Big Spring Cleanout Update #4

 

Here’s a peek at what’s finished on my list today as I keep I’ve got to take my kiddos to gymnastics this afternoon, so I’m planning to drop off everything we have to donate so far while I’m out. It feels so good to have accomplished so much, but I still feel like I’ve got such a ways to go! ! I’m almost through with the upstairs (I think I can I think I can . . .) Here’s what’s off the list ~ 

  • Attic storage space
  • Playroom
  • Reagan’s bedroom and closet
  • Laundry room
  • Linen closet
  • Caroline’s bedroom, closet and small attic storage area
  • Kid’s bathroom
  • Jackson’s bedroom and closet
  • Our bedroom
  • Our closet
  • Our bathroom
  • Office
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Kitchen
  • Guest bedroom & closet
  • Garage (most likely my husband will take care of this, but I’m including it here because it definitely needs to be done too.)

 

Right now I’m finishing up our bedroom dresser, and can’t believe we’ve kept a stash of things to be donated hiding behind a chair in our room.

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It’s just about cleared out now, and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to do it!

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I even found pictures of our vegetable garden from our last house right before we moved here . . . somehow we made it through that move, so I’m sure this one will be just fine too.

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(Not sure why, but a happy garden just makes life seem a little more bearable.) ;)  

Big Spring Cleanout Update #3: 6 Rooms Down . . . A Jillion To Go?

I was feeling so accomplished when I started back to work, but goodness I’m pretty sure I’ve just hit a wall! To make me feel just a wee bit better, here’s what’s off the list . . .

  • Attic storage space
  • Playroom
  • Reagan’s bedroom and closet
  • Laundry room
  • Linen closet
  • Caroline’s bedroom, closet and small attic storage area
  • Kid’s bathroom
  • Jackson’s bedroom and closet
  • Our bedroom
  • Our closet
  • Our bathroom
  • Office
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Kitchen
  • Guest bedroom & closet
  • Garage (most likely my husband will take care of this, but I’m including it here because it definitely needs to be done too.)
Okay – I started in the laundry room, which thankfully was pretty simple because since it’s fairly small I keep up with it as often as possible . . . 
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I didn’t get rid of anything, but did remind myself not to purchase any new detergents or cleaners prior to moving.

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And then there was the endless supply of mateless socks. Ugh. I decided to separate them into whites and colors, and will let my kids work on sorting them this evening.

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Thanks to everyone’s tips, I came across an empty bin next to the laundry room, and decided to add all those trophies there at least for now – that way they’re all in one place!

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Then I tackled the linen closet which wasn’t too bad – I got rid of a few old sheets and blankets (but not much)

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And hung to the baby blankets my mother-in-law made for each child the year that they were born.

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Then I quickly tackled the bathroom cabinets

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Decided my children do not need full reign of our toothpaste stockpile (there must have been 9 open tubes in there!)

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And put the rainbow loom that had somehow mysteriously ended up in the bathroom cabinet back in its place.

 

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All better!

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I got rid of a ton of hair bows and ribbons – it’s so sad but my girls have almost grown out of them, so I just kept our favorites and moved along! I also finished up my ten year old’s room and closet, before hitting what may be the biggest of today’s jobs.

 

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Inside my daughter’s room is a (tiny!) storage area where things have been stored directly from our last move, and I’m determined to get rid of them. See that box of hats up there? It hasn’t been opened in 8 years, so all of those are going to a good home away from my home.

What I’m really worried about is what’s left though. I’ve got several boxes to really go through, and while I would love to get rid of them all there are quite a few things that I’m afraid I’m not ready to let go of.

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(this would not be one of them.) 

Just found a plaque from where I got an “outstanding in typing” back in 1993 – clearly out of all the high school and college courses I took, that little award was the only thing that would really help me out in life one day. (Note to self: Make your children learn to type – it will change their future!) ;)

 

 

Wish me luck as I head back in – and please let me know if you’re tackling any cleaning out today or have any tips for me as I go . . . eek!

Big Spring Cleanout Update #2: The Playroom (And Do You Keep Old CDs?)

 

I’ve marked a few rooms off my list now – whew! Here’s where we’re at:

  1. Attic storage space
  2. Playroom
  3. Reagan’s bedroom and closet
  4. Laundry room
  5. Linen closet
  6. Caroline’s bedroom, closet and small attic storage area
  7. Kid’s bathroom
  8. Jackson’s bedroom and closet
  9. Our bedroom
  10. Our closet
  11. Our bathroom
  12. Office
  13. Dining Room
  14. Family Room
  15. Kitchen
  16. Guest bedroom & closet
  17. Garage (most likely my husband will take care of this, but I’m including it here because it definitely needs to be done too.)

 

What I’m most excited about is that as I’m going I’m placing things we are keeping in the right room, so that when we’re all moved in things will end up where they actually belong. It’s taking a little more time to get it done, but I think I’l be so glad that everything is in it’s home once we get there!

 

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While I cleaned out the cabinets in the playroom I found a ton of old sheet music (I’ve played the violin since I was eight, but hardly ever have time to pull it out these days!) I saved my favorites, and got rid of things that I’ve had since middle school. ;)

We’ve had this old odd box of my husband’s for ages (it’s kind of a fancy box, so I always thought it was something important?) I opened it up today and above was what I found (really, a popsicle stick, his high school class ring and the tiniest tube of Crest I’ve ever seen.) Most of it went, but I did hang onto the ring and that Crest (surely that will be important one day!)

 

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I did one last clean out of the toy tubs (and was so glad that I’d tackled those after Christmas)

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Pared our CDs down to just one basket

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Donated several CDs we no longer listen to . . .

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And cleaned out another set of cabinets.

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Here’s what came out of the room when I was done . . .

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And here’s a peek at how much stuff we’re already getting rid of! (It’s trash day at our house, so I wanted to get everything to the curb – I hate that I won’t have one big picture for the end of the day but it feels so good to have it gone!)

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The biggest thing I’m struggling with is what to do with all those old CDs as well as cassette tapes my husband has hung onto since high school. I don’t think we’ve played a single one of them in the 8 years we’ve been here, but I feel bad just letting them go? Would love your suggestions . . . now that there’s so much access to music on our phones or the internet, it’s hard to feel like I need to keep them!  
See more about today’s Big Spring Cleanout HERE. 

Big Spring Cleanout Update #1: Reagan’s Room (And What Do You Do With Trophies?)

As I got my kiddos ready for school this morning, I decided to start out in Reagan’s room rather than the attic. I hadn’t gone through her winter clothes, and (clearly) needed to as you can tell by her drawers as I got started!They’re normally not quite as bad as the pictures at the top show, but the girl has a horrible habit of going pulling out every drawer looking for that one tee on the bottom. Ugh!

 

 

(By the way, if you’re curious how de-cluttering helps with penny pinching, read this. I found so many items that I won’t have to purchase for summer this morning just by going through what we already have!)

(Before I started)

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I decided this poor pig had bit the dust – thankful she’s not here because she would hang on to her for the rest of her life if I let her ;)

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Now the drawers are all tidy (so excited!)

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The clothes are much more organized (although somewhere I’ve got to find the box including the rest of her her summer clothing . . . not sure where that went last fall but hopefully I’ll find it today! I’m thinking what’s there might just get her through the summer though and am tempted to hide that box completely . . . )

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I left the box with her winter clothes in it in her closet because that’s where I’ll want it to end up when we get to Ohio

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And now I can close the drawers easily. Success!

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Here’s what ended up being thrown away, given to a friend or donated – not too bad, and so much better!

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Now, the biggest question is how to start tackling the playroom cabinets . . .

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I would LOVE any suggestions on what to do with old trophies as well as the plaques that teams give when you coach a team (my husband has at least twenty of those and they all have a picture of the team – I have not idea what to do with them and if they’re worth keeping!)

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Any suggestions? Let me know if you’re tackling any Spring cleaning out today (or hoping to this weekend), and please share any ideas you have as I’m really getting started!

 

See more about today’s Big Spring Cleanout HERE.

The Big Spring Cleanout

 

Okie dokie folks . . . today’s the day!  I’m hanging out today all day at home doing a big Spring cleanout, and am hoping it’ll motivate you to join in too.  Because our move is right around the corner (the movers will be here three weeks from today – eek!), I wanted to do one last really thorough cleanout of every nook and cranny in our home. When we’ve moved before I’ve always managed to bring along thing we just don’t need, so I’m determined to do my very best to prevent that this time!

 

While most of you probably aren’t moving like me, I’m betting it’s time to swap your clothing over to the Spring season, and almost everyone usually has at least a little de-cluttering to do (right?)  So, if you have an hour or two today (or can set aside a few hours this weekend), I’m hoping you’ll get excited about doing some serious Spring cleaning out too!

 

Here are the rooms that are on my list (starting from the top of our house and moving all the way through it):

  1. Attic storage space
  2. Playroom
  3. Reagan’s bedroom and closet
  4. Laundry room
  5. Linen closet
  6. Caroline’s bedroom, closet and small attic storage area
  7. Kid’s bathroom
  8. Jackson’s bedroom and closet
  9. Our bedroom
  10. Our closet
  11. Our bathroom
  12. Office
  13. Dining Room
  14. Family Room
  15. Kitchen
  16. Guest bedroom & closet
  17. Garage (most likely my husband will take care of this, but I’m including it here because it definitely needs to be done too.)

 

Whew! (I think I’m tired just thinking about it all . . .)  Okay, here’s how it’s going to look today:

 

  • Every two hours (first update at 8AM), I’ll update pictures of what I’ve accomplished
  • My goal is to keep at it until 8 PM tonight except for my afternoon carpool (I’ve already prepared my kids – we’ll see how it goes . . .)
  • The pictures and updates will not be fancy – just a quick update from my phone sharing how things are moving along
  • I would love (love!) for you to join me as we go (misery loves company, you know)
  • There are a few favorite deal posts already scheduled for the day, but the savings will definitely be pretty spaced out (thanks so much for understanding!) ;)
  • I’m not expecting to get all of the rooms done on the list, just a good start. We may do it again next week (or even tomorrow?), depending on how things go!
 
And here’s what I’ve got with me as I start:
  • My phone loaded with my favorite Pandora and I Heart Radio channels (I love the Amy Grant and Dave Ramsey channels . . .) ;)
  • Boxes and packing tape for any items to be packed up
  • A sharpie marker for labeling
  • Several large trash bags – for items to donate and things to head to the trash
  • A diet coke ;)
  • Scissors (it seems like I always need them)
  • Chocolate (remember those Cadbury eggs? Yup, I’m thinking they’ll come in handy today)

 

 

Here I go!!! Please let me know if you’re joining in today too or if you’re going to work on it this weekend, and if you find any deals that are just too good to miss feel free to leave the information in the comments so that folks can get a deal! Thanks for your patience with me as I tackle this (huge!) job . . . y’all make my job so much fun to do each day. ;)

 

 

If you’re a blogger and would like to join in, leave a comment with a link to your post and I’ll be happy to share! You can also email me your pictures if you do some serious cleaning up and I’ll share those too over the weekend. (Send them to contact@ passionatepenny pincher.com – leave out spaces.)

 

Have You Spring Cleaned Your Beds? (+ Upcoming Spring Cleanout Details)

My friend Staci has been doing some serious Spring cleaning, and shared her pictures and ideas with me to share with you all! As our big move is just around the corner I haven’t done any real Spring cleaning (scroll down for more details), so I’m so glad she’s shared her tips with us.

 

To be honest I’m not sure that I’ve ever really deeply cleaned our beds (which I’m shocked to actually say?), so hearing Staci’s suggestions were great for me, and so helpful as a way to get started! Here’s what she recommends:

  1. Remove everything from bedding and wash all of the linens, mattress pads, and pillow shams (including pillows.)
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress, then vacuum very slowly to really deep clean.
  3. Flip the mattress over, then re-do it all again in six months. (She suggests doing it when you spring forward and fall back)

 

So do you clean your mattresses out well for Spring? I’m so glad Staci shared her tips, and am hoping to get mine done over the next few weeks before we move.  I’d love to know what other suggestions you have for giving your bedrooms a good Spring cleaning!

 

*Note: A PPP reader mentioned that you’ll want to make sure to use a vacuum that can handle baking soda (I assumed that all could, but apparently some are not made for that!) Thanks for letting us know Kristin.

 

Okie dokie folks, here’s a peek at what to watch for later this week.  Either Thursday or Friday, I’ve got to spend the entire day giving our home one last good thorough cleanout before we move. (The moving trucks arrive in just over three weeks – eek!) So, for at least one day (and maybe more – we’ll see how it goes), I’m going to post only a few deals, but let you all join me throughout the day by posting updates from each room as I go! My plan at this point is for Thursday (although it may turn into Friday – I’m still working out my kids afternoon activities to be sure), and I’ll start posting at 6AM with updates every two hours throughout the day. 
If you’re like me and have procrastinated on de-cluttering (or just need to get all your Winter clothing swapped over to Spring), this will be a great time to tackle those chores too. Hopefully you can join in, and we’ll motivate one another together to get it done!

 

 

Penny Pinched Easter Baskets

I had two great emails this week asking how I frugally fill Easter baskets, as well as what to add to a teenager’s Easter basket, so I thought I’d share a peek at what our baskets look like this year! Several years ago I bought the buckets at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars and added a monogram to them ~ definitely re-using the basket from year to year will help you pinch those pennies. 

Normally we include candy and a few items from the dollar bins at Target or the Dollar Tree, but this year since I’d scored such great deals on board games last week at Target, my kids will get those too. I was pretty excited when I saw Target had their $1 Spot items on sale 6/$5, and was tickled because they had quite a few fun items for my girls!

 

I went to CVS and Target yesterday for the Easter candy deals (I loved being able to use the $10 off $50 grocery coupon at Target towards the candy I had to purchase!), and that’s about it. Nothing fancy or all that exciting, but my kids always are pretty excited to wake up bright and early to a morning full of chocolate and a few fun treats!

Because I didn’t get a game for my 14-year-old, I’m going to add in a $5 iTunes card (he’ll be thrilled with that!)

 

What other items do you add to your child’s Easter basket? Leave a comment to share- I’m always up for new ideas!

Haven’t started shopping for Easter candy yet? See the best Easter Candy Deals 2014 over HERE before heading to the store, and be sure to print these coupons to easily pinch a penny or two.
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

Upcoming Coupon Class In North Alabama (5/16/14)

 

I’m so excited about our upcoming coupon class that my friend Shannon and I will be teaching Friday, May 16th at Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, Alabama from 6:30 – 8:30 PM!   We’ll discuss how to save money at Aldi, Target, Publix & Kroger, as well as share basic information on drug store coupon policies. We’ll also talk about how to organize your coupons, what all those crazy abbreviations mean, and where to begin if you’re a new couponer!

 


A donation of $5 for the coupon class is requested, and can be paid at the door.  A portion of all money received will benefit the Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Atheletes.  We’d also love if you would bring a canned food item to donate to Asbury’s Food Pantry!  There’s a link to the registration form that I’ll leave up on the right side of the page.  If you’re a new couponer (or even have been at this penny-pinching stuff for awhile . . . ) we’ll hopefully teach you a few new tricks, and promise to answer all your questions.  We can’t wait to meet you there!
Eventbrite - Penny Pinching Coupon Class
Not in the North Alabama area?  Check out the list of beginners tips and videos, and as always, feel free to ask questions in the comment section or on the PPP Facebook page.  We’re always happy to help!

 

 

Easter Free Printables: Create A Paper Basket

To download yours, go HERE. Photo Credit

This weekend is Easter (one of my favorite Holidays), and I thought it would be fun to share a few free printables this week to make your Easter week extra fun! I found these absolutely adorable Easter Egg Basket printables at Melissa Espin, and was just so impressed with them. Print them on cardstock, add some ribbon, and create beautiful baskets for your table settings this year!

 

 

To download yours, go HERE and get started. Such a fun idea!

 

 

I’d love for you to also join my Easter Board on Pinterest – there are some great penny-pinched recipes, decorating and home ideas to help you get ready fo

Penny Pinched Dining Room Makeover

Oh my, I’m so excited to share this week’s Friday Fluff up with you! My friend Staci recently re-did her dining room and it’s just beautiful. She kept the original furniture she had, but re-upholstered her chair cushions, changed the rug and added (beautiful!) new curtains. The results are just perfect!

Here’s a peek . . . 

(I can’t believe I didn’t get a better picture standing further back, but this is an idea!)

Here’s where her money was spent . . .

$48 for fabric to recover her chairs

$250 for rug from Joss & Main (if you’ve looked at the cost of high end rugs lately, you know this was a fantastic price!)

$125 curtains from Joss & Main 

My absolute favorite trick that Staci shared was how she hung her curtains. She had purchased the new (super cute!) navy curtains from  Joss & Main, but they allowed a lot of light to pass through (getting curtains heavy enough to block light can get so expensive.) So, she left up her old silk curtains underneath, and it adds so much weight to the newer curtains – so smart!

Here’s the breakdown of her expenses:

  • Fabric $49
  • Joss & Main Rug $250
  • Joss & Main Curtains $125
  • Candles $9.99 from Ikea
  • Total $523 – not bad at all for a complete updated dining room!

I absolutely love what she was able to do, and the best part is that she didn’t have to update any of her furniture (which is where most of your money can easily go!)  Thanks so much Staci for sharing with us – it looks beautiful. ;)

 

Curious how I fluffed up our dining room for under $150? Check this out.

This post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday and Follow Our Thrift – thanks for the opportunity to link up! I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 



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