#AccountaClub Friday, December 7, 2018

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I nearly dated this post 2008, so that says something about this week. 

But, the organizing is going like gangbusters. And here’s the thing: when an area is organized, it’s just so much easier to navigate. I’m talking deep system revamping, space reconsideration. Looking at the things that don’t work and finding ways to make them work.

In some ways, it’s fun.

I decided to look at each issue as a puzzle, and I love puzzles. How can I solve the problem? Can I solve it with something I have on-hand? If not, what do I need?

Earlier I shared the tip on how to fold reusable bags. Paper bags were another problem. So I looked around, saw a large cereal box, sealed the end, cut out the top using a straight-edge and a razor and put the folded bags inside upright. I had some pretty contact paper, so I covered it. Instant paper bag storage that cost me nothing.

A shoe rack I’d bought needed rails screwed to the top wooden shelf, but the holes were not drilled properly. I knew the wood would fit a different shelf I was using for boot storage, so I put that on the top, used some dollar store canvas storage bins below and it looks great. 

As for the rest of the shelf, before I took the wooden piece, I made sure it could be assembled without it, and now I have a separate 2-tiered shelf.

It’s like I have puzzles everywhere. As with any game, some are more fun to solve than others. Unfortunately I can’t skip any of these.

Now the exercise.  Five days, five workouts, but I didn’t do them all live. Again there were technical issues, this time this morning. So that put me behind. I ended up doing an old one of Erika’s, one of the trainers I like who left. I figured out how the back catalog works under “Library,” so I guess that’s another win.

It’s been good for my brain to tackle something completely different. I’m looking forward to utilizing all my new systems. You’ve got to revamp now and then.

How was your week?


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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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Ten Word Photo Prompt: Almost

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Ten word photo prompt story time! Using the picture above, write a 10 word story. All genres are fine. Write it here or on your own blog, just make sure we can find you!

Have fun!

Here’s mine:

Shoes fit right, but the human form proved more challenging.

Today I will change your life

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Hyperbole? Maybe. I don’t think so. But maybe.

Also probably not in the most profound of ways, but sometimes a little change makes an enormous difference. And that little change can lead to bigger changes, and so on and so on.

And so on.

As you know, this week is all about organization. I found miracle I’m about to share with you last week, kept meaning to tell you about it, but had other things to chat about.

But here it is more than a week after I learned this tip, and I still can’t get over the difference it makes.

Ready?

Please don’t find it anticlimactic. 

It’s the best way to fold your reusable bags. Did I just hear you roll your eyes? Don’t, it’s like a tiny packet of wonder.

Because the internet is a miraculous thing, I figured that if I used my BFF Google, I’d find a way to corral my utter mess and tangle of reusable shopping bags. They don’t give plastic shopping bags in the city of Chicago anymore, they were banned a while ago, so you have to bring your own.

And I admit I have a love affair brewing with them. They’re bright and colorful and just so much fun.

But they take up a ton of room. Or they did, until the Modern Parents Messy Kids blog. There, someone called “Annie” made neat little packets out of one of my most persistent sources of clutter.

You’ll need the pictures, which I’m not going to steal, as that blog definitely earned the click (here if you missed it above), and this post isn’t really about the technique.

It’s about this simple idea: there are so many solutions waiting for you out there online. If only you ask the question.


Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.
Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!
Peruse Montraps Publishing

Testing out Tuesday

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Haven’t had enough coffee yet for this blog post. That’s where we are this Tuesday morning, with me not yet at that coffee sweet spot.

The only problem with that coffee sweet spot is it’s so easy to shoot right past. Sip.

Clunk the cup back down.

Continue typing. Pause. Sip. Clunk.

There’s a fraternity in my head yelling “chug chug chug.” I don’t think this is what they mean. They should wander back to the right end of the imaginary universe, like some movie where the raucous college is the background to a tepid yet pretentious love affair.

Hmm.  I should write that.

Anyway, back to the blog.

On this Tuesday, it’s gray again and we don’t even have November as the excuse. I’ve got more organization ahead. Yay.

But it’s so great and so helpful when it’s done.

So I’m venturing off into Tuesday. I hope yours is both wonderful and productive.


Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.
Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!
Peruse Montraps Publishing

Monday strikes with full Monday.

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Let’s start of with I had to retype “Monday” three times. It’s so Monday and Monday MEANS IT.

I had one of those issues this morning with a part of bill-paying life we’ve started to take for granted. I don’t want to go into gory details on the world wide web, but I feel like I’m at the beginning of a long, twisted metaphorical headache.

Which could lead to a long, twisted non-metaphorical headache.

Woo. Hoo.

It’s gray and snowy and I set a goal to get my hall closet organized. It needed it like you wouldn’t believe, and I got ambitious with all the organizing I did for my parents. But I’m at the “What was I thinking” stage.

But here’s reality. If we don’t stop and take stock, we don’t know where we are or what we have. We become jumbled; it’s tough to see what’s what.

Or maybe that’s just hall closets.

So I’m off to the task at hand, made better by a lovely group of folks who helped me make a playlist. I highly recommend doing the same.

How’s your Monday going? Better, I hope, than mine. Have a great week.


Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.
Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!
Peruse Montraps Publishing