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Recent Successes

Helped client decide how to revise her will before her 80th birthday   Organized senior living apartment, donated truckload of belongings Taught 30 year old time management  and prioritizing skills so she can enjoy her days more Decluttered home, trashed or donated 10 bags of broken toys Shopped for furniture, set up beautiful bedroom Organized office, papers for client’s divorce Facilitated family communications, managed downsize and move, set-up of new apartment for senior couple Decluttered, organized home to make room for 2nd baby.


Getting Free of the Bedroom Mess

I often work with people who have clothes all over the bedroom. It's laundry day only when it gets unbearable. One woman had a very organized husband who tolerated this, but she felt horrible. 

As we de-cluttered her closet to make room for the clothes she loved, we talked and clarity surfaced... her “clothes-dropping habit” was a rebellion against her very strict mother. Throwing her clothes on the floor showed her mom who was in charge now.  

Ironically, her mother still ruled the house.  I suggested that she rebel against the rebellion, and express her authority on her own terms. 

My client began to untangle the mess, and mindfully put her clothes away, in little bits every day. Gradually, she replaced the habit of mindlessly reacting to her mother with the freedom to choose how to keep her own home. 

Making the change mattered because she mattered. My client felt great.  And so did her husband. A lot of things improve in her bedroom when things are in their proper place.  


A New Perspective on Time Management

One major reason why people struggle with time management is because they only use hand-held devices or monthly wall calendars to organize their time. Neither gives enough perspective to make good decisions. One’s too small; the other is too big. 

To feel more in control of your schedule, you need to use a calendar that provides at least four perspectives: hours, days, weeks, months. Only then can you zoom in close to hours (better yet, half hours) and zoom out to weeks and months, and decide what’s the best use of your time. 

Instead of feeling trapped by too little time or out of control by too much on your plate, you’ll feel more flexible and free with options that you couldn’t see before. 

Each day review your to-do list and mindfully ask yourself, “Is this really a good time for me to do this?” Consider the question from all four perspectives. Re-consider and adjust your schedule as things change. You’ll feel the time (choice) is yours, even when others are demanding your time. 

When you gain perspective, you’ll be surprised at how much power you have to make it a good day, every day.  


A Full Life

 Most of us want a full life. The question is full of what? Instead of trying to get all of the list done, just get done what’s most important to you each day. And make that enough.

No more than three priorities a day! You feel relief just getting your first priority done each day. Wouldn’t that be enjoyable? You may get less done every day, but you will be more satisfied at the end of the day. 


Instead of measuring your day by how much you get done each day, measure your day by how much you enjoy moment to moment. 


Owning Your To-Do List

Most people feel burdened by their to-do list, rushing to get everything done, but the truth is that we are never done with our list as long as we are alive. 

The burden is not in the list itself, but in how we approach the list. 

To relieve yourself of the burden, you need to first own your list. It’s of your own creation.

Think of your to-do list as Your List of Intentions - your intentions, your day, your life. The list is neither static nor imposed upon you. 

We all have constraints. For example, there’s the constraint of 24 hours a day, but we all have time, the same amount each day. Instead of saying, “I don’t have time,” say “I’ve decided to do something else with my time”.  When you own your list, you manifest your intentions.



Boomers De-Clutter Now


It just makes sense to get de-cluttering help for a hoarder or for a family who is downsizing after living in a home for decades. It’s obviously all too much to do it alone. 

What's less understood is that competent boomers who are neither downsizing nor hoarders need help, too. 

Too busy or just too tired, boomers feel their situation isn't bad enough - yet - to justify asking for de-cluttering help or think they should be able to do it themselves, even when they haven't learned how to de-clutter. 

To make things worse, boomers live in terror. They fear (and resent) the energy and time it will take to downsize their aging parents, or feeling out of control, fear they are or will become hoarders, and hide out in shame. 

Boomers: Don’t wait till it gets worse or you feel worse. Middle-life is the perfect time to get clutter-clear because you are strong enough and have a lifetime ahead of you. If Boomers de-cluttered now, there would be no need to fear the burden of downsizing or hoarding. 


  • We all have clutter. Your stuff becomes clutter as your life changes. 
  • Clutter is what no longer adds value to your current life. 
  • We all want to live full-filling lives. The question is: Full of what? 


Clutter-Clearing Tip:

The first step to de-cluttering is making it important enough to regularly make the time to do so. You don’t have to knock yourself out; just do it in little bits through time. For example, one less 1/2 hour of TV every other day or if you are volunteering for others, stop for three months and volunteer for yourself to declutter. If you get stuck, reach out for help, but don't give up.

PS: It took only 20 minutes for my client to de-clutter her shoes, which were donated to an art teacher for her next project. The teacher was thrilled, and so was my client!