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.
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