Keep Your Mind in the Muscle

Clarity of vision produces more purposeful action.  I want to be more effective and produce concrete outcomes.  To do this I need to deliberately choose and then keep constantly in my mind’s eye the specific life environment and outcomes I want to create.  Everything I do, then, should further those objectives. A vision gains clarity when we know […]

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Scrubbing Floors (Or Not)

One morning I was perusing an old text and came upon the following instructions for “Scrubbing Floors” (which is, of course, to be done after the “white-washing, paint-cleaning, and window-washing” of each room is complete) and I can’t tell you how glad it made me feel for the floor surfaces and cleaning equipment of today.  Can […]

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Raising Someone Else’s Spouse

One day, toward the beginning of my career as a mother and full-time home maker, I suddenly realized that I wasn’t just raising my own children, but I was also raising someone else’s future spouse (and someone else’s future parent) and that I had the responsibility to pass on the best “product” possible. This awareness […]

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Practical, Useful or Beautiful?

In 1930, an unknown writer stated: “The use of any possession presupposes a plan or philosophy of use.” ————————————- ————————————- The term “philosophy of use” means “In what capacity are you going to use X ?”  In other words—as it relates to having an organized home or to organizing your belongings—before you decide to keep an item, […]

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How to Identify Your Resources

Imagine yourself “stranded on a deserted island” or “lost in the woods.”  What would be the second thing (other than not panic) you would do? Answer: Identify all your resources. Of course, the first thing you better do is hold still long enough (mentally and physically) to determine your precise objective—which is to survive and return home.  The second action you must take, […]

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Grocery Bill

————————————- ————————————- Hi Beverly, I hope things are going well. I haven’t been able to make it to one of your frugal grocery shopping seminars and was wondering if you will be teaching one again soon or could give me some pointers. I would like to do better in that area. I understand the basics of […]

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Organizing and the Need for Consistency

Reading Years ago I used a blend of two systems and began teaching our two younger sons how to read.  Eighteen months later, our youngest son was the only child in his kindergarten class who could actually read well.  (In fact, he read so fluently that the other children wanted him to read stories to them rather […]

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The Role of Hope in the Organizing Process

The Distress of Being Overwhelmed It can be a daunting feeling to look around a room or a space filled with clutter (paper or otherwise) and to feel totally overwhelmed with the task of having to make order out of what seems like a mountain of chaos.  We know we should “get organized.”  We feel […]

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A Moment of Sheer Delight

Yesterday I had a moment of sheer delight that felt like discovering buried treasure. I had gone to the library to pick up a couple of books I had on hold and, on my way into the building, had stopped to see what books were available for sale on the Friends of the Library carts. […]

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