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Shifting Things Around is Not Organizing

By | August 14th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , |

There have been times while working with a client, that they want me to put something someplace just for now. We will be working in a room and find an item that belongs elsewhere but doesn’t have an assigned home.  That’s when I’m asked to put something someplace just for now.  What they would have me do is actually shifting things around. When this happens, I take the opportunity to discuss the item with the client.  The act of shifting things around is not organizing, it’s postponing making decisions. It may free up space in the room or area where [...]

Ways That Clutter Steals Your Peace

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , |

Clutter is invasive and steals your peace.  Much like weeds in your garden that grow over and around the plants that you love.  Those weeds can strangle and kill your beloved plants. Clutter accumulates on top and around things like the weeds in your garden.  It will cover all the open space if you allow it which causes stagnant energy. Stagnant energy causes stress, and stress steals your peace. Think about your house when it’s closed up for a period of time, how it feels when you walk in the door.  There’s no energy, or air moving around so it [...]

Overthinking Can be The Demise of Your Productivity

By | July 26th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

When you create a plan, are you overthinking the steps needed to reach the end goal?  Does your research go on forever? Does your plan need to be perfect before you take action? Are the tasks so complicated that you just don’t want to perform them? If any of the above questions resonate with you, you may need to rethink your planning process.  Perfectionism and procrastination are the enemies of productivity. There is no such thing as perfect and good enough gets the job done.  Think about what motivates you - listening to music, a reward as you complete a [...]

Teaching Your Kids About Life After Graduation

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , |

Have you thought about preparing your children for life after graduation?  Living in the real world that is.  I’m not a parent but I do remember what it was like after I got out of school, sort of.  My memory isn’t that good these days but not all of it has completely faded away. After graduating from high school, not everyone goes on to college. Many do but many others get a job if they don’t already have one.  They may stay at home until they save enough to get their first apartment, perhaps with a roommate or two. At [...]

Use It or Remove It

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

How many things do you have that you don’t use? I’m guessing the answer to that question is, a lot. Here’s a new mantra for you – ‘use it or remove it’. Inherited items come to mind. Most of us have things we don’t use that were inherited from a family member or multiple family members. We keep them whether we want them or not just because they were Grandma’s or Uncle Ed’s. We associate these things with memories of the person they belonged to. These items fill up our storage areas and then we don’t have room for our [...]

What’s Hiding in Your Closet?

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Home Organization|Tags: , , , |

A closet is a great way to store, well, anything actually. Before they were designed in the build of a home, an armoire was used to store clothing.  In modern times closets are designed and built into rooms in every house. Typically, a bedroom includes a closet to store clothing to replace an armoire of days gone by.  A living room, or foyer may have one to store coats. It’s basically a confined space with a door intended for storage for that room or space. If space is an issue, a closet may be used as storage for multiple categories [...]

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 [...]