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Poetry With JLJ: Letting Go Is The Hardest/Best Thing To Do

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I miss the friendship.

I miss the fun times.

I miss the calls and texts everyday.

I miss the gossip.

I miss…I miss..

I miss everything.

It doesn’t seem fair that it all stopped.

I tried to stop it from happening.

It doesn’t seem fair that it all changed.

I tried to stop it from changing.

It was subtle at first.

The calls became less.

The return texts became days later.

The calls became days later.

The visits became weeks later.

It’s out of my control.

It makes me angry!

But anger isn’t the answer. Love is.

I had to remember the love and use that to let you go.

Why chase after, why sit and wait for, someone who doesn’t feel the same.

You can love from afar. You can always wish them well.

And that’s what I have to do….from afar.

Who knows why some friendships last a…

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Posted by on November 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

When It Gets Tough by James Lott Jr

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I felt weird.

I felt strange.

I didn’t know what was happening to me.

I got scared.

I tried to stay calm.

It was getting the best of me.

It was happening.

There was nothing I could do to stop it.

It was consuming me.

The diagnosis was in.

I had to stop everything immediately.

Immediately

Everything.

Until further notice.

No date.

And so it began.

The journey I will never forget.

The feeling and non feeling I will never forget.

This wasn’t happening TO me.

It was borne out of ME.

It was time to correct it.

And time to correct me.

When it gets tough.

You have to be tougher.

When It get tough.

You have to look inward.

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Posted by on November 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

November Quotes To Get You Motivated

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

You’re Messy (So What)

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You’re messy! You’re disorganized. You’re unorganized. You have no order to things in your home. You’ve never had a system in place.

You are always late to things because you spend all your time trying to find things.

You claim you know where everything is..in your mess.

It’s okay!!!

YOU can change and/or modify ALL of that!! It’s not your sentence for life, you can get help and work on those things and get organized.

And at the same time,you shouldn’t feel any guilt or shame!! You are who you are and its not about shaming you to get organized. Its about embracing who you are and how you move thru life and knowing that you have the power to make the life you want!!!

If you would like to talk to a Professional Organizer in your area or ME!! Contact me at jlottjr@aol.com

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Posted by on November 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Guest Blogger DIYMama Erin Reynolds: Moving in Together? Here’s How to Make Your House a Home

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is,” and it’s true. But, if you and your significant other are taking the next step and moving in together, it will take some work to make your house a home. Two personalities, styles, and preferences are coming together—and the two of you have to find a way to make them mesh that doesn’t involve dividing the house down the middle. The following are just a few tips to get your home organized, decorated, and settled so you can enjoy this new chapter.

Purging is a Must

 

No one likes to get rid of their things, but trying to fit two people’s worth of stuff in a home can be overwhelming, at best. A pre-move purge is a must for both of you. First, start by going through each room and separating items into keep, donate, sell, and trash piles. Once you’ve narrowed down your things, the two of you can come together and decide on duplicates, such as whose cookware, appliances, bedding, and furniture you’ll keep. You don’t need six frying pans and two mismatched couches. These decisions can be difficult, so if there are a few items you can’t agree on, put them in storage until you figure out what to do with them. The overall average price of a self-storage unit booked in Los Angeles, California over the past 180 days is $144.76. This is also a great place to keep items until you figure out the layout, as well as anything you don’t have room for now, but could see a future use for.

Keep Organization at the Forefront

 

Remember, a cluttered home isn’t cozy—it’s chaotic. This should be your mantra when it comes to home décor. Be sure to measure everything. By taking measurements before you bring items in, you might find your significant other’s loveseat is a way better fit than your bulky recliner. Make a conscious effort to use every inch of space wisely, as organization is an area couples tend to disagree on. For example, kitchen counters that serve as a drop zone could be your breaking point, while your significant other can’t stand a cluttered bathroom vanity. Make rules, but be willing to communicate and compromise. It may be helpful to look for versatile items that can serve multiple purposes. For example, if you insist on having piles of throw pillows and blankets accessible, but your partner thinks they are excessive and should be out of sight, meet halfway: For only about $100 you could get an ottoman that comes with built-in storage—a neat yet convenient place for those comfort items.

Don’t Overdo It When Mixing Styles

 

Designing and decorating a new home can be stressful. You could hire a professional interior decorator, though the average hourly rate can be as much as $500, according to Houzz. If you’re on a tight budget, though, don’t worry. There’s plenty of accessible (and free) advice online about designing and decorating a new home.

 

The two of you likely have completely different styles, which is why interior designer Sara Costello recommends painting walls a non-color such as white or cream. “With those non-color colors, you can weave in a palette that is masculine and feminine,” Costello said. Then, add pops of color via wall art, accent pillows, and various decorative items. If you have your own décor you are bringing in, incorporate it slowly, and make sure you both agree on it. Taking over the space can quickly lead to an argument. If you will be shopping for new furniture pieces, décor, or even something as simple as new bath towels, be sure you make purchases together so that one individual’s style doesn’t shine through more than the other.

 

Above all else, be kind and understanding toward one another. This is a huge change for both of you, and there will likely be arguments and disagreements. But at the end of the day, you are in it together. Take your time, go slow, talk often, and enjoy the ride!

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Posted by on October 25, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Super Tip Friday- Breaking Up Chores Into Pieces!

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I got this idea while recovering from Bells Palsy and some days I would have energy and other days I wouldn’t. AND I still wanted to get things done around the house.

Here is a tip:

On a normal day you might be able to do 4 or 5 things you do. If you don’t have the energy, break it down to 1 or 2 things on a day. Make one day for dusting and wiping counters. Make another day a vacuum day. And so on. Make Mondays the bill paying day. 

Your health comes first and I also know that many of us don’t want our homes to get out of control. AND you want to feel useful. Sometimes doing chores can lift your spirits too.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Super Tip Thursday: Pace YO Self While Organizing

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Pacing is everything! Life is not a race. I believe every movement is good, it doesn’t matter how big or large the movement. I am a big picture, long run type of thinker  and my actions reflect that. I want to create habits and have long term success.

As I am recovering from Bells Palsy and some of the effects have me dibilitated or tired easily. So I am pace myself.

I may work for a few hours in the morning, so I keep a few hours in the afternoon free.

I may work Tuesday, but I take Wednesday off and work Thursday.

Finding your pace requires you to NOT pass judgment on yourself, not to feel pity or sorry for yourself. Finding your pace means being present and honest with yourself about yourself and practicing self care. You can get stuff done!!!! Also you avoid burning out and giving up.

Remember small steps can lead to large rewards!

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in Organizing

 

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