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Spring Fling Day 3: Kitchen Towels & Pot Holders

Spring Fling Day 3: Kitchen Towels & Pot Holders

Welcome to the Spring Fling. Join us every day in April to start flinging the clutter from your life!

 

It’s time to visit the kitchen and look through the dish towels and pot holders. Toss the grimy, dirty, disgusting and tatty ones. Keep the ones in better condition or treat yourself to a few new ones. And only keep the amount that will fit into your drawer.

 

Now go flinging!  Please come back and tell me how many kitchen towels and potholders you were able to fling today.

Spring Fling Day 2 - Nail Polish & Perfume

Spring Fling Day 2 - Nail Polish & Perfume

Welcome to the Spring Fling. Join us every day in April to start flinging the clutter from your life!

 

It's time to fling your old nail polish. Gather all your nail polish into one place and throw away any polish that is separated, dried, or you've never really liked the color. Get out and make room for new spring colors.

 

Today also take a minute to fling your old perfume. You know that the scent that makes you sneeze, the bottle that your mother-in-law gave you, the one with just a drop left. If you are keeping perfume bottles just because you think they're pretty, consider if their aesthetic value is worth that the clutter they create and the dusting you have to do.

 

Now go flinging!  Please come back and tell me how many nail polishes and perfume bottles you were able to fling today.

 

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Spring Fling Day 1 - Coats & Jackets

Spring Fling Day 1 - Coats & Jackets

Welcome to the Spring Fling. Join us every day in April to start flinging the clutter from your life!

 

Let’s start flinging with your coats and jackets. Go through your closets and fling the coats that have been outgrown, are getting ratty or you just plain don’t wear anymore. And let’s face it, as cold has it has been this winter, if you have jackets you haven’t worn, you probably aren’t going to. If you have speciality coats like ski jackets that you wear infrequently, don’t let them take up vital real estate in your hall closet. Move them to an extra room or box them up and put them in the attic.

 

Now go flinging!  Please come back and tell me how many coats and jackets you were able to fling today.

 

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Organize Your Digital Photos: What's In A Name?

Organize Your Digital Photos: What's In A Name?

If you look at the names of your digital photos that you’ve downloaded onto your computer, do they have names like IMG_009854.jpg or DCS_102313.jpg? With digitally assigned names like that, it’s no wonder it’s hard to find your wedding photos!

 

It is extremely helpful to give your digital photos descriptive names so you can use your computer’s search function to find them again. Don’t despair! I’m not telling you need need to individually rename each photo. No matter which type of computer you have there is a way to batch rename your picture files. Currently I use a Mac so I use a handy little program called NameChanger. When I used a PC, I simply highlighted the photos whose names I wanted to changed, right-clicked, selected Rename and entered the desired file name.

 

Now what to name them… I recommend that you come up with a photo naming “rule.”  Here is mine - Date (Month-Year) Location Event. So the name of the picture below would be “6-2011 Perry Fathers Day”. However I have multiple pictures of this day so after the Event label, each picture is given a number. In this case “6-2011 Perry Fathers Day 02”. If you are batch renaming your photos, your software can easily do this for you.

 

If you want to go one step further, adjust the picture file name to name the people in the pictures. I find this very helpful for using my computer’s search function to find images of specific people. So again using the example above the full name of this picture is “6-2011 Perry Fathers Day 02 Lauren Troy Alex”. My personal rule is to only use first names and to only name family members and close friends.

 

You can make this process as simple or as complex as you want, but I guarantee you that in 20 years you will never figure out where IMG_45623 is but if you take a little time and rename your photos you will have a much easier time of it.

 

So how do you name your photos?

 

Do the Spring Fling 2014

Do the Spring Fling 2014

Spring has sprung and it’s a wonderful time to get rid of clutter and start fresh. 

 

Join me for the entire month of April for a Spring Fling. Every day we will be sorting, discarding and flinging items and ideas from a wide variety of areas of our home and lives.  You can pick and choose which flings you would like do. You can do them every day or do them at your own pace. It’s all up to you! 

 

Tune into the Good Life Organizing Facebook  page or the Good Life Organizing blog daily and invite a friend to do it with you. You can even get the daily flings in your email box every day by signing up here (http://eepurl.com/PZ-0T).

 

Join us April 1 to get started!

 

And remember good and done is better than perfect and postponed!  So let’s start flinging!

 

Organize Your Digital Photos: File Away

Organize Your Digital Photos: File Away

You’ve purged the bad, the duplicate and the fuzzy shots and downloaded your digital photos to your computer, now what do you do?

 

One of the first steps is to decide where you are going to store your photos on your computer (and be sure to download them to the same location every time!). For most people the logical place is your “My Pictures” or “Pictures” file. But if you dump all of your photos into one big file, it will be next to impossible to find that super funny shot of your son with a Lego up his nose. Just think if you just threw all of your papers in a filing cabinet without putting them in filing cabinets. Yikes!  

Organize Your Digital Photos: The Bad, the Duplicates, The Fuzzy

Organize Your Digital Photos: The Bad, the Duplicates, The Fuzzy

Once you’ve downloaded your digital photos from your phone or camera, or maybe even before you download, the next thing to do is to delete some pictures. Face it, we take way too many pictures. Unlike when we used film, with our digital cameras we take hundreds of shots of the same scene to get the “perfect” shot.