Organize your Head, Organize your Home

Researchers say physical clutter makes us feel irritable, impatient & overwhelmed.  The premise is simple.  Since our internal and external worlds are linked, clutter in your physical space can have a direct impact on your mental space.  When we let go of the physical clutter and release objects that no longer serve a purpose or bring us joy, we creates an easing of tension that affects us mentally.  If you are suffering from clutter overload, try these simple decluttering activities and  alleviate your clutter overload:
1. Problem:  your magazine baskets are overflowing with issues you have not even opened.  Solution:  keep no more than 2 months of back issues of any magazine.  It is highly unlikely you will make the time to read  any magazine that has been in the pile for that long.
2.  Problem:  bills are often paid late because you cannot find them.  Solution:  create a physical file of incoming bills.  Keep it close to the place where you open your mail.  This is the ONLY place you can store bills until they are paid.
3.  Problem:  Your closet is stuffed with linens  you haven’t used in years.  Solution:  ask yourself ,  “how many sets I sheets do I really need?” and start eliminating the excess.  Besides, you can only use one set at a time!
4.  Problem:  the thought of cleaning out your email “In” box makes you cringe.  Solution:  If you really feel a need to look at every message, start with the oldest messages first.  You can create a file for the ones you absolutely must keep and archive the rest. When you archive, the messages don’t go away.  You can always find them if you need to but you won’t see them in your “IN” box.
5.  Problem:  you have enough packages of mustard, ketchup and soy sauce to open your own carry-out.  Solution:  find a local food pantry and donate them to folks who can use your excess.
Decluttering your Head, Decluttering your House will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at “The Salon” presented by The Family Alliance Counseling & Education Center, 8028 Ritchie Hwy., suite 310 Pasadena, MD  21122.   Please join us for a delicious breakfast and stimulating conversation plus useful tips to help simplify your life.  You must register to attend.  The 9:30-12:00 noon session will also feature Psychotherapists Mary Gentile and Helene Cain and is $40 pp.  Seating is limited so – RSVP NOW! deb@gotogirlmd.com.
 

Clutter clearing is my specialty.  

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or thought on this topic.

 

That Stuff has Got to Go!


Rubbermaid
has plenty of components to store and organize everything from hoses to hockey equipment. I recommend transparent storage containers. They’re perfect for storing sweaters, shoes and handbags but are also great for decorations, camping supplies and sports equipment, and more.  Their transparency makes for instant identification but labeling is always helpful too. Unless you are really strong or have really long arms, avoid buying the extra-large containers – they are usually more than one person can handle alone.  Also, try to buy your containers from the same manufacturer so they will stack perfectly.  Finally, labeling is also helpful if the container is filled with specific items that are hard to identify at first sight.

If you store your holiday decorations in the garage, please take a few minutes to look through you collection.  Often we forget the items we picked up during the after season sales.  I always try to purge after the season when I am repacking but that doesn’t always happen.  Last year, I bought gorgeous new wrapping paper (at full price) only to discover I had purchased similar paper on sale after last Christmas.  I think I am set with wrapping paper for a while!

The point of purging the things you no longer use is to free up space for the things you do.  Survey your space critically and decide if you really need all that stuff!  If you decide to get rid of a few items, pass them on to someone who is just starting out or give to a local charity.  Let someone else enjoy them!

Handy-Man Apps: Putting Technology to Work for You

Speaking of apps…. I just got an iPhone and am still in the exploratory phase of figuring out all of the amazing things this tool can do.  So far, the apps I am using are pretty basic but I get such a kick out of their simplicity, I want to tell everyone what I’ve discovered.
My friend Trish told me about the iHandy Level App which is such a great tool for me when I am helping clients hang selves or pictures.  When the iPhone first came out, Taylor Jones installed the Flashlight app on his Mom’s phone and that has been a blessing on more than one occasion so I’ve installed it on my phone.
I’ve installed the mirror app but don’t really like it so much.  I’ve lived without having a mirror at my instant disposal for years and think I can do without.  I also recently downloaded My Fitness Pal and will start to track my activity today.
What is your favorite app?  I want to hear about the other functions you have found.  Since I am a newbie, I am looking forward to hearing your suggestions, PLEASE!

Motivation and a New Way of Looking at Things

One of the top reasons people call me for organizing help is they just can’t get motivated! I understand that problem. Getting organized is a big task and if it were so easy to do, you’d have it done by now! That is where a professional can help. One of the first things a PO will do is take away your worries. Yes, we care why the clutter exists because we want to help you avoid the problem in the future, but we don’t judge. We know it bothers you, that’s why you called. We see your clutter as a problem that can be resolved with a plan and a little dedication. We’ll know immediately where to start and quickly identify systems to stay organized.

Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes will give you a new way of looking at something that has been bothering you for a while. So, if getting help will help you overcome your motivation problem, than make the call.

As one client said, “I have a new point of view on getting my projects done. At work, I rely on support staff without hesitation. Now I do the same at home. I value the free time it creates for me, and the insight an expert brings to a new project.”