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Cute Tiny Bottles

Tiny-Sized Travel Stuff =

Super sized mountain of clutter

Today we are going to talk about small cute bottles.

Do you you have a stash of miniature versions of normally life-sized stuff?

I hear you saying  hotels have nice shampoos and conditioner. Yes, I agree with you some of them do.  How many do you have?  Unless you you are running a bed and breakfast on the cheap by  you are socking your bathroom with what you swipe from the hotel you are not going to use them.  Granted I have lots of company and I try to be the best hostess possible by having what my guest might need.  But that means one.  Not a drawer full.

hotel shampoo overload

LET THEM GO!

Also, if you have another stash of almost empty bottles of lotions, potions, shampoos, gels and the likes you have been saving for a trip. You are NEVER going to need that many half used-up bottles of shampoo. Trust me on this one!

THROW THEM AWAY.

Do you have hair products you tried and they did not work?  How about lotions that were gifts and you really don’t like the scent? Donate them to a homeless or women’s shelter.  You can Google shelters in your area.

DONATE

You can do it!  Little steps lead to big changes.

 

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Tuesday Trivial Knowledge

Happy Tuesday!  Today I am adding something new.

You may have read that I am the Queen of useless trivial knowledge and I am not afraid to use it.

That being said, today I am sharing some with you.  You might find that it is not so useless after all.

Since it is getting warmer and many of you will be going to the pool or beach.  Some of us will be hanging out at the sandbox.

This is for you.

Put your phone in a ziplock or a hefty baggie.

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Show and Tell

It will keep your phone dry and sand free. A freezer bag is thicker, so that might give you an extra feeling of protection.  I would not suggest you dunk your phone but it should protect from splash, shake and roll.

When you are at the beach, trying to keep the sand out of everything under you will thank me.  As always I welcome your comments.

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ARGH!! *%)@#

Things You Hate:

While I realize hate is a strong word ~ let me explain.

Recently, I threw out this nutty whisk/tongs thing. It never gripped anything and plus it was a crappy whisk. Every time I used it I would get annoyed.

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Crappy Whisk Gone!!

My mom was caught in a sudden rainstorm and she discovered the umbrella in her car was broken. ARGH! How frustrating. She was soaked. You can bet she tossed that in the trash.

NEVER, EVER keep ANYTHING* in your home that infuriates you.

*Spouses, children and pets excluded.

Life is too short and your time is too precious.

Sunday Assignment:

Go track down one thing that you hate using right now and toss it out.

Bonus points if you can also let go of some clothing item that you every time you put on rides up, falls down or has a big stain on it.

I would love to hear from you on what you tossed today.

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Photo by Autumn Mott

Happy Sunday.

 Pamela

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Editing your decor by Elizabeth Andersen

I discovered this blog from Elizabeth and I wanted to share it with you. Most of us find we have too much stuff. I hope you enjoy this guest post.

One of the toughest things for us all to do, except for perhaps the true minimalist at heart, is to pare down to the bare necessities. As hard as it may be, this is essential for a well-decorated space.

“Things” tend to accumulate over time, from the latest trendy item or the impossible-to-toss family heirlooms to stacks of “important” magazines. After a while, we’re displaying it all and giving ourselves no visual peace and tranquility. Not to mention our guests.

It is a challenging exercise, but step back and look at your space. Look at the knick-knacks and the stacks.

Look at the baskets that looked cute in the catalog filled with blankets.

Do you need it all? Or need it all together?

Or maybe just ONE item from a group will serve as a good reminder of a special time, rather than five items.

  • Try taking down every piece…

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Zoned in for Organization

Get in the Zone.

What does that mean exactly in regards to clutter and organization?

It means that you should have zones based on usage.

Organizing and Planning Locations

Items you use regularly should be in an area that is easy for you to reach. Your zones.

When you are ready to organize a room or space you will find it is very helpful if you first, sit down and make a list of the items you use most in this space.

Those items you use most often need to be within easy reach. Other items that you use less often can be stored closer to the floor or in high cabinets.

This is a very important tip in areas like the kitchen.

In my house coffee is very important in the morning. The last thing I want to do is hunt for anything related my coffee. We have a coffee zone. Everything related to making and drinking coffee is in one space. At my fingertips when I am not yet awake. That is a good thing.

coffee-bar-in-home zone

Maybe you are a baker. If so, you need a baking zone. Gather all your baking ingredients in one spot with your mixing bowls, mixers and cookbooks in a zone will save you steps and time. Not to mention frustration.

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Baking Zone

If you have little ones you might need a snack zone. It might be a basket with approved snacks that you place in you can easily reach and quickly give one to your little one. I don’t know a Mom who wouldn’t appreciate a fast way to pacify a cranky toddler. (That could be how my husband feels about me and with coffee in the morning.)

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Think about what you use where when planning your space.

He who fails to plan is planning to fail” Winston Churchill

By putting things in the zone, you make a space that fits your needs and makes it easier for you to put things away as you use them.

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MAGAZINES = CLUTTER

Magazines:

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OK so here is another area that creates problems and thus clutter. It’s magazines.

Is this you?

  • Is your problem is too many magazines?
  • Do you find that you don’t have enough time to read them all?
    Or this is my favorite:
  • You think that you’ll get to them one day.

What is the solution?

Easy, you need to let them go.

How? Try one of these.

  • If you want to keep them then use the rule of 3: What is the rule of 3 you ask? Only keep 3 issues.
  • My neighbor and I have a deal, when one of us finishes a magazine we put it on the fence and send the other a text letting them know it’s there. Then it gets passed on and enjoyed by someone else.

No? Your neighbor is not into the same magazines as you?

OK. How many times have you been in a waiting room and the magazines are OLD, OUTDATED or nothing you would be interested in?

Help is on the way…

  • Donate old magazines to Dr.’s offices or any other place where people wait. Just be sure to take your name and address off the magazines.
  • Of course there is always technology. Sign up for the online version of your favorite magazine. No clutter at home!

Remember all information in the magazines is repeated and rehashed year after year. So don’t keep a magazine thinking you are going to miss the information in it. Sooner or later it will be repeated. If not you can find it online.

So let go!

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Unrealistic Expectations

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Unrealistic Expectations and Getting Organized

Did you spend part of your weekend on Pinterest? Many of us see these perfect spaces on Pinterest or in magazines and we feel guilty that our homes, even at their best, have never looked that nice.

Guess what?

If you have kids or pets, you’re not going to have a home that looks like Martha Stewart’s. My mantra is I’m not Martha!

It’s ok. Get over it. Really it is.

You aren’t going for perfection; you’re going for function and less chaos. Life happens!

No one lives in a magazine photo layout or a showroom, so that’s not an excuse for not getting started.

A famous saying is: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Are you ready to start your journey to an organized home or office? You can do it.

A few days ago I took the first step. I started this blog with the purpose of sharing tips with you. Follow me here and I will continue to share small things to start the journey. Little steps.

I am here to help you Bee Organized.

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PENS & PENCILS

PENS & PENCILS:

Are you ready to de-clutter today? OK this is an easy one. Ready?

Go get a pen that doesn’t write, or a wooden pencil that you’ll never sharpen and THROW IT AWAY.

DO IT. DO IT NOW.

The only writing implements in your bag, on the jar kitchen counter, or in the drawer in your desk, or the basket on your coffee table, should be ones that actually write!

Excellent! You are one step closer to being organized.

pens markers and such

PS – also throw away all of the markers and Sharpies that are dried up and never let them annoy you ever again when you are halfway through scratching over mailing labels when you’re returning stuff to “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!”

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Whack A Mole

Does this sound familiar to you?

You walk past your crammed closet and think “I’ll clean it eventually.” Your overflowing drawers will not close and you think, “Oh what’s the big deal. I haven’t cleaned it because I am busy.”

You can’t find your keys in the pile on your table and say, “So what? Doesn’t everyone have a clutter problem?”

You work really hard to pound down your piles of paper, yet they continue to pop up like Whack-A-Mole. whack-mole

You buy containers and baskets and chalkboard labels to hold your stuff, yet it continues to multiply like bunnies.

But after each attempt to change your ways, the stuff in piles remains. After each failed attempt, the disorganization goes downhill. So why can’t you get control?

As frustrating as it is, you learned something necessary: you can’t just wave a magic wand, buy a bin, or trash a tower of paper and call it organized.

Why does this happen?

It’s a lifestyle. And like any other lifestyle you have to learn and practice. And get better at it every day.

Check back with me often and I will continue to share tips with you. If you think you need my help I am here.