Posted by: Cyndy Salzmann | July 14, 2011

Summer Fun

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Here are some simple ways to make the most of the lazy days of summer with your kids or grandkids.

  • Make healthy juice pops by putting a Popsicle stick into small paper cups of juice and freezing. Just tear away the cup to eat!
  • Cool off with an old-fashioned water fight! Give each team a bucket of water and several sponges (the big, thirsty ones are best). The “wettest” team gets a pie (whipped cream on a sponge) in the face. Afterwards, just hose off and enjoy a sweet treat together to top off the festivities.
  • Try this fun recipe I like to call “Under the Sea” for a deep sea adventure at the dinner table!

8 oz. angel hair pasta
4-6 hotdogs
butter or margarine
food coloring

Boil pasta according to package directions. Tint pasta with food coloring and butter to make greenish-blue. Snip each hotdog about halfway up – lengthwise from one end – in eight pieces. Drop hotdogs into boiling water. The “legs” will curl during cooking to resemble an octopus. Serve your “octopus” over the “sea” of noodles. Optional: Use ketchup and mustard to draw eyes and mouth on the “octopus” using a toothpick.

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Posted by: Cyndy Salzmann | July 14, 2011

Summer Fun

MP900442471[1]Here are some simple ways to make the most of the lazy days of summer with your kids or grandkids.

  • Make healthy juice pops by putting a Popsicle stick into small paper cups of juice and freezing. Just tear away the cup to eat!
  • Cool off with an old-fashioned water fight! Give each team a bucket of water and several sponges (the big, thirsty ones are best). The “wettest” team gets a pie (whipped cream on a sponge) in the face. Afterwards, just hose off and enjoy a sweet treat together to top off the festivities.
  • Try this fun recipe I like to call “Under the Sea” for a deep sea adventure at the dinner table!

8 oz. angel hair pasta
4-6 hotdogs
butter or margarine
food coloring

Boil pasta according to package directions. Tint pasta with food coloring and butter to make greenish-blue. Snip each hotdog about halfway up – lengthwise from one end – in eight pieces. Drop hotdogs into boiling water. The “legs” will curl during cooking to resemble an octopus. Serve your “octopus” over the “sea” of noodles. Optional: Use ketchup and mustard to draw eyes and mouth on the “octopus” using a toothpick.

Posted by: organizationstation | May 31, 2011

I am overrun by my children’s artwork!

What to keep of your children’s artwork is such a hard decision to make.  It is ALL so darn cute!

It can easily get out of control though if we don’t make some decisions along the way.

Here are some tips that will help with this situation.

1.  Gather up the artwork and lay it on the floor (in a semi-circle) then
have the child lay down in the middle of the artwork and take a picture
from up above them. You then can let go of the original artwork because
you have a picture of it and you will also know how old your child was
when the picture was taken.
2.  Give the child a finite space to hang their artwork up, like a
bulletin board and have them decide when to change from one artwork to
another.  The decision is then put on them and you will know which ones
mean a lot to them.
3.  Use an archival storage box per year that is about 11 x 14 and 2 inches deep.
This should be the amount of artwork kept through the 6 years of artwork
the child should have.

Posted by: Cyndy Salzmann | May 26, 2011

10 Ways to Stop Bedroom Clutter

MP900431761[1]Although I wouldn’t classify every idea as “simple” – this article from Reader’s Digest has some good tips for making your bedroom a “relaxing” space.

Posted by: organizationstation | May 24, 2011

How to Lead a Meeting

Leading a Meeting

by Diane Sullivan, The Organization Station

The complaint I hear often from employers and employees alike is the topic of meetings. Most of the time, they last too long, you don’t make any decisions, someone in the group always “gets off subject” and rambles on and on. How many of you seem to go to “meetings” all the time, but don’t seem to get anything useful out of them? How many of you plan the meeting and it never seems to “get any results”?

Here are a few ideas and structure to make EVERY meeting be what it is intended to be, whether it is a PTA meeting or a Board meeting.

BEFORE THE MEETING:

1. Try to arrange the meeting for a central location.

2. Have light refreshments, so that people feel comfortable.

3. Arrange sitting with everyone facing each other.
If the meeting is a weekly event, plan to make it the same time and place every week. This will allow for members to mark a whole year on their calendars.

4. Make an agenda:
Call to order
Approve the minutes from the last meeting
Announcements
Committee reports, if any
Unfinished business
New business
Discuss any special projects
Set up the next meeting
Adjourn

Send out the agenda, well in advance, to the members. This will enable people to come prepared.

DURING THE MEETING:
1. Greet members individually
2. Start on time
3. End on time
4. Stick to the agenda
5. Encourage discussion, members will feel more involved, important and not bored
6. Keep minutes during the meeting
7. Praise members for their input
8. Keep members focused to the task at hand
9. Be flexible, not rigid
10. Take care of negatively problem swiftly and confidently
11. Encourage members to see different perspectives
12. Help members work out conflicts

AFTER THE MEETING:
1. Type up the minutes
2. Write up the next agenda. Put in any unfinished business.

Posted by: Sheri Lukasiewicz @ Peace by Piece | May 20, 2011

Organizing Oncology

A dear friend and colleague of mine is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.  As I watch her journey unfold on her CaringBridge blog, I began to contemplate all of the treatment options and information, health records, doctors notes, appointments and such that have flooded into her life.  While I am certain she (as an organizer) has full grasp and authority over all of this info influx, there may be others, or have loved ones, that are in that same season in their lives, and are feeling overwhelmed.

I did some searching and found some sites that offer valuable tools for gathering and keeping all such information.  They also offer many other links that offer a wide range of helps.  There are other helpful sites, I’m sure, but I will list a few here.  They are chemotherapy.com, cancer.net, and livestrong.org.

Hopefully these links will guide you to useful tools to help you get and keep a handle on the tide of necessary information you are gathering.  Aside from organizing tools, these links also offer a wealth of information to help you along the road, if this is your journey as well.  I believe knowledge is empowering, so power on, dear ones, and I pray you emerge on the other side of this valley with your health completely restored.

Posted by: organizationstation | May 4, 2011

What to do with all the Kids Artwork?

1.  Gather up the artwork and lay it on the floor (in a semi-circle) then
have the child lay down in the middle of the artwork and take a picture
from up above them. You then can let go of the original artwork because
you have a picture of it and you will also know how old your child was
when the picture was taken.
2.  Give the child a finite space to hang their artwork up, like a
bulletin board and have them decide when to change from one artwork to
another.  The decision is then put on them and you will know which ones
mean a lot to them.
3.  Use an archival storage box that is about 11 x 14 and 2 inches deep.
This should be the amount of artwork kept through the 6 years of artwork
the child should have.

Posted by: Sheri Lukasiewicz @ Peace by Piece | April 29, 2011

Rightsizing vs. Downsizing

As I was listening to an instructor in one of my continuing education classes recently, the comment was made about changing some terminology that is frequently used in the ‘Organizing’ world.  The idea was presented to replace the word ‘downsizing’ with ‘rightsizing’.  The thought being that the very word ‘downsizing’ comes with some very negative connotations.  It got me thinking…. We don’t get as much product at the store that we used to because of content ‘downsizing’.  People don’t have jobs this year that they had last year due to company ‘downsizing’, and so go the examples…..all leaving the person with a sense of loss, and not in a good way.

The concept of applying the word ‘rightsizing’ to the task of editing out clutter accumulation, or moving to a home that best suits one’s current lifestyle may very well be met with a much more positive attitude toward the process.  It certainly puts a positive spin on the processes.

So, if you’re in the throes of making a positive change in your life, be it clutter editing or whatever it may be, begin to think of it in terms of ‘rightsizing’ your life.  It may just be an exercise in semantics, but, on the other hand, it may be the very thought perspective that allows the task to truly begin.

Consider ‘rightsizing’ your life in some area and see how ‘right’ it feels!!

Posted by: organizationstation | April 19, 2011

April is National Stress Month

I try very hard in my life to keep stress at bay.  I try never to be so overloaded
that it would lead to stress. I pick about three projects a day to concentrate on
besides the daily routine duties such as e-mail.  If I do happen to feel the stress,
I will call upon my girlfriends for a "girls night out".  Time with
positive, like minded people will always help you gain your prospective back.



Posted by: organizationstation | April 19, 2011

Last Pass- Free Password Keeper a must for Organized People

Are you one of those people who uses same easy-to-remember password on every site? (It’s okay, you can tell me.) Though you might stop short of wearing your password on a T-shirt (seriously, who does that?), millions of people make it easy for would-be hackers to get their hands on their important digital data.

How can you keep your credit card, banking and identity information secure?  Create iron-clad, unique passwords for each site.  But how can you remember them all?  Ah, that’s where LastPass comes in.

If you want to take a giant leap forward when it comes to online security, check Last Pass out at: http://www.lastpass.com

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