How to live a clutter free life?

I have read the books, blogs, discussed with friends etc.  and it is clear to me that despite all of this effort, I still have not got a handle on my clutter situation.

After some analysis, it appears that the problem is not with sorting the clutter into the recommended piles, it lies in dealing with the piles once created!  The ‘Rubbish’ pile is ejected immediately, the ‘Keep’ pile finds a new home within the house, the ‘Charity’ pile goes straight in the boot of the car to drop off.  The problem lies with the ‘Sell’ pile.

Please tell me I am not alone in carefully saving all items which I believe may have a value and would then, once sold, provide cash for other things?  The issue, I believe, is how best to dispose of these items.  Obviously you could put them in the local paper or newsagents window for very little cost.  There are also many sites available for selling items, such as Ebay or Gumtree, but in the case of Ebay particularly the actual of selling cost of the item is quite high in relation to price achieved at sale.

I have taken a look at my ‘Sell’ pile and have decided that it is time to take action as money raised would help towards getting Katie Says off the ground and that can only be a good thing (obviously in my opinion)!  And judging by the size of the pile accumulated, would definitely go quite some way to helping me achieve a clutter free home!

So I will be loading all the items I have collected over a longgggg period of time into an album on the Katie Says Facebook page and as there are so many items, it will be a gradual process, but I hope you will take a look and maybe find something which takes your fancy.  Please do tell your friends about it too and maybe ‘Like’ the page to help spread the word.

Thank you for your help.


Its that time again – Teacher Gifts Time!

This time of year always seems to start a playground debate on the subject of teacher gifts.  Should there be a collection for one big gift and if so, what should it be?  Or everyone trying to suss out what each are buying so as not to double up, which is easier said than done!

I have joined in this game, every year, but it recently occurred to me that it may be easier, as I can sew, to make a homemade gift.

So this week, I put together a lined zippered pouch in some nice linen and added some pretty twiddly bits, all in a butterfly theme for my daughter’s teacher.

I have been asked by many mum’s now, if I could make one up for their child’s teacher, so I am going to put teacher gifts on my list of products to make.  Obviously not in time for this year, but please bear me in mind for next time!

Best gift ever – what's yours?

I was thinking about gifts as I had so many birthdays to buy for, but this time it was about the gifts that I myself have been given and what a lucky girl I have been. 

It got me wondering about the best gift that I have ever received and I have had some lovely ones, but the one that beats them all (even the diamonds!) was my Mothers Day gift in 2009.  My gorgeous (then 5 year old) Sophie presented me with a decorated shoebox and when I looked inside I was shocked to find that it was absolutely crammed with letters, pictures and crafted items, which she had made especially for me and in secret so she could surprise me. 

All had kisses and messages of love and I absolutely sobbed my way through each and every one of them.  She looked so proud that she had managed to surprise me and also made me soooo happy – bless her.  It is now safely stored at the top of my wardrobe and I take it down and look through it when I am having ‘one of those days’. 

So, what is the best gift you have ever been given, I would love to know?

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