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Cash Vs. Credit Cards

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Recently, I was at a fund raising event. When Nick and I arrived at the event we were given a little goody bag which contained two poker chips. Each chip was worth $20,000.00! WOW! We traded in the two chips for chips of smaller denominations and then Nick watched while I played Black Jack and Craps. I lost lots of money playing Black Jack and made lots of money playing Craps. When the gambling time was up we traded in the poker chips for raffle tickets which we used to bid on the silent auction items. Are you wondering yet why I am…

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Thinking of organizing that file drawer?

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Every December I try to remember to make new files for the coming year. You know, the files for your bank statments, anything tax related etc. The ones that you would label with the year. Somehow I never get around to it in December. January comes along and the file drawer calls me. I get my trusty labeler, new file folders, and get to it. I happen to like organizing files and weeding out the unnecessary paper from the previous year.  I have a real sense of accomplishment when I have finished this task.What do you do if that is something…

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Get Organized Month – January

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Many people make a New Years Resolution to be more organized. I think we all want to be more organized, to accomplish more in a day. Maybe just to get more of our ‘to do’ list done. Do you just sit back and think, if I were more organized I would … (fill in the blank)? If so, why not make today the day you get started; instead of just sitting there thinking about it. You can work on just one thing. What is bothering you the most? Start there. Even if it is one drawer – the junk drawer in the kitchen…

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Organizing for the Holidays

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How do you get organized for the holiday blitz? First set your priorities. There are so many things to take care of and it is easy to feel overloaded. Start by making a list of all the things you have to do, followed by all the things you want to do. There is a difference so be sure to make two separate and distinct lists. Next, prioritize the list of things you HAVE to do. Start with the most important thing on the list and begin scheduling. If shopping (buying presents) is one of your items, try and break it…

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By Time Management

As a professional organizer I am all about making the best use of my time. I like to think I practice what I preach in that I try not to overload myself with commitments. It can be really stressful when you overload yourself with commitments. I really wanted to sign up to be a volunteer maintenance gardener at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I even went so far as to go for training. Then I totally stressed myself out because I realized that the only day I could confidently give the garden 3 hours is a day that I have a…

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Saving Time

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How often do you, when you come home, put things(like the mail or your briefcase, or a jacket) down and think ‘I’ll get to that later..’ ?  Maybe you need to empty your briefcase or tote bag. Do you ever ‘loose’ the keys because they are in the pocket of your jacket or the bottom of your bag? The things you put down stay where you put them until you take the time to go back, pick them up, and put them where they belong.  You can save time by completing the tasks. It takes longer to remember what it is…

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Clutter Control

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Want to get control over the clutter in your life? Start in one small place. It can be the top of your desk, for instance. At the end of your work day take 15 minutes before calling it a day and tidy your desk. Do whatever filing remains. Make a list of the things to tackle tomorrow. Put pens, pencils, markers back where they belong. You will be amazed by how much you can accomlish in these few minutes and by the relief you feel the next day when you see your desk. Try it and let me know if…

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What to do with all the paper?

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If your house is anything like mine you have a lot of paper arriving in your mailbox on a daily basis.  What do you do with it all?  We get catalogues, magazines, some invitations, and bills. My husband likes to spread all the mail out on the kitchen counter into its different categories.  I come along and take the different piles to their various homes.  Magazines go to magazine holders, catalogues I want I look through and tear out the page which might have something for me to order the rest I recycle, invitations are responded to and then posted on the…

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Your First Home

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What did your first home look like?  Was moving easy?  Did you know where to put your things?  My first home – away from my parents – was a small apartment.  I was able to find some furniture in my parents storage unit that they no longer wanted so I didn’t have to buy as much stuff to furnish it.  I hung some pictures on the wall but it did not have to homey feeling I was looking to create.  I’d love to hear some stories about how you went about creating your first home.

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Moving days

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Moving to a new city – country is really stressful.  Moving across town to a new home can be just as stressful.  Is there any way to be prepared?  Can you (the person moving) minimize the stress to your family by anticipating the chaos and disorder?  I’d love to know your thoughts – stories.

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