Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How old is the Spaghetti in the back corner of your fridge?

If your fridge is not organized, who knows what could end up lurking in the dark, lower back corner.

Next thing you know you have an awesome science experiment underway and you hear,
"Mom, when did you order cheese pizza with blueberries?"   (I know, gross)

Here is a slick little trick to get your refrigerator organized using, of all things, a plastic shoe box:

These plastic shoe box containers can be found at most dollar stores and are fantastic for keeping all those little items organized in your fridge.

What's in the back of your fridge?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Let Go and Enjoy

Want to truly enjoy your new 
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus gifts 
that you will be receiving soon?

... Take this weekend to "Let Go" of items in your home
that no longer make you smile & feel wonderful
(or that you are tired of dusting)

What did you "let go" in your home?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Honoring Your Loved Ones Memory

This is one of my favorite organizing project stories ever. Love this story, and so appropriate for this time of year. Enjoy.

"Terry" admits she get overwhelmed in attempting to stay organized. Like many of us, the dramas of life can take over and the last thing on your list of things to care for is yourself.

Terry had been hanging on to a gift certificate for my services for 11 months. The certificate made her feel good when she received it and if she used it, Terry felt it would be gone. Finally, she broke down and we met.

We talked a bit about her goals. I gave her some ideas about managing tasks to get and stay organized. Then she told me about a craft box in her attic.

This craft box was her mother's. Terry cherished this box of craft supplies. The thing is, Terry's mother passed away 11 years ago. Yes, 11 years this box sat in her attic collecting dust and funk.

She finally decided that the time had come to part with it. Terry told me she believed,

"If you release what is holding you back, good will come back."

A woman came to Terry's home from Freecycle to pick up her mother's craft box. The next week, there was a knock on Terry's front door.

The woman had returned to give Terry this Christmas display for her home. Made only from the items found in the gifted box. Terry immediately recognized certain parts of the arrangement that her mother decorated with. Needless to say, Terry was beside herself with joy and happiness. I got the chills when she told me the story.

Memories of a past loved one are good. They should be honored since they played a loving role in your life. Though if you have them cramped in a dusty, funky smelling old box in your attic, is that really a positive way to remember them?

If you are not enjoying them, perhaps it is time to part with them.
Another person will find joy in the items you give.
........ And good will come back to you.

What's in your attic?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Pens, Pencils and Markers ... Oh MY!

I bet you use the same couple pens or pencils every day.

Yet, you may have 1, 2 or more crammed pencil holders on your desk.

Likely there is a drawer that is stuffed with more writing devices that just somehow came to be. After all, you never know when you are going to need a pen ... right?

See that's just it ... you only need A PEN (or pencil) to jot something down.

It may not sound like much, but getting rid of the unused excess is a very good thing.

Gather up your pens surrounding your desk area and whittle them down to a select few in ONE holder on your desk top or drawer.

Do the same in each area where you have squirreled away a lifetime supply of writing tools.

Bag up your extra supplies and see if your local school or daycare would be interested in your collection.

How many pens and pencils did you let go?