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Pillow talk

I don’t know about you but in my house the search for the perfect pillow is ongoing. I can’t tell you how many pillows I have purchased over the years. I can say that each of my guest bedrooms have at least 4 pillows on the bed and 2 in the closet so my guests should be satisfied we have what they are looking for if they are looking for one that is not too hard, not too soft, not feather, only feather, side sleeper or back sleeper.

There are so many types of pillows.  There are euro pillows, king size pillows, queen size, standard, round, bolster, square, floor, lumbar and throw pillows.  They can be filled with rice,  Polyester fibre,  Feathers,  Down, Memory foam, Latex, Micro beads. Water  or even Buckwheat.

Why is it so hard to find a good pillow?

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Photo by David Mao

Anyway this is just the tip of the ice burg or the top of the pillow pile. Do you have so many decorative pillows on your bed that you have lost a small pet under the pile? Do you have to spend 15 minutes each night removing them, only to have to repeat the entire thing again in the morning? News flash that is 30 minutes a day lost to pillow distribution? Has you mate accused you of pillow proliferation?

How about your couch?

More pillows? I have bought pillows for my couch and they slide right off. Yes I took them back to the store to try again. Unless we are as one of my dear friends would say putting on the dog*, we don’t have throw pillows on our couch. It’s leather and they just slide off. Besides it is so comfortable it doesn’t need pillows for comfort and I don’t feel it is necessary for decorating.

* Putting on the dog means to make a display, especially by dressing stylishly and flashily’. It’s similar in meaning to the later expression put on the Ritz.

Remember I am a less is more kind of gal. In my house if it does not have a purpose it does not sit on the furniture or countertops. Doing this keeps my life clutter free and better organized.

Do you need to move the pillows so you or your guests can sit?

The designer in me says odd number of decorative pillows is ideal.  Don’t keep pillows. Let them go sell, donate, trash or give them away. If they are old, ratty and stained and you just can’t make your self throw them away, you many find you can donate some of them to your local pet shelters or animal rescue groups.

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Lot of Pillows on the Couch~Photo by Sophia Baboolal

Small changes will help you get and stay organized. Now aren’t you glad to find an extra 30 minutes a day that you could put to better use?

Sleep well!  Pamela

Feel free to re-blog if you like what I said.  Helping yourself by helping others and helping me.

 

 

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Don’t Overthink It. Simply Simple

Thank you Jess from Life with Jess.  She writes a great reminder about life.  I hope you enjoy her 5 tips.  Can’t wait to hear what you think ~ So tell me.  Pamela  

“So we could all have money.” That was the response I got from one of my 5 year old students many years ago when I asked why he had handed out pennies to every member of his class one day on the playground. What a simple and Profound way of thinking. He knew he had plenty […]

Via Simply Simple — Life with Jess  Thanks Jess!

If you like what I have to say feel free to re-blog.  Help yourself, help me and help others.

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Rags to Riches ~ When does underwear need to go?

Rags or Cleaning Cloths – How many do you really need?

OK so I know you all need a certain amount of rags or cleaning cloths. My hubby has cloths to clean the cars, ones to clean his golf clubs. We have designated specific cleaning rags for him to use and they are not white or the nice ones. He knows where they are and what is OK to use.

I have towels for the dogs – They are not the new fancy ones, actually they are old beach towels.

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But sometimes I go to a client’s home and they have lots of rags. They have drawers, boxes, bags and crates full of rags. Don’t use precious drawer space for cleaning cloths.

I understand using rags for when you are polishing your furniture. Of course you need rags when you are using bleach in your bathroom.

I am absolutely for that. Where we run into problems is when there are too many of them. Limit the amount you actually have. Just like everything else in your home you should designate a space for rags. Also if you have cleaning rags in a designated spot your family will not be prone to use your good towels to clean the mud off of the dog or their shoes. Right! There is a method to my madness.

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Garage – For your automotive cleaning you will need probably 6 such as One of each Wash, Glass, Conditioner, Interior cleaner, Wheels, Tires and possible 1 or 2 old towels to dry.

For General house cleaning you really only need maybe 3 or 4 cleaning rags or clothes; One of each for windows, polishing furniture, and one or two for bathrooms. You get the idea.

I toss them in the washer when I am done cleaning and then they are ready for use when you need them the next time.Mudy kid - photo-1460563718712-def1dbc17322

The whole point is limit to what you really need and use. Toss the rest. This may not sound like it would save you much space. True. But small changes make a big difference. If you want to start getting organized this is a perfect way to start. It will only take you a few minutes. You can do it. I’m here to help.

I love your comments.

Thanks Pamela

#clutter #organized #overwhelmed #letitgo

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When Life Hits are You a Carrot, Egg, or Coffee? — ThoughtsnLifeBlog

Beautiful Story by Unknown Author. Are you a Carrot, Egg, or Coffee ? or all three? You will never look at a Carrot, Egg,or Coffee in the same way. ———————————————————— A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know […]

via When Life Hits are You a Carrot, Egg, or Coffee? — ThoughtsnLifeBlog

So which are you?  See you tomorrow.

Thanks Pamela

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Tips to save your food from spoiling in the Freezer or Refrigerator

The Refrigerator isn’t just an old football player.  It’s the hardest working appliance in your kitchen.  This article got started while watching TV and a commercial for the refrigerator that will send you a picture of the inside so you know you are out of milk. Wow Fancy!  Anyway you know I keep a running grocery list but when it comes to dairy and fresh veggies the running grocery list does not work for our small family.  So actually that fancy feature is a great idea. Before you go to the grocery store snap a picture of the inside of your fridge.

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Lets talk about your fridge. Do you have containers in there that are growing mold or are fuzzy? Lets 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 inmilk photo-1455853828816-0c301a011711 containers. We used  reclosable zip top bags. 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 bags too. At least you don’t have to open them to trash them. No more smelly mystery unidentifiable leftovers.

Another thing is 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.

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Photo by Toronto Eaters

We also have system that every 6 months where we don’t buy any freezer foods until we eat everything that is in there. If 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 freeze so when Christmas comes around and ham is on sale but not turkey I am ahead of the game.

Y’all know I love hearing from you. What are your tips to keep your refrigerator and freezer organized?   Feel free to share this if you like what I have to say.

Thanks ~ Pamela

 

#organized, #disorganization, #food #groceries #family #momlife

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TGIF

via A thought for Thank God It’s Friday — Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall

I would rather live a life of Oh Wells rather than What Ifs.

Seize the day and have a great weekend!!  See you tomorrow.

Pamela

 If you like what I have to say feel free to re-blog.  Help yourself, help me and help others.

 

#seizetheday #TGIF #livelarge #nowhatifs

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Do you really need to be organized?

If you are new here you may be asking yourself, do I really need help or do I need to get organized?car photo-1470434151738-dc5f4474c239.jpg

I don’t know do you? Can you walk across the room without stepping on toys? Can you see the floor? How about your office, do you have papers on the floor? Have you tripped or fallen over obstacles in your home? How many shoes are in the floor in the entry? Or this is my favorite. Do you have a door or cabinet that when you open it stuff crashes out? Do have to bob and weave just to get from one room to another?

You don’t need 2 sets of measuring spoons or cups. Or every kitchen gadget advertised on TV. Do you have a bread machine but never use it? Take a look around and see how many other things in your house do you have you never or hardly ever use?

 Men are not immune to clutter either. How about this? How many hammers or tape measures have you bought because you would not find one?garage photo-1467385829985-2b0fb82b5193

Guys do you have a really nice toolbox that is empty? Your tools scattered all over? Is there stuff in your garage that you have not used? Are you hoarding furniture and decor items from you bachelor days? Have a two-car garage and no cars fit in it? Don’t even get started on shoes and clothes. I know men can be bigger fashionista than women and have lot of shoes. Yes, sneakers are shoes. Just because they are Air Jordans in the original box does not mean they are not shoes.

What about sports gear? You don’t probably need water skies if you live in Arizona and you don’t own a boat. Same deal with your baseball equipment if you don’t play anymore because you blew out your knee 15 years ago. Give it up. Let it go.playball baseball.jpg

Don’t think we don’t know you use various hair gels and goo. Do you have stuff that you don’t use anymore? You watched an infomercial and you were sure it would re-grow hair or other things… but not so much. I get it; you paid lots of money for it. Look it will not work in the bottle. If you are not going to use it, get rid of it.

If you are not willing to walk on the wild side and risk falling over stuff in the dark then you do need to get organized.

You may be thinking you need a bigger house but it’s not in the budget? You may not need a bigger house what you need is a better system to stay organized. You may need less stuff.

Disorganization and clutter can leave you feeling overwhelmed.

But there is a way to gain control. Let go. Sell, donate, trash or give away.

De-cluttering can improve your life —

Clutter can also cause you to feel more stress and guilt.

You will feel better, have more space and if you organize your stuff you will have more time since you will not be searching for lost items. Small steps really do lead to big changes. Start small, be consistent and you will see results.

I am here to help. Feel free to look back over the posts for specific tips and I will continue to give you tips to gain control of your clutter.

Feel free to like, comment or share.  Thanks

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#overwhelmed #organized #clutter #garage #dadlife #momlife

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You hold the key. — Thriving Under Pressure

While reading  Dr. Andrea Dinardo’s  article about empowerment and change I was struck with the realization of how this also is true for you to control your clutter and banish disorganization in your life. Change begins with you. Little changes do make a difference.  Not having to search for your keys each morning or knowing what you children have going on at a glance can provide you stress relief and add a little zen to your life.  Please enjoy this re-blog from Thriving under Pressure by Dr. Andrea Dinardo.

You can change the world – one gentle, uplifting thought at a time. Start here. Right here. Right now. Be still. Breathe in gratitude. Be thankful for this very moment. Start small. Notice your passing thoughts. Let go. Awareness empowers. Say today’s date out loud. Notice the exact time it is right now. Look up at the […]

via You hold the key. — Thriving Under Pressure

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Are you a Procrastinator or Just Overwhelmed?

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If you procrastinate, you put off until later what you should probably do right now or you wait until the last-minute to start a project.

Stop me if this it you:

  • You know you have to make dinner every day. (I know right, why does my family feel like they need to eat every day.) But you do not even think about what’s for dinner until 7:00 pm.
  • You know your husband only has 7 pairs of underwear but you don’t do laundry until the 8th day. Can you say commando?
  • It’s December 24 and you have not started shopping? I personally love gifts from CVS.
  • The school bake sale is today. You have no plans or baked goods?
  • Your vehicle gas is on empty and the low fuel light came on yesterday morning. You know your drive is 42 miles from the school to work and home. So does the light mean you have 50 miles to go before you run out of gasoverwhelmed 5-1 a?

Putting this off until the last-minute is stressful. Wondering if you will make it to the gas station or not with your kids in the car…yep, that is stressful.

Are you the type of person who thrives on adrenalin and intentionally puts off what they know needs to be done for the thrill? Probably not intentionally. More likely you are overwhelmed.

So do you procrastinate or are you overwhelmed?

You have too much to do and not enough time to get it done.

Try doing the following:

  • Delegate some of the responsibility. I know your kids may not load the dishwasher the way you would but it’s OK. The dishes will get clean. Also, so what if your husband doesn’t fold the towels the way you would. They will still dry you off.
  • Make the most of your time. If you could get organized you will find you have more time.
  • Don’t assume. Have clear expectations and responsibilities.  You may have heard the saying, if you assume you make an ass out of you and me.
  • Make time for you. Mom is a 24/7 job and you deserve a break even if it is only taking a shower without interruptions.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Set up a support system
  • It’s OK to say NO. You don’t have to do it all.

Remember

  • This is a phase. It’s OK  and you will get through it.  Your kids will get older.
  • Each Mom has their favorite phase of Motherhood and that is OK too.
  • Take Joy in the moments.  The moments your little one hugs your neck and gives you messy kisses.  Each moment is an opportunity to make a memory.

Mom’s now it’s your turn share or vent about your personal experiences.

Thanks Pamela

If you like what I have to say, feel free to re-blog.  Re-blogging helps you, helps me and hopefully helps someone else.  

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Live Light. Live Mighty.

Nina from The Happy Life 101 has written an wonderful piece on 2 live lessons.  I hope you enjoy and find you the time to “Do the things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied…”– Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie. .

Today, I want to share with you 2 great life lessons that I personally believe would make a difference in the way we view life and the world around us, IF only we live by them. Lesson #1: FORGIVE YOURSELF AND FORGIVE OTHERS “Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry, […]

via Live Light. Live Mighty. — thehappylife101

Thanks Pamela

 If you like what I have to say feel free to re-blog.  Help yourself, help me and help others.

#happy #forgive #share #letitgo