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  • Use Short Bursts of Time to Organize

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    Nancy Vorsanger
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    If I had a surveillance camera in my kitchen, there would be a lot of footage of me at the microwave. I warm up the same cup of coffee several times. And since I often drink a couple of cups a day, that’s a lot of reheating. But I put those 30-second bursts to good use. Thirty seconds doesn’t sound like much time, but I’ve learned that I can get quite a bit done while my coffee is heating up. Maybe I’ll empty the drainboard. Or I’ll move something from the counter back where it belongs. I might take the recycling to the garage, or simply close the cabinet doors. My coffee-reheating…
  • Get More Done Through Better Capture – Part 1

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    Paul H. Burton
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    More Technology but Less Productivity The irony of the modern world is that we have more tools and information at our disposal than ever before, but we’re getting less and less done. Sure, there’s a lot more activity, but it’s productivity that matters – advancing the cause, moving the ball down the proverbial field. There are many reasons for this and possibly as many suggestions for solving the problem. We’re going to focus on making one small slice of time – odd-lot time – more productive. Making Odd-Lot Time Productive Examples of odd-lot time…
  • Has Your Spare Time Turned Into "Rare" Time?

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    MonicaRicci
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest post by my colleague Nancy Borg How many times have you said “I’ll get to this or that in my spare time?” Too often, I fear. We cram our schedules with jam-packed to-do’s and we never seem to get there. Unfortunately, the demise of "spare time" is the by-product of being popularly “busy” in today’s culture. On a good day, we take on too much and don’t carve out sufficient time to get it all done, so it spills into the next day. And on and on it goes. We all struggle with time on a daily basis, and it’s seems highly unlikely that we’ll end up with any extra. Gone…
  • 7 Tips to Save Time in the Kitchen

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    Aby Garvey
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Whether you love to cook or simply do it out of necessity, you’ll enjoy cooking more when the process is organized and efficient. Here are seven easy-to-implement ideas to help you get organized and save time in the kitchen: 1. Declutter your cabinets and drawers. How much time do you spend rifling through the utensil drawer looking for the pancake turner or your storage containers cabinet searching for a matching lid? Declutter your cabinets and drawers, and let go of utensils and other items that are just getting in your way—and eating away at your time each and every day. 2. Organize…
  • Teaching my Daughter to be Confident in Spite of Myself

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    Molly Gold
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net You’ll notice the picture above isn’t me or my daughter.  This is simply because I don’t share pictures of my family here.  But occasionally I chose to post a conversation that involves them that I think really matters.  And when it comes to confidence, I think its an incredibly important topic as our children have so many influences to challenge their self worth. As the mom of two teenaged sons and a pre-teen daughter who are all three very athletic, I always just assumed our daughter would be as confident as her brothers.
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  • Has Your Spare Time Turned Into "Rare" Time?

    MonicaRicci
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Guest post by my colleague Nancy Borg How many times have you said “I’ll get to this or that in my spare time?” Too often, I fear. We cram our schedules with jam-packed to-do’s and we never seem to get there. Unfortunately, the demise of "spare time" is the by-product of being popularly “busy” in today’s culture. On a good day, we take on too much and don’t carve out sufficient time to get it all done, so it spills into the next day. And on and on it goes. We all struggle with time on a daily basis, and it’s seems highly unlikely that we’ll end up with any extra. Gone…
  • How Do You Change Tomorrow?

    MonicaRicci
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    "Your past cannot be changed, but you can change your tomorrow by your actions today." David McNally Author and Speaker PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing!
  • Friends, Strangers or Houseguests?

    MonicaRicci
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Guest blog post by my friend and colleague Hazel Thornton “Friends, Acquaintances and Strangers” is a popular method of de-cluttering, introduced by Judith Kolberg in her book Conquering Chronic Disorganization. This game can be played with any category of clutter, but I most often use it with clients whose bookshelves are overflowing. (Not to mention their floors and other surfaces.) Readers are loath to part with their precious books! And, as a reader myself, I can totally relate. But readers desire more space, and peaceful surroundings too. What to do? For any book, ask yourself which…
  • Today's Gift is Today

    MonicaRicci
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    "Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today." Steve Maraboli Author and Speaker PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing! Related articles 10 Dr. Steve Maraboli Relationship Advice for Men
  • Making The Most Of Your Small Bedroom

    MonicaRicci
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Guest blog post by Sofia Lewis We may dream of massive bedrooms, with king-sized beds and lavish design featuring the latest in furniture options and diversity. Well, if all of this is beyond your reach and you are stuck in the smaller scale of the world, there is no need to make plans to move out. Thanks to creative furniture designers, most small bedroom challenges can be overcome. If you cannot have what you want, make the best of what you have. Surely when it comes to bedrooms, above all else you want to have a nice and comfortable bed. It is the beating heart of any bedroom and…
 
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  • 7 Tips to Save Time in the Kitchen

    Aby Garvey
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Whether you love to cook or simply do it out of necessity, you’ll enjoy cooking more when the process is organized and efficient. Here are seven easy-to-implement ideas to help you get organized and save time in the kitchen: 1. Declutter your cabinets and drawers. How much time do you spend rifling through the utensil drawer looking for the pancake turner or your storage containers cabinet searching for a matching lid? Declutter your cabinets and drawers, and let go of utensils and other items that are just getting in your way—and eating away at your time each and every day. 2. Organize…
  • Use Short Bursts of Time to Organize

    Nancy Vorsanger
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    If I had a surveillance camera in my kitchen, there would be a lot of footage of me at the microwave. I warm up the same cup of coffee several times. And since I often drink a couple of cups a day, that’s a lot of reheating. But I put those 30-second bursts to good use. Thirty seconds doesn’t sound like much time, but I’ve learned that I can get quite a bit done while my coffee is heating up. Maybe I’ll empty the drainboard. Or I’ll move something from the counter back where it belongs. I might take the recycling to the garage, or simply close the cabinet doors. My coffee-reheating…
  • Declutter Your Digital Devices

    Lauren Halagarda
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    It seems simpler to accumulate digital stuff because it doesn’t take up a lot of physical space, right? But do you feel distracted by it like I do? It makes it more challenging to find what you do need and use. And, while it may not take up any physical space, I feel like it weighs me down. In this post, I’m sharing a strategy that will help you declutter your digital devices. It works on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. It even works on physical stuff as I wrote about here. Select a date in the future to clear unused apps. Create a new folder on your device and label…
  • Staying Organized (Mini Series, Part 3)

    Aby Garvey
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    One of the biggest challenges people face with trying to stay organized is finding the time and energy to do so. This is an important hurdle to overcome. If we don’t take the actions that help us stay organized, in time, we will experience the negative consequences of disorganization like physical clutter, running late, forgetting to do things, and experiencing higher levels of stress. Getting yourself to take action even when you don’t have a lot of time, or even when you don’t feel up to the task at hand, has some serious positive consequences! But still, sometimes it can be…
  • Staying Organized (Mini Series, Part 2)

    Aby Garvey
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Are you sitting down? Today in my second post of this three post mini series on staying organized, I’m going to share a little secret. And I want to make sure you’re ready for it. I’m not talking about one of my Secrets of Staying Organized. (I’ll be getting to that soon enough.) Instead my secret has to do with my house. That’s right. I’m sharing dirt on my house. Ready? Okay, here we go:  My house may not be as organized as you think it should be. And you know what? I’m okay with that. (But I have to admit, it’s taken me a while to get there.) When I first started out as a…
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  • Teaching my Daughter to be Confident in Spite of Myself

    Molly Gold
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net You’ll notice the picture above isn’t me or my daughter.  This is simply because I don’t share pictures of my family here.  But occasionally I chose to post a conversation that involves them that I think really matters.  And when it comes to confidence, I think its an incredibly important topic as our children have so many influences to challenge their self worth. As the mom of two teenaged sons and a pre-teen daughter who are all three very athletic, I always just assumed our daughter would be as confident as her brothers.
  • Last Minute Halloween Party Treats

    Molly Gold
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Even though Halloween is weeks in the making, sometimes the best plans are the last minute ones you never expected. If you find yourself invited or hosting a last minute Halloween party, here are a few super easy ideas for party treats you can whip out in no time at all!  Above you’ll see Halloween cupcakes ~ what makes them special are the themed cupcake wraps, sprinkles, and Halloween toothpicks. You can still grab this at your local big box store 11th hour and they might even be on sale. Pumpkin spice muffins are always a hit and give party goers something other than sweets to pick…
  • How to Clean Baseboards {Fall Cleaning}

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    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net   Let’s be honest  ~ I don’t love to clean, like at all.  And for those who know me well, you know that when I talk about my to do list, cleaning is the last thing you will ever hear me mention. In a perfect world, someone would come and clean my house for me, but that is just not the way my life rolls. So when it comes to October we’ve got NFL football to watch, 2 family celebrations and Halloween to enjoy. This means the house will be full of both people and decor during the month so it needs to be clean for both. And because…
  • 3 Tips for How to Use Halloween Candy

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    28 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    copyright 2013 Molly Gold Note:  First shared in 2013, this sponsored post for Hershey’s is your secret to Halloween candy management 101! Plan your post trick or treat candy strategy now and you’ll be all set by November 1st! Once Halloween has come and gone, its time to answer the  really big questions in life like what do you do with leftover candy? In my years as a Mom, I’ve found that you are either in the camp who loves to devour Halloween candy with glee or the house that wishes you could skip over the sugar and all that it entails. Thanks to Hershey’s and…
  • Shortcuts for an Easy Halloween

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    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net When it comes to Halloween, I’m all about shortcuts that keep my holiday to-do list running smoothly while we actually focus on the fun.  And having special traditions goes a long way to to knock out a variety of Halloween activities in one fell swoop.  At it’s most basic, each year we dedicate a day for pumpkin carving in the afternoon followed by a cookout.  Depending on what day of the week Halloween falls on, we’ve often done this on a weeknight with my husband coming home early which is always a big hit.  For years we’ve…
 
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  • Get More Done Through Better Capture – Part 1

    Paul H. Burton
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    More Technology but Less Productivity The irony of the modern world is that we have more tools and information at our disposal than ever before, but we’re getting less and less done. Sure, there’s a lot more activity, but it’s productivity that matters – advancing the cause, moving the ball down the proverbial field. There are many reasons for this and possibly as many suggestions for solving the problem. We’re going to focus on making one small slice of time – odd-lot time – more productive. Making Odd-Lot Time Productive Examples of odd-lot time…
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  • Commodity vs Value Based Pricing for Your Services

    Carrie Greene
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    It’s an interesting conundrum. We are told that we must provide amazing customer service if we want to get and hold on to customers, but it’s not always true. Don’t believe me? Think about how many hours you spend waiting for customer service for your Internet or cell phone company.  There is always a recording playing telling you how important your call is and that they value your business. I bet you spend hundreds of dollars every month with them.  Was it their customer service that won your business? Is their customer service what keeps it?   Malls are big business. Where I…
  • The Right Resources to Business Profitability

    Carrie Greene
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I was at a beautiful, beachside hotel in Miami, the elevator opened; a bellman with six large pieces of luggage was already inside.  As I joined him, I commented that someone brought a lot with them.  Then he told me, two of the suitcases were empty but they will be full when they leave. Shopping was on someone’s agenda. Why do we shop? It can be a necessity. There are things you truly need, that your survival depends on. It can be a convenience.  It would be nice to have a new outfit for a party or an extra few snacks on hand in case you get hungry. It would “make life easier” or be…
  • You Can Have It Your Way

    Carrie Greene
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    A client of mine said, “I feel like a fraud. Like what right do I have to build a business around my needs and my desires?  ‘Real businesses’ don’t get to do that.  What right do I have to build a business my way and ignore what everyone else is telling me to do?” What do you think?   Does someone have the right to ignore standard convention and build a business the way they want?  Can someone simply decide to work three weeks a month or only four days a week?  Is it okay for someone to say NO to a certain type of client even if she is more than capable of helping him? …
  • Sell the Benefits and Get Higher Conversion Rates

    Carrie Greene
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Imagine you have a toothache and are looking for a dentist. (Stay with me here, this relates directly to your business, how you sell and especially how many prospects buy from you.) You try one dentist.  The dentist looks at your tooth and says, “You have a cavity.  It must be filled. It’s going to take about an hour.  First I will fill a syringe with Novocain and inject it into your gums to numb your mouth.  Then I will drill for ten minutes until we clean out every single bit of decay in your tooth.  Then I will mix up a composite material and use it to fill the hole.  Finally,…
  • Caution: Well Meaning Advice Can be BAD for Business

    Carrie Greene
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I was driving down a major road; I needed to make a left at the next traffic light.  As I approached the “left hand turn arrow” turned green. I put my foot on the gas pedal.  I had a green light, the light in the other direction was red.  I could go. A car was heading towards the intersection from the other direction. I had the right of way, everything told me to go but my gut. I stopped and watched as the other car sped through the red light.  It would have hit me had I gone. The rules of the road, sometimes it’s best to ignore them. How many times in our business do we follow…
 
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  • America Recycles Day: Recycle clothes for the planet

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Recycling has become very much a way of life for residents in the Baltimore area, and to make it easier to discard of items that can be recycled, most counties in Maryland offer a recycling program where they pick-up...
  • Clear your paper clutter at a local community shredding event

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Although most households today own a paper shredder, making the time to shred old and obsolete paperwork tends not to be a priority. This can result in a backlog of paper piles that are too sensitive to put in...
  • Organizing tips for managing the mail

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    Trying to keep up with the mail can be a never ending task. Even with going paperless, paying bills online and printing less, most residents still receive a pile of mail on a daily basis, so they will still...
  • Take Back Your Drugs Day

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are in almost every home across America, and sometimes old and unused medicines are stored in the medicine cabinet because people don't know how to dispose of them properly. To solve...
  • Celebrate Earth Month at the Howard County GreenFest event

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:32 am
    To celebrate Earth Month, Howard County will be hosting GreenFest 2014 on Saturday, April 5th. This year’s GreenFest focuses on promoting better water quality and a greener lifestyle at home and at work and will be...
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  • A New Approach To Decluttering? Marie Kondo in the NY Times

    Ann
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A recent article in the New York Times features Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing and decluttering professional whose ideas have caught my attention and that of many of my faithful readers. The main points of her approach make good sense to me: Keep only things that “spark joy” (the things you love, as I’ve written about here) Don’t buy new organizational products as it’s likely you already have everything you need (as I’ve also written about). And I particularly love the nice Feng Shui changes in the “Before & After” photos she includes…
  • Feng Shui Shapes & Colors, Part 2: The Fire Element

    Ann
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In my last post we looked at the Feng Shui attributes of the Wood element, which brings flexibility and strength into your life. Let’s look today at the warm, charismatic and joyful qualities of the Fire element. Fire feels magical and transformative, creating a warm atmosphere for a life that’s dynamic, expansive and happily social. Fire’s symbolic shape is the triangle, evoking the shape of a merry fire burning in a cozy fireplace. So pointed shapes such as stars do a great job bringing Fire into your space. Good lighting is another important way to evoke the vitality of…
  • Feng Shui Shapes & Colors, Part 1: The Wood Element

    Ann
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Do you find Feng Shui’s Five Elements a bit overwhelming? When I first started learning Feng Shui many years ago, I felt confused by the Five Elements: how much of an impact do they really have? I soon discovered that they’re one of the most essential and useful aspects of Feng Shui, a critical part of your Feng Shui toolbox. Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water: each element has unique qualities that add specific benefits and strengths to your life. Each one is represented by a specific color and shape that add ever-flowing Chi energy to your space. Each is nourished by another…
  • My Relationship Area Is In My Neighbor’s Apartment — Help!

    Ann
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Reader Zuzana (from Finland!) recently wrote to ask, “The layout of my apartment puts my Relationship area in my next-door neighbor’s flat. What can I do to activate Chi energy for relationships since the area is missing?” This is a great question; layouts like this occur with disturbing frequency. It’s important to know the best Feng Shui adjustments so your life includes each of the nine important aspects on the Bagua Map. Read these Feng Shui adjustments carefully and apply only those that resonate most powerfully for you. Place a mirror on the wall from which the…
  • How To Ask A Feng Shui Question

    Ann
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    As a fan of Feng Shui, it’s likely that you have questions about the Feng Shui of your own home or office. Short of hiring a Feng Shui consultant, how can you get good answers to your questions from a trusted source? As a longtime Feng Shui expert, I am asked many, many specific questions about the Feng Shui of people’s homes and offices. The questions range from the specific: Where will a mirror in my dining room create the best energy flow? to the general: Is the shape of my house auspicious or inauspicious? Just as you have important questions for other professionals in your…
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  • Tricks for Transitioning from Work to Retiree Wardrobe

    Kathi Burns
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Dear Kathi, Women go through many changes in their lives. Making the transition from work clothing to retirement is my most difficult challenge. My eyes still wander to classic clothing when shopping instead of cute, fun, playful, retirement appropriate styles. Thanks for all your help with what works after 60.   Pat   Dear Pat, I am a strong believer in classic timeless wardrobes. That being said, it is really fun to play with trends throughout your life and this should not stop as you get older. I love seeing retirees embracing a few of the latest trends when it is done…
  • Jewelry Organizing Ideas – What Are Yours?

    Kathi Burns
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are so many creative ways to organize jewelry that I thought I would show you a few of my favorites! Do you have a favorite way to keep your jewelry organized? Please let us know and send in your photos or suggestions. Decorative tacks and hooks make an easy way to keep your necklaces in plain sight. Obviously we were in the process of this organizing project when I shot this quick photo! The bottom photo shows the ‘after’ success. This a nice way to use the back of your closet door and keep all of your earrings organized. The organizer below does the same for necklaces.
  • A Busy Home Office Overwhelmed with Paperwork Gets Freedom Filed!

    Kathi Burns
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A client recently contacted me because she was unclear about what paperwork she needed to keep and what she could shred. She had papers spread throughout her office. With information pertaining to numerous investment properties and multiple corporations, the paperwork involved in her business was fairly complicated, She understandably felt overwhelmed by the enormity of the paperwork and needed a solid system to track all of the monthly business at hand and manage the ongoing property records. I knew immediately that Freedom Filer was the system that would get her papers in order and provide…
  • Learn How Maximize Your Efficiency by Creating an Umbrella for Each Day on KUSI News

    Kathi Burns
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Time is a finite resource. Everyone has the same amount of hours in the day and the same amount of days in the week. When your schedule is overbooked, the result is often subtle. Minutes and hours evaporate each day from your life. Action Steps to Master Your Schedule   Make a list Recognize and eliminate the unnecessary Group tasks Learn to say no Umbrella Each Daytm Choose only one calendar What’s Important and What’s Not? 1. Do I need to do this task to become successful or fulfilled? 2. Why did I initially add this task to my life and is that reason still valid? 3. When was the…
  • Expediting Your Morning Routine When You Have Children

    Kathi Burns
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of the most difficult aspects of raising children that parents often struggle with is the morning routine of getting kids up and ready for the day. If you have kids that are of school-age then you are aware of how hectic and maddening the morning routine can be. Things become even more stressful when you work outside the home and must get ready yourself and make it to work on time as well. However, there are a number of ways to simplify your morning routine to reduce stress and preserve your sanity. Getting everyone up and out the door successfully can be made easier by following some of…
 
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  • Keeping Home Projects in Scope

    Laura
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6. Back in the days when I was a career girl, one of the rules of any project that I was working on, was that the project had to stay “in scope”. Which meant that if the project we were working on […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Keeping Home Projects in Scope
  • October 2014 Sponsor Spotlight

    Laura
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Hi friends, it’s time for my monthly Sponsor Spotlight were I take a moment to showcase my AWESOME sponsors of this here blog.  You don’t want to miss checking out how each sponsor can help you get and stay organized.  Below you’ll find a little more in depth detail on what they have to offer […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> October 2014 Sponsor Spotlight
  • Closet TLC Challenge: Tackle and Lose Clutter

    Laura
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. Today’s post is long overdue! I have wanted to share my closet for awhile, but it hasn’t been completely organized. I guess it took me moving to get my closet under control. My previous closet was organized, but I was having […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Closet TLC Challenge: Tackle and Lose Clutter
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 27/14

    Laura
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hello!  Well it’s winter here in northern Alberta, Canada y’all.  It snowed yesterday and we are getting temps in the negatives now so I think it’s safe to say it’s here to stay for awhile.  And by awhile I mean at least 6 months.  Ugg.  I really am not a snow person but call me […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 27/14
  • Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Sign ~ Free Printable!

    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. Well, you’ll either love this or laugh at this, but I have to share in hopes that it will help at least one reader out there like me! Several years ago I was overwhelmed with just about everything unexpected that comes […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Sign ~ Free Printable!
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  • 7 Essential Productivity Apps for Freelancers, Consultants, and Coaches

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    If you’re a freelancer, consultant, or a coach, you’ll need to rely on systems to keep track of your clients and projects — and to simply get stuff done. One of the most helpful things you can to to increase your productivity is to use a combination of people and technology, including apps. For example, you might use a productivity app or a suite of apps to help you stay on top of your freelance game. And, you might also consider hiring an intern, a virtual assistant, or using a service like oDesk, Elance, Zirtual, or FancyHands, especially during your peak seasons, to help…
  • The Mysteries Inside Your Medicine Cabinet

    Naomi Cook
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Original Image Credit: Pottery Barn Sticky bottles, crushed pills, and gooey globs on shelves…oh my! Sounds as scary as a Halloween haunted house … well, the thought of cleaning it all can be anyway! Since October is National Kitchen and Bath Month and it is cold and flu, as well as allergy season, this is a good time to talk about what’s lurking inside your medicine cabinet! I learned my lesson when I had a fall cold last year and found that my cold medicines had expired. So, I recently went on a cleaning spree of my medicine cabinet and purged all of my old medications. I restocked it…
  • Quick Tip: Two Ways a List Can Help You Declutter Your Desk

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recently, I wrote a guest post for Eych2.com and shared five creative strategies you can use to unclutter your desk. And, today I’m sharing a sixth thing you can do keep desk clutter to a minimum. Did you know that a simple list can also help you bring a little order to your workspace? Two Ways a List Can Help You Declutter Your Desk   1. To Do List. Make a list of all the things you need to do to clear your desk at the end of each day. Include things like: Wipe desk and clean up spills Remove trash and recyclables Organize cables and wires Put pens, markers, and other writing…
  • 5-Minute Organizing Challenge ~ Get Organized for Halloween

    Dan Loya
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Are you ready for this month’s 5-Minute Organizing Challenge? I hope you are because Halloween is only weeks away, and this time we’ll focus on getting prepared for the spooky holiday. These mini-challenges will help you get organized for Halloween, and they only take about five minutes each. Create a list. Write a checklist of all the items (off the top of your head) that you need for Halloween. Each day, spend a few minutes adding new items you think of and begin planning  when to purchase things you need. Your list can include: Decorations Components for costumes Pumpkins & a…
  • 6 Reasons to Hire a Maid Service

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post by Lizzie Weakly explains the many benefits of using a maid service. If you’re a homeowner who spends any amount of time cleaning your home, you may have considered contracting a maid service. For those who are still on the fence, the following six points will help to convince you that using a service is a wonderful idea. 6 Reasons to Get Maid Service   1. More Time to Focus on Family Hiring a professional maid service is the perfect way to shift the focus from routine cleaning to valuable family time. Hours spent maintaining a clean home will easily eat away…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Criticism is disapproval of those faults that are different from ours. (Unknown) — Empathy is approval of ones we share. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    In oneself lies the whole world. The door is there, the key is in your hand. (J. Krishnamurti) — Are you ready to open it? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    All the people/events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. (R. Bach) — No one to blame but yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Quality of life is in proportion to the capacity for delight. (J. Cameron) — In opposition to the ability for complaint. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do humans ever realize life while they live it each minute? (T. Wilder) — It's easy to be distracted by the days and weeks. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Criticism is disapproval of those faults that are different from ours. (Unknown) — Empathy is approval of ones we share. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    In oneself lies the whole world. The door is there, the key is in your hand. (J. Krishnamurti) — Are you ready to open it? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    All the people/events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. (R. Bach) — No one to blame but yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Quality of life is in proportion to the capacity for delight. (J. Cameron) — In opposition to the ability for complaint. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do humans ever realize life while they live it each minute? (T. Wilder) — It's easy to be distracted by the days and weeks. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Simple Life Together

  • Simple Things: The Best of Old and New

    Daniel Hayes
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    I like simple things and sometimes pine for simpler times. That said, the realist in me knows that even times past weren’t all that simple, but there will always be a part of me that likes to imagine they were. We could all use a little more simple these days. The “Rapid Wire” cashier system. When I was a kid, I loved to sit with my grandfather as he told me of how he worked in a store back in the late 1920s and early 30s.There were no credit card machines, or even a cash register. There was a teller with a scratch pad & pencil, and a pulley system with a can on it. The…
  • SLT073: Simplifying Simple Life Together

    Daniel Hayes
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Okay, folks. We had intended this episode to be more of a “finality”. It was supposed to be more of a “farewell” episode and post. But the truth is, we’re having trouble with this because Simple Life Together is such a big part of our life. If it sounds like we’re waffling a bit, that’s because…well, we are! So I guess you could say that we’re simplifying Simple Life Together. We should just jump right into the dirty work and break it all down for you…  Read More… Note: Get a copy of Supermom vs Super Mom for yourself or gift it to a Mom who…
  • SLT 072: How Do You Define Work Life Balance?

    Daniel Hayes
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Vanessa was getting ready to throw away a magazine (because of course, she practices the “one in one out rule“) and the headline on the cover was: The Balanced Life! She told me that she paused for a moment and thought, “Do I have balance?” We hear so much about it, but how do we define work life balance? What does it really mean? Can we really achieve a balanced life? And so we got to talking about balance for a while, and thought we’d explore that a little more…. (Read more…) Note: Get a copy of Supermom vs Super Mom for yourself or gift it to a Mom who…
  • Simplifying Your Playroom: Why Taking Away My Children’s Toys Doesn’t Make Me The Grinch

    Daniel Hayes
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    This is a guest post from Cheryl and Jean-Francois Moreau of Revive. In the fight against clutter there is an army that is hard to conquer. They’re big, noisy, relentless and…plastic. Yes, plastic. Parents can hardly remember a time when they could walk carefree through their living room without feeling like maneuvering through a minefield, calculating every step to avoid the painful *crunch* of a toy underfoot. But what are all of these toys and where did they come from? A more practical question still is how can we reduce them without causing a meltdown? Toy Marketers Are Geniuses…
  • SLT 071: The Power of Habit

    Daniel Hayes
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Never underestimate the power of habit. In mid-April of 2014, I decided that I needed to make some positive changes to my morning ritual. I’ve talked about my morning ritual a few times on the Simple Life Together podcast, and we discussed the power of habit, routines and rituals back in Episode 30 and also in one of our most popular episodes, The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Simplicity in Episode 55. But recently I read a book on habits (well, actually I listened to the audio version) by Charles Duhigg, titled The Power of Habit. But let me back up just a bit and talk about my…
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    The Clutter Diet Blog

  • Clutter Video Tip: 5 Very Cool Smartphone Tips to Get You Organized!

    Lorie Marrero
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Lurch knew the value of an efficient phone call. Let’s face it, mobile phones have become a necessary accessory for daily life, so making them easier to use can add precious time to your day. Watch this video for strategies you can use to maximize your phone time. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdphonestuff.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If you like it, please…
  • Clutter Video Tip: 7 Ways to Tame Your Email Inbox

    Lorie Marrero
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Does the thought of opening your email inbox fill you with dread? Is your inbox bloated and crammed full of stuff that you don’t even remember asking for? Watch this video to learn strategies for managing your inbox. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdemail.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If you like it, please go to YouTube and take only a few seconds to Like,…
  • Clutter Video Tip: 7 Ways to Be Smarter With Your Smartphone

    Lorie Marrero
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The best gadgets are meant to help you Control the “KAOS” of daily life. But, if you don’t know how to use these gizmos, you may feel like you’re just using your old shoe phone. Watch this video to see some of the apps that can help you Get Smart from using the ultimate productivity gadget to the Max. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdsmartphone.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the…
  • Clutter Video Tip: 7 Reasons Why You're More Organized at Work Than at Home

    Lorie Marrero
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Do you feel like you are doing a bang up job at work and more of a snow job at home? There is a good reason you feel more organized at work than at home. In fact there are seven of them. Watch this video for the seven reasons you are more organized at work than at home. You don’t have to quit your day job to turn your home into a haven! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdwork.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word…
  • Clutter Video Tip: Master Closet Makeover: Before & After

    Lorie Marrero
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Cinderella knows the power of a good makeover. Many makeovers begin in your master closet. But how do you know where to start if you don’t have a Fairy Godmother? Watch this video to see the strategies I used making over a real life master closet, making it easier to find those glass slippers. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdmaster.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to…
 
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    C-Line Products Blog

  • Vertical Storage Becomes Space Saver at Trade Show

    Nicola
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    When our sales team attends trade shows and conferences, the goal is to utilize C-Line’s products as much as possible within the exhibit space. It helps the show attendees visualize how products are actually used, and we enjoy putting our items on display. The 13-Pocket Vertical Expanding File was added to the line in early 2014, and in a short amount of time, this item has become essential to have at all shows we exhibit at. It has been put to use in a variety of ways, but the most beneficial aspect of the file is how it organizes the papers. Instead of storing letter-size documents in…
  • Create an Ideal Coaching Portfolio with the 8-Pocket Portfolio and Dry Erase Sheets

    Nicola
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Taking up new projects is something I have always enjoyed doing. A few months ago, I decided to start coaching for a grammar school volleyball team. Having only played and never coached before, I was not aware of what to expect, but I was definitely excited about the opportunity. Within a week of signing up to coach, I was provided with a packet of documents that included emergency contact information, registration and medical information, schedules, etc. Each coach was required to have all of this information on hand for every game and practice, so I needed to get it organized quickly. With…
  • Index Dividers with Pockets Keeps Documents in Order to Home Renovation

    Nicola
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    After contemplating for months about whether or not to remodel her home, a coworker has decided to start making plans to renovate her kitchen. Knowing that the planning process would be extensive, she wanted to be sure to stay organized so that all of her research would be in order. Keeping track of quotes and vendors she contacted, in addition to tracking all of her final decisions would be beneficial in the long run. Not only would she be able to recall what colors were used to paint the kitchen, but she could also fall back on another company if her contractor ever fell through. To keep…
  • Extension Cord with Cover is Valuable Trade Show Tool

    Nicola
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    After attending a trade show last month, I gained a new appreciation for one of C-Line’s products. The Lay-Flat Power Extension and Cord Cover is a unique industrial product, which was first introduced to the line earlier this year. Originally, our plan was to display this product on a table at the show, but it ended up being a valuable tool while setting up. When it comes to trade show planning, it seems like you can plan the lay-out of your booth, but nothing is guaranteed. There are many variables that we will not know until we are at the convention center. For example, the location of…
  • Name Badges Used to Identify Important Things in Classroom

    Nicola
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    When it comes to name badges, I think it is a pretty safe bet that everyone has had some interaction with these ID products. Often used at trade shows and group gatherings, the badges help communicate who you are to someone without having to verbally say it. A friend of mine tried to apply this same logic to her classroom when she began to prepare for the new school year. Her goal was to help her students get acclimated to their new classroom without having to constantly stop class to demonstrate where things were located. Many individuals would probably post signs to help their students out,…
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    Discover Freedom Blog - Organize Your Home, Office, and Life

  • It’s Only Natural to Plan Ahead

    Sue Becker
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Watching the squirrels gather and hide their food for the winter offers a great reminder for all of us that planning ahead can prevent disasters down the road. The squirrels know that whether or not they’re ready, winter will arrive soon and present plenty of survival challenges. They wisely (albeit instinctively) are doing what they can now to plan and prepare for their future. Do you regularly plan and prepare for your future? Whether it’s something big like planning for your retirement, or something smaller like planning dinners for the week, planning ahead can save a lot of time…
  • Organization for Effective Co-Parenting

    Sue Becker
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Parenting requires organization systems and communication skills – family calendars, dinner conversations, and homework rules provide structure for kids and reduce stress on parents. If parents divorce, new structures need to be put in place to keep everyone on the same page. Communication becomes even more important although circumstances can make it more difficult. I’ve invited Theresa Beran Kulat, Esq. to share some helpful organizational suggestions for parents whether they are divorced or still married. Continue to have (or start) regular family meetings. At least once a year, get…
  • Pause and Refresh to Improve Productivity

    Sue Becker
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Ever have one of those days when you’re so busy you barely have time to go to the bathroom or grab a bite to eat? Who am I kidding – we probably all have! No matter how busy you are, however, taking time to pause provides a much-needed break and reboot for your brain. Why is that important? When you spend your day in reactive mode, busily responding to everything that comes your way, you miss opportunities to recalibrate and make sure you’re focused on what’s important. You’re so busy taking on tasks and running with them that you may miss the fact that you’re running the…
  • Outfox Your Inbox

    Sue Becker
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    There was a time when it was exciting to receive a new email. Yay, someone is thinking of me and cares enough to write to me! Those days sure are gone. For most people, at least in their work world, email is the cause of much frustration and inefficiency. Fear not, readers – here are some ideas to help you win the battle against email overload: Be purposeful. Don’t fall victim to the “skim and delay” technique. You know, that process where you open an email, read it, and then tell yourself you’ll deal with it later while you eagerly move on to the next email to see if it’s more…
  • The Sounds of Productivity

    Sue Becker
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    It seems that noise is almost inescapable in modern life: traffic sounds, overhead airplanes, loud music booming from the car next to me (and why are they never playing music I like?), the sirens of emergency vehicles, and barking dogs. One of my greatest pleasures when I’m working at home is sitting on my deck enjoying the soothing sights and sounds of nature: colorful birds feasting at the birdfeeders, playful squirrels frolicking in the trees, cicadas signaling the warming sun, and energetic rabbits bounding here and there. My peaceful world was rocked this past week as road construction…
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    Clutter Coach

  • Changing Habits Requires Motivation

    Claire
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    by Originally posted 2008-04-25 15:16:23. Republished by Blog Post PromoterChanging habits is hard. It’s easier the more motivated you are to do it. Tip: be honest about what motivates you. I was riding in my friend’s car the other day and she mentioned that she was trying to keep her speed down to 55 mph to maximize fuel efficiency. Her car is a Prius, so she’s really into that kind of thing. I immediately thought, is the speed the same for all cars? How much could I save? What if I went 5 miles over that? I was planning to research it online when I got home. But then I…
  • Christine Arylo on self love, success and clutter

    Claire
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    by Originally posted 2009-06-01 13:35:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Creating an organized space makes it easier for you to lay your hands on the things you need and helps you be more effective because you now have time for the important stuff. It's also an essential part of taking care of the most valuable person in your life, yourself. Christine Arylo, coach and author of the new book, Choosing ME Before WE, graciously took some time from her book promotion schedule (you can hear her speak on June 2nd at 7pm in Oakland at Great Good Place for Books) to do an interview for my…
  • Make a not to do list

    Claire
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    by Originally posted 2013-06-13 10:38:18. Republished by Blog Post PromoterTo do lists are a dime a dozen. I’ll bet you have a dozen hiding somewhere on your desk. They have important tasks on them, but are also liberally peppered with: things you don’t really have to do things you keep saying you’ll do, but don’t things you have no intention of doing, but think you should things that were a good idea at the time, but have become irrelevant You get the picture. The problem with having them on your to do list is that they distract you from the real to do’s, the…
  • Staying Organized

    Claire
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    by Originally posted 2014-04-24 10:04:53. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI live in California near the Golden Gate Bridge (which celebrated its 75th birthday last year). To protect it from corrosive sea salt, it needs to be touched up all the time. As long as the ocean winds blow, the bridge will need new paint. I’m talking about maintenance, my friends. There’s really no way to get around it. Once you organize your space, you have to maintain it or, like that bridge, it will fall down. Your bridge is everything that supports you and the systems you’ve taken time to…
  • Should I Save or Should It Go?

    Claire
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    by Originally posted 2008-06-26 10:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterPeople who are collectors love to tell me that things they've held onto for years and years have actually come in handy, so it was worthwhile to keep it. There's often a note of triumph in their voices when they come to the story's punchline, "and I had one!" They assume that I'm against keeping things and they want to head off any suggestions I might have for downsizing. Sometimes, the story is that they decided to get rid of a bunch of stuff that hadn't been used in decades and "the…
 
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    Organize It Blog

  • PRESS RELEASE: ORGANIZE-IT LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE FRIENDLY SITE

    Elizabeth
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    ORGANIZE-IT LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE FRIENDLY SITE (ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – October 22, 2014) – The storage and organization retailer, Organize-It, has just launched a new mobile friendly version of their website, www.organizeit.com. This mobile site will allow Organize-It to reach a wider audience as well as cater to their customers who prefer to access Organizeit.com from their smart phones or tablets. The user friendly tabs and check out will aid in the mobile browsing experience. “With mobile traffic continuing to increase, we felt that we needed to have a mobile friendly site…
  • Are you a Pet Lover?

    Elizabeth
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    A family pet is more than just an animal, it’s like having another son, daughter, or sibling. We know how important your pets are to you. We also know that sometimes you want to spoil your pet, and sometimes we tend to treat them better than we treat ourselves. Here are 5 different pet products that prove you are more than just an animal lover, and that you just might just love your dog as much as you love yourself! Treat yourself YOUR PET! 1. Buddeez Bag-In Pet Food Dispenser Preserve up to 60 pounds of your pet’s food. Because you wouldn’t want to eat stale food, would…
  • Back 2 School Check List!

    Elizabeth
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Back to school shopping has begun and in case you’re running a little behind, we’ve already created the back to school list for you! Organize-It has all of your back to school essentials. Print this check list and use it while shopping this year. Online shopping? Start here! Shopping for college? Print this list and start shopping Organize-It!
  • Drab to Fab Lockers!

    Elizabeth
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Just in time for Back to School, and Organize-It has some incredible products to decorate your locker with! This year, locker decor has gone to a whole new level. You still have your basic magnets, mirrors, and picture frames, with an addition of the locker shag rugs, locker wallpaper, and the very innovative locker chandelier.  You read that right! The locker chandelier has a magnetic attachment to hang from the top of your locker and is complete with an LED light to brighten up your locker space. We’ve put together several lines of various locker decor products and color coordinated…
  • Ask Our Organizer!

    Elizabeth
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
      Our organizing expert is busy answering your questions! Make sure you ask yours today! AskOurOrganizer.com
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    OrganizingLA Blog

  • Julia Roberts Kicks Mental and Emotional Clutter to the Curb; Discovers a "Lightness in Life"

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Mother of two and Actress Julia Roberts has discovered one of life's great lessons: having less leads to simple happiness. Has America's sweetheart Julie Roberts successfully kicked clutter to the curb? One of the techniques we help our Los Angeles professional organization clients past their frustration with clutter is to envision what the mountain of mess will look like AFTER we're done. So each and every decision they make contributes to the outcome. It's about looking past the small projects, enjoying them while looking forward to the outcome. In an interview this week with Us Magazine,…
  • Kelly Ripa & Mark Conseulos Quibble About Clutter - Who's Right?

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are selling their "cluttered" NYC Apartment Over the past 10 years we've operated our Los Angeles-based professional organizing company, one thing is clear: couples quibble about clutter. We've written about clutter and couples for a long time: How Hollywood Set Decorators use clutter to add substance to their imaginary homes. How one tv reality show takes clutter away from a family and sees if they can live without it. How to make a home comfortable when no one agrees. The Vanity Fair Inverview That's why it was no surprise when an OrganizingLA blog reader…
  • Rockstar Rod Stewart Revels in Model Railroads, Obsessively Detailed Yet Hidden From Sight

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    You'd never now it from this picture, but singer Rod Stewart built a very organized, highly detailed model train city in his Beverly Hills mansion I was really fascinated with model train sets when I was a kid. My parents in Princeton NJ had a converted basement and on top of a pool table my father installed a thick piece of wood that allowed me and my brothers to go crazy with whatever hobby we desired or any school project we endeavored. But when I got older, space was a limitation in small Los Angeles apartments I rented so I really gave up the idea of a hobby that I needed a lot of space…
  • Jared Fogle's Loss was Salvation Army’s Gain – Huge Donation made after Major Weight Loss

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    29 May 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Jared Fogel donated his outgrown clothes to the Salvation Army Very often our organizing clients, for one reason or another will go through a huge purge and discard items no longer desired. As we help clients decide what may or may not “fit” into their current lives and or spaces, they decide what to donate, sell, or recycle (or re-purpose). The Salvation Army, Goodwill, NCJW and Out of the Closet are popular donation sites for the Los Angeles area. Typically, however, our clients don’t find their old treasures hanging in a sandwich shop… Jared's story and connection to Salvation…
  • John's Spring Organization Tips Featured in May 2014 Real Simple Magazine

    John Trosko, Los Angeles Professional Organizer
    15 May 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Real Simple Magazine features John Trosko of OrganizingLA in the May 2014 issue, available on newstands now. The Editors at Real Simple Magazine contacted John last January to work on a fun decluttering story for their May 2014 issue. They asked him to imagine that if he was given $500 for an average home—and tell them the must-haves he would buy to declutter, and how would he use each. For the story, John used a mix of organizational products from different stores including Muji, CB2, Better Office, Uline and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Along with our expertise in "31 Days To Get Organized Now"…
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    Value of Simple

  • How 55 People Got Simple, Became Friends, and Owned Huggr (SimpleREV 2014 Part 1) – SASM 059

    Joel Zaslofsky
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Want to know what planning, organizing, and orchestrating a two-day event at the crossroads of simple living and community is like? Let me introduce you to a gathering thirteen months in the making and a few decades overdue: SimpleREV 2014. Imagine a combination of fifty-five strangers, acquaintances, and friends gathered together in a cozy university classroom. The first workshop is about getting vulnerable and having meaningful relationships. The next one is about the social stigma associated with intentional down-sizing. Then comes the Share Economy, developing your mindfulness practice,…
  • Pulse Check – Quarterly Report for July to September 2014

    Joel Zaslofsky
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every quarter, I recap the past, present, and future of my personal journey and the voyage of Value of Simple. This “Pulse Check” is intended to be an honest, transparent, and (hopefully) inspiring assessment of where I’ve been and where I’m going. Are you ready for the Pulse Check from July – September, 2014? It’s Not All about SimpleREV (OK, Most of It Is) Here’s some context before we get this puppy cranked up: I feel like sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows as I write this report. Our first-ever SimpleREV event ended nine days ago and it was amazing! I’m as desperate to…
  • The Lake, the Baby, the Smartphone, and the Mindful Path

    Joel Zaslofsky
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Note: I sent the message below to the Value of Simple newsletter subscribers – a.k.a. the Refuge of Simplicity – on September 1, 2014. The responses I received were touching and overwhelmingly positive. Actually, the feedback was so wonderful that I wanted you to know about the type of notes that my newsletter pals see. Not getting the newsletter yet? You can fix that in fifteen seconds by clicking here. Feelin’ mindful and groovy today? Use that mind to imagine this (por favor). It was mid-afternoon on Sunday, July 27. Stretched out on the dock of our family’s cabin, 185 peaceful…
  • How to Be a Giving Tree – SASM 058

    Joel Zaslofsky
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Shel Silverstein’s book, The Giving Tree, has blown me away. Do you know this story? It begins with a care-free, generous, and innocent boy playing with a tree every day. The tree loves the boy so much that she freely gives her apples to eat, her leaves to play with, her shade for rest, and her branches to embrace. The boy and the tree are happy. They love each other. But … time passes. The boy gets a girlfriend and doesn’t come around much anymore. As he grows into a man, this once generous and playful boy only comes back to the giving tree when he needs something. First he wants to…
  • Tiny House Decisions Review: Plan Your New Home with This Giant Resource

    Joel Zaslofsky
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Building a tiny house is like making a huge deposit in your ‘choice’ bank. When it’s done, you can kick back and enjoy not making choices for a while. – Ethan Waldman Well … why not? After all, I interviewed tiny house superwoman, Dee Williams, for Smart and Simple Matters last week. And with today’s Tiny House Decisions review, a brand spankin’ new guide from Ethan Waldman (which I’m a proud affiliate for), I might as well declare September “Tiny House Month” on Value of Simple. Now, you might be saying, “Zaslofsky. C’mon, buddy! A resource review on planning and…
 
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    Metropolitan Organizing

  • Organizer 411

    Geralin Thomas
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Geralin Thomas Organizer 411 Hangout with Smead Organomics I recently participated in the Organizer 411 Hangout hosted by John Hunt of Smead Organomics. I, along with Linda Samuels and Leslie Josel, answered organizing questions from around the world. Here are a few of the highlights.   What are some methods of organizing a filing system? Alphabetically Categorically […] The post Organizer 411 appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • 5 Ways To Market Your New Organizing Business With A Limited Budget

    Geralin Thomas
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Helpful Hints On Marketing Your Organizing Business If you’ve just started a professional organizing business, or plan to become a professional organizer soon, it’s important to begin to think about marketing and promotions. Most professional organizers are naturally good at organizing — many have organized for years as a hobby or found the industry because […] The post 5 Ways To Market Your New Organizing Business With A Limited Budget appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Turkey Day Timeline: How To Prepare For Thanksgiving

    Geralin Thomas
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Thanksgiving Planning Checklist Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and eating great food. But if you don’t prepare, you risk last-minute stress. As you look forward to the holiday, prepare ahead of time and prioritize the most important to-dos. I’ve included a free printable checklist below that includes everything you need to do […] The post Turkey Day Timeline: How To Prepare For Thanksgiving appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Bedroom Organizing In Under 5 Minutes A Day

    Geralin Thomas
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Simple Bedroom Organizing Chore Lists The bedroom is often the most neglected room in a house because guests typically don’t see it. But your bedroom is your sanctuary. You deserve a clean, organized, private space to relax in. These simple bedroom organizing tips will help you keep your bedroom tidy every day of the year. […] The post Bedroom Organizing In Under 5 Minutes A Day appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Wardrobe Wisdom With Smead Organomics

    Geralin Thomas
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Geralin Thomas Keeping You Organized: Wardrobe Wisdom I spoke with John Hunt of Smead Organomics about Wardrobe Wisdom: How to build a better wardrobe and organize your closet. Watch the Keeping You Organized podcast video below or click here to download the episode. My Favorite Wardrobe Products Here are some more articles that may be of interest […] The post Wardrobe Wisdom With Smead Organomics appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
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  • Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 30

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 30 Looking Good for Your Holiday Party I go to a hair stylist who specializes in curly hair. He’s the best in the San Diego area and only one I’d entrust my curls to. That means that if I want an appointment with him I better have it scheduled months in advance. {Make yourself pretty for your holiday party}   Even if your hair stylist isn’t that busy, make sure you schedule your hair cut and color, mani/pedi or any other self care appointment way in advance. After all the hard work to make this holiday season…
  • 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 29

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 29 Organize the Entryway – First impressions Clean and decorate the front of your house, your front porch and immediate area by the entrance. A simple clean up and a fresh new doormat can make all the difference. Even if you don’t organize anywhere else in your home, organize the entryway! Make sure the front of your house, your front porch and immediate area around the entrance is sparkly clean and decorated. Check if you need to power wash anything, if you have to change a light fixture (ours was 25 years old last time I…
  • 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 28

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 28 Holiday Pictures – Say Cheese! You’ll take pictures, lots of them. Make sure you have enough storage on your card -don’t do like your very own arriving in Rio with a full memory card- and that you keep extra batteries tucked in your camera bag. {Be ready for holiday pictures} The holidays are sometimes the only time you see particular friends and family, so you’ll want to take plenty of pictures. Here are a few easy ways to prepare your camera for all the special moments you’ll want to capture. Download photos from…
  • 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 27

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 27 What Can You Freeze? If lots of cooking and baking are on your horizon what about simplifying and freezing what you can ahead of time? I’m a big fan of batching and freezing on a weekly basis to always have something yummy for dinner! There are a collection of things you can cook and freeze ahead of time. Check below my favorite cooking book (ever!) to see what freezes well or not. Take a look at your holiday meal plan and make a list of the items you can make ahead of time. You may be able to cook and freeze some recipes or…
  • 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 26

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 26 Plan Your Shopping List Buying food ahead of time will help you avoid the pre-holiday shopping madness at your local grocery store. To keep your holiday budget under control, divide your food purchases over multiple shopping trips. Here are a few tips to avoid stress and save time. Purchase Non-perishable Items Early Stock up on items like canned goods, frozen dinner rolls and spices ahead of time. Keep in mind some produce items, like apples, have a long shelf life. Order Specialty Items Now If you’ll be ordering a pre-cooked…
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  • Organizing? Let Your Voice Be Heard! Answer the NAPO Survey!

    Julie Bestry
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    You have the power! Yes, you! You have the power to let your opinions be heard and to help shape the direction of the organizing and productivity industry. The National Association of Professional Organizers is conducting an online survey to ask members of the public (that would be you, gentle readers) about your attitudes and behaviors related […]
  • 6 Resources to Read More Books, Drop By Drop

    Julie Bestry
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    In 1841, throngs of New Yorkers, old money and new immigrants, alike, swarmed the docks to ask arriving travelers from England whether Little Nell in Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop was alive or dead. Before the book was available as, per se, a book, it had been serialized, weekly, as many Victorian-era novels were published in installments in […]
  • 12 Tips for Organizing Your Reading Time

    Julie Bestry
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Recently, we talked about organizing your space for more reading time. That’s a great start, but you probably still have obstacles. You’re busy: at work, at home, volunteering, and schlepping between home, work, school and all the sites of your errands. Maybe you’re tired. Maybe the last book you read cover to cover was Goodnight Moon. Perhaps reading […]
  • Organizing Your Reading Space for More Reading Time

    Julie Bestry
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    As you know, Paper Doll is a reader. Fiction. Non-fiction. Cereal boxes. Whatever there is to read, I’m eager to read it. But one of the complaints I hear from fellow readers is that while the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. They want to read more books, but their busy lives and exhausted […]
  • Smead, Secrets for Organizing a Small Business, and the New TV Season

    Julie Bestry
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Long before Paper Doll became a professional organizer, I was a television character. No, not a character on television, but one whose personality and intellect was lovingly devoted to TV. Not only was my first career as a television program director (for Fox, UPN and WB stations), but my life was guided by the broadcast schedule. […]
 
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    The Calendar Spot

  • Legal Size February 2015 Calendar

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Use our Legal Size February 2015 Calendar to plan your events and holidays this month! This February 2015 calendar contains plenty of space in its 8.5 x 14 area. Each cell is 2 inches by 1 inch.  Don't forget about Valentines Day and the other great holidays in February: Super Bowl (February 1) Ground Hog'sDay (February 2), Valentines Day (February 14) Presidents Day (February 16) Mardi Gras (February 17) With so much happening this month, do your planning with our February 2015 Calendar! Download this Legal Size February 2015 Calendar by clicking the image:  …
  • 2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner Tracking your yearly projects is made easier with this 2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner. This 5-page planner lets you view your year at glance in just a few pages. Each of the planner pages lets you view your year a quarter a time. These 2015 planner pages also contain a notes section. Use this 2015 printable planner to keep track of important daily events each day.Download this  2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner by clicking the image below or this link: 2015 Printable Planner   More…
  • Printable Blank PDF December 2015 Calendar

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Printable Blank PDF December 2015 Calendar Happy Holidays from The Calendar Spot! Hoping this Printable Blank PDF December 2015 Calendar helps you plan your upcoming family holidays and relaxation after a productive 2015! Enjoy the upcoming holidays that include: Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve! Enjoy the holidays and use this December 2015 Calendar to help plan this holiday filled month! Download the calendar by clicking the image below or this link: December 2015 Calendar More 2015 Calendars To Consider: January 2015 Calendar February 2015 Calendar March 2015…
  • Printable Blank PDF November 2015 Calendar

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Printable Blank PDF November 2015 Calendar Get ready for this festive holiday season with our Printable Blank PDF November 2015 Calendar! In November, you will enjoy several days and holidays including: Thanksgiving, Novel Writing Month, and Real Jewelry Month! Plan your special vacations around these events by downloading the November 2015 calendar. Download the calendar by clicking the image below: As you prepare to cook your holiday turkey, you might consider buying a cooked turkey. Guess what? I do this every year? LOL! Amazon has some great fully cooked options for cooks like…
  • Printable Blank PDF October 2015 Calendar

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    Printable Blank PDF October 2015 Calendar Use our Printable Blank PDF October 2015 Calendar for your fall holiday planning. October 2015 has several holidays to celebrate including: Halloween, National Cookie Month, and Bosses Day! Use our printable October 2015 calendar to plan out your fun activities. Download the October 2015 calendar by clicking the image below or this link:  Printable October 2015 Calendar. Special Events –  October 2015 Calendar: October 31 – Halloween October 16 – Bosses Day National Cookie Month Need an October 2015 image? Use the…
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  • It’s National Organising Week – so let’s “Do It NOW”!

    Chrissy Halton
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The 1st-7th November this year is National Organising Week – otherwise known as NOW. It has been launched to tie in with the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (apdo-uk)... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Easy way to store leftover paint for touchups in your home

    Chrissy Halton
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Paint is a difficult thing to store correctly – and as such it’s often sort of ignored. We paint a room and the rest of the can of paint gets put somewhere out of the way. The problem comes when its... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Traditional & modern wedding anniversary gift themes printable

    Chrissy Halton
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Having been married now for 8 years (how time flies!) sometimes I struggle to find the perfect present for my husband when it comes to anniversary time, and as such I have created a simple printable... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Why organised people are lazy…

    Chrissy Halton
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Organised people are lazy. No question about it in my mind at all. There – I’ve said it. Surprised? You shouldn’t really be – you see I’m not being rude here at all – after all I count myself amongst... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • The easiest way to save money on your food shop

    Chrissy Halton
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I am always looking for ways to save money on things around the house, and nothing more so than food. On a previous post I wrote about 30 ways to save money on food which was really popular, and as... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
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    Volunteer Work Opportunities

  • Teaching in Africa

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    There are several Africa volunteer programs available, but the one that is always in demand is for teachers. There is a lack of teachers for teaching in schools in Africa. Teaching in African schools, especially in the rural years can be a real challenge, as there are not enough resources and the class rooms can be crowded. Managing so many students can become a difficult and challenging task. There are a lot of unpaid volunteer teaching programs available in Africa. The volunteer might have to pay the fees before enrolling and might get a home-stay accommodation and meals. Paid volunteer…
  • Volunteer Work Opportunities

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Volunteer Work Opportunities
  • Volunteering for Wildlife

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Africa as much as it is known for its vast land and rich culture, it is also known for its deep unexplored jungles and the wildlife. Unfortunately, corruption is prevalent throughout Africa and hence there a lot of illegal activities like poaching and illegal use of natural resources taking place, which is why environmental and wildlife conservation in an important mission in Africa volunteer programs. Usually volunteers above 18 years are taken to these programs. If accompanied by guardians, as young as 14-year-olds are also taken. There are no particular skills needed, although one should…
  • Types of Volunteer Work in India

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    India, the subcontinent, is a melting pot of people from various religions. The land is so vast and beautiful and the culture and tradition varies from state to state. It is divided into 4 basic parts North, South, East, and West. One can get to see snow-filled mountains, deserts, beaches everything in India. India is a land of culinary delights as each region has its own specialities. If you are thinking of doing some volunteer work in India, first do a good research of the place, since India is vast and crowded, a volunteer can be vulnerable. One can either do it independently or get placed…
 
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  • Scary Clutter of the Week: Fear!

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    For the month of October, we’re celebrating Halloween and talking about the ‘scariest’ kinds of clutter. This week, we’re going intangible. We tend to focus so much on our tangible clutter, we miss the emotional clutter that causes it! Over the years and working with many clients, I’ve identified the three scariest parts of reaching out to (and working with) a professional organizer. Fear of Judgement ‘I’m so scared to let you in the house!’ ‘Don’t look in my closet!’ ‘Do you really need to look in my kitchen…
  • Scary Clutter of the Week: Your Kitchen Island

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    I hear you groaning out there already. You spent all that time and money on your kitchen renovation. You chose cabinet finishes, counter tops, hardware, and appliances. You even got that supercool high-end fridge you’ve always eyeballed. You wanted this: Photo Courtesy: HGTV But somehow, over time, has it started looking more like this? I know. Trust me, I know. That awesomely expensive, beautiful kitchen island is the first place that most of my clients express frustration about when we walk into the kitchen. It makes sense, really. For many homes, it’s the first horizontal…
  • Scary Clutter of the Week: Your Mountain of Mail!

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    It shows up every day, like an unwelcome visitor. It can clutter your kitchen, your home office, your entire house if it’s allowed. It’s…..mail. It reflects life quite a bit: the good (party invitations, wedding and birth announcements), the bad (junk mail, unwanted credit card offers), and the mundane (bills to pay). Look familiar?! You are not alone! Almost every client, at some point, has asked me how best to keep their mail from taking over every horizontal space in their home. Here are a few key ways to control the chaos! Reduce the Inflow! This tends to be the most…
  • 30Day Challenge: Voila, we are DONE!

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    We are DONE! 30 days, 30 areas decluttered. For so many people, it’s figuring out how and where to start working on their home – this challenge was designed to help with that! Thank you to everyone who followed along, and shared your progress, successes, and challenges. If you’ve missed a day here or there, or you want to do the 30Day Challenge on your own, here’s a recap of the entire program. Until next time! Day 1 ~ Board & Video Games Day 2 ~ Junk Mail Day 3 ~ Cosmetics Day 4 ~ Cleaning Supplies Day 5 ~ Kids’ Books Day 6 ~ Gift Wrap, Ribbons, & Bags…
  • 30Day Challenge: Day 29 ~ Cookbooks

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    You can do this one while the coffee brews! Day 29 ~ Cookbooks Take a long, hard look. Whip out any cookbooks that you just never used or don’t use anymore. Was it a well-intentioned gift? The remains of a fad now long past? An old diet? Whatever the reason, the result is the same. They’re taking up space you could use for things that you do use! I had a client a year or so ago who was struggling with letting go of her Southern Living cookbook collection. She knew she never used them – she had even moved them into her master closet! I finally asked her, ‘If  you let…
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