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Decisions ~ Decisions

Organizing is something everyone needs and uses every day to some degree. Some of you have better control over your clutter than other. Some of you feel overwhelmed at the thought of finding your shoes.

That’s OK. I am here to help you find a method that works for you. Not for your mom, or sister or even the neighbor next door. Something that works for you and your family may in fact not work for everyone.chaos-485493_960_720

Have you heard of the Kondo method?

The Kondo principle is dead simple: Touch every single item. Feel it. Think about it. Ask yourself does it bring me joy? If it does, keep it. If not, ditch it.

Try it. Open your closet and start with your winter clothes. Pull ever thing out one at a time. Touch it. Feel it. Does it bring you joy? Does it fit? Did you wear it this season? Does it need mending? Will you mend it?

If you answered no to any of these questions the answer is simple, let it go.

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So, how much did you let go of? Don’t you feel better? I knew you could do it.

Now lets sort what is left.

photo by Clark Street Merchantile -1441986300917-64674bd600d8Think of your closet as a boutique.  Sort by color, sleeve length and then put all your pants, skirts and dresses together. Once you have it all organized you may just discover new outfits and combinations you did to realize you had. Getting dressed should be easier.

Maybe you need your clothes in coordinated outfits. If so do it.   Put your outfits together. Pick out a top and a bottom. Keep it up and choose all your outfits for the week. No early morning thinking required.small baby's room organized

This particular method works great for children who want to pick out their outfits but still need a little help.

Your closet is done now ~ on to the next one. You can do this.  What will you do next?

 

Thanks Pamela

 

#Kondo, Closet #Organized #clutter #momlife #livingwithatoddler

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Could your medicine cabinet be a hazard to your health?

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When did you check your medicine cabinet? Did you know that taking expired pills could be harmful or more harm than good? Do you know that you should never flush unwanted or expired medication down the drain? It could contaminant your drinking water. Living in Arizona and realizing how important water is, I will say that would be BAD ~ Very Bad!antique drugs jenelle-ball-4395.jpg

Many places have a take back day.

According to Earth911, the best option is to take advantage of Drug Take Back programs that are held a couple times a year by municipalities and National Drug Take Back Days that are provided by the Federal DEA. Mail back programs are also easy and convenient. Jump to the recycling locator to find one now.

If you do not have a drug take back program in your area you can use this disposal method suggested by SmaRxt Disposal- you can safely dispose of your unused and expired medications in your household trash. They recommend these steps:

  • Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.
  • Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds or any material that mixes with the medication and makes it less appealing for pets and children to eat to the plastic bag.
  • Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.
  • Remove and destroy all identifying personal information (prescription label) from all medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away.

So what are you waiting for? Check your medicine cabinets! Now that you have taken care of all those unwanted or expired medications you can now sort the remained and organize what you have. I use small boxes (Mine are pencil boxes) and I have one for bandages, one for allergy and cold, and one for general first aid. You should set up what works for you and your family.Rx's freestocks-org-126848.jpg

Also remember to keep all medications out of reach of children. This is especially important for grandparents. As your medications may not have childproof caps and you may not have small children around all the time so it is easy to overlook the potential dangers.dog-and-kid-photo-1467321309980-a57856cd25f7

For you pet parent the same thing applies. My pets are furry vacuums. It is it on the floor they will eat it. One of my pups had a great time with a tube of lip balm. My what a mess!

Thanks for your patience.  I have had visitors for a wonderful extended visit.  My parents spent 3 fabulous weeks and I must admit I ignored everything but them.  Living far away makes every visit special.

Back on track.  Have a wonderful week.  I love your comments.

Thanks Pamela

 

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Time to stop sponging…

I very dear friend of mine ran a bed and breakfast.  One of the best tips she shared was that  during her tenure as a B&B owner the health department required she changed dish towels every day.  She also has 2 towels in the kitchen every day.  One for hands and one for dishes.  pie-artur-rutkowski-37502

That got me to thinking.  Of course that is a fabulous idea.  How many of you do this?  Did you even give it any thought?

Dish sponges are a breeding ground for gross germs and bacteria. A good rule of thumb is to throw yours out every two weeks — or the second they start to smell — to keep your kitchen sanitized.

I personally don’t use sponges. I knit dish cloths.  knit-mabel-amber-101277

This is the pattern I use:

Waffle Knit Dishcloth
from Homespun Living

Materials: 1 ball Lion cotton yarn; additional yarn for colored stripe, if desired.
Size 6 needles (4.25 mm)

Directions:

Cast on 38 stitches.
Knit 3 rows for border.

Row 1: (right side): Knit.

Row 2: K 3, purl to last 3 stitches, k 3.

Row 3: K 3, (P 2, k 1) 10 times, p 2, k 3.

Row 4: K 3, (K 2, p 1) 10 times, k 5.

Repeat these 4 rows, 6 times. If a colored center stripe is desired, change yarn now and work rows 1 – 4, 2 times in desired color.
Change back to main color and work the 4 row pattern, 6 times.

Knit last 4 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.

Thanks and have a great day!!!  I love your comments.  By the way dishcloths are the only thing I knit.  Living in AZ we don’t have much use for mittens and scarfs.

Pamela

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#sponge #kitchen #cleanup.

 

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Lay off the Sauce!

Are you guilty of a little packet hoarding?sauce-packages

Do you have a secret stash of sauce freebies?

How about  half-empty bottles of fake bacon bits from 3 years ago?  Old Spice isn’t just a scent your grandpa would wear.  Spices expire.  spice-shelf

Oh boy!  The fact of the matter is, you are allowing them to use  up valuable fridge and kitchen storage space.  Unless you are one of those people who has more cabinet space than you could ever fill or has a fridge that is so large you never have to search for your olives?  Right I didn’t think so, me neither.

Easy solution:  Go check the expiration dates on those old spices and condiments, and handle accordingly.  Hoard tiny packets no more.  Thyme to let them go.

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You are welcome!  Have a great day and remember I love your comments.

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Reasons for Resistance to Change

Misunderstanding that there is a need for change sometimes the reason for the change might not be clear — If you and your family do not understand the need for change you can expect resistance to change. Especially from those who strongly believe the current way of doing things works well…and has done for years! Famous words, “My Mom did it that way.”MoreFamilyTime 5-1 b

Fear: Fear of the unknown — One of the reasons I see frequently for resistance to change is fear of the unknown. Before some people can take steps toward the unknown is when they feel that not changing is a greater problem than the current situation and then they will move towards in a new direction.compas-photo-1470472304068-4398a9daab00

Lack of competence in the change — This is a fear many people will find difficult to admit. But there are times when change is required and may require changing so of your skills, and some people will feel that they won’t be able to make the transition very well. An example might be   you have been a single person or a couple and now you have a baby. You have to change the way you do many things.

A connection to the old way — If you ask people in a family or an organization to do things in a new way, as much as to you the new way makes your life easier and saves you time, you will be setting yourself up against all that emotional connections to the old way – and that’s not trivial. (This might go back to the way your mother did it and you would never want to insult your or their mom.)

Low trust — When people don’t believe that they can change there is likely to be resistance to change.

Temporary or a phase — Some people believe that the reason for change is a temporary or a phase.Danielle MacInnes photo-1455815152231-be9c88eb7468

Not asking the family — If your family is allowed to be part of the change there is less resistance. People like to know what’s going on, especially if their lives may be affected.

Poor communication — Well Duh! It’s self-evident isn’t it? When it comes to change there’s no such thing as too much communication. Everyone needs clear ideas as to what is expected of him or her.

Changes to routines — When we talk about comfort zones we’re really referring to routines. We love them. They make us secure. So there’s bound to be resistance whenever change requires us to do things differently. Make sure you keep talking about what you want and need. Everyone can have a role. (OK, maybe not the pets but everyone else.)dog-with-ball-oh9auo20kbk-andrew-pons

Benefits and rewards — When the benefits and rewards for making the change are not seen as tolerable for the trouble involved. Make sure everyone gets some benefit from your changes. Example, if Mom has help keeping the laundry done then she may have more time to go to the park or read the kids a story.

Realize there may in fact be resistance to change and planning for it from the start will allow you to successfully implement your changes. Be proactive you can do this.  I love your comments.  What has been your resistance to change?

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That’s using your noodle

Today we are talking about the versitility of a pool noodle.  Who knew how many ways they can used. They are cheap and can be easily located.  So even if you don’t have a pool you may be able to use a noodle.

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  1. Pool Noodle to organize fishing rods.
  2. Card holder – to hold playing cards.
  3. Tot bed rail – bumper – place a pool noodle on the side of the bed under the sheet to keep tots from rolling off the bed.
  4. Boot filler – cut them and place in your boots to keep them upright. See Angie’s Look Book –
  5. Child proof for little fingers. Keep toddlers from slamming doors by placing a part of a noodle on the edge of the door.
  6. Plant stakes for your flowers. Perfect for sunflowers.
  7. Bumpers – to keep you from bumping your car doors into the wall.
  8. No more stubbed toes by using part of a pool noodle to keep your toes safe. Use them on your bed frame to prevent those late night toe kicks.
  9. Use pool noodles over tent support ropes for safety.
  10. Use a pool noodle to keep your puppy from pushing her balls under the couch. (Wish I had this earlier!)
  11. Pool noodle roof pad on your roof rack to cushion and protect.
  12. Did you know you can use noodles to make toys not for just the pool?  (Thank you Pinterest!)
  13. Jumbo Lincoln Logs.
  14. Marble Race Track.
  15. Marshmallow shooters.
  16. Lightsabers – May the force be with you! Just add duct tape!
  17. Noodle Stick horses – Directions and more info click here
  18. Kid car wash – for their cars, scooters and bike great on a hot summer day!
  19. Birthday Lawn Candles – Pool Noodle and a battery tea light.
  20. Trampoline safety cover for the springs.

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How do you use your noodle?

Thanks Pamela

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#tips #hacks #poolnoodle

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Free Money Update And Pie!!

 

EBATES Rebate Counter:

$51.35 and growing!!

I get money back when I shop online and you can too.

https://www.ebates.com/r/THETHI132?eeid=28187

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Not yet a to a Million Dollars,  but I can make the pie!  Here is the receipe:

Million Dollar Pie

1 can cherry pie filling, 1 large can crushed pinapple, 1 (9-oz.) carton Cool Whip, 1 cup coconut, 1 cup pecans, 1 can Eagle Brand Milk

Mix together and pour into a graham cracker crust and chill.  Will make 3 pie.  Will freeze nicely.

Enjoy!  I hope you will start saving money too.

Thanks Pamela

 

 

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Is it time to break up with your makeup?

Break up with your makeup!  WHAT.  I know stay with me.  I am not suggesting you all go out into the world with a naked face.

 

I understand some of you have lots of lotions and potions. You may buy makeup every time you are in the drugstore, grocery store, beauty bar or department store. But have you tossed out the old?IMG_3462

Do you have mascara from the last decade? How about your eye makeup? How old it is? Do you have lipstick or lip gloss that is older than your youngest child?

Not only can all those tubes, cases, bottles and pencils create clutter, but they can be dangerous to your health.

Old expired makeup can cause allergies.

Expired makeup can cause breakouts and infections like pink eye, acne, and worse. This is especially true with mascara, liners and foundations. “When a product expires this means that the preservatives have stopped being as effective as they once were or have stopped working altogether. This can lead to infections,” says Dr. Gary Goldfaden.

Wow, none of those things sound good or will make you look better.makeup-brush-jphyoxty-ke-oli-dale

Here are the rules on when you should throw away your makeup.

Foundations, creams, powders, and lipsticks that are over a year old although many experts say you should toss your mascara after 3 months.

Any eyeliners, mascaras, shadows, or lip glosses should be tossed if you’ve had for more than six months.bathroom-vanity-clutter

OK, now you know so lets fix this and get organized:

Sort through all of your cosmetics and toss anything that you can’t remember when you purchased it. Chances are that it well exceeds the limit if you can’t remember when you bought it.

Clean your brushes on a regular basis and if you use sponges those should be cleaned each time and tossed every month.

This is one time where I will tell you to throw your old stuff away.  Don’t donate it or give it away.

I have a “Rev-a-shelf” drawer organizer (Rev-A-Shelf COSK-18) that I use for my makeup brush storage. I also use a makeup bag to store my products. I pull the bag out and empty all the products I use. Once used, I drop it back in the bag. I know when I am done all the products will be back in the bag. That makes it so easy to return the entire thing in the drawer. Also, if I need to pack quickly for a trip it is already contained and I only have to grab a few brushes.

Bonus Tip to know went to replace your makeup is to note it on the inside door of your medicine cabinet. I use this to remind me when I change the toothbrushas well. Write your notes with a grease pencil (I use my old lip pencil before I toss) If you were so inclined, you could paint the inside of your door with chalkboard paint and use chalk.

Did you know that you can convert any hard surface to a “white-board” Just by painting over it with a special CLEAR IdeaPaint, Wow who knew. The possibilities are endless You can also use an ordinary any color dry erase maker to write on glass. Yes all glass.

According to Julie Longyear of Blissoma holistic skin care and apothecary. “One great alternative for makeup that would not technically expire is mineral makeup,” says Longyear. As there is no water or oils in the products they don’t grow bacteria or go bad. As a lady that doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, most of my eyeshadows are loose mineral powders. That equals an investment that is safe for a long time.

As you know I am not a makeup specialist.  I am an Organizer.  If you want to read more tips on makeup from Aly Walansky at Stylecaster expired-makeup.

I love to hear from you so feel free to start a discussion.

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Want a yummy reward?

You have been so good and you are de-cluttering your space, getting organized.  Reward yourself with a slice of povititza and a hot cup of tea or coffee.
I spent a wonderful day yesterday with a dear friend baking povititiza.  You know it is so relaxing to make a yeast bread.   If you are so inclined I will share the recipe. Thanks Lynnda!

LYNNDA’S  POVITITZA

Step 1
   Grind 2 pounds walnuts.
    I use a food processor and do this ahead of time, usually the day before & store in refrigerator.

Bread:

    Stir together and set aside:
        2 cakes yeast (5t)
        1 t sugar
        1/2  warm half & half
    In large bowl cream:
        1/2 c sugar
        6 egg yolks (save whites for later)
        1 c butter
    Prepare dry ingredients:
        5 c flour
        1 t salt
     Measure 1 1/3 half and half and warm slightly.
    Add half and half  to sugar, egg yolk, butter mixture first.
    Add yeast mixture to above.
    Mix together.
    Add dry ingredients and mix until ready to be turned out onto floured board.  Knead well,  adding extra flour if needed for good consistency of bread dough.
Separate dough into 5 parts.  Let rise in separately sprayed bowls, spraying a bit on top and covering with tea cloth.  Dough should double in size.  I usually let it rise at least an hour but have done less if rushed and it seems to work.

While dough is rising prepare filling.

Filling:

    Heat the following but don’t bring to boil:
        1/2 c butter
        1 1/2 c half and half
        1 1/2 c brown sugar
        1/2 c honey
    Add ground walnuts to the above. Mix together until all is incorporated and sugar has melted.
    Allow above mixture to cool.
    Beat 6 egg whites until stiff.
    To the cool mixture add:
        1/2 t lemon juice
        1 t vanilla
        1 t cinnamon
    Mix the above and fold in egg whites carefully.  Don’t over mix.
Divide filling into 5 parts.
Roll dough thinly on floured tea towel, stretching and pulling to desired thinness.  I don’t get mine nearly as thin as my mother-in-law Anne did but it’s still tasty.  Spread 1/5 of filling onto bread.  Roll up by lifting one end of tea towel and letting it roll together.  Place into angel food cake pan and cover with tea towel and let rise about 45  minutes.  Repeat this for other 4 loaves.
Bake at 325 degrees 30-35 minutes.
Cool & enjoy.
This freezes well.  I usually use a plastic wrap and then put it into a freezer zip lock bag.
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#coffeebreak #yeastbread #reward #takeabreak #bakebread
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That takes balls? And it keeps them in place?

baseball-8ereia0u4lw-joey-kyberYes ~ we are talking about SPORTS balls and there are so many sports that use balls; footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, basketballs, volleyball, golf balls, ping-pong balls, and even bowling balls.

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But being that they are round, balls by their nature have a tendency to roll around. Making it a challenge to confine them to in one spot. Have no fear as deflation is not required. Instead, I will share with you some tips and tricks to organize your sports balls.

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A quick peek at Pinterest reveals there are countless ways to corral sports balls so we will explore a few.

  • Wire Bins – easy way to not only hold but a great way to transport them to and from t-ball practice
  • Pop up hampers – One of my favorites! These can be found at almost any store and are very inexpensive. Bonus they fold flat when not in use.

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    Pop-up Hamper
  • Mesh laundry bags – another great way to keep balls from rolling under the car and are perfect for transporting to and from volleyball practice.
  • Laundry baskets
  • Mount crates or baskets to the wall
  • Trash cans – these can be perfect for baseball bats and baseballs. You can add some dividers for extra organization.
  • PVC cart This is a super DIY project. PVC is easy to work with and plans can be found all over the internet.
  • Repurpose an old piece of furniture
  • Old pallet re-purposed – Again use your imagination and use your creative energy
  • bungee cords to make a ball cage –

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    Photo from HGTV

Balls are notorious for rolling away. But you can get organized without breaking the bank. We know you have better things to spend your money on, such as extra tutoring for your superstar athlete.

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Nothing worse than opening the garage door and having all the kids sports balls rolling down the driveway and around the floor unless it would be when they rolled around the back of your minivan or SUV. Gotta love when the door opens and all that stuff rolls out, down the parking lot or out into the street. YIKES!

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