• National Fritters Day
    National Fritters Day

    Print the free fill in the blank follow along calendar here.

  • National Eat a Red Apple Day

    On National Eat a Red Apple Day reconsider keeping the apple corer or slicer if you never use it.

    National Eat a Red Apple Day
    National Eat a Red Apple Day

    12/1 7pm Holiday Organizing 101: What to Buy, Bake, and Make

    12/2 6pm 10 Quick & Easy Last Minute Holiday Tips 

    12/6 4pm Stop Losing Your Stuff: declutter your desk, tech, dining table, and mind

    12/6 7:30pm Simply Celebrate: how to declutter, destress, connect, and cozy up this season

    12/7 7pm 7 Organizational Skills to Stress-Proof Your Holiday Season

  • National Mason Jar Day

    Coming up:

    12/1 7pm Holiday Organizing 101: What to Buy, Bake, and Make

    12/2 6pm 10 Quick & Easy Last Minute Holiday Tips 

    12/6 4pm Stop Losing Your Stuff: declutter your desk, tech, dining table, and mind

    12/6 7:30pm Simply Celebrate: how to declutter, destress, connect, and cozy up this season

    12/7 7pm 7 Organizational Skills to Stress-Proof Your Holiday Season

  • Cyber Monday

    Coming up:

    11/29 7pm Organize for the Unexpected: create your emergency plan today register 201-444-2390 wwwmidlandparklibrary.org

    12/1 7pm Holiday Organizing 101: What to Buy, Bake, and Make

    12/2 6pm 10 Quick & Easy Last Minute Holiday Tips 

    12/6 4pm Stop Losing Your Stuff: declutter your desk, tech, dining table, and mind

    12/6 7:30pm Simply Celebrate: how to declutter, destress, connect, and cozy up this season

    12/7 7pm 7 Organizational Skills to Stress-Proof Your Holiday Season

  • National French Toast Day

    Coming up:

    11/29 7pm Organize for the Unexpected: create your emergency plan today register 201-444-2390 wwwmidlandparklibrary.org

    12/1 7pm Holiday Organizing 101: What to Buy, Bake, and Make

    12/2 6pm 10 Quick & Easy Last Minute Holiday Tips 

    12/6 4pm Stop Losing Your Stuff: declutter your desk, tech, dining table, and mind

    12/6 7:30pm Simply Celebrate: how to declutter, destress, connect, and cozy up this season

    12/7 7pm 7 Organizational Skills to Stress-Proof Your Holiday Season

  • Shop Small Saturday
  • Buy Nothing Day
  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • National Jukebox Day
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  • National Cashew Day

  • go for a ride day
    go for a ride day

    It’s go for a ride day, drive a new way to a routine place to see new things. Don’t forget to care for your car:

    5 things to do today:

    1. check wiper blades
    2. check tire pressure
    3. ensure you have er items in the car
    4. declutter the interior
    5. schedule oil change if needed
  • Gingerbread Cookie Day
    Gingerbread Cookie Day

    On Gingerbread Cookie Day let’s reconsider just how many cookie cutters we are storing but not using.

  • National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

    On National Peanut Butter Fudge Day let’s check the best by dates on the jars of peanut butter.

    National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • National Play Monopoly Day
    National Play Monopoly Day

    National Play Monopoly Day

    1. play a round of Monopoly

    2. reconsider how many versions you need to keep – donate ones you don’t use

    3. search drawers & return any missing tokens back to the box

    Coming up:

    11/29 7pm Organize for the Unexpected: create your emergency plan today register 201-444-2390 wwwmidlandparklibrary.org

    12/1 7pm Holiday Organizing 101: What to Buy, Bake, and Make

    12/2 6pm 10 Quick & Easy Last Minute Holiday Tips 

    12/6 4pm Stop Losing Your Stuff: declutter your desk, tech, dining table, and mind

    12/6 7:30pm Simply Celebrate: how to declutter, destress, connect, and cozy up this season

    12/7 7pm 7 Organizational Skills to Stress-Proof Your Holiday Season

  • Use less stuff day
    Use less stuff day

    Use less stuff day is a good day to remember to check around the house before you buy anything new.

    Free online program coming up:

    11/18 5pm HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF

    11/18 7pm LAST MINUTE TIPS TO DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS

  • National homemade bread day
    National homemade bread day

    National homemade bread day – let’s check yeast packets for expiration dates and reconsider keeping the bread maker we never use.

    Free online program coming up:

    11/17 7pm DECLUTTER AND DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS 

    11/18 5pm HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF

    11/18 7pm LAST MINUTE TIPS TO DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS

  • National fast-food day
    National fast-food day

    National fast-food day reminds us to toss the expired condiment packets.

    Free online program coming up:

    11/16 10am HOW TO TIDY UP AND GET MORE DONE

    11/16 6:30pm 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER

    11/17 7pm DECLUTTER AND DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS 

    11/18 5pm HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF

    11/18 7pm LAST MINUTE TIPS TO DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS

  • Odd Sock Day
    odd sock day

    Today is odd sock day, Clean Out Your Fridge Day, recycling day, and Bundt day. Let’s toss the single sock, inventory the fridge, take out the recycling, and bake a Bundt cake.

    Free online program coming up:

    11/15 7pm IT ALL FALLS INTO PLACE: THE 5 THINGS TO TIDY FIRST THIS FALL

    11/16 10am HOW TO TIDY UP AND GET MORE DONE

    11/16 6:30pm 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER

    11/17 7pm DECLUTTER AND DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS 

    11/18 5pm HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF

    11/18 7pm LAST MINUTE TIPS TO DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS

  • National American teddy bear day
    national American teddy bear day

    Free online program coming up:

    11/15 7pm IT ALL FALLS INTO PLACE: THE 5 THINGS TO TIDY FIRST THIS FALL

    11/16 10am HOW TO TIDY UP AND GET MORE DONE

    11/16 6:30pm 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER

    11/17 7pm DECLUTTER AND DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS 

    11/18 5pm HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF

    11/18 7pm LAST MINUTE TIPS TO DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS

  • World kindness day

    On World kindness day donate a coat or a pair of socks to someone in need. Try DonationTown.org, GoGreenDrop.com, or PickupPlease.org.

    Free online programs:

    11/15 7pm IT ALL FALLS INTO PLACE: THE 5 THINGS TO TIDY FIRST THIS FALL

    11/16 10am HOW TO TIDY UP AND GET MORE DONE

    11/16 6:30pm 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER

    11/17 7pm DECLUTTER AND DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS 

    11/18 5pm HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF

    11/18 7pm LAST MINUTE TIPS TO DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS

  • National pizza with the works except anchovies
    On National pizza with the works except anchovies day let's declutter expired jars of sauce and cheese turned accidental science experiment.

    On National pizza with the works except anchovies day let’s declutter expired jars of sauce and cheese turned accidental science experiment.

    Free online program coming up:

    11/15 7pm IT ALL FALLS INTO PLACE: THE 5 THINGS TO TIDY FIRST THIS FALL

    11/16 10am HOW TO TIDY UP AND GET MORE DONE

    11/16 6:30pm 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER

    11/17 7pm DECLUTTER AND DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS 

    11/18 5pm HOW TO STOP LOSING YOUR STUFF

    11/18 7pm LAST MINUTE TIPS TO DESTRESS THE HOLIDAYS

  • National Sundae Day

    Sprinkles! That’s today’s toss to celebrate National Sundae Day.

    Happening Tonight Virtual Program
    7pm 11/11 CLUTTER FREE HOLIDAYS TIC-TAC-TOE
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  • Vanilla Cupcake Day

    These are the 5 things to declutter on Vanilla Cupcake Day
    1. Sprinkles
    2. Cupcake pans
    3. Cupcake liners
    4. Icing
    5. Box cake mixes

    Free Virtual Programs
    7pm 11/10 3 THINGS TO DO NOW FOR AN ORGANIZED FALL
    7pm 11/11 CLUTTER FREE HOLIDAYS TIC-TAC-TOE

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  • National Fried Chicken Day
    Today let’s check the freezer for chicken you should cook sooner rather than later. Also, let’s check the pantry for out of date breadcrumbs and seasoning packets – you know the ones that get lost on the way back of the shelf. And finally is there not so great frying pan you’ve been meaning to recycle or just an extra one you can donate?

    Free Virtual Programs
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AN ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    7pm 11/9 CLEAR THE CLUTTER IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR A JOYFUL AND ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    9:30pm 11/9 7 Do’s and Don’ts to Declutter and Destress for the Holidays
    7pm 11/10 3 THINGS TO DO NOW FOR AN ORGANIZED FALL
    7pm 11/11 CLUTTER FREE HOLIDAYS TIC-TAC-TOE
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  • National Cappuccino Day

    Seriously, how many coffee mugs does one person need? It might be time to reconsider how many you want to keep. Which one (or 7) are you willing to donate? And while we’re on the topic of coffee, if you have a specialty coffee maker stuck in a closet gathering dust – maybe that can go too?

    Free Virtual Programs
    7pm 11/8 TOP 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AN ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    7pm 11/9 CLEAR THE CLUTTER IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR A JOYFUL AND ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    9:30pm 11/9 7 Do’s and Don’ts to Declutter and Destress for the Holidays
    7pm 11/10 3 THINGS TO DO NOW FOR AN ORGANIZED FALL
    7pm 11/11 CLUTTER FREE HOLIDAYS TIC-TAC-TOE
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  • Daylight Saving Time
    An extra hour to declutter! Today is a great day to tackle that project you have been putting off.

    And since you are already in the habit of checking/changing the batteries in the fire alarm and CO2 detectors when you change the time on the clocks, you can add a few new habits to your clock changing routine:
    • Change the battery in the thermostat
    • Check the medicine cabinet for expired medication
    • Add any other task you would like to be reminded about – change the clocks and tackle your tiny to do list
    Happening Next Week Free Virtual Programs
    7pm 11/8 TOP 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AN ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    7pm 11/9 CLEAR THE CLUTTER IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR A JOYFUL AND ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    9:30pm 11/9 7 Do’s and Don’ts to Declutter and Destress for the Holidays
    7pm 11/10 3 THINGS TO DO NOW FOR AN ORGANIZED FALL
    7pm 11/11 CLUTTER FREE HOLIDAYS TIC-TAC-TOE
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  • National Nachos Day
    Expired queso dip, excess chip bowls, and old avocados are all on the list of things to declutter in National Nachos Day!

    What’s your favorite part on a plate of nachos? Me? I love the diced onions.

    Coming Up Free Virtual Programs
    7pm 11/8 TOP 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AN ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    7pm 11/9 CLEAR THE CLUTTER IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 
    9:30pm 11/9 7 Do’s and Don’ts to Declutter and Destress for the Holidays
    7pm 11/10 3 THINGS TO DO NOW FOR AN ORGANIZED FALL
    7pm 11/11 CLUTTER FREE HOLIDAYS TIC-TAC-TOE
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  • American Football Day

    Happening Next Week Free Virtual Programs
    7pm 11/8 TOP 10 THINGS TO DECLUTTER THIS NOVEMBER
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AN ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    7pm 11/9 CLEAR THE CLUTTER IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 
    4pm 11/9 7 DO’S AND DON’TS FOR A JOYFUL AND ORGANIZED HOLIDAY SEASON
    9:30pm 11/9 7 Do’s and Don’ts to Declutter and Destress for the Holidays
    7pm 11/10 3 THINGS TO DO NOW FOR AN ORGANIZED FALL
    7pm 11/11 CLUTTER FREE HOLIDAYS TIC-TAC-TOE
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  • National Candy Day
    National Candy Day

    If you have extra candy here are some places that want you to share Treats for Troops Operation Gratitude Ronald McDonald Houses Halloween Candy Buy Back Programs

    Vote now: what’s your favorite candy?

    Happening Tonight
    11/4 7pm Shopping 101: shop at home and safer online shopping 
    11/4 8:30pm Keep This Toss That: Holiday Edition
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  • National Sandwich Day
    Happy National Sandwich Day! On National Sandwich Day check dates on condiments – some may be older than you think – mustard from 2019 we’re looking at you!

    Vote now: what’s your favorite sandwich?

    Happening This Week Free Virtual Programs
    Tonight 11/3 7pm Clear Clutter by Telling the Story of Your Stuff
    11/4 7pm Shopping 101: shop at home and safer online shopping 
    11/4 8:30pm Keep This Toss That: Holiday Edition
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  • Are you Prepared for the Unexpected?

    Fill-in-the-blanks of this instantly printable 37-page Emergency Handbook so you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that, in case of an emergency, all your important information is in one place. Find out more…

    In case of emergency handbook
  • National Deviled Egg Day
    Happy National Deviled Egg Day! My Mom’s trick for easy to peel hard boiled eggs was to submerged the cooked eggs in an ice bath immediately after boiling. I still do this and I think it works great. What’s your trick? Oh, and I always peel starting at the bottom.

    Onto the declutter item of the day: donate unused egg trays. You know the ones with the divots to carry eggs to a party. If you use them only in the spring, then consider storing them with the spring decorations.

    I always make mine with minced green olive or a squeeze of dill pickle relish and I sprinkle them with a dusting of paprika. How about you? Are you a fan of Deviled Eggs?
    Happening This Week Free Virtual Programs
    TODAY 11/2 4pm 12 Day Holiday Countdown Challenge
    TONIGHT 11/2 7pm Organize Your Holidays into 1 Notebook
    11/3 7pm Clear Clutter by Telling the Story of Your Stuff
    11/4 7pm Shopping 101: shop at home and safer online shopping 
    11/4 8:30pm Keep This Toss That: Holiday Edition
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  • National Author’s Day
    National Author's Day
    Today is National Author’s Day! To celebrate let’s create space on our bookshelves for more books by finding one to share, pass along, or donate. Maybe your Library is collecting for an upcoming book sale. If not, check out Better World Books for a local drop box.
    Jamie Novak author organizing expert
    Hint, as you scan your shelves for a title that you are not going to read or re-read, I hope it won’t be my newest book you are “tossing” out!

    And quick question, what is your all time favorite book? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

    Happening This Week Free Virtual Programs
    TONIGHT 11/1 7pm Declutter and Destress This Holiday Season
    11/2 4pm 12 Day Holiday Countdown Challenge
    11/2 7pm Organize Your Holidays into 1 Notebook
    11/3 7pm Clear Clutter by Telling the Story of Your Stuff
    11/4 7pm Shopping 101: shop at home and safer online shopping 
    11/4 8:30pm Keep This Toss That: Holiday Edition

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  • Happy Halloween
    Happy Halloween

    Deteriorating Halloween decorations need to be recycled. Ones you don’t display might be better donated. Sort and store the ones you will use again next year.

    STOP: before you store items away take a quick inventory. Make a list of things you need to buy or replace. And make a list of things you have way too many of, so you should not buy more, even if they are a great deal.
    STOP: before store décor check to make sure you removed batteries and candy.

    Upcoming Live Free Online Programs
    11/1 7pm Declutter and Destress This Holiday Season
    11/2 4pm 12 Day Holiday Countdown Challenge
    11/2 7pm Organize Your Holidays into 1 Notebook
    11/3 7pm Clear Clutter by Telling the Story of Your Stuff
    11/4 7pm Shopping 101: shop at home and safer online shopping 
    11/4 8:30pm Keep This Toss That: Holiday Edition
    11/5 45 Minute Guided Decluttering Session Facebook Live
    11/12 45 Minute Guided Decluttering Session Facebook Live
    11/19 45 Minute Guided Decluttering Session Facebook Live
    11/26 45 Minute Guided Decluttering Session Facebook Live

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  • National Checklist Day
    National Checklist Day
    National Checklist Day is the best day to sort out your to-do list. Look it over and pick the top priorities. What needs to happen? What should you do before it becomes a rush? What can you do to get ahead of holiday related tasks?

    Live Free Online Program

    MONDAY 11/1 7pm Declutter and Destress This Holiday Season
    11/2 4pm 12 Day Holiday Countdown Challenge

    11/2 7pm Organize Your Holidays into 1 Notebook
    11/3 7pm Clear Clutter by Telling the Story of Your Stuff
    11/4 7pm Shopping 101: shop at home and safer online shopping 
    11/4 8:30pm Keep This Toss That: Holiday Edition

    A Personal Video from Me with Answers to Your Questions

    Trying to get your decluttering done? I’ve seen it all, share your project now and I’ll record a personalized video for you, with the exact steps you need to take to calm the chaos.

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  • National Breadstick Day
    National Breadstick Day
    National Breadstick Day is a great day to reconsider just how many fancy napkins and breadbaskets you are saving. Unless you are opening a cafe – you might not need to hold onto all the ones you have.

    Coming Up
    11/1 7pm Declutter and Destress This Holiday Season
    11/2 4pm 12 Day Holiday Countdown Challenge
    11/2 7pm Organize Your Holidays into 1 Notebook
    11/3 7pm Clear Clutter by Telling the Story of Your Stuff
    11/4 7pm Shopping 101: shop at home and safer online shopping 
    11/4 8:30pm Keep This Toss That: Holiday Edition
    A Personal Video from Me with Answers to Your Questions

    Trying to get your decluttering done? I’ve seen it all, share your project now and I’ll record a personalized video for you, with the exact steps you need to take to calm the chaos.

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    A Personal Video from Me with Answers to Your Questions

    Trying to get your decluttering done? I’ve seen it all, share your project now and I’ll record a personalized video for you, with the exact steps you need to take to calm the chaos.

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  • National Chocolate Day
    National Chocolate Day
    National Chocolate Day
    Today is the best day to sort out those snacks in the pantry. Dedicating a small basket for grab-and-go, single portion snacks, can make it easy to reach what you need and use them up before they expire. Although snacks have little to no chance of expiring in my home because we eat them too quickly. And of course, enjoy a sweet chocolaty treat on National Chocolate Day!

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    TONIGHT Create a cozy and clutter free home Thursday Oct. 28 6:30pm et register

    Coming Up
    11/1 7pm Declutter and Destress This Holiday Season
    11/2 4pm 12 Day Holiday Countdown Challenge
    11/2 7pm Organize Your Holidays into 1 Notebook
    11/3 7pm Clear Clutter by Telling the Story of Your Stuff
    11/4 7pm Shopping 101: shop at home and safer online shopping 
    11/4 8:30pm Keep This Toss That: Holiday Edition

    A Personal Video from Me with Answers to Your Questions

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  • National American Beer Day
    National American Beer Day
    National American Beer Day is a good day to reconsider just how many beer mugs you own, especially if you don’t drink beer. Think about:
    1. beer mugs
    2. beer steins beer
    3. mugs you can freeze
    Live Free Online Program

    TONIGHT 12 Day holiday countdown Wed., Oct 27 6:30pm et register

    Create a cozy and clutter free home Thursday Oct. 28 6:30pm et register

    A Personal Video from Me with Answers to Your Questions

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  • National Pumpkin Day
    National Pumpkin Day
    National Pumpkin Day – the best day to pare down the collection of pumpkin carving kits. For years I’ve saved all the pieces from the carving kits. Which means I have a bag filled with scrapers, double sided mini saws, serrated edge tools, fine-toothed saws, etching tools. I also have them stashed in random “junk” drawers throughout the house and in the fall box of decorations. This year I collected them, pared them down, and now I have a small bag of the essentials. Now I just have to talk myself out of picking up new sets that go on sale after Halloween.

    Here’s some inspiration 30 Free Pumpkin Carving Templates to Take Your Jack-o’-Lantern to the Next Level.

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    TONIGHT Let’s make space for joy! Tuesday Oct. 26 6:30pm et online register

    12 Day holiday countdown Wed., Oct 27 6:30pm et register

    Create a cozy and clutter free home Thursday Oct. 28 6:30pm et register

    A Personal Video from Me with Answers to Your Questions

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  • International Artist Day
    International Artist Day
    International Artist Day is the perfect day to stop and reevaluate our crafting corner. If you love to create, then clearing a space to get crafty makes sense. While surrounding yourself with supplies and art that inspires you. Here’s a short list of stuff you no longer need:

    dried out glue

    dried up markers

    craft supplies for crafting you no longer do or enjoy (donate these)

    excessive quantities of pens

    older versions of upgraded items (did you buy a new stencil machine, if so sell or donate the old)

    This is where I’d typically say toss, trash, or recycle anything broken – but a a crafter myself, I know those little leftover bits and broken things can be useful when crafting. So they stay.

    However you might want to use a lint roller to wipe away any spilled glitter and paper bits.

    Live Free Online Program

    Let’s make space for joy! Tuesday Oct. 26 6:30pm et online register

    12 Day holiday countdown Wed., Oct 27 6:30pm et register

    Create a cozy and clutter free home Thursday Oct. 28 6:30pm et register

    A Personal Video from Me with Answers to Your Questions

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  • National Bologna Day
    National Bologna Day
    Deli meats do not last forever. National Bologna Day is a great day to look over the sandwich fixings and sides, use up any you can, toss the ones you should not eat, and generally straighten up the area so you know what you have.

    1. chips
    2. pickles
    3. olives
    4. bread
    5. rolls
    6. cheese
    7. deli meats
    8. lettuce
    9. tomato
    10. onion
    11. mayo
    12. mustard
    13. oil and vinegar dressing
    14. salt and pepper

    You can check food dates at StillTasty.com.

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    Let’s make space for joy! Tuesday Oct. 26 6:30pm et online register

    12 Day holiday countdown Wed., Oct 27 6:30pm et register

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  • National Boston Cream Pie Day
    National Boston Cream Pie Day

    Today on National Boston Cream Pie Day we are going to declutter pie related clutter which includes:

    1. pie plates
    2. pie slicers
    3. pie crust protectors
    4. pie weights

    As it turns out Boston Cream Pie is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Cream and chocolate. It is my nephew’s favorite doughnut flavor. For his birthday I made him a Boston Cream Pie Cake. Basically I baked a vanilla cake, after it cooled I sliced it in half horizontally. I filled it with French vanilla pudding, and topped it with chocolate ganache. It was delicious. I’ve also done this in cupcakes as well – equally yummy!

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  • National Nut Day
    National Nut Day

    On National Nut Day let’s declutter the following items:

    Rusty nutcrackers

    Unused nut pickers

    Nut bowls for serving

    Jars of stale dry roasted salted or unsalted nuts

    Jars of expired nut butters

    Jars of expired peanut butter

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  • National Check Your Meds Day
    National Check Your Meds Day
    National Check Your Meds Day means it is time to sort out that medicine cabinet. Look for expired, un-needed, and otherwise unusable medication, vitamins, supplements, and other first aid supplies.

    Some pharmacies accept meds for proper disposal and most police departments have a secure drop box for expired or other meds you wish to dispose of securely.

    If it is difficult to read the expiration date try this: using your phone, snap a photo of the date and enlarge the photo on your screen. Note: be sure to remove any personal information (including the prescription refill number) from the bottles before recycling.

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  • International Sloth Day
    International Sloth Day
    On National Sloth Day I was unsure what we could declutter. Then I realized I have a cute sloth plush toy. So perfect, let’s pare down the plush toys. The ones you don’t love enough to keep dusting. Yes, you can donate them, tehre are places that accept stuffed animcals.

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  • autumnal décor
    autumnal décor
    Today’s sort is autumnal décor, like the foliage and berry door wreath minus the berries that fell off six years ago. It is time to recycle the items that have seen better days. And make space to display the ones you love! 

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  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
    National Chocolate Cupcake Day

    Before we talk about what to declutter on National chocolate cupcake day, I want to remind you that if you have extra foil cupcake liners they make great spill catchers. Before placing any potentially sticky jar or bottle onto a pantry shelf or refrigerator compartment, stick it in a foil liner. That way if there’s any mess, it will be contained in the liner and not drip, causing you extra clean up.

    Now here is a short list of things to focus on decluttering on National chocolate cupcake day. Remember, take inventory as you go. That way you know what to buy, replace, or skip purchasing – even if it is on sale.

    1. Rusty, warped, or otherwise unusable muffin tins
    2. Expired box cupcake mixes
    3. Stale cupcake sprinkles
    4. Old tubs of icing
    5. Cracked or broken cupcake carriers

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  • National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
    National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
    National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day reminds us that digital devices can get cluttered. If your desktop computer screen is covered with icons, take a moment to organize them into folders.

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  • Global Cat Day
    Global Cat Day
    Growing up we had a cat named Whisper. Whisper was adopted from Whispering Pines and that’s how he got his name. It’s Global Cat Day, a day to celebrate our feline friends. Holly, my dog, is anxiously awaiting canine 🎉 celebration day!

    If you live with pets today is a perfect day to sort out their toy box making sure everything’s in good condition. Check if their bed needs to be laundered or if a plush toy requires spot cleaning.

    Don’t forget to support all the cats and dogs still waiting for homes by sharing unused toys, feeding dishes, pet food, laundering supplies, cleaning supplies, and old linens with a local pet shelter.

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  • National Mushroom Day
    National Mushroom Day
    My sister does not like mushrooms, she says the frills freak her out. Which is weird because she does like Dilophosauruses, the dinosaur with frills. Go figure. Anyway, National Mushroom Day is a great day to check for any wilting mushrooms. And while you are checking, sort out any other raw veggies or herbs that need to be used up before they become unrecognizable.

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  • National Dessert Day
    National Dessert Day

    National Dessert Day is not only the best day to savor a tasty dessert but to sort out the mess of cake cutting clutter. Question: how many cake cutters do you own? Question: how many cake cutters do you need? Let’s sort out the clutter today. Besides cake cutters you can look through your cake stands, serving platters, and cake pans. The goal is to pare down to just what you need and use. Then generously share the rest.

    So to recap: eat the cake, donate excess cake cutters.

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  • National M&M Day
    National M&M Day

    Ahead of Halloween, when you might get even more candy, let’s take a moment on National M&M Day to tidy the candy drawer. Try not to eat all the candy while you:
    1. toss anything open, stale, otherwise uneatable
    2. donate still good treats you won’t finish
    3. sort goodies into single serve grab and go packets
    4. tidy the drawer so you can see and easily reach what you have in stock

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  • National Savings Day
    National Savings Day
    On National Savings Day let’s round up the loose change. Remember decluttering saves money!
    #1 you remember to use things before they expire
    #2 you don’t have to pay for off site storage (and you might live in a smaller home)
    #3 you don’t need to replace lost things

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  • National Sausage Pizza Day
    National Sausage Pizza Day

    You’ll find me celebrating National Sausage Pizza Day by eating a slice of truffle mushroom pizza. Why you wonder? 1. I don’t like sausage and 2. I have to bake this frozen pizza before the expiration date. So truffle mushroom pizza it is! How about you? What’s your favorite type of pizza?

    National Sausage Pizza Day

    While enjoying a slice on National Sausage Pizza Day, let’s take a moment to declutter pizza related items you no longer need. Ready? See how many of these you can find to donate or recycle, if you don’t use it – then why keep it? What can you “toss” today?

    1. pizza wheel (I have accidentally tossed so many of these in boxes over the years)
    2. pizza stone (I never used it)
    3. pizza peel (Why do I even own one of these)
    4. pizza plates (the triangle plates shaped like a slice of pie)
    5. pizza sauce (open jar in the fridge from 2020)
    6. pizza making kit (a thoughtful gift, but I think we all know I’ll get it delivered before I’ll make it)
    7. pizza topping spices in a jar (I have a 4 compartment shaker top jar with 4 pizza pie blends, I don’t like any one of them)
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  • National Handbag Day
    National Handbag Day

    National Handbag Day means it is time to tidy the tote bags. Are you an “empty is most of the way out – but not all the way out” sort of person? If so, you may find some of these leftovers at the bottom of your bag:

    How many of these will you find in the bottom of a half-emptied tote bag?

    1. gum
    2. wrappers
    3. receipts
    4. change
    5. chapstick
    6. snacks
    7. fruit (or what used to be fruit)
    8. ____ other

    And let’s look at your wallet. Lighten up by removing old business cards, notes, receipts, and anything else you don’t need to carry with you.

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  • World Post Day
    World Post Day
    Do you have address labels so old they don’t stick? How about ones for an address, two addresses ago? And how about all those free labels from charitable organizations? Let’s not forget the return address label stamp, without ink. On World Post Day let’s tidy up your mailing drawer. You can start with those address labels.

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    10/12 6:30 PM 3 STEPS TO SORT YOUR PHOTOS

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  • National Pierogi Day
    National Pierogi Day

    My grandma made the very best pierogis. I wish I had her recipes to share with you on National Pierogi Day. Over the years I’ve tried out a few recipes, but none come close. Today let’s not only declutter onions from the onion bin that have gone a little gooey (you are welcome for that visual) but let’s do one other thing: preserve a treasured family recipe.

    If you don’t know how to make it, ask the person who does, before you can’t ask them. If you are lucky enough to have a copy make sure you have a copy in a safe place, maybe snap a photo and email it to yourself? That’s what I wish I had done. That’s it for today, I’m off to search for yummy pierogis. If you know where I can get some let me know on social media.

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  • National Frappe Day
    National Frappe Day

    How do you feel about blended coffee drinks? Are you a fan or not so much? I’m a fan. When I make them at home I drizzle a design of caramel. And to be honest that might be my favorite part. So I rarely have leftover caramel sauce. But you might. On National Frappe Day let’s declutter a few unnecessary things from those kitchen cabinets. Ready? Let’s go!

    1. out of date or otherwise unusable caramel syrup (hint: in the future, before shelving potentially sticky jars and bottles, stick them into a foil muffin liner, any drips will be caught and you save yourself a lot of cleaning)
    2. extra coffee mugs (donate)
    3. excess travel mugs (donate)
    4. broken coffee or travel mugs (recycle)
    5. specialty straws that can not be cleaned
    6. straw cleaners that don’t work well
    7. countertop frappe drink makers if you never make frappes
    8. ice cube trays
    9. frothers
    10. crunchy toppings and other drink mixes or mix-ins

    And now I really want a frappe – how about you?

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  • National Noodle Day
    National Noodle Day
    On National Noodle Day, I want to share this is the pasta strainer I grew up seeing my Mom use when making our pasta. I don’t use it today, but seeing it brings back memories of watching my Mom cook in the kitchen. The kitchen had white wallpaper with yellow daisy flowers. There was yellow trim and a Big Bird cookie jar, to coordinate with the yellow. And this avocado green plastic pasta strainer, which lives in my kitchen utensil drawer. Every time I open the drawer I see the strainer and memories come back.

    Today, besides having some noodles to celebrate National Noodle Day, it is time to declutter the strainers. I’m keeping my green one and the two I use all the time. The broken one, the flimsy one, and the one that is so large it takes up cabinet space I need for other things. Good bye unused strainers, hello roomy cabinet space.
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  • National Do Something Nice Day
    National Do Something Nice Day
    Sharing unused items is a nice things to do. But you are not alone if you fill bags with things you don’t use (with the intention of donating them) but never get them out the door. While donating unused items is a nice thing to do, it’s only nice if the bags get where they are going. Which is why on National Do Something Nice Day, I’m reminding you to actually donate the bags you’ve already filled with things to share. Ready, set, let’s do something nice today!

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  • Taco Day
    Taco Day
    Happy National Taco Day! Are you eating tacos today to celebrate? Tacos is my favorite food group 🙂 I love a breakfast taco, a dessert taco, and almost every other type of taco.

    One year I was gifted a taco organizer, well I guess it is a stand, but I call it an organizer. You are supposed to line your tacos up, so they can’t tip over as you are filling them. A thoughtful gift, but I never use it. So into the donate pile it goes. What else is also going out? Stale taco shells, out of date taco seasoning mix, spicy salsa (I can’t do spicy) and all the other taco related items that I don’t need, won’t use, tried and won’t finish. Are you ready to declutter with me on taco day?

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  • Desk Drawer Day
    Desk Drawer Day
    Desk drawer tosses: broken rubber bands, rusty paper clips, and pens that no longer write.

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  • National Name Your Car Day
    National Name Your Car Day

    Let’s sort out the car door console on National Name Your Car Day.

    Do you name your cars? Our family always did, growing up I learned to drive in Big Red, a burgundy station wagon. After that we had Chewy, a tan van, named after the character in Star Wars. Today, I drive Cali, a mini SUV that I bought in, you guessed it, California.

    Sometimes naming inanimate objects helps when trying to stay organized. I always want Cali to look shiny on the outside and clutter-free on the inside. But sometimes naming inanimate objects deters us from getting organized. For example, my teddy bear Mr. Smush is a lot more difficult to part with, it would be easier if it was just a regular bear. Once I gave it a name, it took on a personality and that makes it more difficult to let go of.

    So quick recap, name your car and clean it out, but don’t name your cute stuff!

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  • International Coffee Day

    Let’s sort out those coffee mugs on International Coffee Day.

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  • International Podcast Day
    International Podcast Day
    Do you listen to podcasts? Do you listen to my podcast? You can play Episode 202. International Podcast Day is a great day to chat about how helpful listening to podcasts can be. Not only do you get to easily listen your favorite person or to learn something new, but you can use the podcast time to help you get things done:
    1. Listen to the podcast ONLY while you do something you put off doing, like decluttering
    2. Use the podcast as a reward, you only get to listen AFTER you get the task done
    3. Tune into my podcast to hear hints and tips to declutter

    FAQ about my podcast

    A podcast is a recording you can listen to anytime. Simply push play to listen, new episodes every Monday. Or click download to take the show on the go. My podcast is available wherever you get your favorite podcasts or from my site under the “podcast” tab.

    Amazon Music Audible Google Podcast Stitcher Pandora TuneIn Apple Podcasts I Heart Radio Spotify Archives

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  • National Coffee Day
    National Coffee Day
    National Coffee Day is the perfect day to reconsider just how many coffee mugs and travel mugs you really need to store in your kitchen cabinets. Use DonationTown.org to schedule a pick up of any mugs you are not keeping.

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  • National Neighbor Day
    National Neighbor Day
    Friendly neighbors can help you declutter. On National Neighbor Day here are some ways to get more organized, with the help of good neighbors:
    1. Share items, like lawn care equipment, sports gear, or lawn care supplies. You can either split the cost and share the item. Or you swap items as needed. That way you don’t each need your own.
    2. Pass along unused items to a neighbor who would use them item more than you are.
    3. Share subscriptions to things like magazines. Once read, pass it along.
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  • National Chocolate Milk Day
    National Chocolate Milk Day

    Before you whip up my frothy milk chocolate recipe for National Chocolate Milk Day, let’s declutter. How many milk glasses do you own? Do you have cracked, fancy, bendy straws or ones that can’t be cleaned? How about old chocolate drink mix in a rusty tin sitting on the pantry shelf?

    After a quick decluttering session let’s make some frothy milk chocolate. You’ll need to whip together:
    1. 1 TBS cocoa powder
    2. 1 TBS white granulated sugar
    3. 1/8 C heavy cream
    I put it in a tightly sealed food storage container and I shake it for 3-5 minutes. You could whisk it in a bowel or blender. You are basically making chocolate whipped cream. Then spoon it onto a glass of white milk. The whipped topping will melt into the milk. It’s pretty and pretty delicious.

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  • National Pancake Day
    National Pancake Day
    Having pancakes for dinner on National Pancake Day is basically a requirement. Silver dollar style pancakes are my absolute favorite. I love the edges so a bunch of smaller ones means more edges! When I eat pancakes as a sweet treat, this is what I put on them: I melt a pat of butter in the skillet, I add a bit of brown sugar, as it melts I add sliced bananas, and a splash of rum extract. Basically, it is bananas foster on pancakes. And yes it is as decadent and delicious as you are imagining. If you are going to whip up a batch of pancakes, take a moment to check all your skillets, discard any that can’t be used, donate the good ones you don’t need. And of course, toss any pancake flippers that are melted, warped, peeling, or otherwise unusable.

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  • National Cooking Day
    National Cooking Day

    Let’s celebrate National Cooking Day by making cooking easier. How? By decluttering key areas of the kitchen where you have excess items. Can’t open the drawer? Things topple out of cabinets? Decluttering is the answer! Take 5 minutes now and identify 5 things you can toss/donate/recycle right now.

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  • National Jubilee Cherries Day
    Cherries Jubilee Brownies

    Cherries Jubilee is a mixture of cherries and liquor, usually Brandy, often flambeed and served over ice cream. On National Jubilee Cherries Day I want to share my box mix brownie recipe for Cherries Jubilee style brownies. You’ll thank me later.

    Cherries Jubilee Brownies

    1 Box Brownie mix with chips or chocolate chunks included (add in 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips if your box mix is without chips)

    1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling (divided, reserve 4 tablespoons of the sauce for the icing)

    1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip (thawed)

    Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Before baking swirl in the can of cherry pie filling (less the reserved 4 tablespoons of sauce) and 1/3 cup chocolate chips if your package mix didn’t have them in the mix. Bake as directed, timing to get the toothpick inserted in the center to come out clean may be a few minutes longer. Once cooled, blend the reserved cherry pie filling sauce into the Cool Whip and ice only the brownies you plan to serve. Serve and eat immediately. Un-iced brownies can be stored or frozen.

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  • When is Fall 2021
    When is Fall 2021

    If you googled When is Fall 2021? Now you now today is the first full day of fall! Time to pack away the summer fun and get cozy. Bring on the soft throw blankets and crackling fire pits. What can you do today to make your home more cozy (and less cluttered?) Maybe you tidy up or swap out your front door wreath.

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  • National Ice Cream Cone Day
    National Ice Cream Cone Day

    Yay for National Ice Cream Cone Day! The best day to declutter your freezer by eating any leftover ice cream. And us up any leftover ice cream cones

    1pm today, watch my YouTube show today’s mini episode is all about ice cream cone day!

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  • Miniature Golf Day
    Miniature Golf Day

    It’s Miniature Golf Day! Do you golf? Do you play mini golf?

    If you mini golf:

    make time to play another round before the weather turns too cold

    discard used score cards

    use up tiny pencils

    If you golf:

    share or donate unused bags, clubs, and more with local pro shops or donationtown.org who often accept these things

    check your kitchen drawer for random golf t’s and balls

    declutter your car by moving golf clubs out of the trunk of your car for the off season

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  • National Punch Day
    National Punch Day
    Decluttering on National Punch Day

    It is that time of year when we must reconsider all those punch bowls lingering in cabinets collecting dust. Is there one you could donate? If so try donationtown.org to schedule a pick-up. Sharing unused punch bowls is a perfect way to spend National Punch Day!

    My Favorite Punch Recipe

    If you love a refreshing punch, then my favorite recipe might be the one for you! Delicious and refreshing in the summer but sparkling and garnished for the holidays it is a pretty punch in the winter. In your punch bowl or container of your choice if (like me) you donated the punch bowl you never used – but now regret it because now you have my delicious recipe.

    1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate
    2 liter bottle of Ginger Ale
    1 bag of pebble ice
    1 English cucumber


    Optional Garnishes and Substitutions:

    -1 sliced lime (you can freeze the slices in ice to float)
    -1/4 bag of fresh cranberries to float (gorgeous in the winter)
    -a few sprigs of fresh mint (I do this when I sub in limeade concentrate for lemonade and switch Ginger Ale for Sprite)

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  • National Clean Up Day
    National Clean Up Day

    National Clean Up Day is meant to be a day mostly focused on cleaning up our environment. Collecting trash from the beach or nature paths are good examples. And while that is important, I think it is also important to ensure our own home environment is cleaned up. Sometimes we don’t even notice what could use a spot clean. And what a difference a little clean up can make. Wiping the detergent drips off the washing machine makes it look new again. Scrubbing scuffs off the vacuum cleaner makes it look refreshed. And renew the white fridge compartment by wiping off the drips. Say goodbye to the grease splatter on the wall by the stove or the toothpaste residue in the bathroom sink. Even just a like scrub of the kitchen sink will have it shining again. You’re worth it – take a moment to clean up today!

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  • National Cheeseburger Day
    National Cheeseburger Day

    Today is National Cheeseburger Day! Looking for inspiring ways to top your burger? Here are some of my best ideas. And of course, cheeseburger day is a great day to tidy the condiment collection. Do you have three open bottles of ketchup or an out of date jar of mustard?

    My favorite toppings, what’s yours?

    1. Potato chips
    2. Caramelized onions
    3. Fried onions
    4. French fried onions
    5. Raw onions
    6. Relish
    7. Pickles
    8. Bacon
    9. Avocado
    10. Shredded lettuce
    11. Salsa
    12. Fried egg
    13. Sautéed mushrooms
    14. Cole slaw

    And the condiments:

    1. Garlic aioli
    2. Steak sauce
    3. BBQ sauce
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  • Tackle That To Be Read Pile
    Tackle That To Be Read Pile
    You know the stack of papers, newsletters, magazines, and catalogs. Today we are going to tackle that to be read pile! All that stuff you keep telling yourself you are going to go through. Today is the day to tackle the pile and try to pare it down.
    1. Set a timer for 5 minutes
    2. See how many pieces from the pile you can process
    3. Repeat until the pile is a much more manageable size

    *DO* make time to read/process the to be read pile on a weekly basis.

    *DO NOT* just move them to a new pile to deal with later – deal with them now!

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  • Collect Rocks Day
    Collect Rocks Day

    Today is collect rocks day. Hint: that doesn’t mean you have to bring them all inside. My niece keeps her rock collection outdoors, on a tree stump. I have a small rock collection on a tray, it sits on my bookcase. I love noticing rocks while I am out for a walk. I always look for a heart shaped one. I used to pick them up and bring them home. Now I take a photo which I post on social media. Then, I can leave the rock behind. Mostly because I don’t want to have to dust it. But also because if I take it home, that means the next person won’t get to see it.

    Collect Rocks Day

    Today, will you take a walk and notice rocks? And will you return any captive rocks to the wild?

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  • National Linguine Day
    National Linguine Day

    National Linguine Day is when I make one of my favorite pasta dishes of all time! For years I frequented The Macaroni Grill, the location near me is now closed. But, before the doors shut, I was able to get their famous recipe. I usually make it with shrimp, but it works well with chicken too. Grab a pen or bookmark this page, you won’t want to forget this go-to recipe!

    Before we cook, don’t forget to use today as a reminder to check your pantry for boxes of pasta and jars of sauce that need to be used up before they expire. And while you’re decluttering consider how many serving bowls you really need. Oh, and don’t forget those fancy pasta scoops that are cracked, peeling, melted, warped, or too flimsy to use. Keep your favorite go-to ones. Donate the excess good ones, recycle the rest.

    MACARONI GRILL – SHRIMP PORTOFINO

    This is what you need for the shrimp:

    • 1 tablespoons butter  
    • 25-30 peeled & deveined large shrimp
    • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 
    • 3 cups sliced white mushrooms
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts (see note below)
    • 6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves  

    This is what you need for the pasta:

    • 6 cups cooked pasta (angel hair, vermicelli, or linguini)

    This is what you need for the sauce:

    • 3 tablespoons butter  
    • 1 tablespoon minced shallot or white onion
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine  
    • 1 cup heavy cream  
    • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

    This is what to do:

    pre-step: toast the pine nuts in the oven or in a pan – watch them closely, those little nuts go from not toasted to toasted in .3 seconds. It’s an extra step but 100% worth it!

    This is what you need to know:

    There is a lot of whisking, but, again, totally worth it!

    Let’s make the lemon sauce:

    Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat to sauté the shallot. Then add in the white wine and while whisking reduce by half. Add the cream and reduce by half. Add lemon juice and reduce by half. Sprinkle in the black pepper before decreasing the heat to low. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk while simmering until sauce is thick enough to coat the spoon.

    Let’s cook the shrimp:

    In large skillet over medium-high heat melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Stir in mushrooms, garlic, shrimp, and toasted pine nuts. Sauté until shrimp are done. Remove the pan from the heat and gently stir in the baby spinach leaves. You want to wilt them, not crush them.

    Let’s plate the Portofino:

    Scoop warm pasta on the side of the plate with shrimp to the other side. Ladle lemon sauce over top – mostly on the pasta but some on the shrimp.

    *crusty bread with an infused dipping oil makes a great addition!

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  • National Coloring Day

    Click to print a coloring page of Holly

    National Coloring Day is a great day to sort your coloring book collection. Are there are some you won’t color because you don’t like the design? If so, consider donating those books.

    CrazyCrayons accepts crayons and crayon bits for melting into new crayons.

    Take moment today to color, especially if you can’t remember the last time you did it.

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  • National Peanut Day
    National Peanut Day

    I love peanut butter. Eating peanuts, not so much. On National Peanut Day I want to share my favorite recipe that uses peanuts. I buy the refrigerator slice-and-bake tube of peanut butter cookie dough. Immediately after pulling the tray of cookies from the oven, I pop an unwrapped chocolate kiss candy onto the center of each cookie. This is not an original recipe, but it is (one of) my favorite cookies.

    Those kiss candies come in so many flavors now you can switch it up and do this with a variety of combinations. How about chocolate cookie dough and a mint kiss or the cherry cordial one? Or sugar cookies and a strawberry kiss or the caramel one? The possibilities are endless. And now I want cookies.

    Aside from decluttering by eating any leftover chocolate kiss candies, here are a few ways to tidy up the pantry area:

    1. Check to see how many open jars of peanut butter you have. Plan for eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches accordingly.
    2. Tidy the pantry area by up-righting tipped boxes and resealing open bags before they spill or go stale.
    3. Remove any excess bulky packaging just wasting shelf space.
    4. Label the edges of the shelves. Not only will this help you find things, clearly know what you are out of, but it helps everyone know what goes where. When there is a label we are less likely to break the rules by not returning the item where it belongs.
    5. Check use by dates and plan to use up anything that is getting close to spoiling. If you won’t use it by the date then donate it.
    6. Group items in the way you find them at the grocery store. That way, when writing out your shopping list, you are automictically writing it in the order of the store. Less backtracking for missed items.
    7. Consider adding a step stool and battery operated light. Being able to easily reach higher shelves means you have more storage options. And when the space is well light it is easier to see what you have and keep the space tidy.
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  • National Video Games Day
    National Video Games Day

    Wondering how to organize video game accessories? National Video Games Day is the best day to find out. Here are my ideas and my favorite game. Growing up my family would go camping, a lot. One of my favorite camp grounds had an arcade. Whenever it would rain we would get a roll of quarters and spend time indoors. Although I liked PacMan and Frogger, my favorite game was Galaga. Att home we had Atari and my favorite game was Q-Bert. That’s the one where you have to keep the character from falling off the pyramid. But by far my most favorite game of all was Donkey Kong. My Grandma bought me a lap size arcade and I played that for hours.

    Back then Atari console with cartridges and joysticks was not a lot to organize. The cartridges were sturdy and the joystick cords wrapped around the controller easily. But today the games are on small cartridges or delicate CDs and there are so many accessories to sort out. If you are trying to organize your video games try this:

    1. Color coordinate your games and pieces. Wrap a short length of colored or designed tape (like this) around the cords. Use one style of tape for each brand of game. That way, at a glance, you can tell what matches to what.
    2. Use boxes with lids to contain the collection. If possible use one container per brand. These can be stored on a nearby shelf or stacked on their own. The handles make them easy to pull out as needed. Just remember to label them. And measure first to be sure your console will fit inside width-wise and the tallest piece fits height-wise.
    3. Or consider a rolling cart with drawers. Roll the games to the television then roll them away.
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  • National Make Your Bed Day
    National Make Your Bed Day

    Today is National Make Your Bed Day! Question, do you make your bed? I make mine, then Holly unmakes it. She likes to scratch the blankets into a round bed (on top of the bed) and cozy up.

    Making your bed can make the room look finished. But besides the bed, what about the other spots in your bedroom? The room that is meant to be relaxing, sort of a retreat from the outside world.

    Is your bedroom cozy and clutter-free?

    Or is it a little messy? Distracting? Are there clothes on the chair, stuff on the dresser, and dust on the nightstand? If that’s the case here’s what you can do to refresh your room:

    1. Clear the top of the nightstand
    2. Remove the stack of stuff to be read
    3. Pick up anything on the floor
    4. Hang up the clothes
    5. Put away the laundry
    6. Check the corners for anything that is piled up there
    7. Declutter the chair or bench if you have one

    Ask yourself:

    1. Do I need a new pillow?
    2. Do I need to change the linens?
    3. Do I need to dust?
    4. Do I need to vacuum?
    5. What can I tidy today?

    Give yourself the gift of a bedroom space where you can get the best sleep possible.

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  • National TV Dinner Day
    National TV Dinner Day

    Today is National TV Dinner Day. I love a TV dinner, maybe mostly because I don’t like my food to touch, so the compartments are ideal for that. When my Mom would grocery shop with me in tow, I’d get to pick my TV dinner. Looking back I think I selected the meal based on the dessert choice, my favorite was the (somewhat dry) chocolate brownie, but the cobbler (with a lava hot center) was a close second.

    A good friend recently sent me a divided plate, which has become my every day dinner plate. I love the fact my peas can’t roll around and the gravy stays in place. This plate got me thinking, what if I created my own prepped and frozen TV dinners? It makes so much sense, instead of freezing a whole lasagna, I can slice it, plate it, add a veggie and maybe a dessert. Then I started doing this with all sorts of meals, leftover chicken, turkey, and more. Everything is cooked, I plate it, freeze it, and reheat it to a safe temperature!

    Pick a protein:

    1. ham
    2. chicken
    3. turkey
    4. meatloaf
    5. lasagna
    6. baked ziti
    7. spaghetti and meatballs
    8. pot roast
    9. hamburger (wrap bun separately)
    10. tofu

    Add a side(s):

    1. mashed potatoes
    2. roasted potatoes
    3. rice pilaf
    4. baked potato
    5. green beans
    6. peas
    7. corn
    8. carrots
    9. broccoli
    10. cauliflower
    11. cinnamon apples
    12. cornbread
    13. corn casserole
    14. mac and cheese
    15. sweet potato casserole
    16. creamed spinach
    17. asparagus
    18. brussel sprouts
    19. zucchini
    20. peas and carrots

    And something sweet:

    1. Cobbler
    2. Brownie
    3. Chocolate chip cookie
    4. Apple crumble

    Everyone can have their own favorite. Perfect for a busy day. Leftovers get used up.

    *If you have a vacuum sealer, you could seal the plates that way. Or foil wrap them microwavable plates or re-usable.

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  • Popular Teddy Bear Names
    Popular Teddy Bear Names

    Today is Teddy Bear Day! Can you remember what your first teddy bear looked like? Did you name it one of the most popular teddy bear names? Do you still have a teddy bear (or two) sitting around?

    This is me with my very first teddy! His name was Charcoal. Maybe not one of the most popular teddy bear names. My one sister had Paddington and another sister had Teddy Ruxpin. My teddy got lost on a camping trip in Vermont. Luckily it was near the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and my parents took me there to get a replacement.

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  • Happy Birthday Wishes to my Younger Sister
    Happy Birthday Wishes to my Younger Sister
    I am sending Happy Birthday Wishes to my Younger Sister today, on her birthday! Are you the baker of cakes in your family? I am in our family.

    My go-to cake recipe:
    My aunt taught me how to upgrade any national brand, basic box mix by adding these ingredients. The cake ends up being dense but moist, the best part is – it is much easier to ice because it doesn’t crumble.

    I don’t change the bake time or temp, but it makes more batter, so plan accordingly. Mix according to the directions on the back of the box. But also add in 1 extra egg, 1 cup each of all purpose flour, white granulated sugar, and sour cream. Optional, add 2 teaspoons of extract, vanilla or almond depending on the flavors you are using.

    Donate
    1. Specialty pans you never used, or used once and won’t need again. At least you won’t need them until you donate them – but you can borrow them from someone if that happens. Check with your local library. Some lend cake pans!
    2. Attachments from old mixers you no longer own.
    3. Excessive quantities of mixing bowls, extra measuring cups and measuring spoons.
    4. The cake stand or cake carrier you never use. Of course as soon as you donate it, you’ll need to carry a cake somewhere.
    Toss
    1. Warped or rusty baking pans that can’t be cleaned or used.
    2. Cracked wooden spoons that are bacteria magnets.
    3. Broken mixers.
    4. Measuring spoons and cups that are cracked.
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  • National Beer Lovers Day
    National Beer Lovers Day

    Did you know Jersey Cyclone is my brother-in-law’s brewery? National Beer Lovers Day is a big day for him. For me, not so much – I don’t drink beer. Whether you drink beer or don’t, there is a good chance you still have some beer items in your home. And you might not need them all. Today let’s look at a few things you might be able to declutter from your home:

    1. Beer steins (appraise them online at GoAntiques if you think they might be valuable)
    2. Bottle openers – the rusty ones or the ones that don’t work
    3. Home beer brewing kit – this is how it all started for my brother-in-law
    4. Beer mugs – like the ones that go in the freezer
    5. Beer glasses – the ones that narrow at the bottom so much that you can’t get your hand in to clean them
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  • Fight Procrastination Day
    Fight Procrastination Day
    Make it a challenge inside of a chore!

    Set a timer for 2 minutes now and tackle that lingering task that you’ve been dreading. When you turn a chore into a challenge it makes it a lot easier to do. You can use this challenge idea by taking on the task during a television commercial break.

    3 More ideas to fight procrastination
    1. Set a deadline to make yourself do something. Like scheduling a charitable organization to pick up a bag of items, then you have to fill a bag.
    2. Set up a reward. Plan a sweet treat or a fun activity as a “reward” for getting the task done.
    3. Set up a team. Connect with a friend who is also trying to get things done. Schedule a date to make it happen. Call each other, then do the project, then check back in to share success.
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  • National Cheese Pizza Day

    Today is National Cheese Pizza Day! Which has me thinking about how many pizza wheels I’ve lost over the years. They accidentally get tossed when the box is recycled. So, I buy extra, which may be why I can’t open my kitchen utensil drawer.

    Today take a look around to see if you have any pizza related items you don’t use. If they are still good, you can donate them. If they are cracked or broken, then toss them.

    1. Pizza wheels
    2. Pizza plates
    3. Pizza pans
    4. Pizza seasonings
    5. Pizzas (frozen) in the freezer before they get freezer burn

    And now I think we are all hungry for pizza.

    National Cheese Pizza Day
    Question, does my favorite truffle oil pizza count on
    National Cheese Pizza Day?
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  • National Wildlife Day
    National Wildlife Day

    Today is ​National Wildlife Day. A great reminder to declutter a few items:

    1. broken bird feeders
    2. bird baths
    3. hummingbird feeders
    4. Your old furs can help rehab animals, see a list of donation locations at coatsforcubs.org
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  • College Colors Day
    College Colors Day

    Today is College Colors Day. What can you let go of from your college years?

    1. Textbook to BetterWorldBooks.com
    2. Yearbook to Classmates.com or the area library
    3. Snap a photo of disintegrating memorabilia, then toss
    4. Keep a few treasures to share with future generations in a treasure box
    5. If you belong to a school reunion class page on social media, upload class photos to share with the members
    6. Make sure you keep your transcripts safe, sometimes they are needed for job interviews or background checks
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  • World Coconut Day
    World Coconut Day

    Let’s celebrate World Coconut Day with a yummy coconut treat. Do you like coconut? My nephew does. For his 5th birthday I baked him this cake, we names it Chickee Knight. It combined his three favorite things, coconut, chicks, and knights. Can you see the orange wing holding a pipe cleaner sword? The cake is a four layer cake. I dyed the coconut yellow and stuck it to the cake with icing. It was a big hit.

    If you like coconut, these are the layer bars I make.

    Layered Coconut Bars

    I’ve heard these called magic bars; with seven ingredients layered they are also known as seven layer bars. The oven temp is 350 degrees, pan size 9×13, and bake time is 25 minutes until golden brown.

    Combine the melted butter with the graham crackers. Press into the bottom of the pan to create a crust. Top with the two cups of chips, I like semi-sweet and butterscotch, but you could use toffee or dark chocolate. Arrange the chopped nuts, I use walnuts, but pecans would be great. Sprinkle on the coconut flakes. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk across the whole thing. This will act as the glue to hold the layers together. Makes sure to get some around the edges, that will crisp up and be extra tasty.

    1. 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    2. 1 stick (1/2 c) melted unsalted butter
    3. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    4. 1 cup butterscotch chips
    5. 1 cup chopped walnuts
    6. 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
    7. 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

    These freeze well, I cut them into squares before freezing.

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    American Chess Day

    Today is American Chess Day, a perfect reminder to check the board game closet.

    1. Donate any unused games.
    2. Straighten out the boxes.
    3. Check the junk drawer for lost pieces and return them to the correct box.
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    best trail mix recipe ever
    Mom’s best trail mix recipe

    My Mom made the best trail mix. Her recipe includes candy coated chocolate (M & Ms) and raisins and golden raisins. If you like trail mix, give this recipe a try. Of course, adjust this for personal preferences, allergies, and restrictions. And you get to pick salted, unsalted, or honey roasted nuts. If nuts are not your thing, you can still make the mix without them. Sub in extra dried fruit or something else. The good news is, there is no wrong way to make a trail mix. The only question is, once you mix it, where are you going to eat it? Maybe it will be your snack while taking on an overdue decluttering task today. Just a thought.

    Mom’s recipe

    Into a large sealable container or zip top bag, mix:

    1. 1 cup sunflower seeds
    2. 1 cup peanuts
    3. 1 cup cashews
    4. 1 cup peanut butter or butterscotch chips
    5. 1 cup M&Ms
    6. 1 cup raisins (I do half and half golden)

    optional mix-ins:

    1. cereal like Chex or Cheerios
    2. shredded coconut
    3. dried fruit(s)
    4. white chocolate chips
    5. mixed nuts
    6. mini pretzels
    Hint!

    Place the ingredients into a muffin tin, one item per cup. Then let people make their own customized blend. Hint: mine would be mostly chocolate.

    3 things to declutter from your pantry on national trail mix day

    1. Stale, never going to finish, open containers of snacks.

    2. Packaging from around products that is just taking up valuable storage space

    3. Old spices, especially ones with no scent when you run a little between your fingers. No scent usually indicates no flavor.

    Tip: use stilltasty.com to search for best by dates of perishables.

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    things to pack in your beach bag

    Summer isn’t over yet! Heading to the beach or lake and looking for a list of things to pack in your beach bag? Here is what I toss in my bag:

    1. sunglasses
    2. sunscreen keep it in a cooler bag to make it more refreshing to apply
    3. bug spray
    4. garbage bag to put sandy items to keep sand out of your car
    5. snacks that don’t melt easily
    6. hand wipes
    7. silverware
    8. paint brush works great to gently brush sand off your legs
    9. hat
    10. towel
    11. change of clothes
    12. lip balm
    13. book to read
    14. beach ball without a leak is always preferred
    15. kite the beach seems to get the best wind for flying kites
    16. hair elastic
    17. speaker
    18. water bottle
    19. beach spiker to keep drinks from tipping over in the sand
    20. sand toys I still love to build a castle or two

    Would you add anything to this list?

    What to Declutter
    1. Leaking blow up beach and pool toys with no hope of repair
    2. Cracked plastic shovels and sandcastle molds
    3. Bent, rusty, dangerous folding chairs
    4. Tattered pool and beach towels (check with the local animal shelter, they would probably appreciate them for cleaning)
    5. Leaking, buldging, otherwise unusable ice packs for cooler bags
    6. Bonus idea: cooler bags with broken zippers that don’t keep things cool

    Don’t Do This!

    Don’t use the bag with straps that dig into your shoulders. Don’t pack a chocolate bar, there is a high probability it will melt faster than you can eat it.

    Do This!

    Empty your bag immediately upon returning home. Otherwise you wish things lingering too long. No one wants to find an orange (or at least that’s what we think it is) at the bottom of the bag a month from now.

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    can bottled lemon juice go bad

    Have you ever wondered, can bottled lemon juice go bad? The answer is yes. Levels of preservatives vary from brand to brand, so it is important to check the label on the bottle. Or better yet, finish it up instead of letting it linger in the pantry or fridge. No sense cluttering up your kitchen with bottles of anything, including lemon juice, that you can’t use.

    What if you can’t use it up?

    Freeze it! Lemon juice ice cubes are great for cooking. Need lemon for a piccata sauce? Just crack a cube or two. Also, perfect for making lemonade, an ice cube with lemon juice in it will prevent the drink from becoming diluted. This is how I make my lemonade (adjust for taste and dietary preferences) 1/2 gallon of water to 1/2 cup of white sugar to 1 cup of lemon juice and a dash of salt. I add in ice cubes that I made with water, a splash of lemon juice, and sometimes mint leaves, if I want to be super fancy.

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    best way to store ties in a drawer
    best way to store ties in a drawer

    If you have been trying to declutter your clothes closet, paring down the tie collection can be a good way to make space. Yes, you can donate ties. And for the ones you are going to keep, this is the best way to store ties in a drawer (where they are less likely to wrinkle) and you free up space in the closet.

    Rule of Thumb for the Number of Ties

    The way you dress might be more casual these days. If that is the case, you might want to declutter the dress shirts and suits. For the ones you keep, a good rule of thumb is to keep three ties per suit or shirt you wear with a tie. That number allows you to mix and match the collection.

    Only keep that many if you 1. really wear them 2. prefer not to repeat ties and outfits often 3. have storage space to store them all

    Share, sell, donate some/most if you: 1. don’t wear them 2. someone else needs them more than you

    The best way to store ties in a drawer

    Yes, you can hang ties in the closet. But they can wrinkle easily or fall to the floor where you never see them again. I prefer tie storage in the drawer. Roll the ties and place them in a divided box with the tie pattern face up. That way at a glance you can see which one you are looking for easily.

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    If you have been wondering, when is national just because day? I’m happy to let you know, today is National Just Because Day! Which means you don’t need a reason or an excuse to do something. Here are some fun and easy ways to celebrate:

    1. Call someone to catch up
    2. Text someone something nice
    3. Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru
    4. Take time and do something you enjoy
    5. Send someone flowers
    6. Buy yourself flowers
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