12 Steps To Change Your Life Positively

Getting organized isn’t all about putting things away and having a catalog worthy home.  Getting organized is about living your best life. It’s about accomplishing your goals, feeling great at the end of the day and getting the most out of everything you have.

I wanted to give you a few tips to change the way you think about getting organized and possibly even change the way you think about your routines. These tips can be digested over time and applied to your own life.  Take what works for you and discard the rest.  Love something?  Share it with a friend.

1.  If you can’t change it, don’t worry about it.  This takes practice.  But in many cases the only think you get from worrying is more anxiety.

2.  Any time you have a complaint or a negative thought, stop yourself and have a positive one.  Thinking only about a problem won’t help you out.  Brainstorm a solution and change the way you’re thinking right away.  Positive thoughts lead to more positive thoughts.


3.  Eat the best food you can afford.  Join a CSA, shop locally and eat healthy.  Doing so will give you the energy to achieve your goals.

4. Make time for family and friends.  Call them, email them and visit as often as possible.  Write letters and send flowers when you can.

5.  Be nice.  Say “hello”, “good morning” and “thank you”.  Learn the names of the people who make your coffee, clean your office and deliver your mail.  Simply being polite will set you apart.

6. Leave spaces better than you find them.  Leave the conference room cleaner or  turn off the lights before you leave the room.

7.  Do what good, when you can, where you can.

8.  Recycle everything you can.  Donate everything you can.  Reuse everything you can.

9.  Exercise.  Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

10.  Be present.  Put your electronics away and enjoy the moment. Encourage others around you to do the same.

11.  Meditate.  You don’t need a special space or equipment.  Simply sit quietly for a few minutes a day.  Breathe deeply and focus on the positive in your life.  This few minutes of calm can carry you throughout the day.

12.  Express gratitude.  Too much laundry to do?  Be grateful you have clothing?  Tired of cooking?  You’re blessed to have food. Change the way you think and you’ll change your whole life.

 Your Turn:  Pick one of these and do it tomorrow.

Let Us Know:  What do YOU do to feel more positive? 

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Organizing At Target’s Dollar Spot

I’ve done posts like this before and they’ve been quite a hit. So, I wanted to share with you some items I found today (September 22, 2014) in Target’s Dollar Spot.  Note, everything in the dollar section is NOT a dollar.  Items range from $1-$3.  They have some items that can help you get organized and do it without spending a lot of money. They also had lots of craft and seasonal items.

Here’s what I found, starting in the top left corner.

Magnetic Clips-Great to hold papers together, keep foods fresh, or even keep things like hair elastics together.

Mini Gel Pens-Awesome for working on the go!  A great way to be able to color code without taking a whole set of full size pens.

Small Pail-I could have bought all of these.  So many colors and patterns!  Awesome for small toys, pencils and even (my personal use) granola bars.

Small glass jar.  Get all of those paper clips, thumb tacks and elastics off the bottom of your desk drawer and into jars.

Large Clips-Put these on tops of files that need attention and you’ll never let things slip between the cracks again.  I also like them to mark the page of my planner so I can open it quickly.

Command Hooks-You know I could go on and on about these.  Hang things anywhere with no worry about the surface.

Small mesh basket-Great for batteries, coins or chap sticks.  Anything that usually “escapes” and finds it’s way to the bottom of the drawer.

Lists-You can never have too many to do lists!

Tie and Belt Rack-Use your hanging space to keep ties and belts OFF the floor and in sight.

Clipboard-Keep your to do lists where you can see them.  Using a clipboard also makes them portable.  Grab and go and work anywhere!

4 Compartment Storage-Put a few day’s worth of pills or vitamins in this and same a small amount of time every day.  You can also use these for bringing a small amount of sunblock, shampoo, etc on a plane.

Target Dollar Organizing

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Organizing With Thirty One Gifts (AND GIVEAWAY!)

The Joyful Organizer has been a fan of Thirty One Gifts for a while now.  They have some fun new products I wanted to share with you.  I also wanted to inspire you.  Here are some ways to organize things that I commonly find in my client’s homes.  It’s not about replicating what I’m doing here, it’s about thinking about how you can make a difference in your own home and daily life.  Scroll down to enter to win a set of Oh Snap Bins (embroidery included!).

I was able to try out a set of Oh Snap Bins.  They come in a set of three small bins. The patterns range from whimsical and bright to subtle and sophisticated.  At the time I’m writing this, there are seven to choose from.  Each little bin has a set of snaps.  These come into plan if you want to keep all the pins next to each other.  Snap them together and they will stay put.  Each bin also has a loop on it so you can hang it off of a bar or from a single hook.  Take a look at some of the things that would great in this set of totes.  Use them together or separately.  They are shown here on a Command Hook.


The next item I’m going to share with you is one of the greatest bargain’s in organizing products.  The Essential Storage Tote is just $28 and can be used for just about anything.  And I mean anything.  It’s made of a durable material that’s easy to clean, quick to dry and stands up to whatever you throw at it.  The nylon straps are easy to carry and the the base of this tote allows it to stand on it’s own and hold a lot of gear.  Here are some items that can be stored in this tote.  I had fun looking around to find things that were loose in the car, on the floor, etc.

Clockwise from top left:

Clothes-this makes a great mini laundry basket!  Awesome for little kids to carry around :)

Books-Library books going to and from the library….keeping them in one spot means you’re less likely to forget them.

Gym Bag-Since it’s open and fires quickly, this bag won’t stink!

Dog Gear-I put in my dogs’ life jackets…awesome after a salty swim!

Beach Bag-Towels and pails and sunscreen, go my!  It all fits in here.

Sports equipment-Store dirty, smelly gear that normally rolls around the car in one bing that’s easy to grab and bring to the field.

Essential Tote
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Eco Nuts Dryer Balls

Yes, I said dryer balls.  Never heard of them?  I hadn’t either until recently.  I have been looking for a way to freshen my clothes while not using dryer sheets.  Eco Nuts is the solution you’ve didn’t know existed, but will never want to live without. (If you’re interested, research what’s in dryer sheets, but that’s another blog post for another day.)

EcoNuts Organic Wool Dryer balls are an all natural alternative to traditional dryer sheets.  You simply toss all four in the dryer and let them do the work!  The balls fluff your laundry and allow air to circulate more freely.  That means your clothes will dry faster.  In turn, that means using less energy and saving money!

You could even use more than four balls at a time if you choose.  They will last for thousands of loads and they soften your clothes through gentle friction.  My favorite part?  You can put a little essential oil on them and it will scent all of your laundry!  While these are a little bit of an investment, they will pay for themselves quickly once you stop buying dryer sheets.

Eco Nuts Dryer Balls



To complete the healthy laundry process, take a peek at their Laundry Soap.

Laundry SoapIt’s made for HE machines and made from soapberry extract with only three ingredients, the combination has  proved to be a highly effective cleaner, requiring only a teaspoon for a regular load of laundry. This high concentration is packaged in recyclable aluminum – making it lightweight to ship compares to giant heavy detergent jugs.  A bottle lasts about 60 washes.

Eco Nuts also sells cleaning products as well as an amazing Fruit and Vegetable Wash that helps to remove dirt, oils, waxes and residues. It is made with only certified USDA Organic ingredients. The best way to wash your organic fruits and veggies.  No odor, easy to use and ensures your family’s food is as healthy as possible. 


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Easy Peasy with #Zappos

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zappos.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review”

Okay so I’m never leaving the house again.  Seriously, Zappos makes it that easy to get clothes.  (and lots of other stuff).  You place your order and it arrives on your door step in a few days! Whatever doesn’t fit, you package up and send back, at no cost.  Not only is this great for shopping for your kids, it’s awesome for those tough to find items, like jeans.

These are on my wish list :)   I haven’t wanted to drive around to find them and now I can just order them and try them on at home!  (When I’m feeling skinny!)

Paige Jeans


Another item I have my eye on, The Patagonia Better Sweater Vest

Better sweater vest

Instead of dragging your kids to the store and having to deal with entertaining them during the car ride, feeding them at the mall and amusing one child while the other shops, you can do this in the comfort of your own home.  Brew a cup of coffee, sit in your yoga pants and shop!  Then, everyone can try on in the comfort of your own home.  And, with this in mind, you can even wait until everyone is in a good mood.

I ordered;

Patagonia fleece hoody (for those cooler falls days).  This is a great thing to order online because who wants to try on fleece during the hot summer months?

A Patagonia Refugio Backpack-Awesome thing to have shipped to the house so you can try out how your laptop fits into it!

Two adorable Nike tees.  (And got multiple sizes so we could grow into it!)

Cardigan by Young Fabulous and Broke (I didn’t even have to find a boutique!)

Zappos even lets you create a list of favorite brands, wish list items and you can easily track all of your purchases and returns in the “your account” section of their site.  Overall, the user experience is awesome.

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Weekend Cooking~Skillet Style~Quinoa Creation

We all know I’m ALL about easy.  Easy means meals that you can prepare quickly and easily.  Ingredients that aren’t hard to find and cooking in as few pots and pans as possible. It’s about easy and saving time.  If you don’t have a plan that’s easy and fast to execute, you’ll end up at the take out window.

This is a vegetarian meal I prepared in my skillet.  It was fast and easy and oh so yummy.  It made a LOT more than I thought it would so I have plenty of leftovers for lunches.  This is a great main course for a vegetarian or a side dish for a meat and potatoes kind of guy like my Mr.

Quinoa Cooking


So I started with a little EVOO in the skillet.  I tossed in some chopped onion (about a 1/2 a medium sized onion) and four chopped garlic cloves.  I let these cook a little bit.  The aroma was amazing.  Skillet with onionThen, I added a handful of pine nuts.  (I’m sorry for the lack of measurements, but it’s a new skillet and I really wanted to take advantage of its size.)

Pine Nuts



Then I added in some red, uncooked quinoa.  It was about two cups.  I put in a can of (rinsed) black beans and a handful of cutup, fresh cauliflower.

Skillet Handle

This is the skillet I was cooking it all in.  You’re going to see this a lot in upcoming blog posts. It’s my new favorite kitchen friend.

Unlike a lot of skillets, it has a temperature control so you can really determine how quickly and how hot your food is cooked.  It has a warm setting so if you’re waiting for someone to walk in the door or for another dish to be ready, this meal won’t burn.

Okay, this next feature is going to blow your mind.  It’s dishwasher safe. Seriously.  Unplug the cord and pop both the base and the lid in the dishwasher.  It’s amazing.  Thank you Wayfair.com for sending this!

DoneOkay so this doesn’t look that appetizing.  However, it’s amazingly tasty.  I added some salt and pepper and a handful of fresh parmesan cheese. It is high in protein (quoina, pine nuts and beans!) and would be awesome as a side dish for a chicken meal.  However, I love this as my whole meal. I ate it right out of the food storage container as I was putting it away.  I added a piece of pita bread and it was a whole meal in a bowl.  Trust me, you’ll love this one and because the vegetables are disguised, even kids will enjoy it :)



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Organizing Tip ~ Stop Junk Mail

Stop Junk Mail

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Quick Tips

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

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