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How to make a scissor and stabilizer organizer for sewing and embroidery.

As I was walking around Goodwill the other day I came across this thing. IMG_0637

It is rough and ugly but I knew I could make it into something so I bought it.  It sat on the desk for a few days before I figured out what it would become.

It became this.

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It now sits right behind and to the left of my sewing desk. If I need scissors, embroidery stabilizer, or a seam ripper all I have to do is turn around and ta da,  there it is.

The first thing I did was clean it with a damp rag.  It wasn’t very dirty so I didn’t need a scrub brush.  I did need a dowl for the stabilizer.  I loaded up the dog in the truck and took her to our favorite hardware store, Home Depot.  Home Depot is my favorite hardware store because it has everything.  It is the dogs’ because they will let her come in.

Once home I hit the dowl and the wood rack with krylon spray paint. My favorite decor color is blue.  I have a whole ocean/peace/tranquility thing going on.  After it dried it was just a matter of hanging it on the wall and putting my scissors, seam ripper, and stabilizer on it.

Super easy!  Super cheap! Super functional!

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11 ways to Organize your Health

That makes no sense you say?  Actually it does. Your health can be very organized.  If you don’t think about your health and assess your health regularly illness and injury can sneak right up on you. I am not saying become a hypochondriac. That would just make you more unorganized.

  1. Annual physicals and the tests the doctor wants you to have. That mammogram, prostrate exam, blood work, colonoscopy are all important in keeping you at your peak.
  2. Food diary.  This is the best way to manage your nutrition intake. Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals? Are you eating to much fat?  How is your caffeine intake?
  3. Scheduled exercise.  “Oh I will exercise later”  Later easily becomes never.
  4. Scheduled breaks. Get up from the desk and take a walk around the office.  Stop the manual labor and sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Scheduled vacations. Even if it is just one day. Vacations help rejuvenate the mind and the body.
  6. Scheduled fun/socialization time with friends. Make time to socialize. This increases the endorphins that help your mental health.
  7. Get a pet and take care of that pet. People with a pet statistically are calmer and have lower blood pressure.
  8. Prep your meals ahead of time. I know this sounds boring but it will prevent the fast food drive through route.
  9. Have a hobby that gives you satisfaction. Keeping your mind busy on doing something you like prevents stress accumulation.
  10. Scheduled sleep. Get the right amount of sleep for your body. Create a sleep area that is conducive to how you sleep the best.
  11. Scheduled pampering.  Schedule some kind of pampering of yourself monthly.  This is the reward for taking care of yourself.

Without your health everything else falls apart. Protect your health. Organize your health so that it becomes a habit instead of an after thought.

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Money, Money, Money!

How much money do you make? What do you spend it on? Does it make you feel secure? Does it make you happy?  If the answer to any of those questions are “I don’t know” then you have an issue.

How much money do I make?

That is usually pretty easy to answer if you are on a salary and it never changes.  Even if you work hourly and don’t get overtime you can pretty much figure out how much you make. There is a big difference in how much you make and how much you get. After taxes, insurance, and retirement are taken out  “how much you make” is very different.  My yearly salary looks really good. Reality is I bring home about half after taxes, insurance and retirement. Do you know how much you are really able to use for daily living? Do you have goals for your money?

What do I spend my money on?

I am married so I don’t get to make that decision all on my own.  How we decide on how much we spend on those things are based on needs and the market.  We have to have somewhere to live, transportation, food, and utilities. We decide how large a home, what location, and how much of a payment we are willing to have.  We decide what kind of transportation we need, how much it is going to cost monthly, and will it function for our needs.  Food and utilities are dependent on the weather, the season, our diet, and the market. This fluctuates month to month.

Others can be cussed and discussed.  Some of the things that we discuss is vacations, home improvements that will add comfort and value but don’t have to happen, and the non reoccurring expenses like running shoes.  These are things we “need” but can live without if we have to.

We have an allowance that is just ours for our stuff that isn’t shared. I use mine for pampering; hair, nails, pedicure, housekeeper, and lunch with my best friend. My husband uses his for shooting matches and anything needed for those.  Having an allowance helps us not fight over money.

Does your money make you feel secure?

Are you comfortable with the amount of money you make? Can you provide for yourself and your family? Are you able to save for emergencies and the future? Is your life comfortable? If the answer is no to any of these there is a solution to your problem.

Take a look at your employment. Do you qualify for a higher paying job that will give you the same satisfaction as the one you have?  Do you need more training or education to get that job? Do you need a side hustle?

Take a look at your expenses. What are you buying that you don’t need? What are you throwing your money away on that could help make your life more comfortable elsewhere?  Our biggest item that we throw money away on is eating out.  Fast food and inexpensive restaurants add up to large amounts of money if you are eating out multiple times a week. What is sucking up your expendable income? At the end of your month look at your bank and credit card statements. Print them out. Use different colored highlighters for different categories. Then total each category. There are also different programs out there that can automate this for you.  Make a decision of what is important to you to keep and what to do without.

Does your money make you happy?

Are you using your money for things that make you happy?  My “extra” money goes for experiences and fabric. My husband’s goes to shooting matches and the equipment needed.  Just to brag a little,  he made #1 of the Governor’s dozen this year.  What do you want your money to do for you?  Do you need a lot in the savings to make you feel happy and secure? Do you need to go on vacations? What about sending your kids to college or trade school?  Take a good look at what makes you happy and adjust your budget and intake to help you achieve that.

Money can cause and eliminate a lot of mental turmoil. It can control you or you can control it. You have to know what your values are on money and what your values in life are and then reconcile the two. There is always a solution to how money controls your life as long as your pay attention to what money is doing for and to you.

 

 

 

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LEAVE CHAOS BEHIND ORGANIZATION LEADS TO PEACE OF MIND

Leave Chaos Behind Organization Leads to Peace of Mind. What does that even mean?  For me it means that all of the basics in my life are organized so when things go sideways I don’t have to worry about the day-to-day basics.

I have a daily routine. I have a financial routine. I have a creative routine. I have a health routine. I have an emotional development routine.  Everything in my home has a place. My home is not cluttered. I manage my time wisely. I have quality time with my friends and family. I have a career plan.

In my fantasies my life is like that. I have lots of tools and routines to be organized that I don’t use or use well. My life does not have balance or consistent organization and that Chaos creates a lack of Peace of Mind.

I am on a journey to discover and implement consistency and organization.  I will teach and share with you how to leave the Chaos by learning how to implement tools that will work for you to gain your physical, emotional, financial. time, career, family, friends, social, and creative Peace of Mind.

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