If Someone Uses It, It Can Stay


I was in a totally random situation having a totally random conversation with a totally random person I’ve met probably three times in my entire life.

That person randomly started talking about stuff he can’t believe someone would ever purchase. Something totally and completely useless and destined to turn into clutter.

His very best example?

A jerky gun.

Yeah. We totally have a jerky gun in our cabinet.

He couldn’t imagine why anyone would ever need one. But we need one. My husband uses it . . . to make jerky.

You pack it with ground meat and squeeze that meat out in flat, jerky-ish strips. Then you jerkify those strips until they’re jerky.

My husband loves that thing. We have had it for years, and he has used it so so many times. My kids love his jerky, and no matter how much he makes, it’s gone within days.

And y’all, have you priced jerky in the stores? That stuff ain’t cheap.

(Please note that I normally avoid using non-words like “ain’t,” but when talking about jerky and jerky guns, it feels right.)

So my point? Clutter is personal. If we use it consistently, even if not daily, it’s not clutter. If it’s a cool idea but we’ll never use it, it’s clutter.


Jerky-related affiliate links:

The jerky gun we have is out of stock on Amazon, when sold alone. But here it is with seasonings and a dehydrator.  Proof that jerky is expensive (or a convenient link for those who’ve realized they will never make jerky but want to put in a stocking as a non-clutter stuffer). 





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Podcast #111 from ASlobComesClean - Daunting Decluttering Projects


In this podcast, I talk about how to get going when you can’t seem to stop fixating on that ONE huge and daunting decluttering project that’s taunting you!

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Using Dawn to Clean More than Just Dishes

Cleaning the Fish Kitchen with Dawn Dish Soap

I’m excited to once again serve as a Dawn Wildlife Ambassador!

Two years ago, I traveled to California with Dawn to experience firsthand the work done by The Marine Mammal Center. Dawn is a huge supporter of this organization and so many other wildlife organizations including The International Bird Rescue.

This relationship between Dawn and wildlife rescue is real. You’ve seen the oil-covered birds being washed in Dawn, right? Well, Dawn is used all over The Marine Mammal Center as well, though not on the animals.

Photo Credit - Susan Goldman

Photo Credit – Susan Goldman

While we were there, we had the chance to help out the volunteers in their day to day duties around the center. The center is basically a hospital for marine mammals who are injured in the wild, and brought in for rehabilitation. We used Dawn to clean, well . . . ummm . . . . everything.  We cleaned the entire kitchen (where they grind up the fish for “yummy” fishshakes for the sea lions) with Dawn, and we cleaned the crates they use to transport animals. They spend so much time and energy getting injured animals to the center and healed animals back to the wild. (Did I mention that the people working there are volunteering their time?)


We even cleaned the trucks using Dawn.

So even though I already used Dawn for many different cleaning tasks in my home before that trip, over the last two years I’ve expanded my bag of cleaning-with-Dawn tricks.

I always squirt a little on a wet dishrag as I’m wiping down counters. I love to sling a circle of Dawn around my sink to give it a good (and super fast) scrubbing with a dish scrubber. I squirt some in small buckets of water and hand them to my kids so they can clean outdoor furniture, or their bikes, or anything else that needs cleaning.

My daughter used one of those Dawn-plus-water buckets to spiffy up her play kitchen that she’ll be selling soon.

And, of course, I use it on Scruffy:

Oh my word, isn't she even cuter when she's wet??

I decided if it’s good enough for the birds . . .

No, really. I’ve heard from so many people since I started working with Dawn about all of the ways they like to use this versatile not-just-for-dirty-dishes cleaner. One thing I hear over and over again is how people who deal with puppies love to bathe them in Dawn. It’s safe for the dog while also being amazingly effective.

One way I haven’t tried using Dawn, but definitely will is on grease stains on laundry. I despise grease stains on my kids’ shirts (fine, and my shirts), and it makes sense that Dawn’s grease-cutting power would be effective on those stains.  I’ll let you know my results.

61% of Americans use dish soap for other purposes besides cleaning dishes!

Tell me the ways you use Dawn! 

Disclosure: I’m a paid ambassador for Dawn, but the obsession with using it to clean as many things as I possibly can is all mine! 


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