The Ins and Outs of Home Organizing

It is one of the unspoken laws of the universe… Things come into a house much more easily than they go out. The tide can turn, however, if you understand the full force of your actions and change the course of your behavior accordingly.

Think before you purchase. The term, caveat emptor, should take on a whole new dimension for many with shopping issues. Let the buyer beware of not only purchasing defective goods but useless or superfluous ones as well.

An incredible steal will never translate into a great bargain if it is brought home, thrown in a closet and promptly forgotten. By definition, you just bought yourself a heap of clutter.

Rather than constantly giving in to shopping impulses, pause and ask yourself if you really need it or, more importantly, if you really want it. Take it one step further and decide exactly where you are going to put it once you get it home. If the answer is an overstuffed drawer or the like, then reconsider your choices.

Another option would be to make a conscious decision to get rid of those belongings that no longer have perceived value. They take up premium space that could be used more wisely.

Actions have consequences. A prudent amount of self-control will lead to desired results. By figuring out a few of the ins and outs, you can lay down your own laws and take command of your own universe.

For more information on this topic, visit How to Stop Shopping: Curbing Spending Habits by Monica Jamer for Today’s Mama.

Are You So Far Behind It Feels Impossible to Stop?

Most people have no idea just how much you do in a day.

Between the demands of your job, taking care of your family, managing the house, and squeezing in a few minutes of social time if you’re lucky – it can feel like everyday is a marathon.

What’s especially frustrating is when you work so hard and do so much and still don’t feel caught up at the end of the day.

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Are You So Far Behind It Feels Impossible to Stop?

5 Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Organized

Image office.jpgVehicles are used as mobile offices, restaurants, entertainment centers, locker rooms and homework stations.  Keeping a car clean can be easy.

Here are 5 tips to help you organize your vehicle.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Organized

How To Structure Your Workday To Minimize Distractions

The Speed of Life Is your typical day a chaotic free-for-all filled with overflowing emails, last-minute meetings, and impending deadlines?

Are you regularly frustrated by how little progress you make on your projects?

Do you feel bone-weary tired at the end of the day – totally depleted and unable to focus?

You aren’t alone. Not by a long shot.

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How To Structure Your Workday To Minimize Distractions

Jumpstart Holidays… October

Getting ahead of the holidays

The secret to a smooth holiday season is starting early…. as in starting now, in October. This may seem ridiculous, but by knocking off some of the time-insensitive tasks, you can significantly lessen the stress that November and December can bring. To get a jumpstart, use the next couple of weeks to:

Discuss holiday plans

  • Decide if you will host any parties, and if so when?
  • Decide if you will attend any special events (concerts, shows, performances, etc.)
  • Buy any required tickets.
  • Reserve babysitting for high-demand December weekends.

Nail down travel details

  • Decide if you will be traveling or if anyone will be coming to you.
  • Purchase any necessary tickets (train, plane…)
  • Make necessary reservations (hotel, pet boarding, rental car, airport transport….)
  • Purchase hostess gifts now to be delivered at the appropriate time (most websites let you pick when you would like gifts delivered.)
  • Request/communicate special dietary needs to help with meal planning.

Complete Holiday Greeting Cards

  • Decide on a card design.
  • Finalize your card list and update addresses.
  • Order the appropriate number of cards and envelopes.
  • Write any personal notes or a family letter.
  • Address envelopes (by hand, print envelopes from the computer, or print labels.)
  • Buy stamps. (If you like holiday stamps, you can pre-order online at; they typically ship the 3rd week of October.)

Plan Food

  • Stock up on wine and spirits.
  • If you bake or give food gifts, start buying supplies (flour, sugar, butter, chocolate, etc.)
  • If you are hosting, begin making lists for items you will serve and ingredients you will need.
  • Prepare anything that you can freeze (easy go-to dinners, pie crusts, cookies, stock, etc.)

Get Ahead on Gifts

  • Make a list of everyone to whom you will be giving gifts (friends, family, teachers, service providers, work associates, charities, etc.)
  • Decide what you will be giving to each recipient (gift cards, cash, specific items)
  • Watch for sales, look online, and take advantage of the slow pre-season retail time.
  • Check your stash of wrapping supplies and supplement as needed (paper, tape, boxes, bows, ribbon.)
  • Wrap items and label gifts as you bring them in and put in a designated holding area.

Prepare Your Home

  • If you are hosting overnight guests, begin thinking about who will sleep where. Make sure to have sufficient clean bedding, towels, etc.
  • Polish any silver you will be using.
  • De-clutter and make space for holiday decorations (sort any stacks of paperwork, get rid of old magazines, give away unwanted clothing, clear off shelves, etc.)
  • Sort through toys and make space for any new items that might come in.
  • Give your house a thorough cleaning.

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The holiday season should be enjoyed. While there is no eliminating the “hustle and bustle,” checking items off your list early is the best way to ensure a happy holiday.

What ideas do you have for getting a jump on the holidays?


Submitted by Professional Organizer Seana Turner, founder and President of The Seana Method.

How To Stop Flying Through The Present Moment

“Now put your toes over the edge of the platform, reach out, and grab the bar with your hands. I’ve got you.”

Ahhh really? You’ve got me? Then why don’t I feel safe? Maybe it’s because I am standing 25 feet up, on a tiny platform, presumably about to take my virgin flight on a flying trapeze bar.

And I’m paralyzed.

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Paper or Electronic To Do Lists?

electronic-to-doPeople have tried to find electronic solutions for most things that used to be done by paper.

However would a paper To Do list work better for you than an electronic one?

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Paper or Electronic To Do Lists?

Home Organizing: Live Within Your Space

Somewhere along the way, we have all heard the sage advice to, “Live within your means.” Take that one step further and learn to live within your space too.

It is much easier said than done unless there is a bit of an attitude adjustment. In many cases, the issue is not so much a lack of space as it is too much stuff. Bigger will never get you better unless the underlying clutter problem is addressed.

Imagine a home where everything has a place. Time would finally be on your side. The ability to find things and put them away with very little effort has its advantages. Cleaning and maintaining the house would not feel like such a monumental task. It is possible to have a home that you are proud of and that gives you a sense of well-being.

In order to get to the promised land, it could take a giant mental leap to let go of all of the things that stand in your way. In any given house, there are a multitude of items that just are not needed or even wanted. Not surprisingly, there are just as many reasons why people stubbornly hang on to them.

Keep your head in the game and cut through the emotional quagmire. Just starting with small steps may very well get you to the end zone.

The size of a home does matter but the amount crammed into it matters more. Keep the balance within any given area and the likelihood is high that you will not only live within your space but within your means as well.

For more information on this topic, visit Effective Space Management Tips by

Scaling down, Living Large in a smaller space

Scaling DownThis book written by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker is a complete guide to help you declutter and move. It has practical solutions for downsizing your clothing, collections and dealing with sentimental items. It also addresses how to move a family member to a supervised living facility.

The authors remind you that if your parent can make decisions, your purpose is to help them move happily from a large space to a smaller space not make decisions for them.

It suggests that you write a book about your life, put it down in black and white. A number of different ways of recording events about your life are provided.

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Scaling down, Living Large in a smaller space

How Do You Store Your Batteries?

Here is a great video on how to store batteries safely to prevent a fire in your home.

Source: How Do You Store Your Batteries?