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Organizing Paper Clutter; Part Two

In part one of this post series we covered how to avoid paper clutter before it ever enters your home. Part two of three is all about how to quickly reduce the amount of clutter in your home, leaving only the most important things remaining. It is vital you get rid of the non-essentials (paper or otherwise). If you do not take the time to toss, the task of organizing becomes overwhelming and you waste valuable time and energy trying to manage stuff you don’t even want, much less need. The key to cutting down successfully is consistency; you must do it daily. Here are four ways to reduce your paper clutter every day. 1) Keep waste and recycle bins where you need them. We have five trash bins in our humble one bedroom apartment; the kitchen, under the bathroom sink, in the water closet, by my side of the bed, and under the desk. I also have a bin in the car. Keeping trash and recycle bins at hand greatly increases the odds that I will actually use them. Having to walk clear across the room interrupts my work flow and I tend to let the trash accumulate instead of getting rid of it. It may seem lazy but rather than fight my inner couch potato, I make tasks as simple and as easy as possible to carry out. Take a minute to consider where you could use another garbage can. Do you always pay bills at the dining…

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6 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

We all have a lot to get done. And if you are anything like me, you are really good at ignoring the things you don’t want to do. (Like the dishes. I hate doing the dishes.) When we put things off until later, it compounds our to-do lists and almost always causes problems. Procrastination creates unnecessary stress in life by complicating what should be simple (doing the dishes) and it clutters our minds with all the things we haven’t done yet (the dishes). Delaying the unavoidable (the dishes) steals focus from the essential things we want to do. By eliminating procrastination from your life as much as possible you gain a greater sense of peace and lose that inner nagging voice reminding you of all you haven’t done yet.  Here are my six favorite methods for scrubbing your life clean of procrastination. 1) Think of your “future self”. I recently picked up the concept of your “future self” from this video by The Clutter Diet. The idea is that you think of yourself as two people; your “present self” and your “future self”. When you notice that something needs done, view it as an opportunity for your “present self” to give your “future self” a gift by completing the task now. For example, when I notice the laundry needs folding I do it now so that later, when my “future self” walks into the room, she’s blessed with an empty laundry basket. I have put this approach into practice for…

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6 Tips to Simplify Meal Planning (and a Free Printable!)

Most of us know that meal planning is awesome. We realize it is a great way to save money on groceries, save time at the store and in the kitchen, eat better-for-you foods, and avoid the everyday stress of “what’s for dinner?” But sometimes the thought of planning meals for an entire week (let alone an entire month) can be overwhelming. It is so easy to get bogged down in the details and over complicate the process of planning what to eat. By keeping things simple however, you can get your meal planning done and your grocery list ready in just 15 minutes (or less) each week. Here’s how: 1) Pick your day to plan. Choose a day each week that you can devote 15 minutes to meal planning. Put it in your planner (I love these cute stickers from Etsy to remind me!) and make it a part of your routine. I like to plan Thursday or Friday for the following week. Store ads and coupons are usually ready by then and I have one less thing to do over the weekend. 2) Make a list of your family’s favorite meals. Putting together a list of what you like to eat might seem redundant, but when you’re pressed for time it is so easy to forget that your hubby likes chicken parmesan. Jot all your favorites down and keep the list handy, adding to it when you discover (or remember) a top pick. This list will become a tried and trusted…

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