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Cut Off The Flow of Incoming Clutter by Making Smart Choices

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Mindfullness, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

In this Ted Talk called ‘Can we eat to starve cancer?’, William Li talks about Androgenesis becoming out of balance and causing a myriad of diseases.  In his talk he focuses on cancer - about cutting off the flow of blood to cancer cells through food intake as an anti-Androgenesis therapy.  It’s an interesting 20-minute talk, I encourage you to check it out.  It may be a stretch, but I realized that we can do the same thing with incoming clutter by making smart choices. Things will inevitably come into our homes on a regular basis, or on an even [...]

A House is Just a Place to Put All Your Stuff…Isn’t it?

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Apparently, it is according to George Carlin.  What an awesome comedian! George thinks about things we encounter in our daily lives and puts a hilarious spin on them.  He talks about stuff in a very comical way but he is so on point with his message.  Our stuff is our things, items, belongings, whatever term you use to describe your stuff. Looking at this bit at a higher level is how we store our things.  When he describes taking off in a plane and looking down at all the piles of stuff with covers on them, he means our houses. [...]

Space Planning

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Planning, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Space planning comes into play in various life scenarios. Some of the most common life scenarios include - moving to a new home, remodeling, a new baby, someone moving in or out, inheriting items, new furniture and holiday decorating.  These scenarios dictate the need to consider the available space you currently have, or the space that will become available. This will enable you to create, or adjust your spaces to encourage peaceful surroundings.  Actually, we should always be consciously aware of our homes in terms of space, or our surroundings since we spend so much time there.  Too much clutter, [...]

Give Yourself a Break

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

You have my permission to give yourself a break this holiday season.  Maybe if you have permission from a fellow human that has been there, and there are many of us, you will give yourself a break.  That means if everything does not work out as planned, nothing will happen. The sky will not fall, the world will not end.  Ok, there are some prophets that may disagree, but that is a philosophical discussion for another time and place.   The holiday season is upon us and there is so much to do. It’s time for the hustle and bustle [...]

Gifting Experiences

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Gifting experiences instead of giving material gifts makes sense for so many reasons.  The most important reason is that experiences = memories.  In the words of Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Experiences create memories, and the feelings from those memories, like the memory itself, will last a lifetime. The holiday season is upon us which signals the start of ads for holiday gift buying.  Black Friday kicks off the sales with Cyber Monday close behind.  Everyone is looking [...]

Making Decisions

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Focus, Planning, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes making decisions is easy, other times not so much.  We all make decisions all the time, every day throughout the day.  We don’t think twice about many of them since they are part of our daily routines.  We usually make these types of decisions quickly because they are not complex and may be repetitious.  The brains working memory only holds about 7 items.  More than that is processed into long-term memory which requires conscious effort. There are always choices or options to consider in order to make decisions. A decision ‘is the act or process of deciding’ according to [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.  [...]

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Junk Drawers = Miscellaneous

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Junk drawers are equivalent to a box marked ‘miscellaneous’.  Organizers tend to shy away from those labels.  Why you ask?  Because it’s a catchall phrase that means that the items in the junk drawer or misc box have no assigned homes.  And we don’t actually know what is inside this junk drawer or misc box. We have to dig through said drawers or boxes to find what we are looking for. Another reason could be that these items have assigned homes, but because we are busy, it’s just quicker to stash it away in a nearby drawer than to put [...]

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