Do you love the holiday season or do you dread it? No matter how we feel there is simply no option but to make the best of this time of year. We are each responsible for making celebratory choices that minimize stress but still nurture the magic of the season. After all this is truly a special time of year regardless of our religious or spiritual beliefs. Here are two survival tips to follow as we experience the holiday bustle: keep the season simple and give freely (not what you think). (click on Read More)
According to nationaldaycalendar.com the home economists at Whirlpool Home Appliances established the Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day in 1999 to encourage families to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday. Indeed, autumn is a good time to freshen up the fridge and make room for fresh seasonal foods. There are three parts to cleaning a refrigerator: decluttering the contents, washing the inside and cleaning the outside. If your time and energy are limited it might be more manageable to focus on just one aspect at a time by breaking the job down into three or more sessions.
Declutter the inside to remove old and unused food. Work shelf by shelf. Remove the contents and decide whether each item is still good and/or wanted. Get rid of the old stuff and replace the keepers. (Click on Read More ...)
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www.brownadhdclinic.com Blog by Dr. Thomas Brown, author of Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults
http://adhdhomestead.net/ Written by a woman who has ADHD, it offers advice and support
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IO6zqIm88s Youtube video contains interviews comparing a child with ADHD and a child without
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t32CK5t8d2Q Youtube video that shows a teenager’s perception of life with ADHD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZrZa5pLXk Youtube video by Dr. Thomas Brown describing the symptoms of ADHD
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Most people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle with chronic disorganization in their day to day lives. Do these challenges sound familiar? Inability to: find things when they are needed, make decisions about what to throw/give away, start and/or finish a decluttering project, sort/organize belongings. Fear not – there is hope. Organizing solutions for people with ADHD must be simple, creative and deliberate. Try the tips below that speak to you – it’s worth taking the time now in order to save time later. Your future self (and your loved ones) will thank you.
We focus on the topic of ADHD this month since October is ADHD Awareness Month. Many of our clients have been diagnosed with ADHD, a frustrating brain disorder that impacts the ability to be organized. People with ADHD experience significant problems getting started on organizing tasks, following through on these tasks, and maintaining organizational systems. They struggle with organizing things or with managing time. In many cases they struggle with both. What exactly is ADHD and how does it affect organization?
Embarking on self-improvement? Organization will follow!
In this month of Self-Improvement, we encourage you to think about self-improvement as the foundation for getting organized. Work on these common self-improvement goals: exercise, eat better, change habits, set goals, be mindful, be thankful, learn new skill, stop wasting time, and accept change. Then you will find that organization naturally follows. That’s because disorganization is often rooted in poor time management, lack of goals, living mindlessly and, yes, lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Once the mind is trained and properly nourished then it can function effortlessly to clear the environment. Why not work on self-improvement this month and reap the added benefit of organization?
See the previous post for self-improvement ideas.
September is Self-Improvement Month! What a great time of year to re-focus on ourselves. As the days cool and shorten, it’s the perfect time for looking inward. Now is a natural point to assess our goals, make adjustments and create plans to carry us through the year end. We may want to declutter a personal space, set up a workable filing system, or finally organize a photo collection. Of course, self-improvement can encompass any area of our lives such as health, relationships, career, volunteering or education. How do we get started and make progress and maintain momentum? The best way I know is to choose a small improvement and go for it! Don’t be tempted with grandiose ideas that could lead to frustration but be realistic, honest, and practical. The purpose is to make changes that will improve the way we feel about yourselves. The changes can make us stronger, wiser, or more capable of dealing with everyday struggles. Thus, time spent on self-improvement is never wasted. What small self improvement would make a big impact on your life? Are you ready to make it happen?
Have you already decluttered your car but it still looks a bit messy? Try these time-tested organizing strategies.
1. Organize like items into containers. You might have a car supply bin, a first aid kit, or a conveniences box. Bins keep individual items tidy and easily found.
2. Always label bins and boxes for easy identification.
3. Make use of your vehicle’s built in holders and cubbies. Vehicle manual and registration belong in the glove box. Paper maps go in the door pocket or back of the seat pocket. Convenience items like tissues, sunglasses, and hand wipes go in the center console. Keep gift cards and loyalty cards in the glove box or a storage cubby. Flashlight, notepad and pen in the glove box.
If you’re tired of driving around in a messy car then clean it up! Decluttering a car is infinitely easier than decluttering a whole house and there are many benefits. You will feel happier and more energetic once the useless stuff is cleared out. If a friend needs a lift you won’t feel embarrassed to offer one. Lost items will be found and fewer things will be lost in the future. As a bonus, decluttering your car will give you practice to move on to house decluttering (if you need to do that too!)
Sooner or later, with just about every client, we come across a box of old car stuff in the garage. You know what this looks like: a dusty, neglected, cardboard box full of things that came out of an old car. Maybe it resulted from cleaning out a current car. This stuff languishes sometimes for years. As a result, people go without sunglasses, snow brushes, coupons and other favorite items because they forget that the box exists. Eventually these necessities are replaced out of desperation.
It’s only one box! Hopefully! Don’t be afraid of it! Sort it out right now. You’ll feel better knowing it’s done. You might even find those favorite sunglasses or a missing check! Begin by sorting things into two piles: 1) RELOCATE elsewhere and 2) REPLACE in the car.
Carol Martin-Ward, encouraging practical ideas for easy organizing