Greetings, Thrifty Sisters and Happy June! I don’t know about you, but I have no idea where the entire month of May disappeared too. I am sure that May was a wonderful month. One of the highlights from this previous month was that the Thrifty Sisters was featured on a local television show. We talked about how the Thrifty Sisters originated and some of the highlights of our newsletter. It was too bad that it was such a short interview, as I had prepared all sorts of great chit chat about how to help our viewers out, but alas, time went too fast – just like the month of May!
In case anyone is still curious about how my February Minimalism Challenge has been going, I still claim that slow and steady is winning the race. My tortoise pace is gaining ground, as I can now say that I have only 13 items left to fully completed the February challenge. Not familiar with this game – check it out: https://www.theminimalists.com/game/ On one hand, I am super stoked to be clearing clutter. On the other hand, I am stunned at what I have collected over the years, and the things (and reasons) why items are still hanging out in my closets.
It really does boil down the keeping only the things that you love, and I have not missed any of the donations that I have made. Are you looking for a bit more motivation on how to create a clutter free environment? Read this short article about this author’s 3 ways of winning the clutter war: https://earth911.com/living-well-being/clear-the-clutter-stop-organizing-and-just-have-less-stuff/
Although, periodically, one comes across an item that they used to love but stored it away for one reason or another. Possibly it was due to space, or maybe it needed repair. Our Big Sis has a story about this! I called her on her birthday, and she was so excited to share with me her amazing fix-it hack, and I am so proud of her accomplishment!
Lynn writes, “Drinking espresso tonight after a few years off. This is the model of my ancient beast (“Krups Novo”), that got me through my doctorate, logistics support engineering career, and last half of my USArmy Reserve tour (Gulf War). I gave up on it, thinking I would never be strong enough again to close it into the lock position. It was always said that closing this takes strength, even when new, and it just got impossible. No close, no proper shot. This is SO simple a device, however. I just couldn’t believe I had to give up on it. Are you already ahead of me? Yup. I took some olive oil and greased the bare metal contact points where the handle twists into place to lock the grounds. Done. Works better than new. Easy. Argh! Why did I wait so long to find this trick? [I used to hang out on coffee chat rooms and bulletin boards in the early days of internet and I NEVER read anyone saying to try this! I hope to not have to replace the espresso machine for a long time yet.”
Yippee for olive oil saving the day! Maybe this is starting to turn those creative wheels for the rest of us that have kitchen items that are just too “stuck” to turn correctly? Because who wants to use WD-40 on your food prep items?
Speaking of gadgets that plug in, it is that time of year to start reminding ourselves how to save on electrical “waste”. With summer heat looming, we need to be careful about the amount of “pull” we are taking. Don’t forget that even when your electronic devices are turned off, they are still drawing small amounts of power if they are plugged into an outlet. Not only is this wasted energy, but you’re also paying for it. Stop wasting money and resources by plugging your devices into a power strip and clicking the strip off when you’re not using them. Or, if you want to keep it simple, just unplug electronics from the outlet when they’re not in use.
It’s that time of the newsletter to share some yummy recipes! Even though apple season is not exactly upon us, it is summer, and that means all sorts of scrumptious apple desserts are waiting for us. Check out this link for 8 recipe ideas to use with your apple peels, including jam, tea, apple twigs, wine and smoothie ideas: http://tiphero.com/ways-to-use-apple-peels/
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you each have a wonderful start to June and enjoy each day that our summer season offers. Enjoy the opportunities that you provide to yourself to make your living space more enjoyable, feel free to try out the olive oil hack, and start using those apple peels! Be good to yourself and each other and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!