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  • SLT076: Simplifying to Sell Your Home

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    Daniel Hayes
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Or To Just Get A Fresh Start! There are so many reasons to simplify. But one very lucrative reason to simplify is to increase the sale price of your home and set the stage for a quick sale. So, let’s talk a little about simplifying to sell your home. To do that, we’re going to share some of our experiences with doing exactly that over the last couple of months, so if you’re selling your home…or know someone else who is…or if you’re simply looking for a fresh start in your current home, maybe we can shed some light on things that worked for us. Read More… Topic:…
  • Dead Flowers

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    MonicaRicci
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." ~Oscar Wilde 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!
  • Organizing Project Update

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    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…
  • Online Safety for Kids ~ Why it’s Worth the Fight

    GO MOM!
    Molly Gold
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Online safety for kids is a tough topic in our house. With four laptops, a desktop, and that new frontier where everyone has a handheld device, we are constantly navigating how to raise young adults who can actually communicate face to face, stay focused on the task at hand, and not turn to their online world before they engage in the world before their eyes.  To know me is to know I’m an “in real life” kind of gal, happy to have a phone conversation or visit in person, often with a hug, and always with a…
  • TIme to kick fears out of your life

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    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…
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  • Dead Flowers

    MonicaRicci
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." ~Oscar Wilde 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!
  • A Single Thought Won't Work

    MonicaRicci
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    "As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over again the kind of thought we wish to dominate our lives." ~Henry David Thoreau 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!
  • Regret vs Experience

    MonicaRicci
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
     "Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience." ~ Victoria Holt 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!
  • 20 / 50 Nanny

    MonicaRicci
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
      On August 28, 1895 the vessel Lucania docked at the port of New York. The ship had sailed from Italy bringing with it my great-grandfather Michele Magaro. That’s pronounced "Mi-KELLY” and not “Michelle” by the way.   A young man of seventeen, he, like countless immigrants before him had come to America looking for opportunity in a country where hard work, ambition and dreams could build a better life.    By 1914, Michele had married Mary Buccieri and they were parents to eight of what would eventually be fourteen children. In November of that same year, Michele applied to become…
  • 19 / 50 Television

    MonicaRicci
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Won’t you be my neighbor? Pork chops and apple sauce.  Jumping the shark. Danger Will Robinson! A three-hour tour. The plane, the plane! We can make him better, stronger, faster.  I’m a little bit country and I’m a little bit rock and roll.   If you’re anywhere near my age, your brain is likely chock full of these television memories from childhood. As strict as my mother was about limiting our sugar and junk food consumption, she was super liberal about our television consumption. Yay for that! As a parent you can only fight so many battles and maybe she didn’t think television…
 
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  • 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…
  • Don’t Talk To Me Like That!

    Aby Garvey
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Would you like the inside scoop on how to navigate through big and intimidating organizing projects? Would you like to spend the weekend organizing alongside a group of online friends and me? Then snag your spot in the Summer 2015 Organize-athon! You’ll be able to ask me anything you want about getting organized so you’re sure to make loads of progress on your organizing project of choice. The Organize-athon will begin on August 7, 2015, so join today to take advantage of our early bird offer! Have you ever noticed that that the organizing process is filled with emotional highs…
  • How to Get What You Really Want

    Aby Garvey
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    As I write this, I’m taking a break from the major reorganization project that’s going on in the lower level of my home. As I mentioned in my last post, we’re changing the functions of the four major areas of our lower level—my office, Jay’s office, the storage closet and our family room. This means a lot of stuff is moving around, getting decluttered and organized. This also means that there’s lots of time for my mind to wander as I’m sorting things and schlepping belongings from one room to another. This week’s lightbulb moment: This project is actually something I want…
  • To fill or not to fill…

    Nancy Vorsanger
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Consider a kitchen cabinet assigned to pots and pans. What’s the best way to use it? It might feel efficient to get as many items in as possible. You’re getting more storage bang for the buck, right? But you don’t only have to store your kitchen equipment, you also have to use it. And when the equipment is packed in tightly, that becomes difficult. Maybe you have a variety of pots, three or four inside a larger one, and some behind others. If so, you know how annoying it can be to get the ones on the bottom or in the back, because you have to shift things around or move things out to…
  • Stop filing paper if…

    Aby Garvey
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    My evening project this week has been doing some (serious) decluttering in the lower level of my home. My kids are teenagers now and we decided it’s time to switch up how we use the lower level. This means some old stuff has got to go to make room for the new. (Ping pong table anyone?) I’m pretty much reevaluating every item (that belongs to me) in my office, storage closet and the family room. Even my file cabinet is getting a pretty thorough once-over, something it hasn’t gotten in a while. I discovered I was holding onto a lot of pretty old paperwork from back when I started simplify…
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  • Online Safety for Kids ~ Why it’s Worth the Fight

    Molly Gold
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Online safety for kids is a tough topic in our house. With four laptops, a desktop, and that new frontier where everyone has a handheld device, we are constantly navigating how to raise young adults who can actually communicate face to face, stay focused on the task at hand, and not turn to their online world before they engage in the world before their eyes.  To know me is to know I’m an “in real life” kind of gal, happy to have a phone conversation or visit in person, often with a hug, and always with a…
  • A Summer Break from Blogging

    Molly Gold
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Just in time for a busy July, I’m in the midst of a summer break from blogging. But here’s a hint ~ given the fact that I’m posting today and the fact that Back to School season is right around the corner (have you noticed school supplies in your local box box store yet?) my summer break from blogging is winding down. Completely unplanned ~ I know, I KNOW!!! ~ taking a break from blogging found me so beyond content to keep my laptop closed and my keyboard quiet. Somewhere in the process my subconscious took over and decided this obvious time off the grid had to happen…
  • How to Manage Travel Sports and Summer Vacation

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    26 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    If you are a Mom with kids in travel sports, you probably just spent Memorial Day weekend on the sidelines cheering your player on. While families all over are starting their summer or nearing the end of the school year, your family is gearing up for a summer on the road managing packed weekends at tournaments all over the state (or beyond) and keeping the rest of your family happy too. Travel sports parents know their summer schedule long before there is even a glimmer of those 90 degree dust and sweat filled days.  For me, this schedule lock down happens in January and I’d be…
  • 11 Tips for a Great High School Graduation Party

    Molly Gold
    5 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    High school graduation season is upon us and if you are anything like me, you’ll want this event to be as perfect as can be. Last year our oldest graduated from high school and I was amazed at what a meaningful time it was not just for him for for our entire family as well.  To celebrate this special time in our son’s life, we hosted a graduation party for family and our very closest friends. The kickoff to a whirlwind graduation weekend that included Baccalaureate and his actual graduation too, my house was full of activity, hosting meals and having so very much fun.  It was a…
  • How to Organize Your Pantry with Lazy Susans

    Molly Gold
    4 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    Today we are talking about how to use Lazy Susans in your pantry. I’ve had the same size pantry for 17 years. Purely a coincidence the house I lived in for seven years before this one happens to have the exact same pantry design as the home I currently have lived in for ten. Actually you’ll see that my pantry is not outfitted with a custom organization solution and it has a hard right angle in the back. I finally figured out that Lazy Susans are the way to maximize that corner ~ and no, I don’t know what it took me so long to figure this out! So here are the five ways Lazy…
 
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  • 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…
  • Self-Care Sanity: Idea #30 – The Gift of Holding Hands

    Elizabeth
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sometimes the best way to practice self-care is the simplest. Reach out today and hold someone’s hand. Yes, it’s that simple. The most precious hand for me to hold is the hand of my 91-year old mother. Recently she had a very bad fall and has been in the hospital and every day I hold her hand. We are blessed to still have her with us. Whose hand will you hold today? What are you waiting for? Related posts: Self-Care Sanity: Idea #26 – The Gift of Hands & Feet Self-Care Sanity: Idea #8 – The Gift of Making Someone’s Day Self-Care Sanity: Idea #23 – The…
  • Self-Care Sanity: Idea #29 – The Gift of a New Look

    Elizabeth
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    How do you feel about your makeup lately? Perhaps a bit drab? Maybe it’s time to hop over to your favorite makeup counter for a new look. It’s amazing what they can do with just a few new products that give a new ‘glow’ to our face and a new outlook on life. Or, do it yourself by going to the makeup section and choose products for a new look. This may mean you need to get out of your comfort zone a bit but that’s ok! What are you waiting for? Related posts: Self-Care Sanity: Idea #8 – The Gift of Making Someone’s Day Self-Care Sanity: Idea #17 –…
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  • 7 tips to prepare for back to school papers and backpack clutter

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    In the Baltimore area, the children will back in school on or after August 24th. Along with it will the chaos of backpacks, school papers to read and sign, and other school-related clutter!As we approach the upcoming school...
  • Operation Gratitude and Baltimore area businesses show support for our troops

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    28 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    With Memorial Day just behind us, it is a reminder that there are still service people making sacrifices every day to keep us free. One way Baltimore area residents can show their support to the US Military is...
  • Free paper shredding event in Howard County, Md

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Earth Day events are continuing around the Baltimore area, and this Saturday, Howard County is sponsoring a free community shredding event for Howard County residents. With identity theft on the rise, it's more important than ever...
  • Meet home improvement experts at the Maryland Home and Garden Show

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    It’s freezing outside, but feels like spring at the Maryland Home & Garden Show, which is going on now at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The Maryland Home & Garden Show, which is sponsored by M&amp...
  • The B'more Organized Photo Contest ends soon

    Jacquie Ross, Baltimore Organized Families Examiner
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    Get Organized Month(SM) is coming to an end, but it doesn't mean that homeowners need to stop organizing their homes! For the second year in a row, Baltimore area homeowners have the chance to win a...
 
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  • 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…
  • 3 Feng Shui Tips for Placing the Bagua Map On Your Home

    Ann
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Knowing how to place the Feng Shui Bagua Map on your home or office is one of the most important skills you can learn to create good Feng Shui in your space. Here are my top tips for placing the Bagua on your home. 1. Turn your architectural floor plan “upside-down.” Have you ever noticed the key difference between a Feng Shui floor plan and an architectural one? Architectural floor plans are great for many reasons but oddly (to my mind), many of them place the front door at the top of the plan, not the bottom as we do in Feng Shui. An “upside down” floor plan. Note…
  • Feng Shui Secrets: How The Five Elements Can Change Your Life

    Ann
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    As the basic building blocks of life, the Five Elements — Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water — are critical for your happiness and success.     By activating your strong yet “invisible” intentions through the symbolic power of physical objects, the Five Elements are one of two main tools that Feng Shui uses to to create positive change in your life (the other is the Bagua Energy Map). But even though they are SO important in Feng Shui, the Five Elements are one of its least-understood aspects. Using them wisely brings you into balance and creates healthy…
  • You’re Invited: Join Me At A Feng Shui & Color Meetup on May 6!

    Ann
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    If you’re in NYC on May 6 I hope you’ll join me for a fun design Meetup where I’ll be exploring the great benefits of Color and Feng Shui. Meet other design-spirited New Yorkers in the lounge at The Local NY for an evening about the impact of color in our lives. RED or YELLOW, BLUE or GREEN? The Power of Feng Shui & Color Color is everywhere, but which are best for creating positive energy and change in your life? Join me as I discuss what various colors mean and how you can use them to enhance your space, attract the energy you desire, and bring balance and harmony…
  • Where Should I Place My Aquarium for Good Feng Shui?

    Ann
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    An aquarium can be one of the best things you do to create good Feng Shui in your home or office. To begin with, having any kind of pet is excellent Feng Shui — something to care about and nurture just as you nurture yourself every day. Just as important, an aquarium is unusually powerful in that it contains more Feng Shui symbolism than most individual objects. Therefore, when you bring an aquarium into your home or office, it’s essential to set it up properly so that it can bring its benefits most fully into your life. Set up your aquarium using Feng Shui as your guide, and…
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  • Corporate image

    Kathi Burns
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Hi Kathi, I am 26 and have been in a corporate job for over two years. I feel ready to apply for a managerial position with my company. I know that I need to dress more “corporate” and would like to hear your suggestions regarding what clothing I should buy. Lindsay, Oceanside Lindsay, A mix-and-match wardrobe of separates, suits and two-piece dresses will provide the most mileage as you work your way up the corporate ladder. To assemble a professional wardrobe, look for power colors – dark and rich. Avoid pastels, subdued and lighter colors. Make sure to invest in quality…
  • What to Pack and Organize When Moving Into a College Dorm Room

    Kathi Burns
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The following is a comprehensive list of items you will need for your dorm room. Before starting to pack, check with the university and your prospective roommate to see what will be provided in your dorm room so you can avoid duplication. By making sure you have all your items neatly categorized, you can make unpacking and getting settled a fun event rather than a chore. Main Items You might need a mini-fridge, toaster and microwave as well as a few dishes for when you eat in your room. You may also need a fan, mirror, lamp and curtains or blinds.  For entertainment bring a TV, stereo or DVD…
  • How to Make the Most of Your Cramped Dorm Room

    Kathi Burns
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
      Dorms can be a fun place to live, as you’re able to meet like-minded individuals and partake in bonding activities. However, the pros also come with the cons, such as sharing an already cramped space with strangers. Transitioning from your own room to a shared area can quite daunting, as you deal with the challenges of space and privacy. However, don’t feel as though you’ll need to pile everything in a corner. The following tips can help you organize your space, giving the means to adjust into the dorm room life: Contact your Roommates You don’t want to bring a mini-fridge, TV,…
  • Organizing and Planning Your Outdoor BBQ Party

    Kathi Burns
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Hosting a summer party can require as much or as little energy as you wish. The main ingredients of food, libation and location will determine the pace and amount of advance prep required. Whether your party is planned for the backyard or another location, there are a few details you will need to plan in order to pull off a successful outdoor party. Set the Date Check the date with the important guests and also local event calendars before you announce the party date. Summertime means extra obligations and you want to be sure that your party does not conflict with other parties and that your…
  • Are you a Professional Waster?

    Kathi Burns
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Are you a Professional Waster?  Do you waste minutes and even hours each week in frustration as you search for things you know that you own but can’t find when you need them? We all have the same amount of hours in the day and when we spend a great amount of our time LOOKING for things instead of DOING things it can become a real drain on our emotions and our energy. Buying things you already own but can’t find and have to buy again is also a big drain on your finances. As a Professional Organizer, I watch many of my clients experience guilt because they just can’t seem to get a…
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  • 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.  …
  • Teaching Your Toddler To Share

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    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Teaching Your Toddler To Share Judy Helm Wright February 2, 2015 Children who learn the value of sharing at an early age will mature into balanced and well-adjusted adults who are focused on helping others. Your toddler may have natural instincts to keep their belongings for their own enjoyment, especially as they reach the terrible twos stage of life. However, it’s important to let this phase pass quickly by incorporating acts of kindness and generosity into their everyday activities. Here are some useful tips for teaching your toddler to share.   Ask to Borrow a Favorite Toy  …
  • Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones – with Uma Girish

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    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
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  • 3 Tips On Making Friends & Gaining AMAZING Social Skills

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    30 Jun 2015 | 12:06 pm
    3 Tips On Making Friends & Gaining AMAZING Social Skills By Judy Helm Wright January 31, 2014 Expand your circle of friends! Learn how making friends and creating lasting friendships can enrich your life.   You meant to compliment your boss on the new jacket, but it came out in a negative way. “That outfit looks much better than the one you wore yesterday.”   Your child wants friends, but is often rude, bossy and unkind to others.  You want to make friends with the people in your yoga class, but honestly don’t have a clue on how to begin. Friendship Skills Don’t Come…
  • Using Positive Experiencing & Visualization to Become Your Ideal Self

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    30 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    Using Positive Experiencing & Visualization to Become Your Ideal Self By Paula Fellingham December 17, 2014   Your mind is your most valuable tool in life, so start using those visualization skills – your life is about to change! Read more at theWINonline.com!   I Practice in My Head   Alex Morrison, a world-famous golf instructor, actually worked out a system of mental practice and visualization. It enables the golfer to improve his score by sitting in an easy chair, and practicing mentally. Morrison said, “The mental side of golf represents 90% of the game. The…
 
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  • 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 [...]
  • Clear the Clutter to Reduce Stress

    Janet Baker
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    Do you feel like you are the only person that has clutter and don’t have any idea what to do about it? Well, you’re not alone! If you Google-search ‘statistics on clutter’, you’ll see there are enough stats to fill up this page, but here are a few to note: The average American receives 49,060 [...]
  • Are you overwhelmed by clutter?

    Janet Baker
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:13 pm
    We all know that clutter can get in the way of success, peace of mind and happiness. Whether you can get it done yourself, with family members, or with an expert, getting organized and getting rid of clutter, can be accomplished. Have you lost the ability to be creative? Are you tired of losing important [...]
  • Paper Tiger Webinar hosted by Meggin McIntosh

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    16 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    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 [...]
  • What does time management have to do with getting organized?

    Janet Baker
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    It’s no secret that there are multiple reasons we choose to get organized. More often than not, we connect being organized with being successful. The truth is, however, that one of the greatest benefits of being organized is time management. ~~~~~~~ Benjamin Franklin said, “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” ~~~~~~~ If [...]
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  • DIY Moving Tips: Make a Packing Station

    Laura Wittmann
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. When it’s time to actually get down to business and start packing your home, this is one of my well-loved tips. In a nutshell, make yourself a permanent packing station somewhere within your home. Again, most of my DIY tips are […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> DIY Moving Tips: Make a Packing Station
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 27/15

    Laura Wittmann
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone, how are you?  My parents arrived safely and we are having a great visit together.  We got all the rooms switched around just in the nick of time and it’s so exciting to finally have a designated guest room.  My son is also enjoying his newly painted bigger bedroom (that was my daughter’s […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ July 27/15
  • 6 Reasons You Need to Declutter (Before You Organize)

    Laura Wittmann
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic. You’re here because you love organizing. I mean, who reads blogs about being an organizing “junkie”? (People like us, that’s who.) I could give you tips about how to organize the produce in your fridge by color or how to sort […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 6 Reasons You Need to Declutter (Before You Organize)
  • 5 Ways to Create a Bedroom Sanctuary For a Good Night’s Sleep

    Laura Wittmann
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    This post sponsored by Sleep Innovations.  Stay tuned to the end for a great giveaway!  Also be sure to follow @sleepinnov and @orgjunkie on Twitter today for more #refreshyoursleep tips! Oh precious sleep, how I love thee.  I never used to make sleep a priority, I would go to bed at 12 and be up […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Ways to Create a Bedroom Sanctuary For a Good Night’s Sleep
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ July 20/15

    Laura Wittmann
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends!  How are you all?  Are you excited to plan a menu and get yourself all set up for an amazing week? Oh ya!! How do you like the new banner above that I made?  I thought we needed something a little more enticing to get us all fired up about menu planning….haha….let me […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ July 20/15
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2015

    Ramona
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You might be right, you might be wrong, but just don’t avoid. (K. Hepburn) — Screwing up is so much more fun than hiding! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2015

    Ramona
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence. (W. Blake) — She who turns her dreams into reality cures the world’s ills! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2015

    Ramona
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves. (Unknown) — They joy of finding joy in mundanity! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2015

    Ramona
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rarer than ability is the ability to recognize ability. (R. Half) — Identifying your aptitudes is a skill in its own right! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2015

    Ramona
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    To measure up to all that is demanded, a man must overestimate his capacities. (J.W. VonGoethe) — Say it and you can do it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2015

    Ramona
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You might be right, you might be wrong, but just don’t avoid. (K. Hepburn) — Screwing up is so much more fun than hiding! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2015

    Ramona
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence. (W. Blake) — She who turns her dreams into reality cures the world’s ills! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2015

    Ramona
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves. (Unknown) — They joy of finding joy in mundanity! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2015

    Ramona
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rarer than ability is the ability to recognize ability. (R. Half) — Identifying your aptitudes is a skill in its own right! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2015

    Ramona
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    To measure up to all that is demanded, a man must overestimate his capacities. (J.W. VonGoethe) — Say it and you can do it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Simple Life Together

  • SLT076: Simplifying to Sell Your Home

    Daniel Hayes
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Or To Just Get A Fresh Start! There are so many reasons to simplify. But one very lucrative reason to simplify is to increase the sale price of your home and set the stage for a quick sale. So, let’s talk a little about simplifying to sell your home. To do that, we’re going to share some of our experiences with doing exactly that over the last couple of months, so if you’re selling your home…or know someone else who is…or if you’re simply looking for a fresh start in your current home, maybe we can shed some light on things that worked for us. Read More… Topic:…
  • SLT075: 4 Critical Areas You Need to Consider When Downsizing

    Daniel Hayes
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Back in Episode 65, we talked about Strategic Simple Living and shared a few great tools you can use to plan your simple living strategy. Specifically, we used the 4 Direction Ideation Tool of Looking Outward/Inward/Backward/Forward as lenses for developing your strategy. We shared how we used this tool when downsizing for trying to find the perfect area for us to live. But when we came to a decision point, we used a different framework for evaluating our final choice…and actually choosing where we’re moving to. So, armed with all we learned from the 4 Direction Ideation Tool…
  • Simple Things: Podcasts

    Daniel Hayes
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Not long ago I introduced a series called The Best of Old and New. I’d like to continue that series with this installment and talk about the power of audio. Specifically, about podcasts. Now, granted, there were no podcasts “back in the day” but radio was certainly the dominant form of entertainment. It was free and anyone with a radio could listen in. And if you have ever listened to our show, you know I’m an audio kind of guy. For a long time, radio was THE new and best way to get the word out fast or to provide entertainment to the masses. When Franklin Roosevelt was Governor…
  • SLT074: 3 Simple Living Habits You Can Use Right Now

    Daniel Hayes
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    When it comes to simple living, we can all use a few more tips to help us along. We’re going to share 3 more simple living habits you can start using right now for a better today and tomorrow. One of our most popular shows was Episode 55, 7 Habits for Highly Effective Simplicity. We passed along what we feel are the top 7 habits you can develop to bring some serious simplicity into your life. That show was shared thousands of times…over 2300 times on our Pinterest page alone! Well, today we’re going to share 3 more. So let’s jump right in!  Read More… Note: Get a copy…
  • Simple Things: The Best of Old and New

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

  • 5 Reasons Why Your Room is Disorganized | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    The best solutions come after your problem has been diagnosed. It could be simply that the plans for your space are too grandiose. So, if you have things to which you want to say adios- watch today’s video for help with the types of rooms I see the most. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcddiag.) >  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…
  • The Uncomfortable Truth About Clutter | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    The truth can be a bitter pill to swallow. But honesty is the best policy, so grab a glass of water and watch this video for the unvarnished truth. These truths just might set you free. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdtruth.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to offer. If you like it, please go to YouTube and take only a few seconds to Like, Share, and/or Comment. (Tweeps can…
  • How to Get Rid of Old Computers & Electronics! | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto… Computers and electronics are such an integral part of our daily lives, but what do you do when you need to upgrade? Watch this video for strategies to safely donate your computers, clear your closet, get a tax deduction, help your community, and help the planet. Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdcomp.) >  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…
  • 3 Unusual Kitchen Organizing Hacks | Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Are you hacked off about the lack of storage and function in your kitchen? Unless you are remodeling, there aren’t a lot of changes you can make to this hub of the home. Watch this video and try these kitchen hacks to maximize your storage and make meal preparation less stressful and more productive. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdhacks.) >  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…
  • How to Make Sure No Task Falls Thru The Cracks! | Part 2 Clutter Video Tip

    Lorie Marrero
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    Are you drowning in little pieces of paper, notebooks and expensive planners- but, still feel like you are swimming upstream? With so many commitments in our daily lives, it can be really stressful trying to keep your life afloat. Watch this video for some relief- the lifeline is on the way! (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdtodo2.) >  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…
 
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    C-Line Products Blog

  • Tip of the Month: Reorganize Your Workplace with the Mini Binder Kit

    Nicola
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    I have a co-worker, let’s call her Lily, who is very diligent about taking notes. She is constantly taking notes about various things throughout her workday. Notes are taken on everything from sticky notes to scratch paper in an effort to jot down information to ensure it is not forgotten. I proposed that Lily reorganizes her system of note taking by creating a compact and central location to store all of these random notes that relate to important information. The Mini Size Binder Starter Kit is the perfect tool to use in this situation. Take a look at all the components that come…
  • How C-Line Employees Use Our Products: Sheet Protectors

    Nicola
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    Sometimes the best way to see our products in-use is by simply looking around the office. Our employees at C-Line will often head to the sample room in search of one of our products. Take a look at how Rose, a member of the C-Line marketing department, utilized the Colored Polypropylene Sheet Protector. The blue colored sheet protectors make the proof pages stand-out. “Many of our customers will send us catalog proof pages throughout the year. Our department has a system of tracking current pages, along with proof pages and storing everything from that customer in a three-ring binder to…
  • How to Create a Photo Album Using One Type of Photo Storage

    Nicola
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Whether you are creating an album to showcase pictures from your summer vacation or assembling a montage of your child’s entire school year, C-Line can help you organize your memories. Instead of buying numerous styles of photo holders, why not purchase one kind that has the ability to accommodate a variety of styles and sizes of photos? The Redi-Mount Photo Mounting Sheets are a 9” x 11” size page that offers versatility to individuals. Once you pull back the see-through plastic, you are ready to begin! Here is how to use these double-sided holders to create your own personalized photo…
  • Tip of the Month: Traditional Lanyards Still Valuable Supply

    Nicola
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    When it comes to using office products, sometimes it is best to go back to the basics and incorporate the use of some traditional supplies. Traditional supplies like a sheet protector or a name badge have been around for quite some time and continue to be beneficial in the home or office. Lanyards are another great item that is economical, durable and serves a variety of purposes. The Standard Lanyards are available in black, blue and red. Here are a few examples of situations that C-Line’s lanyards could be a valuable tool to have on-hand. Need to display your ID badge while at work? The…
  • Product Sighting: Magnetic Shop Ticket Holders at Local Sports Game

    Nicola
    27 May 2015 | 5:10 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. This time, I was the one who spotted one of our C-Line Shop Ticket Holders! While attending a local sports game, my husband and I went to get food during intermission. As we were standing in line, I noticed that the servers kept going to a food warming unit that had two signs in the front. After closer inspection, I confirmed that the signs were being held in our Magnetic Shop Ticket Holders. I asked the server…
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    Discover Freedom Blog - Organize Your Home, Office, and Life

  • 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…
  • Time Management Tips for Everybody

    Sue Becker
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    No matter what role you play in life – stay-at-home parent, CEO, student, entrepreneur, retiree, etc. – managing your time has an impact on your quality of life. Well actually, managing yourself with respect to time has an impact, since we can’t manage time itself. It’s not my role to tell you what you should be doing with your time, but I can help you find ways to use time in ways that will make you successful, in whatever way you define success. Here are a few ideas to consider: Say “no” more often.  I’ve previously written about the power of saying “no.” Evaluate…
  • Tips for Planning an International Trip

    Sue Becker
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:38 am
    Summer is almost here – hurray! Now’s the time many of us will be heading out of town, or even out of the country, for vacation. To make sure you experience smooth sailing (or flying as the case may be), here are some tips for planning an international trip. Make sure your passport is still valid – many countries require your passport to be valid at least six months past your departure date. Make two copies of your passport and photo ID – leave one at home and pack one in your luggage. This will make it easier to get another passport if your passport is lost or stolen. Check out the…
  • Productivity Tools Alone Can’t Save You

    Sue Becker
    19 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    There are loads of electronic gadgets and online tools to help track your to-dos and appointments (Outlook, Google Calendar, Wunderlist, etc.), capture information (Evernote, OneNote, etc.), manage your grocery list (e.g., GroceryIQ), and help with a myriad of other things that are part of surviving modern life. However, whether you use the latest electronic gadget or go old school and use paper and pencil, it’s important to have good productivity habits in place in order to make the most of your productivity tools. For example, I’ve worked with plenty of folks who use an electronic task…
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    Clutter Coach

  • Goals vs. Tasks

    Claire
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    by Originally posted 2007-10-04 10:26:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterYou need both goals and tasks, and they’re easy to confuse. A big reason that people don’t get things on their to do list done isn’t that they procrastinate, but that the list entries aren’t really do-able. Does your to do list look like this? Design the book Increase sales this month Find an accountant These are actually all goals, not tasks. A goal is reached via a series of tasks. Once you identify a goal you need to figure out what the first thing to do is. Do that, then figure out the next…
  • Get a Deadline

    Claire
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    by Originally posted 2010-03-17 15:45:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter At a presentation I did the other day, one of the participants came up with a great way to manage her time better: get a deadline. Someone had asked her for information and she wasn't willing to take time from her own work to give it right away. However, she didn't want to leave the person hanging either. If she knew when the info was needed by, she could work it into her schedule and not let it interrupt her. Be proactive and give deadlines yourself. Make it easier for others to help you by letting them know…
  • Where Does Clutter Come From?

    Claire
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    by Originally posted 2012-05-08 10:40:45. Republished by Blog Post PromoterClutter comes from many sources; a primary one is what we call delayed decision making. That’s when things pile up because you haven’t made a decision to move them on to their next stop: being put away, thrown away, taken to the cleaners, returned to their owner, tossed in the Goodwill bag, shredded, mailed back or foisted off on someone else. Clutter can also come from projects in progress. It’s understandable to want to leave everything out until you finish whatever you’re working on, but if…
  • Keep Tabs on Your Credit

    Claire
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    by Originally posted 2008-02-26 09:36:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterRecently, I got a brochure in the mail about identify theft from the Federal Trade Commission. It reminded me that it’s time for my yearly request for free credit reports. The Fair Credit Reporting Act says that all three of the major credit reporting agencies offer free credit reports to everyone once a year. It’s a good thing to do, to make sure no one has taken out a loan or applied for credit in your name, and to make sure the information they have regarding your accounts is correct. They’ve even…
  • Tip for Purging Email

    Claire
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    by Originally posted 2010-03-09 16:18:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I admit it, there are tons of unattended to emails in my inbox. The vast majority of it is reading. I'll probably never get to it, but I don't mind it being there. The rest is threads about events or plans that needed some back and forth before getting resolved. Just going backwards in time is a slow and unappealing way to find emails to delete. Sorting your email by subject first and then by sender will give you two distinct sets of emails that will already be grouped in nice, tossable chunks. You'll get…
 
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    Organize It Blog

  • Celebrating Buy Michigan Week

    Clare
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    This one is for our local friends. Organize-It is based in Michigan – our warehouse is in Rochester Hills and if you’ve been to our storefront, you know it’s in Shelby on the corner of 25 Mile Road and Dequindre. Naturally, we’re big promoters of goods made in our beloved mitten state. This week, July 27 to Aug. 2, has been declared Buy Michigan Week by Governor Rick Snyder. To celebrate, we want to take this opportunity to highlight a couple Michigan based manufacturers that we love working with. Whitehall Whitehall Products is based in Montague, Mich. Recognized as…
  • How to: A paperless kitchen is not a far off idea

    Clare
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    I like to consider myself pretty eco friendly. I’m always yelling at my roommate to recycle, I’m going through a costly transition to all cruelty-free cosmetics (don’t make fun) and I’m even trying to grow my own veggies this year. But one of the biggest projects I want to tackle is converting my kitchen to completely paperless. That’s right — I’m done with paper towels, napkins and those large tubs of disinfecting wipes. My grandmother would laugh at me right now. Paper towels? What a waste! In reality, it’s not a stretch to strive for a paperless kitchen.  How quickly…
  • Trending: Chalk it up

    Clare
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    The trend of using chalkboard paint in the home shows no signs of slowing down in 2015. In fact, trends show it’s going to boom again – but in a different way. Avid Pinterest-ers and bloggers are discovering that you can make your own chalk board paint – wait for it – in any color! While we feature many ways to do this yourself on our Pinterest board, we thought we’d also highlight some of the cool chalkboard themed home goods we offer – some obviously handy and others uniquely decorative. Write on it Chalkboard Wall Organizer: Let’s start with the universal pieces. This…
  • How-to: Pet toy organization and storage

    Clare
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:52 am
    We love our fury friends, but we do not love the mess that comes with them. We may have little control over their messy eating habits, sloppy kisses and whirlwind hair shedding abilities, but we can take control over the clutter of their toys. If you’re anything like me, you love to spoil your four legged buddy. My main man, Pablo, has all the toys, cat nip and scratching posts a kitty could dream of – and I’m the lucky one who trips over all of it day and night. Regardless of whether your best friend is canine, feline or anything else – pet toy storage and organization is an easy…
  • Trending: Chic copper finishes create a bold statement

    Clare
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Copper saw a trend boom last year and the golden finish shows no signs of slowing down in 2015. We’ve recently had an influx of new copper items that we’re really excited about. When the following items first showed up in my office, I was hesitant. I see a lot of different finishes on any given day, but this brassy copper – I just wasn’t sold. As the pieces sat on my desk, awaiting keyword research and an appropriate copy block, they won me over. Copper is not a color for the neutral at heart – it’s for the stylistically daring. It’s bold, sharp and demands attention. No wonder…
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    Value of Simple

  • 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…
  • My Expansive Vision for SimpleREV Local Gatherings

    Joel Zaslofsky
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Visions. They can be powerful, fleeting, and rapidly evolving things. Remember my original vision for SimpleREV in November 2013? Or how about the May 2014 Smart and Simple Matters episode with a renewed, bigger vision? If you’ve heard of SimpleREV already, odds are you think it’s just an annual event in Minneapolis every October. And if you’re really paying attention, maybe you know we have a cool community-sourced video series called What Simple Living Means to Me or a dormant (and hopefully soon-to-be revived) podcast called All Things SimpleREV. But that’s where…
  • How to Go Carbon Neutral, Grow from Rejection, and Have the Pope Ask for Your Prayers with Jared Brock – SASM 076

    Joel Zaslofsky
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I had no idea how Christians signed emails until I met my guest. And you probably didn’t know that he flipped the script on books about prayer by making his eclectic, soulful, and hilarious. This Smart and Simple Matters episode with Jared Brock – co-founder of Hope for the Sold, author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, and frequent forest resident of a 1975 Airstream trailer – switches quickly from inspiring, funny, and practical. You’ll probably pull different gems from our conversation, but I was struck by a couple of Jared’s statements in particular. The first was his…
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    Metropolitan Organizing ®

  • How To Select a Senior Living or Retirement Community

    Geralin Thomas
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Geralin Thomas Download Your Retirement Community Question Checklist The post How To Select a Senior Living or Retirement Community appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing ®.
  • Personal Style Coaching : 1+1 Call

    Geralin Thomas
    11 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    ckka [do_widget id=text-70] The post Personal Style Coaching : 1+1 Call appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing ®.
  • From Hoarding to Hope

    Geralin Thomas
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Reality TV introduced the topic of hoarding to millions of Americans. Many joke about their “hoarding tendencies,” but few grasp the reality of what it’s like to struggle with a hoarding disorder. As a professional organizer, I’ve had the privilege (and sometimes the challenge) of working with clients with hoarding disorder. My hands-on experience has […] The post From Hoarding to Hope appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing ®.
  • How To Choose A Shredder For Your Home Office

    Geralin Thomas
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas A Shredder For Every Purpose When it comes to purchasing a shredder, the options are overwhelming. There are literally thousands of shredders to choose from. Here are some tips to narrow your focus and help you decide on the best shredder for your home or office. Determine Usage How many people will be using your […] The post How To Choose A Shredder For Your Home Office appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing ®.
  • How To Work With Subcontractors

    Geralin Thomas
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Hiring And Managing Subcontractors Subcontractors can be a key component of expanding your professional organizing business. Hiring a team of subcontractors will allow you to take on more clients and tackle large organizing projects. Use the tips below to assemble an organizing team that will work collaboratively. Assemble Your Team Search For Subcontractors Cast a […] The post How To Work With Subcontractors appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing ®.
 
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    Helena - A Personal Organizer

  • 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 27

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 27    We can only give what we have. Being full time with kids can be draining. Create alone time to recharge and relax.  The post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 27 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 26

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 26 Organizing for a Clutter Free Summer   With the kids home all day, the house will get cluttered faster than usual. Place a bin on a central spot and collect all clutter daily as the day ends. It’s lovely to wake up to a picked up home! The post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 26 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 25

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 25 Organizing for a Healthy, Easy Summer Menu Make a summer menu that’s both easy and light. Salads and grains can be a great option of dishes you can prepare on a cinch. Use this grocery list template to simplify.   The post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 25 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 24

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 24 Organizing Summer Memories Coming home from a trip with shells and rocks? Create a beautiful collection using glass jars and label them by place. The post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 24 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 23

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    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 23 Organizing to Teach New Life Skills Summer can be a great time to start practicing new habits or chores since the kids are home all day. Create a chart and get your little ones on the helpers’ list! Want to organize the kids’ information and start a new school year with all in place? Check the Kids’ Organizing Printables.   The post 31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips – Day 23 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
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  • New Themes: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication

    sarah semark
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today we’re introducing three new free themes to our collection: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication. Libretto Featuring big, bold drop caps and oversized images, Libretto is ideal for showcasing longform writing or stunning imagery. Its classic design and typographic details will give your blog a sophisticated, elegant look. Fully responsive, the theme adapts easily to tablets and other mobile devices, ensuring that your content is easy to see. Libretto is a fork of Readly, originally designed by WPShower. Get to know Libretto in the Theme Showcase, or give it a…
  • Four Food Blogs to Follow Now

    Krista
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From sweet to savory, these four fantastic food blogs will satisfy your appetite. If you enjoy eating (and who doesn’t?!), check them out and follow them in your Reader so you won’t miss a dish. The Dinner Party Collective The Dinner Party Collective is a collaborative blog dedicated to “reinvigorating the delicious lost art of dinner parties.” The DPC features seasonal full-course menus, photos, and recipes from apéritifs to dessert (complete with wine pairings, no less!) ideal for dinner groups of six to eight. Blogger Margot leads an international troupe of food and wine lovers…
  • Reader Refresh

    Ben Lowery
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    Today, we’re proud to present an improved version of the WordPress.com Reader. We’ve made the Reader faster, with shorter load times and smoother scrolling. We’ve also improved the way we display posts, so you can now see the highlights of each story at a glance. The new interface works just as well on a mobile device as it does on your computer, so it’s simpler and faster for you to catch up on blogs while on the go. Keeping track of recent posts from the blogs and sites you follow is now both easier and more fun. Our new cards — which preview each post’s…
  • Heading to BlogHer ’15? So are we!

    Michelle W.
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note: we’ve just updated the workshop times slightly — see below for the final schedule. BlogHer ’15, one of the biggest and best annual conferences for bloggers, lands in New York City later this week, from July 16th through the 18th. You’ll find hundreds of passionate bloggers, workshops to hone every aspect of your blogging, incredible keynote speakers like Ava DuVernay and Gwyneth Paltrow — and us! At our Happiness Lounge in the expo hall, you’ll be able to get one-on-one help with your WordPress sites. Staff from across Automattic will also be leading…
  • New Themes: Baskerville and Edda

    Laurel Fulford
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today I’m excited to introduce two new free themes to our collection. Baskerville Baskerville was designed by Anders Norén, and it displays writing, photos, and videos in a dynamic, grid-based layout. It features unique layouts for different post formats, to make different kinds of content pop. Baskerville’s design adapts to any screen size, big or small, so your posts always look their best. Get to know Baskerville on the Theme Showcase, or give it a spin by activating it from Appearance → Themes. Edda Edda, designed by…
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  • Paper Doll and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

    Julie Bestry
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Blogging can be exciting (when you see the “shared” count go up, up, up on a post over which you labored), as well as disheartening (when the comments are few and there’s no hubbub, Bub). But blogging is also a passion. For me, as Paper Doll, I am so full of words — of advice […]
  • Hanging Around — An After-Market Hanging File Solution That Works

    Julie Bestry
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a professional organizer, I spend a good deal of time explaining to people that organization and productivity require two kinds of systems, physical and behavioral. Usually, I’m cautioning people not to rely too much on the physical — the shelves or the tubs or the apps or the tools. That’s because one’s behavior, one’s […]
  • NAPO 2015: Wardrobe Organizing, Whether You’re Haute Couture or Low Maintenance

    Julie Bestry
    20 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Longtime readers of this blog know that it’s a rarity for me to venture into discussing closets and wardrobes. Paper Doll‘s corner of the organizing blogosphere is definitely better suited to paper and productivity clientele than that of fabulous fashionistas, but I’d be remiss in my recapping of the NAPO 2015 Annual Conference and Organizing Expo if I did […]
  • NAPO 2015 Expo: Magically Organize Your Writing with the Equil® Smartpen 2

    Julie Bestry
    11 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    We professional organizers are pretty easy to intrigue, but hard to impress. We like novelty, and you can hear our oooohs and aahhhs across the ballroom floor at the NAPO Organizing Conference and Expo when a vendor lengthens a folder tab, come out with a poly version of a product formerly only available in paper, or […]
  • NAPO 2015: Origami & SOFI–Innovations for Organizing Your Home

    Julie Bestry
    7 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    People ask professional organizers about storage solutions all the time. What are the best containers for our possessions? What shelves or tubs or drawers or dividers or other magical tools should we buy to organize our stuff? Of course, that’s the wrong question, or at least the wrong first question. To me, focusing on the storage container instead […]
 
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  • 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…
  • Monthly recap: April

    Michelle
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Monthly recap time! Getting back on track with these, oh yeah! How I spent my time: I tracked about 50 hours total in April, which is about on track with my averages, considering I took March 30-April 12 off from work.   Out of that time: Most of it (40.7) was internal tracking. The two most time-consuming tasks were email and editing (for the novel). How I made my money: Freelance writing: $1,442.25 Products/courses: $1,855.75 (a solid chunk of that being the Learnable course, most of the rest being the Multipassionate Branding self study) Kindle: $23.73 Worldslip: $3 Total…
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  • Why a cleaning caddy works so well (& how to create your own)

    Chrissy Halton
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Using a cleaning caddy is a really simple idea that can make household tasks a lot quicker and easier – and this post is all about how a cleaning caddy works so brilliantly, and how you can... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Why it’s key to understand what works for you & your home

    Chrissy Halton
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    It’s so important when it comes to organising your home that you look at your home as it currently is. Working out what works can give you so many clues as to how to change that which... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Home office makeover #1 – Starting point

    Chrissy Halton
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    It’s time for a makeover! My home office is in need of sorting out properly once and for all and I wanted to give you the no holes barred view of how I go about changing the room in a step by... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Do you REALLY need to organise that?

    Chrissy Halton
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Are you forever finding new ways to sort things in your home? Finding the best storage solutions? Tackling how to fit more into every square inch? Do you need to?! It’s a question that we can... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • 3 ways to use self storage to make home life easier

    Chrissy Halton
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    All the things I talk about and bring to you on this blog are because I genuinely think they will help with some part of homemaking and getting more organised – and self storage is one of those... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
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  • Georgia Tax Free Weekend 2015: Everything You Need to Know

    Suzanne
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    Georgia Tax Free Weekend 2015: Everything You Need to Know Shhhh. Can you hear it? Children all over the state, moaning that they only have two weeks of summer break left. Which means it’s back to school season. Before you grab that school supply list and burn rubber to save 7%, here are a few things to keep in mind for the Georgia Tax Free Weekend 2015. Clothing: Yes, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, and shoes are tax-free this weekend. But jewelry, handbags, watches, and sunglasses aren’t. And if your teenager is begging for those $140 designer jeans, those aren’t tax-free…
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – My Thoughts

    Suzanne
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – My Thoughts With over 2 million copies sold, 35 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and a three-month waiting list to become a client, Japanese professional organizer Marie Kondo has clearly hit a nerve. If you’ve been living under a rock, her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been riding a tidal wave of success while teaching people how to declutter and organize their homes. Clients and friends alike have been asking me what I think of Ms. Kondo’s book. So, at long last, here are my thoughts on The…
  • The Road to Hell….

    Suzanne
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    The road to hell… We all know the phrase, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.’ I’d like to propose that we change that to ‘the road to clutter is paved with good intentions.’ We all sometimes keep things with the best of intentions. This is especially true for those who are very conscious of our impact on the environment. It is also true for those who are creative and love crafting. But frequently, that leads to a clutter problem. A few examples: D.B. hated the idea of throwing Styrofoam away, because it couldn’t be recycled. Deciding to…
  • Do You Keep a first aid kit for your car?

    Suzanne
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    First aid kit for your car Being organized includes being prepared for the unexpected. Most of us will head out on a road trip at some point this summer. One thing this professional organizer doesn’t leave home without? A first aid kit for your car. You can put one together from supplies you have at home. Or you can do what I do and buy one. I actually use this Adventure Medical Kit that I bought at REI for hiking. It’s small, super lightweight, but comes with a ton of stuff. This one has everything from Band-Aids to basic medicines to splinter tweezers, and more. Can you…
  • I Check My Phone Too Much. Or do I?

    Suzanne
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Do I Check My Phone Too Much? Email. Texting. Facebook. We seem to live by our mobile devices now. There’s even talk (online, of course!) of a syndrome called FOMO – fear of missing out. That compulsion to check your phone every few minutes to make sure you haven’t missed something. Have YOU ever wondered ‘Do I check my phone too much?’ Over the weekend, I learned about a free app called Checky. And it does exactly that. It tracks how many times you check your phone throughout the day. So I downloaded it this morning. This could be scary! Now, I will add some…
 
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  • 3 Surprising Tips for Keeping Your Kids Organized

    Ellen
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
          Keeping our kids organized can be a challenge! We know it’s an important teachable moment for the long term, but it’s also vital for our family sanity.  An organized family feels more cohesive and positive. Even the most organized families can struggle with daily maintenance.   Set up systems that are kid friendly as a start. The first step is to set  up organizing systems that work for them. Create a system that works with their individual styles.  A simple system is best for their clothes, media and toys.  Give them a good baseline to stay…
  • Decluttering with your kids

    Ellen
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Summer is the best time to partner with your kids in decluttering your home.  You have a little more time during the week without the pace of school.  Your kids need a little something more to do around the house.  Most especially we all need an annual time to declutter what has built up throughout the year.  There are many philosophies on decluttering with your kids.  All have merit.  It’s time to think about what works best in your family. Working alongside your kids   Many of us as kids were just sent to our room to “clean up.”  It might have been a…
  • Organizing Your Purse for Work

    Ellen
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
      Can’t find your keys, phone or badge at work?  It’s the little things that matter when being organized at work.  Did you know your purse is an important part of organizing and productivity?  Not only will you be be effective and efficient with an organized purse, you will feel more confident.  Here’s the strategy for organizing your purse!   Start with a medium size cross body style purse.  This medium size purse holds your phone and wallet.   Use a small fold over wallet for your credit cards and drivers license. Add in a larger handbag with divided…
  • College Preparation and Organization

    Ellen
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
      It’s a big transition that first year of college! Being sure you have the right stuff makes that transition easier. College preparation and organization make this transition easier.  It’s important to get started with the right stuff.   Preview Take advantage of  your first peek at college life while  you are registering for classes during the summer.  Look over your space with an honest appraisal. It’s much smaller than  you think!  See what is built in to your room and what storage exists.  If needed, use a tape measure too.   Less is more For most…
  • Organize a July 4th Summer Celebration

    Ellen
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
      It’s easy to get in the spirit of our nation’s biggest celebration July 4th.  It takes just a little organizing for summer celebrations for us to have a grand ole time!  Organize July 4th summer celebration with these easy to do ideas.   Red, white and blue Easy to pull together, our patriotic colors set the stage for fun.  Coordinate your party goods, food and beverages around these colors.  Strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon are healthy additions to every celebration.  Make homemade ice cream and add red, white and blue sprinkles.  Guests love to be a…
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