Imagine a genie, a butler, a secret servant at your fingertips.
Someone who remembers everything: when your kindergartner got his last round of immunizations, the name and number of that other Mom in the soccer carpool, what your second cousin named her latest baby.
Every home manager needs this informational paragon, but no one has to scour deserted beaches for a jeweled bottle.
Getting organized! For many, that phrase is synonymous with "Buy Me!"
Savvy retailers know that "Get Organized Fever" breaks out at predictable intervals, and tailor ad campaigns to capitalize on the desire to create an organized home. Too often, professional organizers hear the cry, "But I can't afford to get organized!"
Armed with a menu plan and a shopping list, you've taken the first steps toward establishing a grocery budget and are paying less for food.
But for many of us, the process isn't a happy one.
Mornings aren't the same when a favorite coffee blend is replaced with a generic grind, while the family is getting mighty tired of downsized dinners. Sure, you're saving money--but are you getting the most food value for what you spend?
From time to time, I encounter a skeptical interviewer--a media person or freelance writer who is, shall we say, a bit antithetical to the idea of being organized. Maybe they're free spirits, or they have so much innate organizing ability that the message seems like overkill, but they tend to ask the same question:
Inexpensive, stiff-bristled paint brushes--in a variety of widths--are a great addition to the cleaning tote. Use them to dust the tops of books, whisk dirt from baseboards and corners, clean dust from blinds, and remove crumbs from upholstery.