Well my “challenge” to myself this year was to get more organized. I have always tried to find a balance between my anal retentive side and my “fly by the seat of my pants” side – my flying side usually wins over. So this was my year to put all my excuses into storage and label my way to the stress free world of Organization. To help me out I have been doing some research on the net and found some “Easy Organization Tips” woman with drinkfrom the so called experts. They seem easy enough but unfortunately some of them were very vague. I thought I would pass them onto you with my own interpretation of what they mean, to make it easier for you to get on the clutterfree bus… 1) Commit to making decisions. Do I really need it? – I find this one particularly difficult.  I can?t commit to a long distance carrier let alone the pressure of deciding if I really need IT. What is IT? This is the info I need to know. If IT is a pair of shoes, then YES! If IT is a pair of jumper cables, then NO! 2) Don?t buy it unless you have a place to put it – Here is that IT thing again. I can find a place to put just about anything, so this tip really is not helping me. Besides, if there is no immediate opening in the house for my new purchase, IT can always be stored in the trunk of my car until a position becomes available… (or my husband is out of the house). 3) If you add an item, remove an item – I happen to like this one. The only part I am fuzzy on is that if I buy an item for myself, can I remove an item belonging to someone else in the house? If so, this is my favourite tip of all.  After all, I have only ever seen my husband use that big shiny drill thingy once. 4) Say NO more often – Once again, I am feeling this tip. Just a little unclear about when to say NO and to whom. So I came up with a few possibilities… “Mom what?s for dinner?” NO “Honey have you seen my…” NO “Hey Sweetie wanna…” NO Yup…this tip could work. So to help you out even more with this new challenge I suggest you enjoy a couple cocktails while you’re setting out your plan of attack. Here’s my pick for this occasion. “Do Over” Daiquiri 1 1/2 ounces rum 2 ounces pomegranate juice 2 ounces grape juice 1/4 cup frozen raspberries thawed Blend all ingredients with ice and serve in a tall glass. Garnish with heaping tablespoon of positivity and of course, LABELS…..!

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