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I Need Help!!

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Overwhelmed with your project(s)?

Do you have too many projects surrounding you? Last month I challenged you to start a project during the month of January. Did you do it? Did you begin a project? The bigger question is, did you finish the project? So many times people start a project but before finishing it they begin another one, and then another one, and then another one…
and eventually they get overwhelmed and just give up on everything they’ve been working on and nothing gets completed.

So here’s today’s tip:

Finish one project before moving on to the next

Pick one project, big or small, and FINISH IT!
Then ride the wave of excitement that comes with a project being done and tackle another partially completed project.
Focus on each project as you’re working on it and see each one through to completion before going on to the next.

You can do it!

 

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One Way to Overcome the Post Holiday Blues

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Beating the Winter Slump

Christmas is past. We’ve rung in the new year and now 2019 has begun… and for most of us, that means a few more months of dark, cold winter. If just the thought of that makes you feel depressed, here’s one tip that will help banish that gloomy mood and will keep you motivated and productive when winter feels like it will never end:

Tackle A Project

Think about it, winter is the only season when you’re mostly inside your home. It’s dark longer, it’s usually very cold (relevant to where you are) and snow days are real things, in work and school. There may be the occasional walk or play date outside, but no one is packing up their family for a picnic at the park and staying out late in January (at least not here in the US). Since you’re going to be home more anyways, find a project you’ve been meaning to tackle, and use this month to actually do it! Whether that is organizing, painting, rearranging, purging, DIYing, etc, make the most of this forced “inside-ness” and stay productive. Then, when spring finally rolls around, you can get outside more knowing your home is in good shape.

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How To End the Year the Right Way

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One in, One out… Or two

Christmas is 22 days away! And some of you have no idea where you’re going to put all of the new stuff (cuz let’s be honest, a lot of it is “stuff”). If you’re already in panic mode just thinking about finding space for the new loot, take this one simple piece of advice:

One in, One (or two) out

It’s a simple concept – for every new item you get, remove 1 (or if possible 2) of the same item that you already own. I know this can’t apply to everything, but it can be used more than you think – Clothes, toys, kitchen gadgets, hair utensils, tools, linens, shoes, electronics, books, jewelry… And plenty more categories!

This Christmas doesn’t have to be the tipping point for a chaotic and unorganized home. It can be the start of a MORE organize home if you deal with each item as you go. No more cramming and shoving. Take an item, give it a home and if an older version needs to go, let it go
(cue the song that now’s playing in your head

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My #1 Tip for the Holidays

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Let the holiday season begin!

If you’re like me, November 1st meant turning on Christmas music and beginning the countdown to December 25th!
If you’re not like me at all, you don’t appreciate my mentioning Christmas since we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet. Well, whether you like it or not, the holiday season is approaching which means lots of food and lots of stuff.
One way to help combat this problem of “more” is to:

PURGE

Your pantry, your fridge, your closet, your kids’ closet, their toys, etc.
Go through the areas that can get overcrowded once the holidays have passed and make some room.
What’s better than Thanksgiving leftovers? Not much.
So make room for them by purging your pantry and fridge before the big day.
What’s better than a brand new Christmas sweater?
Not much, so make room in your closet by purging items you don’t want to keep.

It doesn’t have to be a lot, but I guarantee getting rid of even a few things
will make a difference in your stress level when trying to find a place for the new items.

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1 Way to Take Advantage of the Spring Weather

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Goodbye Winter. Hello Spring.

April is here! And for most of us that means the snow is gone, the green leaves are budding and flowers are beginning to bloom. That also means it’s the perfect time to tackle your garage/shed. Summer can be too hot but spring weather is the absolute best time to pull everything out, purge whatever you don’t want to keep and then put everything back in to the space, categorized and organized.

*Helpful tip – invest in clear bins with locking lids so you can easily see what’s in each container and you won’t have to worry about unwelcome guests making their way inside.
Cardboard in a garage or shed is a definite “no” for long term storage.

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Are Winter Clothes Causing a Clothing Jam in Your Closet?

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Keep a bag, box or bin in your bedroom (in the closet or under the bed is ideal so it’s not out in plain view) and whenever you put something on that doesn’t fit well, has a defect, or you just don’t like anymore, do NOT put it back where it came from! Put it in your “donate” holder. I guarantee you’ll get rid of more clothes than you think you will AND you’ll eventually clear your closet of clothes you never wear.

(bonus: the feelings of guilt you feel every time you look at those
‘never worn clothes’ will go away once the clothes go away!)

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Begin The New Year By Looking Back

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January Newsletter

Christmas is over and the new year has begun! January is a great month to look back over the past year to see what items in your home didn’t get used. Whether it’s clothes, shoes, jewelry, tools, perfume/cologne, books, bathroom or kitchen items or other random items around the house, there are probably several things that need to find their way to the “donate”, “recycle” or “trash” pile. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but purging even a few items will help get your new year off to a good, and organized, start.

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If It’s Missing… Get Rid of It

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I’m sure you read that title and thought, “Wait what? If it’s missing then how can I get rid of it?”.  The answer is in the “…”.  If it’s a puzzle missing a few pieces, get rid of it.  If it’s a game missing pieces, get rid of it.  If something is incomplete and you don’t use it BECAUSE it’s incomplete, why are you hanging on to it?  I realize there are heirlooms and other things passed down that you may want to hold on to, which is fine and totally understandable.  But if it’s a game or puzzle and it’s missing any part of it, clear it out of that space!

Several years ago my parents and I went through a period of time where we did a LOT of puzzles (rocking out to Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera because we’re super cool) and, as all puzzle aficionados know, when you finally finish a puzzle and discover pieces are missing… In that moment there’s nothing worse.  The elation you should have felt is gone because all you can see are the empty spots scattered around the puzzle.  And I’m not being dramatic.  Be honest, if you could choose between a puzzle that was complete or one that had “missing 3 pieces” written on the box, wouldn’t you go for the complete puzzle?!  Yes!  Of course you would!  So get rid of the incomplete one!

I have 7 nieces and nephews (and another one is on the way this month!) and if one of their games is missing pieces it’s not as much fun to play (again, personal experience talking here).  If you have children and can relate, then get rid of the game(s)!  If you don’t have children and can relate, then get rid of the game(s)!  If it’s one the kids (or you) love I’m sure you can find it again in a store or online.  Or you can hit up a much loved family member and they can search for a replacement, but there’s no reason to keep the incomplete game.

And don’t feel guilty about getting rid of either of these items!  Wouldn’t you rather see games and puzzles in your cupboard or closet that you actually want to use instead of a bunch of boxes that you never take out anymore?  Yes.  The answer is yes.  Every time.

Do you agree with this post?  Or do you like to hold on to favorite games and puzzles even if they’re missing pieces?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Small Items, Lots of Space

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When you look at your spices, do you see some and think, “How long has that been in here?” or “Where did that even come from?”  If you said yes to either of those questions, go get that spice (or those spices) right now and check 3 things:  First, is it still sealed?  Second, what’s the expiration date?  Third, is it a solid?  If it’s still sealed, take the challenge and figure out how to use it.  You may come up with an amazing new dish and a favorite new spice.  Win win!  But, if it’s past the expiration date or if all the individual little grains have become one solid mass then get rid of it.  Too often we buy a random spice because that one recipe we tried years ago called for it and we swore we’d use it again… and guess what, it never happened.  Don’t feel guilty about it, but don’t let it take up precious space either.  Spices are hard enough to keep organized without adding more that you never use.  So go check your spices and see which ones you can throw away.

Do you agree with this post?  Or do you have a tip to get some life back in old spices?  Let me know in the comments below!

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A Guilt-Free “Purge” Item

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Nearly everybody loves to sit back on the couch, chill out and watch a movie.  But with Netflix, On Demand, Hulu, Amazon Prime and the rest of the streaming apps, DVDs aren’t nearly as important as they once were.  I’m not suggesting you get rid of your entire DVD collection, but I am going to suggest you go through your DVDs and see if there’s any you can get get rid of.  There’s probably several you don’t watch anymore, several you don’t like anymore, or there may be some you’ve never even watched.  So why not clear them from your space?  Why hold on to them, letting them take up space and add to your feelings of guilt for “all the stuff you own that you don’t need”?

Here’s some great alternatives to just throwing them away: donate them to a second hand shop, sell them on social media, offer them to your friends, or, if you’re a crafty type there’s a ton of different things you can do (click here to see 25 ways to recycle old DVDs and cds).

By doing this you’ll own DVDs you actually like and you won’t have feelings of guilt seeing all the ones you never watch anymore.

Do you like this idea? Or do you have another way to recycle old DVDs? Comment below and let me know!

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