10 Tips to Get Your Holiday Shopping Under Control

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cornucopiaWe are all much more conservative, due to the economy and utility costs skyrocketing; which is a good thing because spending was getting out of hand anyway. True, it is the time of the year for giving, but not at the cost of strapping ourselves for the other 11 months of the year.

We’ll have countless chores within the next two months over-working our brains and nerves. First, there is Thanksgiving with the traditional feast and get together, and then the day after-SHOPPING! We haven’t even finished the Fall Cleaning and now we are on our way to Christmas decorating. Time becomes a major issue for all of us! Read more

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Junk in the Trunk? Product of the Week: Trunk Organizer

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trunkorganizer2Sure, I used to live on the edge. The rock and roll lifestyle. I remember those days – driving home from the grocery store, with a carton of eggs and a huge bottle of detergent rattling around in the trunk of the car. Taking those turns, and hearing ‘roll..roll..roll…THUNK!’.

Yep, I was a slave to the rock and roll of loose bags of groceries. In a way, it was a time-saver to have my tomatoes turned into sauce while I drove home. But with this trunk organizer, I’m saving myself from white-knuckle driving, and wincing whenever the car turns or stops. Read more

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5 Steps to Organizing your Home Office

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bunny-slippersThere are some great perks to working from home; bunny slippers, coffee at anytime, and TV. However, time management can be a real issue. (9 to 5 never went by so fast!). One of the best ways to manage time when working from home is to stay organized. Here are five steps to organize your home office!

1. Clear the Cables: Power cords and phone wires can make a room look disorganized even when everything else is in place, so clear the cords! You can use reusable Velcro straps or cable clips to keep them in place. Read more

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Overwhelming Clutter

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lav_flowerThis was submitted by Linda Kessel. It’s not really a reader-hack, but I figured she needs an answer.

I’m at the end of my rope, looking at the clutter in my home and unable to ever catch up. I’m disabled and I physically can’t move the mess. My partner recently underwent back surgery so he’s not able to help. The mess is overwhelming, and all my counselors can say is to pace myself. But at this rate, I’ll never have a comfortable home to live in. Please, I NEED HELP!!!

Linda,

There is something to be said for pacing yourself and having patience. But I understand your frustration! It sounds like you and your partner need to call upon the kindness of family and friends for some help and support. You could have a clutter-buster party! Maybe provide some snacks and beverages? You might be surprised at how people will step up and help out when you really need it!

Any other words of wisdom for Linda?

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Getting Ready for Winter

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leafAs autumn sets in, there are a few things we can all count on: school is in session, football is being played, and our homes need a bit of work to be cozy and ready for winter.

Realtown.com has a good article on getting your home ready for winter.

By taking the time now during the fall season to repair a few small things, we can avoid having to fix some much larger and more difficult problems later. Read more

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Four Earth-Friendly Ways to Organize Paper.

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pinesClients often complain about their struggles with paper. Limiting paper before it enters your home makes it easier to minimize piles. Plus there’s the hidden bonus of saving a few trees. I’ve read that every ton of recycled paper saves seventeen 40 foot Douglas Fir Trees.

1) Think before you print. Before you print anything from your computer, decide if you will refer to it again. If you just want to remember a site, add it to your list of favorites. If you do want a copy, press print preview to determine if you need to print all of the pages. That will help eliminate the excess page of advertisements that often accompany an article. Read more

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