Open Life’s Possibilities by Living with Less

Open Life’s Possibilities by Living with Less

Open Life’s Possibilities by Living with Less The most complicated thing about getting organized is that it’s really simple. Let me explain. When you don’t know where to begin, organization can feel paralyzing. However, I have found that the thought of organizing causes more stress than the actual process. When I get stressed, I procrastinate. I dwell and get consumed with critical thoughts and my creative energy comes to a halt. That is the power that clutter has on the mind. Clutter is simply an accumulation of delayed decisions followed by non-action. So, what do I do when I’m feeling resistance to getting organized and how do I rise past that? It’s not the first time I’ve been asked this. If we look at this at a deeper level, the question is really masked by a level of self-doubt. Living organized is a lifestyle choice, not a permanent state of being. In fact, when I organize my clients’ spaces, I always make a bigger mess of...
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Declutter and Organize Your Space to Keep Your Cool

Declutter and Organize Your Space to Keep Your Cool

July 28, 2013 Written by Kathryn Russell Selk for ParentMap Magazine School is looming. The kids are cranky. You know you have to wean the minions from their summer schedule and somehow keep your cool. The last thing on your mind is dealing with your own clutter. But taking a little time now to get your own things more in order may go a long way toward reducing your own anxiety level — and your kids’ stress as well. Those piles of chick lit stacked next to the bed and the towers of paper you plan to deal with “soon” are not just unsightly, they’re downright unhealthy. A 2012 UCLA study finds that levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, are higher in the saliva of women whose homes were cluttered versus those whose homes were described as “restorative.” Searching for your keys in the clutter? Researchers at the University of Washington have found a direct link between stress and cognitive problems such as issues with memory. And a...
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Time to downsize? How to begin

Time to downsize? How to begin

By Deanna Duff, Special to The Herald Downsizing comes in many shapes and forms. For some, clutter accumulates in common spots such as the garage or guest bedroom. Sometimes personal transitions require a lifestyle change. "There are lots of reasons to downsize," said Kammie Lisenby, owner of The Organizing Experts, which provides professional help managing personal and professional spaces in Snohomish and King counties. "At some point, we all experience transitions. It's the cycle of life. The healthy thing is to also cycle through some of your belongings." Lisenby encounters many needs: senior citizens needing less space; families moving to smaller, more affordable homes; or health diagnoses that demand better household management. Life's constant busyness -- careers, working parents, frequent travel -- also requires efficient organization. "Your environment should be a reflection that uplifts you and becomes a place you want to be," Lisenby said. For do-it-yourself downsizing, the following tips will help clear the clutter. Downsize or organize? Evaluate whether an area contains too many...
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