Day Twenty: 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge – Are you Proactive or Reactive?

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It is day twenty of the 40 Bags in 40 Days decluttering challenge.  You are half way through!  Have you accomplished fifty percent of your project goals?

It is amazing how fast time can go.  I am sure some of you wish you accomplished more in this time.  Perhaps there were set backs because life can get in the way.

One of my favorite books is the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Steven Covey.  My favorite concept in the book ...

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Organizing Tip of the Day: Time Management and Self-Care while Parenting

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As a parent myself, I know how draining the daily routine of balancing work and family can be each day.  The days when I am an all day stay-at-home mom can be even more tiring than the going work!  I really liked this article encouraging parents to take more time for themselves.  Parenting is an important job, but It is essential in any time management strategy to take time for self-care, even when you feel like the weight of the world ...

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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 ...

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Tips for Organizing Your Recipes

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Tips for Organizing Your Recipes

Organizing and collecting recipes can be a full time job for those who love to cook.  When you have a love for food and a desire to constantly try new dishes, the piles of cookbooks, cut out recipes, boxes, binders and folders can get so overwhelming that finding a recipe becomes a chore.

I ...

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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 ...

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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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Streamlining the Morning Routine to Save Time

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Do you find that you are running out the door frantic in the mornings trying not to be late or forget anything important? Here are some ways that you can combat the morning stress.

1. Empty your bags/briefcase as soon as you walk in the door at night and prepare them for the next day. Having a landing station for mail and other items that must enter and leave the house will help.

2. Put everything you will need ...

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5 Things You Can Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

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1. Take a step back and take a five-minute break. This can give you increased focus and renew your patience for the projects ahead.
2. Finish the activity you are working on before you begin another one.
3. Take time to write a list and then prioritize. This will refocus you on what you should be working on first.
4. Take a break to put everything around you in simple order. By restacking papers splashed ...

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