Reduce End of Year Stress

This organizing tip is taken from page 11 of my ebook, Reduce Mind Clutter – Feel the Freedom.

Feel like you are on overload?

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the nobler art of leaving things undone.” – Lin Yutang, Chinese scientist

Give yourself permission to cross some items off your list, or at least say, “Not this year.”  One of my clients used an expression that I love.  When she was working on one area and became concerned about another, she just said to that area, “It’s not your turn!”

Learn more about controlling your To-Do List and reducing stress from my ebook, Reduce Mind Clutter – Feel the Freedom.  Order the ebook from the Products page of this website.

Need a boost to get 2020 started?  Phone Coaching Works!

“Mary helped me bring balance to my home life and my work life.  I feel so much better.  I feel like a caged bird who has been set free.  I just had my evaluation for work, and it has never been better.  Thank you Mary for the phone coaching!” – Sherry, phone coaching client

Call me to schedule a 15-minute “Focus Session” to give you a feel for how Phone Coaching works and how beneficial it can be.

These phone sessions are active working sessions.  In addition, the sessions will leave you with a plan to keep moving forward.  While we work, you will also have the chance to learn organizing strategies that will make a long-lasting difference in your life.

My Dishwasher Phobia

Another tip from my book You Can Be Clutter-free & Organized: Fast, Easy Organizing Solutions for Paper Piles and the Office . . .

One of the things that gets in the way of keeping (or getting!) things organized is the many small jobs that overwhelm us. Sometimes just thinking about them raises our blood pressure. In addition, if it is a job you hate to do, it might just feel like it takes longer than it actually does. See page 28 of my book for this organizing tip!

Try the 3-5 Minute Rule. If something takes 3-5 minutes, don’t delay acting on it. Do it right then and there.

Like I say in my book, I hate to empty the dishwasher because there are so many things in there it seems like it will take forever to empty!  But in reality, it always takes me less than 5 minutes, and I feel great when it is done.

Try and use the 3-5 Minute Rule to combat procrastination, and remember, those jobs we tend to avoid probably won’t take as long as we feel they will.

Book Bonus: Books make a nice gift for a friend or for yourself.  For each You Can Be Clutter-free & Organized book you order in December, as a bonus you will also receive the e-book Reduce Mind Clutter – Feel the Freedom for free.

Order today from my website Clutter-free & Organized!

Gift Idea: Help change someone’s life. Give an organizing session or a phone consultation.  Gift certificates are available – information is on the website.

Shop at Home!

Do you have Clutter-Collecting Thinking Traps that keep you stuck on a project?

In my book, You Can Be Clutter-free & Organized: Fast, Easy Organizing Solutions for Paper Piles and the Office, you will learn Organizing Success One-Liners to reduce your stress and get you un-stuck!

Clutter-Collecting Thinking Trap:

I have all these gifts to shop for and so much to do.

Organizing Success One-Liner:

Collect all the un-given gifts you have stacked away. Start your own gift store and remember to shop at home first!

Book Bonus!

Books make a nice gift for a friend or for yourself. For each You Can Be Clutter-free & Organized book you order in December, as a bonus you will also receive the e-book Reduce Mind Clutter – Feel the Freedom for free!

Order today from my website Clutter-free & Organized!

What Are You Doing for Prime Time Tonight?

We’ve all heard of Prime Time TV, the time of day when there are the most TV viewers. This is an advertiser’s favorite time of day. Maximum viewers means maximum revenue. It’s the time of day they get the most out of their advertising money, and they use that time to their advantage. 

We have Prime Time too – our own daily peak performance times. We just need to understand our bodies and minds in order to get the most out of those times. When is your Prime Time for concentration and focus? 

  • Are you an early bird or a night owl?
  • Do you come back from lunch fired up or sluggish? 
  • Do you get a second wind at night or are you wiped out in the evening?

Your Prime Time hours are unique to you. Consider taking a few days to figure out when you are at your best, so you too can get the most out of every day. On page 17 of my book, You Can Be Clutter-free and Organized – Fast, Easy Organizing Solutions for Paper Piles and Your Office, there are more strategies to help you use your time effectively.

Once you understand your Prime Time hours, try and use that time well. Let phone calls go to voice mail and mindless work wait. Instead, use that valuable time to work on challenging tasks that need your concentration, problem solving or creative skills. See what happens when you embrace your Prime Time and use it well.

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Practicing “Do It Now!” instead of “I’ll Do This Later!”

I love the saying “Later is not a day on the calendar.” Practicing “Do It Now” will make your day better!

Don’t we all have things we would rather not do?  I know that I do.

Think about the dreaded phone call that gives you a knot in your stomach thinking about so you put it off to do later . . . Research has shown that something interesting happens when we put off an unpleasant task.

Until you do the task, everything you do that day will take longer!  So when you hear yourself say, “I’ll do it later,” let that be a red flag to ask yourself: why?

  • If it takes less than 3 to 5 minutes, DO IT NOW!
  • Will you have any more information in an hour?  In a day?  In a week?  If not, DO IT NOW!
  • If you don’t want to do it now, will you want to do it later?  If not, DO IT NOW!

You will be so much more productive and feel great for the rest of the day! For areas in your home to practice “Do It Now!”, visit our Clutter-free & Organized website.

End Kitchen Counter Clutter

Do you have kitchen counter clutter? Try this strategy to put an end to the clutter.

Start on the left side and pick up each item on your counter as you go around and ask, “How often do I use this?” Whenever I do this exercise with clients they are always so pleased to have a calmer kitchen counter!

Follow these 3 guidelines:

  • If an item is used once a day, it needs to be within arm’s reach. Example: If you drink coffee every morning, put all the coffee items together near the coffee pot.
  • If an item is only used once a week, you can look for it in a lower cabinet.
  • If an item is not used often, you could walk to another area to get it, such as a pantry, or store on a higher shelf.
kitchen counter clutter

For more kitchen clutter strategies as well as other areas of your house, see these organizing tips from the Clutter-free & Organized website.

Do I Need to Look at Old Papers?

Recently I was with a client going through bins of old papers from a relative’s house who had passed a number of years ago. The estate had been settled, but she still had tons of papers left from the house. These were the treasures that were found!

Fourteen property deeds were found from the 1800s with the most beautiful handwriting that you can imagine. Look at the address on the envelope – it only has the man’s name and his county – yet he received it! These treasures will all be donated to the county historical society.

With other clients I have found important items such as the family cemetery deed, checks, money and historic family pictures.

So the answer to the question, “Should I look at old papers?” is “Yes!” But do it quickly – standing will make this project go faster. Your eye is looking for treasures such as old stock certificates or other important papers that may have value.

Back to Reality

 I recently told a friend that going to my office was like going to a foreign country. After she laughed, I realized it was time I got back to reality. I have delightful clients whom I have continued to work with this summer, but office work hasn’t been on my radar.

Is this true for you and your organizing projects? Do you need to pull out your list of goals you want to accomplish before 2019 is over? This list may be for your office or home projects and will guide you getting back to reality.

My mastermind partner and I made a list of projects and made a time line for each of us. Having someone to be accountable to will keep me moving forward. You can find a copy of the Project Action Plan on the Clutter-free & Organized website that will help you work through your projects.

Whether you want hands-on assistance or some phone coaching I am here for you – just give me a call.

Getting Unstuck on Organizing Projects

Organize your home for spring

Recently, I was really stuck on an organizing project – pulling together the information for a presentation. The material that I needed were in my office.  Many of you have read about or visited my cute little country office. (You can see photos and read about it on my website.)  It is a great place to work but, for some reason, I felt like I was going around in circles.  I was making little progress and knew that I needed a change.

I took the file box with all the information I had gathered and moved it from my office to the dining room table in my house. It isn’t finished, and papers are covering the table, but at least I’m working on it. Try changing locations from where you usually work to see if it will help you, too.

I was making progress by working at the dining room table, but decided I really would like to eat dinner on the table also! The project is now divided up into do-able sections that I have returned to the file box. Dividing projects into do-able, manageable parts is a great way to move forward.  

I’m working on it each day, and can now see that my presentation will be ready…soon, I hope!

Organizing Tip 1: Recognize when you are stuck on a project and need to do something differently.

Organizing Tip 2: Change locations – moving the project/box or whatever you need to do to another location makes it seem do-able.

Organizing Tip 3: Divide and conquer to really make a project feel more do-able.

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Tips for Lean and Loved Closet Organizing

If you are planning a closet organizing project, here’s how you can have a lean closet full of clothes that you love!

L is for Lean – Less is Best . . . We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. All those other items are just space hogs keeping you from putting great outfits together because you can’t easily see what you have.

L is for Love – Keep only Clothes that you Love. . . Wearing clothes that you love makes your day brighter. Get rid of all of your guilt clothes – you aren’t wearing them anyway.

Having a hard time deciding? Here is the Golden Question: Would you buy the item if you saw it in a store today?

Does organizing your closet make you feel overwhelmed? Maybe it’s time to call for help. I frequently organize closets with women and men, so give me a call.

Together we can make it happen quickly!