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! ūüôā

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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

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My good thoughts for your best health always,

Kim

Thyroid Patient Advocate

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Happy Valentine’s Day To Your House! Does It Know How Much You Love It?

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Happy Valentine’s Day! . . . whatever that means to you of course!

What does it mean to your house?

When you look around your house, does it feel loved and loving? If you treated yourself the way your house looks most of the time, how would you feel? Loving? Lovable? Or, do you hate it, or parts of it. Do you ignore areas, just close the doors or don’t go there anymore so that you don’t have to decide and deal with it?

CLUTTER AND DISORGANIZATION EQUALS STRESS

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All this resistance to dealing with your stuff in your home causes stress. We can’t afford to let more stress into our lives and enjoy them too.

It’s too easy to let our castles get cluttered and disorganized, piled up and “crappy!” Well, you know the answer right? No, it’s not move or burn the house down! … though, Burn Your House Down! is the title of my organizing class and ebook on the subject of getting organized. No. You don’t get to run away and hide from years of negligence to the relationship with your house, your home.

HOW TO LOVE YOU HOME UP SO THAT IT CAN REALLY LOVE YOU BACK

Since decluttering and being organized is a measure of loving yourself and your home, taking a few steps every day to get it straightened out will go a long way to bring the love back.

Commit to the love!…

1. Pick one area, pile, heap, disorganized area at a time.

2. Schedule uninterrupted time – no phone/computer/kids, etc. – and set aside at least 30 minutes at a time. (I’d normally say 15-20 minutes, but most people just don’t think that’ll get much done, so go for the 30 minutes and add on!)

3. Get a few sorting boxes if needed so that you can stay in one place and do the doing and not get up and leave — and not come back!

4. Take one “chunk” at a time from your pile and decide :

  • Where does it LIVE?
  • Where is its HOME?
  • Does it even belong in my house any more?
  • Do you love it, use it, enjoy it, care about it enough to take up prime real estate in your home for another 20 years?
  • If you just are not using items, let them go, a) into the real trash (really broken down stuff only) or, b) donate. ¬†Let the thrift employees toss out things they can’t sell. They have big dumpsters!

5. Keep taking one more chunk at a time in the area you’re working in and on. Add a little more time and finish the job.

SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE LOVE!

One space at a time. Look around. Doesn’t that feel better?

Your home can only LOVE YOU BACK when you take care of it with LOVING CARE.

Happy Valentine’s Day, from your home!

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Quick Way to Organize Long Boxes in the Pantry

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Storage areas come in many shapes and sizes. Some however need help keeping items in place yet usable quickly.

From aluminum foil, to plastic wrap, parchment paper and others, there are long boxes of ¬†necessary items that don’t always fit in the kitchen cupboards or pantry well.

Above in the image are those kinds of long boxes looking messy, taking up more room than necessary and always ready to fall out when the door is opened.

One simple way to contain them is to take a box that fits into your designated area easily, cut off the top and one side and put the long boxes in it. Works great!

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You save room, time and frustration. Yea!

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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 ‚Äúdust mites‚ÄĚ that live in dust (ew)

     3. mold, mildew Рpossible 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.

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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‚Äôs 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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