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JojoNH Posted - Dec 28 2017 : 04:12:43 AM
Hello Everyone!
2018 is almost here and a new challenge would be fun to kick off. A Nifty Thrifty 2018! This challenge is easy. Anyone can take part and we will all benefit from having each other to cheer us on!

The challenge is to eliminate the clutter we all have. It's about becoming more aware of our actual needs from our wants and this challenge is perfect for this.

Start with just one room in your home. It might take you only a day in some rooms and maybe months in another (think of your craft room! Yikes!) Go through your room and anything that is in it you have stacked up in a corner, tucked under a chair, sitting on a shelf, or piled in a closet, pull it all out. Assess what it is and assign a name to it. It will be one of four: Get it done (projects that need finishing), Find a New Home (it is still useful but not to you), Repurpose (use an item in a different way) or Wrong Place (it belongs in a different room!).

Once you have done this, the next steps are to put them where they need to be.
1: Wrong place, move these immediately into the proper room.
2: Get it Done, These take priority to get them finished up. You need to make this a priority. No more "new projects" until these are done!
3: Re-purpose: Put these items to work in a new way.
4: Find a New Home: This will be fun, you can sell, barter or swap these for things you really need.

As we go through this process for each room in our homes, it will help us to rediscover many things we have forgotten about, re-purpose many items saving us time and money, help us to finish up our projects that have been languishing for way to long and give us some fun while bartering, trading and swapping our unneeded items.

Who's interested in a Thrifty New Year Challenge??

Joanna #566

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JojoNH Posted - Jun 28 2018 : 08:04:57 AM
Marie, you are too funny!! I think moving the wayward stones will count

Joanna #566


churunga Posted - Jun 27 2018 : 1:29:14 PM
Ha! I am exempt because I live in an apartment and someone with a very loud mower is out there now. Nevertheless, I will pick up some stones that have rolled out of the mulch and out of the construction site nearby. I want to put them under the outdoor water facet as a splash catcher.

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 27 2018 : 1:25:25 PM
I will definitely be trying! My yard has been a bit neglected by me lately so it could use some TLC.

JojoNH Posted - Jun 27 2018 : 12:49:04 PM

I am back!! Did you miss me?? LOL!

We have moved from Clarksville NH to Dunbarton NH. It was an very long, tiring move. We did it ourselves and it took 11 trips to completely move our home and two businesses. WHEW!!

I am so happy that I started this challenge, it helped to lighten our load tremendously.

Since Summer is officially here. . . it's time for a summer challenge!! Are you up to it?? here is the challenge

Let's get things cleaned up outside! Now is the time to start on one side of the yard and work across to the other, front to back! As you do, anything you no longer "need" or "use" is the target Gather these things up and decide if you will hold a yard sale to sell them or if you will be gifting them to someone else. Yes, I will be doing the same. . . even though we moved, we did take several things with us that we will not be needing after all.

Please post below if you are going to be taking on the Summertime Challenge!

Joanna #566


JojoNH Posted - May 18 2018 : 06:10:37 AM
Hello Everyone!
I apologize for being "missing" for so long. I have been holding onto a secret that I could not share until now. We are moving!! Needless to say, cleaning and downsizing has been a big deal for the last few weeks as we prepare for the move shortly.

We will have our keys the first week in June and begin the move. It is 3 1/2 hours south of our current location. Although I will miss our beautiful home here, it is time for a change.

Once we are moved, I will be posting more Thrifty Ideas, many be a couple of fun challenges for our summer?

Hope all of you are doing great and I would love to know how you are doing with your eliminating clutter.

Joanna #566

MaryJanesNiece Posted - Apr 11 2018 : 11:49:30 AM
Sara, love your process and what you decided to do with your carport. I mainly buy clothes online and haven't considered anything else. I should start looking into that. I actually don't even have an Amazon account. My MIL uses it all the time and loves it. I should check it out.

I went through all my magazines and recycled the ones I no longer wanted. Now I need to get out the hot glue gun and do some gluing. We will be getting ready to do some outside spring cleaning here shortly. The weather is really starting to get nice. I'm sorry your still getting snow Joanna. That makes the outside itch even worse!

JojoNH Posted - Apr 10 2018 : 11:48:27 AM
Hi Sara,
Wow, I am impressed! That is wonderful you have turned your carport into another room. Love that idea!

Like you, I shop online for 90% of my needs. Saves time and money, since it is the same as driving to the store, accept it gets delivered to me instead. . . and usually with free shipping

Love your saying too. Although I have pretty much gotten rid of all that I can, so the new is just supplies coming in that are needed.

Keep us updated on your continued progress!

Joanna #566

YellowRose Posted - Apr 10 2018 : 04:50:10 AM
Good morning Joanna, good to hear you are still going strong on spring cleaning.

I'm in the midst of straightening up and weeding out my carport storage room. Because of MS fatigue which slows my reflexes down I have given up driving and turned my carport into another outdoor room. Since I no longer drive and will either be shopping by taxi or going with one of my sisters I have started buying all my paper/plastic goods from Amazon. Also it will cut out whole aisles I won't have to go down so shopping will be easier on me. The large boxes of goods will be stored in carport storage room so I am making room for them. It's handy to my kitchen. First box of 16oz styro-foam cups arrived yesterday.

I already buy all dog food/treats on-line and had to make room for them in guest bathroom where I feed & water Annie.

I have set a rule for myself - something new in - something old out. I have begun learning how to make sourdough mother and bread. I ordered several new bowls and Pyrex baking dishes for bread making so something has to go out of my kitchen cabinets. I will offer them to my sisters first, then friends, and finally give to the Salvation Army.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

JojoNH Posted - Apr 10 2018 : 04:16:57 AM
Checking in. . . What is your Thrifty New Year looking like so far?
Spring is here, what are you working on next? Potting shed? Garage? Barn? Shed? Garden supplies?

I have spring fever pretty good at the moment. outside work for us yet, more snow coming tonight. . .yes, you read that right. 3" yesterday, more tonight, single numbers outside. Looking forward to springs arrival "sometime".

Joanna #566

MaryJanesNiece Posted - Mar 30 2018 : 11:31:39 AM
Joanna, that's exactly how I feel! But I'm starting to run out of steam! Lol! Luckily I am basically done with the cleaning I wanted done first. The rest can wait for a later date.

JojoNH Posted - Mar 30 2018 : 05:15:28 AM
Wow, you ladies have been busy!!

Krista, I remember those days. . . the whole house from attic to basement got cleaned!

Daizy, I know how your feeling about moving your desk. . . then knowing there will be remodeling happening too. If you have an air filer it is always good to run that next to the doorway that leads to the renovation. Helps control the dust and smells.

Yesterday I rearranged my desk to accommodate my paper crafting. That means it came out of the sewing studio, which means it was frustrating. The space at my desk is better and brighter, so that was a plus. Now I discovered I need more storage. . . ugh! LOL!
Time to clean out a file cabinet to re-utilize it for my paper crafting needs.

How are the rest of you doing?? Anything new you are doing, repurposing?

Joanna #566

Daizy Posted - Mar 29 2018 : 05:43:20 AM

Hay there! Hope everyone is well. I have been busy with my desk area. It is being moved to a corner in the great room. I have purchased a nice shelf system and all the files and binders are being transfered to it. My photos & certificates now have a place on the wall. This is a much over due clean up and purge of old stuff and also a chance to review and know where all the important stuff is. I hate moving my desk becoz it's a bit confusing to find things and make a routine again. It had to be moved tho. It was in a room that gets renovated this summer......I will close off that room as best as I can to keep the mess contained. It's always something!!! Hugs.

Hugs and prayers, Daizy #1093
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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Mar 28 2018 : 12:04:26 PM
I have been super busy over here. I cleaned all the blinds in the house, cleaned and organized my bedroom, cleaned all the carpets upstairs, washed and hung all of baby girls clothes, started making freezer meals, started packing my boys and my to go bags, and bathed my dogs! It's amazing what nesting can do for you! Lol! Glad to see others are doing so well.

JojoNH Posted - Mar 27 2018 : 06:44:09 AM

Hello Everyone!! Did you miss me?? We have been buried in snow. 5 Nor'Easters and tons of snow with each one. Hard to believe it's spring!

Check in and post what you are working on. I will be busy reading any posts I may have missed and look forward to hearing from each of you!!

FYI: I am in the process of sorting out all my crafting supplies. ALL of them!! I have 6 boxes done and that isn't even a dent in my stash!!

Joanna #566

Ladybek9756 Posted - Mar 24 2018 : 07:58:39 AM
I need to jump aboard this band wagon. I like your idea of a monthly list Sabrina. I have started on the library room. It is almost done as far as organizing. I am in the process of making bookcase covers for the top of then. So far I have one done and the mantle as well. I only have 4 more to do. The two last things are: coffee table daily and decoration, and a rug that I am making for the entrance to the room. My husband is building me a 6th bookcase for the extra large books and notebooks. That will conclude that room. My plan is one room at a time and plans is to complete my whole house.

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levisgrammy Posted - Mar 08 2018 : 06:24:46 AM
I did my spring cleaning in my family room and dining room.

I also downsized my pantry a bit and cleaned up in there. I still have a bit more to do in there. It is ongoing because everyone is in and out of there a lot.

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JojoNH Posted - Mar 08 2018 : 06:00:59 AM
Hello Everyone!!
So sorry to have not posted in awhile. Things are crazy around here at the moment. . . including 3 major storms. One has passed, the 2nd one is here now and a 3rd one on the way. Makes for a lot of work.

How are all of you coming along with your Nifty Thrifty Challenge?
I am happy to report, my living room and kitchen have both received their spring cleaning! Cleared out so much clutter. . . everyone notices as they enter through the back door.

What are you working on now? What have you got done that you haven't shared?

Joanna #566

OneRedZinnia Posted - Mar 03 2018 : 7:45:00 PM
My status! Lol! My kitchen is now pretty organized. Gifting some pots and such that I don't need. My craft and sewing rooms are a work in progress because somehow I get sidetracked and find something to sew or work on! Anyone else find their self with a 'squirrel' problem? Haha! :-)

~ Deb ~
Farmgirl Sister #5585
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 26 2018 : 12:15:31 PM
How's everyone coming along?

MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 12 2018 : 11:08:40 AM
I cleaned out under my master bathroom sink and cleaned the fans in both bathrooms. 2 more things checked off my list! This week I'm hoping to get around to more of my UFOs so I can finish cleaning my craft room.

MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 07 2018 : 11:39:39 AM
Sara, it really has been working great! I tell them they can only pick out one snack and that's just what they do. Occasionally they stand there for a minute trying to decide which they prefer, but will eventually decide! I love your idea for a pig out table. That will come in handy for me when the boys are older and eating way more than they eat now!

Bonnie Ellis Posted - Feb 06 2018 : 12:59:22 PM
Denise, I'll join with you.

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YellowRose Posted - Feb 06 2018 : 12:52:40 PM
Marie, I like tall skinny cabinets they're perfect for a few of this and that. Nothing gets lost in them.

Krista great idea to have a snack shelve that the boys can reach. It's handy and it helps to teach them how much snacks they can have and how often. When my son was in middle school I made him a "pig out" table for the summer and filled it with all kinds of snacks. I was surprised at how well he did with not over eating because he knew when the snacks were gone there wouldn't be anymore until I went shopping again. Taught him how to ration his snacks.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 06 2018 : 12:20:25 PM
Well I finally got around to cleaning out and organizing my pantry and fridge! It's so nice to have everything back in it's place and easily accessible. We even took the bottom shelf in the pantry and turned it into a snack shelf for my boys. This way they can reach and grab what they want! I am finally starting to feel better about all the decluttering that I have done. It's very freeing.

Marie, your kitchen cabinet looks great!

JojoNH Posted - Feb 06 2018 : 05:29:48 AM
Congratulations Marie! Looks fantastic, well done!!

Joanna #566


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