Welcome to A New You in 2009!

Organize It Mom, Issue #001 -- Create the Life You've Always Wanted in 2009!

In this Issue

  • Coming this Month: Get Ready for a new you in the New Year!
  • Home Office Organization and Complete Self Care Tips
  • Forget About Resolutions and Set Some Goals for the New Year
  • How To Fight Procrastination in the New Year
  • Tip of the Month

Happy New Year! Welcome to the Organize-It-Mom e-zine. I’m excited about this time of year. It’s the end of the old and the beginning of the new.

I hope that everyone can look past all the doom and gloom that is being reported in the economic sector and find some hope and joy this New Year. No matter who we are or what we do, it seems that we’re all facing challenges these days.

But, we'll be prepared to face these challenges if we’re organized and take good care of ourselves. And, that’s just what we’re going to focus on starting this month!

Coming Next Month

Here are some upcoming pages that will be added to www.LifeOrganizeIt.com especially for you to kick of the New Year!

Create a new you in the New Year. No, this isn’t another article about making weight loss resolutions; it’s about creating the life you want.

Starting this month we’ll walk through organizing every aspect of life and will continue on through the year.

In January we’ll cover organizing your home office and organizing your self care.

Home Office Organization. Get your home office organized for the New Year to increase your focus, productivity, and energy levels.

Even if you don’t have a home based business, you can benefit from a quick read of the organizing tips offered in home office organization to get your personal and financial paperwork in line!

Self care. How to take care of yourself. We’ll offer easy solutions for beauty, diet, and exercise routines for the truly time pressed individual.

Also included will be an all new expanded section on Self Care to help organize yourself for the New Year…. Everything from your clothes closet to makeup to your underwear drawer will get organized to make you feel better, in control, and save you time!

Just wait and see why I don’t care about my age! Age is only a number is not just a saying, it’s a feeling.

Yes, I just gave birth to my fourth child about six months ago and I still have baby weight to lose but, I’m not worried. So, watch and follow along as I lose that extra baby weight.

I’ll share with you how I’ve always lost my baby weight fast, not by starving myself and exercising like crazy, but by eating a lot and taking it easy on the exercise.

Goals. As we make our way into the New Year, have you made any resolutions for the New Year? Why not instead of making resolutions, make some goals. Yes, goals! Check out Effective Time Management and set some goals for yourself in the New Year. Think about where you are now and where you want to be at the end of next year and write goals out for every aspect of your life.

The act of putting to paper what you want to achieve will help cement it in your mind. Then make copies and post your goals where you’re going to see them. I’m a minimalist and don’t like a lot of visual clutter, so I post my goals on the inside of cabinet doors so I at least get a peripheral glance at them when I open cabinet doors.

Why do you need to post goals? Well, if you write them down and put them in a drawer, you’ll tend to forget about them. You want to post your goals where you can see them regularly so your actions will be in line with those goals. In other words, if you post goals so you see them, you’ll make decisions that will ultimately help you achieve your goals.

For instance, one of my goals this year will be to lose those last stubborn 10 lbs of body fat after I had my fourth baby this past July. By posting this goal on the inside of my kid’s snack cabinet, I will stop myself before grabbing one of their cookies during their nap times. Randomly eating cookies would not get me to my goal of losing 10 lbs of fat!

So, post those goals… If you’re an online shopper and need to pay off debt and or save money, then make that a goal and post it on your computer! You get the idea. Posting goals is common sense stuff, but it’s so in your face that you will achieve those goals.

How to fight procrastination in the New Year. Procrastination is a slippery slope. I know, I’ve been there, and I think we all have been stuck with a bit of procrastination at one time. It’s not important why we procrastinate, what is important is how to overcome it which we’ll share below.

The best way to overcome procrastination is to just pick yourself up and start breaking projects down into small manageable pieces, start working, and keep doing it!

Sound too easy or hard? It’s neither easy nor hard, just be honest with yourself and get started working.

And, the hard part will be getting started, but once you’re on a roll, you hit a groove, and the work starts flowing.

Whether you’re facing a big or small project, the best way to handle it is to break it down into workable steps and write them out along with a time line or deadline for each task. Set small goals to finish each task. Say for example, you have wrote out a “to do” list for organizing your family photos, set a goal of working on these for just 30 minutes a day.

How you spend your time is another factor in procrastination. Look at how you’re spending your time. Are you watching too much TV? Look at what benefit that TV show is giving you. If you really like it, then great, watch it, but if it’s a rerun, your time may be better spent doing something else.

Doing small things like this will help you gain better control of how you use your time.

Tip of the Month

Unclog that sink fast without a plumber. There’s nothing more stressful than a sink that won’t drain! You’re pressed for time trying to make dinner, the kids are screaming, and the sink won’t drain. Don’t even mention the money that will be spent on a plumber!

Fear not! Use this simple and inexpensive trick that I have used for years to clear a clogged train.

(Important tip before you start… be sure to clear as much water out of the sink prior to pouring the bleach. This way the bleach will be able to penetrate the plug and dissolve it fast.)

Simply pour a lot of bleach down the sink where the plug is and let it drain out and dissolve the plugged up matter. The amount of bleach to use depends on how bad the stoppage is. For instance, if it’s real bad, then use a whole bottle of bleach.

Once you’ve poured the bleach and are waiting for things to break down, boil two big pots of water on the stove. Once these are rolling at full boil, carefully pour each pot down the plugged drain waiting for each pot to drain before draining another one. If the sink doesn’t run clear, then repeat this process removing as much water as possible.

This has worked wonderfully to remove stop ups of hair, rice, lettuce, etc. Of course, over the years I’ve learned my lesson and don’t put stuff like that down the garbage disposal anymore, but this method has never failed me to clear a drain and save a costly visit from the plumber.

So… Get positive and get ready for the New Year by thinking about where you want to be this time next year and set some goals to get you there!

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I'll see you soon. Have a great start to the New Year!