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Weight Loss Binder

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.

- Submitted by NBLONDHEIM 4/23/2013 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Don't Dither Move On

If packing up a house, don't dither over items you're not sure if you want them packed or are unsure how to pack them. Keep moving and working on the sure things. You'll find while you're showering or doing other tasks, your mind will be working behind the scenes to help you decide.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 5/13/2014 in Organization | 0 Comments

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A place for everything

I now use the example of knowing exactly where my toothbrush goes to keep me on track for having a place for each item as defined as that.

- Submitted by TINYHOUSE3 4/24/2014 in Organization | 0 Comments

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How Spring Cleaning Helps!

One doesn't have to spring clean all the time ........ in fact LESS if you are vigilant about picking up after yourself and having a place for everything. I find I can clean as I go on a daily basis, minutes here and there ........ and find extra time for workouts, and fun in general! (wrote blog: Spring Has Sprung" on 3-15-14) Hope you come read.

- Submitted by 2BDYNAMIC 3/17/2014 in Organization | 0 Comments

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Sticky Tack

Sticky Tack (also called Museum Putty) is great for holding things in place. I've just used it to fix some desk organizers in place (they were sliding all over whenever the drawer was opened & closed; now they stay put)! emoticon

- Submitted by AZURELITE 3/16/2014 in Organization | 0 Comments

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Declutter and Help Others

Once a month I fill a plastic egg crate with items I don't need and donate it to the Salvation Army or another local thrift store. It's a good way to get rid of clothes that no longer fit (hopefully due to weight loss) and it helps those in need. Other items are also helpful - the towel with the bleach stain on it can help a shelter animal, the duplicate blanket or coat you got for Christmas can help a homeless person, etc.

If you keep track of it, you can even get a tax write off!

- Submitted by JULISKA09 1/5/2014 in Organization | 5 Comments

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Less Is More

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.

- Submitted by EXPOGIRL50 2/24/2013 in Organization | 1 Comment

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Put it back

You will fight cluter of anything and everything if only you will "put everything back in its place", it is my new watch word in the house. I hope to stick with it.

- Submitted by AEGISHOT 1/15/2013 in Organization | 5 Comments

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linen closet

my closet can become chaotic very quickly, in order to tame the nightmare I fold my sheet sets and tuck the complete set into one of the pillow cases. they stay together,stack neatly and eliminate the need to rummage through to find matching pieces - and even the kids recognize "THEIR" bundle and can help fetch new sheets

- Submitted by COLLEENROSTE 12/25/2012 in Organization | 11 Comments

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Make A List

When I arrive at work, I make a list of what I need to get done that day. I then work according to the list. There are times when other demands pop up, but I am able to explain my situation and then the new demand can be prioritized or reassigned.

- Submitted by SWEETNEEY 12/11/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments
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