What to Do With All the Junk

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kitten-in-paperNow that the holidays are over, we find ourselves buried up to our necks in wrapping paper, cards, packing materials, disposable plates and utensils, and old dry trees. I found some great tips on recycling all the mounds of holiday waste by Sarah Linn at sanluisobispo.com.

• Bags and boxes
Paper gift, grocery and shopping bags go in the blue recycling container supplied by local trash companies. Read more

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Keeping the Clothes Off the Floor

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115438.jpgWhat do you do with those not-quite-fresh clothes – the ones you’ve worn once or twice but can wear again before they get washed? Many of us don’t want to put them back in the closet or dresser, but we need better options than the floor. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Hang some hooks and use them for the worn-but-not-totally-dirty clothes.

2. Use a valet stand or a coat rack

3. If they are clothes that don’t need to hang, such as workout clothes, they can go in a basket or hamper dedicated to just these clothes.

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A New Year’s Resolution List That Sticks!

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resolutionDo you ever wonder why you don’t follow through on your New Year’s resolutions? Do you ever wonder what happened to all of that determination that you had when you made your list?

If you’re like me, you tend to make a dozen New Years Resolutions and don’t really follow through on any of them. Why I can follow through on so many things in my life, make lists and get them finished, but I mess up on this, year after year. Actually, it’s very simple! None of the things on my list were really what I considered a priority in my life. Sure they all were things that I had thought about, or rather ‘wished’ about, from time to time, but none were going to make or break my life style. Read more

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Planning For Next Year’s Food Clutter

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scale2It’s official. I stepped on the scale 2 days ago. Not only do my legs barely squeeze into my jeans and my butt look a mile wide – I have the proof in the pounds, too!

I hate the holiday season in the food aspect. OK, no, I lied. I LOVE the holiday season in the food aspect, I hate the holiday season in the weight aspect! When it comes to sweets, I have no self-control. I spend November and December completely enjoying myself, eating whatever I want, whenever I want, and then January through October getting my weight back down. Read more

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Containing Caps

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11603_zmBall caps and hats are a big cause of clutter in many homes. If you aren’t sure of a good way to store caps, then they will end up in a big pile on the floor or in multiple piles scattered around the house. Meanwhile, you are unable to find the hat you need when you need it! Plus, they are collecting dirt, losing their shape, and could be in danger of becoming Fido’s next chew toy.

The CapRack is a great choice for a hat organizer. I bought one for my husband about 8 months ago; all his hats are in one place, they retain their shape, and he has full visibility of all of them at once.  He actually told me that it’s his favorite organizer! Getting the Man Stamp of Approval is a big deal, especially coming from him since he isn’t the least bit into organization. Read more

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Keeping Gift Opening Under Wraps

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christmasdayOpening gifts is one of my favorite times during the holidays. I not only love to get gifts, but I love to see the look on someones face when I have managed to find ‘just the right gift’. The highlight of the holiday is to see the kids jump for joy when they have something that they have wished and wished for. After a ton of Christmas’s, I have finally come up with a routine that keeps it organized and clean without creating stress and panic. Read more

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Product of the Week: Wear Your Diaper Bag!

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128434Moms and Dads alike can relate to the universal problem that all diaper bags have: they’re cumbersome and constantly slip off your shoulder. At the park, the doctor’s office, the airport…it’s the last thing you need on top of diffusing tantrums, changing a squirming child, and corralling the little ones. Plus, most dads I know aren’t fond of carrying a bag in public.

Enter the Diaper Vest! Read more

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Tips to Make Entertaining Fast, Easy and Inexpensive

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white-christmasDo you have a lot of friends that you owe ‘get-togethers’ to? Friends that invite you over during the holidays, special friends and acquaintances from clubs or organizations that you belong to or fellow workers that you are close to? Would you like to have them stop over during the holidays, but the thought of all of those people and the separate parties is just too much to think about?

Try this:
Have several or maybe one big OPEN HOUSE. Set a day and the time (say from 1-4 p.m. or 7-11:00p.m.) and send an open invitation to everyone.

What to serve:

Remember this is a ‘social’ get together that has a lot of talking and chances to meet new people. Read more

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Make Your List and Print it Twice…

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santalistAfter completing my holiday cards I made two more copies of my freshly updated mailing list. In the past I would look around for return address labels ripped from envelopes, check my address box for scribbled notes or quickly scan last years list trying to remember who moved, died, or had a baby. This took a fair amount of time.

Then I found a faster, less cluttered way of doing things. I made a paper copy of the mailing list and made updates throughout the year. I updated the paper copy with red pen as soon as I learned of a change. That way I was able to make all of the adjustments to the list in one sitting. Read more

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