Simple Tips to Tackle Your Task List

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I love to organize and I want to make it easier for you to feel, stay and be organized.

Let’s talk a little bit about why you may feel disorganized.  So many people tell me that they feel like they can’t get started and they’re overwhelmed thinking of everything that needs to be done.  I can understand.  I’ve let a few things slide and getting them back to a functional level has taken more time, energy and mental focus that I believed it would need.  But there’s hope!

Simple tips when you’re trying to organize anything:

  • Plan your project at a time during the day when you can be the most alert.
  • Only think about what you need to accomplish for a small space or task.
  • Find a quiet place to begin your thinking process – if you don’t have a quiet place, ask for help.  My husband will watch our kids or I’ll plan my time before everyone is awake.

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How to make progress when you have zero time

I’ve been waking up at 4am regularly again.  This means that I don’t have enough time during the day and my mind wakes me up thinking of everything I need to get done. Our schedule is too packed, I’m too busy and I’ve noticed things are starting to pile up because I don’t have time to make the progress that I normally do.  I’m too busy, have zero time and it’s stressing me out.

I bet you’ve felt like this too – your schedule is full, your place is a mess and your stress level is rising.  I encourage you to take time to make necessary adjustments to continue making progress, even if you have zero time.  If you do this now, you’ll have a better chance of improving your schedule, your stress level and your sanity.

Remove things from your life.

When you look at your schedule, what do you see? I’ve got a packed work schedule and a packed free-time schedule. And it isn’t working for me.  I don’t have time to think if I’m running from one meeting to the next. It made me realize that I needed to start removing some things from my schedule, from my thoughts and from my life.  After taking a long look at what I’ve been doing, I started to make changes.  I’ve removed important, valuable things from my schedule.  Some of them weren’t easy to remove.  All of them were necessary to remove.  I could tell it made a difference as my stress level decreased with each removal.

I encourage you to look at your schedule right now.  How can you get others to help you? What can you remove? What adjustments can you make? The more you choose to focus on the most important things, the more you’ll start to realize how your schedule shouldn’t be filled up with the other things.

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Pinspiration | Soaking Bath Salts

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). Ever since I started running, I’ve been using bath salts more and more, and I love them. And the recipe is so simple (and includes a cheat!) – and best of all, they make great and inexpensive gifts.

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Pinspiration: Soaking Bath Salts. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And recipes save your tired, achy muscles and make cute, inexpensive gifts.  We made these gifts for all of our kids teachers, our friends and our family (and I saved a few for myself, too).  These hard-working bath salts remove toxins from the body, relax muscles and help calm the spirit.  They are so easy to make – worth it!

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Prime Organizing Practices You’ll Actually Use

The prime locations in your house need to be top priority for organization.  Keep these in shape and it will make your life more organized, less cluttered and much easier.

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What you use daily should have the prime location – everywhere.  If you’re going to look at something every day, make sure you use it every day.  You have plenty of storage places that are less visible for non-essential or less used items, make sure you store everything accordingly to how often it is used. We keep our main meal preparation ingredients in the kitchen and all of our extra food storage items are stored the pantry.

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Pinspiration | Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to try it. Homemade sensitive skin laundry detergent! And the recipe is so simple – and best of all, it saves hundreds of dollars a year.

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Pinspiration: Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And it helps save your sensitive skin, saves you money, and reduce your environmental impact (if you use liquid laundry detergent – you’re paying for them to transfer the liquid, water, to your store).  I’ve made this laundry detergent for my sister many times and have given it as gifts to families with small children.  This mild, hard-working detergent is fantastic, has no added perfumes, dyes or additives and is so easy to make – worth it!

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Pinspiration | Dishwashing Detergent

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to try it. Homemade dishwashing detergent for the dishwasher! And the recipe is so simple – and best of all, it saves you money each year.

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Pinspiration: Dishwashing Detergent. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And it helps you save money and gives you much cleaner dishes!  I’ve been using this dishwashing detergent in my dishwasher exclusively for about 6 months now and I love it.  The detergent works great and cleans everything!

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Start with the right supplies.  We ordered a few of these items online, but most items can be easily found at your big box store. You’ll need:

  • Borax
  • Washing Soda or Baking Soda (I use whatever is cheapest per ounce)
  • Citric Acid (store in an airtight container and keep away from children. Eye irritant)
  • Kosher Salt or Table Salt (I’ve tried both – now I use table salt)
  • Grater & Bowls
  • Storage Container & Table Spoon

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Mix the ingredients together. Here is the complete recipe:

  • 1-2 cups of Borax (many recipes call for 1 cup, I use about 1.5 cups)
  • 1-2 cups of Washing Soda or Baking Soda (many recipes call for 1 cup, I use about 1.5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid (this is an eye-irritant. Be careful when using this item)
  • 1/2 cup Kosher Salt or Table Salt (scrubbing agent)

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Store detergent mix in an airtight container. We use the same amount as we did with “store-bought” dishwashing detergent.  Because of the salt in the recipe, you may need to use the tablespoon to break apart the chunks of detergent.  I used the chunkier pieces in the open detergent holder and used the powdery pieces in the holder that closed. Use vinegar as your rinse agent – just pour it right in the dispenser.

This is the cleanest our dishes have ever been! Seriously, we used to have so much residue on our dishes, I’d pre-scrub them before company came over because I was embarrassed of them.  Not anymore, the natural mix of this dishwashing detergent makes clean, sparkling dishes every time.  It has even cleaned our dishwasher substantially!

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Cute packaging makes it a great gift. Store detergent in mason jars and add a tablespoon as trimming.  Then you can easily gift this to everyone you know and start them on their path to more frugal, and still amazing dishwashing detergent.

Pinspiration | Citrus Cleaner

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to try it. Homemade sensitive skin laundry detergent! And the recipe is so simple – and best of all, it saves you hundreds of dollars a year.

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Pinspiration: Citrus Cleaner. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And it helps save your household surfaces because it works on nearly everything! This cleaner also saves you money, and reduce your environmental impact (because vinegar and orange peels are natural ingredients, not harsh chemicals that can leach into the water supply).  I’ve made this cleaner for many people as gifts and everyone seems to love it! This mild, hard-working cleaner is fantastic and long-lasting!

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