Tuesday Tidbit – Surprising Myths About Clutter (Part 1)

Surprising Myths About Clutter (Part 1) outtaspaceorganizing.comThis week and next week we’ll be looking at my top five surprising myths about clutter. These myths keep you stuck with too much stuff. Read on for the first two.

Myth # 1 – You FIRST Need to Be Organized

Nope! First you need to let go of stuff that you no longer love, need or use. If you don’t keep it, you don’t need to organize it. It IS that easy.

Myth # 2 – Cute Containers Are the Answer

Nope again! There are a few stores that I just LOVE to browse in and it’s the containers, bins and baskets with their storage possibilities that are so much fun. But even I don’t randomly buy them.

First you need to know what you need. If you buy for what you have right now before you practice the advice in Myth #1, you may end up with more or less than you need, which is just plain frustrating.

And let’s face it, a bin or box can be a crutch to keep items instead of letting them go. How much unknown stuff is already packed away in boxes that will never see the light of day? Enough said.

Summer is an ideal time to learn more and seek out additional support. Simply set up a complimentary Cut Out Clutter strategy call with me here and we’ll chat about what is on your mind.

Tuesday Tidbit – How to Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference  outtaspaceorganizing.comThis summer is a great time to thin out the clothes in your closet and help another woman gain the confidence to return to or enter the workforce. We all know that first impressions matter and having appropriate interview or work clothing is essential.

Dress For Success has locations around the world to help you help others. This organization “empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”

Be sure to use .org and check out their website at www.dressforsuccess.org.

Summer is an ideal time to make a difference in your OWN life by starting and finishing the projects weighing you down. To learn more, simply set up a complimentary Cut Out Clutter strategy call with me here and we’ll chat about what is on your mind.

Tuesday Tidbit – Less Clutter, Less Stress!

Declare your independence from clutter! Your stress level will decrease dramatically. When you can find what you need, are on top of your to-dos, and arrive on time, you’ll feel calmer and have more peace of mind. No more feeling overwhelmed by life — you’ll be the one in control.
       
Summer is an ideal time to learn more and seek out additional support. Simply set up a complimentary Cut Out Clutter strategy call with me here and we’ll chat about what is on your mind.

Tuesday Tidbit – Organize Your Key Documents BEFORE They (and YOU!) Become a Burden

If something happened to you, would your loved ones know where to find the following?

  • Financial and tax records
  • Medical records
  • Family records
  • Will and living will
  • Health care directives
  • Life and other insurance policies
  • Funeral details and wishes
  • Birth certificate/Passport
  • Veteran/Military records
  • Online account usernames and passwords

Or would they have to dig through piles of papers scattered throughout your home?

Save them the stress and frustration. Give your loved ones the gift of pulling all of your key documents together now so they don’t have to do it later.

Get your Ducks in a Row with The Peace of Mind organizing solution. This organizing solution is for you if you want hands-on assistance and practical tools to help you organize your key documents without struggling alone.

Why choose me?

With a degree in business and a background in the insurance industry, I “get” paper! But more importantly, I’ve received additional training as a Financial Organizing Consultant, which means that I have specialized skills and knowledge to help you organize your papers, documents and records.

3 reasons why you should organize your key documents now:

1)  Gathering and organizing your key documents keeps them safer and more secure than if they were lying (or lost!) around your home.

2)  You never know if or when an emergency will strike. Be prepared today, just in case.

3)  The sooner you take care of this, the sooner you can relax knowing your affairs are in order. Your loved ones will thank you, too!

 The first step to greater Peace of Mind is to simply start the conversation by calling me at 507-351-2883 or emailing me at: penny@outtaspaceorganizing.com.

Tuesday Tidbit – Be a Paper Decision-Maker

Starting today, be a decision-maker for all the papers that come into your life. For each paper you encounter (mail, kids’ school papers, bills, receipts, or junk mail), do one of five things:

  1. Discard/recycle it.
  2. Delegate to someone else to handle.
  3. Act on it now if it can be done in less than 2 minutes.
  4. Defer action (put in “bills to be paid” or “make a call” folder).
  5. File it for future reference… but remember we only look at 20% of what we file.

Resist peeking at a paper and simply returning it to the stack of papers on your desk or kitchen counter. Start today and really handle the paper that will always flow into your home. If you take care of it today, you won’t add to the stack from yesterday and the days before. Then you can work on the postponed decisions pile… the one that makes you crazy.

If you haven’t already downloaded my free guide, Key Tips to Banish Kitchen Counter Clutter, which always includes paper, just click here.

If you’re curious about how we can tackle that pile together, call or email me to learn more.