How I Reduced My Closet 50%

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closetI am a master at impulse shopping for clothes, and then wearing something only once before it sits in my closet for years. Parting with clothes has never been one of my strengths. I know it’s illogical to own something for that long without utilizing it, but I always stump myself with the question, “But… what if someday I do want to wear this?” Come on, I know I’m not the only one who does that!

I just moved into a darling new downtown apartment, with lots of old fashion charm, and very old-fashion closets. Small closets, that is. My previous 6-foot long closet was packed wall to wall, so I had to do some painful – but necessary – purging in order to fit into the new one. Read more

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Quote for the Week: On Inspiration

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inspirationWithout inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant; there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.

~Johann Gottfried Von Herder

Sometimes, especially when I have a difficult task at hand, I search the web for inspiration. There are an endless number of ideas available if you only look.

What projects are you working on this weekend that need that spark of inspiration to get you going? Lets inspire each other!

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Ten Tips for Packing Light

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travel lightWith most of the airlines charging baggage fees now, it’s getting more and more expensive to travel. I’ll be flying in a few months and wanted some tips on traveling with only one carry-on suitcase. I found an article by Diana Pemberton Sikes career-intelligence.com. She has some GREAT tips for packing light! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

At the height of my clothing consumption days in my late teens, we were invited to the wedding of a family friend in Austin, Texas. It was a two day drive from our home in Colorado Springs, and my mother, in the interest of managing her limited trunk space, gave me an ultimatum: I could only take as many clothes as I needed for the trip. No more. Read more

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Conquering Counter Clutter

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two sided mail sorterThat’s quite a tongue twister! But getting your paper clutter under control doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many products that can help simplify the process.

Everyone has that place in their home that is the general catch-all for mail and bills. That dreaded pile of junk mail, ads, bills and to-do lists that is always nagging you to deal with it. In my house, that place is the kitchen counter. I’ve given up the idea of not having the pile at all – it’s simply not possible with my busy life to handle each paper directly when it comes through the door. So I’ve had to compromise. The pile can stay, but I need it to appear somewhat neat and orderly in order to save my sanity. Read more

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When Lists Don’t Work

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not-to-do-listGenerally speaking, a list is a good thing because…

When you write a list, it helps you focus. When you follow a list, it keeps you on track and moving toward list completion. And when you cross off list items, you feel productive. And yet, despite proven results and positive qualities, lists don’t always work for everyone, every time because…

When you have to make a list, it means you have lots to accomplish. When you have lots to accomplish, you suddenly don’t want to do anything but sit on your couch, watch TV, and eat ice cream. Read more

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Quote for the Week: On Perseverance

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perseverePatience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
~John Quincy Adams

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
~Harriet Beecher Stowe

Have a great weekend!

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Why You Should Use Eco-Friendly, Bamboo Organizing Products.

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Bamboo - an eco-friendly and sustainable natural resource

Incredibly, almost one million acres of forest vanish off the face of the earth every week. Typical sixty-foot hardwood trees cut for marketplace use take 30-50 years to regenerate while a sixty-foot bamboo plant takes a mere 59 DAYS to replace.

Bamboo may be the most eco-friendly, sustainable natural resource the world has. Its root system is continually sprouting new growth and new shoots, which makes replanting after harvesting unnecessary. And bamboo does all this naturally without any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Bamboo reduces runoff and prevents water pollution via its high nitrogen consumption. Growing bamboo also dramatically reduces greenhouse gases because it absorbs carbon dioxide five times more than the same number of trees and produces 35% more oxygen than the same number of trees. Read more

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