There is only one New Year’s resolution that works. That is when you resolve to take action towards your goals.
Two of the top New Year’s resolutions are decluttering and organizing your home and losing weight. In the past I’ve made both of those resolutions many years in a row. I slowly got to a point where I felt I was fairly organized. The clutter wasn’t completely gone but it wasn’t overwhelming my day to day routines. However, I did need to constantly work at it to keep it that way.
But life happens. Continue reading
Over the years I have written several blog posts with ideas for clutter free or almost clutter free gifts for Hanukkah and Christmas. Since my mother and mother-in-law had mentioned years ago that they didn’t need or want more things to fill their homes I’ve done plenty of research to come up with different ideas.
When my mother was moved to a nursing home in 2014 and we had to go through her entire house to sell it, I was glad she told us not to get her more “things”. She did not have a lot of clutter laying around but there was still plenty of stuff to go through in a her three bedroom home. She has since passed away but I still have some things to go through. Continue reading
October is already here. That means Halloween isn’t far off. Are you ready for it? Continue reading
Do you feel like you are swimming upstream against the current when you try to simplify your life? I know I do.
So what do I mean by this? Continue reading
It’s already September. The holiday season will be here before you know it.
Last week I was walking in my subdivision and in the fields at the end of one of the streets I saw a flock of wild turkeys. I zoomed in the best I could with my cellphone. Those turkeys got me thinking about the upcoming holidays.
So I figured it was time to get started with the planning.
“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” ~ H. Stanley Judd
What kind of value do you put on the things you own? Is it sentimental value or maybe emotional value? Could it be practical or useful value? Or maybe it’s monetary value.
If you don’t know what kind of value you put on an item you may be keeping many things that don’t add to your life and make it better. That’s what creates clutter.
It’s hard to let go of things when we put unrealistic values on them.
So how do you know if the value you place on an item is unrealistic or not? Continue reading
It’s hard to let go of things. If it was easy we wouldn’t have a clutter problem.
So what makes it so hard?
One thing – Emotions!
We let our emotions do our thinking for us. And as most of us know our emotions can’t always be trusted to make clear and easy decisions.
Our emotions usually want to claim an item as being much more important than it really is. It wants to attach itself to the item and hold on for dear life. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again! The school buses are rolling again or will be soon.
So I did a little research to find you a lot of helpful back to school tips. Since I’ve been writing this blog (and the old Organize By The Month blog) for seven years now I figured a good place to start was with the old posts.
I found a lot of helpful information plus many links to other sites and articles. Unfortunately there were several links that were no longer working.
So I reviewed all the posts listed below and either updated or deleted any links that were not working. If however, you find a broken link please let me know. I’ll fix it as soon as possible.
Anyway, I hope the tips in the posts below will help you and your children start off the school year on the right track. That will help the whole year be more successful. Continue reading
It’s looks and feels like Spring (at least in most places). It’s the month of April. That means Earth Day is near. And Earth Day means it’s time to recycle.
Today there are many places where you can recycle all kinds of items year round. However, during many of the local Earth Day events you get a chance to recycle many different items in one location.
Because of this opportunity to make one drop off why not take advantage of it. You know you shouldn’t throw these items in the trash so you probably hold on to them until you can find the time and place to recycle them.
Your home is not a landfill. Continue reading
This is Part 3 of the Blog series on Disruptions to Routines. If you missed Part 1 and/or Part 2 you can read them here.
Disruptions of Routines: Small, Medium, and Large, Part 1
Disruptions of Routines: Small, Medium, and Large, Part 2
These kinds of disruptions will need to be handled in a totally different way. Most of these are either longer term disruptions (weeks or months) or complete life changing ones. Not all of these are bad events. But all of them will throw off your routines for a fair amount of time or require all new routines.
Longer but usually temporary disruptions. Continue reading