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What I know:

It isn't about our stuff.
It's about our connections.

Bigger. Better. More.
Rarely is.

Our best lives create space
in our homes and hearts
for the people and activities
that make us genuinely happy.

You must be present to win.

Time management. Or is it?

“Do you always feel like you don’t have enough time? Here are some interesting facts about time that once considered could have a deep impact on how you view the 24 hours you get each day.
 
1. Time is the one area where we are all totally equal. Everyone gets the same amount of time every day: 24 hours. Since this is true, the people who seem to have more time than we do must be approaching the use of time differently.
2. You cannot save time. You can save money. You can save physical items. You cannot save time.
It continues going on no matter what you do.
So, why do we engage in behaviors designed to “save” us time?
3. Time cannot be managed. There is no such thing as a time management system.
What we manage is our behavior – not time.
Time simply is.” 
Krysta Gibson

At its heart, decluttering and being more organized are visible proof of how you manage your behaviors.  
Remember what is really important to you,
what activities you value,
and with whom you want to spend your time: 
Then act it ways to make those moments possible.

Purge the file drawer

The new year is the perfect opportunity to sort through your file drawer 
and eliminate the unnecessary papers.
As well as establish a simple easy to use filing system.

Starting at the front of the drawer (or file box) take out each folder 
and sort the papers into piles of:
Keep, Recycle, Shred. 

You may find you have several year’s worth of insurance policies; only keep the most recent.
You may come across warranties and information for things you no longer own.  Recycle them.
(Most owner’s manuals can now be found on line, making keeping your paper copy unnecessary)
You may find financial and personal papers that belong in a safe or safety deposit box.  Move them.
You may have folders of clipped articles you meant to read, 
recipes you intended to try, or
travel ideas or destinations.
That was then.  
This is now.

Once you’ve gone through the entire drawer and you’re ready to put the Keepers back in:
Choose between the option of setting up the files alphabetically or in order of frequency of use. 
Which system makes better sense to you and how your mind works?

Establish files and folders use broad, general categories.
Such as Important Documents, Paid Bills, Insurance, Financial Records, 2020 Taxes.
As with all organizing systems, the simplest solution is the best solution.
The more complicated you make the system the less likely you are to use it.
Better to file quickly and if you ever have to search out a paper spend time then.  
You still should be able to locate the specific paper fairly quickly.

Buy a few box bottom hanging files-they are especially useful for holding odd shaped papers 
or extra thick documents without crowding.

75% of the papers people file never get looked at again.  
Why waste your time filing the unnecessary, 
or waste space keeping papers you will never look at again?

Consider on line bill paying to reduce the amount of paper coming into your home that you 
might feel an obligation to file.  
Remember Google is your friend.  
If you need to find an article or information about a topic 
you can locate it fastest and easier on the internet 
than digging through your file drawer.  

Don’t forget to take the bag of recycle to the bin, and do your shredding.  
(If the shredding pile seems too much for your home machine, 
Staples offers secure shredding for about a dollar a pound.)

Simplify your file drawer,
reduce the amount of papers you are keeping.
Make life easier.

A process, not a destination.

 “Being organized is a process, not a destination.”Jamie Novak

Sorting through your stuff, creating homes for the things you need, use and love 
​doesn’t only happen one time and then you’re through.
Every day there will be items that need your attention.
Your life’s In Box is never empty for long.

Wait, don’t let that idea discourage you.  
Instead consider that every day you get the opportunity to affirm you want a simple clutter free life.   
You make choices that support that effort.

Creating a home for everything and putting things into those places, 
dealing with your mail on a daily basis, 
only purchasing things you need and have space for, 
and using the Two Minute Rule.  
These are choices you make in the process of having an organized home.  
They get easier with practice and sometimes we all slip.  
It’s all part of the adventure.

And really, it isn’t about having a perfectly organized magazine photo shoot ready house-  
It’s about having the time and the space in our lives to do what we love, 
and share time with the people we care about.  
Having a clutter free and organized house just makes that space and time available.

Contentment

Don’t let comparison steal your contentment.

Figure out how much is enough.
How many ________ make you happy.
Which things matter.
At what point does more become just too much?
Too much to maintain, clean, store, keep track of,
make payments on, stumble over?

Someone else will always have more, or bigger or nicer.
And someone else will have less, smaller or a bit shabbier.

Learn to be content with what is comfortable for you.
Relax in knowing that the things you own are just the right ones for you.

Look around the room.
What could you let go right now?
What’s making your life messy or cramped or  
is no longer useful or necessary?

The only comparison should be where you now
to where your heart wants you to be.
What small move can you make in that direction?

Best gift ever.

I think the best gift you can give to someone else (and to yourself)
is the gift of your time and attention.

Choose to spend time with the people who are important to you.
Give someone the gift of your undivided attention.
Create time in your life for quiet contemplation.

Your time is limited: How do you want to spend it?
Who or what has meaning?
What sparks your heart?

You, your friends, and family probably all have more than enough stuff.
In this time of exchanging gifts, give time.
Make memories.

May love and grace touch your heart this Holiday Season.

Close the circle

Complete the task.
Take the item from its home, 
use it,
put it away,
right then.

Don’t set it down, 
or shove it in some random space.
Or pile it on the counter.

Bring the bag in,
take out the contents,
put them away.
Don’t leave it on the table thinking
you’ll do it later.
(Trust me, you’ll have plenty to do later…)

Place the tea cup into the dishwasher.
Put the folded laundry away.
Recycle the junk mail.

Clutter is delayed decisions or inaction.

Take the time to close the circle.
Finish and move on.

Stop the seasonal shoulding

You should find the perfect gifts.
You should have a holiday party.
You should feel merry and bright.
You should bake five kinds of cookies.
You should set up your Christmas village.

Stop shoulding on yourself.  
Eww….

Gift gifts that make you feel connected to the receiver.
Meet friends for lunch.
Feel what you feel, and be okay with it.
Bake one kind of cookie, or support a local bakery and buy theirs.
Choose your favorite piece from the village make it a centerpiece.

Permission granted to do less,
buy fewer things, think smaller, and
make the season bright in a way that resonates with you.

Let your love (not stuff or shoulding), be the Holy Light this season.

Wasting five minutes a day

If you spend five minutes a day looking for your misplaced keys, 
or shuffling back and forth through your closet looking for something to wear, 
or digging around on your desk to find an important, but misplaced paper; 
by the end of the week being disorganized has cost you at least a half an hour.

By month’s end the cost is two hours.
By the end of a year, an entire day.
In seven years, at least a week of your life…….

(You can see where this is heading)

Have a place for everything, and put everything back in its place.
Keep only things that fit, flatter, and you feel good wearing in your closet.
Create and use a simple, easy to follow system for dealing with your mail and paperwork on a regular basis.  (Try just three folders:  Action, Read, File.)

Spend those five minutes a day, 
thirty minutes a week, 
two hours a month  doing what you enjoy, 
with the people you love.

Small changes + new habits = Less clutter.

Gratitude is a verb.

Gratitude is a verb.

Act accordingly.

Give up.

“Give up on yourself.
Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect, or a procrastinator, or unhealthy, or lazy, or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself.
Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be
and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die.”
Shoma Morita