material mountain

[Freecycle-LakelandFL] WANTED: fabric, fabric, sewing notions & yarn (Lakeland Florida )‏
WANTED: fabric, fabric, sewing notions & yarn

Would like any of your stock pile of old, ugly prints. Trying to make
variety of things. Dolls, guilts, throw pillows etc

Tiny prick of conscience. I have more than I’ll ever need.

Stupid minimalist and cleaning blogs. Making me feel guilty.

I’m not a hoarder, I’m a seamstress!   I just have a sorta huge stash.

My Fabric Stash

My Fabric Stash

Oh, alright!  I contacted the person, okay?

Now I need to sort, and purge what I’m willing to give up.

Do you see my nail marks, where I’m holding on for dear life??

Keeping a tight grip

Keeping a tight grip

Somethings are easier to get rid of than others.

Fabric is just so full of possibilities!  I can make it into any thing I want!  I can be artistic!  It’s one of my treasures!

But, if it sits there until doomsday, what have I really accomplished?  So, gonna give it up…

Not all of it, of course.  You think I turned “cleanie” over night?  Au contrair mon cherie!  {If I didn’t spell that right, sorry!  I left my French dictionary at the store.}

Will proceed to sorting…..

Update:  Patience came and I let go of A LOT of stuff.  She was such a sweet lady, I kept handing her more and more!  And after she left, I didn’t regret a thing!  (Except not getting a pic of all the material going out the door.)

Que sera, sera.


Cheesy cake

Making a GF cheesecake!!  Yummy!! Can’t wait!  Hurry fingers, hurry!

Here’s what not to do, when separating out the egg whites:



Grease the pan.  Maybe this should have come first??


Dry ingredients:

(Shopping for almond flour is expensive!!)

20150520_101811Mixing all ingredients.

20150521_220336Here’s where I got the recipe.

Party in my mouth!

Gluten free.


Enjoyed by all.  After they got over the shock of it actually tasting good!

Only appliances needed; mixer and oven.

It’s work, but well worth it.    Food = happiness!

20150516_163648Bet you want some Smell-O-Vision today, huh??  😉


Extra Extra Expedit Expedition

20150317_221510  Yes, you’ve already seen both these pix.  Deja vu, anyone?

Now that we’ve gotten the boxes off the top, (remember how hard that was???  I’m still having nightmares about reaching over my head!)

And Mama has organized the books, as much as she could in the time allotted;  we are gonna tackle the rest of the behemoth.

Yes, we took care of the blue bin already.

Time to get nit picky, and go for the gold.

See that material way on top?  That’s for my friend, Shirley’s quilt.  Nah, she doesn’t mind if I blog instead of sew.  It’s at least 6 months away from being cold!

So much random crap, I mean, stuff on these shelves!


Christmas ornaments?  Yup, don’t you leave yours out all year?  C’mon now, I know some of you do.  I’ve driven by your porches!  (I’m looking at you, Sweet Friend.)

BTW, I know I’m supposed to be de-cluttering, but don’t lay a finger on my Butterfinger books.  You’ll draw back a nub, mister.

But, I did take a deep breath, and donate the books.  That was traumatic.

Part of the donate pile

Part of the donate pile

Mama's & Sis' pile

Mama’s & Sis’ pile

And 2 boxes to Zoe’s Journey, a women’s ministry here in town.

Working on it

Working on it

A nice friend came over to help me.   She was firm, but gentle, making me throw away sentimental items, like cards, AND  DD2’s baby cap.  That she wore home from the hospital!!!

DD2's Home from Hospital cap

DD2’s Home from Hospital cap

Now how ever will I remember that I brought DD2 home from the hospital when she was born???     Waaahh!

But, I do want to recover my home from slobbery, so….    I bit the bullet, and did it.

Thank you nice friend, for pushing me a little, to make better choices.

Looking better!

Looking better!

All the way there! YAY!

All the way there! YAY!

I’m exhausted, by all this extra expediting.  Time for a nap!



Update:  You know what??   I don’t miss a thing.

The Giant’s Library


“Professor Green, come in Professor Green!”, Pinky the Astronaut called.

“We are passing the 252-W zone, be careful there!” the medic cautioned.

“We are so close, I can feel it”, Professor Green announced.  “The object of our quest should be just on the other side of this red tome.”

“What are we going to do when we reach the target?” Pinky inquired.

“Why, read it! Of course!”  pronounced the Professor.

“Only after I’ve checked out the area for hazards” warned the medic.

Boom!  A huge explosion rocked the shelves.

Sadly, the small expedition expired before reaching their goal.

Mama’s Mention

Oh, my goodness!  I just had the best news!

“So am I, Melinda!! I’ll be linking to your blog within the next hour or so. Careful not to dismantle your house in your search for minimalism.”
Nancy featured me as Blog of the Day!  I went there, saw it, and was SO excited!
To see PurpleSlob on someone else’s site!!  Made my heart go pitty-pat!
I didn’t take a screen shot, silly me!
But, it’s there in her own words, that she’s gonna do it.
And she did!!
Thanks a million, Nancy!!

Dresser Drawers, Doubled

My undies are supposed to be in this second drawer.  (Of course they’re not there.  What do you take me for, A Cleanie??)

Where are they one might inquire?  Surely, one might inquire, but I plead the Fifth.  No need to incriminate myself.

I forgot to take a pic, of course.  And now the dresser is gone.  (YAY!!)

The bottom drawer is supposed to be for pajamas, etc.  So, of course I have my winter gloves, and hat there.

Bottom Drawer

Bottom Drawer

Makes perfect sense to me!

And by the way, this is FLORIDA.  Where we have maybe 3.2 days of cold weather, (cold enough for gloves.)

So, why do I have 5 pairs???  And 2 of them identical?  smh

I need answers here!

A two-fer! Bought these when I couldn't find the other 3 pair.

A two-fer! Bought these when I couldn’t find the other 3 pair.

One of the 2 identical pair.

One of the 2 identical pair.

Think I can donate some of them??   I don’t know, what if I suddenly lose 4 of them, and if I already have gotten rid of the 5th, how will my hands stay warm?  Hmmmm?  I ask you?

I got rid of all but 1 pair.  Now I better keep track of them!  Maybe knowing I only have 1 pair, will motivate me.

Here’s hoping.

Medicinal Meyhem

I worked in the bathroom again.

The right drawer was frightful.

Right Side Drawer

Right Side Drawer

I probably could have stocked a small pharmacy outta there!

Here’s what I purged:


Don’t worry, it was donated, not trashed.

Then, this:

 Expired Stuff

Expired Stuff


But, here’s the good part:

The After

The After

Looks so much better.

Then it was the medicine cabinet’s turn.

This is my medicine cabinet.

20150606_233912I know, the mirror in a mirror thing freaks me out too!

This is my medicine cabinet on drugs.



Really doesn’t look all that bad.

Here’s what I purged:

20150519_220710Expired.  Not good.    😦

20150519_220736Donated to my Sis.  She loves Olay, I don’t.   Yes, I got it back in my couponing days.

So, after all that purging, what could possibly be left?

I’m glad you asked.  

Looking good! (If I do say so myself.)

Looking good! (If I do say so myself.)

Mayhem Marginalized.

soap or shampoo

Why do I have so many products in my shower when I only use 1?

There's a tube inside.

There’s a tube inside.

Smells so good.

Smells so good.

Product, product everywhere

Product, product everywhere

Annnnd, 1 more

Annnnd, 1 more

Guess I could de-clutter some. Reckon?

I gave the yogurt body wash to Shirley.  She took it, even though I warned her, it felt slimy, all over my body!

What do I mean I only use 1 product? Well shampoo is for hair, right? And we have hair all over our bodies, right? So all I use is shampoo.

Partly cuz I can’t read the bottles, without my glasses.  Partly cuz I’m too lazy to do 2 steps. I only have 2 inches of hair, so why fuss?

And it’s cheaper too! Got my shampoo on sale with coupons for cheap cheap.

Now, the good part:

Products- poof!

Products- poof!

No more rack, and stuff here!

No more rack, and stuff here!

Oops, I forgot to take a before of that part.  Oh well, y’all are used to that by now, right? 😉  (And I’ve donated the rack already, so no way to fake the shot!)

I kept the Cherry Blossom shampoo.



That one is gone!  Oops!  Didn’t realize how nasty that corner was.  Tra la, I’ll think about that some other day.

Aaahhhhh! That looks better.  Ummm, as in de-cluttered better, not cleaned better!

I can’t get rid of the tube in PP’s cups, because it floats.  And she loves to play with it.


Thus endeth my soap or shampoo saga.

Hoarded & Holding

Here is the top of the entry hall closet.


Okay, the ice cream freezer is perfectly reasonable.  So is the Swiffer refill.  The cake keeper??  Probably not so much.  It has never held a cake , in the approximately 10 years I’ve had it.

Hmmmm.  Does that mean it needs to go??  Well, it sure doesn’t pass the “If you haven’t used it in a year, toss it” test.  So, I guess so.  (It won’t break my heart.)

But, as Sweet Friend just pointed out, now that I’m doing the “C” word, I might find a use for it.  (No wonder I can’t get rid of stuff, I’m being sabotaged!)

Ha! I got rid of it anyway!



And what do you mean that I’m hoarding shopping bags?? I use them!  No, I’ve never needed all of them at once.  No, I don’t know how many I have.  Can I just maybe get rid of a few that aren’t purple?  I’ll happily do that!  Cheerfully, even!

I had 22.  Yes, I was hoarding them.  {hangs head in shame}

Bags be gone!

1- thrown away, for some reason it stunk!

11 donated,  10 kept.

PP C 076

Not tidy, whatever, there's less

Not tidy, whatever, there’s less

Also, the gift bags, aye yi yi, the gift bags!  I had —-18—— of them! And, I don’t even want to talk about the bows!

Bag o' Bows

Bag o’ Bows

Now, Neat

Now, Neat

Here’s the bows, after throwing away the trashed ones, and assorted pieces of bedraggled ribbon:

Much better!

Much better!


Okay, I can explain.  The bottles that appear to be wine, are in fact, sparkling grape juice.  Sister got them for 20 cents a bottle! So, yes! I told her to buy me as many as she could!  Which turned out to be 4. Woo hoo!  I am set for this year’s NYE party!!  Maybe I can even have a party! because my home will be de-cluttered enough to not need a week, a backhoe, and 4 strong men to clean !!  Yay!! That’s what I’m working towards!!

Yeah, maybe the broken down boxes can go.   sincerely hope I’m not moving any time soon!!  (This was written looong ago, before I knew about Brother leaving, and the choices of whether to move or not.)

Don’t know what’s in that box.  Perhaps it needs a quick look-see?

Definitely need to keep the Swiffer, and use it!

The vacuum is from an anonymous donor.  When they read that I didn’t have one, they gave me this.  How wonderful!

So, now I just need to do a few little tweeks, and Voila!

Nope!  Just kidding!

Just when I think I’m done with the bags, I haul out that big box and find 8 more hiding in the back!  Oy vey.  4 purple to stay, 4 others to go.

Then to make things festive, this pops up.

20150602_222359Last year’s Christmas basket o’ greens.  Not so green any more. But I must say, they do look pretty good in that photo!

Oh, the box? Verizon components from 2 places ago. Oops.  Guess that’ s why the final bill was so high, I still haven’t paid it off yet..  Maybe I should take care of that right away.  Better take a lesson kids- this is where slobbery and procrastination gets ya- in big money trouble!

I even swept!

I even swept!

1 more closet done,  5 more to go!  (Well, only 3 more of mine, not doing Brother’s 2!)

Toss Toaster?



Are you crazy?  Tossing the toaster is just over the line!

Back up, there, Benny.  Hold your horses, Holly.

If I toss the toaster, as was suggested on an organizing blog,,  whatever will I make toast with?

What’s that?  I don’t have bread now that I’m GF? Ummmmm, but what if I have a guest who wants toast, and brought their own bread?? Hmm, what say you then?

Oh, okay, fine.  I’ll toss the toaster.


1 more thing gone, 12 million to go.