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Summer 2016


Summer is here! What are your plans?

Is a well-deserved vacation scheduled in your calendar? Do you have children out of school for the summer? What are your plans for them? Will they be attending camp or are they home with you?

Whatever your plans there are a few things you can't control. One of those is the weather. Despite the best laid plans to have fun outdoors the weather sometimes makes it impossible to carry out those plans. When this happens you have a choice. You can either complain making yourself and those around you miserable or you can change your attitude and roll with it.

Before you go away on your vacation do a little research to find out what your available options might be if it is pouring rain. You can also pack a few small activities like coloring books, colored pencils, markers and crayons. Bring coloring books meant for adults as well as those for children. Research shows that coloring can be a relaxing activity. It also promotes conversation. It's also a great way for everyone to work on their own individual project and be together at the same time. Playing cards are good also. These things are light weight and take up little room in your suitcase. There may be an aquarium to visit or a great museum with things of interest to everyone in your family.

If you are home and the children have 'nothing to do' other than tv or games on their electronic devise have a list of activities for them.

Here are my top five suggestions:
  1. Do you have board games? Rainy days are a great time to pull them out.  Board games have a terrific educational component to them that is sometimes overlooked. The children engage in counting, reading, and taking turns. All wonderful skills!
  2. Do you like to bake? If you do that can be a really fun way to spend a few hours on a rainy day. The children can read the recipe, measure the ingredients, mix the batter and set the timer. Also educational skills to reinforce while they are away from the classroom.
  3. Read a chapter book. Create a comfy spot with extra blankets and pillows. If your children are good readers you can take turns reading with your children. This helps to engage their mind and promotes creativity! Ask them to draw a picture of their favorite character in the story.
  4. Coloring - bring out the coloring books for adults and for children. You can have a selection of markers, colored pencils, and crayons available. Remember to talk while you're coloring.
  5. Clean a room. Pick a room that you can clean as a group. Assign a different cleaning task to each child or person. Some ideas are: dust, clean mirrors, sweep, vacuum, fluff pillows... depending on the area there can be a little or a lot to do. When everyone helps and is involved the task is accomplished quickly.
Whatever it is that you are up to this summer remember that when things don't go the way you had hoped or intended you have choices as to how you respond. Look at your options and see if you can make the best of it. Your attitude is so important!

Have a wonderful summer!

Books by Diane N. Quintana:
For a full listing of my books, click here.

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"Suzie's Messy Room" & Benji's Messy Room" 
by Diane N. Quintana & Jonda S. Beattie 

This is the perfect book for that young person in your life. Children are often overwhelmed by the enormity of the task of cleaning their room, and this is a great way to help them break it down. They will go from overwhelm to done in no time. Each book is specifically for that special little boy or girl!
For more information or to order  Benji's Messy Room, click here.

For more information or to order Suzie's Messy Room, click here.
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"Now What? A Simple Organizing Guide" 
by Diane N. Quintana 

You think you have things pretty well-organized and then something happens, which upsets the balance in your life. You think to yourself, "Now what?" 

"Now What? A Simple Organizing Guide" provides straight-forward practical organizing tips to help you regain that balance. This is your guide to setting up a home, creating and maintaining a budget, and managing paperwork and time. It's also a guide to the habits and routines that will help you keep order in your busy life. 

There is something for everyone in this well-crafted guide no matter what your age or your experience!

Click here to order your copy today!


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For Groups

If you are a member of a professional group or organization or have a group of individuals that would like to share interesting and unique information, Jonda Beattie and I would be happy to talk to you. We have a variety of presentations which we can tailor

to your needs. 


Jonda Beattie and I
can present the following workshops for your group: 
Paper Organizing Challenges 
Where does it all come from? How do we handle it? What to Keep? How Long to Keep it and How to Find it Again? This workshop is an hour long.

  Paper Piles to Files    
Bring a box or bag of papers and go home with labeled files. This 3 hour interactive workshop will enable you to organize and file the papers that get accumulated on your desk and countertops.

Plan to Lose 
Learn how to organize your pantry & refrigerator,
plan your meals,
organize your grocery shopping list,
work exercise into your daily routine,
and plan to lose unwanted weight. 
Please  click here  to
let me know about
your interests.
Thank you!

August 1, 2016  
Diane is going to Denver
to deliver a presentation
about writing books.
For more information on NAPO and the event, go to

Saturday & Sunday  
September 3 & 4, 2016 Diane will be a the Get Organized booth at the Decatur Book Festival with Jonda Beattie & Judith Kolberg
For more information on The Decatur Book Festival, go to
September 22-24, 2016
The Institute for Challenging Disorganization conference
I will be attending this year's meeting in Portland, OR.
For more information on the conference,
go to
November 5 & 6
Diane and Jonda Beattie will have a booth at the Elegant Elf Marketplace in Sandy Springs, Georgia  
For more information about Elegant Elf Marketplace, go to


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Warm Regards,

Diane N. Quintana, CPO®, CPO-CD®