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The Lorax has a message for all of us

I went to see The Lorax with my niece and we really enjoyed the movie, including dancing to the song at the end of the movie after everyone had left! The environmental theme revolved around saving the trees so I told my niece that I would take her to IHOP for pancakes since they are offering free tree seeds as a promo for The Lorax. I'm hoping that Universal Studios keeps with the green theme of the movie and doesn't decide to flood the market with Lorax theme-based stuff: toys, plush animals, games, etc. However, there's probably not much chance of that happening.    
The main theme of the story however revolved around the word 'UNLESS'. The Lorax said, "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." At my previous employer, there were a lot of built-in opportunities to "care a whole awful lot" such as volunteering, raising funds for various charities, and hold clothing and food drives. It felt like we were making a difference in the lives of people on an almost daily basis. Now that I have my own business, I look for ways to volunteer in my own community.
My former college roommate and I spent one Saturday morning with our fellow alumni from Shippensburg University volunteering at the Reading Berks Food Bank. We packaged boxes for elderly clients of the food bank. A few months ago I spent a morning working with volunteers from Habitat for Humanity by laying a floor in one of the offices at the Blind Association in Reading. I had never laid a floor before so that was really fun!
If you are cleaning out the kitchen and pantry, donate your unexpired dry goods and canned food to the food banks in your area. If you are cleaning out the bathroom and linen closet of toiletries, make-up, linens, and personal products, donate your excess personal items to emergency shelters, women's shelters, elderly organizations, or any other agency that could use your unneeded items. Go to the website for the agencies in your area and find their wish lists for the most needed items.
Clutter Quote: "Don't waste your time on pursuits that don't feed your soul. Organize your life, take back your life, and make it your own." Vali Heist
My book "Organize This! Practical Tips, Green Ideas, and Ruminations about your CRAP" will be available on Amazon.com in April. Thanks for checking it out!!

posted on: 4/7/2012 2:30:00 PM by Vali Heist
category: General Organizing Tips

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Vali Heist is a Certified Professional Organizer, the owner of The Clutter Crew for homeowners, and a Certified GO System Trainer for businesses. She is the author of "Organize This! Practical Tips, Green Ideas, and Ruminations about your CRAP. CRAP stands for Clutter that Robs Anyone of Pleasure! She writes a monthly column for the Reading Eagle called "Organize This!". Vali's bachelor's degree is in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree is in Higher Education from Kutztown University. Vali has an extensive background of 24 years in Higher Education including training, administration, project management, writing, and editorial production. Her passion has always been organization and how it relates to the simplification of work and personal life in order to enjoy both to the fullest. Her ultimate goal is to continue finding simple, easy to implement ideas that work in the real world and pass them on to her clients.

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