How to stay organized 

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view Last week, we discussed why it is important to be organized, and how being organized positively impacts your health. This week, I am going to share some tips for getting organized, but also maintaining it.

  1. Sort and purge

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Application Letter For Resume The first step to getting organized is to pare down and simplify. I like to make three piles- one pile of things to keep, one pile of things to trash, and one of things to donate.

source site 2. Categorize, categorize and categorize

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get link I like to dump everything into a really big pile and sort it into piles with like objects. Then, store all the like objects together in a bin or basket…. and pop a label on it.

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go site Use some boxes, containers, or bins to corrall your newly “categorized” items. Make sure you have a specific place to put everything.

page 4.  Regularly re-organize

http://drig-ec.com/?p=essay-about-commitment-to-public-service Keep a regular “maintenance” schedule so you can make sure you’re staying organized. If something isn’t working for you, restructure it to meet your needs and then try again. Go through your bins and baskets regularly to correctly put away things that might have gone into the wrong basket. Throw away things you no longer use or need. Donate things that you don’t use anymore.

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follow 6. Pick up and put away

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This is where we struggle in our home. When you get something out, return it to its proper spot when you’re finished with it. Grab a basket and walk around your home before bed each night, and pick up anything you see that isn’t put away. I feel a little silly writing that since it seems like a given, but it’s definitely something we struggle with here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our tips for cleaning and organizing your home!

 

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Terrific Give-aways Tuesday

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I have been struggling with lower back pain for about five years now. I have gone to a back specialist, physical therapist, and have taken prescription medicines to manage the pain. Each of these things would bring temporary relief, but soon, I’d once again find myself in pain.

Last month, I partnered with LeWonde Healthcare, and they sent me a Back Plus. The LeWonde Back Plus is lightweight, easy to assemble, and is designed with massage nodes and accupress points to relieve your aching back.

The Back Plus can be used as a lumbar spine support- its curved design actually presses your spine forward into the correct alignment, which supports your lumbar spine AND corrects your posture. Using the Back Plus as a spine supporter has really helped with my lower back pain.

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There are other uses for the Back Plus, too. You can lie on it and stretch your spine, which decompresses your spine and improves your flexibility. I feel like my back has definitely become less stiff just in the month I’ve been using the Back Plus.

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Make Something Monday: farmhouse wooden shutters

Our kitchen was a little lacking in character, and I was a little lost as to what to do with it.

We eventually plan to relocate our kitchen, so we didn’t want to anything too extensive…or expensive.

I found this super cute picture on Pinterest of a similar sink and window to the one I have. This appeared on the blog Vintage News Junkie:

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I thought everything about this picture was perfect!

I began by measuring my window opening. I then cut some 1X4’s to size.

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I then cut cross pieces and attached them with wood screws. I also filled in obvious cracks with wood filler, sanded, and painted them. I ended up using two coats of paint.

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I then added the hardware: hammered iron hinges and handles. I did not make mine exactly like the original picture, because I wanted to make them my own.

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We ended up having the flip the hinges around to hang them, and we still need to take down that light fixture.

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We still have a little touching up to do, but all in all, I am loving how these turned out. Our blank slate kitchen is starting to get a little personality.

How have you added character in your home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday Musings

So much has happened in the past few weeks that I can scarcely keep it all straight in my mind. I wanted to share some of my current reads with you, but also to talk a little about some things we are currently working on.This is what I’m reading this week:

BHG: Rooms that Say Fall

Country Living: 25 Rustic Paint Colors for Fall

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Decorating a dining room on a budget

We have so many rooms that are “in progress” in our home. As much as I’d love to finish it right now, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and house renovations are never cheap. 

Our dining room has undergone something of a metamorphosis since we moved in four years ago. 


So dark. So blank. So empty.

One of our first upgrades was to buy new furniture. We found this set on Craigslist.



Next, we added the curtains and the rug. 



Next, we added a botanical gallery wall.


We also have started decorating this blank space above our China cabinet.


Next on the list:

We plan to square off this arch and close up this awkward pass through. 


We also plan to replace our chandelier.


I cannot believe we are so close to completing this room. 

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Why I love LeWonde Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Braces…and you will too. 

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You might say we enjoy running in our family.

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I began running twenty years ago as a middle school student. With the exception of a few illnesses, injuries and pregnancies/deliveries, I’ve consistently run since then.

I’ve learned while running has several health benefits, sometimes aches and pains can occur.

One of those aches and pains is shin splints, and another is a fallen arch.

These LeWonde Healthcare arch support braces made my feet feel so good.

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They wrap around your feet and attach with Velcro. The part of the brace that fits into your arch is shaped so that it fits perfectly. It also has little massaging nodes on it to make your feet feel great.

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Then, the gel insoles fit perfectly into my running shoes.

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They’re very lightweight and durable, and they made my dress shoes feel so much more comfortable.

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Both the support braces and insoles come nicely packaged and individually wrapped.

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Getting organized with Cozi

Our family is going through something of a transition, and as a result, we are trying to manage our time better and organize our lives better. 


Some time ago, I heard about an app called Cozi. At the time, I owned an Android phone and Cozi wasn’t available on Android. 

Now that I am an iPhone user, I decided to give Cozi a try. First, set up your Cozi with all your family members. You can also tie one account to the phones/devices of all your family so you can all keep one another updated. We have even synced my Cozi account with my daughter’s iPod Touch. 


This way, when you input calendar events for each family member, it color codes them and uploads them to each family member’s phone. 


Here’s a sample weekly calendar layout. See how each of our events are a different color? 


You also get an email from Cozi on Sunday nights reminding you of your schedule for the week. 


You can also upload recipes and schedule them for certain nights. Cozi will even build a shopping list of all your ingredients.


Cozi also includes a built in shopping list AND a to-do list. The type A in me is loving it, y’all. 

I love using Cozi. It has helped me to remember appointments, keep up with meals and shopping lists, and create a to do list to help keep everything straight. And best of all, Cozi is free. There is a premium version but the free one does everything I need. 

I highly recommend you give it a try.  For more information, visit the Cozi website. 

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Make Something Monday: make a faux pumpkin look real

I like decorating with natural elements, but sometimes those natural elements can rot and make a mess. Plus, when your toddler likes to throw things, you probably shouldn’t have real pumpkins where she can reach them. 


I found this pumpkin at Walmart for a little over $5 and I liked the shape of it. I wasn’t too into the color, though. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know I don’t let color put me off. here I can fix that.

Out came the Waverly chalk paint and my trusty brushes.

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I think it turned out quite well, don’t you??


Don’t let color put you off. Grab that spray paint, chalk paint, or milk paint and make it what you want. 

Now I have a super cute pumpkin that won’t rot or make a mess. 

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Real life: 6 lifestyle changes I’m making right now

As you know, my family is currently experiencing a difficult time. We are adjusting to our new normal and we are honestly just doing the best we can. I want to take some time today to share some lifestyle changes I am currently making.


1. Bible reading and faith


I got out of my routine while out of work, and my walk with God has suffered. I am trying to read His word and pray daily. I was doing really well with this, but then I just…stopped. I am trying to let go of the excuses and stop going through the motions and just be.

2. Be more present


I’ve got a bad habit lately of disappearing in my smartphone when I don’t want to talk or when I’m not feeling up to par. Lately I’ve started putting away the phone after 5 and just spending time with my family. It’s amazing how much being with your family can lift your spirit.

3. Get some exercise each day


I have been trying for awhile now to exercise each day, but I got out of practice. Now I’m doing at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. I don’t always want to or feel like it, but I always feel better when I’m done.

4. Change my diet, change my life


I have been doing Trim Healthy Mama for almost two years now, though I did stop for a bit shortly after my dad died. I ended up gaining weight and feeling pretty poorly. Now I’m back on track and feeling better.

5. Read more books


I love to read but often wait until long breaks from school to read anything, citing lack of time as an excuse.  I have decided to read for a few minutes each night, no matter how long it takes me to finish it.

6. Slow down


Too often, I feel like I am in a hurry. I feel like I am always on the go and I never stop and rest. I’ve decided to take a moment here and there to just be silent and just…be. It’s amazing what we notice when we aren’t too busy to stop and take a look around.

What changes are you making in your lives this month?

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