“You Know I Can’t Handle More Stuff” Approach – Clutter Avoidance Conversations

Avoid Clutter with this Strategy You Know I Can't Handle More Stuff!

I’ve got five six of these Clutter Avoidance Conversations to help you get through family gatherings without bring home stuff you don’t need.

Today’s approach: “You Know I Can’t Handle More Stuff”

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Them: Hey sweetie, come in here for a minute, K?

Me: What do you need?

Them: Well, I have been working to clear stuff out of my house, and look what I found!! (Shows a box full of stuff)

Me: Wow! Go you!! You’ve been working hard!

Them: I have. I REALLY have. (Hands box to Me) Why don’t you go ahead and take it out to your car so you don’t forget when it’s time to leave.

Me: Oh, you wanted me to take it?

Them: Well, of course. I don’t need any of it.

Me: Oh, you know how hard I’ve been working to declutter my house too. I can’t take any more stuff since I’m trying to get rid of my own stuff!

Them: But you’ve got such a huge collection of tablecloths and candlesticks and . . . well . . . everything!

Me: Right. And you know how much of a struggle it is for me to keep my house under control.

Them: (Nods too knowingly)

Me: So thanks for understanding why I just can’t take them.

Them: Well, I really want them gone, so why don’t you just go ahead and take them now and you can figure out where to put them later.

Me: (confused) No, I meant I can’t take them at all. Too much stuff in my house already, you know. So go ahead and donate them. I’ll be okay!

Them: Donate them? Give them away?

Me: Or do whatever, but please don’t worry about me one bit. OK? Oh, I better go check the rolls!


043 Avoiding Clutter Podcast

Podcast #43 from ASlobComesClean.com - Ways to Avoid Bringing Clutter Into Your Home


Links Mentioned Within This Podcast:

Clutter Avoidance Conversations – “I’ll See What I Can Use.”

Clutter Avoidance Conversations – “Oh, I Already Have One of Those.”

“You Know I Can’t Handle More Stuff”

Last Resort – Playing the Crazy Card

“You’re So Funny!”

“Let Me Ask You Something First”

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Tackling Puppy Stains (and a Giveaway!!)

Meet Scruffy.

Scruffy the Puppy at ASlobComesClean.com

She’s fit into our family perfectly since we adopted her from a local shelter in April. Really. She loves us, we love her, and my 8yo finally has the roommate she’s always wanted.

But Scruffy is the reason why I immediately agreed to try out Spot Shot carpet stain remover.

Scruffy’s done well with house-training, but since she sleeps in my daughter’s room, there have been a few accidents in there. Unfortunately, my daughter (Scruffy’s very best friend in the whole wide world), tends to “deal with” the accidents herself and I don’t know about them until I see the stain.

Stains stress me out. Like, they seem un-deal-with-able in my Slob Brain.

That’s the reason my kids weren’t allowed to eat in the living room until recently. Even on Movie Nights, we would spread out a sheet and they only drank water. Nothing with color or flavor or sugar. They’re now 8, 11 and 12 and I’ve just started letting them use TV trays.

Food or drinks in the bedrooms? No way no how.

My main stain defense has been avoidance.

But with puppies, pee happens.

It was time to get over my Fear of Stains. Specifically, two that were right inside my daughter’s door. They were making me crazy.

Spot Shot sent me several varieties, but I chose to use the bottle that was specifically for pet stains. It’s also non-toxic.

Treating Puppy Stains ASlobComesClean.com

To help conquer my oh-my-word-what-do-I-do panic, I read the directions on the can.

(Novel idea, right?)

I was surprised at the force of the spray. It did a good job of penetrating my oh-so-soft-but-oh-so-pink 80s carpet. The directions said to let it sit for five minutes, so I set the alarm on my phone. After the timer went off, I placed clean cloth diapers (which I now use for cleaning rags) over the treated spot and then pressed down with my foot to blot and draw up the stain.

Puppy pee left my carpet and transferred to the cloth. Totally gross, but totally cool.

With each full-body-weight foot press, I used a new, clean place on the cloth so I could see how much was still coming up from the stain. Following the instructions, I repeated this process until the stain was gone. For this stain, I ended up applying the Spot Shot Pet three times and using four diapers (with four or five “blots” each).

My stains had been there a while. I’m pretty sure a newer stain would require significantly less work.

Treating Old Stain with Spot Shot Pet at ASlobComesClean.com

Once the rags no longer brought up any wee-wee, I decided the stain was gone. Then, I had to figure out what the directions meant when they said, “After full stain removal, gently blot area with clean, cool water in all directions. Repeat and blot area dry.”

Here’s where I get re-stressed out. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?? Blot with clean, cool water?? In all directions?

I feel like I must have missed that day in Home Ec! Oh, wait. I didn’t take Home Ec.

But I stopped my inner-crazy-talk and decided this was what that meant:

After the Stain Removal ASlobComesClean.com

It worked, so I hope I’m right.

I wet a clean rag and didn’t wring it out.

I pressed the soppy-wet rag onto the area where I’d used the Spot Shot and rubbed it in all directions, squeezing the water into the carpet. I decided this was to get the water all through the carpet fibers to “rinse” out the cleaner. I then pressed on the area with a clean white towel (with a picture of Shakespeare on it) to dry the carpet. I repeated three times.

I love that the stains are gone. (I removed two. One is shown in these pictures, and the second one was removed in the video below.)

My only complaint? The areas where I cleaned the stains look better than the rest of the carpet. Now I see how badly my carpet needs to be cleaned! (Or replaced. I’ve only been thinking we’d replace it “soon” for about seven years . . . )

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If stains stress you too, check out this list of stains Spot Shot will conquer.

Now it’s your turn to enter to win your own Spot Shot AND a $50 Walmart giftcard!!!!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post about which kinds of stains stress you out the MOST!

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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, video, and giveaway, but all opinions, experiences, puppies and stain-o-phobia issues are mine.





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