My son had this toy storage container in his room. I actually didn’t mind it when he was a baby because well his toys were smaller then. Now that he is a toddler you can maybe fit one of his trucks, trains or balls into one of those teeny tiny buckets. It just doesn’t justify the space it takes up for the amount of storage it will contain. So I’ve got it sitting in my basement right now just sitting there empty. I don’t want to get rid of it yet because my son is still using the matching bookcase and eventually when I sell them I’d like to sell them as a set.
1. What is your opinion on these type of toy storage bins?
2. Do you use them for anything other than toys?
3. Do you think I should just get rid of it now and forget selling the pair as a set?
I just realized it’s been a couple of weeks since I passed along another Storage Star. My next Storage Star goes to Mrs. Jones and her very clever storage idea for coloring books and crayons! I found Mrs. Jones through WFMW and I just loved the creativeness of this simple storage solution. Such a terrific example of using something for a purpose other than what it was intended. The next time you go to throw something out, take a second and think how about else you could put it to good use.
Believe it or not I actually have one of these dish racks in my basement and would never have guessed to use it this way. I love it!! Head on over to Mrs. Jones to read about another great idea she shares for using paint cans. What a lovely blog she has!
Let’s start with the good news! Remember the ticket I mentioned getting the other day? It was the motivation I needed to finally get my stuff put up on Ebay in hopes of covering that bill. Well guess what? My ticket was $226.00 and my Ebay stuff sold for a grand total of $229.00!! Praise God!!
In other exciting news I have another great giveaway from around the Blogosphere to share with you. Anyone who has read my blog for
a week awhile knows how I LOVE the Taste of Home Company. I love all their magazines and can frequently be found “reading” them from cover to cover. The pictures are magnificent! Anyhoo, Molly from Molly-Coddled.com is giving away The Taste of Home Cookbook plus a one year subscription to one of their magazines of your choosing. Sweet!! Head on over and enter yourself if you want!
Also thanks to Kailani who featured my 30 Day Organizational Challenge in her “5 Minutes Around The Blogosphere” column over at the 5 minutes for mom site. Click here to check it out along with all the other great things going on around the Blogosphere this week. I love the 5 Minutes for Mom site, I mean how cool is it that twin sisters gave birth to twin girls only two weeks apart. Amazing! Susan and Janice also run two other websites, A Rocking Horse To Love and Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles. I really don’t know how they do it all!
Considering I’m no longer blessed to have a house cleaner come into my home every other week, I’ve been taking Katherine’s lead and am working on my weekly work schedule. I know with great certainty that if I don’t structure my days a little more than I’m currently doing I will get completely distracted with organizing one area after another and the toilets and dusting may never get down! No matter how you look at it, organized toilet paper is nice but a clean toilet is even nicer….it’s just not as much fun to do. So I’m pulling something together and after reading Katherine’s schedule I’m thanking my lucky stars that laundry isn’t a daily occurrence around here. Whew!!
So my new site is pulling together nicely. Many of you will be happy to know that there will be significantly less neon in the new design. You soon will no longer need to wear your sunglasses to visit me!
I’m completely pre-occupied with procrastination. In a moment of weakness I somehow agreed to give my first organizing workshop next Friday. How that happened I’ll never know. The very fact that I’ve not prepared at all for this event is leaving me to think that maybe I just imagined the whole thing. But oh no, it’s happening and I’d better get my act together because somehow thinking my passion is going to take over and be extremely articulate all by itself might be a tad naive. It might be best if I have something more than “Hi, I’m a Freak, nice to meet you” written down don’t you think? No, I’m sure it’ll all be fine….really….because nothing says “junkie” like a person shaking and twitching in the corner curled up in a fetal position!
In other news, many of you have emailed me about how slow my site is loading. Hang tight with me my friends, I’m working on a brand new WordPress site that will be unveiled soon. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to share it with you.
Have a great weekend everyone! Don’t forget to come back on Monday, October 29th to see what I’ll be giving away in the Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway going on over at Rocks In My Dryer. You won’t want to miss it!!!
It’s been awhile since I shared a delicious slow cooker recipe with you and this one is soooo good! I will admit that it does require a little more work than a recipe I would normally recommend does but it is worth it and I’ll even share my shortcut tips (in red).
Sausage Pasta Stew
1 pound turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed (did this the night before to save time in the am)
4 cups water
1 jar (26 oz) meatless spaghetti sauce
1 can (16 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces (I asked hubby really really nicely and he did this for me the night before)
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4 inch slices (I used baby carrots and didn’t bother to cut them up)
1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
1/3 cup chopped onion (I just cut into big chunks and then picked them out later)
1 1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 cup frozen peas (didn’t have any so just skipped but it sure would have looked even prettier with them)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
In a nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and place in a 5 quart slow cooker. Add water, spaghetti sauce, beans, summer squash, carrots, red pepper and onion; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until vegetables are tender.
Stir in the pasta, peas, sugar, salt and pepper; mix well. Cover and cook on high for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Yield: 8 servings
Source: Taste of Home Slow Cooker Recipes 2007
Doesn’t that look pretty and colorful and so perfect for fall! Served with delicious homemade bread from the breadmachine, so yummy!Don’t forget to visit Sandra’s place for many more slow cooker recipes.
Okay ladies, I’ve reviewed all your lovely comments, took them all into consideration and then promptly decided that I didn’t want to alleinate anyone from participating. In fact I want this to be an opportunity for everyone to get a space or room organized in your home without having too many limitations or parameters. So look for this challenge to be run very similar to the last one that took place in the spring with two categories, a small space AND a whole room. In other words no excuses! This is it! I’ve been a busy little bee behind the scenes over the last month securing sponsorship once again so that you will also have a little motivation to keep you going, besides the tiny little factor of having your before pictures documented for all the world to see!
The competition will begin on November 1st and run for the entire month of November. On November 1st I’ll put up a Mr. Linky for you to link up your “before” photos and before you go getting all panicky about that, remember this….the worse the before picture, the greater chance for improvement, the better the chance of winning. That’s how it works, so display those before pictures proudly I say!!
Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to an organized space this Christmas. You are worth it!!
Organizing is a PROCESS not a destination.
I would love it if you could help me spread the word. Thanks!
Then you must check out my new review over at my product review blog!!
So apparently I’m having this thing with piles. Last week I talked about my purge pile, this week I’m talking about my Ebay pile! This is what I’ve been busy doing:
I’ll be honest, I don’t particularly enjoy selling through Ebay. It’s so much work but the payoff can be nice with the right products so I occassionally make the effort. The types of things I sell are mostly name brand products (5 pairs of Robeez for instance) or things that can’t be consigned here like books or baby gear. You always know when I’m Ebaying because food items in my cupboard start losing their boxes so I can package items up :)