10 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your House!

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Does your house know that you love it?

When I’m working with a client to help them declutter and get organized I say lots of things to help them shift their beliefs and habits of holding onto past stuff and things, including this:

Do you love your house? Does it love you back?

So, I’ll ask you. Look around. Do you? Does it?

Too many people live in homes that should be their love and joy, their retreat from the world “out there,” and a place to relax, call “home” and even show off once in a while. But, they don’t.

Many people live in homes that are cluttered, tired, worn, piled and stacked with indecision and inaction. They are far from in love with their space and “things” and sometimes really hate it. (Partly why I call my organizing workshop, “Burn Your House Down!”)

And, that’s sad.

So, I’m going to offer you some ways to fall back in love with your dwelling. Ready? Let’s go.

 10 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your House!

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1. Take a notebook and pen and go into each room of your home. Stand and look at each room separately and write down what needs to go, stay and happen to get it rearranged, decluttered and reorganized to make you happy. Write down how you really want to use each room and how, if it were really how you want it, it would look and feel when at that future place.

2. Choose a room and start to declutter – one room at a time. Schedule the time to do the doing – it will always take longer than you think. Move out what is old and unused, declutter the past, and make the room refreshed.

3. Only keep or have in a room/area what is necessary, functional and what you enjoy.

4. You may need to redecorate too to bring the room back up to happiness and to update its “look”: paint, wall paper, recarpet, etc. to refresh it.

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5. Maybe there are areas that just need a good cleaning. Do it! Clean windows, polished wood, vacuumed carpets and shiny floors make a house look so much better, and can make you feel better too.

6. Ask for help. Whether you have family or friends come over to help (have a party!), or hire an organizer like me, make it part of your plan so that it goes faster and easier and you get it done. Get past any embarrassment, just do it!

7. Use the 80/20 Rule. Don’t plan on loving 100% of your home, no one does. If you can love 80% of your home and just not struggle with the 20% that isn’t awesome, you’ll be living in heaven!

Why? Because, there’s not 100% about anything or anyone that is perfect 100% of the time. 80% is great.

8. Love your home more easily by having less to deal with and maintain. 90% of life is maintenance. So, the less you have to deal with and keep “happy”, keeping it organized, fresh, in working order, etc., the more time, energy and space you have to put towards what you really want to be, do and have while enjoying your home.

9. Enjoy your home more often with others, even when it’s not perfectly finished, clean or decluttered. No one cares, but they do care about you. Life’s very short. Share your home with others so that you can enjoy them. That’s what’s important.

10. Stop, be grateful and tell your house you love it. Create one area, room, corner or space in your house where you really love to sit and can relax into your dwelling. Make a little cove where you do feel loved in your home always. De-stress there and create more spaces like it until your whole house is a love nest!… loving you back. Remember to be very grateful for a roof, walls and floor; heat, a/c and water; appliances, beds and closets – with all that stuff in them. I tell my apartment that I love it often, out loud. It always loves me back.

Give your lovely home – apartment, trailer, house boat, cabin, loft, studio, tent, camper, RV, McMansion or castle – allll your love so that it can love you back every day.

STILL NOT LOVING IT?

What if you feel that even if it were, or is, completely organized you’d still not “in love with it?” Then, two options:

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a) move into a house that is better for you, or

b) move your mind into a place of acceptance and stop struggling with what is.

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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.

DO THIS

  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:

Credit.com Inc.

Credit Karma Inc.’s CreditKarma.com

Quizzle.com

 

Sources:

Personal Finance @ Duke

The Wall Street Journal

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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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Organizing From The Inside Out – How To Stop Hoarding, Stockpiling and Use Stuff Up

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Can one have too much tea?

Yes.

Stop it.

Drink what you have before buying more.

What do you have “too much” of?

Most of my clients have one or two things bursting at the seams in their houses, like

  • canned soup
  • candles
  • jewelry
  • shoes
  • magazines
  • a specific craft – yarn, quilting, scrap booking stuff
  • a specific collectibles, that they don’t even like or care about anymore, like pigs, penguins and Red Hat stuff

HOARDING OR JUST UNCONSCIOUS BUYING?

After we’ve unearthed piles of “it” I tell them, “Okay, I have to give you the ‘Dr. DeClutter Rule of Stop It.’ Stop buying more of “this” until you use it all up! or have a plan to organize it, and use it more often and enjoy it, in the case of clothing or accessories.

We always end up laughing, but they get it.

When buying more and more of certain items but not really using them, appreciating or honoring them there is an edge to this behavior that is close to hoarding, but for most people it is unconscious, habitual buying.

WHAT TO DO

Use what you have, use it all up, before buying more. Otherwise, you’re just feeding an addiction, wasting time and money, using up space, adding to clutter, staying distracted, etc.

In the case of shoes and jewelry, make sure they are organized so that you can really see them, enjoy them, find them and wear them more often.

TRUTH BE TOLD

Oh, by the way, that image above, that’s my kitchen counter! “Was” my kitchen counter. Boy, I drank a lot of tea to cull that stockpile down! Much of it was given to me, I didn’t buy it, but still.

EXPIRATION DATES AND FADS FADE

Another issue with collecting, storing, not using what you have or enjoying it is that some things do go bad, they deteriorate, lose their flavor and freshness, go out of style (as in clothing/shoes/accessories) etc. So, by the time you do get around to using it, it’s not that great, and in regards to food products, actually bad for your health and has to be thrown out.

So, let’s stop the madness, stress and waste. Let’s all shake ourselves awake, get organized, and enjoy what we have without buying more.

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How to Store Bottle and Jar Lids – Never Lose One Again

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I save glass jars and bottles for reuse many times over. Having a jar with no lid however is frustrating.

It’s additionally maddening looking for the right lid to a jar or bottle, not finding it, so recycle the jar, only to find the lid later. Rrrrr.

What to do?

Easy, take a plastic container (that you won’t be using anyway because it’s not healthy for your food storage!) and store the lids next to the jars and bottles on the same shelf! Works great.

QUART AND PINT CANNING JARS AND LIDS

When you have canning jars that are missing lids, you can buy the lids and bands separately. Love that.

You can see two boxes stacked on the right behind the plastic container  in the image above, these are Kerr lids with bands. You can also buy Ball lids with bands in different sizes.

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Figure out what size you need to buy to get your jars and lids ready to be used every day, for cupboard, refrigerator or freezer. They come in 12 per box usually.

You can also buy plastic lids. See here.

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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 “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.

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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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Happy Chinese New Year, and Year of the Horse!

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According to the Chinese Zodiac,

the Year of 2014 is the Year of the Horse,

which begins today, January 31, 2014,

and ends on February 18, 2015.

The Horse is the seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs.

In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of

  • nobility,
  • class,
  • speed and
  • perseverance,

all great characteristics each of us needs and can learn to exhibit daily.

WERE YOU BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE HORSE?

People born in the Year of the Horse are smart, fabulous speakers who have a gift for getting through to other people. They believe that their aim in life is “to seek individual freedom and happiness.”

WHAT CAN WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR?

The Year of the Horse 2014 promises a lot of new things, not least of all adventure, excitement and romance for those who are looking. One of the best ways to energize all the positive attributes of the Horse Year is to display beautiful horse images in the home. Pick those which resonate with you most strongly and those which evoke positive energies and emotions in you, and invite the excellent energies into your home.

For lots more information, go here.  

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Why You Want To Start Your Christmas/End Of Year Letter Now!

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Do you “mean to” write a Christmas, or End of Year form letter each year, but just get too overwhelmed and can’t remember anything that happened noteworthy, don’t have the time by mid-December and so don’t do it?

Do you think that Facebook or other social media takes it’s place well enough? Hmmm, I don’t. I like the traditional Christmas letter, and here’s why.

I love getting my annual letters with photos from others, even though I am on Facebook and such, I still like getting the End of Year snapshot of what they want me to see as they and their families change and grow, businesses advance, etc. I also share these little compilations of history with my friends when we get together for Christmas or throughout the year so that they see my “other friends” and family that they don’t know directly, since their stories are naturally laced into conversations throughout the year, they can now put a face with the story.

WHAT DID YOU FORGET TO PUT IN LAST TIME?

If you do write a year end/Christmas “form” letter to send out to your friends and family, like I do, you may realize after the fact that you forgot to share some good, or just interesting stuff that happened to you during the year. Why? Because our brain is not equipped to remember every detail of the past twelve months of our busy lives, and shouldn’t.

How do I know this?

While preparing my taxes this weekend, OMGosh! . . . I found a receipt from an event I went to last year that I would have loved to tell others about in my Christmas letter.  The event?Cirque du Soleil!

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WOW! That’s a big forget!

So… WHAT TO DO?

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Get out a notebook, or make a folder on your computer, where you write in weekly, or at the very least, by the end of the month, your (and your kids, families) fun, interesting, good, bad, etc. things that happen throughout the month. Yes, write in something by the end of each MONTH.

Then, by the first of December, you’ll have lots of input to choose from to copy/paste/or, leave out, to easily create your End of Year Form Letter to share with your loved ones. Tell them to do the same!

EZ PZ!! Start keeping track today before it’s July!

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Happy New Year!

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