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How to make a difference and clear your clutter

Clear Your Clutter Day

10 top tips for clearing clutter

I am a serial declutterer. Whilst I am not a minimalist fan (I love to be surrounded by things that evoke memories), I do feel happier and calmer in a tidy home.

As well as enjoying tidiness, I get a warm fuzzy feeling from the email I get from Barnardo’s, which tells me how much my unwanted goods have sold for. As I have a gift aid number with the charity, it’s linked to my email address, and any goods sold are totted up and reported back to me.

Seeing the pounds rack up gives a real sense of making a difference.

Clear Your Clutter Day is a great
opportunity to have a good sort

out and donate your stuff to charity.

Here are a few tips:

1 Hang a reusable shopping bag in a cupboard or on a hook, so you have a constant receptacle for unwanted items.

2 Read about your chosen charity online. Their good work will inspire you to declutter and donate.

3 Have you worn something that you felt didn’t really suit you? Pop it in the wash, then into the charity bag.

4 Once you’ve read a novel, donate it. How often do you ever read a book twice?

5 Apart from ‘occasion’ clothes, if there’s something you haven’t worn for 6 months, give it away.

6 Just tackle one ‘area’ at a time. Choose a cupboard/wardrobe etc. and spend half an hour sorting through it. Empty out the ‘area’ and think about if you when you last used each item or if you really love it. Ditch unused or unloved things.

7 Buy an inexpensive but pretty set of baskets or boxes for your cupboards/shelves. They help to keep everything tidy and discourage you from putting junk back.

8 Don’t forget the kitchen! How many mugs and Tupperware boxes (without lids?) do you really need?

9 Sort through your make-up and throw away anything that’s over 12 months old as they can harbour nasty bacteria. Mascaras should be renewed every 3 months.

10 Empty your handbag of all its papers and receipts. Write down appointments and notes in your Dairy Diary and stow anything crucial in the pocket.






Top 10 Tips for Saving Money on Your Weekly Shop



Top 10 Tips for Saving Money

on Your Weekly Shop

Last week saw the very welcome announcement of free school dinners for infant school children, which will help many families (us included) from next September. But there’s no escaping the fact that feeding our families is becoming more expensive.

As food prices rise, it’s more important than ever for parents to shop and cook savvy in order to provide good, nutritious food. As a biggish family with one income we have implemented several money-saving policies in order to keep our weekly shop affordable. These include:

  • Choosing meat and fish on multi-buy offers and freezing it until required.
  • Purchasing one bottle of wine instead of two!
  • Buying detergents and cleaning products from budget supermarkets such as Aldi.
  • Potty training! The sooner we no longer have to buy nappies, the better.
  • Using our breadmaker – homemade bread is so much more tasty and cheaper.
  • Drinking tap water instead of fruit juice (better for your teeth too).
  • Slow-cooking cheaper cuts of meat e.g. pot roast beef for Sunday lunch cooked in stock with a splash of soy sauce and a blob of mustard. This also makes great sandwich fillers for the week ahead.
  • Making soup with any leftover veg from the fridge.
  • Filling out dishes such as cottage pie and spaghetti Bolognese with lentils, carrots etc. to make the mince go further.
  • And saving the best til last – baking! Homemade cakes, biscuits and flapjacks taste so much better than shop-bought and are SO much less expensive.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Summer Fête Lemon Cakle

And on the subject of baking, why not do a good deed this week? Bake a cake for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday.

There’s bound to be bake sale near you (I’ll be sneaking off from work to join the one at my son’s school). Check out their website here http://bit.ly/18CFOL8



How about baking this fabulous Lemon Cake from the 2014 Dairy Diary?

It cuts into 16 squares so will make plenty of money for a brilliant cause.


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