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Posts Tagged ‘organize’

Clearing My Space

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on May 20, 2011

Charity recycling

Image by HowardLake via Flickr

I have far too many possessions. It is true. I must get rid of some (okay, much) of the stuff that is taking up space in my home. There is just no getting around it. Besides, I do not like to clean. The less I have, the less I will have to clean. This will work out well for me.

So… I have been going through all of my belongings, deciding what will stay and what will go. I bet I’ll end up letting go of more than half of what currently resides in my home with me, and I am happy to do so. This process will take a while, as I do not have much time for this type of activity often, but it will get done.

I have my daughter on board with the decluttering movement as well. She is a college student who moves onto and off campus numerous times a year for both work and school. By going through all of her things and lightening her load, she will have less to drag back and forth with her.

We are not simply throwing things out, however. We have decided to incorporate different methods of non-wasteful disposal to rid us of everything thing we do not want, from clothing to furniture. Here are the steps we will be taking to clear our home:

  1. Offering items to friends and family.

  2. Incorporating into our efforts to get rid of things.

  3. Placing things outside with a big FREE sign.

  4. Donate to charity.

  5. Possibly having a yard sale with my sisters.

Just the thought of getting rid of all of this stuff is freeing 🙂



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My Pantry Updates

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on November 14, 2008

I thought that I would share what my “pantry” looks like. It isn’t much, and it is in different locations. I have finished the pantry shelves in the little room, so I wanted to share what they look like with you.

The top shelves of the pantry shelving unit.

The top shelves of the pantry shelving unit.


These are the bottom shelves of my pantry shelving unit. There are two drawers below the shelves.

These are the bottom shelves of my pantry shelving unit. There are two drawers below the shelves.

It is hard to organize with such a small amount of space. I am stocking up now because I know that we will have a hard time later this winter.

I will be posting my pantry inventory soon.


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Preparing the Pantry

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on October 13, 2008

On my blog Living the Low-Income Life, I have a page dedicated to creating a pantry. Feel free to check it out if you would like. You may find it useful.

My daughter, Skye, is living out of the home now. She has four roommates, so she does not have a place for most of her things. Said ‘things’ are taking up a lot of space throughout my home, but she was able to pick a few things up this past weekend.

For starters, she took her futon (bed) which frees up space in her sisters room. I am unsure of what her sister is planning to do with the extra space at this time. It may turn out that a friend of hers will come and stay with us in a month or so, She may hold off until we learn more.

Skye was also able to take the food and cleaning supplies from the little room. For a couple of months now, I have not been able to move in that room, which is where the pantry shelves are. The shelves are filled with food, some of which will now be moved into the kitchen, then I will be adding more stock-ups to the pantry. I will first clean the shelves and organize them better. Thankfully, Skye organized her ‘things’ better in therem so I can now move.

I plan to post a picture of my pantry shelves as I progress with my stock-up plan.

I am also taking stock of what all is in the freezer, and will be stocking it with more food soon.


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Mini Homestead Tasks

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on September 24, 2008

I have some things that I need to do before winter hits. Oddly, it is already cold outside at night, sometimes freezing. In previous years, children would still be wearing shorts to school and it would be hot during the day at this time, but not so this year. He is my recent to-do list:

  • Plug in the heat tape under the trailer.
  • Bank the trailer.
  • Pull plants from the garden and compost them.
  • Stir up the compost real well.
  • Add soil from planters to compost.
  • Put away decorative lawn items.
  • Decorate for Halloween (outside = children do, inside = I do.)
  • Clean up the yard, though we do tend to keep up with this all year.
  • Hang homemade bird feeders and fruit.
  • Hang herbs to dry.
  • Begin work on curtain for the door.
  • Bake bread/muffins to freeze.
  • Create freezer meals for ease during the holiday season.
  • Put plastic into the windows.
  • Change shower head, use a water saving one.
  • Have furnace cleaned.
  • Vacuum out the heater vents.
  • Vacuum out the furnace area and rinse the screen.
  • Organize and dust pantry area.
  • Change screens.
  • Wash the fans.
  • Purchase new light bulbs.

So, I am wondering what people on real homesteads do to prepare for winter.


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