Archives for January 2018

Is it Time to Purge Those Files

Do you have file folders and cabinet drawers packed to the brim?

Are there stacks of paper not filed, tossed, or handled because your file drawers and paper storage areas are too full? Not an ounce of room left to squeeze one more skinny page.

I have those, too. And, what I have learned, and share, is that 80% to 90% of the paper we keep, we do NOT need to keep it. Isn’t that a kick in the pants?

Ever ask yourself why you’ve kept it all?

I’ll bet you don’t even LIKE to file, do you?


Need some guidance on what to keep and what to toss?

I’d be delighted to help … maybe 10 minutes of focused tidying is all you need.  

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Let’s not be the 80% who fail

Oh No! Is it really that time of year already? 

You know … resolutions time!

That time of year where we must yank ourselves up by our own bootstraps, shake off the dust of the year left behind, and get serious.

But, get serious about what? Okay, so yes, it’s been weeks, if not months of over indulging, over eating, over imbibing, and excess. Most likely it began with all that Halloween candy which led right into Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve! 

Now, here I stand, in the new year wondering where those extra pounds came from, why I feel so tired, and YOWZA, how did my credit card balance get so high?!

My life’s a mess — oh, and sheesh, one look around and so is my home!

Yep! It’s time to get control of things and stop kidding myself. But, gosh, the list is a long one … where, oh where, do I begin?

  • Eat better?
  • Exercise more?
  • Spend less?
  • Save more?
  • Better self care?
  • Read more?
  • Cut down on smoking / alcohol?
  • Get organized and declutter?
  • Learn a new skill?
  • Find a better job?
  • Find true love?

It seems only fitting, doesn’t it, that with the new year, there needs to be a new me, too?!

And, with the flip of the calendar, from one month to the next, somehow I must get myself to perfection. Okay, maybe not perfection, but at least closer to healthy, prosperous, organized, and out of debt.

So, I’ll make a list, add affirmations to that list to insure success. Set my intentions clearly, and, oh yes, set my clock earlier, too, to insure I get up and get started.

Toss out all those cookies, candies, and half opened bottles of booze, and make a long grocery list of healthy foods to buy.

Sit down and put together a smart financial plan for the year. Cut up my credit cards so I stop using them — oh, but wait a minute, I might need those for emergencies. Let’s not get too hasty.

Go to the store and buy storage bins and shelves so as to get all that clutter off the floor and organized in some manner.

Surely this is doable, isn’t it?

But, let’s get real. For the majority of us, this approach is a set up for failure — Massive failure. And, along with that failure is any chance that something truly important to you could happen.

So, let’s get real. Who wants to be part of the statistic that says … 80 percent of people don’t even make it to the end of March before going back to their old ways.

Not me. No thank you!

How about we take the sage guidance from someone who knows how we humans tick. After all, this guy has spent a lifetime studying why we succeed, and why we fail. He’s known for his critical examination and frequent debunking of unusual phenomena and has studied the principles of good and bad luck.

Here’s what he suggests is the best approach to making, keeping and achieving those much desired resolutions.

Prof Wiseman’s top 10 tips to achieving your New Year’s resolution:

  1. Only make one resolution
  2. Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to set your goal
  3. Don’t attempt previously failed resolutions
  4. Don’t base your goal on what everyone else is doing
  5. Break your goal into a series of time-based steps
  6. Tell your friends and family what you’re aiming tor
  7. Regularly remind yourself of the benefits
  8. Give yourself small rewards for achieving each step
  9. Make your plans and your progress concrete by writing them down
  10. Expect to have small set-backs, and don’t make those a reason to give up altogether

And, let me add a bonus tip — Let’s call it Joan’s sage guidance from years of doing it wrong — MAKE A DECISION, NOT A RESOLUTION.

Anything you wish to achieve must begin with that … A decision.

Tidy Up Tuesdays- Beautiful things we think we must keep

How do we get rid of beautiful or useful things?

And, why would we rid ourselves of perfectly good and useful stuff anyway?

That’s what I asked of myself, too, as year after year, I kept more and more stuff. A new tablecloth, or two, got added to the stack of the previously kept ones. Along with the matching napkins piled neatly next to them. And, the lovely place-mat pile was taller than ever!

Soon I would have to find more space to put them. The inventive solution, which up until now was sufficient, was no longer able to contain it all.

Yet, seldom, if ever, did I use any of these. That’s the awareness I had as I dug into the ever growing stack to find my Christmas tablecloths. The ones that I use only once or twice a year. Otherwise, there they stayed, neatly organized and stacked behind closed closet doors, gathering dust!

What made me think I needed to keep them all?

I think you’ll find the punchline quite humorous!

Tidy Up Tuesdays – Beautiful things we think we must keep

Beautiful things we think we must keep?

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So, back to the original question — how do you get rid of beautiful or useful stuff?

Two ways … the first is awareness that you no longer use these things. And, the second, a decision to let them go.

And then, out they go.

Happy tidying!