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Practicing Organization

Learn How to Get Organized (Hint: You Can’t)

I would like to ban the phrase “get organized.” Why? Simply put, you can’t “get organized.” Instead, you have to “practice organization” It is an ongoing thing: using your system, evaluating your system, fine-tuning your system, or overhauling your system. And repeating and repeating and repeating. Practicing organization requires revision and fine-tuning. It can change …

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Simplify Your Life Month, Day 17: Unsubscribe

For Simplify Your Life Month, Day 17, I’m unsubscribing. The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 requires business who send emails to include a way to opt-out of receiving future messages. The act specifies several things they must include in their commercial (marketing) and transactional emails. This means that it’s pretty easy to unsubscribe to all those …

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Simplify Your Life Month, Day 16: Simplify Your Computing Life

I don’t even want to think about the excess of photographs that are clogging up my computer right now. Even though I can sort of ignore them, they feel like clutter. I know they are there, and that I don’t need to keep them. Documents and apps, too. We can get by with the excess, …

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Simplify Your Life Month, Day 12: Eat What’s in Your Pantry

Challenging yourself to eat what’s already in your fridge, freezer, and pantry for a time is a tried-and-true method for saving money on groceries and reducing your food waste. As a regular practice, it can also support your efforts at simple living by challenging yourself to be thankful for what you have while you are …

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Simplify Your Life Month, Day 10: Spend Time With People You Love

Is there someone you’re missing? Are you lurking on Facebook, liking this and that, but you haven’t seen their face in person in who knows how long? Someone who might have gotten married, or had a baby, and you’ve all gotten busy with life and suddenly you haven’t talked in 2 years? Has someone you …

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Top 13 Ways to Manage a Big Organizing Project With Chronic Pain and Fatigue

You want to work on organizing and get your house in order but are facing a big obstacle: you are already out of energy and chronic pain limits your abilities. What you need to do is to implement Energy Conservation Mode. It’s unpleasant to hear, but simple: if you need energy to work on something …

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Simplify Your Life Month, Day 9: Create a Simple Weekly Dinner Menu

Today for Simplify Your Life Month, I’m starting an experiment in thematic meal planning. My goal is to have a simple weekly dinner menu that I can repeat. Why Plan a Simple Weekly Dinner Menu? Meal planning in our house has been hit or miss.When I’ve tried to plan individual meals, things eventually fall apart. …

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