By this time, most of us are getting back into the full swing of life in this new year. We have cleaned the house and put away the Christmas decorations. We have set, and maybe already slipped in our resolutions. Now is the perfect time to revisit and set intentions for those resolutions that will help us to succeed and maintain momentum. Whether you resolve to lose 5 pounds, quit smoking or finally clean out the hallway closet, I have found that setting a clear path forward and revisiting those intentions every morning is critical to success.
What is an intention you ask? This part is simple. Think about what you most desire (remember those 5 pounds?) and build yourself a simple mantra that you can repeat out loud each morning, maybe while staring into the mirror if that’s your thing. Something like “I have the strength and discipline to shape my body into its best form and I will lose 5 pounds with ease and grace” might work. That part is personal and completely up to you. There is no wrong intention if the focus is on a positive outcome.
I personally write my intentions down and store them in a mason jar that I keep on my desk. This jar was a gift I received as part of a recent women’s retreat, and the process has proven to resonate best for me personally over time. I open the jar and pull out each piece of paper every morning, reading my individual intentions out loud. The process takes maybe 2 minutes but goes a long way towards helping me to get grounded and reset my focus for the day. Give this a try and I promise you won't be disappointed!
Happy New Year from Amplo Organizing! We hope that Santa was good to all of you and that you are as glad as we are to once again hear the squeaky brakes of the school buses. Christmas can be hectic in our house, and with new gifts come an overabundance of wrapping, boxes and clutter. Although I am not a fan of new year's resolutions, I do recognize that there's no time like the present to make improvements and de-clutter our environments. Now that the holidays are over and we are getting into the swing of the new year we are in the perfect season to make these resolutions happen. Lucky for us, January is the National Association of Productivity and Organization's (NAPO) 'Get Organized & Be Productive' (GO) month. Check out some of the great tips and information that NAPO has to offer by visiting their website at www.napo.net/page/NAPOGOMonth19. It's time for us to reclaim our schedules, money and spaces, pull everything back into working order and start 2019 in the driver's seat as our best selves! Visit our website today at www.amploorganizing.com to explore how we might help in the process.
Every year I am inundated by the sheer volume of Christmas gifts that I purchase and store in my home as I prepare for the big day. Although our family is small, finding space for gifts for 2 young girls, sisters and their families, parents, and aunts and uncles can be quite challenging, especially since Santa is still making trips to our home. Over the years I have tried a lot of solutions that failed. They added to the clutter, blocked tools and equipment in the basement, and probably provided a fire hazard or two. Here's two ideas that are super simple, but have proven to be successful for me:
What are you keeping in your life that does not serve you or your space? Many of us hang onto belongings that clutter and complicate our lives. before really getting involved in the organizing industry, I had a lot of attachments to my stuff. I saved old concert ticket stubs because they were from my first concert. I saved jeans I loved but had not worn...ever...because I might fit into them one day. I saved gifts that I had received from family members that were not even my taste. When I started learning more about the psychology of organizing I realized that many of my own habits were hindering and further cluttering my life. If you are struggling with similar scenarios, you could be experiencing one of the following emotions:
Just like dealing with and overcoming a difficult event in our lives, letting go of stuff can sometimes be very challenging and feel much more complex than it actually is. Some things to keep in mind as you begin to manage and make decisions about your stuff are:
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