SparkPeople Organized Life and Time Management Team Messageboard 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 What I Cleaned and Organized - April 2018 Go to the new thread for April started by Knuckles....... .this was opened in error Mon, 2 Apr 2018 17:21:44 EST All - or - nothing I fell off the wagon with my cleaning and tidying schedule... not sure how to get back on... <BR> I had made a schedule for the tasks but I think that maybe I am asking too much of myself. <BR> <BR> So I followed my schedule for 2 to 3 weeks and then suddenly lost courage. I could not find the oomph. It's like I lost my motivation. Or it's too hard to force / push myself to do a task everyday. Because of my physical complaints I can no longer go through the house like a whirlwind and do al... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 17:41:04 EST 10-Minute Closet Organising Trick This 10-Minute Trick Made My Closet Look More Organized (Without Actually Getting Rid of Anything) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>izing/organizing/closets/trick-closet-<BR>color-organized? </link> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:51:51 EST Morning and Evening Routines Morning and evening routines that will set up each day for success <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:43:10 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - March 2018 So sorry - I forgot to create a new thread for March. <BR> AND it is already the 4th..........shame on me, but I have been busy. <BR> --------------- <BR> My house is a mess, but the yard looks nice. The gardner came on Friday and then I did some major trimming and pick-up that afternoon. <BR> I need to get a grip on in the inside of the house now. My Cleaning crew comes on Tuesday and I need to get things put away before then...........or I'll never find stuff again. <B... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 18:58:25 EST HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY <BR> <BR> I thought perhaps some people in the team may get something out of this and by taking the questionaire hope I am allowed to share it. If not I'll delete it somehow. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Keep smiling, <BR> <BR> Paula <em>334</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 16:43:35 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - February 2018 Oh no - I forgot to create the February thread yesterday !!! <BR> But I have my organizing plans started for the month. <BR> I'm going to keep up with my usually FULL laundry basket (just finished all my laundry) <BR> and hope to get some yard work done - it is that time of year here when things are growing like crazy - need to trim my shrubs, work on "bald" patches in the lawns and re-pot a few things that have gotten out of control. <BR> Happy February !... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 01:21:38 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - January 2018 I'm getting a headstart for 2018 - created our new thread. <BR> Happy New Year to all of you and here is to another neat and organized year. <BR> <em>411</em> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 19:56:00 EST Getting ready for Christmas Do you have your Christmas tree yet? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 11:22:57 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - December 2017 Last month of the year...... time to put out the decorations, cook lots of food, enjoy all the holidays. Fri, 1 Dec 2017 01:48:46 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - November 2017 Happy November to all - can't believe the year is almost over. <BR> Now the holiday seasons begin with lots of FOOD - we need to be careful ....don't we? Tue, 31 Oct 2017 23:56:00 EST Dollar Garage Sale Not too long ago, I was focused on cleaning out closets and the clutter in cupboards. I gathered things from all over the house. Most of these things were small items that I really didn't need but were too good to just throw away. <BR> <BR> Going off the premise that one woman's junk is another woman's treasure, I decided to have a yard sale, hoping that I could pick up a little extra money while also decluttering my home. But I hated the thought of organizing and pricing everything. I re... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:57:15 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - October 2017 Well here we are with a new month. Fresh start - "getter done" <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:49:10 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - September 2017 Hi all - Welcome to our new thread for September. <BR> I just returned from a 2 week trip to Japan. <BR> Now for a fresh start to new new month. Sat, 2 Sep 2017 18:13:20 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - August 2017 Hi all - It is August (not quite yet here in California), but close enough <BR> A new month a fresh start on getting and keeping organized in all facets of our modern lives. <BR> Happy August !!!! <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 1 Aug 2017 01:32:47 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - July 2017 Hi all - Happy July........ Summer is in full swing !!! <BR> I have a busy several days with celebrations, parties, ushering, prepping for a quilt show on the 4th. <BR> I have it all planned out and a schedule kind of set up.. <BR> AND <BR> Thanks goodness it has cooled off a bit - Whew!! <BR> Sat, 1 Jul 2017 13:12:02 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - June 2017 WOW - June already. <BR> I fell like I did well in keeping the house and garage "decluttered" and I also purged a lot of stuff out. <BR> I have gotten rid of so much "stuff" and not once have I said "oh gee, I wish I had kept XXX" <BR> So, I didn't really need it. I'm really simplifying my life and home and it feels great! <BR> Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:46:36 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - May 2017 OOPS - I just posted my progress for today on the April thread. <BR> But let's say I started the month with motivation and some progress..... <BR> <BR> I started this afternoon - going thru the whole house <BR> room by room <BR> and picking up every piece of paper, magazine, anything and if it is not a keeper, it goes into the trash. <BR> I've finished 2 rooms so far and I'm on a roll. <BR> I don't get into these moods very often.......but I'll take advantage of it today LOL <BR> <... Mon, 1 May 2017 21:03:45 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - April 2017 Hello April!! <BR> <BR> I am so looking forward to Spring! It is still slightly cold here, but I was outside yesterday to pick my first bag of weeds!! Looking forward to getting my new gardens looking good in the coming weeks. Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:36:53 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - March 2017 WOW - can't believe it is March !!! <BR> I feel like I did really well in February ... but I still have some really large cleaning/purging/organizing things on my to-do list. <BR> So, I am glad to have a new month and a fresh start .... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:48:33 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - February 2017 February Greetings to all. <BR> I really hope to maintain the organization I did in January. <BR> I also have some kind of major plans for my kitchen for Feb. <BR> Need some cabinets repaired - so a good chance to purge and organize. <BR> <em>129</em> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:31:07 EST Bullet Journaling Hey Team! Over the holiday's (yes, last month), I read about the Bullet Journal and thought it may be what I am looking for. I use a Moleskin book for my daily office notes and one for my personal journal, but I find I lose things in the book and forget to check in on things I say I need to do. I am hoping that the Bullet Journal may be the answer to my journal issues. <BR> <BR> So....I have my new Bullet Journal books and I just need to set them up - Index, Future Log, Monthly Calendars an... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:00:29 EST Getting my Ducks in a Row in 2017! Well, I started the book about getting your ducks in a row. It's designed to help you get your whole house organized in a year. This month is the kitchen which is perfect for my weight loss goals. I'm sure the bedroom in February (the month of Valentines day) is no accident. I got a book about getting your finances in order within a year written by the same author. This month is the office. Hopefully I can do both with only the weekends off! Fingers crossed! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:55:37 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - January 2017 Hi All, <BR> Happy New Year!! <BR> Happy Fresh Start on organizing/cleaning/purging and taking care of ourselves. Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:10:40 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - December 2016 Hi All - December is here and it is going to be a month to really focus on keeping organized. <BR> I'm baking cookies right now and will take them to the pot luck at my knitting group at my neighborhood library. <BR> <BR> How are you going to stay organized this month???? Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:46:50 EST I want to have it together My dream is to be that woman who has it together. Is total package: beauty, fit body, great outfits that look as though a stylist created them, organized, with a beautiful home and the most amazing time management skills. Can someone give me some tips? Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:04:54 EST Anyone own a label maker? I was wondering if anyone owns a label maker? I don't. I'm too frugal to buy one and my theory is : I can read my own writing, I'll write on a label or some Washi tape <em>246</em> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:05:05 EST What I Cleaned and Organized in November 2016 Hi all, It is November and the holidays are coming soon. So, we will have to be diligent in keeping organized. <BR> <BR> I did pretty well in October and have company here now (for a couple more days) <BR> <BR> Chat more later..... <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2016 16:02:14 EST What I Cleaned and Organized in October 2016 Hi all, <BR> It is already October in most of the US. Still Sept. here in California, <BR> but I thought I would start our new thread. <BR> <BR> Halloween is coming up - are you going all out with your decorations? <BR> I have a few that I put out and of course have candy for the neighborhood kids. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a very organized October - keep plugging away..... <BR> Travelbug Sat, 1 Oct 2016 01:03:50 EST Moving - Must Downsize!! Well, today's the day - I am moving with my family from a 4,000 sq ft home to a 2,000 sq ft home. Why the move? Better schools, safer neighborhood and the opportunity for my daughter to get her own horse. We do not use the 4,000 sq ft of this house, but as we pack, I realize that we have been "hiding" things in the deep recesses of the closests "just incase". Now...we will have to determine what stays and what goes as all of this stuff will not fit in the new home. Any suggestions/recomm... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:26:38 EST What I Cleaned and Organized in September 2016 Another new month and a fresh start. <BR> If I can maintain what I have done in August - I will be happy. <BR> I still need to get a grip on the habit of dropping all papers/ads/mail on the kitchen counter and not throwing it away. <BR> But overall - August ROCKED for me!!! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:28:27 EST Getting started with orgainizing myself I just got a double shelf out of my bedroom that was pretty much filled with diabetic living magazines. I still need to place my other magazines into the living room also. Such as my shape and womens health and so forth. Once there out of my closet and my cabinet I will have more room for storing my clothing and my bedroom will be easier to fall a sleep in since there will be more storage and less mess. <BR> <BR> I will be taking before and after pictures of my organizing from the bedroom to... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:33:46 EST Organizing your pc When it comes to organizing there are other this that need organizing and cleaning as well. For example your pc also needs a good once over once in awhile. <BR> <BR> What I do is organize my yahoo mail account. as well as my pc. <BR> <BR> I organize my e-mails by using filters and folders. I also use folder icons on my pc so that way I can organize my files better as well. <BR> <BR> I will give a few tips on how to do this. <BR> <BR> First of all I'm starting with over 6,000 e-mails i... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:46:30 EST What I Cleaned and Organized in August 2016 Hi all, <BR> Here we go with a new month and a fresh start on our organizing and cleaning. <BR> I was reading an article in a mag about how clutter/dirty/messiness affects our moods, behaviors (like eating) - very interesting and motivating. <BR> I feel like I did well in July with the clutter and keeping up with the house <BR> (still have a full and messy garage "hanging over my head") <BR> How did you all do????? <BR> Happy August <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 01:47:42 EST What I Cleaned and Organized in July 2016 Happy July to all, <BR> Here we go with a new month and a fresh start. <BR> I am hoping that my motivation carries me through the new month. <BR> I'll be reporting back to you all to let you know how I am doing. <BR> <em>283</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 01:28:18 EST What I Cleaned and Organized in June 2016 Here we go a new month and another new fresh start. <BR> I feel like I did really well in May and got some major purging and donations completed. <BR> I hope to keep the momentum up in June. <BR> Do you have any specific plans? Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:56:53 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - May 2016 Here we are a new month and a fresh start. I feel like I did really well in keeping the house "organized" - notice I didn't say clean LOL <BR> How did you all do? <BR> Sun, 1 May 2016 01:07:39 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - April 2016 Hi all, <BR> We have a new month - a fresh start. Let's kick it into gear and get organized. <BR> What are your plans for April? <BR> I'm hoping to maintain and of course I still have the goal to clean out the garage. I only did one shelf in the garage in March. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 01:13:01 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - March 2016 Who's ready for a new month?? Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:31:37 EST New book you might all like i've ordered a new book online: <BR> <BR> Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight By Peter Walsh Hardcover <BR> <BR> A houseful of clutter may t be the only reason pack on the extra pounds, but research proves that it plays a big role. A recent study showed that people with superclutted homes were 77 percent more likely to be overweight or obese! Why? <BR> <BR> Author Peter Walsh thinks it's because people can't make their best choices - their healthiest choices- in a cluttered, messy, and di... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:54:16 EST Neon Silly Putty How can I remove orange neon Silly Putty from a black fleece with some fringe to it? It's on a corner, and I tried ice which did get quite a bit off, but what's left is ground down into the fabric. <BR> Is there a safe chemical to use before I wash it in the washer. The fleece came out of the car after one of the grands fell asleep with the putty in his hands last summer so it has been melted into the fabric... I don't want to make a hole or have to cut the corner off and restitch the hem.... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:04:01 EST Do I need a cleaning schedule? "why do you need a housework schedule? <BR> If you are a slob... A schedule will at least help you do better... <BR> If you're a perfectionist: A schedule can keep you from doing more things than really need to be done" <BR> Deniece Schofield from "Confessions of an Organized Homemaker" <BR> <em>213</em> <em>377</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:22:35 EST New Plan Well I've tried 15 minutes a day (on the basis that you'll do more once started - didn't work for me!) <BR> <BR> And I've tried doing an hour a day - but that didn't work either <BR> <BR> One of the things that Deniece Schofield points out in "Confessions of an Organized Homemaker" is that it is more time efficient to work in big chunks of time (quicker to iron 5 shirts at once than get the ironing board out 5 days in a row just to iron 1 shirt etc) <BR> <BR> So <BR> <BR> My new plan is t... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:19:39 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - February 2016 Hi All - <BR> A new month a fresh start. <BR> How id you do in January? <BR> I did pretty well and kept most things pretty organized and tidy. <BR> I am feeling motivated to purge more things out of my house and garage. <BR> Hope the motivation stays with me this month. I have a big vacation/tour planned this month to India and Nepal and really need to be organized when traveling and living out of a suitcase. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:59:03 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - January 2016 Happy New Year to Everyone!!! <BR> A new year and a fresh start to get organized. <BR> I'm looking forward to a fresh start. <BR> <BR> How did you all do in 2015 - are you more organized in your life now than you were on January 1st 2015? <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 00:19:14 EST Getting Organized in 2016! Hi! I am from Tacoma, WA and I decided that 2016 is my year to get fit and organized. I have been losing weight on SparkPeople since last Summer (and a member of this team for longer than that) but decided to start two books by Regina Leeds to get my whole house and finances in order in a year. I got out of my fitness routine when my partner had open heart surgery unexpectedly last Fall. All my time was dedicated to helping her recover. Now I am getting back on track eating a Nutritarian diet... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:26:25 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - December 2015 Oh My - it is December already and we have even more things to do this month. <BR> I am planning to keep things organized.... <BR> As I put out my decorations, I plan to purge those that are not special/meaningful/... <BR> <BR> What are your plans? Tue, 1 Dec 2015 17:25:41 EST A to Z. I like...with an organizing theme. A. I like my Apple corer--works great. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:02:37 EST Planners I have been considering investing in a planner to help me organize my life. I've seen the gazillion yt videos comparing planners but nothing seems to completely fit what I am looking for. I am looking for something that I can track my appts, finances, chores, and weight stats in. Does anyone have any suggestions for a planner that will allow me to do that? Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:15:46 EST Thanksgiving cooking,fa ily,travel and safety tips Our local hospital newsletter included a link to pertinent tips for the holidays <link><BR>-as-pie/ </link> <BR> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:42:19 EST Organizing for week of November 11 ___ Nov 11 ash throw rugs and bathmats. These are so easy <BR> to forget about. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 12 Schedule carpet cleaning or set aside a day to <BR> do it yourself. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 13 If you have a septic tank, get it pumped. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 14 Donate to your local food pantry. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 15 Clean out the pantry and get rid of expired <BR> foods. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 16 Plan your Thanksgiving menu. What can be made <BR> ahead of time and frozen? Or what can be bought alr... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:09:53 EST I will be away even longer We found out today that my husband's cancer is stage 4. We won't know until after another biopsy if we're looking at less than 6 months (that's if it's in the kidneys and bones) or if we'll have longer than a year (if it's just in the lungs). I will not have time to even think about Sparkpeople for a while. I need 3 or 4 people to step up for me. I really appreciate those who have already been taking care of things. I have Maria's (from Get Organized Now) permission to post her weekly and mon... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:13:03 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - November 2015 Hi All, <BR> I'm back from 3 weeks vacation/tour in China and Tibet. I didn't do a very good job of keeping my suitcase organized and usually had to empty it to find what I was looking for...... <BR> Lesson Learned for me......LOL Mon, 2 Nov 2015 17:22:18 EST Question about vacuum storage bags You know those bags you put stuff into and then suck out all the air with a vacuum hose to make the bag smaller? Does anyone here use them? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What I've always wondered about those things -- if you put sweaters or clothing into those bags don't they get permanently wrinkled after the air is sucked out? Whenever I see people using the bags on cleaning shows on TV they always look lik... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:22:39 EST 20 things cleared Yesterday I told an old lady about my problems about clearing up my house. <BR> She gave the advice to get 20 things cleared every day. <BR> This I did to day and have taken before and after photos. It is not perfect - but better <BR> The good thing about this system is that one item can vary after energy and time available Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:45:19 EST Life is not being kind Thanks first for checking on me. I appreciate that. <BR> This entire year has not been a good year for me. It started first with my right knee going out. I spent from January to April having to use a cane to even move around. I went through over 6 weeks of PT which involved 3 trips a week (about an hour each way). During this time (in March) allergies started bothering me. It developed into bronchitis. As I started to get better from that, my husband developed pneumonia and ended up in th... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:03:02 EST What I Cleaned and Organized -October 2015 Holy Cow - it's October already!!! <BR> If I can maintain the progress I made in Sept. I'll consider that a good thing. <BR> <BR> I'll be on vacation for almost 3 weeks - so at least my house will stay clean while I'm gone LOL <BR> <BR> What are your plans for October? Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:23:14 EST HI All! I signed up for SP last year but never used it until recently. I need to make positive changes in several areas right now. I need to lose 100 lbs, eat healthier and become more active. I also need to de-clutter our house and set some good house-keeping routines in an effort to get our home under control. Since retiring in 2009 I have done less around the house than when I was working. It seems very easy to say "well, I take care of that tomorrow" or "someday I should clean out that spar... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:08:34 EST What I Cleaned and Organized - September 2015 Whew - forgot to open a new thread for September. <BR> I am doing well keeping house clean, the yard is dead-dead-dead with the drought. <BR> Still need to focus on some major purging..... <BR> How are you all doing? Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:43:56 EST Forming 3 self-discipline habits I don't think anyone should try to be disciplined every moment, but at the end of the day we should be able to say that we had a constructive day. Even at the end of vacation days, one should have pride in the memories of joyful moments one formed during the day even if it is merely a good feeling of being refreshed and ready for the next day. Many of us rush through the day from one task to the other without any thought of what lasting memories they are constructing for themselves. What a f... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 19:57:59 EST What I Cleaned and Organized in August 2015 Hello everyone - <BR> Here we are in August - a new month a fresh start. <BR> It is really hot and muggy here and of course we are in a drought. <BR> There are 19 forest fires currently burning in California - I sure hope they get them put out soon. Very scary......I had to evacuate 2 times before and sure hope it doesn't happen again. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to maintain the organizing and cleaning I did in July and still talk about clearing out my garage.....are you all sick of heari... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 01:52:03 EST Have You Tried Yesterbox? I just read about this idea last night. I was reading one of my many blog/emails that I get each day and came across this concept with a web link. When I got down to the bottom of the article I found out it was written by Tony Hsieh, CEO of So here it goes. <BR> <BR> Yesterbox is a way of getting through your emails. Instead of focusing on trying to get through all of today's emails (which just keep coming), your goal is to complete all of yesterday's emails - that way, you h... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:19:52 EST July 2015 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 1 The year is half over. Set monthly goals for the second half of the year. <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 2 Purchase food and decorations for your 4th of July celebration, and/or make plans to view fireworks with you family. <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 3 Try drying linens outside so they will smell especially fresh. <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 4 Independence Day. Hang your flag outside. <BR> <BR> ____ Jul 5 Donate or toss home decor you don’t like any... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 21:10:22 EST What I cleaned and organized in July 2015 WOW - it is July already!!!!!! <BR> Hot and humid here and of course our terrible drought. <BR> -------------- <BR> I think I did pretty well in June - looking back, I got a lot of clutter and stuff out of my house and found some ways to keep things in baskets to keep stuff off the counters and tables. <BR> Still working on the the computer/ sewing/sewing room. <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:42:49 EST Week Beginning June 20th _____ Clean the toaster. Unplug your toaster. Dump it upside down over a garbage can to remove all the crumbs. If your toaster includes a crumb tray, pull it out and wipe it clean. Finally, wipe down the outside of the appliance with water and a mild detergent or a safe cleaning solution. <BR> <BR> _____ Weed out weeds. Don't let the weeds overpower your gardens, flower beds, or lawn. Spend time this week eliminating the weeds from these areas, or get a professional to help you do this proje... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:18:50 EST Teacher organization ideas... ok.. Summer is here and I am already trying to find ways to be more organized. Looking for ideas of how to organize classroom library and ways to help students be organized.. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:32:24 EST Quick intro I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:41 EST 7-Day Closet Declutter Challenge starts July 2, 2015 by Sheila Alley Here's what she says about it. <BR> " I want women to show up and be seen in a way that is in inspiring. Do you want to be magnetic? To have an energy that others are drawn to? Believe it or not, much of this starts in your closet. Sound strange? It really isn't when you know how it works. <BR> <BR> Your energy is felt by others and seen in the form of your body language. Your body language is determined by how you feel and what you feel is determined b... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:03:01 EST Week Beginning June 13th <BR> _____ Floss every day this week. For adults, flossing is almost more important that brushing your teeth. (Obviously don't give up brushing your teeth though!) Studies are finding that gum disease can lead to other more serious health issues like heart disease. <BR> <BR> _____ Edge and sweep the driveway. Edging is cutting away the grass that hangs over from the lawn onto a driveway or sidewalk. Edge every other week or when you notice the borders growing out. <BR> <BR> _____ Clean you... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:22:37 EST Week Beginning June 6th _____ Clean your computer or laptop. Vacuum dusty power cords and wires. Get a can of compressed air to blow out and clean your computer fans and keyboard. Then, use a damp cloth or disinfecting wipe on your keyboard and mouse. Clean in between keys with a damp Q-tip. <BR> <BR> _____ Clean all remotes and telephones. Use a damp cloth or a disinfecting wipe to clean both your television remotes and telephone. If makeup has rubbed off on the keypad of your telephone, use a Mr. Clean eraser to ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 22:31:46 EST Week Beginning May 30th 1) Expand your vocabulary Expand your vocabulary starting today. Find a ‘word of the day’ website and write today’s word in a notebook. Use that word in 5 different sentences, 5 times each day, while speaking or writing to 5 different people. <BR> <BR> 2) Try a new book genre Shake up your reading habits this week by reading something other than your usual choices. If you love new best sellers, try a classic novel. If you usually read nonfiction, choose a mystery. If you read only fiction,... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 21:16:22 EST June 2015 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 1 School is out or soon will be. Are all kid activities arranged to keep them busy? Carpools? <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 2 It's a good time to air out the house. Open the windows for a few minutes for some fresh air. Install screens, if you don’t already have them, to keep bugs out. <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 3 Add some bright summer colors and decor to your home. <BR> <BR> ____ Jun 4 For many of us, it is the very last chance to put in ... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 21:00:50 EST What I cleaned and organized in June 2015 Hi Gang, <BR> New month - fresh start..... <BR> I am sure pleased with the major purging and yard-work that I did in May and I hope to keep the momentum up in June. <BR> <BR> How are you all doing????? Mon, 1 Jun 2015 01:19:30 EST Week Beginning May 9th ____ Celebrate moms. Do something in appreciation of your mom, and/or other moms in your life who mean the world to you. <BR> <BR> ____ Try this Clean-up Game. Using your cell phone, take a before and after picture of a room you've just cleaned. Notice the difference your efforts have made in making this room more tidy and comfortable. If you have children, share the picture with them and discuss the differences between the messy and now clean room. This is also a great opportunity to highli... Sun, 10 May 2015 21:36:08 EST What I cleaned and organized in May 2015 OOPS - I've been busy and totally forgot about a new thread - thank you so much for the reminder. <BR> It is the 3rd and I've been doing pretty good so far.....but it IS only the 3rd LOL Sun, 3 May 2015 15:32:10 EST Week Beginning May 2nd ____ Plan ahead for Mother's Day. Start making decisions on your family's Mother's Day celebration. Are you going to host a party, make reservations for a brunch, or spend the day picnicking at a park. Consider all your options, contact siblings and children and make a decision early, this will give you more time to prepare. <BR> <BR> ____ May is National Bike Month. Bike riding is one of the best non-impact workouts EVER! According to Women's Health magazine, 'a 135 lb. woman, biking 12-14 ... Sat, 2 May 2015 20:52:43 EST May 2015 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ May 1 Have you been setting stuff aside as you spring clean for a garage sale? Set a date and prepare for it. <BR> <BR> ____ May 2 Schedule any appointments for camp physicals, dental appointments...even physicals for the fall school term if your schedule is tight. <BR> <BR> ____ May 3 Buy or make any needed end-of-year teacher gifts. <BR> <BR> ____ May 4 If there are students in the family, final exams may be looming. Che... Sat, 2 May 2015 20:44:24 EST Week Beginning April 18th 1) Scrub your barbecue Scrub your BBQ inside and out. Remove the racks and scrub them (use hot water, soap, and SOS pads). <BR> <BR> 2) Scrub your oven Whether it is self-cleaning or not, it's a good time to clean out your oven. Make sure the oven is cold first. Use vinegar and water on the door. Scrub the racks in soapy water. If you don't want to use chemical cleaners, mix vinegar and baking soda in a spray bottle instead. <BR> <BR> 3) Scrub your microwave Fill a microwave-safe bowl with... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:24:45 EST Week Beginning April 11 ___ Sort and organize your food containers. Those food containers tend to multiply on their own. Gather them from the cupboards, including the lids, decide how many to keep, and discard those stained and lidless ones. Send the good, but unneeded, ones to a college student or someone setting up their home. <BR> <BR> ___ Make next year's taxes a breeze. Since tax season is upon us and almost over, set up a system to make next year's taxes easier. Label file folders or start a finance binder wi... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:28:04 EST Frida: Before and after photos I hope to get more focused on having a nicer home by posting before - and after photos. <BR> Before <BR> <img src=""> <BR> After <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Before: date: april 8th 2015 - <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:54:04 EST Whai I cleaned and organized - April 2015 Hi All, <BR> I just returned home late last night from about 2 weeks in France. I was even able to keep my suitcase and things organized. We had an apt. for the last week in Paris and it was large/plenty of room and we were able to keep it clean and organized too. <BR> Cold weather and a little rain there - but I enjoyed and places we visited. <BR> ------------ <BR> Now at home - I have emptied my suitcase and I'm doing my laundry. <BR> Ran several errands this AM - and feel like I... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 18:00:40 EST Week Beginning April 4th 1) Use up what’s in your freezer first Don't get caught in the trap of buying more food while the frozen foods you already own gathers freezer burn. Make a freezer inventory. Then create your menu by beginning with things in the freezer that can be used. <BR> <BR> 2) Clean shower liners and curtains Time to clean your shower liners and curtains. Usually both the fabric and the plastic liner can be washed in the washing machine. Do check labels to be sure. I simply hang the plastic liner to ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:13:33 EST April 2015 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Apr 1 April is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The garden calls to many of us, as well as the desire to spring clean after a long winter. Take time to sit down and think what tasks, indoor and out, you would like to accomplish this month. What supplies do you need, is it all do-it-yourself work, or do you need to schedule some services? <BR> <BR> ____ Apr 2 Easter is nearly here. If this is a holiday you celebrate,... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:11:27 EST the Life changing magic of tidying up A new book that seems to be all the rage. I've read it and love it, started trying to apply it and it's not bad <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:41:20 EST Week Beginning March 21 ___ Spring is here! If you didn't have your lawn equipment serviced in the fall, get it scheduled now. If you've decided to hire a service to maintain your yard, then start researching landscaping companies today--before these services get too busy. <BR> <BR> ___ Make a list of winter accessories and equipment that need to be replaced for next year. For instance, I was in a store the other day and they had snow/rain boots on sale for less than $10 a pair! Now is the perfect time to pick up s... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:12:22 EST Week Beginning March 14 ___ Take on a new course of action. As you leave a room in your house, take something with you and return it back to its original spot. For instance, if your spouse's shoes are lying in the living room, take them with you as you leave and return the shoes to his or her closet. Encourage every family member to try will certainly cut-down your clutter. <BR> <BR> ___ Tweak your bookshelves. Improve your bookshelves' attractiveness by only displaying books you love and use. Vary the pr... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:38:32 EST Need help with time management & goals Need suggestions for how to track a variety of projects with different goals (everything from decluttering my house to starting a blog) <BR> <BR> I have all these pieces of paper and notebooks where stuff is written down - things I want to do, suggestions for how to do stuff, things I've learned from a course - but there are little bits here and there and all over <BR> <BR> I don't have a good way to turn it all into goals and projects with deadlines and ways to track my progress <BR> <BR>... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:47:09 EST Week Beginning March 7th 1) Keep only what looks great on you No sense keeping clothes that don’t make you feel good about yourself. Designate your 10 favorite dressy outfits and your 10 favorite casual outfits. Those are keepers. Each other item is a potential candidate for Goodwill. <BR> <BR> 2) Keep what fits great; not what doesn’t Even if you like the way a pair of shoes look, if they kill your feet every time you wear them, say good-bye. Same goes for other clothing and footwear that pinches, irritates your s... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:49:48 EST What I cleaned and organized - March 2015 Hi all - here we are with a new month and fresh start. Anyone planning major "SPRING CLEANING" ??? <BR> I would love to - but I need to consider some home improvements before I dive into major cleaning. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:17:48 EST Week Beginning February 28th 1) Remove clutter and trash from your car Head to your car with a laundry basket. Bring in everything that should be inside your house. Then, go back out to the car and gather and throw away any empty soda cans or other garbage. <BR> <BR> 2) Clean your oven As soon as you get a day warm enough to open your windows, even if it’s still a bit brisk outside, clean your oven. Either get the spray-on cleaner or turn on your self-cleaner. <BR> <BR> 3) Give a little love to Fido Dogs can get depr... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:25:18 EST March 2015 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 1 Sharpen kitchen knives. Food prep will be much more efficient. <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 2 It’s time to gather papers for taxes. If you need to make an appointment with a tax specialist, do so. <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 3 Buy or organize supplies if you plan a big spring cleaning. <BR> <BR> ____ Mar 4 Go through the house cleaning light switches and doorknobs, which harbor lots of germs. Do the same with phones and remote controls.... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:22:21 EST Cleaning out Baby and Kid Stuff Hi Team, <BR> Any tips on what to keep and what to dump for a sentimental mommy such as myself?? My daughter is now 5, so of course I have gotten rid of a lot. But I still have more bins of baby clothes, toys etc., than we need. I also have a ton of school projects and papers. It's hard for me to get rid of these things. Does anyone have any thoughts or tips that helped them decide what to keep and what to dump??? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:17:39 EST Week Beginning February 21st I'm sorry I'm late with this. It's been a rough week and weekend here for me. It's getting better, At least I'm able to walk again and now the trips to the doctors begin. <BR> <BR> The following is from the email from <BR> ___ Quick jacket de-clutter. Take a quick peek into your coat closet. Do you have room for additional coats OR can you barely squeeze in what you have now? If you don't have room, remove the coats you haven't worn yet this year and donate ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:35:58 EST Week Beginning February 14th from an email from <BR> ___ Do you have a chair with a ripped seat cushion, a piece of furniture with a scratch, a pillow your pooch chewed on, or anything else in need of repair? Make it a point this week to get what you need to fix it...and take care of it. Not handy? Make an appointment to have it repaired. Something beyond repair? Consider replacing it. <BR> <BR> ___ Text your better half...just to say 'I Love You.' Do the same for your kids if they have t... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:28:25 EST What I cleaned and organized - Feb 2015 Hi all - I just returned from a 2 week Mission trip to Guatemala and missed all of you. <BR> I was forced to be very organized while traveling - sharing a room and using only a carry-on bag. <BR> It was truly the trip of a lifetime and I took a couple thousand photos. <BR> We installed energy efficient stoves in peoples' very very rural homes. They really appreciated our t work. <BR> I came home with viral laryngitis - but now have meds and I'm getting better. <BR> -------- <B... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:06:10 EST Week Beginning February 7th ___ Time to think about medical check-ups. Whether they are due now or much later, you can stay on top of your health by making appointments including: annual physical, blood work, teeth cleaning, eye exam, OB/GYN visit and so forth. Make your health a priority. <BR> <BR> ___ Clear your center desk drawer. (Or that spot you stuff with pens, pencils, rubber bands and oddities.) Dump it onto your counter. Wipe out the drawer. Sort the contents. Test the pens and markers. Discard those that don... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:23:08 EST February 2015 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Feb 1 February is a great month for tackling indoor projects that have been neglected or put on the back burner. Go through the house listing all those little things that need doing and any materials needed. <BR> <BR> ____ Feb 2 It’s Groundhog Day. This holiday began in the 1880’s and today nearly 30,000 people show up in Punxsutawney, PA to see this critter’s prediction. Whether you believe his weather predictions or not, it’... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:40:38 EST Week Beginning January 31st ___ Prepare for Valentine's Day. If you have not done so already, set out a few Valentine decorations this week. Bake heart-shaped sugar cookies and freeze to decorate at a later time. Gather supplies you may need for making Valentine cards. Here is a simple Valentine card craft. Paste heart- shaped doilies onto pre-cut cards. Fold and include a heart- felt message inside. Maybe you would like to include a gift card too? <BR> <BR> ___ Organize your winter footwear. Now is a good time to take... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:35:10 EST Favorite book organizing home papers Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been looking for a good book on home paper organization. Bills, health records, certificates, etc. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a favorite book or books or your favorite book(s) that have a section for home paper management? <BR> <BR> I have three large boxes I need to purge and organize and three file boxes. I'm not sure whether I like to use them. I also have a desk drawer for hanging folders. It's really and four smaller drawers for office supplies and paper, I have n... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:24:58 EST Week Beginning January 25th 1) Should you have them? Houseplants are not for everyone. Decide if you’re the type to give your plants tender loving care or if you’re too busy to deal with their needs. If your plants all look wonderful and they’re thriving, great! If most of your plants haven’t been watered in months and they’re dried up, it’s time to say goodbye. <BR> <BR> 2) Groom them Go through your home and assess your plants. Pinch off any dead or shabby foiliage. Trim those that have gotten too long or tall for y... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:07:18 EST Check in what you will get done in next hour I'm starting a challenge to check in to see what I can get done in the next hour, hopefully I will get other people on this with me. This round will start at 5:15 am (in 2 minutes) <BR> <BR> I will: <BR> <BR> cook breakfast <BR> Track breakfast <BR> eat <BR> exercise at least 15 minutes <BR> wash dishes. <BR> <BR> Will check back in at 6:15 am. <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:15:59 EST Week Beginning January 17th ___ Get everything you need together to file your taxes before April 15th. Doing so now will ensure you're not rushing to meet the April deadline. Schedule a date to begin working on your taxes or make an appointment with your accountant. <BR> <BR> ___ Designate a place to pay your bills that includes everything you need to do so. If you're still paying most of your bills by hand, your checkbook, pens, calculator, return address labels, and postage stamps should all be together and easily ac... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:47:14 EST Week Beginning January 11th 1) Weed out 20 items If your closet is super- packed, you definitely have 20 items you can get rid of this week. Choose articles of clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. that you don’t like, that don’t fit, etc. and donate them today. <BR> <BR> 2) All matching hangers Your closet will look way more organized if you have all matching hangers. Invest in nice wooden or sturdy plastic hangers...all in the same color. Donate your old ones to charity. <BR> <BR> 3) Shoes off the floor Count up the ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:06:15 EST Week Beginning January 4th 1) Uninstall 3 Programs Over the years, we all end up with programs on our computers that we rarely, or never, use. Using the Uninstall feature on your computer (just search “Uninstall” in your Control Panel), uninstall three programs you no longer need. <BR> <BR> 2) Weed out 20 files a day The longer you have your computer, the more files you’re going to build...lots of which get outdated very quickly and never used again, just taking up unnecessary space on your computer. This week, take ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 19:05:41 EST What I cleaned and organized - Jan 2015 Happy New Year to everyone. <BR> It feels strange to type the date 2015 - <BR> I have lots of dreams of getting my home and life organized and managed in the new year. <BR> What are your long range plans???? <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:00:03 EST Help! My biggest ongoing problem I read through this week's challenge and I was reminded of what my biggest ongoing problem is. A little challenge like clean out a drawer - take out the stuff that doesn't belong and only put back what does belong. <BR> <BR> Sounds simple enough. <BR> <BR> My problem is whenever I pull out "what doesn't belong" I don't know what to do with it. <BR> It ends up orphaned in a pile until it gets stuffed somewhere else just to get it out of sight. <BR> <BR> This happens a lot, whether I'm decl... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 16:02:13 EST January 2015 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Jan 1 A new year—-a fresh start. Be reasonable with New Year resolutions. Strive for better, not perfect. Pick your most desired resolutions, but only 2 or 3. Set specific goals — not 'I want to lose weight,' but 'I want to weigh 5 pounds less by April.' Consider how you will achieve your goals—join a support group, keep a journal. If being more organized is a resolution, what does it mean to you? <BR> <BR> ____ Jan 2 Clean off ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:52:06 EST Week of December 26th 1) Clean out a dresser drawer Pull everything out of the drawer and wipe the dust out. Set aside any item which does not belong in a pile, to sort later. Decide on a theme for the drawer and replace only those items that fit into the theme back into the drawer. <BR> <BR> 2) Clean the furnace filter Cleaning the furnace filter on a monthly basis will keep your furnace running more efficiently. Always have an extra on hand. Place the spare filter in your furnace when you remove the other one.... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:41:24 EST ideas for sneakers? <BR> I have a bunch of sneakers on the bottom of my closet floor. They will look neat for a time, and then I will turn them into a mountain, lol. Anyone have any ideas for how I can organize my sneakers so that they take up the least room possible? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 20:46:48 EST Week of December 19th 1) Decide on your holiday attire Take an hour or so this week to determine what you’re going to wear for the holidays. If you’re attending church services on Christmas Eve, for example, do you have a pretty red sweater? What accessories will you wear with it? Is everything ironed? What about Christmas Day? If you’re cooking, do you have a pretty holiday apron to protect your clothes? If you still need to buy something to wear or accessorize your outfit, there’s still time to run out to the st... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:06:24 EST What is your household chore today? What household chore is on your to do list today? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:33:18 EST Week of December 13th 1) Equip your car Be sure you have a snow brush (or two), a shovel, an ice scraper, and an extra pair of gloves in your car. It’s not fun to have to swipe snow off your car with your jacket sleeve because of lack of preparation. <BR> <BR> 2) Know where outer wear is going to go Consider putting a boot tray by your entry doors. In doing so, boots can be removed and immediately placed on the tray...protecting the floor from getting wet. I also leave a portable drying rack in the utility room ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:42:40 EST Week of December 6th 1) Make a list of names and tackle each of them one at a time Get all the names of your gift recipients down on a sheet of paper or in a computer file. Focus on just one person at a time. Purchase gifts for that ONE person. Then, move onto the next person on your list. Before you know it, you’ll be done...checking each person off one at a time. <BR> <BR> 2) Shop online first, in stores second Get whatever online shopping you can get done first. You won’t have to wait in long lines, fight cr... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:00:54 EST New Here I've been using SP for the past 33 days. I am a distance runner and struggle with an extra 10-15 pounds. During my last marathon I swore I would get a handle on the extra weight! I'm 54 yo, married, have 3 kids -1 still at home. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:12:46 EST Need Ideas on what to do with large old Portraits I have recently become the custodian of a lot (6 to 8 large tubs) of old photographs. My family and cousins believe I can figure out who they all are. Included in the things from my parents are framed portraits of ancestors. I don't live in a castle, where such things can easily be hung. As a matter of fact, I live in an open concept condo, and my walls are hidden by storage type furniture. So, I don't have wall space except were the walls go up to second floor height. <BR> <BR> I am su... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:33:01 EST AlternativeC ristmasGifts Zen Habits has a page about spending less on overly commercialized holiday gifts and giving more of yourself. Many gifts can be significant but cost little. See <link> </link> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:30:41 EST What I cleaned and organized - Dec. 2014 Oh My - December already. <BR> I don't know about you, but I have so many tasks on my calendar for December PLUS <BR> the Holidays. <BR> But, I'm determined to keep to a schedule and keep on top of stuff <BR> ( The holidays would really make me crazy if I didn't have at least 1 list of To-Do) <BR> Fortunately - I don't have very many gifts to buy or make.......but a lot of baking. <BR> <BR> How did you do in November and what are your plans for December??? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:43:13 EST Week of November 29: 1) Clean the inside of your microwave First wipe the inside of your microwave with a warm, wet cloth or sponge. Any food that is cooked on the inside of the microwave can be loosened by placing a bowl of water inside and turning your microwave on for at least three minutes. The steam from the water will loosen the cooked food so that you can easily take a wet sponge and wipe the rest of the food off. <BR> <BR> 2) Clean your eating utensils drawer Place a kitchen towel on top of your counter... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:07:30 EST December 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Dec 1 Begin with a calendar, list events coming up this month, or other important dates to remember. If planning a party, get your invitations sent early before there are too many schedule conflicts. If you need to coordinate when and where holidays are spent, get it done now. <BR> <BR> ____ Dec 2 If you have a healthcare flexible spending account, it may insist that the money you contribute be spent before the end of the year ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 13:03:04 EST Week of November 15: Maria’s Mini Organizing Challenges In this season of giving, let’s focus this week on giving away things we possess, but never use. What is sitting in our closets or cabinets may not mean much to us, but may mean the world to someone else. Here are your challenges... This Week’s Easy-As-Pie Challenges: <BR> <BR> 1) Step into a more organized world Gather your shoes, sneakers, boots, sandals, and slippers in one place. Put your favorite ones (not those you only like to look at; those you “ac... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:01:39 EST Struggling after I moved I moved one month ago. To be honest I feel quite overwhelmed by all that still needs to be done. We still have two bedrooms that need to be decorated except they're filled with boxes and materials, a basement that needs thorough cleaning and painting, an attick that is now filled with boxes and there is nothing on the concrete floor in the hall and the upstairs hallway. Plus of course some curtains and lamps still need to be hanged. <BR> Our living room and bedroom are more or less okay, we ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:11:40 EST Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? Has anyone else tried a capsule wardrobe? I've been doing Project 333 for about a month and love it so far. <BR> <BR> Project 333 is where you wear only 33 items for 3 months. You have to go through your wardrobe and be brutally honest- if it doesn't fit, if it's wrecked, if you haven't worn it in forever, it's donated. Then you pick the 33 items you're going to wear for 3 months- pants, shirts, sweaters, jackets, shoes, purses, scarves- you get the idea. Everything is streamlined, everythin... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:09:55 EST Week of November 8: 1) Clean the front of the fridge Remove any magnets or papers that are displayed on the front or top of the refrigerator. Clean with a clean cloth and a mild liquid detergent. Always wipe in the direction of the grain. Limit the amount of papers you display on the refrigerator. I usually stick to one piece of my daughter’s artwork, emergency phone numbers, medical information, and the school’s weekly lunch menu. <BR> <BR> 2) Organize your glove compartment Take everything out of your glove ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 22:07:40 EST November 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 1 Remember to set your clocks back one hour for the end of Daylight Savings Time. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Enjoy your extra hour of sleep. <BR> <BR> ____ Nov 2 Thanksgiving is still three weeks away, but it is time to plan for it, especially if you have company coming. Plan the menu. What special tasks need to be done well ahead of time—like ordering a fresh turkey? What dishes can you make ahead of tim... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:34:31 EST What I cleaned and organized - Nov. 2014 Holy cow!! It is November already and I sure am NOT ready for the holidays and all the chaos that comes with it. <BR> How did you do in October and are you doing anything to get ready for all the holidays and keeping things organized? Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:32:48 EST I'm new! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm glad to have found this team. In addition to getting healthy, physically and mentally, my goals include streamlining and organizing my life. I live in a small space, and though I have free time, I don't always feel that it is used efficiently. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to find a group for advice, support, and tips while I head forward in this. <BR> <BR> By the way, I'm always looking for new spark friends! Feel free to add or message me! Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:08:23 EST Week of October 25th: 1) Find a window of opportunity Take the opportunity to clean your most frequently looked through windows, like those in your kitchen or family room. When winter comes, you’ll be able to enjoy a smudge free view of your surroundings. <BR> <BR> 2) Disinfect the kitchen sink Guess what? There are more bacteria living in your kitchen sink than in your toilet. Eeewwww, right? Take a moment to disinfect the kitchen sink, drain, drain stopper, and faucet fixtures. <BR> <BR> 3) Clean out your le... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:49:06 EST Week of October 18th: 1) Choose one thing to celebrate fall Buy a pumpkin for your porch, hang a fall wreath on the front door, bake an apple pie, or make a Halloween treat with your children or grandchildren. Find something that will make you happy about fall and schedule time on your calendar to do it. <BR> <BR> 2) Maintain your fireplace Arrange to have your gas or wood fireplace maintained and cleaned. Wood fireplaces need to have the chimney cleaned at least once a year, even if you don’t use it regularly. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:35:32 EST Your Savvy Tasks for 10/13-18 Your Savvy Tasks for this week are: <BR> 1. Halloween - Just two more weekends between now and Halloween. Make sure you give yourself time to pick up a pumpkin and don't forget to add Halloween candy to your grocery list. This will take 30 - 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> 2. Clean Out Your Wallet - Get rid of old receipts, that key card from your last trip to Vegas and anything else you don't need. This should take less than 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> 3. Check your Home Air Filters - Before yo... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:39:50 EST Week of October 11th: 1) Dust your lampshades Unplug your lamp and remove the lampshade. If your lampshade fabric can handle the suction of a vacuum, use your vacuum’s brush attachment to remove dust from the shade. Dampen a rag to clean the inside, (or plastic) area of your shade. If the fabric shade is too delicate, use a painter’s brush and brush the dust away…start at the top and work your way down to the bottom. If you have glass lampshades, completely remove the glass shade away from anything electrical. Soa... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:50:34 EST Week of October 4th: Our mini challenges this week are focused on doing a few easy tasks that can make your life just a little bit nicer...and who doesn’t want that? Here you go! <BR> <BR> 1) Refresh your towels Change all the hand towels, wash clothes and dish rags in your bathroom and kitchen. Then throw everything into the washing machine. <BR> <BR> 2) Clean out your sock drawer Remove everything from your sock drawer and wipe it out. Next, decide which socks get to stay and place them back into the drawer... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:44:57 EST What I cleaned and organized - Oct.. 2014 Here we are with another new month. I cannot believe how quickly September zipped by. <BR> Looking back I did get a lot done - and I have another load ready for the Goodwill drop-off in my garage right now. <BR> My goal is to keep the junk from piling up on all the horizontal surfaces. I really don't know were all that stuff comes from, but I turn my head and POW there it is. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:04:26 EST October 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 1 See what’s new at the farmers market. Buy some fall vegetables and roast them in the oven for a delicious side dish. <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 2 Decorate for fall. Make a new fall wreath for the front door. Change candles to fall scents like pumpkin or apple spice. Put out fall-themed dishtowels. <BR> <BR> ____ Oct 3 Clean out your closet. Those summer clothes you never wore? Maybe it’s time to let them go. Do you have fall c... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:11:22 EST Week of September 28th: Small accomplishments give us the energy we need to move on to bigger and better challenges. Here are 3 things you can start...and finish...this week! <BR> <BR> 1) Wake up call This week try not to use your snooze button. When your alarm goes off, don’t squeeze in any more shut-eye. Instead turn your alarm off, swing your legs over the edge of the bed and take 5 deep breaths before jumping into action. <BR> <BR> 2) Drink up Keeping yourself hydrated has many benefits. Water is a great, ca... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:44:44 EST Need Your Advice on Old Magazines Okay - I have a magazine addiction. I just LOVE magazines, but I don't always have time to read them. So, I have a bunch of renewals sitting on my desk to fulfill AND I have three stacks - maybe 16 inches high each of magazines that I have not read yet. Here are the two options I am considering: <BR> <BR> 1) DON'T renew the magazines until I read through what I already have (which may take me a full year). <BR> <BR> 2) Donate all of the "old" unread magazines and renew only the magazines... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:48:42 EST Week of September 21st: Have just a few extra minutes in your schedule? Why not tackle these quick cleaning jobs...all that can be done by in the time it takes to listen to a song or two? <BR> <BR> 1) Quick Clean Counters Give your bathroom counters (and maybe your toilet as well) a quick clean. Just use a bleach wipe and surface-clean these areas. <BR> <BR> 2) Spot-Clean Floors Spot clean or Swiffer your kitchen and bathroom floors. While there isn’t always enough time to deep clean floors, a quick once over wi... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:35:52 EST Week of September 14th: I love a good challenge, don’t you? This week’s mini challenges will help you get your laundry done, complete a fun organizing project, and ensure everyone in the family has more time for each other! <BR> <BR> 1) Get 90% of Your Laundry Done Before the Weekend Make a concerted effort to have most of your laundry completed by the end of the week. This means you’ll need to keep up with it during the week, probably doing one to two loads each day. If you have a huge back-up, bring it all to a ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:36:53 EST Week of September 7th: Fall into an organized autumn. Autumn brings some seasonal TO DOs to the table. These mini challenges all focus on tasks that are great to do as the weather cools. <BR> <BR> 1) Reseed your lawn As the weather cools a bit, it’s a wonderful time to reseed your lawn...especially those bare spots. Rake away leaves and debris, lay down a layer of fresh soil, and then sprinkle on the seeds. <BR> <BR> 2) Do a 30-minute garage clean up Store summer gear for the season in labeled Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:12:05 EST Important things to do in October I find that a lot of sites post monthly or daily challenges of things to do that are not time sensitive but my idea of organization is to put ordinary daily tasks into categories by time of day or week , room location etc. However, I decided that there are certain things that need to be done at certain times of the year. October is a month of climate change and there are probably some things you do by habit each October. Please post them here and if I or others seconds them, I will list them ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:06:04 EST Important things to do each September I find that a lot of sites post monthly or daily challenges of things to do that are not time sensitive but my idea of organization is to put ordinary daily tasks into categories by time of day or week , room location etc. However, I decided that there are certain things that need to be done at certain times of the year. September is a month of change and there are probably some things you do by habit each September. Please post them here and if I or others seconds them, I will list them be... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:38:23 EST What I cleaned and organized - Sept. 2014 Hi Gang - Here we go again with a new month and a fresh start. <BR> I looked back on my calendar for August and I accomplished a lot more than I thought. <BR> My garage is looking pretty good, I made countless trips to the Goodwill Drop-Off, <BR> got some home repairs done, my computer got a new hard-drive (necessity) and my sewing machine got a tune-up and repair (another necessity.) <BR> But, I'll take credit for all of it. <em>224</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 02:36:41 EST Week of September 1st: September is a super time to do some are 3 challenges related to updates you can do easily. Have fun getting them done! <BR> <BR> 1) Update your Family Emergency List On my computer, using Word, I made up a family emergency list that includes contact information for emergency services, close relatives, neighbors and friends. I keep it posted on my refrigerator where it can be accessed instantly if someone needs it, and also keep a copy in my purse. I simply update and reprin... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:25:51 EST September 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <BR> <BR> ____ Sep 1 Today is Labor Day. Traditionally many head out of town for one last camping trip or other favorite summer activity. If you leave your home for an extended period of time, here are some home security tips. 1) Mow your lawn before your leave. 2) Leave contact information. 3) Use timers for your lights. <BR> <BR> ____ Sep 2 Spend time today working on your household routines or cleaning schedule. Ask yourself; How can I chan... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:23:47 EST Week of August 25th This week’s mini challenges include something for everyone...whether you’re involved in back-to-school tasks, need some help with meal planning, or are just trying to eliminate clutter, we’re here for you! <BR> <BR> 1) Create a homework center Create a specific area where your children can do their homework without distractions and that is stocked with pens, pencils and other necessary supplies. It’s better to have a consistent place, rather than homework being done here, there and everywhe... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:07:20 EST Needto clean my glass shower door 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 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: 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: 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 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 August 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ____ Aug 1 Clean patio and lawn furniture. Wipe down with hot sudsy water. Rinse them with the hose. Wipe dry with cloth rags. Finally, fix yourself an icy drink and then relax in your newly cleaned outdoor furniture. <BR> <BR> ____ Aug 2 Visit a farmer’s market today or check locally for a new market that you have not yet visited. <BR> <BR> ____ Aug 3 Go to the library to check out a book on a city or a country that you... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 17:15:12 EST What I cleaned and organized - August 2014 A new month a fresh start....... <BR> I feel proud of what I accomplished and maintained in July and hope to keep it up during August. <BR> <BR> Are you ready for a new month and start??? Make it Happen. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:29:10 EST Week of July 28th: 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 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: 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 by Maria Gracia <link> </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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Hi 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 by Maria Gracia <link> </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 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 :) 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 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 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 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 by Maria Gracia <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 What I cleaned and organized - May 2014 Can you believe that it is May already????? <BR> I'm still working on my April Stuff. <BR> <BR> How are you doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am determined to finish working on my bathroom upgrade (just changing towel racks) <BR> by the end of the week. Then I think I will treat myself to some new towels to hang on the racks. Thu, 1 May 2014 00:31:11 EST Week of April 27th 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 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 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 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 Getting and staying organized doesn’t have to be rocket science. Here are 5 ways you can get more organized this 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 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? 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 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> </link> <BR> and <BR> a brief pdf from the same book, author, Paul Hammerness:<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 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 See <link> </link> for a video on Organizing tips. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:33:31 EST Setting up an evening routine See <link><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 by Maria Gracia <link> </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 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? See <link><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? 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 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 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 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 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><BR>-spring-clean-workout-routine-21-bad-h<BR>abits-toss-today/ </link> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:51:53 EST Spring cleaning tips, links and accomplishments This thread will be for any tips, links, suggestions and most of all, what you accomplish with your spring cleaning. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:28:37 EST Week of March 16th 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 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 by Maria Gracia <link> </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 March 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <link> </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! 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 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 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 from website: <link><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) I have no idea if this will help anyone, but I found it today: <BR> <link><BR>g-cleaning/sort-papers </link> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 22:24:40 EST Week of February 23rd 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 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 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 A list I found on <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 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 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 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 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 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 Time manager Monthly motivator To-Do Lists to Motivate You in Seven Areas. It's Easy! <BR> Your Home: <BR> Your Family: <BR> Your health: <BR> Your stuff: <BR> Your money: <BR> Your job: <BR> The holidays: <BR> <BR> I will try to remember to post these each month. But you can always find them at: <link> </link> Just look on the page for "Monthly Motivators" Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:08:42 EST 2014 Organizing challenge Would you like to finally get organized in 2014? Let's work together to make it happen! Here's how... <BR> <BR> Each month, I will list your weekly challenges on <link> </link> . We will work on them together and share our results. You may not have time to complete them every week. That's okay. Even if you only participate in two challenges each month, your house will be more organized at the end of this year than it was at the beginning. <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:41:51 EST Pantry Challenge @ the Savvy Life website. 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><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 from Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER By Maria Gracia Issue: February 2, 2014 <BR> <link> </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 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 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 by Maria Gracia <link> </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. 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 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 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><BR><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) 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 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 Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:48:09 EST Week of January 12th 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 This article has some really clever ideas:<BR>ly-clever-organizing-hacks-httj Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:02:52 EST Week of January 5th 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 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 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 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: <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 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 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! 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... 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" 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 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 January 2014 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <link> </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 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 Starts January 1 2014: <link><BR>1days.pdf </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:47:31 EST Need input 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 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 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 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 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 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 Holy Cow !!!! It's December already. <BR> I know this month I am going to be making more messes than I'm cleaning 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 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 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 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 <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 December 2013 Organizing Checklist by Maria Gracia <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 ____ 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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... 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 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!! 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 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 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 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 by Maria Gracia <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 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:) 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! 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> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:31:25 EST Week of September 22nd 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 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. 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 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 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 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 How to keep all types of online activities organized. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:05:40 EST Week of September 8th 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><BR>hallenge.html?... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:15:22 EST The Lazy Person's Guide to Cleaning House Quickly `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 Product reviews This thread will be about what does and doesn't work for you. We spend a lot of money on items that are said to make our lives easier, more organized and healthier. But many times, they don't. Let's use our collective knowledge to build a database of what does and doesn't work. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:31:48 EST E-Books 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 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 Moved to the other September thread......I must not be thinking clearly......because I started on I moved to the other thread.... OOPS Sun, 1 Sep 2013 12:29:31 EST What I cleaned and organized - September 2013 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 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 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 by Maria Gracia <link> </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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 by Maria Gracia <BR> <link> </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 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 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 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