How 5 Zones of Housecleaning Work

Posted by Pam Young

Oct 5, 2017 11:18:32 AM


In this video, I explain how the zones work to help you stay on track with housecleaning. Inspired by the Sidetracked Home Executives, the zones help you focus on one room at a time. Flylady's Flight Plan is the SHE Zone plan. We gave Flylady permission to use it to help you be organized in your home and if you get her Flight Plan but are still confused about how it works, this short video will help.  

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Funny video by a 16-year-old

Posted by Pam Young

Oct 4, 2017 12:56:38 PM

When information comes across my desk, err, onto my computer screen and it tickles me to the point of LingOL I just have to share it with you.

Kathy Roberts (The Tidy Tudor), my good friend in New Jersey whom I collaborated with a couple of months ago with our Get Organized webinar (thank you to all of you who joined us), was telling me about her grandson who received a video camera and editing software for Christmas last year and is really, really good at using it. Her reason to tell me was that she suggested we use him to video our upcoming seminar in New Jersey so we'll have a video to share in addition to the real seminar (more to come on date and how to sign up for it). 

To show me his abilities, Kathy sent me a YouTube link of a 4-minute documentary he produced. Well, it was such a funny video, I felt this young man needs to be watched. I'll warn you in advance, it has nothing to do with getting organized, but then a lot of what I send you doesn't these days. I'm an up lifter and I know getting organized is uplifting in itself, but there's way more to life than being organized. So let yourself be sidetracked and enjoy the humor and creativity of Daniel Large! Just click on the air balloon and watch.

Have a wonderful day. If you enjoyed the video, please share it with someone whom you think would enjoy it too.


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House Fairy De-clutters a Real Child's Bedroom

Posted by Pam Young

Oct 4, 2017 5:43:00 AM





Have you found that the biggest problem with kids’ messy bedrooms is too much stuff? The main reason they are is because children not only physically grow quarterly they mentally and emotionally do too! That means they not only grow out of their clothes, they outgrow their books and toys. With the start of this new quarter, this is a good time to check in and get all the clothes, toys and books they’ve outgrown out of their rooms.

We, as parents, need to be on top of what they’re wearing, playing with and reading. Generally the clothes on chairs, beds and floors are the clothes they are currently wearing and the clothes in the drawers are too small or out of season. As far as what they're currently reading and playing with, that's pretty obvious too. The stuff they're not using is at the bottom of the toy box and stuffed in corners of closets and under beds.

Kids can’t put their clean clothes away in their drawers if they are already stuffed with clothes they don’t wear. They can't put their toys away when shelves are filled with books they don't read, and toy boxes filled with toys they don't play with.

Within the House Fairy Program you'll find the Messy Room Rescue series which was a make-over of a real child’s messy bedroom. Sophie, (the child in the video) is my granddaughter and the mother is my daughter, Peggy. Sophie is now a freshman in college and my hope is she’s learned a lot about keeping a neat room. 

Here's video clip from the series.

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Get High Then Get Organized

Posted by Pam Young

Oct 2, 2017 6:00:00 AM



In order to get organized and run an efficient household you require energy and a desire to follow some kind of plan. A simple plan that directs your days and establishes a routine and habits that serve you, not drag you down. But it’s very hard to follow any plan if you’re down in the dumps. So if you want to stay on top of things, feeling good is really important. 


What if you had an indicator that let you know whether you were flying high or sinking into despair? You really do. It’s just invisible to the eye, but you can always stop and “check in.”     

For an example, where would you rate yourself right now. Are you more happy than sad? Are you more anxious than content? Are you more angry than loving? Are you more afraid than feeling safe? 

There’s really little guesswork in knowing how you feel, because you’re wired to know in any given moment. Unfortunately it’s so easy to ignore the signals. We can get so busy we neglect taking time to check in with what’s going on inside.

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Less Options More Focus

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 29, 2017 5:04:00 AM



The only way to establish a habit is to put the action you want to become a habit into a routine. You’ll have to do the action enough times for it to become automatic. In order to do that, you have to focus on doing the action and not be distracted by other options. In other words, don’t give yourself the option of not doing the action you want to have become a habit. 

For example, if you want exercise to be part of your routine, then you have to stop giving yourself options out of exercise. Options abound. Until exercise is a habit, your options will always look better than exercise. But if you’ll stay focused on what it is you want it'll be easier to establish that new habit of exercising every day.  

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Topics: Fitness, Habits, Happiness

3 Easy Things to do to Lose Weight

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM



Are you always looking for ways to lose weight and keep it off? 

To really lose weight you have to change the way you eat. Duh!

Recently there was an article that dealt with the psychology of overeating. It told about a couple of studies you might be interested in. One was conducted by researchers with extraordinary credentials from prestigious educational institutions, but the article concluded with this quote: “Ultimately, all this research shows we need to understand the brain chemistry behind overeating a lot better. Until we do, there won’t be any really significant advances in medications to help people lose weight,” Dr. David Herber, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles.

1. You have the power to change your brain chemistry

You have the power to change your brain chemistry with your thinking and feeling. In one of the studies young women were asked to sit in a brain scanner while drinking a chocolate milk shake. Half the women were told that the yummy treat was a regular shake; the other half were told it was a low-fat version. In truth they all got the same shake!

As the researchers watched their monitors, the reward centers of the shake drinkers’ brains lit up when the women consumed the shakes. But the women who thought they were getting a low-fat shake had much less activation. In other words, “knowing” that the shake was low fat took a lot of the fun out of the experience. Low-fat labels may backfire by making food seem less tasty, according to scientists at the Oregon Research Institute. Nelly (my inner child) can attest to that! She hates those words “low fat” on a label!

Because of these fancy scanners we now know that we have a “reward center” in our brains! I know we can activate that center by having positive and loving talks with ourselves. Here’s an example before I tell you about the other study.

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Topics: Fitness

Sidetracked Home Executives: from pigpen to paradise

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 27, 2017 1:35:57 PM




40 years ago Peggy and I were miserable slobs but we developed a get organized system on 3x5 cards that not only helped us find direction in the chaos, it helped millions get their homes organized. Sidetracked Home Executives: from pigpen to paradise is now available on Kindle.

Just click on the cover to purchase the Kindle version.

Did you notice on the cover my name was Pam Brace? Once I got organized I got my power back. I was no longer willing to take any criticism from a very angry husband. My motive was to get organized so I'd have more free time to play and have fun. I got organized, the house got organized but the criticism didn't stop. At that point I realized that I didn't get organized to please someone else, but to please me. Then I was free to ignore the criticism and be happy in spite of an unhappy husband.

A year after I got organized, I was divorced and discovered it had taken a lot of energy to ignore the negative partner, but much of that energy used caused me to grow spiritually. We were meant to have fun in this life. Well being is the natural order and whenever we don't feel that well being, it's only because we've cut off the source of it by getting upset. Learning not to get upset just because someone else is, is a huge and valuable lesson that takes energy! Once you learn a lesson through practice it gets easier and easier. My ex husband was a great teacher and I'm so grateful for what I learned by being married to him.

Here's a recent video of one of my appearances on a popular, Portland talk show. This time I shared some memories of my sister and me on our book tour. Just click on the photo of us way back then.









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How to Get Husbands to Help with Housework

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 27, 2017 5:00:00 AM





In our writing career we spoke to thousands of groups and rarely did we have men in our audiences. We even thought about having a seminar just for men, but most wondered if we could have a television there with "the game" on in the background or better yet, conduct the workshop from a tavern or sports bar. Of course we never were able to pull off a How to Organize Your Home exclusively for men, so we did the next best thing. We put some thought into how to get husbands to help around the house. Here we are on television with Gary Collins talking about just that.

 The video has some really good ideas that will help.

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Topics: Family Games

Empty Mayo Jar Salad Dressing

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 26, 2017 5:00:00 AM



When you scoup all you can out of that mayonaise jar, did you know there's still enough left in the jar to be a creamy part of a salad dressing? All you have to do is add some yummy ingredients, put the lid back on and shake it! Voila-- you've just created a creamy, gourmet salad dressing good enough for a fancy five star restaurant. Who knows.....after you blend up this flavorful masterpiece you just might decide to open one!

And for the heck of it I'll toss in a LOW CARB white sauce that's delicious. Also, since I no longer eat sugar-laden catchup I make this instead.

If you don't believe me about the carbs, look at the back of a catchup bottle and read how many there are.

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Topics: Cooking Videos, Recipes

Lock Your Cars! It's Giant Zucchini Time!

Posted by Pam Young

Sep 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM


This time of year church foyers offer tables of free produce brought in by Christian gardener’s wanting to share the abundance of nature’s bounty. One ubiquitous vegetable on those church tables is the GIANT ZUCCHINI. 




It’s not that gardeners let these grow to the size of dachshunds on purpose, rather it’s usually an accident perpetrated by a beginner gardener. (Have you ever noticed zucchini has camouflage skin so it can hide under their big leaves?) Many a gardener has shared with me her horror upon discovering a giant, green, squash monster suddenly exposed by hoeing. The woman holding this one is Missila and she has a YouTube video you might like to watch. Just click on her, but please come back to my blog because you're going to learn a lot!

There are no warning labels on zucchini seed packages and there should be! In fact they should read:

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