoride coating.  Here’s a quick overview of our favorite DenTek® products.

  • –  DenTek® Kids Fun Flossers: makes flossing fun and enjoyable for children while establishing healthy dental-care habits at an early age. DenTek® Kids Fun Flossers feature a smaller head, an easy-to-grip handle, and a wild fruit flavor kids will love.
    • -scrubbing floss removes food and plaque
    • -small flosser head fits children’s mouth just right
    • -easy-to-grip handle is tailored for child-size hands
    • -tasty wild fruit flavor kids will love

DenTek Triple Clean Flossers

  • –  DenTek® Triple Clean Floss Picks: gives user 3 times the cleaning action in one floss pick:
    • -flossers scrub between tight teeth, stimulates gums, and removes food and plaque
    • -textured pick deep cleans between teeth and stimulates gums
    • -tongue cleaner fights bad breath with minty flavoring
    • -Plus, strong floss is guaranteed not to break, even when used between the tightest teeth
    • -has advanced fluoride coating

To make flossing a regular part of everyone’s lives DenTek® has put out a 30 day flossing challenge where you can win fun prizes.  No purchase necessary to participate or win. Visit DenTekChallenge.com for official rules and more info.  Join the 30 Day DenTek® Family Floss Challenge.

They even have a fun and free printable you can use to help track your family’s flossing progress. If you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution you can stick with?  Flossing daily with DenTek® flossers is it!  My good friend flosses while she watches TV every evening with her husband.  Why not?  It works for her.  Where can you fit flossing into your routine?

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Declutter Challenge 2018

I can do it!

It’s time for our first declutter challenge of 2018 and it’s going to be a good one.  It’s also the time when I have to stretch myself and push myself out of my comfort zone.  You see, as a blogger it’s easy for me to share recipes (such as my favorite egg nog milkshake recipe), or kid’s crafts (such as these really cool borax snowflakes), or a list of my favorite kid’s toys (coming soon!), but admitting (to THOUSANDS of people!!) that I have a problem is hard.  A BIG problem really.  I have a problem with stuff.  I love stuff.  Shiny stuff, new stuff, stuff that promises in a million ways to make me happy.  Ooh, the bondage of stuff.  Although this is a problem that hundreds of thousands of people face it’s still difficult to admit.  I want to keep purging and purging until we’re living pretty minimal….and I’m a long way from that goal so we’ll press on.

Challenge Overview:  This challenge, or game if you like to think of it that way, will last for the full month of January and one participant will walk away with $50 cash!!  Each day you’ll be given an item(s) to get rid of or something to do.  If you don’t have one of those things to get rid of simply choose another item.  This detailed list is just to get your mind stirring and help jump start your purging.

Challenge Prize: In case you skipped the overview above, the prize is $50 cash to the challenge winner!!

Challenge Rules:  We’re all winners by getting rid of our unwanted belongings but I’ll randomly choose a winner from those who reach the end of the challenge and follow the rules.

How to enter:

  • – Look over the list below and throw away one thing(s) for each day listed below.  If you don’t have that item, find something else that you can part with and let go of it.  Even though we’re starting late, you still have to go back and complete the other days to qualify for the prize.  Don’t worry, some are super easy and you can easily wipe out a week in one day.  You don’t have to do the days in order.
  • – Each day take a photo of your discarded items.
  • Create an album in our Live With Less Facebook group and every day add your photos to it.  If you need help with this ask on the Facebook wall and someone will help you.  If you try and can’t succeed with an album you can always make a post on the main wall and each day comment as a reply with the next day’s photo.  (If you have a picture or two that you’d rather keep private but keep going in the challenge you may email them to me at MrsAshleyWalkup@gmail.com with the subject Live With Less.)
  • – Make sure you number each photo as you go so it will be easier for me to check everyone’s work at the end of the challenge.  Just add a #1 with the first picture, #2 with the second picture, etc.
  • *ADDED TWIST* The person who invites the most people who complete the challenge will get $50!  For example if Mary invites 10 and only 2 finish she won’t win the money if the 3 people Sarah invited completed the challenge.  Does that make sense?

Q&A:

  • – When will this challenge start, I just heard about it?  This challenge will be unlike our other challenges where you have to post daily.  I want you to post daily to get in the habit but it won’t be required.  You can start anytime in the month as long as you have it all completed by the 31st.  
  • – If I share pictures of my junk in the Live With Less Facebook group will all of my friends see it?  No, not unless they are in the group.  It’s a closed group.
  • – Will you be sharing the items you’re getting rid of?  Yes!  I’ll be posting in our Live With Less Facebook group daily.  Forgive the bad quality pics, this is going to be a quick thing every day.
  • – What if more than one person makes it to the 31st?  This will be wonderful and I will choose a winner at random…maybe on a Facebook live video if I can convince my daughter to help.
  • – What if no one makes it to the 31st?  Then I’m keeping the money for myself and buy something pretty for myself….and then get rid of something to make room for it. 😉

READ READ READ:

Since I’ve posted about living with less a few years ago I’ve received numerous emails telling me what a horrible person I am for throwing away so much.  If they only knew the internal struggle I have about letting go of a bent paper clip!  Please know that I’m not advocating throwing away everything, do try and recycle, gift, and donate all that you can before trashing things.

Declutter Challenge 2018

The List:

Day 1- 1 Sentimental thing
Day 2- 2 Red things
Day 3- 3 Unwanted gifts
Day 4- 4 Magazines/catalogs
Day 5- Old coupons
Day 6- Things you can give to someone
Day 7- Glass items (old mugs, dishes with chips, unloved vases, etc)
Day 8- Stationary items (broken pens, extra anything you won’t use)
Day 9- Unfinished project pieces (finish the project this week or consider throwing it out)
Day 10- Old cotton (old t-shirts, cleaning rags, socks, anything cotton you no longer have a use for)
Day 11- Christmas cards
Day 12- Disposable plates, cups, or cutlery (use them up!)
Day 13- 13 items of clothes or shoes (a pair of shoes counts as 1)
Day 14- Duplicates (anything you have two of that you don’t need, two bottles of red nail polish, tweezers, nail clippers, hammers, etc.)
Day 15- Unused old bottles (any empty jars or bottles that you don’t have a use for)
Day 16- Tech (Movies, CDs, video games, random telephone cords, cords you don’t know what they go to but have had 5+ years, etc.)
Day 17- Let go of 1 thing & write a letter/email to someone you’ve lost touch with (no need to provide a picture of the correspondence)
Day 18- Out grown/unloved items (nearly full old perfume bottles, toys, jewelry, etc.)
Day 19- Use something you’ve been saving (decorative soap, fancy dishes for a special occasion, a bottle of sparkling apple cider, whatever you may have that you’re waiting to use “some day” Let today be that day!)
Day 20- 5 Things you can fit in your hand
Day 21- Organize an area that you dread to organize and toss items as you go (before and after pictures are always fun but the items you’re letting go of is okay too if you forget to snap a before pic)
Day 22- Write a list of 22 things that you’re thankful for that money can’t buy
Day 23- Let go of 2 things and make a recipe from an unused cook book (if you can’t bring yourself to do it, let go of the cookbook too)
Day 24- Mend, fix, or glue 3 broken items or toss them (maybe you don’t keep broken things but we always have a few broken things at our house)
Day 25- 5 things from 5 different rooms
Day 26- Move/toss/do 6 things that make you feel guilty (maybe it’s a book that sits on your nightstand and has been laying there unread for months making you feel guilty when you look at it, maybe it’s the dirty windows that irritate you, etc.)
Day 27- Do something you’ve been procrastinating (returning unloved purchases and going through old moving boxes are at the top of my list)
Day 28- Take your donations to a charity 🙂
Day 29- Repurpose/display a sentimental item you’ve decided to keep
Day 30- Find a “home” for lost items that are around your house….as many as you have time for
Day 31- Let go of 12 pieces of paper

If you have any questions or if I missed something please let me know.

Who’s ready to play?  I hope you’ll join me!

Oh, I almost forgot to say something – Happy New Year!!!

Here are two other helpful posts you may like:

200+ Things to Throw Away Now

– How to Get Your Spouse to Declutter Without Nagging

How to Organize your Small Bedroom

Sometimes we find ourselves living in a small home or even a large home that has small bedrooms. Whether you are looking to organize a child’s room or an adult’s room, organizing your small room couldn’t get any easier with these tips.  This post contains affiliate links.

How to Organize your Small Bedroom

Teacups and Saucers

These no longer used teacups or saucers make for great jewelry organization. If you have a nightstand or a dresser that is stocked full of jewelry everywhere, make use of teacups and saucers to creatively store the jewelry in a safe place without looking cluttered. You can pick up these items at a thrift store or from your kitchen cupboard.

Under Bed Drawers

There are many bed frames available on the market these days that have drawers built into them. If you have a regular bed frame, you can easily add those plastic storage bins underneath the bed too. Learn to utilize the underneath of bed area for storage space. This is the perfect place to store clothes, blankets, sheets or toys.

Step Ladder Nightstand

While the average nightstand offers perhaps one shelf and one drawer, using a step ladder nightstand will utilize more shelf space. This is the perfect way to organize your small bedroom so that your alarm, electronic devices, and even a lamp are all in one place that takes up as much space as a nightstand would take up.

Hanging Laundry Bag

There is a great way to store dirty clothes or clean clothes that aren’t yet folded, the hanging laundry bag.  If you have a door on your small bedroom, you can easily hang an open laundry bag hamper on the back of your door so that you can put your clothing in an area other than the floor.

Toy Chest Storage

With a small bedroom for kids, you will have to find a creative way to store those toys. Using a toy chest storage in their bedroom that is either built into a closet, a wall or used on the side of their bedroom for storing toys as well as a top shelf for a play area.

There you have it a few ways you can easily organize your small bedroom without stressing out. Each of these tips should guide you forward in your mission to get that small bedroom organized.