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 Finances – Get Your Credit Score For Free

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Do you know what your credit score is?

Is 300 better or worse than an 850 credit score?

Do you know why you need to know?

Whether for your personal life and/or business life, you need to know your credit score.

  • Your credit score is a three-digit number derived from detailed information about your credit history, and it can be one of your most valuable assets.
  • Your credit score will play an important role in your financial future: it can mean the difference between being able to purchase a home with a mortgage or having to continue renting.
  • It can also drastically affect the rate of interest you pay on your loans (car loans, home loans, privately consolidated student loans, etc.). The higher (and better) your credit score, the less interest you will have to pay each month and overall.
  • Your credit risk is evaluated, largely by reference to your credit score, any time you apply for a credit card or any type of loan. Keep in mind, though, that landlords, utility companies, and potential employers may also take this information into account.
  • A poor credit history may mean having to make a large deposit in order to open an account with the electric company or to sign a new lease. It could even mean the loss of job opportunities.

Various organizations provide different credit scores, though all are similarly calculated. The FICO score is the best known and most widely used credit score. A FICO score ranges from 300 to 850, and those with scores of 740 and higher are typically entitled to the best interest rates.

So, how can you get your credit score today, for free?

According to The Wall Street Journal, a handful of companies are launching services that give consumers at least a glimpse at their credit scores free of charge and also offer a window into the key factors that go into calculating your score, what you can do to improve them and how your credit stacks up against others. Here are three:

Credit.com Inc.

Credit Karma Inc.’s CreditKarma.com

Quizzle.com

 

Sources:

Personal Finance @ Duke

The Wall Street Journal

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Do you need help getting your vital documents in order? Order my ebook to get organized quickly and de-stress over these life issues that affect you and yoaur family every day. How To Organize Important (Vital) Documents.

 

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Declutter for Your Health, Stealth and Wealth

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What is keeping you from getting your finances organized?

WEALTH HAZARD

When we keep dumping our projects, junk mail, stuff and things and not maintaining an organized space, we risk forgetting where we put important papers, losing vital documents and creating a general health, stealth and wealth hazard that will kick us in the butt soon enough!

And, if our heaps and piles have been sitting in the same place for much too long, we are running the risk for a myriad of problems that, thank goodness, can be remedied easily.

HEALTH HAZARD

Why a health hazard?

When you let things pile up there are other problems in the places you ignore that are piling up too, namely

     1. dust

     2. microscopic “dust mites” that live in dust (ew)

     3. mold, mildew – possible fuzzy, growing things if there is moisture and/or food of any kind

     4. bugs, spider and cob webs

     5. mice and other vermin

     6. bacteria and germs

These problems can cause you several more problems, like health issues.

Enjoying clean air in our homes is not only nice, it’s important to our health. The more dust, mold and unwanted critters you have on and under your unmoved piles add to allergies, respiratory problems and more.

STEALTH HAZARD

Stealth means a lot of things, but I mean it as your way of moving through your life streamlined, with peace, calm, flow and without struggle. That is impossible without taking control of areas of clutter in our homes. Paper is one of the worst.

WEALTH AND STEALTH REQUIRE HEALTH

Clutter promotes poor air quality and the growth of things like mold that can affect your health. Allergens, germs and vermin all love disarray and all can wreak havoc on your body.

When I walk into a clients home where there are old papers, “memorabilia” items from long ago, mold, mildew, etc. I get a stuffed nose and head within minutes. I’m kind of a canary in the coalmine for bad air quality. I have had to wear a face mask on a few occasions.

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Poor health affects your work and, in turn, your financial well being. A general cleanup and reorganization can help get you back to your healthy, productive self.

WHAT TO DO?

1. Schedule time to deal with it. And by “dealing with it” I mean decide, declutter and reorganize.

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2. Clean up. Get out the cleaning supplies and dust, sweep, vacuum, etc. Get the dust and dust bunnies, cob webs and possible bugs and mouse droppings (ick) cleaned out before putting things back.

Dust

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Dampen your cloth with a misting of water, so as not to harm wood, dust and dry the wood immediately, or use furniture polish.

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Don’t blow dust off things, use a dry cloth or feather dusters as these methods of dusting only “poof” the dust into the air, having it come down to land somewhere else, and in your lungs.

Vacuum

It is very worthwhile to invest in a the best kind of vacuum cleaner, the non-bag kind with a filter that won’t kick the fine dirt, silt and dust that it picks up back into the house.

If you do have a vacuum cleaner with filter bags, make sure to change them regularly, before they are bursting and over-full to help keep down the amount of particles thrown into the air. If you aren’t careful in this area, your indoor air can actually get worse after a vacuuming due to all the dust getting kicked back up into the air.

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You can buy an expensive one, like Dyson, or less costly, that work very well like a Dirt Devil. I love mine and it works great.

Plus, while it’s obvious to vacuum carpets, it’s as important to regularly vacuum other home items like fabric furniture, drapes, throw pillows, dog beds and anything of fabric. Smaller hand held vacuums, like a Black & Decker with the enclosed dust holder (not bags) can also be used for the draperies, etc.

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By the way, enclosed bags pick up tons more than a paper/material bag. Tons more. You’ll be shocked and amazed at how much!

3. Keep it clean. Maintain all areas on an ongoing basis as all of the above aspects due to ignoring an area can and will start happening again.

Love your space organized and it will love you back, keeping you healthy, stealthy and wealthy. At least it will give you a better chance at being in control of  these areas, creating an efficient, effective life.

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Make the Mission Statement for Your Business Fun and Doable

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Do you have a solid mission statement for your business? Or, does your current mission statement need brushing off and reevaluated?

Being organized in your thinking, marketing and development of your business is imperative to a successful business, big and small.

MISSION STATEMENT

Your mission statement for your business, your company, should be simple and doable. Make it fun too!

Google’s bzillion dollar company – started by two children (!) founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in a Stanford University dorm room – has a mission statement I love:

“Do no evil.” 

Okay, they have a more serious one too, “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” but “do no evil” is a good one.

Another great example of a fun and doable mission statement that attracts the kind of employees and customers they want is The Great Harvest Bread Company . Started in the ’70s by  founders, Pete and Laura Wakeman in Durham, Connecticut, baking fresh-ground whole-wheat bread. Pete & Laura’s travels took them through the heart of Montana’s legendary wheat country. In 1976, the couple opened the first Great Harvest Bread Co. in Great Falls, Montana. See their history page on their site for their great story.

Okay, anyway, I read their mission statement on a big plaque on the wall at the Longmont Great Harvest Bread store:

“Be loose and have fun.

Bake phenomenal bread.

Run fast to help customers.

And give generously to others.”

Fun huh?!

What is your mission statement?

Make sure to create and run a  business that is seriously fun, productive, needed, wanted and loved.

Here’s to your successful business.

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Clifford Nass, “How Multitasking Is Affecting the Way You Think”

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Clifford Nass died November 7, 2013. What a great loss.

Listen to his 55 year old wisdom, and act upon it.

More on Nass’s great works.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10433894/Clifford-Nass-Obituary.html

 

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What Would It Take For You To Be This Persistent?

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Persistence is everything! Great little role model!!

I want to help you get and stay focused and persistent about your goals, dreams, wants and desires too.

Find out more here at Ticket To Shift – Priority Coaching.

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Create Healthy Habits: Declutter and Organize

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Whether in your office, or all around your house, how does clutter make you feel?

If the answer is “not good” and “stressed out”, then creating healthy declutter and organizing habits is the answer.

When you have healthy habits around how your stuff and things sit, stay and move in your life and environment, life flows much more smoothly. Healthy habits will keep you from chaos and crisis like:

  • mislaying your keys
  • forgetting to pay a bill
  • paying the consequences for said unpaid bills in the form of overdrafts, late fees and service charges
  • lost and unfiled documents
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EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

Having a specific place for everything makes it easier to find what you need, when you need it. It also keeps us moving through our day without unnecessary barriers and adrenaline surges from fear – that are very, very bad for our health.

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Let’s face it, life is naturally going to throw us enough curve balls that we have little or no control over in any given day without our continually contributing to the stressors that we do have control over.

Clutter makes us feel bogged down, out of control, confused, and tired. Studies have also shown that it can contribute to weight gain!

For many people, when clutter is allowed to build up, it is a measure of lack of interest in self-care and in decision making, commitment and solving problems. Putting off organizing projects and tasks, delaying and escaping them is not the answer.

If a person has a deep enough lack of care for themselves and their surroundings, they might not be taking care of their health either, hence, weight gain.

So, lose the WAIT!

To live a healthier, happier life, make it your mission to stop waiting and putting off what is right in front of you. Tackle the clutter in your home or workspace.

A perfect home and office is not necessarily attainable (and not necessary), and for sure won’t happen overnight. But, you can make a plan and set a schedule of doable time blocks to start and get moving on your TO DOs that you can TO DO and get TO DONE.

MAKE IT A HEALTHY HABIT

Make it a daily habit to get and stay organized.

Plan for one to three or more hour declutter projects as well as daily 15 – 20 minute “clean up and put back into place” ones. See how much you can get done and how much better you start feeling.

Don’t let another summer go by without taking care of what is screaming at you right here, right now. You’ll feel so great when you’re done, like a some of my clients here!…

“I struggled with my clutter for so long and Kim helped me see that if I just step into it and start I can make changes quickly. I hired her for big and small projects alike and we got done so much so fast I was amazed. Her teaching me how to do the doing, as she calls is, really helped too.” ~ Carmen, Ft. Collins, CO

“I would not have imagined that you could help me get organized over the phone! My piles and stacks are sorted and organized. Thank you for working with me long distance, Kim. It really worked well and I’ve told all my friends to call you from wherever they live!” ~ Candice, New York, NY

LET’S GET YOUR STUFF ORGANIZED TODAY!

Contact me today and let’s jump into your piles and clean them up so that you can feel better and better and enjoy your life NOW!

Call 303.485.5280, email kim@drdeclutter.com or read more on my site.

 

 

7 Ways to Declutter Your Email Inbox

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How many emails do you have in your email inbox?

How many can you really read in this lifetime?!

Is your inbox stressing you out?

Maybe it’s time to take a deep breath and press the DELETE ALL button, declutter your inbox, and start over.

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Cluttered, overloaded inboxes waste time and sacrifice productivity. Use these 7 simple ways to declutter your inbox and get time and space back quickly.

1. Set up Priority Inbox.

If you use Gmail, there’s a feature called Priority Inbox. Priority Inbox puts new emails in two different places within your inbox – one for those it considers important, and another for ones it considers unimportant, based on the sender and subject line. So, even though you might have 90+ new emails when you fire up your computer in the morning, you can immediately see the 12 that need your attention, rather than getting lost in a sea of “daily deal” offers and cat slideshows until lunch.

Check your email provider options and see if it has something like this.

2. Create filters.

Many email providers allow you to set up filters for certain types of emails. You can use these filters to do lots of things – apply a certain label to an email, delete it, send it immediately to a certain folder and more. For the emails that you get a lot of that aren’t urgent, set up filters for them to skip your inbox and go straight into a certain folder to look at later. Then, once a day, go into that folder and see what’s new. I use this for topics I research often and get great ideas to help my blog readers.

3. Create and name folders.

This is like using the auto-filter system, but you create the folder and then click and drag, or click and move the email to your specified folder.

4. Use Boomerang For Gmail.

Boomerang is a free plug-in for Firefox and Chrome with Gmail that allows you to do things like schedule an email to send in the future, bring an email back to your inbox at a certain time (like your flight itinerary the day before your trip) or return an email back to your inbox if you have not received a reply to it after X days. Rather than leaving an email in your inbox just to remind yourself to follow up on it or have it to easily access for later, use Boomerang to clear it out for now and have it come back when you actually need it.

5. Unsubscribe from 90 percent of the lists you’re on.

The 80/20 Rule says we only use or don’t use 80% of what we have. With email, it’s usually more like 90% that  we really don’t read, and can’t, there’s only so much time. So, decide on the 10-20% that is important and focus on those.

While you probably just delete most of the unwanted emails every day — like snail-junk-mail that you keep recycling but don’t actually get off their mailing list — they clog your inbox, keep coming back, waste your time checking them off and then pushing delete, and make it hard for you to see the emails that actually matter. Time to unsubscribe.

Ways to unsubscribe:

a) If your email system will sort under the FROM column (Gmail will not unfortunately), click on FROM and they will line up A-Z. Find the ones you want to unsubscribe from and click open only one in that group. Find the unsubscribe link within it, usually at the bottom, click and complete. Then, go back into your email and delete all from that same sender. Done!

b) Or, for a span of about a week or so, every time you get an email you do not want to receive take the time to open it, scroll down, and unsubscribe from the list. It will require a little more time upfront but it will pay off in the long run when the number of emails you receive on a daily basis goes way, way down.

c) Use the Swizzle. You can also use a service like the Swizzle to help you unsubscribe from a ton of lists all at once or to opt to receive daily digests from certain lists instead of individual emails.

d) Try JustDelete.me.

6. Use your calendar rather than your inbox.

People often leave emails in their inbox to remind them to do something – to make a call, start a project, or to follow up with someone. Instead of taking up valuable inbox space with emails you have already read, schedule these to-dos in your calendar to remind yourself. If you’ve been meaning to call to make an appointment somewhere but the place doesn’t open until Tuesday, create an event in your calendar for Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. as a reminder, rather than leaving the related email in your inbox (which you might not even see on Tuesday anyway because you have another dozen to 100 that came in since then and it’s just too overwhelming).

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7. Delete them all and start over!

The co-founder of Twitter says that he has “email bankruptcy every 30 days.” He deletes all emails in his inbox and starts over. He said that he gets thousands of emails a month and doesn’t have an assistant or anyone to help, and wants to keep it that way and personal. So, he dumps them all and says, “If someone really wants to contact me, they’ll email me again, or, try Twitter!”

Like decluttering anything, when you finally do it, it really does feel great.

2 BONUS E-DECLUTTER IDEAS:

Make a self-imposed rule: Like material clutter, every time you opt into a new  ezine, you have to unsubscribe from one.

Or, just like “you can’t buy anymore because there’s no room, no place to put more,” think of your inbox the same way. You can’t “bring any more home” unless you declutter first!

Personal Note: Of course, I hope you enjoy my newsletter enough to not delete it or unsubscribe! But, it’s okay if you do too, I understand. 🙂

 

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Find more information on decluttering home and office/paper and more in my information packed ebook

Burn Your House Down! And 99 other ways to create an organized life.

 

 

9 Tips To Keep From Getting Your Computer Hacked When Using Free Wi-Fi Anywhere

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Using your laptop at your favorite cafe, latte’ lounge or airport?

Many computer and data security experts say you should avoid public Wi-Fi all together due to the rise in free Wi-Fi hacking.

There are ways to be more secure. If you need to check something on the internet, you can follow these suggestions to keep your risk to a minimum.

Here are 9 suggestions and tips to help you out.

   You can also read more about FREE Wi-Fi tips from John Sileo.

1. Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.

Check with your work or school to see if it offers this connection. Turning on a VPN connection on a public Wi-Fi network is like creating a secure digital tunnel your data can travel through that is out of reach of hackers. Data is encrypted. Some companies will provide you with a VPN client, which is software on your computer.

2. Use encrypted browsing.

When connecting to websites, see if there is an “s” after “http” in the your browser. It should look like “https://” This insures the data you’re sending and receiving from this website is encrypted on a Wi-Fi network. Watch out while using websites that don’t use this type of browsing.

3. Turn off sharing!

Many laptops have “sharing” enabled on some of their hard drives and printers. This allows someone using the same network as you to open up whatever you have “shared.” To find out how to turn off sharing, you can usually find the answer in the help section of your computer software. Right-clicking on your hard drive and folder icons can also open up the properties section in Windows so you can disable sharing.

4. Set up firewalls on your computer or device. Firewalls can be set up using software that will filter data. Firewalls can be set to stop connections to certain websites while on a public Wi-Fi network.

5. Don’t do any banking or shopping on public networks.

Even if you’re using an encrypted connection, it’s best to avoid plugging in credit card numbers while using pubic Wi-Fi. Thieves have been known to watch people type in their credit card numbers on keyboards.

6. Don’t automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks.

Some devices and computers have a setting that allow you to “remember” Wi-Fi network so you don’t have to repeatedly click on it to connect. Leaving this function on can cause your computer to connect to the network without your knowledge.

7. Use reputable anti-virus software.

Hackers can also install malware on your laptop if you’re using their bogus Wi-Fi network. The malware can be used to log your keystrokes.

8. Question the Wi-Fi network.

If you must use public Wi-Fi, ask the business behind it to make sure you’re connecting to the legit network. Employees or management at a hotel or coffee shop should be able to recognize the network.

9. Change your passwords routinely and use multiple passwords.

Hackers know people have a habit of using the same two or three passwords for their email, banking and social media accounts. Try not to use the same passwords and routinely change them to something complex. Avoid incorporating children’s names or birthdays in your passwords.

See this full article and tips at Denver 9news.com.

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Smile! One Way to Portray More Confidence and Self-Respect

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It’s a simple thing. We do it many times a day, sometimes not so much, but the one thing you can do to portray more confidence and self-respect is to smile.  That’s it! Pretty simple, huh?

HOW TO UP YOUR PERCEPTION IN THE WORLD

People who smile more, genuinely care and smile, are:

  • more respected
  • more approachable
  • easier to talk to
  • more open to conversation, and
  • can build more self-confidence and self-respect because thoughts follow and lead facial gestures.

Go for the wrinkles. Smile!

Regarding “focus”… people will focus on you more when you are smiling and happy than on sour and blank faces. Attract others’ focus with your inner joy, through smiling.

 

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