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SOS’ Most Read Blog Post of 2021

By |2022-01-22T12:39:30-06:00January 26th, 2022|Categories: Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

According to the metrics on Google Analytics, the SOS most read blog post of 2021 is 6 Tips to Organize Your Thoughts. Apparently, it resonated with a lot of people during the past year. We did, and probably still do have a lot on our minds with the pandemic wreaking havoc over most aspects of our lives. So many are searching for ways to cope in these uncertain, unprecedented times, and reading a blog post that you resonate with may help. Getting and staying organized in all aspects of our lives helps turn the chaos into a more calm and [...]

Recycling Boxes – Go Green & Give Back

By |2022-01-14T11:18:10-06:00January 19th, 2022|Categories: Donation, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

The coronavirus pandemic created the need to pivot in so many ways, and boxes played a big part. People had to become resourceful as their lifestyles, and routines took a big hit, especially during the shutdown. Going online took on a whole new meaning. Those that didn’t use a computer before, started going online with their electronic devices more and more. Shipping items to our homes became essential, especially at the beginning of the pandemic during the shutdown. We became inundated with boxes of all shapes and sizes from online purchases. And, since we were stuck in our homes, some [...]

My Story of an Unreached Goal

By |2022-01-10T15:22:43-06:00January 12th, 2022|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , |

We are once again at the beginning of a bright & shiny new year. It’s time to reflect on the past year, to look at the goals we set to see if we achieved them. If not, let’s see what we can do to make sure that we don’t have an unreached goal by the end of this year. This isn’t a post about creating goals for the new year.  However, if you need help creating goals, click on this link for an article that may help. This post is about understanding why we didn’t meet a goal, and what [...]

How to Manage a Paperwork Backlog

By |2021-12-15T14:24:49-06:00December 15th, 2021|Categories: Paper Management|Tags: , , , , , , |

I see this so much with my older clients. Most, if not all of them have a huge paperwork backlog.  I get it, I really do. As I was growing up, even though I didn’t notice at the time, my parents were collecting paperwork. There were invoices, utility bills, cancelled checks - yes, our cancelled checks were actually returned to us in our monthly bank statements, investment statements, all types of insurance bills/statements, medical bills/statements, etc. The incoming flow of paper was relentless! Pretty much anything paper-related came to us via the US Postal Service, business and personal. Not only [...]

The Importance of Creating Boundaries For Your Things

By |2021-12-08T13:24:59-06:00December 15th, 2021|Categories: Rightsizing|Tags: , , , , |

Many years ago, I wrote an article titled ‘Establishing Boundaries’. The gist of the article was to establish boundaries for storage, use of yours, and other members of your family’s belongings, out of respect for one another. This post is related, but in a different way. Creating boundaries for your things has another important reason. Creating boundaries for your things lets you know when you have enough of the category of items contained in that space, or boundary.  This concept is an important aspect to avoid clutter. The concept of creating boundaries for your things, brings me back to a [...]

It’s All About Quality of Life, Which Can Include Quantity of Things

By |2021-12-03T12:21:14-06:00December 8th, 2021|Categories: Health Benefits|Tags: , , , |

In the past, I’ve written about our things being proportionate to our living spaces. This concept is more about quality of life, which can include quantity of things. It’s actually a balancing act to keep our things proportionate to our living spaces. Our quality of life has many components. One of those components is about how we feel at any given moment.  Our living environment plays a big part in how we feel.  Healthy bodies and minds keep us in line with making smart decisions about our lives, and our things that live in our spaces. What we do to [...]

Choosing a Productivity Method That Works For You

By |2021-11-29T15:58:26-06:00November 24th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

In this fast-paced world we live in, there is a desire, or possibly a need to get a lot of things done in the time we have available every day. Everyone is unique in their learning modalities and lifestyles, so choosing a productivity method that works for you is important. There are many methods to increase productivity, but how do we know which one works for our unique lifestyle? To choose a productivity method that works for you, the best advice I can provide is to try 1 method. If it works, great, if it’s not producing the intended results, [...]

The Cost of Getting Rid of Things

By |2021-11-17T09:57:10-06:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , , |

As I help clients to downsize their belongings, the biggest part of the process is decluttering, or getting rid of things. Decluttering comes in various forms such as donation, recycling - which can be a form of donation, returning borrowed items, gifting, and trash. Some things are in good condition and can be donated. Other things that are not worthy of donation, that can be recycled, go into the recycle bin. Then there are things to discard that are just plain trash. Getting rid of things can be expensive. I’m not talking about throwing out things via your weekly trash [...]

How to Know if You Own Your Stuff or if Your Stuff Owns You

By |2021-10-09T14:17:46-05:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , |

How do you know if you own your stuff or if your stuff owns you? What a thought-provoking question. It’s really just your mindset at play here.  How you think and feel about your things will determine what you do with them. Your things need to be proportionate to your living spaces. Everyone has a finite amount of space and when it gets filled up, you’re left with making decisions about all these things that are taking up valuable real estate.  When you can’t let go of things, it may mean that your stuff owns you. Some things to consider [...]

Delegate Tasks to Increase Productivity & Relieve Stress

By |2021-09-21T15:00:24-05:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Delegate, delegate, delegate! This is such an underutilized option, especially when you’re overwhelmed. When you’re overwhelmed, your productivity level drops and your stress level increases. Some feel that they have to do everything themselves or these things won’t get done correctly. What this does is creates a tremendous amount of stress on themselves.  If something isn’t done to perfection, what’s the worst that will happen?  It’s less stressful to get things done and adopt an attitude of ‘good enough’. You wouldn’t try to perform a task when you don’t possess the skills would you? So, you delegate that task to [...]

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