The Great Fall Decluttering Event..Too much stuff!

Over the past few weeks as the kids have started spending more time in the house, it seems that it is absolutely impossible to keep things picked up.  I’ve have sorted, organized, reorganized and sorted again.  I have decided we just have too much “Stuff”!  I began purging this week. This is not an easy task because I hate to get rid of things.  Even things that have worn out the current use. I always have some idea how I can recreate and reuse them.  The problem is that I never have time to recreate them. Its really not just the kids stuff, its all of us.  Although for now, Ill leave hubby’s things alone.   But other than that, I am forcing myself to be ruthless!
I had originally planned on doing the great toy sort during nap time but I think Ill “man up” and do it with the kids.  I know it will be a good teaching moment. (or hour as the case may be)  It will also save me from explaining where their things went, when and if they would ever notice things missing.
I am using a combination of Ebay, Craigslist, Goodwill ..and yes even the trash to move some of this Stuff out.  I know that when my house is a cluttered mess so is my mind so I am looking forward to having things back in order.  (It always gets worse before it gets better)
Im planning to put back part of the proceeds from the Great Decluttering Event to help pay for Christmas. I actually started Christmas shopping a few weeks ago because I ran across a great deal at Toys-r-us.  I need to put together my Christmas planner so I have a master list to work from. I think Ill tuck a picture of the chaos in my planner as a reminder of the fact that we have so much “stuff.”  I know I need to keep this in mind when planning for the kids.  I always get out of control buying things for them at Christmas.  I really need to not do that this year!
I do love to use Organized Christmas to help keep my Christmas craziness in order.  More on this later, for now I have more clutter to attack!

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Im excited just thinking about starting Christmas planning! 
(Yes I know its October. I cant help it.)
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Fall is upon us..its applesauce time!

Its been a busy September!  Our county fair is in the 3rd week of September and we all had different projects entered.  We were all very excited when both the girls won ribbons for their baking and arts and crafts projects.
We have been busy canning and preserving. Last week we canned over 100 quarts of applesauce including fruit blends of blueberry-apple, pear-apple and peach-apple.  They are delicious! I found the recipe over at Family feed bag (http://www.familyfeedbag.com/2011/08/applesauce-fruit-blends.html)  Everyone at my husbands work looked  forward to sampling  a new flavor everyday last week. A gentleman from my mom and dads church has an orchard and was selling upick apples for $3.00 and $6.00 a bushel.  They had some spots but made Great applesauce! We were so excited to get the apples at a good price, that when we went to the orchard we just kept picking and picking.   In fact the little ones and I went back this morning to help a friend pick her apples and couldn’t help but pick another 1/2 bushel of Fujis. ( For $3.00 how can you go wrong?)  We have been so blessed with our own garden as well as from others generosity this fall. I bought the peaches from another local orchard for $31.00/bushel.  We also canned 42 quarts each of pear and peach halves.  We bought pears for $28.00/bushel and got a bushel free since they were super ripe. My mom has the best blueberry patch around and always welcomes us to pick as much as we like.  We are so truly blessed! I am looking forward to finishing up the last of the garden canning and putting the garden “to bed” for the winter.  Honestly, I’m almost out of quart jars anyway, I guess Ill have to add that to my list of things to find for next Spring.

 Applesauce blends (from left) Pear Apple, Peach Apple, Spiced Apple, Blueberry Apple

Rose and Mowgli at the apple orchard.