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8/13/13 9:14 A

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I go walking every day. I registered at a website that sends me a list of the garage sales in the area. I plan my walking around some of these garage sales. I found a lot of baskets/containers to organize and I didn't spend that much money.

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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8/10/13 9:04 A

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I have folders for all the articles that I keep - one for storage/cleaning ideas, one for recipes, etc. I have 2 hanging file Rubbermaid containers ($5 at Wal Mart) that I keep my household papers and church papers in. Every other month, I set aside time to go through them, organize them and get rid of things that I no longer need.

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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8/2/13 9:41 A

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I have containers for everything. I spend so much time a day putting things in the correct containers. I set the timers - it's becoming my best friend.

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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I have an expandable closet rod under my kitchen sink for all of the cleaning bottles with triggers. It's freed up space and nothing falls over any more when I take one out.

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6/14/11 12:27 A

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I have a hanging shoebag inside my bathroom linen closet. I use it to file my current bills instead of a conventional filing cabinet. It's easier to file and easier to access if you need to look something up. I don't worry with alphabetizing or chronological order. I just have all the house notes together and all the water bills together, etc. I am still dealing with paper clutter, but my house bills are always where I can find them.

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choose just one, important change to focus on at a time!


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5/30/11 9:31 P

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oooh I like the computer timer. that is my biggest setback. playing on the computer.

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5/29/11 7:00 P

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Entree size plates help with portion control.

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5/28/11 6:03 P

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Speaking of timers, I just started using a timer on the computer while I'm doing paperwork. My goal is 10 minutes a day. Here's the link for the computer timer.
www.online-stopwatch.com/countdown-t
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If my laptop is close for the 5 minute room rescue, I use the same timer.

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TRYINGHARD1948's Photo TRYINGHARD1948 Posts: 19,906
5/28/11 5:42 P

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This is a tip from another team. Use a timer to remind you to drink a glass of water.

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5/28/11 11:07 A

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I use Microsoft Outlook instead of a paper control journal keep track of tasks.

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5/19/11 9:55 A

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I keep a trash can by the front door just for junk mail. It doesn't make it in any further. Then I have a divider on my desk right there to sort the mail into bills, things to file, and immediate attention. Then on desk day I just take a few minutes to get things mailed out.

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5/17/11 6:55 P

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The best thing I ever bought to deal with paper is a shredder and I just put any paper that does not need to be stored through it. If you have time, I don't seem to, deal with the paper incoming on a daily basis and be ruthless.

We have to keep our tax documents for seven years so I keep each year in a folder and each year shred the one that is seven years old.

PS. I still have an office that is covered in paper so don't think I have all bases covered - yet.

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5/17/11 9:16 A

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Well I still have paper going out, but my pile never stays low for long. anybody have any suggestions to make it go smoother?

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5/13/11 8:41 A

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That sounds great. I have tried that but I have a lot of stuff in storage waiting until i move in my house. In the meantime, I am purging papers. I ti is amazing how much papch you can collect and store over the years. I got a new file cabinet and a paper bag. I try to put things in one or the other.

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5/10/11 7:00 P

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I emptied out my storage area and put empty boxes in it. When I go thru my house I get a box out. I only keep what I can put up or store easily. I did my front room and kitchen this way. I still have my bedroom and the girls rooms to do.

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to go along with my LAST post LOL. (hey i did that so it wouldnt be "overwhelming!!") Anyway on days you dont have major projects; Think in the morning about "What can I START and FINISH today." It maybe something as small as doing your dishes and shining your sink. It works. Or it may be something like my last post. That took all day. Either way you can be proud of it! HUGS Laurie



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When you are overwhelmed (like me!)do one TOPIC at a time. the other day I concentrated on "clothes". I wash, dried, folded, put away and hung up. 4 loads! ANd made my bed with fresh sheets. and picked up the "stragglers". It was work but it wasnt overwhelming! Smiles and hugs! Laurie.



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1/17/11 3:26 A

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Do one area a day.

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1/16/11 4:27 A

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Keep a rag handy somewhere close to the sink and just give it a quick swish when you use it. You will be surprise at how clean it will get and how little you will have to do with the real bathroom chore comes around.

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1/9/11 6:07 A

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Bathroom sink!

And here I am so new and myopic I was concentrating on the kitchen sink, without a thought in the world about other sinks in my house!

Okay, the plan is the bathrom sink today and the breakfast room sink by midweek.

judy :)

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1/3/11 9:24 A

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Getting back to cleaning my sink daily makes a big difference in my bathroom. It makes me take a minute or two to also put things away. So the whole bathroom looks better in the long run. And it makes the weekly cleanup go faster.

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Sneaking the exercise in makes all the difference over time.

Just rehashing the cleaning sink and reminding everyone what a difference it makes if you dry the sink off after cleaning. It really brings out the shine.

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12/14/10 8:59 A

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Here's an idea that helps you sneak in some exercise. Another of my groups had a "step up challenge" where you try to do so many step ups a day on an aerobic step or a normal step. I tried to find a place to put my aerobic step that would be out of the way but available to me on a daily basis. Finally, I decided to put it right in front of my bathroom sink. (if you have a small bathroom, this may not work). It is low enough that I can still open my cabinet doors. And nobody generally uses this bathroom but me. So now whenever, I am getting ready for the day, primping in the mirror, washing my hands or whatever, I can do step ups. I don't know how many I have done in the past week, (definitely over 500) but I know I have been able to sneak in lots more steps than before. (And so has dd)

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11/24/10 4:27 P

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Wow, that's another great tip, thank you ladies. I'm going to start today using these tips. At the moment I just have a folder with no organization at all.

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11/23/10 7:54 P

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That Is a great idea, Marpet. One I think I should use. Right now I throw everyting into a box. Which is good until I need it. Then I have to rummage through the whole box. What a mess.

Something I did start when I moved here was a book that list things that I use for the house. For example, paint samples are taped to the page that list the name of the shade and when the room was painted. I got tired of asking which insert to put in the weed eater, so I taped the wrapping in the book also. I also write in dates that I do things so I have a reference in one book and don't have rummage through (or hold on to so many receipts).

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That's a great tip Marpet.

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11/23/10 6:28 A

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I was tired of going through a basket of Warranties and manuals for appliances and tools. I got a large binder and using the plastic sleeves I put each booklet with sales receipt, warranty, instructions, etc. into it. Now, I just pick up the book and quickly find the tool/appliance and can check for instructions etc. I also write the model and serial number on the front of each booklet in case I have to call for a part.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.


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11/23/10 3:33 A

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Sara, you are so right. I tended to spend a lot of time moving things around or making piles to sort through later. But I'd never clear the clutter. So now I have a policy that when I pick it up a have to have a plan to pur it away. It it doesn't have a place I dont put it down until I find one.

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11/21/10 3:37 A

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When I realized that having a place for things made it much easier to find them. A place plus always putting things back in their place when you're done with them helps keep clutter at bay.

If not now, when?

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My moment of ah-ha was when I realized I was going to be a very sick old lady if I didn't do anything about losing weight and getting myself healthy. At just going on 60 I wanted to improve my chances of seeing my grandchildren grow up and that was when I went looking for help. I think what I am trying to say is that it is never too late to start looking after yourself.

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11/19/10 9:21 P

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Clearing a space in a chaotic room or area can be very overwhelming. Whenever, I go into a room, I immediately separate it into zones "flylady" style. Zones are not just for houses or chores. It works well in small spaces too. Then I start in one zone and take breaks often. I get much done and if I stop before the whole task is done, I can see my progress.

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11/17/10 6:16 A

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My weightloss aha moment was when I told myself that I would never let myself feel deprived again. If I would feel deprived if I didn't have something I would take one bite and see if that was enough. Usually it was. If not I'd take another. But once I was satisfied, I went right back to my eating patterns. It worked, and I lost the weight I wanted to without feeling angry or deprived.

If not now, when?

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11/17/10 1:07 A

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Water marks on timber can usually be cleaned off with beeswax applied with lemon peel.

I used to use cigarette ash and beeswax but no-one smokes anymore (very thankfully) so this is the alternative.

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11/17/10 12:20 A

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Thought it was time for something new and different.

This thread is for you to post tips that have helped you with your weight journey or to get more organized. If it helped you, it may very well help someone else. So when you have one of those brilliant ideas, or one of those "aha" moments, jot it down here. It just may be the ticket that someone else is looking for.

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