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Do you have a Tiny fleet of exotic toddler cars but no toddler?

 

Happy Fall Y’all!   Since the weather is changing we are going to review somegarage issues and tips. Now is a great time to evaluate your children’s toys. Do they have lots of outdoor toys that they just did not play with this past summer? Do you have a toddler-sized fleet of power ride on toys? Maybe a Barbie Jeep, a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and a Peg Perego John Deere Gator in your garage and your Mommy Mobile has to sit out side?

What is wrong with this picture?

How about if your garage has enough scooters, bikes, wagons and skates to outfit the entire street and your kids are not interested in any of them.barbie-jeep

I get that it might be nice for you to say you have a Corvette, an Escalade, a Jeep, a Gator, motorcycle and scooter in your garage but seriously.  Winter is coming and wouldn’t you rather have your car in the garage so you don’t have to ice off of scrape your windshield?   Just saying.

Look I know how cute her 12” huffy Disney bike is but really she is now 14. When did she last hop in the Barbie Jeep and take it for a cruise? If you need a garage for your kid’s ride on toys and your kid doesn’t ride them you need to let them go. Think sell them or donate them. They are worth some money. Sell them and use that money towards something they will use and play with.

Little Tike Car
Cutie for a Christmas Card

While we are on the subject of toys, which have been outgrown, lets talk about your yard. Are you still hanging on to the sand box or the pink peppermint patty playhouse? Your baby is a boy. He’s 13 there is no way he will be playing in the sand box no matter what you bribe him with. Besides it might now be a kitty litter box. Is that what you really want in your yard? Do you have a trampoline in the back yard that is so worn out it should be declared a hazard zone? Get rid of that accident and lawsuit waiting to happen. There is no reason to keep all the outdoor oversized toys your children have outgrown. Unless you are running a daycare your yard should not look like a toddler used car lot. Embrace change! Let go of clutter.

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Thanks Pamela!

#toddler #momlife #parenting #family #clutter #toys #rideontoys #garagespace

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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.

pens markers and such

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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#nomorestess #clutter #organizing #whatisinyourdrawers

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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.

What were you thinking?soccer-uvrpmz1atvg-markus-spiske

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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#organization #football #soccer #balls #basketball #storage, #garage

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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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Trick or Treat! New month ~ New project 

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Halloween Graveyard ~ Photo from Wikipedia

Do you have any Halloween decorations that are broken?

Halloween is over. All that is left is the candy and the decorations. Time to put them away and get out the Thanksgiving or fall decorations. But, did you discover your Halloween or Day of the Dead decorations has seen better days? Did you have to stuff your scarecrow? Is your pumpkin flat? This is s a great time to evaluate and eliminate the broken and unused decorations.

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Anything you did not use you should let go of. If it is broken or unsafe that needs to go. Don’t let it be witchful thinking that you can’t be organized. You can and I am here to help. But there is no magic wand.

Of course now is a fabulous time to purchase your replacements ~ you know all remaining Halloween and Day of the Dead decorations are on sale.

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Box them all up and put them away until next year.

Additionally,  if you have candy you don’t want here in my area we have a program that is called Operation Gratitude. They send candy in care packages to military troops.  There is most likely a program similar in your area.

By the way Halloween day at my house it will be in the upper 90’s so there will be some melted chocolate..  We don’t buy candy we like so I am not temped.  LOL.  Do you give out candy?  What is your favorite candy?  For me it is Dark Chocolate.

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#decorations #clutter #organized #candy #momlife

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Do you have a Tiny fleet of exotic toddler cars but no toddler?

 

Happy Fall Y’all!  OK so the seasons have changed. Now is a great time to evaluate your children’s toys. Do they have lots of outdoor toys that they just did not play with this past summer? Do you have a toddler-sized fleet of power ride on toys? Maybe a Barbie Jeep, a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and a Peg Perego John Deere Gator in your garage and your Mommy Mobile has to sit out side?

What is wrong with this picture?

How about if your garage has enough scooters, bikes, wagons and skates to outfit the entire street and your kids are not interested in any of them.barbie-jeep

I get that it might be nice for you to say you have a Corvette, an Escalade, a Jeep, a Gator, motorcycle and scooter in your garage but seriously.  Winter is coming and wouldn’t you rather have your car in the garage so you don’t have to ice off of scrape your windshield?   Just saying.

Look I know how cute her 12” huffy Disney bike is but really she is now 14. When did she last hop in the Barbie Jeep and take it for a cruise? If you need a garage for your kid’s ride on toys and your kid doesn’t ride them you need to let them go. Think sell them or donate them. They are worth some money. Sell them and use that money towards something they will use and play with.

Little Tike Car
Cutie for a Christmas Card

While we are on the subject of toys, which have been outgrown, lets talk about your yard. Are you still hanging on to the sand box or the pink peppermint patty playhouse? Your baby is a boy. He’s 13 there is no way he will be playing in the sand box no matter what you bribe him with. Besides it might now be a kitty litter box. Is that what you really want in your yard? Do you have a trampoline in the back yard that is so worn out it should be declared a hazard zone? Get rid of that accident and lawsuit waiting to happen. There is no reason to keep all the outdoor oversized toys your children have outgrown. Unless you are running a daycare your yard should not look like a toddler used car lot. Embrace change! Let go of clutter.

segway-at-sedona

Thanks Pamela!

#toddler #momlife #parenting #family #clutter #toys #rideontoys #garagespace

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My top 10 pre-vacation tips

Did I leave the iron on?

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My Mom would ask when we were about 100 miles aware from home.

Now I ask, did you close the garage door? When we are just leaving the neighborhood.

You laugh but one time we did not close our garage door. We were gone all weekend. Thank goodness we lived in a neighborhood when most of our neighbors were firemen or police. So they closed our door and left us a note. We joked that if something went wrong on our street all we needed to do was run out side and yell 911. We would have all the assistance we needed in minutes.

To save you from having to turn around or worry I have compiled my top ten “don’t forget” things to take care of at home before you go.

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Photo from Turbo Tax
  1. Cancel your newspaper – nothing says no one is home like papers in the drive.
  2. Place a delivery hold on your mail. You can do this online.
  3. I suggest a timer for lights and a radio. Lights and noise will make it appear that you are home.
  4. Remove your spare hide-a-key. We give ours to my best friend.
  5. If you have a trusted friend or neighbor let them know you will be gone, where you will be and ask them to keep an eye on your house. If you normally park a vehicle outside ask them to park a car in your drive and periodically check doors, rear of house, and see if any unexpected packages or door hang tags were left.  If you leave you vehicle in the drive. Remove the garage door opener and all valuables.
  6. Do NOT post vacation plans on social media! Remind your children of this too. Wait until you get home to post your fabulous photos and memories.
  7. Notify your credit card company that you will be traveling so they will not put a hold on your card assuming it was stolen.
  8. Use your cell phone or camera to take photos of you credit cards, passport, the labels on all prescription medicine bottles and anything else that you think you might need. Use digital or paper copies which ever you are comfortable with.
  9. If you have pets that your are not taking with you ~ do not forget about them.  Make arrangements for their care. I know you would never neglect your pets.
  10. If possible load your suitcases and such in the garage. You don’t really need to advertise that you will be leaving. 

These are just a few tips.  There is more information from the  Protected Home.  I have included a link to their  checklist.  http://www.protectedhome.com/checklist-for-leaving-home.html

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Photo from UnSplash

GO have a great time. Post your pictures when you get back we can chat and laugh about the memories you have made. I’ll be here when you get back.

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#vacation #preparation #tips #momslife #parenting #dadslife