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3 steps to change inefficient habits?

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This week we’re going to do the opposite of what isn’t working for you or your life. That’s right folks change is coming to town! This solution can work for disorganization or clutter, & you can use this for any area in your life that isn’t working, I give you permission. These steps are important & you would think the most logical, yet we find ourselves falling back & relying on what doesn’t work; old habits, over & over again. Not anymore!  I’m going to teach you how to find ways to support your efforts & benefit you. You most definitely can & will change the inefficient habits in your life & here’s how… 

1. Take inventory. In column form, on the left side of the paper, make a list of what isn’t working in your life, a problem or issue, or what doesn’t support or benefit you & be specific. You know what you don’t want in your life, what hurts or limits you, now it’s time to discover what you DO want. On the right side write the opposite. Bingo! You have just acknowledged a problem & created the answer. Congratulations! Now, you have to take action, but before you fabricate a plan or steps to get you to your changes, lets explore what it will feel & look like once you are there. Please proceed to step number 2.

2. Define & describe. Define what it looks & feels like, to have this problem behind you, to have what isn’t working in your life functioning happily or removed altogether. Let’s pretend a miracle occurred in the night vanishing or changing your issue & when you awoke what would be different that allowed you to know it transformed or departed? Describe how you would act & behave? How would you talk & what would you think about, what would you do different? Imagining this area. problem or issue, changed or evolved would that free you for other things in your life? Allow yourself to imagine as much as you want to get into that feel good place. Now, let’s proceed to step number 3.  

3. Discipline & action. Discipline is creating an action plan & taking consistent steps for a certain amount of time either until the change occurs, or until the plan becomes your new habit. The plan or steps you take must be tailored & specific to you. What worked for me may not be the right fit for you. One way to find the best plan for you would be to uncover past accomplishments. What in the past worked for you that may work for you in this area? You may have to tweak or adjust a plan until you find the best fit for you, or pick & choose incorporating bits & pieces from several different ideas, or create an entirely new strategy. The important thing to remember is you are taking responsibility by acknowledge what doesn’t work for you or your life, & creating a plan to change it. Bravo! If you allow your ineffective thoughts, excuses or justification to get in the way, it keeps you chained to your inefficient habits. Break free because you are better than that. Get out of your way, make a plan & stick to it!   

You got this! 



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De-clutter time!

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Let’s get down to business! You can’t organize clutter you can only get rid of it. Living in chaos or cluttered surroundings adds to your stress. The reason you have overstuffed and unorganized closets, draws, cabinets, rooms, homes, and offices is because you have too much stuff and perhaps you don’t know what to do with it all. It’s okay, you’re seeking help and with effort and action on your part you’ll have it done soon. Decide you are going deal with it once and for all. You can do this and you will get it done, commit to giving it your best effort. If you truly want to get this done you will, if you don’t you’ll find an excuse. Determine what you are willing to let go of, what no longer works for you, and isn’t loved or needed.

1. Decide what area you’ll work on and get the needed receptacles.

2. Concentrate on 3 category’s- Give away, Throw away, Put away.

3. Determine what amount of time you’ll give your task or area. Set your timer accordingly to keep you focused and on one task. Even if you only have five minutes, go for it, it’s amazing how much you can get done in short bursts of time. 

4. As you go through your things ask yourself; “Do I love it, use it, or need it?” If it doesn’t make you smile, have a function, or you are unwillingly to give up space for it, or it is in disrepair toss it in the trash or donate it.

You must decide how you’ll handle your clutter time wise. Some can only handle small doses spreading it out over a period of time and others find the strength to complete it in one day, weekend, or week. Whatever works for you is what you’ll do, no need for unnecessary pressure. Remember to take mini breaks to asses and celebrate what you accomplished. Success breeds success.

As each receptacle becomes full or you have completed an area disperse the receptacles to their proper places.     

Here are some suggestions to questions that may come up. If you think you may need an item some day place it in a box. When the box is full label the contents on the outside of the box along with that days date and seal it up. Place the box in a storage area that you can access. If you haven’t touched the box in say six months it is a safe bet you didn’t need the items after all! You are free to donate the box. Even if you did retrieve an item or two you can release the rest.

Paper clutter appears to be another hog on space. Handling mail or paperwork the moment it comes through your door is the best way to start dealing with it instead of continuing adding to an already out of control system. Set up a mail center and include a trash can, shredder, box for bills to be paid, a box for things to be filed, and one for things that need your attention. Utilize this center for all paperwork (work, school, doctor, animals, social or sport schedules, catalogs) that enters your space creating proper receptacles for all. A calendar may be useful in this area as well. As you’re efficiently dealing with the new material coming in, you can set up a timer to deal with the rest of your paper clutter, 15 minutes at a time until it’s tamed. Be consistent and eventually it will be under control.

If you’re curious about Feng Shui or interested in the Law of Attraction your surroundings are to resemble your goals, dreams, and desires. If your areas are cluttered it doesn’t allow for new things to come in. Make room! 

There are so many ideas for children’s art work I won’t begin to list the number of ways I’ve handled it, however in this day and age there is no need to over stuff yourself with it. 

Saving things for your child. Do you really think your child, as a grown adult, will want it or have room for it or feel the same way about it you do? Except for a few, a very teeny-tiny amount to save, pass along the rest and allow others to enjoy the things now. Create a memory book or box (small) instead. Take a picture of special items and write a small blurb about it. This, I’m sure, will go over much better than a box full of old soiled, broken or unwanted objects, it is so much more personal too.

As far as your clutter goes remember some day other’s may have to deal with it. So do them a favor and take care of it now …15 minutes at a time. You can do it!  

If you have any questions about specific items I did not touch upon please reply and I’ll help with suggestions and ideas.

~ Sandy

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Life is an inside job

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Finding your own personal organizing system or style is about taking action. Not to be confused with fixing something that is broken within you, justifying or excusing why you are the way you are, or belittling yourself because you think it is your fault you can’t grasp others organizing systems. Look at the organizing offerings, in periodicals & on television, as someone who found what worked for them & was hoping it would work for others. And some parts may, but usually not everything. Instead of picking & choosing, applying what does work & ditch the rest, we scurry to scrap the whole thing, blame ourselves or their system & hide behind our old habits. We find our time & energy focused on & applying what doesn’t work which keeps us out of balance.

Did you know one of our most important functions is to be in balance? And, for the most part, our emotions are the clue AND the answer. Our bodies also alert us when we are out of balance with unexplained aches & pains & even accidents, & illnesses. Even when we’re ecstatic & over joyed we are out of balance. Our bodies will search for balance, it will release the energy through crying or laughing or we’ll feel antsy like we can’t sit still. To help bring harmony or balance to ourselves we must get in touch with our instincts or, if you prefer, our inner selves. Because we are out of touch with our feelings or intuition we have gotten ineffective with our personal lives, some are even suffering. We rarely use our emotions to navigate our world, we either choose to, or have been taught to run from them instead. Our emotions have invaluable information, yet we keep looking away, ignoring or avoiding them. When feelings arise they are nudges, red flags, stop signs, begging for our attention. Unfortunately, we often blame others for causing our feelings to peek through the fog, however no one has the power to do that, no one. Being uncomfortable (with negative feelings) is your inner self, your intuition, alerting you to wake up, pay attention, it is calling you into action. If you do not heed the warning you will continue to experience the same things over & over again until you do. Sometimes it takes a crisis.  

You, your life, your body, your spirit, wants to be in alignment, in balance, & the only way is to find your personal sweet spot, which is inside you & only you can access it. True, it takes work & once you give up your struggles (what doesn’t work) & you find your balance the reward is a satisfied & fulfilling life. Everything that isn’t working isn’t working for a reason, it is so you can find what does work & get on with living, & enjoying your life.

At this point you may be wondering what does being disorganized have to do with being balanced? Anything that doesn’t work in your life, no matter what area, means you are out of balance. With the skills I was born with, seeing order & being efficient, was instrumental in my own discovery of what created my own balance & what caused disharmony. What came naturally to me I saw others struggle with. No matter what subjects, relationships, weight, or financial, I wrote about, the bottom line is everything comes down to learning to get back in touch with ourselves. Listening to your intuition, through feelings, is the only way to find your balance. I focus my business & this blog on helping others get organized because I know being disorganized & having too much clutter (not just in material things) is causing disharmony in your life. Once you find your sweet spot in one area so many other areas open up in miraculous ways!

We can agree you know what doesn’t work &, if you’ve kept up with your homework, what your ideal environment feels & looks like (& we will get there). This week I want you to take inventory of what doesn’t work, all your organizing challenges, & please be specific. For example, an overstuffed bedroom closet, continuously running late, losing my keys, & too many/much ______ (fill in the blank), etc.  For the second part I’d like you to think of what the opposite might be. For “lost” keys, you may write, “find” them a home. Complete your list choosing the opposites. Now, the third part is to imagine what steps could be taken to get to the opposites. Staying with the keys, you may write- place a hook by the door you frequent. Maybe buy a lanyard or hook to attach them to you. Maybe become disciplined to put them in your pocket or purse when not in use. In other words there are many ideas, the trick is to find the one that works for you. Pick one from your list & give it honest effort for, let’s say, a week. If what you picked is easy & effortless then you picked the one that fits you best, carry on. However, if you find it to be a struggle or a hassle your instincts are letting you know that doesn’t work for you, just tweak it or try something different. You want your habits to work for you, instead of being a prisoner to your habits. Continue to work your list exploring & discovering not only your sweet spot, but you too.  One more thing… have fun!

Next week I’ll write about the importance of good tools!