Links Worth Sharing: Week of January 21, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

31 Things to Purge This Year

31 Things to Purge This Year

I love purging. Not just the feeling of satisfaction of having more breathing space in my home, but I always find purging to be a wake up call to my spending habits. It helps me realize just how much money I’m “throwing away” on things I end up not using or liking in the end.

If you want to enjoy a calmer home and keep more money in your pocket (because you’ve realized how much you’re wasting!), then I’ve got the perfect list for you! 31 Things you can purge this year. Choose a few or choose all 31 and get to work!

Even if you just choose a few things off this list it will feel so good to lighten up! Most of these things are items none of us need but we hang onto “just in case we need it” and feel panic at the thought of letting them go.

  1. Out of date makeup– It’s just unsafe for your skin and eyes! Toss it out and treat yourself to a new lipstick or eyeshadow!

  2. VHS tapes– If you are still clinging to vhs it’s time to let it go, it’s not coming back.

  3. Old cell phones– Many electronics stores or phone companies have boxes for recycling cell phones and batteries where you can toss them.

  4. Spices that have expired– Check your cupboards and pantry, toss out old spices. Here’s an article with details about how long spices last.

  5. Non working electronics– If you haven’t dropped off the stereo or dvd player to be fixed and have no immediate plans to do so, just get rid of it.

  6. Old stretched out bras– Keep those comfy old jogging pants but stretched out bras are not doing you any favors.

  7. Plastic bags– While it is handy saving your grocery store bags for other uses, we all wind up with an excess of them that we just don’t need.  Toss them in the recycling.

  8. Ragged towels and washcloths– If they can be upcycled for cleaning rags, cut them up into small pieces and find a new home for them. Otherwise get them out of there. Treat yourself to a new set if needed.

  9. Clothes that don’t fit– Clothes more than onr size too small/too big should be donated or sold in a garage sale.

  10. Unused or duplicate kitchen utensils– 6 wooden spoons? 3 meat mallets? Unopened egg poacher? Clean it all out of those drawers!

  11. Books– If you have read it and won’t read it again or you didn’t like it then it’s time to clean off your shelves and nightstand.

  12. Single Earrings– If it has been in the jewelry box for a year with no mate, chances are it will always be a single, go ahead and set it free.

  13. Single Socks– When you are all caught up on your laundry go through your odd sock basket and match up, get rid of any without mates.

  14. Unloved toys– Donate or toss toys as needed. After the holidays kids have an excess and this is a great time to purge.

  15. Unused sports equipment– Ice skates from lessons from two years ago that have never been picked up again? Donate them. Dry basketball? Toss it!

  16. Items that don’t belong to you– If you have a spot that houses casserole dishes, borrowed books, etc waiting to be returned to friends and family that you borrowed from,  go ahead and return it all asap!

  17. Paperwork– Junk mail, old bills, or other out of date filing. Grab an inexpensive paper shredder or toss them in the fire.

  18. Odd storage containers– You know that cabinet with plastic bowls that have no lids or lids that have no bottoms? Get in there and toss out mismatched pieces.

  19. Old linens– While towels may be cut down and used for rags in the garage, other items like sheets that either don’t fit or won’t be used on current beds, excess comforters (keep one spare) etc, can be purged.

  20. Blurry photos– If you have a box full of family photos through the years remove and toss the really bad ones, if that is the only one you have for an event you might keep it but otherwise just keep the best of the best.

  21. Ink Cartridges– If you have a stockpile of old empty ink cartridges you can find somewhere local to recycle or many places like Staples let you use them for credit towards new ones.

  22. Freezer items– Freezer burnt, well past their date, inedible or unappealing food should be tossed!

  23. Dried up pens– Take 5 minutes to go through the mug of pens on the desk or wherever else you keep them, test them all on paper quick and throw out the ones that are dried up or leaking.

  24. Manuals– I used to be one that kept every single manual/instruction book for every piece of equipment i owned, I had a drawer full of them and rarely ever needed to look at them.  Then I realized that I could find them on the manufacturer’s website should I ever need them and I tossed those suckers out!

  25. Spare change– Unless you are saving up for something really big, It’s time to grab that change jar, clean out  couch cushions, get that pile on the dryer and turn it all in. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or a new top!

  26. Craft supplies– Take an afternoon to go through them and donate items you won’t use in the next couple of months to a Children’s program or somewhere else that could use them.

  27. Paint– Do you have a garage shelf full of paint that you keep just in case? If it’s just for touch ups pour some into a small mason jar with a lid to keep. Otherwise dispose of it properly

  28. Personal care items– Old perfumes, lotions,and shampoo bottles with 2” left in the bottom-get them out of the bathroom for good.

  29. Cards– Get in your wallet or purse and purge out customer loyalty, rewards cards, empty gift cards and the like.

  30. Pet toys– Toys that are shredded, dirty, and unplayed with should be tossed, just like kids toys they need to be purged and occasionally replaced.

  31. Boxes– Do you have a big collection of boxes somewhere, either packaging or packing boxes for another just in case? Clear them out and make room.

Anything else that you would add to the list? Did you get any good ideas for a starting place?

Links Worth Sharing: Week of January 14, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed form Simply Frugal:

I’m Wondering: What’s One Thing that Cost Less than $20 that has Gotten the Most Bang for your Buck?

I’m wondering:  What’s one thing you own that cost less than $20, that has gotten you the most bang for your buck?

Have you got something you’ve been wondering about that I could feature in a future I’m Wondering post?  Submit your question here!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of January 7, 2017

Well, it’s official. As of yesterday, our house is sold! With only one showing and one offer, I feel as though that was the one of the easiest things to happen in 2016! (minus the hard work we put into the house to get it ready to sell. :)) I must admit that it’s sort of surreal to know the place we’ve called home for over 11 years will no longer be ours come the beginning of March. But we are 100% happy with our decision. We simply ran out of ways to make our current home work for our family of four.

Anyways… here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts that you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

Christmas Decoration Storage Inventory Printable

Christmas decoration storage inventory printable

Well, Christmas is finished for another year. You may be thinking of taking down all your decorations but dreading the mess that your storage area becomes. Or what about next Christmas when you can’t find the specific decorations you’re looking for?

Look no further, I’ve got you covered with this handy Christmas Decoration Storage Inventory printable! Simply print out a page or two (depending on how many boxes you have) and get to work filling the paper out as you put away decorations. Label the boxes with the corresponding number that you have marked on the papers. For example, on the paper, box #1 includes all the Christmas lights. Be sure to label the actual box with #1 too!

Print your Christmas Decoration Storage Inventory printable here.

Links Worth Sharing: Week of December 31, 2016

Links Worth Sharing on SimplyFrugal.ca

Can you believe that we are at the very last day of 2016 already? For me, the year just flew by! 2016 was full of lessons, laughter and exciting things. (New baby, new home.)

Now that 2017 is nearly here, what are you hoping to see happen in the new year?

Anyways, here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal this Week:

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Get Your House Holiday Ready

Holiday cleaning checklist

Can you believe we’re one week away from Christmas day?  Wow!  Time sure flies when you’re having fun! (or being busy?)  Since we’re one week away from Christmas, this also means we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  I sure hope you enjoyed it.  I also hope it helped you to have a more simple and manageable holiday season!

Christmas usually involves company and no one likes to show their guests a good time in a messy home.  So, today, I’ve got a printable Get Your House Holiday Ready Checklist!  It includes suggestions of cleaning tasks to do each day leading up to Christmas day.  There’s even plenty of room for you to add your own tasks.  I kept it fairly simple, because really, who has time for crazy cleaning this time of year?

Remember, these are suggestions only!  Click on the image below or here to print your holiday cleaning list.

Holiday Ready Cleaning List

What tasks are on your holiday cleaning list?  Are you ready for Christmas?

Here are the rest of the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series:

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas

Links Worth Sharing: Week of December 17, 2016

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of December 10, 2016

I thought it was time for a bit of an update on the goings on in the Simply Frugal household. It’s been absolutely crazy over here for the past couple of weeks! I’ve been struggling to keep up with the blog work I need to get done on a daily basis. Both my girls came down with the flu and are just over the cold end of things now. My youngest is teething and sleeping even worse than before (how is that possible??). And finally, we bought a new house. Yep, we’re finally moving! Not until next March, but that’s okay! Gives us time to sell our current home. 🙂 I’ll have more updates as we go along I’m sure. 🙂

Right now I’m dreaming of the laundry closet that has three rows of shelving. Sort of like this, minus the wallpaper:

My Dad, who is a draftsman by trade is also having fun dreaming about a new island in the kitchen:

(He also has a sense of humour…LOL!)

Anyways, here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here’s a post you may have missed from Simply Frugal this week: