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How to Stay Organized During Holidays

By |2022-12-12T11:07:55-06:00December 14th, 2022|Categories: Holiday Organization|Tags: , , , , , |

The holidays can be chaotic in so many ways. Because of this chaos, it’s difficult to stay organized for a typical day. Then you throw in all the things that need to be done to prepare for the festivities, and it can get really crazy. The premise to stay organized during the holidays, is that you have your spaces and time in order to begin with. If not, I encourage you to check out this blog post. It may help you to get organized as a starting point. You may have noticed that I mentioned having your spaces and time [...]

Why You Can’t Get to Appointments on Time & Tips to Avoid Being Late

By |2022-11-29T11:30:03-06:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Being late occasionally means that you're human. However, if you are consistently late for everything, you need to dig deep to find out why.  There is a reason, or reasons why you are not getting to your appointments, work, or other scheduled events on time. Let’s take some time to explore some common reasons why you may run late. Common reasons for being late Your schedule Or lack of a schedule can cause you to be late. If you don’t have a schedule, you’re setting yourself up for much undue stress. You may have one, but maybe you don’t check [...]

How to Mentally Prepare For a Difficult Conversation

By |2022-10-24T16:48:31-05:00October 26th, 2022|Categories: Preparation|Tags: , , , , |

We all have had times where we needed to have a difficult conversation with someone. This can happen at all stages and ages of life, personally and professionally.  Just the anticipation of having a difficult conversation can cause stress, probably due to the unknowns. These unknowns can include, but are not limited to the following: How the other person will react If we will come off as confrontational If they will take us seriously If we can get our message across without the other person getting defensive Coming to terms we can both accept Both of us coming to a [...]

Tie up Loose Ends Before They Become Issues

By |2022-08-15T19:16:54-05:00August 17th, 2022|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Loose ends equate to unfinished tasks. No one likes having things hanging over their heads.  These loose ends can cause a lot of stress and may even lead to negative consequences.  That means a double dose of stress, which we could all do without. These unfinished tasks or loose ends can be a form of procrastination, or not. They may be waiting for something else to occur before they can be tied up, that’s when deferring a task comes into play. As mentioned in the article in the link, deferring a task may be required if that task has a [...]

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 [...]

4 Things to Focus on That You Can Control

By |2020-11-17T13:41:15-06:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Change, Overwhelm|Tags: , , , , , , |

Because of the current state of affairs, locally and abroad, it may feel like the world is in chaos and we have no control over our lives. There is a lot of uncertainty and confusion which causes an overwhelming amount of stress for everyone.  We don’t know what our future holds. The information we get bombarded with is always in question as to its validity.  Things are changing all the time, daily, and hourly for that matter.  Trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and calm in our ever-changing world requires the ability to adjust our plans to adapt to [...]

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Being Productive While Staying at Home

By |2020-11-17T13:41:15-06:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, a lot of us are considering how best to use our time wisely while staying at home.  There are many posts from my professional organizer colleagues on this subject. And who better to provide ideas for productivity than professional organizers! There are those that have employers that allow them to work from home. That’s great because they aren’t losing pay and have tasks, and maybe virtual meetings to attend to.  They can easily find ways to be productive while staying at home. Others that don’t have the option of working from home, [...]

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Dependencies on Others Can Derail Your Schedule

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Humans are dependent on other humans in so many ways. Your schedule is no exception to the dependencies rule.  Planning and scheduling tasks and appointments is an effective way to manage your time.  However, planning and scheduling your tasks almost always depends on another person or persons. When you make a doctor’s appointment, you’re dependent on the doctor and their staff to be available at the scheduled time. When you take off work to have a service performed at your home, you’re dependent on that service provider to arrive at the scheduled time. You are dependent on these service providers [...]

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Cut Off The Flow of Incoming Clutter by Making Smart Choices

By |2020-11-17T13:41:21-06:00May 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 [...]

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