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Emotional Clutter

I recently attended a National Association of Professional Organizers conference and the speaker really got in my head when he mentioned “cognitive distortions.”

Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep Clean This means our mind convinces us of something that isn’t really true. These thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking.

How many times do you have self doubt and compare yourself to others without knowing what they are carrying around with them???????

Yes this is brain trash, rubbish and junk! Why do we hold onto emotional clutter?

Clarity is seeing things as they are. Isn’t this what we all want to truly see?

It’s pretty common to go with our feelings instead of facts and this is where the distortion comes into play. The speaker Scott Greenberg made reference to The Giving Tree book. I am sure at some point everyone has read this. Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep Clean

The main premise is to have gratitude or in other words, want what you’ve got.

In order to ignore and clear out the mind trash, we have to focus on something bigger than ourselves. Face your fears and go for the action anyway. This will lead us into making connections. No matter what you do for a living this will put you in a better place. You won’t be worried about yourself. Facts and confidence will replace the rubbish.

This is when you can exist in a peaceful space both inside and out.

Practicing mindfulness or a brief 5 minutes of meditating everyday would be great too.

Are you moving soon?

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How many times have you moved the same item and then never wore it or used it?

I have many clients tell me that ‘this and that” (even expired food) has gone around the country and then we meet and decide together to finally take some action and say goodbye. They always say it wasn’t so hard after all.

It costs about $50 to move a box of stuff that can probably be replaced for less. Why not save money, time and space so you can live free with less. Consider the people who could benefit from having your items that no longer work for you.

I was very impressed with the “Resource Depot” in Palm Beach where our local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers met this month. This nonprofit donation based creative reuse center diverted 95 tons of unusable materials from the waste stream last year!!!!!!

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That is just one of sooooo many places to pass on your items. Check out Lotus House, JAFCO and any other place you may feel passionate about. If are meaningful items you just can’t part with, this is when you box them up and label them memories or memorabilia. We are allowed to be sentimental too.

Take the time now and your stress will be less when you unpack once again.

Contact us today to get started organizing!

Spring cleaning isn’t just physically cleaning your home, but that’s a great start!

Spring is here!

I don’t know if everyone feels this way but, once the season ends and it’s time to put away your heavier clothes, I like to take a look at what didn’t leave the closet much at all. In Florida it certainly isn’t a big change, but there are long pants, sweaters, boots, sweat shirts, slippers etc to put up high or pack up till next fall.

Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep Clean The seemingly universal rule of “80% of what we have we don’t use” can be applied here. Definitely give away the non classic and unused pieces because it’s going to be winter elsewhere and someone can use these clothes.

It’s time to evaluate the condition of clothing as well. You just have to ask yourself some questions. Am I going to wear this the next cold season? Why didn’t I wear it this season? Are these clothes a realistic size for me now? Thin out and let it go.

Next, for the rest of the house walk around and check out things that need attention. ie. duvet covers, pillows, curtains, rugs, outside furniture, bbq, bikes, yard and plants.

You may need Allegra D to breathe through all the pollen blowing around.

Happy Spring and contact us here if you would like to schedule a consultation!

Do you struggle with the passage of time?

Do you struggle with the passage of time?

When you were a young child, didn’t summer seem to last to forever? Ok maybe it’s true now that I am over 50 and inching toward the other side of the rainbow. It literally feels faster. One good thing about the passage of time is that time heals, especially after experiencing loss or sadness.

Don’t we want to make the best of time and spend it doing what we want and what makes us happiest no matter what age?  Based on obligations, work and general everyday tasks that are required of us, how much time is left?

Time will be different for everyone and when you REALLY pay attention to where you spend your time you will find out the answer to this. Let’s say you go to work, go through your email, read the paper, read a book, take a shower, sleep, do the laundry, cook the dinner, run an errand, pack your lunch, go to the gym, go to the doctor, walk the dog, run into the grocery store, pay your bills, help with the homework, make a decision, answer a call…. how long do these things take?

Professional Organization Services, Cleaning, Organize, Deep Clean Use your smart phone to help time these daily tasks by putting the timer on or by checking when you begin and finish each task, forcing you to be more realistic.
Now knowing what you know, what do you want to do and what can you eliminate?

Don’t feel badly about planning or scheduling reading time, spa time, nail time, meditation time, nothing at all time, vacation or staycation time, girlfriend or guy friend time because that is truly living time. It’s not existing and just flying through your days time.

I have one request; allow yourself some daily organizing time, maybe only 10 minutes. Whether it’s going through the mail, or thinning out your kitchen junk draw or putting away your clothes. Take note of items not being worn and toss out or donate.

This habit along with your renewed time management will help you keep things in their place and keep you up to date. You can coast a bit now without guilt, you can choose to do nothing or do more of what you want everyday.

Like the Rolling Stones say “time waits for no one”.

Have a neat time today!

Make 2016 your year

Resolve to be “NEAT “ in 2016?

Professional Organazation Services, Cleaning, CleanIt seems like this year many people are making resolutions to not make resolutions! Just keep everything realistic so you don’t expect too much of yourself …. If you are a visual person lists can help. I like to have a master list and prioritize from there, so I can see the big picture and feel a sense of control and comfort. Give it a try-whether it’s on your smartphone, tablet, paper or calendar. Below are some tips on how to have a NEAT day and year.

N: “NO” is a sentence and it’s ok to say NO to things, allowing you some extra time to just be. Say NO to free things like free t-shirts, free corporate mugs, say NO to buy one get one free ads and avoid the decor aisle in target and other stores that tempt. “NO” can allow you time to think about little things like owning less is always easier than organizing more!

Professional Organazation Services, Cleaning, CleanE: Clear your “ENTRY” and your whole house will feel better ! Marie Kondo (author of the book “the life-changing magic of tidying up”) says if your ENTRYway is filled with shoes and other things the atmosphere in the house will be suffocating. Her new motto in her follow up book is “spark joy”. “EQUALIZE” – you can’t tackle it all in January- plan for a few months at a time and after January when your energy begins to wane, you know what is next and it is only a small piece of the house… January could be kitchen and pantry looking at expiration dates on spices etc, February could be your home office, March could be clothes and accessories and April could be your bathroom & medicine cabinet.

A: “ASK” yourself why because what you do is huge, but why you do is huger- listen and you may find out something meaningful about why you do all you do and why you keep working, working, working? “ASK” for help or delegate! No one can read your mind and perhaps a spouse, partner or child can lighten your load by picking up even a tiny task like hanging keys and backpacks on hooks, carrying the stuff on the stairs up and distributing, watering plants, handling pet duties, tossing junk mail, putting away and or folding laundry and packing away some groceries, picking up glasses and dishes and cleaning as needed.
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T: “TAKE TIME” to prioritize each day- decide what is important and say no to things you find unnecessary and save them for a later time. You can even set a timer for better focus for 15-30 minutes. “TAKE TIME” to look at tasks that will take 2 minutes or less and just do it– like making the bed, returning a quick phone call, responding to an email, going through the mail. Keep a bin near or in the kitchen for things that need to be repaired or returned, so they can make it into your car. Keep a reusable bin in a closet and use it to keep items you plan to give away or sell. This will help you with “TIME management”. Now “TAKE TIME” to pause, stay off the internet, calm down with a book and or an adult coloring book!

Tip of the Month!

Don’t let linens over power your closet use these Velcro & snap  labeled containers