Donna's Tip:

If you need to remember a task that should be done monthly, write it on a post-it note and move the post-it from month to month, as you complete the task.

To remember an event in the future (like car inspection, which I tend to forget) write info on a post-it, place it on your December calendar page and in December, you can transfer it to the next year's calendar on the appropriate date.

Hang a calender where you will see it every day, and use it daily to note accomplishments, any other successes. As the month proceeds, you will see how much you've accomplished, and not just focus on what you still have outstanding.

A simple way to display hanging earrings is to take a lovely frame, remove the glass and insert a piece of mesh (from hardware store to keep birds and deer away). Pull the mesh taut and secure it with tape or ties. Then fill it with earrings and hang it where you will see it daily.

When you change the trash bag in the kitchen, empty all tissue trash baskets into it first, then they will absorb all the moisture and smells from food and trash till you empty it next time.

To help you eliminate unwanted items, pretend you are moving and ask yourself if you'd take the item with you to your new home. If you won't use it there, or haven't used it in a year or so, donate it to a local charity where it will be given to a person who needs it much more than you do, and who'll be so thankful you let it go.

There are 3 ways to eliminate your unwanted mail. One - if there is a postage paid envelope, cross out your name on the mailing, write "remove from all mailing lists" and return that piece of mail in their envelope and mail back to them. Two - if there is an 800 or local phone number, call immediately and tell them to remove you from their mailing list. Third - mail a sample of junk mail labels to:
Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
asking them to put you on the "Do Not Mail" list they maintain.

Before going on a trip, create a draft travel list on the computer of everything you want to take, as well as tasks like 'dog to kennel' and 'buy new bathing suit'. Continue editing as you get closer to departure date. When you return from your trip, edit it again, especially to include items you may have forgotten initially or ideas you want to remember for your next vacation.

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