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‘Mind Clutter and Meditation’

meditation and clutter

I wanted to create a new blog post, and then remembered that this post which I wrote a year ago, is always relevant and useful:

Did you ever think about how a cluttered home or office, and things outside of ourselves in this overstimulating world, are connected to a cluttered mind?

Is your living environment cluttered with an abundance of stuff that you’d really like to get rid of, but you just can’t take that first step because your mind is triggering feelings like anxiety, overwhelm, shame, or uncertainty?

Are your days filled with busy schedules, work and family demands, to-do lists, and many other distractions such as electronic cell phones, laptops, computers, TV, GPS, on-line games, etc.? Thus cramming your mind with too many things to do, too many thoughts to think, and too many things to listen and respond to?

I get caught in this ‘cluttered mind’ trap too. But, I have found a solution that helps (even if temporarily) calm my thoughts, and relax my mind. Meditation.

Clear Your Clutter, Clear Your Life!

You can attend meditation classes, research the subject on-line or in the library, or join a
meditation group. Or, you can simply take time each day to sit quietly on your own, perhaps listen to soothing music, and choose to let go of your ‘mind clutter’. If you haven’t meditated before, begin by sitting quietly for 15 to 30 seconds, (until you can do so for a longer amount of time). Take some slow deep breaths in and out. Listen to your breathing, listen to the sounds around you, and feel the air on your skin. Even this short amount of time can bring you into the moment, free of ‘mind clutter’.

A friend of mine suggested that I try meditating to the on-line website, ‘Insight Timer’. https://insighttimer.com/     (You can also get it as a free APP). People from all over the world can listen to any of the numerous musical and guided meditations of their choice via this site. Now, every day, (once or twice) I take a few minutes to listen to a four minute guided meditation that focuses on breathing, and being in the moment.

Do you have a meditation practice? If not, I highly recommend you give it a try using any method you find works best for you. My blog readers and I would love to hear how meditating helps you clear your mind.

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

Get Organized for the Holidays

Holiday Gift wrapping

For many people, staying organized during the holiday season while shopping for presents, cooking, cleaning, de-cluttering, entertaining, wrapping gifts and decorating can be a real challenge. This presentation will offer some helpful tips to help you get everything done on time in an organized manner, plus save money so you can enjoy the holidays stress free.

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Instructor: Judy Eisenberg
Dates:  Wednesday,  November 1 , 2017
Time:  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM M 1
Tuition: $28.00
Location: Brookline High School,
Room: TBA, 115 Greenough Street Brookline, MA 02445

bacep@brookline.k12.ma.us   617-730-2700

              

Adult ED class: FREE YOURSELF FROM PAPER CLUTTER

cluttered table

FREE YOURSELF FROM PAPER CLUTTER

From junk mail to important documents, we all have paper clutter in our homes and offices. If we don’t spend time getting rid of it, it will completely take over. Organizing the pile can be an overwhelming task, and this class will explore the causes of clutter, systems to organize it, and habits to maintain organization. Through a focused presentation and discussion, you will explore with a professional coach how to overcome the roadblocks to clear your paper clutter. You’ll soon be on your way to prepare your paperwork for tax season.

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Instructor: Judy Eisenberg
Dates:  Tuesday,  October 24, 2017
Time:  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM M 1
Tuition: $28.00
Location: Brookline High School,
Room: TBA, 115 Greenough Street Brookline, MA 02445

bacep@brookline.k12.ma.us   617-730-2700

Seven Days of Organizing TIPS – Day # 7 – ‘Round-up Your Pens and Pencils’

DAY # 7 – TIP # 7

‘Round-up Your Pens and Pencils’

I bet you have at least one drawer, box or pen/pencil container that is filled to the brim. I did! Gather all these pens and pencils and separate them into two piles.

If the pens don’t write, throw them out. There will probably be pens that still write that you never use, or don’t like, so give them away to a local charity. And, if you have extra pen cartridges, and don’t know what pens they go to, get rid of them, or they’ll remain as clutter.

Sharpen all decent pencils. Toss all pencil stubs. If you’ve got any mechanical pencils, check them to see if they contain lead; if not refill them. You may have used them extensively so that the erasers on top are worn flat. If so, you can get rid of the ‘dead’ eraser one’s.

And, then there’s your magic markers! (they constitute a third pile to sort through) Test them also, and if the points are dried up or if the markings are too pale, throw them away.

Keep pencils in one container and pens & markers in another. Label each container so you don’t mix them up. 

If you have too many pens, pencils and markers, let me know how the sorting, purging, and paring down goes.  You’ll feel  better when you keep only the ones you need.

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

Holiday Evergreen Swags and Arrangements

GET a HEAD START by ordering custom made evergreen swags and arrangements now!

Seasons greetings!

Would you like a beautiful hand made SWAG for your front door,
or ARRANGEMENT for window boxes or outside containers?

I’d love to create them especially for you!

To place your order:

Contact me at:

ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

SunandShadeGardening.com

Call: 617-776-8382

Happy Holidays!

Do You Have a Clutter Problem?

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You know you do when:
  • It’s hard to part with items and clothing that you don’t use
  • Your closets are filled to the brim and overflowing
  • Stacks of newspapers and magazines are piled sky high
  • You are embarrassed or ashamed to invite people over
  • Your stuff is hindering your ability to function
  • Your clutter controls you

You’d like to get organized without any help but:

  • You just don’t know where to begin
  • Anxiety, shame, fear, procrastination are some of your road blocks
  • You may not be at the stage where you are ready to let go.

If you are ready; some tips for you to get organized on your own:

  • This process can be anxiety provoking, so TAKE BABY STEPS
  • Select one specific area you would like to un-clutter in your home or office such as the surface of a coffee table, or the top of the file cabinet.
  • Take the items off that surface and sort them into five separate piles. Categorize the piles as: recycle, throw away, give away, charity, keep.
  • Label five grocery sized bags, or plastic kitchen trash bags with the titles: RECYCLE, THROW AWAY, GIVE AWAY, CHARITY, KEEP.
  • Once you’ve got the items into sorted piles, go through each item and ask yourself:  Do I need this?  Do I love this? Will I really use this?  Am I willing to recycle it, throw or give it away?  As you make your decisions, put each item into the appropriate bag, and then distribute the items to their appropriate place.
  • Be sure to reward yourself for taking these baby steps!

Continuing the organizing process:

  • If this process was doable and not anxiety provoking, keep choosing small areas in your home or office and repeat the steps until you have cleaned up the clutter.
  • If it is difficult for you to even take the first step, think about contacting a Professional Organizer in your vicinity to help you let go and get organized.
If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

Are You the Cause of Your Own Disorganization?

iPhone with calendar

Four years ago I wrote a post for my Clutter Clearer Coach website on some of the reasons that account for my own, and other’s disorganization. When not in the field with organizing clients or doing gardening for clients, I work from home on my business paper work, invoices, marketing and blog. It’s interesting how I followed my own advice for quite a while, and now this many years later, when at my computer desk, I check my emails, Facebook page and weather.com too often, almost as often as I did four years ago.

So, I commit myself again to only checking my emails a few times each day instead of every fifteen or twenty minutes when I am at my desk. I know by doing so, I will have more time to spend doing other things such as relaxing with a mug of tea, taking care of my own garden, and doing yoga and meditating.

Do you find that you are addicted to looking at your emails, Facebook page, on-line news, podcasts and videos? How often do you check your smartphone, iPad, or computer for the latest messages from friends, list serves, and cute cat or other animal videos on your Facebook page?  I’m thinking often.

Here are some of the most common causes of disorganization:

– Losing things (like keys, eyeglasses)
– Checking email and Facebook frequently
– Spending too much time talking on the phone
– Not having a daily/weekly plan to follow
– Ignoring the clutter because you are too busy

Here are some solutions that will save you time, and keep you more organized:

– Use an in-basket/bowl in a central place for keys, glasses, cell phone, etc..(it’s nice to find them in the same location all the time)
– Schedule several times a day to check email and Facebook (it’s not going anywhere)
– Limit the time you talk on the phone (use a kitchen timer, and get to the point)
– Schedule your to-do’s and appointments in your calendar (to stay on track)
– Designate short blocks of time to get organized (like 1 hour, once per week)

Try putting these solutions to the test, and you’ll notice that you are more organized and have more time!  I’d love to know how following these steps changes your life.

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a 

FREE 1/2 hour phone consultation
to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at:
ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net or 617-776-8382

The Difference between Cluttered and Organized

Have you ever thought about the meaning of these words? And how they relate to you?

Cluttered Office

Organzed office

Below are distinguishing definitions I have quoted from http://Dictionary.com/
with some of my own thoughts added.

CLUTTER

noun: clut•ter
1. A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble: “It’s impossible to find anything in all this clutter.”

verb: clut•tered, clut•ter•ing, clut•ters
1. To make disorderly or hard to use or find by filling or covering with things. “Boxes filled with all kinds of stuff cluttered the living room.”

ORGANIZE

verb: or•gan•ize, or•gan•ized, or•gan•iz•ing, or•gan•iz•es
1. To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole. “We are organizing all of the books.”
2. To arrange in a coherent form; systematize: “Organize your file cabinet using the alphabetical, chronological, color-coded, or like-with-like method.”

I imagine that you’d prefer an organized space over a cluttered one. It’s never too late to begin to sort through your things and make decisions as to what to do with them; give away, throw away, recycle, shred, keep. Start today using baby steps to get rid of your clutter and get organized. Ask a friend, family member, or professional organizer to help so you don’t have to do this alone. And, let me know how it goes.

To schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

 

 

Less is more? Well let’s find out!

Alana is taking awesome steps to clear her life of clutter, open up her too busy schedule, and give herself the time to connect with her friends and nature. Her blog is an excellent source of inspiration for those of you who have similar issues that are cluttering up your life. Judy, http:/ClutterClearerCoach.com/

Too Many Books

too many books

I have been working with a client to encourage her  to let go of some of her hundreds of books. The walking area between many of her stacked books on the living room floor is only about 16 inches wide. This is a safety hazard, as pathways should have a minimum width of 36″ throughout the home.

Are you someone who loves books, collects them, and keeps purchasing more?  Have you run out of space on your bookshelves?  Have you let them spill over onto a table, chair, or the floor with similar narrow pathways between?

If you are this someone, ask yourself why you keep so many books. Maybe you think you might read them someday, or they portray the history of your life (how old you were, and where you were when you bought a certain book) so you think you need them to recall your past. But, are they really serving you?

Why not share your wealth and give some away! Set a little time aside as a first attempt, and sort through at least one shelf on your bookshelf, or one pile of books. If you bought it a while back and haven’t yet read it, maybe it’s time to let it go. Fill a box with the books you no longer want/need and share the joy of reading by donating them to your favorite charity. Keep only books you really love. And, I don’t mean keeping 95 out of 100 books. Schedule half an hour once or twice each week to continue sorting and purging your books.

If you live in the greater Boston area, I recommend you donate your books to  ‘More Than Words’, a Waltham, MA based organization that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Youth ages 16-21 work as a team to manage their online and retail bookstore and café as they gain skills and accountability while receiving intensive support to map plans for their future. Contact information: http://MTWyouth.org/       781-788-0035

To schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

 

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