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You want to start something

 

Are you ready to throw down the gauntlet?

Are you still struggling with how to start getting organized?

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Hoarded living room, Essex.

Do you feel overwhelmed by clutter?

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to determine where to start. Looking around your home you know there is clutter. Where do you start, should it be in the Kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom or how about the kid’s room? It can be overwhelming and so you just don’t do anything.

I’m here to tell you that you can add control to your chaos. You will find that if you are organized it will make you feel so much better when you walk in the door of your home. More importantly, when you leave you can find your keys. Knowing where things are will save you time. More time that you can spend with your family or just doing something that you enjoy.

Here is the deal. It doesn’t matter where you start.

Today I am going to help you kick start the process of decluttering.

“Big things have small beginnings” Prometheus

This is a super easy way to start. Are you ready?Veri Ivanova-stopwatch-photo-1431499012454-31a9601150c9.jpg

Take the 3 Things Challenge:

Go running through your home and grab THREE things that you don’t need and throw them away. Pick any room and any three things.

Run now, run like the wind.

PS – Do not trip over your cat, dog or guinea pig.

Also, do not throw away your pets-unless they are of the rock variety.

Do this once a week. Small steps have big results.Globe in the trash 298390093_9b7198f34d_z

Ta-Da! You have now started and you can Bee Organized.

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Let’s make ‘smore memories!

Are you looking to get out of town and do some camping? Escape the city or heat?

Camping can be a lot of fun and not too expensive. I have been camping since I was a tiny tot. My parents started in a tent over 55 years ago. We have camped a lot. They have camped from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between. So not only did I learn from them but I have done my fair share of tent camping as well.

Here are a few tips that will make your camping trip more fun.

Especially for Mom.

The great thing about camping is it can be very low cost and low tech. Most everyone starts camping in a tent. You can get a used tent on Craigslist and some cheap sleeping bags. If you are going somewhere that gets chilly these will be helpful.

Don’t forget to see if you can borrow one. – Camping is one of those things that people find they either love or they don’t. Meaning camping gear is readily available pre-loved or experienced.

Camping mats make a pretty big difference, so try to get your hands on some. You may already have Foam floor mats in your kid’s playroom and they work great to cushion your tent floor.  If you don’t want to drop the cash, just throw a bunch of blankets in the car and sleep on those.

Here are a few of the things I have learned along the way:

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  1. Pool noodles on your tent guy wires – Tent Ropes are a trip hazard. So marking them with bright pool noodles or tie ribbons on them.
  2. Trash bags – You want to make sure you are not littering. Plus, you can stuff dirty clothes and wet towels in trash bags.
  3. Ziploc bags – These are so helpful for so many things.
  4. Anti bacteria wipes – You may find that you are not close to water and yes it will be dirty. You are camping for goodness sake.
  5. Hand sanitizer
  6. Bug spray – Did not you know that you don’t have to spray you skin? You can spray shoes and clothing. Be aware you need to protect against ticks and mosquitos.
  7. Sun screen – Apply early and often.
  8. Table Cloth – Remember what I said about it will be dirty. Well it will be nice to throw a clean cloth over the surface you are going to feed you family. (You can just stick in a flat sheet or a Shower Curtain if you don’t have a tablecloth.)
  9. Grab some glow sticks. You can use glow sticks in the cooler to see what is there without using a flashlight. Plus you can use glow sticks in water bottles for glow in the dark bowling.
  10. Don’t forget some card games for entertainment. Uno and Rook are great for all ages.
  11. Duct tape – This can be used for anything. From a strap to a sling.
  12. Flashlights – You will need these. I recommend you have one for everyone. Trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night will be much smoother. Did you know you could turn a gallon jug of water into a lantern with a flashlight?
  13. DIY Hand washing station can be made from an old empty laundry detergent bottle.
  14. Solar lights are perfect to light the way at night. It will probably be really dark in the campground.
  15. First Aid kit – Accidents happen so be prepared.
  16. Poison plants remember: Berries White, Run in Fright, and Leaflets of Three, let it be!
  17. If you are going to have a campfire. Great fire starters can be made at home by save dryer lint in an empty toilet paper roll. Also, a pencil sharpener makes excellent shavings to start a fire.
  18. Matches or a lighter. Don’t want Dad to have to rub sticks together to build a fire.
  19. Freeze gallon jugs of water. Bonus Ice and water when it thaws. Also you foodstuff will not be soggy and wet in the cooler.
  20. You can use a shoe organizer to keep you kitchen/cooking items together and off of the ground.
  21. Store your utensils in a plastic Pencil box.
  22. I strongly suggest you use disposable paper products for your camping trip. You will have enough to keep up with and do without adding dishes to the mix.
  23. Large plastic storage totes with lids are great for keeping everything together.
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MEAL THOUGHTS

  • Store your spices in a straw. Singe the end of a straw fill with your spice and singe the open end. Cut open when you are ready to use. Easy to re-singe and seal. Or Empty Tic-Tac boxes make the perfect traveling boxes for spices.
  • Prepare snacks that don’t need to be chilled before you leave home. Fill a bin with your of pre-measured snacks.
  • Crack your eggs and put them in a plastic bottle. Easy transport and easy to scramble.
  • Omelets in a bag or jar – prep all at home and mix together in a bag or a jar. Easy peasy breakfast is ready to cook. No fuss no muss. You can even put the bags in boiling water to cook.
  • No bowls cereal. Solo cup, Ziploc bag with cereal. Put Ziploc the bag in the cup, add milk – easy breakfast. Easy clean up – just toss the bag and you can reuse the cup.
  • Walking Taco’s – open a snack size Doritos or Frito’s and your standard taco fixings right in the bag. Prepare you all your fixings at home and store them in Ziploc bags for easy prep.
  • Hobo packs – almost anything can be cooked in foil on the campfire.

Buzz Feed has great camping meals here is the link. click here

Don’t feel like you have to make big meals. Hot dogs are the perfect camping food. Pork and beans travel well. You can put the can on the fire, just make sure you open that can first. Everything tastes better when cooked and eaten outside.

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Don’t forget the ‘smores! Let the family have junk food.

My Mother’s best tip is if you are going to a campground with electricity, you may find that an electric skillet will be your friend. You can cook every thing in it, plus it’s only one thing to pack.

If this is your first camping trip, make reservations and don’t go too far. Be flexible and have fun. You are making memories that will stay with your family forever.

Remember it’s only a few days and they will go fast. Your kids will LOVE it!!

Schools out, summers in, let the drama stop and the fun begin.

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The secret to no nagging!

 

You have chores that you have to do every day.   In my house it is feed the dog, give them fresh water, brush my teeth, get dressed and the list goes on.

In your house you have your things you do too. You probably repeat the same daily tasks at your work. Maybe you have to make coffee, open blinds, check email, process snail mail, appointments, return calls, make calls or whatever.

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If you have a list with assigned chores no one can say they didn’t know they needed to do that.

No more you child saying, “You didn’t tell me to take out the trash.”

More importantly a list with assigned chores will keep you from having to nag to get them done.

Every child can be involved. They need structure and it helps them gain good habits. Just tailor your chore list to your child’s age and ability.

By having a list they can check off their chores. You know how good it feels to check something off of your list. Well your children will gain that same satisfaction.

You are teaching life lessons that will follow them well into adulthood. When they are on their own they will be able to recall those habits and the structure you provided them.
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If you’d like a complete customizable printable daily/weekly chore list, you can download one from Bakerette.com or try

All over Pinterest and the Internet there are lists. This is a list from Sara Mueller. https://www.pinterest.com/sarahsmueller/chore-charts/

I am sure you can find one that is  customizable for your specific needs.

DAILY MUST-DOS TO KEEP THE BEE HIVE RESPECTABLE

  1. Clean the sinks and toilet the bathrooms. I each do a bathroom in the morning.
  2. Vacuum public areas – Mr. Man’s morning chore.
  3. Unload the dishwasher and take out the trash (morning Mr. Man’s).
  4. Do a load of laundry.
  5. Clean up clutter.
  6. Load and run the dishwasher (evening).
  7. Take out trash (Mr. Man’s job).
  8. Clean up clutter (before bed).

For us doing these eight things every day keeps our hive in a respectable condition.

I still do a deep cleaning on a regular basis.

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Spectacular!

Sunglasses, Eyeglasses or reading glasses –

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Do you have glasses everywhere?

Do you have some many you that are pulling out your hair?

Do you have them in a drawer?

Do you not need them any more?

Do you have lots in a box?

Do you think they make you look like a fox?

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Dr. Seuss

Did you know you can drop off old eyeglasses at any Lenscrafters store and they’ll recycle them?

Or the Lions Clubs also have Lions Recycle for Sight

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Something Old, New, Borrowed or Blue…

June is wedding season.

We have all heard the old adage….

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

I know you are saying what does that even have to do with clutter?

Think about it like this to help you gain control of your clutter.

Something Old for Something New

Every time you buy something new you have to get rid of something old.

Are you going shopping for new shoes? Donate or throw away one pair of old shoes. Look I know about shoes and our relationships with them. But Still.

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New T-shirts – Old T-Shirt out, New shorts ~ Old Shorts out. Come on you know you are buying new t-shirts because the old one is stained, misshapen, faded or not the right size. Let it go.

OK try this one.

If you decide that you want to redecorate your kitchen from Roosters to Magnolia. Donate your Roosters to another hen house.

Technology is not exempt to this adage either. How about you need to upgrade to the latest IPhone 7.925? Donate, sell or give the old one away.

This applies even when before you go to the grocery store. Clean out your fridge. You will be able to see what you need to replace. You know you are not going to use that last olive in the jar that has been in there since you New Years’ Eve party. Nor are you going to use that last drop of Catalina salad dressing. Do you even like Catalina dressing?

Something Borrowed

Sometimes you can borrow what you need instead of buying it.

Here is a great example: My friend and I have a deal. She bakes a lot and I make homemade ice cream a lot. She keeps my KitchenAid Mixer at her house and I keep her Ice Cream Freezer at mine. When either of us needs it we pick it up from the other. I don’t have to store that big heavy mixer that I hardly ever use and she doesn’t have the garage space to store the Freezer. So it works out perfect for us.

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Maybe 1 or 2 times a year you need a card table. You don’t need to own and store a card table. You need to borrow one. I suggest you take a picture of the borrowed object with the borrower. (Evidence) This will most always assure you get your property back without any problems.

If you cut down and control your clutter by trading something old for something new, using something borrowed instead of buying new, you will not be blue.

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Do you have messy Drawers?

Junk drawers by definition:

To cast aside as junk; discard as no longer of use; scrap.

 Would you agree it stands to reason that having a Junk drawer is generally a bad idea. It is the place you toss you unused, no place assigned for scraps or CRAP.

But seriously how many hours you have wasted searching in that mess of chaos drawer over the past year?

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Junk Drawers

Don’t feel bad everyone has one. I have one.

Call it what you want; junk drawer, catchall, crap drawer, drawer for miscellaneous stuff that I need but not often, or as one of my client called hers “an archive of life”.

What ever you call it the trick is to  limit it to one such drawer and make cleaning it out a regular chore. Don’t allow junk to creep out of the designated drawer.

Only One Junk Drawer Allowed.

An organized junk drawer is even better. So anyone who has been reading my blog knows the drill.

Look it’s a drawer. It will not take you very long.

Empty the drawer. Sort everything in to three piles. Trash, donate and keep.

Dividers and containers make all the difference. You don’t have to have then entire drawer containerized. Just enough to make is easy to see what you have.

Good job. See that did not take long.

Now that you have it organized think of all the time you will be saving.

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Time

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It is time to take back your time!

Clutter steals your time.

Don’t believe me?  Do you have time to be searching for your keys?  That bill that is due today?  Your favorite shoe?

The following is a list of frequently lost items

Socks – where does that other sock go?

Chap Stick – Buying a new chapstick weekly has become an American pastime.

Headphones – Is this your go to excuse not to go to the gym?

Nail Clippers – Where the heck did those go?

Cell Phone –  Begin the freak out.

Credit Cards – I don’t even want to know what kind of a weekend you had.  LOL

Blame that time loss on Clutter.

Ain’t Nobody got time for that!

 

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MUG SHOT

Do you have a shelf full of Travel Mugs?

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You know ones from your gas station.

Do you have yet another mug from your local coffee shop?

How about the one you were given for your birthday how many years ago?

First of all how many of them are missing their lids?travel-lid-6-2

You do understand a travel mug without a lid is just a mug.

Second. You know you don’t use all of them. Some will not fit in your auto’s cup holder. ARGH!! So then you try to drive and juggle your coffee.

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So you know what to do….

Clear them all out. Empty the shelf.

No Lid…. It’s not coming back.

Wrong size? Let it go.

Doesn’t keep hot beverages hot or cold beverages cold.. Trash or donate.

Now put back what made the cut with the lids on them.

That way tomorrow when you grab a mug to make a to-go coffee you will not have to search for the lid.

You are welcome for the time saved. Heck you might just get a promotion at work since you will be on time.

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