All Mothers Are Working Mothers…

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Mother’s Day Quotes

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~Author Unknown

All mothers are working mothers. ~Author Unknown

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has [one]. ~Chinese Proverb

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Mother’s Day quotes

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Happy Mother’s Day!  Enjoy these quotes celebrating our mothers!

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Anonymous

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves. ~Henry Ward Beecher

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom. ~Henry Ward Beecher

What to Do When Life Happens

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So what are we supposed to do when life happens?

During Transitions and Life Changes

Each time we go through a major life change…we experience a breakdown of our organizational systems. It’s inevitable—we are dealing with a new set of realities—and it takes time to process the information and to actually see what there is to organize.

Solution: Wait for things to settle a bit, so you have a clearer idea of your new priorities and needs, before setting up any new organizing systems.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/

Stop…and Relax!

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Stop!  Sometimes you just need to sit down, turn off all technological devices and relax!  Why?  Read these helpful thoughts from Oprah.com…

Speed of Life/Technology
Technology has sped up the pace of life, allowing us to work faster, learn more, do more, and be reachable 24 hours a day. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of pursuing every opportunity, but perpetual motion will burn you out.

Solution: Apply the brakes from time to time, and be willing to say “no” occasionally. Just because emails and calls arrive instantaneously, doesn’t mean you need to answer them immediately. Don’t be afraid to turn off the ringer on your phone, or the message alert on your email, and slow down to keep your life in order and calm.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/8#ixzz2Rt7hR6QF

Source: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/

How to Do Everything You Need to Do

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So…how can you do everything you need to do when you have a completely unrealistic work load?  Find answers at Oprah.com…

If you’re trying jam 20 hours worth of tasks into a 10-hour day, it’s going to be nearly impossible to stay organized. Who has time to clean up?

Solution: Track yourself for a week, noting everything you get done, as well as what you don’t. Then take a hard look to see what tasks on your list are superfluous. If everything must get done, get help. Consider delegating tasks to other family members, or hiring an outside service.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/

To Level 2 and beyond!

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Congratulations!  You have successfully completed Level 1 of spring cleaning — according to Oprah.com.  Today we move on to Level 2 . . .

Level 2: External Realities

These are environmental forces that limit how organized you can be. Recognizing them empowers you to address the true source of the problem, and stop feeling like there’s something wrong with you. Identify the source(s) of your disorganization and use the solutions below to put them into perspective.

The “Other” Person

There’s nothing more frustrating than having your organizing efforts undermined or disregarded by someone you live or work with.
Solution: Whether it’s your spouse, child, roommate, co-worker, or employer, appeal to their own priorities by finding out what the clutter is costing them—your spouse may hate being late for work everyday, your child may be frustrated by losing game pieces, your boss may be embarrassed in front of visiting clients. Design systems together so you both have ownership—and they’ll be more motivated to put things away.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/

Does Organizing Make You Yawn?

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Does organizing make you yawn?  Hopefully not — after reading today’s blog!

Organizing Is Boring
Lets’ face it—organizing and putting things away everyday is a dull, repetitive chore.

Solution: Make it more appealing and fun by adding a sense of personal style. Get containers you love instead of withering baskets, broken-filing cabinets and leftover moving boxes. Don’t underestimate the power of pizzazz—it can make a big difference in whether you feel inspired to use and maintain your organizing system.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/

Up the Ladder We Go?

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Today we continue our April blog series – Spring Cleaning Tips!  Enjoy these suggestions from Oprah.com . . .

Storage Is Inconvenient
Is it too much of an ordeal to put things away? If you have to go climb a ladder, move a piece of furniture out of the way, or cross the length of your house just to put something away—you’ll never do it.

Solution: Store things where you use them to make them easily accessible. For example, if you do your bills in the kitchen, store your financial files and calculator there, not in the spare bedroom upstairs. Look for where your piles are and create storage there.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/

Spring Cleaning – More Stuff Than Space

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What do you do when you’re spring cleaning and you end up having more stuff than space?  Check out this helpful hint from Oprah.com…

More Stuff Than Space

If your closets, drawers, cabinets and shelves are all packed full—and you still have lots of surface piles—you’ve got more stuff than storage space.

Solution: You’ve got two options: (1) Lighten your load, or (2) Add more storage space. Make sure you’re using the space you do have as efficiently as possible. Find hidden pockets of storage between cabinet shelves spaced too far apart, under the hanging clothes in your closet, on the insides of closet doors. Maximize vertical wall space and look for dual function furniture (end tables, coffee tables and ottomans) items that feature storage.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/

Spring Cleaning – De-Clutter Time!

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Oprah.com has provided us with more helpful tips that will help us de-clutter our homes!

Items Have No Home

Simply put, you can’t put things away if there’s no place to put them. If items are piles all over the place, it is likely that you never designated a particular spot for them. In other words, the item has no “home.”

Solution: Take the time to assign each item a single, consistent home, e.g. hats always go in this basket; scissors always go in this drawer. Label everything so you’ll always remember where it belongs and easily find it when you need it.

Source: http://www.oprah.com/home/Discover-Your-Clutter-Problem/