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Choosing a simpler life

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I am a huge fan of Rick Warren. His book, The Purpose Driven Life was a catalyst for me becoming a professional organizer. The book had a huge impact on my life and was a life changer for me. Following is one of his daily devotionals about Choosing A Simpler Life. I’ve bolded the last 2 paragraphs because they say it all. Enjoy! . . . a time to embrace and a time to refrain. Ecclesiastes 3:5 (NIV) “You are the only one who can assume responsibility for your time and clarify what’s really important to you.” You’d think that… read more »

Simplify meal prep

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Take the stress and guess work out of last minute meal preparations by setting your ingredients and recipes in the dish you plan to make it in. This helps you double check that you have all of the necessary ingredients, and that you have the appropriate number of dishes to prepare your meal with. Reduce daily stress by doing as much food preparation as you can in advance. For example, in the recipe shown with this post, you can crush the crackers and combine them with the almonds in a baggie ahead of time. Instead of waiting until the last minute… read more »

It’s hump day

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Today is a great day to review the goals and plans you had for this week (hopefully you jotted them down somewhere—and can find them) and see how you’re doing on them. Take the time to mark off those tasks that you’ve completed. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to mark things off your list. Several of the things on your list may have already taken care of themselves. If so, cross those items off too. Looking over the things still on your list, decide which items are the most important, or most difficult, for you to… read more »

Make a plan

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If you take the time this morning to map out a plan for the week, you’ll be amazed at how much more productive you’ll be. It will only take you about 15 minutes. Think about what goals you want to (need to) accomplish this week. Then schedule or plan time in your calendar to get those things done. You will be the most successful if you tackle the toughest things first. It’s also good to plan a reward for yourself such as telling yourself after I work on this project for 2 hours, I will get my favorite coffee from… read more »

Send Out Cards

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Do you often miss sending a card on a special occasion? Do you buy cards with the intention of sending them, but then don’t? If this sounds like you, you’ll love Send Out Cards. I’m a huge fan of Send Out Cards so I want to take a moment to tell you about it. I think many of you may find this service to be a lifesaver. With Send Out Cards, you can send a printed handwritten greeting card with your message in less than 60 seconds. Simply choose your card, write your message and click send. Send Out Cards… read more »

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

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If you don’t believe that you can be taught organizing skills, think again. My oldest daughter was recently preparing for a trip out of town. She began planning (organizing) for the trip about 2 weeks ahead of time by starting a list of things she needed to bring or do before the trip. She had learned these organizing skills by living with me. Some of the skills were taught and some of them she just observed me doing. As a professional organizer, I got such a kick out of her list that I just had to share her outline. Things… read more »

Put it on paper

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Goal setting is very important. And putting your goals down on paper can’t be stressed enough. Until you take the time to MAP out your goals, they won’t become a reality. Because we are creatures of nature, we normally spend our days doing the same things over and over. Once our goals are written down, and then broken down into manageable steps, we can begin to take action on them. If your goal is to buy a house someday, your manageable steps might look like this: Check credit reports to make sure there are no adverse things listed. Take action… read more »

Preparing for a move?

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Preparing for a move is the key to a successful, stress-free move. You can begin preparing months before you move by determining what items you know you won’t use before you move and packing those right away. Establish where your holding zone will be. A holding zone is an out of the way place where you can begin storing any boxes that you pack in advance. Be sure to mark each box with the room that the box should land in at the new home in big letters. In smaller letters, you can write a brief description of what’s in… read more »

Oops, I did it again…

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I’ve talked about my problem with time clutter many times before. It continues to be a challenge for me since my desire to help others is so strong, I forget to think about myself, and my own needs, when I accept commitments. In May 2013, I cleared my schedule completely for 2 weeks while I took the time to map out the vision, or direction, for my life, family and business. After mapping out the vision, I had to remove things from my schedule that didn’t fit into that vision. It was a great feeling to get clarity on what… read more »

Move preparation

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After months of waiting you finally sold your house and are preparing to move. Here’s a quick check list to guide you through the process. Fill out a change of address with the post office. Contact utilities to schedule service terminations. Keep a list of who you talked to and the date you’ve schedule the services to end for reference. Be sure to provide them with your new mailing address. Begin packing room by room, keeping like items with like items. Label each box in big bold letters with the room that you want the box to land in at… read more »

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