quote: let go of clutter, make room for gratitude

Mountains by shirophoto

photo by shirophoto

Gratitude journals have become extremely popular, as have planners with room for daily gratitude review. I can see the appeal of these products – it can be difficult to remember all the positive aspects of your life when things aren’t going particularly well.

It can be especially difficult to consider all you have when you’re drowning in clutter.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus

Reflect on what you have, whether it’s good health, supportive relationships, a rewarding job, confidence in the future. It’s not easy to have an optimistic outlook all the time; however, you can develop a positive attitude in stages.

Start by letting go of some clutter and making room to appreciate the things you really value.

What are you especially grateful for?

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productivity roundup

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photo by stockimages

Here are some of the most popular articles about productivity that I have mentioned on twitter recently:

10 reasons you’re not getting your work done (infographic) http://entm.ag/29AZXVK  by @CTV_Grace for @Entrepreneur

Get more joy out of Sundays by doing week prep first thing in the morning http://lifehacker.com/get-more-joy-out-of-sundays-by-doing-week-prep-first-th-1783615592 … by @mr_patrickallan for @lifehacker

23 productivity tips – not just for remote workers http://tinyurl.com/jegza5y  from @buffer

The difference between micromanaging and managing http://heragenda.com/micromanager by @megsbroussard for @HerAgenda

Make room for a home office where you can work productively http://tinyurl.com/j2zabcbby by @nicecobra for @Shopify

Have you seen any articles about productivity that you think are worth sharing?

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you’re not alone – get help with decluttering

Crowd by Vlado

photo by Vlado

If you’re having trouble addressing your clutter, there are several things you can do:

    • You can read articles or books about decluttering – If you’re disciplined and work well on your own, you can read about organizing principles and put them into place yourself.

 

  • You can ask a friend to help you – When you feel comfortable setting up systems, but you need someone else to help keep you accountable, ask a friend to come over while you work. Having an accountability partner can help when you struggle with procrastination.

 

 

  • You can join a clutter support group – There are lots of people who are in the same position as you are, and hearing what works for them might be enough motivation to get you started.

 

 

  • You can hire a Professional Organizer – You know you need help, but you don’t even know where to start; you’ll benefit from the advice of a professional who can customize processes for your needs.

 

Whichever method you choose, you want to find people who will provide understanding and encouragement. Don’t despair; whether you prefer to work by yourself or with others, there is a solution that will work for you.

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reader question – what to do with stray socks?

Socks by Photo by Gualberto107

photo by Gualberto107

The legend about washing machines eating socks isn’t true. The reason so many people have orphaned socks is that their socks don’t make into the wash in pairs. I have discovered dirty socks under furniture, inside garages and behind clients’ washing machines.

You can avoid having stray socks by creating laundry systems:

  1. Require that everyone put socks in the hamper when they’re taken off. Otherwise, you will find dirty socks in every room.
  2. Pin socks in pairs before they get washed if you want to guarantee they’ll come out together. I used sock locks when I shared a laundry room, or you can use safety pins.
  3. Put clean socks away when they come out of the dryer. You don’t have to fold them lovingly, but if they end up on the floor, they have a good chance of separating and getting mixed up with dirty socks (see #1, above).
  4. Buy multiples of the same socks if you don’t want to bother with matching them after washing.

What if you’re facing a huge bag or drawer of mismatched socks? You can go through and find pairs or, if it’s not the best use of your time, you can declare sock amnesty and let go of them all. I have clients who have tossed dozens of socks and said that they felt liberated.

Of course, you don’t have to put them in the trash; you can donate them to an animal shelter or locate a place to recycle them. Some large thrift shops have bulk buyers for merchandise that won’t sell in the store, like damaged clothing and mismatched socks.

Whatever you do, don’t blame the washer for your missing socks! Do you have a technique that helps you avoid the dreaded solo sock?

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national garage sale day

xFor sale2August is a popular time to hold garage sales. School is starting soon, so it’s a good time to get everyone to go through their clothes, supplies and toys to prepare for the new term.

This Saturday is National Garage Sale Day, which gives me the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of having a garage sale/yard sale/tag sale. I last offered my opinion about garage sales here and it hasn’t changed since then.

If you want to participate in a community yard sale, talk to your neighbors about setting one up. In the meantime, start gathering the stuff you know you want to let go. It all will be in one place, ready for your yard sale; and if you decide not to have one, it will be ready to donate.

How do you feel about yard sales?

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technical difficulties

Technology is great, when it works.

And sometimes it doesn’t.

As soon as I work out all the updates, migrations and assorted other technical bits, I’ll be back. Until then, catch up on some posts you might have missed previously.

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quote: make room for what you value

Broom3When you think about downsizing, you might think about moving to a smaller space. Downsizing isn’t limited to people who are looking for smaller homes, though.

You can downsize your commitments. You can downsize your collections. You can downsize your wardrobe. You can downsize your quest for perfection.

Consider downsizing as an opportunity to let go of things that aren’t working for you.

Eliminate that which is worthless to make room for that which is priceless.  – Unknown

Whether you want to let go of negative thoughts or emotions or clear out items that don’t make you feel good, take it slowly. Make some progress. You can do it. Remember what you’re making room for.

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