Get Organized for the Holidays

Judy Eisenberg, Clutter Clearer Coach

I remember when I was growing up during the 1950s and 1960s, how our family, especially my mother, always looked forward to winter holidays. My family wasn’t very religious, but liked celebrating the food and customs of the holidays. There was always so much to do; but my mother succeeded, stress free, in organizing the food and gift shopping, cooking, cleaning, and decluttering (I helped with the cleaning, and my father wrapped the gifts) and getting it all done in a timely manner. Everyone marveled at her organization skills.

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Why not to clean up?

At a recent networking event I was talking to an acquaintance about the work I do. I mentioned that I encourage my clients not to clean up their spaces before I arrive. She gave me a horrified look.

It brought back childhood memories of my mother telling me to clean my bedroom before the cleaning lady came. I never understood the point of cleaning my room so it would get cleaned by someone else. There is a family disagreement about why. My mother told me it was so I would have an easier time finding my favorite things later, but my sister remembers being told that it was so that the cleaner would have more time to do deep cleaning. I assume that part of the reason was to lessen the embarrassment of the mess before the cleaning person could see it.

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Create a Strategy for Meal Planning

Meal planning can be a challenge for many people. Do you start to think about dinner when it’s time to eat? By then, you don’t have any food on hand and don’t have time to go to the grocery store. Meal planning is a hurdle that you can tackle by planning in advance and sticking to a schedule.

I cook most nights for my husband and me. I’m a Lifetime Weight Watchers member so eating healthy is important to maintaining my goal weight. I also work full time and have many commitments outside of my work life. Below is my strategy for planning ahead so I have what I need on hand to cook a healthy meal when I get home.

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Planning vs. Failing

My fortune cookie the other night said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

One of my ongoing life lessons is that what I want to happen doesn’t just happen.  I can’t wish something into existence. Believe me, I’ve tried.  Weight loss.  Cleaner house.  Less debt.  Um…nope.

I think that’s the hard part about resolutions.  If I don’t identify a clear next action step and then put it in the schedule – and then do it! – my best intentions turn out to be vain wishes.

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Organizing: Hard work, but well worth the effort

“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it”.  ~Author Unknown

This blog is going to be short and sweet.  Re-read the above quote.  Soak in its truth, which is this:  Success of any kind takes intention and hard work.  If we set a goal and then expect it to be easy to reach, we set ourselves up for failure.  Surround yourself with people who will encourage, empower, and support your goals, so when the work gets really really hard, you can rest on the strength of trusted friends and family.

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Task Management- Planning AND Spontaneity

Have you ever had one of those days when the world aligned and you managed to find time and energy for tasks you had never planned to do that day?

That has been my day today.

It started out as what my Living Peace colleague Susan would call “Money Monday” i.e. paying bills, running payroll, doing next month’s financial projections, etc. Then, I had meetings planned at 11am, 2pm, and 6pm. My first meeting went well and ended early enough that I had a free hour. Suddenly I found myself driving past the AAA office and realized that I had time to get my passport photos taken.

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What is Your Biggest Dream?

Create a Lifestyle, not an Outcome.

We all have fantasies about lifestyles we wish we could have. Perhaps it’s wandering the world to eat exotic cuisine, living in a cottage in Scotland, or cruising a boat around the Caribbean. What if you decided TODAY to make that dream happen?

The only thing stopping you is yourself.

Here’s an interview with a couple who have been living their dream on a boat sailing around the Caribbean for years. Take a look, and get inspired.

Her advice: “Don’t view it as an impossible dream, see if there’s a way you can make a plan and put it into action.”

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