Day Two: 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge

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It is day two of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.  Were you able to accomplish one small area yesterday?  Did you find you were able to decide on objects really quickly or are you getting stuck?  Remember to keep your goals small each day as you start so you don’t immediately become overwhelmed by the process.

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Organizing Tip of the Day: Organize the Japanese Way

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One of my favorite books of 2015 was Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”  It was one of the most ground-breaking books about organizing that I had read in over 10 years.  As you are looking for inspiration in the New Year I would suggest finding a copy of this book to read.  You will look at the way you organize objects in a whole new way. Instead of focusing on ...

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3 Habits to Break in the New Year

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3 Habits to Break in the New Year

There are many statistics on how long it takes to break a habit.  Whether you look at the length of time it will take or the number of repetitions, the point is that creating a habit is a commitment that takes time.  Often, good organization hinges on breaking thought patterns and physical habits that have a root tied within us.

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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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How to stay on a Summer Budget

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As part of my series “The Imperfect Perfectionist,” I am redefining perfection by making room for the imperfections that go hand in hand with being a parent. I am uncovering the secrets to doing less, rather than doing more, so we can find balance and peace. This week I am reaching out to partner Kristin Mastromarino, a professional organizer, to help me stay with a summer budget while entertaining four kids.She can be reached at Kristin@livablesolutions.com.

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3 Tips to Slow You Down This Summer

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When most people think of being organized they are sure that it requires you to juggle many things at once and never drop the ball.  They believe that great time management means you have to multi-task at every turn.  But, I would argue that being able to slowdown, allow yourself to drop the ball once and a while,  not have to multi-task and to truly feel balance in your life means you are organized.  If we never have time to ...

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Is it Possible for Mother’s To Slow Down?

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Is it Possible for Mother's To Slow Down?Kristin Mastromarino a professional organizer from the organized lifestyle.com,  and I have been doing a  weekly columned entitled The Imperfect Perfectionist. We decided to redefine perfection because we both agreed that the only way we could experience this perceived state of Nirvana was in our next life.  We both suffered from the reality that in order to live up to a high standard, it meant doing less, despite the number of ...

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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:

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ORGANIZE A HEALTHIER FOOD PLAN

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5 Easy Steps:

1. Purge the junk food and unhealthy food items in your pantry, refrigerator, freezer and cabinets.
Read the ingredients (that’s the best way to gauge whether or not it is a healthy choice), if the first ingredients are sugar or fat, this is not a good choice. The words natural, low fat, no fat etc. on the label do not mean this is a healthy food.
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