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The 15 minute organizing challenge

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this month’s Tips from the Pros about ways to reduce clutter.

aim 4 order tips from the prosInstead of trying to organize your entire home in one afternoon, break bigger tasks into smaller ones and start organizing little by little. The clutter didn’t happen in a day and reducing it doesn’t either. Take the challenge and try to do 15 minutes of organizing every day for a week.

Here are some thing you can do in around 15 minutes:

Go through a stack of mail.

Recycle what you can, and keep current bills in a folder or drawer. Or pay the bills and file whatever you need to save for tax purposes. If you haven’t read an article in a few months, toss the magazines. If you really want to save it, cut out the article you want and recycle the rest...

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A plan for organizing

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Interior of a nice apartment with living room furniture and an exterior balcony.

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this month’s Tips from the Pros about creating a plan to organize.

The struggle is real. Organizing your home can be an enormous job and because of this, it can be hard to even get started. Setting a plan can help. Once you figure out what you want to do, it becomes easier to execute. Having less clutter around the house makes cleaning and maintaining your living space much easier.

Visualize

Think about how you want your home to look. Consider homes you have seen in magazines and how much space there is in them. Think about everything being put away or gone and how nice the room will be. Visualization works!

Get supplies together

You’ll need trash bags, boxes o...

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8 Ways to Reduce Clutter

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this month’s Tips from the Pros about ways to reduce clutter.

Everyday habits can drastically reduce clutter if you stick to it. By doing some simple tasks that take only a few minutes each day you will be able to get rid of the piles of laundry, stacks of dishes and towers of mail.

reduce clutter in bedroom

Let go of the idea that everything needs to be perfect. A home that is manageable is not only achievable, but much more realistic.

  1. Write out a to do list for each day, preferably the night before, with everything you need to do. Prioritize everything so even if you don’t get through the list, you at least do the most important tasks. Check the list throughout the day. Cross off things you did and watch how productive you are...
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How long will it last?

appliances and how long they last

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Thanks to the Toolbox Tomgirl for this issue of Tips from the Pros, about how long appliances typically last.

This time of year we find out about leaking roofs, HVAC systems that don’t want to cool, and if luck has it and we had a great tax refund, we buy new appliances. I remind you to buy quality products from a reputable company. Remember to check licenses and warranties.

If you do your homework you can expect your money to be wisely invested. Below is the list of common “major” expenditures around your home and how long you can expect them to last.

Heating (let’s hope you don’t this now that spring is in the air)

  • Forced air furnace – 10 to 25 years
  • Water boiler (welded steel) 15 to 30 years
  • Water boiler (cast iron) 30 to 50 years

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Easy to follow painting tips for painting a room

Thanks to the Toolbox Tomgirl for this episode of Tips from the Pros, about painting a room.
Comfortable marriage bed in luxury elegant bedroom

Have you ever walked into a room and saw, black…if not a very deep burgundy wall color….what was your first reaction!?!? Maybe, scream…run away…thinking – “How will I ever be able to cover this up!?!?”

First, let me start off by saying that if you are going over a dark color you will need to use a primer to cover the old color, or you will get a blend of the two colors (old + new) and it may not look like what you were expecting. (And yes, I know this from experience – the wall turned out like baby throw up….yuck.) Also, spackle and fill any nail holes or imperfections. Be sure to sand smooth your areas and use a tack cloth to remove the drywall dust)...

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organize your power cords

Untangling power cords

Thanks to Aim4Order for this month’s Tips from the Pros about organizing the many power cords around the house. Gain some organizational skills to help you keep your home in order.

There is no escape from the technology these days. We all have a lot of electronics in our homes. Keeping the power cords from becoming a tangled mess can be a challenge.

A television with a cable box and DVR or Blu-ray can have a mass of intertwined wires coming from the back of it. Same with a desktop computer. It can have a wire for the printer, external devices and modem. Game consoles have cord issues as well.

Display the wires in an organized way, hide or disguise them or else you will have an eyesore on your desk or behind your tv...

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Tips from the Pros: Organize your refrigerator

Thanks to Aim4Order for this month’s Tips from the Pros about organizing for disorganized people. Gain some organizational skills to help you keep your home in order.

organize your refrigerator

Your refrigerator is an important part of your kitchen and your life. Keeping it organized is something that will help your days go more smoothly because you will be able to find whatever you need.

Refrigerator basics

Different areas of the fridge are warmer or cooler. The temperature of the door fluctuates, so the most sensitive items should never be stored there. Jars of mayo, ketchup and beverages do well on the door where meats and milk never go there. The bottom shelf is usually the most constant and cool location although checking the temperature in different areas will let you know for sure.

Meat and seafood wor...

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keep your home safe and warm this winter

Tips from the Pros: Staying Warm Safely

Thanks to Toolbox Tomgirl for this episode of Tips from the Pros staying safe while keeping warm this winter.

Although I personally have converted my wood burning fireplace to a pellet stove to supplement my electric heat, I want to offer some safety tips to those of you that are still using wood stoves and fireplaces. Because more than one-third of us are using wood burning stoves, fireplaces and other fuel burning appliances as a primary heat source, I feel it important to know some basic rules. Also, statistics show that heating fires account for 36 percent of residential home fires in rural areas every year.

With that said, please consider the following:

  1. Have your chimney, wood stove (and pellet stove) heating flues inspected and cleaned annually by a certified and licensed chimn...
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Tips from the Pros: Hope for the disorganized

Thanks to Aim4Order for this month’s Tips from the Pros about organizing for disorganized people. Gain some organizational skills to help you keep your home in order.

organizing for the disorganized

We all aspire to be organized people. But realistically, not everyone can get organized. Others have problems staying organized. So what do disorganized people do to stay ahead of the clutter?

Dust collectors

Don’t use it? For someone who has a difficult time with clutter, the less stuff you have, the better off you will be. Recycle, give it away, donate it, sell it or trash it. As long as it’s gone, the method is up to you.

Write it down

Lists are great to keep you on task. A list will help with time management as well as keeping clutter to a minimum. Write down your organizing goals. Make a shopping list...

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Tips from the pros: organizing the household bills

Thanks to Aim4Order for this month’s Tips from the Pros about organizing your household bills. It will help you stay current and maintain your credit rating.

Household bills – we’ve all got them

Whether you are tech savvy or not, organizing the household bills is a chore that can be simplified and streamlined. We all have payments that need to be made on a monthly, semi-annual or annual basis.

Online banking and bill paying

Most banks have online bill paying. It’s a fairly simple process to set up regular monthly bills to be automatically paid by the bank. An option to pay them as they arrive each month is also available through the bank.

BGE, cable, phone, mortgage companies, doctor’s offices and other businesses will allow you to pay bills through their websites if you do not ...

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