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Decisions and Resolutions

Is this the year you resolve to be organized?  Are you going to control your clutter?  You came to the right place.  Pull up a chair, pour a cup of coffee or a tea and lets talk about what needs to happen next.

I was ask why I named my blog Bee Organized With Pamela and not by Pamela.  The reason is that you have to do the work.  I can go in to any house and organize it, but that most likely will not work for you.  You see your lifestyle is different from mine.  You might be right-handed or tall and I am left-handed and short.  So you naturally have different needs than I do.

You might be someone who home schools your 9 children or runs a business out of your home.  What ever your needs are most likely different from the next person reading this. Let’s think about your specific needs.Alejandra Parejo- Cup photo-1448632055520-5180f82474e2

How about your family?  How many of you are there?  Who all lives in your house?  Do they share rooms or bathrooms?  What is your schedule?  Do you want more family time?  Where does your clutter start?  What areas are the most clutter proned in your home?MoreFamilyTime 5-1 b

Before you can be organized you have to think about what you need.  Discuss wants and needs with other people so you are not banging your head against a wall.  If you are the only one with a plan that may not work.  You need to find a plan that works for all people in the household.  Also, discuss your expectations.  Take a look back at some of my prior posts to help you make a plan.dont make change too complicated 5-9

Tips to make a plan

If this is your year I can help.  Over the next few weeks we will revisit some old ideas and introduce some new thoughts.  Remember your clutter most likely did not appear overnight and so if it takes some time to control it and get organized don’t get discouraged.  You can be organized and control your clutter one step at a time.

Is this your year?  Are you ready to make a plan? Happy 2019!

Thanks Pamela

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#organized #clutter #familytime #overwhelmed #makeaplan #2019

 

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Greeting Card Quandary

Now that Christmas is over and you are putting away the decorations, I have a question? Do you still send Christmas cards? I do.   For me I enjoy finding cards that say Merry Christmas with an Arizona twist. Living in Arizona I don’t think I can send cards with snow and pine trees. So, I try to find ones that have cactus and palm trees. I have found some amazing photographers who make cards. I love receiving cards.  But that presents a slight problem.  They can easily become clutter.  What to do with all those cards that are not special?

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Do you keep your cards?   Do you keep them but some are clutter? Of course some of these cards are special and you want to keep them but others…. Well they are pretty and what to do with them. I have a few suggestions for you.

Are you looking for a great way to pay those cards forward?

Did you know that St. Jude recycles greeting cards? https://www.stjudesranch.org/contribute/recycled-card-program/ More than 30 years ago, wishing to show our donors appreciation for making St. Jude’s Ranch for Children possible, the idea was conceived to turn the previous year’s Christmas cards into “new” cards for the coming season. The recipients were so delighted when they received the unique “thank you,” that they requested to purchase the special cards. The program soon expanded to include all-occasion greeting cards.snowflake-qll_mif7xjc-kelly-sikkema

Or you can donate them to a daycare or school. Cards are great for little ones to practice their skills with scissors.  (Sounds like a good way for grandparents to engage with the grand’s.)

Another thought is to turn them into gift tags or garland. What about using them to embellish gift bags.christmas-tags-1ujxuwqlfo8-ben-white

What do you do with your greeting cards? Do you think you might do any of this?

Happy New Year’s Eve. Have a wonderful and wonder filled new year.

Pamela

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#clutter #cards #greetingcards #recycle #chrismas #stjude #stnicholaseve

Posted in family, Organizing

Do you make the same resolutions each year?

And So Begins A New Year……12 New Months.

Someone once said do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.  I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding in that statement.  Just because you love what you do does not mean you don’t work and that you don’t work hard.  It just means that you enjoy what you are doing.

A photo by Tim Arterbury. unsplash.com/photos/VkwRmha1_tI

With each New Year many of us find that we need to make resolutions or feel the need to take stock of our life.  Now is a great time to use the New Year as a way to better our selves or to take the time to plan out the year.

But before you can do this you must first think about what do you really want?

I was having lunch with a group of women and one of the things that we discovered is that we are sometimes not sure what we really want.  We played a bit of a game where we were  asked to think about these 4 things. We were compelled to learn, reach for, try, test, experiment with, and do by specifically writing down what we needed to feel the following:

Wanted

Happy

Secure

Loved

If you would like to take a closer look take out a piece of paper or open a new page in your computer and divide it into 4 squares.  coffee photo-1444418776041-9c7e33cc5a9c

In the squares write each of the topics.

Wanted                                Happy

Secure                                 Loved

Now think about what makes you feel wanted? What do you need to feel wanted?

What makes you happy?  What do you need to feel happy?

What makes you feel secure? What do you need to feel secure?

What makes you feel loved? What do you need to feel loved?

 

Come up with as many as you can.  Really think about it and write it down.  Any of these could be related to finances, safety, job, education, and flexibility or to family or friends.

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Maybe  your wanted it to have your family come to you for their needs. That you will always have the laundry done or that your husband has what it need to make you a cup of coffee in the morning. You may feel wanted by knowledge that you are very good at your job or that you are the go to person in certain situations.  You are the best party planner; you organize all the family dinners or holidays.home-photo-1415301918039-3a58086adf06

Maybe your secure is to own your own home?  Or having a plan for retirement or even for your kid’s college?  Your secure could be knowing that you have marketable job skill? Your secure could be related to finances, safety, job, education, and flexibility or to family.

Your happy could be taking a family vacation or maintaining a calm and organized home?  It could be that you love to cook and preparing a meal for your family or friends makes you happy.

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Your loved could be having a dog greet you at the door and love you unconditionally.  It could be having your husband make you a cup of coffee each morning.  Seeing the joy on your kids faces each day.

Now that you know what you need, you can check how you can get these things.  Now you can make a plan.  Whatever it is you can do it.  So keep learning, reaching, working, reading, trying, resting, and moving forward.

Remember failing to plan is planning to fail.

 So what will you do this year?

 

Thanks Pamela

bee_organizedwithpamela-jpg

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Decisions and Resolutions

Is this the year you resolve to be organized?  Are you going to control your clutter?  You came to the right place.  Pull up a chair, pour a cup of coffee or a tea and lets talk about what needs to happen next.

I was ask why I named my blog Bee Organized With Pamela and not by Pamela.  The reason is that you have to do the work.  I can go in to any house and organize it, but that most likely will not work for you.  You see your lifestyle is different from mine.  You might be right-handed or tall and I am left-handed and short.  So you naturally have different needs than I do.

You might be someone who home schools your 9 children or runs a business out of your home.  What ever your needs are most likely different from the next person reading this. Let’s think about your specific needs.Alejandra Parejo- Cup photo-1448632055520-5180f82474e2

How about your family?  How many of you are there?  Who all lives in your house?  Do they share rooms or bathrooms?  What is your schedule?  Do you want more family time?  Where does your clutter start?  What areas are the most clutter proned in your home?MoreFamilyTime 5-1 b

Before you can be organized you have to think about what you need.  Discuss wants and needs with other people so you are not banging your head against a wall.  If you are the only one with a plan that may not work.  You need to find a plan that works for all people in the household.  Also, discuss your expectations.  Take a look back at some of my prior posts to help you make a plan.dont make change too complicated 5-9

Tips to make a plan

If this is your year I can help.  Over the next few weeks we will revisit some old ideas and introduce some new thoughts.  Remember your clutter most likely did not appear overnight and so if it takes some time to control it and get organized don’t get discouraged.  You can be organized and control your clutter one step at a time.

Are you ready to make a plan?

Thanks Pamela

bee_organizedwithpamela-jpg

 

#organized #clutter #familytime #overwhelmed #makeaplan

 

Posted in family, Organizing

Do you make the same resolutions each year?

Happy New Year!

Someone once said do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.  I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding in that statement.  Just because you love what you do does not mean you don’t work and that you don’t work hard.  It just means that you enjoy what you are doing.

A photo by Tim Arterbury. unsplash.com/photos/VkwRmha1_tI

With each New Year many of us find that we need to make resolutions or feel the need to take stock of our life.  Now is a great time to use the New Year as a way to better our selves or to take the time to plan out the year.

But before you can do this you must first think about what do you really want?

I was having lunch with a group of women and one of the things that we discovered is that we are sometimes not sure what we really want.  We played a bit of a game where we were  asked to think about these 4 things. We were compelled to learn, reach for, try, test, experiment with, and do by specifically writing down what we needed to feel the following:

Wanted

Happy

Secure

Loved

If you would like to take a closer look take out a piece of paper or open a new page in your computer and divide it into 4 squares.  coffee photo-1444418776041-9c7e33cc5a9c

In the squares write each of the topics.

Wanted                                Happy

Secure                                 Loved

Now think about what makes you feel wanted? What do you need to feel wanted?

What makes you happy?  What do you need to feel happy?

What makes you feel secure? What do you need to feel secure?

What makes you feel loved? What do you need to feel loved?

 

Come up with as many as you can.  Really think about it and write it down.  Any of these could be related to finances, safety, job, education, and flexibility or to family or friends.

maze-1b0cc699

Maybe  your wanted it to have your family come to you for their needs. That you will always have the laundry done or that your husband has what it need to make you a cup of coffee in the morning. You may feel wanted by knowledge that you are very good at your job or that you are the go to person in certain situations.  You are the best party planner; you organize all the family dinners or holidays.home-photo-1415301918039-3a58086adf06

Maybe your secure is to own your own home?  Or having a plan for retirement or even for your kid’s college?  Your secure could be knowing that you have marketable job skill? Your secure could be related to finances, safety, job, education, and flexibility or to family.

Your happy could be taking a family vacation or maintaining a calm and organized home?  It could be that you love to cook and preparing a meal for your family or friends makes you happy.

compas-photo-1470472304068-4398a9daab00

Your loved could be having a dog greet you at the door and love you unconditionally.  It could be having your husband make you a cup of coffee each morning.  Seeing the joy on your kids faces each day.

Now that you know what you need, you can check how you can get these things.  Now you can make a plan.  Whatever it is you can do it.  So keep learning, reaching, working, reading, trying, resting, and moving forward.

Remember failing to plan is planning to fail.

 So what will you do this year?

 

Thanks Pamela

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Attic ~tips for clearing the clutter away

Who remembers to scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where Clark Griswald is hiding gifts in the attic and he finds one he forgot about? Are there things in your attic that you have forgotten about? Do you have cifts of Christmas past lurking in the nooks or crannies of the attic?

Maybe  you still have baby stuff in your attic but your baby is in high school? Just so you know  those cribs or swings may not be safe for use now so they need to go. They can be repurposed in so many ways. Check out pinterest for amazing ways to change that crib into something fabulous and useful.

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We just got our Christmas decorations down from the attic and I found that we have a box of stuff that never gets used. So I loaded it into the car and took it to a charity that gives Christmas trees to the less fortunate. While I may not use them that does not mean someone on else will not enjoy them.  Do you have so many decorations you can’t or shouldn’t use them all?  Give them to your children or grand children then donate the rest what you don’t use.

 

When we moved we discovered we had boxes in our attic that we had not opened since we moved into that house. Did I open them? NO. If after 14 years I had not had an occasion to open them what could possibly be in there that I would need in my new home? The answer is nothing! Actually they were marked Books. I know they contained textbooks. Trust me as long as we have been out of school they were not needed. Although, I did see an entire series on how to make Christmas trees out of books. If you are interested check this out:   Book Christmas Trees

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Since we all know heat rises, now is a perfect time to clean out the attic.   So get in that attic and clear out the clutter. You can do it. If you have not used it in a year you don’t need it. If you don’t remember when was the last time you opened it….How important it is? If you are keeping it make sure the boxes are organized, marked and labeled on all sides.  You should be able to know what is in them at a glance.  Do you have family heirlooms packed away in the attic? If they are special shouldn’t they be on display or being used?  Tell me what you think.

Thanks Pamela

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#Clutter #overwhelmed #attic #letitgo #organized #Momlife

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Greeting Card Quandary

Now that Christmas is over and you are putting away the decorations, I have a question? Do you still send Christmas cards? I do.   For me I enjoy finding cards that say Merry Christmas with an Arizona twist. Living in Arizona I don’t think I can send cards with snow and pine trees. So, I try to find ones that have cactus and palm trees. I have found some amazing photographers who make cards. I love receiving cards.  But that presents a slight problem.  They can easily become clutter.  What to do with all those cards that are not special?

red-truck-recn8ob83ei-louis-magnotti

Do you keep your cards?   Do you keep them but some are clutter? Of course some of these cards are special and you want to keep them but others…. Well they are pretty and what to do with them. I have a few suggestions for you.

Are you looking for a great way to pay those cards forward?

Did you know that St. Jude recycles greeting cards? https://www.stjudesranch.org/contribute/recycled-card-program/ More than 30 years ago, wishing to show our donors appreciation for making St. Jude’s Ranch for Children possible, the idea was conceived to turn the previous year’s Christmas cards into “new” cards for the coming season. The recipients were so delighted when they received the unique “thank you,” that they requested to purchase the special cards. The program soon expanded to include all-occasion greeting cards.snowflake-qll_mif7xjc-kelly-sikkema

Or you can donate them to a daycare or school. Cards are great for little ones to practice their skills with scissors.  (Sounds like a good way for grandparents to engage with the grand’s.)

Another thought is to turn them into gift tags or garland. What about using them to embellish gift bags.christmas-tags-1ujxuwqlfo8-ben-white

What do you do with your greeting cards? Do you think you might do any of this?

Happy New Year’s Eve. Have a wonderful and wonder filled new year.

Pamela

bee_organizedwithpamela-jpg

#clutter #cards #greetingcards #recycle #chrismas #stjude #stnicholaseve

Posted in family, Organizing, Uncategorized

Save Money!!

So am I the only one that does not know about Ebates?  If you don’t let me tell you about this.

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You shop and you get paid.  What!!! I know Mind blow!!  Just in time for the holidays I found out that if you sign up for Ebates and shop as you normally do you can get rebates, cash back and discount coupons.    If you shop at Amazon, Ebay, Macy’s, Kohls,  Staples, L.L.Bean, Walmart, Nordstrom, Office Max, Neiman Marcus, Gap, Disney, Nike, Shutterfly and so many more you are just leaving money on the table.  They have rebates, discounts and more like free shipping codes.

Nuts right?  I got a $10 Walmart gift card just for signing up.

Click here to sign up!

Also if you sign up via my referral you get $10 and I get $25.  You can be registered to win a 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid from Ebates.      It’s free.  As they say you already do it why not get paid for it.    It’s quick and easy.  Do it.  I’m sure you can always use the extra money!  I can.money-6355351769_766503f534_b

Thank you and you are welcome!

Pamela

#free #money #ebates #tips

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Dear Fellow Americans — Stay at Holmesly Mom

I bet you came here to see if I’m on your side, huh??? Am I #teamcrookedHillary or #teamDonthecon? I bet you’ve got your ammo ready too. You’re ready to dump a giant pile of knowledge right on my ass…letting me know exactly why I’m wrong. You’ve got a list of links saved to your clipboard […]

via Dear Fellow Americans — Stay at Holmesly Mom

Enough already.  I agree with  Kristie at Stay at Holmesly Mom.  See you tomorrow.

Pamela

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I don’t want the chicken……

I love this post Margie at Fueled by Chocolate.  All of us at one time or another will be or have been faced with the challenge of downsizing.  Some of us know we will have to help others face this daunting task.  Margie talks about doing just this.  I hope you enjoy and gain some tips.  See you tomorrow.  Pamela

I’m helping my Dad downsize. He will probably be moving to smaller living quarters in the not too distant future. The ‘weeding’ process isn’t easy for him. He has a strong attachment to just about everything old in his apartment. His bonds to the distant past grow stronger, as the memories of the near past […]

via He said, “I Don’t Want the Chicken” — Fueled by Chocolate