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In Case of Emergency….

Today our news is dominated by wildfires.

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I was born and raised in Oklahoma which you many not know but has almost every peril known to happen.  Tornados, wind, hail from pea to softball size, rain, sometimes we get the remains of tropical storms so we get floods, droughts (You may have heard of a little tale by the name of the Dust Bowl,  it really happened) wildfires pushed by high winds and now….earthquakes!! Yes, they get them all.

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Well, this got me to thinking about the, what if?  What would you do in case of an emergency?  What if you had to evacuate your home?  What would you take?  Would you be able to locate your important document or would you have to waste valuable time?

I want to help you get organized for the in case of an emergency.

First and foremost

You, your family and your pets.  Everything else is replaceable.  Really it is.  No seriously, your life is not worth your mother’s wedding ring.  Your Mom would agree with me.

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So if you have time…After you have secured your family and pets.

  1. People and Pets!
  2. Medications: for you and your pet;
  3. Cell Phone. Bonus if you grab a charger;
  4. Wallet or purse or both;
  5. List of phone and account numbers for all your creditors, especially your insurance company;  This might be a good thing to keep on your phone.
  6. Important identifications/documentation such as passports, birth certificates, social security cards;  Suggestion:  Keep snap photos of your passports or other photo identification then keep this on your phone.
  7. Cash or extra credit cards;
  8. Vital computer hardware electronics like a laptop or a hard drive;
  9. Irreplaceable valuables;  Remember unless it’s breathing it’s replaceable.  Living breathing things can’t and are not worth risking your life.  
  10. Pet leash and carrier;  They will be frightened and need a safe secure place to be contained.
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I have talked about creating a binder for our important papers. This binder stays in a fireproof box.  Easy to put your hands on at a moments notice.

So this is what goes in the Important Papers Binder:

For us, important papers are birth certificates, marriage license, passports, social security card, wills and trust documents other licenses and certificates.  Plus a list of phone and account numbers for all your creditors, especially your insurance company and extra credit cards Additionally, we have a DVD of the inside of our home. (This is very helpful if you have to replace your contents.)

Paper Chase! No More ~ Organize Your Papers

Boy Scouts are not the only ones who need to “Be Prepared!”  So if you have 5 minutes what would you grab?  Do you know where your imporant papers are?

Thanks Pamela

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People don’t wear 80% of their stuff in the closet. Are You One Of Them?

Did you know that studies show people only wear 20 to 38% of the clothing that they own.  closet-jam

How much do you have that you don’t wear?

Do you have stuff that doesn’t fit?  If only you were smaller, taller, bigger, shorter.  Well, let’s get real most of us are not going to get shorter or taller so if that is your reason you really have to let them go.  As far as the smaller or bigger are you really going to do it?  When you do will that be something you really want to wear?  Probably not. So let go of it.

Do you have clothes that you have only worn one time?  Bridesmaid dresses or the dress you bought for your child’s wedding but will never ever wear again? Hawaiian shirt that you would never wear outside of Maui?

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How many identical yoga pants do you have that you bought at an amazing deal only to discover they are so shear you can see thru them?  No I agree you really don’t want to show that much of your stuff.  But why are you keeping them?  Can you return them?

Are you holding on the something from a bad fad?  bedazzled, grunge, flower child, rocker,  or Mario Batali orange crocks? Are you keeping them for a Halloween costume?

Do you have a closet of business suits, ties or black pumps but now you never wear business attire?  You know someone just starting out could maybe benefit from your old clothes when they go on their next job interview or start their first job.

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Parka’s, down jackets, snow books, and mittens but you live in Arizona?  Not needed in phoenix -EVER.  So maybe you moved to the frozen tundra and you might want to rethink your shorts and flip-flops?  Not really sure how often you will be wearing them.

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Do you have linen dresses, shorts, or tops?  Do you HATE to iron?  How about dry clean only but you don’t dry clean?  OK you are very very limited as to the number of times you can wear those before you have to dry clean or iron.

Do you think you can reduce the amount of stuff you have that you don’t wear?  Will you get rid of excess clothing?  You can do it.  You might just find your new favorite that was stuffed way in the back and you forgot you owned.

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#clutter #letitgo #organized #clothes #lessismore

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How Complaining Kills Happiness

Don’t complain about your clutter and disorganization. Do something about it. Clutter and disorganization may also be killing your happiness. Fix it. You can do it.

My Instruction Manual

For our honeymoon, Laura and I went on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise.

On the ship, we made friends with another honeymooning couple from Canada and ended up spending quite a bit of time with them, chatting in the cocktail lounge and going on shore excursions together.

We quickly learned that this couple was not easily pleased. They complained about their room; they complained about the food; they complained about the destinations we were visiting in Italy, Spain and France.

At first, it was fun to join in with the complaining. After all, there were things we didn’t like about the cruise, too. We bonded by grumbling.

But after a few days, we started making excuses not to spend time with them. We had grown tired of their complaining. More importantly, we had grown tired of our complaining. We didn’t want to start our life together in a place of negativity.

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How To Travel the World Indefinitely With an Ultralight, 18-Liter Backpack — thisisyouth

I have shared before many of these tips. But this guy has put it into action.  I mean really he has traveled to 20+ countries so I am going to say his experience is priceless.   If you are thinking about a trip look at this.

How I traveled for two months with a bag smaller than the one you bring to school every day.

via How To Travel the World Indefinitely With an Ultralight, 18-Liter Backpack — thisisyouth

Enjoy and safe travels!!

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#travel #travelight #ultralight #backpack #worldtravel #organized

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Simple steps to help you get organized

Have you ever ask yourself if you might ready to audition for the show “Hoarders”? Most likely you are not. Are you concerned that you might be heading down that road? You realize you have difficulty throwing away or letting go of stuff.

  • If you lost your cat inside your house…
  • If you have piles that are taller than your youngest child…
  • Have you lost your shoe inside your house…..
  • If you had to buy a new birthday card because you could find the one you had already purchased…

You may need to undertake a mass de-cluttering.

Don’t get overwhelmed.  Remember it’s like eating an elephant. You do it one bite at a time.

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No elephants were hurt in the writing of this article.  Photo from Marcus Knoll

Start with one room. Set a time limit like one room a week. Or you can even break it down into smaller more manageable sections. Divide the room into half or 4 sections to work on at a time.

You need to have 3 boxes and a roll of trash bags.

Box one is for donation, sell or give away. This will be stuff that is usable but you no longer need or do not use.

Box 2 is your keep box

Box 3 is stuff to keep that does not belong in that particular room.

The trash bag is for unusable, broken and trash.

At the end of each de-cluttering session take the contents of box 3 and put them in the room they belong in. Your goal is to have box 3 empty each time you start the next de-cluttering session.

Box 2 you will empty and put way the items you are going to keep.

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You need to do this for each room.   When you have de-cluttered each room you will be left with only stuff you want to keep. Now that you are de-cluttered and ready to put that room back in order read my post on the secret to set organized.  Click here to read it.

Take the donation and give away box to the donation center immediately upon finishing each room. Don’t give yourself the time to second-guess yourself.left-or-right-photo-1463680942456-e4230dbeaec7

If you are planning on selling items you need to have a plan and implement it. Don’t put the box back in the room or in another room. You have to let it go.

You can put order in your life and eliminate the chaos.  I’m here to help you.  Remember small changes lead to big things.T2.jpg

I love your comments and tips.

Thanks Pamela

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#organized #overwhelmed #momlife #priorities #Seizetheday #clutter #chaos

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Oh so pretty! Oh so fun. Oh, so where is that earring? 10 tips to organize your jewelry​.

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Do you have lots of jewelry that you don’t wear because you forget it’s there or my personal favorite you can’t untangle them? I will share with you some of my favorite tips to help you organize your jewelry.bling bling anne-edgar-119373

  1. Slip your earrings into the holes of a button.  This will hold your earrings will keep them matched up.  Excellent for traveling.  Bonus travel tip; thread your necklaces through the straw and hook the clasp.
  2. Add cup hooks to a wooden hanger or the bottom of a shelf.cup hooks chris-scott-140834
  3. Radiator mesh from the hardware store can be cut and added to a frame.
  4. Towel bars are not just for the bathroom they also make a great place to hang necklaces when you can add hooks or rings.
  5. Pegboards are not just for Dad’s tools in the garage. They are perfect for organizing your jewelry.
  6. Do you want to hide your necklaces away? How about a using a picture on a hinge? Easy access for you and out of sight while keeping your jewelry organized.
  7. You might even use a thrift store mirror by the door. Then you can add your earrings just before you leave the house.
  8. Push pins on a bulletin board or T-pins in a foam core board. You can cover the foam core in fabric and pop it in a frame.
  9. Of course, you can always go with acrylic trays but thinking outside the box you can use deviled egg trays, ice cube trays or even dad’s fishing tackle boxes. (Preferably before they have been used for fishing.)
  10. Take an old drawer, turn it on its side and add hooks to the inside top and back for another out of the box way to store and organize your jewelry.earings lots of earings petar-petkovski-136654

As you can see when it comes to organizing your jewelry there is no limit to what you can do or use. Let your imagination and creativity run wild.  Now there will be no excuses for you to can find your earrings.

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5 ways to take Great Photos

Better pictures this summer.  Who would not want to do that?  Am I right?  I hope you find these tips amazing.  Thanks to When Women Inspire.

You may be asking yourself how to take the best quality photos of your kids. Here are a few ways to improve those photos!

via 5 Ways to Take Great Photos of Your Kids — When Women Inspire

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Something Old, New, Borrowed or Blue…

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.

I love your comments.

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#TossOld, #Junk, #Organized, #clutter

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HOW TO BE MORE OF AN OPTIMIST…….& LOVE YOURSELF A LITTLE MORE !

Outstanding thoughts that I had to share with you all.

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Activate yourself,Optimist 1

Get moving as soon as possible, a big sign in depression is when you lose all activity, when you feel so down, you have no desire to be moving and when you go down this road, you are losing your way, it does not matter what activity you do, but you must occupy your time.

Organise your day.

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Form a routine and keep to it, organise your life,most people who suffer from depression have no schedule or routine in their life. It is important to keep a schedule going during your day, include your lunch time, hobbies and computer time, you are maybe thinking that when you are down the last thing you want is a scheduled day or to plan one, this is the main reason why you should.

Positive thoughts.

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Empty your mind of all negative thoughts, these will not help you to solve problems, or…

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