Monthly Archives: March 2014

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award!

Wow! This is starting off kind of fast.  I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by http://simpleighorganized.com.  Thanks Leigh!

If you are not aware, a Liebster Award is a way of getting other bloggers known,
shared and generally getting the word out about them, if they have under 500 followers.
 – A few simple rules apply –
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you
3. Nominate 11 other followers with less than 500 followers
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5.Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

My Questions:

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging? I was trying to de clutter my world and wanted a way to keep myself accountable.
  2. Where do you enjoy vacationing? Mostly beaches.  But to me, there is a big difference between vacationing and traveling.  I love to travel – all over the world.  Vacationing is more of a time to relax and regroup.
  3. What is the title of the last book you’ve read? Last book that I can remember the title to was “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham
  4. What sports do you enjoy playing or watching? I have recently taken up tennis.  I LOVE watching college football.
  5. What’s your favorite food? Mexican
  6. List 3 hobbies. Reading, traveling, photography
  7. What is your favorite season and why? I’m a summer person!  I like being outside and near (or in) water.
  8. If you could learn another language, what would it be? Probably Spanish.  I tend to travel to areas where that is the native language. 
  9. Are you a saver or a spender? Both.
  10. What’s your favorite type of music? Top 40’s pop or 80’s music
  11. What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend? Go to the pool or beach (If I’m close by it…)

My Nominations – (I don’t have 11 and I’m not sure how to tell how many followers they have, but these are some that I follow on a regular basis… check them out!)

1. Vreeland Road

2. Kelli Price Photography

3. A Slob Comes Clean

4. Photography Awesomesauce

5. Kristy Dickerson

6.  The Ace of Space

7. Making Sense of Cents

8. Living Well Spending Less

My Questions:

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. Where do/did you learn about all of the technical aspects of blogging (creating links, adding pics, etc.)?
3. Do you make money from your blog?
4. How do you advertise your blog?
5. What is your main topic?
6. How many hours a week do you dedicate to blogging?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. Where was your favorite vacation?
9. Do you belong to any networking groups to share ideas on your business?
10. What is your favorite food?
11. Do you or your spouse primarily manage the finances for your family?

Ok… I think that’s all I’m supposed to do. Really new to this, so please bare with me. Thanks!

Lent

I’m not Catholic, nor am I religious at all, but each year I try to give up something for Lent.  I started this when one of my friends was joining a church and was giving up chocolate for Lent.  I joined in to support her.  Now each year I look for some way to test myself by imposing this 40 day ritual.

Since I’m in the de-clutter mode, I decided to give up shopping this year.  Nothing coming into the house that isn’t essential to make it through the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.  Boy, does email and social media make this hard!  I’m a regular email subscriber to several stores and flash sale sites.  It’s very hard not to click on Rue La La to see what is on sale today. (If you want an invite, click http://www.ruelala.com/invite/jenscape) “Only 3 days left in the Old Navy jeans sale!”  But I’m not shopping… The list goes on and on.

The only downside to this is that I didn’t purchase some of the organizing tools I was eyeing  before imposing this restriction.  Technically a pot lid rack isn’t essential.  It can wait.  But it sure would make my cabinet look more organized!  I guess I’ll have to keep a list of the things that would be nice to have and see if I still want them after Easter.

I’m hoping this will also help with my debt control.  Along with de cluttering, I’m also working on reducing my debt this year.  Consolidation and low or no interest offers are my method right now.  Anyone have a story about becoming debt free?  I’m open to suggestions!

Week 1 in the bag!

This week’s de-clutter challenge for me was the pantry.  I got rid of 2 huge garbage bags of expired food and stuff we will never eat.  I even made room for my Kitchen Aid mixer and juicer, so they could come off of the kitchen counters.  You can actually see the floor of the pantry now!!!

Before

Jennifer Lanier Asbell's photo.

After

Jennifer Lanier Asbell's photo.

Next I started on kitchen cabinets.  I am getting rid of my china, since a) I never use it, b) it was from my previous marriage, c) I don’t really even like it anymore, and d) it is taking up too much cabinet space!!!  I have 3 upper cabinets still to go, but that’s a jump on this weekend.

I’ve read a few other blogs on clutter and organizing and I think one of the trending themes is gifts.  I feel guilty if I give away something that was a gift, especially if it was from someone close to me.  I’m trying to get over this and wrote a FaceBook status about this very subject at the beginning of the year.  Here it is:

Dear Friends and Family, As we approach the end of 2013, it’s time to reflect on what I want to accomplish in 2014.  BK (Before Kevin), I accumulated a lot of “stuff”.  I think I was trying to fill the hole in my life with this “stuff” that I didn’t necessarily need.  I now find that all of these “things” are keeping me bogged down and it’s time to purge.  So my new year’s resolution is to spend 2014 paring down to a normal amount of things.  If you see me getting rid of something that you have given me, please don’t be offended.  Your gesture was received with all of the love that was intended.  And I don’t need any of these things to remind me of you – my loved ones.  And in the future, I would much rather have experiences with you than any trinkets or tokens of your friendship.  PS.  Yes, my infamous shoe and purse collection is going on sale.  So, if there are any that you had your eye on, please let me know before they go to eBay or consignment.  I will be keeping a few special ones, but will let go of the majority very soon. 
Hopefully this will help me continue to purge without guilt.  How do you handle getting rid of gifts that you no longer need or want? I would love to hear your feedback.