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Are You “Perfectly Imperfect”?

It never fails… With little ones at home, our days quickly become a blur of chunky spit-up, toxic diapers, and never-ending sibling rivalry. Sure, “things will get easier” when the kids are older, but do they really? Every stage of development seems to bring its own challenges and frustrations to the table. Is it actually possible to “get things under control” and live a “normal, happy life”?

Well, I hate to break it to you, girlfriend, but you are already living a “normal life.” Motherhood is tough. You’ll second-guess yourself continuously. You’ll wonder whether you’ve made a mistake. You’ll believe that you’ve scarred your children for life. And you’ll be certain that the mom you see at the supermarket or the park or the library or wherever is doing a far better job than you… (never mind the fact that it is now 3 o’clock in the afternoon, she hasn’t showered since last Tuesday, and the only reason she’s finally out of the house is to get away from her over-critical-in-town-for-a-month-long-visit mother-in-law that was driving her crazy!)

It’s time to get real. Here’s the brutal honest truth…

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  • Shelbyville County Public Library – Home Organization 101
  • Eastside Branch of Lexington Public Library – Home Staging 101
  • Village Branch of Lexington Public Library – Home Organization 101

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  • Bedford Acres Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!

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  • Midway Branch of Woodford County Library – Get Organized in 2014
  • Scott County Public Library – Get Organized!

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  • Gano Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Gano Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Decluttering 101

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  • Hillcrest Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Business Babes Society – Organizing Your Business
  • Capital City Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!

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  • Westport Road Church of Christ Mom2Mom Group – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Bluegrass Parents of Twins and Multiples Club – Organizing Life with Multiples
  • Cynthiana Baptist Church Women’s Group – Organizing 101 : The Basics
  • Harmony Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Gardenside Baptist Church Women’s Group – Organizing 101 : The Basics
  • Bedford Acres Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – The Family Command Center

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  • Central Baptist Church Women’s Group – Organizing for the Holidays
  • Gano Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers – The Family Command Center
  • Business Network International Success Masters – Newest Addition : Clever Container
  • Georgetown Woman’s Club – Hands-On Organizing Demonstration : The Pantry
  • Business Network International Success Masters – Office Organization 101
  • Online Event – The Great Organizing Giveaway

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  • Ave Maria Ladies of Saints Francis and John Catholic Parish – Organizing 101
  • Private Organizing Party – Closet Organization 101
  • Senior Activity Center – Paper Management 101
  • Georgetown Realtor Breakfast – Home Staging 101
  • Business Network International Success Masters – Organizing 101

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  • Grace Christian Center Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
  • Babies ‘R’ Us – Organizing 101 for New Moms
  • Northeast Christian Church Mothers of Preschoolers – Get Organized, Mom!
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  • Georgetown Moms Club – Organizing 101

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organizing 101 : the basics

If your organizing project seems insurmountable, you may find yourself paralyzed with indecision on where to begin. Or, if you have begun organizing your space, you may find yourself with a bigger mess than when you started. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • identify your organizing style and design tastes,
  • select the best storage solutions for your project,
  • use planning tools, checklists, and forms effectively,
  • transform a cluttered space into an inspired haven, and
  • regroup and recover from any organizing set-back.

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office organization 101

Productivity and efficiency are key ingredients to every successful business. If your office is not functional, it affects everything you and your staff do, which in turn, cuts into your profits. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • optimize your work schedule to ensure peak performance,
  • manage the influx of paperwork and safely store your archives,
  • employ the basics of Feng Shui to enhance your work environment,
  • select the best storage options to efficiently organize your office supplies, and
  • increase productivity by clarifying roles, minimizing interruptions, and delegating tasks.

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paper management 101

The mountain of paperwork that is growing on your countertop or desk represents a loss of freedom, a loss of control, and a nagging feeling in your gut that something important isn’t getting done. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • set up and maintain your daily-use action files,
  • use the FAT™ system to process incoming paperwork,
  • find the right off-the-shelf filing system (or custom solution) that works for you,
  • store the vital documents for your family or business safely and securely, and
  • migrate your files to a paperless system with ease and peace-of-mind.

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time management 101

Demanding workloads, a hyper-speed pace, and constantly changing responsibilities can wreak havoc on both your family and your business. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • prioritize your to-do list with confidence
  • outsmart email, phone, and ‘drop-in’ interruptions,
  • minimize (or even eliminate) distractions to get more done,
  • optimize your work schedule to ensure peak performance, and
  • establish a healthy balance between work and family to meet your goals.

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home organization 101

Your home should be your haven… your private oasis… your retreat from the challenges that you face in the ‘outside’ world. Now is the time to transform your home into the safest, most comfortable place you know. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • repurpose and efficiently use what you already own,
  • use the SPACE™ technique to manage your belongings,
  • set guidelines and limitations for what comes into your home,
  • get your family ‘on-board’ to maintain your organized space, and
  • enjoy and make the most of your newfound space and freedom.

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closet organization 101

An organized closet sets the tone for your whole day—it makes every day a notch simpler and whole lot brighter! Now, creating an organized closet is easier, faster, and more fun than you ever dreamed. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • weed out your wardrobe (so you look and feel fabulous every day!),
  • store seasonal items, sport equipment, and jewelry safely and securely,
  • select the right off-the-shelf or custom closet organizing solution,
  • establish a regular laundry routine that really works, and
  • turn your closet into a showpiece (so you never need to close its doors again!).

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get organized, mom!

Being a mom is the single most challenging (plus the most rewarding) 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year, entire-lifetime experience. Getting some help along the way as your children grow—infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and beyond—is simply the smart thing to do! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • keep track of everyone’s schedule,
  • manage the influx of school paperwork,
  • store clothes, toys, art supplies, and sports gear,
  • stay organized as the needs of your family change, and
  • cultivate your marriage and personal interests (guilt-free).

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organizing 101 for new moms

“Baby changes everything” is the understatement of the century! The more planning and preparation that you get done before your due date, the better off you’ll be in those first few weeks that baby is home. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • manage life with a newborn (and all the accompanying ‘gear’),
  • discover your baby’s natural schedule and maintain accurate records,
  • store clothes, toys, feeding supplies, and other baby items,
  • travel with a little one (from shopping trips to long vacations), and
  • cultivate your marriage and personal interests (guilt-free).

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organizing for the holidays

What do you really want for Christmas? More time, more joy, and less stress? A calmer, more centered holiday celebration is easy when you learn to simplify with a tried-and-true road map for organized holidays. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • get your holiday mailing, decorating, baking, and shopping done early this year,
  • prepare your home (and your psyche) for hosting and entertaining holiday guests,
  • take charge of your schedule, from start to finish, and stay focused on the big stuff,
  • manage the “aftermath” (i.e., returns, exchanges, and “undecorating” the house), and
  • start making plans and preparations for next year’s organized holiday season.

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Friday Fave : SafetyTat

SafetyTat

Michele Welsh, mom to three small children, is the creator of SafetyTat, the ultra-cool temporary ID tattoo for your little ones.

They can be purchased (a) customized with your mobile phone number, or (b) blank so you can write your cell phone number on them. SafetyTat, the highly visible form of identification (that stays in place even when wet), offers immeasurable peace of mind to parents.

SafetyTats are a great child safety identification device for: Theme Parks, Amusement Parks, Shopping Malls, Airports, Fairs, Festivals, Traveling, Museums, Zoos, Stadiums, Playgrounds, Site Seeing, Field Trips, Drop-off Birthday Parties and Play Dates, First Day of School, Scout Trips…anywhere you have kids in crowds.

In fact, you can even order customized SafetyTats for children with allergies or special needs. Perfect for those in childcare… Such a great idea!

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Monday Mission : Prepare for Emergencies

If you are involved in an accident or other emergency that leaves you incapacitated, who will speak for you? The following tips are quick and simple, and could very well save your life.

  • ICE Sticker : Store the phone numbers of your emergency contacts in your cellphone, prefaced with the acronymn ICE (i.e., In Case of Emergency). As an additional potential lifesaving measure, and an indicator to emergency personnel, affix an ICE Sticker to the back of your cellphone.
  • Wallet Card : Keep a hard copy of your family’s emergency plan and medical history in your wallet. For additional peace of mind, use a self-laminating sheet to protect your wallet card from everyday wear-and-tear.
  • Medic Alert : If you have any potential life-threatening allergies or medical conditions, check out the latest fashions of Medic Alert Jewelry. The once-utilitarian bracelets now have a ton of stylish variations, from dog tags and sports bands to watches and necklaces.
  • ICE Packet : Get ‘hip’ with a specialized USB flash drive keychain that stores all your medical data for easy access by emergency personnel. ‘All the kids are doing it…’ 🙂

So, what about you? How do you store your vital medical history in an easily-accessible format, just in case of an emergency? Do share!

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