Monday, June 24, 2013

Take Five Minutes

Time is a very important thing.  Something not to be wasted.  But we all do it....waste time.

We sit on the couch and watch T.V. in a daze..... while we complain that we don't have any time to do anything and our house is a mess.   Admit it....we've all done it.

So go ahead and watch T.V. ....but there are those commercials that give you plenty of time to get a few things done!  Really, take five minutes and organize something.  Do something.  Anything!

*   Bring your basket of clean laundry into the living room and fold your laundry

*   Organize your purse, briefcase or backpack

*   Organize a drawer

*   Make a list of things to do for the weekend

*   Go through your mail

*   Pay a couple of bills

*   Read your child a chapter in a book

*   Write out your grocery list

*   Write out next months birthday cards

*   Sew the buttons on a shirt

There are a lot of things that can be done during a commercial break.  Don't worry - those commercials will be on again (and again....) so you won't actually miss them!

Make better use of your time by doing small projects that you keep putting off.  This is one time where multi-tasking is O.K.

Happy Organizing!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Unexpected Loss - Are You Ready ?

Life doesn't always go as planned.   We just lost a loved one and it was beyond devastating.  My brain just stopped working and I was lucky that I knew what day it was.  Everything was a blur.

But during the very hectic days where arrangements were being made the one thing that we didn't need to worry about was "where did we put things?".

A few years back I had put together a list of everything.  Where the wills were kept, who the lawyers were, where all of the banking was done, where the investments were, names of all of the doctors and any and all pertinent information that someone might need to find.

When you are in an emotional state - the last thing you want to do is to scrounge through your house and frantically look for things.

By being organized and just putting together some lists we had everything at our fingertips.

It's not easy to think about the eventual future that we will all have to face.  But by being proactive and thinking ahead - it helped take a lot of the stress out of the mix.

Re-read the article about "Organizing Your Paperwork" to learn more.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Organizing Your Pantry and Your Freezer

Summer means farmers markets, fresh fruits and vegetables, which translates into canning and freezing. Well, at least at my house.

But have you checked your pantry or freezer lately?  Have you used up all of your older products?

At least a few times a year you need to clear out your freezer and pantry.  Take a good look. Rotate your food and check all of your expiration dates.

If you have not used up all of the products that you made last year you might want to re-think what you really use in your home and either don't make as many  for the upcoming year or make them but give them away as gifts.  People love homemade preserves and other food products.

Canning has once again made a comeback - believe me - I could not find any canning supplies last year because they had all sold out!

But some people tend to forget what's hidden in the deep crevices of their pantry and freezer.  So take an hour and go through your freezer and pantry and take stock of what you still have and double check that everything is not past their expiration date.

Make sure that everything is neatly organized by product type so that you can tell at a glance how much you have.

Shopping - in your own home - what a great idea!

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