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29
Jul
07

Get YOUR Home Organized!

I have never been one to have an organized home, from the outside, sometimes It may appear that way but that is only because I have a horrible habit of shoving things into closets and drawers. In my defense I can usually find what I’m looking for in a reasonable amount of time. I strive to be organized, someone who’s home has a spot for everything, simplistic, neat, and decluttered. Will this ever happen? is it too late for me? I have been clearing off the surface and hiding the clutter and disorganization for about 20 years now, can I be redeemed?

There are a countless number of blogs, websites and articles out there that talk about and give tips for organizing your home, I am searching for the best, most useful and simplistic ways to get organized and stay organized. Since different methods work for different people I should say that I am seeking the best, most useful and simplistic ways to get organized and stay organized for me.

For starters everything needs to have a home, this is the most important step to having an organized home, everything from pans and dish towels to shampoo and lines to candles and books. This is a great place to start, but lets jump back a step, look around your home, is there stuff on the floor that shouldn’t be there? if so remove all items from the floor, start room by room if you need to, then once the floor is free from clutter you can move on to finding a home for everything.

I suggest starting with the area you think has the most clutter, closet, living-room, desk, bedroom, kitchen, whatever it maybe. Take everything out of the room, if you have a spare laundry basket or bucket place items into that, pretty much do what ever it takes to clear out the space you are going to organize.

Lets use a closet as an example, clear out everything from the floor, all shoes, clothes, boxes, coat hangers, etc. Vacuum the floor if needed, wipe down all surfaces with some sort of disinfectant. Now put items back in one thing at a time, clothes wise if you haven’t worn something in 3-4 mons you aren’t going to wear it again (unless its a parka or something seasonal). Got empty shoeboxes? trash them, if you have worn the shoes outside there is no need to keep the box. The only boxes that should be kept are for electronics and or items where the boxes can up resale value or would be needed for warranty related issues. If you have alot of shoes that were flung around the closet before you emptied it think about investing in some kind of shoe rack, shoe hanging organizer or a laundry basket, they fit nicely at the bottom of closets and hold many pairs of sneakers, books, clogs, etc. As you are going though things and placing them neatly in the closet if there is something you don’t use or don’t think you need consider selling it on craigslist or ebay and or donating it. Last month when I cleaned a closet of mine I came across an old Apple desktop, from early 2000, it hadn’t been used in at least 4 years, who knows why I was hanging on to it? I put it up on ebay and made over 75$.

Everything from electronics to clothing, coats, boots, sporting equipment, bags, etc can be sold, your trash or clutter as it should be called can yield you some extra spending money, a few 100 toward a vacation, money towards reaching your savings goal or even the iphone. So what are you waiting for, go, run, clean out your closets, go under your bed, empty out your trunk (it will help you get better fuel economy) sell your clutter, organize your home and make some cash!

WAIT! before you start, here are some tips.

Again in case it wasn’t clear, EVERYTHING NEEDS A HOME!

Keep like things together, a drawer for underwear, a drawer for office supplies, a drawer or bin for pet toys, etc

Leave flat surfaces clear, counters, coffee tables, dresser tops, nightstands, etc.

Keep stuff off the floor, no piles, bins work great and can be easily stored on closet shelf’s

Place a decorative basket on the coffee table to keep remote controls in, that should be the only thing on the coffee table.

If you haven’t used it or worn it in a few months, you don’t need it, sell it or donate it

Set aside 3- 5 mins a day to make sure things are still in their places.

More specific tips, broken down by room:

BATHROOM:

Place a shelving unit above the toilet for storing extra towels, washcloths, and other accessories

Use shower caddies to place your soaps and shampoos in, tuck them away when not in use.

Throw away old make-up, lotions, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, old razors, sunscreen, and perfume.

Install hooks on the back of your bathroom door or wall space for towels and robes, great place for towels to hang and dry also.

CLOSET:

Categorize your clothes by purpose, such as work, casual, and formal.

If you have an excessive amount of unused wire hangers and take them to the dry cleaners to recycle, if they are plastic donate them to a friend.

Put hooks on the back of the door, 2 fit well, this is great for coats, hats, belts, scarves, extra towels.

KITCHEN:

Purchase a spice rack that works best for your cabinet, they come in many sizes and shapes. Place frequently used spices on the front of the rack and all others towards the back of the rack.

Put all Tupperware items into  one cabinet or drawer, if you need new ones try to purchase the stackable ones.

Do you have mounds of plastic bags from the grocery store? If you don’t use them like I do to scoop up dog waste place about 10 bags inside of 1 bag and throw the rest away, better yet, don’t use them, get recycled cloth bags or the vinyl ones, they cost about 2$ each and will help save the environment and your pantry space.

Clean out your refrigerator every time you bring home groceries. Dispose of any food that is no longer edible or your family is not going to eat.

If you have any suggestions or input or tips that have helped you please feel free to share.

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19
Jul
07

Free Stuff!

Who doesnt love FREE stuff? I know I lurv free things, I love FREE things so much that I spent weeks searching and have finally found the best FREE Stuff site out there… its updated often so what are you waiting for check it out now FREESTUFFTIMES

19
Jul
07

Take YOUR Name Back

We’ve all done it, we’ve all googled ourselves to see the results, in my case nothing shows up, which for me is double edged sword. What can you do if you are not impressed with the results? or if say you share the same name as a porn star ? (as one of my friends does) Is there anything you can do? With all the reports, articles and information out there telling us that hiring managers are “google-ing” prospective employees a picture of you drunk at a party can hurt more then you ego.

The first thing to do is delete your MySpace account (or modify so you cannot be found by your name). Remove all photos that you wouldn’t want a recruiter or HR Rep to see, at the very least, any and all posts or comments that you’ve left on MySpace that include your actual name. Then if possible ask your “friends” to do the same.

Got some embarrassing pictures posted on Flickr or Smug Mug? time to delete them. If someone else posted a photo of you, ask them very, very nicely to take it down or remove your name from the tags, descriptions, comments, etc. If for some reason they won’t oblige, try sending the company an email and explain to them that you wish to have a picture of yourself removed. You will need to provide the exact URL to the picture and explain why you’d like it taken down. There is absolutely no guarantee that they’ll accommodate you, they probably will not but it’s worth a try

I have been told more then once to never, ever, use an email address when applying for a job (or on your resume) that you’ve used to sign up for online forums or social networking sites. I’m not to sure how i feel about this one, I tend to use the same email address for everything and I am not a point where I feel the need to change that. I post on forums, I have typical social network pages but I do not post anything that I wouldn’t want my parents or a HR Rep to see. I have heard that Recruiters will search for your email address right after they search for your name. So before you post that image or reply to that comment think: Do I really want <fill in blank> to know that I agree with <blank> or spend a lot of time on this <insert offensive site here> forum?

After removing or modifying the bad stuff there are a few sites you can use to create more positive links to your name. LinkedIn is a good starting point. It is a business oriented social networking site and due to its high pagerank, creating a LinkedIn profile is a great way to get your name higher in search results. After you create an account and fill out all of the profile information (which can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on how detailed you want your profile to be), you’ll want to make sure your profile (or at least part of it) is public. To do so, click the Edit My Public Profile tab.

You can also register for a ZIKI account, they are a newer site and Ziki makes a pretty bold claim – “Ziki members are guaranteed to appear in the first position of Google, Yahoo & MSN search results when their name is searched, given that Ziki buys sponsored links. Ziki community members can therefore create, manage and optimize their online presence while controlling their image.”

Just be aware that what you post to the internet can and will be seen by many many people, some who may want to be “web friends” and some who may want to offer you a job.

04
Jul
07

WOWIO is WOW!!!!!

My WOWIO totally FREE iPod Shuffle came yesterday!!! I was skeptical at first and had a somewhat difficult time getting 10 people to sign up as well but it wasn’t a scam and after about 1 month total i have a totally FREE awesome iPOD SHUFFLE!

excuse the poor photo quality its a cell phone pic.

27
Jun
07

Combining Finances with your Partner

So you have decided to move in with your partner? maybe you aren’t ready for marriage or the government doesn’t think you should marry, either way…If you are living together as part of an unmarried couple, you may face some special financial challenges, below are some tips that can make the transition into living together and sharing a life together less stressful and have you on your way to financial bliss… well maybe…

Budget for joint expenses. The first and most important thing to do is agree on a budget for monthly household expenses. It’s probably wise to open a joint bank account to cover bills that you share, such as rent, electricity and cable TV. If you aren’t ready to open a joint account split all bills equally.
Set Yours, mine and ours. Though some couples choose to split monthly bills 50-50 across the board, this approach doesn’t work for everyone. Chances are one partner earns more than the other, sometimes a lot more. If this is the case, you may opt to contribute a proportional amount of your income. Maybe both contribute 50% towards bills, that may be $1500 for one partner and $2500 for the other… whatever you think is fair and will work, just pick a system and stick to it. Remember, after the joint expenses are covered, the money remaining in your personal account is yours to spend freely, or save freely.
Set mutual goals. Even if you choose to keep separate checking accounts, clarify your long-term financial goals with your partner. Do you want to own a house together someday? Want to save for a amazing trip of a lifetime vacation? If so, you may choose to open a joint savings account to which you both can contribute either set month amounts or whenever you have excess funds.

Be straightforward about debts. Combining finances is one of the surest signs that both partners are fully committed to a relationship, but there are instances when such a combination isn’t appropriate. To avoid conflict, each person should take responsibility for the debts incurred before entering the relationship. It is unfair to expect your partner to pay for your student loans, credit card debt or auto loan, maybe your partner wants to help you become debt free? repay some loans? that would be awesome but its not a requirement and should not be expected or worked into monthly expenses.

25
Jun
07

A guide to making a Traditional Hipster PDA

The Hipster PDA is a fully extensible system for coordinating incoming and outgoing data for any aspect of your life and work. It scales brilliantly, degrades gracefully, supports optional categories and “beaming,” and is configurable to an unlimited number of options. Best of all, the Hipster PDA fits into your hip pocket and costs practically nothing to purchase and maintain.

Building your first Hipster PDA
1.get a bunch of 3″x5″ file cards
2.clip them together with a binder clip
3. there is no step 3

Consider picking up some different kinds of cards—different colors, lined and unlined.
Personally, I like the really small binder clips and a stack of 12 or fewer cards; experiment for the combination that suits you
Try using a single different-colored card as a visual separator between used and fresh cards in your stack (helps you from accidentally giving someone an old, written-on note)
Let me know how yours turns out and dont worry if you mess up or dont like how it came out you can start over….

25
Jun
07

FREE ME Peta2 Vegan Video






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