The Joys of Organization

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Since I’ve been organizing and giving “stuff” away, I thought that I’d let you in on a secret.  Did you know that there is a joy to be found from having your house organized?  I know, it sounds too good to be true, right?  However, it is in fact, true.  Since part of my new plan for life includes such things as:  weekly meal planning, including shopping lists; filing paperwork as I open the mail (whoever even heard of that?); keeping my closets in the same organized way as I made them; and most of all, avoiding putting “stuff” on my dining room table, life is actually more pleasant. I don’t feel overwhelmed all the time.  Imagine that??

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So, while I have some way to go, my house is on its way to becoming a pleasant place.  The best thing is, it’s not as stress-producing as it used to be.  I don’t feel as “out-of-control” as I did before, and I’m a happier person.  Apparently, disarray does me no good.  And, believe it or not, I am still a creative person.  As a matter of fact, I feel even more creative, since it takes less time to clean when you don’t have to move all the piles of “stuff” before you clean.  I can see that being organized is indeed a good thing!

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November Goals

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I can’t believe that it’s November already.  Where did the time go?   November is always NaNoWriMo time of year.  So, once again I’ll be attempting to write a book.  Last year I used the month to (mostly) finish my children’s book that I wrote for a very special young man, but this year, I’ll be rewriting my novel.  I’ve got a new plan for it, and intend to implement it.  I feel really good about my new ideas, and think this will really improve my novel.  However, this is the last time I’ll be doing a complete re-write.  So, this is the re-write to end all re-writes.  But of course, there is no pressure.

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Another goal is my on-going organization plan.  My desk and bedroom closet still need a re-vamp, so I’ve put them both on my list.  Another thing that I’d like to get done is to replace my very old shelf paper with new paper in my kitchen cabinets.  This is actually an old project that I’ve never even got started on.  If I just take it one shelf at a time I really think I could finish it by the end of the month.

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I don’t have a walk-in closet, but mine is definitely a “slam the door really fast” closet.

What are your goals for the month?  Are you going to be tackling a big goal, or a bunch of little ones?  Let me know in the comments below, and we can encourage each other.

 

Cleaning Up the House!

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I made a lot of goals for the month of October, and I have fulfilled some of them.  My bathroom closets have been cleaned out and organized.  And I have finished one of my most dreaded tasks – the credenza in the dining room has been cleaned out and organized.  I have taken numerous bags full of old and useless “stuff” to the dump, and I’ve donated other “stuff” to the Swap Shop.  I’ve been able to donate some clothes that are too big (a first!), too.  However, the list does indeed go on and on.  There is much more to do, and so November will be another dumping and organizing month.

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I am feeling a little more optimistic, since there are more organized areas in my house to stand and admire.  Yes, I really do that, I open a closet door and tell myself how much better it looks now!  But, I can always find room to improve.  And, there is still so much more to do!

We are coming up on another NaNoWriMo in November, and I will once again be writing.  Also, I have been taking steps to obtain my coaching certificate.  So, there is that.  How are you doing with your October goals?  Let me know in the comments below.

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My organized dining room!

 

 

Achieving Fall Goals

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I’ve been working on my Fall Goals for the past few weeks.  Some of them were quite easy, and others have been much harder.  I’ve gone through the clothes boxes under my bed, and it was surprising to me how many of them were full of really really old clothes.  I mean clothes that haven’t seen the light of day for many years.  Some of these I kept (since I now fit into them), but the majority of them were given away.

I’ve cleaned out the shower in my downstairs bathroom, and it’s usable again.  That was a huge undertaking, since this meant that I had to empty out the bottom of the closet in there in order to store my many large bottles of water (in case we lose our electricity for weeks again).  There is nothing wrong with being prepared.  That closet still needs to be cleaned out, but the bottom of it is done.  Yay!

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None of my closets are walk-in. Can you imagine the mess I could make with that much space?

The closet in my upstairs bathroom is cleaned out.  I’ve taken loads of white (white!) towels to the donation box along with sheets that don’t fit any beds we own.  I don’t know how I end up with this “stuff”, but I do.  I’ve also gone through all my shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and soap.  This is now organized, and I know what I need (nothing), and where all the accumulated extras are.  I don’t need to buy any of that for quite a while.  Also, I’ve got tons of shaving cream and Q-tips and cotton balls.  All set there!

On the other hand, I still need to have a go at my bedroom closet, and the rest of the downstairs bathroom closet.  I’ll work on the bathroom closet this week, and maybe even the bedroom one, too.

It’s amazing how good it can feel to have some of this done.  Windows still need washing, but my list is getting a little smaller.  How have you been doing with your goals list?  Let me know in the comments below. And, don’t forget to celebrate what you have gotten done!

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What is brain dump, and is it for You?

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I recently read about this method of de-cluttering your mind, called a brain dump.  It encourages you to write down any excess information you’ve been cluttering your mind with in order to leave your brain with more open space to fill with new information.  What is being suggested is that at the end of every day you spend ten minutes writing down all the “stuff” that is unnecessary, or extraneous information so that it’s not floating around in your brain.  If you can’t think of anything to write, just write “I can’t think of anything to write” until the dam opens and you can release the excessive build-up.

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I actually think this is like writing down your problems, extraneous thoughts or emotions in your journal.  Once you get things out, you can either stop worrying about them, or come up with solutions to problems.  Or you can just get it out, and stop thinking about it. There are times when we spend way too much time thinking about something that is not really important, but because we’re thinking about that we aren’t as productive as we should be.

That’s what a “brain dump” is.  It’s a way to empty out the unnecessary, useless crap from our minds so that we can focus on the things that are important.  Personally, I just call this journaling, since that seems to do the trick for me.  However, a brain dump can be used to write down important information that you might need later (and perhaps for public use), while a journal is usually private.

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However you want to accomplish this, you can decide.  Maybe both ways are good for you.  I do have a notebook where I will write things I might want to use later, and a separate journal for private things.  I do find that once I’ve written “stuff “down, I feel much more grounded in the now.  Let me know if you do some kind version of this in your life, and if it helps you.

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