10 Ways to Manage Stress

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Stress is a normal part of life and usually comes from everyday occurrences. As a culture, or species, we’re not doing very well “managing” it.

Here are some ways you can deal with everyday sources of stress to keep your balance and calm, no matter what. Try a few and see how they help. Then try a few more!

1. Eliminate as many sources of stress as you can.

For example,

  • if crowds bother you, go to the supermarket when you know the lines won’t be too long.
  • Rent movies rather than going to crowded movie theaters.
  • Clear up the clutter in your life by moving out the things that get in your way.
  • Limit your time with people who are stressful and push your buttons.

2. Time Management.

If you are always running late, sit down with a pencil and paper and see how you are actually allotting your time. Say it takes you 40 minutes to get to work. Are you leaving your house on time? You may be able to solve your problem (and de-stress your life a bit) just by being realistic.

If you can’t find the time for all the activities that are important to you, maybe you are trying to do too much. Make a list of what you do during the day and how much each activity takes. Then cut back.

3. If you can’t remove the stress, remove yourself.

When in a crowd, gathering, party or work day, slip away once in a while for some private time. Excuse yourself from conversations when they are going nowhere or escalating for more stress and possible negative outcomes. Quiet moments and a time out may give you a fresh perspective on your problems. Avoid stressful people.

4. Avoid predictably stressful situations.

Don’t go in the first place. If a certain sport or game (whether it’s tennis or bridge), or event makes you tense, decline the invitation. After all, the point of these activities is to have a good time. If you know you won’t, there’s no reason to go.

This means you need to get to know yourself better and better. Plus, start finding new groups, friends, activities that are fun so that you can go and be involved.

5. Don’t compete.

Competing with others, whether in accomplishments, appearance, or possessions, is an avoidable source of stress. It’s just the ego trying to survive. Have a chat with your ego – nothing is that important. Reality TV takes care of more of that than any of us ever need to be around! Let them deal with it. Heck, they’re even getting paid a ton of money to do it? Plus…stop watching them too.

6. Slow down.

Labor saving devices, such as cell phones or computer hookups, often encourage us to cram too many activities into each day.

Before you buy new equipment, be sure that it will really improve your life. Be aware that taking care of equipment – maintenance – and getting it repaired can be stressful.

7. Try doing only one thing at a time.

Multi-tasking really isn’t good for us. So, for example, when you’re riding your exercise bike, you don’t have to listen to the radio, watch television, read a book or learn from an audio program.  Sometimes it’s okay to do nothing.

8. Pay attention to your health – body, mind and spirit.

If you suffer from insomnia, headaches, recurring colds, or stomach upsets, consider whether stress is part of the problem. Being chronically angry, frustrated, or apprehensive can deplete your physical resources.

Don’t ignore your body and health. Pay attention to signs and symptoms and get serious about your life. There is no magic pill or surgery that can fix problems forever.

9. Eat nutritious foods.

Nix fast foods, sugar, fried and processed foods. Change your lifestyle around food and watch stress, weight and craziness dissolve! Eat raw and healthy foods to rebuild your body and brain. Find more information on this at my health blog. (Though my health blog is thyroid focused, it is clean food focused – so great for everyone.)

10. Seek professional help

Early signs of excess stress are loss of a sense of well-being and reluctance to get up in the morning to face another day.  If you feel stress (or anything else) is getting the better of you, seek professional help, a doctor or therapist.

How To Stop Forgetting Your TO DO List At Home

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Can you relate?

Utilize your mobile device!!

Take a photo of your list every time you think your done with it… you’ll always have it with you and maybe only be missing a few of the last items. 

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12 Holiday Family Travel Checklist Items Not To Forget

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The holidays are busy for travelers. Families everywhere take trips to visit relatives that they haven’t seen in a while.

It is advisable to be prepared if you must travel of course. There’s nothing worse than getting on the road, or arriving at your final destination, and realizing that you forgot something important.

If your family is going on a trip during this holiday season, use this checklist to help you keep track of what to take.

Note: I didn’t include passport or other ID paperwork, credit/debit cards, etc. These this should of course be at the top of your take pile!! (Or, it can be #13!)

1. Medications and other supplements usually taken.

2. Toothbrushes and toothpaste. Mom and Dad find it easy to remember to pack their own dental hygiene items. Younger kids may need reminding, though. Be sure everyone packs a toothbrush and toothpaste.

3. Sewing kit. Mishaps always happen. A button pops off. A skirt hem falls out. Pack a mini sewing kit in your suitcase to have on hand, just in case you need it.

4. Proper clothing. Call ahead of time and find out what the weather will be like where you are headed. Get specific temperatures if possible so that you will know what type of clothing to bring.

5. Bring extra clothes. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes as well, for everyone. Kids will need more clothing than adults, but it won’t hurt to throw in an extra outfit or two for you as well.

6. Shoes. Be sure you have matching shoes to wear with your outfits and don’t forget to bring the right shoes for the right weather.

7. Hair accessories. If you have daughters and they wear hair accessories, be sure to pack plenty to go along with their outfits.

8. Games for the kids. Kids get bored on road trips, especially if the trips are more than an hour or two. And, if tech-toy/mobile device connectivity is unavailable… t0 save your sanity… be sure to bring along several fun games that they can play in the car. Puzzle books and printable games online are just a few ideas you can use.

9. You of course have a camera on your mobile device, but don’t forget the camera if you use that too! You’ll definitely want to record all your family Christmas memories and make sure it has batteries and any extra memory cards as necessary.

10. Tech chargers and a case to put them in to not forget them.

11. The presents!  It’s a much too common scenario, you pack up the car, start your road trip to visit relatives for a relaxing family Christmas only to realize you’ve left the presents behind.

12. Your patience. Yes, not all holiday travel adventures are a joy coming, going and staying… airports, cars, trains, busses and family. Breeeeeathe-2-3-4 during the next few weeks and enjoy all the moments, no matter what. Not all moments will be wonderful, that’s life!

Make that list, check it five times!! Make a list of everything you’ve decided to take and check things off one by one.

Happy Holidays! Kim “Dr. DeClutter”

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 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.


Do the doing.

Get your taxes done BEFORE the deadline!!


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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5 Steps To Enjoy Your Home Now, Not In Retrospect!

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How many people do you know who never got to their home “to do” list — to clear our, clean up, declutter, paint, varnish, repair, add on, take down, whatever changes they wanted for their homes — until they had to, or chose to move!

I had neighbors once who did the big changes to their home every time a child graduated. A finished basement. A new kitchen. A new garage for the graduation party. But, each of these children didn’t get to enjoy the upgrades. These projects were also done in haste and some never really finished.

It could be a small thing, like painting a wall the color you’ve always wanted, but just haven’t done it. Redecorating a bathroom.  Clearing out a closet of the past or just clutter. Letting go of years of school and college books you never read then… and won’t in the future!

Time keeps happening with or without your action on good ideas and intentions.


  1. Write your list of all the things you’d like to do in your home, big and small.
  2. Plan on doing “one” project on your list at time.
  3. Get the prep tools  and materials you need for that one project. Or, hire someone to do it!
  4. Then, schedule out the time, create a real deadline for yourself to FOCUS on them.
  5. Do it! Don’t let anything distract you from doing the project . . . before you move!

What to dos do you want to get to-done?

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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:

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Declutter for Your Health, Stealth and Wealth

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What is keeping you from getting your finances organized?


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.


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 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.


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.

health - face mask

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.


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

house cleaning - broom and dust pan w dust bunny

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.



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

house cleaning - feather duster

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.


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.


Time Management for the Holidays

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It’s never too late to make time management your friend during the holidays!


I want to introduce you to “Time Estimates” as a long-range focusing method to keep your schedule, balance and mind throughout the holidays.

Have you ever heard yourself say, “I can’t get it all done, it will take forever?” In reality, each project or task may take 10 – 30 minutes, maybe an hour or so. Time estimates will help you stop the overwhelm and use the clock to chip and chunk each item off your list.

1) Get out a nice big wall calendar for the next 3-4 weeks. Don’t have one?

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Write in the events, activities, parties, school activities, work and family events that you know you will be going to. If you have kids, make sure to put all of their activities in too of course (holiday and everyday), especially if you have to drive them or go to their activities.

2) Now, write next to each event the time you estimate it will take for the scheduled event.

3) And, during the holidays if you have to take food, dress up, clean the car, takes gifts, wash the dog, clean and organize the guest bedrooms and closets, shop for those gifts, etc., you need to estimate in more time “around” the said event.

Time Estimates will help you to pre-plan and your brain to relax into the plan to get you ahead of things like

  • clothes that need repair
  • dry cleaning
  • shining and buffing
  • carpets that need to be cleaned
  • silver polished
  • invitations sent
  • shopping
  • gifts purchased and wrapped
  • food prepared
  • house-sitter
  • child-sitter
  • pet-sitter
  • etc.

Organizing your time around your events and activities will make organizing your events and activities less time consuming!


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8 Keys to Keep Your Momentum and De-Stress for Christmas Organizing

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Don’t let this holiday season be stressful. Simply organize yourself to get it all done with little to no hassle. Even if you didn’t get started “early enough” this season, use these easy to follow holiday organization tips to get  back on track.

1) Be a List Writer

Writing lists is an excellent way to keep yourself organized and on track. Write your list by hand then, if you like a nice tidy list, type them into a computer and print them out to keep handy.

Some list ideas for you:

  • Christmas gift shopping list (who you’re giving what to and the cost)
  • spending budget
  • holiday cards list
  • meal planning
  • travel plans
  • post lists: who gave you what
  • etc.

Be sure to keep each list separate and mark off every task as it is completed.

2) Be a List Checker, Check it Twice!

We all can have plenty of lists, right? But . . . doing what we’ve written down is the next step. Make sure you don’t keep writing the same list over and over and not doing it.

3) Be a List Doer

Time for the doing. Time block and schedule everything in so you don’t wait until the last minute. That’s stressful!

4) Learn to Delegate

When it’s time to decorate, cook, bake, etc.  for the holidays, get your family involved. Delegate specific tasks to each person. Your family will also have fun doing some of these activities and being part of the memory making – take photos while they’re helping and make the photos part of the memory book too.

Your family members can also help get the house ready for Christmas by doing laundry, dusting, clearing snow and shopping. If they complain… oh, well! That’s part of being in the family!

5) Order Online

You can cut your shopping time in half (or more!) just by ordering online. After your shopping list is complete, sit down and shop online. What’s even better is that you can save time and money by having some gifts automatically shipped to friends and family afar. You can even order your groceries online.

6) Think Ahead for Holiday Take Down and Storage

Christmas happens every year and every year you swear you will put those decorations back in the right place.  This is a good time to think about what you can do this year to make next year easier on yourself next Christmas. Organize your Christmas decorations before storing them. Jot down any ideas you might have for next year in a special holiday journal. Collect those favorite family recipes you requested this year and save them in your holiday journal for next year’s family dinner. And remember to untangle the Christmas lights before putting them away!

7) Share the Love

Plan your holiday dinner early and share the love (or food).  Christmas Pot Luck is totally okay! If you’re hosting the Christmas dinner ask family and friends to each bring a dish, make sure you ask what everyone is bringing so you don’t end up with ten desserts and no main courses.  This will take a huge amount of stress off you and your family members  and each can show off their favorite recipes.  If you’re going to someone else’s house for dinner offer to bring a dish along, your offer may be greatly appreciated.

8) Keep it Simple

Christmas shouldn’t be a time of stress and worry, try to slow down so that you can enjoy the sites and festivities around you and more importantly share it with your family.

Merry Christmas!



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