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Where to Donate Your Treasures

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

  I’m often asked, ‘where do I donate _______?’ (fill in the blank).  When I’m asked this question is typically during, or after a purge session.  Whether it’s spring cleaning, or time to downsize, you may come across items that are not trash-worthy.  These items still have mileage in them and you don’t want them to end up in a landfill.  The obvious solution is to recycle them. Recycling has a variety of meanings; send to a recycling facility, repurpose/reuse, sell or donate.  This post focuses on where to donate specialty items. There are many charities that accept donations.  The [...]

Too Many Choices

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Home Organization, Problem Solving, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

Too many choices can cause indecision, which leads to frustration, and consequently, stress.  Think about it.  Have you ever been to a restaurant that has a menu with so many pages it looks like a novel? The wait staff wants to take your order but you can’t decide, so you ask for a few more minutes.  Those few more minutes go by and you still can’t decide.  Maybe your dining partners have the same issue.  You end up stressed out and order something that you may not be happy with because you had too many choices. How about your overstuffed [...]

13 Ways to be Proactive

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

  According to Merriam-Webster, being proactive means ‘to act in anticipation of future problems, needs or changes’.  They also define mitigate as follows, ‘make less severe or painful’.  These two words work in sync to help reduce the amount of stress in our lives. When you’re proactive, you mitigate the stress of being unprepared. Unfortunately, we can’t anticipate every problem, need or change that can happen in our lives.  However, when a situation comes up that triggers thoughts that make you think that you can be better prepared next time, act on that thought. The key to this line of [...]

Misplaced Glasses

By | April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Focus, Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Anyone that wears glasses, has at some time, or many times, misplaced them.  Those that wear reading glasses only, may misplace them more than those that wear glasses all the time.  This probably occurs most often when we’re tired or distracted. When you’re tired, you don’t want to fall asleep with them on and risk damaging them, so you take them off and put them down.  You’re sleepy so you don’t really pay attention to what you’re doing when you set them down. The same thing happens when you’re distracted from a task that requires you to wear your glasses.  [...]

What is Your Motivation to Complete a Project?

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , |

  Motivation, or what motivates us, like everything else, is different for everyone.  As I researched motivators for a past blog post, ‘Two Motivators - Pain or Pleasure’, I learned that there are really only 2 motivators; avoiding pain or moving toward pleasure. When I thought about it, I realized that this is true, at least it was for me. To put this idea to the test, I started thinking about tasks, or projects, I completed in the past that I really didn’t want to do.  I thought about the motivation that helped me get moving to get these things [...]

Spring Cleaning Renews Home & Soul

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Peace, Spring Cleaning|Tags: , , , , |

Spring is a time that refreshes, renews, and brings positive energy into our homes and souls. Spring cleaning is a ritual a lot of us engage in at the beginning of the season.  Some are anxious to begin, others dread it, and some just don’t do it at all. The term ‘spring cleaning’ means different things to everyone.  To some it may mean cleaning the house from top to bottom and everything in between. To others it may mean cleaning things that don’t get done during regular cleaning sessions. Whatever it means to you, the results have an internal effect [...]

Keep Calm & …

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Problem Solving, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

Keep Calm & __________. That catch phrase took off many years ago, with additions like, & carry on, & think positive, & hire a professional (fill in the blank), etc.  Some of these phrases also have a comical suffix. According to Wikipedia, the phrase ‘keep calm and carry on’, actually came from a British motivational poster in 1939 in preparation for the second world war. The intent was to raise the morale of the public amidst horrifying predictions of all kinds. In today’s world, as in the original context of ‘keep calm and carry on’, this phrase has the same [...]

Problem Solving With Spot The Squirrel

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Problem Solving|Tags: , |

  Need some help with problem solving?  The story below shows how I watched a squirrel solve a problem, and reminded me of how simple problem solving can be. One of my passions is watching wildlife in my backyard.  My office is actually in my basement but I work from my family room.  It has a very large, beautiful window that looks out into my backyard.  Many people would be distracted by the activities of the critters, but for me it’s inspiration. It’s amazing to me, that I see so many different species of critters, since I live just off [...]

Prevent Clutter & Save Money – Visit Your Local Library

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing, Storage|Tags: , , |

What is the best way to prevent clutter & save money? As the title says, visit your local library.  They have a myriad of books, magazines, cd’s, dvd’s, & books on tape. Not sure if I missed anything, but all of these items that we buy can lead to a whole lot of clutter.  Clutter that we have to maintain in some fashion, which has associated costs. To keep them organized so you can find what you need when you need it, there is a storage component.  You may need to purchase storage if you don’t already have something you [...]

Media Storage-How to Determine Your Needs

By | January 20th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing, Storage|Tags: , , |

  Media storage can be challenging for many reasons.  Even though we’re living in the on-demand digital age, many of us have physical media that we still use.  Just like items that we can touch, we need to find a place for media to live and that means storage. Typically, we store our things where we use them. That makes our things easily accessible where and when we need them, and we know what we own so we don’t buy duplicates. As mentioned in previous posts, our belongings need to be proportionate to our living spaces.  With that in mind, [...]