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Tuesday Tidbit – Just Like Herding Cats

Just Like Herding Cats

This Friday, December 15, is Cat Herders Day. Who knew? While this is a relatively new idiom – “it’s just like herding cats” – we understand the reference is to a difficult or seemingly impossible task.

For some, this brings up visions of their excess stuff and clutter!

You start, you try, you mean to accomplish something, but…you feel like your clutter is those cats. Right?

In your planning, separate one “cat” or “task” from the others, concentrate on it and let the others go. Decide on the steps you need to take to move ahead, gather the tools you need, and then schedule it in your calendar. Just go for it!

To help you even further with this step, I’m sharing a helpful document usually reserved for my clients. It is the Simple Steps to Start Any Organizing Project document. Feel free to download and print it out for your own projects.

Take a deep breath and remember you don’t need to do this alone. I’m taking new clients in January 2018 so if you are curious, let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should herd those cats together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Giving Less Clutter This Christmas

Whether your family enjoys the tradition of filling Christmas stockings or you just prefer clutter-free options, the ideas below should get you started.

Gift cards for: Restaurants, clothes, groceries, gasoline, bookstores, online shopping sites, movies, massage, haircuts, manicure, pedicure, theater productions, coffee shops, hobby and craft stores, pet store, bus pass.

The basics: Batteries, stamps, journal, pens, pencils, food, fruit, wine.

Personal care: Shaving cream, blades, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hand lotion.

Memberships: Gym, Children’s or Science Museum, Historical Societies, Art Centers, Water Park.

Lessons: Dancing, riding, driving, yoga, martial arts, swimming, music, sports, cooking, water color/painting, photography, quilting.

IOU’s for: Babysitting, chores, clearing out the garage/basement. (If you need help with this one, remember I love to organize!)

And of course, cold hard cash!

Tuesday Tidbit – Winter Driving Tips and Emergency Kits

Tuesday Tidbit – Winter Driving Tips and Emergency Kits outtaspaceorganizing.comSome of us live in parts of the world that experience the four-seasons. Our driving habits and car safety measures must adjust when the snow and cold arrive. However, having an emergency kit is something we all need no matter where we live.

Below are two helpful links that will provide you with lots of great information. Sometimes you just can’t “recreate the wheel” and links serve us best.

Click here for driving tips from AAA.

Click here for tips on what and how to put together a vehicle emergency kit.

Have questions about how we might work together? Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your simplifying and organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Expressing Gratitude

Tuesday Tidbit - Expressing Gratitude

As we pause this week to enjoy time with family and friends and celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to share several quotes with you.

These quotes shine a light on the power and importance of being thankful and grateful in our daily life and not just on one day out of the year.

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

Thanksgiving Blessings from our home to yours.

Tuesday Tidbit – Take Your Family Shopping…At Home!

Sometimes – especially if no one else “sees” the clutter – you get tired of asking, yelling, and reminding, and just do it yourself.

Here is another idea.

On an as-needed basis (listen to your heart and stress level), set up a “Buy-It-Back Store” and collect all the items that are cluttering the floor, tables, furniture, counters, etc. You know, the ones that drive you crazy.

It’s best to focus on the common areas first, instead of including bedrooms, to ease others into this new strategy. For your family, maybe the bedrooms will need to come later.

Your family must “pay” to retrieve their items. Payment might be chores, cash, or good deeds. Customize it to their age and be creative.

Of course, it is also best to give your family a day or two of notice before the “Buy-It-Back Store” opens, which gives you time to find homes for your own items!

Have questions about how we might work together? Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your simplifying and organizing journey together.