Thursday, May 31, 2012

Change Yours to a “Positive Mindset"


Everyone Has a Choose "What's Yours?"

Today, I went to an event and the topic was your mindset.  And one of the things the keynote speaker spoke about was that if you think positive you will have positive things in your life.  I came from this event thinking I have to change my thinking about everything I do and say because if I change my mindset then I will change my life. So, is what you think about yourself what you're become..  Positive thinking can take you far beyond anything you could ever imagine.  The first thing you should do when you get up in the morning is to confess to yourself how wonderful your day is going to be and how successful your day is going to turn out.  Life is full of negative things so you need to started being that bright light that everyone wants to be around.  Your mindset is everything and today you can change your mindset and someone else’s.  Again you will change your world if you change your mindset completely.  Take your time today and think about what you can do to change your world today and someone else’s life.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Organization Guide for Your Life: "Here a Few Tips To Finding Your Style"

The Organization Guide for Your Life: "Here a Few Tips To Finding Your Style": "Your Image is Your Calling Card" Is it time to change you image ?       Don't dress in a look that's all one trend      Feel...

"Here a Few Tips To Finding Your Style"


"Your Image is Your Calling Card"

Is it time to change you image?
  •      Don't dress in a look that's all one trend 
  •    Feel free to mix and match
  •   Don't ever be stuck on one style be willing to experiment with new looks
  • Always wear your clothes with a sense of confidence
  •   Keeping it simple is often the best way to go
  • Always put your personal touch to a look, whether it's a belt, necklace, earrings or brooch
  •   Don't always wear  things in the traditional way 


Last but not least: Never ever wear a designer look from head to toe, it's just not classy.

Remember, always wear your confidence because that will always make whatever outfit you are wearing..  SMOOOOOOOCHESS!!!!!

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The Organization Guide for Your Life: "Ways to Leave Your Clutter"

The Organization Guide for Your Life: "Ways to Leave Your Clutter": Everyone has some degree of clutter lurking at home.  When you're tired of moving it around, stepping over it, and losing important ite...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Ways to Leave Your Clutter"



Everyone has some degree of clutter lurking at home.  When you're tired of moving it around, stepping over it, and losing important items in it, it's time to take control of the clutter. 
 What should you do with it?  
Do you see yourself in
this window of clutter?
 Now, you can fix it...

Style By Constantine, Clutter Removal Tips
  • Dispose of It:  Much of clutter is trash you either thought you would need or figured you'd throw out later.
  •   Put it Away: About half of the remaining clutter in most homes consists of items that simply haven't been put away.  Fill a laundry basket then deliver the items to the proper rooms.  Avoid this trap by making things easy to put away and by enforcing a family "use it and put it away" rule.
  • Donate It:  If you don't use it, it's not a treasured decorative item or memento, and it's not an important piece of paper, get rid of it.  Pass it along to someone who can use it.

  •   Refer It:  The novel you've been saving for Debbie, the recipe you copied for Aunt Jan and the gloves borrowed from Mom need to be sent or delivered to their rightful owners.  Gather them and make your rounds tomorrow.

  •   File It:  .Set up a "hold" file for wedding invitations and concert tickets (after you note them in your calendar).  Set up a "to file" file for all important papers.

  • Fix it or have it Repaired Today:  Those buttons aren't going to sew themselves.  Either mend them or take them to a seamstress.  The same goes for the broken toys, watches and electronics.

  • Give it a Home:  Everything else is something that belongs in your home but you don't know what to do with it.  Where DO you put extra batteries and your kids' artwork?  Designate a permanent place in your home for each group of items you find in a clutter pile.  Simplify by making a list of items and where they belong.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Organization Guide for Your Life: The Organization Guide for Your Life: Get Organize...

The Organization Guide for Your Life: The Organization Guide for Your Life: Get Organize...: The Organization Guide for Your Life: Get Organized to Sell Your Home : Increase your chances of selling your home quickly with this eight s...

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Get Organized to Sell Your Home

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Get Organized to Sell Your Home: Increase your chances of selling your home quickly with this eight step solution: 1.  Ask a friend to help you de-clutter.  You're pr...

Get Organized to Sell Your Home


Increase your chances of selling your home quickly with this eight step solution:

1.  Ask a friend to help you de-clutter.  You're probably so used to your clutter that you don't see it anymore.  Ask an objective friend to help you pack up anything cluttering your home.

2.  Clear off countertops in the kitchen.  Think model home sparseness.  Display only a couple of decorative items or a plant.  Hide the trash can in a cabinet.  Clean off the refrigerator.

3.  Remove all photographs.  Buyers want to imagine living in your house.  That's hard to do with a wall filled with Aunt Martha and Little Johnny.

4.  Clean out your closets.  Make them look spacious even if you have to pack most of your clothing and store it elsewhere.

5.  Depersonalize your bathroom(s).  No matter how cute your toothbrush holder is, seeing someone's personal items is a turnoff.  Put them in a container and hide it under the sink.

6.  Pack knicknacks.  Buyers want to dream of their collections filling the rooms, not yours.

7.  Rearrange furniture to open up the space.  Remove most items from bookshelves to visually expand the space.

8.  De-clutter your yard.  Remove toys, empty flower pots, and anything that does not enhance your curb appeal.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Tossing the Bouquet and Garter

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Tossing the Bouquet and Garter: The traditions of tossing the bouquet and garter date back to the fourteenth century. As different as they seem today, they share the sam...

Tossing the Bouquet and Garter

The traditions of tossing the bouquet and garter date back to the fourteenth century. As different as they seem today, they share the same roots.  Any piece of the bride's attire was considered lucky, so guests were eager to claim their own bit of good fortune.  Overeager well wishers would rush the bride to grab at her bouquet, so as to protect the bride from getting mauled, brides started to preemptively tossing their bouquet to the crowd.

The garter probably came from the "bedding ceremony."  Guests would accompany the newlyweds to their bedchamber, and the groom's friends would try to remove the bride's garters.  To avoid being groped by a bunch of drunk men, brides began tossing their garters in their direction.  So, look out for those single women...

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Tips for Going Paperless with Your Bills

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Tips for Going Paperless with Your Bills: Stand back and size up the clutter.  Think about it most of the piles in front of you are totally unnecessary.  Once you have realized th...

Tips for Going Paperless with Your Bills

Stand back and size up the clutter.  Think about it most of the piles in front of you are totally unnecessary.  Once you have realized this point you will be able to toss them without a issue.  These days you can get all your bills electronically via bank, credit union's it should be free and with just a few clicks you can authorize direct e-payment from your checking account.

Transferring you bill to online will help you stay on top of your income and outgoing because all debits and credits are tracked for you, no input necessary. You can also set up email alerts to remind you when you need to log on and take care of business, or create ongoing automatic monthly transfers.  This way you will never forget to pay your bills on time.

Lots of individuals worry about there safety don't as long as you put password protection security on your network when logging onto your account, that means no bill paying from public Wi-Fi hotspots (barnes & noble, Starbucks, etc.).

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How To Get Organized like the Pro's

"Following these few simple rules will help you get organized"

  • Learn how to walk away from items you don't need.  It could be a sweater in the department store or a buy one get one free item in the grocery store.  Just because you can doesn't always mean you should.  And, always ask yourself two questions "Do I have a storage space for this item?" or "Do I have anything like this already?"

  • Schedule regular times yearly to de-clutter your home and once you pick the time don't let anything or anyone change it.  Rather than wait until an industrious mood strikes have a de-cluttering routine in place whether it's spending 25 minutes sorting files after work or tackling your office desktop on Saturday afternoon. 

  • Be willing to ask for help.  a individual who really wants to be organized will suffer a little shame to get there space organized.  The individual who is willing to get help will always be organized.

  • Don't put labels on things that are miscellaneous.  You put a bunch of things into a file or box and write this catchall across the front.  "But within a week you've forgotten what's in there an because it's in a box you don't really worry about it.  Instead, you need to sort the items into specific groups such as electric bill, grocery, etc. and get rid of them.  This way you never have to go back to this box later.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Is Your Mudroom Room Looking Disorganized?

MUDROOM
If your entry is full of shoes, backpacks, hats and coats, make a mudroom by the back door.  Here's a few tips to get you started.
  • Pick one side of the back door entry and make that your place for hanging hooks for everyday storage. These hooks will hold your sweaters, hats and backpack. Make sure you have some of the hooks high enough for the tall people and some lower for the kids.  If all of your kids are young you may want to make name tags for them, this way they have an assigned place for there items.


  • You can purchase a bench and get some storage baskets to put under the bench to add storage for shoes, toys or sports equipment.  This way you and your family have somewhere to set to take off those shoes when you come home after a long day out.


  • Get a rubber boot tray so you will have somewhere to put your boots when you come in out of the rain.

  • Place a indoor-outdoor rug in front of your bench area for the high traffic that will come through that area, also this will help to keep the area clean.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Re-Organize Your Pantry

Free up cluttered kitchen cupboards by changing your storage space.   Use a storage area in a nearby hall closet with adjustable shelves. 

  • Move foods like flour, sugar, and rice from bags and boxes into see through containers that won't leak or spill when knocked over.
  • Stop unnecessary hunting by grouping ingredients together that are alike such as pasta and sauce, coffee and teas, and honey.
  • All of your canvas bins should be placed on the floor this way you are keeping the heavier things on the bottom as not to put to much weight on top of smaller items.
  • Put your fancy items on the top shelve so that when you get ready to use them you know where to find them easily.
  • If you would like to have more space clip an extender to your shelf to allow for more space in your knew pantry.  This can also help you with having more space for other items you need to store.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Organizing Your Linen Closet

A small closet with doors and drawers can suffice for bed and bathroom needs if you pare down.  You can make this space your linen closet for your guest when you have visitors in your home.  
  • Put two sets of towels and rag so each person will have there own set of towels and rags.  Also, put two sets of sheets for the guest to use for the time that they are visiting. This will make them feel like they are in a hotel an it will also make them more relaxed.
  • Put a set of toiletries in a deep, tray that you can access as needed.
  • To avoid the messy piles of items divide towels in stacks according to size and color.  Store rolled up washcloths and hand towels in a smaller basket.
  • Use your top shelves for quits, extra pillows, and comforters up high.
  • Use your drawers for holding extras like shaving cream, razors, hair products and make up.

Now, you're equipped for your house guest and you have a wonderfully designed space in your house. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Living Outside of the Closet

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Living Outside of the Closet: A cabinet built for shoes and a wall for lingerie.  If you have ever wanted a more appealing way to store your things, take a look at these...

Living Outside of the Closet

A cabinet built for shoes and a wall for lingerie.  If you have ever wanted a more appealing way to store your things, take a look at these tips for your closet.

Use Matching Hangers: The uniformity will help your clothes hang nicely and save space.  To avoid snags you can use fabric or wood hangers.

Don't Over stuff Your Closet: When you squeezed your clothes into a space it will take you at least 15 minutes more to find what you are looking for when you could be doing something else.  In addition to this your clothes will be totally wrinkled. This is way you need to have space between your hangers so your clothes will have breathing room.

Add Storage: It sounds counter intuitive, but if you're short on space try to incorporate a piece of furniture that look really nice in your closet and make sure it has plenty of storage space.  This will allow you to have a beautiful piece of furniture to enjoy and store clothing in.
It doesn't take a lot of space to make your small or large closet look even bigger.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Organize Your Home, Finances and Life

The Organization Guide for Your Life: Organize Your Home, Finances and Life: Spring is here and if you haven't already started it's time to get started on your annual spring cleaning .  While it's true that clearin...

Organize Your Home, Finances and Life

Spring is here and if you haven't already started it's time to get started on your annual spring cleaning.  While it's true that clearing out clutter and organizing your home requires a little time and effort, you can attest to how satisfying the end results can be.  Whether it's making your home a little more livable, clearing out the mental clutter or getting your finance in order.  I have a few tips to help you get a better handle on your clutter.  This way when next spring comes in you'll already have a handle on what steps to take to get everything under control.  Take a moment to see if these tips can help you with your spring cleaning this year.





Take Things One Step at a Time:  It's much easier to breakdown your clean into smaller task and have a plan to tackle one room at a time.  Don't let it overwhelm you work on one room at a time until you're done, an then and only then do you move to the next task or room

When in Doubt, Throw it Out: We all have items that are just in the way and taking up space that we could use for something more important. Consider this each item is important but is it important to you anymore an if it's not you can donate or toss it.  The way to figure if you should donate or toss is to ask yourself this question how long has it been since I've worn or used this item".  If you haven't worn or used the item in 3 months or more donate or toss.  This way you can get more space and do something good for someone else.

Clean Your Kitchen Up: Your kitchen maybe overflowing with 
gadgets and utensils that you can't even remember you have or purchased.  If every time you need something, it's in a box somewhere then it's time for you to get rid of it.  This is a tip to get you started get a couple of boxes and label them donate and toss an when you put something in the box you can't take it out it must stay and either be donated or tossed.  This way you aren't where you started on the first day of de-cluttering your kitchen. 

Now, these are a few tips to help you get started with your spring cleaning.  

Happy Cleaning!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Organization Guide for Your Life: How Best Buy Blew the Chance to Out-Apple Apple

The Organization Guide for Your Life: How Best Buy Blew the Chance to Out-Apple Apple: How Best Buy Blew the Chance to Out-Apple Apple by  Robin Lewis What in the world was Best Buy thinking when they discontinued their...

How Best Buy Blew the Chance to Out-Apple Apple


How Best Buy Blew the Chance to Out-Apple Apple

What in the world was Best Buy thinking when they discontinued their Super D and Escape small store concepts several years ago? Designed as neighborhood boutiques, with Studio D for 30-45 year old soccer moms and other more tech-challenged consumers, and Escape for younger tech-savvy consumers, the strategy was to customize these stores for specific niche demographics and lifestyles. And had they continued, they would likely have expanded across a multitude of niches. Each was designed and imaged differently, with customized merchandising and service strategies, and all were highly educational and experiential. 
Am I missing something here, folks? I don’t think so.  In fact, while making my public speaking rounds during those years, I declared Best Buy the poster child of brilliant preemptive distribution, localization and customized experiences (as I continue to preach from my co-authored book).
They almost certainly closed the initiative down because, though the stores were making money, they weren’t making enough money to justify the investment and the more complex operations (given the educational experiential and customized merchandise in these stores). Why spend time and investment on a side show when the main attraction in the big box was on fire, with soaring double-digit growth? 
However, they blew their biggest opportunity ever, occurring at just the right time to ride that meteor in the big box, while simultaneously investing those winnings in a paradigm-breaking world class vision that would own the 21st Century.
I’m sorry, but in my opinion they were either na├»ve, short-sighted, lacking vision, or maybe all three.
Apple didn’t miss the opportunity, did they? 
Worse, look at Best Buy’s recent melt-down and their quandary of where to go from here, stuck in the middle, with the Internet and other discounters stealing huge chunks of their business.
Even more confounding and ridiculously blind on the part of Best Buy, it appears, is the fact that Apple has only one brand to offer its customers (of course it seems that’s all they need at this point), but Studio D and Escape would have provided consumers a broad selection of many brands and likely several of their own.
Further, Apple has a mono-design and experience (although fantastic).  But, the niche strategy discarded by Best Buy would have different niche-friendly designs and experiences.
Just click on to this link (video of Studio D and Escape store formats) and look at the accompanying photos.
The techy geeks could zip around the hip, industrial feeling and almost night-clubby atmosphere of Escape where they could check out the edgiest gadgets, games and whatever customized line mix that fitted their niche preferences.
The Studio D soccer mom would find a softer, more sensible touch.  Subtler lighting, warm, home-like displays and what they called a “please touch” environment, all enveloped this niche in a feeling of intimacy. These stores had solutions-based merchandising stations, classrooms, a community gallery, web experience, and community outreach programs. Everything about the layout, merchandise, staff and educational programs focused on learning and building interaction among the store associates and themselves.
Best Buy courageously stepped out of the box, so to speak, to retain a world-class and award winning designer of “collaborative public experiences,” ESI Design’s Edwin Schlossberg, to help bring the concept to market.  Too bad the courage wasn’t sustainable.
Need I say more? Yes, one more blockbuster observation.  Had Best Buy continued to pursue this strategy, they might have had national chains of four or five niche boutique brands in neighborhoods (preemptive distribution and great experiences), which they could then bring into their big box stores, creating a mini-mall or boutique bazaar, a must-go-to destination, eliminating the quandary about what they are going to do to get their mojo back. 
What a shame!!

The Organization Guide for Your Life: 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenege

The Organization Guide for Your Life: 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenege: Making Your Life Stress Free of Clutter I was reading and article on Spring Cleaning and I started to think about how important cl...

30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenege


Making Your Life Stress Free of Clutter

I was reading and article on Spring Cleaning and I started to think about how important cleaning, organizing and de-cluttering your space really is. So I decided to CHALLENGE you to take on space in your home or office an get it Organized.

Now some my said that it's to much to clean there Closet or your Garage that's not true at all. You can make it fun and enjoyable, I know you are saying this woman is out of her mind.  But, I'm not just listen and then practice it on one space in your home or office.

"Here are a Few Helpful Hints to get You Started"
Be Aware: When you're looking at your items in your Closet or Garage or Storage Space that's costing you anywhere from $65 to $100 per month decide what has crossed the line of excess. Anything in excess is a hindrance to your life and if you can't sell it, put it in the trash or on the curb for the trash man to pick up.

Attack the Bathroom:  What percentage of your hair products, toothpaste, soap, makeup, lotion, etc. have crossed the line?  At this point you have to go through your drawers and cabinets an get rid of everything that you've outgrown, don't use, or that's out of date.  Recycle the glass and plastic containers, and speak with your local environmental groups about the best way to handle this.

Confront the Kitchen Cupboards:  How much of the food in your Cupboards are truly  Empowering You, and what percentage is junk?  Here's a little advise when you are going through you food if it doesn't make you FEEL Happy, Healthy and Energized then it needs to go NOW if it's not there you want feel the need to eat it.  This is extremely on my part and very doable on yours.  You can Recycle unwanted food by given it to food bank in your area, because they always need help with feeding the hungry.  This way you have cleaned your Cupboards and done a wonderful deed to help your community.

So, now that I've given you somewhere to started let's see what you do in the next 30 days with all your Clutter and the things you have that has crossed the line. Let's get ORGANIZED now an enjoy our family and friends this summer.  Let's Get rid of all our Stress!!!!!