SparkPeople Simplify Your Life Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20177 For anyone who wants to slow down and enjoy the things that really matter. We'll focus on getting rid of clutter in all forms: body, mind and household. SparkPeople Simplify Your Life Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=20177 Top 4 List (October, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x59315998 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:33:07 EST Top 4 List (September, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x59005447 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 03:59:24 EST Top 4 List (August, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x58704841 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:07:24 EST Top 4 List (July, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x58399144 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:57:13 EST Top 4 List (June, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x58063725 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:33:13 EST Top 4 List (May, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x57708692 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:57:59 EST Top 4 List (April, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x57335246 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:07:42 EST Top 4 List (March, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x56953141 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:48:26 EST Top 4 List (February, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x56592867 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:40:25 EST Top 4 List (January, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x56156788 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:07:51 EST Mother Earth Guide to decluttering your home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4731x20177x56140357 <link>www.motherearthliving.com/declutter-<BR>your-home.aspx#axzz2ozX1JwqS </link> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:22:13 EST Top 4 List (December, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x55816724 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 17:33:25 EST Top 4 List (November, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x55467603 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:23:44 EST So nice to see that this group is here at Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x55351921 Hello Everyone! Excited to join in and share tips on how to simplify one's life. <BR> I would like to write more and so need time to dedicate to this goal. As such, that means <BR> simplifying my life and my house. It is surely a beautiful sight to see a well organized room and also to be able to find things easily. I also would like to simplify my day so that I can write more and also get so that my life just flows better. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:18:04 EST Top 4 List (October, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x55089698 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:35:12 EST I could use some serious help:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x55067098 Hi everyone, I'm Dianna and today is my 57th birthday. I live in Eastern Washington state, in a little rural town with my furbaby, Ms Bella, my tortoiseshell cat. When my mother passed in 2010, I inherited a lot of her things. Over the next few years I was able to clean up my place and move on. I was doing good until my youngest son became very ill and passed this last May. He was almost 34 - and so I've once again inherited more things, some of which I still cannot part with. It does make fo... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:59:22 EST Top 4 List (September, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x54733416 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 22:00:37 EST Top 4 List (August, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x54345022 <BR> Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:52:56 EST Top 4 List (July, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x53949441 <BR> Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:21:07 EST Top 4 List (June, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x53552110 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 31 May 2013 19:09:55 EST Top 4 List (May, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x53170307 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:48:42 EST Simplifying, Decluttering Body, House, and Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x52933775 I thought I would check out your team. I have had a lot of stuff going, and I need to take better care of myself. <BR> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:02:11 EST Top 4 List (April, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x52768949 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:57:27 EST Top 4 List (March, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x52336602 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:34:50 EST Top 4 List (February, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x51916913 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:45:00 EST Top 4 list (January, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x51403826 <BR> Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:36:34 EST Top 4 list (December, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x51032529 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:09:30 EST Top 4 list (November, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x50633828 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:56:22 EST life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x50522565 yep Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:44:54 EST Top 4 list (October, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x50176938 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:18:27 EST Top 4 list (September, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x49716713 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 01:08:01 EST chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x49356727 You can mention whatever you want. <BR> <BR> My eating is staying better, but I am not getting enough water in me again. I have been drinking strickly water and tea, but not enough. I have been walking with my eyes closeing on me yesterday and today. I have used a battery operated drill today and had panicked seconds before hand. The instructor had to calm me down. This was the first time in my life of using it and I had to do it without sight. If any of you can help me add fractions when i... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 21:03:03 EST Top 4 list (August, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x49246983 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:55:03 EST Another challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x48946399 I challenge everyone to spend 20 minutes cleaning. This could be your house, appartment, office, a particular area in any of those places or anywhere else. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:16:10 EST Top 4 list (July, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x48765977 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 19:57:50 EST Top 4 list (June, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x48314348 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 31 May 2012 18:38:43 EST Top 4 list (May, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x47846052 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:53:00 EST Declutter One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4731x20177x47445194 I found this 2012 Calendar when I was browsing Pinterest and thought I would share it with the group. It is a system that gets you decluttered at little at a time so you aren't just totally overwhelmed. Hope you find it useful. Spark on! <BR> http://www.mysimplerlife.com/2012/Declut<BR>tercalendar2012.pdf <BR> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 19:09:40 EST Top 4 list (April, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x47359341 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 18:33:41 EST New Leader: ANDBEYOND http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x47275860 Hello everyone! I apologize for my long absence. I did discuss my full time work status, my health problems and the need to provide weekend care for my mother with dementia with ONECAM. Staying with my mother at night involves a 2 1/2 hour trip each way. She lives in the middle of no where without internet or cell access. <BR> <BR> On a personal note, I will be returning to surgery next month. It's been a bit discouraging just getting my doctor to look at my whole picture and realize t... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:06:59 EST Top 4 list (March, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x46834685 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:17:08 EST Pinterest and Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x46737405 Have you checked out Pinterest yet? If not... do it! What a fun website and following the posts made by Sparkpeople is just great. There are lots of great organizing and simplifying tips too... Warning... it is addictive! www.pinterest.com Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:10:39 EST Top 4 list (February, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x46345147 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:33:30 EST no choice in slowing down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x46208004 Hello Everyone... <BR> <BR> I live a very hectic life...and usually don't slow down unless I am ill or in a state of whoa is me... <BR> <BR> I am having a quick knee surgery Friday and will have a lot of icing to do..so sitting in a chair or lying down is on the agenda.. <BR> <BR> I life the idea of this team...I hope I can disconnect the computer so I can blog and say hello...if not, I will see you soon...All the best..and keep up the great goals...PT <BR> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 03:00:31 EST Top 4 list (January, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x45735058 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:55:26 EST Decluter in 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x45716690 Here are the tips that one of the members said is a way to help with delutering. I know that this is a review for some people, but there have been new members since she posted this. <BR> Tips: <BR> <BR> 1. Ask do I absolutely need it? Do I love it? Do I use it? <BR> <BR> 2. As we do our decluttering challenges (see them under the challenge forum), if you get to one you don't have or doesn't need decluttering-you get a free day or you are welcome to work on a different project. <BR> <BR> 3.... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:25:09 EST Top 4 list (December, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x45309177 <BR> Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:09:43 EST Top 4 List (November 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x44862862 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 08:26:01 EST Top 4 list (October, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x44358658 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:35:01 EST Top 4 list (September, 2011)o http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x43837949 <BR> Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:34:56 EST Chat Tread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x43825910 I have been super busy with high stress. It does not help that my classes are starting today and that I am with PT as well. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 07:28:26 EST Using one technique to clear a different item http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4731x20177x43691705 I was reading posts in ways to simplify, and several touched on books. <BR> <BR> Mostly it was a e-book/library over purchasing train of thought (which I think is great for incoming books). <BR> But we already HAVE books on our shelves. <BR> <BR> But what if we applied a closet decluttering technique to books? <BR> <BR> We probably all know about the trick with changing direction of hangers after an items is used. It tells you what you actually wear/use compared to what you think you wear... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:44:23 EST Top 4 list (August, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x43292867 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:05:00 EST Hellooo...Is anybody out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x43243442 Hi, I just joined this team and added the goal of the "daily cleaning challenge" yesterday. I'm looking for the daily posts of the challenge but haven't gotten any or heard from any team members....Most of the posts here are pretty old and I'm wondering if this team is still active? Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:57:42 EST Top 4 list (July, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x42733205 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:36:02 EST Clutter Challenge Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x42661977 Week one: Let's start with the paper trails, piles, junk mail, manuals, warranties, sales receipts, etc. Paper clutter begets paper clutter. It becomes a tiger and gets you by the tail. Somehow it takes over all free spaces if a system is not worked out. <BR> <BR> Recommended: gather all your paper into 3 boxes: toss, shred and to file/take care of. <BR> Next: have a mail station where you can take care of bills, scan and/or file. <BR> <BR> Mastered the paper tiger? Have some method... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:33:46 EST Top 4 list (June, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x42152020 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 31 May 2011 18:24:59 EST LBD Challenge Week 10 (final0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x41567093 <BR> Weigh in today and feel free to join us if you choose. Hope everyone has made it through the holiday weekend. Any one have an idea for another challenge? Do you feel they work? What interests you? <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <BR> *Feb 21st t... Mon, 2 May 2011 06:30:48 EST Top 4 list (May, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x41537686 <BR> Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:52:27 EST LBD Challenge Week 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x41424903 <BR> Weigh in today and feel free to join us if you choose. Hope everyone has made it through the holiday weekend. One week to go, what do you want to do next? <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <BR> *Feb 21st through Feb 27th was to think of what your m... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:08:25 EST LBD Challenege Week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x41284615 Weigh in tomorrow am and feel free to join us if you choose. <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <BR> *Feb 21st through Feb 27th was to think of what your motivator was to be and try to share. <BR> *People may join this motivational challenge at any time an... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 22:11:52 EST LBD Challenege Week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x41145607 <BR> Weigh in today and feel free to join us if you choose. <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <BR> *Feb 21st through Feb 27th was to think of what your motivator was to be and try to share. <BR> *People may join this motivational challenge at any time an... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 06:44:41 EST LBD Challenge Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x40989154 Weigh in tomorrow and feel free to join us if you choose. <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <BR> *Feb 21st through Feb 27th was to think of what your motivator was to be and try to share. <BR> *People may join this motivational challenge at any time and a... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:05:12 EST Top 4 list (April, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x40923752 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:20:30 EST LBD Motivator Challenge Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x40835385 Weigh in tomorrow and feel free to join us if you choose. Don't know about your part of the country, but we have had snow flurries again. I am ready for spring! <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <BR> *Feb 21st through Feb 27th was to think of what your m... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:42:07 EST LBD Challenge Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x40677042 Weigh in tomorrow and feel free to join us if you choose. <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <BR> *Feb 21st through Feb 27th was to think of what your motivator was to be and try to share. <BR> *People may join this motivational challenge at any time and a... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:33:06 EST Tips for Simplifying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x40596008 Occam’s razor: “All things being equal, the simplest solution is the best.” Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:43:25 EST LBD Motivator Challege Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x40543892 Weight from 206.8 down to 204.8, Did not exercise as heavily this week as intended due to some snow and babysitting my 4 year old grand daughter over the weekend. Hoping to increase the exercise over this week. I did get Amelia a scooter so she can keep up when she is here and I can walk around the neighborhood. I am in a size smaller jeans!!! <BR> <BR> Today I am interviewing for another job after 12 years in my current position. I love nursing education, but the politics can be rough.... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:08:40 EST LBD Challenge Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x40385852 Post your weight in the morning to this thread and let us know how you did with your goal. I look forward to starting another week. I confess up front, I haven't done as well with my weight, but I have been exercising. <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 22:59:20 EST Top 4 list (March, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x40235987 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:25:58 EST LBD Challenge Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x40220973 *LBD "Little Black Dress" motivator challenge. Contest is for either sex although for women, the cultural implication of Little Black Dress is an understood goal of looking and feeling good. <BR> *Challenge is from February 21st through May 2nd" <BR> *Feb 21st through Feb 27th was to think of what your motivator was to be and try to share. <BR> *People may join this motivational challenge at any time and add to this thread at any point. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 07:24:49 EST I'm trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x40166922 I sold a bunch of clothes for: $7.50 <BR> Bought a dress for $8 <BR> <BR> Sold a bunch of books for: $2.50 <BR> Bought a book on simplicity for: $9 <BR> <BR> I'm working on having less "stuff," but I'm not doing it by saving as much money as I had hoped! <em>30</em> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:57:17 EST LBD (little black dress) challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x40072124 This weight loss challenge focuses motivators and weight loss. For most women, it's wearing the little black dress or it's equivalent. Last challenge, several of us were struggling to find that something to simplify our thinking about diet & exercise and give us that "want to do it" motivation. I jokingly called it a little black dress that is supposedly every woman's wardrobe essential. Men have motivators as well, although most don't wish to fit in to a little black dress--perhaps a lit... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:52:12 EST Weight loss: Huggable by Valentine's wk 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x39899231 Tomorrow is our finish up day! I know my weight is way up, but my lapband was re-tightened this week so I am finally behaving. And my 50 pound weight loss wasn't as impressive as I had hoped yesterday, but then I had also slipped up 25 pounds so it was only a 50 lb weight loss. (Since my gallbladder surgery in December.) So tomorrow won't be as low as when this started, but I finally have things back under control and am feeling great! <BR> <BR> So, post your weight in the am . . . and l... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 21:28:25 EST Weight loss: Huggable by Valentine's wk 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x39746578 One week left ! Don't know where you all live, but I feel like a bear hibernating with all the weather. So plug in today's weight . . . hope the super bowl didn't damage things too much. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 08:59:06 EST Want vs Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x39687521 <link>www.topito.com/top-13-des-meilleurs-<BR>want-vs-need-en-image </link> <BR> <BR> I love this illustration! Fri, 4 Feb 2011 13:55:30 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x39660097 I'm new to the team and to spark and to simplifying. I have been reading a lot about minimalism and simplifying and I am desperately trying to de-clutter all aspects of my life. <BR> <em>125</em> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 11:47:00 EST Top 4 list (February, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x39586891 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:35:27 EST Weight loss: Huggable by Valentine's wk 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x39584906 I dutifully weighed in thinking I could post a message from work. Today has been Monday. <em>198</em> Need a symbol for upside down and backwards. (Nothing like a new Learning Managment System that isn't working right and running a computer lab with all the students computer based trainings in that program.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, please do your weights either from this am or in the morning. <BR> <BR> I was 207 today. Yep, despite finding a reason to loose . . . I was eating my stress awa... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:07:16 EST Weight loss: Huggable by Valentine's wk 3 (oops) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x39436721 Let's do a surprise weigh in tomorrow am. I obviously missed Monday. (Think oversleeping and trying to stuff a cat into a cat box to be given away--still made it to work on time!) Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:31:28 EST Am I the only one doing this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x39237446 I've been spending every weekend tied up in the kitchen meal planning and meal prepping for the past few years to the point where it consumes my weekends. Frankly, I'm getting tired of this. I dread the weekends knowing this is how I will be spending it. I feel like I don't have a life outside the kitchen. When I say "in the kitchen", I'm also referring picking a menu plan, coming up with a grocery list, going to the grocery store and unpacking the food and putting everything up. I then ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:20:13 EST Weight loss: Huggable by Valentine's wk 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x39224231 Today's weigh-in. I totally stressed over the weekend doing a report and gained. (Those darn little petite four size fudge brownies in the freezer case are sinful!) In the end, I not only punished me, but failed to save the report properly before renaming. I proceeded to erase data to use the report next quarter and lost all the info. So now it's late and I am redoing it again today. Grrrr. So I am up to 207.8. <BR> <BR> The good news is I found my "little black dress" or should I say ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:34:38 EST Weight loss: Huggable by Valentine's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x39025802 Here's a 6 week challenge to start off the new year. We will stick with the Monday weigh-ins and the 14th conveniently falls on the 14th. <BR> <BR> Besides loosing weight, eating healthy, living healthy, what goals do you have towards weight loss? <BR> <BR> My weight loss related goals are: <BR> To resume the high protein/low carb diet. <BR> To exercise 3 to 5 times a week. <BR> To increase my water intake. <BR> <BR> I think I would do a lot better if my goal was to get in a little blac... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 21:52:18 EST Holiday: Weight loss and Simplify (the end) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38836078 OK, this is the final final week. I am hoping all of you did better over the holidays than me. (I am just very, very grateful to not be vomiting all the time.) Last week, my official weight was up to 201 (from 189.) I know the 189 was dehydration. I forgot to weigh on my first day back to work so will do so in the morning. <BR> <BR> Where would you like to go from here? I decluter, deep clean or weight loss challenge. I don't think I did well enough on a two prong challenge, so will d... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:22:02 EST Top 4 list (January, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38768567 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 20:47:06 EST Holiday: Weight loss and Simplify challenge week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38678544 I had a rougherthan expected time healing post op. I didn't hold food down for a week post op. Sorry, no one picked up the thread. So let's weigh in today or tomorrow? Next Monday will be the end. <BR> <BR> My lap band is wide open. I have gained. Forget to weigh this am, so I will post in the am. <BR> <BR> Vickie <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:11:35 EST Holiday: Week 5 Simplify http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38311464 This close to Christmas, I know everyone has their own things that need to get done. This week, I am challenging you to either 1) set up your own challenge and post where you choose to work or 2) pick an area you want me to post about. <BR> <BR> I upgraded my smartphone over the weekend. I am thrilled at how much easier it is to use SparkPeople for diet tracking. I know I have a lot of things to continue to set up on the phone while I work on the challenge of my house. I sometimes feel l... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 21:56:47 EST Holiday: Weight loss and Simplify challenge Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38311373 Challenge ends January 3rd. Don't forget to post your weight in the am. This is a tough time of year. Remember, you really are only competing against yourself and your goals. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 21:51:43 EST Holiday Challenge: Week 4 Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38258721 On the paper chase: so how do you track and balance your budget? Still using paper? Switched to electronic software for your computer or phone? <BR> <BR> I am buying an iPhone on Saturday. Tonight, I worked on balancing the old checkbook electronically. The software updated and the bill trackers "myst-a-appeared." (One little girl used to say that like "it's a mystery to me.") Thanks to the bookmarks with dates I could re-create the work. I personally like to have an electronic fil... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 22:49:13 EST Holiday Challenge: Week 4 Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38234194 As we continue the paper chase . . . how do you file the bills you need to keep? And how do you plan to handle Christmas/holiday cards? <BR> <BR> One way I keep receipts is to print screen when paid online or to scan them in to my computer. I do keep a Jan through Dec file, but I am using it less and less. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 20:00:43 EST Top 4 list (December, 2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38208287 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:22:35 EST Holiday Challenge: Week 4 Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38190186 One of the challenges this holiday season is to enjoy the holidays, buy some reasonable presents and keep debt at bay. So my question to you for Tuesday is how do you organize/track your bills? <BR> <BR> My personal challenge is the paperwork. But first, let me share my success. I organize/track my bills very well as long as they are electronic. Let me share a couple of electronic tricks I do that may work for you. First, I have my bookmarks on my favorite browser organized into folders... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:21:24 EST Holiday Challenge Week 4: Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38172375 Let's try to tame the paper tiger! It is a ongoing challenge. Monday, let's separate trash from things that we plan to keep. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 22:51:37 EST Holiday: Weight loss and Simplify challenge Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38170358 Excited to see everyone's weights tomorrow. Hope your holiday went well. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 20:49:00 EST Holiday: challenge Week 3 Thanksgiving Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38100988 If you are lucky enough to have time off, you can get a lot accomplished: Thanksgiving Celebration, Parade, Football, Shopping (Black Friday), time to clear clutter and to clean. <BR> <BR> The rest of this week challenge is to eat & drink within reason, get some exercise and to get your house back into shape quickly. Feel free to post your plans or what you acomplish. <BR> <BR> For me: I will be traveling Thursday if I am finally over this virus. Cooking at my mother's, who is unable t... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:30:02 EST Holiday: challenge Week 3 Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38059373 Monday, Monday and this is a busy travel, holiday & shopping week. Let's concentrate on the kitchen & dining area this week. Spend 15 minutes planning out what you need to tackle. If you have another few minutes then retackle the hallway & living room for clutter. Sun, 21 Nov 2010 22:27:46 EST Holiday: Weight loss and Simplify challenge Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38059335 Don't forget to weigh-in tomorrow. Hope your week went well drinking water. This week's diet challenge is to get enough protein per day. Sun, 21 Nov 2010 22:25:00 EST Holiday challenge weekend 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38032442 What can you prepare ahead for next Thursday? Food? Whats the dish situation like? Do you like particular snacks during the game? Might want to do some grocery shopping today. Sunday is a rest day. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 09:26:27 EST Holiday: challenge Week 2 Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x38014554 Today, decorate for the holidays. If you don't want to do this room prior to Thanksgiving, then address your Christmas Cards/print labels. Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:14:01 EST Holiday: challenge Week 2 Weds & Thurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37982829 Take a close look at your living room. You have done some decluttering, but how does the decorations appear? Any thing looking worn out? Needing repaired? Does the things you currently have out and about need rotated for the holidays? Over the next two days as you clean the area, make the changes you need to have the room reflect the holiday spirit in your home: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukkah, etc. Does the furniture need rearranged for the tree? <BR> <BR> You know when I first l... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:13:14 EST Holiday: challenge Week 2 Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37955240 Take a garbage bag and a couple of boxes. The garbage is for clutter, one box for things that need to returned to their proper place and the last for things that you don't love and need to send on to your local charity organization--unless you will honestly follow through and do a yard sale. Spend 15 minutes and start. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 02:04:01 EST Holiday: challenge Week 2 Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37934851 Monday's often have their own agendas, be it the unplanned event or tidying up for the weekend. Today, look at your living room. Decide what needs done in terms of decluttering, cleaning and decorating for the holidays. Take 15 minutes to do a plan & start. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to drink your water. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 06:54:25 EST Holiday: Weight loss and Simplify challenge Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37934736 Hope everyone had a great week. I was busy trying to whip the house in shape before the holidays. Lack of exercise is showing on my weight. <BR> <BR> This week's diet challenge is to drink 8 glasses of water/non diuretic fluid this week. <BR> <BR> Weight 200.4--which is up a pound <BR> Starting weight 199.6 <BR> <BR> Something is working in spite of my pound up. I was walking down a church hallway yesterday and my skirt totally slipped down to the floor. Time to buy some new clothes! ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 06:45:00 EST Holiday: Weight/Simplify challenge Wk 1 Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37902465 We are close to Holidays where gift giving is part of the celebrations. This weekend's challenge is to work on your holiday to do list. Anything from making room in the freezer for the Turkey to shopping for gifts to clearing a place to creating a gift wrapping area in your house. This will keep gifts put the gifts out of the way (and entrance way) so you can wrap them as you purchase them. <BR> <BR> Make one day your day of treating yourself. Read a book, watch a movie, do your nails,... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 09:47:43 EST Holiday: Weight/Simplify challenge Wk 1 Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37883855 Now that you have spruced up the entry way, step outside and look at the area leading up to your house. What needs done? Does the door need washed? Does the wreath need updated? Does the porch need cleaned? Your challenge is to spend 15 minutes in this area today. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 08:44:54 EST Holiday: Weight/Simplify challenge Wk 1 Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37870183 I obviously need to post these the night before! I have been on the run at work today. I will post for Friday tonight. <BR> <BR> Thursday, entry way, pick one thing off your list to work on for this area. Anything from returning all the items you collected that belong to other areas to the right area to deep cleaning the area. <BR> <BR> Are you drinking your daily required water? No one has ever proven how much water a person needs a day in spite of the rumored 6-8 glasses. Ask any ... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 13:51:38 EST Holiday: Weight/Simplify challenge Wk 1 Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37845096 So after looking at your entry way list yesterday. Did you list the what needs to be done to make the area inviting? <BR> <BR> My list is like this: <BR> <BR> 1 Declutter <BR> 2 Wash rugs <BR> 3 Steam mop/possible strip the wax off the floor <BR> 4 Need to find a hallway decoration. It goes straight into a mock brick wall and I know I don't want a mirror or small table there. Perhaps a flat fountain? or a metal wall hanging. Still locking for ideas. <BR> 5 Need to repaint the fr... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:56:28 EST Holiday: Weight/Simplify challenge Week 1 Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37822072 Examine your main entry to your house? Is it clean, simplified? How does the entry make you feel? Is it at the side of a very cluttered living room/family room/kitchen? Today's challenge is to simply visualize how you want your entry way to fill. On a note card, in a little notebook--somewhere that you can keep a journal of the changes you are to make, list what you need to do to make this area welcoming. Share if you wish. <BR> <BR> Currently: my entry way is cluttered and at the sid... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 07:11:11 EST Thanksgiving plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x37800359 Just curious how most spend this time. (I know our Canadian friends do not celebrate Thanksgiving at our time.) Will you be cooking/eating at home? Will you be purchasing the meal pre-cooked for home? Will you be joining family & taking a dish? Will you be eating out? Will you just treat it like any other day? <BR> <BR> I used to love to cook the big dinner. I have to confess, one year I ended up with some unplanned unpleasant guests (my daughter's in-laws, who she invited.) Their ne... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 07:45:21 EST Holiday: Weight/Simplify challenge Week 1 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37799280 This is in addition to the weight tracking piece of the challenge. <BR> <BR> Choose 1 room (perhaps one of the rooms your family/guests will use for Thanksgiving), take a box and a garbage bag. Spend 15 minutes decluttering and gathering items that are out of place. <BR> <BR> Post your progress. Mon, 8 Nov 2010 06:27:37 EST Holiday: Weight loss and Simplify challenge Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37791921 I am proposing a challenge to take us all through the holidays together. It is a two part challenge: 1 to loose weight over the holidays and 2 to simplify your life. <BR> <BR> The weight loss piece is fairly direct. Simply post your weight tomorrow am in response to this posting! We will continue through January 3rd. Every Monday, I will update the week number and all you need to do is simply post your weight & share regarding your progress. <BR> <BR> The second piece is to continue... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 18:29:36 EST Article: Organizing your Pantry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x37767024 http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Shelter/<BR>Organizing-Cleaning/WD-s-Guide-to-a-We<BR>ll-Organized-Pantry.html?zeta_mid=HFM2<BR>_133919&zeta_rid=82560140 <BR> <BR> I so need to do this, but it's not on the top of my list right now. Sat, 6 Nov 2010 10:38:57 EST Poll: SYL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x37737988 I am curious in creating some small challenges around a theme/project. For example, if the theme would be to clean your clothing closet--each day would list one simple/small task to work towards completing the challenge. <BR> <BR> Is this something you guys would find appealing? <BR> <BR> Is there a particular area you feel the need to start with at this time? Does the holidays make a difference? <BR> <BR> Is there a particular organizational site/book that you would to see referenced?... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 18:53:18 EST Top 4 list (November, 2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37647823 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:59:46 EST UPDATE ON OUR FRIEND http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x37515504 Just a note: my friend, Louise (NEED2BFATFREE), for whom I'd requested support, lost her mom this evening. Please keep her in your prayers. <BR> ThanksA Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:36:41 EST Can you do my friend a favor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x37344006 I have a friend here on Spark...I don't know if she's on this team or not/..she may be. Her "name" is Need2BFatFree. Her REAL name is Louise. Her mom just found out she has cancer...like a week ago...and now is on life support and it looks very bad. Louise lived with her mom, just the two of them, so this is horribly hard on her. Will you please send her a word of encouragement? And spread the word to others you know?? <BR> Thanks <BR> Sat, 16 Oct 2010 09:21:03 EST Ways to Simplify http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4731x20177x37098627 Let's see how many ways there are to simplify. Post ways to simplify our lives....whether, it be to simplify our home, work, mind, any area that we deal with. <BR> <BR> By posting....this could bring to attention or help others in ways that maybe we never thought of. <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 10:50:08 EST Top 4 list (October, 2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x37027360 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:37:54 EST Take the Mind Clutter Quiz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x37003645 Adapted from The Lilypad List, by Marian Van Eyk McCain (Findhorn Press, 2004). <BR> <BR> Many of us love the feeling of clearing out the clutter from our homes. But given the frantic pace of many of our lives, perhaps some mental simplifying is in order, too! <BR> <BR> Do you think you might benefit from clearing away some mind clutter? Take this simple quiz to find out: <BR> <BR> 1. Are you a “worrier”? <BR> <BR> 2. Is your mind constantly troubled by all the things on your mental “To D... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:10:08 EST Challeng e..Sept. 29-Oct.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x36994424 Let's Make it Shine this week. <BR> <BR> Anything that will shine...let's work on it. Windows, counters, tv, computer screens, mirrors, glass top tables, etc. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with and....shine away! <BR> <BR> Let us know what you are working on or what you did. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:24:04 EST Articles to Help Simplify http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x36921784 Post any articles that you have, that might help some of us to more simplify our lives....and feel free to comment and/or make suggestions. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 23:19:09 EST How does one achieve balance in their lives? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x36634626 I've been struggling way too long to have balance in my life and I haven't been successful. I'm getting tired of working so much and not having time for myself, for friends and family to have fun in life. It seems like I'm always expected to be there to do for others but don't have others to be there for me when I need help or want to talk or do things with. When I finally get a chance to stop being so busy, I'm too tired to think to know what to do for myself either the things I want to do o... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 06:13:11 EST Top 4 list (September, 2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x36403503 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:03:21 EST Moving soon. HELP! I don't know where to start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x36085641 I'm a new member to the team and I sure could use some help to make my life simpler. Next month my family and I are moving to a tiny little residence and I'm worried about space. I will have to get rid of just about everything in order to fit us into this new house. This isn't a particularly happy move for us. And it's even more complicated by marrital issues that leave me in a quandery as to my marrital status. I don't know where to start with this move. It's driving me crazy to have to give... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:03:38 EST Zen Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x35924083 I wanted to share this website with you guys. I stumbled across it over a year ago, and it kicked off my simplicity quest. It really helped keep me motivated. The articles end up becoming a little redundant after a while, but I guess simplicity is a pretty simple topic. <BR> <BR> <link>zenhabits.net </link> <BR> (Oh, and despite the name, the site is completely non-religious.) <BR> <BR> Happy simplifying! <BR> <em>135</em> Sun, 8 Aug 2010 18:32:45 EST Top 4 List (August) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x35760649 Sunday 1 August <BR> <BR> Sorry!! <BR> <BR> Started this in error - Please go to the other one started by CA_in_Sapporo!!! <BR> <BR> Oops Sun, 1 Aug 2010 04:34:32 EST Top 4 list (August) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x35753029 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 17:09:34 EST What Did You Declutter Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x35671594 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I really like the 15 minute declutter goal on here! It gets me to take care of things I've neglected. <BR> <BR> Today I cleaned out the refrigerator (long overdue), and threw away all of the expired stuff. Now I'm enjoying my nice clean fridge. <BR> <BR> What did you do today (or this week)? Tue, 27 Jul 2010 17:22:13 EST Hi I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x35467205 My name is Sue Ellen. I have been on the Spark site about two months, and love the people and the activities. The problem is that I haven't done much with the "work" of changing myself. I have way too much stuff cluttering my life, and my house. I look around and don't know where to start. And yes, I did buy the book "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" but I didn't read it and use it. Luckily, I DO know where it is <em>246</em> . I have been reading over the posts on this site,... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 20:05:19 EST Guess who is still working on the kitchen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x35233611 Procrastination has several fulfilling purposes. If you ignore something long enough, you probably make do without it and papers become easy to eliminate. One of the things I really struggle with in my house and in my kitchen is space. Not only is the kitchen small and contains the washer and dryer out as extra counter surfaces, but the cabinets in the kitchen are not laid out well. (A set of corner cabinets meeting and one sort of obscuring access to the other . . . no triangular corner ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 10:53:05 EST Top 4 list (July) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x35130225 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 20:16:09 EST Decluttering the kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x34916941 This weekend I have been focusing on my kitchen. Post divorce and emptying my nest of children, I had become a eat out or frozen meals type of person. In short, I really wasn't using my kitchen much at all. It literally had become a big clutter bin. It's a 60's kitchen complete with a in sight washer and dryer. <BR> <BR> I had gastric banding at the end of April, so now frozen meals and fast food are very much a waste of money. I have had to reorganize my kitchen for food prep. (What... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 12:22:35 EST Declutter Challenge (JUNE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x34573378 This weekend's declutter challenges to choose from: <BR> <BR> Friday, 6/4th... put up recycle area. <BR> <BR> Saturday, 6/5th.. Declutter one laundry shelf. <BR> <BR> Sunday, 6/6th... Give away magazines over 2 months old. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 20:57:13 EST Cleaning Challenge (JUNE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x34573336 Here's this weekend's cleaning challenges should you decide to do it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday, 6/4th... sweep door mats and front & rear entrance ways. <BR> <BR> Saturday, 6/5th... wipe down all your kitchen chairs. <BR> <BR> Sunday, 6/6th... Clean out your automobile! Thu, 3 Jun 2010 20:55:26 EST Top 4 list (June) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x34495541 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 31 May 2010 17:28:44 EST DeClutter at Work Help Needed!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x34327513 My husband and I are simplifying our lives. We're running away from our adult children, renting out our home, taking our dogs and moving to Vermont for a year. After mucho drama and tragedy over the last few years we want to re-assess. Living in our vacation home atop of a mountain. Pairing down to just essentials. <BR> In this terrible economy I did the unimaginable and took a leave of absence. Even if I return to the school I teach at, I won't be returning to my class room. So I have to ... Sun, 23 May 2010 11:06:03 EST Tomarrow, I start looking for the New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x34102345 After a long a careful descussion with myself, the decision was made that things have to change! I want to be able to put on a pair of jeans and just zip up my pants! I choose not to do deep knee bed, pull, tug, and stretch! I want to eat a comfortable meal, without praying for the night to end so I can get out of confining cloths! So ready or not (probably more not) here I go!!!!!!!! Wed, 12 May 2010 22:15:43 EST Declutter Challenges (May) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x33861293 Declutter challenges for next couple weeks: <BR> <BR> Saturday, 5/1st...declutter one corner fo the guest or another room. <BR> <BR> Sun, 5/2nd...take a bike ride. <BR> <BR> Mon, 5/3rd...clear out plastic containers. <BR> <BR> Tues, 5/4th...declutter refrigerator magnets <BR> <BR> Wed, 5/5th... Sort thru pot holders <BR> <BR> Thur, 5/6th... organize towels <BR> <BR> Fri, 5/7th... recycle newspapers <BR> <BR> Sat, 5/8th... declutter one shelf in hall closet <BR> <BR> Sun, 5/9th... dan... Sun, 2 May 2010 20:08:42 EST Cleaning Challenges (May) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x33861204 The first 2 week's cleaning challenges: <BR> <BR> Sat, 5/1st...wipe down the kitchen cabinest <BR> <BR> Sun, 5/2nd...clean out your automobile <BR> <BR> Mon, 5/3rd...Today is catch up day! <BR> <BR> Tues, 5/4th...sweep door mats and front & rear entrance ways <BR> <BR> Wed, 5/5th..wipe down all your kitchen chairs <BR> <BR> Thur, 5/6th...Today is catch up day! <BR> <BR> Fri, 5/7th..wash all your throw rugs and bath mats <BR> <BR> Sat, 5/8th...wipe down baseboards in living room/family... Sun, 2 May 2010 20:05:08 EST Top 4 list (May) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x33820120 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:51:19 EST Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x33797901 My team is starting a new challenge May 9th. If you would like to join an 8 week challenge here is some info. <BR> <BR> Go Active This Summer! Join the Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge. Our challenge theme is to make 2010 the best summer ever. This is the challenge to try new things – food and activities, and make new friends. There will be variety of weekly challenges which may be physical, nutritional or Spark information. It’s intended to be all inclusive so everyone can participate i... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:09:12 EST Hi! I found this team on Beab47's page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x33344786 Definitely sounds like the right place for me. I have reminders on the fridge, I read books about organization, I sweep everything off the table in one fell swoop into a box and set it under the table when company comes for dinner. Constant CHAOS(?) as flylady puts it. I used to subscribe to her before she moved to big tent. Think this will be a better reminder than ten thousand emails a day I don't have time to read anyway. Also getting ready to move, so need lots of motivation! I get ... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 19:03:50 EST Declutter Challenges (April) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x33117703 Ok, team...here's your declutter challenges for first couple weeks of April: <BR> <BR> Thurs, April 1st: Sort thru 1 area of hobby clutter <BR> <BR> Fri, April 2nd: Box up lone photographs <BR> <BR> Sat, April 3rd: 15 minutes declutter of play area <BR> <BR> Sun, April 4th: Do a puzzle <BR> <BR> Mon, April 5th: Sort pet care tools <BR> <BR> Tues, April 6th: Declutter landing area <BR> <BR> Wed, April 7th: Go through tools <BR> <BR> Thurs, April 8th: Dump broken things in attic. <BR> ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:22:53 EST Cleaning Challenges (April) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x33117612 Ok, team here is your cleaning challenges for first 2 weeks of April: <BR> <BR> Thursday, April 1st: wipe down the kitchen cabinets <BR> <BR> Friday, April 2nd: clean out your automobile <BR> <BR> Sat, April 3rd: catch up day <BR> <BR> Sun, April 4th: sweep door mats and front & rear entrance ways <BR> <BR> Mon, April 5th: wipe down all your kitchen chairs <BR> <BR> Tues, April 6th: Today is catch up day! <BR> <BR> Wed, April 7th: wash all your throw rugs and bath mats <BR> <BR> Thur... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:18:18 EST Top 4 list (April) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x33112988 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 20:09:20 EST Boy, is this the place for me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x33086687 I am just starting out on SparkPeople, just finished the intro to the book. Also reading DOES THIS CLUTTER MAKE MY BUTT LOOK FAT? So... I have been trying to adopt the 80 / 20 rule. Get rid of the 80% that is just not being used, and make the 20% really count! <BR> <BR> I have to tell you, I am very excited that there is a group of people out there with the same ideas - simplify your diet, your clutter, your life. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know you all!!! <BR> :) Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:10:39 EST Count me in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x32997796 Oh, boy! Do I NEED this team!!! I am a lifelong packrat, and my brain is so cluttered and spinning its wheels that I can't sleep at night. I need help cleaning out my closet, my mind, and my life in general. I'll be checking in here regularly for information, encouragement and inspiration. Sat, 27 Mar 2010 04:02:34 EST I'm moving! Boxes & clutter piles everywhere! Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x31930861 I'm starting to pack up for moving. I have piles everywhere on stuff I want to go through to either throw away, sell or give away. <BR> <BR> I moved here with 10 trucks and I am moving into my future home with only one. Lots of stuff to go through. I don't want all this clutter when I move. <BR> <BR> I am having a little bit of a time with getting rid of some things. I know I won't have the money to ever replace things so it's difficult to part with it. Any advice? <BR> <BR> I know... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 16:54:08 EST Tired and weary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x31647113 So many people are tired and weary, mind never stopping, body not taken care of. <BR> <BR> We are pushing and rushing. We see things and we want more and more. Forgetting what we have. <BR> <BR> Our minds get caught up so much in what we think we need, in what we think we have to do, in maintaining all we have. <BR> <BR> What if you came to your day with the idea that you have all you need. And that you have all the time you need for what you really need to do. <BR> <BR> What if you don’t... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:45:18 EST When Life isn't so Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x31647086 When Life Isn’t Simple <BR> <BR> Ideas to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed: <BR> <BR> -Remember that most of "too busy" is all in your head <BR> <BR> -Keep the vision of why you want to do the things you decided to do <BR> <BR> -Make easy meals and have your teens cook some <BR> <BR> -Make sure quiet time and exercise are first things of the day so my self care doesn’t fly out the window <BR> <BR> -Take lots of breathing breaks <BR> <BR> -Scheduled some fun/downtime <BR> <BR> -Mak... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:44:05 EST Declutter Challenges (February) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x31646926 This week's declutter challenges: <BR> <BR> Monday, Feb. 1st... <BR> Clear out coats <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Feb. 2nd... <BR> Go thru unmatched gloves <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Feb. 3rd... <BR> Give away unused hats <BR> <BR> Thursday, Feb. 4th... <BR> Go thru a paper pile <BR> <BR> Friday, Feb. 5th... <BR> Recycle dead batteries <BR> <BR> Saturday, Feb. 6th... <BR> How many boxes do you need? <BR> <BR> Sunday, Feb. 7th... <BR> Do one thing at a time. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:37:32 EST Cleaning Challenges (February) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x31646832 This week's challenges: <BR> <BR> Monday, Feb. 1st... <BR> wipe down the kitchen cabinets <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Feb. 2nd... <BR> Clean out your automobile <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Feb. 3rd... <BR> Today is catch up day! <BR> <BR> Thursday, Feb. 4th... <BR> Sweep door mats and front/rear entrance ways <BR> <BR> Friday, Feb. 5th... <BR> wipe down all your kitchen chairs <BR> <BR> Saturday, Feb. 6th... <BR> Today is catch up day! <BR> <BR> Sunday, Feb. 7th... <BR> Wash all your throw rugs and b... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:34:13 EST Top 4 list (February) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x31646593 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> On ... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:24:22 EST Creating Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x31189244 Many of the projects we want to accomplish don’t get done, because of the excuse we have no energy. <BR> <BR> But sometimes we can create extra energy. <BR> <BR> Ways to get more energy: <BR> <BR> *Getting outside <BR> <BR> *Clearing a space – a little order brings so much energy! <BR> <BR> <BR> *Movement – dancing, walking, biking, hiking, swimming, yoga <BR> <BR> *Music – listening, playing, singing <BR> <BR> *Reading something motivating <BR> <BR> <BR> *Laughing – whether it’s ta... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:17:59 EST Setting yourself up for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x31189134 What are your goals this year? <BR> <BR> One of the most effective ways of reaching any goal, is to create an environment for success. <BR> <BR> Make it easy for yourself by having your home, office or car remind you of what you want to achieve. <BR> <BR> If you want to lose weight, declutter your cabinets of junk food so it’s harder to grab a quick sugar rush. Declutter the kitchen table so there is only a beautiful fruit bowl. <BR> <BR> If you want to focus and be more productive, clear... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:15:10 EST Peter Walsh's Stripped Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x31132790 Overwhelmed, unorganized and out-of-touch. If any of this describes your family, it's time to slow down, clear out the clutter and take back your family with Peter Walsh's Stripped Down Challenge. <BR> <BR> <link>www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Peter-Walshs<BR>-Stripped-Down-Family-Challenge </link> Sat, 16 Jan 2010 08:20:12 EST 9 Secrets of Motivated Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x30820415 As the sun dawns on January 1, your resolutions are shiny and new and seem very doable. A few weeks (or days) into the year, they’ve been abandoned. Sound familiar? <BR> <BR> New year, new you. It’s the perennial January catchphrase that holds such conquer-the-world promise. And then, well, you get sidetracked with conquering your to-do list. But even the loftiest resolutions (running a marathon, writing a book) don’t have to fall by the wayside come February. Staying motivated&#8213;and ac... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:22:16 EST Handbook to live by in 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x30762033 HANDBOOK 2010 <BR> <BR> Health: <BR> 1. Drink plenty of water. <BR> 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. <BR> 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. <BR> 4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and <BR> Empathy. <BR> 5. Make time to pray. <BR> 6. Play more games <BR> 7. Read more books than you did in 2009. <BR> 8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day <BR> 9. Sleep for ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 17:59:29 EST Get Decluttered in 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x30761867 What is clutter? <BR> <BR> Clutter is anything that is creating stress in your life, contributing to your overwhelm, or adding wasted time to your day (time looking for lost items, reorganizing, or constant cleaning). <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you know if you have too much stuff? <BR> <BR> You have too much stuff if you don't have room for it and it is creating a barrier to living a calmer life. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are the benefits of a clutter-free life? <BR> <BR> *looks better <BR> *... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 17:53:41 EST Daily Cleaning Challenges (Jan 2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x30755441 Here's your first week's challenges: <BR> <BR> Jan 1-3rd: Holiday break :) <BR> <BR> Monday, Jan 4th... <BR> Sweep door mats and front & rear entrance ways. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Jan. 5th... <BR> Wipe down all your kitchen chairs. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Jan. 6th... <BR> Today is a catch up day! <BR> <BR> Thursday, Jan. 7th... <BR> Wash all your throw rugs and bath mats. <BR> <BR> Friday, Jan. 8th... <BR> Wipe down baseboards in living room/family room/den. <BR> <BR> Saturday, Jan. 9th... <... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 14:45:27 EST Daily Declutter Challenges (Jan 2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x30755303 Here's this week's declutter challenges: <BR> <BR> Jan 1-3rd: Holiday break :) <BR> <BR> Monday, Jan 4th... <BR> What kind of Kitchen do you want? Ponder this question. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Jan 5th... <BR> Declutter one of your kitchen counters. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Jan 6th... <BR> Declutter another kitchen counter. <BR> <BR> Thursday, Jan 7th... <BR> Throw out outdated/expired spices or mixes. <BR> <BR> Friday, Jan. 8th... <BR> Let go of some cookie cutters. <BR> <BR> Saturday, Jan. 9t... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 14:40:40 EST If you do only one thing in January... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x30745380 If you do only one thing this month… beat the post-holiday bloat. <BR> <BR> Make it your New Year’s resolution to opt for foods high in fiber, exercise (try a 30-minute brisk walk), and get a full night’s rest. These three efforts combined will eliminate excess water and leave you feeling refreshed. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:52:06 EST Top 4 List (January) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x30743974 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> On ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:01:17 EST If you do ONE thing in December... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x30215853 If you do only one thing this month… make your Christmas shopping list and check it twice. <BR> <BR> Avoid mall madness and do your holiday shopping online. You’ll be less tempted by impulse buys and can arrange wrapping and shipping directly from the retailer. Tue, 8 Dec 2009 12:54:03 EST 10 Guilt-free ways to say no http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x30188759 Opt out of 10 sticky situations, from a party you want to skip to a loan you shouldn't make. <BR> <BR> <link>realsimple.com/sayno </link> Mon, 7 Dec 2009 09:45:04 EST Top 4 list Challenge (December) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x30065228 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 11:54:39 EST Daily Declutter Challenges (December) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x30065200 Tuesday, December 1st... <BR> Put up your trophies or things you are proud of or get rid of them. (you can always take pictures of them first to preserve the memory) <BR> <BR> Wednesday, December 2nd.. <BR> Go thru a box of memorabilia. <BR> <BR> Thursday, December 3rd... <BR> Set a beautiful table to savor your meals. (I think I'm going to buy a new tablecloth for mine and set up a place setting) Tue, 1 Dec 2009 11:53:09 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (December) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x30065092 Tuesday, Dec. 1st... <BR> Pick up shoes, books, jackets, etc. that seem to be piled up by the front door and put them away. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Dec. 2nd... <BR> Wipe off fingerprints and grime that is on the doors and door frames of the entrance you most often use in your home. For me it would be my garage door that leads into the house. <BR> <BR> Thursday, Dec. 3rd... <BR> Clean your ceiling fans. Tue, 1 Dec 2009 11:49:19 EST 20 ways to plug hidden financial leaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x30036975 How to save $3,000 a year: 20 ways to plug hidden financial leaks <BR> <BR> Every household has its financial leaks. Learn about the most common ones and how to plug them. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/s<BR>aving/money-saving-secrets-10000001152<BR>145/ </link> Mon, 30 Nov 2009 09:28:30 EST Good Morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x29713556 Good Morning, it is Friday the 13th! What better day than today to join Simplify your Life Team. <BR> <BR> Goal #1 - Be happy with myself and make every day count. <BR> <BR> Goal #2 - Be happy in my surroundings and GET ORGANIZED! Fri, 13 Nov 2009 07:38:58 EST 48 solutions to sleep problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29703338 Counting sheep again? Try these pill-free strategies to help you get a better night's sleep. <BR> <BR> <link>realsimple.com/sleepwell </link> Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:33:33 EST Checklists and forms for all occasions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29654350 Sometimes you need someone to write a list for you. (Like when you're moving and you remember to buy packing tape but forget-oh no!-a box cutter.) Here you'll find checklists, templates, and worksheets to tackle whatever life throws your way. Just click, print, and start filling out the or checking off. <BR> <BR> <link>realsimple.com/lists </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2009 13:43:33 EST 4 Listmakers with a Twist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29629775 1. "I will do one thing today" stickies, $2 <BR> <BR> Few things in life are more satisfying than crossing off every last item on a list. Get the feeling faster by listing just one. See? You're almost done. <BR> <BR> To buy: <link>prettybitter.com </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Handy handle pad, $10 <BR> <BR> Wallet? got it. coupons? yep. Grocery list? Uh-oh. Hang this pad on the front door and you'll never get stuck in the supermarket wondering, did I need baking soda or powder? ... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 13:46:36 EST Phone Lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29569951 Where do you keep your phone list? I do mine on Excel, print off copies, give one to hubby, have one by the phone and just a list of frequently called numbers in my purse. I can't have too small a print or else I can't read it without my glasses. But I usually look up a number on the computer. <BR> <BR> It seems that people change their numbers so frequently - home, work, cell - we are updating monthly. <BR> <BR> Last night I started entering numbers into home phone. Fri, 6 Nov 2009 13:38:05 EST If you only do one thing in November... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29569943 Turn off the outdoor water supply. Otherwise trapped water can freeze, causing pipes to burst. Remember to empty the garden hose to prevent it from splitting. Unscrew it and coil it, leaving one end on the ground; in the process, gravity will force water out. Fri, 6 Nov 2009 13:37:42 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (November) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x29463517 Sunday, Nov. 1st... <BR> free day <BR> <BR> Monday, Nov. 2nd... <BR> Clean the legs of your kitchen chairs. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Nov. 3rd... <BR> Clean your kitchen light fixture. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Nov.4th... <BR> Clean kitchen trash can. <BR> <BR> Thursday, Nov. 5th... <BR> Clean kitchen windows. Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:51:16 EST Daily Declutter Challenges (November) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x29463423 Sunday, Nov. 1st... <BR> free day <BR> <BR> Monday, Nov. 2nd... <BR> sort thru a box of memorabilia <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Nov. 3rd... <BR> Change batteries in your smoke detectors. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Nov. 4th... <BR> Sweep and decobweb the front porch or steps. <BR> <BR> Thursday, Nov. 5th... <BR> Winterize your home and car. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:48:15 EST Top 4 list Challenge (November) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x29463254 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:43:15 EST 28 Uses for Everyday things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29346725 rubber bands <BR> <BR> 1. Open jars with ease. When a small lid won't budge, wrap a rubber band around it several times to give you a better grip. <BR> <BR> 2. Decorate Easter eggs. Arrange rubber bands in a pattern around hard-boiled eggs, then dip them into dye. Remove the bands when the eggs are dry. <BR> <BR> 3. Bring order to your dishwasher. Tether stemware and other delicate wobbly items to the rack. <BR> <BR> 4. Wrap a gift. Use multiple colored rubber bands instead of ribbon t... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 15:45:53 EST haven't fallen off the face of this earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29220557 Just wanted to quickly touch base with me team. <BR> <BR> Good news and bad news... <BR> <BR> Good news: celebrated our 10th anniversary in Hawaii for about 10 days so that's where I've been and why I haven't been able to post on our team page <BR> <BR> Bad news: had some bad circumstances happen while we were there. Not at liberty to devulge but still dealing with it all. Leave it at that. I haven't forgotten about you guys and hopefully I can start posting again on the team. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:36:04 EST A&E's Hoarders - Casting for its Second Season... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29156884 Deby Abbott Jolley sent a message to the members of Hoarding/Cluttering Support Group. <BR> <BR> -------------------- <BR> Subject: A&E's Hoarders - Casting for its Second Season <BR> <BR> Hoarders on A&E is casting its second season of the groundbreaking documentary television series that sheds much needed light on this complicated and under-reported condition. Each hour long episode will follow two individuals who suffer from this mental illness thru a crisis situation that is directly ca... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 21:49:00 EST hi from Japan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x29138012 Hello I'm really new to this, so please go easy on me. <BR> <BR> I live in Japan now and decided to sign up for Spark People so that I could really focus on losing those last few stubborn extra pounds. I teach English - primarily to 3~6 year olds, so that is my daily cardio. I have a Maine Coon kitten who weighs 12 pounds already and likes to be carried, so that's my daily strength training. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Oct 2009 21:10:25 EST *SIMPLIFYing List*..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x29129634 * SIMPLIFYing * OCTOBER * <BR> <BR> <BR> DAILY SIMPLIFYing GOAL... <BR> <BR> CLEAR CLEAN and DECLUTTER <BR> <BR> 1..... spent 30 min. upstairs, me/hubby room and living room <BR> 2..... Spent 30 min. kitchen, will spend 30 min. laundry/storage room <BR> 3..... 30 xtra min. in my Simplifying Me Journal <BR> 4.....30 min. Simplify journal & 60 min. laundry/storage room <BR> 5.....30 min. Laundry/Storage room <BR> 6.....20 min. Laundry/Storage room <BR> 7.....30 min. inner simplifyi... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 11:10:09 EST Top 4 list challenge (October) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x28834519 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 18:21:36 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (October) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x28834504 Thursday-Friday, October 1st & 2nd- free days <BR> <BR> Saturday, oct 3rd... <BR> <BR> Change sheets on your bed. <BR> <BR> Sunday, Oct 4th... <BR> <BR> wipe down your washer/dryer front & sides. <BR> <BR> Monday, oct 5th.. <BR> <BR> Clean your dryer lint tray <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Oct 6th... <BR> <BR> Clean bread box. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Oct. 7th... <BR> <BR> Dust artificial plants. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thursday, Oct. 8th... <BR> <BR> Clean top of refrigerator. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 18:20:25 EST Daily Declutter Challenges (October) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x28834423 Thursday & Friday, Oct 1st & 2nd: free day <BR> <BR> Saturday, Oct 3rd... <BR> <BR> Declutter your worst room for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday, Oct. 4th... <BR> <BR> Take a nap. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday, Oct. 5th... <BR> <BR> Throw out expired coupons. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Oct 6th... <BR> <BR> How can your kitchen be more nurturing? <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Oct. 7th... <BR> <BR> Check your bread box. What's in there? Anything that shouldn't be? <BR> <BR> <BR> Thursday... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 18:14:33 EST Simplifying Routines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x28168033 I'm trolling for tips here. What works best for you when you're working on simplifying/de-cluttering? <BR> <BR> Have you made lists? <BR> Tackled one area at a time? <BR> Followed Flylady's methods? <BR> Done something outrageous? <BR> <BR> I'd love to know your methods and what has really made a difference for you in lightening your load! Thu, 3 Sep 2009 22:36:10 EST Top 4 List Challenge (September) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x28100408 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 09:31:36 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (September) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x28100387 Tuesday, September 1st... <BR> <BR> Clean/Dust an entryway table. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, September 2nd... <BR> <BR> Sweep entryway (front porch/stoop) and/or sidewalk leading to your front door. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thursday, September 3rd... <BR> <BR> Clean or shake out front mat. Is it faded or falling apart? Is it time to invest in a new one? This is the first thing people see when they come to your front door. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 09:30:33 EST Daily Declutter Challenges (September) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x28100273 Tuesday, September 1st... <BR> <BR> Throw out junk mail in the entryway. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, September 2nd... <BR> <BR> Declutter one shelf in the garage. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thursday, September 3rd... <BR> <BR> Recycle old newspapers. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 09:26:53 EST The best Web Calculators http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x28072567 Get ahead on your financial goals with these handy online calculators and tools. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Get rid of Credit card debt. <BR> Try: <link>cardtrack.com </link> <BR> Why: You can find out how long it will take to pay off that pesky credit card balance. Go to the site and click on "Calculator and Tools." Enter the amount you owe, the interest rate, and how much you pay each month. You'll find out just how long it will take to pay it off-and how much interest you'll fork over along... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:44:19 EST 10 Ways to Rethink Your Lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x28072211 10 Ways to Rethink your lists <BR> by Ben Scott, author of "Scott's Original Miscellany" <BR> <BR> Does list writing make you feel listless? Take some clues from history-and get your day's doses of trivia-with insights from Ben Schott, the British author of "Schott's Original Miscellany," a noted compendium of hundreds of lists. <BR> <BR> As a compiler and curator of lists, I was once interviewed by an earnest French journalist who asked if our current obsession with cataloging was somethi... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:28:13 EST An achievable goal to consider :- ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x28025739 The school year has come which is making me think of books and paper. Many of us hoard one or both. <BR> <BR> New goal through the end of September: go through your books/paper and get rid of one box of books or 1 pound of paper a day. One pound of fat lost also counts for reaching a day's goal. <BR> <BR> The most challenging thing to do is start - no procrastinating and no excuses. <BR> <BR> Yes, that means today. You can do it! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Handle each item once. Don't ag... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 20:23:06 EST Hi! I'm new and a lurker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x27736356 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let you know why I'm here and how I am going to be present in the team. I hope you'll understand. <BR> <BR> I am the team leader of another Flylady team. It's a small one, just 86 people and less than a dozen active members, but I believe they are worth the time I devote to them. I am very committed to my team and want to be there for them to encourage, support and motivate. <BR> <BR> I am also active in anoter unrelated team because I am helping a fri... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 10:36:07 EST Meet Me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x27541491 Hey everyone im new to team...name is key 23 from nashville, tn...looking to simlify my life.. :-) Fri, 7 Aug 2009 09:49:09 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (August) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x27398123 Saturday, August 1st... <BR> <BR> Deep clean your kitchen counters. Move items on counter and clean behind them. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday, August 2nd... <BR> <BR> Chlorox your kitchen sink. Sat, 1 Aug 2009 09:54:36 EST Daily Declutter Challenge (August) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x27398089 Saturday, August 1st... <BR> <BR> Get rid of rusted out tools and utensils. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday, August 2nd... <BR> <BR> <BR> Try something new. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2009 09:52:49 EST Top 4 List Challenge (August) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x27398048 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 09:50:50 EST So many interesting things...not enough time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x27360743 Does anyone else have this problem?? I am always picking up books or clipping out magazine articles, bookmarking web sites, recording interesting educational programs on DVR or saving brochures for interesting places to visit. <BR> <BR> But it is simply impossible to have the time and attention for all the things out there worth reading, seeing, listening to, watching or experiencing. <BR> <BR> I am having a major case of information overload! And have to pare down these piles to what I ... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:08:11 EST Spark Points - Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x27297257 Just thought I would mention that I noticed that the daily points earned for posting (or adding to an existing)blog has increased from 1 to 3. Also noticed that they added a new 1 point category for posting to someone's blog. Both look like good changes to me. <BR> Mon, 27 Jul 2009 22:30:13 EST Simplification has begun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x27258738 On Thursday I woke up early and began going through all the items in the bathroom that were unused or empty. I made a trash/recycle pile and a Goodwill pile. After that I moved on to the bedroom and did the same. Today I hit the office and maybe the kitchen if there is time. De-cluttering in this way is freeing for me! I also bought a slow cooker cookbook yesterday to help simplify making dinners throughout the work week. This has been great! Sun, 26 Jul 2009 10:46:56 EST Laundry tips to help you save time, energy & money http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26989174 Soak new, brightly colored garments in cold, salty water before laundering. The colors will stay brighter. Tue, 14 Jul 2009 10:49:22 EST Food tips to help you save time, money & energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26989120 Instead of using sugar in your tea, dissolve old-fashioned lemon drops or hard mint candy in the brew. They melt quickly and give the tea a clean tangy flavor. Tue, 14 Jul 2009 10:47:18 EST Tips to make the most out of your Newspaper http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26876191 1. Read the newspaper. You'll always have something interesting to talk about with your friends and family. <BR> <BR> 2. Besides keeping you abreast of what is happening, the coupons in your newspaper can save you money when shopping. <BR> <BR> 3. Put coupons from the newspaper in an envelope and place it in your purse or car so you always have them handy. <BR> <BR> 4. When you come upon coupons in the newspaper, apply them to the items when those items are on sale for maximum coupon ben... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 09:03:21 EST How to Save on Gardening Supplies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26825027 Ideas to sow your seeds a little smarter¯and reap the financial benefits. <BR> <BR> Shop early. Supply and demand rules at garden centers, and the selection is greatest early in the season. In the spring, you’ll find one-gallon boxwoods costing about $8 each, but by the end of summer, large plants costing $30 or more will probably be the only ones left, says Marty Ross, a syndicated gardening columnist in Kansas City, Missouri. <BR> <BR> Stick with one tool. Part knife and part trowel, a ho... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 08:03:21 EST If you do just one thing in July... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26824994 Let the grass grow. Raise your mower's blade three inches or higher from now until Labor Day. Longer grass will shade the soil and slow down water loss, so your lawn will stay green in the hot, dry months of summer. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jul 2009 08:01:38 EST Top 4 List Challenge (July) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x26707075 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 16:00:53 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (July) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x26707005 Wednesday, July 1st... <BR> <BR> If you have pets, clean their food and water dishes. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 15:58:21 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x26706987 Diregard this post...duplicate thread. my apologies. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 15:57:45 EST Daily Declutter Challenge (July) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x26706958 Wednesday, July 1st... <BR> <BR> Spend 15 minutes decluttering the porch. <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 15:56:27 EST Create a Simplicity Statement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26646355 Summary: <BR> #1 Define goal. <BR> #2 Craft statement using positive-language technique. <BR> <BR> Creating a Simplicity Statement <BR> <BR> What is a Simplicity Statement? It’s a personal declaration of what a simplified life means to you. <BR> <BR> Once you’ve acknowledged that your life isn’t as simple as you’d like it to be, you’re in a position to take action to rectify that situation. Going through the process of creating your Simplicity Statement helps you clarify how you want your... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:21:10 EST Wear a bra that fits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26554473 Tight straps, loose cups or allover discomfort? Find the right size using the following guidelines. <BR> <BR> Your bust size fluctuates with pregnancy and breast-feeding or weight changes. To find your bra size, first put on an unpadded bra and measure snugly around your upper chest under the arms. Round off the number. That's your band size (if it's an odd number, add an inch). Then measure the fullest part of your bust and subtract your first measurement. For each inch difference, add... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:45:34 EST 25 Ways to Break Your Online Procrastination Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26521674 The Internet is full of all kinds of valuable tools that can make your life easier than ever. But at the same time, the Internet can also be a huge source of distraction. While a little diversion is fine, excessive cyberslacking can have a big impact on your studies, performance and lives if you're not careful. These are 25 methods for curbing your Internet usage. <BR> <BR> 1. Install an online time tracker. It's easy to while away hours of your day on addictive sites only to wonder later wh... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:13:08 EST Organizing and Simplifying Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26491712 read up <BR> <BR> Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, before you go to a new place, read about it. Know where you're going before you go so you won't have to waste time orienting yourself when you get there. Collect guidebooks, maps, and transportation information. If you have enough time, contact the chamber of commerce for each destination and request they send you materials. If you're going to many different destinations, create a file for each. Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:24:51 EST Tools of the Organizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26332770 pocket tricks <BR> <BR> One of the best tools to keep with you when you're not at home is a Swiss Army knife or a minitool set. These sets should be complete with accessories you use often, or could need at a moment's notice or in an emergency, or otherwise have trouble putting your hands on quickly: scissors, a nail file, a tiny screwdriver for loose eyeglass frames, a toothpick, a corkscrew, a paring knife, tweezers, and a can and bottle opener. Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:23:39 EST If you only do one thing in June... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26209736 If You Only Do One Thing... Swab the deck. Power-wash a wood deck to get rid of mold, which summer humidity can cause to proliferate. Then take advantage of the summer sun and apply deck sealer. <BR> <BR> How to Clean Outdoor Furniture: <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/d<BR>ecorating/outdoor-living/outdoor-furni<BR>ture-ready-spring-10000001020818/?xid=<BR>checklistnewsletter </link> <BR> <BR> How to organize outdoor summer gear: <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 08:50:33 EST Tools & Workroom Organizing Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26209119 tool systems <BR> <BR> If you have a serious shop or hobby that just won't be contained in a toolbox, take a look at work space tool organization systems. The systems can be customized and will grow to suit your expanding needs. The basic unit is a strip that can be mounted directly into the wall or hung on a pegboard on the wall. Then units can be added, including utility shelves, parts drawers, wall pockets for such cumbersome items as saw blades, double and single hooks, clip hooks for ... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 08:25:49 EST Time Saving Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x26161020 First this commercial message <BR> <BR> Advertisers may not like me for saying this, but i'm going to say it anyway. Before you sit down to watch TV, plan to use commercial time. Take your sewing with you to your easy chair, or stretch your legs and wash some dishes. Pay a few bills or read the newspaper. Mon, 8 Jun 2009 13:02:47 EST Positive Loss - losing weight, losing stuff hmmmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x26135898 Our team, Hoarding - More Than Simple Clutter, is starting a goal and discussion topic you might want to read or be a part of. <BR> <BR> Positive Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_me<BR>ssageboard.asp?board=11830x26306 <BR> <BR> In pondering the question - If we hoard stuff in our house/apartment/office, might we not also hoard our weight? <BR> <BR> So here is the goal - lose 30+/- pounds (2.6 kilos) of weight each month. <BR> <BR> What can be included as weight lost: <... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 14:34:49 EST Organize your closet like a pro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25975628 12 secrets of the closet pros <BR> <BR> Expert tips and strategies for conquering chaos and creating closets that work. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/o<BR>rganizing/closets/12-secrets-closet-pr<BR>os-10000001075479/?xid=weeklynews </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The best hangers for your pants <BR> <BR> Dozens were tested to see which ones held up best. These 7 racked up the most praise. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/o<BR>rganizing/closets/best-han... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 12:09:35 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (June) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x25975242 Monday, June 1st... <BR> <BR> Clean your kitchen table. (both top of it and the legs) Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:57:12 EST Daily Declutter Challenge (JUNE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x25975152 Monday, June 1st... <BR> <BR> Repurpose or get rid of unused table cloths. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:54:58 EST Top 4 List Challenge (June) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x25971563 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 10:12:47 EST 7 ideas for container gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25873839 You don’t need acres or a green thumb to create these low-maintenance arrangements. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/g<BR>ardening/outdoor/easy-container-garden<BR>s-10000001195711/index.html?xid=df-new<BR>s-052009 </link> Thu, 28 May 2009 09:12:16 EST Pots, Planters & Window Box Solutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25873791 Find the ideal vessel to show off your flowers and plants. here's 9 ideas: <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/g<BR>ardening/pots-planters-window-boxes-00<BR>000000014643/index.html </link> Thu, 28 May 2009 09:10:09 EST Surprise Storage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25819461 You’ll never guess what you can hide in a living room. Extra throws. Children’s toys. Remote controls. Even an entire workstation. Where is it all? Tucked neatly away in furnishings that double as innovative storage devices. Use versatile pieces to stow your stuff in plain sight and conquer clutter for good. <BR> <BR> Create more storage space in your living room. <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/o<BR>rganizing/living-room/surprise-storage<BR>-living-room-00000000006256/ </li... Tue, 26 May 2009 10:39:28 EST 14 Storage Problem-Solvers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25819233 14 Foolproof Storage Solutions <BR> <BR> A guide to giving all sorts of household items (even difficult ones) a proper home. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/o<BR>rganizing/tips-techniques/14-foolproof<BR>-storage-solutions-00000000014121/?xid<BR>=weeklynews </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 10:33:06 EST Storage tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25818448 use all the space <BR> <BR> The best arrangements for a closet will allow you to see all or most of the contents, with the most frequently used items within easy reach. You don't want to have to move a lot of things to get something out, and you don't want to touch even one other thing to get a frequently used item. As a rule, the only things that should be stacked are things that are virtually identical, such as towels of the same size. Tue, 26 May 2009 10:10:04 EST What is Clutter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25441999 What is Clutter? <BR> <BR> Clutter is anything that is creating stress in your life, contributing to your overwhelm, or adding wasted time to your day (time looking for lost items, reorganizing, or constant cleaning). <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you know if you have too much stuff? <BR> <BR> You have too much stuff if you don’t have room for it and it is creating a barrier to living a calmer life. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are the benefits of a clutter-free life? <BR> <BR> • Looks better <BR> • L... Mon, 11 May 2009 09:39:59 EST 12 no-fail Bathroom organizing Strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25375260 The ideas are all simple, but their payoff is big: You minimize mess and maximize storage, even in the smallest of bathrooms. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/o<BR>rganizing/bathroom/ultimate-bathroom-o<BR>rganizer-00000000011490/?xid=weeklynews </link> <BR> click the green arrow to read each strategy. Fri, 8 May 2009 08:45:46 EST Shopping tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25374223 follow up <BR> <BR> When you order a product through the mail, tear out the page from the catalog, and staple it to a piece of paper containing all ordering information, such as reference numbers, the company's name and address, how you paid, the amount, the day's date, and the date when the product is due. Put it in a file called "mail order follow up" and make an entry in your appointment calendar on a day by which the product should have been received. When the product arrives, go direc... Fri, 8 May 2009 08:03:26 EST Supercook website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25326854 A friend turned me on to this website: <BR> <BR> Supercook is a recipe search engine that lets you search by ingredients you have at home. Find thousands of recipes you can make right now with the ingredients you have available at home. <BR> <BR> <link> <link>www.supercook.com/index.asp </link> </link> Wed, 6 May 2009 14:20:47 EST Ideas for Reading & doing Reports http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25318015 adjustable bookshelves <BR> <BR> The best bookshelves are adjustable. Books come in all different sizes, and adjustable shelves not only allow you to use space efficiently but are capable of storing very large or oversized books upright. Wed, 6 May 2009 09:57:04 EST If you only do one thing in May... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25288906 If You Only Do One Thing in May...Keep pests at bay. <BR> <BR> Starting now, hose down garbage cans (common breeding grounds for flies and mosquitoes) once a week, and dump and refill anything that contains standing water, such as a birdbath. <BR> <BR> Also, Are there "green" (natural) ways to repel mosquitoes? <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-st<BR>rategies/ask-real-simple/are-there-gre<BR>en-ways-drive-mosquitoes-1000000173596<BR>8/index.html?xid=checklistnewsletter <... Tue, 5 May 2009 10:17:24 EST yay! i'm decluttering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25213385 i took 2 boxes of stuff to the thrift store--mostly clothes but a few other things too. i'm starting a new box with more stuff to donate. yay me! Sat, 2 May 2009 13:56:32 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (May) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x25179170 Friday, May 1st- Sunday, May 3rd <BR> <BR> <BR> This weekend I want you to wash your car. Inside and out. Whether you take it to someone and have it detailed, drive thru a car wash or you do it yourself. Wipe down the inside: seats, dash, console. <BR> <BR> Note: This weekend's declutter challenge involves getting all the clutter out of your car. Do the declutter challenge FIRST! Then give it a good cleaning! Fri, 1 May 2009 07:47:37 EST Daily Declutter Challenge (May) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x25179097 Friday, May 1st... <BR> <BR> Clean out your vehicle front seat. <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday, May 2nd... <BR> <BR> Clean out your vehicle back seat. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday, May 3rd... <BR> <BR> Declutter your mind. Enjoy a novel. Fri, 1 May 2009 07:44:48 EST Top 4 List Challenge (May) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x25179068 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Fri, 1 May 2009 07:43:12 EST Parenting Organizing Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25148114 cluster tasks <BR> <BR> If you have children and can't get out of the house whenever the mood strikes you, it's important to be organized about your outdoor activities and tasks. Plan your outing well and not haphazardly. If you plan to have lunch with a friend, see if you can leave enough time to stop at the library, pick up shoes for the children at the shoe store, stop at the drugstore, and still have time to pick the kids up from school. Whenever you can, cluster tasks and always give y... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 06:26:50 EST Set up the Simplest of Systems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25059738 The Four Habits <BR> <BR> The Four Habits <BR> 1 collect. Habit: ubiquitous capture. Carry a small notebook (or whatever capture tool works for you) and write down any tasks, ideas, projects, or other information that pop into your head. Get it out of your head and onto paper, so you don’t forget it. This is the same as GTD. But ZTD asks you to pick a very simple, portable, easy-to-use tool for capture — a small notebook or small stack of index cards are preferred (but not mandated), simpl... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 09:26:45 EST Mountain of Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x25059023 Summer is right around the corner. Which means ... there's no better time to get your home into shape. <BR> <BR> Clutter is the #1 source of disorganization and disorder in American households. That's a burden that weighs you down -- in more ways than one. <BR> <BR> Researchers tell us that there is a connection between shedding the house clutter and losing the body clutter. The theory goes something like this: When your home becomes uncluttered, your life becomes organized. You suddenly ... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 09:06:40 EST Simplify Your Financial Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24923589 It was a little more than 160 years ago that Henry David Thoreau decided to leave his home in Concord, Massachusetts, and take up residence in a remote cabin he'd built on Ralph Waldo Emerson's land next to Walden Pond. "A mile from any neighbor," the Harvard graduate wrote: <BR> <BR> "Our life is frittered away by detail. I say, let your affairs be as two or dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail ... Simplify, simplify." <BR> <BR> Well, given modern-day complexities Thoreau couldn... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 07:03:29 EST 10 Ways to Simplify Your Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24896033 <link>zenhabits.net/2007/05/10-ways-to-sim<BR>plify-your-budget/ </link> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:32:09 EST 8 Steps to Simplify your Online Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24787900 There’s no doubt that for most people who do a lot of online work (and play), the numerous amounts of web tools, blogs, social media, incoming messages, files stored and just general information can be quite overwhelming. <BR> <BR> Sure, we’ve learned to cope with it all, but there is a simpler way. <BR> <BR> If we focus on simplifying our online lives, we can drastically reduce the amount of time we spend online, the amount of time we spend working, the amount of information we have to con... Fri, 17 Apr 2009 07:22:14 EST Carry off Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24732249 Tote your belongings back to their proper place. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day, are your family's possessions tidily stowed or are they carelessly strewn about the house? If you're like most people, putting away the endless stream of coats, knapsacks, mail, shoes and toys is an organizational challenge. <BR> <BR> Try this approach: Use canvas bags as individual catchalls for each person's belongings. Family members add items throughout the day, then just before bedtime everyone empti... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:35:45 EST Well-stocked First Aid Kit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24664556 Today's declutter challenge is to throw out anything too old in the first aid kit and update the kit. here's a checklist for a well stocked first aid kit. <BR> <BR> <link>www.survival-center.com/firstaid/kit<BR>.htm </link> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 07:44:43 EST 10 Ways to Turn Clutter Into Charity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24627455 One of the most satisfying steps uncluttering your home is being able to donate your belongings to those in need. Sure, you might decide to sell some of your higher ticket items on ebay, on Craigslist, at a garage sale, or through a consignment store. But remember that caring for others is a wonderful way to care for yourself, too. <BR> <BR> Below is a list of ten organizations that you can contact to collect your clutter. Given our current economic situation, these groups will surely have ... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 11:59:28 EST 75 Simple Pleasures to brighten your day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24627291 A little trick you can use to make your days much more pleasant is to find little, simple pleasures and sprinkle them throughout your day. <BR> <BR> They’re not big things, but they each simple pleasure can translate to a great day if you use them right. <BR> <BR> So in the morning, you might have a cup of coffee, and sip it slowly to enjoy it fully. You might read a gripping novel, and revel in the world of fiction. You might watch the sun come up, and marvel at the world in pastel hues. ... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 11:50:27 EST LADYDUNN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24443367 HI I LOVE READING ALL OF YOUR ARTICLES AND LEARNING SO MANY NEW GREAT THINGS. MY HUSBAND WEARS CROCS TO WORK, IN THE KITCHEN OF A LARGE HOTEL. I WASHED THEM AND PUT THEM AWAY FOR THIS YEAR, THEY ARE STICKIE AND SMELL OF OLD OIL, TRIED AND GOT SOME OUT WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND I USE TO REMOVE OIL AND GET THEM CLEAN? THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. I AM NEW AND LEARN SO MUCH. IT TAKES ME AWHILE WITH THE COMPUTER, HAVENT USED ONE IN 10 YEARS, IT IS LIKE A TOY TO ME. ALSO, IS ... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 08:13:08 EST Top 4 List Challenge (April) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x24379183 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 19:32:56 EST Daily Declutter Challenge (April) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x24379140 Thursday, April 2nd... <BR> <BR> Be conscious when you buy so you don't bring more clutter in the house. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, April 1st... <BR> <BR> <BR> Declutter your whole house!! <BR> <BR> April Fool! lol (just kidding!!) <BR> <BR> No, today I just want you to ponder which of your strengths can you use to declutter? Thu, 2 Apr 2009 19:31:07 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (April) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x24379107 Thursday, April 2nd... <BR> <BR> Clean the tops and sides of your washer & dryer. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, April 1st... <BR> <BR> Swish & Swipe! <BR> <BR> Clean your toilets and bathroom countertops today. <BR> <BR> <BR> And no, this isn't an April fool joke! lol Thu, 2 Apr 2009 19:30:01 EST What's your top 4 list today? (April) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x24358523 April 2: <BR> 1. Take one hour to do something fun <BR> 2. Walk <BR> 3. Make dinner ahead of time <BR> 4. Laundry Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:11:35 EST Vacation Packing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24357870 Before your family heads out on spring break, watch how to maximize the space in your suitcase. <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/work-life/travel/<BR>planning/pack-suitcase-00000000002225/<BR>index.html?xid=checklistnewsletter </link> Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:44:23 EST Things to do in April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24357795 Do one of these per week and you'll be ready for Spring! <BR> <BR> 1. Examine your backyard play equipment. Pieces made of wood, in particular, can get damaged during the winter. Sand or cut off any splinters, and look for rotting at the base, which could weaken the structure. <BR> <BR> 2. Learn how to remove Grass, mud, and other outdoor stains. <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/c<BR>leaning/stain-removal/stain-removal-to<BR>ol-00000000007406/index.html?xid=check<BR>listnewslett... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:41:20 EST Office Organizing Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24357335 home office <BR> <BR> For efficiency as well as potential tax deductibility, a proper home office requires a separate designated area. Whether your home office takes up a whole room or part of a room, keep in it everything you need to run your business-desk, stationery, files, and so on-and try to confine your work and your supplies to that area. Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:15:25 EST Top Ten List of Essential Seasonal Chores http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24327102 1. Clean and/or replace air filters <BR> <BR> 2. Wash windows and window frames and sills <BR> <BR> 3. Wash walls & ceilings <BR> <BR> 4. Strip, wax and seal floors, if necessary; clean carpets <BR> <BR> 5. Deep clean couches and other upholstered furniture <BR> <BR> 6. Polish silver and other precious metals <BR> <BR> 7. Clean chandeliers and other light fixtures <BR> <BR> 8. Declutter and wipe down kitchen cupboards, drawers and pantries <BR> <BR> 9. Defrost freezer, if necessary, a... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:40:22 EST Purpose Your Day: Most Important Tasks (MITs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24255971 It’s very simple: your MIT is the task you most want or need to get done today. On our team, we've tweaked it a bit so that we have four MITs- the four things you must accomplish today. Do you get a lot more done than four things? Of course. But the idea is that no matter what else you do today, these are the things you want to be sure of doing. So, the MIT is the first thing you do each day. <BR> <BR> And here's a tip on the MITs: Make at least one of the MITs related to one of your goals. ... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:01:27 EST Moving Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24255283 room to move <BR> <BR> Use self-stick colored dots for moving. When you're packing to move, color-code your boxes. For example, put a yellow dot on all boxes that you want the movers to leave in the master bedroom and a blue dot on all of the boxes to go in the kitchen. Get to your new place ahead of the movers, and stick the appropriate dot in the doorway of each room so they'll know where the first boxes go. Most movers like this system. Mon, 30 Mar 2009 08:40:27 EST I need your help/advice!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24242459 Here are some excerpts from my personal blog (www.aprilforshee.com). I'd like everyone's advice on how to proceed with handling this issue. Thanks in advance!!! <BR> <BR> Excerpt 1: Our across the street neighbors let their dog (a black Chow) unattended (no leash or supervision) out whenever it needs to go to the bathroom. It always poops in our yard. I have turned my head at this until today when my son stepped in the poop and smeared it all into my carpet and seats in my car. Game on, l... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 19:42:48 EST Eliminate all but the Absolute Essential Tasks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24207990 Simplify your list down to the barest of essentials, and you can eliminate the need for complex planning systems. <BR> <BR> <link>zenhabits.net/2007/06/eliminate-all-<BR>but-the-absolute-essential-tasks/ </link> Sat, 28 Mar 2009 13:20:12 EST How to live a Life of Contentment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24207952 In our daily lives, we often rush through tasks, trying to get them done, trying to finish as much as we can each day, speeding along in our cars to our next destination, rushing to do what we need to do there, and then leaving so that we can speed to our next destination. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, it’s often not until we get to our final destination that we realize what madness this all is. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day, we’re often exhausted and stressed out from the grind and the chaos ... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 13:18:22 EST Systems for managing your Mail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24172106 A few simple methods will keep bills, catalogs, and other mail from piling up. <BR> <BR> here's a good article on managing your mail: <BR> <BR> <link>www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/o<BR>rganizing/record-keeping/systems-manag<BR>ing-your-mail-10000001019739/index.html </link> Fri, 27 Mar 2009 07:33:40 EST How long to keep documents http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24153655 The 7 year rule does NOT apply to everything. some documents you only need to keep a year or two. <BR> <BR> <link>www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/08/0<BR>3/which-financial-records-to-keep-and-<BR>how-long-to-keep-them/ </link> <BR> <BR> More on personal records: (longer and more detailed) <link>www.associatedcontent.com/article/13<BR>0464/how_long_should_i_keep_my_persona<BR>l.html?cat=3 </link> <BR> <BR> Guidelines for shredding and saving personal information: (from CT but I thin... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:36:34 EST Why Stacking Papers Doesn't Work... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24145626 Why stacking doesn’t work: <BR> <BR> Because it just piles up and then the pile gets a little intimidating and then before you know it you’ve got a huge pile that you never want to go through. Then you can’t find anything when you need it, and now you no longer have a filing system. <BR> <BR> I know some people think that their piles are organized into a kind of system, but piles are inefficient (if you’re not working on them at this moment) because you constantly have to re-factor what p... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:41:12 EST How to Reduce your Filing needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24106809 Here are some tips for reducing your filing needs: <BR> <BR> Store reference information online. Now when I need to look something up, I press a hotkey combination (I use AutoHotkey to open websites and documents) and the appropriate document opens up with all the info I need. Contacts, budget information, ideas, logs, and much more are all online, so I no longer need hard copies of them and don’t need to file them. <BR> <BR> Reduce incoming paper. Ask people to email you instead of faxing... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:57:41 EST How to Simplify your Filing System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24106762 Does your filing system include stacks of paper, or is your “To Be Filed” folder overflowing? <BR> <BR> If you have trouble with filing your documents, you may need to find a way to simplify your filing system to keep yourself organized. <BR> <BR> Filing is something many people have a problem with — you’re not alone. But organization can not only make you more productive, it can simplify your life and make it less stressful. <BR> <BR> Being organized doesn’t take a complicated system for ... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:54:43 EST $5 2009 Calendar Sale Today only! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24079712 Calendars.com has some of their 2009 calendars on sale for $5 if anyone is still in need of one. <BR> <BR> Free shipping on orders of $20 or more. <BR> <BR> <link>www.calendars.com/results.asp?PID=1&<BR>MGID=11784&cm_mmc=Email_Program-_-CCUS<BR>_Wk2_032409_FIVEDOLLARMoms-_-Clearance<BR>-_-SeeAllClearance&gAffInfo=_Clearance </link> Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:29:53 EST How NOT to Multitask: Work Simpler and Saner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24078129 You’re working on two projects at once, while your boss has placed two new demands on your desk. You’re on the phone while three new emails come in. You are trying to get out the door on time so you can pick up a few groceries on the way home for dinner. Your Blackberry is going off and so is your cell phone. Your co-worker stops by with a request for info and your Google Reader is filled with 100+ messages to read. <BR> <BR> You are juggling tasks with a speed worthy of Ringling Bros. Congr... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 09:44:38 EST Get a Tax break on your bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24063491 Uncle Sam just gave you a new reason to pedal to work: As of this year, you can save $20 a month on your taxes for 2-wheeled commuting expenses. The benefit lets you use pretax dollars to buy a bicycle, fix up your old one, or even pay for access to a shower facility near work. Commute 10 miles round trip, and you'll save roughly another $15 a month in gas, plus burn 400 extra calories a day-enough to drop 2 pounds a month without dieting! Get more info at <link>bikeleague.org </link> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 19:34:39 EST Money tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x24041913 first things first <BR> <BR> To avoid losing track of the checks you write, always enter the check information in your check register BEFORE you write the check. <BR> <BR> Consider using your bank's online bill paying system. You'll instantly see the checks listed and can easily go back and retrieve one that you forgot to write in your register. Mon, 23 Mar 2009 07:40:52 EST A Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x24030209 Greetings, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team and still relatively new to SP (so glad I found this website). Anyway, I think this is a fun theme group. I think everyone can use new ideas but I get teased by members in my family - at one time - that I'm too organized and they thought they would look in my cupboard and find my cans would be in alphabetical order LOL. The "admin" in me makes me more of an organized person. But still I can improve for sure ... and get agitated when I misplace th... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 18:59:31 EST 12 ways to Decompress after High Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23874427 1. Deep breathing. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now let it out … slowly. Try counting to 10 as you let out your breath. Feel the tension and stress flowing out of you with your breath. Repeat 3-10 times, as necessary. <BR> <BR> 2. Self-massage. Massage your shoulders, neck, head, lower back. It helps a lot. Even better: get your honey to do it for you! Another great relaxation technique is to tense up and then relax each muscle in your body, one at a time, starting from your toes up to your... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:48:48 EST Memory Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23874117 where is that thing? <BR> <BR> Think for a minute. Are there certain things you waste a lot of time looking for over and over? If so, you probably need to assign each one a permanent place, and learn to keep it there. Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:39:27 EST Free teleseminar: We Keep Too Much Stuff... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23833416 WE KEEP TOO MUCH STUFF --- AND WE DON'T WANT TO! BUT MAKING DECISIONS IS TO-O-O-O HARD. <BR> <BR> Learn how to move through the indecision and fear and begin clearing the house of clutter. It was hard but I did it by using the successful strategies I will tell you about in this teleclass. Whew! What a relief to break through that hold-up and declutter the house. <BR> <BR> WHO IS THE EXPERT? Sandra Felton,The Organizer Lady® will be speaking about the ideas found in her 24 page booklet <BR>... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 01:09:02 EST Design the Life you want! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23823163 There’s an old German saying that goes, “You have to take life as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it.” Are you planning to just let life “happen” to you or do you plan to play an active part in designing the life you want? <BR> <BR> Read more: <BR> <link>tickledbylife.com/index.php/design-t<BR>he-life-you-want/ </link> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 18:36:41 EST What kind of emotional atmosphere are you creating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23821741 Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? <BR> - Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> Positive people are almost always natural leaders and motivators. People gravitate towards them, just as they avoid individuals who continually mope or complain. Take a look at your own attitude. Is it one that others would want to emulate in their own lives? Instead of jumping to throw in a negative comment, try to think of something good to say instead. By no means hold in your feelings, but remember that... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 17:43:40 EST Real Simple Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4731x20177x23767467 Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them. <BR> <BR> ¯Christian Nestell Bovee <BR> Fri, 13 Mar 2009 14:13:35 EST Mail Organizing Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23765132 Lap desk <BR> <BR> If you need a desk but don't like to sit at one, get a lap desk. They come in either beautiful woods or sturdy plastic with lots of compartments. Inside you can keep your letterhead, envelopes, pens, stamps, return address stamper, bills that need paying, and letters that need answering. Take it to the couch, flop down, cross your legs, and get busy! Fri, 13 Mar 2009 12:50:21 EST Foyer & Entry Hall Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23765059 If you don't have a formal entrance hall or foyer, create one near the front entrance to your home. A foyer should have a little table for putting down things like gloves and hats; a mirror for quick fixes upon entering or leaving; a small rug, tub, or mat for wet shoes; an umbrella stand; and a coat rack if there isn't lots of room in the hall closet. Fri, 13 Mar 2009 12:47:29 EST 7 ways to build the exercise habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23739089 You’ve probably tried it several times. You’re fed up with your skinny look or overweight body. You decide to finally do something about it. So you take a gym membership. Some friends decide to join you. After a few weeks however, your friends don’t show up anymore. Then you end up alone. And eventually you quit. <BR> <BR> Yeah I know, this happens all the time. I know what you’re thinking. How come some people can stick with it and others not? What is their secret? <BR> <BR> I’ll first tel... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:33:41 EST Umbrella saver idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23737637 There's always a risk of losing your umbrella when you put it down in the bank, for example, or hang it on a countertop near a store's cash register as you reach for your wallet. True, you do need to free up your hands, but there are several alternatives to putting down your umbrella. <BR> <BR> 1. use a big umbrella with a strap that hangs over your shoulder. <BR> <BR> 2. use a small umbrella that fits in a tote bag over your shoulder or a mini one that fits into your pocket. <BR> <BR> 3... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:43:16 EST Simplify your Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23692690 These days, we usually have to choose between having complicated meals or eating unhealthy fast food or frozen food. In many cases, people who are trying to lose weight go on complicated diets that have too many requirements to remember, let alone keep up with. <BR> <BR> However, you can eliminate stress and be healthier at the same time by simplifying your diet. <BR> <BR> How can you do this? First, let’s consider what our needs in constructing our simple diet: <BR> <BR> Simple. Everythin... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 08:48:29 EST The Secrets of Positive People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23626384 <BR> You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses. - Ziggy <BR> <BR> <BR> Positive people tend to have many similar characteristics, such as respecting everyone's contribution to a project and knowing during hard times that things will get better. They have the power to make that change happen, an understanding that their attitudes can directly affect outcomes, and a commitment to increasing positive thoughts and diminishing negative ones. Are y... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:27:58 EST Do you accept responsibly f/ your choices in life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23579839 <BR> The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. - Albert Ellis <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you feel in control of your life? No matter how negative events or actions may become, you are the only force that is able to determine the reaction. Often we fail to do this and instead blame the world for our feelings of sadness, rejection, and... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 17:16:29 EST Save at the Grocery Store http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23539025 Skip scouring the pages for coupons and save money by simply looking up or down on the grocery shelves. Expensive brand names are usually promoted on midlevel shelves, special displays, and end caps. More affordable store brands and private-label items are usually placed above or below. <BR> <BR> 6 ways to save money on your grocery bill: <BR> <BR> Bigger Is Better <BR> <BR> In sticker-shock over prices at your local supermarket? As food costs continue to rise (the U.S. Department of Agr... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 09:21:56 EST What are you investing your time in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23538713 The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important. <BR> - Milo Bloom <BR> <BR> Work is certainly important. Only those who are incredibly wealthy would tell you that money is of no importance. Without question, we need to work to provide for our families and ourselves. Most people don't stop to really embody the idea that work is not the most important thing, however. What is of more importance is family, friends, and investing your time in tho... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 09:12:39 EST Are you grateful for the luxuries in your life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23409165 <BR> You'll never miss the water, 'til the well runs dry. <BR> <BR> - W.C. Handy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even if you've never seen it, you are probably aware of the CBS reality show Survivor--sixteen castaways sent to live on an island to duke it out and vote one another off for a million dollar prize. What is most striking about this concept is not the competition, but the absolute gratitude these people hold for things we take for granted everyday. The dirty, unpurified water they clin... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 14:54:39 EST What's your top 4 list today? (March) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x23405637 Shorten your List. <BR> <BR> Every day make a "to-do list." A Microsoft CEO shared with his employees his secret to success. He said every day he'd make a to-do list topped with 4 things that he REALLY wanted to get done. Then he'd throw away the rest of the list. If Microsoft's CEO can accomplish only 4 things in a day, what makes you any different? Start prioritizing yourself and you'll get the most important things done. The rest can wait til another day to be in the top 4. <BR> <BR> O... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 13:18:49 EST Daily Cleaning Challenge (March) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x23405576 Monday, March 2nd... <BR> <BR> Today you are to sweep your front porch area around your front door. Shake out your welcome mats and wipe down your front door. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 13:17:35 EST Daily Declutter Challenges (March) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=4693x20177x23405480 Monday, March 2nd... <BR> <BR> Let go of dead houseplants. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 13:14:53 EST Pencil in some face time with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23345997 Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. <BR> <BR> - Charles Richards <BR> <BR> Millions of people use organizers, palm pilots, calendars, personal assistants, sticky notes, and date books to help them manage their busy lives. Do you allow these organizers to rule your life? Do you allow space for personal time? Often we micro-manage our lives and schedule our time so much that it comes at the price of our own freedom. Instead of schedul... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 17:37:05 EST Lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23234989 on the run <BR> <BR> Consider making verbal lists, especially when you're in a hurry. Get a small, portable voice-activated tape recorder and record your ideas, long- and short-term plans, and memos to yourself and others. You may also want to use the recorder to tape your interviews and business meetings. When you get home at night, transfer those notes onto paper and sort them into your files and lists. Wed, 25 Feb 2009 07:28:12 EST Tips for Pictures? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23123890 Hi everyone! I am new to this team and not sure how to use this site. I scrolled down the topics list and do not see this listed but I need your HELP! <BR> <BR> I have saved tote after tote after tote of school papers, report cards, and a trillion pictures from when my two children were growing up. I even have all their stuffed animals and pillow cases! <BR> <BR> I want to do something with it all, but just don't even have the time, money or patience to scrapbook it all. Just getting ... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 17:32:18 EST New to join this TEAM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x20177x23087592 As I was walking up my basement stairs last night the thought entered my mind that I should really begin to put all those old school papers and thousands and thousands of pictures I took in some sort of order. It's time to declutter and put my home in order! <BR> <BR> I just turned 50 on Monday and I reflective of what works and what isn't working in my life. New rules for a new me! <BR> <BR> I've been with Spark for 60 some days now. I'm on a lifestyle journey, not a diet. Looking for ... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:35:10 EST Organize Laundry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23048685 mesh sorter <BR> <BR> Separate your laundry into little mesh bags before you put it in the wash. These bags are often sold as lingerie bags, and many people use them only for that purpose. But these handy little items are also perfect for keeping track of different family member's socks, underwear and other small items. Get a bunch of them. When the wash is done, just throw the bags in the dryer and these pesky little items will come out presorted. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 06:20:19 EST Organizing Kitchen & Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x23014891 Prepare to cook <BR> <BR> Before you start cooking from a recipe, be sure to read the recipe all the way through. As you read, assemble the ingredients, you don't want to get to the middle and find you've forgotten something. Then take out all the pots, pans, cooking utensils, and serving dishes you'll need, and there's no way you'll be caught short. Wed, 18 Feb 2009 06:34:58 EST Manage Your Stress by Balancing your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x20177x22984945 Stress hits you when your life is out of balance, Oprah & Friends host Peter Walsh says. "Even though it's unlikely that any of us can completely eliminate stress from our lives, there are a few simple things you can do to manage the stress in your life and control it once and for all," he says. Peter shares his advice for better managing your life so that you're not overwhelmed by stress. <BR> <BR> 1.Create a Home That Nurtures <BR> 2. Be Calm <BR> 3. Treat Yourself Well <BR> 4. Have a Plan... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:44:35 EST