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National Train Your Brain Day

Since tomorrow is National Train Your Brain Day how about we work on training your brain to stay organized?

Lets create some new habits.

Make being organized a habit

Habit is defined as:  a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

For some of you it is hard to stay organized. It might be remembering to put your keys in the same place every time, to return the toaster to its assigned cupboard or to fold the laundry as you take it out of the dryer.unsplash stacked rocks photo-1451340124423-6311db67a5d9

But you can train your brain to do just those things.

Researchers believe it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit.

Some will tell you that it only takes 21 days and then you are disappointed or frustrated that you have not formed a new habit in 22 days. Don’t be.Alarm clock

It takes longer but if you keep working at the new trait or way of doing things you will succeed in making this a new habit.

The brain is an amazing thing. It can learn at any stage in life. Actually, we utilize a small portion of our brainpower for day-to-day mental ability.

Ready to train your brain?  Outstanding!

Pick a problem.

Maybe for you it is that is you frequently lose your keys.

Devise a solution.

Determine a place for your keys to go and always put them there. Not any other place. Hang a hook by the door or put a bowl on the entry table. You find a spot that works for you. But you must be diligent and consistent. Train your brain that is where the keys go.

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Don’t get overwhelmed.  Remember habit take on average 66 days to become a habit. You may not be average. So if it takes longer, no worries. Think about how long you have struggling with being disorganized. I say it’s like losing weight. It wasn’t all gained in 30 days so it’s not going to all lost in 30 days. But if I stay with it I will succeed.

You can do it. I am here to help.

Let me know how you are doing.  I enjoy your comments and look forward to your feedback.  Thanks


#chaos #organized #overwhelmed #habit #trainyourbrain #nationaltrainyourbrainday


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Tips to organized your electronic photos

Smile!  Selfie!  Group Shot! Candid Shot! Look over here!!

selfie -photo-1461669802687-84a1aee43a29.jpgOK now that most of us are living in the digital age we have a camera on our phone and our tablets. Plus many of us have digital cameras. We take lots of pictures. We shoot selfies, our kids, our pets, our food, our flowers, our toes and lots of other things.A photo by Toronto Eaters.


I take photos of my grocery lists, of books I want to read, of business cards I want to keep, I snap screen shots of directions, email information and other tidbits that I want to explore further.

Life is too short to keep bad pictures! But no one wants to lose his or her memories.

We have memory sticks; chips, memory cards, DVDs, old cell phones and some of us have negatives.cell phone photo photo-1454473332662-09275b52e5a1

But did you know that electronic photos can and do create clutter?

How many bad photos do you have? How about duplicates? There is really no reason to keep unrecognizable overexposed or underexposed blurry pictures or unintentional photos of your hand or the floor.

Have you organized them? Most people don’t they leave them where they took them. Cell phone or digital camera. You share them on Facebook, Instagram or by email. But that is also how they can be lost. What should you save? How to organize them? Where are they?

The first thing you have to do is find them. Go through all those old devices and see what you want to keep. Then you will need to decide how and where you want to keep your photos. There are lots of articles and tips on this that can be found all over the Internet.

Electronic photos are fairly easy to organize. You can set up folders and then you can further organize them by subject. Thank goodness electronic photos are dated. So automatically they are by date. It is easy to start with a folder per year. Then you can organize them by event. You may want to be specific if you are setting up a folder for holidays who knows what holidays are in there.

For even more specific tips on how to organized your digital photos I have attached a link from techlicious com 10 tips to keep your digital photos organized

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I recently read that it is highly likely that most photographed generation will be the one who don’t have a photograph in 10 years. What do you think?

Thanks Pamela


(Photo credit Unsplash)

#organize #photos #selfie #digital #pics

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THIS IS NOT WORKING! IT’s Over! YOU are not meeting my needs. – Closets

How many of you have thought this about your storage and closet space?

Storage and Closets Space defined.

I live in Arizona and my house has a coat closet. I know, right! We don’t wear coats where I live. So I don’t need a coat closet. But living in Arizona I don’t have attic space that I can use. But I needed a space to store holiday decorations and typical attic stuff. We needed more function and less hanging space. We pulled out the rod and added shelves.

You might be thinking nice story Pamela but what does that have to do with me?

Well you may find that you have storage spaces in your home that do not function at their best for you. You might need to add cubbies or a shoe rack to the bottom of your hall or coat closet. Making it possible for your shoes to be stored out of sight. How about adding hooks for purses or book bags? Remember the inside of the closet door is great unused real estate. If you only hang jackets and not long coats you might be able to add another shelf or another hanging rod.

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Photo by Crew

Maybe your closets have only a single rod. Do you have lots of long hanging items (a/k/a Dresses)? No? Add a second rod. Bam, you just doubled your closet space. Children’s closet’s  really can benefit from adding a second hanging rod.

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Photo by Clark Street Mercantile

You could be someone who wears lots of stuff you don’t really want to hang but you only have that one lone rod in your closet. Depending on your space you may need to put a chest of drawers in your closet. You can still have some hanging space. key-hole-360646_960_720
Use a piece of furniture in a closet or in an unexpected room.

Make the most of what you have.

Don’t want to make a permanent change or you are renting and you can’t? I did not forget about you. A quick trip to the hardware store for threaded pipe you can screw together a few bits of pipe together and you can add lots of storage. All without making holes in the walls. Bonus it is easy to assemble and disassemble to take with you to the next place. I have attached 2 links to give you more ideas. But they are all over Pinterest and the Internet.

Simplified Building ~ 10 diy industrial shelf ideas

Brit + Co ~ DIY Garment Racks

If you are feeling like you not want to DIY or is the not right style for you there are hanging shelves, freestanding racks and add a rod options available to purchase.

One of my brilliant readers took over the toilet racks for they became a freestanding closet with extra hanging and storage. Thanks Suze

My point is there is no reason your space can’t work for you and fit your needs.

I love your comments and for your share your ideas.

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#storage #closet space #makeitwork #definestorage #makemorestorage #family #newpost #organized #overwhelmed #momlife #priorities #Seizetheday

Craving more closet space.