Thursday, May 28, 2009

Starting = Finishing

Starting something
is the best way to finish something.

What are you starting today?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Summertime Itch You Should Scratch

Everyone seems to have that summertime itch going on, and it has nothing to do with the horse-sized mosquitos buzzing about.

Garage clean out!

This task can be VERY overwhelming because your garage is a pretty big area to store a LOT of _____. You see the piles of stuff and the shelves overflowing with items randomly tossed about for storage. Here's how you can go about conquering your garage:

step #1: Notes - Look at every wall or area and right down notes on items seen, comments made by my client or in your case little thoughts that drift into your head. It's OK to write, "absolute disaster" or "hopeless mess." Just get it down on paper. Doesn't have to be a novel, random notes are perfect.

step #2: Ideas - Envison what your garage would look like. Use your walls for storing as much as possible. Think shelves, racks, hooks, bins, bags, etc. All of these ideas can be attached to the wall, getting your stuff off the floor.

step #3: Plan - Maybe take a bit of a break and let your thoughts simmer. Come back into your garage and plan what you are going to do. Take some measurements for shelving. Remember to use the studs as much as possible, this will keep your stuff on the walls. Studs are typically every 16 inches along the wall length.

step#4: Action - Get your garbage bags ready, boxes for donations and rev up those power tools ... the organizing party is about to begin. Hang up your shelves first, if possible. This gives you space to store the items you use. Items you do NOT use do NOT go on a shelf, trash or donate. Work around your garage and find homes for the things you use. You will be left with stuff that is has no use in your home.

step #5: Clean Up - You will be left with stuff that has no use in your home. Donate or trash it. Get it out of your life. It's OK to part with stuff. Sweep up the floor and pull your car into the garage. Reward yourself for a job well done!

What are you itchin' to do this summer?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You Are Capable of ANYTHING

Top of The World
Such a feelin's comin' over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won't be surprised if it's a dream

Everything I want the world to be
Is now coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear
It's because you are here
You're the nearest thing to heaven that I've seen

I'm on the top of the world lookin' down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name
And it's tellin' me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There's a pleasin' sense of happiness for me

There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here

I'm on the top of the world lookin' down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Power of a Little Green Ribbon

There are moments where you have a choice to do the right thing or stray just a little bit and nudge the boundaries ever so slightly. You are not doing anything wrong, per say, though no one else is doing it and there is no harm in your actions. Times like this I fall back to one of my favorite mantras:

"Better to ask for forgiveness later, than permission right now"

Sticking your neck out for something positive typically pays off.

While attending the recent the NAPO conference, I grabbed a "Keynote Speaker" ribbon to wear on my name badge ... well, because it was there. The Rubbermaid booth reps were excited to meet a keynote speaker, though when I told them I "could be a keynote speaker" they loved my attitude. From wearing this little ribbon, I'm now featured on the Rubbermaid blog, Adventures In Organizing!!

The effect of the little ribbon carried over into everyone I met, too. People were bringing their friends up to meet me. SWEET!

Next time you are pondering should I or should I not .... I say SHOULD.
C'mon, what you have to gain is FAR greater than what you may miss out on.
Life is about having fun.
Pounce on it!

What boundaries have you stretched?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Oxo Good Grips For Your Office ROCK

Well, Oxo products have excelled in creating wonderful, durable products that make our life easier and more comfortable. Their products serve to aid us in our kitchen, garden and bath.

Now, Oxo is launching into our offices! (and the crowd goes wild)

Beginning this month, Oxo office products can be found exclusively at Staples. I had the pleasure of testing out a few of these products last week and I can say they live up to my wonderful Oxo potato peeler in comfort.

They approached this new product line by asking the question:
How can we make office products that take the work out of work?
Lovin' this idea ...
1. Function - Uh, what is this thing suppose to do?
2. Easy to use - Adding a struggle to the day would not be good.
3. Convenient - The faster you can get to it, the better.
4. Quality - Things break at the moment you need to use them. Make them well.
5. Comfort - Aaahh ... that feels so good, can you do that again?

By considering taking the work out of work, gotta tell you this stuff ROCKS!
Oxo has taken the time to consider you in designing these new products. Look around your desk and see what office tool is giving you grief. Pitch it and treat yourself to a new Good Grips one. Guarantee you will love it

What would you like to make easier?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thank You Mom

In the darkest hours and the brightest moments, I knew to never question my mom's love and pride for me.

She has made me who I am today: strong, confident, happy, peaceful, funny, bold, loyal, determined, brave, fabulous, trustworthy and ... the best damn my mom in the world for my boys.

You're my mother. I would have no other.
I love you mom.

How has your mom shaped you?

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Toilet Paper Can Help You Get Organized!

It's your home.
You have lived there for years and become accustom to how things are.

Look around your home
and pick a room.
What do you see?

One BIG, HUGE mess with no hope of EVER getting organized. Why even bother? You've lived this long with it. Yeah, you feel overwhelmed and cranky about it, though there is nothing you can really do. It's just too much.

You have a problem. And, yeah, it may be a pretty big one, too. The thing is that all BIG problems are made of up smaller problems. Those smaller problems are made up of tiny problems. Solving these tiny problems, is exactly what you need to accomplish to love your home again.

How do you find these tiny problems to solve?
Reduce your vision.

Grab a roll of toilet paper and look through the hole.
What do you see? Tiny problems.

By reduce your vision of the entire area, you can focus on smaller tasks. As you conquer these smaller tasks, the bigger problem begins to dwindle away. You begin to breathe easier in your home. Everything seems lighter and brighter.

Pretty slick, uh?
Get out there and enjoy the day!

What did your toilet paper roll show you?

Monday, May 04, 2009

Monday Morning In Fiji

It's Monday.
Just not into work mode quite yet.
.... So, this quiz seems pretty darn appropriate.

We all LOVE vacations!
I am particularly partial to warm sunny places.

Your Ideal Island Vacation is Fiji

On an island vacation, you prefer to get the full beach experience.

And for you, that means staying somewhere with few people and lots of beach.

With over 300 islands, you can find your own private spot in Fiji.

Relax by the crystal clear water, or venture off to find a waterfall.
What's Your Ideal Island Vacation?

Fiji is not too darn bad. I'll take it.
Happy Monday to you all.

What vacation location would you like to start your day?