Saturday, July 26, 2014

KID POWER and MT. VERNON

Small steps are better than doing nothing or falling down.

What small step can you take today?

Sandra Felton, THE ORGANIZER LADY ®

Contents of New Ideas for Today
  1. Message of the Day - KID POWER
  2. Habit of the Day
  3. Family Reminder of the Day
  4. Quote of the Day
  5. Question of The Day
  6. From the Trenches - MT. VERNON
  7. Did you know?
  8. More Info

1. Message of the Day

KID POWER

Those with children have a mixed blessing organizationally. 
When they are young they take a tremendous amount of time 
to bathe, dress, feed, AND train to do the jobs around the 
house including their own rooms. Once they are older, they 
can take a lot of the jobs you previously had.

Kid power is one of the great untapped resources in Messie 
households. Mundane jobs are a poor use of the time of the 
adult female of the household.
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2. Habit of the Day

Commit for just this one day.

LOOK BACK, REALLY LOOK BACK! When you finish an area or
room, go to the door and focus on seeing what you have
done. Make yourself tune in visually. Use an empty toilet
roll as a spyglass. At night, turn on the lights, go
outside and look in as you would if you were a passing
stranger. You will see your house with new eyes.
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3. Family Reminder of the Day

Pick one of these reminders or make one of your own
to share with your family each day.

In our family, we clear the table and clean the
kitchen together.

In our family, we hang up the towels neatly after bathing.

In our family, we put what we need the next day by the
front door the night before
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4. Quote of the Day

There is an important reason why we should give a
second thought to our personal appearance, even when
we're alone: the inner joy we experience when
we look our best.

Sarah Ban Breathmach, Simple Abundance

When you glance at your reflection in the mirror,
do you have a satisfied feeling? Before you leave
your room, do your hair and face. Dress the way you
need to for the day's activities. Even if you are
home alone, dress so you can answer the door
unexpectedly with confidence.
Do you need a haircut, fresh clothes, or maybe you
could reevaluate your style?
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5. Question of The Day

How would you describe your ideal home? It will
help you to verbalize it using the words, In my
ideal house I see...

Tell us by posting on Friends-of-The-Organizer-Lady.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Friends-of-The-Organizer-Lady
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6. From the Trenches by Janet

Applying the Mt. Vernon Method

What is the Mt. Vernon Method? click here to find out
http://www.messies.com/index.php/mt-vernon-method

Instead of looking at everything and feeling that it
is hopeless, you make for yourself a really small
area to keep tidy. It may be some personal space
(beside your bed) or it may be the bit that people
see immediately when you open the door. Or it
maybe the place that really gets you annoyed.
Just choose your own personal organized space.
Not too big,but well defined. (I recommend about
2-4 feet square - no bigger for the first bit.)

Then go through that space and you sort through
everything that is there. You make 3 piles - stuff
that really is JUNK - old receipts, junk mail,
cardboard boxes, a single sock. My way of looking
at it is "Have I needed this in the last 12 months?
Can I put a date or occasion In WILL need it in the
next 6 months?" If the answer is NO - throw this lot
AWAY for good - no more to be seen. The second
pile is "This is too much for me, I think I might
need it, and I can't make up my mind" This goes in
a box marked "sort later". The third pile is for
give away - it is still good, but my neighbor may
need it/use it etc.

Don't do all the sorting through at one time. The idea
is not to run a marathon, but to teach you some new habits
in getting the mess down.

(Thanks to Janet)
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7. Did You Know?


EZ POCKET 

Check out this handy tool for simplifying that pile of date related items. 

It is a great way to organize bills and all items that need an action by a certain date!

This sturdy canvas filing system easily attaches to the top of any door  (or other places as you choose) and hangs ready to receive your papers/bills/appointments that are date related deadlines! 

Easy to use and such a great idea!

EZ POCKET Now only $25.00 and shipping is included!

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8. More Information

Looking for a fun easy way to maintain your 
home continuously and keep clutter at bay?

Try the KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE Flipper!

The K.I.S.S. Flipper has fresh ideas on how to 
move through your home, day by day, room by room, 
with simple choices for maintenance and organizing. It will 
gently guide you through the process of creating clear and 
shining surfaces throughout out your home! 

It is even fun to use!  Extremely easy to set up - no hard decisions!

With the K.I.S.S. Flipper all you have to do to is slip 
the full-color job idea cards into the sleeves of the Flipper.

Then when you are ready to begin, look at the card for 
one day and make a few simple choices depending on your 
needs and how you feel!

$26.95 (postage is included!)
http://messies.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=25

NEW! FAMILY REMINDER CARDS for your living areas are now included
(4 different cards to post in your living room, bath, etc.)

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This is a simple program. We stick with the basics as
they are presented in these messages. Keep reading.
Keep adding one part of the program at a time.

Repetition is important.
Forward to friends if desired but not to other sites.
Read this whole posting or only what you can take in today,
then delete it.

Don't forget the daily reminders!!!
The daily Reminders and How-To's are found on our website at
"How to Begin" http://www.messies.com
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MESSIES ANONYMOUS SLOGAN

Please memorize this slogan and post it on your wall.

The secret to success is making very small, yet
very consistent, changes.

Or to make it short, "Baby steps, baby steps" in the
right direction.

"Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness."
Unknown

19 © 2010 Sandra Felton

THE ORGANIZER LADY ® is a registered trademark of
Sandra Felton, founder of Messies Anonymous.