Still Crossing Off My List

By this time each year I can hyperventilate a bit, worrying about all the things still on my current year’s list. And hubby’s no help. He just came in half-telling me about a tech sale he thinks I might want to check out, but he can’t remember exactly which store or what’s on sale except, “It’s supposed to be good.” I couldn’t help but laugh. Instead, for the last couple of days I’ve gone through the house gathering up the last of the “giveaways” that hadn’t yet made it to the library or the local domestic shelter donation center. Those all go, no more delays. And what money is left in our bank account will go to pay our property taxes tomorrow too. Yes, I’ll be one of the many in line to pay my taxes the last day, which doesn’t sound very organized but it’s a great way to Read more…

For a Little Christmas Fun

Because we’re all so rushed right now, I’m reprising an interview Kate McKenzie did a few years ago about the McKenzie Family Christmases and some of the things she does to stay sane during a very busy time of the year. Remember, until Christmas you can find a full Organized Mysteries Christmas story on the Short Stories page of this website–just look for Short Stories on the black bar under the banner above. Interview on Christmas Tips & Organizing with Kate McKenzie Interviewer: Hello, I’m here today with organization expert Kate McKenzie. Welcome, Kate. Kate: Thank you. It’s nice to be here. Interviewer: The holiday season is coming up. I always get excited about spending the time with family and curling up with a few good books. What is your favorite thing about the holidays? Kate: Being able to share the time with family and friends. Before Keith and I Read more…

What’s New & Free Wednesday–Holiday Edition

While we’re all madly dashing through the snow or rain or 70-degree temps (depending on where everyone lives, of course) to get all errands done for this holiday season, I thought I’d offer some seasonal freebies that might help make the holidays merry–and possibly a bit easier and less expensive. First up, if you haven’t already sent out Christmas cards, or your budget could use a freebie option, here are a couple of sites that offer a nice selection of holiday cards that can be emailed free of charge, or can be printed out and mailed if you prefer: 123 Greetings Greetings Island And while a lot of radio stations are playing all the standard holiday songs this month, AccuRadio is offering free holiday music on the web right now. Pick whatever kind of seasonal tunes fit your mood, from Elvis sings Christmas, to Upbeat Holiday Party Mix, to Country Read more…

Staying Ahead Sunday–Winter Hacks Edition

The weather has changed around my house the last week or so, and we’re now donning sweatshirts and sweaters. Which means I’ve started incorporating some of my favorite cold weather hacks into daily life. Despite the meme I used at the left, these aren’t Organizing tips per se, but rather ways to minimize your frustration with cold weather. Still, done regularly, they can save you time and money.   First up, is one I have to credit to my lovely daughter since she’s the one who first started using this hack in our house. On cold nights we all love the feeling of crawling into a warm bed with sheets right out of the dryer, right? One night, right after my daughter said she was taking a quick shower before bed, I walked by her room and heard the sound of a humming motor. When I stepped in to take Read more…

Thrifty Thursday!

Happy December, everyone! And with the new month comes a new blogging idea. With all the rushing we do this time of year to find time and gifts for all of our friends and family events, I thought posting about some Christmas hacks I use to save my sanity might help others out there. Let’s call this the Food Edition, since that seems to be the theme today. I’ll have more seasonal (non-food) hacks coming on future Thursdays, so check back. This first thing is super easy, but it’s something I do all the time because practically every get-together over the holidays requires those grab and go type of snacking items we always put onto relish trays. I do something like this. I’ve also used small snack crackers at the bottom stacked to look like gifts, too. The best thing about this kind of design is that it’s always easy Read more…