Itch to Pitch ~ Overwhelmed

We have officially moved into our new house and I must say I am overwhelmed at the amount of stuff. Even though I have been faithfully pitching for over  a month, I cannot believe how much junk was behind furniture, under beds, and left behind once all the big items were moved out of the house.

I would encourage you, while you are pitching and organizing, to look behind furniture, under the bed, and any other place clutter might be hiding. You might find the missing piece to a puzzle or game you were going to pitch. While you are there, vacuum, dust and clean those hard to reach places.

I don’t have pictures this week, not because I didn’t take them, but because I have no idea where my camera cord is located! Yesterday I spent almost 12 hours priming the walls in the old house (with the help of friends) and the job is almost finished. We hand over the keys to the old house tomorrow and then things should be back to normal, I hope!

Mr. Linky is acting wonky today, so feel free to leave a link in the comments, or save your post until next week.


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Itch to Pitch ~ Clutter is Costly

Thank you to everyone who is faithfully plugging along each week with this challenge. I don’t have any pictures to share with you this week since I have been out of town. I decided that since I don’t have pictures I would just talk a little bit about why I think it is important to keep a clean and clutter free home.

Before I start I want to say that I do not think that having a clean home makes you a better person. I do think having a clean home makes you a more organized person and can save you money and time. I know that for me, when the clutter gets out of control it takes me longer to do everything because I am constantly searching for the tools needed to complete the project. And if I can’t find what I am looking for, I end up buying what I need.

If my pantry is a wreck, I tend to buy things at the store that I already have (and maybe not on sale) because I couldn’t find the missing ingredient. Then, when I clean out my pantry and find 5 bags of powdered sugar I realize that if my pantry had been organized I wouldn’t have purchase powdered sugar when I didn’t need it.

The same concept works for every area of your home. If things in your home are not organized and you are probably buying things you already have and don’t need.

Living a clutter free life will also save you time. If you have to search for your keys every time you leave the house, you are wasting time. For me it is my purse. My bag is always filled with stuff I really should just toss or file. When I want to find something in my purse I end up searching for several minutes before I can find it! Pitching the excess stuff in my purse would only take me a few minutes every week, but yet I continue to let it build up and complicate my life.

I once read that when a piece of paper comes into your home, if you don’t take care of it immediately (file, trash, take action etc…) you will touch that piece of paper 40 more times before you actually take care of it! Ugh! Let’s stop that habit and get organized! Let’s get our homes organized so we can save time and money the second half of this year.

I know with my upcoming move and all the packing I have come across numerous items that I should have pitched long ago, but have been hanging on to, for no reason. I have a busy week ahead, (we officially move on Saturday) and I am sure a lot of pitching. Look for lots of pictures next Monday!

Now it is time to link up your Itch to Pitch post.

Remember link to your Itch to Pitch post and not your blog’s homepage. Also please link back to The Happy Housewife, so others who read your blog will be able to participate, the more the merrier, right? Finally, please visit the other Clutter Queens who link up and give them some encouragement. We all love comments!

I also started an Itch to Pitch thread in my discussion forum. Feel free to ask questions, share your favorite organizing sites, or tell me why you love clutter, lol!


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Party Tip

The next time you have a party try this tip I discovered last night at a friend’s house. Instead of using a sharpie to label everyone’s paper cups, try a dry erase marker on your own plastic cups. The marker wipes off at the end of the night and you can wash and reuse the cups over and over.

If you don’t have many plastic cups, check Target and Walmart for end of the season clearance. I have been able to purchase plastic cups for under $0.25 a piece and they last for years. I never thought about using them for a large party until we were eating with friends last night. She just got out a stack of her plastic cups and labeled them with a dry erase. It works as well as the plastic cups and a sharpie, but it saves money over time since you aren’t replacing cups. Even those nice Solo cups crack after repeated use, plastic last forever.

I meant to take a picture, but in my vacation laziness I totally forgot.


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Get Human

One thing I was not looking forward to regarding our upcoming move was calling all the different companies to set up utilities, internet, phone, newspaper, etc. I can’t stand wasting my time on hold, waiting for the next available representative. To solve this problem I asked my husband to call and waste his day off on hold.

But, he had a trick up his sleeve that I didn’t know about. It is called Get Human, and it is a website that has information for over a thousand businesses. Information on how to beat the annoying circle of elevator music and automated voices. Just go to their site and type in the business you are trying to contact. It will give you the information that allows you to get a human quicker than going through the normal channels.

For example, trying to get a hold of AT&T call 800-288-2747 then press 0 at each prompt, ignoring messages. How about Dial 800-201-7575 then don’t press or say anything.

My husband used this today and saved a good amount of time, bypassing much of the hold system. Next time you need to call customer service give Get Human a try.


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