Taking Summer Pics? Prevent Overwhelm!

Before you hit “Upload All,” ASK yourself one or more of these four simple questions, to help you quickly cull those photos.

Keep the best and remove the rest, and your future self will thank you!

(These ideas are primarily from Joshua Becker’s book “Clutterfree with Kids.”)

 

Got Trust? Can’t Let Go of Clutter Without It

Letting go of the distracting clutter in our lives, homes, and workspaces asks us to Trust.

To trust in the newest version of our work in the world, so that we can let go of old papers and marketing materials.

To trust that we will have what we need in the future, in the forms of financial stability or community support, so we can let go of the stuff we never use but hold onto “just in case.”

To trust that we are okay without a protective shield of disorder, so that we can allow the deeply rooted safety — and authentic self expression — that comes with physical spaciousness.

For three minutes today, join me in this Kundalini meditation to strengthen our wings of trust. (Yep, this is another goodie from my “self-care for mommas” archives!)

Engulfed by Toys Instead of Focusing on Your Important Work?

As an entrepreneurial momma, no doubt you are grateful for the ways that home and work can blend together beautifully ~ but it can also be damn hard to focus productively when you keep stepping on a zillion scattered toys.

(Wait, is that my desk underneath those Legos?)

Bringing flow and organization to your kids’ toys is crucial to maintaining the space, time, and mental clarity to to bring your valuable work to the world.

This is #2 in a 3-part series on kids’ toys:

  1. PURGE: Fewer Toys = More Focus & Creativity — Practical Strategies
  2. ORGANIZE: Four B’s of Toy Organizing
  3. MAINTAIN: Going Crazy ’cause Kids Rarely Put Toys Away?

Going Crazy ’cause Kids Rarely Put Toys Away?

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Getting kids of any age to put their toys away can be a true struggle, so take heart. Kids are living in-the-moment, and often don’t notice clutter ~ even though they function better with calm and order.

As parents, we get to help them learn to put things away, just like we help them learn to brush their teeth and tie their shoes.

In the long run, you are giving them a skill that will serve them well as adults. In the short term, you are gaining some of your sanity back.

Four important ideas in less than four minutes, let’s go!

This is #3 of a 3-part series on kids’ toys:

  1. PURGE: Fewer Toys = More Focus & Creativity — Practical Strategies
  2. ORGANIZE: Four B’s of Toy Organizing
  3. MAINTAIN: Going Crazy ’cause Kids Rarely Put Toys Away?

Will You Let Guilt Derail Your Decluttering Efforts?

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For those items that drain your energy or cause pain but aaaggghhh, you can’t let ’em go because you feel guilty, here is a simple remedy from soul-declutterer Lauren Rosenfeld.

Stimulating Organizing? Oh Yeahhh.

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Like sex, organizing can be way more fun with a little focus and excitement.

In this two minute video, I’ll share three big ideas to get you more engaged with and juiced up by organizing.

And never mind that these ideas are geared towards adults with ADD ~ I think we’re all slanted that way anyway, with our fast paced culture. So, stimulating organizing tips, here we come!

*** NOTE that these ideas are also excellent to apply to getting KIDS to put away / organize their stuff!

Your home could feel more like a relaxing resort. Seriously.

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It all begins with the power of bold intentions.

Soul-declutterer Lauren Rosenfeld says, in her book Breathing Room,”Think of a beautiful resort ~ one with those gorgeous patios that are open to ocean breezes… where someone can truly relax, unwind, and completely let go. … Did the people who designed those spaces do so without intention? Of course not. A hotel without intention is not going to draw anyone…”

And so it is with our homes and offices. Without intention, clarity is a struggle. Without intention, clutter and frustration accumulate easily.

What do you want each room in your home to DO for you and your family? This 5 minute video will get your clarity-juices flowing!

#1 Cause of Paper Clutter?

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Paper clutter driving you bonkers?

In this 3+ minute video, I’ll share potent wisdom from productivity and organizational consultant Barbara Hemphill. She says that paper continues to be THE top clutter issue in our homes, even though so much of what we do is digital.

What is the #1 cause of paper clutter?

And what are six questions to ask about each document to help you know what to do with it?

Are Your Organizing Efforts Stymied By The “Wrong” Kind of WHY?

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I’m sharing a powerful learning from the research of Dr. Michelle Segar, who studies the science of motivation.

If YOU want to be less cluttered and more organized because you want your business to flourish, or your kids to be more organized, or your life to be generally better… these are GREAT reasons… BUT they might not translate into effective action.

So what reasons WILL more likely propel you into positive action? Click play to find out :-).

Thank you to Brian Johnson of optimize.me for introducing me to these ideas and SO many others.

More Sanity in Your Home… More Creativity & Focus for Your Kids

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Parents, listen up! In this 5 minute video, I’ll share:

  1. WHY you’ll want to trim down the number of kids’ toys in your home (with references to compelling current research),
  2. HOW to do that (2 main ways, which I often help my clients with), and…
  3. STRATEGIES for maintaining your family’s newfound sanity (and your kids’ newfound longer attention span)

 

This is #1 of a 3-part series on kids’ toys:

  1. PURGE: Fewer Toys = More Focus & Creativity — Practical Strategies
  2. ORGANIZE: Four B’s of Toy Organizing
  3. MAINTAIN: Going Crazy ’cause Kids Rarely Put Toys Away?