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Skip the plastic bag

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A simple action you can take to help the environment is to pay attention to what the clerk is bagging for you and just say no. In most cases a quick trip into the store doesn’t even warrant a bag. Do you really need a bag for your gallon of milk if you are going to carry it by the jug handle anyway? Does your bag of potatoes need a bag? What about when you run in the store for 1 or 2 items? The bag isn’t really necessary, is it? Did you know? About a hundred billion plastic bags… read more »

Time management tips

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Though I struggle with time clutter, I seem to excel with time management. What I mean by that is that I am able to complete tasks in a more efficient way and so my time spent is very productive. A big part of the organizing services we offer is helping people set up systems that allow them to be more productive. Some very simple tips that you could apply to your life and time right now are: Rather than running up and down the steps each time you find something that belongs either up or downstairs, put baskets at the… read more »

Setting limits with your time

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A bad habit that I have is that when a client or anyone else wants to schedule some of my time, I simply look to the next blank date in my calendar and pencil them in. From there, I begin to pencil in things around those initial appointments until my entire day, then entire week and eventually entire month is completely booked. At that point it is too late to take time out for myself and I end up exhausted. Our time is valuable, so it is very important that we set up certain limits and boundaries with it or… read more »

Declutter your schedule

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Have you ever ended your day by thinking “Did I accomplish anything?” or maybe you wonder where all of the time went. If you don’t master your schedule, it will master you! Here are some suggestions for reducing the stress of your schedule and freeing up more time for yourself: Line up your priorities. Obviously, you don’t have time to do everything, so you must make choices. You must decide what’s really important and what isn’t. Take some time to consider the direction of your life. Relax your attitude. Do you really have to do everything on your to-do list?… read more »

Time clutter

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We normally think of clutter as physical objects, but there are many types of clutter that aren’t. Cluttering our mind with too much information, cluttering our body with too much junk food and cluttering our schedule with too many commitments are examples of other types of clutter. I have struggled with time clutter since I launched Simplified Living Solutions, Inc. I tend to fill my planner and to do list without even considering if what I am scheduling will really benefit me, my company or my family. The problem stems from the fact that I never took the time to… read more »

Preparing for the unthinkable

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I’ve always been very proactive when it comes to preparing for my own death. I want to make sure that the things I’ve worked so hard for will transfer seamlessly to my children. Since I assume they will already be devastated enough by my death and the grief associated with it, I want to make things as easy as I can for them during that time. I am intrigued by the many, many people that don’t plan for their death. It’s inevitable, right? Death is the one thing that we can all count on. We’re all going to die. Because… read more »

Serving food at parties…simplified

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My motto, and I believe an organized motto, is that you can never plan too early. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, or really with any get together you plan, there are so many things you can do in advance that will really simplify things for you and allow you to really have time to enjoy your guests. As you can see in this picture, everything is on the table that I’ll need for my get together except for the hot and the cold dishes that you can’t really put out until the last minute. It’s actually much… read more »

Maximizing your storage space

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A big part of getting organized is learning how to maximize your space. Many times we use whatever shelves or storage products we have lying around when we attempt to get organized. Or we don’t put much thought into what type of shelves or storage products would be best for the space before dashing out and grabbing whatever looks cute. It is critical to your organizing success that you take the time to really think through the appropriate storage products before you invest in them – or they just end up adding to your clutter. As you can see in… read more »

Time management tips

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Schedule time next week to complete what you didn’t finish this week. Schedule appointments with yourself to complete priority work. How many magazine subscriptions do you have? Does the amount of time you have to read them match the amount you are receiving? Utilize your prime time for priorites. Avoid checking email first thing in the morning. Group your tasks together such as calls to make, bills to pay, etc. Avoid multitasking; it takes the brain 4 times longer to recognize and process each time you change gears to a new task. If you switch back and forth constantly you… read more »

Get ready for tax time

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You may be scrambling around trying to find all of your paperwork for your 2011 taxes. Why not plan ahead for next year’s taxes now. I’m sure you already have paperwork coming at you that you have to keep for 2012. It’s not too early to determine a home for your 2012 receipts to live in for the year. The 13-pocket expanding file is one of my all-time favorite organizing products. And it’s so inexpensive on top of that! Simply file your receipts by vendor – Target, Office Max, etc. If you enter your receipts into an accounting program throughout… read more »

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