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Get Organized Now!
Mid-Week Mini Edition

By Maria Gracia
May 17, 2017

  Today's Feature

How Many Times Do You Hit the Snooze Button?

A few weeks ago, we posed this question to our GON readers:
How many times do you hit the snooze button?

About a thousand people responded and here are the results of that poll.

28% Never! I rise and shine as soon as my alarm sounds

25% I wake up naturally without an alarm clock

18% Three times or more...and then I 'reluctantly' get up

12% Once...and then I get up

11% Twice...and then I get up

3% I never hear my alarm. Somebody else does, and wakes me up

3% I have several alarm clocks and I snooze them all repeatedly

I researched a whole bunch of expert articles on the subject of snoozing and most say, it’s not good for you. Apparently, when you let your body go back to sleep, your body goes into 'false alarm' mode and settles back in. Every time you hit snooze and continue to re-awaken, your body and brain are thrown off kilter resulting in grogginess. Once you finally decide to get up, you may find that this fuzzy-headed feeling can last for hours afterwards.

To kick the snooze button habit:

1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every single day…weekends included.

2. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Determine what you need to feel refreshed within this range, realizing that not only too little, but also too much, sleep can hinder your productivity.

3. Let there be light. I know when it’s morning because my shades allow the sunshine to filter in. If your sleep quarters are always dark, your body will have a more difficult time adjusting to the time of day. Alternately, if you like it very dark in your room when you’re sleeping and must hinder all light from entering, consider a sunrise-simulating alarm clock.

P.S. Speaking of snoozing...if you do, you’re going to miss out on learning how you can get your home organized and make money at the same time…by hosting the most profitable garage sale you ever have…even if you’ve had less than stellar results in the past. All the details are below in this issue, including a way for you to get a boatload of bonuses...but only until Monday, May 22.

Scroll down to the bottom of this issue for full details!

  Fabulous Reader Tip

Having floss with you, without the bulky container

I was using a tiny waist pack on an outing. When preparing it, I wondered how my dental floss would fit. I realized I needed only one floss worth of length, not the whole spool. I grabbed a 3 x 4-inch piece of paper, folded it in thirds lengthwise, wound the floss onto my newly formed 'spool,' and folded the paper over itself to hold the floss in place. This fit flat in the tiniest pocket of my pack and I was ready for the day.

--Deborah Christman, Groveland, IL

I am married 43 years this month to my wonderful husband, Michael. I’ve been practicing my new found drawing ability…I drew my first colored pencil portrait, finishing it today. It is of my mother (pictured here).

  Ask Maria

Muffins always turn out so dense…please help!

Reader Question

Hi Maria,

I love your newsletter, as well as your Goodbye Clutter and Happy For Life books. I know, from previous newsletters I’ve read and from some of your social media posts that you enjoy cooking and baking. My husband and I really like muffins, and I’ve followed many recipes I’ve found online, but they always turn out so dense. Any thoughts as to what I’m doing wrong.


Response from Maria Gracia

Hi Chris,

It could be that you’re over-mixing. When making muffins (or even cupcakes), stop mixing as soon as you see no more flour steaks. If you’re adding in something, like chocolate chips, stop mixing when there are still some flour streaks, add in the chips, and give it a final turn or two.

Another possibility is the flour you’re using. White unbleached flour will result in a lighter muffin, while whole grain flour will result in a denser muffin.

Whole grain flour is recommended for a more nutritious muffin. In this case, you may choose to divide the flour called for into two parts…half white and half whole grain.

Hope this helps!


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  In Closing

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. --Thomas Dekker

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And remember...Being organized creates a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life!


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When you share, please mention my name and web site - Maria Gracia - as the source.

Thank you for helping to spread the gift of organizing far and wide! -- Maria

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