Get Organized Month

January is Get Organized Month!!

The freshness of a new, un-scribbled calendar. The clean lines of household furniture, freed from December’s tinsel, trash, and clutter. The sweet silence of the second cup of coffee after the children mount the school bus. The delicious feeling of energy to spare, the energy released, but not expended, by December’s holiday frenzy.

I know we have been running around our house getting all the germs out and everything put together to have a clean house!

Here are a few helpful tips.

  • I am purging everything! Things that I have not used in 1 year are being thrown away or donated. Things that have not been used for 6 months are being put aside to be thrown away or donated in 6 more months.
  • Do one room at a time and start from the top to the bottom.

 

Storing Items according to organizedhome.com

Some items will always make the storage cut, and have a just and proper place in your storage plan:

  • Clothing (out-of-season clothing, children’s hand-me-down candidates, maternity clothes)
  • Seasonal décor items (Christmas trees and decorations, Easter baskets, Halloween costumes)
  • Household file archives (tax records, personal documents, family information and files)
  • Sentimental and keepsake items (old yearbooks, children’s’ schoolwork and report cards, photos)
  • Luggage
  • Sporting goods (bicycles, skis and snowboards, skates, camping equipment, outdoor game sets)
  • Children’s storage (outgrown baby equipment, toys, children’s keepsakes, boxes held for college-age or young adult children, grandma’s toy chest items)
  • Sewing, hobby and craft equipment and supplies (sewing machine, fabrics, hobby supplies)
  • Party and hospitality supplies (coffee urn, paper goods, extra glasses, punch bowl, seasonal tablecloths, card tables, extra chairs, extra beds and bedding used for houseguests)
  • Less-used cleaning equipment and supplies (carpet steam-cleaner, window cleaning poles and squeegees, automotive cleaning supplies)
  • Tools and hardware (hand tools, power tools, hardware items, ladder, garden tools, auto repair tools and supplies)
  • Original packaging for computer, audio and video components (keep boxes and packaging for newer components, as the manufacturer may condition warranty service on returning the item in original packaging; toss packaging for out-of-warranty items)

 

Have Fun Getting Organized!

 

 

Shelter your Bill from the Cold!

 

Winter is upon us, and cold temperatures will remain in the region.

The low temperatures will put higher stress on equipment used to generate and deliver electricity.
In addition, energy bills can increase when temperatures plummet. Use these tips to help you use less energy.
 
Electric heating can be the biggest contributor to high winter bills. Select the lowest comfortable setting on your thermostat when you’re home. Lower the temperature a degree or two when you leave.
Inefficient electric heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder temperatures. Get regular service calls from a licensed technician to properly maintain your heating and cooling system.
Leave drapes or blinds open during sunny winter days to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house, but close them at night to help insulate your home.
One of the easiest things customers can do to support electric heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes an electric heating system work harder, which uses more energy.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

Whatever your New Year Resolutions may be for 2018, here are some ideas to help you achieve them:

Be More Productive

How to Increase Your Productivity by 1000%

Get Richer

Make Better Use of Your Time

Look into side work from home jobs that allow you to work on your time and doesn’t require you to spend money.

Stop Procrastinating

   STOP PROCRASTINATING TIP: PRACTICE DISCOMFORT

Keep a Journal

Have More Fun, Go On More Adventures

How to Keep a Journal – Two Methods You Should Try

Cross a Few Items Off of Your Bucket List

Become a Better Person

Three Effective Methods For Making Better Decisions

Be Happier

Be More Creative

Find Work You Love

Write a Novel

Increase Your Willpower

YOU CAN DO IT!

 

New Year Resolutions

According to a recent ComRes poll, the most common New Year’s resolutions include:

  1. Exercise more (38 percent)
  2. Lose weight (33 percent)
  3. Eat more healthily (32 percent)
  4. Take a more active approach to health (15 percent) =
  5. Learn new skill or hobby (15 percent) =
  6. Spend more time on personal wellbeing (12 percent) =
  7. Spend more time with family and friends (12 percent) =
  8. Drink less alcohol (12 percent) =
  9. Stop smoking (9 percent)
  10. Other (1 percent)

Many people try to better their well-being.

Some try to save more money!

In order to do both don’t pay those gym memberships and take the stairs, walk and watch free videos on youtube!

What is your New Year’s resolution this year?

Time Change FALL BACK

The time Falls back an hour on  Sunday, November 5th!

This month we need to reset and prepare.

CHANGE THOSE BATTERIES in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors!

Label your batteries to help remember when you did it last!

CHANGE THOSE  FURNACE FILTER

Geneva Grape Jamboree

SEPTEMBER 23 & 24, 2017
54TH GRAPE JAMBOREE

The Geneva Area Grape Jamboree celebrates the harvesting of the local grapes.  Visitors may taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products.

All grand-stand entertainment, including the grape stomping contest, is free.

Miss Grapette is featured in the two giant parades each afternoon: Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Rides, crafts, food, and other concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend.

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List Ideas

from

daringtolivefully.com

 Take the time to watch the leaves change.

Go for a walk and enjoy the fall air. You can listen to the leaves crackle as you go.

Have a photo-shoot with falling or piles of leaves.

Decorate a part of your house in a fall theme.

 Rake a giant pile of leaves, take a few steps back, run, and jump in! End up lying on the ground, face up, watching the leaves fall from the trees, and the clear blue sky beyond.

Spend a Sunday afternoon doing nothing but watching football and eating chili.Start an impromptu football game.

Find a foolproof recipe for a crock-pot meal or a hearty soup.

Go on a hayride.

Bake cookies shaped like leaves.

Get a 1000-piece puzzle with an autumn motif to put together on a chilly night.

Attend a Fall Festival.

Get some nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, and cloves, and make Fall potpourri. Add pine cones, twigs, and dried flowers. You can also get Yankee Candles in Autumn Wreath, Spiced Pumpkin, or Harvest.

Get a special mug for autumn. It can have brightly colored leaves on it, or a Halloween-theme, such as zombies or pumpkins.

Make pumpkin cupcakes, or pumpkin pancakes.

Visit a pumpkin patch and choose several pumpkins to take home.

Roast pumpkin seeds.

 Carve your own Jack-0-Lantern.

Go to your nearest apple orchard and look for the best apples to take home.

Get a large tub of water, fill it with apples, gather a fun group of people, and go bobbing for apples.

Make caramel-coated apples.

Enjoy some apple cider. Get yourself a warm mug of cider and sit out on the porch or balcony when it’s cool out.

Visit a haunted house, or put together your own.

Decorate your home for Halloween. Make sure to include monsters, witches, ghosts, skeletons, spider webs, and black cats.

Put up a Halloween Tree and hang up ornaments shaped like Frankenstein, Dracula, skulls, and orange and black glass balls.

Create a Halloween Village filled with creepy, scary Halloween themed houses, figurines and accessories.

Organize a Halloween party.

Participate in a costume contest.

Make Halloween-themed cupcakes.

Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

Listen to your favorite Halloween songs:

Get a big bag of fresh Brach candy corn, and a big bag of mellowcreme pumpkins.

Be the house with the best Halloween candy on the block.

Make a scarecrow (here’s a good tutorial).

Read spooky stories like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” or “The Telltale Heart”.

Have a horror movie night marathon.

Have a marathon of “The Addam’s Family”.

Have a marathon of “The Munsters”.

Set an elegant harvest table of Thanksgiving.

 Make a classic Thanksgiving meal: turkey with all the trimmings.

 Go around the table and have each person give thanks for at least one blessing they’ve received this year. Better yet, create a Thankful Tree.

Take the wishbone from the turkey and make a wish.

Watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, in which Charlie Brown hosts a Thanksgiving meal in which he serves each of his friends the following:

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV.

Spend “Black Friday” making homemade gifts for loved ones.