Halloween Isn’t Far Off. Are You Ready For It?

Cora and Halloween

October is already here.  That means Halloween isn’t far off.  Are you ready for it?

One interesting fact about Halloween is that it is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.  That means billions of dollars are spent each year for decorations, costumes, and candy.

Now there is nothing wrong with having fun on the holiday.  But if you keep collecting decorations and costumes every year pretty soon it will take over your precious storage space.  That can take the fun out of preparing for the holiday.

Before getting caught up in buying this year’s must have costume or decoration it would be best to look at what you already have in storage.  Since Halloween has become such a big holiday it now requires some planning to keep it from getting out of control.

A few years ago I wrote a series of blog posts on organizing your Halloween.  Here are the links to those posts.  Check them out today so you can plan, shop, decorate, and just have fun with the holiday without adding more clutter to your home.

Countdown to Halloween Series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Safety Tips

Although Halloween can be a fun holiday it can also be a dangerous one if we aren’t careful.  I’ve read that statistically there are on average almost two times as many child pedestrian deaths on this night as on any other night of the year.

The emergency rooms are also busier on this night with injured children from trips and falls. Many of these injuries can be prevented if precautions are taken.  Make sure you check out these articles on costume safety tips and decorating safety tips.

As the old saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  But that doesn’t mean you and your children can’t have fun.  Just take a few simple safety precautions and you’ll increase your odds of having good memories instead of bad ones.

To a lighter load along the way.


P.S.  The little girl above is my granddaughter.  I can’t wait to see what kind of costume she has this year.

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Simplifying Can Feel Like You’re Swimming Upstream!

Mini waterfall

Do you feel like you are swimming upstream against the current when you try to simplify your life? I know I do.

So what do I mean by this? Continue reading

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The Holiday Season Will Be Here Before You Know It!

Wild turkeys

It’s already September.  The holiday season will be here before you know it.

Last week I was walking in my subdivision and in the fields at the end of one of the streets I saw a flock of wild turkeys.  I zoomed in the best I could with my cellphone.  Those turkeys got me thinking about the upcoming holidays.

So I figured it was time to get started with the planning.

“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” ~ H. Stanley Judd

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What Value Does An Item Have?

It's not what you look at - quote

What kind of value do you put on the things you own?  Is it sentimental value or maybe emotional value?  Could it be practical or useful value?  Or maybe it’s monetary value.

If you don’t know what kind of value you put on an item you may be keeping many things that don’t add to your life and make it better.  That’s what creates clutter.

It’s hard to let go of things when we put unrealistic values on them.

So how do you know if the value you place on an item is unrealistic or not? Continue reading

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Let Go Of Things The Easy Way


It’s hard to let go of things. If it was easy we wouldn’t have a clutter problem.

So what makes it so hard?

One thing – Emotions!

We let our emotions do our thinking for us.  And as most of us know our emotions can’t always be trusted to make clear and easy decisions.

Our emotions usually want to claim an item as being much more important than it really is.  It wants to attach itself to the item and hold on for dear life. Continue reading

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Back to School Help

It’s that time of year again!  The school buses are rolling again or will be soon.


So I did a little research to find you lots of helpful tips.  Since I’ve been writing this blog (and the old Organize By The Month blog) for seven years now I figured a good place to start was with the old posts.

I found lots of helpful information plus a lot of links to other sites and articles. Unfortunately there were several links that were no longer working.

So I reviewed all the posts listed below and either updated or deleted any links that were not working.  If however you find a broken link please let me know.  I’ll fix it as soon as possible.

Anyway, I hope the tips in the posts below will help you and your children start off the school year on the right track.  That will help the whole year be more successful. Continue reading

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Earth Day: Cut the Clutter by Recycling!

It’s looks and feels like Spring (at least in most places).  It’s the month of April.  That means Earth Day is near.  And Earth Day means it’s time to recycle.  Earth-Day-Border-Clip-Art-1

Today there are many places where you can recycle all kinds of items year round. However, during many of the local Earth Day events you get a chance to recycle many different items in one location.

Because of this opportunity to make one drop off why not take advantage of it. You know you shouldn’t throw these items in the trash so you probably hold on to them until you can find the time and place to recycle them.

Your home is not a landfill. Continue reading

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Disruptions to Routines: Large – Part 3

This is Part 3 of the Blog series on Disruptions to Routines.  If you missed Part 1 and/or Part 2 you can read them here.

Disruptions of Routines: Small, Medium, and Large, Part 1

Disruptions of Routines: Small, Medium, and Large, Part 2

Large Disruptions:

These kinds of disruptions will need to be handled in a totally different way.  Most of these are either longer term disruptions (weeks or months) or complete life changing ones. Not all of these are bad events.  But all of them will throw off your routines for a fair amount of time or require all new routines.  Wedding-cake

Longer but usually temporary disruptions.   Continue reading

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Disruptions to Routines: Medium – Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog series I talked about those small but annoying disruptions to our daily routines.  If you missed it you can read it here.

Now I’m going to talk about those medium disruptions that have a tendency to throw off your routines for a least a day or more. Although they are usually temporary you’ll probably have to adjust your routines until the disruption is over.


 Medium Disruptions:

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Disruptions to Routines: Small – Part 1


Do you feel like you can never finish your routines because of constant disruptions?



Does it feel like you’ll never can catch up much less get ahead?

We all have disruptions in our lives.  Some are daily, some are only every once in a while, and some are life changing, for good and for bad. Continue reading

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