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This video is an awesome example of how empowering it is to tame those piles and apply a method of organizing that makes sense to you. Thank you to my client for sharing her filing adventure - and enthusiasm!
Don't underestimate the value of going paperless - having statements sent to your email inbox instead of your old school mailbox is better for the environment (and your organizing sanity!).
Tell me I'm not the only one this has happened to - I'm cruising down the road in the midst of a packed-to-the-rim day, glance down, and I'm on "E". Big deal. Stop at the gas station and fill up. Except....the schedule is back to back and that 10 minutes makes me late for a stop, which snowballs the rest of the day. It feels like I'm barely holding on to my grasp on the day.
Who. In. The. World. Doesn't. Have. 10. Minutes? OK - I DON'T. On certain days/weeks, that is. My husband is aghast that I can essentially live in my car and not be cognizant of when it is on, or about to be on, empty.
Time to reflect! There reaches a point where the empty gas tank becomes a neon blinking sign saying that I'm not refueling myself, either. Burning ourselves out so there is nothing left in the tank means there is nothing to give out when working with clients, parenting, being a friend, etc.
I've used the oxygen mask analogy before in blog posts - if you don't put your oxygen mask on first you won't be able to help the person sitting next to you. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to use my Daily Calm app to meditate and recharge for 10 minutes!
What are YOU doing to take care of yourself? Let's encourage and support each other. I am doing this by giving away a FREE Strategy Session! Just LIKE this blog post and you'll be entered to WIN!
"What travels around the world while staying in one corner? (A stamp). Your brain will thank you for stamping out clutter when you make a commitment to doing it." - John Eggers
Thank you to John Eggers of The Bemidji Pioneer for this little riddle, and for sharing his personal angle on how clutter affects his life - and what he hopes to do about it! In his column he shares how a literal run-in with a deer mount and toy popgun gave him pause and new clarity when it comes to the need to gain control over one's surroundings.
Strategies for Everything from Popguns to Piles of Paperwork
As Eggers discusses, the theories and strategies for decluttering are almost as plentiful as the piles in our homes. In my experience, it isn't so much about choosing the strategy that is popular - like the current 40 bags in 40 days approach - as choosing the strategy that works for you.
So if those 40 bags are your answer to regaining the basement, go for it. But maybe you don't necessarily have so much stuff, you just don't have an approach for keeping it organized in your home or office. Perhaps you need a combination of pruning your piles and a new filing method. As I work with clients, I see that the only true strategy that will work is the one that resonates, is doable, and gets consistent results. Your strategy might not look anything like your sister's or neighbor's. That's OK.
Eggers also points out that research confirms what I see everyday - an organized environment is good for the brain. If you need help finding your best strategy (and in turn maybe some extra brain power), give me a call or send me an email and we can work on this goal together!
Today I'm excited to share a Guest Post by Kelly Jo Zellmann, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Bemidji, MN. She is helping us look at our health goals and get on track to healthier days!
Are you ready to organize your health and prioritize your goals?
Now that the New Year has settled in, have you checked on how you are doing with your resolutions? Many of us start the year by setting some sort of goals or intentions with the number one goal of weight loss or to eat healthier. However, according to research, the percent of people who actually achieve their goals is less than 10%.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Bemidji, MN I am offering a virtual “March to Memorial Day” 12-week healthy lifestyle program. Through this program, you will receive personalized one-on-one support for nutrition and healthy eating, plus individualized goals to help you successfully get on the right track (and stay there) to achieve your nutrition and wellness goals. The program includes one initial consultation, six follow-up coaching sessions (bi-weekly), and weekly nutrition and exercise check-ins, with unlimited messaging, food and fitness tracking online, all done via phone and/or Skype.
Together, we will discover your motivation for change, help prioritize your goals, and keep you accountable. This program can fit into an already busy lifestyle without having to leave your home or office for appointments and work on your goals all at your own pace, one step at a time.
One of the keys to being successful at making any new lifestyle change is patience and not giving up. In the end, it’s about prioritizing your health to be at the top of your to-do list. Once you have the habits in place you will be well on your way to optimizing your health!
Contact me if you want to start organizing your health today! firstname.lastname@example.org
I love learning - especially when it comes from fellow entrepreneurs! Today we have a guest blog review from one such woman who opened her own business less than a year ago - and quickly determined that wrangling in the chaos would require more than just a blank daily planner. She is sharing her experiences with the Daily Action Planner - and how to account for the "weeds" and "seeds" of daily life!
Guest Blog by Alex Oldenburg
My typical weekly/monthly planner just wasn’t cutting it for keeping track of everything, and I needed a better way to organize and prioritize my to do lists. As a co-owner and founder of MESSY Dog Training I specifically needed a way to organize my life, along with my small business, so I started using the Daily Action Planner (DAP) about 6 months ago.
What I love the most about this planner is that it groups tasks into several categories, including:
By giving my “weeds” their own section, it has really helped me to avoid putting off the tasks I need to do but don’t enjoy. As a small business owner, I also appreciate a section for my “seeds”, so I can make sure I’m taking steps to grow my business and move forward.
The planner also understands that life can be chaotic, and that’s okay! It encourages you to “organize your gorgeous chaos”, with daily and weekly places to savor your successes by finding a success each day, and dedicating that success to a reward for yourself, such as a family game night or treating yourself to that favorite coffee drink (my go-to treat).
The Daily Action Planner helps me balance a business along with the rest of my busy life, and the change of mindset it has provided me has definitely helped lower the stress of trying to organize the gorgeous chaos of owning a business! The DAP company also provides a free support call to help you make the most of the planner, and a Facebook group with other Daily Action Planners for tips and ideas.
Is there such a thing as healthy clutter? Find out my thoughts on that, and more, in this recently published interview. Here is a sneak peek!
"I look at life like a book — the chapters of a book," Schotzko said. "Things are a little different from one chapter to the next."
Some things that were important to people in past "chapters" of their lives may no longer have the same importance. Hanging on to those things may make it impossible to find space for the things that are important now.
Schotzko advises people to take a look at what they've brought into the home and think about "how these things came to live there," she said, "and what purpose they serve."
Her goal is to start conversations and make clients look at their space in a new light, she said.
Keep reading the rest of the article - and let me know what you think!
Ever noticed how valuable time is? Yours, mine, and everyone else's? I thought so!
The other day I had an appointment to sign some papers. It should've been a 15 minute thing, maybe 30 minutes at the most. Instead I was there for over an hour, on a Saturday morning.....because he was talking....about himself. I left there feeling frustrated, and honestly, a little angry. I had to percolate those feelings a bit to get to the root of why I had these feelings.
The reality is that the time in that office belonged to both of us. We are required to share time - even if we do not share the same goals with that time. Every conversation, every interaction, every event where there is more than one person is a practice in time-sharing.
Looking back I see that maybe this person was lonely. Or maybe he was bored. Or maybe he didn't respect me and my time as a client. I'll probably never know, but it helped prepare me for the next time I'm time-sharing, but not necessarily goal-sharing.
Those of you who know me know I'm a "get the job done", no nonsense kinda gal. We all have things to do, places to go, and people with whom we want to spend our time. I also believe strongly in building relationships, and acknowledge that it's a two way street - the middle of your sentence can't be cut off by the beginning of mine!!!
My point you may ask? On a personal level I want the people in my life to know how important they are to me, and truly being present in their presence (kinda catchy, eh?) is one way to demonstrate it. I also know that on a We Love Messes level, it's important that each and every one of you knows how important you are - I'm honored that you've chosen me for your decluttering journey, and respect both your time and resources. And if you need a little help with time management - I can be your co-pilot to get you headed in the right direction!
Are you ready to say good-bye to 2016 and make a fresh start with 2017? Let's do this! If you make resolutions, then let's also make sure you are ready for success with these top 3 ways to make your resolve stick:
A. Start small! You don't need to resolve to declutter your entire house the first week of 2017. Choose one room per month, and break down that further into parts of the room per week. It's much less overwhelming!
B. WRITE IT DOWN!!!! This creates a connection between thinking about decluttering and doing the decluttering. I like to write it down by scheduling time right into my calendar.
C. Share. Choose someone with whom to share your resolution, and your steps. It can be a friend, a partner, an anonymous online group....whatever works for you. Basically you are looking for someone to help hold you accountable!
Need a little help getting started decluttering? Try the new We Love Messes Strategy Sessions - you can shop for these right at our website!
Give the gift of calm and peace this holiday season! Be sure to check out the virtual packages I have ready, including the Peace of Mind Package, which includes:
It probably doesn't come as any surprise that physical "stuff" is not the only clutter in our lives. There is mental clutter, time clutter, too-many-commitments clutter, OMG-WHY-did-I-Say-YES-to-this clutter...you get the picture.
What's a person to do? There are so many requests, ahem I mean *opportunities*, for us to say Yes. A shocking revelation? It's OK to just...say...NO!
Not an abrupt "absolutely not, I can't believe you're even asking me that" NO. Perhaps a kinder, gentler, "I'm honored to be considered but that doesn't fit into my calendar right now".
A very wise person told me when I was struggling with a way out of a commitment that wasn't ringing true to me, that a lengthy explanation of WHY it wasn't working for me was not necessary. This wise person told me to simply, "tell him, as nicely as you please, that it's not working out. If he asks any questions, just keep repeating it".
Guess what? IT WORKED, and has been a game-changer for me! Have I mentioned how wise this person is? The point in a nutshell here? It's OK to say NO - in fact, it's probably healthy to practice saying NO! And we don't have to offer justification for everything. We can't be everything to everybody, or we are nothing to ourselves.
How will you practice (because it does take practice) saying no to today?
CPO Tammy Schotzko works with clients of all ages to tame their clutter and create calm out of chaos. She specializes in Hoarding and Chronic Disorganization, but deals with everything from digital files to garages run awry! Her passion for helping people reclaim their space is contagious and