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  • My New Daily Docket

    I mentioned a while back about how I had recently started using Simple Mom's Daily Docket . While I really loved the way Simple Mom set up a daily to do list with her docket, I found after using it for several months that it didn't necessarily work for me. My most productive days since I started...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Mon, Jan 7 2013
  • The Four Words That Strike Fear Into the Heart of Any DIYer

    Over Labor Day weekend, I had a single, acheivable project that I wanted to complete. The dining room closet/pantry has been a catchall for the entire two years we have lived in this house, and so I wanted to empty out the contents, do a little purging, and then replace everything in the closet in an...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Sep 11 2012
  • The Filing Cabinet Saga Continues

    (Pictured: what happens when you don't realize that there is hardware missing until after you've already spent 3 hours trying to construct a piece of fershtunkiner furniture.) As you may recall, I was pretty gleeful last week when I thought that a minor inconvenience when purchasing our new filing...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, Aug 23 2012
  • Sometimes It Pays To Be Inconvenienced

    Photo courtesy of Sreejithk2000 and Pptudela You may recall that I was working apathetically feverishly to clean up our guest room/office earlier this year. One of my goals was to finally be rid of the broken down metal filing cabinets that J and I have been carting around since before anyone heard of...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Aug 14 2012
  • Something Worth Doing is Worth Doing Poorly

    Photo courtesy of ACupOfCoffee We've all heard the old adage about the necessity of doing something well if said something is worth doing at all. And for the most part I agree with it--particularly after having spent four years teaching (that is, attempting to teach) teenagers how to organize their...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Sun, Jul 22 2012
  • Spring(ish--Okay, Summer) Cleaning Can Be Lucrative

    I have finally completed my guest room/office cleanout! Not only have I taken the room from this: to this: to this (plus less stuff on the desk): but J and I have also picked up a nice chunk of change from cleaning. Just today, we received the check in exchange for our gift card, bringing our grand total...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Fri, Jun 22 2012
  • The Hurrier I Am, The Behinder I Get

    I am having one of those days. You see, this afternoon, J, LO and I are heading up to Milwaukee, both to spend time with some friends, and to take part in (potentially) the most ridiculous bicycle-based pub crawl you're likely to find, the Milwaukee Fat Tire Tour. (In previous years at this pub crawl...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Fri, Jun 15 2012
  • Things They Don't Teach You In School

    1. Never buy something unless you have specific and relatively immediate plans to use it. Doing otherwise leaves you shaking your head over a collection of random fat quarters that match absolutely nothing else in your fabric stash/enough leather journals to build a fort or sew together into several...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Wed, Jun 13 2012
  • On the Bright Side, At Least Now I Can See the Floor

    I have at last started my "spring" cleaning of the office/guest room . We are expecting an overnight guest next weekend. Considering the fact that spring is unofficially over if you consider Memorial Day to be the start of the summer season and will officially be over in a matter of days if...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Jun 12 2012
  • Bookstore Temptation

    I have not yet posted about my spring cleaning efforts because so far, those efforts have been mostly non-existent. However, I did finally take care of something yesterday that has been bothering me pretty much since we moved in. I had a big pile of books that I no longer wanted--mostly extra copies...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, May 3 2012
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