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13 Ways to be Proactive

By |2020-11-17T13:41:30-06:00May 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 [...]

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Misplaced Glasses

By |2020-11-17T13:41:30-06:00April 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.  [...]

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Keep Calm & …

By |2020-11-17T13:41:30-06:00March 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 [...]

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Get Organized to Beat The Winter Blues!

By |2020-11-17T13:41:33-06:00January 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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Where Do I Begin to Get Organized?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:33-06:00December 16th, 2015|Categories: Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of stockimages /   This is a question I hear a lot from those that are overwhelmed with clutter.  Things seem to pile up when we aren’t looking and become clutter before we know it.  At some point, something catches your eye and wham!  It hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. Life comes at us fast and we don’t always have the time to keep up with daily decluttering activities.  Because of that we may not always notice that things are getting out of hand. The realization could be more subtle.  You may [...]

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5 Tips to Keep Your Sanity For the Holidays

By |2020-11-17T13:41:34-06:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: Holiday Organization, Planning, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /   The holidays sometimes seem to creep up on us before we know it.  We have so much to do on a regular basis that we don’t always realize a holiday is quickly approaching.  I know that has happened to me more than once. Keeping our sanity during these times can be a challenge! So much to do and so little time! Things like figuring out gifts for everyone on our lists, cleaning, decorating, cooking, etc.  We want our holidays to be memorable and that can cause us to put more on ourselves [...]

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6 Self-care Tips to Prevent Burnout

By |2020-11-17T13:41:34-06:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Planning, Reduce Stress, Time Management|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of marcolm /   When we think of the term ‘burnout’, we typically think of it in terms of our jobs.  That makes sense since we spend so much of our lives earning a living.  Our jobs can demand a lot of us in terms of productivity, creativity and time, just to name a few.  Typically these demands come from others, although we have a hand in putting more on ourselves to excel in our careers. Burnout can also occur in our personal lives. There are factors in our lives that can contribute to burnout, such as [...]

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Girlfriends: The Best Therapy That Money Can’t Buy

By |2020-11-17T13:41:35-06:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , |

Image courtesy of artur84 / The title really kind of says it all.  I don’t know what I would do without my girls!  We are therapy for one another.  The bond between my girlfriends is strong and we are always there when we’re needed. They are my sisters from another mother. We share the laughter as well as the pain in our lives. Life has a way of charging at us like a bull, full speed, with reckless abandon.  Sometimes it just doesn’t slow down, it keeps coming and coming. That’s when the stress of daily life becomes overwhelming. [...]

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What Makes You Happy?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:35-06:00March 4th, 2015|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of sippakorn /  The word ‘happy’ is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as - “feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.”  Everyone is different and will have their own ideas of what makes them happy.  And, everyone wants, and I hope, everyone strives for happiness. After all, it would be a pretty miserable existence if we aren’t happy at least some time in our lives. My very wise business coach, Melanie Yost, suggested that I create a bliss list to help me realize what makes me happy.  The word ‘bliss’ is defined in the [...]

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How To Know You Have Too Much Stuff & What To Do About It

By |2020-11-17T13:41:35-06:00February 12th, 2015|Categories: Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , |

Image courtesy of Bill Longshaw /   Not everyone that has too much stuff has Hoarding Disorder.  According to the International OCD Foundation’s website, the main characteristics of HD are: Collecting & keeping a lot of items that appear to be useless or of little value. The clutter prevents them from using their living spaces as intended. The clutter prevents them from performing activities of daily living. If these characteristics accurately define your stuff, you may have Hoarding Disorder. If you think you or a loved one may have HD, I encourage you to learn more about this disorder.  [...]

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