Oats in the mornin’

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To maximize the chance of eating a healthy breakfast take a few minutes to prepare it the night before.

Steel cut oats can be even healthier when eaten raw if soaked in water overnight. Warm oatmeal can be prepared in a crock pot and cooked overnight ( One quarter oatmeal to three quarters water cook for 7 hours on slow, add a squeeze of agave or maple syrup and you’re good to go.

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Keep One Pen Continued …

For the past two weeks I have been urging you to keep one pen in a fixed place and return it there again and again.

A table set for two people.

I promised that there was a method to my madness … so here it is.

Essentially having one pen and taking the 4 steps of :

1) finding it a good location
2) retrieving it
3) using it
4) returning it

is fundamental to running a streamlined home or office.

By using an item again and again but knowing where it’s ‘home is’ enables us to live with less and be even more functional with our items that those who have many items.

Think it through. Now, I urge you to look around your home and keep an eye out for clutter.
All clutter is is items that are not following the above system.
Look at the item and decide if it is worth your time investment, if it does, then repeat the 4 steps above. It’s not as fun as leaving items around the house, but it is a highly sought after habit.

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Cull Your Closet Part 3

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I started a cull your closet 5 part blog series. Here’s part three

Now, as you go please keep being brutal. ONLY items you LOVE. There is no place for likes, maybes or one day ……

It doesn’t matter how much money you spent on that hideous coat / jacket/ hat …. the bottom line is that the money isn’t coming back.

Never feel pressured to put clothes into the garbage.

Be creative and think of family and friends who would enjoy some items. Put some higher end items into a consignment store. Just don’t let the items go back into the closet again.

Now you have the pleasure of looking at your emptier closet and thinking outside of the box as you refill your closet. Just because you have always kept items in a certain place does not mean that it’s the best fit.

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Product of the Week

This week’s Product of The Week is versatile, cheap and transparent – three very important qualities in organizing your space. My favourite is the hexagon on the right. It is $3.99 from the Container Store

Don’t just use them for cookies and crackers. They are highly versatile. Use them in the kitchen for easy to grab snacks such as granola bars or bags of pretzels, baby food jars and baby bottles. Use them in children’s bedrooms for card games such as Uno or pens and pencils.

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Clutter Control : The Four Rules Of Disengagement

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I just read Gail Blanke’s book ‘ Throw Out Fifty Things‘. It’s a nice motiviting book encouraging us to throw out .. well … fifty things.

Here are some tried and true guidelines for clutter busting. Blanke identifies four key rules of disengagement (how to decide what to get rid of):

One. If it – the thing, the belief or conviction, the memory, the job, even the person – weighs you down, clogs you up, or just plain makes you feel bad about yourself, throw it out, give it away, sell it, let it go, move on.

Two. If it (see above!) just sits there, taking up room and contributing nothing positive to your life, throw it out, give it away, sell it, let it go, move on. If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. Throwing out what’s negative helps you rediscover what’s positive.

Three. Don’t make the decision – whether to toss it or keep it – a hard one. If you have to weigh the pros and cons for too long or agonize about the right thing to do, throw it out.

Four. Don’t be afraid. This is your life we’re talking about. The only one you’ve got for sure. You don’t have the time, energy, or room for physical or psychic waste.
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