Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Still downsizing

Ciaos is organizing order just waiting to be born. Its interesting that thousands of years ago people buried their clutter only to have archeologists dig it all up again.

I’m slowly getting rid of things that I did need in the past but don’t anymore. When I moved here five years ago I brought boxes of things because there wasn’t time for sorting and I really didn’t know what would fit and what wouldn’t. So now I feel it’s finally time to pare things down to only what I use and to get rid of the rest. I’m so busy getting it done that I constantly forget to take before photos.

Thursday I took a whole carload of food to the church foodbank. The trunk was full and the seats were too. How the heck did I accumulate soooo much food? Its like this. The outdoor foodbank doesn’t let us choose the food we can or want to eat. There’s no portion control either. Every car, whether a single person household or large family, is given the same box of food. We pull up, the box is put into the trunk, and off we go. So all the extra food I couldn’t possibly eat in 2020 slowly accumulated until yesterday. I do offer my extra to other people but nobody wants it.

I’ve also been organizing my kitchen (without the wall shelves) and preparing boxes of STUFF for the grands to have a kid’s yard sale. Whatever they earn is theirs to keep or spend. Leftover items will be given to a local charity that sells STUFF by the ton to other countries.

The kitchen drawers are a jumbled mess. I cleaned and organized two of them so far. I removed everything and washed it. Some things went into the yard sale box and some went back into the drawer as organized. I kept only what I actually use.

I cleaned under the kitchen sink too. I got rid of everything I don’t use and brought boxes of foil wrap and plastic freezer bags out from the laundry room to store under there. Having it in easy reach will be saving me steps when doing future food prepping. The boxes in the floor contain yard sale items.

The shelves in the laundry room look like this now but will be changing slightly. I put all the plastic Gladware and Betty Crocker food storage containers previously stored on these shelves into the yard sale box.

These wire shelves in the laundry room came with the house. I don’t believe they had ever been cleaned. Ladybug and I removed the shelves and brackets to wash then put back in place. I plan to store some of my small appliances and the parts on these shelves in the white bins.

Oh yes, I almost forgot. I finished a quilt. I call it the pineapple quilt. Its home now and the owner loves it.

Here is another picture. This is the feather design she likes best. She told me to be sure to put it on her next quilt too. I call it the pea pod feather.

There was a LOT of stitching on this quilt and several thread color changes. It was an inherited top sent to me for putting the layers together. I’m hoping it will be enjoyed for a very long time. Its now time for me to get off the computer and start my day.

Hugs from Kentucky

23 comments on “Still downsizing

  1. Tracy
    June 4, 2021

    I miss throwing old-fashioned yard sales for decluttering ( and the random socializing aspect )!

    I’ve had to recognise that sometimes I have to throw away rather than recycle, which I’d prefer, but it’s amazing just how much material ‘stuff’ comes into our lives if it’s allowed to gather.

    Reminds me of the Buddhist mantra ‘all I have is all I need’…

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    • Anita
      June 6, 2021

      So true, the amount of stuff seems to multiply itself in the wee hours of night. I can’t have a yard sale at my house because its not allowed here. But is ok at my daughter’s house in a different district. Left over things go to a local charity that sells by the ton for shipping to other countries.

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  2. halfasoul
    June 3, 2021

    I love your blog and have read many of your posts, Anita. Especially on canning, thank you. 🙂 Btw when life affords you some time and a bit less chaos, you should look into monetizing this blog though, seriously! There are many resources on how to do so and it seems like you get a lot of views/engagement—absolutely nothing at all wrong with targeted ads (especially if YOU choose how many) if they help you live a more comfortable life! Anyway just a thought as I know you are finding ways to save up for your dental work. I’m sure your readers would be happy to support you if you knew of targeted actions they could take to earn you revenue (i.e., watch certain videos, be added to your mailing list, hit the same post several times and generate more ad revenue etc)—I know I would. Take care, sending hugs from Canada!

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    • Anita
      June 3, 2021

      Sending hugs back from Kentucky. I really do appreciate the thought but in order to monetize I’d have to become a full time blogger persuading others to do certain actions or to *spend* money. In other words — in it for the money. I already had a career as a textile artist – quilt maker. I was retired but I’ve started working again. Working with fabric puts me in my happy place.

      As for my blog, I’m happy knowing what I write is going to help someone someplace realize they are not struggling alone. When I talk about no teeth there might be others new to being without teeth trying to figure out what next. When I talk about living on a fixed income I’m hoping to reach readers brand new to living on a pension and maybe learning how to make ends meet from what I do to stretch my budget.

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  3. Jasna
    June 1, 2021

    WOW, you are doing so many things, Anita! I started to do some spring cleaning but then I’ve been lazy. I definitely must go on. Thank you for the inspiration!
    The pineapple quilt is awesome! I love your work!
    Hugs,

    Jasna

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    • Anita
      June 3, 2021

      Thank you Jasna. I’ve kinda got a second wind for quilting designs now that I’ve come out of retirement for awhile. Heck, I have my lazy days too. Lotsa hugs to ya too.

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  4. sarasinart
    June 1, 2021

    Good work at downsizing. Your quilt is amazing! Wow.

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  5. craftytadpole
    May 31, 2021

    Lovely quilting on that quilt!
    A kid’s garage sale sounds like a great idea too.

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    • Anita
      May 31, 2021

      Its one way to give them spending money but at the same time teach them about earning money.

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  6. SC New Quilter
    May 31, 2021

    Your quilting is absolutely gorgeous! Cleaning and organizing seems to be an ongoing job, at least for me, it does. And why do I have so many of one cleaning item……

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    • Anita
      May 31, 2021

      🙂 Thank you. I’ve had a lot of years to practice. I had several cleaning products too. Some had never been opened. Shame on me.

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  7. J O
    May 31, 2021

    Love the quilt, the laundry room shelves and the down sizing… still doing it here but I think I am having to down size what I got from Mother and Pop and then from Daddy when they died before I even get to my own. I pass mine to Daughter 4 .

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    • Anita
      May 31, 2021

      I understand completely. I keep telling myself the object is not the memory and it means nothing to anyone who doesn’t have the same memory. I wish I could get those dang kitchen shelves up and in use.

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  8. kaythegardener
    May 31, 2021

    Wow, it’s hard to believe that your move was 5 years ago!! How fast time flys!!
    Hope you enjoy many more years in your home. KMC

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    • Anita
      May 31, 2021

      Yes, the time passes so fast! I see it in the grand’s. They had growth spurts during the pandemic. Thanks K

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  9. Deborah
    May 30, 2021

    The pineapple quilt is beautiful you did an amazing job. Downsizing and decluttering seem to be an on going job. I enjoy reading your blog just found out recently how to receive new posts.

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    • Anita
      May 30, 2021

      Thank you Deborah for reading and following. Hmm, I’ll make a note to see if I can make how to follow more visible.

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  10. Helen
    May 30, 2021

    The quilt work is outstanding!!! You truly are an artist. I’m trying to de-clutter along the lines of what you are doing. It’s not my best skill and my mind seems to fog up when trying to make the keep or don’t kept decisions, It’s really helpful to see what others are accomplishing.

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    • Anita
      May 30, 2021

      Thank you Helen. I love the creative freedom of quilting.

      While I’m decluttering I keep asking “who am I saving it for, my next family” and “is this for one person or many people” which helps me decide. My kitchen items worked just fine when I fed a whole neighborhood. I don’t do that anymore. Almost everything I have is actually made for growing families not empty nesters. I noticed one day not long ago just how silly a single can of green beans looked in a 10.5 qt pot instead of the 8 cans I used to cook. It was only my smallest pot that made the beans look normal.

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  11. Silver
    May 30, 2021

    The pineapple quilt looks lovely ^_^
    Well done on all your sorting. I do our cutlery drawer on the regular now – how it gets so mucky and has so many crumbs etc. when everything that goes in is clean, is beyond me.

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    • Anita
      May 30, 2021

      LOL, I agree, how does it get so yucky. And thanks. The work I did on the quilt is my happy place.

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  12. Bobbie Henderson
    May 30, 2021

    Downsizing is never completed. It just goes on and on. Love the stitch design on your quilt.

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    • Anita
      May 30, 2021

      Now that you mention it Bobbie, you’re right, it never gets finished. Thanks.

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