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, just checked out flylady.net, THANK YOU!!

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Take one box, one dresser drawer, one corner at a time. Shuffle paper once and throw after all of the junk mail that you may never have a chance to go through. If you have magazines, cut out the recipes, articles and put them in a notebook. You can also take 15 minutes a day and work on your clutter. Believe that you can do it and you can! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



 
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DDC85 thx soo much for recommending Flylady, only problem, like this site it's very addictive ..there are so many great suggestions there..I feel as though vie been living under a rock there are so many great websites out there that I know nothing about..wish I had knowledge of that site and this one years ago.

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Keep hauling it out - less to deal with.


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I have a similar problem, especially with magazines and paperwork that piles up. I am determined to conquer the piles! I made a rule that everyday I will go through a minimum of 3 magazines until they are all gone.



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Go check out the Fly Girls website. Some of my Sparkies swear by her.



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OMG you guys these are really great tips, even though I know a lot of them just doing them is the problem..believe it or not I'm actually a list maker myself but you wouldn't know it to step into my world..I need Martha steward & flylady.. I haven't given up though.

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Maybe I spend too much time staying organized. I have a list or a power point for everything. They range from rom cleaning charts, to exercise schedules to my budget!

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that's what I have been doing. I have created a lot of space in my bedroom.

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Cleaning - create a schedule that works for you. Use online resources to figure out how.

Money - only you have the power. Take control!!!! Make sacrifies!!!! It'll be worth it, trust me!

One day, one meal, one workout at a time.....


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Discard stuff you haven't used in a year

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What suggestions!!! I did not know about the fly lady website. I am a list maker and my day is pretty structured so it is do this task and that one between the many other demands.
As the pounds have been coming off the clothes that don't fit and being boxed up for a trip to Goodwill. I invested in a paper shredder to make sure the paper doesn't come back to visit. I can only handle working on clutter so long and need to change the scenery.

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Check out www.flylady.com. This site has great tips on getting organized without being overwelhemed. I did my whole apartment is 5 weeks (needed an extra week for my spare room.).

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got rid of empty hangers in closet, made a big difference emoticon

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Box in my truck that I continually add to - to donate.


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I also set a timer. But what do is set it for thirty minutes and clean. When the timer buzzed I sit for twenty. I have fibromyalgia aa nd that is the only way I can complete things. I also have a rroom each day to clean. That is doable. I am a list maker also.



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I like that idea

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So many great ideas here. I set my kitchen timer when I start a task and I do not stop project until the timer goes off. I do not deviate from the task until time is up.

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I straighten my house every day before I leave it!

Annually go through closets and drawers and toss, donate, recycle.



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Have a chore each day and schedule the ones that take less time on the days I know I have a lot going on and not as much time to clean. Unfortunately is on the list every day! emoticon

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Something I learned in "Organized Life Team"

15 minutes a day to straighten up

Touch 25 things a day

Make a check list of what you want to accomplish

Donate old clothes...why keep them

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I keep a container of Lysol wipes in my bathroom. Every time I use my bathroom I take one wipe and clean one small thing, like part of the radiator or the shower shelf or a couple floor tiles or the sink faucet handles. This allows me to consistently keep my bathroom clean without having to devote an afternoon here and there to cleaning it.

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emoticon Getting rid of things I don not use anymore. Cleaned closet and OMG..

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when I notice one particular uncompleted task is really getting on my nerves, I focus on that one and get it done.

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I like to make a new list each day and check it off as I do what is on my list!

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I am a list maker, and it works!!!!

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just do it!



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Less is more (pertaining to organizing). It is just easier on the mind to organize what is left (after getting rid of unnecessary stuff)... and it is also easier to organize schedules, meals, etc. Just frees up the mind.

Edited by: CAMEOSUN at: 9/7/2013 (13:34)

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Get rid of things you don't use.

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Hmmm...Must be nice to have someone to delegate all that stuff to. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.



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"A place for everything and everything in it's place"; If you never wear it or use it, get rid of it; alphabetize seasonings; prioritize; make lists; delegate tasks.

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Sept 1, new ideas and approaches to organization.

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TCANNO; I envy you! First, you say you follow a routine and now you admit to changing things around sometimes. You sound very normal and are a person who has learned how to do these things throughout life. You deserve a commendation. I salute you.

My goal is to now develop a routine and but not allow it to be set in stone. Wishing you a good day and I look for more posts from you.

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I would like to think that I can't (don't have to) but I do from time to time change things around.



How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

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great ideas

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I am with you. Trying to clear all the old files in my house and the magazines I have kept for one recipe. I fill up our trash container every other week with items I do not use and I am still digging myself out

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good idea

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RETREAD57: I still have crates with old files, letters, and junk. I'm trying to clear one file a day because everything in my house needs to be corralled and controlled. Here's my paper solution: If you have them, get 2 or 3 wire mesh trashcans and make large labelssuch as SHRED, TRASH, RECYCLE, CURRENT FILES, OR ANYTHING YOU NEED LABELED. I would keep it to only 2 or 3 containers. First use these cans for your postal mail that you pick up every day. Immediately go thru it....even the junk stuff because you need to shred that to avoid your private information (name, address, etc.) get out where anyone can see it. Always shred old bills and statements, tax returns older than 7 years, etc. Start this sorting system now and simplify keeping up with the paper storms we're all dealing with. Good Luck and you will soon be organized.

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It feels so good when you can look around and see no clutter.

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ELLE_XXX , sounds to me you've described how you keep your place clean, handle your daily routine, rather than 'how to get more organized'

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that's what I have been working on also, my closets. Got rid of a lot of stuff, with more to go.

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To help prevent overwhelm as you get organized, take small steps!!!

For example:

If you want say your living room organized, you have 4 corners in the room.....start with just 1 of the corners and keep your focus on just that 1 corner until it's finished!

Completely that 1 space with feel good and most likely will help motivate you to then start organizing another corner etc....until eventually the whole room is finished!

The important thing to remember is to just keep moving & remember ALL steps taken NO MATTER HOW SMALL is still a step forward towards meeting your goal of organization!!! : )



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cleaning grand children's closet at my place

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@MSGAYLE68 : The idea is that you don't obsess on a task but you spend just a couple of minutes each day on it...
For example my morning routine is really fast and easy :
- I get up before DH, I take my pj's off and hang them to air on the bedroom closet knobs LOL
- I take my probiotic (if you have meds you have to take 1/2 hour before breakfast that's perfect timing),
- toilet visit : I swipe the flush knob, the inside of the toilet lid, the toilet seat both sides and the toilet edge + front with a impregnated wipe (I keep a pack there, it's not green, but that's not my priority yet), I put WC cleaner in the bowl, swish with the brush and flush, takes 3 mins max total.
- I jump in the shower; after showering I dry the sides and bottom with a dry microfiber cloth before I get out, takes 5 mins max.
- I dry myself, brush my teeth and wipe the sink with the same microfiber cloth, costs 1 min.
- I moisturize, fix hair and face and get dressed
- I wake up DH and make the breakfast, our lunch boxes and DH's snacks-to-go, put the kitchenware in the dishwasher and dry the sink with a microfiber cloth, costs 1min.
- I sit down to eat breakfast quietly : dishes in the dishwasher costs 1 min.
- Usually DH gets up at this point so I straighten the bed before I go to work, costs 2 mins.
I don't care what DH does further in the shower, I dried it once and the microfiber cloth took the soap rests and the gunk from the day before from the wet wall, it's enough. I don't have kids, maybe you have to take care of them first before you dry the bath or sink, no need to do it multiple times. My morning routine costs me maybe 15 mins extra but I go to work with a clean house and peace of mind. When I have time over before I have to go I straighten the living room, but that can also wait till I come back from work.
When I come back from work I tackle laundry (1 load to wash, 1 load to iron/fold/put away).
I do decluttering, my WHB or detailed cleaning only on days when I have at least half a day free from work. I usually go log on the FlyChat for motivation and support to do that.
In the evening I wash the pots and pans with DH , shine my sink, run the dishwasher (15 mins max total), hang the wash to dry (10 mins max), lay my clothes for the next day (5 mins max), get my workbag ready with my water bottle and my snacks (5 mins max). Before I put on my PJs and brush my teeth I unload the dishwasher (takes 5 mins max).
Saves me so much time and stress in the morning that it's worth it. Moreover there are enough commercial breaks to get everything done before the evening film is finished LOL
Maybe it will give you an idea of how simple you can keep it... anyway feel free to mail me anytime if you get stuck with something, we'll brainstorm together to find a way that fits you best.




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bedroom closet today. I need to find my ball for some new crunches my son-in-law suggested I try.

Keep your feet firmly planted in the clouds!!

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cleaning the hallway today, fun fun!



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working on closet today

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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8/11/13 1:41 P

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Wow! I've been reading so many posts re organization and discovered many of you are regular Flyladies. Who knew? That was an organization I joined 20 some-odd years ago but have let it fall by the wayside. Why? Lack of organization and too much to do.

Today, I'm going back to take another look at the website. I did review it 2 or 3 months ago and so much has been upgraded to computer files etc. that it all discouraged me. I'm going back for another look and see if there is a way I can still use the basic tenets of the plans. I do need to find a solution.....going to try the 15 minutes focus and that will help!

Thanks to all of you for your comments as they're really motivating to me. Thank you.



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8/11/13 3:54 A

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get into a routine

How can you know that you can't unless you have tried and failed.

Join the 10 minute challenge and get exercising.

See what you are made of by joining the 100 day challenge.

Links on my Spark page.

Don't forget to make your workout fun so as not to get bored with it.

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8/11/13 2:22 A

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You're welcome, it's free so you have not much to lose ;)



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8/10/13 6:58 P

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I will have to try Flylady - sounds like a good plan to me. I will try anything to get motivated. Thanks Elle. :)

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8/10/13 5:38 P

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I'm a FlyBaby as well... with FlyLady I have build a morning routine that allows me to left for work with a clean house and a evening routine that saves me time and stress in the morning. When I feel like slacking off (that will generates guilt and trigger binges) I go log in the FlyChat... other Flybabies help me stay on track and get stuff done (decluttering, detailed cleaning, items from my to-do list...). We make it fun and it gets done.
Further I have a big agenda and a calendar on the wall for appointments, work schedules, menus and live workouts...





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8/10/13 6:57 A

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Paperwork piles are my nemesis .they are archhival. Even a planned hour a week would really help.

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8/9/13 8:02 A

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I understand the points you made perfectly. I don't know how many things I have bought for a second time because I cant find the original item. Yet they were saved in case I needed them. I have so much stuff that it is just overwhelming at times but I am pressing on. Thanks for the post.

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8/8/13 11:35 P

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I will pick 3 goals for this week. When I achieve them, I will add another. I will keep adding til I feel I'm working to my capacity. It's just me I have to motivate.

Bottom line: Do your best!
If at first you don't succeed try, try again!


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8/8/13 10:33 A

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Goodness, I needed to read this post. I am always so puzzled (and envious) when I visit the homes of friends who don't have clutter, and don't even have a "junk drawer". Things look so nice and neat, which motivates me to get control of my clutter. I then bite off more than I can chew, get overwhelmed by the whole mess, and shove everything back in the closet, drawers, etc. It's an ugly, vicious cycle. Thanks for encouraging me to try it again. . . !



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8/7/13 8:41 P

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My hubs and I are both the children of borderline hoarders. I swung the pendulum in the opposite direction and prefer a very spartan, de-cluttered space. He has to have some of his mother's tendencies, but thankfully, recognizes that and tries to work on it. I have done some professional organizing in the past so here are some of my tips that haven't already been mentioned :o)

First, have an honest conversation with yourself about the clutter. In my experience, there are almost always feelings that need to be addressed before the clutter can be dealt with in a lasting way. Are you emotionally attached to your items because they remind you of someone or were given to you by someone you love? Is having the clutter a way to deal with some lack (financial, emotional) you experienced earlier in life? Is it a way to exert some control in your life? Or like my hubs, do you just have a fascination with things and see all the potential things you could do with it SOMEDAY? I'm no therapist, but I know from experience that skipping over this will most likely cause you to remain in a battle with clutter.

I also make a list each day. It's called the "6 most important things list" and I make it at night before I go to bed for tomorrow's tasks. That way, you have less on your mind as you're falling asleep, and you have a game plan when you wake up. I limit it to 6 and if any are undone at the end of the day, they go to number 1 on the next day's list and have to be done first (this helps prevent procrastination with a task you don't want to tackle). It really helps me to be organized and efficient with my time. I have a list for my business, and one for personal/family things.

We have a rule in our house- last one up makes the bed (of course, this only works if you share a bed with someone) but it helps avoid arguments and gets the job done.

I "put the house to bed" each night. After the hubs and kids are in bed, I make one final sweep of everything, putting things away, wiping off counters, etc. It helps everyone start the day in a better place when we wake up to a clean, organized house.

If you are on facebook, check for swap and shop sights in your area. These are group pages you subscribe to where you can list items for sale similar to craig's list or ebay. However, since these are local sights, you skip all the shipping and handling and waiting for transactions to be completed. If someone is interested in your item, they comment on it and you arrange a time/place to meet up. Transactions are usually in cash and I have found that you will get better prices for your belongings than through a garage sale. These type of sights are HUGE where I live. I am subscribed to about 15 different pages, and since I began selling on them about 9 months ago...have sold more than $1000 worth of items I know longer wanted/needed.

Hope these are helpful to some of you. emoticon



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8/7/13 7:07 P

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8/7/13 6:53 P

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I'm going to put in another vote for flylady.net! Using her system I've slowly decluttered the house, and rather than donate stuff, I put a lot on eBay to make a little extra money. I'm hoping that once I get everything completely organized I'll have the time to get my own business started and be able to stay on top of things because everything is more organized.

Good luck - and keep coming to us for more support and encouragement!




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8/7/13 4:45 P

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I can relate to the "reformed hoarder" comment. I am working on getting rid of stuff I don't need, use, or really love. That can be difficult since I am sentimental. There is also that "you might need it someday" concept. Problem with that is that when someday comes it cannot be found and a duplicate tends to get purchased. emoticon



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8/7/13 11:51 A

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You said it! I've had a colossal effort going on in my house too. Tons of stuff to remove simply because I didn't know where to get rid of broken computers, box/bags of paper I couldn't lift and the list is still a long one. I tell myself....hang in there baby because the fact of the matter, you simply cannot clean or do anything easily if everything is out-of-place. In my defense, I have recuperated from a heart attack, depression, and an overwhelming list of "things to do". Keep what you need and special mementos can be corralled into a single picture, table arrangement or whatever you like. No, you aren't going to wear those old clothes anymore even if you lose the pounds. You will want brand new items to go with a brand new body.....at least I do. Y'all keep on trucking. emoticon



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8/7/13 11:21 A

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I think that it helps to have the right tools too. Because dishes are more of a pain if all you have is a stinky wash-rag. If your vacuum is constantly on the fritz (or has not been maintained or cleaned in years) then it takes forever for it to pick anything up and it is hard to get motivated.

Also putting cleaning off until it is a colossal effort makes things harder on you. It is like gaining a bunch of weight then trying to work out and fad diet your way to a size zero in a week.

I am a reformed hoarder and I try to live by the following:

1. If it has not been used in 1 year then it gets donated.
2. Do dishes and at least one load of laundry everyday.
3. Everything has a place to go so I don't have the floating item (s). You know that thing that is useful but no one knows where it goes so it floats around the house. Then it comes time to use it and no one knows where it is because it has been in 7 different places.
4. If it is broken, throw it away. Don't save it thinking that "someday" you will fix it. For the most part "someday" never comes and that thing just collects dust or gets even more broken.





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8/6/13 10:56 P

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YES WE CAN!! Develop a plan and stick to it!

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8/6/13 9:03 P

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Ugh!! I'm glad I'm not alone!!
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You're never too old to do goofy stuff.
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8/6/13 3:26 P

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flylady.net

"I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls." Audrey Hepburn

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." Audrey Hepburn


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8/6/13 2:51 P

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Sign up for FlyLady Lite so you don't get so many emails! Also, I signed up for the free Cozi calendar, and it puts the zones right on there. If you don't want to do that, then JUST work on the daily routine for a while.

Rachelle

"Our running shoes are really erasers. Every step erases a memory of a past failure. Every mile brings us closer to a clean slate. Each footstrike rubs away a word, a look, or an event that led us to believe that success was beyond our grasp." John B


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boy do I need help . I am a mess . I am going to work on my middle bedroom . it has become a dump for all things unused . boxes from things delivered and I save the box in case I don't like it to return it . but of course I never do return . I bought a shirt the other day . it doesn't fit . went to send it back only to discover that it could not be returned . so I am stuck with a shirt that might never fit . what a waste of money and time.

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I belong to fly lady too but it has way too much information and it is very confusing and time consuming I feel. Anyway there is no magic pill for weight loss or organization except that you have to follow it which is what I have yet to do! LOL

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8/6/13 7:57 A

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I always have a 'to do' list that changes each day, as errands may come up or the fridge needs cleaning. So I don't get too overwhelmed or flustered, I give myself time constraints on it to ensure I stay on schedule. That might be tedious to some, but it comes from my years of working in law to where every second counted while working on a client's file.

Budgeting time is just as important, if not more, than budgeting money. They seem to go hand in hand.



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