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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.

Start again

You did great at keep things uncluttered, for a while.
But now you see the counter is getting messy,
the dirty dishes are in the sink, (not in the dishwasher),
there’s a pile of mail threatening to slide off the table.

Don’t be afraid to begin the process of decluttering again.
You won’t be starting from scratch-
you’ll be starting from experience.

Remember why you did all the work in the beginning.
Remind yourself that being more organized does make your life easier.
Think about the tips and tricks you know to be effective:
Don’t put it down, put it away.
Justin Case doesn’t deserve storage space in your house.
Close the circle.
The Two Minute Rule.

Alas, getting organized never ends.
But, establishing habits and routines can make the ongoing process
easier and give you the results you say you want.

Let your experience of what works (and what doesn’t) guide your efforts.

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 over 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.  

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

You can’t make time.
​You can only manage the time you have.

Stuck?

Five things you can do in five minutes or less to help change your attitude and energy.

1.  Go outside.
    Even if it’s raining or cold.  (Especially if it’s raining or cold)
2.  Brush your teeth. 
    It’s remarkable how two minutes on personal care can help you feel better.
3.  Text someone a Thank You.
    Acknowledging people we are grateful for is a great reminder of all that is good in our lives.
4.  Turn up the music.
    Sing along; out loud.  Dance.  (No one is watching)
5.  Grab a favorite book.  
    Open to a random page.
    Just reading one page can be enough to remind you why the story still captures you.

Some days the rut feels pretty narrow and deep.
It doesn’t take an aha moment or big activity to help change your perspective.
Often a small change will have just the momentum we need.

Waste

Waste happens at the time of purchase.
Not when you let something go.
Holding on to things you aren’t using isn’t thrifty.
It’s hoarding.

Yes, you spent ‘good’ money on something.
(Is there bad money?  Money isn’t moral, it’s a tool.)
Holding on to an unused item doesn’t get that money back.
If you haven’t used, eaten, worn, read, tried the item by now; you probably won’t.
Admit it and move on.

Spend wisely.
Shop with purpose.
A sale price isn’t always a bargain, and cheap usually is.

The Gift

You are the Gift.

You are priceless.
Your wrapping is perfect.
There isn’t another like you, anywhere.
You don’t quite fit everyone, but why would you want to?
None of the other presents are as important to those you love
as your presence.

You are the Gift.

Go go go. (or don’t)

Constantly rushing around is not the same as getting things done.

Feeling overwhelmed by all you ‘should’ be doing.
Consistently arriving late.
The nagging sense throughout the day that you’ve 
forgotten someone or something important.
Surrounded by piles of things you’re ‘going to get to’,
but rarely do.

Not only is that kind of pace crazy making;
it’s not sustainable or healthy.

Stop.
Pause.
Take a breath.
Consider what’s really important.
(and not just what feels urgent)

Take things off your To Do list.
Be okay with imperfection.
​Ask for help.

There will never be more time.
There is only thoughtful management of the time you have.

Bites, snacks and meals

Organizing Bites:

Quick, one step actions such as hanging up your jacket.

Putting your dirty dish in the dishwasher.

Throwing out the dried up pen.

Organizing Snacks:

Actions that take a bit longer and may involve

a few steps, such as sorting the day’s mail.

Putting away the folded laundry.

Sorting a shelf in the pantry.

Organizing Meals:

Just as a meal may involve prep, multiple courses,

and having the right ingredients at hand;

an Organizing Meal is a larger, multi step project.

Sorting and organizing an entire closet.

Creating a home office space.

Purging your file drawer.

Whether you have time for just a bite,

or you want the satisfaction of a whole meal:

By matching time, interest and energy to your Organizing tasks

it will be easier to be successful at making the changing you are hoping to accomplish.

Dig in!

Wonder

Gretchen Rubin’s blog today was an interview with Jeffrey Davis, who writes about Wonder.

You may or may not want to read the post, but two passages resonated with me:

 “Wonder, more so than joy, gives rise to generosity, compassion, social attunement, and a sense of time abundance. Wonder often arises in conversation or collaboration, for instance.

 Wonder is not kid’s stuff. Wonder is radical grown-up stuff. The likes of ecologists, cultural anthropologists, and biologists alike have recognized that we need to foster more wonder in order for our species to thrive, if not for our planet to survive.”


You may wonder (bad pun) what Wonder has to do with decluttering and organization.
I believe the reason to declutter and be more organized is to create the time and energy in our lives
to be our authentic selves.
To have the space and attention to spend doing what we love, and being with the people we love.
To experience joy, generosity, compassion and abundance.
To have room for Wonder………

Choose the generous option

Smile.
Wait patiently.
Bite your tongue.
Leave a bigger tip.
Be a thoughtful listener.
Let someone else go first.
Thank someone for their time.
Give a little more than expected.

Most acts of generosity have little to do with money,
and much to do with recognizing and paying attention
to the people and world around you.
Generosity is an outward expression of gratitude.

Choose the generous option.

Done.

Done is better than perfect.

As cliched as Just Do It has become,
​the sentiment is true.

Stop waiting until you can do something perfectly.
Or you have the perfect system in place,
or the perfect container.
Make a choice and move on.

Honestly, most of our actions don’t really have long term consequences.
Chances are, we will get to (or have to) make many of the same decisions again in the future.
Make a choice and move on.

Stop allowing the idea of a perfect solution 
to keep you from getting on with your life.

No one is perfect.
No one makes the best decision every time.
Stop letting the idea of perfection keep you
from taking care of situations in your life.

Trust yourself that the decisions you make
will be the right ones, for now.
(and really, now is all there is)