Home Bible

A Home Bible contains handy information for quick reference and keeps track of household activities and corals other materials you may need to hold onto, but don’t know what to do with.   Where to Start I made a home bible from a white 3-ring binder, some...
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Flavor

Taste is defined as a single sensation, whereas a flavor is a combination of multiple sensations experienced at the same time. Flavor involves taste and smell. Approximately 80-90% of what we perceive as “taste” actually is due to the sense of smell.

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Recycling Facts

  Recycling appeals to my organizational impulse because items of the same variety are being gathered together in order to be made into something new. Multiple things are merging into one thing thus lessening clutter, in my mind’s eye. More than 56% of the...
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Halloween Shopping 2014

  Every year I live for Halloween. I usually start decorating and crafting for the holiday the first weekend in September. Last year, because I made some of my decorations – Apothecary bottles and Spooky Botanicals – my husband suggested I start in...
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Spooky Botanicals – Azalea

  This is my take on spooky plant makeovers. After I was inspired by some of the spooky plants and creatures that I had seen on Pinterest and other websites,  I lucked upon several artificial plants at Goodwill that I thought I could transform into my own...
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Physical Taste

  Several components and chemicals contribute to the physical perception of taste. The coolness or spiciness of a food can be detected in vinegars, mint chewing gum, cinnamon toothpaste, and jalapeño peppers. The tongue can also “feel” other...
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Spring Is

  Spring gives me the feeling of newness every year that it rolls around. The merchants start putting it out the bright pastels and Spring and Easter decorations. The earth is slowly warming and rolling over. Bulbs are peeping through the soil and last...
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Easy & Cheap Halloween Crafts

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Psychology of Color

Many studies are interested in the psychology of color. From its use by designers to convey a feeling to its function in hospitals to soothe, color plays an important role in the environment of people’s every day lives. Peruse the chart below to see what your...
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Pantry

  Organizing your pantry can greatly reduce meal preparation time and grocery shopping time.                ...
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Return Bins

  Similiar to the Return Station, place a plastic bin in each room, especially in a big house, to collect items that belong in other rooms. Periodically, carry the bin with you and empty it into the respective rooms where the items belong....
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Toys

  Put sets of toys such as models or Legos together in one labeled container or bag with the instructions. Photocopy the assembled toy and affix the picture to the outside of the container.   Set a limit on the quantity of toys for each child. As something...
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Bedrooms

                Quick Tips Keep a spare set of linens in each bedroom if space allows, especially guest rooms.   Linen Closet A linen closet can corral all the bedding in one place, but sometimes even that gets chaotic....
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Reinforcement & Encouragement

  Overwhelmed? Stressed? Embarrassed? Frustrated? Too much stuff? Buried in clutter? Running out of space and storage options? Don’t know where to start?   Are you: Wasting time? Losing important paperwork? Missing or late to appointments? Ready for a...
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Paper Taming

TAXES Keep file folder in the very front of your filing cabinet for items you think you may need at tax time. If you are really ambitious, make a list of the items you gather this year and include it in the folder for next year’s taxes. This will serve as a...
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Office Management (Work or Home) II

1. WORKSPACE –Should be bright, invigorating, but conducive to work –Desks should not face doorway or scenic window to minimize distractions –Chairs should be comfortable, correct height for user, etc. –Frequently used items should be placed within reach without...
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Office Management (Work or Home)

Fact: The average person has more than 3000 documents at home! Fact: 80% of the items you file will never be looked at again! Fact: Costs due to chaos – late fees, last-minute payments, unused coupons – can be 15 to           20% of your  budget! WORKSPACE -Should be...
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Office

-Create an inbox for each person you work with -Create a file for magazine and newspaper articles or scan them into your computer for reading later. Take this file folder with you where ever you anticipate you will have time to kill -Do not over stuff folders. Dispose...
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Home Calendar

-Maintain a family calendar in a central location for all family members to utilize.  Designate a different color for each person’s events. This will avoid confusion as  to whose commitment the entry is for. -Create a list of houshold chores that you need to...
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Emergency Preparedness

As much as possible, it is important and beneficial to be proactive instead of reactive. This comes with careful planning and organization and can apply to all aspects of your life. The goal here is to simplify and planning is a helpful tool in this process. As a...
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Decluttering Strategies

  Clutter can be the result of: poor habits, lack of organization, sentimental attachment, too much stuff. Most often, clutter is the fault of the ‘homeless’. Every item should have a home. Each item of clutter is a decision delayed. Below are some...
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Return Station

  This is an area such as a small space in a coat closet where you can place packaging and or receipts of things that you may be just trying out and might return to the store. Once you decide to keep the items, discard the package and discard or file the receipt....
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Sources for Thrifting

Besides your local thrift stores, consider other sources especially if you are a collector. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of outlets for you to peruse and satisfy your thrifting bug. Your sources for thrifting can be plentiful.

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Yard Sale Tips

The best day for a sale is Saturday, but a multi-day sale over a long weekend will attract more hard-core shoppers.
The best times are early morning to late afternoon.
The best seasons are Spring and Fall unless you live in a continual warm weather climate. People tend to purge items during these transitional seasons.

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Fashion Shopping Tips

  1. Visit your favorite thrift spots a few weeks after a change of season. Many people clean out their closets to make room for new clothes. 2. Try on all items. Previous owners may have had garments altered. 3. Consider altering items that may not fit...
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Antique Shopping Tips

  1. Antiques are, by definition, at least 100 years old. Anything else is “vintage” or a “collectible”. 2. Move the piece away from walls and other items so you can get a good look at all sides, including the bottom. Study the piece under bright light or ask to...
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Online Selling Tips

As a seller, generating interest in your items is key to selling well. Keep these tips in mind when preparing your online sale:   Select Optimal Category: Search for items similar to what you are offering to see which categories other sellers have chosen. The...
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Thrift Shopping Tips

  With some planning, the essential tools, insider knowledge, and the right attitude and an energetic spirit, these shopping tips can aid in a great thrift shopping experience.   Plan Map out your day and route. Arrive early! (Expert thrift shoppers are...
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Quick Tips

  Clearing Clutter Remove or organize the biggest or bulkiest items first to make for quicker progress. You will free up valuable real estate faster.   Toys Put sets of toys such as models or Legos together in one labeled container or bag with the...
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Thrifting Season

  The time of the year the that is best for thrifters, but bad for sellers is during January, February, and March. This period right after the holidays is the slowest for retailers because consumers have just finished all their shopping for the holidays and are...
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Flea Market Sources Added

  Check out the new flea markets added to SpiceMines!...
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