Quick Organizing Tips to Gain Minutes Each Day

It seems like everyone I know is looking for ways to save time right now. Between regular tasks, upcoming spring schedules, the chore of getting everything together to complete our taxes (I know, bad word, I’m sorry), opening the garden or freshening the landscape, and just general spring cleaning because we’re finally able to leave the house without having to brave the cold every day — there’s a lot to do at the moment. I quipped this morning I might farm out some of my tasks to the dog. And while she’d likely try to do her best, I think I’ll leave that as a joke between us. While we can’t actually create time, we can save it and use the extra minutes each day in efficient ways to seem to do more things without giving up sleep or fun. Find 3 to 5 minutes every time you’re in the Read more…

Weed Out and De-Clutter Wednesday — January 20, 2016

Quick tip to start de-cluttering: Give away one item every day. grab an extra pantry item to give to a food bank, take an gently used sweater to Goodwill, leave a finished paperback on the train for someone else to read, scoop up the tub of crayons & markers your kids don’t use anymore and give to a daycare facility or children’s Bible class for art supplies. Doing just this one simple thing every day means 365 less items in the house at the end of one year (366 in 2016, since this is leap year). Besides giving you more room because unused items won’t be cluttering your space, this simple practice will help other people at the same time. Try it. Let me know about your success ūüôā    

I Guess I Have the Bargain of the Week

I have two books coming out soon. The first,¬†Organized for Homicide,¬†is another featuring organizational expert Kate McKenzie as chief sleuth and bottle organizer. To coincide with this September 8th release, my publisher has discounted book#1 in the series,¬†Organized for Murder,¬†to 99 cents¬†for a short time in all ebook formats. And the rest of this week I’ll be posting excerpts of the new book,¬†Organized for Homicide,¬†so everyone can get a sampling of that story as well. In my Organized Mysteries series, Kate and her sidekick, Meg Berman, find that starting a small business sometimes leads to having to do more than your mission statement implies. Sometimes it means figuring out whodunit when someone involved in their business contract gets killed, and law enforcement focuses on the wrong person as the murder suspect. In the first book, Kate is in the hot seat herself, so she is absolutely sure the state police Read more…