Upcycling Coffee Creamer Bottles

If you are an avid coffee drinker like me, you might take some creamer with your coffee. Next thing you know, you find yourself tossing these plastic containers into the recycling bin every few weeks. Then I got to thinking……can I use them for something around the apt?

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Nice and clean and waiting for your creativity.

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I started by cutting the tops off (recycling those) and keeping the bottoms for small planters. Do remember to drill a few holes at the bottom for drainage.

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Then I started using them as storage. I saw some articles around using them to store food but I’m wary to do so. I’m not sure if these bottles have BPA so I prefer to store my food stuff (sugar, etc) in mason jars instead. As for cleaning supplies, this is a great way for me to have some handy while storing the bigger sizes elsewhere.

Did this spark an idea in you? 🙂

 

Decluttering the closet

Now if you are like me, you have way too many clothes that you need. In fact, most people only utilize 20% of their wardrobe. You open your wardrobe and think that you have nothing to wear. This is despite having a closet that’s bursting at the seams! So what do you do? You go back to wearing what you usually do.

There are plenty of websites out there that help you with paring down your wardrobe. Below are just some insights I got from decluttering 90% of my wardrobe. Yes……. I got rid of 90% of my wardrobe.

Here it goes 🙂

1) Designate 3 boxes/bags. Donate, Fix and Undecided. I don’t have a Keep box as keepers go back into the wardrobe.

2) Donate pile gets kept in the apt for 2-4 weeks and off to Salvation Army it goes. Or donate to another organization. In fact, there are plenty of shelters that will take your used clothing. When you are weary of decluttering, think about how your clothes will go on to bless people who need it more than you do! And practice common sense, please donate clothes in conditions that you, yourself will wear. If it’s too ratty, cut it up for rags to use around the house/apt.

3) As for the fix pile, this pile tends to be small for me because a lot of the items are not worth the additional money/effort/time to fix it.

4) Undecided pile. Most advocate putting your undecided pile into a box, date it. And after 6 months, if you don’t miss what’s in it (or you can’t even remember what’s in it!), just take the box to donate. Do not open, do not pass go, head straight to the donation center! 🙂 Now this method doesn’t work for me. What I do instead is to get an opinion of someone I trust. Put on a fashion show and trust your friend/significant other’s opinion!

5) Start with one category. For example, I started with jeans, then I went onto dresses, etc. This way I can see at an instant that I actually have 10 black shirts that look almost the same!

6) Trust your initial reaction when you see yourself wearing the item. I wore the item in question in front of a full length mirror (you can get a cheap version $5-$6). Then I made a quick snap decision. Often times, your first thought is the instinctive reaction you have to the item. In fact, go ahead and set aside a donation space. There will be days when you wear an item and you instinctively want to take it off immediately. Dump that item into the box and shut it.

7) Get a personal color analysis done. Remember a time when people told you,”Oh you’re a summer!”, etc? Well, personal color analysis has come a long way. I got mine done and it was the best money I had ever spent! If you are interested in learning more, check out my analyst’s page here

8) If you have expensive stuff or want to do it, you can try to get money for your clothes! Try ebay, Craiglist or consignment shops in your area.

9) Understand that this will be a work in progress. I said I got rid of 90% of my wardrobe. BUT that was done over the course of 3 years. And I am still working on it. In fact, I set aside another 10 shirts this weekend for the donation pile.

That’s it for now. Good luck in your decluttering journey!

Just pick up the phone and call your credit card company!

As you might know, I am slowly getting my finances into order. I am slowly trimming the fat (canceled Netflix, Starlooks) and am looking to cut my credit card annual fee. Yes. I pay $19 (used to be $29 I think) per year to Wells Fargo in order to have cash back on my credit card purchases. Every bit counts so I called Wells Fargo with the intention of cancelling my rewards program.

Be nice! Remember, you catch bees with honey and not vinegar.

After 20 mins of phone wait, tag time, etc…… guess what? The Wells Fargo representative was able to transfer me to a FREE rewards program while keeping my current points.

Since I am on the phone, I asked for a lowering of my APR (currently at 12.65 which is pretty good). Unfortunately, the rep was unable to lower my APR. But she offered me 0% APR on purchases made in the next 6 months. Now I don’t know how often I will take advantage of that since I will be on Dave Ramsey’s cash system. But the point is…… YOU DON’T GET IF YOU DON’T ASK!

And if you don’t get anything, don’t be discouraged. Just pick up and call again. The next rep might be willing to go the mile for you. Again remember to be nice! The reps are humans doing their jobs just like you and me 🙂

* Just my experience