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  • Should you hire a professional organizer?

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    Aby Garvey
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    One of the nice things about being a professional organizer is that you have friends who are also professional organizers. This can be incredibly handy. My friend Janine Adams and I have been swapping organizing services for a few years. I will help her organize any area in her home, and in exchange, she’ll help me organize an area in my home. Could we each organize for ourselves? Of course. But organizing with a professional organizer is faster and best yet, a whole lot more fun. Swapping services also helps us realize what it’s like to be in our client’s shoes. Good stuff all the way…
  • Easy Philly Cheese Carnita Pizza with Straight From The Grill Flavor

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    Sandy
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Need a Head Start with Your Favorite Recipes? By Amy This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #newfromhormel #CollectiveBias I need help on busy days and would love straight from the grill flavor without having to fire up the grill! My kids always seem to be hungry!  Everyday I hear, “Mom, when’s dinner?”  and “Mom, WHAT’s for dinner?”  After school, band practice, and piano lessons, they always seem to be starving!  I’m also hungry after all the running around, but I haven’t…
  • I Dare You

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    MonicaRicci
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    "I dare you to be a lot more confident and stay on the bridge when everybody else is jumping off of it." Anthony ArmstrongSinger, Songwriter, Philanthropist 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!
  • Fridge Tips for Back to School

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    28 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Back to school means back to making meals on a schedule and when it comes to the refrigerator, its time to come clean.  While the kitchen is where your family gathers, its the refrigerator that can make it or break it for smooth transitions and relaxing meals. With a simple plan for where to put things and the right storage solutions to enhance what your fridge design is meant to do, you’ll find everything runs more smoothly no matter why the refrigerator door might be open.  Check out my pantry ideas for back to school and beyond: Setting up the…
  • Get More Done Through Better Communication – Part 1

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    Paul H. Burton
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Buying a Car Sucks Buying a car ranks high on the list things we dislike doing. There are dozens of makes and models, option lists are daunting, and haggling with the dealership is a nightmare. In spite of this, we spend a tremendous amount of time and energy pursing the best decision about the choices before us. However, we spend very little time choosing what vehicle we’ll use to communicate. Today’s defacto vehicle is email, regardless of how effective it is. Consider the following alternatives the next time you need to communicate with someone: Rolls Royce – Meet…
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  • Easy Philly Cheese Carnita Pizza with Straight From The Grill Flavor

    Sandy
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Need a Head Start with Your Favorite Recipes? By Amy This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #newfromhormel #CollectiveBias I need help on busy days and would love straight from the grill flavor without having to fire up the grill! My kids always seem to be hungry!  Everyday I hear, “Mom, when’s dinner?”  and “Mom, WHAT’s for dinner?”  After school, band practice, and piano lessons, they always seem to be starving!  I’m also hungry after all the running around, but I haven’t…
  • Two New Adventures At Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

    Sandy
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    New Off-Road Segway Adventures & X-Treme Zipline Tour at Hocking Hills Canopy! By Amy Hocking Hills Canopy Tours provided both tours to my family and me for this review.  All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. Zip into a recess cave! My family and I love to go on adventures!  We love to travel far from home, but we also love to seek out fun and exciting things to do right here in Ohio.  The Hocking Hills area is one of our most favorite places to go!  We love the outdoors, camping, hiking and basically just being outside.  Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, Ash Cave and…
  • Strawberry Summer Salad Recipe

    Sandy
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:24 am
    Strawberry Chicken Salad Recipe For A Quick Summer Meal By Amy I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a shopper social amplification for Collective Bias. #GOWalmart #CollectiveBias #WMT2774 I love summer!  Being outside in the sun makes me less than enthusiastic about coming in and heating up the kitchen by cooking a big meal.  Summer salad recipes are the perfect solution.  Fresh produce and minimal cooking make it the perfect summer meal!  I went to the new Walmart Supercenter to shop for a new salad idea that…
  • Walmart Department- Guessing Game and Giveaway!

    Sandy
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:50 am
    Play the Walmart Department Guessing Game and Win! By Amy I attended the Walmart Grand Opening as a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a shopper social amplification for Collective Bias and it’s advertiser. #GOWalmart #CollectiveBias #WMT2774 Who doesn’t love a fun guessing game with a giveaway? While I was attending the Walmart Supercenter Grand Opening, I took some closeups of a few items that can be found in the store, and YOU get to guess which department I found them in. If you play the game and enter below,…
  • Family Fun Day at the Dublin Walmart Grand Opening

    Sandy
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fun & Food at the Walmart Supercenter Grand Opening! By Amy I attended the Walmart Grand Opening as a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a shopper social amplification for Collective Bias and it’s advertiser. #GOWalmart #CollectiveBias #WMT2774 The Grand Opening Festivities at the new Walmart Supercenter were a family stop for us today. I brought my children, along with a friend of my daughters, to do a little shopping and enjoy the family friendly games, activities and food. Summer break has begun and we’re…
 
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  • I Dare You

    MonicaRicci
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    "I dare you to be a lot more confident and stay on the bridge when everybody else is jumping off of it." Anthony ArmstrongSinger, Songwriter, Philanthropist 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!
  • How To Lift a Great Burden

    MonicaRicci
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    "A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything." Harry Browne 1933-2006Author and Politician 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!
  • Say No To Your Kids Without Guilt

    MonicaRicci
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Parenting is all about allowing your kids to grow into healthy, responsible, mature young adults in a safe and loving home. To that end, knowing when to say no to your children is crucial, not only for their healthy development, but for you as well. Nobody really wants to be me Mean Mommy. However, children crave boundaries and structure, so you can relax in the knowledge that saying no to your kids won’t turn you into Joan Crawford. To the contrary, setting and enforcing boundaries with your children conveys to your kids a sense of consistency, which is exactly what their little psyches…
  • On Looking Forward

    MonicaRicci
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    "Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change." Tom Clancy 1947-2013, Author 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 R.I.P. Tom Clancy (1947-2013)
  • Get Organized (Using Free Things You Already Own!)

    MonicaRicci
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Today's Myth: Organizing Products Are Expensive Getting organized often means you need tools and products to get the job done. Oh sure, you can break the bank on fancy schmancy organizing products but there are plenty of ways to re-purpose items you already have that will help you get organized but won’t cost you thing. Frequently in my client work I recommend we use the free option as a placeholder to my client can get used to the new system before going out and buying the actual product. This way, if they don't like the new system, they're not out any money prematurely. Egg Cartons and…
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  • Should you hire a professional organizer?

    Aby Garvey
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    One of the nice things about being a professional organizer is that you have friends who are also professional organizers. This can be incredibly handy. My friend Janine Adams and I have been swapping organizing services for a few years. I will help her organize any area in her home, and in exchange, she’ll help me organize an area in my home. Could we each organize for ourselves? Of course. But organizing with a professional organizer is faster and best yet, a whole lot more fun. Swapping services also helps us realize what it’s like to be in our client’s shoes. Good stuff all the way…
  • Stop Comparing to Create a More Joyful Life

    Aby Garvey
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    A friend of mine shared this quote on Facebook last week. I’ve heard it before, but it’s the kind of quote that bears repeating—and sharing—especially today. Today it’s easier than ever to compare ourselves to others. The internet and social media provide ample opportunities to see inside people’s homes and their lives. Comparison is a natural consequence. It’s important to remember that what you’re seeing, and what you’re comparing, is just one slice of a person’s life at one small moment in time. Let’s say a friend or favorite blogger posts pictures of her freshly…
  • Saying Goodbye to an Old Organizing System

    Nancy Vorsanger
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    I once saw a musical called I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. It was about romantic relationships, but the title came to mind recently when I decided to modify one of my favorite organizing systems, my tickler file. Oh, how I loved my tickler in the early years! But over time, my passion cooled. My tickler and I got into a rut. A tickler file, in case you don’t know, is an easy way to organize and track your papers. There are 43 folders: one for each month, and 31 for each day of the month. (Read more about the tickler file system here. You can make your own or buy one.) Using…
  • 5 Tips for Keeping Your Family Organized Using a Digital Calendar

    Lauren Halagarda
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Would you like to go digital with your family calendar but aren’t sure where to start? Have you already tried a calendar app or software, but it hasn’t worked? Here’s what you need to create and simplify your family’s digital calendar. Tip #1: Select software with these must-have features. In my opinion, when selecting a digital calendar, the must-have features are as follows: Automatic syncing between devices. Access via desktop, cloud and mobile versions.  An established product. Nice-to-have features are: Top notch integration. In other words, it plays well with other…
  • Simplify Your Life with a Well-Stocked Freezer

    Brandie Kajino
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    There are countless things you can store in your freezer to use when the need arises. From a food safety and quality perspective, it’s one of then best places to keep things. According the FDA, “…freezing 0° F (-18° C) keeps food safe indefinitely…” Cool, right? In general, I try to consume what I store in the ice box within a few months, but I will keep things for up to a year. After that, the taste takes a big turn. (And not a good turn, catch my drift?) Before you start stocking up, it’s a good idea to go through your freezer and see what you have. I organized my freezer…
 
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  • Fridge Tips for Back to School

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    28 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Back to school means back to making meals on a schedule and when it comes to the refrigerator, its time to come clean.  While the kitchen is where your family gathers, its the refrigerator that can make it or break it for smooth transitions and relaxing meals. With a simple plan for where to put things and the right storage solutions to enhance what your fridge design is meant to do, you’ll find everything runs more smoothly no matter why the refrigerator door might be open.  Check out my pantry ideas for back to school and beyond: Setting up the…
  • Pantry Ideas for Back to School

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then pantry ideas for back to school are the secret to a smooth start of an organized school year.  The pantry is not only all about organized storage but its also a launching pad for life skills.  When organized well, you’ll find your personal to-do list gets shorter while your children’s independence grows and when it comes to all the daily tasks coming back into your schedule with the start of the school year, this can only be good for everyone involved.  To help you give your pantry a good overhaul with back to school needs in mind,…
  • How to Make a #DIY School Planner

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    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Today its time to talk about how to make a #DIY School Planner. August is the bomb for all things back to school and when it comes to that paperwork, its up to you, Mom, to give it a home. So here are my tips on how to make a DIY School Planner and be in charge of that paper before it buries you! Use a Binder I like a durable binder with a slick cover so you can decorate it as you choose.  Having your child add a favorite picture is a great way to engage them in the process and personalize it too.  I usually recommend a binder 1 to 1.5″ but not any…
  • Back to School ~ Family Communication Station

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    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Nothing says back to school like a fresh set of school supplies!  And for me, that means its time to give our family communication station a fresh set of all the key things we need to work well together for an organized year.  If you haven’t noticed, back to school is when you discover how well, or not well, your family organization systems really work. From basic communication about the calendar or chores to being on time for activities at school while having made sure to actually register for them too, it all comes to an organized dance once…
  • Back to School ~ Yard Sale Tips

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    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When is the last time you held a yard sale?  While it’s probably not the first thing on your back to school checklist, the reality is August is a fantastic time to have a “back to school!” themed yard sale.  If you are following along here at GO MOM! you know that late July and early August are all about organizing key spaces to get ready for the new school year.  And because the excitement about summer activities might be waning as the heat sets in, tackling a family project like preparing for and hosting a back to school yard sale can be a great activity where…
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  • Get More Done Through Better Communication – Part 1

    Paul H. Burton
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Buying a Car Sucks Buying a car ranks high on the list things we dislike doing. There are dozens of makes and models, option lists are daunting, and haggling with the dealership is a nightmare. In spite of this, we spend a tremendous amount of time and energy pursing the best decision about the choices before us. However, we spend very little time choosing what vehicle we’ll use to communicate. Today’s defacto vehicle is email, regardless of how effective it is. Consider the following alternatives the next time you need to communicate with someone: Rolls Royce – Meet…
 
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  • Sweet60Success: Day 60: Is it time for a push?

    Elizabeth
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You were born with potential, You were born with goodness and trust, You were born with ideals and dreams, You were born with greatness, You were born with wings, You are not meant for crawling, so don’t, You have wings, Learn to use them and fly.~~Rumi Are you living up to your full potential in your business? If not, is it time for a push? I have realized from my 14 years in business (and 60 years of living) no one accomplishes anything great alone. It has been my joy to give you my Sweet60Success posts to help you even be more of a success story in your business and life. Are you…
  • Sweet60Success: Day 59: I wanna hold your hand

    Elizabeth
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every chance I get I spend time with my mom.  Every chance she gets she holds my hand. Interesting how roles have reversed.  She held my hand as a young child to keep me safe.  I now hold her hand to support her and keep her safe. I don’t care how old we are or at what level we are in our business – it’s nice to hold someone’s hand and it’s awesome to have our hand held. Every day when you work with your clients and make their lives better you are holding their hand. Every day when I work with my business coaching clients or inspire women in my presentations I…
  • Sweet60Success: Day 58: My new place

    Elizabeth
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am the most creative on a beach looking out at the ocean.  Since I live in Sioux Falls, SD that does not happen very often! I have discovered my new place for being creative – at least in the summer. It’s on a beach chair looking out at Lake Okoboji.  There’s something about the beauty and calmness of the beautiful blue water that puts my mind into creative mode. I wrote a number of my Sweet60Success posts in this very chair. Soon I’ll need to figure out my new place this winter when it’s 10 degrees and -30 degrees wind chill outside!   What is your…
  • Sweet60Success: Day 57: Time for a change

    Elizabeth
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lobby of our new retreat home For the past 5 years I have held my annual fall women’s business retreat at the same hotel in Minneapolis.  The staff is fantastic and are wonderful to work with every year.  This is also the hotel I stay at every time I’m in Minneapolis and it feels like home. It also feels like time for a change. Change can be scary but we can also become complacent when doing things the same all the time. I’m excited to announce that in October, 2015 we have a new home for my retreat and I am thrilled. I also have a new city which will be a secret for…
  • Sweet60Success: Day 56: It’s pretty obvious

    Elizabeth
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    On the bike trail I came upon a sign letting me know a curve was coming up. I could see the curve before I saw the sign. It was pretty obvious what was going to happen. But, it was also a sunny day and I could easily see the path. What if it was foggy or dark? Then this sign would come in very handy. When things are going well in your business it’s easy to think about your next steps and know what to do. It’s a clear day. On days when things aren’t going well and it seems like no one wants to work with you the next steps are not clear at all. In fact, everything seems pretty…
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  • VIDEO: Miles, Smiles and Tears

    Carrie Greene
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    You never know what you’ll think about while you’re running.  This time it was about how hard a time I had starting and then once I got going, keeping the pace.  How does this apply to your business?  Watch this short video and find out. What’s your goal for today?  Please share it in the comments section below. The post VIDEO: Miles, Smiles and Tears appeared first on Carrie Greene.
  • The Key to A Strong Marketing Message: Observe the World Around You

    Carrie Greene
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It was late July and our tomatoes were exploding.  I was picking 20 – 50 cherry tomatoes a day. I couldn’t keep up.  Fortunately I was hosting a mastermind intensive.  I had a captive audience for two days.  I brought tomatoes in, put them in bowls and placed a bowl on each table.  I told the attendees that they had to finish their tomatoes and enjoy. One table went right to work and quickly finished off half the bowl.  The other table barely made a dent.  They all joked about who would finish first. A few hours later there was an announcement from the “slower” table.  They…
  • VIDEO: I was Embarassed

    Carrie Greene
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Carrie’s Lesson From the Trail:  No need to be embarrassed. Run your business the way that makes sense for you AND be proud of where you are. (Watch this 1 minute long video below to find out more.) The post VIDEO: I was Embarassed appeared first on Carrie Greene.
  • Until You Own It

    Carrie Greene
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Can you sell something that you don’t own or don’t have the legal right to? No, of course not. Yet, I see entrepreneurs try to do it every day. Entrepreneurs sell themselves.  They sell their vision, their skills, and their products. So what’s the problem?  Of course they have the right to sell themselves in this way. The question is, do they own it? Do they fully believe in what their product or service does?  Do they really believe in themselves?  Do they really own the power of what they are selling? Until you own it, nobody can buy it. A client of mine shared her marketing…
  • Squeeze Ins

    Carrie Greene
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    A client was a couple of minutes late to our call.  He immediately apologized and told me he got caught up in a squeeze-in, he was getting himself a cup of coffee. We laughed for a moment and then he got real serious.  He said “You know, as I was getting the coffee I kept hearing your voice in my head asking me if what I was doing right now what needed to be done or was it a squeeze-in.” On the face of it, he was 2-minutes late to a phone call.  Truly not a big deal; however, where else is this happening and what is the result? Let’s back up for a moment.  A squeeze-in is something…
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  • 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...
  • Be inspired this weekend at the Maryland Home & Garden Show

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:17 am
    Baltimore area homeowners are probably tired of the weekly snow event we’ve been having this winter, so to remind us that spring is just around the corner, the Maryland Home & Garden Show will be having their first...
 
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  • Dressing for Success – There is Life After Kids

    Kathi Burns
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Everyone reaches milestones where their lives change forever. Babies arrive, schedules become hectic and budgets get tight. Dressing yourself becomes low priority, and there is temptation to wear those sweats and pajama tops forever! Having kids can change your body shape drastically, and aging also has its effects. Getting to know the new you and relearning how to dress stylishly can be easier if you follow a few simple rules. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a high powered business woman, you can always look your best with a new wardrobe. Many women returning to the fashion arena want…
  • The Keys to Designing a Functional Kitchen

    Kathi Burns
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today, kitchens are the focal point of many homes and account for a fair percentage of the total square footage in any new home. Planning a kitchen for optimal workflow will enable you to get the most out of your space. What you do most in your kitchen will determine the focus, but there are a few basic principles you will want to consider. Food storage is your first consideration. The pantry should be located near the entrance you will be using to bring groceries into the kitchen. The refrigerator should also be on this end, and a wide counter for unloading bags and sorting out perishables…
  • Deep Bathroom Shelves Can Become a Black Hole

    Kathi Burns
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kathi, I have a challenge for you: I have built-in shelving in my bathroom.  It is behind the door and goes from the floor to the ceiling.  Only thing is, they are very, very deep.  The dimensions are 15″ wide x 23″ tall x 35″ deep.  There are 4 shelves. We would like to organize this space with all of our bathroom stuff (towels, hair stuff, lotions, shaving, bath toys, etc.).  How in the world do we do this? I had considered just buying some pretty wicker baskets to make it pretty, but still, our stuff would just be thrown into each basket without any order. HELP! Dear…
  • Be A Sharp Dressed Man – Fashion Tips For Men

    Kathi Burns
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Guys feel the need to follow fashion, too! Not as dramatically as women, perhaps, but there are a few good guidelines to looking modern and sophisticated. Men don’t agonize over their body shape and color palette as much as women do, and the choices are not quite as overwhelming. Finding something that fits well and looks good can still be a challenge, however. With the national acceptance of the California ’business casual’ look, men are wearing jeans for business as well as leisure. Topped with a sport coat, this is now considered proper for many business occasions and lunches. For…
  • Looking for a New Image? Let a Professional Show You The Way

    Kathi Burns
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you find that you’re always buying clothes that you never wear, an Image Consultant can actually save you a lot of money. She will evaluate your body shape and coloring and find those clothes that, in the words of the old song, help “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.” Once you understand what kind of clothes work for you, you’ll be able to buy the right clothes the first time around. Since most people wear only 20% of the clothes in their closet, a good Image Consultant will start by going through your wardrobe and getting rid of all those clothes…
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  • Selling Your Home: Organizing & Staging

    Grace Brooke
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the more difficult aspects of preparing to sell your home is staging. Many realtors prefer that a home is “staged” properly for open houses and regular viewings by perspective clients. The reason for the staging is simple; people want to look at a home and imagine what it would look like if they lived there. That can be rather difficult when your home has an array of knickknacks and personal mementoes along with the other type of personal touches most of us adorn our home with. Think of it from the buyer’s perspective; what do you want to see when you walk into your…
  • Home Organization: Creating a Neat & Tidy Attic

    Grace Brooke
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you are like me then the attic is a place for long-term storage. Holiday decorations, old mementos and even unused shoes can find their way up there. This area of the home is where things are often stored, never to be seen again. For those people who are preparing to move, the attic can create quite the quandary.  Since the attic is a space where you have “plenty of room” people often avoid making tough decisions about what to keep versus store and plenty of things just get shoved up there; out of sight, out of mind. So what is the best way to attack this problem? I have…
  • Home Organiziation: Tips for Downsizing Your Kitchen

    Grace Brooke
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Getting ready to move into a new home with less kitchen space than you currently have? Do you have so much “stuff” that you aren’t sure how to make it all fit in a functional manner in your new space? Rather than just throwing everything in boxes now and attempting to deal with it later when space is really a premium, let’s take a different approach. By de-cluttering and downsizing what you currently have combined with a little planning and preparation before you pack can save you lots of stress on the other end. By making the decision now on what to keep you are…
  • Downsizing: What to Consider When Moving to a Smaller Home

    Grace Brooke
    8 May 2014 | 9:35 am
    So, whether you’re moving from a spacious, large home to a significantly smaller space or moving in with a significant other, downsizing is a must.But how do you determine what to keep with minimal stress and maximum efficiency? Downsizing is not as easy as it may seem. It can be overwhelming, cause anxiety and create tension amongst family members. On the flip side, it can also be a cleansing experience and leave you with a sense of relief. It is important to have a game plan and a timeline to tackle this big project. Below are two crucial steps to take when downsizing. Take Inventory:Look…
  • What’s Hiding Behind Closed Doors

    Grace Brooke
    1 May 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Importance of What’s Behind Closed Doors Our homes are a reflection of who we are and what we do. They tell a story about the people who live there. What does your home say about you? Are you someone who loves to entertain, enjoys gardening, has an obsession with scrapbooking, collects books and loves STUFF? Does this story represent you in a positive light? When it comes to putting your home on the market to sell, it is just as important to declutter and simplify the closets, drawers, cabinets and anything else behind closed doors, as it is the open areas. As a Professional…
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  • The Iron Skillet– Collingwood, Ontario #RestaurantReview #TravelTuesday #TripAdvisor Suggestion gone wrong

    Margarita Ibbott
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    I love to eat out.  Many reasons not the least of which is I am a not-so-great-a-cook.  This time we had to go out as the resort we were staying at did not have a kitchen.  So what is the first thing we did?  We looked on TripAdvisor of course and also on Yelp. We found The Iron Skillet and it was listed as #2 on the places to eat in Collingwood, Ontario.  I have to say that a restaurant in a strip mall would not likely be my first choice.  It was located across from a larger mall just out of reach of downtown Collingwood.  There was easy parking and easy…
  • #LinkedMoms Back to School Twitter Party– Wed. Aug. 27 8 pm EST

    Margarita Ibbott
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    We are one week from the start of school here in Ontario and its officially time to get this party started... wait, that sounds wrong.  Its time for the party to stop and to get a few things in order.  Here are pictures of my kids from last year.  Do you take a picture of your kids on the first day of school?  As as look at these today, I realize how much my kids have grown, matured and changed.   We need to get our kids back into a regular sleeping routine. Its time to get them to sleep earlier than the 11 pm (or 1 am for my teens).  Its also time to get them up…
  • Summer Blast $1,000 USD Cash Giveaway (WW, closes Sept.15)

    Margarita Ibbott
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    We have had a busy summer. My youngest daughter put together a bucket-list of what she wanted to do this summer: Play video games with her brother Go see a play at Stratford Have a spa day Sleep under the stars Play paintball Have a sleepover Plan a party Read a book series Have a huge game of capture the flag GO SHOPPING... and the list goes on and on... There is so much more that has to be done (obviously, from this endless list) but when are we going to find the time?  Or more importantly, where are we going to find the funds to pay for all of these good times?  If you find…
  • #TheStorkisComing with the help of @StorkbyRinovum–It’s coming to a @RexallDrugstore near you...#infertility

    Margarita Ibbott
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Are you ready for the NEW, over-the-counter conception aid? In the last year I have been working to create a better awareness of families dealing with infertility issues and some of the trial and tribulations for building a family.  I was excited when I was contacted to help create awareness for a new and innovative at-home conception aid – The Stork. The Stork is new to Canada and will be available exclusively at your local Rexall Pharmacy. Sign up for special offers and to be notified when it will be available in stores here: http://bit.ly/1tfBhFQ #TheStorkIsComing. Be sure to keep a…
  • What is going on with parents these days? - Rethinking Family Responsibilities #chores #Back2School

    Margarita Ibbott
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I wrote this post months ago.  I am not sure what exactly set me off but I knew I had to sit on this post for a good, long, while.  I'm pretty pleased I don't remember who was making me crazy but I do know that I had to write this post.As we quickly approach the beginning of school, this may be a good time to re-evaluate what your child's responsibilites will be.  They are one  year older and one foot taller (in some cases).  They ARE ready to take on more chores.  Let me help you along with these few words of 'encouragement' (read, kick in the butt)... I am…
 
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  • Getting Organized Doesn’t Have To Be Tough

    Janet Baker
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Whether you’re organizing your desk drawers, filing cabinets, a stack of paper files, a closet, attic, or the garage, Paper Tiger Filing System software will help you get organized. You can have a system in place so you can maintain organization, and be able to live and work in an more productive environment. You may [...]
  • Filing System Makes the Grade for Back to School

    Janet Baker
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Filing System Makes the Grade for Back to School Can you believe that stores are stocking the shelves already with back to school supplies? Yes, we are already seeing the local school supply lists displayed. Teachers will soon be preparing to open the doors to their classrooms and parents will be scrambling to purchase the [...]
  • Paper Tiger Version 3 and Older Should Upgrade Now

    Janet Baker
    8 May 2014 | 11:25 am
    Due to Microsoft ending support for Windows XP, Paper Tiger version 3 and older users will need to upgrade to version 4 or switch to Paper Tiger Online. You can check to see which version of Paper Tiger you are running by clicking Help at the top menu, then select About Paper Tiger. You should [...]
  • Work SMART! Get Organized with Paper Tiger

    Janet Baker
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Get Organized with Paper Tiger Even thinking about what you have to do and the decisions you have to make to get organized, can be overwhelming. You might be tempted to give up before you start – but don’t! Whether you’re organizing your desk drawers, filing cabinets, a stack of paper files, a closet, attic, [...]
  • Are You Ready For Tax Time Preparation?

    Janet Baker
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    No matter when your tax deadlines are, it’s always good practice to have your records in order so that you won’t have to do last minute scrambling looking for the documents needed tax time preparation. Indexing your paper files in Paper Tiger Filing System Software for document management is ideal to ensure you are able [...]
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 1/14

    Laura
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy September 1st friends!  Well it’s happening.  This week my kids go back to school and I am so not happy about it.  I love having my kids home and the lazy days of summer.  Why does it have to go so fast anyway? With the kids going back to school now is the time […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 1/14
  • August 2014 Sponsor Spotlight

    Laura
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Welcome to the end of August and another edition of my Sponsor Spotlight!  This is a regular monthly feature where I put the spotlight on my sponsors and give you a little more in depth detail on what they have to offer to help you on your organizational journey.  My long time sponsors listed below […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> August 2014 Sponsor Spotlight
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Laura
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. Hands down the longest recipe title I’ve ever created.  Sure it’s a mouthful to say, but man is it the most delicious mouthful ever!  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches are a combination of two recipes and the perfect […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul

    Laura
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    I have been a long time shopper of Value Village and thrift shopping in general so when Value Village asked to partner with me on a back to school feature there was no hesitation on my part.  I started thrift shopping when I was pregnant with my first child (who is now 17) and furnished […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Value Village Back to School Shopping Haul
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ August 25/14

    Laura
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    My brother and his family are here!  I don’t get to see my family very often as they live on the other side of Canada practically (it feels like it anyway) so it’s a huge treat to have them come visit me here in Alberta.  This is only the second time my brother has been […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ August 25/14
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  • Be Nellie Bly, Stay Focused, and Remain Productive

    Janice Simon
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Former newspaper reporter, ground-breaking reporter, Nellie Bly is one of my heroes. For those who don’t know the story, Nellie went undercover in an insane asylum by posing as a patient, and the article she wrote after her 10-day stay changed the way New York City treated people with mental illness. Back then, you didn’t walk into the mental asylum. Nellie checked into a woman’s shelter under an assumed name and began her act. It didn’t take long before she was hauled off by police. Once inside, Nellie realized a quick trick: “From the moment I entered the insane ward on the…
  • Ease Your Way Into an Organized Fall

    Naomi Cook
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    It can be a tough transition from summer into fall, and not just for kids. With shorter work weeks and half days, not to mention the beautiful, warm and sunny weather, it can be hard to see summer come to an end. However, there are things to look forward to in the fall, like breaking out cozy sweaters, breathing in the crisp air, and watching the leaves change colors. This transition from summer to fall time is actually ideal for getting organized. With an abundance of inexpensive, space saving solutions for dorm living, you are sure to find items that will help you in the areas you need most…
  • 5-Minute Organizing Challenge ~ Get Prepared for Back to School

    Dan Loya
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    It’s the end of summer, but now is the perfect time for the August 5-Minute Organizing Challenge! As usual, you can discover new ways you can get organized in just five minutes at a time. The mini-challenges this month are for parents who are preparing their children for Back to School. If you plan ahead, you will be more organized for the upcoming school year and your kids will transition to school life much more smoothly. 1. Schedule shopping time in stores or online. Start out by creating a list of clothing, supplies, and snacks that the student will need. Next, block out times in…
  • Get on With It! 3 Super Simple Tips for Procrastinators.

    Stephanie Shalofsky
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer can be a big challenge when it comes to procrastination. Routines are relaxed, schedules are altered, and distractions are everywhere. The expectation is probably that we will have abundant leisure time during the summer to get everything done, but that is frequently not the case, and important projects sometimes end up collecting dust until the end of the season. The good news is that I have some easy and effective tips for procrastinators for staying on the ball with important tasks this summer, so that they don’t end up behind the eight ball come…
  • How I Quadrupled My Twitter Followers in 6 Months

    Nealey Stapleton
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Have you heard of Twitter? Maybe that’s a silly question. Okay, chances are you’ve heard of it, but do you really know what Twitter is? For a long time, I saw Twitter as a lesser version of Facebook and saw no point in using the platform…until now. This year, one of my resolutions was to really increase my followers on social media. While I had a Twitter account, I never used it and had a couple hundred followers that had trickled in throughout the years. I decided to really commit and make the most out of this thing called Twitter. Boy, am I glad I did! What is Twitter? Let’s begin…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2014

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You see things and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?' (G. Shaw) — It's good to do a bit of both. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You don't get in life what you want. You get in life what you are. (L. Brown) — So be what you want and it all works out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. (O. Wilde) — How often do you really plug in at max volume? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Asking the right question takes as much skill as giving the right answer. (R. Half) — More, as the question is the seed. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Bible) — Are you listening, Wall Street? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2014

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You see things and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?' (G. Shaw) — It's good to do a bit of both. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You don't get in life what you want. You get in life what you are. (L. Brown) — So be what you want and it all works out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. (O. Wilde) — How often do you really plug in at max volume? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Asking the right question takes as much skill as giving the right answer. (R. Half) — More, as the question is the seed. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Bible) — Are you listening, Wall Street? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • 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…
  • SLT 070: Voluntary Simplicity with Miriam Ortiz y Pino

    Vanessa Hayes
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    We’ve mentioned in previous shows…sometimes simple isn’t easy. Consistent, voluntary simplicity can be even harder. Matter of fact, it can be an awful lot of work to make simple easy, but in the end we’re opting to live simply intentionally…in as many areas of our life as we can. And that’s going to take a little exploration and effort. After our presentation at the NAPO 2014 Conference in Phoenix, we met a certified professional organizer, Miriam Ortiz y Pino, who turned out to have a little more in common with us than being an organizer like Vanessa.  She’s been…
  • SLT069: Head Over Heels In Love With Simplicity

    Daniel Hayes
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    The number one reason we love simplicity is that it gives us flexibility to live our lives the way we want. Sure, it takes some real effort to get to the point where we could drop what we were doing and take a 30-day vacation, but once you get to the point where you can shape your life to do the things you want to do, and live they way you want to live, you’ll love simplicity too. It is so worth the effort and probably how you’d like to live your life too. During our recent trip, we covered over 6600 miles with our tiny teardrop camper in tow. But thankfully, we didn’t drag…
  • SLT068: Simple Living with Liz Neighbors

    Vanessa Hayes
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    We’ve been sharing our story about simple living here since the tail end of 2012. But we know we’re not alone when it comes to simple living! We put the call out in our last episode for more volunteers to share their story here on Simple Life Together. Well…you answered the call and and today we have our second Profile in Simplicity guest who is going to share how she’s simplified her life, too! But before we tell you any more about our special guest, we want to give you a little reminder/background about this segment. Read more… Background for Simplicity…
 
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  • Clutter Video Tip: How Organizing Helps You Make a Better First Impression

    Lorie Marrero
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. But some things can only be done once like making a first impression. Watch this video for some first hand strategies to help you shine and get on a first name basis with success. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdimpress.) >  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…
  • Clutter Video Tip: Secrets of Back to School Bliss!

    Lorie Marrero
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Do you know the secret to becoming teacher’s pet? You need to brush up on your three R’s, but there’s a fourth R to consider- Ready. Getting ready for back-to-school is a great first step towards being head of the class. Watch this video for tips that make it easy for you to make the grade! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdbts.) >  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.
  • Clutter Video Tip: Cool Ways to Use Your Freezer to Get Organized

    Lorie Marrero
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Kitchen organizing can leave you feeling Frozen. But, if you take that fear and let it go, let it go- you will find that your freezer is a very efficient tool for home organization. I can’t hold it back anymore, don’t turn away and slam the door! Watch this video, it’s time to see what you can do and make your freezer work for you. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdfreeze.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot…
  • Clutter Video Tip: Getting Organized: Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

    Lorie Marrero
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    Eddie Haskell knew the value of a good compliment. But a backhanded compliment like “bless this mess” can do more harm than good. When you are overcome with clutter and poor habits, don’t add insult to injury by putting yourself down. Watch this video to find out how defeatist language may be sabotaging your organizational accomplishments. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdenemy.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get…
  • Clutter Video Tip: How to Organize Kid's Rooms, Closets, and Toys

    Lorie Marrero
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    It’s time to take off the kid gloves and tackle getting your children organized. Monday’s child may be fair of face, but frustrations mount when toys aren’t put back in place. Watch this video to tackle kid’s clothes, shoes, and toys. Without that daily stress you can be the poster child for relaxing, fun free time, and that’s not just child’s play! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdkids.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps…
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  • Master Organizing + The Container Store

    MasterOrganizing
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The Container Store launched the ATHome Services here in Los Angeles and I was one of the lucky few to have the opportunity to visit The Container Store Headquarters in Coppell, Texas! The Container Store Headquarters took me off guard a little bit.  First off, the headquarters, which The Container Store refers to as the “Home Office” is pretty modest both inside and out compared to their stores. It had a more modern artistic feel, where The Container Store products were displayed like pieces of art. Secondly, there’s an affinity for Gumby..yes folks Gumby..he’s like The…
  • 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge – Spring 2014

    MasterOrganizing
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hello There! I am SO excited that you are joining me in the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge! Starting tomorrow, March 2oth, the objective is to reduce the clutter in our physical spaces. Could be home, work, car, whatever. Try and look at your space with fresh eyes and figure out what can simply be let go of. Here are the guidelines for this 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: 1. Every day, you have to get rid of something. You can sell it. You can give it away. You can recycle it. You can trash it (if all else fails!). 2. It doesn’t have to be big, expensive, or grand. It can be small.
  • Most Frustrating Thing to Organize

    MasterOrganizing
    13 Feb 2014 | 2:23 am
    What is the most frustrating space in your home or workplace to organize or keep organized? For getting laundry done make a date with your washing machine and dryer and let the others in your household know the day as well.  Get another container and separate dark colors from light colors in the beginning when you toss your clothing to get washed. Agree to the level that you will allow your laundry basket to reach before it gets too full and overwhelming to look at.  Do batches of laundry in small doses.  For example do light colors on Tuesdays and dark colors on Thursdays.  Doing…
  • 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 30!

    MasterOrganizing
    18 Jun 2013 | 4:04 pm
    Day 30 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge..donated a chair Wow I can’t believe that the challenge officially ends today…I feel like I can keep getting rid of something each day.  Thanks to everyone that went on this 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge journey with me. Until next time..cheers to a clutter free home!
  • 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge: Day 29

    MasterOrganizing
    17 Jun 2013 | 4:00 pm
    Day 29 of the 30 Day De-Cluttering Challenge..recycled some bakewareware
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  • Vacations: My Best Practices for Leaving & Returning Easily

    Sue West
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    I used to “freak out” before and after vacations, exhausting myself on both ends of my time away. Sort of defeats the “refresh, relax, retreat” point of it all though,don’t you think? Now, though, each time I go away for vacation or business, I’ve become more thoughtful and mindful about how I can make all of this more pleasant and part of the trip’s enjoyment … and I’m doing this not just for myself but for everyone around me, too! I used to walk around in so many circles that my dog, following me, would get as exhausted as I would.
  • Back to School as an Adult: Three Ways to Create Time

    Sue West
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    You’re taking a course or courses in subjects that interest you for the first time in awhile. Back to School: Great Courses (dot) com Or perhaps you’re attending school part-time to create a new career. … or one of the “boot camp” programs designed for the self-employed  business owner. … or a certification program for your current profession.   And you were already busy to start with! But this is so important to you. You want … You need … to make the time to do this well, to own this, to show yourself and those around you what…
  • When You’ll Want to Rethink Your Organizational Strategies

    Sue West
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    There are certain times when you’ll want to rethink how you’re managing your life, time and your stuff. This article will give you a list of when this is worth paying attention to, why it matters and what to think about. What usually happens is that we end up in the middle of something and suddenly, we realize: “Yikes. The house is a mess. Honestly, how did this happen?” “My time is completely out of control. But I’m using the same systems I always have.”   Think about a Red Door In Feng Shui,the color red brings forth prosperity and abundance.
  • What Did You Miss? Or Did You?

    Sue West
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Did you miss any? Or maybe you’d prefer to read the articles all at once?  Here’s a roundup of newsletter articles sent so far during 2014, with a quick summary for each, and a link to read more if that topic interests you. Cllick here if you’re not on the newsletter list and would like to be. Last edition: 6/17/2014 – What Do You Need to “Get Back to?” Nelson Mandela said: “The greatest glory in living lies in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Because if we never fell, then life would be perfect. WE would be perfect. “Too smooth”…
  • Struggling to Get Motivated? 3 Ways to Get Moving.

    Sue West
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Oh, the lazy hazy days of summer. But you want more and you can’t quite get jazzed about much.   I’m hearing: “I can’t get motivated about work, even though I love my business!” “I have family coming to stay and I cannot get myself motivated to pull the house together.” “I want to get out after work and take advantage of the summer but I just forget all my great ideas once work is over!” Try one of these. The “Pull” strategy. The “Dominoes” strategy. The “Get Social” strategy.  …
 
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  • 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,…
  • No-Hole Sheet Protector Provides Clean, More Professional Appearance

    Nicola
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Being in the office product industry, I tend to pay attention to how people or businesses choose to use our items. Someone deciding to use an expanding file over a document case or folder instead of a report cover often comes down to a personal decision. However, there are sometimes that a different product within our line can make much more sense. One of the biggest examples of this is when individuals use sheet protectors that are hole punched to protect documents even though they are not storing these pages in binders. I have seen two examples of this in the last week, and had to share!
  • Security Wristbands Help Indicate Price Levels at Garage Sale

    Nicola
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    To me, one of the staples of summer is weekend garage sales. Once the weather starts to warm up, it seems like one can be found in almost any neighborhood. This year, I decided to participate in our subdivision’s annual garage sale in hopes of getting rid of some clutter. Since I have never prepared for something like this before, I did not expect the amount of preparation that was involved in getting organized for the sale. The biggest element was determining how to price and label items. Ideally, I wanted to create a price system that was easy for our garage sale crew to interpret. I…
  • How Customers Use C-Line Products: Part 3

    Nicola
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Welcome to our final addition of this blog series! It has been lots of fun taking a different look at how and where our products are being used. This post idea comes straight from the owners of C-Line. During a recent vacation, Jim and Judi Krumwiede went shopping at one of the boutique stores located on their cruise ship. While at a store, they began looking through a binder the employee had, allowing them to see different styles and variations of items that were available. After glancing at the book, they immediately recognized the C-Line sheet protector! The Standard Weight Polypropylene…
  • How Customers Use C-Line Products: Part 2

    Nicola
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    It’s round two of learning how our customers use our products! Many of you are familiar with our Reusable Dry Erase Pockets. Both parents and teachers alike continue to see the value in these educational, yet fun products. The product line has grown in the last few years to include neon and primary assortments, 9 x 12 and 6 x 9 sizes and even horizontal orientated pockets. This year C-Line released our study kit, which includes two pockets, educational templates and dry erase crayons. We have received lots of feedback from customers on this product. One customer’s comments in particular…
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    Discover Freedom Blog - Organize Your Home, Office, and Life

  • 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…
  • Planning for Your Golden Years Produces Platinum Results

    Sue Becker
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Preparing for end-of-life issues is never something anyone wants to think about. However, ignoring the subject can eventually lead to distress or even disaster for you and your loved ones. Taking care of these matters now can allow you to enjoy peace of mind and pursue more preferred interests during your golden years. I’ve invited Andrea Donovan, Senior Living Advisor, to share some helpful tips to get you started. Know your housing options. There are several senior living options, so be sure to seek the right option for your needs: Independent Living: The senior can basically perform…
  • Command Control in Your Home

    Sue Becker
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Do you spend your mornings rushing around trying to find the things you need to get out the door? Is there a frantic fire drill every day as you hunt for your keys, overdue library books, etc.? Do you forget to pay bills because there’s not a central place to keep them? A command center can eliminate these stressful situations by giving you a central location where you can find things quickly. It can also help prevent clutter from creeping into other areas of your home because it provides a location where otherwise problematic items belong. A command center can serve several functions: A…
  • The Power of Play Time

    Sue Becker
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    No, this isn’t targeted at parents or school administrators. It’s for anyone who works hard and is often caught up in being busy without taking time to pause and recharge. I’m reading a book called Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. The book reminds us that the most important goal of time management is spending our time getting the right things done, not getting more done in less time. Making time for play is an important element in getting the right things done. Here are some thoughts on that seemingly contradictory premise – and with summer in full…
  • Focus on What’s Essential

    Sue Becker
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    Are you making your highest contribution to the world by spending your time on only what’s essential? Are you able to filter through all of the options you come across each day and invest your time in the right activities? I recently started reading a book called Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown that’s all about living in this fashion. Although I haven’t gotten very far yet, I can tell this is a book that speaks my language. It provides deeper exploration of the concept of “less is more,” and provides a new way of looking at that notion in…
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    Clutter Coach

  • Are you Doing Important Stuff, or Just Urgent Stuff?

    Claire
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    by Originally posted 2009-10-15 17:28:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterUrgent sounds important, but it's really not. It may be important to someone else, but your involvement is often just a waste of time. Tasks that are urgent require you to act quickly and that means you don't spend time thinking about whether you should do them. They're also often the result of poor planning (or no planning) and bad time management. The words urgent and important are borrowed from Stephen Covey's four-quadrant division of work. As you might guess, people often find themselves stuck…
  • Natural Organizing

    Claire
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    by Originally posted 2011-05-03 13:55:30. Republished by Blog Post PromoterYou aren’t a cookie cut from a generic mold (even though you’re sweet). You deserve more than a cookie cutter approach to organizing. Methods you’ve read about in books may partially work, or not work at all. Or they’ll work for awhile but then something happens to make them stop working. That’s why it’s so important to have your own personalized system. Your system doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. It doesn’t even have to look like a system to anyone else. What…
  • Computer Cord Organizer

    Claire
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    by Originally posted 2014-01-21 12:12:59. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe MOS organizer is a beautiful thing. I’m guessing its designers are Apple fans because the packaging is equally beautiful and clever; the device sits in a drawer in its box and you pull an orange ribbon tab to slide it open. I love it when office supplies are fun and nice to look at. No one should have to put up with dull, strictly utilitarian stuff at home or at work. This little gizmo has a very pleasing round edged shape and comes in a matte finish aluminum that complements my Macbook. The MOS solves a…
  • Time Management is You Management

    Claire
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    by Originally posted 2008-06-27 15:20:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterHere are some helpful hints from Jan Hayner for managing your time, courtesy of the Clutter Control Freak Blog (sponsored by Stacks and Stacks, which has some fab organizing products). These hints are especially helpful for those of you who have a hard time saying no. This means scheduling things during lunch so that you have no break time (not to mention no lunch) and otherwise feeling compelled to fill up your entire schedule with requests from others. Remind yourself that others need not be in charge of your…
  • Kipple is Clutter

    Claire
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    by Originally posted 2007-02-26 17:50:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter“Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape. When nobody’s around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there’s twice as much of it. It always gets more and more.”“I see.”“There’s the First Law of Kipple, ‘Kipple drives out nonkipple.’ Like Gresham’s law about bad money. And in these apartments…
 
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  • 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
  • American Flag

    Elizabeth
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Celebrate organization this Independence Day with some fun red, white, and blue products!
  • The Best Juicer for The Juicing Trend: Breville

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:46 am
    Juicing health cleanses and reboots seem to be a popular trend and have been continuing to grow. Some of the success of this health kick is due to the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is about a man named Joe Cross who completes a 60 day juicing reboot after health problems urge him to make some changes to his diet and lifestyle. Joe inspires others throughout his journey to follow in his footsteps and in turn inspires the viewers to give juicing a try. It was truly incredible to see the health results just from simply adding some fruit and vegetable juice…
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    Value of Simple

  • Experience Curating: Is That How and Why The Huffington Post is So Successful?

    Joel Zaslofsky
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Note: The Huffington Post blog editors rejected this post for their site because they told me it violated a “housekeeping” rule against publishing articles on their inner-workings. Ironically, almost all the information in this post is publicly available. It also doesn’t come close to revealing as much as a post written by their own reporter called (get this), “How The Huffington Post Works (In Case You Were Wondering).“ So now you get to learn about how and why The Huffington Post is so successful right here on Value of Simple. Enjoy! Do you know what happens…
  • 3 Simple Tools to Unstuff Your Life with Andrew Mellen – SASM 056

    Joel Zaslofsky
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    You’re doing something right when you get Oprah, Martha Stewart, and The New York Times’ attention. And that’s exactly what Andrew Mellen, my guest on this Smart and Simple Matters episode, has done. But before there was his best-selling book, Unstuff Your Life!, or his Unstuff U classes, Andrew was just a provocative actor with a messy history. So how does someone go from being a disorganized kid to being labeled “The Most Organized Man in America?” He’s going to tell you the vivid story and help you manage what he calls the “stuff behind the stuff.” This episode is as packed…
  • 4 “C”s of Gross National Happiness and Study Circles with Cecile Andrews – SASM 055

    Joel Zaslofsky
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you remember Cecile Andrews from Smart and Simple Matters episode 052? Probably not … but that’s not her fault. She was only speaking for about a minute during our simple living roundtable chat due to some technical issues. But now? Now you’re going to hear a ton of great stuff from Cecile. She’s back with me for a one-on-one conversation about where we harness happiness, how simplicity study circles work, and a whole lotta laughter. She’s a joyful person building joyful communities for a joyful world. In other words, Cecile – a community leader who has been featured on CBS,…
  • Why World Domination Summit Has More Magic than 100 Unicorns (#WDS2014 Recap) – SASM054

    Joel Zaslofsky
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Insult World Domination Summit (WDS) in front of 99% of past attendees and you’re in for a battle. Back in 2012, I didn’t understand why WDS had a cult-like following. My friends who had attended absolutely raved about their experience. Bloggers and podcasters I respected implored me to go experience the magic myself. I was intrigued, but skeptical. “This WDS thing can’t possibly be that awesome … can it?” I needed to find out for myself. So I scored a ticket to WDS 2013: one of the top ten experiences of my life. After landing in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2013, I almost…
  • The Collision of Tech and (Human) Nature with Robert Scoble – SASM053

    Joel Zaslofsky
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Robert Scoble has been on the giving and receiving side of interviews thousands of times. He normally talks about startup companies, social media, new mobile hardware or apps, and the pervasive data around us. But does anyone ask Robert – the man with 5.5 million G+ followers and who actively follows 40,000 people on Twitter – how technology can help us live intentionally and slow down? Probably not … until now. I asked Robert, former Microsoft tech evangelist and current best-selling author of Age of Context, for a contrarian view to most Smart and Simple Matters guests. And he…
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    Metropolitan Organizing

  • Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers – Emily Parks

    Geralin Thomas
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Enjoy this summer's interviews with business organizers focused on offices and corporate environments. Click on the headline of this post to continue reading. The post Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers – Emily Parks appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers – Janice Simon

    Geralin Thomas
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Enjoy this summer's interviews with business organizers focused on offices and corporate environments. Click on the headline of this post to continue reading. The post Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers – Janice Simon appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers — Dhawn Hansen

    Geralin Thomas
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Enjoy this summer's interviews with business organizers focused on offices and corporate environments. Click on the headline of this post to continue reading. The post Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers — Dhawn Hansen appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers – Casey Moore

    Geralin Thomas
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Enjoy this summer's interviews with business organizers focused on offices and corporate environments. Click on the headline of this post to continue reading. The post Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers – Casey Moore appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers – Sue Becker

    Geralin Thomas
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Enjoy this summer's interviews with business organizers focused on offices and corporate environments. Click on the headline of this post to continue reading. The post Summer Interview Series — Professional Business Organizers – Sue Becker appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
 
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    Helena - A Personal Organizer

  • Home Management Binder in One Easy Download!

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Enjoy the post Home Management Binder in One Easy Download! Home Management Binder Get Your Home & Family Organized in One Click! BUILDING YOUR HOME MANAGEMENT BINDER End the eternal quest for all the information you need to manage your family life with this set of beautiful and well planned free organizing printables. From the school’s phone number to your insurance policy number there’s just...  Read More » The post Home Management Binder in One Easy Download! appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • Be Ready For Fall: 6 Projects to Add to Your To-Do List

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Enjoy the post Be Ready For Fall: 6 Projects to Add to Your To-Do List Preparing Your Home For Fall So long sweet summer! With summer waning to an end and crisp, fall weather creeping in, it’s time to start preparing your home for fall. Here are some tasks to add to your weekend home project to-do list to make the transition from summer to fall as simple as possible....  Read More » The post Be Ready For Fall: 6 Projects to Add to Your To-Do List appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • How to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post How to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests Enjoying Your Guests Overnight guests can be a source of great stress for most hosts. In fact, you may find yourself unable to enjoy spending time with your friends and family because you’re running around making sure everything’s going well. The key to enjoying your guests is to prepare ahead of time. Here’s what you...  Read More » The post How to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • Feng Shui & Travel

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Enjoy the post Feng Shui & Travel As a lover of Feng Shui, I believe in the Chinese saying that “wherever you go you bring good luck with you.” This summer whether you’re glamping, boutique-hoteling or Airbnb-ing, these Feng Shui practices can help you have the best trip ever. Before You Travel + Personal Protection If possible, choose an auspicious travel day...  Read More » The post Feng Shui & Travel appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Gwynne Warner.
  • 4 Tips to Make Back-to-School a Breeze

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 4 Tips to Make Back-to-School a Breeze Do Your Back to School the Smart Way! Back-to-school season can be a challenging time for every family. A little organizing goes a long way toward making this school year your best yet! To save time and money, prepare for back-to-school shopping ahead of time. Here are four tips to help you get organized. 1....  Read More » The post 4 Tips to Make Back-to-School a Breeze appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
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    Assured Self Storage - Self Storage in Dallas, DFW, Austin, Plano and North Texas » Blog

  • 5 Reasons To Be Addicted To Self Storage

    Chris Thrive
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    It’s perfect for parking bass boats and tool chests, but self storage isn’t strictly a man’s world. Modern storage facilities in the Dallas / Fort Worth area offer clean units and climate-controlled storage, and they also provide solutions for more than just freeing up space around the house. Ladies, start your packing. Here are five great reasons to indulge in a little self-storage addiction. 1. Tackle Those Toys Most kids only play with half the toys they own, so their stuff stacks up on closet shelves, hides under beds and spills out of drawers. Make the old new again by rotating the…
  • How To Properly Store Wood Furniture

    Chris Thrive
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Finding a suitable storage facility can be a daunting task in itself. Once you have found one that meets your expectations, it’s time to move in all of your furniture. Before storing wooden furniture into your unit, you will need to prep it for storage. 1. Clean The Wood Furniture Before Storing Use an appropriate cleaner (preferably one that cleans and protects, i.e., beeswax furniture polish) and wipe off each wooden item thoroughly with a clean cloth; this step can be repeated for an added layer of protection. For unfinished wood furniture, you can use a lemon oil polish (apply lemon…
  • Sensitive Information Storage: When To Use A Safe In Your Unit

    Chris Thrive
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    You count on 24/7 security at modern self storage facilities, but some belongings need special care. Adding a safe to your storage unit provides extra protection for sensitive information and personal valuables. Here are some quick tips for choosing the right vault and deciding on what deserves extra safekeeping. Cracking Your Safe Choices Before choosing a safe, let your mouse do the legwork with a little online research. Different models are rated by fire resistance, and higher numbers are best for external drives and small electronics. Most safes are watertight, but check the…
  • Famous Hoarders in History

    Chris Thrive
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    If you’ve looked around town, there’s a self storage unit almost in every major city. They are growing in popularity because more people are recognizing the need to get rid of clutter and make their homes more organized. Self storage provides a place to store the items cluttering your home until you can find a better use for them. If you have trouble getting rid of items, you may gain insight from this article about famous hoarders and be inspired to secure a storage unit. Here’s what you need to know about disposophobia or pathological hoarding: 1. Homer and Langley Collyer…
  • Why Dallas Is For Dog Lovers

    Chris Thrive
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    If you think you’re excited about moving to Dallas, just ask your dog what he thinks. It’s common canine knowledge that this is one of the best big cities for pets in general and dogs in particular. You don’t even have to live in the heart of Big D to enjoy all the animal-friendly amenities. Here are five things about your new hometown that will put a special wag in your pup’s tail. 1. Playing Without a Leash Smart urban animals head for the area’s dedicated dog parks and enjoy Texas-sized spaces with plenty of room for off-leash adventures. When the summer heats…
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    Best Results Organizing

  • 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. […]
  • Organize Your Reading: A Customized Digital Newspaper…That’s Actually Paper!

    Julie Bestry
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Are you a reader? Organizing the form of information flow can be just as important as squaring away the content. Previously, we’ve discussed how handwritten notetaking correlates better with learning and improved cognition than typewritten notes. Also, a recent Scientific American piece, The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens, reviewed the current […]
  • Paper Doll’s Campus Tour: Organize Your College Life

    Julie Bestry
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Paper Doll is old enough to remember the excitement that the August back-to-school issue of Seventeen Magazine would bring. I especially loved the articles about preparing for college. Long before I was ready to go to college, I couldn’t wait to get organized to go to college. And by the summer between graduation and going off to […]
  • Magnetic Attraction Deferred: The MAGNOTE Notebook

    Julie Bestry
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    When you think about using magnets to get organized, is the first thing that comes to your mind something like a dental appointment card stuck to the refrigerator with a novelty magnet? Me, too. So I was surprised recently to hear about a Kickstarter campaign for a magnetic option for organizing handwritten materials. THE MAGNOTE The […]
  • Global Organizing: Communicating in the Round

    Julie Bestry
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    A few years ago, I wrote a post about my favorite organizing-related gift options for Paper Doll’s 2012 Holiday Gift List: A Compendium of Practical Delights, and included a link to designer Pat Kim’s Corkboard Globe. The $270 message-and-reminder globe really caught people’s attention, so it was unfortunate that Kim ceased production and sale of […]
 
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    The Calendar Spot

  • September 2014 Calendar

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Welcome fall with this September 2014 Calendar. Use this calendar to plan your upcoming fall events and fun! Don’t forget Labor Day is Monday September 1, 2014! Printout this September calendar by clicking the image below or this link: September 2014 Calendar How to Download this Calendar: 1.    Click the image. 2.    Notice the pdf file opens in a new window on your computer. 3.    Click the calendar pdf and view it with Adobe Reader. 4.    If you don’t have Adobe Reader, use this free link to load it on your computer.
  • Portrait September 2014 Calendar With Notes

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Portrait September 2014 Calendar With Notes Get ready for this fall with this Portrait September 2014 Calendar With Notes. This printable September 2014 Calendar has plenty of space for your upcoming school plans. it also has extra spaces for memos and notes. Download this September 2014 Calendar by clicking the image below or this link: Portrait September 2014 Calendar With Notes If you need an image of calendar instead, use our September 2014 Calendar Image to plan you upcoming vacation!  September is typically the time for the kiddies to get back into school.
  • Printable Large Print August 2014 Calendar

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Printable Large Print August 2014 Calendar Use this Printable Large Print August 2014 Calendar for times when its hard to read those small fonts. This landscape August 2014 Calendar has plenty of room to make appointments and the font is large enough to get work done without swinting! Download this Large Print August 2014 Calendar by clicking the image below or this link: August 2014 Calendar If you need an image of this calendar instead, click the image below or this link: Large Print August 2014 Calendar Did you know that Amazon has tons of Large Print Calendars? Check out their variety by…
  • Portrait August 2014 Calendar With Notes

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Portrait August 2014 Calendar With Notes Use this Portrait August 2014 Calendar With Notes to track those hot lazy days! Print out this August 2014 Calendar and use the ample notes space to plan your fun times! Download this August 2014 Calendar by clicking the image or this link: August 2014 Calendar With Notes Portrait August 2014 Calendar With Notes If you  need an August 2014 Calendar image instead, use our copy of the above calendar by clicking the image below: We are in the near the end of summer….  Check out this great picnic basket for two from…
  • Portrait July 2014 Calendar With Notes

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Portrait July 2014 Calendar With Notes Per a request from a visitor on the site, I'm completing 2014 with 2014 Calendars With Holidays &  Notes. I added a few but didn't get any feedback. These will be posted this week. Please don't hesitate to ask for calendars that may be of interest to your needs.  To download this Portrait July 2014 Calendar With Notes, click the image(s) below or this link:   July 2014 Calendar With Holidays and Notes For those who want just an image of the portait July 2014 calendar, click the image below or this…
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    Organise My House

  • 30 Money saving tips to drastically cut your food bill

    Chrissy Halton
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    This post is a collection of all the fantastic, and sometimes really simple, money saving tips I have come across over the years, with the aim to help you to save money each and every week on your... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Printable TO DO list

    Chrissy Halton
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I LOVE lists. Especially TO DO lists - it's great when you start the day with a list of things to do and one by one they get ticked off, and I've written posts before on why having a TO DO list is so... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Top 7 back to school items for your home

    Chrissy Halton
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It's nearly back to school time, and with that can come a lot of disorganisation as schedules change, children are bringing lots of things in and out of the house, and generally things are getting... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • 5 Inspirational quotes for getting the most out of life

    Chrissy Halton
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    As you are probably more than aware by now, I am a bit of a quotes fanatic. As such, I wanted to share another selection with you today - inspirational quotes this time. All these quotes would be... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Easy Loom Band Storage – for home and away!

    Chrissy Halton
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    If you have a child then you are likely to have been hit with the loom band craze that's sweeping the country at the moment. They are everywhere, and while they are fantastic at keeping kids... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
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    Her organized and inspired life

  • In Love With This Moment

    Carrie Powell
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    My beloved readers, fellow freedom seekers in this life,   I picture every one of you, as women just like me, on a mission to be free from the constraints of disorganization and all the other traps that hold us back from living our true purpose. Sitting at my desk, which is strategically positioned directly in front of the picture window that looks out onto our front yard, computer screen staring back at me for the last distracted hour or so, I’m struggling to decide what you need. I’ve been gazing out this lovely window, with an open heart, entranced, ready for direction…
  • Stealthy Tips for Getting Things Done

    Carrie Powell
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Blast your productivity level sky high!   You heard about the amazing power of using time blocking to finally get things done in the last post, but you may need more meat on the bone to fully grasp how this technique can change your life. I came clean about how I often don’t get all the tasks done that I need to and how my recent discovery of time blocking had already shown great promise. Well it’s been a couple weeks and I’m still killing it with this new time management strategy. It really works!  Try these Time Blocking tips: Schedule the most important tasks for…
  • Time Management Reform

    Carrie Powell
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I have a confession to make… Gulp. There are certain tasks in my regular work schedule that I frequently don’t get around to doing. There, I said it. I bet you can guess what a big one of those is. Yes, that would be writing. It’s true! As much as I love writing to you and consider Her Organized Inspired Life an important part of my plan to help you become better organized, writing always seems to get pushed to the back burner along with a few other important tasks I should be doing. I know you’re probably disappointed in me as you’re reading this right now, but…
  • How Chaos Has Invaded My Life This Year

    Carrie Powell
    27 Feb 2014 | 5:08 pm
    This is the current state of my previously gorgeous dining room!   No, this is not a joke. I, Carrie Powell, the girl that thrives on order and beauty, a woman who organizes other people’s homes for a living, has a dining room that is nearing hoarder status! Can you believe this? I’ll tell you how it all happened, the roller coaster of problems that I’ve experienced as a result, and what I’m trying to take away from it. I can assure you it has not been a positive way to start out the new year. There must be a great life lesson in here somewhere. {Sheesh!} My rough…
  • Stop Delaying The Pursuit Of Your Dreams

    Carrie Powell
    10 Nov 2013 | 8:11 am
    Life is too short to ignore what’s calling to you   Whether that calling is to start a non-profit, spend a year in Europe, or change your career, most people only dream about it. Far too few of us are working towards making our dreams a real possibility, and that equates to a life only half fulfilled if you ask me. As impossible as your dream may seem in the beginning; some planning, removing the barriers one by one, and carving out a little time each day to work towards it, will amazingly change your perspective on how possible achieving it really is! Find great sources of…
 
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