Showing posts with label get organized. Show all posts
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Simplify Your Life This Week!

National Simplify Your Life Week is August 1-7, and it’s a great opportunity to unclutter, get organized and gain new perspective on your life. Whether you hire a professional organizer or choose to do it yourself, simplifying can lead to less stress, greater efficiency and an overall better quality of life.

Minimalist room


Why simplify?


Voluntary simplicity is a trend that began back in 1981, according to webmd.com. Since then, individuals have been adopting simpler lifestyles at increasing rates.

Adopting a minimalist approach to life encourages individuals to slow down, live a more balanced, deliberate and thoughtful life. Many doctors believe factors such as having less consumer debt and job stress result in lower blood pressure and chronic health problems. In addition, mental health professionals believe simpler living can alleviate tension-related reactions such as insomnia, nervousness, anxiety and chronic fatigue.

Yet, the extent to which simplifying is taken is a personal choice. For some, decluttering and organizing is adequate; others look to do a complete life overhaul, adopting a minimalist approach in the process. The choice is yours.

Color organized closet

How to simplify?


The first step in simplifying your life is to unclutter, organize and reevaluate possessions. While this might seem overwhelming, it is achievable if broken down room by room.

Start with the home office:

Eliminate loose papers, files and reading material from desktops and storage surfaces.
Utilize files, bins, binders and containers to create a system that will encourage you to remain organized.
Continue the office purging by cleaning out old emails from your computer. If you don’t already utilize a folder system on your computer, start doing so.
Clear out and organize messages on cell, home and office phones.

Any practice or routine that will encourage you to stay organized and simplify your life is a great tool to utilize. Visit www.napo.net/get_organized to view a video with other great ideas for organizing.

Some suggestions:


OHIO:  Only handle it once—this pertains to mail, both snail and electronic, reports, periodicals and other documents. Immediately take care of correspondence that requires your attention, then file or discard.
Add color: Using a color-coded system allows you to quickly locate a specific file or document as needed. This system also adds a cheerful element to your office, encouraging you to keep it going.
Consolidate: Look for effective ways to minimize time and energy. You might consider consolidating email accounts, limiting subscriptions to social media outlets or reading fewer industry publications, for example.

Apply the principles for decluttering the office to other rooms in the house to quickly organize and simplify your living space. But, the process doesn’t stop there. In fact, simplifying your life often means removing people, activities and commitments that no longer fit your priorities, values and lifestyle, according to Psychology Today.

Clean organized desk

Whether it pertains to information, possessions or life in general, here are a few considerations:

Don’t overextend yourself   Time, money and energy are valuable resources. Use each of them wisely.
Prioritize   Only choose people, activities and material goods that fit your current goals.
Reevaluate often   Decluttering and simplifying your life should be done often for maximum results.

As with any other lifestyle change, simplifying your life only works if there’s an ongoing commitment to it. Similar to incorporating an exercise regime or new eating habits, be persistent with these changes for 30 days and a simpler way of life should become a natural part of your lifestyle.

Kathy Rembisz 
Contributing Writer

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring Cleaning-Make it Family Fun






The frost is starting to disappear in the morning and the days are becoming warmer which means we will be heading outdoors. Before we head outside to smell the freshly cut grass and maybe catch a few baseball games, we always get the fever for a little Spring cleaning.   
Spring cleaning usually involves cleaning out closets, getting rid of house clutter, deep cleaning the bathrooms, and all the stuff that we don't like to do, mainly because it takes up so much time. I found a list online on how to Spring clean and what should be done. Now this detailed list isn't for everyone and it will take some time, but it helps you get organized and pretty much tells you room by room what to clean. So, if you want to Spring clean to bring your house back to smelling and looking new. then check it out! You won't be disappointed.

If you are looking for a little closet cleaning, and just wanting to find out how to make your house clean while incorporating the whole family, here are some tips on how to clean the house quickly and make it fun for everyone at the same time. It's a great way of cleaning your house in a jiffy so the whole family can enjoy the great outdoors together.
house clutter
Make spring cleaning family fun!
  • Competitive Garage Sale - Plan a garage sale and make a section for each family in the household and see who makes the most money. This will give everyone a little extra incentive for cleaning out their closest and drawers and getting rid of the stuff they don't wear or use anymore.  
  • Bathroom or Bedroom Challenge - Making up cleaning games to get things done is always a great idea. This gets everyone involved and we all know that your child's clean bedroom always puts a smile on your face! What you can do is do this individually for a bedroom or pair up with a partner and pick a bathroom and see who does the better job. The winner can receive a special prize or maybe will be able to pick what is for dinner that night. Just make sure you get an outsider (maybe a grandparent of close friend) to judge so you don't have any bickering going on! 
  • Garage Game Room - If you want to get your garage looking spic and span, give your family a little incentive by rewarding them when it is done. When the garage is done being cleaned out make it a place for playing games too. You can go as basic as a dart board or some chalk for hopscotch to finding an old ping pong table. Find games that can be put away and stored easily so the cars can still be parked when not playing. This will also help with keeping it clean and clutter free if everyone uses the garage.
  • Sale or Donate to the Salvation Army or Thrift Store - Garage and yard sales are great but very time consuming. If you want to get rid of your stuff quickly why not donate it to the local Salvation Army or thrift store? If you have young children, this is a great way to teach them about donating and helping out the community. This will give everyone a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing they helped someone out. If you want to make a little cash, you can also put your items on consignment at the thrift store.
  • Watch Hoarding Buried Alive -- Okay I know this sounds funny but as a family sit down and watch an episode or two of the TLC TV show. My family watched this for the first time last year and as a family we all decided we would NOT keep things that we don't need. So if you are wondering how to clean your house and keep it clean, this is for you. After we watched the show the whole family went through a cleaning frenzy and it actually helps keep things organized and clean around the house. A great show to watch to jump start the spring cleaning.
  • Online Garage Sales -- There is a website where you can post or find garage sales.  Facebook also has one that is becoming very popular. It's an easy way to advertise your garage sale items to get your items sold quickly and get all the clutter out of your house. You can either post your garage sale or post your items. This may be a better route for some if you don't want to have a full blown garage sale. It's also a great way to recycle and lighten the load on land fills.
Whatever method you and your family choose to get that spring cleaning done, in the end you will all feel better knowing everyone chipped in. Sure you may get some moans and groans at first but power through and make it a family affair. Plus your family may realize that spring cleaning, or for that matter any cleaning, is a huge chore and shouldn't be done by just one person. WHAT'S GOING TO WORK? TEAMWORK!

Marci Psalmonds
Contributing Writer