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Veggie Run

When you make everything from scratch, it's sometimes difficult to get groceries put away on the same night as produce. Produce not prepped before going in the fridge, usually spoils which is such a waste. Over time I evolved to a system of having 2 stores that I visit mainly because of produce - selection & prices are good, tho I don't do my other grocery shopping there. This lends itself to having a "Produce Night", where I wash all lettuce leaves & make a salad, peel all carrots & (Cont'd)

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 7/7/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Prioritization: Important First

Covey followers will recognize this one. Always concentrate on the IMPORTANT. If you only schedule time for the URGENT, you will always be at the mercy and stress and tyranny of the URGENT. In the beginning everything will be seem to be urgent; put urgent & important first, and then deliberately schedule important next. Over time keep carving out larger and larger blocks of time for IMPORTANT, and the tyranny of the URGENT will fade, along with stress.

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/27/2011 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Moving?

Go to www.flylady.net for moving help & tips.

Also don't waste this opportunity - you will be touching all your stuff anyway, don't keep anything that does not bring you joy, that you don't consider beautiful, that you haven't used in the last 6 months (or seasonally, in the last year), or that you have duplicates of.

1st purge is easy; when it gets down to "the good stuff", use your feelings of uncertainty/confusion/torn as a signal to donate. Call Salvation Army, they pick up good stuff.

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 5/23/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Batchcook Once a Week

Pre-plan 7 breakfast and dinners, using up things in your freezer and pantry first, then get all the rest at once at the grocery store. Then on your day off cook, fill up the crockpot, roast a chicken, make freezer meals, and prep veggies in snacks bags. Use planned leftovers for lunch.

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 5/14/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Make FlyLady's Habit of the Month Your SparkStreak

Every month FlyLady, who's system is free on www.flylady.net, has a monthly habit we work on all month long. It's also posted in the FlyLady Peace is Mine SparkTeam. How do you eat an elephant? One habit (bite) at a time. If you already have the monthly habit down, substitute something else you're working on.

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/23/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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The Essentials of Organizing

1. Sort
If you have a ton of stuff and/or clutter, with closets and all spaces crammed full, realize from the outset your goal is to keep ONLY the best 10%. Someone needs & can use the stuff you're hoarding - give away the good stuff, & you'll be blessed. Call a charity who picks up.

2. Containerize
What's left needs to be organized in a functional, unclogged, easy to maintain way with good free space. At this point you might find you need to purge again. Use containers, shelves, (cont'd)

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/25/2011 in Organization | 1 Comment
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Proactive Weekly Plan

2. CROCKPOT (CP) NIGHT: On eve of Groc Night, clean out fridge & serve Leftover Buffet. Put tomorrow's prepped meal in fridge, & put note on door: Remember To Plug In CP.

3. GROCERY NIGHT: Divide protein into meal-sized portions; freeze or marinate; put everything up, rotating stock FIFO. You have time to do this b/c dinner is ready in the CP when you walk in the door, & there is room in your clean fridge.

4. PRODUCE NIGHT: Usually day after Groc Night. Peel 5lb bag of carrots (cont'd)

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/18/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Losing Weight and Old Clothes

Give them away on the SparkTeam, Weight Loss Clothing Exchange. You might even be able to get the new size you need.

http://teams.sp
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- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/15/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Kitchen Organization

Want an easy way to:
Clean out freezer
Organize pantry
Clean out cupboards
Save a ton of money

Join a Pantry Challenge and eat down everything you have, stop eating out, homemade from scratch saves you so much money, calories, space, and organization. To save time and energy, use a crockpot which is very inexpensive electrically.

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/6/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Organize Recipes

[This is what worked for me; customize to suit your life & family.] I'm a collector, so have a pile of all kinds of recipes, printed out, clipped out of Sunday's coupon section, and yes on cards. All shapes and sizes. Electronic does not work for me.

But when I want to fix something, it usually is based on food type. So what worked for me is buying sheet protectors, putting the recipes inside, mounting them with tape or staples on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper when necessary, and (cont'd below)

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 1/30/2011 in Organization | 3 Comments
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