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2/6/11 10:22 A

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so I've been focusing on keeping my bathroom counters free of junk this week and doing a pretty good job of it. next focus area is my night stand

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2/4/11 11:14 P

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I guess this is a good place to let folks know there's a new baby-sized team, the Babysteps Brigade--for those of us just getting started on one of the aspects of our journey, or feeling a bit shaky in the confidence department. Feel free to come check us out, and see if it can serve you in addition to the other great teams you're already working with.

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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1/30/11 9:47 P

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Great! It is important to work with what is most useful for our own homes when we develop our routines. I overcame near hoarding using Flylady's techniques. Even she will tell us to modify to make it work for us. The idea is DO SOMETHING! LOL! Even now after a full year of routines I can STILL waste more time "thinking" about doing something than it takes to "DO" something!

Have a great evening!

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1/30/11 9:18 P

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I know this may sound gross to some people but it is a real issue for me....

baby steps....I have a tendency to get home from work and not do my lunch dishes.....then i tend not to do dinner dishes....I wait until the sink is filled....which is pretty nasty....my really big baby steps has been to do my lunch dishes right away when I walk in the door and do the dinner dishes as soon as we are done eating....

It has been working well....



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1/30/11 5:22 P

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It is important to ALSO fold them and get them put away too each day. I learned that routine from Flylady. I had Mt. Washmore for a long time, even living by myself. Eventually I got everything washed and purged. I now do to or three loads per week. Dark clothes, light clothes and linnens/sheets. We all need to develop a routine that works for us and our families.

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1/30/11 5:18 P

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My mom used to wash a load every day, and that worked for her. I tried that and ended up with a bunch of laundry that still needed to be folded and put up, and the family grabbing stuff out of baskets to wear, plus getting really confused on what was clean and what was dirty.

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1/30/11 4:56 P

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Great! That should put a dent in Mt. Washmore!

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1/30/11 4:54 P

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I am working on doing one load of laundry each day at least 4 days a week.



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1/26/11 10:45 P

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thank goodness for babysteps



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1/26/11 10:34 P

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Baby steps are the way to go! I read "Sink Reflections" a few years ago and it made a huge difference in my home and my life. It didn't happen overnight, but it did happen!

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1/26/11 10:14 P

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The planner may become my new best friend LOL! I have a paper planner that is pretty useless, but I DO check my email all the time so it is a great way to get necessary reminders.

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1/26/11 9:49 P

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You are welcome! The planner was one of the first things I was brave enough to do when I was starting to "fly" and to organize. Put all your birthdays and so on on there too. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much you like it. Even reminders for haircuts, places you need to go, etc. You can also set it up to repeat if you want to.

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1/26/11 9:43 P

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Thanks Lquest that worked. I have a reminder set up now.

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1/26/11 8:52 P

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I can help with that!

Scroll up to the top of this page and hover over "My Tools." When the drop down comes down move your mouse over planner and click. You will be there! If you have problems adding your appointment, post here again and I will walk you through that too!

Good luck and hugs!

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1/26/11 5:45 P

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I have been trying to figure out how I can keep my focus on this project because it is a major project and my ADD won't allow me to stay focused on anything for long. I just remembered about the appt/birthday reminder service since I just received an email reminder earlier about an appt I have tomorrow. I think that just might work as a reminder. Just set it for weekly or some set interval and it will send me a reminder email. Now all I have to do is figure out where that part of Spark People is LOL!

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1/26/11 5:15 P

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Great! Share what you do and how it goes!

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1/26/11 5:12 P

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LQUEST4754 I think a floor plan with steps and sub-steps listed is a great idea. In addition to length and width of the room I have to take into consideration the height of the room.

I live in the upstairs which is right under the roof. The ceilings are slanted on 2 sides down to about 3 feet high and there is only about 3 feet where the wall goes all the way up to the ceiling and that wall has the only window in it. Therefore there is stuff all the way around the room on the walls, both furniture and tubs/boxes. The open square part of the room is very little and right now I have things arranged that are in that space. I need to rearrange it so I can open up the space.

In addition to being a packrat/hoarder, I keep things just in case I might need them when I move out because this living situation is not going to last forever, but will I need those things wherever I end up? I have nightmares of giving up all of my stuff and then end up on the street and have nothing. I did give a lot of my things to my son when he first moved out and set up house.

Part of my problem was bringing a household into a bedroom, it doesn't work.

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1/25/11 4:36 P

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Can't hurt to make one. Can't hurt to write it on paper. Get as detailed as you want! Make a floor plan, write steps on how to do it. Write substeps for the steps, lol! The more you think about it and write, the more likely you are to do some of the steps. Keep us posted!

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1/25/11 4:23 P

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Making my bed every day is one thing I can do and do every day. Since I live in my bedroom a messy bed is very depressing. So as soon as I get up, the bed is made. Now only if other things were so easy. I really need to clear space for exercising and I know this has to be in baby steps. It will need an area cleaned so I can move other things around. I need to think about it though because I didn't think about the last move and after moving several things I realized that it wasn't going to work. I need a plan.

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1/24/11 12:45 P

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baby steps sounds great to me. I need to get back into making my bed every day. and I want to focus this next month on keeping the bathroom counter free of excess junk.

nods head....yep that is doable.

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1/24/11 12:12 P

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emoticon GOOD MORNING! (CAPS FOR VI)

I'VE FOUND THAT DOING SOMETHING SMALL GIVES ME THE SAME SATISFACTION THAT DOING SOMETHING BIG DOES AND I'M NOT NEAR AS TIRED! emoticon

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1/24/11 10:23 A

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Yes! Clearing floor space is great, especially enough to do stretching and toning exercises! On a previous wave of cleaning progress, I liberated most of the floor in my bedroom. And though a few piles have regrown, I always have space to lay down and move around--because I try to get as many of those 10 points for strengthening exercises daily as I can fit in, whether I make it to the gym or not!

I'm a total Spark Points junkie--and proud of it! I'm sometimes motivated to do one more thing because it will earn me even just one point. So if you haven't yet set any decluttering goals on your Other Goals tracking page, be sure to do it and reap extra rewards for your new baby steps!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

Edited by: BLESSEDBEING at: 1/24/2011 (10:24)
Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/24/11 9:37 A

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I think baby steps is the way to go; however like others I tend to be all or nothing. This weekend was a bit different though. I cleaned up the hot spot by the back door where everything gets left when we come home. I also tackled my bedroom for a change (instead of the kid's rooms). Not the closets or the dressers but the floor space. I made a lot of progress and only have one small area of mainly stacked papers to go through yet. One thing at a time!

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1/24/11 9:00 A

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I tend to be "all or nothing" and I can share from my experience that taking baby steps gives me balance and success whether it be clutter or weight loss. I have cleaned out my pantry, refrigerator, counters, dresser, hot spot under my stairs, hot spots in the den and closet this month taking baby steps and flinging clutter.

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1/24/11 6:05 A

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Good for you, Blessed! You are going to make it because you are also congratulating yourself for your accomplishments as you go!



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1/24/11 3:44 A

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BB, this is a great point. I have applied the 'baby steps' idea to diet and fitness, but honestly didn't think about using it for things like organization or clutter-control. Thanx for a good idea!
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1/24/11 3:23 A

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Woo Hoo! I think that is wonderful.

Baby steps are usually hard for me. I want to dive in and I think that is what sets me up for failure. I need to set smaller goals or baby steps to start. I need to open up my empty floor area in order to be able to exercise up here in my bedroom as this is my living space. I need to move things around a bit to do this. I have too many boxes, tubs and furniture up here, but need it in order to store things in something rather than the way I used to do it and just pile it everywhere. My bedroom looked like the rooms you see in "Clean House" and "Hoarders." Of course ideally a lot of it needs to just go.

Here I am, up all night! However I am having a panic attack and I am afraid to sleep!

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1/23/11 11:50 P

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One of my other teams has an ongoing discussion titled Small Goals, begun with the reminder that from small goals come big results. And though there are some naturally organized people on this team, many of us can get overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of our junk and ashamed of the messy state of our homes. I thought it might be helpful for us to share the little things we're doing to start to make a difference in our environment. No success is too small to celebrate!!

Here is the last posting I made under that discussion that applies to us here:

I's a week later, and those 2 "hot spots" are still clear and uncluttered. Before I head to bed, I check them--and the 2 new cleared spots: the stove and the floor in front of the nightstand. The top of the nightstand hasn't been done yet, but I can open that bottom drawer without obstructions!

I figure if I just keep creating more of these tiny clutter-free zones, the balance will eventually shift from disorganization to order. Some of y'all might not be impressed by half a square foot of empty carpet, for me that's a big emoticon

So what baby steps are you taking to a more organized life?

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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