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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle - Sale Ends Today!


If you're new to From Overwhelmed To Organized, I don't normally post about healthy living.  In fact other than these last few posts about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, I've never posted about health at all.

But as I've mentioned a few times lately, I'm going to set goals for 2015 to help me live healthier, and I'll be sharing some of the organized ways I work towards those goals.  In case any of you want to be organized in your journey to healthier living too :)

I promise I'll get back to "regular" organizing posts after today!  I've got all kinds of decluttering and organizing posts planned for the new year!

Since the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is only on sale for 2 days, I really want to make sure you all hear about it and don't miss out on this amazing opportunity.  So you get one more post about it today :)





Why should you buy one of these bundles?  I'm glad you asked :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle - 2 day sale!



Do you set goals every January?  We're often recharged after the holidays and ready to change our lives in the new year.  It's a fresh start!  A clean slate.  So many possibilities.

But if you're anything like me, some of your goals are actually goals you set last year, but didn't fully achieve.  Many people make new year's resolutions and give up on them by mid-January!

So we make the same resolutions again the next year.  And the next.  And the next.

Especially when it comes to our health.

Have you heard that definition of insanity?  Doing the same things but expecting different results?!  Yep... that's how many of us are when it comes to new year's resolutions.  Myself included. 

I recently read this: The only way to get somewhere you haven’t gone before is to do something you haven’t done before.

Sounds easy right?!

But even if you know you need to do something different to achieve your goals, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the flood of information out there…what should you be listening to? It’s not easy to know and it’s even harder to find the right information. And so we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in — a complete and curated collection of the best eBooks and eCourses to give you all the best practices, tips, tools and resources you will ever need to solve any health challenge you or your family want to overcome!





Friday, December 26, 2014

The Easy Button for Healthy Living


How many times have you “tried harder” to improve your health?  How many times have you “tried harder” than the last time, only to fail again?  You probably beat yourself up afterwards. You probably told yourself that if you just tried harder the next time around, you’d succeed.

Here’s a secret: no you wouldn’t.  Trying harder has never been your issue.  Instead, you should be trying different.  Trying simpler.  


Most people over-complicate the process of improving their health. They think the silver bullet is in the complexity, in the personal trainers, in the protein shakes, in the gym memberships.
But it’s actually the opposite. The silver bullet is in you. In the knowledge you have. In the decisions you make. In the consistency you achieve.

In a few days, you're going to have an amazing opportunity to make things simpler for improving your health in 2015. It will make improving your health a no-brainer.

Update: The sale is now live!  Click here for all the details!




Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!



It's Christmas!  After all the preparations, it's finally here! I never know who's more excited... my kids or me! OK... it's probably both :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day 12 - Enjoy Yourself! {12 Days of Being Organized for the Holidays}


If you've been following this series for the last 6 weeks, you're hopefully well prepared for Christmas!  Or at least better prepared than you would have been if you hadn't followed some of my organizing tips :)

Today, I want to share a few last-minute ideas to help you enjoy your holidays.





Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What Do Your Loved Ones Think? {4 Steps to Your Healthiest Year}



Last week I told you I'm going to set some goals in 2015 to help me live a healthier life.  I know it may seem strange to see posts about health on an organizing blog, but as I mentioned, whenever I take on a challenge, I do it in an organized way!  I know there are others who will make resolutions to be healthier in 2015 and I want to help you be organized in your journey to health as well.

I also told you about a 4-Day Healthy Living Challenge and invited you to join me.  I can tell from the tracking code that no one has signed up yet :(  I'm hoping it's just the time of year and that you'll still be joining me in the new year as I take steps to being healthier.  I received several comments and emails that indicated you'd be jumping in in January too!

But, I wanted to reach out to you again and invite you to join me now.  Here's why.





Monday, December 22, 2014

Day 11 - Preparing Holiday Meals {12 Days of Being Organized for the Holidays}


Last week I shared tips to help you plan a holiday meal, with the goal of being prepared ahead of time so you can spend time with your guests.

Today, I want to take that even one step further, and share tips for being organized on the actual day of the meal, so you can really enjoy yourself that day, instead of being overwhelmed in your kitchen the whole time.






Saturday, December 20, 2014

We Did It! So Can You! {Year-end edition}




Do you have clutter in your home but don't know where to start purging?  Do you feel like you don't have enough time to declutter?  Have you seen all the 365 Items in 365 Days posts and thought "I really should do that", but you keep putting it off?

You're not alone!  But you also don't need to stay in your paralyzed state.  You CAN declutter!  And to prove it I want to share some stories of people Just. Like. You. 

Welcome back to the "We Did It! So Can You!" series.  This series is about real people decluttering their homes, one day at a time!  Busy people, with too much stuff, who decided to take the plunge and purge.

Today I want to highlight a couple of people who have been actively participating in this challenge all year.  And some comments from various members of the 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group about what the challenge has meant to them this year.

Ready to be inspired?!  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 10 - Planning for Holiday Meals {12 Days of Being Organized for the Holidays}


Are you having guests over for Christmas dinner?  Do you get overwhelmed with preparing a big meal for extra people and with foods you may not make on a regular basis?  If you get to the end of your holiday gathering and you're exhausted, and you feel like you haven't spent any time with your guests, and you never want to host another holiday dinner, then you need this post :)

Today I'm sharing a few tips to help you plan for any holiday meals you'll be serving.  Some of them may be things you already do and some may be new ideas. But hopefully having these tips all in one place, just before your holiday dinners, will help you be super prepared and be able to enjoy your time with your guests, rather than having a meltdown in your kitchen!





Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Avoid Failure in 2015


Rewind back to January of 2014... you probably made plans way back then for yourself. Maybe you even made some new year’s resolutions.

If you're like a lot of people, you promised to improve and transform yourself…to be in better health, to be in better shape, to live a longer life. Am I right?!

Now fast-forward back to the present and think about where you are right now. Are you where you wanted to be?

If you are, then give yourself a big ole' pat on the back and celebrate!  That's awesome!

If you aren't, don't be discouraged.  I've been there many times myself!  In fact I'm there right now.  Which is the reason I'm writing this :)

As you may know, if you've read my monthly goal updates this past year, I set some goals to help me live a healthier life.  But, you may also remember that I haven't been great at keeping those goals consistently, especially when life gets busy.  And it shows in my energy level, weight, and overall health.

So, I'm planning to make healthy living a priority for 2015.





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

365 Items in 365 Days: December Update




How are you doing in the 365 Items in 365 Days Declutter Challenge?  It's the 350th day of the year today so if you started in January, your target is to have purged 350 items by now.  But don't worry if you've just started.  Just jump in!  Now is the perfect time to declutter with the holidays approaching so you'll be able to have guests over and enjoy time with family and friends.


Today I'll be sharing what I've been decluttering since my last update.  It's only been a few weeks, but I've got so many posts planned for the rest of December and I won't be doing very much more decluttering, so I figured I'd do my December update now. 

By doing these monthly updates I hope to give you ideas of things you can purge from your home.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 9 - Making Room for the New {12 Days of Being Organized for the Holidays}


Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you think about all the new "stuff" that will be entering your home during the holidays?  Those with kids are often especially overwhelmed.  New toys, clothes, books, and games from generous grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  Not to mention your own gifts to your children, and of course those from the jolly red-dressed guy!

If you already feel like your home is cluttered, the thought of adding more to your home can be stifling.  But it doesn't have to be that way!

Today I'm sharing a few tips to help simplify your holidays by decluttering.  {It just wouldn't be a series on organizing if I didn't discuss decluttering right?!}





Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Shortbread Squares: A Simple Christmas Recipe




A few days ago I shared tips to help organize your holiday baking, so you can enjoy it, and not be overwhelmed during the process.  One of the tips was to choose simple recipes and I shared a bunch of easy recipes from friends of mine, all of which have only a few ingredients and simple steps.

Today, I want to share one of the very simple recipes we make every year for Christmas.  It's a holiday version of shortbread.  And when I say simple... I mean it!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reviewing Goals - Lots of Tips from Professional Organizers!




I'm so excited to be included in this month's Professional Organizers Blog Carnival!  Last month was my first time submitting a post, and I really enjoyed reading all the gift giving and wrapping tips (check it out if you need some tips still!).


What is the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival?  I'm glad you asked!  It's a monthly blog post that professional organizers contribute to.  Each month is a different theme and includes posts related to that topic from a bunch of professional organizers.  It's a great place to find advice, ideas, and tips for the theme of the month.

This month is all about Reviewing Goals.  Perfect timing so you can review your goals from 2014 and set some goals for 2015!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 8 - Holiday Baking {12 Days of Being Organized for the Holidays}


Do you like to bake festive treats for Christmas parties?  Or make holiday desserts for special dinners?  There are so many delicious and beautiful recipes out there and so many occasions to serve them, that it can get overwhelming in the midst of an already busy season.  Today I'm sharing a few tips to help simplify your holiday baking so it can be an enjoyable part of your holiday preparations.





Monday, December 8, 2014

Day 7: Finding Balance {12 Days of Being Organized for the Holidays}


Do you get overwhelmed during the holidays trying to keep up with the day-to-day tasks?  There are so many extra events and gatherings so we're not home as often.  And when we are home, we're busy with holiday wrapping, baking, and decorating.

It's hard to fit in time for things like cleaning and cooking!  In today's post I'll share tips to help you make use of your time so you can stay more balanced during the holidays and enjoy all the special memories you're making.





Friday, December 5, 2014

Day 6 - Holiday Traditions {12 Days of Being Organized for the Holidays}


Do you have traditions you do every year during the holidays?  Favourite movies to watch, books to read, songs to listen to, foods to eat, places to go, etc.?  Christmas traditions are wonderful!  They hold fond memories and we anticipate them all year.

But it can be overwhelming trying to juggle all those traditions sometimes.  Which makes it hard to enjoy them!  In today's post I'll share tips to help you find time to enjoy all your favourite holiday traditions.





Thursday, December 4, 2014

Day 5 - Holiday Decorating Tips {12 Days of Being Organized for the Holidays}


Do you decorate for the holidays?  I always find it helps make my home more festive, but it can be overwhelming dealing with all the decor items. Today I'm sharing a few tips to help make Christmas decorating easier.





Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday and the 365 Items in 365 Days "Prize"




Have you heard about Giving Tuesday?  Apparently it's been around for a couple of years, but I only learned about it this year.  Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after American Thanksgiving (and Black Friday and Cyber Monday).  It's a day for people around the world to give back and encourage others to give as well.

You can read more about Giving Tuesday here:


And this video summarizes it really well:





Why am I telling you about Giving Tuesday?  And what does this have to do with the 365 Items in 365 Days decluttering challenge prize?


Monday, December 1, 2014

2015 Planner Giveaway!




Can you believe it's only 1 month until the start of 2015?!  I know we're all probably busy with holiday preparations, but it's important to start thinking and planning ahead for the new year.

My friend Ginny from Organizing Homelife created a beautiful planner and she gave me two versions to try out.