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Super Tip Tuesday- Book It!

 

 

In our continuing efforts to edit our spaces and make them functional, livable and less cluttered, I am giving you another suggestion.

In my organizing practice I see many things that my clients have a lot of and one thing that is very common is BOOKS.

Books take up a lot of space! Books are an interesting item. They are usually read once (some people will read more than once) and then put away. Actually I should clarify, children’s books are read over and over again, but books for older people are using read once. Either way, we can accumulate so many books that they can overtake a space.

Children’s books can be a little tricky to get rid of. You have to work with your child to make sure they are over them. Or in cases of households with multiple kids, so you save the books for the next ones coming up.

Either way I encourage to LOOK at your current book situation.If you have books that you are NOT using or going to read again, its time to get them out. My exceptions are reference books, first editions, signed books, and a few books that might have a significant meaning to you. Otherwise pass them on to friends and family, give them a local charity, offer them to a school or library. We need to get into the habit of passing on things we don’t need or use to others you can and would. Let the flow happen. Pass it on!

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2016 in Organizing

 

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Donna Martin Grew Up To Be A Party Planner

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I have enjoyed Tori Spelling’s books. They are funny and entertaining and insightful. This book I’m about to talk about is a departure from her other books, it’s a Party Planning Guide book. Its called celebraTORI.  Tori expertly shows how creativity, passion, and smart planning are the ingredients for throwing a truly unforgettable bash on a real-world budget. She shares her favorite tips, tricks, and anecdotes from her most successful soirees (and a few not so successful). celebraTORI covers all the basics, from discovering new reasons to celebrate and choosing a concept to decorating, creating flower arrangements, making refreshments, and building the cornerstone of any great party: the dessert table! (I’ve witnessed some amazing dessert tables! They ARE essential to a good party!) I find this book very useful and a great companion to other party and event planning books I have in my library.

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Organizing

 

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Books I Like to Read- “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” by Laura Vanderkam

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I feel that proper and sometimes creative time management is important in life. How else can you spend time with the kids AND go to work AND have a date night AND finish that building project in your backyard. There are many techniques and suggestions out there. I came across a book that I really enjoyed and learned a lot from called 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderken.

168 hours is the number of hours in seven days (One week) .  The premise is that we misapply a lot of the time during that week, either through excuses or misplaced priorities. Because of that, we find ourselves not having time for the stuff that’s genuinely important to us. She interviews dozens of successful, happy people, and shows you her realization that they allocate their time differently than many of us. Instead of letting the daily crap crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there’s time for the important stuff.  Vanderkam shows that with a little examination and prioritizing, you’ll find it is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, visiting Granny, and write that novel without giving up quality time for work,self, and other things that really matter. I really enjoyed the book!!!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Organizing

 

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Super Organizer Sunday- Four Books I’m Reading Right Now!

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I LOVE TO READ!!!!! I have always loved to read! I have a vivid imagination and I am open to being taken to places outside of my life! My parents were readers so there were books in the house. And we were encouraged to read as children.That has carried into my adulthood. I like many different genres. I like non-fiction and fiction. So the problem i have is that I can’t read just ONE book at a time. I read SEVERAL books at ONE time. Actually here’s how it works. I have about 4 to 6 books that i want to read. And it just depends on my mood as to which book I pick up. I read that book until I am tired of reading it. I do that with each book. The pacing is different with each one so at some point i’ll finish a book.Then I am down to 3 to 5 books. Then sometimes i’ll pick another book and put it into rotation. Most times each book is vastly different from the other. I need my variety. With that said, here are the four books i’m reading right now:

1- Fork On The Left, Knife In the Back by Michael Musto. So far its hilarious! The New York Village Voice pop cultural columnist has a way with words and I’m loving reading about celebrities!

2- Pat Loud A Woman’s Story by Pat Loud with Nora Johnson. It was HARD for me to find this out of print book but i did! Pat Loud is the Great Grandmother of Reality TV. An American Family on PBS aired in 1973 and there was NOTHING like it on TV before! My mother talks about being glued to the TV set and watching this “weird” show. Pat Loud’s marriage fell apart before America’s eyes and she visited her son Lance in NYC and viewers were treated to his “alternative” lifestyle. The book is a fascinating account (so far) of her journey.

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3- Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert. From little Laura on Little House On The Prairie to SAG President and everything in between! SO far its a really candid take on her life. She has been giving great backstage stories and insights.You are transported back in time to each situation she describes. I just read about how sister (Roseanne and The Talk star) Sara got her name!

4- The Walking Dead Compendium One by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore, Cliff Rathburn. It’s my first graphic novel! My brother give it to me as a gift. I LOVE the show! Its REALLY thick and a big book. I just started it!

 

 

 

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