Organized Home = Safer Winter Driving?

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Moldiv_1424565192505I say yes!

Reducing clutter and keeping organized helps make space for what you do need.
It can even help keep areas clear that many people use for storage but are supposed to have other uses.
Such as your garage!
That’s right, my organized home allows me to keep our garage clear, and what does that mean?  It means we have room to park our car in the garage.  What does that mean during this cold, and snowy winter?  It means I don’t have to wipe snow off the car every time I go out. What does that mean?  A snow free car, with snow free windows, which makes it easier to see, and therefore allows for safer driving.  Not only that, it saves time and energy on those busy winter mornings when, to be safe, you also need to leave earlier and drive slower 🙂

So there you have it, keeping your home organized inside and out makes you a safer winter driver! Who knew?

Can you make room to get your car into the garage?  

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Fridge Fudge….

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Did that get your attention???  It sure would get mine! 🙂

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Okay, but seriously, here are a few handy tips to get daily tasks done, and keep on top of due dates!

The first tip I have is to use an available space that is visible to you.  I like to use my fridge as I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  I am a bit of a neat freak, so I like to use this space, while making sure that it doesn’t become too cluttered.

I also use fridge clips to keep this week’s recipes handy.

 

 

2015-01-24_15.15.22I have a white board that I use daily to keep track of what I need to do that day.  I, for one, love erasing each item as I complete it, so to write down tasks to complete is very satisfying!  Give yourself an attainable list that you will be able to complete, otherwise you’ll put it off or won’t do it at all.

 

 

 

T2015-01-24_15.20.10he next tip I have is about due dates.  If, for example, you have library books out, or a form that needs to be filled out, signed, or sent back, place it on a clip on your fridge. You can even highlight the due dates to make them stand out more and you’ll get them back on time.

 

So, while not as yummy as fudge, it will be satisfying in a whole different way!

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Plugs, and Cords, and Powerbars…..Oh My!!!

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I learned a tip a few years back that I think is simple and easy for anyone to do.  Everyone has power bars in their house that are loaded up with cords.  Well, using those milk bag ties you throw out each week, instead, write on each what the cord is for in permanent marker and plug the cord in .  Keep the tie at the power bar end so that when you want to unplug something, you can just quickly look to see which one it is and do it!  None of this”…….is this the cord for the monitor???”
Another quick tip I learned is to attach binder clips to where you keep your mobile devices plugged in and this keeps the cord handy to plug anything in easily! 🙂

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Good to the core

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Exercising at home without weights

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If you have 15-20 mins to squeeze in some exercise, here are some workouts that are intense, but won’t take long.

The Plank (top left)

Hold your body resting on your elbows and toes aligned straight for 1 minute. Be sure to keep your lower back flat, your shoulders and butt down, and hold yourself up in a straight line.

Side Plank (2nd down left)

Lift your body onto your elbow and align the rest of your body straight. Make sure your elbow and shoulder are aligned straight.  Hold for 1 minute, then repeat on the left side.

Push-ups(bottom left)

Push-ups are one of the best upper body exercises you can do; targeting your arms, shoulders, and chest, and core. Do 15-20 push-ups from your knees, or do 10-15 full body push-ups.

Squats (top right)

Stand with feet hip width apart or wider and lower yourself down so your knees are at a 90 degree angle with your ankles, stick your butt out and put your weight on your heals.  Go as low as you can and hold for 3 counts then raise and repeat for 10-15 reps.

Lunges (bottom right)

Standing up, step one foot backward making sure that your front leg is bent with your knee at 90 degrees over your ankle, keeping your back straight.  Return to starting position and repeat on the same leg for 10-15 reps, then repeat with your other leg.

Take your time doing these exercises and control your movements.  Engage your core at all times keeping your stomach tight, your shoulders back, and your back straight.

Try to do two sets of these five exercises.

There, you’re done!  Now, your butt, legs, back, and chest may be sore for the next day or two, but don’t be discouraged it means you’re getting stronger!

If you do these exercises twice a week, you will definitely notice a difference in a few weeks!  Trust me, it’s worth it!!!!!

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