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Whack A Mole

Does this sound familiar to you?

You walk past your crammed closet and think “I’ll clean it eventually.” Your overflowing drawers will not close and you think, “Oh what’s the big deal. I haven’t cleaned it because I am busy.”

You can’t find your keys in the pile on your table and say, “So what? Doesn’t everyone have a clutter problem?”

You work really hard to pound down your piles of paper, yet they continue to pop up like Whack-A-Mole. whack-mole

You buy containers and baskets and chalkboard labels to hold your stuff, yet it continues to multiply like bunnies.

But after each attempt to change your ways, the stuff in piles remains. After each failed attempt, the disorganization goes downhill. So why can’t you get control?

As frustrating as it is, you learned something necessary: you can’t just wave a magic wand, buy a bin, or trash a tower of paper and call it organized.

Why does this happen?

It’s a lifestyle. And like any other lifestyle you have to learn and practice. And get better at it every day.

Check back with me often and I will continue to share tips with you. If you think you need my help I am here.

Thanks

Pamela

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Why is it so difficult to find a pen when you need one?

Well for one thing some people have a habit of keeping every one regardless of whether or not it actually works..

Are you ready to solve this problem and remove some clutter today? OK this is an easy one. Ready?

Go get a pen that doesn’t write, or a wooden pencil that you’ll never sharpen and THROW IT AWAY.

DO IT. DO IT NOW.

The only writing implements in your bag, on the jar kitchen counter, or in the drawer in your desk, or the basket on your coffee table, should be ones that actually write!

Excellent! You are one step closer to being organized.

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PS – also throw away all of the markers and sharpies that are dried up and never let them annoy you ever again when you are halfway through scratching over mailing labels when you’re returning stuff to “OH NO YOU DIDN’T. ”

So how many pens did you toss today?

Thanks

Pamela

 

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Psst…… What’s In Your Drawers?

OK, let’s talk about your drawers.

Are you hoarding rubber bands, twist ties, shopping bags or you tell me?

Why? You don’t need 1,000 rubber bands, 50 twist ties from your bread wrappers or 25 paper bags.

Really, you don’t. You might need a dozen rubber bands and a few of the other things. Why do you think you might need them? If you can’t come up with a good reason let them go.

And No a Rainy day is not a good reason.

The better question is, how many have I used in the past 6 months? If you answer is none then you really don’t need them.

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I’ll admit my Dad had an amazing rubber band ball but he had goal. When it reached a certain size he would retire. By the way he did.

 

Throw away, recycle or sell needs to be your mantra!

 

“Happiness is a place between too little and too much” – Finnish Proverb

 

What did you do today to find your happy place today?

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Paper Chase! No More ~ Organize Your Papers

Binders can be your best buddy to get you organized.

You need a binder for your life if you don’t do file folders then a binder may work better for you.

Today we have a reminder of how an ordinary day can become an emergency.  Watching the news and seeing how devastating Harvey has been to Houston makes me realize how important a  binder is.  So this is a good opportunity to revisit the subject.

Living in Oklahoma as you know is tornado alley. Every spring we would have the threat of severe weather. So when you think there is the very real possibility your home could be wiped off of the map or at the least have parts and pieces end up in Kansas you develop a special set of skills. One of the skills is you have things you know you need to grab on the way out the door.

We lived in Oklahoma on May 3, 1999, when an F5 tornado smashed into and through my neighborhood. Our weatherman said, “People in the path of this storm need to get underground or get out-of-town.”

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Since we didn’t have an underground shelter. So we got out-of-town. We were rushing through the house grabbing stuff, our insurance information, homeowner’s policy, health insurance, car insurance, identification papers and even a list of phone numbers. Also, we had just purchased a new vehicle and had yet to notify our insurance agent of this new purchase so some information about our vehicle wasn’t a bad idea. This would have been so much easier and less chaotic if we had a binder.

Well fortunately for us our house was still standing. Our trees and fence were another story and we never did find the owner of a patio chair that blew into our yard.

After that experience, we created a home binder.

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Photo by Jordan Ladikos

Home Binder –

It has copies of our deed to our home and our insurance policies.  Each time we make a major purchase we document the purchase; warranty dates then add the warranty and receipt to our home binder. At one time I kept the manuals but now all this is readily available on the Internet. So I can’t find a reason why should I keep them.  We do keep a list of maintenance, repairs, and upgrades we have made to our house.  This information is helpful for you are selling your home and you have to make the necessary disclosures.

Important Paper Binder –

We have a binder for our important papers. This binder stays in a fireproof box.

For us, important papers are birth certificates, marriage license, passports, social security card, wills and trust documents other licenses and certificates. Additionally, we have a DVD of the inside of our home. (This is very helpful if you have to replace your contents.)

Home Management Binder –

This could be called the ICE or Mom Manual. It will have flyers from your kid’s sports, school events, schedules, and newsletters. Also, it will have an emergency contact sheet. This binder will have school, teacher, baby sitter or daycare provider contact info. Passwords can also be stored in this binder. You can add pages to include your budget and bill payment schedule.

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Photo from Flickr

I know some families use a binder for their kids’ artwork and school papers. Every child gets a binder. Papers you want to keep are 3-hole punched and placed in the binder immediately. Then at the end of the year, you can scan the ones you want to preserve forever.

There are lots of templates online for pages of anything else you might want or need to have.

The purpose of the binder is to put everything all together and easily accessible. I look forward to hearing about your binders, how they simply and organize your life.

The time to create a home binder is before you have an emergency situation.

Thanks  Pamela!

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Some Assembly Required

Those three little words can mean so much.  They can strike fear in the bravest.  They can confound the most astute.some-assembly-required-2333568563_75a84abb67_b

So how many of you have put together furniture or toys in your home? Maybe you did it as a part of a team building exercise, couples therapy or just sheer desperation.

Some of you want to follow all the directions. They will not start until they have checked the parts list and compared what was supposed to be in the box with what actually is.

Then there are other’s who want to just start putting bolts in holes and get this over with. News flash that does not always work out, sometimes you really to have to put slot A into slot B before you add shelf C.

Almost all of us have assembled furniture or toys at one time or another. Just the mention of Ikea can take a grown man to his knees.

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I personally have no problem assembling Ikea furniture. But navigating the store is another matter all together. I was watching the weather channel and they said they have finally discovered the secret of the Bermuda triangle. It is that the cloud is shaped like an Ikea store and the planes are actually flying around in the clouds trying to find the exit.  I’m not sure about this theory but I can attest that every time we my husband goes to Ikea he does the same thing.

Stop me if this sound familiar – Twas the night before Christmas

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just racked our brains much needing a nap,

Sleep was not to be for Dad was assembling bikes,

while Mom in her Kerchief wrapped toys for the little tykes,

As Dad bruised his knuckles there arose such a clatter…

Mom already knew what was the matter…

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I’ll share my families best Christmas Eve toy building story – My Dad and his brother-in-law stayed up very, very late assembling a swing set from Santa inside the garage. Dad was ready to move it out into the yard for the big reveal (because how do you explain that Santa put it in the garage) only to discover it would not fit out the garage door…. Well Christmas morning I was so excited to have my new swing set. Good news was I got to play on the swing in the garage for a bit before my dear Dad disassembled and re-assembled it in the yard.

Moral of that story is don’t assemble something inside unless you know you can get it out the door.

Anyway how many of you have extra parts left over when assembling toys or furniture? You can let those go because if you managed to get the toys or furniture together without them you don’t need them. Heck they probably put in some extra just to add to the frustration level. Also you don’t need the manual or instructions.  It just adds to the clutter.

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I would love to hear you Holiday stories. See the ones that go smooth are easily forgotten but the ones that have a little hiccup are the best.

Thanks Pamela

 

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Paper Chase! No More ~ Organize Your Papers

Binders can by your best buddy to get  you organized.

You need a binder for your life if you don’t do file folders then a binder may work better for you.

Living in Oklahoma as you know is tornado alley. Every spring we would have the threat of severe weather. So when you think there is the very real possibility your home could be wiped off of the map or at the least have parts and pieces end up in Kansas you develop a special set of skills. One of skills is you have things you know you need to grab on the way out the door.

We lived in Oklahoma on May 3, 1999, when a F5 tornado smashed into and through my neighborhood. Our weatherman said, “People in the path of this storm need to get underground or get out-of-town.”

lightning by lucy chian photo-1442213391790-7656f6e368b9.jpg

Since we didn’t have an underground shelter. So we got out-of-town. We were rushing though the house grabbing stuff, our insurance information, homeowner’s policy, health insurance, car insurance, identification papers and even a list of phone numbers. Also, we had just purchased a new vehicle and had yet to notify our insurance agent of this new purchase so some information about our vehicle wasn’t a bad idea. This would have been so much easier and less chaotic if we had a binder.

Well fortunately for us our house was still standing. Our trees and fence were another story and we never did find the owner of a patio chair that blew into our yard.

After that experience we created a home binder.

Weather v. by Jordan Ladikos photo-1454702762838-a6df8cc3517f
Photo by Jordan Ladikos

Home Binder –

It has copies of our deed to our home and our insurance policies.  Each time we make a major purchase we document the purchase; warranty dates then add the warranty and receipt to our home binder. At one time I kept the manuals but now all this is readily available on the Internet. So I can’t find a reason why should I keep them.  We do keep a list of maintenance, repairs and upgrades we have made to our house.  This information is helpful with you are selling your home and you have to make the necessary disclosures.

Important Paper Binder –

We have a binder for our important papers. This binder stays in a fireproof box.

For us important papers are birth certificates, marriage license, passports, social security card, wills and trust documents other licenses and certificates. Additionally we have a DVD of the inside of our home. (This is very helpful if you have to replace your contents.)

Home Management Binder –

This could be called the ICE or Mom Manual. It will have flyers from your kids sports, school events, schedules and newsletters. Also it will have an emergency contact sheet. This binder will have school, teacher, baby sitter or daycare provider contact info. Passwords can also be stored in this binder. You can add pages for your budget and bill payment schedule.

BInders from Flickr7845750442_03c60af15a_b
Photo from Flickr

I know some families use a binder for their kids’ artwork and school papers. Every child gets a binder. Papers you want to keep are 3-hole punched and placed in the binder immediately. Then at the end of the year you can scan the ones you want to preserve forever.

There are lots of templates online for pages of anything else you might want or need to have.

The purpose of the binder is to put everything all together and easily accessible. I look forward to hearing about your binders, how they simply and organize your life.

Thanks  Pamela!

#newpost #organized #overwhelmed #momlife #priorities #Seizetheday #momlife #parenting #family
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Moving on up! Moving Tips

Are you moving? Or will you be moving soon? I have made my share of moves. From the across town to across the country. Over those moves though trial and error I have found there are things you can do to make your move smooth or at least smoother.

Electronics – Before you disconnect your electronics take a photo of the back of the TV and the back of the device. Then it will be super easy to re-attach the cords in the correct place. For the very tech challenged put stickers on all your cords. Number them or use different colors. Next put the cords in resealable baggies along with the remotes. Tape the baggie to the back of the TV or device. Label the bag in the event it gets separated from the device.

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No lost parts – If you have to disassemble any furniture make sure you put the bolts and screws in a resealable bag and label it.drill photo-1458829549177-e9a8f3db5b14.jpg

Label every box by room. Use different bright color stickers, labels or duct tape to identify the room.   This will make the move easier because your helpers will not be asking where does this go. If everything is marked it is a no brainer.

Speaking of rooms don’t pack stuff from different rooms in the same box.

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Make a master list of boxes by rooms. For example, Master 9 boxes, Kitchen 20 boxes and so on will make it easy to identify if anything is missing.

Plus pack a box of First Day Essentials for the first box to be opened at the new location. You will need trash bags, cleaners, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cups), soap, coffee, box cutter and a coffee maker.

Speaking of 1st day. You will need to pack a few days worth if stuff in an overnight bag for your family. It will be easier than trying to find what you need for a few days. Pretend you are camping.

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Use your suitcases with wheels for your heavy items. Rolling
luggage is a lot easer than lifting and carrying.

Bag it! Garbage bags for your clothes. Slip a garbage bag over your clothes while they are still hanging on the rod and you will not have to remove them from their hangers and is easy to re-hang them in your new closet. Just hang them up and rip off the bag.   This is good even if you are using closet or wardrobe boxes.

Put foam plates between your dishes to cushion them. I also like wine boxes to pack my glasses. They are heavy-duty and already have the dividers.

Plastic wrap is your friend. Use it to wrap stuff that stays together like your silverware tray. Use plastic wrap under the lids of all opened liquids. Moving is stressful enough you don’t need spills to add to the mess.

Donate, purge, sell, and or give away! If you haven’t used it don’t move it. Let it go.

Make a packing supplies tote. Nothing is more frustrating than you have packed a box and you can’t find the tape, or the scissors, or the label or the marker. Put them all in a tote that can move from room to room with you. Buy more packing tape than you thing you will need. Better to have too much than not enough. Also make sure you reinforce and double up taping the bottom of boxes you are loading down with heavy stuff.

Don’t make your boxes too heavy. You will be so tired and your helpers will thank you. There is less chance of boxes being dropped if they are lighter.

Good luck on your move. I love your comments.

Pamela

 

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The Secret to Get Organized

 

For the past few weeks, I have been helping you take baby steps to get organized. I am trying to make you aware of how easily clutter creeps up on you. I want you to realize how clutter steals time from you.

Today I’m going to tell you the secret to Organization.  Ready?  OK here goes.

A Place For Everything

And

Everything In Its Place

That’s the secret to Organization.

Easy right.

Well not so much.

I know that some of your stuff overflows its space.

I hear you saying that some of your things never seem to make it to their place.

The problem is that you don’t have a plan. You don’t have a space designated.

You have to make a plan.

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Make a Plan.

Where are your things going to go?

Where are your keys, your purse, your stamps or your cell phone charger?

How about your dishes?

In my house, the dishes are on a rack right above the dishwasher. Additionally, that rack holds the same about of dishes that will fit into my dishwasher.

By having a plan with a designated space it is really easy to set the table and unload the dishwasher. Anyone can do it. My guests don’t have to ask where are the dishes.dish zone

My point is they have a place. Create a defined area. By doing this clutter can’t creep in.

Remember in a prior post I talked about Zones. Zones can apply to anything. You need to zone like things together.

Think of a grocery store. Every shelf is labeled. You know what goes in every spot on every shelf. The Aisles are labeled so you know the produce department is where the lemons will be found and the dairy aisle is where the eggs and milk will be found. By the aisles being labeled you know where to find whatever it is you need. Most stores zone like things together. Salt is in the same aisle is flour and sugar.

Your local grocery store would be so much more frustrating if they put things on shelves with no system in place. You walk in the door and today the bread is in the aisle with the motor oil. I venture to guess you would not be shopping there and the store might even go out of business.

Another key point is you have to make your designated space easy to access.

If you don’t make your designated space easy to access you will not put your things back in their place.

Your little’s can put things back if they know where they go and are easy to access. Put their things on their level. If you are short put your stuff at lower levels. If you are tall and can easily reach the upper shelf that might be your go-to spot. If you are 6 foot tall reaching down to the floor for your shoes is a pain. Likewise, if you are 5 foot, you can’t reach the upper shelf. Putting your stuff up there would not be productive. You will not put it back in the designated space.

Just another example is a pet zone:  Dog food, treats, medications all are in a zone altogether. I keep my pups food in a clear plastic container. I always know how much they have and if I need to put pup chow on the list.

Maybe you need to have your deodorant in your closet or where you get dressed instead of the bathroom? I do because I want to put it on first. I don’t need to walk into the bathroom. At my age, I might forget why I went there. By the time I figure it out. It’s too late.   But I digress. My point is that you know how you live. What makes you tick?

Sunday assignment: Think about what you use on a daily basis.   Go room by room and determine what would make your life easier. Allocate a space for those things. Everything has to have a place.Card File drawers 5-29

Make a place for everything.

Make the place easy to access.

If you plan it out and make a plan you will find you are more organized, that clutter does not have a chance to build up and you will more likely to stay organized.

If you or your Little’s need labels to remember what goes where then do it.

Remember:

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Failure to plan is a plan for failure – Benjamin Franklin

Make a plan.

 

Stay with me and I will continue sharing tips to help you contain your clutter. Tell me about your plan.

Thanks Pamela

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Taming your Tupperware!

Tupperware, takeout containers, butter tubs, Rubbermaid…

No matter what you call them they are plastic food containers.

Love them or hate them I find that they are both a major part of every kitchen and the bane of many of my clients.

plastic containers no lids 5-25Does this sound like your house? Do you have a mountain of them? Do you open a cabinet and they crash down on your head, fall all over the floor? Do you have them stashed in your lower cabinets?

 

Dinner is over, you are clearing the table, you have leftovers that your know will be perfect for lunch tomorrow or dinner. So you open a drawer and dig around. Finally find the right size, fill it up with your leftovers only to discover you can’t find the lid?

Where is the darned lid?

No lid?

News flash a plastic food container with NO lid is just a crappy bowl.

Also do you have food containers that you have nuked until they glowed? Melted, food stained, stinky? WHY! Just throw them out too.

Don’t try to reuse takeout containers. They are not designed for multiple re-use.

You want to get control?

Lets Round up your Rubbermaid

First remove them all from your cabinets and drawers.

Now sort them.  Remember….

NO LID = TRASH

Stained, melted or stinky = Right you guessed it ~ TRASH.

Now what are you left with? How many do you really need?

That is for you do decide. I might suggest that you box half of the remaining containers and put them on a shelf or in a closet. If you don’t need any of them in say 3 months you really didn’t need them.

Now that you have purged your plastic food container stash I want to say  Great job!

Let’s talk about conquering your plastic.

I nest and stack mine. Also many of my containers will use the same lids. I actually have a larger Rubbermaid box with a lid that I store all my containers in. That box lives on the floor of my pantry. I can pull the entire box out to get the exact size that I need then easily return the box to the designated spot. You might rather have a basket or such.

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These stack very well.

Wherever you decide your plastic containers are going to live make sure it is a small and defined place.

Don’t dedicate an entire shelf or drawer to containers. If you do you will be prone to fill the entire shelf or drawer.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”– Will Rogers

Simple Right? I love your comments. Tell me how many did you trash?

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Does Your Home Welcome You?

Monday probably the most dreaded day of the week.

Today I want to talk to you about first impressions.  Not someone else’s but yours.

If you walk in the door and your eyes see clutter you are not welcomed.

So lets work in fixing that.

Walk in your door. What do you see?

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Photo by David Allen

Piles of mail, shoes, umbrellas how about jackets? Maybe it is books or backpacks? Did you have to step over or push something aside? Was it cluttered, messy or jumbled?

That is not welcoming.  Not peaceful.  It is stressful and chaotic.

OK so lets fix it. Here is where you start.

Clear it all out. Yes, All of it.

OK Cleared out?

Now think about what really needs to be there. What was there that you actually use?

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photo by Nick Turner | Unsplash

Ok . Now lets organize it with hooks, shelves, cubbies, a tray or a bowl.

Hang Hooks in Your Entry Way –Hooks immediately inside the door for backpacks, purses and keys. You walk in the door; they come off and go straight on the hooks. No more fumbling for keys, finding jackets or backpacks, wondering where you left your purse.

Bonus if you have a trash bin to toss junk mail!

Do this one thing until it is habit and I’m telling you it will save hours of lost time and exasperation. For those of us who use your garage Kudos! It doesn’t matter what door is your entry door. Put the hooks immediately inside that door (I use my laundry room as my drop point. It’s perfect.)

You deserve to walk in the door and your home should be your sanctuary or your haven. If you organize this area your will be surprised that your home will be inviting and leave you with a feeling of being relaxed and welcomed home.

Make your home your haven. You can do it.

You will thank me tomorrow when your keys are right by the door and you hit the snooze button one more time.

If you want to see some Ideas to Steal from 10 Clever Small Space Entryways Click here.

So tell me what door do you use to enter your haven? Front door, Back Door, Garage Door or what?

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