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Making Mistakes is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

By |2023-01-09T16:27:35-06:00January 11th, 2023|Categories: Learning|Tags: , , , , |

A new year has just begun and it’s time to reflect on the past year, the good and the not-so-good. We all make mistakes in our everyday living and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Although it can be frustrating, and at times, costly, making mistakes is valuable for us to learn and grow. Every decision made, gives you the opportunity to do the right thing. Sometimes though, that decision is not always black and white. You make decisions based on the resources you have at that time. Then you take an action, and there is always a consequence to [...]

Clearing Out My Dad’s House

By |2022-12-22T12:11:39-06:00December 28th, 2022|Categories: Decluttering, Grief|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This past summer my dad passed away and we all miss him terribly. After a loved one passes away, there are many things to do, typically in phases. To understand these phases I wrote a past blog post to explain them, and you can read it by clicking on this link.  This post deals with what my brothers and I went through when clearing out my dad’s house. First of all, as you can imagine, or maybe know, this task or project is a very emotional undertaking. This is the house where my brothers and I grew up, so the [...]

How to Stay Organized During Holidays

By |2022-12-12T11:07:55-06:00December 14th, 2022|Categories: Holiday Organization|Tags: , , , , , |

The holidays can be chaotic in so many ways. Because of this chaos, it’s difficult to stay organized for a typical day. Then you throw in all the things that need to be done to prepare for the festivities, and it can get really crazy. The premise to stay organized during the holidays, is that you have your spaces and time in order to begin with. If not, I encourage you to check out this blog post. It may help you to get organized as a starting point. You may have noticed that I mentioned having your spaces and time [...]

Why You Can’t Get to Appointments on Time & Tips to Avoid Being Late

By |2022-11-29T11:30:03-06:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Being late occasionally means that you're human. However, if you are consistently late for everything, you need to dig deep to find out why.  There is a reason, or reasons why you are not getting to your appointments, work, or other scheduled events on time. Let’s take some time to explore some common reasons why you may run late. Common reasons for being late Your schedule Or lack of a schedule can cause you to be late. If you don’t have a schedule, you’re setting yourself up for much undue stress. You may have one, but maybe you don’t check [...]

Consumable Gift Ideas Just in Time For The Holidays

By |2022-11-14T10:24:30-06:00November 16th, 2022|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , , , |

What do I mean by consumable? The definition of consume as defined by Merriam Webster dictionary is ‘to use up’. The reason this is important is that something consumable will be used up and will not end up as clutter. The only caveat to that idea is that it needs to be consumed. Gifting can be a tricky situation at best. Understanding the needs and wants of the recipients is not always easy.  We want to show our appreciation of the person with a well thought out gift.  It needs to be tailored to each individual. One thing to consider [...]

How to Mentally Prepare For a Difficult Conversation

By |2022-10-24T16:48:31-05:00October 26th, 2022|Categories: Preparation|Tags: , , , , |

We all have had times where we needed to have a difficult conversation with someone. This can happen at all stages and ages of life, personally and professionally.  Just the anticipation of having a difficult conversation can cause stress, probably due to the unknowns. These unknowns can include, but are not limited to the following: How the other person will react If we will come off as confrontational If they will take us seriously If we can get our message across without the other person getting defensive Coming to terms we can both accept Both of us coming to a [...]

Cutting Down a Tree Can be Heartbreaking

By |2022-10-10T11:08:01-05:00October 12th, 2022|Categories: Efficiency|Tags: , , , , |

Recently, I had to have 2 large trees in my yard cut down, one in the back that is dead, and one in the front that is much larger than the tree in the back. As I sit here in my office watching them work on the dead tree in the back yard, I am so impressed with the crew that is doing the work. This is dangerous work, and they have this process down. The crew works very well with each other, and it appears that each one has his or her role in the process. I am also [...]

Commit to a Weekly Discard Session

By |2022-09-13T14:43:39-05:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , , , |

In order to keep clutter from piling up, try this strategy – commit to a weekly discard session. The thought is to keep your belongings proportionate to your living spaces. Discarding can mean trash, recycle, or donate, which is a type of recycling. A weekly discard session doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. This strategy can be tailored to the amount of time you have available, being mindful that the amount of effort you put into this strategy determines the results. The idea is to choose a room, area or category each week and focus your available time on [...]

Stock Up To Save Time & Money

By |2022-08-26T16:39:26-05:00August 31st, 2022|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , , |

When you stock up on products that you always use, you can save time and money. Time is saved when you can quickly replace the product you used up.  Stocking up when a product goes on sale saves you money by not having to pay full price. Stock up on products you always use so you have an ample supply of consumable, non-perishable items such as paper goods, cleaning products, personal care items, office supplies, etc. These items won’t expire, and you will continuously have a need for them. Be mindful of available storage for the amount of inventory you [...]

Tie up Loose Ends Before They Become Issues

By |2022-08-15T19:16:54-05:00August 17th, 2022|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Loose ends equate to unfinished tasks. No one likes having things hanging over their heads.  These loose ends can cause a lot of stress and may even lead to negative consequences.  That means a double dose of stress, which we could all do without. These unfinished tasks or loose ends can be a form of procrastination, or not. They may be waiting for something else to occur before they can be tied up, that’s when deferring a task comes into play. As mentioned in the article in the link, deferring a task may be required if that task has a [...]

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