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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 [...]

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 [...]

Mind Clutter is a Real Thing

By |2021-07-23T12:58:59-05:00July 28th, 2021|Categories: Clutter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mind clutter can mean many things – too many thoughts, unwanted thoughts, negative thoughts, overwhelm, etc. The cause can come from within or from external sources or a bit of both. Clutter is clutter, whether it comes in the form of things in our homes, or the thoughts in our brains. We need to purge mind clutter from our brains, just like we purge clutter from our homes. There are many benefits of having a clear, relaxed mind.  Reduced stress, focus, and increased productivity are just a few. Sleep is one way to clear waste, or mind clutter from our [...]

Navigating The Waters of Estate Sale Companies

By |2020-11-17T13:41:11-06:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

Estate sale companies are not used solely when someone passes away to clear out a home. The name is actually a misnomer since many people use them as a resource when they move.  Most everyone that I know downsizes, or reduces the amount of their belongings when they move to a new home. A lot of times when people downsize to move to a smaller home, they have excess that they feel could be sold instead of donating to a charity.  However, they may not know how to, or want to do all the work associated with conducting a sale. [...]

The Benefits I Noticed Practicing Meditation

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , , , |

Quite awhile ago I added meditation to my stress therapy regime.  Life is full of ups and downs that can produce an overwhelming amount of stress.  We all need to learn how to manage our stress. How you handle stress can have a significant effect on your physical, as well as emotional and mental well-being. It’s well known that meditation can reduce stress, but there are additional benefits to be had from practicing meditation regularly. According to the Mayo Clinic, research suggests that there are medical benefits as well.  Some conditions have symptoms that may be managed by regularly practicing [...]

How Gratitude Reduces Stress

By |2020-11-17T13:41:17-06:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , , |

This is the time of year when we think about all the things in our lives that we are thankful for. But what about all throughout the year? Cultivating the attitude of gratitude in all things helps to maintain a healthy life. Specifically, reducing our stress level. Chronic stress has been known to cause all kinds of health issues. It’s something we need to be mindful of on a daily basis. Some stress is good for us in the way as it relates to the fight or flight response.  However, the accumulation of stress on our bodies can result in [...]

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Resources to Consider When Seniors Downsize to Move

By |2020-11-17T13:41:29-06:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Downsizing, Moving, Rightsizing, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

When you make that decision that you need to move to a smaller home, you may need some help.  Most of us can’t do everything ourselves, especially when we get older.  We need resources to bring our plan of moving to fruition.  Below are some resources to consider when seniors are downsizing to move to a smaller home. Senior referral & placement service: You know you need to move to a smaller home but you don’t know exactly where.  Your health is one of many things to consider when you choose your new home.  Location, income, level of required care, [...]

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Productivity & Organization via Smartphone

By |2020-11-17T13:41:29-06:00October 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 [...]

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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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Where Do I Begin to Get Organized?

By |2021-04-17T12:16:35-05:00December 16th, 2015|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   This is a question I hear a lot from those that are overwhelmed with clutter; where do I begin to get organized?.  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 [...]

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