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For me, September marks the New Year. I no longer have the fun (maybe only in retrospect) of back-to-school shopping for clothes and sheaves of ruled paper for my sons, but still, I never feel more motivated to make meaningful changes than I do in September. This year I have the opportunity to seize on a deep and recurrent desire to really de-clutter my home. And I am on a roll.

I have discovered that taking pictures of stuff I am getting rid of is an excellent reinforcing tool. I initially just took a few pictures with the vague idea of a blog post, but I now plan to continue with both the de-cluttering and the photos.

I encourage everyone to try this: When you need a little motivation to continue with what is, lets face it, a tough chore, you can look back at your folder of pictures of things leaving your living space. You will be astonished and proud of what you have accomplished: Your resolve to continue the process will be strengthened and you will think carefully before bringing new things into your home as well. Once you have completed the process, you can delete the folder of pictures, and thereby rack up another de-cluttering accomplishment. Hopefully, a few of my photos will inspire you to give this a try. Trust me, photos of your own clutter will be even more inspiring.

Here is proof of how serious I am:  The hiking boots in the first picture arrived on a Christmas Eve 25 years ago and concealed an engagement ring in the toe. My love lives on but the boots must go!


I deliver the best stuff to Crossroads Hospice Thrift store


The rest goes to Value Village or Big Brothers. I kept the cat…for now.


This is excess recycling, going to Encorp depot


Newly empty hangers from my closet



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Its that time of year again: So much great produce is available that it begins to pile up on one’s kitchen counters.

Someone . . . well, me actually . . . left half a lime on the counter for a few days and suddenly, we were awash with fruit flies. Pesky little things!  Lee Valley sells a spiffy trap, but they are outrageously expensive. 

Here is a trap you can assemble in a few minutes with things found around the home and it is guaranteed to rid your kitchen of fruit flies in about two hours. 

What you need to get started

What you need to get started


An empty two litre plastic pop bottle

Some duct tape


Bait – I had my best success with apple cider vinegar, but a bit of wine or orange juice would also do the trick.


Remove the cap from the pop bottle.

Cut all around the pop bottle, about 1 inch below the tapered top.

Put a tablespoon or two of your selected bait into the bottom half of the decapitated bottle.

Now, turn the top part of the bottle over, and snug it down, spout first, into the bottom half.

Trim up the top edge with scissors if it is raggedy, then use a bit of duct tape to seal the upside down top of the bottle and the bottom together.

Tidy up your kitchen, removing or bagging all other produce and any dirty dishes or other attractants. Wipe down your counters too.  You want the trap to be offering the only meal in town!

Now lay the trap on its side on the counter, taking care to secure it so it doesn’t roll off.

Then walk away. Have a coffee;  run an errand.

You will be amazed at how many fruit flies you catch in just a few hours.   Cheers!

2 hours later - every one of those brown spots is a fruit fly

2 hours later - every one of those brown spots is a fruit fly

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