My Crazy 2011 in Review

Wow did 2011 go fast!  I swear it still feels like it should be about October instead of the end of the year.  But you can’t argue with the calendar and it gives me a good excuse for reviewing my posts from the year and picking out my favorites. Some are from my Clutterbugs decluttering series, some are from my Smart Money series, and a few are just for fun.  Like my blog, it’s an interesting mix and you never know what you’ll find. 


Ask for What you Want.  This is my take on the eternal fight that goes on between cleanies and messies who have to live in the same house.  I have some tips on how to deal with it in a respectful way that gets both of you a little bit of what you want.  


Dealing with OPS (Other People’s Stuff).  I love this one – it’s a semi-humorous look at ways you can encourage your spouse and/or children and/or room mates to literally clean up their acts.  For instance, I made my sons sing “I’m a Little Teapot” to reclaim some of their valuable items.  


Smart Money: Have a Backup Plan.  This was a post I wrote after we had a rather sudden mass layoff at my company.  I wasn’t involved in it, but it definitely gave me something to think about.  Bad things happen, they happen fast, and you have to be prepared to deal with them.  The Japanese earthquake and tsunami happened in that same month and that gave me a lot to think about also. 


How Does Clutter Affect Your Children?  After raising two ADHD sons, I became aware of how the clutter in our home affected their behavior and their state of mind.  I think there is a strong link between environment and behavior in both children and adults. 


Book Review:  The Entitlement Trap.  This was a review I did of a book by Richard Eyre, a local writer.  He and his wife Linda have 9 children and have written some really helpful books on parenting.  I worked with Richard recently to come to my son’s school to talk to the parents and administrators about bullying and some of the issues they’ve been experiencing recently. I thought this was a book my readers might be interested in.  


A Visit to the Highland Games.  This is a lighthearted post about my family’s annual visit to the Highland Games.  That is one of our few traditions of the year and the one bit of heritage I’m able to provide for my sons.  


My Top 5 Motivational Ideas.  This is always a subject I am fascinated with – why some people can achieve their goals so easily while others (like me!) can’t usually manage to get their efforts off the ground.  These are some tips I’ve gathered over the years that I hope will help you.  


Taming the Paper Tiger.  Paper is one of the biggest clutter challenges, and it is one of the most requested subjects from my readers.  These are my ideas on how to get your paper clutter under control. 


Retail Therapy is the Worst Kind of Therapy.  This is a little post about the dangers of recreational shopping.  I have seen so many people come to grief through the greed of overshopping – including myself at times….


Cut Your Power Bill.  I don’t know about you, but my power bill is ridiculous!  This is a collection of tips and new technologies that will help you to lower your power bill.  


Blogger Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.  That’s one good thing about being a blogger – we know how to have a good time and we’re a large and friendly group around here.  This is just one of many different parties and events I’ve had the good fortune to attend.

They Make Blind Children See.  This is a must-read post for anyone who has a special needs child.  It’s funny that you don’t hear about people quietly working common-sense miracles in obscure little corners of the world, but you hear daily about idiots like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Angelina Jolie.  I figured it was time we give the do-gooders a little love.  
That’s about it for 2011.  I’ll be interested to see what I manage to come up with for 2012 and I hope you will too! If you enjoyed this post, consider becoming a subscriber – my posts will be sent directly to your inbox twice a week.  Click here to subscribe.

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