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  • Friends, Strangers or Houseguests?

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

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

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    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With just a week until Halloween, it’s time to get your Boo on!  Booing is a fabulous Halloween tradition that we’ve celebrated with neighbors for years, both when our children were much younger in Virginia and now here in North Carolina as they’ve grown older. Its a family activity that everyone enjoys which speaks volumes since they span elementary all the way through to college aged. Some years we are the first to get the Booing started and others we are taken by surprise when someone beats us to starting this chain of fun.  Because Halloween falls on a Friday next…
  • Get More Done Through Better Capture – Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

    MonicaRicci
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour." Vince Lombardi 1913-1970Legendary Football Coach PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing! Related articles Diminishing Fear Why You Can't Do It Quote of the month: Vince Lombardi
  • What Exactly Is Love, Anyway?

    MonicaRicci
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    On my sweet man's birthday, I chose this quote because I like to think this is how we roll...I love you, Mr. King. "Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you." Wayne Dyer, Author and Speaker PS: Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and if you like this information, share it by clicking the social bookmarking links above and below the post. Thanks for sharing!
 
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  • Declutter Your Digital Devices

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

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

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

    Aby Garvey
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Today I’m kicking off a mini series about staying organized. (And the crowd goes wild.) Okay, not really. The crowd is just mildly interested, and it makes sense. When it comes to organizing topics, staying organized definitely takes a back seat to getting organized. After all, who can resist the allure and drama of before and after photos depicting the incredible transformation of an organizing project? Very few of us, that’s who. Staying organized really is boring in comparison to getting organized. But I would argue that having tools in your organizing tool kit that will make it easy…
  • True Scrap 6 Winner

    Aby Garvey
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Thanks everyone who entered the giveaway for a spot in True Scrap 6. Want to know if you won? Here’s a link to the page where Lain announces the winners! (Good luck!) http://www.truescrap.com/winners-for-true-scrap-6-blog-giveaway/ Hurry on over to find out if you won. If you didn’t win, remember that you can use coupon code “HERO” to save $20 through Monday October 13th. One way or another, you can get in on this great scrapbooking event. Good luck friends! The post True Scrap 6 Winner appeared first on simplify 101.
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  • Halloween Traditions and How to Boo

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With just a week until Halloween, it’s time to get your Boo on!  Booing is a fabulous Halloween tradition that we’ve celebrated with neighbors for years, both when our children were much younger in Virginia and now here in North Carolina as they’ve grown older. Its a family activity that everyone enjoys which speaks volumes since they span elementary all the way through to college aged. Some years we are the first to get the Booing started and others we are taken by surprise when someone beats us to starting this chain of fun.  Because Halloween falls on a Friday next…
  • How to Organize Halloween Decor

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    23 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Just case you didn’t know, in this house we absolutely love Halloween! This year I’ve been refreshing our decor inside and out and I’m loving the look we currently have.  For inside decor, my biggest change has been to decorate our hall bench area.  For years I totally overlooked how this spot could highlight seasonal influences.  Because this bench is at the base of our stairs to the 2nd level, we pass it each and every day so it sets a festive tone. The wreath was a wonderful discounted find at AC Moore, the pillow from Pier 1 also on sale, and the metal figures…
  • How to Clean Windows {Fall Cleaning}

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    photo credit freedigitalphotos.net Its time to focus on how to clean windows. I don’t love the cleaning thing ~ not inside, not outside. And I especially don’t like it when its just really dirty and you don’t have a choice but to clean it. And here in North Carolina, one thing we see on our windows in the Fall is a nasty covering of cobwebs, the spiders who make them, and the pine straw that gets stuck in all that muck. So Fall is the perfect time to share a quick refresher course in how to clean windows.   I love knowing that my windows are clean and that the solution…
  • 5 Tips for an Organized School Book Fair

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    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    October means its Scholastic Book Fair time and today we’ve got some first hand tips about how you can create a truly organized and successful school event. While I always volunteer for our book fairs, I’ve spent a few of those years serving in a leadership role and have come to find out there are a few key things to keep in mind no matter if you are simply volunteering to staff set-up, preview or buy days, or tear down,  or if you decide to raise your hand during that PTA meeting and say bring it on! We all have to help to make any event a success at school and most…
  • How to Clean Your Carpets [Fall Cleaning]

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    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you ever look at your carpets and think “Oh man that’s so gross! I wish I could get it cleaner.”  Well there are some things that you can do to make sure that your carpet is as clean as it can be based on how old it is and how you’d been able to take care of it up until this point. I admit carpet cleaning isn’t exactly an exciting topic ~ I mean its cleaning ~ enough said! But if you are a busy Mom, you know its totally necessary and thanks to the experienced carpet cleaning team at Chem-Dry, I’ve got three tips to share with you on how to clean them…
 
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  • Get More Done Through Better Capture – Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

    Carrie Greene
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    This is what I learned visiting the windmills in Zannse Schans, just outside of Amsterdam. What do you think? Go ahead and post your thoughts in the comments section below. The post VIDEO: Lessons are everywhere appeared first on Carrie Greene.
 
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  • Feng Shui Shapes & Colors, Part 2: The Fire Element

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

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

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

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

    Ann
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many readers have written in with a very specific question: “What’s the best Feng Shui solution if the headboard of my bed is essentially an attached storage unit?” In a previous post I wrote about how open headboards are a “Feng Shui no-no” because they can easily turn into clutter magnets. The headboards’ many shelves, nooks and crannies attract books and magazines, phones and/or iPods, clocks, family photographs, tchotkes and more. For the most part none of this is good to have in your bedroom, never mind right next to your head as you sleep. Practical…
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  • Cucumbers Provide Green Solutions for Almost Everything Including Cellulite!

    Kathi Burns
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have always been a big fan of cucumbers. Sliced thin with a little rice wine vinegar and dill, or chopped into squares with tomatoes and basil, yummy! Now I love them even more. From bad breath to cellulite to hangover prevention, check out all of the ways these little green parcels of goodness will work overtime for us. 1.Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. 2.Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down…
  • Six Tips For Managing Your College Schedule

    Kathi Burns
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Your first year away at college can be stressful. After a long time of anticipation, you are now on your own and responsible for creating your independent life and your schedule. How you spend your time at college will dictate the your success or failure. Having an organized plan of action will save you untold stress and help you enjoy your college experience to the fullest. Tip One: Plan your days. After you have settled into your dormitory and met your roommate, get out a new binder and sit down with your class schedule. You will need to attend all your classes, schedule time for studying,…
  • Mastering Your Goals Through Thought, Speech and Action

    Kathi Burns
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is an excerpt from my book~ How to Master Your Muck. If you are in the process of setting goals for your life, this chapter might help make the process a bit easier. Think and Speak Specifics Create a mission statement for your goal. Effective mission statements should include components such as values, vision and purpose. One of my clients created this mission, ”My mission is to help others to grow personally, professionally, emotionally, and spiritually by using my compassion, my unique perspective and my belief in others’ inherent goodness and enormous potential.” Create…
  • Clean Out Your Refrigerator

    Kathi Burns
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    November is National ‘Clean Out Your Refrigerator’ Month! Do you have any mysterious items lurking in your fridge? If so, email me your questions. By Thanksgiving you’ll have room to store the turkey and all the trimmings!
  • What to take to bed with you – not a joke.

    Kathi Burns
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Put your car keys beside your  bed at night. Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across.  Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car.  The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys…
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  • Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Sign ~ Free Printable!

    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. Well, you’ll either love this or laugh at this, but I have to share in hopes that it will help at least one reader out there like me! Several years ago I was overwhelmed with just about everything unexpected that comes […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Sign ~ Free Printable!
  • Friday Favorites: Help Your Daily Routine Go Better, How to Tackle Kids Clutter + more!

    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Hi!  Is everyone happy it’s Friday?  I am although I don’t know why considering the most exciting thing I have to look forward to is Amazing Race tonight, ha!  But honestly that’s just the way I love it.  I love weekends without agendas and running around.  I like relaxing with the kids, hanging out with […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Help Your Daily Routine Go Better, How to Tackle Kids Clutter + more!
  • Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

    Laura
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. Let’s not beat around the bush, shall we?  I’m just going to come right out and say it. Friends, this is the most amazing banana bread.  Ever.  EVER.  A bit ooey, a bit gooey, and absolutely bedazzled with chocolate chips and walnuts. […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread
  • How To Stop Clutter Before It Even Happens

    Laura
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    If you have missed any posts in this years Peaceful Organized Homes series, you can catch up HERE. You’ll notice that I’ve spent a lot of time talking about clutter in this series and it’s because I strongly believe that it is next to impossible to have a Peaceful Organized Home when surrounded by piles […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> How To Stop Clutter Before It Even Happens
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 20/14

    Laura
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hey friends, happy Menu Plan Monday day!!!  Welcome to a brand new week where we plan our menus to help our week be a lot less stressed!  Think of it as simply selecting 5 recipes to cook sometime throughout the week, you don’t even have to assign them to specific days if you don’t want […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 20/14
 
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  • The Mysteries Inside Your Medicine Cabinet

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

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

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

    Deb Lee
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post by Lizzie Weakly explains the many benefits of using a maid service. If you’re a homeowner who spends any amount of time cleaning your home, you may have considered contracting a maid service. For those who are still on the fence, the following six points will help to convince you that using a service is a wonderful idea. 6 Reasons to Get Maid Service   1. More Time to Focus on Family Hiring a professional maid service is the perfect way to shift the focus from routine cleaning to valuable family time. Hours spent maintaining a clean home will easily eat away…
  • Use Fiverr To Get Stuff Done Quickly and Inexpensively

    Nealey Stapleton
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Fiverr. Fiverr. Fiverr. I like saying Fiverr; it has a nice ring to it and it just sounds cool. Have you heard of it? If you haven’t and you’re looking for an inexpensive way to hire someone to get something done, then have I got just the thing for you. Yep, Fiverr! Cool Fiverr Features   1. Everything starts at $5. Of course, there are add-ons to get extra products or services with your order, but you can get a whole lot for five bucks. It’s pretty irresistible and signing up for an account is free. 2. Access your account anywhere. Like almost everything else these days, Fiverr…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    One's real life is often the life that one does not lead. (O. Wilde) — Authenticity is turning that real life into reality. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    You're never too old to set a new goal, dream a new dream. (L. Brown) — Life only ends when you stop growing and changing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    He is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. (H. Thoreau) — I must be wealthy beyond measure, skinflint that I am! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The earth delights to feel your bare feet, the winds long to play with your hair. (K. Gibran) — Give them what they want! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you experience stress, you're doing it wrong. (J. Levinson) — It never gets easier unless you do things differently! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    One's real life is often the life that one does not lead. (O. Wilde) — Authenticity is turning that real life into reality. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    You're never too old to set a new goal, dream a new dream. (L. Brown) — Life only ends when you stop growing and changing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    He is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. (H. Thoreau) — I must be wealthy beyond measure, skinflint that I am! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The earth delights to feel your bare feet, the winds long to play with your hair. (K. Gibran) — Give them what they want! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you experience stress, you're doing it wrong. (J. Levinson) — It never gets easier unless you do things differently! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • SLT073: Simplifying Simple Life Together

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

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

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

    Daniel Hayes
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Never underestimate the power of habit. In mid-April of 2014, I decided that I needed to make some positive changes to my morning ritual. I’ve talked about my morning ritual a few times on the Simple Life Together podcast, and we discussed the power of habit, routines and rituals back in Episode 30 and also in one of our most popular episodes, The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Simplicity in Episode 55. But recently I read a book on habits (well, actually I listened to the audio version) by Charles Duhigg, titled The Power of Habit. But let me back up just a bit and talk about my…
  • SLT 070: Voluntary Simplicity with Miriam Ortiz y Pino

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

  • Clutter Video Tip: 7 Ways to Tame Your Email Inbox

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

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

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

    Lorie Marrero
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Cinderella knows the power of a good makeover. Many makeovers begin in your master closet. But how do you know where to start if you don’t have a Fairy Godmother? Watch this video to see the strategies I used making over a real life master closet, making it easier to find those glass slippers. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdmaster.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a lot to get the word out about the information we have to…
  • Clutter Video Tip: How to STAY Organized! 7 Concepts that Stick

    Lorie Marrero
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    What do duct tape, gum and toddlers have in common? They all tend to be sticky. Sometimes you need something to be sticky so it- you know, sticks. Watch this video for concepts that will make your home organization tasks stick. If the task sticks, you are less likely to have to redo it. Which leaves you more time for chewing gum and chasing toddlers! ;) (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can't see the embedded player. Or watch the video at http://bit.ly/tcdsticky.) >  PLEASE HELP: "LIKE"-ing, sharing, and commenting on these Clutter Video Tip videos on YouTube really helps me a…
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  • Last Week Of National Preparedness Month

    MasterOrganizing
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Today is National PrepareAthon Day !  Many of you have taken up the call to prepare yourself against disasters and emergencies all month long.  Huge high fives to you for going on this month long emergency preparedness journey.  All this preparation will keep your mind at easy when an emergency does arise in your hometown. This week is all about practicing where to go and what to do in an event of an emergency.  Practice! Practice! Practice! these routes with your family members. Organizing Tip: Create a map like the one shown above and post it by the main exits of your home.  This…
  • Week 3 of National Preparedness Month

    MasterOrganizing
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It’s week 3 of National Preparedness Month and we are more than half way through.  Great job for keeping up! This week is all about physically creating your Preparedness Kits.  Check out what I have in my home preparedness kit and where I got them: Water (One Gallon Jugs)  -Sprouts Food (Non-perishable) – Sprouts/Costco/Amazon Energizer Emergency Weather Station -Amazon Headlamp with LED Lights  -Target Energizer AA Batteries – Target First Aid Kit – Target Pocket Mask - American Red Cross Emergency Bandage - Amazon Coghlan’s Four Function Whistle -REI…
  • Week 2 of National Preparedness Month

    MasterOrganizing
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It’s week 2 of National Preparedness Month and this week it is all about focusing on how to plan for specific needs before a disaster. In other words what are your specific emergency plans for your children, older family members, pets or business. Because we moved recently, my family and I discussed the new locations of where to meet in an event of a disaster.  We decided that home would be our first place to go in an emergency and if home was not accessible then the neighborhood park stop sign next to the school would be our meeting place. The purpose of this week is to get real…
  • Week 1 of National Preparedness Month

    MasterOrganizing
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
      September is National Preparedness Month and each week I will be sharing my organizing tips along with Ready.gov to get prepared for emergencies. This week we will be focusing on “How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.” I challenge you to sit down with your family after dinner tonight and create or update your Family Communication Plans.  Click on the links below to access easy to fill in pdfs: Plans for Kids Plans for Parents Organizing tip:  Keep paper copies in a plastic Ziploc bag or laminate it and place it your emergency preparedness bag (we will be going…
  • Master Organizing + The Container Store

    MasterOrganizing
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The Container Store launched the ATHome Services here in Los Angeles and I was one of the lucky few to have the opportunity to visit The Container Store Headquarters in Coppell, Texas! The Container Store Headquarters took me off guard a little bit.  First off, the headquarters, which The Container Store refers to as the “Home Office” is pretty modest both inside and out compared to their stores. It had a more modern artistic feel, where The Container Store products were displayed like pieces of art. Secondly, there’s an affinity for Gumby..yes folks Gumby..he’s like The…
 
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  • Create an Ideal Coaching Portfolio with the 8-Pocket Portfolio and Dry Erase Sheets

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

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

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

    Nicola
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    When it comes to name badges, I think it is a pretty safe bet that everyone has had some interaction with these ID products. Often used at trade shows and group gatherings, the badges help communicate who you are to someone without having to verbally say it. A friend of mine tried to apply this same logic to her classroom when she began to prepare for the new school year. Her goal was to help her students get acclimated to their new classroom without having to constantly stop class to demonstrate where things were located. Many individuals would probably post signs to help their students out,…
  • No-Hole Sheet Protector Provides Clean, More Professional Appearance

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

  • It’s Only Natural to Plan Ahead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Claire
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    by Originally posted 2009-08-13 15:54:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter My meditation practice is coming along. I don't do it everyday, but I'm still getting some benefits out of my semi weekly sessions. One of the benefits is that I'm getting more used to the idea that I will be distracted while I meditate. The goal is not to remove distractions, but to gently set them aside. Thoughts pop into my head and I acknowledge them and release them. This is really helpful for concentration. When I sit down to write, sometimes I get stressed out when my mind wanders elsewhere and…
 
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  • PRESS RELEASE: ORGANIZE-IT LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE FRIENDLY SITE

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

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

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

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

    Elizabeth
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
      Our organizing expert is busy answering your questions! Make sure you ask yours today! AskOurOrganizer.com
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  • How 55 People Got Simple, Became Friends, and Owned Huggr (SimpleREV 2014 Part 1) – SASM 059

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

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

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

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

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

  • Turkey Day Timeline: How To Prepare For Thanksgiving

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

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

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

    Geralin Thomas
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas Learn What Kind Of Clutterer You Are Clutter comes in all shapes and sizes. To help better organize your home and life, take the Clutterer Personality Quiz below.           1. What kind of shopper are you? A. The Minimalist: You shop only for what you need at department and grocery stores […] The post What’s Your Clutterer Personality Type? appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
  • Best Locations To Start A Professional Organizing Business

    Geralin Thomas
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Geralin Thomas How To Choose A Location For Your Professional Organizing Business As a new professional organizer, one of your first decisions is where to set up shop. Whether you’re staying in the city in which you currently reside or making a fresh start somewhere else, here are a few things to keep in mind. Find your […] The post Best Locations To Start A Professional Organizing Business appeared first on Metropolitan Organizing.
 
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  • 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Series – Day 24

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Series – Day 24 Getting Ready for Holiday Guests As holiday guests begin to finalize their plans, it’s a good idea to start getting ready for holiday guests and tidying your guestrooms. If your guest bedrooms have become temporary storage rooms or contain lots of clutter, tackle it now. Schedule a day to thoroughly organize each room and donate...  Read More » The post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Series – Day 24 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 23

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 23 Planning Meals – Freeing Up Yourself It’s easy to forget to plan the daily dinners in the rush of the season. Plan the menu for the months ahead and resort to batching, freezing and using the forever helpful slowcooker. With all the fuss and preparation surrounding the big holiday meals, it’s easy to forget everyday meal planning....  Read More » The post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 23 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 22

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 22 Organizing Yourself & Shipping Holiday Gifts Shipping holiday gifts can be a huge hassle and take out all the fun of your day. Need to send long-distance gifts? Don’t let the lines at the Postal Office ruin your plans. Get your gifts ready and simply ship them all early in the season this year. You’ll...  Read More » The post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips – Day 22 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 DAYS OF HOLIDAY ORGANIZING TIPS — DAY 21

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 DAYS OF HOLIDAY ORGANIZING TIPS — DAY 21 Set Up a Gift Wrapping Station Set up a gift wrapping station and start wrapping your gifts. This can be a lot of fun! Keep it in a secret spot and do it before the kids are off from school for the seasonal break. Clear a space in your home and create a temporary holiday gift...  Read More » The post 31 DAYS OF HOLIDAY ORGANIZING TIPS — DAY 21 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
  • 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips — Day 20

    helenaalkhas@gmail.com (Helena Alkhas)
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enjoy the post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips — Day 20 Organizing Wrapping Supplies After you’ve created a list of who you want to give holiday gifts to this year (and added a few gift ideas next to each name), it’s time to start thinking about wrapping supplies. Decide on a particular theme or color scheme you’d like all your wrapping supplies to coordinate with. Here...  Read More » The post 31 Days of Holiday Organizing Tips — Day 20 appeared first on A Personal Organizer by Helena Alkhas.
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  • Motorcycle Storage – Indoor and Outdoor Storage

    Chris Thrive
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Those wheels mean a lot to you, so they deserve a secure home away from home. Whether you’re reclaiming garage space, changing addresses or just need an extra parking spot, Assured Self Storage offers a variety of motorcycle storage options with convenient self storage locations throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth area. So Many Good Reasons Do you own a vintage bike that’s as much a personal treasure as transportation? Self storage keeps your motorcycle safe from theft and vandalism, and an indoor unit protects it from our north Texas weather. Are you a weekend rider with a crowded…
  • Long-Term Car Storage In Dallas

    Chris Thrive
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    You don’t want to ask friends or family to take it in, and parking it on the street doesn’t solve your problem. Whether you need to store the car for a few weeks or indefinitely, finding the right space seems like a challenge. You need a solution that’s convenient, secure, easy on the budget, and located in Dallas. Assured Self Storage can provide that solution, with five locations that offer secure long-term car storage in Dallas. When the Garage Isn’t an Option If your car spends more time in the garage than out on the road, why let it take up all that floor space?
  • Five Factors that Can Affect Self Storage Unit Prices in Dallas

    Chris Thrive
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Self-storage is a fantastic way to store anything that you don’t want to clutter up your home or garage. The units are available in many sizes and most are completely secure. The storage unit prices in Dallas will depend on several things, including the size, whether or not it is climate controlled, accessibility, and its location. Size The first thing to consider is that storage units come in a variety of sizes. Some are as small as closets; others are spacious enough to accommodate two cars and a few articles of furniture comfortably. In most cases, the larger the unit is, the more you…
  • Merging Households: Planning, Packing, and Storing

    Chris Thrive
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    You’ve both finally agreed to share the same address, and you each have a lifetime of stuff to pack, transport and rearrange under one roof. Wherever you settle here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, merging households opens up a bright new chapter. This is a milestone that deserves celebrating, but it’s also a good time to start thinking ahead about planning, packing and storage. Take an Honest Inventory The new place comes with a guarantee: Everything from both your old places won’t fit. This is an opportunity to kick out clutter, but you might not agree on the difference…
  • 5 Reasons To Be Addicted To Self Storage

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

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

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

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

    Julie Bestry
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Long before Paper Doll became a professional organizer, I was a television character. No, not a character on television, but one whose personality and intellect was lovingly devoted to TV. Not only was my first career as a television program director (for Fox, UPN and WB stations), but my life was guided by the broadcast schedule. […]
  • Organize Your Reading: A Customized Digital Newspaper…That’s Actually Paper!

    Julie Bestry
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Are you a reader? Organizing the form of information flow can be just as important as squaring away the content. Previously, we’ve discussed how handwritten notetaking correlates better with learning and improved cognition than typewritten notes. Also, a recent Scientific American piece, The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens, reviewed the current […]
 
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  • 2015 Printable Blank PDF Fiscal Year Planner

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

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

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

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

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    15 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    Printable Blank PDF September 2015 Calendar Welcome the upcoming fall days with this Printable Blank PDF September 2015 Calendar. Teachers, use this September 2015 calendar to plan your upcoming events and appointments. Download this September 2015 Calendar by clicking the image below or this link: Printable September 2015 Calendar Holidays & Noteable events in September 2015 Calendar: Labor Day – September 7 More 2015 Calendars To Consider: January 2015 Calendar February 2015 Calendar March 2015 Calendar April 2015 Calendar May 2015 Calendar June 2015 Calendar July…
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  • Traditional & modern wedding anniversary gift themes printable

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

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

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

    Chrissy Halton
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Today’s post is all about the opposite of a TO DO list – the DONE list – and why it is arguably more important and better for you than your TO DO list. TO DO lists are always there... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
  • Maximise the positives and learn from the negatives

    Chrissy Halton
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Sometimes on this blog I like to write down some general thoughts that may get you thinking about things in a different way. Todays thought is based on making life easier by working around the way we... {Please click on the title of the post to read it in full....}
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    Volunteer Work Opportunities

  • Teaching in Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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