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Be Kind to Yourself

By | delegate, healthy, kindness, self-care | No Comments

  Recently, I wrote about the need for patience, particularly during this busy time of year and ways in which to show kindness to others. In order to show kindness to others you must first be kind to yourself. Eat Balanced Meals Treat your body well and eat balanced, nutritious meals. Try to keep the sugary treats to a minimum. Taste your food before adding extra salt. Plan to bring along a healthy snack if you are out and about for hours at a time. This will help you to stay healthy. Get Plenty of Sleep Research indicates that we…

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Pack Your Patience

By | attitude, behavior, choice, kindness, manners, patience, strategy

Everyone knows that during the month of December lines can be long and traffic miserable. Even knowing that, we sometimes forget to bring patience along with us. We forget to allow extra time for traveling or waiting in line. More than that, we forget that everyone has their own agenda – a place to be and things to buy. We all have somewhere else we’d rather be than waiting in line. It doesn’t matter if it is the line at the grocery store, the mall, the TSA security line we all have a time clock ticking away in our heads….

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Labels: Good or Bad?

By | choice, Clients, Communications, effort, Food for thought, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, kindness, labels, mindful, respect, Uncategorized

                        As a professional organizer I can honestly say that generally I think that labels are a good thing. I love my label maker. I take it with me to all my client appointments. I often end up labeling files, manila folders, shelves – I have even labeled the shelves in a client’s refrigerator and freezer! I also label jars in pantries, containers, shelves, and more things around my clients’ houses. Labels most definitely can be very useful. Labels in clothes: I remember when we were young my mother…

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How to Say ‘No’ Nicely

By | accomplish, behavior, choice, kindness, overwhelm, projects, self-care

An organizing friend of mine, Andi Willis, wrote a beautiful blog this week about giving herself Grace. It is a wonderful essay on the ability to be kinder to ourselves. We (many of us women) set high standards for ourselves and do not cut ourselves any slack. I want to piggy back on this thought and talk about our ability to say ‘No’. I don’t know about you but most times when I’m asked to do something I typically say ‘Yes’ even when in my heart I want to say ‘No’. Does this ever happen to you? I get guilted…

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Thank You?

By | appreciation, Communications, holiday gifts, kindness, thank you

Monday this week was National Thank You Note Writing Day. I never knew there was such a thing. That’s a great idea! To sit down the day after Christmas and write notes to thank friends or family for their gifts. Traditionally in my family we make a list of people to thank as we open their gifts and we plan to have our notes written by the middle of January. My mother was a stickler for thank you notes. She was very particular and (when I was a child) she read my notes before they were mailed to make sure they were good enough….

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Free To Be …

By | appreciation, celebrate, choice, Chronic Disorganization, Garden, kindness, mindful, respect

In light of recent Independence Day celebrations I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how thankful I am to be a citizen of the United States of America. Yes, I was born here. However; I am very aware of the freedoms that we have as I spent a number of years living overseas in Asia. We are able to travel freely across the continental United States and to Alaska and Hawaii. We can speak our minds and not be worried we might be overheard, misunderstood, and taken off to jail or worse. We can practice our…

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Pack Your Patience

By | attitude, calendar, celebrate, family, holidays, kindness, patience, schedule

Are you traveling for the holidays? Maybe you are visiting family or maybe family is coming to visit you? Perhaps you’re spending the holidays with good friends? Whatever your plans be sure to pack your patience. Traveling at this time of year whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile can be stressful. Lots of people are on the road. Holiday expectations are high. I know that whenever I’m traveling during the holidays I simply can’t wait to get where I’m going and for the FUN to begin. Do you ever feel that way? So, the slightest delay can…

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Manners?

By | appreciation, attitude, behavior, emailing, kindness, manners, paper, Texting, thank you

I was reading the June 2014 issue of Real Simple magazine this week. I love this magazine and always read it cover to cover. I find their articles informative, fun and often thought provoking. I was very interested in their article on manners. Actually, I was intrigued that they started out by talking about the word “Etiquette”. I have a book coming out later this summer and the final chapter in my book is titled “Etiquette and You: Why it Matters”. Does the word “etiquette” fill you with fear? If you have read the article in Real Simple, you know that it’s not at all scary…

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“Focus on What’s Strong, Not What’s Wrong”

By | accomplish, celebrate, Chronic Disorganization, focus, goals, home organizing, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, kindness, Planning, prioritizing, skill, small steps

I attended a conference last week hosted by The Institute for Challenging Disorganization in Denver, Colorado. I go to this conference every year. This group, of which I’m a member, always gets fantastic speakers and this year was no exception. One of the speakers, Lee Shuer, gave us all the above quote during his presentation. Don’t you think that if people in general would focus on what’s good and strong and think less about what’s wrong we’d all be a little more content? Think about it. As a student teacher I learned that if I wanted to get a classroom…

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Wins!

By | accomplish, appreciation, celebrate, daily list, goals, kindness, Planning, projects, small steps, tasks

Once a month I attend a meeting with several other women. Some of the women have known each other for years and years. They started out decades ago as colleagues and have maintained their friendships. They have a beautiful history together. I joined this group about a year ago. I’m just getting to know most of these women. However, two of the women in the group are colleagues of mine, fellow professional organizers. We three have known each other for about seven years. So, as you might imagine, it’s a very friendly group. This is my goals group. I am so thankful…

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