We’ve been told that deep breathing is good for just about everything; the heart, the brain, digestion and the immune system. It’s kind of amazing that something as simple as slow, deep concentrated breathing can make this kind of difference. Well, I also believe that it can be an instrumental tool in getting organized.
In organizing, emotion can be a huge factor with the discernment of our stuff. For many, getting rid of things can bring about alot of angst. When we get caught up in that part of our brain(the amygdala), it is rather difficult to make sound decisions or any decision! Deep breathing which most of us do not use as a regular practice is extremely helpful in this situation. One of the biggest reasons is the improved oxygen supply which every single cell in our body needs as fuel. The slow, deep breathing allows for calming our nerves which allows the muscles to naturally follow. Therapeutic breathing interrupts the stress response. Once that breath or...
How can I get more done every day? My to-do list is overflowing with uncompleted tasks? Does this sound familiar? I know this feeling all too well! I have walked in those overflowing, worn out shoes.
When I am asked the first question above by an organizing client, I like to to turn it around. I will ask them, “ what do you actually need to get done?” This question really gets people! Somewhere along the line we’ve convinced ourselves we need to create a to-do list a mile long. But is it necessary to have a list like that? This is why you can’t get more done. Your list is filled with alot of stuff but not necessarily of substance. Your list is cluttered. A cluttered to-do list is never ending and never finished!
Here are 4 steps to decluttering your to-do list.
One of the best inventions of the 20th century is the post-it note. This is purely my opinion! Those tiny colorful pieces of paper with built-in adhesive have really been a significant tool for organizing. Now there are so many different sizes and colors to choose from. Can you tell me of a household without post-it notes? I have yet to find one!
Are post-it notes for everyone? This is a question I’ve been pondering with my clients who hire me as their Professional Organizer.
One of the things I’ve noticed is that people have their favorite color post-it note. Do you? This has been found to be true among my older clients with vision issues. The darker color post-it notes are completely useless to them. They like to use the very light colors and I do have one client that will only use the light yellow. If it isn’t functional for you, it’s clutter.
Something else I’ve noticed within my clients suffering from Chronic Disorganization along with memory loss...
Memories are great tools for remembering special moments in life. Memorabilia is one of the biggest things people collect because they are attached to a memory. It encompasses everything from pictures to trinkets from places visited to heirlooms from loved ones who have left us. There is certainly nothing wrong with having tangible things to help us remember those sweet memories. As a Professional Organizer, the problem comes when people end up stuck in the past. It prevents people from moving forward and living in the present. I am sharing with you 3 very common sentiments I hear when it comes to people having a hard time letting go of their treasures.
One of the common things I hear is that memorabilia is being saved for the children/grandchildren.
This is lovely in theory but in reality, it can be a real problem for accumulating clutter. The children/grandchildren put off picking up the “saved” items because they don’t have room for it. This causes...
The concept that a to-do list could be a bad thing had never occurred to me before I became a Professional Organizer. The people I meet who are struggling with disorganization have them. I had one. Organized people have them, so how can it be a bad thing?
First of all, having a to-do list is very different from completing one. I have clients who have many to-do lists, just none that are actually completed.
Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself:
Is it for show? There is no award for having the most items on your to-do list because if there was, I would have gotten it back in my cluttered, chaotic and disorganized days!
Is it something you know you should have but don’t know how to make it work? (this should be taught in school, don’t feel bad)
Are you using it as a form of self defeating punishment to remind you of all the things you didn’t do?
Secondly, the list can either energize or beat you down.
Is your list making life easier or are you completely...
So, this isn’t about what side of the bed you get out on every morning. This is a follow up to a blog I did on why it’s important to make your bed, Making your bed is the path to living organized. That particular blog post triggered a variety of reactions from the readers. The interesting part for me is what I am about to share with you in this follow up. So, if you would like to go back and read the original that might provide you with a little more background.
As a mom, I am continuously humbled by my children and I believe that is a good thing. Once I got past the ego within, I could actually use this to be a better mom and it shows my kids that I don’t have all the answers. The problem is that my ego likes to rear its ugly head from time to time.
This week I realized that both of my teenage sons were making their beds. I shamelessly gave myself a pat on the back for nagging them into this change in routine. Thinking I would be a good mom and praise them for...
The reason I know that creating an organized system has no right way or wrong way is from personal experience. There are alot of books out there that explain why this method of organizing is superior to another method and THE ANSWER for everyone. I realized that each of these authors had a different approach to organizing and it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. This led me to the conclusion that there is no one answer. It is an individual process that can only be defined by me which will in turn lead to a lifestyle change. The organizing process is dependent upon each individual and their learning style along with physical ability and motivation coupled with the space being organized. This creates a customized organizing system that will provide for easy maintenance and sustainability. The process of organizing a space can be broken down into steps that are able to be used in every area. I will not go into those here.
Understanding learning styles goes a long way...
The holidays for me are exciting, I’ve always been enamoured from Thanksgiving through Christmas with all of the sights, sounds and smells. Once the fall decorations go up in late September we didn’t see the actual home decor until after New Year. It was pretty and lifted life up out of the ordinary.
As I’ve been on my own organizing journey as well as accompanied countless others, I started to find myself less thrilled with all of the stuff related to the holidays. It seemed to hit me when I went into a home of a client with loads of bins and boxes of holiday decorations-all holidays. There was another organizing project that I was working on that affected the way I look at the decorations and the holidays now. This particular client had a complete set of very expensive Christmas China along with an extensive collection of expensive holiday decor. The client had been holding on to all of this in hopes of passing it on to her children. Sadly, the children had no...
As I was reaching a milestone birthday, I decided I really wanted to challenge myself. So, 28 days before my birthday I began a quest. I actually gave myself not one but two challenges. These are challenges I would not have been able to entertain prior to living organized. The first challenge was to do 50 pushups and the second challenge was to say 50 prayers/day.
The significance of 50 was related to my birthday. Yep, I turned 50! This is hardly noteworthy because people have milestone birthdays every day. To me, it was a big deal and I wanted to prove to myself that I can do anything that I put my mind to. Saying 50 prayers a day is a lot but I knew that wouldn’t be as hard as the other challenge because I pray every morning anyway. Being a Catholic I knew where to go to say 50 prayers, the Rosary. I pray daily but am not consistent with praying the Rosary. The Rosary is a beautiful way to honor the Virgin Mary. It was a practice or discipline I really wanted to grow in.
Show of hands, do you make your bed? Well, that’s pretty silly because I can’t see you! What if I told you that making your bed can make you organized and more productive? Do I have your attention?
In a Commencement speech given by U.S. Navy Adm. William McCrave at the University of Texas, he told the graduates, “ if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
This made me think of the correlation between making your bed and living organized. To live organized is to find order in your life. One of the most basic places to find order is in the start to your day. This one act leads to other good habits. Making the bed changes the entire feel of the room. Who knows, today you make your bed and next you’re putting away the laundry sitting at the foot of the bed. This is really one of those areas that very few people will see. You see it, your mind sees it and this is where the mind shift happens. After all, making your bed is the first step...