Pause for a moment

“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”  ~Zig Ziglar

Welcome to summer! Spring quickly slipped through the cracks this year and summer is upon us with hazy, hot, humid days! One week I am wearing a winter coat and hat at the Little League games; now it is shorts, tank top and flip-flops.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Summertime is a good time to slow the pace, pause for a moment and listen to your heart. It is a good time to touch upon those things that add relaxation, joy and beauty to your life. If you find yourself stressed, maybe it is time to switch your paradigm and uncover peace and tranquility with a simpler lifestyle.

One of the first obstacles faced in the simplifying process is the habit of hastily made decisions. Pause a moment and verify your direction. If an acquaintance calls and suggests lunch, pause and consider the choices and previous commitments, even commitments to yourself. If you have been asked to volunteer your services, pause to determine if this request fits with your life at this moment. A “No” response now is better than a regrettable commitment later. Practice pausing before adding new demands on your time.

Whenever you add something new you give up something else.

Another obstacle in the simplifying process is the inability to reject the expectations of other individuals in your life. If your self-worth depends on approval from family and friends then you will continue to be harried and stressed. Pause a moment to question expectations. Do they fit your life right now? If not, give yourself permission to say “No thank you” and let go.

As you progress down the road in discovering a simpler life, you will run into countless choices. Don’t be easily seduced to make rash decisions. Pause… Learn to base your decision-making process on what is right for you. Why not try it this month and see what possibilities you discover.

Clear some space in your harried life and contemplate what your heart desires.

Do you have any suggestions? Leave a comment below.


Is it useful?

“Pooh,” said Christopher Robin, “where did you find that pole?”
 Pooh looked at the pole in his hands. “I just found it,” he said. “I thought it ought to be useful so I just picked it up.”

What things do you have that ought to be useful? What stuff is lurking in your desk, closets and drawers that was useful once upon a time?

Consider this…

If it has been buried behind closed doors, under the desk or stuffed in the junk drawer, then how useful can it truly be to you or to anyone else? You will find extra hours in your day and extra space in your home or office simply by purging the “ought-to-be-useful” items. Pass things along to those that can use them.

Use cardboard box 5 times




Think about the following…

  • Nothing in drawers or closets got there by accident.
  • Too many one-use gadgets requires extra space.
  • Items on sale or marked down entice wants, but is it really a need?
  • Feathering the nests soon creates an overabundance.
  • Stuff acquired and kept for emotional reasons weighs heavily on the mind and available space.
  • More than three constitutes a collection, and collections come with strings attached.

Want to get and stay organized?

Start thinking about all the stuff you have hidden away — stuff that ought to be useful. They probably were in the past, but do they fit with your present lifestyle? Is it time to purge? Is it time to regain your space for those items that you truly love, those items that add beauty to your surroundings, those items that you use!

Share a comment below on how you attack the “ought-to-be-useful-someday syndrome!”




Lost in a fit of hurry

Doctors have coined an illness plaguing many Americans as “Hurry Sickness.” This is a term used for people who have lost their sense of time. A person who is hurrying around all day experiences a high degree of stress and a diminished sense of accomplishment. There is very little time for solitude, families or friends. No time for the things that really matter.

The build up of stress, frustration, anger and other negative emotions weaken the immune system. We lose the ability to understand what is happening around us. The reality of our life shrinks when in a constant state of hurry.

Much has been written on the hazards of stressful living and the physical manifestation of hurrying–high blood pressure, risk of heart attack, ulcers, lost connections, degenerating self-esteem… What is lost is the joy of living.

  • Has your life become too complicated?
  • Have your days become more full and less fulfilling?
  • Are you experiencing a restless longing for the simpler things in life?
  • Have you lost your balance and sense of direction?

Maybe it is time to call for some help! A professional organizer can work with you on skills of daily living–time management, spatial design, paper control, stressless living…

Check out NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) for a local organizers. If you cannot find the help you need, send me an email and I will investigate for you.

Let me know about your problem areas. Help is available.

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Preserve our environment

More and more products display the familiar “recycle” symbol. That’s great because as we all know using products made from recycled materials is crucial in preserving our environment for the future.

However, there’s another important aspect to recycled products you may not know as much about. It involves “post-consumer content.” This is the percentage of material that has been used, discarded and then re-used to make other products. When choosing recycled products, look on the packaging for information about post-consumer content.

Spring has sprung, so do something good for earth. Watch those labels!