094 Decluttering By Selling in Facebook Groups Podcast

Podcast #94 from ASlobComesClean - Decluttering by Selling in FB Groups

Mentioned in this podcast:

My Experience Selling in FB Groups

How to Sell on eBay. (podcast)

My post explaining The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016

Direct (affiliate) link to the bundle.

 

--Nony

What I Can Give You (And What I Totally Can’t)

One of my very favorite things about directing the yearly musicals I do with my kids’ show choir is the conversations about my age that inevitably happen. At some point (when I’m sweating profusely from demonstrating a dance move or forgetting a kid’s name or am just flat out exhausted), I blame my current issue on my age. And every time (EVERY time) the kids gasp in shock. They had no idea I was so old! They really thought I was in my early thirties!! Or late twenties!! Or they assumed I was fifteen!!! (Even though my 12 year old child is in the play with them . . . ) Seriously, this is one of the biggest perks of that job!!

I’m 42, and I’m more than happy to be 42.  With my forties comes a certain, ummm . . . attitude. It happened to my own mother. (Oh my, did it ever.)

It’s a take-it-or-leave-it, I-am-what-I-am, who-has-the-energy-to-pretend-to-have-answers-when-she-totally-doesn’t kind of thing.

It’s one of the reasons why, even though I still cringe when someone asks me what I “do” and I have to share my deep dark slob secret with them, I’m glad I get to write about something that lets me feel absolutely no need to pretend I’ve got it all together. (Whatever “it” is.)

Over time, through much resistance, I’ve accepted that I have something to offer the hopeless homemaker. I can identify and explain the basics for bringing and keeping a home out of Disaster Status in a way that actually makes sense to others to whom this stuff does NOT come naturally.

But I get questions I simply can’t answer. Or won’t answer. Because I base all of my strategies/advice on what I’ve personally found to work in my home, and I may not have actually made that thing work in my own home yet. (And may never.)

Like how often should you clean this, that, or the other. Or how do you keep track of the BIG cleaning tasks like scrubbing down air vents and such? (Ummm, I don’t?) Or how to menu plan using only whole foods?

Or questions about blending organizing and home decor. Hahahahaha!!! Those questions are usually from people who just landed here and haven’t looked around yet!

But my lack of ability to answer every question is one of the things I love about offering the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

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Some resources in the bundle that can answer questions I can’t:

The Motivated Moms Chore Planner from MotivatedMoms.com

I’ve heard about this resource many times, and now that I’ve seen it I can say it is most definitely IMPRESSIVE. So many details. It is an amazingly thorough cleaning checklist that takes you, day by day, from May 2016 to June 2017. There are everyday tasks to check off plus cleaning tasks to check off plus other random cleaning tasks assigned to every single day of the entire year. Do them all and you’ll have a perfectly clean home. Do any of them and you’ll be better off than you were before! This printable chore planner is normally $8.

Cleaning Around the Seasons from CleanMama.net

This is another printable deep-cleaning schedule, but has options for making it work with your cleaning style. It’s also gorgeous, as all of Becky’s stuff is. Normal price: $10

Cozy Minimalist Mom from TheNester.com

Myquillyn Smith is The Nester. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s well known for being incredibly gifted at teaching decorating techniques that are doable, lovely, and practical. This product is actually a video course and focuses specifically on eliminating clutter and creating a stylish home when you have kids living there. Normal price: $29

Frugal Real Food Meal Plans: Summer from DontWasteTheCrumbs.com

Summer starts SOON, y’all. These plans cover all of it, and are for “real food” meals. There are shopping lists to stock up on the non-perishables included, and then separate shopping lists for each week’s perishables. How cool is that? Normal price: $15

I could keep going, but you really need to go here to check out the bundle and see what catches your eye so you can decide if it’s a good value for you.

--Nony

One Good Thing Leads to Another (or Vice Versa)

One Good thing Leads to Another

I’ve been on a green smoothie kick lately. To the point where I actually crave them. To the point where I made extra to give to a friend who suffers from health problems so she could see if they make her feel better. I don’t have health problems, but they make me feel better.

She’s on a kick now, too.

Do you know the most intimidating part of daily smoothie-making? (Now that I’ve realized I really CAN’T taste the spinach/kale and don’t have to hold my nose on the first sip.)

The daily using of the blender/food processor. Which means counting on that food processor to be clean.

Daily.

Because if it’s going to be a daily habit to make a smoothie, it also has to be a daily habit to wash the blender.

After about a week of the strangely-addictive drinkable veggies/fruits, I had a moment of profound thankfulness that this new habit is even possible for me. Pre-blog, it wouldn’t have been. I might have tried a few times, but after a few days of digging out and handwashing the blender, and more than a few days of not bothering because I didn’t feel like excavating the very-possibly-slimy blender from the pile of dirty dishes, the smoothie habit would fizzle.

Yay for this habit making it almost a month now because the dishwashing habit has made it almost seven years now.

But since I know that no good habit is unbreakable in this house, I also appreciate how the smoothie habit encourages me to stay on top of the dishwashing habit.

There have been a few days over the last month when I almost justified not running my dishwasher before heading to bed. There weren’t enough dishes to justify a load (an old excuse I’ve proven wrong time and time again), or I was convinced I was too tired. But seeing the food processor in the sink urged me to load and start the dishwasher. I know (from experience) that it will only take me five minutes to load the dishwasher, and I know (from experience) that I’ll love the feeling of being able to take the food processor out of the dishwasher and make my smoothie without any hassle at all.

Good Habits make other good habits easier

One habit lets me do the other habit.

The other habit encourages me to keep up with the first one.

And that’s how it goes. So (so so so) many homemaking tasks build upon one another. Getting laundry under control opens my eyes to the reality of our family’s clothing clutter. Keeping up with dishes lets me try new recipes in my clean kitchen. Ready-to-go freezer meals free up time for decluttering.

Yay for one good habit helping out another.

 

I get my smoothie recipes from Simple Green Smoothies!

 

 

 

One Good Habit Leads to Another

--Nony

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