5 Easy Steps to Basement Bliss

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cluttered-basementTired of your basement being the ‘catch-all’ for your house? Is it screaming for a makeover? Here are some great tips to get you started on you way to ‘Basement Bliss’:

1. Clarify your organizing goals:

• Consolidated storage? Teen lounge? Yoga space? Knowing what you’re aiming for in the basement will help make deciding what to keep or toss easier. Read more

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Favourite Organising Tools #7 – Perpetual Calendars

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A perpetual calendar is one where you capture the information once and you use the calendar forever. This way you don’t have to update every year as with a “normal” calendar. cal1cal2I use two versions:

1. paper version– (just because I like paper). I write the names of birthdays and anniversaries on each month’s page and then at the end of the previous month, I prepare all the birthday cards and gifts for the month ahead. I then have a shelf where I keep all the presents, ready to go. If I’m really in the mood, I do two or three months at a time. Read more

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21 Tips to Cultivate Clutter-Busting Habits

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no-clutterOur clutter does not come from being messy, lazy or disorganized, it comes from four goofy habits:

** Saving things that we never need or use
** Bringing in things that we never need or use
** Never deciding on a place for things to be put
** Setting things down instead of putting them where they belong

So how about trying to incorporate one new habit to counteract clutter habits? Here are 21 ideas: Read more

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New Credit Card Scam & How It Works

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credit-cardsI received this email in my box a couple of days ago and figured I’d treat it as a public service announcement and pass it on to all our faithful readers…

This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want. Note: the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself. Read more

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Product of the Week: Tommy Toy Storage Rack

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toy-storage-rack-16917Need toy storage but don’t have a lot of money to spend? Here’s the perfect solution – the Tommy Toy Storage Rack!

The toy rack comes with six primary colored removable bins that are solid plastic (no holes) so you can even store Legos without leakage. And there’s a top shelf for more storage.

These would be great for storage in a garage or mud room, too! At $29.99, you could get one for each room!

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Emergency Pantry Meals

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I always try to keep a few pantry meals handy so that I can make dinner without running to the store. I’ve even gone so far as to write down my “meals in reserve.”

But I hadn’t thought of the clever idea featured in last month’s Better Homes and Gardens. In an article called Zoning Rules they suggested creating bins to hold a few weeknight meals in your pantry. For example one basket might contain everything you need for a spaghetti dinner: a jar of sauce, pasta, a side dish, even a loaf of French bread. Other menu possibilities might be fixings for chili, tuna casserole or a taco dinner.

If you’ve got the shelf space, it’s a great way to keep everything together and you’re guaranteed to have all the ingredients. Once you cook the meal, write down the replacements you’ll need on next week’s grocery list.[LG]Here’s another container shown here![/LG]

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Lose Your Excess Clutter Weight

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My Food Diary.com offered a great motivational tip for losing weight. If you want to lose 20 pounds, place a 20 pound weight where you’ll see it. Put it on the dining room table or on the sofa. This will remind you of how much extra weight you are carrying around. The article went on to say, “ We tend to not notice the drag–especially since the weight tends to come on slowly.”

The same could be said of clutter. It creeps up slowly, until one day it’s completely out of control. This reminds me of a clever decluttering book by Don Aslett, Lose 200 lbs. this weekend. People are often surprised by the amount of excess they have tucked away. How many excess pounds of clutter are you storing? Is it weighing you down? Maybe it’s time to lose it.

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Product of the Week: Office Organizing Cart

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16918-cartWe got our hands on a bunch of these handy little plastic rolling organizers for a song, and we’re passing the savings on to you! It’s perfect for office or for craft supplies. It has three open front bins and two removable hanging file bins on the sides, and you can roll it wherever you need it. The top is flat with a raised edge to keep pencils, pens and all your little things from rolling off. Check them out – they’re on sale for $19.99!

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Great Tips for Getting Debt Under Control

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tax-refundTax refunds will be arriving in your mailbox or directly deposited in your bank account before you know it.

An added bonus this year is the government’s economic stimulus disbursement, which can range anywhere from $300 for a single person to $1800 for a family of four (even more for families with additional children, $300 per child). Families across the nation will experience a significant bonus due to their tax refund and stimulus payments this spring. Read more

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