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Look into My Fridge

Posted in Friends, get your house in order, Girlfriends, Goal setting / list making, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization, One Month to Live, Organize with tags , , , on March 3, 2009 by Carole Hicks
I want to see the inside of your fridge.

I want to see the inside of your fridge.

I have a strange obsession with seeing inside other people’s refrigerators. I’ve always known this but it really became apparent last week at a dinner party in a friends’ home. While we were talking, she opened her fridge and I could not focus on anything she was saying because I was fascinated with seeing inside her frig.

Having said that, I am deeply ashamed at how filthy I have let mine become. I have this weird worry thing that if I die unexpectedly (versus a planned death LOL) my friends and relatives will be in my home going through things and say things like “wow, check out this moldy container of yogurt in Carole’s frig…she always seemed to be so organized…she sure fooled me!”

Anyhoo, the worries/fears got the best of me and I cleaned it out today. Well, almost. I still have to do the drawers and side shelves. But I’ve made huge progress.

Please invite me to your house to see inside your frig, or just sent me a pic. Thank you.

I’d rather be wearing Bunny Slippers

Posted in Friends, get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, One Month to Live, Organize with tags , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by Carole Hicks
I heart bunny slippers

I heart bunny slippers

THIS POST IS PART CONFESSION AND PART GOAL-SETTING:

I have a bizzillion pairs of shoes and boots. I am not bragging, just sayin. I probably only wear 30-40% of the shoes/boots I own. I swear that someday, yes someday soon, I shall have a shoe/closet purge — just like I did with my clothing recently — and keep only what I truly need/want so that someone else can benefit from them.

I’ve gotta say though, my fav shoes are my bunny slippers. My bunny slippers represent (to me, at least) working from my home office. At present, I probably spend 1/3 of my work time working from my home office but the rest of the time, I can be found in my car or in a high school classroom recruiting kids to the college I work for.

But truly, deeply and really, I aim to someday work from home all the time while wearing my bunny slippers.

What kind of shoes would YOU be wearing if you had YOUR dream job?

“Closet Sitting” – My Definition of an EXTREMELY good/great Girlfriend

Posted in Friends, Girlfriends, Goal setting / list making, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization, One Month to Live, Organize with tags , , , on February 17, 2009 by Carole Hicks

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I can’t wait to tell Debba about this on the girlfriendology radio show next week! This is one of the BEST girlfriend stories ever!

I’ve been dreading and putting off forever, going through my closets and pitching what doesn’t fit, or anything I haven’t worn in a year or so. I CAN’T STAND TO DO IT ALONE! Perhaps I’m undisciplined or perhaps I think it’s a social sport. Here’s the story of what transpired TODAY!:

– I begged my neighbor/friend to come over and sit on the bed while I went through my clothes piece by piece.

– What an angel. She came over today, the exact day I asked her to.

– To me, this is nothing less than a miracle.

– I am relieved, and happy and about 50 pounds lighter of clothes I don’t want anymore.

– And, best of all, out of the discarded items, I was able to deliver a gorgeous coat to my very pregnant girlfriend. I had bought years ago at Henri Bendel (a very upscale store in Columbus). I bought it on sale, even though it was too big for me. I knew it would be a PERFECT FIT – and it was!

So here’s a tip from WANNA-BE organizer. Beg your girlfriend to come over and sit while you go through your stuff. It is a lot easier to do with moral support.

If you leave a comment below and set a target date to accomplish this, I’ll keep on ya until you get it done. To me, getting up the nerve to ask someone to sit while I do this was the hard part. The easy part was throwing stuff out in piles!! Next stop: Salvation Army.
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What do Curtis Estridge and Liz Strauss have in common?

Posted in get your house in order, Goal setting / list making, nothingness blawgalishness, Organize, twitter, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by Carole Hicks

What do Curtis Estridge and Liz Strauss have in common?

Answer: They both rock.

I hired Curtis to give my blog a professional facelift. He created this awesome header using motorcycle pipes and colored pencils (because my readers are so intelligent I will not explain the symbolism!). I met Liz Strauss on Twitter and to my surprise she actually talked to me and asked if I would be interested in some web-blog tweaking. Her comments were eXtremely mega-helpful. Read about it on her blog. You’ll see some before and after pics of my blog layout. I couldn’t be happier with the improvements.

By the way, Curtis Estridge and his partner, Gerrard Wise, are both graduates of the school of advertising art in Kettering/Dayton, Ohio.

Curtis was awesome to work with. He spent almost a day at my house tweaking my site and making it beautiful. His fees are very affordable and he is reliable, honest, dependable and everything else you’d want in a designer/artist!

God and the socks

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization, Organize with tags , , , on January 27, 2009 by Carole Hicks

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If you are one of the tens of people who lurk about here, and if you know me even a little bit, you know that “having a place for everything and everything in it’s place” is a motto I try to live with but never quite achieve. Okay, now that I’ve set the tone let me explain why you’ve logged on here and see a photo of my husband’s socks laying on the floor.

I’ve been married to my best friend for seven years now. In those seven years I have begged and pleaded with him to put his socks away and NOT LEAVE THEM ON THE FREAKING FLOOR!!! Are you with me? Do you feel my passion. I think it is more than disgusting to bend over and pick up dirty socks like picking up a dead mouse my cat has killed in the backyard. Ewwww!

Okay then, so after all these years of expressing my utmost displeasure at his horrible habit of leaving his socks on the floor, do you think it has changed his behavior one bit? I’ll give you a minute to ponder.

Correct, the answer is NO.

However, as I study scripture and use the Bible as a compass to chart my way through life, I cannot find anywhere…believe me I looked…any kind of admonition to our dear brethren, our brothers in the Lord, our sweet husbands, the kings of our castles…that they should strive on a daily basis to pick up their stinking socks. If I could find the scripture, I would print it out in beautiful typography with a gold frame and hang it where he can see it.

Sadly enough, I do find scripture in Proverbs about how a NAGGING WIFE is like a dripping faucet and in another place how it is better to live in the corner of an attic than in a big house with a nagging wife. This strikes me as hilarious because wasn’t this stuff written like a million years ago…you mean they had nagging wives back then, too? Maybe some things never change.

I suppose you wish I’d get to the point so here tis: I very humbly and sincerely asked God to give me some kind of little reminder every day…kind of like a “God tickler file”…something to remind me daily to pray for my husband. You got it. The socks are the reminder that God has set up for me. It’s just like Him to do this in a funny, creative way. I love that about Him. Today’s prayer for my husband, as I picked up his socks went something like this

“God, bless this sweet man. These are the socks he wore yesterday afternoon as he chopped the remaining chunks of firewood in our backyard so I would have fire in the potbelly stove all day. Thank you that today he has a job to go to…that he is healthy and strong…I pray that you will protect him as he drives through the snow and ice…Thank you God for softening my heart and turning me into a beautiful wife instead of nagging, b*@#Cthy wife like that woman in the Proverbs. Amen.”

Randomness and Twitter Counts

Posted in nothingness blawgalishness, Organize, twitter on January 22, 2009 by Carole Hicks

Funny the difference a day can make. At the risk of you all referring to my as “Sybil”, I think I am changing my entire stance on “quality vs quantity” on Twitter. Now that I’m inching very close to 1,000 followers, I am also beginning to delete some of MLM peeps and snake-oil salesmen. Having said that, there is something wonderful about enjoying the randomness of meeting all kinds of people from all over the world, with all kinds of viewpoints and backgrounds. This is all still so new to me that I’m enjoying discovering as I go. (Note to self: find out what Tweetdeck is.)

Tip #8 — Only touch it once!

Posted in get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization, Organize with tags , , , on January 21, 2009 by Carole Hicks

Only touch what once? Your mail, of course!

In a past life, when I was a full-time professional organizer, one of the main issues for people who had chaotic offices or homes was letting mail pile up. The rule of thumb is only touch it once. Let me illustrate from a truly real life event that happened in my very own home today.

(1) I brought the mail inside and sorted the mail into three piles: one pile to throw out, and a pile each for my hubby and me
(2) The junk mail went into the trash immediately as I fantasized about writing a letter to each company sending me junk asking for list removal
(3) I took my one piece of mail (my Verizon Wireless bill) and walked over to my laptop, opened my online bill-pay account and paid my bill…voila…bada bing, bada boom…kazam!…I’ll stop now, I’m sure you get the point.

I can already hear you arguing that life isn’t always that perfect and that sometimes when you walk in with the mail there are twenty other things screaming for your attention. I’m not always able to carry out this idea either, but when I do it’s like nirvana.