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Are your taxes done?

Raise your hand if you are working on your taxes today.

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I thought they were going to be so easy!  Just a postcard right?

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so maybe they are a little less cumbersome…..

 

just kidding.  Actually if you have not finished you still have tomorrow.  Make sure you mail them (with your check) by Monday.  Because let’s face it, if you thought you were going to get a refund, you would have been done with this in February.  Right!

 

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Simply too much!

Are you overwhelmed by too much?

Too much…..

Too much stuff?

Too much on your plate?

Too much on your to do list?

Sometimes you have to say no. Being organized is also about your too much.  Sometimes you are giving too much of yourself.  It’s ok to put yourself first.  If your neighbor ask you to take care of their pet fish and after you agree she leaves you a note to do the laundry and pick them up at the airport that is overwhelming and too much.  They should not be surprised if their fish accidentally got flushed down the toilet.

Maybe you enjoy French toast but you really have no desire to enter a French toast eating contest.  That just too much!

Could be that you are finding that you are stretched to thin.  You can and should say no.

I did not come up with these facts but I agree and believe you all should know them.

1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.women 2 daryn-bartlett-40739.jpg

2. When someone tells you that you’re beautiful, believe them. They aren’t lying.

3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.

4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them. mom to be arteida-mjeshtri-151140

5. You should DEFINITELY have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way that others see you, you would.

6. Don’t look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.

7. It’s okay to not love every part of your body…but you should. woman 1 brooke-cagle-211284

8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else.

9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.

10. You’re a woman. And that alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.

~ Austin Blood 

 

It’s ok to say no.  You are a remarkable woman.  Give yourself credit!

Pass this on to another remarkable woman.  I love your comments!!

Pamela

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Easy vs. Right ~ Which will you choose?

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This applies to so many aspects of life.

The way your kid cleans their room vs. the way your mom cleans your room.

Clutter?  Shove it in a closet or sort it.

Papers?  Easy to toss in a pile but eventually, you will have to do the right thing which is they need to be filed away.

Pantry?  Can’t find the peanut butter that you know you have so go buy more…. No, organize your pantry.  Save time and money.

Clothes?  Don’t lay them down – put them away.

Laundry?

You get the idea….

Do the right thing even when no one is watching.  Pretty soon it will be the easy way.

Thanks Pamela

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Do you Pile it? Stop being a Pilot.

So unless you are might be licensed to fly a plane you are not a pilot.  But that is not what we are taking about. What do I mean by Pilot? Do you make piles of stuff?  Do you pile it up.  Stop it.

Here it the rule ~

Don’t be a Pilot! No Piles allowed.

No Piles of Anything! No, not even neat ones.

This rule will save you hours of wasted time when you learn to follow it.

Stacking things develops bad habits. Stacks of items tend to grow into unmanageable piles of clutter and chaos that then takes hours to clean and sort them.

Looking a stacks or piles of stuff is stressful. It is a constant reminder that there is something to be done.

Look at areas of your home where things tend to be “stacked” or piled up. This could be your mail, the laundry, dishes etc.

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I have said before that if you will fold and hang your laundry when you take it out of the dryer it is easier to put away – Do not let it pile up.  If you need more tips on this go to my prior post on laundry tips do-you-have-a-monster-in-your-house.

Mail has the ongoing potential for a pile up. Clutter can be due to indecision. Be brutal,  make a decison about  your mail and bills then they come in.  Deal with them right away or place them only temporarily in the inbox.  Read more about dealing with mail and papers Click here.

Better yet go paperless.

You will always know where to find your statements. I am a huge fan of online banking. Most banks offer online banking. If you are not taking advantage of it you are wasting money. By using online banking don’t have to order as many checks or pay postage to mail your bill payments.   Your bank may even offer electronic reminders, you can avoid the hassle of paper bills, making extra trips to your bank or worrying about checks being lost in the mail. In addition, paying your bills online keeps all of your billing records in one easy-to-find place. You can also set up automatic payments using your debit or credit card. Banking online can make your banking life much easier and reduce your paper clutter.

Dish Issues = clutter

In my house I am cooking all the time. Dishes are another area that could create a pileup. All dishes go immediately into the dishwasher or get washed in the sink after use. Don’t  leave them in other areas or allowing them to pile up. When Mr. Man cooks he cleans as he goes which is wonderful. Unfortunately he does not cook enough, in my opinion.

Don’t put things down put them up.

The next time you are piling things up, stop and ask yourself how much longer it would take to put things away. It may take a couple extra minutes now, but will save you even more time and effort in the future.

You can do be organized and I’m here to help.  I love your comments.

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Looking up! Final four challenge!!

Sometimes we get so busy with our lives we forget to look up.  The view can be very refreshing!

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  Final Four Challenge!

Take the final  four challenge

So what is the final four challenge?

Easy!

1. Take a picture of any flat surface near you.  It could be your desk, a bathroom counter, kitchen bar or coffee table.  This is your “before” picture.messy-desk-clean-me2. Move 4 things off this surface.

3. Put those things where the belong.organized-computer-desktop-c1c4b1aa

4.   Now look at your after.   That is it!  You are done  Take a picture if you want.

You might have started with 32 or maybe sweet 16, then you work a few minutes and you are at the great 8. Before you know it you have it down to the final four!

See here is the deal.  You don’t have to do it all or do it all at once.  If you break it down to four items per session you can do that easy.  It only takes minutes.

Congratulations on completion of your final four challenge!!!!

Will you accept the challenge?  Will you share this and challenge your friends?  Have a great day

Thanks Pamela

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Spring in the desert

FB_IMG_1551402147562Happy Sunday, spring is in full bloom here in Arizona.  I am surrounded by the smell of Orange blossoms while hearing the bee’s buzzing about.

Are you thinking about spring cleaning?

Spending time with your children and family during spring break?

I love your comments!  Have a wonderful week and in case spring flowers are not in bloom outside your window, enjoy mine.

You can bee organized and I’m here to help.

Thanks Pamela

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Today I am sharing some of  Kelly’s tips.  I thought they were brilliant!  Maybe you will find something helpful too!  Enjoy. Thanks ~Pamela

Just as promised….more helpful and handy tricks for around your home. This first is a must for doggie owners. I MacGyvered this in my yard years ago after seeing something like it at a doggie park. Rather than make daily trips to the trash can, I built this poop pipe. It’s just a large piece […]

via Helpful, Handy Tricks Prt 2 — kelleysdiy

Helpful, Handy Tricks Prt 2 — kelleysdiy

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Simply Sunday – living with kids

A question that keeps popping up is how to contain the toys in the living room?

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An answer is a piece of furniture that has closed storage. That might be your accent table with a basket below or a storage ottoman if you have room.

Don’t allow you living room to become the toy room. Limit the amount of toys allowed there at any time. There is no reason you can’t have your kids store their toys in their room or their playroom. They can bring toys into the living room and then take them back when they are done with them. Or you put them in a tote or basket and put them away.

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Another thing I find frequently is kids have too many toy options. Limit their options. Try rotating their toys. Let them choose say 10 to play with and you put the rest in a tote. If you do this say every month your kids will feel like they are getting new toys without you spending any money. Plus you limit the amount of clutter. Kids don’t play with all their toys. Think about when you go to grandma’s house. She has limited toys and they play just fine with those.

I see lots of stuff you buy your kids when you are shopping as a bribe to “be good.” Stop doing this! You are wasting money and adding lots of clutter to your life. While they may scream and carry on that they want a toy in the store how long does that toy entertain them after you get it home? Right there is no need for this. Just say no. Your kids have trained you that every time they go with you they get a toy. Guess what you are not doing them or you any favors. So you buy them a cheap toy that is cheaply made. It breaks soon after they bring it home. Another melt down that it is broken. I bet if you added up all the money you have spent on cheap toys you would be able to pay a sitter.

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Just like don’t shop when you are hungry don’t take your kids when they are hungry or tired. Give them a snack before.

Take something with you to keep your child engaged. Younger kids need one of their toys or a book. Older kids can help you shop.

I love the tips and ideas from creative with kids. I have attached a link

13 ways to make grocery shopping with kids less torturous or maybe even fun

One of her tips is to Indulge in Grocery Store Fantasy – Good for when the “I wants” come up. You ask questions like: “OK, if the grocery store only carried three things, what do you wish they were?”  “What if we could only eat candy? Wouldn’t that be funny? What would you eat for breakfast?” Of course you are not going to let them eat marshmallows with chocolate for breakfast but it is a fun game.

Another parent suggested that her kids love to guess how much fruits and vegetables weigh and then put them on the scale. As a result they eat more fruits and vegetables.

Now in most places you can do your grocery shopping online. You know that must be something that was invented by a mom, to which we say thank you.

What are your tips for living and shopping with kids.

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Unwanted telephone calls

Annoyed?

Every since the first telephone call people have been using the telephone to reach out and touch someone.  Many of those calls are welcome, but more often than not they are unwelcome, uninvited and very bothersome.  In the U.S. we have the DO NOT CALL LIST.  I have been registered on this list for years.  I’m guessing you are too.  But alas that has not stopped the calls for me.

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I have tried blocking the numbers with no success. I have tried call blockers and have paid for this app or that app and frankly the callers always seem to find a way around it.

Now I’m getting text messages and voice mail and my phone did not even ring!  Yes it’s frustrating.  I pay for my phone as I’m sure you do too.  Why should I have to pay for calls I don’t want, need and I specifically requested that my phone numbers not be used for this purpose.

So like you I absolutely wanted to find a viable solution.

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First, if you have not registered your phone numbers with the Federal Do Not Call Registry do so immediately.  By the way, once you have registered your numbers you don’t have to renew it.  You can register cell phones at the same time and place. Yes, I heard the rumors about having to renew, but as of March 2019 that is not true.  

Recent estimates that the number of robocalls increased by 57% in 2018, to nearly 50 billion calls. (Yes, that is not a typo… BILLION.) The FCC says that robocallers are the number one thing that consumers complain to them about, with over 200,000 robocall complaints per year, constituting about 60% of all the complaints they receive from consumers. And unfortunately, it’s expected that this year, as many as half of all cell phone calls will be robocalls!

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So, with robo callers there are 2 trains of thought..

1. Stop them.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

  • Don’t answer and don’t call back. Answering a robocall or returning the call indicates to a scammer that they have reached a working number and potential target.
  • Put your number on the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry. Adding yourself to this database is free and your registration never expires, but doing this alone is unlikely to stop all automated calls.
  • Download a call-blocking app. Nomorobo and Hiya are among the hundreds of applications that monitor and block phone numbers used by robodialers.
  • Call your phone company. Ask what tools or products they offer to block scam calls. The FCC keeps a handy list.
  • File a complaint to the FTC and FCC. The agencies use unwanted-call data to track trends and bring enforcement actions.  
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-robocallers-win-even-if-you-dont-answer-1528104600o1

 

Or 2. Maybe you should make them pay?

What if you could make robocalls a moneymaking opportunity?  Well, you can. I must admit it was a head slap moment for me.  Why had I not heard about this before.  I mean I was a paralegal for years and years, so I am very familiar with the process.  I had to hear about this on my local news.  I immediately went to the website and started the process. I’m excited to be an affiliate of robocalls.cash.I  f you want to find out more information and you are sick of the annoying robocalls I have provided a link:  https://robocalls.cash/ref/Beeorganizedwithpamela

Which ever way you choose to deal with the annoying robocalls I wish you luck.  I’m actually looking forward to the process.  I always enjoy seeing your comments.

As always have a great day!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Pamela

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