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JESVARNER
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4/10/14 8:51 A

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Hello, I'm Jes. Once upon a time I was very well organized and both my home and workspace were always neat. Those days have flown out the window and I want to get them back! I'm getting married in October, my fiance is a packrat and doesn't keep things organized at all, and my stepkids follow in his footsteps. It seems I'm picking up his habits more than he is mine, and I want to reverse that. My goal is to have our home decluttered and organized before he gets home from his deployment so that it will be easier to keep it that way once he's there again. I have about 3 months left, so I need to get moving! Oh, and speaking of moving, we'll probably be doing that within the next year as well, so all the more reason to minimize possessions now!

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Hi all, I'm Lesley and have been a member of Spark since 2010. I am always trying to get a handle on my time management. Maybe I can get some tips!

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Hi There! I have been a procrastinator since birth. I have a garage that I can barely walk through with who knows what. That needs to change and is at the top of my hit list. After that it's bring some organization to my fixer house. I've been here five years and never seem to find the time to do the things I want to get done. Time management is the bane of my existence. I hope to change that!

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4/6/14 7:26 A

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Hi,

My name is Callie and I have 50 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP.

I like the official SP challenges. SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge

Making changes;-)

1. Planning meals now
2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day
3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house
Lastly, Tracking my food calories with (wow....lots of work there, but gotta do it!) week one of SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge

Join a SP Challenge today!
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4/5/14 9:47 A

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Hi! I'm Patty and I've been on SP since June 2010. I still can't quite get my weight and my life to where I want it to be. If I had a nickle for every time I said I need to get organized, I would be so rich!

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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Hi! My name is Lea. I am a 22 year old stay at home mom. I'm on Sparkpeople to help me lose 5-10 pounds and to keep me motivated to keep making healthy decisions once I'm where I need to be. I am a full time student taking online classes and with two toddlers running around the house I often get behind with the housework.

I hate cleaning my kitchen and I will avoid it like the plague. We have a chunk of counter space that we tend to use as a catch-all and so even when all of my dishes and things are clean, the kitchen is still a mess. I'm hoping to find some cleaning tips and tricks to make things go by more quickly and efficiently that way I can keep my house clean with my busy schedule.


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OLDEROWL
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3/17/14 6:44 P

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Donna, you shared a fantastic idea re a household binder to hold important papers, appliance infro and the like. Also, since you have been away from Spark for a while and just started again, you may not be aware of a page on Spark that gives access to informative articles and videos in the areas of nutrition, fitness, motivation and wellness for a healthy lifestyle makeover. See www.sparkpeople.com/resource/main.asp

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Being organized means taking time to to create a system where you can do more of the things that you are passionate about, and do them effectively, it is not about living up to another person's standards.

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Hello! My name's Donna. I'm new to the team and am restarting on Spark after a few years away.

I have so many goals, including organizing my household, that I am creating a master plan list to help me keep track of things.

1. Making a household binder for archives/emergencies - to hold important home docs, appliance info, major purchases, insurance, etc. Trying to gather everything together into one binder so if I have to vacate the house in an emergency, I can grab this and will have the important stuff.

2. Making a house project binder to track what needs to be done and for each project what needs to be bought (supplies to DIY), smaller tasks to complete the bigger project, etc. SOOOO many things to do around my new house!

3. Have a list of other misc organizing projects to do, like organizing the car (glove compartment & trunk), making an emergency kit / food / plan, etc.

I can already see there are lots of great ideas in this team, so I'm looking forward to reading & hopefully contributing!

I have a ton of organizing things pinned on Pinterest, so I'll share a few if I find them useful.

Anyway, hello!

** Donna **

The definition of insanity: repeating the same actions over and over again and expecting different results.

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OLDEROWL
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3/16/14 6:26 P

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Dawn, Thanks for posting your goals. Glad you are refocused on your weight loss and organization goals. Hope you will find this team to be informative and motivating. Older Owl

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Being organized means taking time to to create a system where you can do more of the things that you are passionate about, and do them effectively, it is not about living up to another person's standards.

Take time to collect your thoughts, then act calmly and thoughtfully to take care of the most important matters.

Always strive to learn new things, and to be a positiv


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OLDEROWL
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3/15/14 1:03 P

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Maria, thanks for your story of your old Victorian style house. You can help offset the lack of storage space by buying 2nd hand storage cabinets. There are a lot of 2nd hand TV cabinets with book shelves available for a song as people buy wall mounted flat TV's and you can add shelves where the TV went. Walmark also carries inexpensive storage cabinets.
You are no longer a recovering slob, you just have things from the past and current that you are now dealing with. Moving is always disruptive.
Good for you in giving up some of your sentimental items to get better control of your surroundings. If you have other sentimental items that you feel unsure of parting with, you might take a picture of them to hold on to instead.
As for the difficulty of saying no to giving more of your time to others, I suggest you take a couple of weeks to keep track of where you spend your time. Then you can be a stronger person for your self. But it is possible that you can manage to find time for yourself and family without giving up your current obligations. But do think twice before taking on more. You can team up with other parents in the area or at church to share the responsibilities of child care to give yourself more free time. That is what my oldest daughter did. My youngest daughter who has two young children and both she and her husband work full time, lives near her mom and in laws and doesn't have that problem.
Keep letting us know how you are doing and you can both be more accountable and obtain more motivation to become organized. emoticon


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Being organized means taking time to to create a system where you can do more of the things that you are passionate about, and do them effectively, it is not about living up to another person's standards.

Take time to collect your thoughts, then act calmly and thoughtfully to take care of the most important matters.

Always strive to learn new things, and to be a positiv


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3/14/14 11:47 A

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My goodness. I been back from Vietnam since February but got sick on the plane coming back due to contaminated ice in my coke. Then I had my own taxes to prepare and I volunteer doing taxes at an AARP tax center for low income and seniors. I did check the organization forum here for new posts, but did not realized until today that our most active leader is not able to keep up with things on the other forums since she is taking care of her grandchildren in their home while the mother is having difficulty with an expected birth of another child (now 2 weeks past due) and high blood pressure. Please bear with us and pray for LHLADY517's daughter and expectant new baby.

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Being organized means taking time to to create a system where you can do more of the things that you are passionate about, and do them effectively, it is not about living up to another person's standards.

Take time to collect your thoughts, then act calmly and thoughtfully to take care of the most important matters.

Always strive to learn new things, and to be a positiv


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Hi, I'm Maria and I am a recovering slob. Not to make light of AA or NA, I kind of feel like this is my addiction and I am working to fix it.

I have a house which is disorganized. My child is home-schooled and we have moved every 2 years. To make matters worse, we chronically move into fixer-uppers. The house that I currently live in as well as my last 1880's Victorian had no, or very little closet space. Imagine a house where the closets were so narrow that you couldn't fit hangers in there.

Now for my Achilles's heals. After a couple of abusive relationships, I met the husband of my dreams 10 years ago and I had my daughter 7 years ago. I am just now able to part with some of the things that I was holding for sentimental reasons. My other issue, saying "no" to tasks. People think I have all the time in the world, but getting lesson plans together for my daughter, church groups and two websites that I maintain take up a lot of time. I really have no me time.

My mission, for which I hope that Sparkpeople can help me with, is to get control of my storage-less, under-construction home and create an environment which is healthy for my family.

I never knew that this group existed, but I was excited since this is one of the areas of my life that really need help.

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3/2/14 2:43 P

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Hi, my name is Dawn from Missouri. I have desired to be organized for most of my life. I have tried to follow so many systems. What I always lacked in fitness, health, and organization has been consistency. I started consistently tracking my exercise and my eating with Sparkpeople about a week ago. I know that I will be much happier once I am organized and healthy.


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2/26/14 1:08 P

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Hi I'm Liz. I USED to be an organized minimalist type person. But then I met this tall handsome man and moved in with him. Hahaha! Shows how much I love him, I hate clutter and I have moved into utter chaos! He inherited his mother's house. It's full of her stuff and now his stuff. I can't even say I "just" moved in. We've been trying to declutter and organize for a year. We are making progress but it's still not to my standard. I am hoping this group keeps me motivated!

Once you stop living, you start dying.... I ain't got time for that!!


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emoticon At weekend just bought BETTER DESK LAMP & WALL ROUND ROSES CLOCK FOR OUR MANTLE PIECE OVER MIDDLE LOUNGE WALL! & GOT A MEDIUM BROAD SMALL NEATLY CIRCLE VASE WITH AN ORANGE PAINTING ON OF SOME ROUND FRUIT WITH NEATLY SMART HANGING GREEN PAINTED LEAVES ATTACHED TO THE FRUIT! well trying to give my lounge that focal point since we moved in 6 years ago! Had picture upon middle wall over Beech Clean soft Mantle Piece I accidentally BIDED FOR WHEN I WAS LIVING AT HOME GOLD FINISH FRAME WITH A LEPPORD IN THE MIDDLE OF A WHITE BACKGROUND IN A RIVER SITTING DOWN OR A BIG TIGER! I like Tiger Things No JUST THE ONLY PICTURE OF TIGER WE HAVE GOT NO OTHER LEPPORDS IN FLAT ah except did buy silk leppord duvet sheet 2 years ago we had the old bed then which the springs gone! That has all gone! So Oh moved lounge table over other corner of lounge so to sit down with proper light & You can also see to type over computer side of room! Myhusband says YOU CAN SEE BETTER NOW TO TYPE! So so want to do my lounge clan free of clutter especially Beech Mantel Piece With New Lamp on! & Clock up to be able to see the attractive focal point! Even when my blind is open. Light goes on not as early now nearly MARCH!! But still goes on if it is dull Rain OR WINDY ESPECALLY STORM LITTLE HERE WE DO NOT LIVE IN THE SOUTH ENGLAND BUT NORTH WEST. EVEN NOW LIGHT WILL BE ON BEFORE IT IS TIME TO CLOSE BLINDS! GOT IT JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME! NOW WANT TO HOOVER Stairs which I started on Sparks 2 weeks ago but emotion got in way! I EVEN WIPED BANISTER ASWELL WHEN LAST DONE THAT FOR SPARKS! NEW PJS ON SHORT SLEEVES SLEEVES OF A t-shirt THIN LONG COMFTABLE PINK BOTTOMS TO GO WITH GREY TOP! WELL THIS TIME LOOKS SET BE BETTER & WHEN COMES EVENING WE HAVE GOT THE RIGHT LIGHT & CLEANED AS PART OF SPARKS= I HAVE BEEN SAYING EVER SINCE CLEAN HOUSE 1HOUROWN PACE=BURN MORE=EAT MORE= HOUSE TIDY!! If I din't do sparks I would not proberbley have the energy or think whats the point I don't like the look of my self! ANSWER: DO SPARKS!!! emoticon TO members on their sparks!!

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My goal is to get rid of as much as possible to make my move this spring/summer easier and to be able to start at a new place with less stuff to unpack:)


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2/9/14 3:51 P

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Hi, I need to do a major decluttering at home, I am living in chaos! Each room in my house (we have 14 rooms) needs to be cleared out. I am hoping this team will help make me accountable and get me motivated. I look forward to learning from you all! My hubby is a hoarder, doh! emoticon

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SASSI_SPRING
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2/9/14 2:42 P

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HI,
I used to be anal on organization. It probably had to do with the fact that my brain is very disorganized, so controlling my environment was one way to gain control in my life. However, this last move that was done about 4 yrs back, it was done while I was in severe pain and quickly, so I did not have time, energy or strength to de-clutter prior to the move. As a result I have 2 closets full of "stuff' and I've successfully avoided the boxes through these years. I hate the feeling that things are "undone", so this year I want to focus on getting the boxes sorted through, figure out what to keep and what goes out the door. I started this last Oct/Nov and was slowly moving through the living room, got out about 3 dozen dvds that I don't watch, and that's where it stopped. It's time to get back on track and once I'm feeling better, my focus will be one box per week (min) until it's done.



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Hello!- I too will be moving and am looking for a house to buy/rent. My DH is a packrat and having had all 4 kids and homeschooled for some of the time - well! 2 of the kids are in high school and 1 in college and 1 just quit college and is back and forth home-
Anyway I am organizing and decluttering and also in need to carve out space and time to get back to learning illustration and to put a portfolio together-but for now I need to clear space!
Also need to lose about 50 pounds and I am turning 53 this year
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~HI~ My name is Deby... I am 55 years young... I am in the Process of reaching my final goal weight... it has been a very long journey...

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Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for a while, but sort of got serious about it again in the fall. Then slacked a bit over the holidays and now I'm back at it. Like MARCIAC10 I'm going to be moving soon too! Though not quite as soon. DH and I are planning to try to sell our little condo in the spring and move into a house or townhouse. In the mean time we've got a bunch of little projects to get the place in shape to sell. Nothing major, just little things. And a LOT of cleaning. I also want to declutter as much as possible and move as little as possible! I hate feeling cluttered and in our little condo it doesn't take much random stuff piling up for it to start to feel that way.




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I have struggled with time management for years, with health issues making things complicated at times as well as DH's tendency to make messes and not want them to be cleaned. Twenty five years in this house and his areas are a mess, while my areas are much better. I do clean out my closets and shelves yearly, but there are two bedrooms and his side of our bedroom that I can't clean due to his piles of things!
So now we are moving and it will be a fresh start. I am looking forward to this as it's the only way to force him to clean out his stuff and he's already started. As well, we'll be moving into a bigger house with more storage which will also be helpful, as some of his stuff that is stacked up are tools, can be stored away much more easily.
So with a new house in a month or so (negotiations are starting) I look forward to organizing a new space and keeping it maintained. And keeping DH from messing up the new house. Since we probably won't be in it more than a couple of years, that will be my reminder to him when he is tempted to start piling things up! (Find a place and put it away or get rid of it!).
And with being more organized I have to manage my time better, which is my biggest challenge.

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Welcome to the team.

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Being organized means taking time to to create a system where you can do more of the things that you are passionate about, and do them effectively, it is not about living up to another person's standards.

Take time to collect your thoughts, then act calmly and thoughtfully to take care of the most important matters.

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Hi, I'm Kelly. I've been on and off SP for a few years. I started organizing and cleaning on a regular basis in October 2013 using a cleaning App I DL'd. I have been doing pretty good keeping up ever since. I thought this team would be a great addition to keep me motivated. I enjoy organizing...but I'm better at making a mess. Just cleaned out the pantry this week and the freezer. I have been able to purge some major stuff recently as well from the basement to make room for a workout room. My next visit is my closet. I am donating all the things I have not worn in over 1 year. Plus the weight is coming off and I need to make room for my new wardrobe.


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Ladybug, Sorry about your loss. Glad that you have your full time job to get you through. Good luck with the cleanup, decluttering etc. Look on the positive side and see if you and your husband can get the place into as good or even better shape than before.

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Being organized means taking time to to create a system where you can do more of the things that you are passionate about, and do them effectively, it is not about living up to another person's standards.

Take time to collect your thoughts, then act calmly and thoughtfully to take care of the most important matters.

Always strive to learn new things, and to be a positiv


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2014 is going to be My Year!! I have been a SP member since Nov 2006. Apparently losing weight and trying to maintain is going to lifelong journey for me.
2008 - I worked part-time, I was at my ideal weight and going to the gym several times a week. Discovered a love for weight lifting. Life was Good!!
Fall 2009 - I either had to going back to work full-time with my current job or find another job. I sadly and relently went back to work full-time.
Spring 2010 - I agree to my husband buying a small resort and I would be his bookkeeper. Owning and operating this resort had been his dream since before we were married.
So now I am the mother of 3 (16,12,4). I have a full-time job plus a part-time job, which could easily be full-time during the spring and summer. Life is extremely busy and stressful!! The resort is more seasonal and definitely has it's ups and downs. The biggest downer being the flood of 2011. The flood totally wiped out the business and we had to rebuild after the waters receded. The resort was surrounded by water and out of business for 10 months.
We have been in our current home for 10 years. We need to repaint, deep clean and do some Major Decluttering or we need to move. Moving always forces you to declutter, right? But moving is not a feasible option at this time so Decluttering it is!!
I am working on decluttering the junk in my life and the weight......all while trying to keep up with kids (now 19,15,7), family business and a full-time job.


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1/27/14 6:43 A

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Welcome, JYGETSFIT! I love your idea of breaking rooms down into sections if the whole thing is overwhelming or too much. And I also love your goal to make your house "visitor" ready.

This is a fun team and most of us never tire of getting something part of our life in better shape. So rewarding afterwards too.

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Hi, I'm Jenny. Most of my goals lately are all about weight loss and health, but this other goal I haven't really told anyone about yet is to clean/de-clutter one area of my house each month. Some rooms in my house are worse than others so I might have to break them down into halves or quarters. One way or another I want to feel like I would not be embarrassed to have unexpected company and I just want to feel like I can breathe easier.

Jenny
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1/22/14 9:16 P

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I decided to begin an indoor exercise program at my home. Goal is to do 40 minutes of strength training 3x a week, 60 minutes of cardio one time a week, and yoga 2 times a week. To improve on my consistency, I will get my exercise done first thing in the morning before breakfast. For accountability, I will track my exercise minutes on Spark people.


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Being organized means taking time to to create a system where you can do more of the things that you are passionate about, and do them effectively, it is not about living up to another person's standards.

Take time to collect your thoughts, then act calmly and thoughtfully to take care of the most important matters.

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Hi, I would love to join this team. I have been doing this for the last couple days. I have so much I need to get done. I am hoping to move in April, so I have a lot of packing to do.


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UNSTOPPABLEJEN
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1/15/14 8:49 P

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Hi! I'm Jennifer, and one of my goals for 2014 is to declutter my closets and garage. I saw this team and was excited to see all of the tips and support on the message boards. I can't wait to get started so I can de-clutter and simplify my life!


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STICKI
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1/11/14 3:35 A

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Hi, I've just come on board SparkPeople a few days ago after many years of not being on here. My goal for 2014 is to declutter my home and make it inviting and welcoming so that I'm no longer embarrassed to have anyone come over. Hopefully seeing everyone else work on their organizational goals here will help keep me on track.
For the month of January I hope to have my kitchen straightened out. It's very cluttered and dense with stuff so it's going to be a real challenge.


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Hey everyone. I've been a team member for a little bit, but never really jumped in, so here I am...jumping in. I live in a pretty small 2 bedroom basement suite with my 13 yr old daughter, but we're sooo happy here I won't think of moving. So I need to find a way to make the space work for me. Part of it is going to be putting things into storage that I just don't have space for. My closets are FULL and essentially unusable for clothing right now so I'm trying to go through 4 boxes a month, purging and storing. I have a bad habit of letting things get too bad before doing anything about it. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and treatment is working GREAT, so now that I have some energy to burn, I need to aim it at my home. I'm hoping for accountability here so if anyone is in a similar situation and wants to buddy up, I'm here!

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1/6/14 12:29 A

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Hi my name is Ruby, and this looks like a great place to help keep me motivated and organized! emoticon

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1/5/14 11:33 P

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Cool! Sounds like it would be better to keep January mostly in January. I'll go to Amazon and check it out!

- Tina


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You can join any time! The book is written with chapters called January, February..etc but you can do them any time! Would love to have you join!


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TXGIRL1023
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Oh, Magnolia - That sounds interesting. Can we join anytime or is it geared toward starting the project at the beginning of the year?

- Tina


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Hello!

I'm doing spring cleaning but for the New Year!

I might move this year, so I have to get things in order and reduce the amount of things I have.

I live in a small apartment with only one closet! So my place looks messy all the time because i don't have a way to put things "away" out of sight (esp vacuum, suitcases, coats and boots). This is a challenge!

I'm doing The Happiness Project and cleaning clutter is part of that book. Join the SparkTeam for The Happiness Project if you're interested!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
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Hi Maggie!

Love your goal of seeing the closet floor - I might steal that one myself. :D

Tina
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Hi! I'm Maggie. I'm looking to get organized in 2014 and get rid of the clutter around the house. I want to see the closet floor this year.


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Hi Brenda! Oh, to simplify and organize! Every time I start, something happens and I'm back to square zero.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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12/30/13 3:20 P

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Hi, my name is Brenda,
I want to simplify and organize and get rid of stuff! I really just want to think clearly. This looks like the right place for me.

Brenda from Texas
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Hi, My name is Jacqueline and I have been on SP for about two years. Haven't been on the boards in awhile and I'm interested in this because I need to lose weight and get organized. I can't wait to join you all on this journey.

The pounds are sliding off...


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12/20/13 9:41 A

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Thank you for the great tip! I didn't know that either, and I can use all the help I can get with technology (and organizing)!

This weekend I commit to getting rid of my weekly recycling that I didn't get put out for curbside pickup on Thursday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Sandy



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Thanks for pointing that out. As long as I've been a Sparker, I didn't realize that.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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TXGIRL1023
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12/19/13 10:30 P

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Welcome Sandy! This seems to be one of the most active forums I've joined so far. I've been enjoying reading everyone else's goals and accomplishments for each day. One thing I only just discovered in the past week: Underneath the Team Stream on the right, is a set of red links - the one that says Links takes you to a page with article and website links relevant to the team. So for this team there's an organizing website and a few related Spark articles.

Happy Decluttering!

Edited by: TXGIRL1023 at: 12/19/2013 (22:35)
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SANDY473
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12/19/13 11:42 A

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Hello! I am new to this team and am hoping to find encouragement and ideas for cleaning out my basement. I'm divorced and am blessed to have bought a house a few years ago, but items have just been accumulating in my basement. Some boxes have been unopened since I moved into my house, plus I've put a lot of things down there that I don't want to deal with (not sure what to do with them). My main living area is pretty neat and uncluttered (on most days). For some reason, I am having trouble getting motivated to work in the basement - guess I'm probably postponing all of the decisions that have to be made there.

I have never posted anything on Spark People and I am not good with technology. I'm hoping that this goes to the right place! LOL. Merry Christmas to all of you!



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I've been on SP for about 3.5 years. I also tried Flylady in the summer. I agree - great concept, but the emails were unbelievable. I've been struggling to organize my condo and my life for about a year and a half now. Time to get serious - the new year approaching is a good time to do it.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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TXGIRL1023
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I started to get into FlyLady at one point and I really loved the concepts they tought - but yeah, the emails! I unsubscribed and then I didn't follow through quite so much. I wish there was a lite or medium setting for the emails! But now I'm back to getting organized and getting started again :)

- Tina


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Hi!
New to the board, not to SP.
I used to use a site called FlyLady to help me organize, and while it was a great start, the constant emails were a little overwhelming. But it did give me a plan that I still sort of stick with.

I KNOW for a fact that my whole family benefits from organization from my son and husband to my 2 dogs!

Hoping to pick up some tips and tricks here and to share whatever I can.

Thanks!
Fran


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Hi, my name is Anne and I just joined this team.
My house is totally cluttered and needs cleaning.
It is to the point where there is so much to put away that I don't even know where to start and then I get anxious and frustrated and end up doing nothing but sitting on the computer and the time flies by.
I have MS but not to the degree that I can't unclutter and clean. I am lethargic and have mental clutter.
I am also married to someone who has SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and is no help at all.
My problem has come to the point where I have to run an errand and then decide to run more errands and then end up shopping looking for deals that create more clutter. It seems to have become an escape method and I think, Oh, well, there's always tomorrow, but tomorrow never happens.
My father-in-law remarked: It looks like a bunch of teenagers live here. So true, but it did put a smile on my face.
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What you call INSANITY, I call INSPIRATION!!!


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SHOOPETTE
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You're in the right team for your goals!



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TXGIRL1023
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12/5/13 5:56 P

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I'm new to SparkPeople - just joined a few weeks ago. I saw this thread and thought, "I need an Organized Life!" Spending 15 minutes a day on cleaning/organizing is my #SparktheSeason goal so here I am!

I've lived in my house since May 2006 and my son and dogs and I have really managed to trash it. I get on little sprints now and then, but I need to build a momentum and sustain it. My house has looked like it's under construction since I can't remember when! I want to make noticeable progress before my sister and her husband come home for the holidays and that's two weeks away - AACK! I also need to achieve a certain level of clean/organized so that I can make family photo magnets to give out as gifts this year. That's my top priority and getting up Christmas decor is my 2nd. I've got a very busy weekend ahead of me!

- Tina


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12/2/13 5:52 P

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I just have to get just about every area of my life and house organized.. I have too much "stuff" and I think way too much..I need help!



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That's great shoopette! I am also trying to cut down on the amount of cleaners I use.


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This year I am reducing the amount of bathroom and cleaning products I have,
I no longer want to have an insane stock of supplies



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Hi, my name is Susan and I have a hard time getting things organized and clean and keeping them that way. Yesterday I made a weekly schedule where each day I have cleaning tasks to complete. I am hoping that this will help me get and stay on top of things better. Has anyone else tried this?


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I've been there and done that but I finally got myself moving. My parents moved and gave me my childhood home. I had one room that you could barely open the door. The basement was a disaster area. You can't look at the entire house and garage at the same time, it's just too overwhelming. I sold a lot of things on ebay and I didn't do anything with Craig's list but that could work too. Start in a corner and progress from there but don't expect it get taken care of in a few weeks. I have been working on my house for probably 4 years now and I can say that I have taken back the house. I'm still a messy Bessy but I can use all of the rooms in my house again. I even found over $300 while cleaning, you would be surprised what you find in coat pockets. I can now have people come over and visit, instead of pretending I'm not home. You can do it but start small. emoticon

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I moved into my parents old home and I've been working on cleaning it out ever since. You would be amazed with the number of trips to the dump and the Salvation Army. I've been going bit by bit because it was too much to attack all at once. It's a work in progress and it's great to see the improvement. I actually have storage in my house, I need to organize my kitchen cabinets but I'll get there. I'm going to clean them out, sand, and stain them. I need to do sections at a time, so I want to get at least one section done this weekend. emoticon

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