Wow! What a Summer.
It was an amazing summer. I completed a landscaping project that I actually began back in 2005. That will be the subject of part 3 of this series. I can tell you that I was hyper-focused on the project and all of my spare time was spent completing it.
Does that mean that I let the weeds take over the flower beds again? I can happily answer that for the most part I stayed on top of them. I spent about an hour last Saturday clearing the Nandina sprouts from the shrub bed and clipping Creeping Jenny off the walk way. I also cleared them two previous times during the summer.
As I was doing the pre-season garden clean up last spring I took some preventative action that I was hoping would keep Creeping Jenny from rooting in the walkway.
It’s been awhile since I posted to this blog. I must confess that I was bitten by the gardening bug early in the spring and have spent every minute of available time working in my gardens. As I have pulled weeds, moved plants and re-shaped beds I’ve thought a lot about the similarities between maintaining a garden and maintaining an organized space in a home. I must confess again that instead of just thinking about this concept I should have been blogging as I did the garden clean-up.
They’re Back! Sterilite baskets are at Walmart again. They come in small, medium, large and extra large. I have used these baskets for 10 years when organizing homes in Knoxville, in fact they have become a signature item in my organizing service. I was disappointed when they disappeared from all retailers in our area early last year. I was forced to order from an online source.
Last week I found this huge display at the Turkey Creek Walmart. The small baskets are perfect for organizing the upper cabinet shelves in your kitchen. The medium basket works well in pantries, lower cabinets and play rooms. The larger baskets work well in deep over the fridge cabinets and in base cabinets. I like them because they are uniform in color and shape, light weight yet sturdy and they are affordable.
If you are ready to organize your kitchen for spring then I suggest that you head on over to your nearest Walmart and stock up.
Never Check E-mail in the Morning is a bestselling book written by Julie Morgenstern. I read it a few years ago. It’s confession time… I need to read it again. I’ve allowed email to take up too much of my valuable production time. Julie says it like this.
“Email is the biggest time-suck of the modern workday. We interrupt ourselves every five minutes to check our in-boxes, hoping for something more interesting, more fun, or more urgent than whatever we’re working on in that moment” – Julie Morgenstern
I am guilty, are you? Let’s work on this together. Continue reading →
Happy New Year to all of you! I’m always excited to start fresh with a new year and new goals. Saturday morning I wrote a list of eighteen goals for 2011. They cover all the categories of my life. Have you made your list yet? The most important thing that you can do to turn your goals into reality is to write them down. As you write them ask yourself this question for each goal. How will my life or the lives of others be better if I achieve this goal? Visualize your answer. Make it a habit to read and visualize your goals each day.
Once you have your list and your vision you must take action. This means that you get up and greet each day as an opportunity to move closer to your goals. I was inspired last week by a blog post on the EOK (Entrepreneurs of Knoxville) website. The post was written by fellow EOK member Beth Foister of Foister Business Solutions. Click to read Time to Rise and Shine. I hope you enjoy Beth’s article as much as I did.
Was decorating for Christmas easy this year? Could you quickly find what you were looking for in all of your boxes of holiday decorations? If you answered no then read on. I have some tips that you can implement now that will make next year’s decorating easier. Continue reading →
I am not an early Christmas shopper. My children are grown as are my nieces and nephews. My list is shorter now than it was in the past. I prefer to wait until a couple of weeks before Christmas to do my shopping. I kick into hyper-drive, get organized and get it done. In the past I got caught up in the spirit of the season and blew my budget. Now I have a system for staying on track; a system that has worked well for about ten years. It takes a lot of the stress out of shopping too.
Begin with a business size envelope. Label the top of the envelope Christmas 2010. This will be your record keeper and your container for all receipts. Continue reading →
Choosing Your Tools
A common mistake people make when starting any type of project is to run out and buy the stuff they think that they need to accomplish the work. The container industry is very aware of this. They fill ads with bright colorful containers in January and in August. January is the most popular month for getting organized and August is when school starts.
You must first do the analysis and the sorting before you know what tools or containers are right for you. You will use organizing principles, containers and other organizing items to organize your kitchen. Continue reading →
Last post we talked about the four step process for organizing your kitchen. We covered Visualize your Success and we identified some possible roadblocks to your success. This week we will continue with step two – Remove your Roadblocks. Continue reading →
Fall is in the air. It’s time to start thinking about the holidays. Is your kitchen ready for entertaining and lots of cooking? This is a great time to do kitchen reorganization. I use a four-step process to help my clients get organized and stay organized. Continue reading →