Day Four: 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge

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It is day four of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge.  Are you keeping on track?  Is it surprising how much longer some areas take than others?

I am excited to share one of our participant’s accomplishments.  On the first day she sent me photos of her kids craft supply cupboard.  It was two shelves but what an impact cleaning out the area had.  Everything is so much more accessible.

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How do I organize my recipes?

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How do I organize my recipes?

Summer means drinking long, tall strawberry daiquiris by the pool, hanging out with close friends into long hours of the day, and barbecuing with herbs and sauces. I find myself going over my recipes again and again, wondering what I should cook next. Will it be barbecue pork ribs, beans, fresh fruit salads, burgers, chicken cooked in packets with vegetables, steaks, or stuffed potatoes ...

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Tips for Cutting Summer Spending

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The slower economy has forced everyone to make different choices.  During the summer cutting costs may be even tougher because of extra expenses on vacations and entertainment for the children.  I have witnessed my clients at all economic levels having a greater awareness of what they are spending and scaling back.  Never has there been a more important time to implement a budget that can help you really understand what you are spending on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

While ...

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Wendy, I can guess that many parents are having the same heart palpitations thinking about the day their kids step off the bus for the last time until September. The fact that you are getting yourself mentally and physically prepared ahead of time is invaluable and very smart!

Start with a calendar. Make sure all camp schedules, vacations, summer sports schedules and regular appointments are all accounted for so you have your basic planning timeline.

Next, create checklists for each of the ...

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Imperfect Perfectionist – Preparing for the End of School

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Soon my vacation will be over. In 10 days 6 hours (who’s counting?) my children will be released from school and summer will officially begin. I will miss the quiet in my house at 8:37 am when I can sit at the sink, and hear the humming of my refrigerator as I drink my coffee and plan out my day.
Time is fleeting and I am fully aware of the fact that I will never get these days back. I ...

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Organize your Summer for Fun!

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1. Have a Summer Plan:

Planning often takes a backseat as we try to keep up with all the fun to be had in the summer months. Instead of rushing around madly trying to accomplish every idea that comes to mind or “intending” to take that trip, make a plan! Make a list of your choices in your planner or a document in your computer. Prioritize them and make them happen!

2. Learn to Multitask:

Do you need to conduct business in another ...

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Get Your Kids To Help You Organize

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Getting your family in the act of organizing can greatly cut down on stress levels. Here are some ways your kids can help you.

HOUSEHOLD JOBS A 5-YEAR-OLD CAN DO

1. Make her own bed every day. It may be a little sloppy at first, but it’ll improve with time!
2. Put clothes back in the closet or proper dresser drawer!
3.Put toys back in the toy chest!
4.Water houseplants!
5. Feed the dog, cat or goldfish (if she is reminded)!
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Taming The Toy Room — Organizational Tips

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Children’s playrooms can take up endless hours of time to get in order.  Many parents get to the point that they don’t even try any more because they feel like it is an endless battle.  While it may seem like there is no winning in the playroom, I do have some tips to give you hope.

 

The most important thing you can do to make the ...

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Toy Room and Kids Organization Principles Workshop at the Organized Lifestyle Store!

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Toy Room and Kids Organization Principles
Are your kids toys taking over your house? Does mom keep bringing over presents for the kid? Is
your daughter’s closet already unmanageable and she hasn’t even hit her teen shopping years yet?
Come learn how to tackle toy storage, clothing management, and general organizing tips for kids.
Taught by Professional Organizer Kristin Mastromarino.

Monday, July 14, 2008
12-1 @ The Organized Lifestyle Store
Pre-registration required: ...

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