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Are you excited about shopping for some spring clothes? Me too! But first, as usual, I recommend that we start with a plan. Although we still have a month or so of cool weather, depending on where you live, we can still do a little organizing and planning to get our closets and our wardrobes ready for spring. 

Preparing Wardrobes For Spring


Today, I’ve got a plan for getting a jump-start on our spring wardrobes. Later, preferably in March, you can go back and do a more thorough job of cleaning out, organizing, and planning your wardrobe for spring. But, for now, lets do a fun, quick prep on our spring wardrobes to tie us over till then.

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Our nice warm weather is really giving me Spring fever. Then I go into my closet and change my mind because I’m not ready to give up my winter clothes yet. Those are my favorites! Are you that way? I’ve heard lots of people say they feel that way too. When I asked them why, they said that winter clothes are more stylish, can be layered, accessorized, and just gives them more options. I agree 100%. I really wish I could enjoy spring and summer, wearing my winter clothes, but that would look pretty silly, wouldn’t it? 

Preparing Your Wardrobe For Spring

Now that it’s February, we only have a little over a month to wear our winter clothes, and then it’s time to get ready for spring. So, for this month, I’m going to wear my winter wardrobe as much as possible, and then try to figure out how I can get just as excited about a spring wardrobe. Besides that, I haven’t bought any clothes since Christmas and, therefore, I’m really getting some shopping fever!

Today, I’ve got ideas for making the most of our winter wardrobe for the rest of this season. Then, I’ll help you with ideas for pre-planning your spring wardrobe. I’ll be covering this in two posts because this is one of my favorite subjects and I have a lot to talk about.

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If Valentine’s Day only reminds you of cards, chocolate, and roses, you may have missed the point. I know a lot of people really don’t like Valentine’s Day because they see it as an over-commercialized holiday to sell “stuff”.  Personally, I like Valentine’s Day. It’s not because I like cheesy holidays, even though that’s definitely true. It’s because I like any day that gives us a reason to celebrate and give gifts to our family or others. It’s the perfect day to show your love, gratitude, and appreciation for everyone in your life.

Valentine's Day Gifts

I encourage you to keep giving those cards, chocolates, and roses. My favorites are those cherry, jelly heart candies. Yum! But if you would really like to put more thought into your Valentine’s Day gifts and make them more meaningful, I’ve got some ideas to get you started. Some of these could be for your spouse or your kids, and some are for other people that you’d like to show your appreciation for.

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With the new year and my goals in place, I’ve been thinking about how to actually get things done that I’ve set out to do. Obviously, the key to that would be to find the best way to manage my time on a weekly and daily basis.

Budgeting Your Time With Time Blocks

I’ve tried several different techniques and ideas and I’ve found that the most effective, realistic way for me to manage my time is by planning my week with time blocks. This really isn’t anything new. I remember learning this back in college when I took a study skills class. The main premise is that you have to budget your time the same way you budget your money.

Everyone has a limited amount of money, but infinite ways to spend it. The same goes for your time. We have a limited number of hours each week, yet we have about a million things we’d like to do.

If you’re frustrated with how you can’t seem to get to all the things that are important to you, why not join me in trying “time blocking”.  Let’s balance our schedule by looking at it like a budget. Here’s how:

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     Are you still working on your New Year’s goals, resolutions, and new habits? A lot of us lose our willpower and momentum and give up by February. It does take a while to make something become a habit. Since January and February are typically less busy than other times of the year, I think this is the perfect time to really focus on New Year’s goals and resolutions, and then by March, you should be well on your way to accomplishing what you set out to do.

How To Make Progress On New Year's Goals, Resolutions, And Habits

     Now that it’s February, it’s time to do a little check-up on our goals and resolutions and see how we’re doing and where we need to work a little harder. Today, I’ve got a system for looking at your overall lifetime goals, your goals for this year, and a way to see how you’re progressing so far.

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     Are you an organized person with an uncluttered house and a neat, tidy schedule? Then you go to your kids’ room and the place is a mess, homework isn’t done, and they’re gazing at their computer or cell phone? Well, it’s quite normal. It’s easy to control ourselves, but another story when you’re responsible for your family. You’ve got a busy household and some of you have one or more kids. It’s a lot to handle. I’ve been there. I still remember looking for help anywhere and everywhere for advice on how to keep it all together.

10 Ways To Keep Your Kids Organized

     Well, my kids are grown now and my life is simpler, but I’m still learning and with all you moms out there, I just want to say, it gets easier with time. It really does. But, until then, I’ve got some tips today for keeping your kids organized. Of course, I don’t have all the answers to keeping your household organized, but looking back to when my three kids were growing up, these are the ten things that helped to keep me and my family reasonably organized. If you can master at least some of these, you’ll be on your way to a happy, organized life, for you and your family.

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     What To Wear On Bad Days Do you ever have days when you wake up, you’ve got tons of responsibilities, and you feel like you’re barely able to function?  On days like this, you just want to get through the day, and you don’t really care how you look while you’re doing it. Whether you’re a busy new mom, a mid-lifer, menopausal, stressed out, overworked, tired, insomniac, or whatever is causing your bad day, I’m here to tell you that you can possibly turn around a bad day by the outfit you choose to wear. I know it sounds shallow, but if you look better, you’ll feel better. What you wear does matter. It matters in how people see you and how you see yourself.

     A couple days ago, I had a bad night’s sleep and had to be somewhere the next morning. I knew I was going to feel bad and tired, but I really wanted to at least fake a good night’s sleep and look presentable. So, I wore an outfit that always makes me feel good, in my favorite colors, a few pieces of classic jewelry, and I felt better that day. It helped my mood. I felt awake and alert. I even felt more productive, all day long. 

     Today, I’ve got tips for how to look great, or at least better, when you’re having a bad day. 

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How To Organize Household Paperwork    Organizing your household paperwork might not be on your list of favorite things to do, but it can really prevent a lot of stress if you can quickly find that “one” important piece of paper when you need it. It took me years to figure out that a simple household file system could really be easy to set up and maintain.  

     Since you probably dislike organizing paperwork as much as going to the dentist, I am giving you a simple system that I have started using for getting all my household paperwork organized and keeping it that way. Start by setting aside an hour or two to catch up on all your loose papers, and then maintaining it from there should be pretty easy. 

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How To Shop Winter Clearance Sales      What is one of the first signs of spring? It’s not just tulips and Easter candy. It’s retail stores marking down winter merchandise and it’s starting now!

     If you still need some things to add to your winter wardrobe, you can find some great deals right now.  January and February are the best months to get the largest selection of winter clearance merchandise because stores are marking things down to make room for spring and summer.

     If you’ve rested up from all your Christmas shopping and ready to hit the stores, I’ve got a plan for you to make the most of your winter clearance shopping. First, go back and read Getting Your Wardrobe Ready For Winter, and then get ready to plan your winter clearance shopping.

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   How To Stock Up On Food And Save Money  January is the time when we usually like to cut back on spending and start saving money again, especially after the holidays. One way that we can do that is with a grocery shopping system. It’s a big part of our budget and with so many options at the store, we can get this under control.

     Today, I’ve got a plan for starting the year off right and setting up a system for your family’s meals and groceries. This is the system that I’ve started using this month and thought I’d share it with you. Maybe it will keep all of us on track and free up some money for other things, like maybe a summer vacation! Sounds like a nice reward, doesn’t it?

Here’s my plan for saving money on groceries:

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