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Found Money ~ Is it free money?- Leftover Change

Did you know that American’s have on average $90 in loose change.

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SO how many of you have a change jar, mug or bowl? I know some of you have spare change in multiple places..

Do you have any change in the laundry room from when you are emptying pockets, or that you found in the washer or dryer. Remember, finders keepers!

How about in a closet then you empty you pockets? Or in the bottom of your handbags, are you guilty or just taking out the “stuff you need” and leaving the rest?

Look in your old wallets and don’t forget to check all your coats too.

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Do you have spare change in a drawer maybe from the change you get from when you have pizza delivered? What about your desk drawer? How about those greeting cards did you forget that you have $5 dollars from your Aunt Dolly? What about your kids toy boxes? (I am not suggesting you raid you kid’s piggy banks.)

Are you hoarding rolls of coins in a box in a closet or under your bed?

Could there be spare change in your car, under the seats, in the ashtray, deep in the center console or the cup holders that have a few grimy coins that are covered in soda syrup?  Sometimes there is a stash of spare change in the garage from when you cleaned out the car.

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Oh just in case you thought I might forget ~ check those cushions in your furniture.

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So if you take this opportunity to gather all those coins you might find that you have some unexpected fun money. Possibly you have lots of spare change just gathering dust. Wouldn’t it be fun to find out how much you can find?

Most banks will take your change and count it for you. They will then just add it to your account for no fee. Many other places there are coin machines that will cash in your coins on the spot.

See organizing can be fun and profitable.  Well maybe ~  it’s almost like free money. Not really more like forgotten money, but what are you waiting for. Round up those coins! I can’t wait to hear about your discover. What will you do with your spare change? Tell me where you found your spare change.bee_organizedwithpamela-jpg

#Money #change #coins #organized #clutter #momlife

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Reasons for Resistance to Change

Misunderstanding that there is a need for change sometimes the reason for the change might not be clear — If you and your family do not understand the need for change you can expect resistance to change. Especially from those who strongly believe the current way of doing things works well…and has done for years! Famous words, “My Mom did it that way.”MoreFamilyTime 5-1 b

Fear: Fear of the unknown — One of the reasons I see frequently for resistance to change is fear of the unknown. Before some people can take steps toward the unknown is when they feel that not changing is a greater problem than the current situation and then they will move towards in a new direction.compas-photo-1470472304068-4398a9daab00

Lack of competence in the change — This is a fear many people will find difficult to admit. But there are times when change is required and may require changing so of your skills, and some people will feel that they won’t be able to make the transition very well. An example might be   you have been a single person or a couple and now you have a baby. You have to change the way you do many things.

A connection to the old way — If you ask people in a family or an organization to do things in a new way, as much as to you the new way makes your life easier and saves you time, you will be setting yourself up against all that emotional connections to the old way – and that’s not trivial. (This might go back to the way your mother did it and you would never want to insult your or their mom.)

Low trust — When people don’t believe that they can change there is likely to be resistance to change.

Temporary or a phase — Some people believe that the reason for change is a temporary or a phase.Danielle MacInnes photo-1455815152231-be9c88eb7468

Not asking the family — If your family is allowed to be part of the change there is less resistance. People like to know what’s going on, especially if their lives may be affected.

Poor communication — Well Duh! It’s self-evident isn’t it? When it comes to change there’s no such thing as too much communication. Everyone needs clear ideas as to what is expected of him or her.

Changes to routines — When we talk about comfort zones we’re really referring to routines. We love them. They make us secure. So there’s bound to be resistance whenever change requires us to do things differently. Make sure you keep talking about what you want and need. Everyone can have a role. (OK, maybe not the pets but everyone else.)dog-with-ball-oh9auo20kbk-andrew-pons

Benefits and rewards — When the benefits and rewards for making the change are not seen as tolerable for the trouble involved. Make sure everyone gets some benefit from your changes. Example, if Mom has help keeping the laundry done then she may have more time to go to the park or read the kids a story.

Realize there may in fact be resistance to change and planning for it from the start will allow you to successfully implement your changes. Be proactive you can do this.  I love your comments.  What has been your resistance to change?

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To re-gift or not to re-gift?

That is the question.

Did you know that National Re-gifting Day is December 22?

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Look most of the time gifts are perfect. But occasionally there are those that just don’t hit the mark. Maybe you got a candle that you are highly allergic to the scent or could it be that the scent reminds you of something you would rather forget and you just don’t like the scent? What to do? Keep, donate or sell? Tis the season for giving, so would you re-gift it?   Did you already re-gift it to your neighbor, child’s teacher or the babysitter? Are you sure you didn’t get that from the babysitter?

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OK I am all for re-gifting. But there are some rules:

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Rule #1 –        Do not re-gift to the person who give it to you.

Rule #2 –        Do not re-gift to someone who would know who that gift actually came from.

Rule #3 –        Make sure you remove the card or gift tag from inside the box.

Rule #4 –       Don’t keep stuff you don’t like just because someone gave it to you.

Rule #5 –        Don’t keep stuff you can’t use just because someone gave it to you.

Rule #6           Don’t keep stuff you will not use just because someone gave it to you.

Clutter can sneak up on us. Clutter can come in many ways. From the sale of holiday decor or plastic forks unless you need holiday décor or are planning a large casual party you don’t need to buy it just because it is on sale. “Don’t need”= equals clutter.

Clutter overwhelms and can grow. The best thing to do is keep it in control by limiting the space you allocate for any specific thing. Also, a key to being organized is to have a place for everything and you will be able to have everything in its place.

So have you re-gifted a gift? Why? Did the recipient enjoy it?

Thanks Pamela

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#overwhelmed #clutter #organized #momlife #family #gift #regift

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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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Holiday party time? Nails a wreck?

 

So you want to do a quick touch up.. Can’t find a file? Now where is your polish? Oh my you are flustered and overwhelmed…. How about you grab your favorite polish…what it’s old gummed up and dried out.  You don’t have time for this.

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Time to do a bit of organization. Time to toss out all the old worn out files, and old polish.  Go through and see what you have. Do you have pink, glitter, red or gold? I personally keep mine in a little case. It has my remover, polish, files and cotton balls. That way I only have to grab one thing. I can quickly do a polish change and be on my way to the next holiday party. LOL. I’m such a party animal. But I do love glitter nails and living in Arizona I can wear flop flops all year so my toes are frequently on display.

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Anyway what is your go to color? Natural or polish? See getting organized is just one step at a time.

Thanks Pamela

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#Nails #manicure #polish #organized #clutter #momlife #party

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Found Money ~ Is it free money?- Leftover Change

Did you know that American’s have on average $90 in loose change.

spare making-change.jpg

SO how many of you have a change jar, mug or bowl? I know some of you have spare change in multiple places..

Do you have any change in the laundry room from when you are emptying pockets, or that you found in the washer or dryer. Remember, finders keepers!

How about in a closet then you empty you pockets? Or in the bottom of your handbags, are you guilty or just taking out the “stuff you need” and leaving the rest?

Look in your old wallets and don’t forget to check all your coats too.

jackest-photo-1472168087442-46b12008e7c7

Do you have spare change in a drawer maybe from the change you get from when you have pizza delivered? What about your desk drawer? How about those greeting cards did you forget that you have $5 dollars from your Aunt Dolly? What about your kids toy boxes? (I am not suggesting you raid you kid’s piggy banks.)

Are you hoarding rolls of coins in a box in a closet or under your bed?

Could there be spare change in your car, under the seats, in the ashtray, deep in the center console or the cup holders that have a few grimy coins that are covered in soda syrup?  Sometimes there is a stash of spare change in the garage from when you cleaned out the car.

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Oh just in case you thought I might forget ~ check those cushions in your furniture.

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So if you take this opportunity to gather all those coins you might find that you have some unexpected fun money. Possibly you have lots of spare change just gathering dust. Wouldn’t it be fun to find out how much you can find?

Most banks will take your change and count it for you. They will then just add it to your account for no fee. Many other places there are coin machines that will cash in your coins on the spot.

See organizing can be fun and profitable.  Well maybe ~  it’s almost like free money. Not really more like forgotten money, but what are you waiting for. Round up those coins! I can’t wait to hear about your discover. What will you do with your spare change? Tell me where you found your spare change.bee_organizedwithpamela-jpg

#Money #change #coins #organized #clutter #momlife

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Do you have old CD’s or other music types gathering dust?

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What do I mean by music types?

vinyl records, 8 tracks of the mid 60’s, Cassette tapes of the 70’s and the CD in the 80….

I grew up with a console stereo record player in the living room. Every Christmas we listened to Blue Christmas by Elvis on a record, still to this day it is tradition. I had a portable record player when I was a child. Then, came the 8 track player in the car that was amazing. My dad had a collection of Ray Stephens. I can still remember the Streak from the Boogity Boogity Album and who could forget the Shriner Convention! I mean really. Later on out came the cassette. That was revolutionary. We could make our very own mix tapes. Of course we had to be ready when the song played so we could hit the record button.   But still it was worth the effort. Then in the 80’s came the Compact Disc and the disc man! WOW From Michael Jackson to Whitney Houston and George Strait to Dolly Pardon. You could have it all. And some of you did. Your collection was massive. You bought music like you really did think the music was going to die.  So where is the collection now?  Is it collecting dust?record player photo-1471029093449-ca61fffdc2af.jpg

Why did I take you on this little trip down memory lane? It’s because for some of you still have those “mix tapes” Come on you do and you know you haven’t listened to them in so long.

Some of you have no idea why a pencil is important to a cassette tape. Google it.cassette.jpg

I do have a point and I will get to it. How many of you have collection old types of music that you no longer have the method to play them? The only thing those Records, CD’s 8 Tracks or cassette tapes are doing now is collection dust.

I want you to know that all that music is now available for download. OK well maybe there are a few that are not. But for the most part they are out there. They have excellent sound quality. You can recreate the favorite mix tapes on your phone, computer or iPod.

If you don’t have an 8-track player, a cassette player, a record player or a CD player let go of the music you own that plays on them.

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Audiophiles swear by the sound quality of vinyl over CDs. Also, some old records have value as they are coming back in fashion. So you may want to consider selling them now and take that money to buy something you can actually listen to. Strike while the iron is hot. Old records are hot now but who knows if in 3 months they will be just another passed over fad.  Could be that you have some old 8 tracks that also have some value?  Take advantage of this and let them go.  If you’re not using them they are clutter.

I hope you find a treasure in your collection like a Beatles White Album or an Elvis Presley original 1950’s Sun.  Let me know if you do and you can thank me later.

Have a great day.

Thanks Pamela

 

Photos from Unsplash

#clutter, #music, #cassette, #records, #vinyl

 

 

 

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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. unsplash.com/photos/i_xVfNtQjwI

 

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