The state fair is going on here in St. Paul! For many it's a joke that it's the time for anything on a stick - pork chops, Twinkies and of course (Pronto Pup) corn dogs. Anything to make it fast, convenient and easy.
That's why I am happy to announce a new 60 day class - "Organizing on a Stick: Convenient Kitchen Cooking". With kids back in school with busy schedules and the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to get the heart of your home optionally organized. Spend more time with family and less time searching and cleaning with a well organized kitchen. Items will be easy to find and easy to see.
Over 60 days you will receive 2x week emails on organizing, how-to tips, coaching on how to let go of it, where to donate, photos of favorite organizing items and links on where to purchase. You can email me for special problem areas and send photos of challenging spaces.
Kitchen on a Stick - Fast, Convenient and Easy
Class starts Monday, September 16th. Find out more information and register here!
One of the best pieces of advice I ever heard was from Rachel Ray. She was talking about creating an inviting kitchen space where you want to gather and create. She said that you don't even have to do a kitchen remodel, just use what you already have. Do you have fancy appliances like a blender or coffeemaker? What about hanging your knives on a magnetic holder? Can you display spices on the wall?
Reusing what you already have can be extremely cathartic. Instead of buying something new, look around and see what is already in your home that you can use. At some point that fabric, wallpaper, lamp or other household item spoke to you enough that you allowed it into your home.
Ask yourself this. What about this item caught my attention? Was it the color? Style? Shape? Fragrance? Close your eyes and remember when you bought it. Do you remember the excitement when it became yours?
Does that same element still speak to you today? If not, it's time to edit it out. Maybe you bought something when you were much younger but now you are no longer that person. (If you have kids, you know that at some point they want their rooms redecorated. You grow too! What was once important then may not be important now).
The fun begins when you start to think about how to tap into that items element that originally drew you to it. Maybe the teapots you bought should be put on display instead of in the cupboards? Can you seasonally rotate items on a shelf?
Tap into the creative you. Imagine your dream space and use what you have that inspires you.
I love to dry clothes on the clothesline. It reminds me of summers at my grandma's house when she would use bleach for the bedding and then hang it out to dry. The cool Lake Superior breeze would come in off the lake and dry the sheets to a crisp freshness that you just can't duplicate. One of my favorite memories was taking a sauna bath, getting into fresh jammies and jumping into bed. I can still smell the sweet Superior air! Delicious
Does it take more energy to dry clothes on the line? Yes. But it's a conscious effort to think about more than getting from A to B. As we are learning more and more, it's our process in the middle that makes a small, but wildly significant impact to our world.
Recently I read a post from the Non-Consumer Advocate that I just have to share. A link to this resource can be found under "Your Journey Continues, Inspirational Individuals".
This week, what change can you make in one process? Maybe it's washing your car on the lawn instead of bringing it to the car wash. Maybe you walk to the library. Or maybe you have an impromptu picnic in your back yard and enjoy your family's company.
One of the best compliments I ever received was "if there is such a thing as
reincarnation, I want to come back as your dog".
Our dogs are definitely part of our family. We let them on
the couch, feed them some of the same food we eat, make sure they have all their vaccinations and check ups and basically treat them as our incredibly spoiled kids.
If you have kids or are the primary caretaker of someone - or some critter - of course you are concerned about them. What would happen to them if you aren't around due to illness or death? What is your plan? Have you considered where they will go? Have you thought about who can care for them as good as you do? If so, does that person know that?
When getting your affairs in order, these are the little things that you should consider. There are lots of little things
that you don't want to slip through the cracks. Especially the care of your "family member".
H@w safe is your pa$$word? Do you use the name of y@ur pet or d@te of b1rth? Do you change your password often?
Recently I read a brief article about how to create and remember passwords that are safe. It's a quick read and a great reminder regarding keeping your information safe.
Remember to change your passwords often enough to keep hackers at bay. You should also turn off the "remember me" request when signing in online. Keep your passwords in a safe place, but not accessible to others.
Welcome to my blog. I am glad you are here to read the musings on organizing and finding balance in your life. I hope you find them inspiring and motivating.