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Energy Saving Tips

Here are some great energy saving tips, courtesy of Werner Rogers:

I am no super duper Earth saving genius or anything but I know a few energy saving tips here and there that can help cut down on my energy costs and also save the planet one house at a time in the mean time.

I decided the other day that I would go online and do a little research to find out more on this subject than I already knew. I of course know to shut off the water when I am brushing my teeth and the put a brick in the tank of my toilet to save water trick. I found out that there are more than just these little things that you can do around your home to help save energy and money in the process.

One thing you can do to help save on your hot water heater is take shorter showers. This helps conserve water first of all but it also helps save on the energy it takes to heat all the hot water that you are using by being in there for twenty minutes.

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Guest Post @ The Budget Diet

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Kristl Story, author of The Budget Diet blog about living on a budget, invited me to do a guest post on her blog. Stop by and check out my 5 Easy Steps to an Organized Closet

While you’re there, take a peek at Kristl’s Top 5 Shape Up Tips and Tricks and her Budget Diet Boot Camp program. Enjoy!

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary !!

I so love this post by fellow professional organizer, Megan Spears, founder of Disorder2Order!

Here’s a little taste…
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I like to think that there is good in the ordinary. If look at this picture for example… it’s just a rock on the beach, right? If you look a little closer you might see an elephant drinking from the ocean.

Seeing potential in things that are ordinary is one of the best parts of my job. I see things that others don’t (or can’t) in themselves or their cluttered spaces. The interesting thing is that when I started my business, I had no idea that was going to be so important.

When I started my business it was scary. Really, what did I know about running a business? Was I really going to be able to make money? How was I going to balance babies and a business?

There were moments in that first year that I truly thought I had lost my mind. Now, six years later I am so thankful for my decisions and the obstacles that I have overcome. Not only do I have the best job in the world but I make a difference, and that makes me feel good.

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Monday Mission : Find Your “HOME-eostasis”

Courtesy of Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet, owner of Living Order:

Homeostasis is a medical term that refers to the tendency of the human body to seek and maintain balance. What is your house’s “HOME-eostasis?” What is that balanced condition of your home to which you would always like to return?

Your house’s homeostasis results from preventing clutter, reducing the clutter you have to a manageable and acceptable level, and consistently maintaining your home with systems and routines. It’s a state of balance and readiness—the kind of feeling you have when you’ve just straightened up the house for company to come over for dinner. It’s a state of satisfaction, pride, and comfort. Homeostasis is your definition of success!

We are not talking about perfection, as we’ve often emphasized. Homeostasis is a flexible state that adjusts to transitional times and periods of less or more activity in your lives. The definition will change as your family and situations change. Your ultimate organizing goal is to know what homeostasis means for your home and have the education, motivation, and support to easily and confidently achieve it when things get out of balance (as they surely will).

Make your list today—take 10-15 minutes to go by each room and note what needs to happen to make you feel balanced and ready. An example: My guest bathroom needs to be clean enough for people to use without my being embarrassed, and have plenty of toilet paper, a fresh hand towel, and soap.

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Quick Tip : Umbrella Stroller Safety

Discovered this great tip at ParentHacks.com :

To keep our umbrella stroller from tipping over from the weight of the diaper bag on the back, we bought a pair of ankle weights and put them on just above the front wheels. This keeps the stroller from tipping over especially when the child gets out.

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