If you wake up in the middle of the night and don’t want to have to turn the light on to find something, try this. A little light on the inside of a drawer. Just tap it and the light goes on. Get what you need and go back to sleep. It is also terrific if you lose power because it runs on a battery. ‘great for your guests, too.
‘Tis the season for gifts and the need for gift ideas that don’t add to the clutter. I love the idea of toys with storage features. Check out this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/22/garden/shopping-for-toy-storage-with-michael-aram.html
With so much media attention on hoarding behavior I find that people either fear that they are hoarding, or just the opposite, and are in denial about their behavior. I just read an review in the New York Times of “The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life” by Robin Zasio. It was described as “about the best self-help work I’ve read in my 46 years as a health and science writer” by reviewer Jane Brody. I’m going to purchase the book right now so that I can share the information with all you. Maybe we can start a dialogue on my blog: http://outsideinorganizer.com
Make your tasks more manageable by applying the “1-at-a-time rule”. What does that mean? Work on 1 task at a time. Work in 1 space at a time. Talk to 1 person without distraction. You get the idea. The key is to focus, be present, and more efficient. Not only will you shorten the amount of time it takes to get it done, but you will be able to do it better. So start planning for all that extra time!
Rest, nourished, and distraction-free. It’s just that simple! It’s the chicken and egg issue…are you tired and frazzled because you are not organized? Or are you disorganized because you are not practicing self care? You are more likely to be able to focus and get things done when you are rested, well fed and hydrated, and working without interruptions. I know this because my clients tell me so! Recently, I read an article about burnout in caregivers. I think that their recommendations apply to most of us so I’d like to share them: Self care is critical. Remember that you aren’t any good to anyone else if you are not taking care of yourself, first. Delegate and share. You don’t have to do everything yourself. In fact, you empower others by letting them do it themselves or with you. Rejuvenate every day. Do something that intentionally re-energizes you such as meditating or taking a walk. Unplug and take a break from your computer, smart phone, etc. Take care of yourself today so that you can focus and get organized tomorrow.