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For the Week: Sunday Snack Prep

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.

1. Freeze portioned snack bags of dried fruit and nuts.

2. Portion frozen edamame and season with Mrs. Dash, garlic powder, freeze.

3. Bag up portions of fresh fruit/veg.

4. Roll up pieces cheese and sandwich meat with mustard and bag.

5. Portion out cottage cheese in plastic containers.

6. Boil eggs.


- Submitted by WIGGLINESSA 8/22/2013 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Track my Food One Day beforehand

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.

I think it helps my mind see the things that I can eat throughout the day and takes the guessing game out of, "What am I going to eat...".

When I don't plan beforehand, I am also less likely to track my food - which often leads me to overeat.

- Submitted by DIKKA5 7/5/2012 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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baby steps to organize

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.

- Submitted by REGNUR617 3/31/2012 in Organization | 6 Comments
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Begin organizing on the left side of the room...

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."

- Submitted by DEBBIEJO39 7/15/2011 in Organization | 5 Comments
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A Place for Everything, and Everything In It's Place

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!

- Submitted by WALKING_WONDER 7/11/2011 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Electronic gadget organization & Ziplock Bags - HEAVEN!

So, I have headsets, charges, earbuds, etc. all over the place.
I sat down...well, i tried to sit down, and took the pile that sits on the counter and decided to organize with snack sized ziplock bags and post-it notes in each bag so I know what is what. It is such a smarter, cleaner system. Now, all the bags are in one catch-all box, with labels.

- Submitted by GOCELTICSGO 4/10/2011 in Organization | 8 Comments
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Label Maker Wonder

The use of the label maker is just not for the office

- Submitted by RIAT03125 4/4/2011 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Cleaning and Organizing - Just do it!

I have to say...I took to the floor last night and went through three piles of paper and who knows what.
What a great feeling!
Just do it. Stop looking at it and saying you'll get to it.
You will fee so much better.

- Submitted by GOCELTICSGO 3/3/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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No time to clean out...buy some organizer bins

Put on some music and organize! Buy some bins/tubs and take that pile of junk, toss it in a bin...and at least it will look cleaner!
Then, when you have time, go through it bin by bin.

- Submitted by GOCELTICSGO 2/13/2011 in Organization | 0 Comments
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A place for everything and everything in its place.

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.

- Submitted by BECOMINGDEB 11/1/2010 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Meals in a Snap!

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!
* Pack a week's worth of sandwiches on Saturday and freeze. Simply grab one each morning - it will be defrosted and delicious by lunch!
* Cook more than one meal at a time. Having stew? Make enough for 6 meals, eat one for dinner and divide the rest into 5 large freezer bags. Five 'big cooks' like this makes 30 freezer meals!

- Submitted by LUCYLOLLIPOP 8/22/2010 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Laundry

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.

- Submitted by KEENTINA 8/3/2010 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Clean out your kitchen cabinets!

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!

- Submitted by SLY_REDUX 7/25/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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My labelmaker is my best friend!

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.

- Submitted by XCSARAH 7/22/2010 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Quick grocery shopping in huge stores

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)

- Submitted by STORMY724 7/2/2010 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Attention Packrats!

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.

- Submitted by ANNETTEMARIE63 5/22/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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Recycling batteries

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.

- Submitted by MRSBEANS57 5/20/2010 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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Set a timer for 15 minutes

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.

- Submitted by IAMLILY 5/17/2010 in Organization | 5 Comments
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Keys go here!

Designate one place where you always put your keys (and wallet or purse) and train yourself to use it!

- Submitted by JESJES 3/26/2010 in Organization | 6 Comments
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Clean out one drawer...

...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!)

- Submitted by JESJES 3/26/2010 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Prepared Meals

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!

- Submitted by HAPPYMOM2SEVEN 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments
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