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Is a LATTE for you? Is it a habit?

While I love a good coffee as much as the next person, today that is not what I am talking about.

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Have you heard of the LATTE method?

It means Listen,  Acknowledge, Take action by solving the problem, Thank them, and then Explain why the problem occurred.

I feel this can be used in a variety of situations.

For example when I meet with a new client I may ask them to visualize the space in their home they are hoping to organize, and describe how they will feel when everything is in its place.

Another way to use is with your children and homework.  By saying, ‘How are you going to study tonight? What are you going to do tomorrow? How do you know you’re ready for your test?’ It trains them to set goals.

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When people are asked to do something that takes self-control, if they think they are doing it for personal reasons—if they feel like it’s a choice or something they enjoy because it helps someone else—it’s much less taxing. If they feel like they have no autonomy, if they’re just following orders, their willpower muscles get tired much faster. In both cases, people ignored the cookies. But when the students were treated like cogs, rather than people, it took a lot more willpower.

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People want to be in control of their lives.

I read this in a book and  is stuck with me.  The book was

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

“If you dress a new something in old habits, it’s easier for the public to accept it. The will to believe is the most important ingredient in creating belief in change. And that one of the most important methods for creating that belief was habits. Habits, are what allow us to do a thing with difficulty the first time, but soon do it more and more easily, and finally, with sufficient practice, do it semi-mechanically, or with hardly any consciousness at all. Once we choose who we want to be, people grow to the way in which they have been exercised, just as a sheet of paper or a coat, once creased or folded, tends to fall forever afterward into the same identical folds.
If you believe you can change—if you make it a habit—the change becomes real. This is the real power of habit: the insight that your habits are what you choose them to be. Once that choice occurs—and becomes automatic—it’s not only real, it starts to seem inevitable, the thing, as James wrote, that bears “us irresistibly toward our destiny, whatever the latter may be.”

Change might not be fast and it is not always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.

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THE FRAMEWORK:
• Identify the routine
• Experiment with rewards
Isolate the cue
• Have a plan

Set an alarm for 15 minutes!
A habit is a formula our brain automatically follows: When I see CUE, I will do ROUTINE in order to get a REWARD.

Good luck and let me know what you think of LATTE or how you changed a habit.

 

Thanks

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#Latte # homework # habit #organized

 

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Dear College Freshmen – 2018

I’ll be the first to admit college has changed a lot since my days.  So I went to a couple of experts.  The Wicked Hippie is now a senior so one could say she has been there and done that.  Then The Mermaid in a Mudslide shares 5 Things to Remember.   As you go forward with this new exciting chapter in your life enjoy your freshman year and know you can do it.  Pamela

A new academic season is coming up and that means a lot of incoming college freshmen are probably scared, excited, confused, happy, and sad. I knew I was when I was a freshmen. I am now a junior at university and along the way, I have learned things that I wish someone would have told […]

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Five Things to remember…

..as you head off to college.  Five Things to Remember

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8/17 National thrift shop day.

Hello all.  Sorry I have been away. But I’m back.

Tomorrow is national thrift shop day!   How many of you have been in a thrift shop?  I am an avid thrift shopper and I have found some fantastic deals.

Deal one: vintage Dooney & Bourke handbag. Cost: $11 value: $50

Deal two: Tory Burch top. Cost: $13 value $165

Deal three: Nambe serving bowl. Cost $5 value $150

Tell me about your fabulous finds.  I have missed you!

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Teachers and end of school

I have spoken with many teachers and here is what they want you to know.  gift annie-spratt-96529

“Don’t buy us mugs!  We have way too many.  Also don’t buy us picture frames, hair clips, and other kitschy stuff.  We enjoy gift cards.  Lunch or coffee would be great.  Also, we spend lots of our own money on school supplies for your children so gift cards for supplies would be wonderful.  (Walmart, staples or even the local grocery store).”thank you card aaron-burden-211846.jpg

Teachers said getting gift cards was their best gift and if they got gift cards for school supplies it was equal to getting a raise.  They work tirelessly for your children and all that I spoke to love their work.  Your children’s handmade stuff is great but each year they have 9 to 26 students.  Think about if every year you got a mug or handmade gift from that many people you would be overwhelmed too.  Right?  Think about what would you do with that?  Where would you keep it?

I work with teachers to help them control their clutter the same as I work with you to help you.  We find that they struggle with letting go of clutter so if you add to their clutter you are not helping.

You don’t have to keep every gift.  Remember if you don’t need it, like it, use it let it go.

Have a great day!!  Who was your most memorable teacher?

Thanks Pamela

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#teachers #teacherappreciationweek #lessismore #giftcards

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Are You Facing A Paper Avalanche?

Paper work. Paper avalanche. Paper chase. Whatever you call it I know papers they are the downfall of many of you.  What to do what do you need to keep?

Most financial papers fit in to one of 3 categories

  • Keep indefinitely
  • Keep for 7 years
  • Keep for a year or less

Keep For A Calendar Year Or Less

ATM receipts and deposit slips –  when you receive your bank statements you can shred them.

Charge slips (unless it is for a major purchase), for minor purchases once you are satisfied with the purchase. Shred the receipt when your credit card statement.

If you do not have a home office you don’t need to keep your utility bills, monthly  mortgage statements or quarterly investment reports.

Keep your pay stubs, credit card statements and investment reports until you receive the W-2 or year-end summaries. Once you have those you don’t need the monthly statements.

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Keep Seven Years

Year end credit-card summaries, along with your W-2s and 1099s.

If you itemize your tax return you need to keep all documents you utilized to determine your deductions. These additional documents you should retain include: canceled checks and receipts for all deductible business expenses (such as those for entertainment, home-office equipment, and professional dues), retirement-account contributions, charitable donations, child-care bills, out-of-pocket medical expenses, alimony, and mortgage-interest and property-tax payments.

After 7 years you should scan the actual tax returns or the year-end summaries of your investment accounts as they can come in very handy for future financial planning.  Then you can store them on a flash drive or a CD in a safe place.1024px-Usb-thumb-drive

Infinitely:

Keep receipts for major purchases and receipts that show how much you’ve paid for home improvements as long at your own your home. This will satisfy three things: Insurance claims, potential buyers and when you sell your home to reduce possible capital gains.

Keep beneficiary designation confirmation and purchase price slips that show beneficiary designations and the purchase price of stocks, mutual funds, and any other investments you hold.

It goes without saying that you need to keep your will, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, property deeds, and other permanent records in a safe but accessible place near your other financial documents, so you and your heirs will always be able to get to them quickly, if they need to.

Invest in a fireproof safe or a safe deposit box for your forever documents.

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I  suggest scanning and digitizing your important personal documents as a back up copy. More info on this by News Leavitt Just remember a digital copy is not the same as a paper copy but it is much easier to obtain a replacement copy of you have a photo copy.

Also, invest in a shredder.  In today’s world you really don’t want personal information floating around out there.  You can find them for not much money.

For more information  how long to keep your documents check here for more info from bankrate.com.  They have a very detailed list.

Now that you know what to keep and what to shred, I have a post on how to deal your paper as it come in the door.  If you would like to read it here is the link  Did you get Stacked?

I hope this helps you let go of your papers.  I love your comments.

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Green eggs??

  • Happy March!  St. Patrick’s day is around the corner and it is a day the lore of green beer, green eggs…….
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    While we are on the subject of green.  Have you looked in your refrigerator lately?  Is there anything green in there?
    Do you have containers in there that are growing mold or are fuzzy?  Let’s get rid of that.  Leftovers should be cleared out on a weekly basis.  In our house, we have garbage pick-up one time per week so Wednesday night is clean out the fridge night.
    For a long time, we did not put anything in containers.  We used zip top re-closable baggies.  If you are not good at eating leftovers and you find that you have lots of science projects growing in your fridge you might try zip top baggies too.  At least you don’t have to open them to trash them.  Stink no more.

    Another thing, do you have 10 different types of salad dressing and other condiments in your fridge?  Why?  Organize your fridge by zone.  You have a crisper, a deli drawer, and a butter shelf, so why not a dressing space.  If you keep your condiments together you will not have to search and hopefully not have multiple opened bottles cluttering up your fridge.

    We have a deep freeze.  It is a chest type which can become the place where good veggies to the freezer burn and die.  But you can control that by adding some organizing.  I suggest you have some crates or dividers to sort your food and keep like items together.  For example, we have a space we keep our ground beef, a crate for veggies, a tray that sits on top of the crate for fruits.  I know that we frequently use chicken so having a designated stop means I don’t have to dig to see what is there.
    We also have a system that every 6 months where we don’t buy any freezer foods until we eat everything that is in there.  It forces us to use what we have on hand.  No more 1 corndog and 3 pizza rolls abandoned at the bottom of the freezer.  I plan this for just before Thanksgiving.  I am then sure I can fit an extra turkey in the freezer so when Christmas comes around and ham is on sale but not turkey I am ahead of the game.

Remember you have to break a few eggs if you want to make an omelet!

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Found Money ~ Is it free money?- Leftover Change

Did you know that American’s have on average $90 in loose change.

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SO how many of you have a change jar, mug or bowl? I know some of you have spare change in multiple places..

Do you have any change in the laundry room from when you are emptying pockets, or that you found in the washer or dryer. Remember, finders keepers!

How about in a closet then you empty you pockets? Or in the bottom of your handbags, are you guilty or just taking out the “stuff you need” and leaving the rest?

Look in your old wallets and don’t forget to check all your coats too.

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Do you have spare change in a drawer maybe from the change you get from when you have pizza delivered? What about your desk drawer? How about those greeting cards did you forget that you have $5 dollars from your Aunt Dolly? What about your kids toy boxes? (I am not suggesting you raid you kid’s piggy banks.)

Are you hoarding rolls of coins in a box in a closet or under your bed?

Could there be spare change in your car, under the seats, in the ashtray, deep in the center console or the cup holders that have a few grimy coins that are covered in soda syrup?  Sometimes there is a stash of spare change in the garage from when you cleaned out the car.

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Oh just in case you thought I might forget ~ check those cushions in your furniture.

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So if you take this opportunity to gather all those coins you might find that you have some unexpected fun money. Possibly you have lots of spare change just gathering dust. Wouldn’t it be fun to find out how much you can find?

Most banks will take your change and count it for you. They will then just add it to your account for no fee. Many other places there are coin machines that will cash in your coins on the spot.

See organizing can be fun and profitable.  Well maybe ~  it’s almost like free money. Not really more like forgotten money, but what are you waiting for. Round up those coins! I can’t wait to hear about your discover. What will you do with your spare change? Tell me where you found your spare change.bee_organizedwithpamela-jpg

#Money #change #coins #organized #clutter #momlife

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Minimalist Challenge

I love this challenge! Remember February is the shortest month! Can you do it?

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I joined a minimalist challenge group on Facebook. Our goal is to declutter our lives by getting rid of a specific number of items every day in February. On day one, we have to get rid of one item, on day two, two items, and so on. By the end of February each participant will have discarded a total of 424 items. I think. I might’ve forgotten to carry a two in one or more of my calculations. I know there’s a formula that might’ve made the process simpler, but my algebra days are far behind me.

Participants can send items to the trash bin, donate them, or give them to friends as gifts. Additionally, no items that are merely “wants” can be purchased during the month unless an additional four items per want are discarded. There are other rules, but these are the main ones.

Frankly, I’m not sure…

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