Day 68 – No, Really, Keep Your Hair.

8 Apr

On Friday’s I like to break away from my one-a-day mold and do a big clean-out project.  It just shoves the week out the door and welcomes the weekend.

Ahh.. weekend, welcome, we’re so glad to have you.

These books went today.

Gah! me and my Oprah books

I don’t know if I’ve told you before, but I follow along with a project at called the 52 week project.  It’s awesome you should check it out. This is where I get my inspiration for my big Friday projects.

Each week a new organizing project is revealed and on Friday we all share links to our blogs and visit each other and ooh and ash over how fabulous we all are. Lots of people follow along too that don’t necessarily have blogs but just like to read blogs. We’re all a part of it together.

Anyway, this week the project was  cleaning out your magazine clutter. I was so smug when I read the “reveal” this week. I don’t save magazines (I thought), I read US Weekly cover to cover and toss it, every time. How cool am I?

Turns out I do toss magazines… just not these ones.

Welcome to my lovely home

O.K. I’m usually pretty unapologetic about my messes, but even I have to put a disclaimer on this one. It’s neat every morning. I have 3 kids. O.K. , back to business.

Last week I stopped by My Experimental Life and was so impressed I decided to attack books too. Two for the price of one this week, folks.

That dryer sheet is a nice touch, I think.

Turns out I’m not so entirely neat about books either.

So here’s what I did:

1. I piled it all up on my bed  (I took a picture. It was boring. I’m not sharing. You’re welcome.).

This, however, is the very best book I found! It was the last one I pulled out from the bottom of the pile. It’s from ’05. It turns out, Hope springs eternal for me and my cluttered house.

I try.

2. I separated out all the dirty socks, hair clips, dryer sheets and homework projects and put them away/tossed them as appropriate (also, no picture, gross).

3. I made a pile of books that were not mine (7, in case you were wondering). They are in a box headed for the trunk of my car to be returned.  Dance!

4. I separated out books that could go back on the bookshelf and didn’t really need to be next to my bed.

5. I tossed (donated) those up there.

6.  I put these back.

NERD ALERT- I keep a dictionary next to my bed

By the time I was done boxing it up, I added three more books to the donation box. Yea me!

Now my tables looks like this:

I may look clean here, but right now (1 hour later) I am holding a camera, a cell phone, a sippy cup and a beer

and this:

I still look this good.

My magazines… well, now my magazines are right where all magazines are read (in my home and homes across our great nation):

Hey, it's where they get read.

the bathroom.

Hey, since I usually write about 4 sentences and call it a day, I am going to give you a treat for staying with me for this loooong post.


I’m going to overlook the jumping frog theme on this champagne glass, and even the intricate braiding, but rendering a champagne glass useless with… fabric. I cannot overlook that madam. Sorry.

I’m truly hoping this was a wedding gift to someone.  I would love to have heard how they handled that one.

a toasting flute for your favorite herpetologist

My brother Jay sent me this:

The overly happy bag piper


And if you want to see the very best of the best…well you’ll have to check it out here.

Oh, one more, why not?

It's hair.

Pile of hair, anyone? Anyone? Takers? No?

Happy Weekend, Friends!


Send me your fab thrift finds and I’ll post them and link to your blog. Don’t have a blog? No worries. Send them anyway. We all want to see them. We do.

Orgjunkie isn’t the only one havin’ fun. Simple mom hosts some great projects too.  Check out either. Win. Win.


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15 Responses to “Day 68 – No, Really, Keep Your Hair.”

  1. Anne April 8, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Well done Megan! Although, doesn’t everyone have a dictionary, half a dozen kid’s books and dryer sheets by their bedside table? I thought that was just normal. LOL

    A pile of hair? Are you serious? Just what I always wanted! LOL

    Have a great weekend! xx

  2. Scott April 8, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Solution number 151 for a clean and clutter free home: Get rid of the declutter magazine from 2005.

    • Megan April 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

      Not happenin’ Jack.

    • The Bearded Iris April 9, 2011 at 8:23 am #

      I gotta agree with your Sugar Daddy on this one. There is something inherently wrong with clutter comprised of decluttering aids.

  3. Brittany April 9, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    I suspect that I’ll find a number of these declutter your home/organizing magazines (and books…don’t forget the books!) as I continue the purge around here as well. Thanks for the tip about Orgjunkie and the 52 weeks project!

    • Megan April 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

      You’re welcome. Check her out. It’s really motivating.

  4. The Bearded Iris April 9, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    My favorite part? The NERD ALERT!!! So awesome. Oh, and the dryer sheet. Oh, and also, the honesty and the pics of your bedside table. Okay, fine. I love the whole thing.

    Happy Weekend!!!

  5. The Bearded Iris April 9, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    OMG, forgot to mention the hair. The HAIR!!! WTF? Amy Sedaris does a Sunday School craft in one of her awesome books that involves making a Jesus Beard out of hair collected over time from your shower drain. I know you’re crafty… just thought I’d put it out there.

  6. Becky L April 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I hopped over to your blog after reading your comment on Ally’s grandma post. I decluttered magazines as well this week. will be posting this weekend. What a job. I seem to hoard them and books. Came over to find your friend who is a navy wife…didn’t know where to look. Always am reading that stuff since I’m former military..Air Force. Love your blog. I love to go to thrift stores as well and then wind up dragging something home I don’t need. So I really try to find something useful or just look and drool! Have a great weekend!

  7. allysgrandma April 10, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    OMGOsh is that other blog yours too with the weird Marie Osmond Collectibles??? I am having a great laugh this morning! I saw your friend’s blog, I will send it on to my daughter. I like to send her blogs from other military wives. She has one too, but it is all her photography stuff.

    • Megan April 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

      No, Mellon blog is just a blog a stumbled upon by accident. I didn’t link to her from anyone. I found her on Swagbucks while I was looking up something else. The first day I went to her it was that Marie Osmond thing, so you know, I kind of fell in love. 🙂
      Speaking of falling in blog love, I just went to your daughters. Superb! I will be heading back there over and over for the photography. I love good pictures and am always trying to improve mine in my free time. You know, mom’s of three with blogs have tons of extra free time on their hands. 😉

      Happy Sunday. I hope you got lots of traffic from the orgjunkie mention. It was funny.

  8. Rochelle April 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Thanks for the shout out! I found your blog and have been reading from day one and was shocked when I saw my link! I love your thrift store photos. I donate but never shop, I may have to run inside now to see what I can send you!

    • Megan April 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      I was inspired by your work. 🙂 Oh, and please do, anytime.


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