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plan, do, review

October 21, 2012
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I finish more things when I make a plan to do so. Seems so obvious. But even now, I neglect my simple system because I think getting into action mode is more valuable than planning mode. Without the “plan” step of Plan*Do*Review, I get a lot of things half done and nothing finished. Finishing is […]

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how tiny rewards will get your list accomplished

October 19, 2012
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I get a kick out of smiley faces. My love of them is actually strong enough to get me to do tiny chores I otherwise dislike. Do you remember the scene in Forrest Gump when he wipes he face on the T-shirt and it’s a smiley face? I giggled. I realized how motivational a smiley […]

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why asking for help makes you stronger

October 18, 2012
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Many people who suffer with clutter come to me for coaching thinking I’ll have the magic system that will make all their troubles disappear. This is not how it works. No system of mine will work for you. This is good. The reason half of my soulful cleansing philosophy revolves around the stillness of observation […]

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become a detective of your patterns

October 17, 2012
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What gets in the way of finishing what I start? This is the question I ask so I can notice with precision. When I become a detective of my patterns I can learn from myself and create a supportive scaffolding: one upon which I can stand and reach for my sky. I recently identified the […]

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how to get a cleaner home with plenty of lip balm

October 16, 2012
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Today I tucked lip balm in multiple places so I could have a cleaner home. I feel so empty when I can’t find it. I’m dry and distracted. I can’t concentrate. It’s just lip balm, after all. I can afford plenty. Why do I buy so little and have it only in one spot? I […]

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lower your expectations and get more done

October 16, 2012
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It was tempting for me to blame my house for why I couldn’t get any traction in life. The counters were a disaster. I had half-finished projects everywhere I looked. In every corner there were big reminders “You don’t finish what you start.” But my house was merely a reflection of me. It wasn’t the […]

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rest

October 14, 2012
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I’m tired today. It used to be I would push through. “I’m on a mission: 31 days! I’ve got to do something every day.” But I am listening with my soul these days. I’m not interesting in conquering 31 days, but rather embracing what  31 days has to offer. I want a lifestyle, not a […]

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how cleaning my cupboard connects the dots of my grief

October 14, 2012
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I miss my mother. Wearing a dress I designed and my mother sewed,  we sat together on the piano bench and sang hymns while I waited for my prom date to arrive. I was 17 years old and my hair was looking mighty fine. We harmonized Amazing Grace and it settled my nerves while I […]

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brain clogged? distracted? get physical

October 12, 2012
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“Huh?” I say to my son. Then I see him roll his eyes.  I hate it when he rolls his eyes. Every time he rolls his eyes he’s disgusted. I’ve disgusted him. I wasn’t listening. He was talking to me and I was somewhere else. I can’t even tell you where I was…just…elsewhere. Distracted. When […]

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clean well? celebrate!

October 11, 2012
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Taking a break to rest is an essential part of staying on course. It isn’t just for the purpose of refueling. A good break, well chosen, timed and designed, will actually increase your momentum. If cleaning clutter = drudgery, you will burn out. But, if you can connect to things that make you happy as […]

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no inbox? no workie

October 10, 2012
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There are 4 ways I categorize clutter in my home. Deal with Distress Reward and Revitalize Make Visible the Invisible Take Fast Action Once I choose from a category, I put it through my 4-part formula for dealing with it. Today I’m Dealing with the Distress of my inbox. My complete and utter lack of […]

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