Kids’ Clothes, Toys, Artwork and Schoolwork: What to Get Rid of and What to Keep

August 20, 2013
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My in-laws celebrated their 61st anniversary this year. They also moved out of the house they’ve lived in for 50 of those years. Various combinations of their nine kids spent weekend after weekend going through the 3-story house and sorting through the things they found there. The attic has proven to be an especially interesting […]

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Blog Rewind: Simplifying and Decluttering in the New Year

January 7, 2013

First of all, congrats to Rebecca Mc for leaving comment number 44 and winning the Happier at Home book and tote bag giveaway. I really wish I had a book to give each and every one of you who left a comment. They were most appreciated and I was excited to see how many of […]

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Weekend Reading: Simplifying Edition

July 27, 2012
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Summer has not been kind to our home. Travel, busy schedules and kids home from college, then away again, then back home again, have translated into a lot of dumping of stuff and ignored housework. That’s one reason that this article from Time Magazine’s Moneyland caught my eye: Got Stuff? Typical American Home Is Cluttered with […]

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Found Money Update: Garage Sale Edition

July 5, 2012
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I’ve written a lot about getting rid of things by selling them online: on Craigslist: My Weekend Selling on Craigslist, on Amazon: The Money Hiding in Your House: Textbooks on eBay: Top 5 Reasons I Love Selling on eBay at Cash 4 Books: Cash4Book Review I’ve also written about donating your stuff and taking the tax writeoff. But […]

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The Money Hiding in Your House: Textbooks

May 24, 2012

Most of the time it’s not worth the trouble to try selling books online. The vast majority of books don’t bring a lot of money. And the ones you think might be worth the most (John Grisham novels, books by Oprah’s trainer) are actually worth the least because there are so many of them floating […]

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40 Day Clutter Challenge

May 22, 2012

Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at Quintessentially Kate about Found Money, and I’m excited to welcome Lisa from Organize365 to The Family CEO.  Here’s Lisa: Sometimes when your priorities are in the right place, the money takes care of itself. This winter our life was spinning out of control. I […]

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Simplify Your Kitchen

April 17, 2012

Centsational Girl is having a Kitchen Gadgets link party today and the timing couldn’t be better. My latest decluttering target has been the kitchen. While sorting through what to keep and what to toss, I’ve noticed a few themes. Here’s what’s being shown the door: Duplicates or extras or too many of something These bowls […]

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Simplifying Holiday Clutter

March 22, 2012

Sharon has inspired me to get more serious about decluttering and to track my progress. So far in 2012, we’ve gotten rid of 87 items: 80 of those were donated and 7 were sold on Craigslist. The earnings from the Craigslist sales were $210 and It’s Deductible tells me that so far we’ve shaved $96 from next year’s tax […]

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Cash In, Stuff Out. My Weekend Selling on Craigslist.

March 15, 2012

My husband and I had the weekend to ourselves and our plan was to do a little Kansas City staycation. Instead, we watched college basketball (Go Jayhawks!) and decided to go all crazy and list some stuff on Craigslist. I know, we’re madcaps. Here’s what we unloaded: Wicker table and chair.I bought this little set […]

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Cash4Books Bonus

March 11, 2012

As a follow up to last week’s decluttering books post, I wanted to call your attention to a comment left on an earlier post. The comment was from Hannah at Cash4Books. Here’s what she had to say: Hello, I am an employee at and I wanted to thank you and your readers for the […]

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