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Clutter & Air Freshener

January 31, 2011

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Have you ever noticed that as you begin to de-clutter your house the stacks of stuff increase? After Christmas I decided to clear out some kitchen cabinets, getting rid of old bakeware that is never used & storing seldom used pieces somewhere other than my main kitchen cabinet. That was a great idea, except that I haven’t moved the seldom used pieces into their permanent (for now) place. They are still in the floor in the diningroom.

DH cleaned out (or at least started to clean out) his closet. He piled his throw-aways in the bedroom floor. Now the place where we should be able to rest has a large pile of old clothes & shoes, to go with the pile of Christmas gift boxes that I haven’t moved to the attic. ARGH!

I have struggled with clutter forever & tend to become so overwhelmed that I become immobile. Not any more! I started today – I will deal with one pile of stuff a week (hey, don’t want to get too ambitious, set too large a goal & fail!) until they are gone & my house is no longer an obstacle course!

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Now I am waiting for my favorite charity, which collects goods to sell in their store, to pick-up all the stuff stacked by the front door!

Homemade Air Freshener

Clearing out the clutter, then let’s clear the air, too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Orange
  • 6 Bay Leaves, crumbled
  • 1 Tb whole Cloves
  • 1 Tb whole Cardamon Pods, cut in half
  • 1 sprig dried Rosemary, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Cut off the outer peel of the lemon & orange; place on a baking sheet in the oven; turn oven off.
  3. Allow the peels to dry overnight in the oven without opening the door.
  4. When the peels have dried, break them into smaller pieces & combine with remaining ingredients in a pretty jar with a tightly fitting lid.
  5. Open the jar to allow the aromas to fill the air.
  6. Or you can place 1 teaspoon of the mixture in a potpourri simmer pot with water over a tea candle. The aroma will fill the house, just keep an eye out to make sure the water doesn’t evaporate. Burned air freshener is not what you want to smell.
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