Here is a short vlog to encourage you to look around the house to repurpose everyday items you have to get organized! With Earth Day coming up, I always encourage people to repurpose what they have around the house to get organized! It’s a few years old, but you can watch my changing hair style!
Having a cluttered and disorganized home can make it difficult for anyone to be as productive as they want to. When the home is cluttered and unorganized, it can impact other areas of your life. If you want to keep your life organized and more productive, then a good first start is to organize and clear the physical clutter out of both the inside and outside of your home. Many find that clearing the physical clutter from their home is a great way to clear the metaphorical clutter from their lives and to start to experience a happier, healthier, more productive life.
Why Clearing Clutter is So Important According to statistics, approximately 85% of couples today actually argue about the clutter in their home. Clutter can lead to issues with stress, anger and even depression. In fact, according to a study published in the New York Times, women’s hormones and stress levels have been shown to spike when dealing with family clutter. People spend hours a week searching for items they need but can’t find due to the excess clutter in their home. Many specialists believe that the clutter that people are dealing with externally, is actually a reflection of the internal clutter in their lives. The good news is de-cluttering is often easier than many people think, as 80% of the clutter in the home appears because of a lack of organization, not a lack of space. By clearing out this clutter and becoming more organized in their everyday lives, many people find they are able to feel happier and healthier on the inside as well as the outside.
Eco Friendly Clutter Clearing Tips
The process of clearing clutter from your home is one that can not only have a positive effect on your life, but one that can also have a positive impact on the environment as well. Consider recycling any items that you may want to get rid of as you go through your clutter. If you have broken something and are thinking of buying a new item to replace it, see if you can repair the item before purchasing a new one. If you can’t, make sure you give it away before you buy a new item, to help lessen the amount of clutter in the home. If you take the time to truly think before you buy something, you can end up with far less clutter, all while you make smart choices that can positively impact the environment.
Clearing the Clutter Both Inside and Out
Clearing the clutter from inside the home is only the first step. You will also want to focus on the outside of the home as well. When you think about it, the outside of the home, including your lawn and yard is the first thing you see when you come home after a long day of work. Being greeted by a messy and cluttered exterior can instantly put a damper on your attitude once you go inside. Consider de-cluttering the outside of your home by calling professionals to manicure and care for your lawn. Imagine coming home every evening to an inviting, beautiful, clutter-free yard, and how this can have a positive impact on the rest of your home and the interior stress and disorganization that you may be feeling as a side effect of your problems with clutter.
When we have clutter on the inside, it is often reflected on the outside. We accumulate stuff to fill something inside of us. In my google hangout series, Clearing Clutter Inside & Out, I tackle how to let of of clutter from both the inside and outside. In this inaugural show, I discuss how important it is to love ourselves and challenge people to see where they aren’t loving themselves.
Today’s guest post is from the request of Cameron Von St. James who is passionate about this cause as his wife Heather suffers from mesothelioma.
This was originally posted here: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/emily/8-things-you-should-know-about-mesothelioma.htm
Mesothelioma – a long word you may have heard on a commercial or two, but do you know what it means? This rare and deadly cancer is sadly lacking awareness. In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day this September 26, read on for the top 8 things you don’t know about this cancer, but should. Then share them. The key to saving lives starts with education.
1. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is invisible to the naked eye. Once inhaled, these fibers may infect the protective lining of the lungs, abdominal cavity, or cardiac cavity.
2. No amount of exposure is safe. Just exposing yourself once could put you at risk for developing the disease later on in life. If you were exposed today, you may not be aware until 2043, as the average latency period is about 30 – 40 years.
3. Asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 consumer products. These include household items, some of which may still be in use. Some of these even include hair dryers, crock pots, and cigarette filters.
4. It can be found in many older homes, schools, factories, and commercial buildings. Homes built prior to the 1970’s, along with a myriad of public buildings still could potentially contain asbestos because of the materials used in the original construction.
5. Asbestos exposure is still the LEADING CAUSE of occupational cancer in the US. Even after 30 years since the United States government issued stern warnings about the continued use of asbestos, many workers who were once exposed are now at risk of developing the disease.
6. United States Veterans are at the greatest risk. For many years, asbestos was used across all branches of the military. Many veterans and shipyard workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos from several different applications. US Navy veterans who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict unfortunately have the highest incidences of asbestos related disease, including mesothelioma.
7. Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Federal law requires the newly manufactured products contain no more than 1% asbestos. Although its use is regulated, roughly 30 million pounds are still being used each year.
8. Mesothelioma can be caused by secondary exposure. Family members of those who were directly affected by on-the-job asbestos exposure may also at risk of developing mesothelioma.
Want to do something to help this Mesothelioma Awareness Day? Our friend and 7 year survivor, Heather Von St. James, needs your help. Check out her campaign and share her message to help educate and save lives. Be a voice for the victims.
Now that Spring is here, hopefully you will be getting outside more! Stop the insanity known as bottled water! We didn’t have this when I was a kid; let’s get back to that!
Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion plastic water bottles every year.
Nearly eight out of every 10 bottles will end up in a landfill.
It is estimated that the production of plastics accounts for 4 percent of the energy consumption in the U.S.
By making a simple switch to a BPA-free bottle will save you money & be better for the earth. You can buy one for each family member in his or her favorite color. (I recommend coordinating backpacks, school supplies, bath towels, toothbrushes, etc. for children).
I was interviewed by Rose Ferrachi:
Julie Seibert Coraccio will discuss her social media work, Re-awakening your brilliance through clearing your inner clutter to create the life you want, and more. There will be an open Q & A forum for viewers to connect and ask Julie questions! Join us!
WE HAD TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES SO PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP. IT LASTS ABOUT A MINUTE BUT WE RESUME THE INTERVIEW. HANG TIGHT & APOLOGIES. WHEN YOU GET TO6:28 PLEASE SKIP TO 9:20. SO SORRY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
In this inaugural series done via google hangouts, I am going to talk about why it is important to love yourself! I give you tools and exercises and share my thoughts on how you can learn to love yourself and get rid of inner clutter that doesn’t work for you!
To see upcoming topics & guests on this series, please visit: http://www.reawakenyourbrilliance.com/events/
Are collections ruining your life? Has what you once loved, now become clutter in your life? How do you know if you or a loved one has become a hoarder? How do you tell the difference between the two? What is chronic disorganization & how does that compare to collecting and hoarding?
Join Certified Professional Organizer-Chronic Disorganization expert Geralin Thomas as she discusses collections gone wild. For more information about Geralin: http://metropolitanorganizing.com/
Thanks to our sponsor, Emily Parks of Organize for Success. Looking for someone to tame your technology? http://www.organizeforsuccess.biz/
Today’s guest blot is from Emily Parks, my colleague and friend. You can fine out more information about her & her company, Organize for Success here: http://www.organizeforsuccess.biz
She will be teaching a class on Evernote Basics on March 7th (http://bit.ly/Org4SuccessEvernote1) and Advanced Techniques on March 21st (http://bit.ly/Org4SuccessEvernoteAdvanced ) I have learned much in her classes and she is my go to person for technology!
So you’ve heard about this amazing tool to help you “remember everything”, but you’re simply not sure how it could really impact your life? Well, there are a plethora of features that make using Evernote truly awesome for entrepreneurs, C-level executives, busy professionals, small business managers and the like. Here are just a few examples of its amazing features:
1. While the most basic note in your Evernote database will consist merely of only typed text, each note can be much more complex, having options for including stored documents, recorded audio or video, captured photographs, web clippings and tasks with reminders. Solely your creativity can limit your options for notes to be included in your database.
2. Evernote users can create an unlimited number of notebooks in which to organize their notes, containing an unlimited number of notes in each notebook. Then, notebooks can be combined into what’s known as stacked notebooks, providing limitless options for organizing all of one’s saved content.
3. Tags allow one more level of filtering to find exactly what you need when you need that specific information. While no note requires a tag, such categories can be helpful when grouping notes from different notebooks or if you’ll be searching for a note by a term not included in that note’s contents.
4. Speaking of searching for any given note, it is Evernote’s searchcapabilities that truly separate this tool from its competition. The search feature combs through not only notes’ titles and the notebooks’ names in which those notes are stored, but it also seeks a match in all typed or photographed text in each note’s body as well as in any associated tags or URLs from which content was clipped.
5. Sharing notebooks supports collaboration as users can manage projects with team members in different places or communicate information with clients while not working in a face-to-face or side-by-side scenario.
6. Likewise, users are able to share individual notes via a link on Facebook, a link on Twitter, in an email or saved as a URL copied to a computer’s clipboard.
7. Evernote offers a multitude of methods for creating notes… Every account is assigned its own email address, and each email sent to it creates a new note. Content can be clipped from various different web browsers as each clipping creates a new note. And content tweeted to @myEN subsequently creates a note, too.
8. As one’s database grows, the convenience of easily editing notes’ content allows each user’s Evernote account to evolve with that individual’s needs.
9. To enhance the ease of editing, Evernote added the Skitch feature so users can add annotations to any notes that contain images, which includes options for arrows, stamps, text, shape overlays, highlighting and more.
10. Furthermore, users are able to merge social media connections and related notes based off any interactions with those individuals in scans of business cards or manually uploaded contacts via Evernote’s acquisition of Hello.
11. As reminders can be attached to each note, including an alert based off any specified date and time, Evernote allows for task and project management.
12. Evernote’s ubiquity empowers users with the capacity of accessing the same information everywhere at the same time as it syncs “real time” between all devices on which the user has included the tool.
13. Via its “trunk”, Evernote integrates with TONS of different partners.
14. Based off its desire to be “the permanent, trusted and ubiquitous place for all memories”, Evernote holds fast to three rules: your date is yours, your data is protected and your data is portable.
15. While there are enhancements available for a small fee in the Premium version or for enterprise users in the Business version, most functionality offered by Evernote is included for free, which might be the best feature of all.
People often ask me if I am organized. I say I am, but I am not perfect. One, it’s impossible! Secondly, it’s no fun. If a client is looking for Martha Stewart, I tell them I am not their woman. If there was a fire in my home I could get my important papers and be out of the house in a second. If a client calls I can get their file immediately. I know what’s in my closet so I don’t make duplicate purchases. When I come home I feel at peace because my everything is orderly and I can enjoy things that I truly cherish, such as paintings.
Here is my mission & vision for myself & clients:
Mission: to compassionately transform lives through education & customized plans that create productive & sustainable environments.
Vision: a more sustainable world created through peaceful, joyful, inspirational, organized spaces for living and work.
Remember that organizing isn’t about perfection. It’s about being able to find what you need and saving time and money and enjoying life!
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