Let’s Chat About Procrastination And Technology

Let’s Chat About Procrastination And Technology

Recently I have been getting a lot of frantic phone calls from business owners whose technology is suddenly letting them down. And it is happening at a inopportune moment too. Since I have been talking about procrastination I wanted to share with you why it is a bad idea to procrastinate when it comes to technology.

I share with you 3 things you should do to not get caught in a bad situation with your business if you just follow these steps and take action now.

P.S. There is a funny scene with a fly in this one, but you have to stick around to the end!

Beating Procrastination

Beating Procrastination

On today’s scope I talked about how to beat procrastination. Procrastination keeps people from getting ahead and realizing their dreams. It is a money killer and dream killer. So listen in as I share 3 tips you can use to beat it!

3 Tips for Beating Procrastination:

  1. Understand why you do it.
  2. Change the way you think.
  3. Develop new habits.


My Top 3 Productivity Hacks Roundup

My Top 3 Productivity Hacks Roundup

Last week I participated in the #PeriHustleChallenge where I had to scope for a week straight. Since my focus this month is about Procrastination I wanted to share some productivity hacks that you can use in your social media, email and content to be more productive. Below is my best hacks for dealing with your email, dealing with cranking out content for your business blog, and dealing with social media. Make sure that you listen to each one because there are some great tips in there that you can implement immediately and see results.

And now to the hacks!

1. Social Media & Productivity

Social networks can help you nurture relationships with your community and grow your business. They can also help you stay on the cutting edge of your industry and give you a way to communicate in real time.

But the downside of using social networks is that they can become a time suck. You may have logged on to just post one update and found yourself still browsing three hours later.

Social media is too valuable a tool for most small business owners to stop using. But that doesn’t mean you have to be consumed by it. You can learn how to manage your social accounts more effectively by following these social networking productivity tips. Listen in!


2. Content Productivity

You want to create content that is valuable. Your content should be helpful to your community while making your business shine. But creating quality content takes time. If you struggle with content creation, it may take you hours to write a simple blog post or article. You dread each creation session because you know it’ll be hours before you’re done.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to spend hours agonizing over each piece of content that you create. In fact, if you follow a few basic content productivity tasks, you’ll shave hours off the creation process and may even grow to enjoy it. Listen in!

3. Email Productivity

Email is a great way to connect with your community and stay in touch with them. But just like every other business tool, you have to know how to use email properly or it can easily consume your days.

Many business owners have difficulty managing their inboxes. As a result, they stayed buried under an avalanche of ever growing messages. If that describes you, then consider trying some of these email hacks. Listen in!

3 Steps To Starting Your Organizing Journey

3 Steps To Starting Your Organizing Journey

Live Training

Learn the 3 steps to starting your organizing journey. Listen in as I teach on how to get past overwhelm and into action.


Do you need help getting organized? Check out my course Weekend Organizing. It’s for those who need guidance but not ready for someone to come into your home and get you organized. Let me guide you virtually step by step in 12 areas of your home. Check it out here!

GIT Podcast #022 – How To Identify Your Most Valuable Tasks

GIT Podcast #022 – How To Identify Your Most Valuable Tasks


You may have heard of the 80/20 rule. This rule states that eighty percent of your income will be generated by twenty percent of your actions. For most business owners that means they’re filling their days with tasks that aren’t truly valuable.

The best way to deal with this problem is to find the twenty percent of tasks that are the most important. When you know what these tasks are, you’ll be able to make smarter business decisions. That is what I share in today’s episode. Find out how you can identify your most valuable tasks and what you can delegate.

Listen in!

Show Notes:

Make sure you are working with the 20% of your tasks and not the other way around.

  • Ask yourself “Can this task be done by someone else?”
  • Ask yourself “Does this task make me money?”
  • Ask yourself “Am I energized by this task?”

These questions and the answers are critical to you making sure that you aren’t wasting your time on busy work and tasks that don’t contribute to your bottom line. You want to be working on tasks that only you can do and that contribute to your bottom line.










Just Say No…To Busyness!

Just Say No…To Busyness!

Busy work is the thief that steals your productivity without you even knowing it. You get to the end of your day and realize that you haven’t made any real progress on your goals. Maybe you re-organized your desk, filed a paper or two, or some other task that wasn’t urgent. But you haven’t done anything to truly help you build your business.

Types of Busyness

There are 3 types of busyness to look out for that can derail your work and day.

Busyness = Urgent

The important thing to understand about being busy is that it feels urgent. However, busyness never adds value to your business. An example of busyness would be checking your social media accounts every time your phone dings. Doing this makes you feel productive even though you aren’t.

⏰To combat this you may need to turn off all notifications especially during work hours.

In order to say no to busyness, you have to be willing to say ‘no’ to seemingly urgent tasks. For example, if you’re working on a client project and you get a message that it’s time to update your website software, then it’s easy to stop working on the client project and start updating your website. This can get you off track. Before you know it, your day is over and the client project is still waiting for you to pick it back up where you left off and finish it.

⏰To combat this type of distraction note somewhere like your planner or task manager that your software or whatever the interruption was so that you don’t lose the information but can come back at a later time to take care of it.

Just Say No To Busy WorkBusyness = Procrastination

For many people, busyness is a form of procrastination. It might not look like procrastination. In fact, you may tell yourself that before you start on a project, you just need to make a giant to do list and organize your resources.

If you want to say no to busyness, you have to understand that it causes you to make a lot of plans. But it’s the follow through that makes the difference.

⏰To combat this type of busyness do what I have started to do. I plan my week out on Sundays. This helps me to get things done and not be wasting time when I sit down at my desk in the mornings to start work.

Busyness = Overwhelm

Busyness frequently masks overwhelm. Maybe you’re overwhelmed at the thought of learning new app or program or creating a webinar. So you spend most of your time doing less important tasks instead of focusing on what’s going to grow your business. I’m guilty of this one.

If you find that you’re using busy work to avoid overwhelming projects, try to sit down and pick a deadline for just one task. You might say, “By [whatever date you choose], I will hire a virtual assistant that can install this software and teach me how to use it”. Or by such and such date I will record and upload that video to my membership site.

In order to keep busyness from stealing your productivity, you have to understand what it is. And even more importantly, you need to know why you’re doing it, so you can get to and tackle the real root of the problem.

So I hope that you are able to see where you may be letting these 3 areas prevent you from accomplishing your goals and doing the important things in your business.


Using Technology To Get Organized In Your Home and Office

Using Technology To Get Organized In Your Home and Office

I had the pleasure of being on the Real 2 Real radio show with Tamara Gooch last week where I talked about using technology to get organized in your home and office. That was just a few of the things we discussed.

We talked about getting organized and the importance of clearing the clutter and how that affects your mind. We also discussed the work I am doing with the National Association of Professional Organizers on a National and Local level. I also drop tips for January Get Organized Month and how you can start now.

I really enjoyed the chat and you can even hear Tamara’s “little CEO in training” in the background. Which goes to show even busy moms can still get it done while caring for their young. I was actually sitting in the parking lot of my daughter’s ballet school doing the interview.

I hope you can take away some great tips and inspiration to help you get started organizing and getting comfortable with technology. Listen in.


GIT Podcast #021 – Are You Answering The Right Question? Avoiding Shiny Object Syndrome

GIT Podcast #021 – Are You Answering The Right Question? Avoiding Shiny Object Syndrome


It’s a new year and time to evaluate some of the systems you have been using. In this month’s podcast I discuss whether or not you are asking and answering yourself the right question when it comes to getting a new app or implementing a new piece of software or system for your business and how this helps you avoid the trap of the bright shiny object syndrome.  Listen in!

Show Notes:

Don’t fall for “shiny object” syndrome! Focus on what problem does this solve for me right now in my business that this can help NOW.

  • Ask yourself “What can I use this app or software for right now?”









Simple Decisions

Simple Decisions

Perseverance ConceptEverything takes a simple decision. Either we do or don’t. Either we will or won’t.

Simple, right. Or is it?

When it comes to our clutter it all boils down to the decision we choose to make or not make. We can make the decision to put our things back where they belong. We can make the decision to take 15 minutes each day decluttering one area of our home. Or we can just decide not to start or do something else that won’t get us closer to our goal. Simple.

No matter how hard it may be to hear, it is a simple decision and that decision starts with YOU. You can decide right now to start somewhere. Anywhere. But just start.

Simple decision, but big reward.

Moving Forward

Recently reading the book “The Power of Perseverance” by Joseph M. Ripley, Sr. I read a statement that said “Make up your mind to move forward before you see it.” Reading that statement I thought about how that applies to getting organized. Most people are paralyzed to move because they can’t see the end. They can’t envision the space uncluttered.

But you don’t have to see the end before you get started. The important thing is to get started. If you make up your mind to start and press on you will eventually accomplish what you set out to do.

I want you to go into this new year with a sense of determination and perseverance to finally get organized. Start where you are and don’t let anything deter you from finishing what you start.



Your Best Life 2016

Your Best Life 2016

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of doing a Blab with my dear friends Valerie Priester and Elmira Loftin. We discussed ways to have your best life in 2016 in every area of your life.

Valerie gave tips on mindset help, Elmira gave tips on self-care and I gave tips on getting organized. Listen in to this fun and informative message.

Learn more about my co-hosts:

Valerie PriesterVictorious Life Coaching

Elmira LoftinAnother Touch Massage

Check out the blab below:



My Favorite Tech Tools: Evernote

My Favorite Tech Tools: Evernote

I want to share with you another of my favorite tools for being productive. That is Evernote.

Evernote is literally my electronic brain. I keep so many things in Evernote. I mainly use it for personal items, research, and business. I like to keep things like picture of my license plate or my library card in there. Those things you need when you are out and about and need the info quickly. I scan in my kids paperwork from school. I keep client files and notes in there. I keep clippings from websites and any research that I am doing in there.

There are so many things you can put into Evernote and do with Evernote. You may get overwhelmed with all of the possibilities, but don’t. I held a workshop on October 22, 2015 where I shared how to use Evernote and set up a custom file system for your life and business. You can grab the replay by clicking the button below. I shared and demonstrated for almost 2 hours.

Get The Replay!

If you have been wondering about that green and grey elephant on your phone or tablet then you need to get in my class.

Listen below as I share with you other ways that I use Evernote to be productive.

If you don’t have the app you can get it on Apple or Android. You can also get Scannable to scan in documents.

My Favorite Tech Tools: Vcita

My Favorite Tech Tools: Vcita

Today I Periscoped on a tech tool that I use in my business to stay organized. That tool is Vcita.

Vcita helps me stay on top of my schedule when it comes to my business. I love all that you can do with Vcita. Not only scheduling, but invoicing, sharing documents and chatting just to name a few. If you have been wondering about that box that pops up that says “let’s chat” on the bottom right hand side, then watch the replay to learn more about what this tool can do to change your business scheduling. Get your free account by going to http://www.organizingguru.com/vcita.

One thing I forgot to mention is that they do have a iPad/iPhone app and Android app that is now available. I love it! This really took my scheduling to a whole nother level. Now I get notifications right on my phone instead of waiting on the emails to come. I can interact right where I am.

GIT Podcast #020 – How To Deal With App Overwhelm

GIT Podcast #020 – How To Deal With App Overwhelm


I am back! Let’s get this party train rolling. This week I talk about how to avoid app overwhelm and finding what works best for you. Listen in!

Show Notes:

With so many apps out there how do you know where to start? What’s the best for you? Here are some quick tips to help you overcome app overwhelm.

  1. Pick 3 or 4 apps to start.
  2. Learn how to use throroughly. You can take a live class, read, or go to Youtube. Trial and error has also been of great help to me when learning new things.
  3. 30 days please! Tak 30 days to try out the app. This gives you plenty of time to see how it works in your life and business.
  4. Re-evaluate. After your 30 days it is time to evaluate what is working and what is not working. If you find that the app is not for you or you didn’t like it then delete it. Don’t just let it sit and linger on your phone or tablet. If you have found that it works for you and you like it then keep it and don’t go looking any futher.
  5. Stay focused! Avoid the “bright shiny object” syndrome. If you have found an app that works for you then stick with it. Don’t go looking for better, because there is always better out there. If someone mentions some new app, make note of it, but don’t go rush to download it and try it out. Stick with what is working for you.
  6. Bonus Tip: Group your apps into catergories. For example: Business, Spiritual, Reading, Email, Finance. You get the picture. Also you want to keep your most used and important apps on the front screen of your phone or tablet.










Organized Children Is Not A Myth! Organize Kids For Success

Organized Children Is Not A Myth! Organize Kids For Success

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  

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Learning how to organize kids does not have to be some big mystery. Organizing children is essential for a parent’s sanity. Better still, teaching our kids to be organized is a reward for us and a gift to them for their future. While knowing that teaching children to pick up after themselves is the first step to organize kids, getting them to the point where this is automatically done without the temper tantrums is another step. If it’s not easy for them, you can be sure they really are not going to make it easy for us.

Organizing children is more than just telling a toddler to pick up their toys and school work. As parents we have to teach them, and train them in the art of organization. The two main areas we focus on in achieving harmony when organizing children are the playroom, or the play area of our home, and organizing the kid’s bedrooms.

The playroom, for example, should begin with making sure that everything has a place, and that place is logical and accessible. This is achievable no matter what sort of playroom or play area your children have. Everything having a place could mean having a basket, storage container or toy box that certain toys are kept in like the corner of the living room, or somewhere in their playroom. I say “certain toys” because books live on a bookshelf, or in a convenient book stack, and Lego or building blocks go together in a container with other toys of its kind. Naturally there are shelf toys where room area allows and these toys live in their own place on that shelf. Toys that your child is allowed to play with by themselves should be on a low shelf that is easy for them to reach. There are some toys that Moms like to supervise when their child plays with them and these can stay on a high shelf.

Organizing a child’s bedroom is usually seen as something the Mother would do, but if you want real results and a system or order that your child will follow, you should do this activity together. You both know that some clothes get hung up and some clothes go into a drawer. This is where you can get creative. All of the drawers don’t have to be the same color; perhaps socks and singlets can go into the drawer with the red handle and pajamas can go into the drawer with blue handles. Then what about the clothes that hang up? Clothes that need to hang do not need to be placed so far up that they can’t be reached. Hang the bar lower for your child’s height.

Keep in mind that children grow up fast. The toys that they loved last month can be “babies stuff” today. Kids grow out of their clothes so fast, but if you think they are far too cute to get rid of then store just a few of your favorites in a clear plastic bin. Once we have our children organized the idea is to keep them organized.This will take a little sorting and purging every now and then. A little done each month saves a whole lot of time at the end of the year. Do not wait for Santa to be near before suddenly realizing you need to make room. Who has the time to do that at Christmas time?

Organizing children is not complicated; in fact with a little help and elbow grease it can be moderately easy. Remember that if you want to organize kids you have to set a good example yourself. Make sure that you are keeping your things organized and your child will want to do the same. I think when you organize kids you help them do better in life.

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  
Organizing The Bathroom With Simple Tools

Organizing The Bathroom With Simple Tools

Although it’s a small room (unless you have a mansion!) the bathroom can be a very messy, cluttered space. Why not organize the space you spend a good part of your time for maximum efficiency. Let me share with you some tips for organizing the bathroom that I use with my own clients.

  • Group like items together.


  • Use clear Ziploc bags under counters to corral like items.


The following are some pictures from my bathroom. Living in a small space I need to make the most of what I have and these clever organizing solutions for unconventional items fit the bill.

I use the pantry that was once in my kitchen to organize all of my toiletries in the bathroom. I can also keep towels and other essentials in a closed cabinet that looks good.

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I use this CD Cabinet to help organize my bath products and hair products. It keeps things that would normally hang in the shower.

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These small drawers are great for organizing makeup. You can also put other small items in there like jewelry.
The point is to be creative when organizing the bathroom. A bathroom organizer can help you to group all the little things in a neat way.


Some of the items that you see used here to help you in organizing your bathroom are also used to help organize the kitchen.

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  

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Filing Systems Rule The World!

Filing Systems Rule The World!

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  

Okay, not really but they are important. Filing systems are the heartbeat of taming your paper clutter. You don’t need an extravagant system in order to file away your important papers. Anything can be used to start a system. Below are a few of my favorites that I use with my clients. (In no particular order!)

1. Freedom Filer

I have just started to implement this filing system for my personal files. I was turned onto it by another organizer who uses it with all of her clients. I was curious so I bought the deluxe kit and haven’t looked back. I really like that the tabs and labels are already made up for you which we all know is the hardest thing when it’s time to file. All you have to provide are the manilla folders and hanging folders.

This system can be set up in a regular filing cabinet, a file drawer, desktop file or a crate. It comes with helpful cards to let you know the retention period for the items that you are filing.

I also get email reminders to change out my folders and to purge. To learn more about this amazing filing system click the link below.


This system is perfect for those who like to file the old fashion way and don’t necessarily want a computer based system. This system is totally expandable for whatever your needs are.


2. Paper Tiger

I personally use this program in my home office and my personal files too. I find it to be a great organizing tool for people who don’t like to file because of having to alphabetize or make new file folders with names.

I have used this system with my clients who have ADD/ADHD. It works great for them because they can file according to number and use the keyword feature to name the file inside the numbers whatever they like. Because of the option of using it on your computer or printing out the file index, filing for anyone who just doesn’t have time has become a whole lot easier.

Paper Tiger can be used to organize just about anything from books to CDs and whatever you might want. Using the numbering system, you can set up files for each project if you wish. The possibilities are endless.

Find anything in your office in 5 SECONDS or less – Guaranteed!

Now they have an online option that links up with Google Docs!



3. Home File

This is a really neat system. My mother uses this system because she is chronically disorganized and she likes how simple it is to use. The Home File system uses printed divider cards that can be used with hanging file folders and manila folders. Categories are printed right on the divider with instructions for what to file and what not to file in this category. It also tells you how long to retain the information that you file away. Genius! This is great for financial filing and home filing. Filing2









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 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  
Are You A Victim Of Planner Overwhelm?

Are You A Victim Of Planner Overwhelm?

Today I wrote a post over on LinkedIn about “How Not To Fall Into Planner Overwhelm.” With so many choices out there it is so easy to become paralyzed. You don’t want to make the wrong choice, but you do need to make a choice. I share with you some tips on how I have managed to overcome this planner anxiety and what you can do to overcome too. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below. Also share with a friend who you know is going through planner anxiety. You never know who you might help by passing the information along.

How Not To Fall Into Planner Overwhelm

Some of the sources I shared on planners I have used:

Business Office Organizing…With All Of These People?!

Business Office Organizing…With All Of These People?!

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  

Business office organizing is not just about getting your office in order and all paperwork filed. It goes further. When you talk about organizing your business you have to consider and calculate your return on investment (ROI). Your ROI is important in figuring out what tasks and activities you will engage in and how it will help your bottom line.
Organizing your business office can be done just as easily as organizing your home. The same principles still apply. The only difference is that you have more people that the outcome will effect.GIT Jewels 111414


• Everyone must be on board
• Systems help keep everyone organized
• Central location for files

Everyone must be on board when you are trying to get the office organized. It will take everyone’s effort to keep the system running smoothly.
Systems are things that help to automate your office. An example of a system would be having a detailed plan that tells anyone who is looking how to handle incoming customer calls. Systems entail setting up tasks that can be ran in your absence. You might have a system for handling delinquent accounts. Whatever your system is you need to have it down on paper and make sure that everyone in your company knows and understands how the system works. With a system you will be able to keep everyone organized.

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If you deal with paperwork I suggest that you keep a central filing system for company files. It is okay if your employees keep files at their desk that pertain to their particular job function, but customer and company paperwork should be kept in a central location. With one filing system in place everyone will be able to put files back where they belong. There will be no more running around looking for a customer file that someone has stashed in their office and forgot to tell anyone.

I also suggest that if you use a central filing system that you implement a check in and check out system in order to keep up with who has what file at any given time. There is nothing worse than someone having to go around the entire office and find out where a file is. That is unproductive and wastes precious time.

If you would like to learn of a system that is perfect for getting your office files organized check out MobilLogic. MobilLogic is great for marrying paper and digital files. Always know where important files are. Learn more here.

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  
Practical Ways To Organize Paperwork

Practical Ways To Organize Paperwork

One of the biggest complaints that I hear as an organizer is about ways to organize paperwork!

Even though we are in the information age with all of these electronics to make life simpler, all it has managed to do is create more paper. And the more paper we produce the more solutions we have to come up with to organize it.

How many of you print out your emails?

This creates more paper! Also adding to the paper mountain is junk mail and catalogs and other meaningless clutter.

How can I organize paperwork you ask?

paperworkWell, the key to organizing paperwork lies in:

  1. Handling mail as it comes in.
  2. Having a filing system.
  3. Following a retention schedule.

I also recommend to all of my clients to not go through paperwork alone. Group all your paper into a box(s). This way you can grab a box at your leisure. Go through the box while watching television or with a friend or with the kids one afternoon.

Don’t get discouraged while going through your paperwork. Organizing paperwork is the most tedious of all organizing tasks. If you do it with a friend, spouse or professional organizer it will go much faster and can even be fun.

Don’t put it off any longer. Get started now with your paper management plan!


 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  
The Art of Maintaining Your Spring Cleaning

The Art of Maintaining Your Spring Cleaning

spring cleaningLast week we talked about spring cleaning your home. This week we will talk about maintaining your freshly cleaned and organized home. You certainly don’t want to see it all go back to what is was before you started. Which it will do without a maintenance plan.

Staying organized takes work and can be a learned habit. Use the following tips to help keep your home looking like you just finished cleaning.

It’s All About Maintaining!

  1. Keep a small basket in each room for things that do not belong. Get in the habit of checking the basket as you leave the room for items that might belong somewhere else. You can also set a basket at the bottom of stairs to collect items to go upstairs when you retire for the night.
  2. Keep all of your cleaning supplies together, along with rags, paper towels, scrub brushes, and any other items you may need to complete any cleaning task. Use a bucket or cleaning supply caddy to make grabbing the necessary tools a snap when it is time to do your daily chores. I also like to keep cleaning supplies near or in the room where they are used. (ex. bathroom cleaning supplies in bathroom, kitchen cleaning supplies in kitchen.)
  3. Sort through your mail each day when it is brought in. Immediately throw away junk mail, saving only important letters and advertisements that you are planning to use. Place all the mail in a designated area and file the bills away after they are paid.
  4. When choosing containers for storage, look for lidded boxes, bowls, and bags that are clear. When you go looking for an item, it will be easier to find if you can see into the containers without opening each and every one. For items that you are storing away that you don’t want to see make sure that you label what is inside. Also saving you looking time.
  5. Every night after dinner, make sure that all the dishes are cleaned and put away, or at least rinsed and put into the dishwasher, until there is a full load. Don’t let the dishes pile up and say to yourself you will get them in the morning, because you won’t. Then it will become a overwhelming chore. I like to wash as I cook or at least get someone else to do the dishes as I cook.
  6. Wipe counters and tables after each meal. Sweep up any crumbs that you may have knocked on the floor or dropped by accident while eating.
  7. If you set aside a little time at the end of each week to do a more in-depth cleaning you will be surprised at how fast maintaining your spring clean will go.
  8. Check the fridge and pantry for expired food and make a grocery list of what you are out of and need. Wipe the stove, cabinets, table, and counters thoroughly, and clean the floor well.

By following these tips you can be sure that your initial spring clean will not be in vain and you can relax knowing that your home will be clean and inviting all season long.

A 3 Step Plan for Spring Cleaning Your Home

A 3 Step Plan for Spring Cleaning Your Home

The cold days of winter are almost over (except here in Nashville) and the fresh breezes of spring are beginning to blow. As we usher in Spring, many of us take a look at our homes and want to rid ourselves of the stale, winter feeling and start the season off with a clean and organized home. Spring cleaning can be hard work, but it’s rewarding work and a way to start fresh. So get ready and roll up your sleeves, it is time to get your home in order.

All You Need Are These 3 Steps!

There are three basic steps to spring cleaning: Deep Cleaning, Organization, and Maintenance.

Step 1: Deep Cleaning. Deep cleaning consists of wiping down walls, cleaning windows, wiping out cupboards, and cleaning under furniture. This is the messy part of spring cleaning, but it will rid your house of the dirt, grime, and germs that you have collected over the winter.

Step 2: Organization. Organization means cleaning out closets, drawers, and cabinets. Go through clothing and toys to get rid of things that have been outgrown. Free yourself of all of the unused and broken items around the house and create more space to properly store the things that you do use regularly. Having a well organized home can make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

Step 3: Maintenance. The first two steps can be completed at the same time, but maintenance will take some extra steps and dedication on your part throughout the year. Keeping up on organization is usually the biggest hurdle for most families, as old habits can be hard to break and getting everyone on board to help keep up the changes can be challenging. To combat this make sure that you have everyone on board and go over the maintenance plan in order to keep your home in its new pristine condition.

While jumping into spring cleaning feet first might seem like the best way to approach the tasks at hand, your best bet would be to take your time and plan things out before beginning. Like they say “plan your work and work your plan.” Complete the following list of tasks before starting your spring cleaning and you will find your project going faster and smoother.

  • Start by evaluating each room and its organizational needs. Grab a notebook and jot down everything that needs to be addressed in each room before starting. For instance, if there is a messy stack of magazines on the coffee table, make a note to buy a magazine rack. You can even make a spreadsheet or list if you like to do things on your computer. That way you can keep everything at hand.
  • Take stock of what cleaning supplies you already have on hand and what you will need to get to complete all your jobs. Add to the list any organizational tools that you need for each of your rooms. Having your supplies ready before you start will save you from running to the store, dirty from cleaning, to replace something that you have run out of, which might also cause you to lose motivation and focus. Before you buy any organizing bins take stock of what you might already have and can reuse.
  • Have a few motivators on hand. Find some type of reward for yourself for completing the larger tasks, such as a favorite snack for breaks. Turn on some upbeat music to keep you going and make the job go by faster. Take frequent breaks in order to refocus and re-energize.
  • Give each room a quick once over before starting your deep cleaning. If the dishes are washed, toys are picked up, and laundry is done, you will have the necessary space to get into the bigger jobs.
  • Return to your notebook and formulate your plan of attack. List each room and all of the tasks that need to be completed in detail. As you finish a job, check it off and see just how much progress you have made throughout the day. This will not only give you a sense of accomplishment but will also keep you motivated to move forward and keep going.

I hope that you will take these tips and action steps to get started on your Spring cleaning project. The sooner you get started the sooner you will be finished and can enjoy the rest of Spring in a nice clean, organized home.

Feng What? Feng Shui! Oh…

Feng What? Feng Shui! Oh…

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  

In recent years there has been a surge of interest in Feng Shui. What is it and how can you get it you may ask. Well, I am in no way an expert in this area, but I asked my friend Carole Gedelman who is a Certified Feng Shui expert to give me the low down.

I for one have seen the wonders that can happen in your life from Feng Shui. Not only that, Carole is excellent in what she does and has even helped a friend of ours to find true love and get married because of the job that Carole preformed in her house! Now if that is not a reason to find out more then I don’t know what is. But I will let Carole take it from here…


Introduction to Feng Shui by Carole Gedelman

So let’s get down to basics. What is this Feng Shui? I can’t even say it.To help you out of this delimma lets look at how you say Feng Shui. The way to pronounce it is “Fung Shway”. This translates into Wind and Water (what is seen and unseen; as within, without).

History of Feng Shui

The Chinese have been studying the system of environmental placemet 3000+ years. Westerners, by comparison, have only been applying the principles in recent years.


What is Feng Shui?

The underlying principle of feng shui is to live in harmony with your environment so that the energy (chi) surrounding you supports you rather than working against you. Energy affects every aspect of life including Relationships, Health, Wealth and Happiness.

What Feng Shui Is Not

It is not a religion. It is based on quantum physics. It is not a belief system. Asking someone if they believe in feng shui is like asking them if they believe in the weather.

Below is some suggested reading by Terah Kathryn Collins:

The Western Guide to Feng Shui, Room by Room

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Home Designs with Feng Shui A to Z

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Here are 7 “Clear the Way” Questions that can be found in The Western Guide to Feng Shui – Room by Room, pg.21

  1. Do I love it?
  2. Do I need it?
  3. Does it support who I am now?
  4. Does it act as an environmental affirmation for me?
  5. What positive or negative thoughts, memories, or emotions do I associate with it?
  6. Does it need to be fixed or repaired, and am I willing to do so now?
  7. If it’s time to let it go, am I going to sell, donate, or throw it away – and, when?

I hope this gives you some insight in to Feng Shui.

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  
10 Free Ways to Reduce Stress

10 Free Ways to Reduce Stress

Everyone needs to relax sometimes in order to keep stress at bay and not end up sick. The problem that usually arises is most people think about the most expensive ways to unwind, but what if you are on a budget or don’t have the funds. Does that mean you can’t enjoy a little R&R too?

No! There are ways that you can relax without spending a dime and I will share with you some that you can go do right away for FREE.

Here is a list of ideas for relaxing without breaking your pockets:

1. Exercise. It’s free to walk around your neighborhood or the park or even a school track. And it has been proven that walking reduces stress and anxiety and is a great way to get in shape. I often take a 30 to 45 minute walk every day. I also use that time to listen to different podcasts and audio books. I have also been known to come up with great ideas on my walks.

2. Meditation. This doesn’t have to be the woo type of meditation. Simply sitting somewhere in silence and emptying your mind can be very relaxing. All you need is 30 minutes and some deep breathing and you will feel a whole lot better.

3. Naps! I am a big advocate of naps. I take one every day. It is a requirement for me to be refreshed and focused when I get up. Even if you can squeeze in 15 to 45 minutes that will do you a world of good and will help you to be more relaxed and rejuvenated.

4. Gabbing with a Friend. Whether you do this over the phone or in person just calling up a friend and catching up or venting can be quite relaxing. Talking with friends helps us to reminisce about the good old days and takes our mind off of the stresses of the day.

5. Listen to Music. You can grab your phone or iPod or turn on your computer and play some music. There are all types of music out there and tuning into what you like can help you relax immensely. I like to listen to Pandora and turn on the classical station when I am doing work. I also like to make playlists for when I am just lounging around the house and in the mood to jam.

6. Read a Book. I love reading and with my Kindle Paperwhite I am never at a loss for material to read. I like to either fire up the Kindle and read a good book or actually pull a good book from my shelf and find a cozy spot in the house and sit and read in silence. It is the most relaxing thing.

7. Bubble Bath. Fix yourself a hot bubble bath and grab yourself a good book, some nice music and if you drink – a glass of wine and unwind in the bathroom. Very relaxing and free.

8. Look at Old Photos. Strolling down memory lane with your kids can be very relaxing. Unless you had a terrible childhood, sharing your baby photos or childhood photos can be very enjoyable and relaxing. If so you can pull out old photos from when you were a young adult and share. Even looking at photos from ten years ago can bring back fond memories and a few laughs.

9. Play Games. Family game night is one of the most fun things we do in our house. But you can also play games on your computer. I have several games that I play just to relax and have fun by myself. When was the last time you played your favorite board game? Pull out Scrabble or Monopoly and fix some snacks and game night is a go.

10. Daydream. I daydreamed a lot as a child and I still do occasionally. Daydreaming is a great way to just let your mind wander and to relax and go to another place, a happy place. All for free.

These are just a few ways that you can relax for free, but there are tons of other ways too. The key is to be creative and to have fun in whatever you choose to do. Don’t stress out about finding the perfect technique or waiting on the perfect time. Don’t let guilt of not doing anything rob you of being stress free. We all need downtime. Just take one of these suggestions and do them today. Your body will thank you.

Closet Organization: The Truth About Your Clothes

Closet Organization: The Truth About Your Clothes

GIT JewelsWhen it comes to closet organization everyone has a dirty little secret in their closet. Old clothes, clothes to small, clothes to large and fashion no-no’s. It all resides in our closets.

Why do we abuse our closets with useless junk and “one day” outfits? Because when it comes to our closets, it is so easy to just close the door! Closets can be overwhelming depending on the size. But with my step by step instructions we can get through the jungle of your closet together.

So let’s begin!

Step 1: Take It All Out

Depending on the size of your closet this may be practical or overwhelming. So let’s say that your closet is small. You will want to pull everything out in order to have a clean slate to work with. Now, if you have a large closet or a huge walk in closet you will want to start at the back of your closet and work your way out. Take things and clothes out the back of your closet in sections. That way it will not be so overwhelming.

Sidebar: Now is a good time to vacuum the closet floor and dust the shelves. What? You think I am going to let you put organized things back into a dirty closet? Not on your life!

Step 2: Sort, Purge, Try On!

Regardless of the size of your closet or how you started this part will be the same. You should have four boxes that are labeled “toss”, “garage sale”, “charity”, and “another room”.

Okay, now you will start sorting into your various boxes what you have pulled out of your closet. This is the time to try on your clothes. See what fits,what doesn’t. Put to the side what you want to keep. We will deal with those things later.

Back to the sort.

Don’t forget to try on shoes also. Ladies (and some Men!) I know how hard shoes are, but take baby steps in this area.

Think realisticly about your clothes and shoes. Only 20% of it is worn 80% of the time. If you are 10 years out of highschool and still have clothes that you wore in highschool it is time to get rid of these!

Take out any items that don’t belong in your bedroom closet. If you have a item in your closet that needs to stay, but don’t have anywhere else to put it, then it can go back in once you finish step 2.

Step 3: Time To Put It Back Together!

So you have everything sorted and purged and you have saved only the things you can wear now and love. Great! Pat yourself on the back. The hardest part is behind you and now it is time to put it back together.

Sidebar: This would be a good time to look for products to house your newly organized items. May I suggest these helpful items for your closet:

A Home Basics 6 Hook Over The Door Hanger will help you to keep some of your everyday use items at arms length when getting ready in the morning.

Lynk Closet Doubler is always a good way to get extra space out of small or large closets.

When putting things back in work low and go high. This is because you do not want to be trying to put shoes in order up under hanging clothes. Or anything else for that matter.

Okay, back to the closet!

Once you have what you want at the bottom you can start hanging clothes. Now with hanging clothes you have several options.

  1. Option 1: Color Code
  2. Option 2: By Season
  3. Option 3: By Type
  4. Option 4: All of the Above

Some people like to color code their clothes because it is easiest for them to find outfits by color. If you organize your clothes by season, you can put two seasons at a time in your closet and store the other two seasons in a extra closet or basement or a attic in a Organize It All Storage Wardrobe.

To organize by type you need to define what types you want to use. Examples of types would be dresses, skirts, short sleeves, long sleeves, pants, suits,and cotton or silk,etc. This method is extremely helpful when picking out outfits.

You also have the option of using some or all of the above. Whatever works for you is the point. So experiment and see what works.

Okay, once clothes are hanged, you need to continue putting things away on the topshelf. Use the topshelf for out of season items or items not used often.

You will also need to find a place to put away purses and ties. A few that I like are:

Step 4: Relax

Once you have finished putting everything back in your closet sit back and relax! Whether it took you five hours or five days be proud of your accomplishment. Enjoy your newly organized closet. But, remember that up keep is half the battle. Spend five minutes a day making sure that everything is where it should be. Pick up the clothes, put up the purses, shoes, and ties. Put the dirty clothes in the hamper. Just remeber – it is easier to do five minutes maintenance than to organize the entire closet!

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