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Distractions – What Causes Them & How to Deal With Them

By | June 26th, 2019|Categories: Distractions, Focus|Tags: , , , |

We all deal with distractions on a daily basis. Becoming distracted is basically the inability to pay attention, or lack of focus.  According to Merriam Webster the definition is – ‘an object that directs one's attention away from something else’. The ‘objects’ that cause us to lose focus, or become distracted, can be internal or external. Internally, our bodies may be alerting us in some way either physically, or mentally. You could have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which is a brain-based disorder. Maybe you’re hungry and your stomach is growling. We may have something else on our minds that require [...]

Organizing Your Finances

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

Similar to your things needing to be in proportion to your living spaces, you want your finances to be in proportion to your expenses.  This also means living within your means.  Your means being your income. When your expenses outweigh your income, your finances become out of balance and that’s where debt comes into play. If you don’t keep on top of it you suffer the consequences, which usually means an overwhelming amount of debt, and no savings or investing capacity. Ideally, we want the income side of the scale to be significantly higher than the expenses side of the [...]

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , , , |

Why is getting a good night’s sleep so important? Well, because when we don’t, it affects the quality of our waking life, both physically and mentally. I’ve been hearing complaints of ‘being tired’ a lot lately. These words, “I’m so tired”, come from family, friends and clients.  The reason is always because they don’t sleep well.  They don’t get enough sleep, they can’t fall asleep, or they don’t stay asleep. The reasons they don't sleep well can vary tremendously.  From college students cramming for finals and new parents being sleep deprived, to adults being stressed out and anxious from all [...]

Recycling Locations Around St. Louis MO

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

Whether you have curbside recycling or take your recyclables to a facility, some items are not allowed in the bins. Your service provider typically provides a list of items that they will accept.  Some bins have stickers on them to show the acceptable items. There are items however, that need to be discarded but are not on the list of accepted items.  Donation to a favorite charity is always an option for recycling for gently used items. You want to be a good steward of the earth and keep as much out of the landfill as possible, but may not [...]

Clearing Your Digital Clutter

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Clutter is clutter whether you can actually touch it or not. Our minds get cluttered with information that we no longer need and when we sleep, our minds purge the excess.  When our homes become cluttered, we typically go on a purging spree. But what about our digital clutter? We are living in the digital age and a lot of information that we rely on every day comes in a non-physical form.  We can touch the electronic devices where this data resides but we can’t actually touch the data itself.  These devices can become cluttered very quickly with data we [...]

Staying Safe With The Noonlight App

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Safety|Tags: , , , , |

Staying safe is a concern for everyone no matter your age.  Whether you are at home or wherever you go, that feeling of security is priceless.  There are different aspects of feeling safe and for the purpose of this post the focus is on physical safety. When you are in your home, or living your life going to work, school, running errands or engaging in social activity you want to be safe.  Most places that you go you probably do feel relatively safe. There are however, times when you may not. In the US we have the 911 system that [...]

Cut Off The Flow of Incoming Clutter by Making Smart Choices

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Mindfullness, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

In this Ted Talk called ‘Can we eat to starve cancer?’, William Li talks about Androgenesis becoming out of balance and causing a myriad of diseases.  In his talk he focuses on cancer - about cutting off the flow of blood to cancer cells through food intake as an anti-Androgenesis therapy.  It’s an interesting 20-minute talk, I encourage you to check it out.  It may be a stretch, but I realized that we can do the same thing with incoming clutter by making smart choices. Things will inevitably come into our homes on a regular basis, or on an even [...]

Next Time, Just Pause

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Mindfullness, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , |

There is so much power in the pause. We rush around from place to place doing so many things all the time.  Every day, all day we are making decisions. It seems like we are on auto pilot throughout the day just to get everything done. Making knee jerk decisions can sometimes cause pain or stress due to the results of our actions or inactions.  And yes, inaction is actually a decision. At those times when we need to make a decision, and it can be something small or not so small, taking a pause to make a more considered [...]

Backs of Doors Storage Options

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

The backs of doors are an under-utilized storage option.  For those that have small spaces they can provide the additional needed storage.  There are many options for this type of storage but you need to do a little research to understand what works best for your situation. You must be conscience of the size of the items stored in these locations.  They need to be in proportion to the area around the door when it closes.  Cabinets and pantries have shelves in them that you need to work around depending on the depth of the storage item. If you decide [...]

What Approach Should I Use to Begin to Declutter my Home?

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

This is a common question I hear from new clients. The answer is not simple.  There is no one size fits all answer to this question.  In fact, there are very few scenarios in life where one size fits all. The approach you use to declutter your home will likely be different from anyone else. Your situation is different from others so your approach will have a different strategy. Not everyone needs a whole house declutter.  Some just have areas that are clutter magnets and need some tweaking to existing solutions.  Others may need to declutter their home from top [...]