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Plastic Containers Versus Cardboard Boxes For Storage

By |2024-02-19T11:53:17-06:00February 20th, 2024|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , |

If you’re asking the question, should I use plastic containers or cardboard boxes for storage, the answer to this question is, that it depends. Each resource has pros and cons just like any decision that you make on a daily basis. They each have scenarios which work better for their respective materials, so let’s explore scenarios that work better for storage with plastic containers and cardboard boxes. Cardboard Boxes Pros: Cardboard boxes are typically used for temporary storage due to the material they are constructed from. Moving is at the top of the list of scenarios for use since it’s [...]

Creating Weekly Goals Helps Keep Me Accountable

By |2024-01-23T14:09:06-06:00January 24th, 2024|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , |

If you’re a planner like me, you create goals that will help to hold us accountable. When you create a main goal, you may need smaller goals, objectives, or tasks to help reach the main goal. When creating goals, they need to be S.M.A.R.T. This is an acronym meaning – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant & timebound. The very act of creating SMART goals puts us in a good position to hold us accountable for achieving our goals, or figuring out why we don’t reach them. There are a number of reasons why we may not achieve our goals. Some things [...]

Become a Detective To Understand Your Needs

By |2024-01-17T10:44:42-06:00January 17th, 2024|Categories: Problem Solving|Tags: , , , |

This is the time of year when a lot of people think about what they need to do in the new year. Some call this thinking making resolutions, others call them goals, some don’t put a label on it. Whatever you call it, if you do this, you may not even understand your needs. You may need to do some detective work to figure it out. January has been named GO Month or Get Organized month many years ago by NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals). Getting organized is a good way to start off a new year. [...]

Think Responsibly Before You Donate Things

By |2024-01-12T13:21:08-06:00January 12th, 2024|Categories: Donation|Tags: , , , , |

We all have a basic understanding of what items that we can donate to charities; donate things that can be resold.  If an item is damaged, stained or has pet hair on it, it cannot be resold or reused, therefore it shouldn’t be donated. When you donate things that can’t be resold or reused, you create more work for the charity. Those items need to be disposed of at the effort and expense of the charity which has limited resources for disposal. When you donate things such as books, they need to be considered more carefully. The main principle of [...]

Decision Paralysis Due to Overwhelm

By |2023-12-21T12:37:25-06:00December 21st, 2023|Categories: Overwhelm|Tags: , , , , , , |

We all go through this at some point in time. Having too much going on and having to make a lot of decisions. What happens? This can cause us to freeze so that we can’t make any decisions on anything. It’s called decision paralysis. You’re already overwhelmed with the number of tasks related to a project or multiple projects that you have in the works. Then when you consider the sheer number of options associated with these projects, it makes the overwhelm monumental. The most beneficial solution is to either defer or put one or more projects on hold. Unfortunately, [...]

Finding Homes For The Gifts You Receive This Holiday Season

By |2023-12-11T12:24:13-06:00December 13th, 2023|Categories: Holiday Organization|Tags: , , , , |

This is truly the season of giving! The religions and cultures that celebrate the season include Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, and all these celebrations include giving and receiving gifts. The gifts you receive come from those that want to show their love and appreciation. I’ve written posts in the past about giving gifts of time, service and memories that will avoid accumulating clutter. This post is about how to find homes for the gifts you receive that will also avoid accumulating clutter. This concept goes back to the basic organizing principles, in this scenario, finding and assigning homes for your [...]

Trust Your Gut No Matter What

By |2023-12-05T15:00:53-06:00December 6th, 2023|Categories: Mindfullness|Tags: , , , , , |

Always trust your gut. Listen to your inner voice, which is your conscious thought process and your intuition which is unconscious and comes from your senses. They are there for a reason, we all have them, and they will keep you safe. You may get a feeling about something, or a situation and you need to pay attention to it no matter what, that’s how you trust your gut.  It doesn’t mean that you should make decisions based on just a feeling, but to pay attention to it and search for more information to make an informed decision before taking [...]

It Always Feels Good When You’ve Eliminated Excess

By |2023-11-08T12:53:49-06:00November 8th, 2023|Categories: Purging, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

You know that feeling in the morning that you get after you’ve eliminated, meaning after you poop, which is excess. Yep, I said it, poop! Like the commercial says, everyone does it. Although not everyone has eliminated the excess of the things that cause them discomfort, if they did that regularly, they would probably have that same feeling mentioned above every time. There are many things in your life that can cause excess, it comes in tangible and intangible items. The tangible items are physical items that you can touch that turn into clutter when you don’t have a home [...]

To Get Things Done, Ask Yourself, What Will I do?

By |2023-10-09T12:02:31-05:00October 11th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Understanding what you will do determines how much you will get done at any given time. This is something that you learn about yourself over time. It’s also something you need to reevaluate as you get older as things and circumstances change. So, what do I mean by the question what will I do? You know yourself better than anyone does.  You know what makes you tick.  You know what your capabilities are, both physically and mentally.  You also know what you will and won’t do, so ask yourself what will I do? I understand it’s a pretty broad category [...]

The Benefits of Something to Look Forward to

By |2023-09-13T13:34:40-05:00September 20th, 2023|Categories: Focus, Health Benefits, Motivation, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , , , |

Having something to look forward to can benefit us in multiple ways. Days, weeks, months, and even years can drag on with activities of daily life when there’s nothing planned that we enjoy, that would make us happy, or accomplishments that we celebrate. Think about it in terms of our life’s journey. There will of course be ups and downs, but focusing on the positive things and events can help us get through the not-so-positive things that happen along the way. Positive life events such as graduating from high school or college, getting married, having a baby, retirement, coffee with [...]

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