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Healthy Holidays

By Michaela Strathman

Tips for staying motivated to exercise during the winter…

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Getting the Guest Room Ready for Holiday Visitors

By Michaela Strathman

sofa bedLet’s face it, most of us do not have a room that is dedicated just to guests. More often than not, our guests are sharing a space with a computer, a treadmill, toys, or some combination of those items.

During the holidays in particular, guest-stays tend to be longer and you want them to be comfortable, assuming you want them to come back, of course.

Here are solutions to some common problems that plague the guestroom:
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De-Stressing Holiday Travel

By Matt Matasci

fall road tripFor many people, the decision to hit the open road for a long road trip during the fall season can be a double-edged sword. As I mentioned before in my last post, there is typically less construction during the fall and the weather tends to be more bearable (as in the weather is not too hot – I’ll get into the reverse of this later on). On the other hand, there are quite a few drawbacks to traveling during the fall and winter months. Some of these include the likelihood of inclemently-cold weather and devastatingly brutal pre-holiday traffic in October and November – not to mention the typical issues you deal with on a road trip during any time of the year. For me, the best way to stay cool, calm and collected during a long road trip in the autumn season is to prepare ahead of time. I ensure all of the organizers and travel comfort items I need are packed away, a key to successful travel.
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Incorporating Fall Colors into your Home Decor Scheme

By Michaela Strathman

fall decorOf all the seasons, fall has the most distinct, recognizable color palette, by far. It also happens to be one of the most soothing and user-friendly color palettes, a cinch to incorporate into one or more rooms of the home.

Whether you are wanting to make long-term changes to your room’s decor scheme or just simply want to get in the mood for autumn and the upcoming holidays, I’ve got some great picks and ideas for you!
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Tips For "Cozifying" Your Home

By Emily Weigel

Tavola Cherry Electric Fireplace by Holly & MartinFall may have officially started already, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to prep your home for what’s to come: shorter days, cooler weather, and finding pleasure indoors. I have a word for this, and it is “cozify”. I just got started on cozifying my home, even though it still feels a little like summer. What I do is introduce cozy items to my surroundings like plush fabrics and pull out appliances like the slow cooker and electric tea kettle. To me there is nothing like a cup of hot tea, a comfy chair, a warm blanket and a good book on a rainy autumn day.
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Make Your Room Smell Yummy

By Eva Wallace

Wanna make your home smell amazing for the holidays? Tie cinnamon sticks around a candle (vanilla would be heavenly). It's pretty, and the candle's flame heats the cinnamon and radiates the scent around the room.

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Fall Leaf Decor on Pinterest

By Eva Wallace

My home has a lot of fall colors year round. I guess I'm just drawn to them. Isn't this gorgeous? I have the perfect spot by my front door!

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Pinners

By Eva Wallace

PinterestI don't know if you've discovered it or not, but Pinterest is amazing! It's all of the web's best and most beautiful all in one place - truly a feast for the eyes!

I've put together a list of some of my favorite Pinners for you to take a gander at. If you're not already, come Pin with us!!
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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Blogs

By Eva Wallace

awesomeOne of the benefits of my job is that I get paid to read blogs! :)

I though, today being Friday, I'd just share some of my favorite awesome blogs with you! I love these for their beauty, design ideas, and DIY tips on organizing and decor. Hope you enjoy them, too!
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Gotta Love Pumpkins!

By Eva Wallace

I found some healthy pumpkin pie recipe alternatives for you!

Source: fitsugar.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Torino 68" Flat Screen TV Stand by Sonax

By Eva Wallace

With lots of storage space and built in cord management, this Torino 68" Flat Screen TV Stand by Sonax is perfect for the big game or a cozy movie night! On sale for three days only! $255, through September 30th.

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More Fall Clothing Storage Tips

By Eva Wallace

Source: bhg.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

We've touched on some helpful hints and tips for storing away those summer clothes for fall and winter. Here are some great tips by Better Homes and Gardens. Now get those summer clothes out of the way! :)

Have any clothing storage tips? Share them with us!

Fifty Ways To Leave Your Clutter: Part Five

By Rita Emmett

Laney Watson 4th grade Kid's artThis week we're finishing up our series by Rita Emmett; 50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter. Here are Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four in case you missed them.

~~ That Could Be Art, Bart ~~
41. Make keepsake albums for kids with a 3-ring binder. Include pictures, certificates, cards or letters, and add your own comments. Children can keep this in their rooms and will come to treasure the memories you are providing.
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More Tips for a Fall Garden

By Eva Wallace

Did you know that you can still plant a garden to harvest this fall?

Source: agardenforthehouse.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

This pin has great tips on planning and planting your fall garden! Everything from Arugula to Radishes, depending on where you live and when you get your first frost. Check it out!

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

By Eva Wallace

If you're like me, you've struggled with this one for years. Enjoy! :)

Time To Conquer Perfectionism

By Rita Emmett

imperfectionCan you name 3 of the top New Year's Resolutions that people make every January?
Do you know what my 3 topics are?? AHA! How perceptive of you. That's right. The answers to both questions are the same.

My topics are (and my passion is) helping people to 1) break the procrastination habit, 2) conquer clutter and 3) manage stress in a healthy way.

Would you believe that there is one specific habit/attitude that has such a profound impact on ALL of these topics that all three of my books devote a large chunk of space to it? Got any idea what attitude would increase your clutter AND procrastination AND stress? Go ahead. Try to guess.
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Tuesday Tip! WD40 Not Just For Squeaks

By Eva Wallace

WD40Here's a helpful tip: Remove crayon from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).

Got any other uses for WD40?

Qhick Tip: Getting Ready For Christmas

By Marcia Francois

Holiday Card KeeperWhen I wanted to write about Christmas this week, I wondered if it was too early.Then I saw two Christmas posts on a couple of my favorite "intentional living" blogs and I felt like I was in good company.  So… onwards and upwards.

When you think about Christmas, what are the aspects that overwhelm you and stress you out?

For me, it's not knowing what's happening.

I'm a girl who loves a plan and I like to know who's hosting the lunch and what I have to bring.

I also like to have clear in my mind what we're doing about gifts and cards.
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How To Leave Work Earlier

By Eva Wallace

outlookI have recently moved my office into my home. I'm actually enjoying the integration of "home" and "work" life. It's not the distraction that I thought it would be. As a matter of fact, my biggest problem is working too long and late into the evening.

Today I received an email from Marcia Francois - to my rescue again!

Try these suggestions for organizing your day and not over-working yourself:
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A Legacy of "Stuff" (Part 4)

By Rita Emmett

rusty screwsIn the previous 3 blog posts (Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3), I wrote about what to do with the stuff of loved ones who have passed away, and how important it is to communicate with your friends and family about the stuff that YOU might leave behind.

So the questions to start with is: what you are leaving behind and why the heck are you hanging on to that?
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What to do when it all gets too much…

By Marcia Francois

too muchI get so many emails from people telling me that it all just gets so overwhelming they don't know where to start.One day everything is okay and the next it seems as if the paper is all over the place, they can't find what they need on their computer, they have thousands of emails in their inbox and they're paralyzed with overwhelm.

They can't even get to urgent tasks, let alone the important ones that will help them reach their goals.

This is what I suggest:
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3 Interesting Observations on Life Lists

By Marcia Francois

life listThis is an excerpt from a newsletter by from Marcia Francois (my list hero!) - Enjoy!

In the process of updating my 36 things list and making a new 37 things list (Marcia's 37th birthday was last week - Happy Birthday!), and talking about these a bit too much with friends and colleagues, I realized a few things:
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A Legacy of "Stuff" (Part 3)

By Rita Emmett

bowlIn A Legacy of "Stuff" (part 1) and A Legacy of "Stuff" (part 2), we discussed what to do with the "stuff" left behind by someone who passed away. It was hard to write and hard for you to read. Now let's move into an even MORE difficult area — the stuff that WE will leave behind. (By the way, I can't find any material already written on this subject. Apparently, everyone else also thinks it's hard to write about.)If you plan to leave something to the next generation or to your friends, do some very good communicating with them now to see if they would want it. If not, realize that your cherished items might be more burden than bounty to people you love. Most of all, let them know what is important or valuable, so they don’t decide everything you own is clutter, and toss it out.
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4 Ways to Make the Most of Paper Bags

By Eva Wallace

I think paper bags are my new best friend - Thanks ClutterDiet!

7 secrets of the Super Organized

By Marcia Francois

PlannerWe all know people that seem to be Super Organised. They never forget birthdays, can find an email within seconds and know exactly where to find anything in their homes.The actual definition of organized is being able to find anything within a minute or two. These are items in your home to an email, document or photo on your computer.

Shhhh - I have a confession. Some people say this about me too, so I'm going to let you in on some of my own secrets and also those I've observed from watching fellow Born Organized people.
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A Legacy of "Stuff" (Part 2)

By Rita Emmett

A Legacy of This week we continue with the difficult subject of being overwhelmed with the "stuff" left behind by a loved one who has passed away.

(You can read Part 1 here.)

The struggle is that we are trying to find practical ways to survive having someone's lifetime-of-stuff joining our own lifetime-of-stuff, while also trying to survive all the emotions that come with this deep painful loss.

Based on the huge number of emails I received after Part 1, last weeks post resonated with many of you. One woman told the story of how for seven years, all of her parents' belongings were stacked to the ceiling in her basement - furniture, clothes, stuff. So much so that they could not even make a path through it all.
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A Legacy of "Stuff" (Part 1)

By Rita Emmett

sadEmails arrive so often describing how — in addition to all the heart-rending emotions of a death — there is the overwhelmed experience of not knowing what to do about all the "stuff" of a beloved person who has passed away.

One woman wrote that her usually uncluttered home is filled with all the items she cleared out from her mother's house after her mom died. She said she often bursts into tears seeing paths through this new clutter in her house yet she doesn't know what to do with any of it. She was clear that she did not want or need the stuff but she knew these were things her mother loved
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Do You Have Enough Time? Today's Clutter Video Tip

Great advice on owning up to your own choices in organizing your time - thanks Lorie!

Sunday Planning - Do You Do It?

Here's Lorie Marrero from Clutter Diet with another great Video Tip for you. It's amazing how much of a difference just a little planning can make for your entire week!


21 Tips to Create Clutter-Busting Kids

By Rita Emmett

Toy ShelfHere are 21 tips to help kids become clutter-busters. (and a lot are helpful to adults, too.)

1. Cleaning their rooms involves making decisions. The more you help to simplify the room, the easier the cleaning and the decision-making becomes.

2. Check out books from the library, and buy only the ones your children really love. Why spend money on books they’ll never read?

3. If toys, books, puzzles and games don’t have a happy home that the child can reach easily to put away, then, you’ve got clutter.
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