This week we are in Zone 2 the Kitchen. If you didn’t get everything done during the November Event Declutter Your Kitchen, here is your chance to put aside 15 minutes and ask yourself this question…
What Can I Do That Will Make It Easier To Get Meals On The Table?
The key to this is having everything you need close to your ‘Preparation Area’ of your kitchen. Many of us don’t have the dream kitchen. What do we do? We take some time to come up with the best solutions for our kitchen.
Do All Of My Kitchen Appliances Have To Be Out On The Kitchen Counter?
Make a point to become aware of the appliances you use the most. Many can be stored away and mad easy to get to when needed. I have a special box that has my food processor with all the attachments and the instruction book together. I have it labeled ‘Food Processor’.
Are My Baking Tools Together For Holiday Baking?
This is a biggie if you bake for the holidays. Take 15 minutes and evaluate. Adjust where you can. This simple act will allow you to ‘Enjoy’ your holiday baking experience. Get the family involved. At great way to bond.
The Most Important Thing To Remember
This is your kitchen and you know it best. It is also the room many of us spend time in the most. Take 15 minutes out of your day, grab your notebook and begin writing a ‘Problem/Solution’ page labeled Zone 2 Kitchen.
Many of us think we don’t have the time to set up our kitchen to best serve our cooking and baking needs. ‘TAKE THE TIME’! Put on some upbeat music, listen to one of your favorite movies in the background and ‘GET TO WORK’! When I finally did this, (and it was work, I won’t lie) I couldn’t believe all the ‘Indirect Benefits’ that came out of it. These indirect benefits came in the way of many of our ‘Daily 9 Habits’ that make our house a ‘HOME’. To help you get started this is an example of how a kitchen can be set up to be the most efficient.
Happy Cooking And Baking!
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Enjoying Fall Cleanup 2016
When it comes to fall clean up many know the work involved. Back breaking work is what many will describe it. There is garden clean up involving pulling out the annual flowers and cutting back the perennials. All of this needs to be carried somewhere.
What if there was a ‘System’ that helps you get the job done faster?
Using the correct tools makes the ‘Preparation To Dismantel’ easier! The following are a list of tools I use. This is my 6th year gardening. Each year I bought tools I could afford while shopping for the next tool using Amazon to compare tools.
Tools To Help You
The following is a list of tools I use in my end of season garden cleanup. I will be adding tools as I get to the next step. I am writing this post in real time.
The Poly Garden Dump Cart is my newest tool and let me tell you, we are going to be great friends for years to come! It is making this season’s garden clean up a breeze! The following are photos of my garden clean up.
Pulling My Wagon Cart
I was able to get lots of foliage in my new Poly Garden Dump Cart. I headed to the back of my property to begin the pile that will decompose through the winter.
Dumping Was A Breeze
What makes dumping a breeze with this cart is the mechanics of it. It turns easily even in tight areas. Simply pull the lever in the front and the mechanics of it makes it easy to dump!
Here’s To Your Garden Clean Up Of 2016 Season To Go As Well As Mine Is!
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Looking forward to sharing this season of end of year clean up with you!
The following 3 things have made a world of difference in the overall upkeep of my home. If you would like to make mornings easier and nights calmer, please read on.
1. Shine Your Sink
It is a proven fact that if our kitchens are clean, we are more likely to make dinner at home each night. The trick? Before you start to prepare your meal, always start out with a a sink full of hot soapy water and clean as you cook. Just this one habit will make a world of difference. Then 10 minutes before you go to bed, check the sink for any dishes used after dinner. Put them in the appropriate place and then wipe out/shine your sink. You are now ready for tomorrow!
2. Lay Out Clothes
Simply knowing what you will be wearing right down to the earrings you choose will make your morning a breeze. Have a back up outfit for the days that you are not up to par.
3. Launch Pad Ready
It can be as simple as knowing where your keys are to a written list of things going with you. Lay out the things that don’t require refrigeration. Dedicate an area in your home where all of this will be located.
It Is As Simple As 1. 2. 3.!
Remember it usually takes 21 days to form a habit so be patient with yourself. When you commit to these three habits daily, you will see a big difference in your week.
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It is that time of year in South Dakota where the pests are looking for warm places to live. One of the pests that have made their way are Boxelder Bugs.
One of the reasons they like to hit my place hard is boxelder trees are planted close to the house. Various reasons why a home owner would choose this tree.
1. It Grows Fast
2. 70 years ago we did not have the choices we do today.
How I Manage Boxelder Bugs And Other Pests
When I moved into my home all but 17 years ago, lots of work is what the house needed. One was pest control. Since I have Fibromyalgia I am hypersensitive to smells and that includes chemical sensitivity. I needed a pest control that was ‘Odor Free’. I found it to be Tempo Ultra SC. After it has dried it is safe around food, children and pets. I needed all three. Couple that with a 1 Gallon Poly Sprayer For Chemical And Bleach makes the job easy.
How To Spray Outside Of House
I start from the left working my way right spraying 2 feet from the ground up the side of the house and 2 feet away from the house. It creates a great barrier. I also spray around the window and doors. Going the extra step using this technique has saved me from having crawling pests inside my home.
How many of you have struggled with keeping up the house while you work and take care of a family?
Many I suspect given all the books out in the market about cleaning and organizing.
What if I told you there was a different way to approach this area of your life. Would you be interested?
There are many techniques out there and still many want something else.
No one seems to be addressing the issue of getting sidetracked.
There are plenty of things that LOVE to help you get sidetracked. Some of them are legitimate. The majority of them are not.
The number one reason we get easily sidetracked is this.
We haven’t made the important and urgent parts of our day a ‘HABIT’.
The following is the approach Marilyn’s Way has tested, tried, and uses. And that’s coming from a ‘Reformed 5+ Year Pajama Junkie’!.
Will this work for you?
Give it a try!
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October is Paper Clutter! Yes, you heard it! Paper Clutter! We all have it. In the electronic age, we still have paper clutter. Why? Many of us have not gone to paperless. It is that simple. Many don’t feel comfortable. There is something about getting that envelope in the mail to make it real.
3 Stages Of Paper Clutter
In The Midst Of It
Whatever stage you are in, it is important to simply
Set up an area in your home to Cha! Cha!
Sort by ‘THROW AWAY’ and ‘PUT AWAY’
Designate Amount Of TIME You Will Spend On It Each Day And
Just Watch It Disappear!
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Allow Some Time To Stew
When something doesn’t go right, the best thing is to review the past. Last night I went to bed plenty of time. For some reason my dog ‘Trixie’ couldn’t get settled. There was something outside that wouldn’t. We were up every hour for the first 4 hours of sleep. The next time I woke up, it was 11:30 am! I can’t even remember the last time I slept this late! It has got to be over 5 years at least!
Thank You 9 Habits!
Old habits die hard. Yes they do! Don’t let anyone say different! I have been getting Dressed To Shoes each consecutive day since March 1, 2011. This happened because I took a personal challenge.
The crazy thing is that I still had to do the ‘OLD, OLD’ behavior. I had to stew in it. Longer than needed though, why? Because my ‘Trusty 9 Habits Are In Place’.
I am finding many don’t have the skills of taking a problem and carrying it toward a solution. The following is an example of my Problem/Solving skills that I was able to get myself ready for the day.
Crap! I overslept! Now What?
(Note I did have to stew in this part for an hour using the last 15 minutes Problem/Solution tactics going.)
The Importance Of Habits 7, 8, & 9!
When I realized I had done all of my 9 Habits Of Marilyn’s Way the day before, I was able to breathe again! Next question was ‘Why did I have to stew?’ Good Habits Are As Addictive As Bad Habits But ‘why did I still have to stew?’ Old Habits Die Hard. For myself personally I am grateful that my Good Habits Are Stronger!
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Let’s Be Frank
Let’s be frank here. Decluttering is a tough job! Lots of emotions are involved during this process. Many organizational gurus will say it will take you X amount of time to declutter. PLEASE NOTE: This is a general statement to get you started.
Too Many Factors
Way too many factors are involved when decluttering. Each individual has there own issues that need to be addressed in order to move forward. That is why it is important to start with unemotional items first. This gets you into the ‘HABIT’ of decluttering daily.
Live Our Lives
We still need to live our lives! The clutter didn’t get here in a week and won’t be gone in a day. Keep Dancing and Decluttering. You have it in you to get it done. When you learn to do it ‘Your Way’, the magic begins!
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Traffic At Rainbow Bridge
Dreaded Making The Phone Call
It was a rather unsettling start of the day. I had to know how ‘Sage’ was. I made the call. The news was not good. ‘Sage’ got worse despite the IVs that contained medication to help her toward better health. The tumor on her hind leg was simply ‘too aggressive’. Her body wasn’t strong enough to overcome it. She wasn’t herself.
Making The Decision
It is always a difficult decision when it is time to put a beloved pet down. It was time. ‘Sage’s’ 12 year old body simply could not take anymore. I gave Dr. Hennen the okay.
I Had A Request First
I asked Dr. Hennen if she could tell ‘Sage’ that she will be crossing rainbow bridge where Dodger and Abby will greet her. The three of them grew up together in a bustling home of girls that loved them lots. She said she would do that for her.
Sage’s Last Ride
Tomorrow will be ‘Sage’s’ last ride. I will pick her remains up at the clinic and taking her home where there will be a grave dug next to Abby. Her brother Dodger who crossed Rainbow Bridge a few years ago and was cremated will be buried with ‘Sage’. The two beagles will be together again. This time at Rainbow Bridge.