Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Organizing Tip Tuesday-Emails Again


027  Okay, first off, look at my desk!  So pretty and organized.  As I sit here typing this today, um, well it is not at all looking that great.  Put that down on the list of all the things I need to do around the house and have not done because like the kids, I am in summer mode people!!

Back to the post!  Last weekend, we missed two events going on and it was all because of my email.  Yes, you heard me right.  I have been subscribing away to everyone and their dogs sites that I am having an email overload.  I totally missed the really important stuff because of the stuff that is not as important.  Now, don’t get me wrong, most of these blogs and sites are awesome.  I just don’t have the time or want to read everything and sort through it all anymore.

I have touched a couple of times here about needing to lead a more minimalist lifestyle.  Missing out on great stuff going on because of emails I am not even reading or looking at is a waste of a time.  Not only mine, but my family’s time too.  So, I have started the process of going through and opting out of some things.  It does make me a little sad but I know in the long run, it will be well worth my time. 

How are you at keeping up with emails? 

Have a great week and take some Time to Organize.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Clearing out the Cabinets


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I know those are very yummy looking cookies but that’s not what this post is about.  Last week I was clearing out a space in one of our bottom cabinets and I came across this cake stand pushed to the back of the cabinet.  I had forgotten it was under there!  I pulled it out, cleaned it off and set it on the open shelves that we have in our breakfast area.

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So yesterday, I was looking at the cake stand and decided that my daughter and I should make some chocolate chip cookies.  The cake stand would make a great place to put the cookies when they were done.

My point to all this is, that sometimes when things are OUT OF SIGHT, they are OUT OF MIND.  By placing this cake stand in view, it was on my mind to use it.  Taking the time to clear out cabinets and organize what you have can make special items that you have more visible and therefore become more useful.  You can also rotate your items around.  Put out some things that you have not used in awhile and when those items have been out for awhile, put them up and bring out something new. 

Have a great day everyone and take some Time to Organize!  Oh, and go make some cookies!!!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What we want and what we need


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Hope everyone is having a great week.  I have missed posting the last couple of weeks, but life gets busy and some things are put aside.  Thanks for understanding.  I will post a new organizing tip next Tuesday so make sure and look for it.

Are you wondering what is up with the blank shelves up there?  Well, last night I was lying in bed and thinking about all the things that we need to take care of around our home, in our lives and so on.  The list is endless I am sure if I ever had the guts to actually sit down and make it!

I think I came to the realization that I have been living a life of want instead of need.  All the things I need to take care of have not happened because my want of other things has always gotten in the way.

Since I have been going through our home and trying to minimize the clutter and get rid of the things that we just do not need, I am slowly starting to see the things that are more important.  Family time, hobbies that I have put aside, our home, our yard, and etc.  A cute knick knack will make me feel happy for alittle while, but in the long run, I will need something to replace that feeling and I will want to buy something else.

Living a more simple life is difficult in a world of materialism.  Everyday we are bombarded by what we think we want instead of just being satisfied with what we need to live a good life. 

I am learning every day now how to live with less and be happy about it.  In doing this, I am discovering how much I really have around me like, my children’s smiles, my husband’s encouraging words and a home that is not full of stuff but full of happiness and love. 

And don’t worry, those shelves up there are not bare but they are a lot less crowded now.  Have a great day and take some Time to Organize!