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From book, 'Out of the Crayon Box' (living vibrant, organized lives). They have a website. Their philosophy is "Do more living, not more work!". They simplify everything into 6 steps (Declutter first; then Organize, Maintain, Observe, Refrain and Enjoy!). Biggest steps Declutter & Organize, are easy the way they do it. Then it's putting things back where they go, with a simple (not complex or tedious) system which they teach. 'Observe' teaches to evaluate what works for you personally.
I am creating a weight loss binder to keep my success in one convenient place. Every week I print off the weekly reports that are important to me and add them to the correct tab in my binder. I'm a visual person and it's very easy for me to compare one week to the next to see my successes and struggles. I also have a place for my monthly pictures of myself to compare before and afters.
This came about as an Earth Day project for my son's 1st grade class. We found that an old Crystal Light packet container (the long tube-like ones with a cap) can be great holders for all of those broken crayons we have lying around! You know, the ones that still have a lot of life left, but can't be found in the bottom of the box anymore. These could also hold small pencils, markers, highlighters, etc. You can peel off the outer packaging to decorate the container any way you'd like!
After much research, I'm loving the recipe management app "Paprika". It lets me capture recipes from sparkrecipes as well as many other recipe sites & my own personal recipes! With all my recipes in one place, I can build the week's meal plan & hit a button for a grocery list. The big plus for ME is that I can have everything offline, since I'm not always on wifi to use sparkrecipes. It costs $20 for MAC, $5 for iPad, $5 for iPhone or iPod and uses a cloud to sync everything together. Awesome!
I use the seasonal changes to assess whether or not I really need items. I think about whether I used an item in the previous season, and if not, then it goes. I've found several organizations that will take items from me. I try to keep this process as a continuous one. I'm not constantly clearing, but I keep they cycle going. I only need a certain amount of "stuff" to function. I feel better when I'm not surrounded by junk.
Before I organized my makeup area, I was always flustered trying to get my self ready and get the kids' breakfast and ready for school. Now I have a spot in the kitchen where I stand to do my makeup (a little pedastal mirror and a small basket of neccesities). Now I can serve breakfast and get my "face" ready. Kid spills something or needs more food... no problem! I take can take care of business and step back into getting pretty mode.