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  • How Feng Shui Helps You Stay Safe & Secure

    Open Spaces Feng Shui » Feng Shui Tips
    Ann
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the biggest myths about Feng Shui is that it’s mainly about arranging your furniture and decorating your home. This misunderstanding is shared by Feng Shui newbies and skeptics alike. But if decorating tips were all Feng Shui had to offer, its value in your life would be very low indeed. Feng Shui has been around for thousands of years because it offers so much more than mere decorating tips. In fact one of Feng Shui’s greatest strengths is that it helps you to stay safe and secure in your environment, freeing you to focus on the most important things in your life. When you…
  • Two things that make all the difference

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    Elizabeth
    12 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    It all started on Friday, April 17. I had driven from Sioux Falls to Orange City, IA to visit mom and take her out for coffee and a drive around town. I almost didn’t come. I had so much to do of things I felt at that time were important. Of course, they were not as important as mom. We had a great morning together and before I left I got her settled in for her nap. Heartbreaking That afternoon at 4 pm my brother, Jack, called me. Mom had fallen down 9 stairs. 9! She fell on her face and broke her nose, fractures in her face, possible neck fracture, and a broken wrist. My heart broke…
  • The Most Important Feng Shui Bedroom Decorating Idea

    Open Spaces Feng Shui » Feng Shui Tips
    Ann
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The range of Feng Shui decorating ideas for your bedroom depends entirely on what you need and desire most there: rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, intimacy… But there’s one Feng Shui idea that always belongs in your bedroom: the colors, shapes and materials of the Fire element. Within your body and in your surrounding environment, the Fire element is tied to every aspect of love, connectedness, passion, and of course, Heart. Fire and its red colors represent the flow of your bloodstream, nourishing your body and keeping your heart open and ready for meaningful relationships. Fire…
  • Organizing study environment

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    Kathi Burns
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kathi, My high school kids are getting ready to go back to school. I want to create a better homework environment for them and also try to tackle their front door clutter before it overtakes my living room. What can I do to make my kid’s school life more productive and my home less of a mess when school starts? Maria, Encinitas Maria, Educational tools have certainly changed in the last decade. The old three foot desks aren’t large enough to hold the computers, printers, cell phones and oh yes, the books, that are a daily part of your teenager’s school life. What kids need…
  • 50 / 50 The King

    Your Life. Organized.
    MonicaRicci
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    How do you explain the beauty of a sunrise to a blind man? How do you describe the intoxicating aroma of a jasmine blossom to someone who has never smelled one? I feel almost compelled to disclaim today's essay with a warning sign... CAUTION: WOEFUL INADEQUACY AHEAD! It all began 19 years ago at a brew pub (See 31/50 "John Harvard’s" August 6, 2015). I was new to Atlanta, a few years divorced, and I had just sworn off younger men, especially men under 30. What’s that old saying about if you want to hear God laugh, just tell Him your plans? Yeah that. Knowing what I know now, it’s…
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  • 50 / 50 The King

    MonicaRicci
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    How do you explain the beauty of a sunrise to a blind man? How do you describe the intoxicating aroma of a jasmine blossom to someone who has never smelled one? I feel almost compelled to disclaim today's essay with a warning sign... CAUTION: WOEFUL INADEQUACY AHEAD! It all began 19 years ago at a brew pub (See 31/50 "John Harvard’s" August 6, 2015). I was new to Atlanta, a few years divorced, and I had just sworn off younger men, especially men under 30. What’s that old saying about if you want to hear God laugh, just tell Him your plans? Yeah that. Knowing what I know now, it’s…
  • 49 / 50 Summer Trace

    MonicaRicci
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    As my 50/50 project nears its close and I review my essays, I notice I’ve written more than once about places I’ve lived. Not just the cities or towns, but the homes themselves. Last week, Ed and I met up with our friend Steff in Chicago to celebrate my birthday at a bucket list restaurant. It was heavenly and I’m so glad we went. We visited Millennium Park, walked the Magnificent Mile and ate more than our share of Chicago dogs and deep dish pizza. I enjoyed the view from the balcony of our ninth floor apartment and found myself drawn to the windows of the other high-rise buildings…
  • Do Not Dwell On Dreams

    MonicaRicci
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    "It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." —J.K. Rowling 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!
  • 48 / 50 My Mom

    MonicaRicci
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Some of my fondest and earliest childhood memories of my mom involve the two of us living together in a small apartment. I can still remember staying up late into the night, watching her pour raw shelled peanuts out of a clear plastic bag onto a cookie sheet. She’d pour salt into her hand before sprinkling it over the sheet, and pop it into the oven until the nuts turned from pale to a fragrant and oily golden brown. We’d settle in on the sofa together, eating warm peanuts and watching The Dick Cavett Show. As I grew a bit older, our shared late night television dates expanded to include…
  • 47 / 50 Friendship

    MonicaRicci
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”  ~ Helen Keller On the heels of writing about my oldest friend, I wanted to write about the concept of friendship as a whole. Some people seem perfectly happy with a relatively solitary existence, nurturing few close friendships and partnerships throughout their lifetimes. I respect that lifestyle, but candidly, I can’t relate. Life without friends would be utterly meaningless. As I’ve gotten older I've grown to enjoy my own company. I’ve evolved from an unabashed extrovert to a person who craves more…
 
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  • How to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed While Organizing

    Aby Garvey
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Today’s post is brought to you by my Organize Your Paper Clutter online class. If back to school means back to paper clutter at your house, there is a better way. With simple, effective paper organizing systems, you can combat paper clutter once and for all. Organize Your Paper Clutter shows you how, step by step. Sign up this week with coupon code paper50 and save 50%. This coupon cannot be combined with other offers.  If the thought of getting started on a big organizing project doesn’t overwhelm you, chances are somewhere during the process you’ll feel this way. Feeling…
  • How to Get Ready for a Big Organizing Session

    Aby Garvey
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:36 pm
    When you think about getting organized, do you fantasize about clearing the calendar for a weekend and really digging in and making some focused progress? If so, you aren’t alone. (And if so, be sure to check out simplify 101’s Organize-athon. The next one starts this Friday August 7, 2015, so there’s still plenty of time to get in on the fun!) As I’m thinking ahead to this weekend’s Organize-athon, my head is spinning with excitement! There are so many things I could do this weekend to make my home a notch tidier and more functional for myself and my family, and that makes me…
  • Hard Choices When Decluttering

    Nancy Vorsanger
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:41 pm
    In today’s post, Nancy shares an organizing roadblock she has encountered when getting organized. Can you relate or do you have different organizing obstacles? Let us know in the comments!  I worked for many years for environmental groups, and environmental issues remain very important to me. So I try to lead a green life. One way is to make sure that when I get rid of things, I do it responsibly. I sell or donate as much as I can and recycle as much as possible. I hate the thought of throwing things away! That’s why I used to have a pile of torn, stained clothes and towels in my…
  • A Fun Way to Tackle Your Organizing To-Do List

    Aby Garvey
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    I’m a firm believer that everything is more fun with a friend along for the ride. In my own life, I’ve used this philosophy to accomplish many goals including running multiple half marathons. My running buddies gave me extra motivation to stick to my training plan. They inspired me to leave the comfort of my cozy bed at the crack of dawn to hit the trails and go for a run (sometimes even in the rain!) Friends are pretty powerful motivators. The power of friendship inspired our latest online organizing event—the Summer Organize-athon. Whether you love to organize, or do it only out of…
  • Organizing Project Update

    Aby Garvey
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Whew! What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been. My evening and weekend project (while not organizing with clients) has been a major reorganization of our lower level. The goal when we started the project was to create space for a ping pong table. Sounds simple enough, right? Uh, wrong. The original “easy” plan was to move my office into Jay’s. We shared an office when we first started simplify 101, so we knew this was a viable solution. But there wasn’t enough room in Jay’s office for my stuff (desk, bookcases, etc.) plus his stuff (desk, file cabinets bookcases, etc.) and all…
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  • Is Social Media Good for Schools?

    Molly Gold
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The start of the new school year has arrived and this year I’m particularly aware of an increased use of social media by individual schools. And frankly, it has me asking if social media is good for schools at all. As an involved parent with kids in multiple schools (including college), I follow the Wake County Public Schools Twitter Feed. If you’ve never checked it out, it’s particularly brilliant during exams and with weather delays. When the student dialogue is at its highest, the staff banters with the kids with equal parts clever and information they need to know. I…
  • Back to School ~ 5 Spaces to Organize Now

    Molly Gold
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    August has arrived and if your kids haven’t already gone back to school (I can’t imagine but then you get out at by Memorial Day too which seems so unfair!) you feel the last days of summer surely nipping at your “want to relax and enjoy the summer” heels.  Stores are stocked to the ceiling with everything you need for the best school year ever. Which is fabulous. Really.  Nothing like all the back to school eye candy in the world just waiting for you to color code your entire year. And your closet. And your…wait what? Only me? Well here is the thing. If you…
  • Top 6 College Shopping Tips for Moms

    Molly Gold
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    Today its all about college shopping tips. It’s overwhelming time in your life as a Mom and if you have a college freshman you know exactly what I mean…a LOT more tears and a lot less focus. But to know me is to know that whenever I go through things with my kids that require organizational prowess, I love to share them with you! So here is what I learned last year when we got our son off to college for his very first year. Check it out! Research university approved room supply lists. You probably received this when you attended orientation, but its widely available on the college…
  • Back to School Bundle ~ Printables by GO MOM!

    Molly Gold
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you heard the buzz about my favorite GO MOM!® printable at this crazy time of year? The  GO MOM!® Back to School Bundle is literally the ONLY way I can guarantee my own organized success. Seriously. Over the years I’ve shared all kinds of tips and insights about how to scale the insanely long to do lists that seem like they appear from no where (even though we knew it was coming all summer long!) and deal with the change in schedules and so much more.  So I put all that back to school goodness into one fabulous, colorful, most importantly truly useful printable bundle.
  • A Mom’s Guide to Senior Year

    Molly Gold
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
      If you are the Mom of a high school senior, the back to school fall of his or her senior year takes those “My baby is all grown up!” mixed emotions to an entirely new level.  While this season in their lives has always seemed so far away, this fall is when the grown up rubber meets the road and its game on for you to be organized.  Seriously.  Your GO MOM!® DIY Planner is likely already full of must meet deadlines and special events all…year….long! If you’ve yet to fill it out, visit your high school website where you’ll find special dates and…
 
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  • The Power of Two

    Elizabeth
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do you ever feel alone as a solo entrepreneur? Do you: Wonder if you’re doing the right things to market your business but feel uncomfortable asking your colleagues what they do? Stress and slave over a title for a workshop and then wonder if it is any good? Wish you had someone tell you how to answer “What do you do?” Wish you had someone tell you how to answer “How much do you charge?” Feel like you waste time in your office on the ‘piddly’ things but are not even sure what the important tasks are? Write your newsletter but wish you had a second set…
  • What difference would having Extreme Focus make in your business?

    Elizabeth
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Do you ever feel like you’re busy all day in your office but at the end of the day you realize nothing you did moved your business forward? If so, you are not alone! The answer is Extreme Focus. Steps to Extreme Focus  When you start your day with extreme focus you will end your day with confidence that you have done what you need to do to grow your business. List all the ways that money comes into your business. These are your profit centers.  Look at your list and ask yourself ‘what do I want more of?’ This is not the time to be wishy washy. What do you REALLY want more…
  • TIme to kick fears out of your life

    Elizabeth
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    In a recent blog post I wrote about my mom and her amazing attitude and courage she showed after suffering a horrible accident. You can read about her journey here. I’m happy to say we are now on the other side. Thanks to all the fabulous specialists that cared for mom she is doing very well. Her goal was to get back to where she was living independently which turned out not to be an option. But, she is in a wonderful nursing home where she is content and getting great care. Again, as I mentioned last month, she shows courage and a positive attitude every day. Because of this she greets…
  • Two things that make all the difference

    Elizabeth
    12 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    It all started on Friday, April 17. I had driven from Sioux Falls to Orange City, IA to visit mom and take her out for coffee and a drive around town. I almost didn’t come. I had so much to do of things I felt at that time were important. Of course, they were not as important as mom. We had a great morning together and before I left I got her settled in for her nap. Heartbreaking That afternoon at 4 pm my brother, Jack, called me. Mom had fallen down 9 stairs. 9! She fell on her face and broke her nose, fractures in her face, possible neck fracture, and a broken wrist. My heart broke…
  • Self-Care Sanity: Idea #31 – The Gift of Love

    Elizabeth
    1 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    When I grew up the words “I love you” were seldom heard. It wasn’t that I wasn’t loved but I believe with my parent’s generation these words were not said easily. With my children I made sure it was the exact opposite. I told them all the time they were loved. To this day, even though they are adults, we don’t end a phone conversation without saying “I love you.” I am so happy to say that toward the end of my dad’s life he had no trouble sharing his love for me. We had some priceless times together when he was in hospice. Today I ask you…
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    Open Spaces Feng Shui » Feng Shui Tips

  • How Feng Shui Helps You Stay Safe & Secure

    Ann
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the biggest myths about Feng Shui is that it’s mainly about arranging your furniture and decorating your home. This misunderstanding is shared by Feng Shui newbies and skeptics alike. But if decorating tips were all Feng Shui had to offer, its value in your life would be very low indeed. Feng Shui has been around for thousands of years because it offers so much more than mere decorating tips. In fact one of Feng Shui’s greatest strengths is that it helps you to stay safe and secure in your environment, freeing you to focus on the most important things in your life. When you…
  • Top Tips for Good Feng Shui In Your Bathroom

    Ann
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bathrooms seem problematic from a Feng Shui standpoint, don’t they? Things called “bathrooms” didn’t exist when Feng Shui originated in ancient China. A bathroom with plants & flowers has good Feng Shui. People washed themselves in public spaces and generally had outhouses in their backyards, so keeping oneself clean inside and out was not something that ever happened within the interior of a home. So bathrooms ended up in the “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” category, thought about as little as possible. They had no specific Feng Shui advice attached to…
  • The Most Important Feng Shui Bedroom Decorating Idea

    Ann
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The range of Feng Shui decorating ideas for your bedroom depends entirely on what you need and desire most there: rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, intimacy… But there’s one Feng Shui idea that always belongs in your bedroom: the colors, shapes and materials of the Fire element. Within your body and in your surrounding environment, the Fire element is tied to every aspect of love, connectedness, passion, and of course, Heart. Fire and its red colors represent the flow of your bloodstream, nourishing your body and keeping your heart open and ready for meaningful relationships. Fire…
  • Office Feng Shui: Healthy Plants for Business Success & Prosperity

    Ann
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s a lot of Feng Shui advice about setting up an office, but one item frequently goes without mention: using healthy, vital, green plants to boost every aspect of success. Think about it: when it comes to Feng Shui for your business or career, what do you think about most when you set up your workspace? If you’re like other achievers, you’re thinking hard about the things that lead to the business success: Productivity Inspiration & creativity Business Relationships Making your mark in the world and more, depending on exactly what you’re setting out to…
  • Feng Shui When Your Bed Is Under A Window

    Ann
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sometimes, despite all your efforts to create good bedroom Feng Shui, the only location for your bed that makes sense is under a window. This isn’t ideal because for the best Feng Shui, the head of your bed should be against a solid wall, and your bed in the Command position. But – surprise! – some bedrooms haven’t been designed with Feng Shui in mind, giving you no choice but to place your bed in a less-than-ideal spot. This happens for all kinds of reasons — the room may not have been designed as a bedroom originally, or perhaps closets were added as an…
 
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  • Organizing study environment

    Kathi Burns
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kathi, My high school kids are getting ready to go back to school. I want to create a better homework environment for them and also try to tackle their front door clutter before it overtakes my living room. What can I do to make my kid’s school life more productive and my home less of a mess when school starts? Maria, Encinitas Maria, Educational tools have certainly changed in the last decade. The old three foot desks aren’t large enough to hold the computers, printers, cell phones and oh yes, the books, that are a daily part of your teenager’s school life. What kids need…
  • Are You Losing It?

    Kathi Burns
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    According to New Scientist magazine, “People tend to mislay an average of nine items a week and waste 15 minutes a day searching for them.” Not only do we waste valuable time searching for lost things, we’re also causing unnecessary stress and frustration when we can’t find what we need. How many times have you had a bad day because you couldn’t find what you needed in the morning? So how do we prevent losing our things, getting frustrated at ourselves when we can’t find them, and wasting those 15 minutes? The secret is to create a home for every item you…
  • Organizing “to do” list

    Kathi Burns
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kathi, I can’t seem to keep track of my “to do” list. It keeps growing and I feel like I never know which task to tackle first. How can I organize my lists to help manage my priorities? Tanya, Encinitas Tanya, For starters, record all tasks and related notes in your day planner or electronic organizer. Keep this planner/organizer handy to add tasks quickly. Forget about sticky notes. Keeping all to-do items in the same place makes retrieving the information easy and quick. No task will get lost and more will get done. When writing notes, keep a space cleared on the left for…
  • Organizing sticky notes

    Kathi Burns
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kathi, Our house is being overrun by sticky notes. I’ve tried to teach my kids and wife not to use them for everything but they won’t listen to me. I thought perhaps there are some standard rules to help decide when to use sticky notes. Please help my family get un-stuck. Kent, Rancho Santa Fe Kent, Here are a few tried and true sticky note guidelines. Don’t use sticky notes: •To record phone messages, they tend to fly away. Use a spiral notebook kept by the phone for all messages. •To label computer discs. They get jammed into your hard drive or lost before you have a…
  • Organizing Your Laundry Room

    Kathi Burns
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kathi, My laundry room is in the garage and is an unorganized mess. What can I do to take the dread out of doing my laundry? Tina, Leucadia Tina, Your first step is to imagine your laundry area organized. The average American household spends 2-4 hours every week sorting, cleaning, storing and shuffling dirty laundry. Creating a nice workspace will make a big difference for your laundry chores. When laundry facilities are located in the garage, It’s nice have a rug to separate the laundry area. This helps keep it cleaner and more comfortable while you sort clothes. If you have room, use…
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  • How to Let Go of Negativity – Dr. Paula Fellingham

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    ~By Dr. Paula Fellingham~ Paula here! Over my years of travelling and speaking around the world, I have learned that most women have very similar challenges in their lives. I dedicate my blog entries to all women who want to live more joyful lives and need some assistance and solutions… women who want to make positive changes in their personal lives and as mothers. In my blogs I address the most frequently-asked questions I receive at seminars and from webinars and emails. Here’s one: Question:        How do I let go of negativity from my past; mistakes I’ve made and people who…
  • Lessons From the Geese – Dr. Paula Fellingham

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    17 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    My dear friends - Dr. Paula Fellingham here! I thought I would share some interesting facts about geese this week. Why? Because there are some significant parallels between them and us! Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an ‘uplift’ for the birds that follow. By flying in a ‘V’ formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.  Lesson 1: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they’re going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the ‘uplift’ of one another.  Fact 2: When a goose falls…
  • Six Solutions for Practically Perfect Parenting

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    12 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    By Dr. Paula Fellingham Returning home loaded with bags of groceries, Suzanne winced as she walked in and heard all three of her children quarreling at the top of their lungs.  Suzanne, instantly angry, yelled, “Why can’t you kids go one hour without fighting?  You don’t deserve what I do for you!  Go to your rooms – NOW!” As she set the groceries down, Suzanne knew she hadn’t handled that well, but didn’t know what to do about it, and wasn’t in the mood to fix it anyway. Parenting is tricky business.  Even on our best days we wonder if we’re “doing it right.” …
  • A NUDGE Towards Total Life Excellence with Dr. Paula Fellingham

    admin
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    August 11, 2015 Why is it so important to apologize? As Greg LeMond once said, “sincere apologies are for those that make them, not for those to whom they are made.”  I love sharing messages that lift and empower people to live their very best lives.  We all work on being our ‘best’ every day, right? I know I do! My blog is designed to Nudge you forward as you move from where you are today to living a life of (what I call) Total Life Excellence. In Webster’s Dictionary the definition of “Nudge” is, “to touch or push gently in order to attract attention or convey a…
  • The Power of Apologizing: Why Saying “Sorry” Is So Important

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    30 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The Power of Apologizing: Why Saying “Sorry” Is So Important By Kelsey Frizzell January 12, 2015 Why is it so important to apologize? As Greg LeMond once said, “sincere apologies are for those that make them, not for those to whom they are made.”   When I was growing up, every time I took my sister’s toy or called my brother names, my mother would grab me by the wrist and demanded that I offer an apology. What’s more, if the apology didn’t sound meaningful enough to her, I had to repeat it until my tone was genuine. An apology was the basic reaction to any mistake.  …
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  • Indexing for Filing System Efficiency and Retrieval

    Janet Baker
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Getting organized to better manage what you keep is imperative, whether it be paper files, contents of binders, or what’s in the file room or boxes in the basement, so that retrieving an item in a timely manner is efficient. To be able to work more efficiently is simply less stressful! Many companies have one [...]
  • Organizing Mistakes You May Be Making

    Janet Baker
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Organization is a major issue that many people face in both their homes and offices. If you have a filing system in place and are filing your paper documents, but you still can’t find anything, you may be making one of following mistakes that keep you from being as productive and efficient as you could [...]
  • Paper Tiger Webinar Hosted by Meggin McIntosh

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    10 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    This Paper Tiger webinar hosted by Meggin McIntosh, “The Ph.D. of Productivity”™ and Paper Tiger Expert, will help you better understand Paper Tiger Filing System Software for document management to be able to use the software more effectively and see how you can get organized in every area of your life — not just paper filing! Meggin does [...]
  • Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

    Janet Baker
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Do you have trouble managing a home office? Add the kids and their activities, along with your busy schedule, and the managing with efficiency gets more difficult. Things get left undone, and the piles of paperwork, mail, magazines, kids’ artwork, not to mention all the stuff totally unrelated that finds a place on your desk [...]
  • Organizing for Back to School

    Janet Baker
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Yes, it’s almost time for back to school. Teachers are making preparations and gathering everything they need to get started. And parents are already shopping for school clothes and school supplies. There are lots of things to do and think about when preparing for back to school. Preparation and making sure you have everything needed [...]
 
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  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 31/15

    Laura Wittmann
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone! Here we are at the end of August and school starts for us today!  Boo!  For those that have been back for awhile now how are you settling in?  Is having a meal plan helping with the chaotic days?  Menu planning is more important now than ever.  With school back in and after […]
  • Sponsor Spotlight ~ August 2015

    Laura Wittmann
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Today is the day before school starts for us.  I’m so sad and not ready to say goodbye to summer yet.  BUT whether we are ready or not, a new season is beginning.  As we figure out new routines and schedules, now is a fantastic time to get ourselves organized at the same time.  I […]
  • Organizing School Work With Portfolios

    Laura Wittmann
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Katie at Organizing Moms.   Have you been holding on to your child’s school work for years? Are you unsure about what to do with it? When our children started school, I vowed to only keep the “truly special” school projects that they sent home. Little did […]
  • Gift Wrapping Organized & Simplified

    Laura Wittmann
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  Over the past year I’ve revamped my gift wrapping system to better streamline things – for not only the holidays but for all of the occasions when we need to wrap and bring gifts. As much as I adore cute themed […]
  • 3 Odd Things That Make Me Ridiculously Happy!

    Laura Wittmann
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    So I am well aware that I’m a bit of an odd duck.  If you have been reading this blog for any length of time or know me in real life, I can totally see you nodding your head right now in agreement.  Don’t even feel bad about it, it’s okay, I really am fine […]
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    PMS: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time. (R. Heinlein) — And yet we get chastised for it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People in those old times had convictions. We moderns only have opinions. (H. Heine) — Commitment issues. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric. (J. Harlan) — Fuck yeah! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The purpose of art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder. (G. Gould) — Beauty and emotion as bricks and mortar. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The past is never dead. It’s not even past. (W. Faulkner) — Always relevant, but rarely remembered until it’s too late. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    PMS: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time. (R. Heinlein) — And yet we get chastised for it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People in those old times had convictions. We moderns only have opinions. (H. Heine) — Commitment issues. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric. (J. Harlan) — Fuck yeah! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The purpose of art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder. (G. Gould) — Beauty and emotion as bricks and mortar. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The past is never dead. It’s not even past. (W. Faulkner) — Always relevant, but rarely remembered until it’s too late. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • What Papers to Keep Safe!

    MasterOrganizing
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Hey There! It would be awesome if we didn’t have to keep track of any papers, but unfortunately there are a few papers that we need to keep indefinitely. Here’s a list of papers that you need to keep FOREVER: Auto Titles Birth Certificates Home Improvement Receipts for Insurance Investment Statements Major Purchases Receipts (like wedding rings) Medical Records Marriage/Divorce Papers Mortgage Passports Property Agreements Retirement Records Social Security Cards Wills/Trusts I had the opportunity to organize the family safe and found these awesome clear poly envelopes at The…
  • Happy Organized Closet Dance

    MasterOrganizing
    15 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    It’s time to get up and dance!  Luxary closets are here! I had the honor of meeting Sharon Tindell and Erin Hogue during the TCS Closets launch at The Container Store Farmer’s Market Location.  It was really fun meeting everyone that attended! (Left to right Linda Cooper Smith, Erin Hogue (Senior Buyer at The Container Store), Sharon Tindell (Chief Merchandising Officer at The Container Store), Me, Megan Acuna, Amber Benton, and Cheryl Perkins) They were serving food and cocktails in file boxes…how cute is that?! Sharon introducing TCS Closets to everyone and raffling off…
  • Master Organizing Online Paper Boot Camp

    MasterOrganizing
    6 May 2015 | 9:43 am
        Have papers piled up? Overwhelmed by Paper Clutter? Join the Master Organizing Community and get free organizing tips and more information on the Master Organizing Online Paper Boot Camp here:http://bit.ly/MOOnlinePaperBootCamp Enrollment Opens May 8th!
  • Healthy Family Kitchen

    MasterOrganizing
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Create a Healthy Family Kitchen by de-cluttering and organizing your kitchen with healthier foods. We will be sharing some tasty healthy recipes for you and your family too! healthyfamilykitchen‬ Join us for this FREE live Webinar on April 8th at 10am PST. Sign up to reserve your seat! http://bit.ly/healthyfamilykitchen
  • 30 Day Get Organized Challenge Week 3

    MasterOrganizing
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Only one more week left of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge. High five for keeping up with the challenges! If you missed any of the organizing challenges, don’t fret everyday is a new day, so here’s a recap of Week 3: Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23 Here is also Week 2 and Week 1 of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge Which challenge did you like the most?  Which day was the most challenging for you? CONGRATULATIONS to Casey, winner of The Container Store $25 Gift Card for Week THREE of the 30 Day Get Organized Challenge! Remember to use…
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  • 5 Ways to Use Shelving Labels in the Classroom     

    Nicola
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    As parents begin shopping for new school supplies, teachers are starting to envision how their classrooms will be set up for the upcoming school year. C-Line has many storage and organization products that can help teachers get prepared. The Shelf Labeling Strips, however, can be a valuable tool that teachers may not even be aware of. The 7/8” x 4” labeling strips permanently adheres to flat surface and the inserts can be changed by simply sliding the paper out the side of the holder. Now that you understand this product, here are C-Line’s top 5 suggested uses for this item in the…
  • Product Sighting at School Registration

    Nicola
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    At C-Line, we love to see how our products are being used. Customers will send us pictures of our items, and it is fun to see all the different, creative ways that they can be used. My aunt volunteers to work the school’s registration days every year. When she was assigned a specific station, she received a binder that was full of C-Line’s Super Capacity Sheet Protectors. The three-ring binder was used to store all of the extra registration forms. Instead of having stacks of letter-size documents on the tables, volunteers were handed a binder with these documents all neatly organized…
  • Q and A: Directing Students to the Right Classroom

    Nicola
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Often times, our customers look to us to make suggestions on how to use our items. Whether they need help for a particular situation or just want more information on how to best use a product, we at C-Line are happy to guide them in the right direction! Here is a recent question we received from a customer. Question: I am a teacher at a junior high school in Minnesota. The start of a new school year can always be chaotic for students and teachers. It never fails that we have kids that get lost or sit in the wrong classroom, especially at the beginning of the year. Any ideas on how we can help…
  • Tip of the Month: Prepping for “Syllabus Week”

    Nicola
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    The start of August marks the beginning of back to school preparation for teachers, parents and students. Older kids refer to the first week of school as “Syllabus Week” since majority of teachers review the course guidelines, rules and important dates. Being prepared for this week can set the stage for success for the rest of the semester. C-Line has the perfect tool that needs to accompany every student. The 10-Pocket Poly Portfolio is a multi-functional, spiral bound folder that enables students to organize documents while on-the-go. There are five tabs in total with each one having…
  • How to Organize Your DVDs

    Nicola
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Media storage can sometimes be a cumbersome task. DVD and CD cases can take up unnecessary room in a closet or shelf. Instead, C-Line has a variety of media storage items that can help free up space, while keeping the discs protected. Follow these simple steps to organize your classroom media files or home CD collection by using the Deluxe Individual CD/DVD Holders: Sort: Divide the discs into categories to help get them organized so they will be easily referenced in the future. Create Labels: Use the blank inserts included to create labels identifying the title and contents of each disc.
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  • Plan Your Return from Traveling

    Sue Becker
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:34 am
    You’re probably pretty good at planning and organizing your vacations and other trips – I’d like to think it’s due, at least in part, to my previous writing on the topic. But have you ever given thought to how to make the end of your trip just as organized as the beginning? Having recently returned from a two-week backpacking vacation with no access to electronics (it was heavenly!), I’ve recently put these tips into action myself– following them not only helped me ease back into civilization, but has also left me in good shape for my next trip. Unpack thoroughly. Don’t be…
  • How to Manage Email When Traveling for Business

    Sue Becker
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:26 am
    Having just returned from a two-week vacation “off the grid,” I wasn’t surprised to find over 700 emails waiting for me. Some waited more patiently than others, as some senders re-emailed me, apparently having missed the auto-reply indicating I wouldn’t be responding to messages for a while. Although I had a good “excuse” not to check messages because I was in a wilderness area with no cell phone coverage (please get in touch if you’d like to hear more about my trip!), I wouldn’t have checked messages anyway since I prefer vacation to be a time fully disengaged from work.
  • Good Health Starts in an Organized Kitchen

    Sue Becker
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    As the most frequently used room in most homes, the organizational state of your kitchen can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Having an organized, functional kitchen provides a great way to stay on track with your health goals, and provides a calm, relaxed atmosphere that contributes to positive mental health as well. Make your life healthier, easier, and more energy filled with the following organizational tips: Choose glass over plastic every time. Place chopped and ready-to-eat vegetables and fruits in glass containers at eye level in your refrigerator to make healthy snacking…
  • How I Got Over Being Overwhelmed and Moved Forward

    Sue Becker
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    Although I love to update my photo albums (yes, old school physical photo albums), a busy schedule and inertia had kept me from updating them for the last 2 years. The piles of unsorted photos were intimidating, and knowing that I’d only have bits of time here and there to work on getting them into albums made it seem useless to even get started. Determined to get over the hump, I asked myself a number of key questions to help me move this endeavor forward. Maybe some of these questions will help you make progress on things that are otherwise holding you back: “Is this important enough to…
  • Lessons on Success from a Hockey Team

    Sue Becker
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    My favorite sports team, the Chicago Blackhawks, recently won their third professional hockey championship trophy in 6 seasons– the Stanley Cup. It’s hard to believe that a short time ago the Hawks organization was ranked by ESPN as the worst of all professional teams in all sports, predominantly due to outdated management habits that were no longer working (and sometimes never worked). Now they’re ranked in the top 10 and are one of business and sport history’s greatest turnaround stories. Whether or not you’re a hockey fan, you can learn some important lessons about achieving your…
 
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  • The hidden side of getting organized

    Claire
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:46 pm
    by Originally posted 2012-07-31 17:20:45. Republished by Blog Post PromoterHow does it feel to be disorganized? Not so good, right? I’ve heard people say embarrassed, overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious and desperate. Here’s the thing. It can be really hard to make a change when you’re in the grip of such negative emotions. If you act from those emotions, every decision will be agony and you’ll feel so tired and disheartened that you won’t get very far anyway. This is one reason why I start my clients off with clarifying their vision of what they want. The vision…
  • Visualize Your Home Office into Reality

    Claire
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    by Originally posted 2007-03-05 12:46:33. Republished by Blog Post PromoterLast week I made a presentation to a group that included a visualization at the beginning. I wanted to talk to this group of nascent entrepreneurs about their home offices. For me, one of the best things about having my own business is my home office. It’s not fancy, but it’s mine! This visualization is about on how your office should feel, rather than how it should look. The thing to focus on is visualizing whatever makes you feel joyful and centered. Start by imagining it’s tomorrow morning. You’ve awakened…
  • Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

    Claire
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    by Originally posted 2011-05-12 15:48:09. Republished by Blog Post PromoterTwo years ago, Jenny’s life turned upside down. “The Universe,” she says, “picked me up and spun me around.” She landed in Detroit with her computer and a few bags of clothes. Nothing else. At first, she missed her books and her photo albums, but none of the other stuff. Not a thing. That came as a big surprise. Not only didn’t she miss her houseful of possessions, she actually felt good that it was gone. Relieved. Liberated. So she decided not to get bogged down in crap in the…
  • A To-Do List by Any Other Name

    Claire
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    by Originally posted 2011-04-19 14:23:57. Republished by Blog Post PromoterA rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ‘Tis true. If it were called bog shrub we would love it just the same. It’s not true for your to-do list, however. A to-do list should have a handful of concrete tasks on it that are related to your projects. Problems start growing when it’s used as a catch-all for everything you have to do. This is a common problem for creative, expansive thinkers. They have no difficulties filling up to-do lists. When I did a brain dump recently with Nancy, she told me…
  • The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Wrath

    Claire
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    by Originally posted 2009-11-05 12:37:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter This is Sin #5 on the list, which also includes lust, gluttony, greed and sloth. Wrath, or anger, is sinful because it’s destructive. It can harm others and it can harm you as well. Here’s a scenario: Overwhelmed Olivia decides to beat clutter once and for all. She buys an organizing book and sets aside a weekend. By Sunday night, she’s only on the third cabinet and she feels frustrated. Then she gets mad; mad at the book, which she throws behind the bed, and mad at herself for not being able to get…
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  • Make tailgating easy this football season

    Clare
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Yes, football fans, another season is growing close. If you’re a real fanatic, you’re anticipating every aspect of the game – especially tailgating. I can’t lie, I’m not the biggest pig-skin fan, BUT I have been submerged into the culture at the hands of my friends and family. And tailgating is a blast no matter how committed of a fan you are. The essentials There are so many little things you need for that top-shelf tailgating experience, but remembering them all can be a challenge. That’s why I recommend creating your very own tailgate survival kit. Grab…
  • Fresh peaches brighten up the season

    Clare
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    Staying on the topic of summer produce, let’s move our attention to peaches. These juicy, sweet hand-fruits are one of my personal favorites. And just like sweet corn that we mentioned last week, there are a variety of ways to enjoy them. How to pick a peach Just like any piece of fruit you purchase at the grocery store, peaches have simple signals to look for to find the best. The first thing to consider is where your fruit is coming from. The less distance it has to travel from the farm to you, the better. So consider checking out your local farmers markets. This is important because in…
  • Summer ends on a sweet note with fresh corn

    Clare
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    I grew up in the southern thumb if Michigan. My neighborhood didn’t have sidewalks and corner stores – we experienced budding childhood in between cornfields and cow farms. It wasn’t uncommon for kids to drive around at night and steal ears of corn, fresh and ripe from the towering stalks. The summer treat is no stranger to me and while my favorite way to enjoy it remains a simple boil in some sugar water, there are many new ways I incorporate the staple in my diet today. For the basics, I must have some quality cob holders. These rubber handles with strong stainless steel prongs make…
  • Survive hot days with delicious fruit infused water

    Clare
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Infused waters are an excellent way to cool down — and with the last hot days of summer approaching, there’s no better time than now to start exploring their benefits. Acclaimed to have the magic powers to help you detox and slim down, fruit infused water is a healthy alternative to fruit juice. So grab your favorite water bottle, carafe or pitcher: Water infuser This infusing pitcher is top of the line. This pitcher comes with three different inserts: a mesh tea steeper, a perforated fruit infuser and a solid insert for ice. Make your favorite fruit infusions, homemade iced tea or…
  • Go back to college with these dorm room necessities

    Clare
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    The list of dorm room essentials is a never ending trail of miscellaneous products – quite a few of which will most likely sit untouched the entire semester. Before you get carried away and over buy, sit down and write down what you think you need – then dissect it. Consider these overlooked ideas: Filtered water pitcher At first the idea of having a heavy duty filtering water pitcher at hand may seem like over kill, but keep this in mind: most dorm rooms do not have sinks. And unless you have no problem constantly filling up bottles in the drinking fountain or – dare I say it – the…
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  • How Rich I Am, What Angers Me, and the Mess I’m Withholding from You – SASM 081

    Joel Zaslofsky
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Do you like doing things that scare the bejesus out of you? I’m a fan of freaking yourself out – and maybe even others in the process – as long as it’s intentional and for a good cause. Well, I’m extremely intentional in this solo episode as I champion the causes of authenticity, vulnerability, and freedom through letting go. The first question you may have after listening a bit is, “Wait … did he really go there?” And the answer is, “Yes. Yes I did.” I’ve been withholding much of who I was, who I am, and who I want to be for far too long,…
  • The 4 Pillars of Survival and How to Reconnect to Nature with Cliff Hodges – SASM 080

    Joel Zaslofsky
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Imagine a world where everybody felt like a global stakeholder. Picture a wild landscape that everyone loved and cared for because they had experienced its true awesomeness for themselves. What would it feel like if you could be “out there” with the ability to start a fire by friction, climb a mountain with minimal help, or build a shelter where other people only saw trees and grass? Each person who listens to my guest for this episode – the fascinating and funny Cliff Hodges – gets us one step closer to a deep reconnection with nature. Everyone who surfs, rock climbs,…
  • How to End the Undeclared War on Childhood and Simplicity Parenting with Kim John Payne – SASM 079

    Joel Zaslofsky
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sometimes we need to remember what’s at stake. What happens if we let a generation of world-wide youth slip away because they’re chronically overwhelmed? Would you let a child you love get lost in distractions and paralyzed by inaction? My guest for this Smart and Simple Matters episode, Kim John Payne, believes there’s a war going on inside most of our kids. And when combined with an external battle of glowing screens, stressed-out parents, and checked-out communities, bad things can happen (and already have). But it doesn’t have to be this way. Kim’s Simplicity…
  • The Gratitude Journal, Vision Board, and Tension between Hustle and Slowness with Vernon Foster – SASM 078

    Joel Zaslofsky
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?” Are you rocking yet? Those are Rage Against the Machine lyrics – something my guest for this episode, Vernon Foster, subtly incorporated into his Event Supremacy podcast – and that I definitely noticed. When I first listened to his show, I thought: This is one funky dude (which, of course, I can appreciate). This guy knows his stuff! Maybe the SimpleREV 2014 event I’m co-organizing won’t be a total train wreck with his help. Here’s a fella who knows…
  • Want a Thriving Community? Share More, Own Less, and Join the Economy of Human Connection with Sash Milne – SASM 077

    Joel Zaslofsky
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I knew it instantly: she’s my kind of people (and probably yours, too). Sash Milne knows how to rapidly connect community with simplicity and is practically living in my vision for SimpleREV. Consume less. Share more. Be intentional everywhere and at all times. Treat people as humans, not potential transactions. I tell ya, I was overwhelmed with gratitude after watching her ABC Open interview and reading her related blog post. I mean, she gets straight to the heart of what’s important – to the simple-living movement and timeless community-building efforts – when she wrote: A…
 
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  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
  • What a difference a header makes!

    Michelle W.
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Our websites are our online homes. It makes sense that we want to give them personality and warmth, just like we do with our physical homes. One of the simplest updates with the biggest impact is a custom header, a completely free feature that’s available to the majority of themes on WordPress.com. A header instantly sets your blog apart — and with free online photo and graphic editing tools, a custom look is accessible to any blogger, no graphic design experience needed. Take a look at the world of possibilities with these ten blogs: Text, taken up a notch A custom header…
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  • Review: Booksteam

    Michelle
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    This week I’m reviewing another booking tool, this one for a different audience set than Calendly (which was previously reviewed here). Watch the review to see how Booksteam works, and here’s a quick rundown of the features: Free 30 day trial, plans start at $20/month Manages in-person and online bookings of both classes and sessions (and bookings for multiple staff members) Allows for padding after appointments so you don’t wind up with them booked back-to-back Mobile version available Integrates with both Stripe and Paypal to save payment information at time of booking (so…
  • How to set better freelancing goals

    Michelle
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In short? To set better freelancing goals, focus on what you can control. Click To Tweet In other words, don’t focus on how many new clients you want this month – focus on how many pitches you’ll be sending every day. And to stay better motivated with your income goals, focus on how much billable work you’re doing each day (after breaking down your monthly goal into a daily goal, of course). Speaking of things that can help you do that… Have you checked out the Freelancer Planner Kickstarter yet? We’re over halfway funded! You can back for as little as…
  • Workflow Wednesdays: Streak for freelance writers

    Michelle
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What separates productive people from business owners that are constantly stressed? This post is part of a series, Workflow Wednesdays, that aims to find out, with a weekly post going in-depth on a specific part of a business owner’s workflow and what they do that makes it rock. Interested in being featured in a post? Sign up here! This week, I’m doing an overview of how I use Streak for freelance writing – not just keeping track of pitches, but keeping track of sources and interviewees, too. Watch it below: You can check out Streak here, or watch the previous Streak review…
  • Are you making one of these rate-setting mistakes?

    Michelle
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Notes/recap: If you aren’t hitting your income goals on a regular basis, it’s probably less because of a failure on your part, and more because the math doesn’t add up. Do not try to do a direct conversion from an employee salary to a 40 hour work week to freelancing hourly rates. If nothing else, freelancers have to pay for taxes, health insurance, and business expenses out of pocket, and employees don’t. If you must try that conversion, multiply the employee hourly by 2-3x to get a more accurate freelancing rate. You also need to account for the fact that you…
  • Artventurists, episode 2: Time management and Instagram do’s/don’t’s

    Michelle
    7 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Direct download link for episode two In our second episode of the Artventurists, we’re talking about time management and squeezing in your creative work when you have a day job (or business). We also dug into Instagram do’s and don’t’s, and talked about a few of our favorite Instagram accounts and techniques. Show notes: Shenee’s Instagram account (for an example of doing it right) The Worldslip cover proof!!! AHHH! (Elisa’s site is here – she’s the super talented designer who did it) Flow (the book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi…now you see why I couldn’t pronounce his…
 
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  • Quick Tip – Jigsaw organising made easy!

    Chrissy Halton
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Toys can be a real pain to keep under control as there are usually so many, with lots of pieces and bits, and they seem to multiply before your eyes! So I wanted to take a bit of time today to give... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Meal planning – how to deal with changes…

    Chrissy Halton
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    So, you’ve now made a fantastic meal plan that has the meals for the week on it so everyone can see what’s what. It works for a while, and then someones schedule changes, or something... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • 7 Golden rules to help keep small spaces more organised

    Chrissy Halton
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    I was sent this infographic the other day and liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you today. It’s all about small spaces and what you can do to help keep them more organised, which... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • 101 items to get rid of without regret

    Chrissy Halton
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    It’s sometimes really hard to get started on decluttering your home – and starting with some “quick wins” can really get you motivated to continue. Here is my list of 101... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Home office makeover #2 – Finding inspiration

    Chrissy Halton
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Following on from my previous post all about my Home office makeover project this summer, I wanted to share some of the pictures I found when looking for inspiration for this room. Read more of Home... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
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  • Wise Words for #MotivationMonday

    Suzanne
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Photo Credit: Flickr User bootbearwdc with Creative Commons 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/# The post Wise Words for #MotivationMonday appeared first on Clutterninja ~ Residential Organizing Services.
  • Purge the Periodicals ~ #FiveMinuteFriday

    Suzanne
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Purge the Periodicals ~ #FiveMinuteFriday Southern Living. Glamour. Vogue. O, the Oprah Magazine. And, yes, even Real Simple. The average magazine subscription in the U.S. is just shy of $30.00. Not bad for twelve months of content. Assuming, of course, that you’re actually reading that magazine. Let me guess, between managing a household, raising kids, volunteering, and holding down a job, the idea of spending an hour lounging in a chair, leisurely drinking coffee, and flipping through the latest issue of Coastal Living is a pipedream. Sound familiar? So, you don’t have time to…
  • Kids and Laundry ~ #ThinkAboutIt Thursday

    Suzanne
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Kids and Laundry ~ #ThinkAboutIt Thursday Ah, yes. Kids and laundry. I’ve yet to meet a parent who doesn’t struggle with keeping up with the wash, but especially making sure that the dirty laundry actually gets washed! Sadly, it doesn’t jump in the laundry basket by itself. So. Having said that, a few things to think about. These are a few questions I’ve gotten from friends and clients, and I’ll share my solutions as well. How cute is this Honey Can Do hamper from Target? #1: Want it Washed? Hamper It! I’ve shared one of my laundry tricks before, but…
  • Declutter Your Phone ~ Tech Tip Tuesday

    Suzanne
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    Declutter Your Phone ~ Tech Tip Tuesday Technology has helped us in ways we can’t measure. But it’s also added many, many kinds of clutter into our daily life. Because we needed more, right? Today, we’re tackling how to declutter your phone for Tech Tip Tuesday. These three tips can be done sitting in carpool, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or sitting field-side during your kiddo’s soccer practice. Let’s go!   Three Quick Ways to Declutter Your Phone: #1: Go through your Camera Roll. Delete all duplicate photos. Do the same for fuzzy or blurry…
  • Organize Your Garage for #MotivationMonday!

    Suzanne
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Organize Your Garage for #MotivationMonday! ‘Our garage is just a disaster!’ If only I had a dollar every time I hear this from clients (and friends! and strangers!). So, for #MotivationMonday, take a look at this garage project. Late summer or fall is a great time to organize your garage. (Have you noticed our mornings are getting just a tiny bit cooler – can I get a hallelujah?) Take a look at this garage before. This client has a very small garage (20 feet x 20 feet). He was frustrated due to too much stuff and a lack of space. What you can’t see in these photos is…
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  • No tears homework time! 5 Tips for Organizing Homework Time

    Ellen
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Homework does not have to be a nightmare!  Kids crying, mom crying and still no homework done can be a thing of the past with these 5 tips for getting homework done. 1. To do homework,  you must know what homework needs to be done.  Be sure your child writes in his/her planner every day. It takes coaching your child about when to write down homework and to write it down each time it is assigned.  This step is the most important because it saves hours. 2. Assign a spot for homework to be completed. Your child’s room is NOT the spot.  A location just off the main hub of life in …
  • Student success: Apps and more

    Ellen
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
      Student success depends on organization.  That organization includes recording, planning and executing assignments.  It requires attention and focus during school and after school. In the 21st century, education has moved beyond paper and pencil to technology in and out of the classroom.  Apps are a great way to add organization to your student’s work.    Get social When I was in school, we huddled around the television on snowy mornings, eager for a closing announcement. Today, many school districts share this information via the web and social media. Get yourself in…
  • 3 Tips from Tidying Up

    Ellen
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
      Is it surprising that a tiny book about the art of decluttering and organizing is on the New York Times best seller list for weeks?  Vogue, Good Housekeeping and the Today Show have tested Ms. Marie Kondo’s Konmari method.  It’s a topic and technique that has merit.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo.  Three tips stand out for me in this tiny “how to” guide.   Organize by category   It’s hard to know where to start your organizing.  Using the…
  • 3 Back to School Tips for Busy Parents

    Ellen
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
      The school year starts off in a few weeks. It’s a mad dash from August to June with dates, activities, homework, dinner and more.  As parents we are striving for a level of organization and sanity.  These three back to school tips will make your year more organized and less chaotic. Weekly planning time Most of your kids invitations and information comes in through email and websites.  It’s hard to consolidate it.  Weekly planning time gives you the opportunity to search through email, school sites, teacher sites and other spots where that information is shared. …
  • Technology and Online School Access

    Ellen
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
      Schools are updating technology and requiring all families to have online access.  It’s quite a transition for both the schools and for families.  It takes just a little bit to be more tech savvy but it’s here to stay.  Get up to speed this fall with online school access technology.   Technology for online access Now is the time for you to get started. It takes about 30 minutes.  Log onto your school district website and you will find the information you need.  Most of the school districts have a video on their website to help you get started.  It will require…
 
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