More Clutter Milestones

Today I went through and cleaned out my closet again. This time I went through and eliminated even more. I started off by separating out all of my dresses, work shirts, and suits. I kept 5 dresses, 5 suits, and 5 pairs of dress pants. I kept 7 dress shirts. I whittled down my shoes a little more as well.
It was hardest to donate things that I liked but either had too many of (like 4 awesome black tops), or that I can’t wear at the moment (like a couple of my dresses from a decade ago).
I ended up keeping some of my Lily Pulitzer dresses. I just like the pattern so much that I couldn’t part with them…. yet.
Next I headed to my music/living room for another round of clean up. I had three art sets that I combined for when I get in the creative mood, that saved some space. Then I moved the screen that was separating my office area with the rest of the room and put it in the corner. I was able to stack a bunch of my ugly crates behind it, and the room looks huge again!
I took the curtain that was on the old shelf (oh yeah, I took everything off that and found it homes, either on our other bookshelf or the donation bin) and put it under the glass top I used to make my desk. I think it looks rather pretty.
After dropping another carload of stuff off, and a quick lunch I tackled going through the things that were under the bed. Not much really. Strangely, we had a clear tub filled with hangers. Another tub was my purses and bags (I ended up putting that in the closet so I remembered I have them), and a third tub contained some mementos, including a Barbie set which I guess is worth over $100 now. Pretty nice because the price tag on it says $15.00.
Up next will be some hard decisions. Knick Knacks need to be sorted through and decided upon if they stay or go.
After that I suppose it really is time to deep clean the house, and to finish painting some of the areas we didn’t get to yet.

Making things in jars!

There are many reasons why people start to make their own home products. For some the appeal might be saving money, or to save the planet. Some people may want to win the uber crunchy award.

Me? I’ve found meaning in those mason jars that are now spread about in my house. The detergent in the laundry room was soap in it that I grated outside on my front porch. It’s not about convenience, it’s about the opposite of convenience. It’s about having to work a little for the little things because we appreciate the things that we work for, even if it’s not that much work. I do appreciate my clean laundry more now that I’ve contributed a little more to getting it clean than dropping a pre-measured pod into the washer.


My fridge is filled with purple mason jars filled with salads and fruit infused waters. The salads are SO good! I am sure that I’ll be making these and taking them to work when I get back to school in the Fall. You simply layer your dressing at the bottom, then harder veggies (or fruits), followed by layers that make sense to keep everything fresh. There are so many things that can be done with these, and I haven’t had a salad disappoint yet.

With the infused water, I’m adding in essential oils with the fruit. I bought a topper for the jar that has a fruit infuser in it which works great. I also have a set of toppers to turn the lids of my clear jars into drinking jars. I made some infused fruit water with that too, but I prefer the water with the infuser built in. In any event, I add some essential oil along with the fruit and away I go for the day. Mostly right now I’m adding in a drop or two of geranium (geranium oil is VERY strong smelling) and 5-6 drops of Doterra’s slim and sassy oil. I can’t say that it’s making me slim or sassy, but it does seem to give me energy throughout the day.

In the past week or so I’ve also made jars of:

  • coconut/ castille soap face wash
  • a witch hazel/lavendar and geranium oil toner
  • nopoo shampoo
  • bug itch spray
  • natural cleaners

More pictures coming soon!

Time Travel

I once had a student tell me out of the blue that I had an old soul. I thought that was the nicest and truest thing that could be said of me. Maybe that’s why I chose to be a musician in the first place. I have a career where I can choose to go back in time whenever I wish. Making music from the past is having some sort of authentic connection to that past.

Music is rather like time travel, isn’t it? Just listening to it is like you going on a journey just for a bit, riding along and hearing stories and emotions or getting impressions from the time period or an experience. Your tour guide tells you a bit as time is filled with a melody which gives a picture of something in sound for a minute or ten. Maybe more. Sure he can’t tell you everything, but you get a good idea as you travel on through the song.

Musicians though, we get to be the Continue Reading →

Conquering Clutter

This has been my quest the past few days, and I must say that I’m quite happy with myself. I’ll put up some photos tomorrow.

Thanks to Pinterest and my husband  I (we) have so far:

  • Went through every room and eliminated 3 carfuls of donations of things that are just taking up space.
  • Took pictures of cards,notes, and mementos that had sentimental value to me. This was a big one, I’ve hung onto a lot throughout the years and the boxes of papers were getting rather large. Now I can just flip through pics of things that make me feel good whenever I want.
  • Used a mini cupcake pan to organize my jewelry into my dresser drawer, eliminating the need for one of my jewelry boxes (which of course I put in our donation tub).
  • Hung up our measuring cups on the inside of our kitchen cabinets.
  • Put cups in another cupcake tin and turned it into a pencil and supply organizer where I have all of my journaling supplies.
  • Donated our ironing board and instead decided on using the smaller over-the-door ironing board I had from my time spent on campus for my summer grad school work.
  • Bought an organizer for our medications.
  • Donated so much out of our kitchen that more things can be stored in the cabinets and not on the counters.
  • Donated a lot of clothes and shoes from my closet. I’m working on a capsule wardrobe next!