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  • The Best Part of This Blog - Small Notebook
    Blogging ebook twice I now have a schedule for computer time to make more time for what really matters thanks to you Rita the busy minimalist s last post How to organize kids clothes Kathryn Fenner says August 9 2010 at 8 37 am Pine Sol in the bathroom sink or if you don t mind actually cleaning something swish it around the toilet bowl Heloise always says if you get the bathroom sparkling folks won t notice the rest obvi you need to pick up the big chunks shoes toys dog toys too My favorite part of this blog is the mantra that you don t need to buy more storage containers to get organized True dat Jessicah says August 9 2010 at 8 52 am Ooh I feel super cool now Thanks I love this blog a lot though and it s one of the very very few where I actually read the comments because I agree that there s great stuff going on here Emily remodelingthislife says August 9 2010 at 10 43 am Oh my the comment from Doug s Mom just made me cry You are so blessed Rachel Emily remodelingthislife s last post Link Love hmbalison says August 9 2010 at 9 52 am I read this site via Google Reader and you can t see the comments so I ve been missing out Thanks for suggesting I don t miss the comments Kelli says August 10 2010 at 7 02 am Just so you know you can also subscribe to the comments of the site just add http smallnotebook org comments feed rss to your RSS reader Kelli s last post Has anyone seen my wagon Dani says August 9 2010 at 11 10 am I am not sure if I ever commented here before I not so I stopped by to say hi I religously read your blog in my Reader and occassionally click over to read the comments Sounds like I am missing out so I will be sure to read the comments more often Dani s last post A Tribute to the One I Love Who Riddled Me With Anxiety and Almost Gave Me an Ulcer a k a Please Dont Do That Again Beth says August 9 2010 at 10 36 am I don t think I ve ever commented here before but it s definitely one of my all time favorite blogs to read I am always inspired by your writing but I rarely click to read the comments I ve been missing out Julie says August 9 2010 at 10 37 am That is so funny I used to do that same thing w Windex or whatever cleaning product smelled the best I would do it about 30 min before he got home But then we got a dog and I have to clean for real A lot jackie says August 9 2010 at 10 43 am ha great tip about the windex i used to use endust on the table next to where hubby sat another one just fry some chopped onion smells like you ve been cooking all day good to know about the comments i didnt think anyone really read them other than me Lisa says August 9 2010 at 10 47 am Love your blog Thanks for the reminder about the comments section Before baby 3 came along 16months ago I used to be a person who commented on blogs too I love reading the stories and hearing the tips and sharing tips with people too So here s a tip for making homemade mint tea If you have mint growing in your garden then take 5 sprigs of it Bring into the house and clean it good Take a cup of water and put the mint sprigs into it stems and all Smash it with a wooden spoon to release oils Boil for 5 minutes or until the leaves start turning brown Strain into a pitcher and add 3 4 cup sugar or to taste Stir to dissolve Add water Drink I ve found that this gives me a lot more energy to deal with me 3 kids 6 4 and 16 months Thanks for the great blog D Lisa Rachel says August 9 2010 at 11 28 am Thanks Lisa I drink mint water all day long I add a few sprigs of mint into my jug of cold water and stir in a teaspoon of sugar So good It really helps me drink a lot more water too Mab says August 10 2010 at 3 26 pm Thank you for that I have tons of mint but haven t taken the time to search for a hot mint tea recipe because I thought I would have to dry the leaves but glad I don t now Charis says August 9 2010 at 11 53 am i love reading comments though with a newborn sometimes i am reading and don t have the free hands to leave a comment but i agree that as a blogger comments are always the best Charis s last post a quiver full Anna says August 9 2010 at 11 15 am I do love my comments on my blog I ll have to remember to check them out here more often Lee Ann L says August 9 2010 at 12 16 pm I don t comment much but I sure do read comments a lot You d be amazed at the tidbits of information knowledge and humor being spoken Some blogs have HUGE readerships and I just don t have time to read through thousands of comments on one post But I do read a few before moving on By the way I think I found you through Ree s Pioneer Woman blog I do know I found you some time ago via a comment and have you in Google Reader Lee Ann L s last post No Spending Month Begins Momtamc says August 9 2010 at 12 07 pm Thanks for reminding me about the comments section I found small notebook when I searched for a recipe for iced coffee and read the comments under the recipe so helpful I love your simple ideas that make our life easier My simple idea keep a cotton rag on a nail on the inside of the cabinet door under your bathroom sink and teach your family to wipe off the counter after using the sink The bathroom stays clean looking longer Courtney says August 9 2010 at 12 15 pm So this is me trying out the Gravatar thing Let s see if it works And I m totally going to spray Windex in the air Genius Anna says August 9 2010 at 1 50 pm Just to say hi don t think I ve commented before but am a huge fan I love coming here to your blog and feeling a wave of calm and general yes I can be in control too sensation rush over me I also enjoy reading the comments too you have some great readers here with lots of advice to share So thank you for your blog Really you have no idea the good things visiting here has bought into my rather whirlwind world 3 kids one with special needs full time job tight budget Anna s last post 3 Beautiful Things Megan at SortaCrunchy says August 9 2010 at 2 29 pm Hey pretty lady I completely concur that the commenters here are INCREDIBLE Especially those that have been hanging around since the Way Back Days Seriously though Who needs a subscription to Real Simple I have all the practical cost effective real life tips I need right here at Small Notebook I have found my commenters often say things WAY WAY WAY more profound than I do Love community for that Megan at SortaCrunchy s last post and so it goes Tracy says August 9 2010 at 1 33 pm I too love reading comments So much wisdom mixed with a splash of quirky make it an added bonus within your postings Ü I think I just found the secret to my our house always smelled so clean growing up I m going to ask my Mom if she dabbed a bit of ammonia behind each ear before the school bus dropped us off each day Ü Our house was spotless so she probably scrubbed her fingers to the bone each and every day knowing her Oh and I m trying out the new gravatar suggestion too Just got a new computer so no favorite personal pics yet Just my favorite London building number picture se7en says August 9 2010 at 3 29 pm Oh I just love the comments on your posts I have learnt so many nifty little tricks right here And as for your hubs mom comment awesome I just love it I couldn t pay my mom in law to visit our blog it s a shame she s missing out on meeting a great bunch of kids se7en s last post Saturday Spot Imhoff Farm Village nancy says August 9 2010 at 2 39 pm I really enjoy seeing your notebook when I open up my e mails They are funny entertaining and just plain fun The articles and the answers to them are enlightening to say the least I actually was looking for corn syrup free chocolate syrup and eith likeingand trying the recipe signed up for the news I am impressed with the adventure or each article and the news in each one Thank you for this site I for one enjoy the h out of it Debbie says August 9 2010 at 3 39 pm I have learned so much by reading your blog and comments from women who know Thanks Rachel for hosting an online community Wouldn t people of days past be amazed at what we can do Renna says August 9 2010 at 4 47 pm This is my first visit to your blog I landed here via a link at eye dyllic I haven t yet taken time to look around but I had to comment about Kait s comment of her grandmother spraying Windes to make it smell like she cleaned house I used to do that exact same thing only I splashed Pine sol in the sinks and toilets Renna s last post When Left To My Own Devices Rochelle says August 9 2010 at 5 24 pm Hello Rachel and all the other commenters My name is Rochelle and I stumbled onto this amazing blog by chance Just merely trying to search for something I found Passionate Homemaker and fell in love with her story and was inspired After reading through her blog I was led to Kat s blog Inspired to Action and once again was inspired and then found Small Notebook Just by reading these 3 blogs and through the subscriptions I have made so many changes these past couple of months it truly is life changing Thank you so much I will be sure to continue to read on through the comments from now on It s refreshing to see so many women wanting to help each other I am just learning how to blog myself Thanks again 3 Rochelle s last post Getting use to blogging jane says August 9 2010 at 5 34 pm hello there i think i also found this blog looking for homemade chocolate syrup but i love it never commented before i read in google reader but i m trying to get better about jumping in time to time Prerna says August 9 2010 at 7 49 pm Hi Rachel I love the site and the comments read all of them I learn a lot from both and it helps me to simplify and understand that what I may be experiencing or feeling is normal Thank you and fellow commenters for making life saner and happier Prerna s last post The Simplest Way to a Clean Home Jena Organizing Mommy says August 9 2010 at 7 57 pm I try to read comments but on a popular blog like yours Jena Organizing Mommy s last post Rebound Jena Organizing Mommy says August 9 2010 at 8 06 pm Wondering if my gravatar will show up Jena Organizing Mommy s last post Rebound Patty says August 9 2010 at 7 20 pm OMG I loved the part about spraying Windex in the air so it would smell like your grandma has been cleaning all day My trick is Pine Sol in the bathroom sink and toilet I ve had so many people say how clean it smells in here G says August 9 2010 at 9 35 pm Since you insist I shall de lurk for a change Preeti s http www happyheartandmind com No Spend Month posts brought me here and I have been going through your archives digging out all posts on organising and money management in general Every time I read a tip on cleaning or homekeeping here I wonder if it should even qualify as a tip cos things like recycling reusing making each penny count usually come naturally But then looking at your comments section it is evident that many people do not realise how they could utilise their money and time at the best And you are really helping them sort things out in their life Nice work G s last post What does a poor poor girl Glenda Childers says August 9 2010 at 10 41 pm I comment on so many blogs It is a fun part of blogging for me Thanks for honoring the commentors Fondly Glenda Glenda Childers s last post A PERFECT DAY Jenni Life from the Roof says August 9 2010 at 10 52 pm I actually do read most of the comments here largely because it s tapping into a like minded community of readers I agree with a previous poster though you really do create an atmosphere of invitation and discussion so often it s hard not to comment Jenni Life from the Roof s last post Surprise surprise pam says August 10 2010 at 5 25 am I m visiting the comment section Hey pam s last post Old Mission Peninsula and Sailboating Melody says August 10 2010 at 6 41 am Awwww Thanks Rachel for mentioning my comment on your blog I feel famous I really enjoy reading your blog and admit to checking once a day for new posts As a busy mom I don t have as much time to read books the way I used to and reading blogs satisfies my desire to do so and I learn alot of useful tips in the process so thanks again and keep up the great job SouthCountyGirl says August 10 2010 at 6 53 am Okay Introduction time I guess since i ve been following your blog for months upon months and I don t think I ve commented before I m 24 no kiddos unmarried dating long distance and in So Cal I bought a condo last year and i m on a search for balance between saving paying my mortgage trying not to work till I die and learning to live simply so I can simply live Man that sounds corny when I read it back Christine says August 10 2010 at 9 44 am I love commenting on Smallnotebook I m 20 and not at all in your season of life but still find your ideas and stories very encouraging Christine s last post Chocolate Always Appetite for Conversation says August 10 2010 at 12 17 pm Thanks for prompting me to scroll down I love your blog and your supportive approach you always seem like a really great friend Thanks for creating such a nice community Appetite for Conversation s last post Meatless Mondays Eating Out Kait Palmer says August 10 2010 at 12 36 pm Thanks for the shout out Rachel I usually come back to your posts twice once to read the article and once to read the comments Kait Palmer s last post Guard Dog Becky Clean Mama says August 10 2010 at 1 09 pm Love the comments here on Small Notebook I come back and read twice too Thanks for the meaningful and helpful posts the way you engage your readers is really special Becky Clean Mama s last post DONE Watermelon Pickles Ama de Casa y Mamá says August 10 2010 at 1 52 pm Hello I have to confess that I ve been following your blog for a long time and it s the first time I leave a comment I m an uruguayan mom sorry about my english I have one kid and I have to tell you that your blog is so inspiring I love it I have learned a lot by reading your posts and comments One of my favorites posts is Never clean a sippy cup again great Ama de Casa y Mamá s last post Torta de manzanas fácil liz says August 10 2010 at 1 21 pm I ve been reading this blog for about 2 years to be honest I can t even remember how I ended up here But I ve stayed I ve never commented before but love the comment section it s like a fun luncheon with new interesting people angelvalerie says August 26 2010 at 6 24 am Well said Liz I agree angelvalerie s last post off on holidays Liz says August 10 2010 at 1 53 pm I love this Blog I read every word plus comments Awesome Liz Gettingfitwithliz com Sarah says August 10 2010 at 2 15 pm I found your blog through a recommended reading list from another blog and tuned in occasionally Then one day there was a picture from your college apartment with people staring back at me that

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  • Ditch the Negative Self Talk - Small Notebook
    2012 kill inner clutter before it kills you utm source feedburner utm medium email utm campaign Feed 3A BeMoreWithLess 28Be More with Less 29 Thought you might find it helpful Sorry for the long URL Rita thissortaoldlife com s last post Bathroom RenovationDoing it the 12 step way Mary Biskup says January 30 2012 at 3 01 pm Thank you Rachel This refrain has been playing in my head very loudly since November not great especially when the sun goes away I m in Germany I love the quote you included and also the reminder that this thinking is also clutter Mary Biskup s last post Hello Monday Fiona says January 30 2012 at 3 13 pm It s funny as I read your post All I kept thinking is how on earth can she think that Having just spent the last couple of weeks reading through your amazing archives thank you so much for dedicating yourself to your writing I feel ive actually grown as a woman as I ve digested them I find it hard to believe something like that could be thought inside your head In my mind of course you re far from failing you re a glorious success at life We do all think these things ourselves but would never say them to someone else Fiona says January 30 2012 at 3 19 pm Tee hee her I could even comment properly so why do we say then to ourselves I don t have the answer but my Granny told me that you can t take notice of silly thoughts like that Number one reason we are not our thoughts Thoughts are often just a collection of whimsical musings that flutter through our minds after collecting all sorts of trash on the way from society tv etc Thank you for being brave and admitting what everyone had to deal with sometimes I for one will definitely be spending tomorrow being gentle with myself Fiona x P s I absolutely love your blog Jennie says January 30 2012 at 3 25 pm I really needed this I had a rough night last night and I just decided to take on a huge life changing goal I need as much positive self talk as I can get Thanks Rachel Michelle Faith Trust Pixie Dust says January 30 2012 at 4 14 pm Hello Rachel I popped over to see you because you were nominated as someone s blog crush on Vintage Revivals I can see why you were listed there I ve enjoyed my visit I can tell you re great at organization because even your blog has an organized tidy feel I love this quotation also the light fixture you made yourself Very cool Warmly Michelle savvysuzy says January 30 2012 at 4 25 pm Beautiful sentiments Rachel Very timely I can definitely relate Dealing with issues myself right about now I have my little pity party look at it then think this is not helping anything But it does help to acknowledge whatever it is and whether I can do anything about it myself Things come to mind when doing chores sometimes I suppose that s part of being gentle with oneself I don t sit worry or beat myself about stuff I have no control over I ve learned to leave it in God s hands Maybe it s a delayed after the holidaze kind of malaise that gets flushed up kind of a thing Tasmanian Minimalist says January 30 2012 at 4 49 pm This is one of my major focii this year I was a buggar for it This week however major perspective has been given to me in the form of a friend of a friend who lost her husband and son within 4 months WE are raising money for her at http www mycause com au mycause raise money fundraise php id 50028 if anyone is able to stop by if not that s cool too Her story is at http www lisajking blogspot com My theory now is that if she has had to contend with that I HAVE NOTHING NOT ONE SINGLE THING TO MOAN AND BE NEGATIVE ABOUT Thanks for listening Tasmanian Minimalist s last post New Product Review Up MUST SEE savvysuzy says January 30 2012 at 5 45 pm Sorry to hear that It s sad and it does put things in the proper perspective But the reality is that we all will have our crosses to bear at some point It s part of living The thing is do we let it consume us or do we slowly pick the pieces up and keep moving forward I think how we deal with minutia prepares us for other issues Gina says January 30 2012 at 7 32 pm I really love that I put it on my blog and linked back to you What a great idea to give ourselves a little credit I m all about encouraging others I need to encourage myself sometimes too Donna says January 30 2012 at 7 32 pm I struggle too with negative thoughts about myself My appearance my relationships with others Always second guessing the quality of my craft work Some days nothing is good enough I have to take control shut it down drown it out Paint a smile on my face even when I don t feel like smiling Donna s last post Quilted Postcard Mug Rug Margo says January 30 2012 at 7 49 pm A long time ago I came across a lovely quote which I use as a mantra sometimes treat yourself kindly as if you are your elderly aunt Take your hand and be gentle to yourself Margo s last post Sunday Dinner and Dark Days10 Leg of Lamb Rachel says January 30 2012 at 9 03 pm Thanks for your honesty In blogging we try to be chipper and positive in our posts about the things we accomplish but there

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  • Rule #3 for a Home Renovation - Small Notebook
    last post Come on Irene Rachel says August 31 2011 at 12 08 pm Renovation rockstars Suzanne says August 31 2011 at 12 26 pm You have guts I am living vicariously as your transform your space into something amazing Katherine says August 31 2011 at 12 34 pm There is something so exciting and inspiring about before and after shots And white paint Can t wait to see more Katherine s last post Another book I think you should read Or Saving on Groceries Part I Whichever title appeals more Jenni D says August 31 2011 at 1 07 pm Sigh I know about the two years going by so quickly my almost two year old is saying so many things and I feel like he s grown up a lot faster than his older brother I LOVE those windows in the living room is that the living room is that laminate flooring that you re putting in or hardwood Rachel says August 31 2011 at 8 20 pm My son is just now starting to talk since Lane started school last week It s like he was waiting for his turn or just listening the whole time they are together That s engineered wood going in on the living room floor Rachel P says August 31 2011 at 3 37 pm Oh good choice with the kitchen cabinets I see that in other people s homes and want to immediately suggest that they remove them I look forward to seeing how things work out with all the renovations Slackerjo says August 31 2011 at 4 15 pm Go Doug Slackerjo s last post Inside Voice Say It Loud Say it Proud Living the Balanced Life says August 31 2011 at 5 11 pm Your cabinets look a lot like mine used to We stripped and distressed them and put a cream color wash on them Pulling that piece down will definitely open up the space Lovely light fixture in the bathroom Ugh Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post Is your life a roller coaster ride Rachel Hill says August 31 2011 at 6 39 pm I m just LOVING watching your home renovations I need you to get more done and post more pictures so I can copy er gain inspiration We are buying our first house and we close within the next few weeks We are spending about a month doing some repairs renovations before moving in and I m feeling just a tad overwhelmed about all of the options choices re paint colors flooring etc It s a wonderful overwhelm to be feeling though So exciting for you savvysuzy says August 31 2011 at 6 43 pm Lovely bank of windows there Do it yourself flooring dismantling even with the extra set of little hands Impressive Doug deb says August 31 2011 at 6 58 pm Love love love the first picture with the little helper Good luck with the reno you re brave

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  • How I Make Goals for My Kids (Printable) - Small Notebook
    78 72 which says He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands my prayer as I mother them Great post printing printable now Jessica Quirky Bookworm says January 12 2012 at 12 41 pm I love this too I d never thought about making goals for Eleanor but it s a great idea Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post Review Haiti After the Earthquake Amy Sullivan says January 12 2012 at 1 29 pm Always the best ideas always Amy Sullivan s last post When You Find God in Surprising Places Danielle says January 12 2012 at 1 37 pm Great post Like Meaghan I d also be curious to know whether your little ones participate in the goal choosing and or evaluation at the end of the year Thanks for sharing your chart Danielle s last post Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful LaPriel says January 12 2012 at 2 58 pm Love it Lori says January 12 2012 at 3 13 pm Can I suggest that this is one category of paper that you not ever declutter I have a file of these kinds of things for our now grown and nearly grown kids It does a mom s heart good to look back now and then see how far they ve come Lori s last post pretty happy funny real Decluttering the bathroom edition Donna says January 12 2012 at 3 18 pm You have to be one of the best mom s out there Donna s last post Sneak Peek Striped Zig Zag Quilt Rachel says January 12 2012 at 3 39 pm oh so kind but so not true Living the Balanced Life says January 12 2012 at 3 19 pm We used this verse while homeschooling for the same reason to set goals for our kid s progress but this is a great short but sweet way to do so I love Kathy Peel but had never heard of this book before I have 4 or 5 of her earlier books Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post 9 posts for the overwhelmed and overworked Jennie says January 12 2012 at 10 44 pm This is exactly how I make my goals using the same words and everything I got it from a girl I admired in high school and it really changed how I saw and made goals My favorite part is that it is a constant reminder to become like Jesus who based on this verse alone was a well rounded individual Everything we do even if it is something social and not spiritual can bring us closer to Christ if we do it in the spirit of becoming like Him Thank you for the reminder I need to do this for 2012 Jennie s last post Simplicity as a Mantra Barb says January 12 2012 at 11 05 pm THANK YOU Your blog has been a blessing to me ever since I started reading

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  • Home Improvement | Small Notebook
    Kitchen Pantry Remodel And How To Keep It Pretty How to Whitewash a Fireplace the Wrong Way How to Remove Wallpaper from Unprimed Drywall Rule 3 for a Home Renovation 1 2 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes You Shouldn t

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  • Teach Kids About Saving Money - Small Notebook
    Your Kids About Saving Money Add a comment November 2 2011 in Money About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Join Me at the Simple Mom Podcast Next The Work Process Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox

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  • Do You Have Inspiration Overload? - Small Notebook
    that sounds like a nice way to spend some down time No pressure intended and then anything else is bonus Natalija says October 26 2011 at 11 00 am I have been thinking about this a bit more And I am starting to think that while I shouldn t stress much especially with a sick baby a the moment but that doesn t mean that I should not do anything at all So this is my decision At least for another month till baby turns 6 months I will not pressure myself of getting back in the swing of things but I will try every day to do a little bit Like at least 15 minutes of some kind of sewing A bit is better than nothing right Also a little organizing like small spaced one shelf one drawer etc but no large things because I know that I won t be able to handle it I will have to make a little plan and move slowly but surely Natalija s last post Scrapping for Robyn Gough Mel MySunshine says October 25 2011 at 9 41 am Having inspiration overload leaves me feeling overwhelmed and anxious I have to constantly remind myself where my focus is and keep it there in order to get something accomplished Accomplishment is a better feeling than having loads of ideas that never take off Celeste in Dallas says October 25 2011 at 9 59 am I too suffer from inspiration overload I want to create photo albums of every event and decorate and hang up pictures and bake and clean out my closet and the list goes on and on Question When do you know to say No to something or is it a question of making time for something My inspiration overload symptoms include feeling overwhelmed and freezing up so in the end I accomplish nothing Rachel says October 26 2011 at 9 49 am I try to focus on my goals so right now my efforts are to get the home renovation done and I don t focus much on any other projects that can wait Lori says October 27 2011 at 5 51 am Celeste your question is one of the questions of this age I think I have been blogging about it for the past few weeks as a response to a question posed to me on a panel discussion for an audience of moms Later today I ll be posting another installment as we explore the topic of balance in our lives A quick answer is a term I first encountered here on Rachel s terrific blog personal filters I have been profiting from spending time thinking and writing about how personal filters help us regulate and balance our lives and get us to our goals everything from completing a decorating project to producing happy useful offspring Lori s last post Wise Words Wednesday What Somebody Wishes You Knew MAUREEN says October 25 2011 at 10 29 am Yes spot on I sketched this little diagram I like how it looks like a little stick figure holding the scales and pinned it up on my bulletin board Too many wonderful blogs to read and ideas to follow a challenge to find what fits for me my family my home Thank you for the encouragement to limit to not miss out on what I should be doing and to actually DO something with it all Appreciate it MAUREEN s last post Fierce Allyson A Heart for Home says October 25 2011 at 10 33 am I completely agree I ve implemented a weekly Finished Friday feature on our blog to make sure I am checking things off my someday list http a heart4home blogspot com search label Finished 20Friday Allyson A Heart for Home s last post Book Nook October 24th Holly says October 25 2011 at 3 29 pm I love the idea of having one day a week dedicated to finishing rather than starting Ruth says October 30 2011 at 7 22 pm This is a great idea I do this sometimes when I have too many started projects It is very satisfying to finish a bunch of things even if some a small mending jobs that have been sitting around for a while It also makes me more motivated to do more once I have finished a few small tasks Rochelle R says October 25 2011 at 11 23 am Oh my great goodness Rachel this was the most timely post ever I love it when God speaks to me in the most simplest and subtle ways I am definitely a creative person and inspired by many things of interest I m a mom a hairstylist out of work and trying to find myself love organizing making my house beautiful knitting crocheting sewing cooking and styling Most of the time I am overwhelmed by my creativity that is causes me to be paralyzed by my own ideas I was just sitting down this morning trying to clear my thoughts on paper to organize where my energy should be invested in as well as regain where my passion is Low and behold I get this post I love love love it it means the Lord is speaking to me Thank you for being a vessel Amy Sullivan says October 25 2011 at 11 54 am One idea Submit that query for a magazine article that s been floating around in my head Amy Sullivan s last post The Island of Me Sage says October 25 2011 at 11 56 am Wow thanks for this post I get inspiration overload all the time You re right that bringing one idea to fruition is more important than collecting ideas Today I will clean up this huge stack of magazines on my desk It may be a little thing but the clean space will do wonders for my energy level Sage s last post Fashion Challenge Menswear or Oversized Pants Jennie says October 25 2011 at 12 14 pm How do you always know You have an uncanny ability to predict exactly what I need to hear I have a ridiculous amount of stuff planned for November However I ve already pledged to cut some of it out if it gets to be too much I m just going to ride this wave of motivation as far as it will take me Jennie s last post My Life Resists Simplicity Rachel says October 25 2011 at 1 04 pm Hehe my phrase is catching I am organizing some things in the attic today Jan says October 25 2011 at 9 05 pm I wish I had an attic That actually sounds like fun Jan s last post The build continues Rachel says October 26 2011 at 9 54 am I love how everyone can instantly understand it and relate to it so easily It really summed it up Rachel says October 26 2011 at 11 07 am I feel it all the time Thank you for your post I really struggle with this one Maybe it s time for a computer fast Jenna CallHerHappy says October 25 2011 at 1 14 pm I do have this problem What I do is keep a running list of all of the inspired tasks I want to take on Then I choose one and vow to work at it until it is finished The list keeps growing but at least I feel like I have it under control Jenna callherhappy com Jenna CallHerHappy s last post A Pinteresting Party Jenna CallHerHappy says October 25 2011 at 1 15 pm Also I should mention that I recently had a Pinterest Party So many of us have this overload that we decided to get together and spend the day creating things we found on the site and eating recipes found there as well It was a great day to get all of our fun inspiring ideas to work Jenna callherhappy com Jenna CallHerHappy s last post A Pinteresting Party Rachel says October 26 2011 at 9 55 am that sounds like a really fun idea Reese says October 25 2011 at 1 17 pm Thanks for diagnosing me I think I need to toss some of my projects and just focus on a few Reese s last post Insta ghetto gram Cindy says October 25 2011 at 3 30 pm Thank you once again for hitting the nail on the head I was just looking at ideas for little girls dresses and thinking about a new design but I had already told myself I would only do two designs this fall sticking to it and making them better Feet are now on the ground and going forward thanks Amber says October 25 2011 at 4 12 pm wow this is uncanny I just signed up on Pinterest less than an hour ago You are right I ve spent so much time on there before I even signed up Yikes For finishing today I ll put away that basket of clothes that s been sitting on my bedroom floor for two weeks Kristina says October 25 2011 at 5 20 pm This is exactly where my thoughts have been lately I just blogged about the importance of saying no Saying no even to projects that I want to do is actually liberating because it gives me energy to focus on a few things and bring them to completion jen paintcutpaste com says October 25 2011 at 5 41 pm YES pinterest gives me total inspiration overload i ve had to prioritize my pins lately and decide what i m actually up for tackling and which things i m okay to just look at someone else s lovely photos of my blog post for tomorrow morning features two things i actually pinned and then executed on they re totally tiny and manageable projects which is probably why i was able to actually DO them thank you for this post i need to remember to say NO to more things especially as the holidays approach so that i can say YES to myself and to my family jen paintcutpaste com s last post liquid watercolor experiments Stephanie says October 25 2011 at 5 45 pm There is SO much to see and want to do on the web I do get overwhelmed a lot and often Oddly enough it s not from Pinterest I do love Pinterest a lot but I use it primarily for visual bookmarking of the things I find elsewhere My overwhelm comes from my feed reader You re right as usual I always always feel better about working on a real project than I ever do about hours on the internet But sometimes I need a reminder thanks Stephanie s last post Frugal Yet Manly DIY Shower Soap Rachel says October 26 2011 at 9 56 am I find myself reading blogs about how to be better so I do tend to pull back from that sometimes too kathijane says October 25 2011 at 6 05 pm This is so me lately I have lots of supplies accumulated Thanks for the reminder to actually use them Christyn StrivingforSimple says October 25 2011 at 6 56 pm Wow this makes me think back about all the money I spent over the years for the ginormous amount of ideas for projects that I had but never actually started or completed I ve done myself a favor and resist the urge to spend on any more Hobbies while I also clear the clutter left from Hobbies never begun Christyn StrivingforSimple s last post Bringing Baby Home Abigail aka Mamatouille says October 25 2011 at 9 07 pm Have never tried Pinterest or Twitter because it would be highly possible for me to get sucked into it like I did with Facebook and now hardly ever get on it because of that What will I do this evening to catch up Send an email I ve been putting off Jan says October 25 2011 at 9 11 pm EXCELLENT timely post and great discussion Thanks for helping me focus Jan s last post The build continues Brie says October 25 2011 at 9 42 pm This was the perfect post for me to see today always I read this out loud to my husband and he thought I was just observing what I always feel do I really do go out and just buy more stuff to make it feel like I ll get somewhere with a project when really I have MOOORE than enough already I could open my own craft store haha Thanks for this post and I m also going to get off the computer and do something Amanda EasyPeasyOrganic says October 25 2011 at 10 01 pm Great one We were just discussing this kind of thing on my blog though in the context of too many things to do overload I find it helps to start with one thing at a time and focus all my attention on that one thing Then move on from there Though saying that I m over here commenting when I m meant to finish marking postgrad essays sigh Amanda EasyPeasyOrganic says October 25 2011 at 10 12 pm PS I m making these lovely apple chips today http pinterest com pin 386005613 Amanda EasyPeasyOrganic s last post 5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Productivity Kait Palmer says October 25 2011 at 10 39 pm Agreed there are too many ideas of things I d like to do I like using evernote which I discovered thanks to you to at least categorize my ideas when I come across something that way when I m wondering what do decorate for Christmas I can pull up a note with a ton of eclectic pictures Finishing a Blurb book of my baby s first two months of post womb life is my idea to work on today tomorrow I was going to do monthly books but I think bi monthly might be a bit more manageable Kait Palmer s last post Tatum s Twelfth Week Rachel says October 26 2011 at 9 58 am Yes if I can give you some advice don t do monthly books Because with your next baby you won t be able to do that much and your second child will be wondering where are my books Tasmanian Minimalist says October 25 2011 at 11 59 pm Every day of my life I panic I have so many ideas and not enough life to do them in My focus right now is getting my blog and Facebook page Tasmanian Minimalist happening All my energy is going in that direction xx Tasmanian Minimalist s last post The Very Expensive Salad Yes It Was Worth It Rebecca says October 26 2011 at 5 41 am So true Pinterest is really fun and I only spend a few minutes a day there but the amount of ideas and projects makes me go into project hyperdrive except I don t really start driving lol I just put everything on my to do list The result is a feeling of non accomplishment So I started a board on Pinterest and called it Did it Kind of makes me want to fill that one up Rebecca s last post a few things Mimi2Madylan says October 28 2011 at 9 15 pm I LOVE that idea Lori says October 26 2011 at 6 37 am Do it right quick is an awfully helpful thing I repeat to myself whenever I m tempted to put something off Also it is illuminating to me to time myself doing various jobs every once in awhile They almost never take as long as I imagine which is very encouraging the next time I need to do them again For bigger projects I always try to break them down into smaller chunks which makes it possible to do the small chunk right quick Lori s last post Wise Words Wednesday What Somebody Wishes You Knew Nicole says October 26 2011 at 7 32 am I work full time so I have so little time for my list of ideas However I think today at lunch I will pull out the list of the ones that are specifically for Christmas gifts as it s almost November so those are the projects that I should get done first Come Saturday morning after coffee and Quiet Time I m tackling the first set of gifts Mod Podged clip boards Brittney says October 26 2011 at 9 59 am I keep an ongoing list of ideas on my cellphone so I know I m not missing an inspiration Having things written down so I know I can go back to an idea when I need it helps me move on to action instead of being easily lost in thinking I have certainly been there Donna says October 26 2011 at 10 16 am Yep I have a very long list of craft projects The Top 5 get shuffled regularly But one project a Spools quilt I have had my eye on for months Made from scraps And this week I started on it Yay for me Love your blog Always thought provoking posts Donna s last post Scrappy Week Day 2 Gold and Yellow Dana Cooking at Cafe D says October 26 2011 at 10 36 am I use Pinterest but I rarely spend too much time out there My issue is really that I get all these great ideas and never do them That wasn t going to work for my wedding planing lol so I set up a system to capture those ideas I use igoogle make different pages for different topics similar to Pinterest boards then I add To Do List gadgets I list each Idea I want to get back to then I move on When I have a

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  • Organize Greeting Cards: the Stack Method - Small Notebook
    those photo cards at Christmas When our son was about 2 we started putting them in a cheap magnetic photo album just for him along with pictures of other favorite things fruit football players etc cut out of magazines Now he s 4 5 and his sister s 2 and they both still love this album Adding new pic s to it each year makes it extra fun Sarah says February 1 2011 at 1 10 pm I put them in scrapbooks BUT I viciously cull them first Photos keep handwritten stuff keep the rest toss Granted we had a smallish wedding but I got all of our wedding cards on one 2 page spread right in the album Same goes with Christmas Maaike Quinn Life with FlyLady says February 1 2011 at 1 23 pm Great post I have one box where I put all my cards and letters in It works great for me because whenever the box get full I know it s time to throw out some of them I really agree with you about keeping fewer things so they become more valuable Thinking about that makes it so much easier to let go of things I m currently working on a series about decluttering in which I will address this topic as well By the way whenever I get a card I put it somewhere in my living room After a couple of weeks I decide whether I will throw it out or put it in my box That way all my cards will have some display time Maaike Quinn Life with FlyLady s last post How I got rid of the clutter in my home and how it returned Ami says February 1 2011 at 1 50 pm I don t have any problem throwing away cards It seems to me that these days most of the cards I get are the photo variety with very little if any personal messaging I ve actually recently started writing thank you notes for the sentiment of the card and in the process have asked that people kindly stop sending me holiday cards in an effort to help out the environment a little bit As for family cards which contain letters that fill me in on the year I like reading those but when done I also just toss them If I do really LOVE a card I ll post it on our corkboard in the kitchen for a month or two and then I feel ready to let it go For REALLY special occasions like our wedding I cut out the hand written sentiment from the cards and included them in the scrapbook I ve put a very few cards aside for my son and have a few from my own childhood Mostly it is SO true that the fewer you keep the more valuable they are Great post Ami s last post Want to blog better in 2011 We re here to help I Live in an Antbed says February 1 2011 at 1 54 pm I love your process It is very doable and sensible I sometimes just don t take the time to actually think through something like cards and come up with a system Without one though I end up with different piles that mean different things I really like how simply you explained this and it makes great sense to me I Live in an Antbed s last post A Blessing in Discipline carmen life blessons says February 1 2011 at 2 19 pm I recently posted something a little similar although about organizing new cards to send rather than sentimental ones to save I ended up creating a really easy and simple card box and organizing all my greeting cards by occasion Here s the post if you re interested http lifeblessons blogspot com 2011 01 steps toward hospitality creating card html carmen life blessons s last post Cultivating Gratitude for the Smallest of Things kath says February 1 2011 at 2 37 pm hi there everyone i have a string line on my pantry door we enjoy the cards for a few weeks then i sort and cull keeping precious into a precious box and a little stack that need to be replied to we have six kids and the pictures drawn and given to mum became overwhelming until i used a similar idea as the cards display for a week or two cull keep the precious with a date written on hole punched and into an A4 arch folder it s taken many years to fill one folder for each child and they ll have all their particularly good early drawings artwork Kait Palmer says February 1 2011 at 2 41 pm I have a small stack including the last St Paddy s day card my Grandpa sent me before he passed away 14 years ago I keep mine in my stationary drawer and keep the stack small enough to fit with all the other blank cards and things in the drawer The only exception was I kept all my bridal shower and wedding cards the first year Most people really took the time to write something meaningful After two years I went through the stack again and tossed half of them but kept the other half in a Wedding Memories Ikea storage box that also has things like the bells that hung in the getaway car a candle from our community candle lighting antique ribbon from my bouquet a few copies of the invitation program menu table names I designed them all and the box that my ring came in Its like our wedding contained in a shoebox Kait Palmer s last post Doing What You Love The English Organizer says February 1 2011 at 2 46 pm I m with Ami I enjoy the cards for a short time and then out they go If I feel a need to keep a card it s usually for the great artwork on the front rather than what s inside My question for people who save many cards is how often do you look at them really The English Organizer s last post Interview One Year Two Suitcases Patty P says February 1 2011 at 2 48 pm I do two things with cards if they are really special I cut them up the cover goes in the wrapping paper box more on that in a minute and the wonderful sentiment on the inside gets scanned into my computer and filed by person or event or year If they aren t really special I still cut off the front if it s cool and I like it This also goes in the wrapping paper box Then when it s time to wrap a present I use plain ole brown paper and glue a pretty card to the top throw a ribbon on it and I m done Or I glue a pretty card to a store bag the fancy kind with rope handles makes a great christmas wrap Karen says February 18 2011 at 3 53 pm Love the wrapping idea I have used fronts for tags or cards on packages before but not actually as part of decorating the wrapping paper I will remember that one Robin says February 1 2011 at 2 54 pm Scanning the holiday photo cards is genius I am totally stealing that idea I keep a small shopping bag and toss all cards in there and once a year go thru and weed out a few special ones to keep and they go to our basement and the rest are recycled For the holiday cards we send we do the photo ones I have a lovely photo album that my sister gave us for our wedding I put the holiday photo card in there each year I love that when we are old gray we will have that book of cards to look back at and share with kids grandkids Robin s last post What we did on our snow day Janet says February 1 2011 at 3 10 pm I save the card fronts that have nothing written on the back to re send as greeting postcards to children grandchildren church members and friends I don t see often enough It gives space for a brief message to let them know I think of them without requiring a long letter My grandchildren will get pictures that I can tell short stories about or ask questions about I save personal messages I have a dreadful problem with throwing away letters I feel like I am throwing away the author Tammy Hawkins says February 1 2011 at 3 39 pm Great Post I m not into saving stuff but I do keep a few important love notes in a file in my filing cabinet These include the card from my boyfriend on my birthday when we first started dating then on our 1 month aversary Then the card he gave me on the day we got married last year Also in the file is a card from my best childhood friend that she gave me on my wedding day I like what you said that the fewer you have the more special they are I treasure that file with only a few cards in it Tammy Hawkins s last post Why We Aren t Buying A Home Cindy L says February 1 2011 at 4 30 pm I decoupaged a box for large index cards and save all the nice notes my husband writes or meaningful cards from family and friends I also use tabs to separate the cards in the box for each year so I can look back at our notes from our first year of marriage etc Nicole says February 1 2011 at 6 43 pm I really like the idea of tabs to separate Makes it easier to find old favorites Nicole s last post naptime project take 2 Nicole says February 1 2011 at 6 42 pm The fewer things you keep the more special they are What a prefect statement I have a card pile and a not so fancy rubbermaid container to keep them I do try to go through them every so often Really need to do that again now that the holidays have passed I ve bookmarked one of your previous posts about using dropbox online and my goal for this month is to declutter and decrease my paper trail Love your organizational tips Keeping things simple is key for me Nicole s last post naptime project take 2 priest s wife says February 1 2011 at 6 59 pm good ideas here now can you help me with all the cards and stationary that I have bought it s embarrassing Jennifer says February 1 2011 at 7 36 pm I am not terribly sentimental when it comes to cards But what I did for my wedding cards was to crop them just as you would pictures in a scrapbook album and I made a couple of pages of cards with signatures and well wishes instead of pictures in my wedding album Julie says February 1 2011 at 9 04 pm I only keep my husband s cards but there are a lot of those since our first year of dating we were long distance I have all of them in plastic sleeves in a binder but I wish I had a way to display them while still keeping them nice not bent faded etc I like being reminded of those nice thoughts Any all other cards Christmas etc I unceremoniously throw away after my husband and I have read them and I have updated addresses Maggie Maggie s Nest says February 1 2011 at 9 17 pm If I m anything to a fault I am a purger rather than a saver I rarely keep cards for more than a week or two if they have pretty fronts I ll sometimes display them standing up on the mantel for a week or two then recycle them I love two particular things about your post one I m totally with you on the philosophy of The fewer things you keep the more special they are Bingo Second I love your idea of cutting up the illustrations to use as gift tags What a great way to re use beautiful cards Maggie Maggie s Nest s last post February is Clean amp Simple Month Minnesotamom says February 1 2011 at 11 13 pm I have more than a stack a tupperware full of bridal shower and wedding cards a magnetic photo album full of Christmas picture cards and a basket full of miscellaneous fun notes birthday cards etc I just went through a shoe box of notes from high school and man were they hilarious but over half of them got recycled You re right over time they lose value I had 4 or 5 letters from one girl I couldn t even picture How sad Minnesotamom s last post Valentimes Heather says February 2 2011 at 12 03 am So is it stupid that I m more inclined to save a card that may not have that much sentimental value if the writer had lovely handwriting Ha ha I can probably eliminate some paper clutter Heather s last post MAXXED OUT jennifer says February 2 2011 at 4 09 am I used to save every greeting card I received until I saw how much physical and emotional baggage I was holding onto Now I have a box with cards from my wedding and my daughter s birth and most other cards get recycled Of course I save a few special ones but if I am honest with myself I realize I do not want to spend many hours poring over events past but would rather focus on making the present the best it can be jennifer s last post On my needles Kat YeOldCollegeTry says February 2 2011 at 6 06 am The fewer things you keep the more special they are I agree I just went through some old journals so very very cringe inducing and got rid of a few Seems like a cardinal sin to do that but it means the ones I kept are like you said much more special Kat YeOldCollegeTry s last post Bring It J Mike Becky says February 2 2011 at 8 47 am I ve never really had the problem with saving cards actually I always laughed at my mom because she saves everything Now I m getting married and people have sent me cards that have very meaningful messages and adivice that I don t want to forget Needless to say I ve started saving cards too These are all great ideas and I guess I ll just have to try a couple different things to see which one works best for me Thank you all Becky s last post Help Mandy Suzanne says February 2 2011 at 9 43 am I have been going through some stuff I was keeping and found a ton of cards Some were well written and some were simply the signature at the bottom I was able to slim down the stack quite a bit The rest I have scrapbooked but trimmed the card a lot by cutting it all to pieces I have started working through various stacks of cards and random photos in this way and it is working well for me Suzanne s last post Wordless Wednesday Melissa Haws says February 2 2011 at 3 07 pm Funny you posted this I thought I was pretty good at being able to throw away cards and notes and such Then I was organizing my files thanks to you motivating me and I found at least a hundred birthday cards and postcards Oh my I went through each one and picked out only the very special ones Like a secret admirer or a note from my best friend when we parted after graduation It IS so much more special to have a few that I can easily look through and enjoy and maybe a shed a tear or two than a huge amount that s a chore to even look through Melissa Haws s last post Girls Clothes Melissa Haws says February 2 2011 at 3 22 pm OH and also the hardest ones for me to get rid of are the ones I made for my husband I don t think he cares so much lol Melissa Haws s last post Girls Clothes Adrienne says February 2 2011 at 6 13 pm A friend of mine saves her Christmas cards until the next holiday season Then she makes things to return to the sender like a new card featuring part of the card sent by the sender last year or a bookmark from the card or something special She said it means a lot to her friends and they often tell her they know she treasures the cards they send Adrienne Adrienne s last post A Little Bit Of This And A Little Bit Of That Tegan says February 3 2011 at 1 26 am I have just moved away from my home town for my first job I decided I wanted to diplay a selection of my cards and keepsakes in my room so that when I feel down I can look at them I hinted to my mother that I wanted a corkboard for Christmas she handpainted me one with messages of love and pride and inspiration around the borders Now I smile whenever I look at my card board Neko says February 3 2011 at 6 13 am Hi Folks Love all the suggestions for organizing those special holiday greeting cards Want a few more ideas from a teacher who loves to recycle Just follow this link http bagitup4me neko blogspot com Cheers

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