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P.E.A.C.E. Step 3 – Assign Homes

By | March 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Peace, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Several years ago I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life. In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces - peace. This post is the third in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process. You can read the first two steps [...]

Overloaded & Overwhelmed By News Headlines?

By | March 7th, 2018|Categories: Peace, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Are you overloaded and overwhelmed by today’s news headlines?  This seems to be the consensus of most everyone these days. It doesn’t surprise me.  There are some, dare I say, horrible things going on in the world today, and we are overloaded with real-time news reports from all angles. From mass shootings to political escapades to celebrity sexual assaults, to abuse and torture of animals and humans and everything in between.  It’s not often that we hear about anything good going on either locally or abroad. Maybe if there was more of a balance of good, or positive stories in [...]

An Organized Stress-Free Vacation!

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Reduce Stress, Travel, Vacations|Tags: , , , |

Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing, right? Well, if you’ve ever gone to Disney World, you might have felt more stress than calm if you planned it yourself. There’s a zillion details to figure out and for many folks that equals a lot of stress. Meet my friend Julie Hough. Julie is a Disney Vacation Planner and she removes the stress from planning your next Disney vacation - all for free! When you book your Disney trip through her company, Enjoy Mouse Travel, you will receive: Advice on which hotel, which ticket type, which dining plan best fits [...]

Productivity & Organization via Smartphone

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

In January 2017, about 95% of Americans owned a cell phone of some kind. About 77% own smartphones, per the Pew Research Center.  That means that the average person has the ability to stay connected to others in some way, whether you own a cell phone or a smartphone. Smartphones have advanced in technology exponentially over a very short period of time.  There is little if anything, that you cannot do on a smartphone that you can do on a laptop or a desktop computer. Since smartphones can be connected to the internet, any kind of information is right at [...]

4 Lessons I Learned About Buying Things

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Hoarding, Reduce Stress, Rightsizing|Tags: , , |

Working with clients that hoard gave me a whole new perspective on buying things.  Even those that do not have this disorder, but have a lot of clutter contributed to my new perspective.  Clutter can happen quickly for many reasons, and in many ways.  Buying things is the most prominent acquiring action that accumulates clutter that could end up as a hoard. Buying basic things such as food, clothing & personal care items are requirements for living.  The amount of each of these basic things that we buy, along with everything else, is an important consideration.  Storing things that we [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

Get Organized to Beat The Winter Blues!

By | January 10th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Here in the Midwest, the weather can get pretty ugly after the turn of the New Year.  The temps dip to well below freezing and we sometimes get a lot of snow, and dare I say it, ICE!  It actually looks pretty if you’re looking at it from inside a warm house, and you don’t have to go out.  The kids love it when it snows a lot. They wait in anticipation of seeing their school pop up on the list of closings on the early morning news. Whether we see milder temps or get blasted full force with winter [...]

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