Get Organized Now!
Mid-Week Mini Edition
By Maria Gracia
May 31, 2017
Organizing...It Stretches Beyond Home
It's a known fact that there are only two seasons in Wisconsin where I
2. Road Construction
This is only a slight exaggeration. In fact, the route I take to nearly anywhere
when I'm leaving my house this time of the year has resulted in one or more
'Road Closed' signs, resulting in an extra five or ten minutes of driving, just
to get to everyday places like the gym, the supermarket, or my daughter's
Not that I'm complaining. I certainly don't want my car to be bottomed out from
unfixed potholes and other road problems, I like when new roads are built that
help me get here and there in an easier, more efficient manner, and there's
just something great about driving on a newly paved road.
All of those orange barrels and barricades are reminders of summer...and the
need to be alert and organized when out driving. After all, organizing stretches
way beyond our homes.
1) Give 'em a break: Where there's road construction, there are lovely
men and women manning those duties. Give them a break and slow down, both for
their safety, yours, and the other drivers on the road.
2) Let the chickens (etc.) cross the road. A few days ago, I came to a
stop on a highway to allow a wild turkey to cross my path, and I've already
breaked for five or six deer in the last two weeks alone. This is the time of
year especially, in many areas, where wildlife roams free, especially at dusk.
Keep focused on the road, don't drive too fast, and help these fine friends make
it safely to the other side.
3) Pick up a nice pair of shades. While I love the sun, wow...it's super
bright some days. Because of this, my sunglasses are easily accessible. I don't
have to rifle through my glove compartment, or take my eyes off the road, to get
to them. They're right next to
me in my cup holder.
4) Slippery roads are only a winter thing, right? Wrong! I love a good,
booming thunderstorm in the summer, but summer storms (even a seemingly harmless
sun shower) leave roads slippery, because the rain mixes with the oil and dirt
on the road. Just as you use precautions in the winter during precipitation, use
those same safety measures in the summer.
5) Sharing is caring. Although it can be fun to be the center of
attention, when we're on the road, sharing is caring. Last summer, a friend of
mine was out biking, was hit by a motorist who was driving just a little bit too
fast, and ended up with injuries that had him out-of-commission for five months.
The warm weather draws lots of folks out in cars, on bikes, motorcycles, RVs,
trucks, bicycles, walking, kids playing outside, etc. This requires us to be
even more alert, prepared, organized...and kind.
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A Different Way to Clean a Window Screen
It's been raining all day from morning, so I decided to clean one fly
screen in my bathroom. Here in my country, a bathroom means the bath tub and
body washing area (no toilet). So humid and easy to get mold.
First, I took it out and brought it to my backyard. I laid it on the paved area
to make sure it would not fly away, but would catch enough rain drops. Yes I
relied on Mother Nature to wash it mostly. Tomorrow I will brush and do final
cleaning, with fresh, clean water, myself.
While the fly screen was outside, I decided to clean the window and opened it to
wash it down with the flexible hosed shower. The window opens towards the
outside, the French window way. No one was walking outside as it was heavy
raining so no chance of anyone getting sprayed as I was literally watering the
window from the inside out of the house. Bye-bye dirt and black mold!
Organizing to Get Slim and Trim
With summer coming, and the grim thought of being in a bathing suit, I'm feeling
kind of down. How can I get organized so I can get slim and trim before June
21st...the first day of summer?
Response from Maria Gracia
Thanks for your note. You can definitely get organized to reach your goals, but
I'd be remiss to offer you advice to get there in only a few weeks. In fact,
please ignore anyone who does offer advice on a quick method, because it would
not be the responsible thing to do, and could be more harmful than helpful.
That being said, you can begin reaching your goals a little bit at a time, and
I highly encourage you to take that road. Here is what I recommend:
1. Begin cleaning out your pantry. The more junk food you have easily
accessible, the more you're going to be tempted to eat it.
2. Opt for real food Eat a diet that's plant strong (lots of vegetables
and fresh fruit), and consists of lean protein and whole grains.
3. Eat out as an occasional treat. If you eat out all the time, that's
not going to help you with your goals. While it's fun to eat at restaurants
now and then, you have more opportunities to eat healthier at home.
4. Ditch sugar. Sugar is one of the main enemies of your goal. Drink
water instead of soda, juice, or smoothies. Read ingredient lists and say
goodbye to anything with added sugar (fructose, high fructose corn syrup,
barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup...these are just a few).
5. Get committed. Many people say they want to get slim and trim, and
then don't do much to reach those goals. I'm not sure if you're aware, but
I have a program called GON GLOW that thousands of folks, with similar goals
to yours, are benefiting from. You can read more about it here:
6. Get movin'. Summer is a wonderful time of the year for 'active
activities.' Try Frisbee, walking in your neighborhood, biking, swimming, or
7. Finally, be patient. Go out and buy yourself a bathing suit for this
season that's attractive and slimming. Go for black or another dark color. Look
at the Miraclesuit line. Then, make it your quest to get healthier, slimmer,
and trimmer a little bit at a time.
Hope this helps!
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- June Monthly Checklist: Yes, you'll have time to enjoy the lazy days
of summer AND get organized at the same time. Check out our NEW June 2017
- Dirty Little Secret 1: Leftover cooking grease? Here's how I dispose
- Dirty Little Secret 2: Who wants dinner to be humdrum? Here's how I
make everyday dinners unique
- Dirty Little Secret 3: You're prepping food, your hands are messy,
and the phone rings. What do you do?
- Mini Challenges: This week's mini challenges will help you get your
'virtual life' organized. That's right...they all have to do with that digital
clutter that builds up. Ready, set, go!
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How to Quickly Organize Your Home,
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