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How about that spare tire!

Summer Car tips

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Photo by Jacob Owen

Are you going on a driving vacation? You really must prepare your car before loading up the family and heading off into the wild blue yonder. This post may not be sexy but if you have ever been on the side of the road with kids, pets and parents you really will appreciate the words of wisdom. If you haven’t, you really don’t want to have stranded roadside memories.

Ditch the junk in the trunk – Clean the clutter out. You will need all the space you can for the kiddie gear. Plus extra weight means lower gas mileage.

Power up – Did you know that your battery could leave you stranded in the hot summer months? The heat and overcharging can shorten the life of your battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery.

Kick the Tires – Do you really want to have a flat tire on the side of the road? Properly inflated tires are important to both your fuel economy and to the life of your tires. Don’t forget to check the spare if you have one.

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Photo by Mason Jones

Remember that you can check the tread by taking a penny and insert it upside down along your treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, those treads are dead and you need new tires.

According to Edmunds.com even if you have sufficient tread but your tires are older than say six-years you may need to replace your tires.

Carmakers such as Nissan and Mercedes-Benz who tell consumers to replace tires six years after their production date, regardless of tread life. Tire manufacturers such as Continental and Michelin say a tire can last up to 10 years provided you get annual tire inspections after the fifth year. The Rubber Manufacturers Association says there is no way to put a date on when a tire “expires,” because such factors as heat, storage and conditions of use can dramatically reduce the life of a tire. Here’s more on each of these factors.

How To Determine the Age of a Tire

  1. The sidewall of a tire is full of numbers and letters. They all mean something, but deciphering them can be a challenge. This Edmunds article about reading a tire’s sidewall goes into greater detail, but for the purposes of determining the age of a tire, you’ll just need to know its U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number.

  2. Tires made after 2000 have a four-digit DOT code. The first two numbers represent the week in which the tire was made. The second two represent the year. A tire with a DOT code of 1109 was made in the 11th week of 2009. To read all the details go to http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/how-old-and-dangerous-are-your-tires.html

Check the Juice – You can easily check your fluids like coolant, motor oil and windshield washer fluid also. I recommend you take your vehicle and have the oil changed and checked out by a professional before you begin a car trip.

The future is so bright you need shades – Purchasing a $10 sunshade that keeps sunlight from coming in the windshield can reduce fading, drying and cracking inside your vehicle, and keep you cooler when you sit down behind the wheel. If you happen to live in Arizona you will find that a sunshade is necessary. Believe me you don’t want to sit on a leather seat that has been baking in the sun. We really can bake cookies in our vehicle in the summer.

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Photo by Caleb Whiting

Preparation is a key to handling harsh summer heat. That certainly beats being stranded in the heat. But if this happens make sure you have signed up for a roadside assistance program. Your cell phone provider may offer roadside or there is always AAA.

Failure to plan is a plan to fail. A little organization goes a long way.  What are you summer plans?

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Tips to Take Your Summer Entertaining to the Next Level

Since we are celebrating everything USA weekend. What is more patriotic than Apple Pie?

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Photo by Stephanie McCabe

So how about apple pie sangria! Because this is summer time I recommend you use a sweet and light Moscato. Click here for the recipe is from the Cookie Rookie.

Are you grilling? How about adding something unexpected to the grill? Try adding some sweet potatoes, avocados, peaches or watermelon as they all grill extremely well.

Freeze blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries in ice cubes to flavor your beverages

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Photo from Elegant Wedding Invites

Use a kiddie pool filled with ice for your drinks and beverages. If you are having a picnic the adding ice to a kiddie pool makes a perfect to put all the chilled foods into making a cold buffet.

Are you looking for an easy way to tote all your plates, napkins, utensils and condiments? Put them all in a Plastic Tote Caddy. You know the kind you use to keep your cleaning products together. It works great for picnics too. You could also use one for your sunscreen, baby wipes, bug spray and other stuff you need close at hand.

I’m sure you have all seen the tip to use a muffin pan for your condiments. I suggest you use cupcake liners to cut down on the cleanup.

You can use a garden flag holder to put paper towels anywhere you need them in the back yard. Add a cute bucket or container with wet wipes and hand sanitizer and you are ready to clean up those fingers.

Kiddie fun:

To cool off make a water balloon piñata!

Have stick horse races by making Pool Noodle Ponies from the pool noodles you can get at the Dollar store.

Not near the beach? You can still build a castle out of Life size Lincoln Logs made out of pool noodles~ 15 to 20 pool noodles from the dollar store cut in half cut notches out easily with scissors = hours and hours of fun playtime! AWESOME!!!

Make a Squirt Gun Station by filling a bucket with water and put squirt guns in it.

I have camping tips from a recent post Click here to see them.

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Photo By Kelly Bozarth

What are you planning for this weekend?

 

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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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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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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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Zoned in for Organization

Get in the Zone.

What does that mean exactly in regards to clutter and organization?

It means that you should have zones based on usage.

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Items you use regularly should be in an area that is easy for you to reach. Your zones.

When you are ready to organize a room or space you will find it is very helpful if you first, sit down and make a list of the items you use most in this space.

Those items you use most often need to be within easy reach. Other items that you use less often can be stored closer to the floor or in high cabinets.

This is a very important tip in areas like the kitchen.

In my house coffee is very important in the morning. The last thing I want to do is hunt for anything related my coffee. We have a coffee zone. Everything related to making and drinking coffee is in one space. At my fingertips when I am not yet awake. That is a good thing.

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Maybe you are a baker. If so, you need a baking zone. Gather all your baking ingredients in one spot with your mixing bowls, mixers and cookbooks in a zone will save you steps and time. Not to mention frustration.

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Baking Zone

If you have little ones you might need a snack zone. It might be a basket with approved snacks that you place in you can easily reach and quickly give one to your little one. I don’t know a Mom who wouldn’t appreciate a fast way to pacify a cranky toddler. (That could be how my husband feels about me and with coffee in the morning.)

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Think about what you use where when planning your space.

He who fails to plan is planning to fail” Winston Churchill

By putting things in the zone, you make a space that fits your needs and makes it easier for you to put things away as you use them.

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Unrealistic Expectations

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Unrealistic Expectations and Getting Organized

Did you spend part of your weekend on Pinterest? Many of us see these perfect spaces on Pinterest or in magazines and we feel guilty that our homes, even at their best, have never looked that nice.

Guess what?

If you have kids or pets, you’re not going to have a home that looks like Martha Stewart’s. My mantra is I’m not Martha!

It’s ok. Get over it. Really it is.

You aren’t going for perfection; you’re going for function and less chaos. Life happens!

No one lives in a magazine photo layout or a showroom, so that’s not an excuse for not getting started.

A famous saying is: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Are you ready to start your journey to an organized home or office? You can do it.

A few days ago I took the first step. I started this blog with the purpose of sharing tips with you. Follow me here and I will continue to share small things to start the journey. Little steps.

I am here to help you Bee Organized.

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PENS & PENCILS

PENS & PENCILS:

Are you ready to de-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!”

Follow me and Share this with your disorganized friends.  So how many pens did you toss today?

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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.

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Keep it Simple

Yesterday was May 3. I was remembering 18 years ago when I was working  a full-time job plus running a real estate business. We a had 5 houses all in the path of potential storms. We were concerned that our house of cards could not only collapse but be blown off the map. When you hear the weatherman say you need to get underground or get out-of-town because a mile wide F5 tornado is heading your way that was STRESSFULL.

Everything was so complicated.  Then something happened we had an Ah Ha Moment.

We are so busy running here and there.  Maybe it’s the dry-cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, this errand, or that one more thing on the way to the office.  How may times have you said I’ll do that after work.  Is your stomach growling because instead of eating lunch you were running errands on your lunch hour?

Someone shared this great tip with me.

Don’t forget that more stuff does not equal being more happy.  Actually, more stuff creates more stress. Keep it Simple.

She was right. When I was working in the legal field I had STRESS.  It affected my health. I had high blood pressure and acid reflux.  Stress is not good and can cause health problems.

How many of us know someone who had a heart attack due to stress.

Stress also affects your relationships and ultimately your happiness.  I heard all my life that money can’t buy happiness or the riches man still can’t buy health. They are right. I know many rich people who are very unhappy. Their lives are in shambles. Their relationships crumble, their kids are not happy, they don’t have time for vacations or even lunch with friends. Actually their friends have drifted away because they are always so STRESSED.

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You can reduce your stress.

An organized home will reduce your stress.  When you can find things without having to search your stress level goes down.  Ever notice how good you feel when your house is clean, when the laundry is all caught up and put away.  How about when you walk in the door and someone else has cleaned up a mess you knew was waiting for you?

 

Take a deep breath and smile.  You can get organized.  Little steps lead to big things.