managing holiday decor

1) What would you say is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to organizing/storing holiday decor? (I’ll tell you mine: Wasting storage space on things I don’t even like because I feel bad getting rid of gifts!)

You’re correct! The number one mistake people make when it comes to organizing and storing holiday décor is wasting space with items they no longer need or want. Sentimental things are the hardest to part with. But let’s face it, the decorations we once loved may no longer appeal to us so why use that precious storage space on things that are no longer meaningful. Take the time to separate what can be discarded, donated or sold before you pack your holiday decor away.

2) Ornaments are the big one when it comes to Christmas. Do you have any tips for keeping these safe and organized?

To keep fragile ornaments safe, place them back in the boxes they were purchased in. If you no
longer have them, use clothing gift boxes with tissue paper tucked around the ornaments. Place
the boxes in water proof, airtight storage bins. Group like items such as tree ornaments or grandmas
Christmas village and label each bin with the items you’ve stored.

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Philippians 3:12-21….

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal….
Forget past failures. This is not easy, but a constant review of our past failures destroys our peace and progress in moving forward. Living in regret steal our joy. Instead, move on and make a promise to do better. Determine how you can improve your reactions to others or yourself and put it into action.
Strive for your best, not perfection. We can get caught up in trying to do things perfectly. This causes stagnation. If you struggle to start a project because you don’t think you can do it well, start small. Ask for support from family or friends and keep a list of what you’ve achieved along the way.
Take hold of your purpose. What is your life plan? How do you believe your best gifted? Its best to use the gifts you were given. This is where our passion and best selves live.
Forget the regrets!

How to avoid anxiety triggers

HEALTH ANXIETY
Being diagnosed with a serious illness is scary and overwhelming. It produces a variety of thoughts and feelings, many of them uncomfortable. So how does one avoid the anxiety? Stay in close contact with your physician or group of medical providers. Be proactive in learning about your medical issue. Speak with a therapist who can help you process uncomfortable emotions.
MEDICATIONS
Certain medications, prescription and OTC can increase anxiety levels. Talk to your doctor about how these medications can affect your everyday life.
NEGATIVE THINKING
The words we speak to ourselves are powerful. They can sway us in positive or negative direction. Learn to refocus your self talk and determine healthy ways to express frustrations and emotions in situations you have little control over. Again, be willing to speak with a professional if you cant handle the anxiety on your own.
STRESS
Stress leads us to do things we wouldn’t typically do. We might drink a little more, eat a little more or spend too much money as an outlet when we are stressed. Addictions and unhealthy behavior lead to anxiety. Learn coping mechanisms from a therapist and be proactive about maintaining your stress levels.

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 to better 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

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

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!