Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spring Organizing Your Garage

Wheew! It was hot today and I was lovin' it.

Summer time is the best time for me.

It was a perfect day to clean out a garage.

Lyndsay was tired of looking at her garage with all the stuff stacked,

"There is just too much stuff. I need to purge."

We did more than purge.
We set items aside for a garage sale, took a LOAD of items to Goodwill for donation, and found a few treasures. Even some items that had not been opened from the boxes delivered.
(they were lost in the stacks)

My car was loaded with items. After we unloaded everything, I took a picture of the items Lyndsay was donating. It is a good idea to have a snapshot of items you donate. No need for every shirt, plate, and nick-nack donated.

We then returned and continued to dust off the shelves, sweep the floor, clean a garage closet and sort through boxes of Christmas items.

Lyndsay was so excited she was going to be able to get her car into the garage without worry about banging into items.
Plus, she has all her garage sale items in one area ready to be sold.
AND, she can now make paninis with her griddle and fresh juice from her juicer. Items she purchased but the boxes were lost.

Great, fun HOT pre-summer day!!

What have you purchased but never used?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Grab Your Toilet Paper and 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.

Here's a clip from FOX Toledo news showing you this little trick:

Focusing in on a project:

So, 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?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Let Go of Your Elephant

It's ugly.
It's useless.
It makes you cringe.

Even though [insert name here]
gave it to you,
Get it out of your home.

... and if they ask about it, blame me for getting rid of it.

What's your elephant?

Friday, May 06, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Mom ... I Love You!

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?