Organizing your mind

I think that can be one of the trickiest things to keep in order…at least for me. When we are bombarded on a daily basis with tasks, obligations, schedules, meetings and just managing life in general, our minds become flooded. How do we keep it all straight? Here are a few helpful tips that I use.
MAINTAIN FOCUS. Take time to settle yourself down before beginning a difficult or time consuming task. Practice deep breathing, listen to a song or two or say a prayer for help to focus. Then begin. Allow your self 15-20 minutes to get immersed in the project. If you need to, set a timer for 30 minutes and work until the time frame is up. Keep adding time. Work for an hour and then 2…
TAKE A BREAK. Work for as long a period of time as you can tolerate then it’s break time. Take the dog for a walk, take a 10 minute power nap, get a cup of coffee or make a phone call. I think theres benefit in disengaging from the task for a time. Recharge!
CHALLENGE YOURSELF. Do you feel well utilized in your position? Could you be more productive if you were challenged differently or more? If not, perhaps it’s time to speak with the powers that be at your place of employment. Maybe you need to consider what steps need to be taken in order to advance yourself or your skill set.
AVOID ACTING OUT OF EMOTION. Don’t make decisions based on pure emotion. Acting on impulse or emotion often lead to bad outcomes. Wait to make an important decision and take time to ponder the options. Avoid making a decision when your angry, bored, lonely or tired.
No doubt, a disorganized mind leads to feelings of stress, negativity, boredom, health issues and fatigue. Don’t let these types of thoughts rule your mind or dictate your actions at work or in your personal life. Take action and utilize these tips to decrease the chaos in your brain and life.

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Home staging…YAY!

Hello and Happy ALMOST Spring! I can’t wait for the warm weather, beautiful flowers and chirping birds. Are you with me?!
So…I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to make a BIG announcement! In addition to residential organization services, I am now offering HOME STAGING. That’s right. I am now an accredited home stager through StagedHomes.com. I’m excited to begin offering these services to my current clients, their friends and family. Please feel free to mention my name to those you know and love. Any clients who provide referrals will receive 10% off their next session with me.
Hmmm…home staging? What is that?
Home staging is using a client’s time frame and budget to prepare a home for sale so it sells in the fastest way and at the best price. When selling your home, consider this. 95% of staged homes sell in an average of 11 days and may sell for up to 17% higher then non staged homes. Home staging is tax deductible. Get the help you need to show case your space, reduce days on the market and get a higher return on investment.
I also offer Home staging services after decluttering and organizing to help my clients create a more comfortable environment in their current home.
So start the spring off well by getting your house in order! Whether you’ve decided to put your house on the market and just need a little help making it shine OR, if you need to tidy that kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, contact me. I’m here to help in anyway I can!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo DaVinci

Ill look forward to hearing from you!

10 quick tips to avoid impulse buying….

 

Use cash only to pay for items
Leave credit cards at home
Come up with a financial plan and stick to it
Check your motives…shopping because your bored? Lonely? Looking for a diversion from a heavy life issue?
Don’t let friends talk you into buying something you didn’t need or want
Plan ahead and stick to your shopping list
Avoid mindless on line shopping
Put it back! Leave the store and go back the next day if you really feel like it’s a needed item
Take a trusted friend with you who can help you make a good buying decision
Remember your goals to pay off that credit card debt, school loan or car payment. What is most important?

 

Impulsivity and ADHD

According to Terry Malten author of Survival Tips for Women and Men with AD/HD, impulsivity is one of the core symptoms of ADHD. It is also one of the more difficult aspects to manage. ADHD, when unmanaged, can lead people into fairly inconsequential behaviors such as interrupting in conversations, saying things they may regret or hoping from one subject to another. However, ADHD when untreated can lead to more serious and dangerous behaviors such as overspending, drug, alcohol or food abuse.
The most important thing is to seek treatment from a professional. Medication may be helpful for some types of ADHD. Therapists can teach those with ADHD how their specific manifestation affects them and what the negative consequences are. Professionals will teach a person how to use tools and coping skills to manage impulsivity and to live a balanced life even with the challenges of ADHD.
Just a few more tips include-
Be mindful. Pause and bring your attention to the present moment. Put your focus on how your mind, emotions and body are feeling in the midst of your impulsivity. Identify what’s driving you and allow this mindfulness to separate you from your impulsive act.
Take action on negative thoughts. What’s your inner dialogue? What are the messages you’re sending yourself in the impulsive moment? Turn your thoughts to something different, something positive. Consider how relieved and proud you will feel in NOT acting on that impulse.
Find a calming activity. Find an exercise you enjoy. Get a massage. Tune into yourself with some deep breathing or listen to music you enjoy.
Its takes diligence, consistency and effort. However, the cycle of impulsivity can be broken.

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.”
-Jon Kabat-Zinn

Moving?

Here are some ideas for making the process a little easier!
DISCARD items you don’t need BEFORE you move. Don’t drag unneeded, unused, broken or old items you no longer use along with you to your new home. I can’t tell you how many people have told me how much they regret lugging unpacked boxes they haven’t even looked through from previous moves to their new space. Can you imagine? Moving the things we don’t need just creates more work and stress on the back end.
COLOR CODE your boxes with colored tape. Use a different color tape for each room. This way, whoever is assisting you with your move will know exactly where to put the boxes. Label each box with the contents such as, blender, toaster and knife set. Labeling limits confusion and questioning where your items are located. Once again, we see the benefit of doing a little extra foot work before the move. This way, you don’t end up with a big pile of unknown boxes to sort through.
Cover your “closet clothing” with GARBAGE BAGS. Keep clothing on their hangers and pull the bags over the items from the bottom. Tie the bags closed around the hook of the hanger. Simply remove the bags and hang the clothing right in the closet. And don’t forget to label the garbage bags so you know what closet the clothes should go to.
Moving is expensive! Want to save a little CASH? Go to your nearest grocery store and ask if they have any empty boxes they plan to throw away. I’ve never purchased boxes for any of the 4 moves I have made in my adult life. Call ahead and ask to speak with the manager. You can even request they save boxes for you during their next shipment of inventory.
Finally, use your TRAVEL LUGGAGE to transport items such as books, linens or clothing. It’s cheap and easy!
Happy Moving!

10 quick tips to avoid impulse buying….

Use cash only to pay for items

Leave credit cards at home
Come up with a financial plan and stick to it
Check your motives…shopping because your bored? Lonely? Looking for a diversion from a heavy life issue?
Don’t let friends talk you into buying something you didn’t need or want
Plan ahead and stick to your shopping list
Avoid mindless on line shopping
Put it back! Leave the store and go back the next day if you really feel like it’s a needed item
Take a trusted friend with you who can help you make a good buying decision
Remember your goals to pay off that credit card debt, school loan or car payment. What is most important?

Tips for Home staging to sell- part 2

Use a neutral pain color for large rooms. Grays, beiges or off white typically make a good choice and flow nicely with other bold colors as accents
Go bold. Chose a rich color for the dining or bedroom. Paint the inside of a book case with an inspiring color.
Vary the texture of decorative items on the walls. In addition to framed art work, include metal wall hangings, weavings or family photos.
Groups of “3’s”. Place items of the same shape, color or size in a group of 3. Form a triangle with the items and avoid placing items in a row.
Fresh flowers. Who doesn’t love the aroma and look of fresh flowers?
Create a serene and simple environment. Use soft plush materials and bedding, reduce the clutter in the space and avoid emphasizing family photos or overly personal items.

 

Tips for Home staging to sell- part 2

Use a neutral paint color for large rooms. Grays, beiges or off white typically make a good choice and flow nicely with other bold colors as accents
Go bold. Chose a rich color for the dining or bedroom. Paint the inside of a book case with an inspiring color.
Vary the texture of decorative items on the walls. In addition to framed art work, include metal wall hangings, weavings or family photos.
Groups of “3’s”. Place items of the same shape, color or size in a group of 3. Form a triangle with the items and avoid placing items in a row.
Fresh flowers. Who doesn’t love the aroma and look of fresh flowers?
Create a serene and simple environment. Use soft plush materials and bedding, reduce the clutter in the space and avoid emphasizing family photos or overly personal items.

How to Organize Your Mind…

suggestions to declutter your mind and keep yourself on track to productivity.
Seek the challenge- find something you enjoy, that’s stimulating but that isn’t so difficult that it precipitates frustration or anxious feelings.
Learn to control your emotions-control how you react to situations. You cannot control your feelings in regard to something that happens but you can control how you react. Undealt with emotions can have a tremendous affect on us in all aspects of life causing stress, burn out and lack of focus. All of these reactions to our emotions can lead to a decline in our productivity at some point.
Maintain focus-work at focusing on the task for at least 20 minutes until you’ve created a “flow and focus.” Turn other electronic devices off. Step away from social media and shut the door to your office so you can concentrate on your project.
Take rest breaks- have you hit a wall? Reached a dead end in your thoughts? Its time for a break. Get lunch, walk the dog or call a friend. Separate yourself from the project or task and then return feeling refreshed and ready to continue.