Posts made in July, 2007

I can’t believe I’m saying this…

Posted by on Jul 31, 2007 in Mom Moments, Organizing Products | 0 comments

I can’t believe I’m saying this…

…but I almost wish I were back in high school! The Container Store offers awesome locker accessories that make great back-to-school gifts for your kids or newphews/nieces who have lockers.

What’s also great about these accessories is the fact that they are magnetic, which means you could use them in other capacities, not just in a locker. For example, Lowe’s carries a bulletin board paint that is magnetic. If you have a wall behind a kitchen desk, for example, apply the paint and then you can use magnets and attachable magnetic baskets to hold pens, paper, stamps, anything needed to accomplish the task of paying a bill or signing a child’s permission slip for school.

Go to http://www.containerstore.com/ and search “magnetic baskets” and “magnetic accessories. It’s fun!

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In search of…

Posted by on Jul 31, 2007 in Mom Moments | 0 comments

Recently, one of my cell phones broke and while waiting for the new one to arrive (thankfully, I had insurance) I was switching out the two SIM chips in one phone so I could keep track of my business and personal calls. Well, although I was taking great precautions and very carefully placing the chip in the same place every time so I wouldn’t misplace it, one went missing!

Panicking a little, for many reasons including the $25 charge to replace the little bugger, and the worry that perhaps it would fall into someone else’s hands, I wasn’t too happy for about a day as I periodically went through EVERYTHING, including the trash!

It dawned on me that this was the first time, in a very long time, that I had spent time searching high and low for a misplaced article. Wow! So in the midst of my brief panic, I stopped, took a few deep breaths, and said, Ok, so the situation is really not that bad. On average, Americans lose up to 9,000,000–yes, nine million–hours A DAY searching for lost items!

Because we’re so limited with our time these days, organizing important items such as a cell phone is just another reason to have a place for everything. Create a home where you place your keys, wallets, cell phone and their chargers, etc. If you find yourself on an endless search for these items, find a home for them and create a one-minute routine of placing them there each time you enter your home–This is bound to save you countless hours later on.

By the way, I found the chip before I had a chance to replace it. My desk became a bit cluttered, the chip wound up in between some CDs that I put away. Thank goodness I planned to burn a CD for a friend that day, because when I picked up the stack of blank CDs, the chip fell out. Whewwww! What a relief! The phone arrived a day later and I was back in business!

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Truth about Baby Proofing

Posted by on Jul 26, 2007 in Easy Organizing, New Mom | 0 comments

So, I recently read what another organizer wrote about baby proofing and I had to laugh because she suggested baby proofing in your first trimester of pregnancy. The truth is unless you’re giving birth to a “super baby,” he or she won’t even begin to crawl until they’re at least five to six months old. And, each baby gets into different types of trouble when they begin to move about, so although you may baby proof your house like it’s Fort Knox, it could be completely unnecessary in the end!

If you must get started now, begin by crawling around at their level to see what they might get into. This can feel a little awkward if you’re alone, so enlist the help of your spouse or friend because it can be quite entertaining. Plug the electrical outlets, place baby gates at the top and bottom of the staircase, secure all cleaning supplies and, if possible, put them up high so they’re not even within reach of baby.

To begin adapting to the new situation, start by becoming conscious of potential baby hazards and developing new habits. For example, if there is a stack of newspapers piled up for recycling, ask yourself if it could be contained. How about putting the toilet seat down and closing the bathroom door behind you, or place lamps with electrical cords on a piece of furniture where you can tuck the cord behind.

From an organizing standpoint, you will want to ensure that the floor is fairly clear of any unnecessary things that baby can get into. If you foresee yourself having to tell the baby every few minutes, “no, don’t touch that,” then consider removing it. Now, don’t completely un-decorate your home of things that you love and enjoy having around, just minimize what sits on the coffee table or an end table. Put your cherished items up high to avoid breakage or, more importantly, any harm to baby.

Each child is different. Early on, my oldest had a fascination with the stairs, whereas one day I found my little one completely unrolling the toilet paper—something I wasn’t accustomed to with my firstborn. She had a good time! But if you must save the TP roll, get one of these: click here.

Always leave something for baby to get into. For example, a Tupperware® drawer—they love this! It will allow him or her the opportunity to get into something without you worrying that it could hurt them. As your child begins to move about, they’ll show you what you need to baby proof!

The National Safety Council makes detailed recommendations about how to baby-proof in the following areas: suffocation and choking, falls and burn, and drowning.


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Couldas, Wouldas, Shouldas…Let ‘em Go!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2007 in Mom Moments | 0 comments

So how many have read the book The Secret? I have, several times actually. I love the idea of manifesting one’s dreams. In fact, I’m in awe of the power the mind. When I was leaving Best Buy recently, I spotted a book called There is More to the Secret, which asks the question: Is it possible to believe in both God and the Law of Attraction? Big question, that I’m not attempting to answer here, but it got me thinking. Anyway, I bought the book because I’m curious to see if it offers more validation that The Secret is the way. Not so much. I mean it does, but it also pokes a little fun and points out that without some hard work, no matter how much you visualize from your couch, the new car is not going to magically appear in the driveway.

My point here, is that in order to achieve some results, it takes more than just a positive attitude. You need to have a purpose, a plan that includes realistic goals, and a timeline. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you can’t organize your house on a Saturday morning. It’s all a process.

In all seriousness, the place to begin is to be clear on who you are and what you want, what’s working and what’s not. It requires quiet time and reflection. Slowing down before speeding up again. Being purposeful in your actions and decisions.

Begin by thinking about your past successes and what values were expressed in those achievements. Next, take paper and pen, let go of the couldas, wouldas and shouldas, and begin pouring out onto paper about who you want to become, where you see yourself in 5, 10 and 15 years, and what you’d like to accomplish and leave as a legacy. Finally, return to your writing, highlighting the ideas that can be turned into goals. Then begin by taking the first step in achieving one of the goals. For example, if you’ve considered volunteering, decide where you want to volunteer and make the initial inquiry.

Let me know if this was helpful and if you’d like to delve further. Until next time…

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