Thursday, September 21, 2017

Getting Organized

 Since Tara went back to school I've been wanting to get the house organized. This is my office. I have a stack of magazines that I need to look at & get rid of. Just make it look neater. So I will post a follow up when I get all of this organized. I have some other things to organize & will post before & after pics.

Today I have a guest post from Demi in London, England. She is sharing some organizing tips for us all.

Easy ways to organize and clean your office

Close your eyes and imagine your office free of clutter, perfectly clean and the air is fresh. Now open your eyes and try not to get a heart attack from looking at its current condition. So things have gotten a bit low maintenance lately, that’s okay, it is perfectly normal. And taking care of it is easy as making pancakes. If you know how to make pancakes though. If not, then it is easy as pouring a glass of water. If you can’t do that as well, then someone’s baby is looking at this article.

Okay, let us first take care of the clutter and clean up, after that, we are going to concentrate on your aesthetic and how you want your office to look like. Dealing with clutter is easy. You just have to be strong and let go of things that you don’t need and find a place for the remaining items. Let’s say that you have highlighters who’s ink has depleted. Keeping these things laying around your drawers or on top of desks is ridiculous. Holding on to pieces of paper is unnecessary, unless there is something important that needs to be archived, there is no reason for you to keep it around. Keeping old electronics or cables that don’t work anymore is too much. Just, get rid of everything that you know that it is not gonna be used or repaired. Do this with everything around your office that needs tidying up.

You are probably using a computer/laptop. Deleting some files and sorting others into your hard drives makes things very easy, especially when you categorize. If you can afford, get an external hard drive. This way, you laptop will run a lot better and won’t burden itself. Another free option is to upload to a cloud – the virtual, Internet version of a hard drive. As it is good for you to maintain your desk clean from clutter, you also need to keep your desktop clean as well. In both cases, you will feel a whole lot more motivated and you can expect a positive outcome.

Now lets concentrate on cleaning. First thing that comes to mind is cleaning up dust. That is easy. Fill up a spray bottle with water and get a microfiber cloth, and after that go wild around your office. This solution takes care of the dust, but when you want to get some serious cleaning done, get a glass spray bottle and mix water, white vinegar and lemon essential oil. The portions are half a cup of water, half a cup of white vinegar and between one and two dozen drops of lemon essential oil, depending on how big your cup is. When you have combined them in the bottle, shake it really hard so the ingredients can thoroughly mix. After that, it is ready to use, spray and wipe with cloth.

Your floor is probably wooden, or you have a carpet. Maybe you have a small rug. You can make natural, Green products for them too. But now lets concentrate on organizing your office. How do you want it to look. The best advice to give is for you to get inspired yourself. Look up online “vintage minimalist office” or something like that and start from there. This is up to you, you need to bring out the interior designer in you, unless you rather hire one instead. One word of advice, have decorations, have miscellaneous items, but keep it minimal as well, and keep your office bright and always let in some fresh air.

Thanks to Demi. Check out her website, cleaning start cleaning services

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hey, It's Okay

...That I didn't watch the Emmy's & that I don't really care who won what.

...That I'm excited for a quiet weekend coming up. Hubs & Drama Queen are going away camping if the weather is nice.

...That I think this Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty wasn't that great. I want to go tomorrow to look at the 2 MAC lipsticks, but we might be getting part of Hurricane Jose tomorrow. So if we have heavy rains & winds then I won't be going. But that's the main day I've been waiting for. Nothing else really caught my eye.

...To be excited for "The Middle" to come back even if it's the final season, which does make me really sad, since we've been watching it since the beginning.

...Friday is school picture day for Tara & I'm hoping that we can make her hair look nice & that she'll let me at least comb her hair. If not it's okay.

Linking up with Amber from "Airing My Dirty Laundry".

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mommy & Me Monday

We took this pic looking out at the mountains. I had a hard time getting a good pic with her. She just wanted to be silly.

Linking up with Krystyn from "Really Are You Serious"?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

New England Minute~The White Mountains

We went away to the White mountains yesterday & stayed overnight at Anthony's friend's condo. We got there late because we went to a consignment sale before. The condo is about an hour & 1/2 from us. We drove straight to a river on the Kancamangus highway. We've been there before. I sat on a rock & read a magazine. It was way to cold to go in the water (for me). After we hung out on the river, we went to a pizza place that we love called Enzo's. Now we are home & I'm trying to catch up on laundry & other stuff.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New Book That I'm reading

I will be starting to read this book tonight. I love cozy mysteries. It's October in Maine & everyone is preparing for the Halloween festival & the town is working to transform a dilapitaded mansion into a haunted house.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nail Files. Week #316

This is a brand new polish that I got today. It's OPI~ Taupe-less Beach. This isn't the usual type of color that I wear. Usually I wear brighter colors like purple & pink. I like it a lot though.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

House Guest

 We have my Mom's cousin's bird staying with us until Tuesday. She is going into a home tomorrow & she couldn't bring her bird Pumpkyn with her. My Dad brought her to the mspca today, but they don't take surrenders on Sundays. So he has to wait until Tuesday. So she is here for now. She's in my office. Her cage is on the bed & we have the door shut, so my cats don't get to her. She's really cute. She doesn't talk. We were thinking of keeping her, but my friend was telling me that you can't use teflon pans or light candles. I'm really into stinky/smelly things. lol. Essential oil diffusers, Wallflowers from BBW, candles, body sprays, lotions. So it wouldn't be good for her. I feel really bad & would love to keep her. Tara has been in tears because she wants us to keep her. I told her that she has to just enjoy having her as a guest for a few days.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Essential Oils

I've been into essential oils for a few years now. I went to have my nails done yesterday & the lady also sells essential oils. They are so expensive though. I don't I will ever spend that kind of $ on a kit. I just think it's a little crazy. Some of my fave essential oils are peppermint, lavender, sweet orange, lemon & grapefruit. I really need to get a 2nd diffuser for the kitchen. The oil that I use in my office makes me so happy. I really need to use the diffuser now because I hate Fall & Winter & get really depressed, so this lifts my mood a little bit. I am hoping to learn more info about essential oils & do more posts on here. Maybe post some recipes for different things.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Our 2 new pets

We got 2 hermit crabs today. Tara's friend got 2 & T has been obsessed. It's taken her a long time to get them because she had to brush her hair & teeth every morning. She missed some days & got a few days added, but finally she got them tonight. 2 of her friends came with us. 1 got 2 crabs too (she had 2 & 1 died, so she got 2 more).

 Below you can see both crabs. 1 way to the right & the other 1 has the stripes or circles on his shell. The others are extra empty shells.

Bianco is having fun watching them. Kizmet is also on the table in the background.

Funny face watching his new playthings.