Prep my snacks in portion sizes for the week. Freeze the first two as 'back up' snacks for when you are busy, craving, or starved.
I find that if I pack my food on the night before I get to work and track my food that night as well, that I am less likely to go over my calories for the day.
Flylady.net is a wonderful site to help you organized everything from your home to your office/desk at work, even your finances. She really seems to understand that unorganized people have similar problems, like wanting to take on too much at once and getting stalled, that you lose your bills, forget lots of things. It's a great and free site.
I learned this secret from a professional organizer (PO) who specializes in helping hoarders declutter. She had a client who would not let go of a ratty old sweater lying on the right side of the room. After several failed attempts PO tossed the sweater to the otherside of the room and they took a well deserved break. They began again this time on the left side. When the PO held up and asked about the same sweater the woman said, "Yea, get rid of that old dirty thing."
This is so true. The only way that I can be organized on an on-going basis is to set up an organizational system. I now have a to-be-filed bin. I never let it get too big or too daunting. If I did, I wouldn't want to bother with it. This way I find things when I need them (95% of the time). I have a bad memory, so this system is especially helpful for me. Just find an organization method that works for you, and stick to it!
So, I have headsets, charges, earbuds, etc. all over the place.
I have to say...I took to the floor last night and went through three piles of paper and who knows what.
I have rearranged some closets and my kitchen cupboards more than once when the organization just wasn't efficient. Keeping like items together, items visible, and labelling (some) items helps me know what I have, when I'm running low, and helps everyone know where something goes. This has reduced unnecessary spending, saved time, and has helped not only my sanity but also helped to keep items from expiring. It makes rotating easier and improves efficiency.
As a professional organizer, more people I work with are frustrated by meal-time rush. With September upon us, try these tips to always have meals on hand!
I include a bag when doing laundry. If something is stained too badly, I toss it. If it doesn't fit or I'm not crazy about it, it's in the bag to donate. I don't have to put away anything but what I keep. It saves going through clothes another time.
If you're anything like I was, you have boxes upon boxes of unhealthy foods in your kitchen cabinets. Get rid of them, and restock with healthy choices. You can donate the unopened boxes to a food pantry, and by doing good for others, you'll also be doing good for yourself and your family!
I use a label maker to keep everything organized; it's worked in my kitchen, my office, craft room, storage space, and bathroom. Just seeing the labels reminds me that everything has a correct place, and makes me want to keep things neat and tidy! It especially helps to keep food fresh.
At the store where I shop most often, I made a quick list of what was in each aisle (some stores have printed diagrams.) On the computer, I made a list of what I normally buy ---leaving blank spaces for extras --- starting where I enter and ending at the frozen foods (where I go last.) I print out 10-12 copies at a time & post one on the refrigerator to use as a grocery list, checking the things I need. ...(click title for more)
Do you find that your house is becoming cluttered? Here is a great idea. When cleaning ask yourself if you have used it in the last year at all. If the answer is no and it is not something sentimental than gather it in a box and have yourself a yard sale.
Instead of throwing used batteries away, they should be recycled. I use a Ziploc bag and hang it from one of the keyhooks in our kitchen. Once the bag is full, we take them to our local hazardous waste facility for recycling. You can recycle cell phone batteries, alkaline batteries, etc. this way.
Set a timer for 15 minutes and start quickly decluttering your living space. You can do this several times during the day and you'll see what a difference it'll make. You can get a lot done during those short bouts of organizing. That way, you can keep your place tidy without feeling ovelwhelmed.
...or cupboard, or closet, or shelf, or tote... etc. Set a goal that once per ___ (week? day?) you will clean out one of section of your living space. (Glove compartment, plastic container full of office supplies, dining room table, junk drawer, craft corner -- you get the drift!)
In order to simplify meal preparation, I keep several often used veggies chopped and stored in 5 cup containers in the fridge. When I begin a recipe, it's great to have the onion, celery, bell peppers, etc all ready to go!