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Display Name: Mildred Lathbury
Member Since: 1/6/14

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I bought a Capresso (the model pictured) at TJ Maxx on a whim. Adore it! 3 years and it's still working fine. The hinge on the lid has broken, but still works. I suspect I can replace that for more years of hot water and coffee. Love it!


Electric Kettles: Should You Buy One?
8/1/14 12:18 PM

So glad you reposted this, as I didn't see the original! How did you know my freezer is so full of bananas? I've made banana bread till I'm sick of it, so this is now making me very happy. Last fall, the bananas put out as conference snacks were not eaten. Thrifty me took them home and stuffed them into the freezer. Every crevice was full of bananas. This will help whittle them down (and stop friends from making snarky comments about my freezer). Thanks!


How To Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient! Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
7/30/14 11:01 AM

Lovely! It IS all about the dream, isn't it!


Dream a Little Dream: Our Tenth Anniversary Film
6/2/14 12:45 PM

Oh yeah, now I remember I had intended to unsubscribe after last year's monster arrived. The colors, the depressing views, I felt like I had a catalog of dusty stuff in my hands and kept wanting to cough.


Why The Huge Catalog?
And How Restoration Hardware is Becoming The Ikea of Luxury Furnishings

5/19/14 04:39 PM

While I can't seem to get rid of large amounts of anything, what I CAN do is pick the lesser 3 of a group. 3 I hate, or love less. Those 3 go away. I figure eventually this will lead to far less stuff.


The Shopping Bag Method for Staying Clutter-Free
5/9/14 04:21 PM

My college-days VW beetle had a sun-roof -- a 24" square that opened with a lot of cranking. I once got a pressed back rocker into the back seat in about 5 minutes. By myself. When I reached the destination, it took the better part of a day and 3 people to get it out. I have no idea how I got it in there so easily.


Reader Regrets: An IKEA Oops
5/5/14 01:02 PM

re: messy landing strip. The only thing I've really accomplished (sadly) with the Jan Cure is this. I cleaned out the top drawer of a small chest of drawers by the driveway door. True, I drop all my junk there on arrival, but once I'm in (cats petted and fed, etc) I go back and put the stuff (hats, gloves, scarves) in the drawer, hang the coat, deal with mail, put other stuff away. So far, the landing strip is working.


12 Things Every Home Should Have
1/28/14 03:51 PM

I've had friends "pick" my Outbox when they stopped by. "You're getting rid of THAT??? Can I have it???" Sure! Saves me a trip!


Regina's Cure: One Man's Junk Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/24/14 11:23 AM

I'm impressed with your sparse Outbox! I started mine years ago when I moved away and then back. And it STILL is overflowing. I aspire to have your version!


Elizabeth's Cure: Goodbye, Outbox! Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/24/14 11:20 AM

Hahahahahahaha! I love your journalistic report! I have to say that I'm the same with the cold -- even tho the house is relatively warm, I just can't get going. Add sunshine issues to that -- I can only get going when the sun is shining. Maybe I need medication or therapy! LOL!

P.S. The second pile is neater. I see progress!


Dabney's Cure: Basement Purge, Interrupted Liveblogging The January Cure 2014
1/24/14 11:17 AM

Nice pile! I have an ongoing Goodwill box too, and it seems to always fill up quickly. I read a while back that Goodwill is actually a business and not a charity. But after a moment of shock, I realized that anyone who will unload the stuff from my car and take nearly anything is just fine with me. It's such a freeing feeling to drop the stuff off and be done with it!


Tara's Cure: Off to Goodwill Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/24/14 11:08 AM

I love your use of exfoliating. LOL! Good way to think of it.


Eleanor's Cure: Out with the Old... Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/24/14 11:00 AM

I'm dreadfully behind. I'm just saying this so all the others who are struggling don't feel alone! Can we do another cure in February?

I mean to catch up. But if a friend calls and suggests we go see a movie, or go hunt up the only 2 Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the area, cleaning seems much less enticing. People are more important than things (or the state of those things) to me. So.... my house is still cluttered.


Weekend Chores: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room & Lighting January Cure Assignment #17
1/24/14 10:58 AM

I love the idea of "just 10". Tho sometimes it's "just one". I can usually identify at least one item that is the lesser of the herd, and once identified it's easy to send it to a better life.

Our local library has a twice-yearly book sale to benefit the library. I donate, help with the sale when I can, and buy back. BTW, it's REALLY easy to get rid of a book I paid 50 cents for. So I donate, buy, donate back. They make money over and over from some books.


Lightening Up: Declutter Media Collections January Cure Assignment #16
1/23/14 11:14 AM

mntwmyn, that sounds like progress to me!


Declutter & Organize: Bathroom Cabinets Cleanout The January Cure: Assignment # 15
1/22/14 02:32 PM

My first thought was it would be a great time to finally sew new curtains for the bathroom. But then, perhaps I'll finally tackle some of the floor, which I have procrastinated on. (On the plus side, the "floor" weekend, I inadvertently created a landing strip. And it's working nicely.)

I have a question for the whole gang (or those who carry purses). Where do you put your purse? I don't want to put mine on the landing strip right by the door because it's in view of the door. Plus I don't want to look at it all the time. I need a place that is accessible, but not in view. Ideas?


Unplug for an Evening: Try a Media Fast The January Cure: Assignment # 10
1/15/14 11:10 AM

Oh dear. Reading the comments is a little depressing. Am I the only one who is way behind on tasks? The weekend was spent being a guest and then having a guest, so the kitchen is in the same state as Friday night. :( Guests? Dining room table is still piled. I may have a cleaning disorder. Or maybe it's an anti-cleaning disorder.


Keep Yourself on Track: Get a
Get-Together Together
January Cure: Assignment # 8

1/13/14 10:22 AM

Guilty, on the entire list. I did purge wrapping paper instead of cleaning the floors for the January cure. (Shaking head at myself.)

A good friend is my opposite. He has 2 of everything -- one for the wash. He can't understand why anyone needs more than 5 sets of underwear. To my arguments, he asks if my washer is broken. He is a retired firefighter, and keeps everything ready for the next time. So the dish soap on the back of the sink is not all sticky, and the lid is closed. He says at work they didn't just drop stuff when they came back to the fire house, but had to recharge the oxygen tanks, etc, to be ready for the next run because it could be needed immediately. This makes sense. Why can't I live like this?

Confession: yarn closet. With intent to knit it all before I die. (Heck, it was really cold lately and people were asking me for mittens!)


12 (Okay 13) More Items You Probably Own Too Many Of
1/7/14 02:48 PM

My floors are not done yet either. But I have a very long to-do list from Day 1, and I cleaned out a drawer and created a landing pad for winter accessories, which means the view from my desk is uncluttered. With the cold weather, no fresh flowers, but a nice plant is in view too. It feels like progress.

Today (besides doing floors), I will spend time observing the dining room. The table is loaded down and unpleasant to look at. I will also observe, for the umpteenth time, my living room. THERE is the real problem, with too many doors and pathways to allow for any sensible furniture arrangement. Maybe a new view will finally make me see what to do.


10 Mindful Minutes: Get a Fresh Perspective January Cure: Assignment #3
1/6/14 11:21 AM