Goal Setting

Setting specific, attainable goals is key to achieving the most important things in our lives. Being goal oriented helps to keep us on track and focused. Goals help us arrive at our end point with success. We don’t stop at simply setting them. We actually meet them. We do this by setting small, daily, maintainable goals. Keep a written record of the tasks you wish to accomplish. Use the NOTES section or an APP your smart phone. Chose the option that works best for you. Don’t get caught up lots of color coding or details. That can be overwhelming and cause more disorganization.
Separate the tasks by category- work, finance, kids, personal ext. This will help you see on paper, what your priorities are and how you can accomplish them each day. It’s a balanced approach. Simply note your tasks for the day and check them off as you accomplish them. What a wonderful feeling to be able to check those boxes off! Items that are not completed for that day will be transferred to the next day you are feasibly able to accomplish them. A goal list keeps us accountable to what we most value. It can be a guide for our day and our lives. We avoid overwhelm and burn out by maintaining balance and not allowing the business of our lives to run us ragged.
“When we know what we want, we are more likely to change our behavior to get it”
Dr Daniel G Amen

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Attainable Goals

Setting specific, attainable goals is key to achieving the most important things in our lives. Being goal oriented helps to keep us on track and focused. Goals help us arrive at our end point with success. We don’t stop at simply setting them. We actually meet them. We do this by setting small, daily, maintainable goals. Keep a written record of the tasks you wish to accomplish. Use the NOTES section or an APP your smart phone. Chose the option that works best for you. Don’t get caught up lots of color coding or details. That can be overwhelming and cause more disorganization.
Separate the tasks by category- work, finance, kids, personal ext. This will help you see on paper, what your priorities are and how you can accomplish them each day. It’s a balanced approach. Simply note your tasks for the day and check them off as you accomplish them. What a wonderful feeling to be able to check those boxes off! Items that are not completed for that day will be transferred to the next day you are feasibly able to accomplish them. A goal list keeps us accountable to what we most value. It can be a guide for our day and our lives. We avoid overwhelm and burn out by maintaining balance and not allowing the business of our lives to run us ragged.
“When we know what we want, we are more likely to change our behavior to get it”
Dr Daniel G Amen

Could I Be A Packrat??

A “packrat” by definition is someone who is unable to part with items of little practical use or value.
Case Studies: Lois and John
ADD patterns common in packrats
INDECISION-what to keep, what to discard…Do I donate? Recycle? Trash? Indecision alters quality of life by keeping us trapped or repeating the same cycle in regard to keeping things we don’t need… this leads to paralysis in healthy function in our homes or at work and can affect relationships with those closest to us.
INACTION-avoiding taking action to resolve your clutter unless forced to do so due to a certain circumstance. You’ve lost an important document, your family is coming to visit or perhaps its so bad, youre facing eviction from your apartment.
UNNOTICED-not realizing the clutter is there. My collections of mail, papers, books, shoes, plastic bags…(or anything else you can think of) have been there for so long…. I kind of forgot they were there!
AVOIDANCE- leads to procrastination and incomplete projects. Poor time management, distraction or a busy schedule lead to multiple “starts” to projects. We have great intentions but projects are left undone or incomplete.
IMPULSIVE-I want it! I need it! I don’t have it! That’s it, I’m buying it. NOW!! Not stopping to think about whether the purchase/decision I’m making will truly benefit me or my family. Impulsivity often leads to regret.
OVERWHELMED- interests in multiple things, too little time, trouble prioritizing. I LOVE to refinish furniture, cook all organic meals for my dog AND I’m creating a scrap books for all 3 of my children! Shifting from one interest to another can create undue stress, chaos and pressure. Trying to juggle multiple interests may even prevent someone from participating in any of the activities they enjoy.

3 Apps to help you stay organized

Popular Science recommends the following apps to help you stay organized.
GOOGLE KEEP
Stores notes and provides ways to organize them. Label notes by certain words or color. Google keep allows you to leave voice memos, hand written notes and options for check boxes.
SMARTER TIME
This app knows you! Once you begin inputting data into the app, it will generate reports on how you spend your day. Set specific goals to achieve within your day and Smarter Time will help you keep them.
HABIT LIST
Track achievements on a calendar and Habit List will remind you of the tasks you still need to complete. It will lay out a list of each days tasks. It is only available to iOS users. Android users can use an app called Habit Streak.

Time saving tips that make life better…

Limit yourself to specific, priority commitments. Determine the types of activities you feel most inspired by and stick with those. Spreading yourself too thin among many obligations increases stress and decreases your ability to attend well to the things you’ve committed to.
Reduce multi tasking. Concentrate on one thing at a time and do it well. You will feel a greater sense of accomplishment when the task is complete. And, you can walk away from the job knowing you gave it your all.
Take a break. Sounds counter productive right? Sometimes its best to separate yourself for a few moments. Take a breather and clear your head and then return to the project refreshed and recharged.
Keep a calendar and stick to it. If you’ve obligated yourself to several activities within a given day, say no to last minute requests or invites.
Get rest. Don’t sacrifice your sleep! This is of high priority if you desire to continue meeting the goals you’ve set for yourself. This may require you to leave work early so you can get home to spend time with your kids or finish a home project in a timely manor and STILL get your 8 hours!

I cant stress enough the importance of time management when it comes to quality of life and how we can truly function best. Please let me know if you have more questions…..

10 minute cleaning tips from…lets just say, a bit of a clean freak 😊

Pick a cleaning chore or 2 to tackle in just ten minutes. Keep a running list of tasks you want to accomplish and use those 10 spare minutes you find right before the kids get home from school or after breakfast when the house is quiet.
Clean all the switch plates. Carry a bottle of windex or all -purpose cleaner and a cloth and go to town!
Dust the living room and dining room base boards. Be sure to use a good polish or dusting spray. The moisture will help pull the dust from the wood and creates a smooth shiny appearance.
Use the attachment on your vacuum to pull all the dust from the heating vents. Most vents can be removed fairly easily.
Did you know you can clean your mattress with baking soda? This is a little more time consuming but a great suggestion. Sprinkle baking soda on the top of the mattress and let it sit for 15-20 minutes then just vacuum the baking soda off!
Clean the backsplash, cabinets and drawer pulls in your kitchen. Break out that handy all- purpose spray and go to town. Be sure to use a cloth with some texture for scrubbing the backsplash to remove excess grease.
Gather all your bathmats and fabric shower curtains and throw them in the washer for cleaning.
Clear counter top space of unnecessary items and ”deliver” them to their proper place. Then scour the counter top with an anti bacterial spray.
Then go and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Kitchen Staging

Selling your home? Its time to depersonalize your space. When selling a home, the object is to create an environment that a potential buyer can picture themselves in. This requires removing personalized items such as cute refrigerator magnets, pictures of the kids at camp, your dogs water bowl and your display of spices that sit on the counter top.
Clean! Do a deep cleaning of all the cabinets, back splash, counter tops, base boards, sink, stove and fridge and anything else that you can see in the space. Make it shine! Replace dated, old or broken cabinet pulls or handles for a fresher look.
Be sure the counter tops are clear of other items too and leave a simple vase of flowers on display and a bowl of fruit or a small candle.
Clear drawers and cabinets of items you don’t need to use. Pack rarely used items away. You want your buyers to see the space in the drawer, not your stuff.
Take a good look at the appliances. Are they dated? Barely functioning? Replace them. A kitchen often sells a home. Potential buyers like new or gently used appliances.
Organize the pantry. Toss old or expired food and bulk items to create more open space. Again, its all about letting those potential buyers see how big that pantry is!
Remove trash cans from the kitchen altogether and out of sight from potential buyers.

“Buyers only know what they see, not the way it’s going to be!
-Barb Schwarz

Philippians 3:12-14

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

What a wonderful encouragement for those of us who have regrets or wish that we had made different decisions. Instead of dwelling on the past, we can chose to press on toward the goal and what is ahead. This brings great hope!

Crafty much?? How to organize that all encompassing craft room…

How many of us ladies love our crafts? Don’t deny you love to go in that craft room, shut the world off and create your master piece. BUT when your craft room is a chaotic mess and you cant find your shearing scissors or felt tip markers you may just want to turn around and walk out. So use these quick organizing tips to create a functional and zenful craft space.

Start off by pairing down unneeded items. Toss old worn out items, pieces of scrap papers or old sample fabrics that are no longer in style. Really be honest with yourself. This is a time to get rid of the old and make room for the new. Think about how you want to use the space for storing the projects you really want to do and have time to do. Choose one or two craft areas to focus on. This will limit the amount of items you need to purchase and store.
Separate your supplies. Place pens, pencils or markers in cute patterned containers. Look for attractive storage options for larger craft items at your local Home Goods, craft store or even at thrift shops. Be sure craft boxes will stack on each other for easy and room saving storage. Label the boxes with bold font so you can quickly and easily find what you need.
Use a rolling cart to store items. Roll the cart into other rooms as needed or stow it in a closet when guests come to visit.
Leave empty space for new projects. Avoid filling open shelves or closet areas. Maintaining open space will allow your mind to begin envisioning whats next in terms of new and exciting projects.
Keep an inventory. Have an updated list of all your crafty products handy. Refer to your list to determine how many items you currently have and what you may need to restock to complete a project.
Keep a tidy space. You may need to leave an unfinished project sitting out in your work space but be sure to put other items away after using them. This will help you maintain a chaos free environment. It saves time and effort for the next crafting session and allows you to get right to work rather then having to spend several minutes searching for what you need to begin.

 

My tidy closet…

These are things I do with my clients. There is not always a one size fits all way of organizing but these ideas generally work for most people.
Use labels on drawers, baskets or shelves. This works especially well for children when you want to teach them how to put things away. With labels there is no second guessing where things go!
Use clear storage bins with seal tight lids for seasonal items. Label the bins as specifically as you need to avoid having to guess what the contents are.
Color code your closet. Hang like colors together. This will save time and effort when selecting an outfit.
Use hanging storage racks with compartments for shoes and boots if you have limited floor space.
Don’t over stuff your closet. Select seasonal items and only the items you wear regularly and really like. Store the rest away in a storage bin or donate items you don’t need or care for.
Use a shoe rack. This allows you to see the shoes you have lined up in pairs. If you are a visual person, this will work well.
Use high shelves for hand bags, overnight travel bags or small bins of accessories youre not using often.
Fold T-shirts in half and then in half again then stack them according to color. This will save space in drawers or on shelves and reduces the time and effort in locating just the right shirt!
Purchase a jewelry tree for hanging necklaces. I have one and I love it because I can see what I have. I also use small “jewelry dishes” on my dresser for bracelets and other necklaces I wear frequently.
Lastly, always take inventory of what you have BEFORE you purchase something new. This helps avoid buyers remorse and it helps you to assess whether or not you have enough room in your closet for something new.