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Christmas is beyond my organizational skills

December 28th, 2006 at 05:24 am

I finally found a missing restaurant gift certificate we received, in a pile of books and mail. I finally remembered where a missing $30 went--our holiday drinks supplies. But I still can't locate the Petsmart gift card with $29 still left on it, or the Target card with about $6. And the house is a mess. I don't like being this out of control!

I've been thinking about how setting up automatic things has really helped me get on top of our finances (direct deposit, automatic transfers and bill payment). Things go better if I don't have to re-decide or remember to do things over and over again. It's turned out to be mainly an organizational battle, rather than some big psychological hangup that made me overspend in the past.

So I've been looking for free or cheap "automatic" ways to solve my housekeeping and weight problems. I finally remembered about Flylady--completely free, she does the remembering and the emails just come. I don't have to think, just DO.

Now if I could just find a free way to mimic Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem!

9 Responses to “Christmas is beyond my organizational skills”

  1. yummy64 Says:

  2. yummy64 Says:

    Not quite mimicking but when you find some good recipes that are healthy and calorie "reasonable" make up a huge batch and then freeze in individual servings. That way when you are ready to eat you have food you can heat up in good servings sizes. Add a salad and some veggies and there you go, healthy calorie controlled food in easy to serve portions.

  3. Aleta Says:

    flylady.net has an organizational schedule for holidays that will keep you organized. It starts before Thanksgiving. She gives you little jobs to do each day. It is overwhelming.

    Right now, my husband and I are about to have our first grandbaby. The parents to be house is upside down because my husband is helping to remodel one side of it (about 600 squae feet). The baby wasn't to be born until Jan. 17, 2007, but the Mom to be is having complications. I have been back and forth up their to help my daughter-in-law. They are 55 miles away. So, she is in the hospital today and will be induced if certain procedures didn't take place from last night until today. So, we have moved our holiday dinners from their house to there and I know what you mean about not knowing where everything is.

  4. janH Says:

    I think the saving dinner lady that flylady talks about has a new menu plan where you do as yummy says, make up a bunch of meals and freeze. We've been sorta doing a bit of that on our own. With only the two of us now, we have leftovers that we often freeze.

    I am so unorganized with household projects that we are needing to start from the hurricane. I keep a organization book for Christmas and when I talked to my mom, I finally realized that she does that for household projects. I am going to try a project book for the future.

  5. marymara Says:

    Thank you for mentioning Flylady. I found her site and have joined it and I know it is going to be lots of fun.........(and work of course.)

  6. marymara Says:

    Thank you for mentioning Flylady. I found her site and have joined it and I know it is going to be lots of fun.........(and work of course.)

  7. marymara Says:

    Oooops! I think I hit the enter key twice..........My bad!

  8. donna jean Says:

    I'm a big flylady fan and have been using her system for almost 3 years now. Of course, it is an off and on thing, but lots of the basic routines really stuck and our house is usually decently in order. Plus, when I get tired of it, I know that I can tackle it with just 15 minutes at a time and you can do a lot in those 15 minutes.

  9. Champion Cheapskate Says:

    With organizing/housekeeping and dieting at the top of your New Year's Resolutions, practice makes perfect. . . get into the habit of doing the right things (put them on automatic) and help your automated tools work smoothly Smile

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