Use This Tool to Relieve Tax Time Stress – A Tax Time Checklist from SMEAD

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Paper. Receipts. Files. Documentation. STRESS. It’s tax time!

Here’s a novel idea… instead of struggling with it, just do the doing, let it go and enjoy your life!

It is what it is, and all the complaining we hear people do doesn’t change it.

I HAVE A HELPFUL CHECKLIST FOR YOU!

I follow several office supply stores, I love office supplies. And SMEAD has a great TAX TIME page and FREE TAX TIME CHECKLIST for you.

They say, “Reduce your worries this year by following this step-by-step tax time checklist as you prepare your return or meet with your CPA or tax advisor.”

Checklist: Tax Time Checklist

Download Checklist

Review the checklist.

Download the checklist.

B-R-E-A-T-H-E…

Do the doing.

Get your taxes done BEFORE the deadline!!

BAM. DONE!

You’re welcome! 

By the way, SMEAD is women owned. You can tell. Check out all their cool lists and helpful paper/office organizing ideas!! Go girls!

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4 Ways to Organize Your Insides, When You Feel Out of Control All Over

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When you have too much going on on the outside and find yourself feeling out of control too often, the toll it takes on your health (mental, physical and spiritual), your relationships and more can be devastating.

Most people experience times of overwhelm at least once in their lives, many have many experiences that wear them down, even making them cynical about life, setting the stage for them to shut down and shut out the good things about life, not letting the good back in.

If you’re experiencing “too much too often” in your life, and hopelessness is creeping in too often, here are some ideas to help you get yourself grounded and your balance, hope and a positive outlook back.

1. PLAN your time and energy as best you can for each day, and each moment by moment depending on the stressors you’re dealing with. Don’t just jump into each day with no plan.

2. CHECK IN with yourself often during the day:

/////a) FOOD: Do you need to eat? Don’t let low blood sugar starve your body and brain making it harder to react, act, think, decide and move forward logically.

/////b) WATER: Do you need to drink water? Don’t rely on sodas, coffee, etc. to get you through the day. Drink pure water often to keep hydrated and blood and body flowing well.

/////c) SLEEP: Are you sleeping 7-9 hours/night and sleeping well? Are you in pain? Body aches and pains can keep you from getting your needed sleep. Exercise, walk, stretch during the day even if it’s for a few minutes here and there. Sometimes you may need to take a mild pain reliever to help you. I sometimes use ibuprofen, but not often as it’s not good for the kidneys.

/////d) MEDITATE: Take time to just be. Meditation, even for 5-10 minutes at a time, is a proven method to slow down the racing mind, support health and better decision making and so much more.

/////e) PRAY: Meditation and prayer are different. For some people, active prayer is very helpful to reach up and out to their spiritual guidance and solace.

3. KEEP IN TOUCH with friends and family who are supportive of your best you. Make sure to reach out in any way that you can make the time for: phone call, text, email, etc. Keep connected to those who you love and love you back unconditionally.

4. DO SOMETHING THAT YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER. A task, project, routine, anything that for even seconds makes you feel like “you” again and in control. Writing this newsletter is one of those things for me! 🙂

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Find Out Where I’ve Been!

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If you’ve wondered where I’ve been for months… here I am! Nothing like working 24/7/365 to make you look at a calendar (and a blog) and wonder what happened to the past few days, weeks, months!

CHANGE AND TRANSITION: OWNERS AND INNKEEPERS ARE WE

My brother, Dave, and I decided a few years ago that we were going to try something we’d each been thinking about for decades. He spent years in the big hotels industry and in marketing them and more. He loves cooking and decorating (gets to use his Art History degree!) and always wanted to run a B&B. I, on the other hand, as a speaker and Social Worker, have looked at many retreat center properties over the years. So, when we looked at B&B properties, in three different states, a conference center was always a must first, then the rooms.

So, here we are! . . . the new owners and Innkeepers of the Old Town Guesthouse, Bed & Breakfast and Conference Center in Historic Old Colorado City (first city in the state in late 1800’s), Colorado Springs, Colorado! (Enough “Colorados” there?) 🙂 We walked in June 3, 2014 and haven’t stopped moving. In fact, I lost 14 lbs the first two months because all I was doing was “moving” and running up and down our lovely staircase a gzillion times a day! (Visit our Facebook page and see more photos of our lovely painted garden staircase! One photo above.)

VIEW, VISIT, STAY AND PLAY!

I’m so happy to be able to share our cool new journey with you as I continue doing my usual work too – speaking, teaching, writing, coaching and Dr. DeCluttering far and wide! Come play and stay with us this year! I will be offering programs here as well as private coaching retreats. Make sure you’re signed up to receive my newsletter (see opt in box to right) to find out about my programs.

Now, get some popcorn and enjoy!

 

Follow us on Facebook for exclusive offers and more!  https://www.facebook.com/OTGHCS

Just living my motto: Life’s short! Try stuff!

Find out more on our site too: http://www.oldtown-guesthouse.com/  We’re working on a new website, can’t wait! 🙂

Thanks for watching! Come visit soon! 🙂

 

computer with HELP on screenPS   Email me at kim@drdeclutter.com if you need organizing help (I can drive to your house!), a speaker or priority telecoaching. I’m excited to help you where you are to make the shift to where you want to be.

 

 

Organize Your New Year’s Thoughts Around What You Want, Not What You Don’t Want

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WHAT DO YOU WANT?

This would seem an easy question to answer, right? But, how hard do you find it to answer right now? And, even if you say, “I just want to be happy,” what does that mean exactly? What does that mean specifically? Do you know?

What do you want? . . .

  • in your relationships?
  • in regards to your health?
  • in regards to your finances?
  • in your job?
  • in your education?
  • in your recreational activities?
  • in your spiritual life?

Wherever you don’t find peace and flow in your life, there is where you will “want” something different.

THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

“How can you live your wants now (peace, happiness, joy) instead of just wanting your wants? (struggle, frustration, yearning)”

To be a conscious creator we need to be aware of our intentions, attentions and actions. The key here is to start to think, know, believe, intend and act upon what you WANT, not upon what you DON’T WANT. Step forward into your best life instead of backwards, or freezing in neutral. Lean in, not back.

Our minds naturally go for the negative, the don’t want. “I don’t want to gain weight!” Instead of, “I want to stay at the weight that I am.” Or, better yet, “I love being the weight I am and will do what it takes to stay here!”

Being proactive is paramount in setting your New Year’s Goals and Intentions. Your “New Year” starts any time you choose. Set your DO WANTS now!

EXERCISE: On a piece of blank paper make two columns. On one side write all of the DON’T WANTS. Go ahead and get them out of your head! After you have a good list of them, in the other column, rewrite the DON’T WANTS into DO WANTS like the example above. Keep doing this until you find that your brain has been retrained to start thinking DO WANTS first!

Start thinking, communicating and acting from DO WANT more and more often and see how you feel better, life seems more positive, people, ideas and experiences show up in better ways because you are showing up in a better way!

Share your experiences with me in the comment section. It’s great to hear how you’re doing!

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The 5 Key Steps to Organize Your . . . Anything, Anywhere!

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Here’s what I know after years of helping others get organized. There are only a few basic or core organizing keys you need to use to organize anything. Ready?

1.  Have sorting containers ready into which to pitch!
2.  Choose the heap, lump, pile or stack you’re ready to declutter.
3.  Stick with this one pile until you’re done (keep piles to about an hour each so that you don’t get overwhelmed!)
4.  After finishing that pile, start on the next, or if done, move the containers out to where they’re going: donation, recycle, reroute, trash, etc.
5.  Shine and buff up your newly decluttered space and enjoy anew!

Got it?! Easy, huh!

Dive in! Enjoy!

 

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Eat Healthier – Preplan and Bag It!

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Post holiday weight worries can take up way too much of your time and energy.

Don’t call it a New Year’s Resolution, it’s too easy to “break it” and feel bad about yourself. Who needs more of that?

Just make a commitment to yourself to start afresh with your food plan this week.

ORGANIZE AND PREPARE

Studies show that preparing your food for each day ahead of time lessens the chance for over eating and eating foods that are not good for you.

Take time to organizer and prepare your food to make a huge difference in your energy and emotions about and towards it.

BAG IT! PORTION CONTROL

Bag it! Take pint and quart zipper baggies, or plastic or glass containers (glass is always better than plastic) and portion out your food for the day. You can gain control over what you’re eating, as well as how much and the calories you eat, relaxing your mind and body to enjoy your food while taking care of yourself.

You can do this with fruit, veggies, snacks and more.

Bonus! You also waste less food and money by planning ahead. Good job!

WASH, RINSE, DRY, REUSE

Reuse your containers over and over again. Unless baggies have had raw meat in them, they can be washed and reused to save money and them from ending up in the landfill.

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Thanksgiving Expectations, Be Gone! Less Stress Equals More Happy!

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Loosen up this Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family and the quiet that engulfs a holiday. Don’t let perfectionism and “It has to be my way (or the highway!)” cost you your happiness and good relations with those around you.

At the same time, don’t let other’s too high of expectations ruin your day either.

It’s all about flow… no matter what! Sometimes it’s about stopping and regrouping, redeciding mid-stream. That’s absolutely okay to do. Laugh more. Love more. Enjoy more.

COMMUNICATE

Discuss everyone’s needs and ideas for what they want to make the day work. Compromise and enjoy it more.

At the same time, do all that you can do, want to do and love to do to prepare, get ready and feel good about your holiday table and home, while at the same time, lighten up and know that something will be forgotten, missed, broken, spilled, smashed, crashed, dropped or eaten (by your dog). It’s okay.

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THE EASY WAY TO GET READY FOR NEXT YEAR! . . . AND GET AHEAD OF DRAMA, CHAOS AND FRUSTRATIONS

Next year? Too early? Never!

What this means is to take the time today and in the next few days after Thanksgiving to go back over your prepared lists and plans and see what you can alter for next year that will make it even easier, better and more stress-free for YOU and for others. The sooner you do this the better off you’ll feel year after year. And, that’s what gratitude looks like!

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Kim

Oh! PS! If you really need an escape for some R&R (promo here!), my brother, Dave, and I bought the Old Town Guesthouse B&B and Conference Center in June. Come stay and get away with us!! I also offer private and group wellness and healing Retreats here. Contact me – kim@drdeclutter.com – and let’s discuss your personal needs, or a group you’re part of that may like to come stay, play, get away and take the time for self-care; find answers and solutions to everyday issues in our Retreat Learning Center programs.

6 Things NOT To Do When Decluttering Your House

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5 Things NOT To Do  When Decluttering Your House

1. Start Without A Plan

If you keep trying to jump into an emotionally deep well of piles and stacks from the past, you’re setting yourself up for overwhelm and a walk, or run, away experience within minutes. Been there done that already, right?

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DO THIS

Schedule uninterrupted time focused on one, doable, small area and “chunk” at a time. You can then “chip” away at it and really get it done and feel good about it when your time is up.

“I was so inspired after I heard you speak last week that I went right home and conquered several small piles in a few short 30 minute spurts of time. I feel so great! Thanks!” ~ Calli, Boulder, CO

2. Buy Lots Of Tubs And Organizing Systems First

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different types of lidded tubs/bins and containers for your “stuff and things” out there at all different price points. But, you really don’t know what you need until you start sorting through everything.

DO THIS

Sort through an area or whole room first. Use cardboard boxes to categorize like items. When you’re done, you’ll know what you need – size, shape, amount.

KEY TO BUYING CONTAINERS

Then, when you do buy containers, especially tubs or bins with lids, buy a few extra than you think you need and keep the receipt should you need to take any back. If you buy them all at one time you are guaranteed they will stack correctly. If you buy at separate times the tubs can change design, they won’t stack right, will wobble and lids will crack over time.

3. Don’t Use Sorting Containers

If you don’t have sorting containers, like tubs or cardboard boxes designated for actions like, recycle, donate, returns, reroute, storage, etc., you’ll have to stop decluttering quickly as you have no where to put your sorted items.

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DO THIS

Get several containers and label them (tape on a piece of paper) with the basic topics as noted: recycle, trash, donate, reroute, give to a friend, deep storage, etc.. When a box is full, replace it and attach the sign and keep going.

“This tip really made all the difference. I could decide and pitch stuff into the designated boxes so quickly. Thanks for your Burn Your House Down teleclass so that I could join your class live!” ~ Janice, England

4. Keep Doing It Alone And Don’t Know What To Do With It So Stop And Never Get Back To It

Sometimes the sheer volume of piles, or history that triggers your emotions, is just too much for you to do it alone.

DO THIS

Ask for help. Get past any embarrassment or fear of judgement and just do it! Ask a friend or a professional organizer like me to help you decide, take action to sort faster, to let go of more than you might if alone, and to help process your emotions and stories while working away.

“I should have called you years ago, but was so afraid you’d judge me. Wow. You did not, it was all me! You were kind and compassionate and really didn’t see my clutter, you just focused on the solutions and we got the job done so quickly. Thank you. I love my home again.” ~ Pat, Colorado Springs, CO

 5. Your Keep Thinking “All Or None, It Must Be Perfect!”

How’s that workin’ for ya?! When you think something hast to be perfect, does that help you start the project any faster? Usually not. Perfectionistic, rigid thinking will only keep you from starting and keep you procrastinating waiting for the perfect time, containers, systems, etc.

DO THIS

There is no such thing as perfection. And, if you do create it, you have to maintain it! That can be exhausting. Do the doing of the above 1-4 which will make your space decluttered, organized, livable, and functional. Then, in some small area, make it “perfect!” Enjoy that little spot of Heaven. The rest of your house is to be lived in and decluttered daily to maintain it and “good enough” so that you can enjoy living in it.

 “Wow, calming down my “perfection button” really helped me to “just start and do it.” I guess I knew I was doing that to myself, but you really nailed it. I really like living in my home, not trying to make it something perfect that it doesn’t have to be and will never be, for long enough.” ~ Jana, Las Vegas, NV

6. Keep The Sorted Items For Donations Around Too Long

If you keep the bags and boxes of items you’ve sorted to go to donation or give away in the garage or in your house too long, do you start bringing items back in?

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DO THIS

If you can’t take the items yourself within a day or so to donation, call a donation/charity to pick up the items the same day or within 24-hours of your sorting to get boxes out of your environment to keep from sneaking items back into the house. You really will forget about them and you really don’t need them.

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If not now, when? Find out how I can be your Priority Coach here. 

Teleclass: How to Manage Hypothyroidism and Heal Hashimoto’s Disease

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How much of your life is being ruined and lost every day by hypothyroid symptoms and/or Hashimoto’s Disease?

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Are you ready to change that?

Your life may be stressed and cluttered due to health issues, and in this case, specifically a thyroid condition. Low thyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease steals your energy, brain focus, body, joy and life.

I’ve been there too.

As a Thyroid Health Advocate, and one who has had Hashimoto’s Disease and has hypothyroidism, I know the over 67 symptoms that destroy our lives. But, I also know how to heal most of them away and I want to share that with you. I’ve helped hundreds of people declutter their symptoms by understanding what lifestyle changes they need to make.

I know not everyone can attend my live workshops in northern Colorado, so I’m offering my workshop as a teleclass so that anyone, anywhere with a telephone, can attend.

I’m so happy to do this for the hundreds of people on my list and all those I hear from weekly who are beside themselves with overwhelming symptoms and doctors who don’t know how to help them.

NOTE to current Get Your Life Back! Manual customers.

Do you already have my Get Your Life Back! Reset Your Thyroid Health Manual?  Great! But, how have you been doing with the Thyroid Reset Diet and other lifestyle changes? If you need a boost, or nudge to get going on the Thyroid Reset Diet, sticking to the necessary lifestyle changes and to taking care of yourself better, this teleclass will be helpful. Register and get the teleclass and added information that will be helpful for your lifetime of getting your life back.

Join me Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Get the answers you are looking for to get your life back.

Teleclass:

 How to Manage Hypothyroidism and Heal Hashimoto’s Disease

CLICK HERE to find out more, to REGISTER and to hold your place.

 This program will be recorded for replay.

If you can’t make the live call you will get the replay within 48 hours of class.

Don’t lose another day to devastating thyroid symptoms.

I look forward to seeing you at this information packed teleclass!

Knowledge is the antidote to fear, and in this case, the key to your health and life.

Disclaimer. 

My good thoughts for your best health always,

Kim

Thyroid Patient Advocate

Visit my blog for free articles on thyroid health: http://www.thyroidu.com

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