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Your Daily 15 Minutes – You Don’t Need A Housekeeper

April 1st, 2013 · no comments

Shary Bobbins
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othing feels better at the end of a long day than coming home to a clean house. But “I’m too busy” I hear you saying. I’m busy too and I have a messy husband and three dogs, and my house is clean. How? I clean my house for 15 minutes a day. That’s it!

Okay, it’s a little more involved than that. The first thing I did is I broke down the cleaning into 7 tasks. Then I assigned each task a day of the week. I spend 15 minutes each day working on one cleaning task. Here’s my schedule: Click to read more →

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Your Daily 15 Minutes – Just Say No To Junk Mail

March 21st, 2012 · no comments

Part of being organized is doing what you can to keep unnecessary items from cluttering your life. According to some sources, Americans households receive nearly 90 billion pieces of unsolicited advertising mail annually. Click to read more →

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Keeping Up with the Time Here There and Everywhere

February 8th, 2012 · 2 comments

I live in Nevada and we are on Pacific Time. A good friend lives in Hawaii and he is 3 hours earlier than us. My husbands employer is in Arizona which is 1 hour ahead of us except during daylight savings time then they are the same time as us. New York is Eastern time which is 3 hours ahead of us. I don’t even know what time it is in Australia where I just shipped an box of antique kitchen knobs. Click to read more →

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Your Daily 15 Minutes – Take Your Bookcase from Horror Story to Fairy Tale

January 29th, 2012 · no comments

Imagine walking into a library and having to search one by one through all of the shelves to find what you are looking for. All of the books just stuffed on the shelf wherever there was a space with no regard as to the author or the subject matter. Is this how your bookshelves are? It’s time to get the cookbooks and the magic spells books sorted before dinner turns into a nightmare.

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Your Daily 15 Minutes – Make A Life Saving List

January 16th, 2012 · no comments

Today’s daily 15 minute task may save your life or life of someone close to you or at least make filling out papers at the doctors office easier.

Last week my husband went to the hospital for outpatient surgery. A half hour after the procedure was to begin the surgeon came out and told me that the surgery was called off due to a problem. The anesthesiologist couldn’t get a tube into my husband’s throat due to some issues. My husband was sent home without the surgery but feeling fine.

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Your Daily 15 Minutes – Photos Are Worth More Than You Think

January 5th, 2012 · no comments

It’s sad but true but it seems that crimes, especially thefts, are on the rise. I see ads all the time on Craigslist from people trying to recover their bicycles, four-wheelers, boats, quads, snowmobiles or motorcycles that have been stolen. Most of the time the ads don’t have pictures, just descriptions, because people don’t take the time to maintain records of the fun stuff they buy. It’s pretty easy to buy and sell used off-road recreation vehicles because in many areas you don’t have to register these items with any government entity like you do a car so there is really no paper trail.

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Too Many Clothes, Too Little Space

September 16th, 2009 · 1 comment


The weather is beginning to get cooler in many parts of the country and it is time to rearrange your closet and get out some long sleeves, long pants, sweaters and jackets. This is a great opportunity to evaluate your wardrobe and get rid of all of the clothes and shoes that are just taking up space.

There is no reason to store clothes you don’t wear.

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Stay Out of the Doghouse by Remembering Important Dates

July 11th, 2009 · no comments

Does today’s date seem important but you don’t know why? Did you get a cold shoulder when you came home from work and can’t figure out why? Congratulations, you just missed an important event like a birthday, anniversary or another holiday that requires you to acknowledge the event with a gift or flowers. Here is a free way to never forget an important date again.

Amazon has a free Gift Organizer service that keeps track of important events, gifts given and reminds you beforehand so you have no excuse to miss another anniversary.

Simply go to Amazon’s Gift Organizer and enter the names, birthdays and genders of your friends and family, important dates (don’t forget Valentine’s Day) then sit back and relax knowing that you will receive a reminder email when it gets close to the date. Even better, the email will contain suggestions for items that correspond with the person and the occasion.

The Gift Organizer will even keep track of prior purchases so you don’t accidentally buy the same talking Billy Bass fish for your Uncle Joe’s birthday. Never again forget the 6 week anniversary with your new girlfriend or your god son’s first birthday.

Everyone will think you are so thoughtful when they receive the perfect gift from you, on the correct day!

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15 Minute Baby Steps to Becoming Clutter-Free

July 5th, 2009 · no comments

Walter's Room: I'm related to this guy.
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Have you ever had a project so overwhelming that just thinking about getting started made you cringe? If you have a ton of clutter this may be you. The clutter didn’t get there overnight and now, just the thought of cleaning it up makes you run screaming from the room.

Okay, maybe it isn’t that dramatic but one thing I hear over and over again is “I know I have too much stuff but I don’t know where to begin”. My suggestion is start with the room you spend the most time in or feel the most stressful in. For some people that room may be the family room and for others it may be the bedroom but whatever room makes you the most uncomfortable is the room you should start in. Click to read more →

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Video: How To Create a Home Inventory

June 24th, 2009 · no comments

Every year thousands of people have their homes broken into, are victims of fires, floods or other disasters that requires them to file an insurance claim. You may not remember everything you have in your bedroom until months or years later when you go looking for something and realize it is gone. I recommend everyone create an inventory of the items they have. This includes businesses as well as homes, garages, storage units, etc.

Here is the video of our theater in our home. I talk about what is in there and where it came from if I know. I don’t talk about the cost since there are receipts to show that.

Once you make a video, put it someplace very safe like a safe deposit box. You want to be able to prove you had what you said you had. The video is the first step in getting a home inventory together. You also need to keep receipts for everything you purchase so there is no question about how much the items were worth when you purchased them. If you have antiques or jewelry you may also want to have appraisals done then updated every five to ten years so if something happens to them, you get reimbursed for the current value not the amount you purchased them for.

I used a Flip Video Camera to take this video and as you can see it is adequate for the job. It’s important that you document your stuff so you don’t add more stress to the situation when trying to remember everything that is damaged or missing. If you took just 15 minutes a day, you could document each room in your house, garage or business in no time.

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