SparkPeople Organized Life and Time Management Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4578 This is a group for those not only trying to lose weight but also trying to organize their lives and manage their time. SparkPeople Organized Life and Time Management Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=4578 Needto clean my glass shower door http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x58953668 But, with my knee as sore as it has been it is very hard to do, the worst and hardest to do is getting down on my knees which I can't just yet and cleaning the creases where it has gotten so bad and dirty? Any suggestions? Please, and <em>304</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:04:44 EST Busy morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x58866436 So far this morning I have a pot of beef barley soup on the stove (I'll freeze some later), my baked peach & blueberry oatmeal made for the week, a pork tenderloin marinating for dinner tonight and the kitchen all cleaned. All done by 1000am this morning. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:27:01 EST Week of August 11th: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58793437 School supply shopping, our clutter control “Grab 10” system, and keeping prescription meds up-to-date...get more details on this week’s challenges. I know you can accomplish all of them! <BR> <BR> 1) Buy school supplies Last week, I noticed our local superstore was staging and assembling the school supply area. This week, consider purchasing any school supplies needed. Since you’re hitting the stores early, you’ll be able to get the supplies and designs you require and like. Bring a list w... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 21:14:45 EST Week of August 4th: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58723505 I just love quick and easy fixes...don’t you? Here are 3 of my favorites and I hope they become the same for you! <BR> <BR> 1) Shake ‘em out Bring door mats and other small rugs outside and give them a good shaking out. This alone helps release a good deal of dirt and debris. Then, bring them back inside and vacuum. <BR> <BR> 2) Freshen up your washing machine Laundry detergents and fabric softeners tend to build-up in washing machines. Sometimes, our machines get a little bit stinky too... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:15:12 EST Household tips: Decorating, home improvements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x58723393 This thread will be for anything along these lines and will start with this tip: <BR> Cool Way to Keep Track of Your Paint Colors: Category: Home Improvement <BR> What a nice paint job! Now your friends will want to copy your color choices. And you yourself may need to touch up a room with the same colors in the future. Today’s creative paint names (Seafoam Pearl, Ballet Slipper) are so easy to forget! Here’s what to do… <BR> <BR> To ID leftover paint cans: The labels on paint cans often ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:55:19 EST Week of July 28th: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58661556 This week’s mini challenges will help you get <BR> 1) your kitchen floor squeaky clean, <BR> 2) your supper on the table fast at dinnertime and <BR> 3) your garbage disposal odor-free. <BR> <BR> Are you up to these challenges? Of course you are!! <BR> 1) Get your kitchen floor squeaky clean Using a green cleaning solution, get down on your hands and knees and scrub. Washing your floor in this manner may not sound super exciting, but it is the best way to get your kitchen floors clean an... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:52:29 EST Overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x58527057 Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and I am not really new to the team I rarely post here I'm more of a lurker just looking for tips and help I can apply to my own life. <BR> <BR> My issue is that my entire house is a wreck inside and out. You wouldn't walk into my house and think what a pig sty we keep up with the basics for the most part so it's surface clean but not deep down clean meaning your going to find cobwebs and over stuffed cabinets, drawers & closets. <BR> <BR> As an added... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:59:25 EST Week of July 14th: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58521738 Take care of your environment We’re often talking about weeding out clutter or reducing TO DOs. Continuing with the reduction theme, this week’s mini challenges focus on reducing our consumption of resources...easy things that help us do our part in taking care of the environment. <BR> 1) Reduce possessions Reducing means less to maintain. Pick 10 items that you haven’t used in over 6 months and donate them to a friend or local charity. <BR> <BR> 2) Reduce temperature • Turn your water hea... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:42:07 EST July 2014 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58521697 by Maria Gracia <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 1 Organize and dust your book shelves. <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 2 Finalize your plans for the Fourth of July and gather up any supplies you need. <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 3 Consolidate beverage coasters in one place. Weed out your surplus. Organize the rest into a drawer. <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 4 Take the time to remember Independence Day (or an important event in your country’s history if you’re not from the USA). It’s a good... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:38:09 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x58484103 Hi. I am a 63 yr old married 44 years, have 4 children and 7 beautiful grandchildren. I work part-time as an appointment coordinator at a local cancer center in town. I have always been pretty organized, but as I get older I need to get learn to organize my time better and start getting rid of things. As an example I have 2 bookcases full of cookbooks. I also am looking to lose about 30-40 lbs.. I want to start living a better, healthier lifestyle, because I still have a lot of living to do.... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:07:42 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x58467273 Hello everybody, <BR> <BR> I am new to sparkpeople and to this team. I do have problems with organizing. I have lots of time but still find it very hard to do something around the house. and my personal administration is worse. <BR> So I will join the challenge to do something daily for 15 minutes and i will spend those minutes on my administration. <BR> <BR> I like this team and wish everybody good luck! <BR> <BR> bye, <BR> <BR> mamtah Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:40:55 EST What I cleaned and organized - July 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x58391484 Here we are with a new month - a fresh start and determination to get our lives <BR> organized..... and cleaned. <BR> I always feel motivated and focused at the beginning of each month. <BR> I think I did really well in June and I hope to carry that progress forward into July. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have plans for special projects? Tue, 1 Jul 2014 02:02:33 EST Week of June 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58155303 A scattered, disorganized workspace creates scattered, disorganized thinking. Eliminate the chaos in your home office with this week’s easy mini-challenges. <BR> <BR> 1) Clear the surface Remove all items and papers off the top of your desk, so you can actually see the surface. If you have to toss everything on the floor or in a box, so be it. Using a disinfectant wipe, clean off the surface including drawer handles. Clean and return the “musts” only, like your desk lamp, computer and its a... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:43:32 EST Organizing paperwork http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x58152660 Looking for a lost folder, I decided to pile all my "loads of papers" in a box. Now, I have no idea how to file them! I must have hundreds of papers. I threw away a truckload of papers, though. That is a good thing. Does anyone have a link or a system they use to file home paperwork? I could sure use some tips. I have notebooks for special things and I have a very long filing drawer. I have file boxes, too. I just haven't figured out what to put where. My main catagories are: <BR> <BR> Medic... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:48:05 EST Help!!! I Need Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58149654 My bedroom is a total mess. I live in Pittsburgh, PA where we have all four seasons and I desperately need to clean out the winter clothes and switch to summer. I can't seem to find any motivation to do this. I also have gained some weight and don't fit into all my summer clothes, but I think I can get back into them so I don't want to give them away. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for storage ideas? I am so sick of this big switch every season. I also really need to clean out my closet. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:02:47 EST What I cleaned and organized - June 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x58066921 Hi all.......here we are with a new month and a fresh start. <BR> Since I plan to be home all month - I really want to make more progress is getting the junk out of the garage. That task has been hanging over my head for years. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for June? <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 01:15:22 EST June 2014 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58065815 by Maria Gracia <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 1 Call your family together and schedule out your month. Have each family member bring their ideas and schedules with them. Designate one person to write everyone’s schedules on the family calendar. Better yet, use an online calendar that everyone can view. <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 2 Balance your checkbook and pay any upcoming bills. <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 3 Take a ladder or step stool and light fixtures from 3 rooms. Wash... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:00:51 EST Week of June 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x58065705 Who hasn’t said, ‘I wish I had more time to_______’? We all want more hours in our day. That’s why this week’s mini-challenges focus on ‘How to Gain More Time in Your Day’. <BR> <BR> 1) Establish tomorrow’s priorities Before going to bed tonight, establish your priorities for tomorrow. This will save you time having to think about what you should be doing in the morning and you’ll be able to begin immediately. <BR> <BR> 2) Get up earlier Go to bed earlier tonight, and try to get up earlie... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:49:31 EST Aussie newcomer :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x57996990 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 27 year old PhD student from Australia. I have lots of goals for this year, (including finishing a complete draft of my thesis, losing 12 kilos, sticking to a new low-FODMAP diet for IBS, improving my rock climbing grades, keeping the house clean, etc.), but my organisation and time management is often all over the place. So I decided to give SparkPeople another go and to actually use the SparkTeams and forums this time to help with motivation, and this definitel... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:06:58 EST Week of May 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57986735 Why not try your hand at growing your very own vegetables this week? It could be an ambitious ‘section of your yard’ type project, or a few simple containers on your patio. If you’ve always wanted to do this, here’s your chance! <BR> <BR> 1) What do you want to grow? What’cha going to plant? Choose vegetables that you and your family like to eat, and that may be harder to find in a grocery store or farmer’s markets. <BR> <BR> 2) Don’t go overboard If you’ve never done a vegetable garden b... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:31:11 EST Week of May 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57919062 Whether you’re at home, the office, the mall, or a social function, being an effective communicator is an essential skill. This week’s mini challenges focus on communication skills. <BR> 1) Where are your eyes? When you’re having a conversation with someone, are you looking directly into their eyes or out the window? Eye contact conveys interest in what someone has to say to you, and if you’re not looking at the person, it screams ‘disinterest and distraction.’ Next conversation you have, re... Sun, 18 May 2014 21:52:39 EST Week of May 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57830479 If your email inbox is literally bursting at the seams, this week’s mini challenges are for you. With one new challenge each day, for the next 5 days, you’re sure to end up with an empty inbox and your “keepers” organized. <BR> 1) Set your timer for 1 minute daily Set your timer for 1 minute every day. Then, delete as many unnecessary emails as you can before the timer sounds. This will help you weed out your current email clutter, and prevent new email clutter. <BR> <BR> 2) Schedule an ‘e... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:31:24 EST May 2014 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57736672 by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ May 1 Today is May Day, a day to celebrate spring and the coming of summer. In honor of this day, prune out all winter-killed branches from trees and shrubs. <BR> <BR> ____ May 2 Check gutters and remove leaf debris. <BR> <BR> ____ May 3 Shape hedges and bushes. Then remove all dead leaves and foliage from flowerbeds and gardens. <BR> <BR> ____ May 4 Start planning ahead for Mother’s Day (May 11, 2014) celebration. <BR> <BR> _... Fri, 2 May 2014 23:25:19 EST Week of April 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57656064 This week’s Mini Challenges focus exclusively on the one area that drives so many people crazy...the backlog of laundry. Accomplish these challenges this week, and you’ll instantly see a lot of that stress vanish, and you’ll save time too. <BR> <BR> 1) Save time matching socks Purchase a mesh lingerie bag for each member of your family, so dirty socks can remain paired together through the entire laundry process. <BR> <BR> 2) Stop folding and putting away everything on your own Place smal... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:46:54 EST Changes coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x57633345 I saw this in another team: ... about some changes taking place on the Spark Team page. The upcoming features are interesting, please take a look: <BR> <BR> We're very excited to announce that changes are coming to SparkTeam pages that will hopefully make the Team pages even better, give you a few new features you've been asking for, and engage your Team members in discussions even more! We wanted to give you plenty of notice about the changes coming (probably the middle of next week), so th... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:09:40 EST Week of April 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57570841 Think you have no time to organize? Just 10 minutes at a time is all you need. Set a timer for 10 minutes. When the buzzer goes off, you’re done….unless you’re motivated to keep going for another 10. Go! <BR> <BR> 1) Up, up...and away Are there clothes on the floor? If they’re clean, hang them up or put them in a dresser. If they’re dirty, put them into the laundry sorter and wash them as soon as you have a full load. <BR> <BR> 2) Clear surfaces Keep surfaces clear. Toss out yesterday’s r... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:51:33 EST I need more time Monthly tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x57515208 April 2014 <BR> Tips of the Month <BR> <BR> * Contain clutter by placing a bowl or basket wherever clutter accumulates. Be sure to empty it and put contents where they belong at least once a week. <BR> <BR> * Determine your three biggest clutter items and assign a home for them. For example, number one might be junk mail. It's home will be a basket heading to the shredder once a week. Receipts might also be on your list. Their home will be a designated receipts basket after you've not... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:25:57 EST Week of April 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57491194 Getting and staying organized doesn’t have to be rocket science. Here are 5 ways you can get more organized this week...one way for each weekday. <BR> <BR> 1) No dirty dishes Never leave dirty dishes in the sink. Wash as you go, or rinse dishes and immediately place them in the dishwasher. Run your dishwasher cycle each evening before you go to bed, and unload your clean dishes in the morning. <BR> <BR> 2) A load a day Throwing in one load of laundry a day will definitely prevent your lau... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:39:47 EST Week of April 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57411029 Good communication is a big part of being organized. Take our mini challenges this week to be sure you are listening well and being heard. Practice one of these each day. <BR> <BR> 1) Be a good listener So many of us have so much to say. Sometimes we forget that others also want to get a word in. Be sure your conversations with others are balanced, and when the other person is speaking, listen carefully. Be sure to acknowledge what the other person is saying by nodding, smiling, and making ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:35:45 EST What to do when the weather is good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x57387262 I have lived in the Netherlands for 38 years and the climate isnt all that good. But since 3 months i live in Florida and the temperature is rising and so is the sunshine. <BR> <BR> But ive been raised with the idea that as soon as the weather is good i HAVE to go outside and enjoy the weather. Well, when the weather is good, you WANT to go outside too, cause you never know how long its gonna last anyway. <BR> <BR> And NOWWWW....... I just feel guilty whenever i am inside the house. More ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:29:15 EST How to Organize your mind to get more done http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x57383750 I find myself being distracted a lot and not getting back on track. <BR> I am listening to an video from of the authors of the book you mentioned "Organize your Mind --Organize your Life: <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPUmxToKO6g </link> <BR> and <BR> a brief pdf from the same book, author, Paul Hammerness: blogs.hbr.org/2012/01/train-your-brain-to-<BR>focus/ <BR> where he states: Apply the Brakes <BR> "What can you do? To prevent distractions from hijacking your focus, use the ABC method a... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:10:06 EST What I cleaned and organized - April 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x57338528 Here with are with another new month and another fresh start. <BR> I have some goals for this month and I have them written down. I'm hoping that will keep me accountable. <BR> How about you? <BR> Any plans for April? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:16:12 EST Videos on Organizing or Time Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x57334863 See <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdYPmHBvd8w </link> for a video on Organizing tips. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:33:31 EST Setting up an evening routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x57332104 See <link>zenhabits.net/jumpstart-your-day-nig<BR>ht-before-evening/ </link> . Also, if you have some evening routine that you could share, please do. <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:54:07 EST April 2014 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57323613 by Maria Gracia <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Apr 1 Today is April Fools’ Day. Find a funny April Fool’s Day joke and email it to your best friend. <BR> <BR> ____ Apr 2 Organize your recipes and meals. Sort your recipes into categories, discard those which you do not use, and place the used ones into a binder or file on your computer. <BR> <BR> ____ Apr 3 Plan and cook one or two freezer meals to pop into the oven or crock pot for those busy April nights. <BR> <... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:37:26 EST Week of March 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57323564 How is your indoor spring cleaning coming along? Here are 5 NEW mini indoor spring cleaning challenges to help you get your house as fresh as the new season...without taking up tons of time. <BR> <BR> 1) Light Fixtures Depending on the material, light fixtures can be vacuumed with an upholstery brush, washed in the dishwasher or cleaned with a glass cleaner. If using the dishwasher, place light fixtures on the top rack and leave plenty of space between each fixture. Do not place antique, pa... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:32:25 EST How to set up a Morning Routine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x57322630 See <link>www.wikihow.com/Get-Into-a-Morning-R<BR>outine </link> for advice on how to set up a morning routine. Also, if you have something in your morning routine to share with us, please do. <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:06:34 EST Not-so-Common Cleaning tips? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x57281799 Ok, so the other day I was speaking to someone about a little trick I do for cleaning my countertops and tough stains (juice, coffee, etc) and they hadn't heard of it. <BR> <BR> Which prompted me to think- what other little things do people do that maybe they think are totally common knowledge but maybe aren't! What are your little cleaning tricks and tips that you use and realize might be kind of "out there" or not-so-common-knowledge? <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> "Magic" Cream of tart... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:35:52 EST Managing paper to save time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x57280103 1) Have an alphabetical filing system for papers (you can also scan papers and store by type-date-time of scanning into in the computer if you keep an alphabetical index of them) but original copies of certain papers need to be store in a file and an alphabetical system is best for that. <BR> <BR> 2) Make a tickler file <BR> I am finding that the most useful file for me is a tickler file, with folders numbered 1-31 and months labeled January - December. If May 15, 2014 is the current date, ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:15:38 EST I'm a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x57250990 Hi guys and girls, <BR> <BR> I am new to this website and to the USA AND to this new group too! <BR> I'm a 38 year old woman and just moved from Holland Europe to Florida cause I met my husband there. <BR> <BR> Now I'm ready to loose some desired pounds. The first week on this website i only put weight ON cause I was more then normally focused on food. <BR> <BR> From tomorrow on a new start for me though. Haha.....that's a simple life to be always allow yourself to start again. <BR> ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:58:04 EST Week of March 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57226381 Doesn’t spring motivate you to grab your Windex and clean your windows? Even if it doesn’t, these 5 mini challenges will help you get your house as fresh as the new season...without taking up tons of time. This is part one...stay tuned next week for part two. <BR> <BR> 1) Carpets When was the last time your carpets and furniture were given a deep clean? Make an appointment with a professional carpet cleaning service and freshen up. <BR> <BR> 2) Windows Washing windows inside and out seems... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:23:35 EST Spring clean your workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x57200274 It's the first day of &#8234;#&#8206;Spring&#8236;, no better time to clean up your &#8234;#&#8206;workout&#8236; routine! Check these expert tips @LIVESTRONG! <link>www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1001860<BR>-spring-clean-workout-routine-21-bad-h<BR>abits-toss-today/ </link> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:51:53 EST Week of March 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57138931 A big part of being healthy is being fit. This week’s can-do challenges will get you movin’ and groovin’! Get these activities on your calendar, and use a reminder system (like a cell phone alarm reminder) so you don’t forget. This 5-day sample program is based on requirements by the Centers for Disease Control. In a nutshell, an adult should get 2.5 hours or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity 5 days a week, with an additional 2 days of strength training. As always, check with your doct... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:37:56 EST Week of March 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x57091229 Best way to save money…spend less than you earn! This week’s mini-challenges focus on your budget and how you can save money. <BR> 1) What expenses can you eliminate? Make a list of all the expenditures you’ve paid in the last few months. Determine what expenses you can eliminate or cut back. <BR> <BR> 2) Start saving Deduct a fixed amount from each paycheck and immediately put it in the bank. Even $10 to $20 per week can add up. If you can save even more each paycheck, go for it! <BR> <... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:46:25 EST Week of March 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56996266 by Maria Gracia <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> Need to find more storage space in your home? Just look around, you’re sure to find quite a bit of empty spaces that you never thought you had! <BR> <BR> 1) Look behind you Use the empty space behind doors, cupboards and cabinets for storage. There are several storage products available that cater to this type of space, for instance: hanging back-of-door organizers, hooks, peg boards, and racks. (While I don’t recommend us... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 23:50:41 EST March 2014 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56996229 March 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 1 List your Spring Cleaning projects. Spend some time planning your projects inside and outside that you would like to accomplish this spring. Write them down. <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 2 Pull out some board games and spend time with your family. Turn off all electronics and enjoy family time around the table without worldly distractions. <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 3 Plan and cook some freezer meal... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 23:47:05 EST Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56986975 Just wanted to pop in and say thank you for the spark goodie and birthday wishes! I haven't been over here much lately, but appreciate your kind words! <em>304</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:47:58 EST What I cleaned and organized - March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56962844 Here we are with a new month and fresh start to get ourselves organized, decluttered, and making progress. <BR> I feel really focused and plan to make some to-do lists and see if that will help me get on track. <BR> What are your plans???? Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:01:51 EST What I Cleaned and Organized, March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56958144 Here it is, a new thread for us to get hopping with. I'm itching to do spring cleaning, packing stuff up that I don't need anymore and finding the lighter clothing I packed away last year. I love that there is more light coming in my windows...and need to get them cleaned! Shall we get going? <em>67</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 06:53:32 EST N.E.T. syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x56879017 from website: <link>www.thriftyfun.com/tf10638035.tip.ht<BR>ml </link> <BR> N.E.T. (not enough time) syndrome is the acronym I have given to those occasions when I feel like there simply isn't enough time in each day for me to do the things I either need to do or think I need to do. Do you have days like that? If so, here's my description and suggested cure for N.E.T. syndrome. <BR> <BR> Symptoms: <BR> A constant feeling of mental and physical overload. <BR> The inability to focus... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 00:10:30 EST Sort Your Papers (And Save Your Sanity) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x56877994 I have no idea if this will help anyone, but I found it today: <BR> <link>www.allyou.com/budget-home/organizin<BR>g-cleaning/sort-papers </link> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 22:24:40 EST Week of February 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56867248 Let’s focus on short, organizing projects that you can accomplish in 10 minutes or less. Who knows? After those 10 minutes are up, maybe you’ll be motivated to organize for another 10! <BR> <BR> 1) Make a dinner plan for the week One of the busiest times of the day is dinnertime. It gets even more hectic when you don’t have a plan in place, you’re running behind schedule, or you find yourself making an extra trip to the grocery store for a forgotten ingredient. The easiest way to avoid the ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:11:33 EST 52 Weekend Home Organization Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x56851015 Many home organization projects can be completed quickly in under 10 minutes, and some can take 20-30 minutes to complete. There is another set of projects that really need a few hours of work, and I am calling those Weekend Home Organization Projects. This way you can devote an entire weekend morning, afternoon, or evening to completing a project. <BR> <BR> Or, you can choose to break up your work in 15 or 30 minute installments over the course of a weekend. <link>personalorganizing.abo... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:22:21 EST Moving Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56832897 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> So things are moving along a bit faster than we expected. I have been cleaning and repainting and DH has been handyman-ing, and we're pretty much ready to list our condo! I want this whole process to be as organized and well-executed as possible. We bought our condo so we have a little bit of experience buying but we've never sold before. And we haven't really ever done a move like this before (other moves were a lot smaller basically). <BR> <BR> We don't have a ton ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:21:22 EST 50 Ways to Manage Your Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x56829989 A list I found on www.ineedmoretime.com <BR> <BR> Here's how it starts: <BR> <BR> 12 Top Time Savers <BR> <BR> 1. Reserve an hour each day. Close your door, turn off the phone and concentrate on priorities. It's amazing what you can accomplish in one uninterrupted hour. <BR> <BR> 2. Write it down. Making a master list of everything you need to do will declutter your mind and reduce your stress level. Each day, move a few of these items to your daily to-do list. <BR> <BR> 3. Ke... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:43:50 EST Week of February 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56789937 Are you always begging the kids to take out the trash or clean their rooms? This week, our mini-challenges focus on teaching organizing skills to the family... specifically your children. <BR> <BR> 1) Make a list of “jobs” Gather the family together and brainstorm a list of household jobs that need to be accomplished each week. The list should include common household chores like: taking out the trash, vacuuming, picking-up, setting and clearing the table, doing the dishes and sweeping the ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:03:29 EST Two Week Cleaning Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56711628 I am always reading where people say to clean as we see things that need it. That's a great idea, but sometimes it builds up and takes more organizing to get it done. I am just recovering from a long bout of illness and so my cleaning has been put on a back burner, so to speak. This is my plan to get it all caught up. Notice that I don't list it by rooms, but by type of chore. Like on Day 1, I'll go through the entire house putting things away, and so on down the list. In 2 weeks, my house - ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:10:58 EST Week of February 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56698674 Your challenge this week is to make important dates concrete. This means, getting them out of your head and written on your calendar. <BR> 1) Make your medical appointments Schedule medical appointments for the year, for you and your family members. This includes dental and eye appointments, annual check-ups, mammograms, and other screenings. It’s much better to schedule these types of appointments ahead of time! While you’re at it, don’t forget to schedule regular check ups for your pets. <... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:14:41 EST online group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56665076 Has anyone ever taken an online structured "accountability" group where you sign in and post your progress on decluttering or whatever on a regular basis? I'm thinking of doing one but wonder if anyone has any feedback about something like this? I know we support and encourage each other here but the one I'm thinking of is more structured. It's really designed for people with ADD, which I DO have. Thanks for any input. <BR> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:50:18 EST online group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56665069 Has anyone ever taken an online structured "accountability" group where you sign in and post your progress on decluttering or whatever on a regular basis? I'm thinking of doing one but wonder if anyone has any feedback about something like this? I know we support and encourage each other here but the one I'm thinking of is more structured. It's really designed for people with ADD, which I DO have. Thanks for any input. <BR> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:49:23 EST Pantry Challenge @ the Savvy Life website. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56618092 It's Time For A Pantry Challenge <BR> <BR> Just how long can you eat using only the ingredients you already have in your kitchen? <BR> <BR> <link>thesavvylife.com/index.php?option=co<BR>m_content&view=article&id=2796:its-tim<BR>e-for-a-pantry-challenge&catid=35:food<BR>-&Itemid=53 </link> <BR> <BR> If you're interested in doing this, let us know how you do. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:08:23 EST Time Management Myths and Truths http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x56606652 from Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER By Maria Gracia Issue: February 2, 2014 <BR> <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> Effective time management is being aware of the amount of time you spend on specific activities throughout your day. Time management is ALSO the process of planning your time so you can achieve your goals. <BR> <BR> Keep in mind that goals don't just have to be career- related. Your goal could be finding more time to spend with your family, making healthy well-b... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:06:40 EST Week of February 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56606621 Have you forgotten what the surface of your desk looks like? Here are 5 mini challenges to help you say good-bye to desk chaos. <BR> 1) Remove everything Yes, I know, this alone is probably stressing you out. But the best way to begin is to start anew. Get a laundry basket or a box and remove everything from the surface of your desk. When the surface is empty, clean it off. Find homes for all non-paper items you’ve removed. Remember, the surface of your desk is not a home. The trash can shou... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:02:35 EST What I cleaned and organized - Feb. 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56602303 Here we are with a new month and fresh start. <BR> I hope to do better and keeping the "stuff" picked up around the house. <BR> I tend to just set stuff down and think I will deal with it later..... <BR> I've got to break that habit. <BR> <BR> What do you have planned for February?? Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:54:19 EST February 2014 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56596935 by Maria Gracia <link>http://www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Feb 1 Now is a good time to plan dates and destinations for your summer vacations. Planning early will give you the opportunity to take advantage of cheaper rates for flights and accommodations. <BR> <BR> ____ Feb 2 Gather friends and family to share favorite finger food dishes to pass while watching the Super Bowl. Provide another activity such as a board game or puzzle for non-football fans. <BR> <BR> ____ Feb... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:27:10 EST Pick your most favorable fantasy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x56593130 Researchers have found that people can behave irrationally based upon the personal fantasy that they believe themselves to be living in. In one example the AARP asked a pool of attorneys to do a favor to needy seniors by charging them only 30 dollars for their work. Overwhelmingly, the attorneys refused to do this; but, when AARP asked attorneys if they would as a favor to the needy seniors do the same work for free, thousands of attorneys agreed. In the first case money was a major factor an... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:10:58 EST Week of January 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56513228 How often do you clean the inside of your vehicle? Here are 5 challenges for this week to ensure your drive is safe and clean! <BR> 1) Make a clean sweep Climb into your car and remove ALL the clutter. This could be toys, sandwich wrappers, empty soda cans, old newspapers and magazines, old maps and so on. Make this a habit you do on a daily basis so it doesn’t get out of hand. <BR> <BR> 2) Vacuum and shine Grab a heavy duty vacuum or shop vac and give your vehicle a good once over! While ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:31:16 EST Prep for disasters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56474568 LHITS (Little House in the Suberbs) is doing a "Prep along" that is focusing on being prepared before disasters happen. Here's a link to the first step: <link>littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2014/01/<BR>lhits-prep-along-step-1-be-informed.ht<BR>ml?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=fe<BR>ed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LittleHouseInT<BR>heSuburbs+%28Little+House+in+the+Suburbs%29 </link> <BR> <BR> I will try to remember to post the other steps as they appear. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:47:16 EST New Year, New Me, New House (Inside) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x56440510 2014. Has. Got. To. Be. Better! <BR> <BR> My body, mind and house are all cluttered. Stress is quite literally killing me. My only outlet is volleyball, and at this point, my body is hating me for it because I need to lose weight to alleviate the stress on my joints. I refuse to give in. My devoted and wonderful husband is getting upset with the "clutter" around the house, and I don't need stress in the one area of my life that doesn't have it- my marriage! <BR> <BR> My children are hor... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:48:53 EST Week of January 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56419762 What a happy feeling when you can say, ‘Goal Set, Goal Met!’ I challenge you to do these mini tasks this week related to your goals. They’re easy, and they’re sure to give you that needed sense of accomplishment to help keep you motivated! <BR> <BR> 1) Set a mini-goal today What is it you would like to achieve? To get the junk drawer organized? To read chapter one of the ‘learn to play’ piano book you got for Christmas? To get your cholesterol and blood pressure checked? Write it down...an... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:48:09 EST Week of January 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56333798 Good organizing starts with feeling good about yourself. I challenge you do do these mini tasks this week. They’re easy, and they’re sure to give you that needed sense of accomplishment to help keep you motivated! <BR> <BR> 1) Mail a thank you note Whether it’s to thank someone for something you received or it’s just to show your appreciation for someone, grab a blank card or simple sheet of paper and write down your thoughts. Mail it to that special person today. <BR> <BR> 2) Microwave y... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:23:14 EST Cute ways to organize http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x56285689 This article has some really clever ideas: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hometalk/19-insane<BR>ly-clever-organizing-hacks-httj Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:02:52 EST Week of January 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56236535 While it may seem a tad bit early, popular tourist attractions become super busy and crowded especially as summer approaches. January is the perfect time to being making your summer plans. <BR> 1) Where are you going? Obviously, you need to determine where you want to go? Have a family meeting and make a list of possible destinations. Begin gathering information about the places you want to visit and start narrowing down your possibilities. If an elaborate vacation is not in your budget this... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 00:02:43 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56160545 Happy New Year, team mates! I'm looking forward to keeping an ordered life with you in the coming days, weeks and months. <BR> <BR> Today, just going to get my calendar set up. Still use a pen and paper version (-: <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:58:26 EST Health and beauty tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x56154841 I know this isn't really an "organizing" theme. But sometimes, we need to "pamper" us; we need to be the "best we can be." So I'm going to post tips and ideas that I find and would appreciate you sharing any you have. <BR> moved from other forum Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:00:03 EST Things to do weekly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x56154817 Here's some ideas: <BR> --clean out purse <BR> --go through refrigerator (do this the night before trash day) <BR> --plan weekly menu, grocery list, buy groceries, <BR> --do laundry, fold, put away, <BR> --change the sheet <BR> <BR> Feel free to add more. <BR> <BR> and here's a link to a weekly routine: personalorganizing.about.com/od/Clutter/tp <BR> /Weekly-Organizing-Routine.htm <BR> <BR> --How about plan weekly menu, grocery list, buy groceries, do laundry, fold, put away, change the sh... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:57:45 EST Things to do daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x56154796 I'm moving this from the other forum: <BR> This will be for our "daily" lists such as: <BR> -- make bed <BR> -- Swish and swipe bathroom <BR> -- Sort the mail. <BR> -- Wash Dishes and/or run dishwasher. Wipe kitchen counters. <BR> -- Sweep floor <BR> -- Take out the trash. <BR> -- 10 minute tidy <BR> -- Pack lunches and set out breakfast dishes. Decide on tomorrow's dinner and make necessary preparations. <BR> -- Lay out tomorrow's clothes for each household member. <BR> -- Make tomorrow's to... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:55:35 EST AATP Attack A Pile Today Club 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x56154446 Hi team members! We are off to a SUPER start! <BR> <BR> Husband agreed to let me hire a garage cleaning company to come on the day after New Year!!! He's been busy all day sorting his stuff out there AND replacing a garage window. Four cans of trash went out today before the garage team even begins. My hope is that once it's all clean and sorted, he can keep up with it better and I can find things. In other words, be ORGANIZED. <BR> <BR> Not to be outdone, I did some inside cleaning a... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:19:44 EST New year, new start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x56136621 Well, continuing, anyway! I've been trying to sort my life out and downsize while continuing to stay on track with Spark. I look forward to etting to know you all! <BR> <BR> My name is Jacque, and I'm a stay at home mom. I'm trying to be a work at home mom, but I'm finding my 9 month old, who hit the toddler phase early (he's cruising already!!) is keeping me UBER busy! <BR> <BR> I love biking, ice skating (Though I suck at it!) belly dancing,reading and crocheting. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:01:10 EST I'm back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x56136425 I've been away from Spark for a while, but I'm back, starting slow with the food tracker... <BR> <BR> I'm also back to trying to organize. I'm pretty overwhelmed right now, but I'm trying to remember to take it one thing at a time... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:45:13 EST January house "cure" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56126257 I have signed up to receive daily emails for a month from the Apartment Therapy January "cure." I'd love for others on Spark to join me in this. We could check in daily to report our progress (or lack of it!) on each day's item. Day 1 is, of course, to walk around the house and make a list of things that need attention - repairs, clutter, cleaning, organizing. I've got a list long enough to keep me busy for a full year, but fortunately they aren't suggesting that everything will be DONE in... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:49:22 EST Be Organized in January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56120302 January Home Organization Projects: <BR> January is closet organization month, and for many of you, that will likely mean more than one closet. The steps are simple: declutter, organize like with like, store and then donate. <BR> <BR> Be Organized in January Checklist <BR> ____ Organize the closet. <BR> <BR> ____ Donate clothes for your closet purging. (See: Where to Donate Clothes) <BR> <BR> ____ Relax! Take time to recharge and recover from the December holidays. <BR> <BR> ____ Set goa... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 00:07:08 EST January 2014 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56120253 January 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Jan 1 The holidays have wound down. Make this day a calm day of rest and enjoyment. <BR> <BR> ____ Jan 2 Make homemade soup for dinner tonight. Place cut up vegetables and cut up cooked meat or poultry in broth to cook together for 10 minutes, then add pasta and cook another 10 minutes. Add spices for taste. <BR> <BR> ____ Jan 3 Update your new 2014 calendar with monthly birthdays, anni... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:59:59 EST Week of December 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56120205 The new year is upon us. Here are a few mini-challenges to ensure you start 2014 off on an organized note... <BR> 1) Make exchanges Decide what gifts need to be exchanged and match the gift to its gift receipt. Then, go to the store and make your returns and exchanges. <BR> <BR> 2) Decrease your workload Try to decrease the amount of work you have to do this week. This isn't always easy, but maybe you could put in a few extra hours of work today and tomorrow so you can take a long weekend.... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:51:35 EST Clutter diet 31 tips 31 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x56095534 Starts January 1 2014: <link>www.clutterdiet.com/handouts/31tips3<BR>1days.pdf </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:47:31 EST Need input http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x56080095 I have to get a new vacuum. I am looking for something that is good at vacuuming bare floors. I really don't need anything for carpets. <BR> <BR> And then I would like opinions on mopping systems: Swiffer, Clorox, Steam? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:56:30 EST Week of December 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x56051604 If you're traveling during the holiday season, you already know there are going to be lines at airport check-in, traffic on the roads, and some grumpy people along the way. Don’t let all of this make you say Bah! Humbug! Follow this week’s mini challenges, and you’ll avoid a big time holiday meltdown!? <BR> <BR> 1) Pack early For most families, the 24 days leading up to Christmas are generally hectic. Pack early for holiday travel, or any travel for that matter. It will make this task much ... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:51:15 EST Week of December 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55980516 Say good-bye to clutter this week. Can you rise to our weekly challenge? <BR> <BR> 1) Set the stage Grab four very large, strong, disposable bags. Tape a sheet of paper to each one. Mark them 1) Donate, 2) Pass on to a Family Member or Friend Who Doesn’t Live Here, 3) Trash, 4) Undecided. <BR> <BR> 2) Choose a room - Weed out 10 Each day, choose a room. Bring your bags into this room. Your goal is to find and sort at least 10 items into these bags. Repeat every day until you’ve been in e... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 17:23:09 EST Get Organized in December http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55915060 Home Organization Project: Clutter & Donations <BR> December's home organization project is to declutter your home. First steps is to figure out why you are holding onto to clutter, and how to stop hoarding, then we will go through each space and declutter. Once done, we'll toss or donate the remains, making room for new items you'll purchase for the holidays. And don't forget, the best way to beat clutter is to have a plan to consistently declutter your home on a weekly basis. <link>person... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 23:05:54 EST Week of December 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55915010 With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, being organized is more necessary than ever! This week’s mini- challenges will help ensure nothing is left forgotten. <BR> <BR> 1) Make an out-of-town gift list Make a list of gifts that need to be shipped. To ensure they arrive by Christmas AND to ensure you’re not paying enormous overnight shipping fees, the USPS recommends mailing domestic items no later than December 14, and international items even earlier! <BR> <BR> 2) Wrap as yo... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 23:00:49 EST AAPT Club Attack A Pile Today Dec http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x55837211 Sorry folks, about slipping up on Nov; I was too busy cleaning to post! LOL. Seriously, we did some very satisfying major cleaning up and cleaning out. I am happy to be starting December with so much accomplished. <BR> <BR> AAPT goal for Dec: front closet Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:23:28 EST What I cleaned and organized - Dec. 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x55825415 Holy Cow !!!! It's December already. <BR> I know this month I am going to be making more messes than I'm cleaning up....so I guess I'm looking forward to January when all the Holiday stuff is put away. LOL <BR> What are your plans?? Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:43:05 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - December 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x55821364 Okay, here we go! New month. I'm busy working on a new website for my business and in the process have cleared the deck. I'm creating a notebook of past writing projects as I sort and toss some projects I don't want to continue with. And then there is holiday shopping... <BR> <BR> Yesterday my husband spilled pancake mix on a shelf in our pantry. Used it as an excuse to organize that shelf. <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 06:15:30 EST Week of December 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55817054 Week of December 1st This week's mini challenges are focused on reorganizing ONE closet in your home. Pick the closet that bothers you the most, for instance, your clothes closet, the kids' toy room closet, your linen closet, or maybe the pantry. <BR> 1) Interview yourself Ask yourself the following questions: How can I most effectively use this space? What storage do I have available? Do I need to add more storage? Do I really use the items in this closet? How many of each category do I nee... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:14:45 EST I apologize and the November 2013 Organizing Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55816995 that the November list was not posted. I was out of town on a family emergency. If you saw in the news anything about the El Paso pregnant woman that was beaten and stabbed (Rachel Poole), that is my daughter. I was a bit busy and was unable to take care of anything here. <BR> Here is the November list: <BR> November 2013 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 1 Take down your Halloween decorations, clean them, and pack them away in a labeled... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:07:09 EST December 2013 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55816940 December 2013 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Dec 1 Make your Christmas card or email greeting list. Print out address labels or handwrite the addresses and have the envelopes ready to go. Take some time and write a special greeting to close friends and family. Place stamps on the envelopes and set by your purse ready to mail. <BR> <BR> ____ Dec 2 Clean your kitchen cabinets with some wood oil soap and then polish them with lemon oil. Th... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 17:59:51 EST November 2013 Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55547413 ____ Nov 1 Take down your Halloween decorations, clean <BR> them, and pack them away in a labeled container. This would <BR> be a good time to discard any decorations you no longer <BR> use. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 2 Remember to set your clocks back an hour before <BR> you go to bed. Daylight Savings Time Ends at 2 a.m. <BR> tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 3 Spend some time with your family recording your <BR> memories of October in a family journal. If you don't have <BR> a family journal,... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 07:04:55 EST What I cleaned and organized - Nov. 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x55466435 I'm getting a little headstart on our thread for tomorrow. <BR> November - new month - fresh start...... <BR> <BR> And of course the busy holiday seasons. <BR> <BR> My first big task is having my house fumigated next week and I think I am all ready except for packing the food and medicines . <BR> Travelbug Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:28:57 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x55424710 Hi there!! I have always been very unorganized. Can yall help? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:54:41 EST Team points-section 3 on start page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55371137 Wow, I gave this team points in section 3 of start page and it gave 50 points. Not sure what that means or how it is used but pretty cool when the other teams got only 3 points. Lol <em>252</em> keep sparking. <em>246</em> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:09:59 EST Week of October 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55322171 What’s more important than our health? This week’s challenges will help ensure you’re focusing on feeling great each day. <BR> 1) Ladies, Get a Mammogram October 28th is Breast Cancer Awareness Day. If you haven’t had a mammogram lately, make an appointment today. Remind your female friends and family members to do the same. <BR> <BR> 2) Ditch Your Junk Food While potato chips and candy are fun treats on occasion, having healthy, nutritious foods on hand for day-to-day snacking will help e... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:00:25 EST Week of October 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55278102 I apologize for getting this to you late. My computer time has really been cut short: No excuse, just fact. <BR> <BR> 1) Clean up crumbs Wherever people eat in your house is where the crumbs will be found. Sweep up crumbs in your kitchen, or vacuum up crumbs in the living room or your vehicle. <BR> <BR> 2) Wipe out the microwave oven Remove the glass plate. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water halfway. Add a teaspoon of white vinegar. Place inside the microwave and microwave on high for ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:09:27 EST Week of October 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55153738 Let’s get ready for Halloween! This week’s mini challenges will give lead you down the right path. (None of these work for me, but maybe they'll be an idea for some of you.) <BR> <BR> 1) Purchase treats This week, pick up enough treats for the trick-or-treaters who will be arriving at your door in a few weeks. Place those treats in bowls and have them all ready for the big day. <BR> <BR> 2) Get costumes finalized Finalize costumes for anyone in your family who will be dressed up for tric... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 19:00:43 EST When it feels like there's just too much... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x55153726 Buried Alive - Digging Out From Your Clutter <BR> <BR> Do you often feel you are in a hole, buried by clutter? At some point we stop and wonder, do we own our possessions or do they control us? All we need to do is look in our kitchen cupboards. When is the last time we used the yogurt maker? Do you faithfully make your pasta from scratch? So many of our impulse purchases get stashed and forgotten. there's a subliminal pang of guilt when we see that fondue set on the top shelf of the pantry,... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 18:58:19 EST small steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x55132944 When Sparkpeople set up the #backontrack challenge on social media, I saw that many people did not want to do it through social media, So I asked if SP minded if I set up a team. I did. I used the idea of getting back on track in my house. Since I came home from my trip to visit family during the summer, I set up a system where I start a pan of dish water before I even start supper. I wash dishes once a day and it's then and immediately after supper. By doing this, I don't have a mess that d... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:00:15 EST Ideas for Pots/Pans/ Tupperware Lids!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x55127053 I need LOTS of help with organizing my kitchen, but the thing that drives me CRAZY is not having the correct lids to my tupperware and pots and pans!! My hubby often helps with the dishes and I go LOONEY trying to find my lids for my tupperware!!!! Do you store them in a container, stack them??? What works for you ???? Also, my counters are cluttered galore!!! My breakmaker, coffee maker, rice cooker,juicer,etc are on my counter. HELP!!! <em>46</em> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:11:04 EST What I cleaned and organized - Oct. 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x55118457 Hi all, <BR> Sorry I was at a quilting retreat and couldn't create our October thread until today. <BR> But It is still the beginning of a new month and a fresh start on getting and staying <BR> organized and "decluttered". <BR> <BR> I need to put away several bags of my quilting stuff - The retreat was 4 days and of <BR> course I took too much stuff with me - now I need to put it all away. <BR> --------------- <BR> Good news is that not being home - meant that the house stayed neat and ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 20:24:02 EST Get Organized in October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55105202 October Home Organization Project: Shoes, Boots & Closets <BR> <BR> The last time we did a closet, shoe and boot project was May, and now we'll reverse the process (after decluttering, of course) by storing summer clothes and shoes and organizing fall and winter wear. Begin moving lighter fabrics into storage and locate your winter gear like knee-high boots, scarves, hats and clothes. If you stored clothing with your dry cleaner in the Spring (I store my winter wool coats), pick it/them up n... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:20:32 EST Week of September 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55105175 Who doesn't love a party? Fall is often a great time to have a party, maybe to cheer on your favorite sports team, to honor a birthday OR to celebrate Halloween. Whatever the reason, these 5 planning tips will help you get started. <BR> 1) Use a Party Notebook Get a notebook specifically for planning your parties. Keep all of your information in it for easy planning now, and easy reference later. <BR> <BR> 2) Set a Theme, Date, Time and Place What theme are you doing for your party? Footbal... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:17:30 EST October 2013 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x55105066 by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 1 Now is a good time to take inventory and organize your shoes and sandals. Pack summer sandals and shoes in clear plastic boxes and bring out your fall and winter shoes. <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 2 Dust the top of your refrigerator or freezer. Minimize items stored on the surface. <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 3 Wash your bathroom mirrors. Start from the top and work your way to the bottom of the mirror. <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 4 Make plans fo... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:08:58 EST What I cleaned and organized - October 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x55103405 Hope a team leader will make this a sticky topic. <BR> <BR> Didn't want to reply on September, since I did exactly diddley-squat yesterday except stress over the (then) impending shutdown. Today is the first day of furlough, and you'd think I'd get a lot done. Well, I did, but much of it was fitness or Facebook rants. As for the rest, I cleaned all the toilets, paid bills while we still have money in the bank, collected end-of-quarter paperwork for our club's volksmarches (except for the ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:36:22 EST I could use some help please:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x55068013 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 21:37:37 EST Support SP By Voting For It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54991909 I read CHERYL_ANNE's blog this morning, and learned that SP can win an ad at the 2/2/2014 Big Game (yes, that one!) You can help, by voting daily. <BR> <BR> Software superstar Intuit is offering one small business a TV commercial on the 2014 Big Game. It's the world's biggest stage, and a lucky small business could strut their stuff along with some of the familiar giant companies. Some folks watch just for the ads! <BR> Here's the link to read the entry and vote <BR> <link>intuit.me/1eZef1W... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:31:25 EST Week of September 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54984145 Procrastination means putting off doing something that needs to be done. If you are a procrastinator, then you definitely need to read these 5 mini-challenges for this week! Learn how to eliminate procrastination AND get your tasks done at the same time. <BR> <BR> 1) Make a SHORT List Make a list of 2 things you've been procrastinating on. Then choose one of those items to focus and work on. Don't even consider starting the second item until the first one is finished!. <BR> <BR> 2) Break ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:38:06 EST AAPT Club Attack A Pile Today Sept/Oct http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x54921833 I really need this thread; it helps me notice what I've done that's good. Today I've cleared several small piles in the office. Seems like most of my cleaning efforts of late are small things, the sort that add up, but don't necessarily look like you've done much at the time. My biggie this weekend was attacking my CD collection and reducing it by a third. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:41:32 EST Making the bed every day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x54909099 I am trying very hard to make my bed everyday so thought I would start a thread to try to post my progress/streaks. anybody want to join me? <BR> <BR> anybody else find that their day seems to go smoother if they take the time to make their bed? <BR> <BR> Day 2 of making bed. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:39:35 EST Week of September 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54904309 Need more hours in your day? Here you go! Do these mini challenges, and you’ll find them! <BR> 1) Make an Effort to Limit Social Media You don't need to avoid social media….you just need to limit it. Social media can soak up A LOT of hours each day. If you find yourself spending tons of time on the Internet socializing, then you definitely need to set limits. Allow yourself 15 minutes each day, or set aside 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes before bed. <BR> <BR> 2) Eliminate Distrac... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:08:45 EST OMG - SPICE MAGIC TOO GIRLS/GUYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54888578 hi again - well i took a look at all my spices - some in bottles of various sizes, in bags or big plastic containers. some too old - some not so old - etc. <BR> keeping in the same mind set as the acrylic for the bath - i decided to go and get something to organize all my spices. <BR> i bought these beautiful domed clear acrylic cake savers - they are perfect for all the same size bottles. with all the labels facing outwardly you can see what is in the bottle and i dated the lids whic... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:37:29 EST MY BATHRM IS MAGIC -all from SOLUTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54866828 so i saw this on TV and cannot take credit for thinking it up - but i am so glad i tried it. <BR> it was a make up artist showing how he organizes and keeps all of his many items straight and easy to find. also hygienic and fresh <BR> he went to SOLUTIONS and bought all the many acryllic shapes and sizes of containers. they are stackable = they are brilliant and THEY ARE CLEAR. <BR> cause i have a literally 100 bags of makeup- ones for travel - which i never look into from six mos to a... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:08:18 EST Organizing your online life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x54818787 How to keep all types of online activities organized. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:05:40 EST Week of September 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54817795 Another school year is underway. Whether you've sent your children off to school OR you're going back to school yourself, the following tips will definitely help you make the grade. <BR> <BR> 1) Make a Checklist <BR> <BR> 2) Set-up a Week-at-a-Glance Schedule <BR> <BR> 3) Create an Effective, Comfortable Study Area <BR> <BR> 4) Preparation is Key <BR> <BR> 5) Cramming is Crummy <BR> <BR> You can find the details here: <link>www.getorganizednow.com/organizing-c<BR>hallenge.html?... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:15:22 EST The Lazy Person's Guide to Cleaning House Quickly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54817791 `I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.' --Joan Rivers <BR> <BR> Many of us empathize with Ms. Rivers's quip. We may like things neat and clean, but we don't especially like making them that way. Being lazy about housework does not mean we are lying on the couch watching soap operas. It often just means we are busy, or that we can think of more interesting ways of spending our time. So we look for shortcuts, ways of kee... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:15:03 EST E-Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54801637 Thank you Rebecca for your efforts to share good ebooks that were listed as FREE. <BR> That was a wonderful act of kindness on your part .... <BR> I for one -- Appreciated it, and used the opportunity to read for free. <BR> <BR> <BR> General Information: <BR> <BR> E-Books for Kindle are frequently free on Amazon daily. <BR> Simply go to the category that you are interested in, in this case organized living (or whatever) <BR> Click on the sort LOW TO HIGH..... <BR> Viola` --- the free book... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 08:57:25 EST recipes for household cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x54797662 Today I found the recipe for Toilet bombs by Maria Self. I made them tonight. I don't know if they're going to work as she described, but oh, do they smell good. I was fortunate in that I had all the ingredients on hand. (I did run out of lemon oil so I added orange oil). <BR> If you're interested in finding the recipe, you can search for Maria self toilet bombs. <BR> <BR> At this point, I'm just a bit gun shy at posting links for fear I'll be accused of "spamming." So you'll have to sear... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 22:15:26 EST What I cleaned and organized - Sept. 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54739355 Moved to the other September thread......I must not be thinking clearly......because I started on too.......so I moved to the other thread.... OOPS Sun, 1 Sep 2013 12:29:31 EST What I cleaned and organized - September 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54735621 New month. While I know there are lots of seasonal things to do ahead, I am at this time organizing for a visit from my sister and her husband next week. Planning meals and events. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 06:20:16 EST Get Organized in September http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54731144 September Home Organization Project: Bathrooms & Linen Closets <BR> Back to school, back to work after Labor Day and back to the grind, in September we're diving back into the bathroom and linen closet. Why? because now is a great time to get these areas decluttered and organized before the holidays kick-in in late October. This way you're not doing a total overhaul of these spaces before guests show up at your front door. <BR> <BR> All this and more can be found here: <link>personalorga... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 18:36:26 EST Week of September 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54731093 Did you know that, on average, we spend one third of our lives in our bedroom? Based on that, this week's challenges will focus on the master bedroom. <BR> <BR> 1) Make Your Bed Make your bed every day this week, right after you get up in the morning. It only takes a minute, makes your bed more inviting in the evening, and ensures your room look more organized. <BR> <BR> 2) A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place Put your stuff away, right away. Hang up your work clothes or pla... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 18:28:54 EST September 2013 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54731055 by Maria Gracia <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Sep 1 Set up a family message center. Include the school schedule and bus schedule. Spiff up your front porch. <BR> <BR> ____ Sep 2 Go on a date with your spouse, a friend, one of your kids, or someone else who is special to you. Put away the cell phones and focus on each other. <BR> <BR> ____ Sep 3 Spiff up the front porch. Sweep the porch and steps, replace the welcome mat, wash the front door, and hang a cute welcome... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 18:23:13 EST Does anybody have this problem? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54721896 I have a lot of stuff and I'd like organize but I haven't been able to get around to it yet. With the long hours at work and trying to study which is as if I'm going to school, I just don't have any time left. If I had any time, I feel that I should be studying as I'm way behind in my career. <BR> <BR> This pattern has been going on for 4 years. I mean I'm not the best organizer in the world and this is not an excuse. But has anyone else have a similar situation where they just can't get to ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:35:25 EST Week of August 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54648349 This week’s mini challenges all focus on the end of summer! End the season off right. 1) Clean Out Waste Containers Empty and clean out garbage and recycling containers. Use a hose and soap to give these receptacles a thorough cleaning. <BR> <BR> 2) Avoid Overcrowding of Bulbed Plants Examine your flower beds, especially if you have plants that grow from bulbs. Often, the bulbs multiply and can create overcrowding. Now is a great time to split the bulbs, dry the ones you pull out, and then ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:37:55 EST The team for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x54580847 Hi everyone, my name is Tonya, and this seems like the team for me. Between work and school, I don't have much time, but I keep things neat and clean, but my organizational skills need a little work. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:32:42 EST Week of August 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54572869 This week’s mini challenges all focus on back to school. Make this season your most organized yet! <BR> <BR> 1) Designate a Homework Station Whether it’s the kitchen table, a desk in your family room, or a bedroom, there is where all homework will be done when your kids arrive home from school. This area should be stocked with pens, pencils, and anything else needed to complete homework. <BR> <BR> 2) Set up a BackPack Station Hang sturdy hooks near your exit door. The night before, make s... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:28:16 EST I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x54563259 Don't know where to start iam bad at organizing things I have stuff pilled everywhere Sun, 18 Aug 2013 00:32:57 EST Rewards for finishing a task or meeting a goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x54538316 25 Rewards for Accomplishing Your TO DOs <BR> <BR> 1. Take a break to hang out with your Facebook friends. <BR> <BR> 2. Spend 10 minutes reading a book or enjoying your favorite magazine. <BR> <BR> 3. Blend yourself a fruit smoothie and enjoy it in your favorite space. <BR> <BR> 4. Play with your kids and/or your pets. <BR> <BR> 5. Enjoy your favorite TV show or DVD. <BR> <BR> 6. Sign up for a fun online class. <BR> <BR> 7. Enjoy a relaxing bath or hot shower. <BR> <BR> 8. Go out for ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:41:07 EST 10 minute tasks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x54538292 25 Organizing TO DOs You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less <BR> <BR> 1) Weed out your junk drawer discarding anything unidentifiable. <BR> <BR> 2) Transfer large and rarely used appliances to someplace else in your home. Better yet, donate those appliances you hardly use. <BR> <BR> 3) Make sure every room has a wastepaper basket (also include one for the car). Then, store extra garbage bags or trash liners in your waste baskets to make emptying out the trash an even easier chore. <BR> <BR> 4) ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:39:18 EST Week of August 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54488350 1) Clear Your Office Desk Pull every sheet of paper off your desk and tackle the documents you've removed. Decide whether each piece of paper is a keeper or if it can be dumped. Then file it in an appropriate spot. This is how your desk should look at the end of each day...clutter-free. <BR> <BR> 2) Clear Out the Shower Get rid of empty shampoo bottles, unused bits of soap, and old body wash sponges. Then give your shower a thorough wipe- down. <BR> <BR> 3) Clear the Medicine Cabinet Empt... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:03:43 EST Week of August 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54405821 Week of August 4th This week, take 15-20 minutes out of each day to complete the following tasks. Each of them, barring any unusual circumstances, should take you less than 20 minutes to accomplish. <BR> <BR> 1) Tidy Up Your Family's Most Popular Room Set a timer for 15 minutes and tidy up the most used room in your house. If you enlist the entire family, this task could even incorporate dusting and vacuuming. <BR> <BR> 2) Clean Out Your Purse or Wallet Empty the contents of your purse a... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:02:39 EST August 2013 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54405801 by Maria Gracia <BR> <link>http://www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Aug 1 Spiff up your front porch. Sweep the porch and steps, replace the welcome mat, wash the front door, and hang a cute welcome sign on the door. <BR> <BR> ____ Aug 2 Go on a date with your spouse, a friend, one of your kids, or someone else who is special to you. Put away the cell phones and focus on each other. <BR> <BR> ____ Aug 3 School will be starting soon, so check on what supplies you need to stock... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:00:57 EST Get organized in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x54405559 August Home Organization Project: Paper, Daily Routines & Finances <BR> Back to school is the theme of getting organized in August. Follow our Back to School Guide to simplify the process. This is also the ideal time to fine-tune your daily routine before the school year begins (no matter how long it's been since I was in school, i still think of September as the real "new years"), and midway through the financial year, check in with your finances, including organizing paper clutter and shred... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:45:41 EST What I cleaned and organized - August 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54348666 OK - here we are with a new month a fresh start..... <BR> I hope to keep up my momentum in August. I still have a long to-do list, <BR> but I kind of feel like I have things under control.....................except <BR> the garage.....LOL Thu, 1 Aug 2013 01:38:12 EST Advance Directive is a Must for Every Adult http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54215229 Advance Directive is a Must for Every Adult <BR> <BR> Every adult (18 and older) should have a signed advance health directive so doctors know who to contact in case the person can no longer make their own health care decisions (coma or serious accident, etc.) One example that is available online is the "Five Wishes" form that is legal in 42 states in the US. <BR> <BR> If you have assets or dependent children, you need a signed will. Please do not put off getting these legal documents in or... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:02:51 EST Using the 5-5-5 Strategy to Get Everyone Involved http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x54204371 We have tried this at my house and it works very well as long as we all do it! <BR> <BR> Everyday everyone in the house has to: <BR> <BR> Put away 5 things. <BR> Put 5 things in the donation box. <BR> Throw away 5 things. <BR> <BR> I call it 5-5-5! <BR> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:08:51 EST AAPT Attack A Pile Today Club July/Aug 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x54053291 Did a good job of prioritizing what really needed to be done before going out of town tomorrow. Piles: papers so I could rearrange appointments and pay bills. Cleaned up kitchen from cooking lots of stuff to leave for husband. House overall tidy before women's spirituality group here tonight. A good day! Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:58:30 EST Paint http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53955338 How do you get paint off from carpet? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 07:09:13 EST What I cleaned and orgranized - July 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53953643 OMG - I can't believe that it is July already. <BR> Looking back, I did get several things done.............but the blasted garage is still <BR> like an albatross hanging around my neck. I did take 2 more boxes to the goodwill today, but <BR> I would love to empty out the garage and really get it organized. <BR> I'm looking forward to a fresh start for July. <BR> <BR> How about you??? <BR> OOPS - just saw that I mis-spelled the word Organized in the title for the thread this month.... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 00:09:42 EST Feeling Overwhelmed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53883625 ...and not by my weight loss plans! Usually that's what overwhelms me... but this time, it's cleaning stuff out that's got me underwater. <BR> <BR> My mom and I are moving sometime soon (we're going to look at a second round of houses next Monday), and whatever house we get is going to be much smaller than where we live now. We've been downsizing on and off for years, literally. We clean stuff out and take loads to donate or trash, but it feels like we never make progress... we just have ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:02:10 EST Yard Sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53868520 Yup getting ready to do a yard sale this coming weekend. (Have been putting it off and look I'm on spark distracting myself from the things I need to price and sort.) <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips on how to have a successful yard sale? I have one small table I can use and several totes but not much more for displaying items. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:43:50 EST decluttering friend ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53753857 would like to find some1 that is also decluttering and cleaning. i am thinking of taken daily photos and sharing with friend for ideas and it would help me get motivated bc of embarrassment. any1 withy me? Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:31:35 EST Help please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53739968 hello all thank you fo letting me be a part of your group :) <BR> I need to get my house and life more organized and need to do it fast. <BR> My house has turned into something I hate being in. I would loved to get org, and start a hobby :) like sewing or something <BR> My life is a mess <em>39</em> <BR> I dont have much income but have spent $7000.00 more then I bring in this year. I dont bring in much more then that a year but I do make enough not to get help from food stamps or what not... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:37:28 EST Week of June 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x53663105 1) One Load a Day Make a commitment this week to throw in one load of laundry each day. Taking a few minutes each day to do this will save you 'loads' of time this weekend. <BR> <BR> 2) Clean Out the Gutters Be advised on this challenge…safety first. Check the gutters around your house, are they clear of debris? If not, make sure to clean them out before your next rain shower, or pay a handyman to do the job for you. <BR> <BR> 3) Delete, delete, delete Spend some time today clearing out y... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 21:43:58 EST June 2013 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x53663078 by Maria Gracia <BR> http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 1 Call your family together and schedule out your month. Have each family member bring their ideas and schedules with them. Designate one person to write everyone's schedules on one family calendar. <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 2 Choose a good book that you have wanted to share with your family. If it is nice outside, take blankets out and read out loud. You could even take turns reading the book. <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 3 Take a ladd... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 21:40:28 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x53582558 My name is Barbara and I REALLY need this site! When we moved here 10 years ago everything had a place and everything was in it's place. I was out of commission for several years recently so that left everything to my husband. We have very different ideas of what to keep and what to get rid of, AND our thinking on organization are poles apart! Just today I was thinking I needed help in tossing things and finding places for other things; and here you are! TBTG! <em>381</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 01:58:41 EST What I cleaned and organized - June 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53557465 I can't believe it is June already. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:02:24 EST Week of May 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x53491693 1) Seed your lawn Have bare patches on your lawn where the grass is supposed to be? Harsh seasonal weather can do that. Seed your lawn in those bare spots, and be sure to water each day if it doesn’t rain. <BR> <BR> 2) Switch one bill to online bill paying If you’ve been meaning to try online bill paying for awhile, see if you like doing so by trying out online bill paying with just one of your bills, like the cable bill, electric bill, or whatever company you’re using that provides online ... Mon, 27 May 2013 00:18:16 EST Organizing kitchen? Any ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53450799 This week I've lost kitchen supplies, measuring spoons, blender, etc. I need to get the kitchen organized any ideas. I've also learned I'm buying things I already own (two crock pots) because I can't find the first one. Any ideas will be appreciated. Thu, 23 May 2013 12:10:02 EST AAPT Club May-June '13 (Attack A Pile Today) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x53323653 Catchup from yesterday: <BR> Cooked pile of beans from garden <BR> Cleaned kitchen <BR> Did laundry Mon, 13 May 2013 06:19:53 EST Week of May 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x53308321 1) Plan 3 days worth of meals Don’t leave your meal planning until the last minute. Plan at least 3 days worth of meals this week. <BR> <BR> 2) Purge old cosmetics Get rid of all those old cosmetics you’re never going to use again. <BR> <BR> 3) Weed out old computer files Still have old Word documents created years ago that are of no use to you today. Delete them and clear off some space on your computer hard drive. <BR> <BR> 4) DVD Sort: Sort through old movie DVDs and donate those yo... Sat, 11 May 2013 20:34:15 EST Week of May 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x53222011 1) Mother’s Day is next week. What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Are you going to host a dinner, make reservations at a restaurant? Don’t wait until the ‘11th hour’ to start planning. Think ahead today! <BR> <BR> 2) Purge your purse or wallet Go through your purse or wallet, eliminating those items you don’t need or never use. Remove all old receipts, gum wrappers and other trash. <BR> <BR> 3) Turn off the television Don’t turn on the television tonight. Spend time talking with your fa... Sat, 4 May 2013 22:02:56 EST Organized travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53217330 I find I'm traveling a lot once more. <BR> <BR> I used to take a roller bag, but I challenged myself to one bag, under the seat. <BR> <BR> My last trip was 12 days in three climates. NYC, snowy Rocky Mountains, warmer Denver. <BR> <BR> I use a Kelty red tail backpack, sorting cubes and compression sacks. <BR> With a trade show in New York, I needed company shirts, longer sleeved shirts underneath (personal modesty) and fresh trousers for three days. <BR> In the snow, I needed a lightweigh... Sat, 4 May 2013 13:02:01 EST What I cleaned and organized - May 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x53174000 Holy Cow.....It's May already - where did April go? <BR> It felt like it was only about 2 weeks long. <BR> But, I am proud to say that I made a lot of progress in April and managed to keep things pretty well organized and extra stuff GONE GONE GONE !!! <BR> If feels great !! <BR> <BR> How did you do???? Wed, 1 May 2013 02:38:02 EST Week of 4/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x53131666 1) Lawn mower tune-up When is the last itme your lawn mower had a tune-up? Bring it in for some much needed TLC and don’t forget to get the blades sharpened. <BR> <BR> 2) Spring clean your birdhouses Your home isn’t the only one that deserves a ‘spring cleaning’. Clean out the birdfeeders, give them a good scrubbing and when dry give your birds some fresh seeds. <BR> <BR> 3) Cut-back perennials If you haven’t already, cut back your perennials to ground level and remove all ‘dead’ foliage.... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 20:24:01 EST May 2013 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x53131644 May 2013 Organizing Checklist; by Maria Gracia; http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ May 1 Today is May Day. Traditionally flowers are given anonymously to neighbors. Pick a small bouquet of any kind of flower, tie a string around the stems, make a basket with a handle out of construction paper then hang the flowers on a neighbor's doorknob. <BR> <BR> ____ May 2 Your outside plants and shrubs are taking off growing and they need a dose of fertilizer this time of year to keep them v... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 20:21:56 EST Week of 4/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x53034552 1) Make an exercise commitment Make a commitment to exercise for the next 5 days. Write down on a calendar when you plan to exercise each day this week AND how long. Will you walk with your spouse for 30 minutes or pop in an exercise DVD before leaving for work? <BR> <BR> 2) Prepare your fruits and veggies If you haven't already, take a few extra minutes to 'prepare' your fruits and vegetables. This includes washing everything, peeling, dicing and storing your produce in storage bags. <BR>... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:14:24 EST What is your favorite place to donate clothing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x52920678 I learned about a new place to give old clothes, jewelry and shoes. A friend told me she knows about a shelter for women who come out of prison. When they come out they have only what they are wearing and a little bag of personal items. I am creating a bag to pass on items that I hope will make a difference to them. <BR> <BR> It got me wondering where everyone donates clothes and where they LIKE to donate things. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:40:29 EST Week of 4/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52889219 1) Get your lawn care stuff ready Many places around the world are thawing out after a long winter. That means the new grass and plants (along with the weeds) will start growing. Do something before that happens, like getting your lawn mower serviced, contacting a weed control company, or purchasing some grass seed for areas that need to be re-seeded. <BR> <BR> 2) Recycle old magazines and newspapers If you have stacks of old magazines and newspapers laying around, this week is as good a ti... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:05:38 EST What I cleaned and organized - April 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x52773851 A new month - a fresh start on our organizing. <BR> The weather is so much better now and makes me feel more like clearing stuff out and getting organized - "Spring Cleaning" <BR> I really hope to make some progress on my garage this month. <BR> I have been looking a pictures of really neat tidy garages and those with amazing storage cabinets etc. <BR> Wish me luck...... <BR> Travelbug Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:43:19 EST Get Organized in April Checklist: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52773726 Getting organized in April may be a challenge. Spring has sprung! April seems to awaken a deep desire to be outside with thoughts of flowers, warm(er) weather and fun. On the other hand, April is a very serious month when it comes to getting your taxes done and your home spring cleaned. Follow our guide and get to it! <BR> Get Organized in April Checklist: <BR> ___Time to begin planning summer travel. Fun! Check out our top Tips for Organized Travel <link>personalorganizing.about.com/od/ho... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:26:44 EST April 2013 Organizing Checklis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52773619 April 2013 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Apr 1 Today is April fool's day. Today is a good day to stay watchful and alert or risk being fooled! <BR> <BR> ____ Apr 2 Begin spring cleaning today, if you have not already. One method for cleaning is to clean one room at a time. The main tasks of spring cleaning involve <BR> uncluttering, dusting, vacuuming and washing, then organizing. <BR> <BR> ____ Apr 3 Wash and then store your winter oute... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:14:44 EST Week of 3/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52773585 1) Finalize your Easter outfit If you’re planning an outing for Easter, be sure you have an outfit chosen from the main outfit, to any hosiery needed, undergarments, shoes, purse (if applicable) and accessories. If not, you may have to stop out this week and go shopping. (a little late for this one--should have had it last week) <BR> <BR> 2) Dust bookshelves Choose a bookcase or bookshelves. Remove any books (weeding out any you no longer need) dust the shelves well, and then return the boo... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:08:48 EST Week of 3/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52678312 1) Seasonal Clothing Exchange Pull out and dust off the seasonal clothes you put in storage this fall. Determine what items you no longer use and donate them. Then put the rest away in your dresser and closet. <BR> <BR> 2) Storing Winter Clothes On the same token, neatly put away your winter clothes. Make an honest effort to donate the clothing items you really didn’t wear this season. <BR> <BR> 3) Wash Window Treatments Take down all your window treatments, like drapes/curtains, and brin... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:11:50 EST Week of 3/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52566103 1) ONE space reorganization Spring is the perfect time of year to organize. Pick ONE closet, cabinet, drawer, bin or box to clean and reorganize. <BR> <BR> 2) Check your batteries The best time to change your smoke alarm batteries is Daylight Savings Time. But if you forgot, this is a friendly reminder to change those batteries! <BR> <BR> 3) Vacuum inside your furniture Take some extra time and vacuum in the crevices and other hard- to-reach places in your furniture. You may be surprised ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 22:02:32 EST Need a 20inch wall bed system in Toronto. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x52510440 I am looking for a interior organizer who can provide me a wall bed system. I heard that it will be a good idea to conserve space. Do anyone bought this product from Toronto? I recently heard about Organized interiors( <link>www.organizedinteriors.ca </link> ) from one of this forum member. Are they good? I would like to know more about it also recommend me a good firm here who can do this. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 02:19:41 EST Answers thread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x52508335 This is where I will post the questions I mail to you. Here is where you can post any suggestions to help them. Thanks. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:23:36 EST Building a Better Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x52488667 Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:33 EST AAPT Club Mar-Apr 2013 Attack A Pile Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x52484819 Aargh! I haven't used this topic in far too long. Notice I'm being kind to myself and making this one for Mar-Apr. Today: impeccably organized bag for work. Only problem: I left a key folder on the dining room table where I was studying it. Not to worry; I've made it just fine so far without it. <BR> <BR> After nearly a month of being away, daughter moving across the country, and big workload, "I'm so far behind, I think I'm first!" Not original with me; I spotted it a in co-worker... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:22:28 EST Get Organized in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52460001 March Home Organization Project: Paper, Daily Routines & Finances <BR> Getting organized in March involves getting ready for Spring. And, have I already mentioned college basketball? Keep watching. Also: Get a jump on Spring Cleaning by first decluttering your home and office. On a more serious note, it's a good month to do your yearly financial check up. <BR> <BR> Get Organized in March Checklist: <BR> <BR> ___Get your mail organized with Getting Started with Paper Management. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 17:31:55 EST Week of 3/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52459985 1) Dust off chandeliers and lighting fixtures If you’re seeing some dust on your chandeliers and lighting fixtures, get them cleaned off this week. <BR> <BR> 2) Evaluate your sleep time Not enough shut eye these days? It’s a great week to adjust that. Try getting to bed a bit earlier. Even 30 minutes more sleep each night can make all the difference! <BR> <BR> 3) Scrub the tub Give all the bathtubs in your house a good cleaning. <BR> <BR> 4) What’s lurking under your bed? It’s the perfe... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 17:28:36 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x52377065 Hi Everyone <em>213</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 03:49:56 EST Deleted Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x52368069 <BR> Deleted post Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:05:25 EST March 2013 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52347303 by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 1 Spring cleaning is just around the corner. Inventory your spring cleaning supplies. Replenish if necessary. <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 2 Make a list of at least three goals you would like to achieve in March. Schedule time on your calendar to begin working on the first one. <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 3 Today is a good day for some indoor family and/or friend activity such as a matinee or visit the local mall for window shopping. <BR> <BR... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:18:07 EST What I cleaned and organized - March 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x52333934 HI all, <BR> Here we are with a new month and a fresh start..... <BR> I fell like I did pretty well in February...... I took some things to the Goodwill and purged several things out of the house and yard. <BR> I have much more to do.......but I'll keep plugging away at it. <BR> Travelbug Fri, 1 Mar 2013 01:52:45 EST 7 Garden To-Dos for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52286593 --Plant potatoes as soon as the grass begins to turn green. <BR> <BR> -- If you live north of the Mason Dixon line plant grapes as soon as the soil is workable. Southern gardeners should plant grapes in fall so they will have plenty of time to get established before summer heat sets in. <BR> <BR> --As temperatures begin to warm and plants emerge from dormancy, slowly remove protective mulches. Beware of removing mulches too soon since hard freezes are still possible. <BR> <BR> --Transplant... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:13:51 EST Week of 2/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52253347 1) Clean out your refrigerator Empty your refrigerator and throw-out all unused/old food. Wash the shelves, including the fruit and vegetable bins. <BR> <BR> 2) Go healthy food shopping Head to the grocery store and stock up on healthy fruits and vegetables, nuts and lean proteins. Buy the ingredients to make a delicious salad and organize your food purchases in the freshly cleaned refrigerator. <BR> <BR> 3) Create a fruit bowl For the rest of the week, keep a bowl of freshly washed fruit... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:16:19 EST Cleaning the dishwasher http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x52227943 If I may, I have something to add to cleaning the dishwasher: the gasket and around the seal of the door gets extremely dirty--I have left it until it's built up and hardened and would like some advice on how to clean it. It can get built up to where the door doesn't close properly and can leak or not work at all. Any suggestions? Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:39:01 EST time management http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x52223696 5 Quick Time Management Tips <BR> <BR> * Make your physical environment at work and home more efficient by having frequently used items readily accessible. Instead of running from the kitchen to the bedroom every time you need your scissors, buy an extra pair and keep them in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> * Set up a bill-paying center wherever you like to pay bills. Stock an attractive basket or a plastic container with checks, stamps, envelopes, pens, return address stamper and calculator, and ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:43:20 EST Clutter Busting 1-2-3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x52197216 Clutter can enter your life starting as small as a sticky note left on the table. Little by little, without you even knowing it's happening, clutter can transform itself into mountains...some that seem too overwhelming to bust through. <BR> <BR> How does this happen? Sometimes, you may be too tired to put your things away. You may feel an item may be useful to use someday. You may have developed a sentimental attachment to your things. Perhaps you spent a lot of money on something, and even ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:18:38 EST Feeling like I'm not doing enough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x52192609 The past couple days, I've been cleaning out my crafting closet. I was super motivated for a while, but now the doubts are starting to creep in... mostly telling me that I'm not getting rid of enough. <BR> <BR> I'm moving in a few months, most likely to a much smaller place. While I've eliminated a lot of stuff, I still have a lot... and now I feel like I need to start all over again. (I've already finished going through one room and getting it ready to move.) I know intellectually that ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:22:47 EST Week of 2/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52154968 1) Research a past or present president President’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February, and was established in 1885 to recognized George Washington’s birthday. Today, we mark this day as a celebration of all past and present United States Presidents. <BR> <BR> 2) Inventory your coat closet We are midway through the winter season. Now is a great time to inventory your hats, gloves, scarves, etc. Make sure all gloves and mittens have their mates, all coats have working zippers,... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:16:32 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x52112906 Hi Everybody! I'm Tara. This is my fourth time on Sparkpeople and i'm just 4 lbs. shy of having lost 100 lbs. since 2006. I'm really hoping this time I can keep my internet more than two months after making this account. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:35:07 EST Week of 2/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x52057688 1) Disinfect your phones Lightly wet a paper towel with simple alcohol or disinfecting spray and wipe the mouthpiece of your phones. <BR> <BR> 2) Buy a supply of postage stamps Get enough postage stamps to last you for a month or two, so you don’t have to keep running back and forth to the post office. You can even order them online these days. <BR> <BR> 3) Shake your keyboard Turn your computer keyboard upside down over your trash container. Lightly shake from side to side and top to bot... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:43:44 EST Hello team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x52053325 I'm Mandy. I joined the team hoping to find some inspiration and accountability in the organization department. I have made great strides in the last 4 or so months and want to keep it up and build on the habits I've started. <BR> <BR> I have a two week rotation for housework and have "declutter something" on each week. This works really wells for me. Just one little project every week has really made a difference around here. <BR> <BR> I really struggle at the office as well. Hopi... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:05:02 EST AAPT Club Feb 2013 (Attack A Pile Today) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x52038093 Darn! I really am behind. Here it is, Feb 8, and no AATP club for this month. OK, here's a little catch up. Last Saturday, the 2nd, I hired a new friend to help me do some cleaning and organizing. I knew we wouldn't get it all done, but I was very pleased with what we accomplished. My bedroom has stayed presentable for a whole week. On Tuesday, our daughter came over and fixed dinner. While she was working, I made some inroads on The Kitchen Junk Drawer. Granted, it doesn't look any ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 12:45:11 EST Hellooo from Buffalo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x52032526 Hi so one of my spark friends "ILUVU2" is on this team and I decided to check it out. I feel so lazy at times and was a neat freak years ago, but since I've gotten older, I just don't seem to care too much about being a clean freak, but I WOULD like to get my clutter in order and find the desire and energy to do so. <BR> <BR> deb Fri, 8 Feb 2013 05:09:26 EST Week of 2/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51936685 1) Create a cold-relief stash You just never know when you’re going to wake up with a cold. Be sure you have a cold-relief stash on hand that includes a box of tissues, throat lozengers, Vick’s vapor rub, lip moisturizer, tea bags, honey sticks, and the like. Store everything together in a container in a cool dry place so you can grab it quickly at a moment’s notice. <BR> <BR> 2) Designate a hot beverages section Somewhere in your kitchen, designate a shelf or drawer for hot beverage suppli... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 22:42:52 EST Get Organized in February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51936656 February Home Organization Project: The Kitchen (links to all resources mentioned here can be found at the link located at the bottom of this post) <BR> <BR> February's home organization project is the kitchen which will keep you in-doors and warm during this month of often cold and unforgiving weather. <BR> <BR> Get Organized in the Kitchen Resources: <BR> --How to Organize a Kitchen <BR> --5 Steps to Organize a Kitchen Pantry <BR> --5 Steps to Organize Kitchen Cabinets <BR> --Must-Have Ki... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 22:40:06 EST February 2013 Organizing checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51936617 February 2013 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Feb 1 Take a careful look at your winter wardrobe. What clothes so far have been worn less frequently or not at all? Designate a box or bag for Goodwill and place in it any items you have not worn yet this winter. <BR> <BR> ____ Feb 2 Ground Hog Day! Hopefully, Punxsutawney Phil will come out of hibernation signaling an earlier arrival of spring weather. Celebrate the day at dinner by preparing ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 22:36:38 EST What I cleaned and organized - February 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51921640 Here's to a new month: <BR> Let's keep at it. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:25:29 EST Seeking health and new experiences http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x51911809 Hi, After years of trying to lose these extra pounds on my own, I was introducted to this program and am excited to be challenged by many others with the same problems and interests. I look forward to see the numbers of the scale go down and the inches from the waist and hips silip closer to healthy numbers. I am recently retired from full time employment and miss the interaction with people so I am looking forward to making many friends on this site. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:00:28 EST spice cabinet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x51881233 Does anyone have any ideas on how to organize and keep organized a small cabinet full of a gazillion different herbs and spices? Mine is a mess and remains a mess no matter what I do! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:27:59 EST Week of 1/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51856054 1) Make a meal with someone else If you’re the main cook in your house every single day, why not get someone else, like a spouse, son, daughter, or live-in relative to help out with a meal this week? They can chop, while you stir. They can season, while you check for doneness. If you live by yourself, invite a friend over to make a meal with you...and then both of you can enjoy it together! <BR> <BR> 2) Weed out plastic containers Go through your kitchen stash of plastic containers and dona... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:58:10 EST Week of 1/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51743766 1) Send a ‘Thank You’ note...or two Who have you mean meaning to thank, but keep putting off the task? Write one or two thank you notes today, and get them in the mail. <BR> <BR> 2) Declutter your OTC medicine stash Check through your over-the-counter medicine stash and safely dispose of anything that has expired and/or you’ll never use. <BR> <BR> 3) Vacuum your car Vacuum the interior of your car, including the mats. <BR> <BR> 4) Make a spring cleaning checklist Winter is the perfe... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:37:20 EST Longtime Lurker.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x51742212 Hello. I've been a member for quite awhile, but I haven't been as active as I should be. <BR> <BR> I am really trying to get organized. I used to be very fit and organized, and now I am disorganized and not so fit. :-( <BR> <BR> Actually, I am organized overall, but the house is way, way more cluttered than I would like. <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge is my children's outgrown clothes and toys. I have two boys, 5 years apart, so I have a huge buildup of toys and clothes and they don't ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:57:45 EST New to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x51673016 Hey, everyone! I'm Lisa. I've been working towards a healthier lifestyle since September 2012. I haven't loss much weight so far but I've started some new workouts that I'm hoping will kickstart my weight loss! My biggest challenge right now is organization! I find it is easier to keep up with my routine if I'm organized but that seems to be hard for me to keep up with. I have 3 boys and my small apartment is in chaos most of the time! I have to literally clean my livingroom before a workout,... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:01:28 EST NATIONAL ORGANIZE YOU HOME DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51641149 Sorry for the late notice, but there's still time to get started <em>41</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:55:12 EST New to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x51625270 Hello, I am a new sparkpeople joiner.I am hoping to lose weight and get organized in all areas of my life.I do hope this will work for me and I am pleased to hear of everyones ideas that worked for them. Thanks Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:41:48 EST week of 1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51610099 1) Plan your vegetable garden When it’s freezing outside, planning your spring vegetable garden is a great way to ‘think spring.’ Grab a pen and paper and do some sketching. <BR> <BR> 2) Live on less this week Try to skip your weekly grocery shopping trip this week and prepare meals from your freezer and pantry items. <BR> <BR> 3) Get that pain checked out Many of us tend to procrastinate with pain, thinking it will magically go away. If you’ve had any pain for a length of time, make an a... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:50:13 EST Something out of the house every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51601212 Yesterday I decided that, in addition to going through something every day, I want to move at least one item out of my house every day... this can be taking out the trash or recycling, donating something, returning an item that belongs to someone else... anything as long as it's something gone from my space! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I started out by taking books and magazines to donate to the library yesterday. <BR> <BR> If anyone else tries this or does it already, I'd like to hear about ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:49:10 EST Getting More Done, By Doing Much Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x51494645 Action does not equal progress. Just because you're busy rushing here and there all day and you fall into bed exhausted at night does not mean you are accomplishing anything important or working toward your goals. <BR> <BR> It isn't important how high you climb on your ladder to success. What is important is that you are climbing the right ladder. If you aren't sure where you're going, how will you know when you get there? <BR> <BR> Don't run someone else's race. With careful planning, you ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:34:39 EST Week of 1/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51494563 1) Empty your camera Get your holiday photos off your camera and onto your computer or external drive for printing or sharing virtually. (Lhlady's comment: I tried, but they're still there. I'm a new phone user, and haven't figured it out.) <BR> <BR> 2) Good-bye crumbs Take 15 minutes to give one of your non-carpeted rooms a good sweeping. <BR> <BR> 3) Don’t forget your furry friends Schedule any veterinary appointments for your dog, cat or other pet(s). <BR> <BR> 4) Take down holiday... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:27:33 EST Am I clean freak? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51440218 Ok, so I usually clean my house once a week for about 2 1/2 hours. Recently, I started cleaning for 30 minutes but on more than one day. I don't clean everyday and my house is always clean but because it's easier on me, I'm thinking about cleaning 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes and the more I look at my house I see that it's cleaner having to clean it in a short amount of time rather than a long amount of time. If you say I'm a clean freak, it's totally ok :)I'm just trying to get a perspect... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:32:30 EST AAPT Club Jan 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x51423046 Used up some things in frig and did a couple of long put off tasks. Why was that so hard??? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:01:44 EST What I cleaned and organized - January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51405244 Wahoo - - a new year, a new month, a fresh start to get ourselves organized in all facets of our lives. <BR> Happy New Year to Everyone. <BR> <BR> I have lots of ideas for myself for the new year - I hope to achieve several of them. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:43:22 EST Are You Hopping and Dropping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x51403869 **I was going through my inbox and found this newsletter this tip in it: <BR> Get Organized Now! Newsletter By Maria Gracia Issue: February 12-18, 2012 http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many of us are like bees during the day flying from task to task and not really working long enough with anything to finish a project once started. <BR> <BR> We call this Hopping and Dropping--starting one task, hopping to another, soon dropping that task for another, and repeating this p... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:41:48 EST End of the Year De-Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x51403435 I should have posted this earlier, so take the next couple of weeks to work through this if you'd like. <BR> <BR> End of the Year De-Clutter: (from 2 newsletters by Maria Garcia: Get Organized Now The end of the year gives you a great opportunity to declutter your life, your mind, your computer, and your home before starting a new year. <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> 1. Looks for problems, and find solutions.--Look for clutter and organization problems and find new and creative solutions around ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:56:56 EST Making myself do this!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x51390058 I'm not going to lie. I don't want to join this team. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be organized at home. I try to be organized at work because its necessary to get anything done in my chaotic, constant interruption work environment.. And have done well with setting and meeting goals regarding healthy habits like eating well and exercising...but when it comes to my home I have a big mess on my hands. Always. <BR> <BR> I keep up with laundry and dishes, keep the kitchen clean because i need th... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:03:03 EST Another tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51383002 One thing I did, as a mother, my four year old daughter and I went through all her clothes since she got so many new clothes for Christmas. We put them in two of the larger Christmas bags that we got from others and we're planning on taking her with us to donate them. The same thing with toys that she doesn't play with any longer that are still in good condition. I think it will be good lesson in being humble and grateful for what she has. <BR> <BR> We're getting her room more organized i... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:06:02 EST Get Organized in January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51376625 Links to related articles are found at the link below: <BR> <BR> January Home Organization Project: Closets--January is closet organization month, and for many of you, that will likely mean more than one closet. The steps are simple: declutter, organize like with like, store and then donate. <BR> <BR> Get Organized in the Closet Resources: <BR> <BR> How to Organize Your Closet in 5 Steps <BR> When to Donate Clothes <BR> My Favorite Closet Organizing Products <BR> <BR> Get Or... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:21:09 EST January 2013 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51376590 by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Jan 1 Use a glass cleaner to clean all the mirrors in your house. Start from the top and work to the bottom of each mirror. <BR> <BR> ____ Jan 2 Begin cleaning and purging out papers in your file cabinet. Pull out five folders each day or weekly. <BR> <BR> ____ Jan 3 Take time today to be sure that your yearly calendar has events such as birthdays and anniversaries, appointments, visits, etc. entered for each month. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:16:10 EST Week of 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51376410 1) Update your holiday card list Using the holiday cards you received as a guide, make any updates on your holiday card list for Christmas 2013. <BR> <BR> 2) Find homes for all of your gifts If you haven’t done so already, find homes for any Christmas gifts you received that are still sitting under the tree. <BR> <BR> 3) Assign a gift card folder or envelope Gather any gift cards you received for the holidays and put them in a folder or an envelope, so you can find them when you need them... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:59:03 EST Week of 12/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51310376 1) Make a new recipe Perhaps you can serve it if you’re hosting Christmas dinner, or bring it with you as a dish to pass. <BR> <BR> 2) Gather all your shampoo and conditioner Don’t purchase any more until every last drop is gone, including your travel-sized ones. <BR> <BR> 3) Do something you don’t do often It may be a good time to polish the silverware, dust off the ceiling fans, or clean under the fridge. <BR> <BR> 4) Return anything you can’t use If you received a holiday gift you ca... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 22:06:08 EST TONS of books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51234073 how do you guys store your books? <BR> <BR> I live in public housing and am not allowed to hook things into the walls. We are big on reading books. My husband has TONS of heavy, big books. <BR> <BR> I have books and am expanding. <BR> <BR> any ideas on some good storage ideas, especially if you're short on space? I would deeply appreciate it. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:20:21 EST whats your filing style? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51233997 how do you file your paperwork? <BR> <BR> do you have a special device that you use to scan it on to your computer? <BR> <BR> do you use a vertical filing cabinet? binders? <BR> <BR> would love to know. <BR> <BR> currently I am using binders and its soooo time consuming. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:13:17 EST computer desk ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51233931 does anyone here have any good ideas for a good computer desk? <BR> <BR> I thought I was doing good by getting an L shaped desk but instead it takes up more space that I thought when I bought it and its just a clutter magnet! <BR> <BR> any ideas for something thats concise, something I can put a printer on too? I would love the info. thanx. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:06:50 EST Week of 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51223132 1) Buy gift bags and tissue paper Now that Christmas is right around the corner, it’s time to wrap any gifts you haven’t gotten to yet. The easiest way to do this is with simple gift bags and tissue paper. Buy gift bags in various sizes, and one color tissue paper (probably white) to match. <BR> <BR> 2) Get ready for those snow storms Check to be sure your snow blower is working and filled with gas. Don’t get caught unprepared by an unexpected winter storm. <BR> <BR> 3) Designate a specif... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 20:49:09 EST Starting with a clean slate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51152545 Hey team, <BR> <BR> It's been a really long time since I've been around. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I moved house! I had been renting a place with a friend - now I've bought my own unit!! It's really exciting. Of course, I'm completely surrounded by boxes, missing some key items of furniture (and, you know, anything in the fridge that isn't beer or ice cream!) and feeling pretty overwhelmed at the amount of ORGANISING to be done, but... hey, it's a clean slate! <BR> <BR> What did you find most... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 23:25:52 EST Nice article about cleaning charts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x51147440 <link>www.wrighthomes.com/tips-for-a-tidy-<BR>home-custom-home-builders-utah/ </link> <BR> <BR> I liked this article, I had not heard of the idea of 'cleaning charts' but it may work very well. <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 15:49:04 EST Week of 12/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51140000 1) Have a Romantic Dinner Ask a friend or neighbor to watch the kids one night this week (if necessary) and have a romantic, candlelit dinner with your better half--either at a restaurant or at home. <BR> <BR> 2) Clean 3 Mirrors Go around your home and clean 3 mirrors with glass cleaner. Be sure they’re streak-free when you’re done. <BR> <BR> 3) Weed out Costume Jewelry Weed out any costume jewelry you never wear, and donate it to your local charity. <BR> <BR> 4) Buy your 2013 calendar ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 23:28:40 EST Things to do within the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x51113740 Here's some ideas: <BR> --clean out purse <BR> --go through refrigerator (do this the night before trash day) <BR> --plan weekly menu, grocery list, buy groceries, <BR> --do laundry, fold, put away, <BR> --change the sheet <BR> <BR> Feel free to add more. <BR> <BR> and here's a link to a weekly routine: <link>personalorganizing.about.com/od/Clut<BR>ter/tp/Weekly-Organizing-Routine.htm </link> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 19:13:29 EST Things to do daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17881x4578x51113669 This will be for our "daily" lists such as: <BR> -- make bed <BR> -- Swish and swipe bathroom <BR> -- Sort the mail. <BR> -- Wash Dishes and/or run dishwasher. Wipe kitchen counters. <BR> -- Sweep floor <BR> -- Take out the trash. <BR> -- 10 minute tidy <BR> -- Pack lunches and set out breakfast dishes. Decide on tomorrow's dinner and make necessary preparations. <BR> -- Lay out tomorrow's clothes for each household member. <BR> -- Make tomorrow's to-do list for work and home. <BR> <BR> And... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 19:05:17 EST What organizing project is paying off for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51105872 Late in Nov I ordered presents and a few decorations. When my wreath arrived yesterday and I quickly hung it up, I felt great. It is a task that can take much longer if I don't do it early and in a planned way. Wondering what being organized is doing for other team mates... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 06:14:11 EST AAPT Club December 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x51082787 I've been busy with an unsuccessful challenge and have missed having time for other teams, especially this one, since an Organized Life is as much as ongoing challenge as healthy weight. <BR> <BR> This morning I resisted the snooze alarm and spent 15 min cleaning up some of the many things I didn't get to on my very busy weekend. I forgot to make my coffee, but got a fair bit done. Even husband noticed and commented, nice man! The dishwasher is emptied and reloaded, there are no dishes ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 11:57:56 EST Anyone want to clean out and organize purse today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51064074 I am going to! Mon, 3 Dec 2012 05:52:03 EST Get organized in December http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51046963 Here's a link to the page that then directs you to other pages as you decide what you want to tackle: <link>personalorganizing.about.com/od/How-<BR>to-Organize/ss/Get-Organized-By-Month_<BR>12.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Get Organized in December Checklist <BR> <BR> ___Send out those holiday cards as early as possible (Read: 5 Quick Reasons to Send Holiday Cards and How to Organize Your Holiday Cards in 4 Simple Steps) <BR> <BR> ___Confirm any travel plans a week ahead. This give you enough t... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 21:10:13 EST Week of 12/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51046765 1) Complete a Christmas List Set a goal of completing a Christmas lists today. Some ideas include: establishing your Christmas dinner menu and grocery list, making a gift list, a Christmas card list, or determining if any special household projects need to be accomplished before hosting guests. <BR> <BR> 2) Do a random act of kindness Whether you pay for a stranger’s restaurant meal without them knowing you did so, or you bring some gifts to a local orphanage, or you cook a meal for a famil... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 20:50:43 EST December 2012 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x51046739 by Maria Gracia: <link>www.getorganizednow.com </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Dec 1 The holiday season is just getting started. Bake a family favorite cookie. Place some cookies on a plate wrapped in cellophane and share with a neighbor. <BR> <BR> ____ Dec 2 Greeting cards or e-cards can be sent out today to close family and friends wishing them wonderful warm thoughts and happy memories during this festive, special time of year. <BR> <BR> ____ Dec 3 Clean at least one piece of wood furniture... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 20:48:34 EST What I cleaned and organized - December 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51036116 Hi all, <BR> How did you do in November? <BR> I feel like I did well in purging stuff out of my house and garage. <BR> I still need to really tackle the garage......but I'm making progress. <BR> <BR> One of my big big goals for December is to organize and clean-up my eating. <BR> I have gone a little crazy in the past couple of months and I really need to get <BR> a grip. <BR> <BR> Travelbug <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:02:24 EST A real wake-up call for me...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x51006613 OMG - I'm disgusted with myself. <BR> I went to Kohl's today to try to find a dress for travel. WOW I don't shop in dept. stores <BR> and had not seen myself in a 3 way mirror in a few years !!! <BR> It was a real wake-up call for me. <BR> I REALLY need to get back on the wagon and get this weight off. <BR> --------------- <BR> I probably also need to stop in a clothing store more frequently to get a look at <BR> what everyone else sees. <BR> I look so un-healthy - my gosh. <BR> <BR> OK... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:22:10 EST Week of 11/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50954072 1. Use up your Thanksgiving leftovers Skip shopping this week, and use up your Thanksgiving leftovers this week instead. A simple search online will result in many recipes to use up your ingredients, such as turkey soup, turkey chili, or turkey wraps. <BR> <BR> 2. Put up some holiday decorations Start outdoors first, and then decorate indoors. If it’s too much to do at once, decorate for 15 minutes each day, starting today, until it’s done. <BR> <BR> 3. Clean your kitchen counters Move... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 23:43:09 EST Week of 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50802428 1. Volunteer 1 hour of your time As we’re in the season of giving, this is the perfect time to volunteer somewhere. Try your church, your child’s school, or a community outreach program. Even small volunteer efforts are appreciated. <BR> <BR> 2. Buy 3 holiday gifts Anything you can do ahead of time for the busy holiday season is a plus. Buy 3 holiday gifts today and stash them until you’re ready to mail or give them in person. (Note: Keep all holiday gifts in one place so you can find th... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:43:13 EST Week of 11/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50708452 1. Lend a hand Whether it’s a family member, friend, or someone you don’t know but is in need of help, lend a helping hand today. <BR> <BR> 2. Clean your produce drawer Remove all food items from your produce drawer and clean it. Then, return anything that’s still edible. <BR> <BR> 3. Donate a coat or two Many charitable organizations are in need of coats this time of the year. Look through your coat closet and donate those that are rarely or never worn to those in need. <BR> <BR> 4. Ch... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 22:24:43 EST Hi from Atlanta Ga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x50698093 Found this team and look forward to sharing tips. Since retirement five plus years ago, I've made a lot of progress in clearing out and reorganizing our home. This fall/winter, I will continue to pare down the extra's we have and donate to charity. I also have family and personal "collectibles" to go through and keep, copy, archive, shred and or donate/save for or send to family. Happy Organizing , Karen <em>252</em> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:33:54 EST What I cleaned and organized - November 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50638200 Well it is November and we have a new month and a new start to get our lives organized. <BR> I did pretty good in October with keeping up with what I have....but I need to take some steps to get more things purged out of my house and garage. <BR> <BR> How did you do?????? Thu, 1 Nov 2012 01:53:48 EST Get organized in November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50616198 Here's a link to the page that then directs you to other pages as you decide what you want to tackle: <link>personalorganizing.about.com/od/How-<BR>to-Organize/ss/Get-Organized-By-Month_<BR>11.htm </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Get Organized in November Checklist <BR> ___ Thanksgiving is the perfect time to send holiday cards. December tends to get super busy so think about sending your family holiday cards out in time for Thanksgiving and cross it off your list for December. <BR> <BR> _... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:32:13 EST *** DAILY CHIT CHAT.. come on in and talk a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50610821 <em>220</em> *** DAILY CHIT CHAT.. come on in and talk a while <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Life isnt always about cleaning and organizing, although that is a good thing... <BR> <BR> <BR> there is also general conversation and bonding with people.... <BR> <BR> <BR> so come on in and sit a spell .... have a cup of tea or coffee <em>469</em> and lets chat. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:09:39 EST Question About Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50586854 On the team goals, what does handle 25 items mean? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Rae Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:09:33 EST Team SOS! :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50580698 LHLADY517 & Members - First I want to say THANK YOU!!!!!!! The posts you make at organized life are SO very very helpful! I can not tell you what a blessing this team is to me! For the first time in a very long time I have HOPE again! <BR> <BR> I have owned my own commercial cleaning co for over 25 yrs, and ran my home as clean & organized as I did my business. <BR> <BR> I have a issue that is stopping me in my tracks for feeling free to move forward with weight loss that I am hoping this ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:39:01 EST Need Help With A Rug Cleaning Issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50580225 I know this is not a cleaning team - but I still thought someone here maybe able to help me out. <BR> <BR> I have a back injury that makes bending over very painful and I can't kneel down either (2 artificial knees). My puppy makes pee mistakes and once in a while vomits. It takes me forever to get to these stains :( <BR> <BR> I can bend over long enough to use paper towels etc to clean up mess - I am looking for something to clean the carpet better after immediate mess is taken care of. <B... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 23:41:19 EST Week of 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50578721 1. Clean out a drawer Pick the messiest drawer in your house and clean it out. <BR> <BR> 2. Recycle old magazines Recycle your old magazines. Just keep a few current ones to enjoy. <BR> <BR> 3. Buy your holiday cards If you pick them up now, you can begin writing them out well ahead of the holidays. <BR> <BR> 4. Add empty trash bags to your kitchen and bathroom trash containers Place some on the bottom of the container. Then, line each trash container with a fresh bag. When that bag i... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 21:32:06 EST November 2012 organizing checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50578582 November 2012 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 1 Make it an outdoor fall clean-up day. Rake or sweep any debris from trees, shrubs and garden plants off of the lawn and/or walkways. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 2 Prepare your boots, walking and/or hiking shoes for winter use. Apply a conditioning polish and then treat with a water repellant spray. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 3 Organize and store your garden tools and supplies. Be sure to clean tools befor... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 21:23:27 EST Keep A Soldier Warm This Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50524371 Help a hero, and keep our soldiers warm this coming winter. How you ask? <BR> <BR> If you have some wool (not polyester) gloves, hats, or scarves, soldiers serving in Afghanistan during the harsh winter can surely use them to stay toasty warm. Where do you send them you ask? <BR> <BR> The Hugs Project <BR> 7000 Crossroads Blvd <BR> Suite 1048 <BR> Oklahoma City, OK 73149 <BR> <BR> The sooner, the better to ensure they reach the soldiers before the first snowfall. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:43:11 EST Week of 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50472305 1. Toss expired coupons Recycle all coupons that you can no longer use OR send them to military families (they can use them on the base up to 6 months expired.) Search online for coupons to military families to get mailing addresses. (**My note: please if at all possible send your coupons to the military families. This is such a small way to support our troops.) <BR> <BR> 2. Designate a sports zone Gather all sports equipment, balls and the like into one consolidated area of your basement ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:14:58 EST Household tips: Vehicle and garage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x50419881 Organizing Your Vehicle <BR> <BR> Is your vehicle neat, tidy, and organized, or are soda cans rolling around on the floor, crumbs all over the back seat, toys and maps and more strewn about, and a general mess? Here are 6 tips for organizing your vehicle: <BR> <BR> 1. Daily Removal--Upon getting in the car at 7 a.m., the last thing you want to smell is the leftover peel from yesterday's banana and maintenance is always easier than catching up on cleaning. Make daily clean up and clean out ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:52:45 EST Gilad's weekly challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50408069 Be All You Can Be! Gilad wants to help you understand the components of a healthy lifestyle. You have the power to take control of your own destiny! Small changes can translate to big results. That is the reason Gilad will be issuing weekly challenges for you. Here is the first one. <BR> Believe in it! Believe in yourself! Take the challenge and tell us about your results on Facebook. (or for our team--here in this thread). <BR> <BR> This week's challenge <BR> If you want to make a chang... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:00:34 EST Helpful hint...... nteresting thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50371457 In the San Diego paper this AM <BR> <BR> "Best selling author Gretchen Ruben, who penned 'The Happiness Project' and more <BR> recently 'Happier at Home', surprises folks when she says making your bed each day is a key to happiness. Her rationale? 'Outer order contributes to inner calm.' " <BR> <BR> I make my bed everyday and I'm working on the inner calm - how about you? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> oops - I see I forgot the "I" in the topic title...... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:02:43 EST Where to find: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x50366488 In this thread will be posts and links to various checklists and articles on organizing around the web to help us reach our goals: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:12:37 EST Monthly/ Seasonal household tips: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x50366275 This thread will deal with monthly tips as well as all types of seasonal tips. I realize not everyone experiences the same season at the same time. So use what you can and ignore what doesn't apply to you. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:47:57 EST Week of 10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50365882 1. Buy your Halloween treats If you’re handing out treats to the kids this year, buy your candy or other treats this week. <BR> <BR> 2. Donate 5! Pick a room, any room, and donate 5 items you no longer need. <BR> <BR> 3. Get in touch We often get so wrapped up in day-to-day tasks, that it’s easy to forget to take the time to contact a loved one to just say hi. Your challenge this week is to get in touch with 1 friend or relative and reconnect. You can do this by phone, mailed letter, em... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:10:32 EST Save $$$$ on instant oatmeal packets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50332613 <link>www.stretcher.com/stories/00/001009e<BR>.cfm?STT </link> <BR> <BR> Was reading and saw this. Looking forward to give it a try. I DO NOT buy packets because of the unneeded expense. This allows the ease of adding boiling water just like those expensive prepackaged packets using "quick oats." Sure sounds as if it is worth trying a batch! Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:32:48 EST AAPT CLUB, OCTOBER 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x50277582 I've definitely been remiss in posting. Been busy. We moved my 93 year old mother-in-law into our home on Monday and I've attacked so many piles of stuff I've lost count. Try moving a 1 bedroom apartment full of stuff into a 4 bedroom home that is already full of stuff. And she doesn't want to get rid of anything. So I try to pitch it when she isn't looking and then she asks for it. Case in point. We brought back a box full of shoes. She had to try on each and every one of them before... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 07:06:03 EST iVillage is running a new challenge: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50275891 Gear Up for the Holidays (Stress-Free)! <BR> It’s already October and the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner…but wonderful doesn’t always mean stress-free. <BR> <BR> Avoid the holiday chaos and join the Get Organized for the Holidays Community Challenge®. Sign up now with just one click for our free 4-week program and starting November 12, you’ll receive daily emails filled with expert tips on the best organization strategies, daily DIY projects, and fun assignments... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:49:38 EST Get Organized in October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50275620 I found a new "checklist" Here's a link to the page that then directs you to other pages as you decide what you want to tackle: <BR> <BR> October Home Organization Project: Shoes, Boots & Closets <link>personalorganizing.about.com/od/How-<BR>to-Organize/ss/Get-Organized-By-Month_<BR>10.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Get Organized in October Checklist: <BR> ___ Take your cold-weather clothes out of storage. (See: How to Organize Your Closet) <BR> <BR> ___ Store your summer clothes including s... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:25:46 EST Week of 10/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50275450 1. Do 2 Fall-related tasks Whether it’s raking your leaves, getting your snow blower serviced, cleaning out the fireplace, or planting bulbs, do a minimum of 3 fall-related tasks. <BR> <BR> 2. Shoo shoes! Go through all your shoes, getting rid of any that don’t fit, that you hate, that you’ll never wear for whatever reason, or that hurt. Donate them all to a charity. <BR> <BR> 3. Designate a charity bag or box When you have a box or bag in your home specifically designated for charity, ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:10:53 EST It just keeps falling apart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50274536 DH and I both have had and still having computer issues. He's had all kinds of amateur radio malfunctions. Our refrigerator is dying. There's a long story involving this, but to shorten it, I bought one from Best Buy on Thursday to be delivered today. It didn't show up. They have no record of any delivery being set up. I fell in 2 different classes Friday (I was subbing in PE and running laps in the gym with the classes, I still don't know what made me fall, My left foot/toe seemed to catch o... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 22:03:00 EST October 2012 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x50251047 LHLADY517 is swamped right now, so here is the October checklist: <BR> <BR> October 2012 Organizing Checklist <BR> by Maria Gracia <BR> http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 1 October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you <BR> haven't had, or scheduled, a mammogram this year, do so <BR> TODAY! <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 2 Halloween is 28 days away. Brainstorm ideas for <BR> Halloween costumes and make a list of materials that will <BR> be needed for each costume. <BR> <BR> ____ Oct... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 07:52:48 EST Grass in the shrub/flower bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x50207303 I know this is not a gardening/green thumb team but was just curious if anyone had any simple, non expensive tips for removing (permanently or close to) grass from the flower/shrub beds. It's a rental home with an attentive HOA...ugh! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 11:32:28 EST What I cleaned and organized in - October 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50179985 Our new thread for the new month. <BR> My goal this month is to maintain what I have done so far......maybe <BR> finally attack that garage - LOL Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:33:00 EST Sorry, I haven't been posting as many tips lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x50166868 Between work and computer problems, I just haven't had time. I have several to post when I get to them. I promise. <BR> <BR> And today I actually got some cleaning accomplished, not as much as I would have like, but some. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:24:12 EST Week of Sept 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49948464 1. Find a Home for 1 Homeless Item Look around your home or office. Do you see something that’s not in an appropriate home--just left somewhere because you didn’t know where to put it? Give that item a permanent address. <BR> <BR> 2. Weed Out Your Thickest File Folder With your shredder nearby, find the thickest file folder in your home or office--the one that’s jam-packed with paper--and weed it out. Get rid of anything outdated and/or no longer needed. <BR> <BR> 3. Take 5! Schedule ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:45:54 EST Learn the 5 basics of home organization http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x49948047 There's really no substitute for learning the basics of how to organize anything. Once you have the basic steps down, you can apply them to any room, collection or space in your home or office. There are 5 steps: commit to organize, declutter, organizing by sorting and grouping, organize the space with storage solutions, and finally, maintain organization. <BR> Home organization may seem like a daunting task at first, but once you break it down into 5 steps, it is much more manageable. <BR> ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:01:38 EST HELLO I am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x49914931 Hi everyone my name is Tathy49 and I am trying to not only get down to a haelthy weight , but to find myself too. I think I lost myself long time ago , I have aways take care of my family as a single mom and somehow I neglected who need it the most care ... Me ! Now I found myself unhappy with how I feel and very uncomfortable with myself , before my weight was my security blanket or at least that is what I told myself as my reasons of why I had put on weight , but now I don't feel like this ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:42:38 EST Week of Sept 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49871303 1. Say NO this week Do yourself a favor this week and say NO to something, whether it be a To Do on your list that really doesn’t have to be done, a request for your time, or a social engagement you don’t care to attend. <BR> <BR> 2. Zone in on One Room for 15 Minutes Focus your time and energy on decluttering one room for just 15 minutes. It could be your bedroom, basement, bathroom, whatever--any room you choose. Put the items you no longer need in a Donation bag. <BR> <BR> 3. How Many... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:17:16 EST September 10, 2012 Keep-It- Together Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49866582 --If you do just one thing... Make over your closet. If your closet is bursting at the seams, digging out your favorite blouse may seem like a next-to-impossible task. Before splurging on a complete overhaul, consider taking a few steps to work with the space that you already have. First, pack away those summer clothes to make room for this season’s wardrobe. Then, be sure to use the proper hangers, stack shoe boxes, and take advantage of over-the-door racks to capitalize on every inch of usa... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:56:37 EST what is on you "to don't list" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x49821293 I'm reading a book that suggestion you start a "to don't list" to help combat the all too familiar insane business in our day to day lives <BR> <BR> I'm all too good at over committing myself for good causes. or spend way to much time online instead doing things that are more important. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 22:02:02 EST Organizing Tips for Those of Us Who Have ADD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x49818854 I always knew I had a few quirks but I didn't get diagnosed with ADD until a couple of years ago. Sometimes I take meds for it and sometimes not. My sis has a wonderful saying about ADD and trying to do work, she says that she has to "sneak up on it," to get it done! LOL! <BR> <BR> I am reading a book, ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau, which is really helpful to get me started on my organization. <BR> <BR> The most helpful part of the book thus ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 18:43:59 EST September #GetButtonedUp Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49774202 The Big Picture <BR> By the end of this 22-day challenge, you will have: <BR> <BR> Made 18 (or 22 if you don't take any "free" nights) healthy dinners from scratch, no matter how busy you are <BR> Rid your pantries of unhealthy junk <BR> Mapped out a month's worth of healthy menus + weekly shopping lists for October <BR> Fit in a workout every other day. <BR> <BR> <BR> As with all of our challenges, we have built-in accountability via our facebook, twitter or email check-i... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 22:43:31 EST Household Monthly tips: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x49773587 Tips of the Month--September <BR> <BR> • Create storage to stay organized. if you avoid putting away an item because you don't know where to store it, think about other similar items you have and keep them all together. <BR> <BR> • Keep some small gifts in a closet to avoid trips to the mall. Consider a few toy store gift cards, candles, and picture frames. <BR> <BR> • Save time by making a gift list at the beginning of each month (or even better, each quarter). Who has upcoming bir... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 22:12:18 EST Week of Sept 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49758299 1. Clean the inside of your washing machine: Pour 2 cups of lemon Juice into the tub, and run the washing machine through a complete cycle on the hottest setting. Doing so will remove odors, stains and detergent build up. <BR> <BR> 2. Sync your clocks: If every clock in your house is set to a different time (some 5 minutes slow, some 5 minutes fast, etc.), determine the correct time (using your cell phone’s time is usually a good idea), and set all your clocks to the same time. <BR> <... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:10:25 EST September 3, 2012 Keep-It- Together Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49757714 -- If you do just one thing... Make meals faster. Between soccer practice and homework assignments, getting dinner on the table can be a challenge. Before you reach for the takeout menu, browse these recipes to plan delicious and healthy meals from shortcut foods like rotisserie chicken and frozen veggies. <link>www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/reci<BR>pe-collections-favorites/fake-it-dont-<BR>make-it/fake-it-recipes-00000000017118<BR>/index.html?xid=checklistnewsletter-09<BR>-03-2012-contro... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:22:09 EST Moving Help Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x49725265 I learned today that I will be moving my mobile home (4 bedroom) to its new location on 9/24. Who knew that they could not be full of stuff when you move them. I also need to sell and move a privacy fence and shed. I am also working 45 hours a week. <BR> <BR> I would appreciate any ideas, tips, encouragement that anyone can share to make this as painless as possible. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 18:15:07 EST What I cleaned and organized in September 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x49715070 Travelbug12 has limited computer access and asked that I set up this thread for her. So here's where you post your achievements in cleaning and organizing. Let's go team. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:20:28 EST AAAPT CLUB, AUG 28 TO SEP 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x49660347 I've been remiss again about posting but this weekend, we made the decision to move my 93 year old mother-in-law in with us. So I have many piles to attack before this can happen! Pray for me. Carol Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:10:30 EST August 20--Your Keep-It- Together Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49655967 --If you do just one thing... Save on back-to-school shopping. As the kids get ready for school, it means time to stock up on supplies and refresh fall wardrobes. While it can be fun to hit the aisles of your favorite stores, it can also be pretty pricey. Don’t let that stop you just yet—most major retailers offer plenty of coupons to make back-to-school shopping easier on your wallet. With a little planning, you can take advantage of tax-free days to improve your chances of scoring a deal on... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:56:32 EST Week of August 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49655877 1. Hang an umbrella hook If you can never find an umbrella when you need one, hang a hook inside your coat closet, and store your umbrella on the hook. This is also a great system for a dog leash. <BR> <BR> 2. Change your sheets Change the linens on at least one bed this week. <BR> <BR> 3. Get rid of cobwebs Inspect the corners of your walls for cobwebs. Get rid of them with a broom, or other long-handled tool. <BR> <BR> 4. Donate 3 kitchen items If you’re like most people, you ha... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:50:15 EST September 2012 Organizing Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23x4578x49655828 -by Maria Gracia--http://www.getorganizednow.com <BR> <BR> ____ Sep 1 Turn your calendars today and look ahead to the months events and activities. Is there anything you need to do today to prepare for the days ahead? <BR> <BR> ____ Sep 2 Prepare a special dessert to be served for the Labor Day holiday. Plan to share your creation with as many people as possible. <BR> <BR> ____ Sep 3 Make this day special with activities planned for family togetherness, i.e. board games, outdoor activities... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:45:59 EST Am I alone? I have to have my home under control ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x4578x49625270 I feel so much more in control with my eating & exercise when my home is clean and organized. I guess I am a odd bird ;) <BR> <BR> A family member had a tragedy aprox 4 yrs ago that led to a number of other tragedies for several family members and when the main part of my world went down hill so did my home. My home went from as clean as a operating room to it being like a tornado moved in <em>230</em> <BR> This past week I finally decided that I can't fix the after effects of the tragedie... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 22:12:06 EST If you have a Kindle - today there is a free book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x49618866 Today I see there is a free book on amazon for Kindles <BR> it is a collection of essays on minimalism. <BR> <BR> <BR> Minimalism: Essential Essays <BR> By: Ryan Nicodemus (Asymmetrical Press) <BR> <BR> Looks like it got some good reviews. One mentions about getting rid of extra stuff in your home. <BR> <BR> Hey it's FREE - might be work a quick look <BR> I'm going to download it. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>----------- <BR> <BR> As I looked thru the books that... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:58:39 EST Buying a "goal" dress?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x4578x49614953 I need opinions about something. Do you think it's a positive or negative thing to buy a piece of clothing in the size you want to be for inspiration? I found this adorable black sequined/tulle dress in the bargain basement section of one of my local antique shops. It's only $8 and I keep thinking about it. My thought is that seeing the dress everyday will be another visual reminder about what I am trying to do. (I also use pictures, quotes, and inspirational articles). I'm worried it c... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 07:48:08 EST Household tips: Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=9062x4578x49595569 Keep the Cat Out of the Sandbox <BR> <BR> You can prevent cats from using a children's sandbox as their outdoor litter box—just pour distilled white vinegar around the box every month or so. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:51:30 EST