3 Ways To Share The Organizing Love

Getting organized is hard.  It’s not something you can do in a few hours and it’s often not something you can do without help.  There are lots of ways you can help your friends and family get organized and they can return the favor.  The first thing to do is to tell them you want to get organized.  Often just talking about it out loud is enough to motivate you.  It’s a great conversation starter and I bet you’ll know more than one other person who also wants to get organized.

Often telling people you want to get organized is enough to trigger others to check in with you on your progress.  This is a great way to establish accountability.  I like to think outside the box and have you help others in unique and useful ways.

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Meal Swap-Cooking is time consuming.  Instead of cooking every single night, organize a meal swap with your friends.  Everyone makes a LOT of their speciality.  Then, you measure out family sized portions into containers you can hand to your friends.  They all do the same and you have a lot of meals on hand without a lot of work.  Foods that work well for a swap like this are chilis, soups, meals that can be frozen easily or foods that can be pieced together when meal time arrives.

 Babysitting-It’s tough to organize with kids around.  Trade off baby sitting your friends or relative kids to give each of you some peace and quiet to focus on organization.

Cleaning Party-No one likes to clean.  BUT if you have wine, music and friends…it’s not a chore, it’s a party!  So have all of your friends over, and get cleaning!  Next week, do someone else’s house.  You’ll have a home that’s clean and lots of fun with friends!

Have some suggestions for ways you can help your friends and family?  Please comment and share them with us!

 

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After-Sun Calming Balm DIY

After-Sun Calming Balm

A soothing blend of coconut oil, shea butter, calendula, aloe and lavender to calm the skin after time in the sun. Shea Butter is available at most natural foods stores. We like Everyday Shea by Alaffia.

After Sun Soothing Balm

Ingredients:
6 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Shea Butter
1/4 cup Aloe 
2 Tbsp Calendula Oil (like the one by Herb Pharm)
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
25-60 drops *Lavender Essential Oil

*Lavender is well known for its skin healing properties and is especially soothing for burns. Be sure to use lavender and not lavendin, which can actually cause more inflammation.

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Directions:
1. In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil and shea butter. Be careful not to melt the oil and butter – heat just enough to blend easily. Once incorporated, transfer the oil and butter mixture to a bowl.

2. Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil and shea butter mixture on low to medium speed until well incorporated, 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and avoid having clumps in the final product.

3. Add calendula, aloe vera and vitamin E oil. Blend for 3 to 5 minutes until thick and creamy.

4. Add essential oil and blend to incorporate.

Yields 8oz. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping. Keep out of direct sun as the oils and butter will separate if melted.

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Febreze #Noseblind

It’s a fact of life that sometimes our homes don’t smell as pretty as we’d like them to.  Personally, I always assume that my home is fresh and clean.  After all, I clean a lot right?  Well, I have two dogs, a home gym and stinky biking shoes laying around….it doesn’t always smell nice.  Febreze calls this #noseblind, where you are blind to the smells in your own home.

It’s all about neutralizing the odors and leaving a fresh scent behind.  Febreze sent me some products to try out during a movie night.  Having guests over the ultimate test of how your home smells.  What you no longer notice, they will!

When a new scent is introduced, you smell it.  This was made clear when we popped popcorn to watch a movie.  It smells amazing and then, as the movie goes on, you no longer smell that either.  When you pop in an air freshener or light the Febreze candle, the scents just disappear.

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Here’s a photo of my husband and I on the movie night we hosted. Popcorn and Febreze close by!

 

Febreze, doesn’t just cover up smells though, it actually makes them disappear.  I can’t stand sicky sweet air fresheners or artificial smells.  However, Febreze’s products are amazing.  Even after a day out in the rain, my dog’s odor wasn’t any match for the plug ins I was able to try. On a damp day, the candle is a great way to freshen up the room.

My favorite is their spray.  I use it once a day just to freshen up the room.  Then, I never have to worry about being #noseblind to odors. I know they aren’t there!  Read on to find out how you can WIN a Febreze Prize Package!

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Five Minutes or Less

No one has enough time.  However, we can all find a few minutes here and there.  You can accomplish a lot more than you think in just five minutes.  By keeping a list of items you can accomplish in five minutes or less, you can quickly attack them when you have time. I’ve compiled a list of things you can get done in five minutes or less below.  Keep in mind that it is easy to get off task and doing so will make the task more time consuming.  Stay focused and keep moving.  The most important thing is to realize that you can move mountains a little bit at a time.

Clean out Your Wallet

Get rid of old receipts.  Put extra change in a jar or bank someplace else in your home.  Make sure all credit cards are current and make sure gift cards still have value.

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Kitchen

Throw out expired food from the pantry. Clean out the fridge.  Clean out freezer.  Refill hand soap.  Refill Jet Dry.  Wipe down counters.  Put snacks into plastic baggies so they are ready to go for lunches during the week.  Clean out the pet bowl.  Refill sugar, flour or other canister items.  Clean out coffee pot.  Clean out the microwave.  Run and or empty the dishwasher.

Kid’s Room

Sort through old crayons and dispose of broken ones.  Make sure all socks have a match.  Dispose of games or puzzles that are missing pieces.  Have kids pick up toys.  Check under bed for lost toys.  Mount a shelf to add storage.

Household

Take out trash.  Start a load of laundry.  Sew a button.  Sweep or vacuum a room.  Sort through today’s mail.  Call and remove yourself from a catalog mailing list.  Go through the car wash.  Pay a bill.  Cancel an appointment.  Make an appointment.

Living Room

Put DVDs and Video Games back into their cases.  Fold throw blankets.  Fluff pillows.  Remove dishes.  Program your thermostat to save money on heating and cooling costs.

Bedroom

Put dirty laundry in the hamper.  Pick up clothes off the floor.  Put shoes back in closet.  Clean jewelry.  Go through undergarments and get rid of worn out items.  Make the bed.

Bathroom

Change out hand towels.  Clean toilet.  Clean sink.  Change to a new toothbrush.   Dispose of old makeup.  Clean out medicine cabinet and throw away expired medication.  Change the roll of toilet paper.  Dry or fluff your bath mat.

Every house functions differently and has a different configuation of rooms and family members.  The above items are ideas to get you moving in the right direction.  Once you have a functioning list of five minute tasks, you can dispense them to family members to do on a daily or weekly basis.  Getting these little items done will really make sure you can function better on a daily basis and will also help you live a better, and less stressful life!

 

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Be Your Best Self

Don’t want for the new year.  Now is the time to reflect on what we can do to be better, make our lives better and change our ways. There is no reason you need to wait until the calendar says so to make changes. Right now, I want to direct your attention to the whole picture.  Instead of setting a goal, such as lose five pounds, set an intention to live with more purpose.  While specific goals work for some people, they are often disheartening when they are not met.  Here are just a few thoughts and ideas to get you thinking about living with more purpose and direction.

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-Keep Promises to Yourself-If you say you are going to do something for yourself, make it happen.  This can be as simple as a quick workout, putting on makeup or going for a workout.

-Be gentle with yourself.

-Do acts of kindness.

-Be proactive.  Change, I will try to I will find time.  Change I don’t know, to I will find out.

-When you begin a project, think of the end result.  If you are organizing a closet, think about getting out of the house in the mornings with ease and time to spare.  If you are making a puzzle, you look at the finished picture to figure out where you are going.

-In your relationships; be loyal, listen and say you’re sorry.

-7% of listening is words, 40% is the tone or feeling and 53% is body language.

-Celebrate diversity.

-Feed your body, brain, heart AND soul.  All are important pieces of the puzzle.

-Tap into your talents.

-Renew yourself.

-Sharpen your mind by doing things like gardening, traveling, visiting a library, going to a museum or crossword puzzles.

-Visit Nature as often as you can.

-Be silly and ENJOY!

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How To Clean Your Bathroom in Ten Minutes

The bathroom is the one spot in the house that everyone seems to dread cleaning.  No one really minds sweeping the floor or emptying the dishwasher, but when it comes to the bathroom, no one is volunteering.

It doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming, especially if you keep up with it every week.  Here’s my fool proof way to clean the bathroom quickly and easily.

1.  Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet.

2.  Spray the shower with cleaner (I use my own mixture of vinegar and water).

3.  Put away clutter from the vanity-put in its place in the medicine cabinet, under the sink etc.

4. Spray mirror and sink.

5.  Remove dirty towels and shake out bathmat.

6.  Fill containers suck as qtips, hand soap and toothpaste.

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7.  Wipe down sink and mirror.   (Make sure to remove tooth brushes first.)  Mirror first so there is less dust and dirt on your cloth.

8.  Wash out the interior of your toothbrush holder.  (It gets GROSS!)

9.  Replace toothbrushes as necessary.

10.  Wash the toilet.

11.  Dust surfaces such as the back of the toilet, top of the medicine cabinet, etc.

12.  Wipe down the floor.  If it’s a small space, a rag will do this quickly.  If it’s a larger space grab a wet mop.

13.  Wash out the shower.  I sometimes like to do this from inside the shower.  Use an old toothbrush, hard bristled brush, Magic Eraser or sponge to do this.  Have a little tool kit ready to go so this is easy to do every week.

14.  Empty the trash from the space.

If you move quickly and let the cleaning agents sit and work while you attack some of the less dirty spots, you will be able to do this quickly and effectively every week.  Set a timer and challenge yourself!

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Own Your Possessions

“Simplify, Simplify, Simplify” –Henry David Thoreau

So much of our identity is tied to our material possessions; our homes, our clothes, our cars and our gadgets.  We identify ourselves through these items instead of through our actions. We end up spending so much time and money caring for our items, storing them, maintaining them, that we sometimes don’t have time to do the things we love anymore.

For example, many people have camping equipment in the garage because they love going camping.  However, they have such a large home that they simply can’t get away from caring for it on the weekends in order to maintain their large home.  Their time is spent caring for their stuff, instead of for themselves.

It’s often said that life is about beginnings and partings.  The first is in our relationships.  From the first moment we come into the world, our arrival is celebrated.  And from there on we are faced with meetings and partings and the joy and sorrow of each.  However, our relationship with material goods begins at the same time.  When a new baby is born, how do we celebrate?  We buy them and the new parents stuff.  When someone passes, we often bring the family stuff to help ease their sorrow.  Our journey through life is marked by the accumulation of stuff.  Breaking this cycle is difficult.  However, the first step in doing so is to recognize it and learn to celebrate in other ways.  By celebrating in other ways, we are giving a true recognition to the event itself, the people involved and their importance to us.

Own Your Possessions

Try this.  Visualize your life without the excess stuff.  Would you be able to make it out of the house more quickly and with less stress in the morning?  Would your kids have more room to play?  If you weren’t always looking for things you can’t find, would you be able to play with your kids in the yard?  If your garage were clean,  would you be able to pull the car inside and better care for it?  If you had more time in your day, could you squeeze in a workout?  What if the only clothes in your closet were clothes you actually wear and feel good in?

Your stuff doesn’t care about you. It’s a cold, harsh reality that your stuff takes up space in your home and life but doesn’t pay you rent.  We spend time cleaning and caring for all of our items instead of taking care of our health, and we even sometimes avoiding having people over to our homes because we feel the clutter is too embarrassing.

We all deserve to live better, more fulfilling lives that are filled with relationships instead of stuff.  The time to start living a simpler life is now.  Today.  I know what your next question is.

How do I start?  Here are 10 helpful tips to help you de-clutter and organize your home.  You can start today!

1.     Start by writing down your organizing goals.  Don’t start with “organize the garage.”  Start with WHY you want to get organized.  For example, “I want to organize my family room, so that I have more time with my kids” or, “I want to organize my closet, so that I have a less stressful morning routine.”

2.     Next, write down the space you want to organize.  From there, identify the smaller steps you will need to take to do so.  This will make the overall project less daunting, and will create a great “to-do” list.  For example, in a garage, you may write down the following:

a.     Clean out gardening supplies

b.     Sort through tools

c.     Hang bikes on wall

d.     Throw away or recycle any non-working items

3.     Don’t run out and purchase organizing supplies before you have begun your projects.  Instead wait to see what you need, measure, and then head out. While you don’t want to spend a ton of money on these supplies, make them pleasing to you so that you enjoy them, and most importantly will use them.

4.     After you have identified the steps, you should then schedule the time on your calendar to get these tasks done.  Writing it down, and making a date to complete the tasks, increases the chances you will stick to your goals.  After all, you make other appointments, like getting your hair done, and don’t miss that, right?

5.     Think about how you unload your dishwasher.  You take the clean items out of the dishwasher and put them where they belong… glasses with glasses, plates with plates, etc.  It’s a quick and easy process because everything has a home.  If you treat your home the same way, getting organized is a snap.

6.     As you progress through your organizing project, reward yourself accordingly.  If you accomplished a big goal get a manicure, or go to a movie.  Do something that is rewarding, but won’t bring new clutter into the home.  This will keep the momentum going.

7.     Tell all of your friends and family you are planning on getting organized.  This will also help motivate you.  Many times they will ask you about how you are doing, and you don’t want to disappoint them, right?  And, organization is catchy!  Offer to trade time with them, such as offering to baby-sit their kids, in exchange for their help.  Or, help each other with similar projects at each other’s homes.

8.     Clutter around your home is a result of delaying action on an item.  Instead of putting something away, you decide to do it later. Change your mindset!  Try this: If it takes less than two minutes to put something away or finish a task, do it right away.  It will take you longer to readdress the issue later on.

9.     The Ten Minute Tidy- Set aside ten minutes a day for all family members to put items away.  If you have five people in your family, and everyone participates for ten minutes, that’s almost an hour’s worth of clean up time going on in your home every day!

10.  Plan your week ahead on the weekend.  Make sure you have clean clothing, your kids are prepared for school activities, and you have groceries for the week.  Planning your meals for the week, saves time and frustration figuring out what is for dinner when you are already hungry!

You will find that spending an hour of weekend preparation can save you several hours of time during the week.   Instead of spending time and money on acquiring new things, spend the time honoring the event, in your heart, mind and of course, with your loved ones.

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Be Prepared With Sentry Safe

I’m a big worry wart. I will admit it.  I’ve been to too many client homes that have lost important documents or lost photographs in a fire, etc.  I don’t want this to ever happen to me so I protect all of my stuff in safes.  Personally, I use Sentry Safe because they are affordable, easy to find and they come in such a variety of sizes.  However, you can find safes in a variety of super stores.

What I like about safes is that you can protect your most valuable possessions in them.  Many times, your most valuable possession isn’t a piece of jewelry or art, its a piece of paper, either sentimental or financial.  Sentry Safe allows you to protect your items, no matter what they are, with confidence.

When purchasing a safe make sure that you measure the space in which you are going to keep it first.  Then, make sure the items you want to keep inside will fit.  Finally, make sure to research its fire rating.  Some safes are fire proof for longer than others. Some are even waterproof.  Do your research before you buy.

Sentry Safe

I love having a few small safes throughout my house so that I can store and retrieve my valuables quickly and easily without a lot of hassle.  So jewelry can be stored in one, photos in another and important papers in yet another.

Also, safes allow you to keep and contain all of your important documents for easy access for tax time.  So this is a perfect time of year to check them out!

 

You can buy safes all over the place, however if you want a Sentry Safe, check them out here:

http://www.sentrysafe.com/

Join us and Sentry Safe on July 31st at 7pm EST for a Twitter party and PRIZES!  No need to RSVP, just join in by following @SentrySafe and @thejoyfulorg

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Write down your organizing goals and hold yourself accountable for completing them. 

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