by JUDY OZMENT on AUGUST 1, 2012


Today kicked off “Simplify Your Life” week.  Sounds great right?  Achieving it can seem daunting because we always have too much in the way.  The never ending to-do list, over committing our time, searching for perfection…Does any of this hit home for you?

Starting today and for the next week I will share 7 organizing tips that you can implement into your day to help you start living a simpler life.

Tip 1:  Plan the night before.

This is a time saver and stress reducer and helps ensure a sane (or less insane) morning.

  • Have your coffee maker all ready to go.  Most coffee makers have timers on them now – use it!  Set out your coffee cups, sweetener, spoons, etc.
  • Lay out the clothes to be worn the next day.  It doesn’t hurt to check the weather report either.
  • Prepare lunches
  • Set out breakfast items
  • Make sure permission slips, etc. are signed for school.  Spend time with each child to make sure that they have gone through their backpacks and that their homework is done.
  • Put keys, backpacks, briefcases, workout bag, sports equipment and anything else that needs to go out the door with you by your landing station.
  • Make sure you enlist help from those that are old enough.
  • Finally, no matter how bad you want to get home, remember to fill the gas tank on your way home from work so you don’t have to worry about it in the morning.  You will be glad you did!

When you are organizing your medicine cabinet you will probably come across expired prescriptions & medicines.  Please do not throw them in the garbage, flush them down the toilet or wash them down the sink!  There is a local program that provides an environmentally safe alternative to disposing of both prescription and non-prescription medications in landfills and sewer systems.

The Wentzville, Missouri Police Department provides a safe and proper way to dispose of your unwanted medications.  They offer a Drug Collection and Disposal DropBox, which is a secured, steel mailbox/collection box, that is located in the lobby at the Law Enforcement Center, 1019 Schroeder Creek Boulevard, Wentzville, MO  63385.  Citizens are able to deposit their medications anonymously any time of the day or night, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Once collected, the drugs will be properly disposed of by incineration.  People are encouraged to black out their personal information on the prescription bottles, but not the contents of the bottle itself.

Acceptable items include:

  •  Expired or unwanted prescription medications
  •  Expired or unwanted over the counter medications
  • Vitamins and nutritional supplements
  • Medications for household pets
  • Homeopathic remedies
  • EpiPens
  • Medicated lotions
  • Sealed liquids

Unacceptable items include:

  •  Unsealed liquids
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Empty medicine bottles
  • Medical waste (iv bags, bloody/infected waste)
  • Needles or other “sharps”
  •  Hazardous waste
  • Thermometers
  • Personal care products (shampoos, soaps, makeup, etc.)
  • Trash
  • Mail
  • Lost/found materials
  • Business/professional waste

For more information please contact the Wentzville Police Department at 636-639-2150.  For those of you who are located outside of the Wentzville, MO area, I strongly urge you to check with your local law enforcement agency or city/county government offices to see if your area offers a similar “drop box” program.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012.  They will be announcing collection sites sometime in March.  I will post this information when it is released.

I want to share a great cause with you and help motivate you to clean out and organize your lingerie drawers.

This a perfect opportunity for you to donate all of those bras that don’t fit anymore, may be a little worn, or you may never have removed the price tags because once you got it home you realized you got caught up in the “prettiness” of it all and the bra wasn’t meant for you in the first place, it just did not support the girls!  I say this because I have been there, done that – more than once!  Don’t be embarrassed and think you can’t donate your “unmentionables”.  You can and for a great cause!

Bras and other intimate wear are typically the least donated items but yet may be the most needed for a lot of women, especially those who are homeless or victims of domestic violence.  If a woman is worried about where she going to get her next meal or where she is going to live, having the right bra is probably the last thing on her mind.  Chances are however that it would probably help boost her self confidence and her morale.  Something as little as having a properly fitting bra might make her feel just a little bit better about herself.

Now through February 26, 2012, Soma Intimates is accepting your bra donations.  You can find a location near you by clicking here.  Soma Intimates is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  The bras collected will stay in your community and benefit your local shelters.  Your bra donations can be mailed if there is not a Soma Intimates near you.

Bras that cannot be donated will be sent to The Bra Recyclers.

So get moving, clear out your cluttered lingerie drawers and support a great cause!

Giving is Beautiful!