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What Happened to Summer? School Starts Soon.

By | chores, Paper Planner, schedule, school, student, Time Management

  The school year starts this week in several counties in Georgia. I can’t believe it. What happened to summer vacation lasting until after Labor Day? I know that schools in the south get out for the summer in mid-May and go back in session in August. I’m originally from the northeast so this seems very early to me. My local grocery store has started stocking pens, pencils, assorted spiral notebooks and a few school supply organizers for those needing to grab a few necessary items. Office supply stores are stocked full of every imaginable school supply and are having…

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Declutter and Organize Your Kitchen

By | De-Cluttering, home organizing, kitchen cabinets, kitchen organizing, Organizing Strategies, pantry

  Have you noticed the trend in designing homes is to have open space between the living, dining and kitchen areas? In some homes, the main floor is just one large space with the different zones denoted through furniture placement and appliances. The reason is clear to me. The kitchen is the heart of the home and as such needs to be open to the rest of the house. I know when I give a party people tend to congregate in my kitchen! They say they want to help but really they want to hang out and chat. This is…

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What’s Your Attitude?

By | attitude, body language, choice, chores, family

  Have you ever heard the expression “Attitude is Everything”? I don’t know who first coined it but it’s one of my favorite expressions. To me it means if you have a good attitude then you’ll have at the very least a decent experience. If you have a lousy attitude chances are that you won’t enjoy what you’re doing at all. If you go into learning something with the attitude that you can’t do it – no way will you be able to tackle this task successfully. Then, for sure, you will absolutely fail miserably. Not only that, but I’m…

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De-cluttering and Marie Kondo

By | Clutter, De-Cluttering, focus, home organizing, organize, overwhelm

Earlier this year I read the life-changing manga of tidying up by Marie Kondo. This is a wonderful story written as a comic book. Just in case you don’t know anything about Marie Kondo, she is a professional organizer from Japan. Her first book: The Magic Art of Tidying Up is one of the bestselling organizing books of all time. I had not previously read any of Marie Kondo’s books and just loved this comic book. The primary character is a young woman, Chiaki, who has a very cluttered apartment. Marie teaches Chiaki, through a series of lessons, how to…

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De-Cluttering Method

By | accomplish, De-Cluttering, recycle, tasks, Time Management

I’ve been talking about and thinking about decluttering methods. I want to tell you about a decluttering method called the pomodoro -technique This technique asks you to set a timer for 25 minutes and then get to work. The idea is that you focus on one task for that length of time. When the times goes off, you take a 5-minute break. Get something to drink, stretch, do whatever you want for 5 minutes to refresh yourself. Then set the timer for another 25 minutes. If you haven’t completed the original task, go back to it and pick up where…

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De-Cluttering

By | Clutter, De-Cluttering, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, Priority, schedule, tasks

Messy Table with Blank Note and Tools at workplace, Top view There is an awful lot of talk going on about de-cluttering these days. We talk about freeing space, having less, doing more. Strangely enough advertisers use these buzz words to sell us more stuff. What do we really mean? De-cluttering is simply removing that which doesn’t belong in a space and either putting it where it does belong in your home, mind, life or removing it. Everyone, and I do mean everyone (even the most organized person) can use some de-cluttering from time to time. I have several places…

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Spring Cleaning

By | chores, Closets, Garden, Organizing Strategies, schedule, Spring Cleaning, tasks, zones

  Have you noticed? The days are longer, and the sunlight is a little brighter. Here in Georgia little buds have appeared on branches. In areas that get more sun leaves have are popping out, and daffodils are blooming. There are signs all over the place that trees and flowers are on their way. I love this! Of course, the weeds have also made an appearance. These are signs that Spring is, if not here, then on its way. With it comes a host of things to do. Things I haven’t paid attention to during the winter. Like the weeding….

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Transforming My Budget

By | Budget, change, Finances, money, save

A little while ago I told you about my word to describe 2018: Transformative. I plan to transform my different aspects of my life. One of them is my budget. I am going to transform my budget and the way I handle money in general. Before I tell you my plans, I’d like to ask you to think about your budgeting process. Have you actually sat down and written out a budget?   Do you just operate, the way I used to, with a vague idea of what your expenses will probably be and then save a little here and…

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2018: A Transformative Year

By | accomplish, change, Closets, mindful, Organizing Strategies, transform

    I took my own very good advice for self-care and took a vacation for 10 whole marvelous days. This is the view from my balcony. Paradise on earth for me.           I love to swim, lounge on the beach, read good books and eat lots of good seafood. I did all that and more. I really relaxed. It’s been sometime since I took extended time to completely unwind. It felt so good. I’m already thinking about where I may go at the end of 2018. I had plenty of time to think about the…

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Take Care of Yourself to Reduce Stress

By | ballroom dance, choice, exercise, habits, healthy, mindful, self-care, Stress, Uncategorized

          This is the perfect time to reflect on what we (you and I) can do to take care of ourselves during this busy time of year to reduce stress – actually, if we take care of ourselves year-round that would be best! Each of us has three parts to think about when we talk about self-care. Brain, Body, and Heart & Soul It’s clear that when you take good care of your body it is easier to stay healthy. A nutritionally sound diet (by diet I mean way of eating) is complete with protein, fruits…

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