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Beliefs: Holding you back from getting organized

Beliefs about getting organized

Hey Collectors! This blog is about how your beliefs about getting organized are holding you back.

Now, we discussed beliefs briefly in my “Scratching the Surface” Podcast series – but that’s all that was, just scratching the surface. This episode is about the specific beliefs you have about getting organized.

Just like fears and excuses there is the belief about whether you can or cannot get organized.
A belief is just a feeling. We all have many feelings. Beliefs are not facts.

Dictionary.com says the definition of belief is:believe in yourself

1. something believed; an opinion or conviction:

a belief that the earth is flat.

2. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof:a statement unworthy of belief.

We tell ourselves constantly that we cannot get organized – so much that we believe it. We believe it in our heart, our mind, and our body. Your belief that you can’t get organized is so strong that it constantly sets you up for failure.

I’m going to share a short story. It’s one that a client shared with me many years ago and I have thought of the story often. Some of you may have heard it it’s called “The Cookie Thief”. The author is Valerie Cox.

A woman was waiting at an airport one night,

With several long hours before her flight.

She hunted for a book in the airport shops.

Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see,

That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be.

Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between,

Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock,

As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,

Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too,

When only one was left, she wondered what he would do.

With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh,

He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other,

She snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother.

This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude,

Why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled,

And sighed with relief when her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate,

Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat,

Then she sought her book, which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise,

There was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair,

The others were his, and he tried to share.

Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,

That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.”

Have you ever felt like this lady did Collectors? Have you believed something so strong? You knew something was the whole-hearted truth and you were so upset about this thought in your head only to realize that you were completely wrong?

Have you considered that your beliefs about you never being able to get organized are completely wrong? Did you notice in the story how the lady became physically agitated and completely irritated just based on a negative belief that was completely wrong?

Take some time to think about the negative beliefs about getting organized that are holding you back. Do you ever tell yourself that you’ll never be able to get organized – therefor living the life you believe?

What if you’re 100% wrong? What if it’s just like this story, and you’ve got yourself all riled up about something that isn’t even accurate. Beliefs are not facts. They are just feelings of certainty about something.

Collectors, do you think you could manifest a more organized lifestyle simply by believing that you can? Yes you can. If you believe you can get organized and that you are capable of getting organized, then you will become a more organized person. You’ve got to believe in your self. You must believe that you can get organized so that you can allow yourself the freedom to get organized.

Listen to this blog on the Hoardganize Podcast!

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10 Tax Preparation Tips

Hey Collectors! It’s that time of the year again! Are you overwhelmed by filing your taxes? Not sure where to start? Have you been procrastinating about doing your taxes because you are having a hard time finding your necessary documents? Do you have stacks of mail piled up with important papers mixed in with junk mail and other bills?
Is your mail piling up?
Check out my ten favorite tax preparation tips to help you get those returns filed!

1. Start early. You’ll receive tax forms from employers and banking institutions by January 31. Begin gathering everything you’ll need to file as soon as possible.
 
2. Hire a professional organizer. If your home office is overflowing with paper clutter, hire an organizer to help you gather all your important documents and prepare your tax information to be sent to an accountant. A professional organizer can also help you take in donations to charities and provide you with the tax deductible receipt.
 
3. Income.  When determining whether you need to file a return, you don’t include tax-exempt income. In 2017 for example, if you are under age 65 and single, you must file a tax return if you earn $10,400 or more, which is the sum of the 2017 standard deduction for a single taxpayer plus one exemption.
 
4. Make a checklist. Include all the information and documents you need to gather like:
  • Personal information and previous tax returns
  • Information and income for everyone in your household
  • Income from W-2 forms
  • Self-employment income and expenses; 1099 and K-1 forms
  • Education scholarships, loans and interest paid
  • Divorce decree and alimony paid
  • Vehicle expenses such as the cost of parking and tolls
  • Income from rentals or other sources like unemployment, gambling, alimony, etc.
  • Income from retirement, savings and investments
 
5. Itemize deductions only if it’s more beneficial than a standard deduction. If itemizing deductions, you’ll need:
  • Form 1098 or other mortgage statements
  • State and local income tax paid (other than wage withholding)
  • Real estate and personal property tax records
  • Invoice showing amount of vehicle sales tax paid
  • HUD statement showing closing date of home purchase
  • Cash amounts donated to charitable organizations
  • Healthcare costs
  • Expenses related to investments
  • Job search costs and employment-related expenses
 
6. Avoid the top three most common tax errors:
  1. Claiming incorrect estimated tax payments.
  2. Deducting the wrong amount for the standard or itemized deductions.
  3. Selecting the wrong amount of tax from the tax table on paper tax returns.
 
7. Can’t file by April 15? No problem. All taxpayers get an automatic six-month filing extension to October 15. The extension is only for filing tax returns and not for payment of any taxes that may be due. Be sure to pay the total tax due by April 15 to avoid penalties and interest.
 
8. Don’t miss out on a return because you moved. Each year, the U.S. Post Office returns millions of dollars in refund checks as undeliverable. This is generally because taxpayers moved after they filed their taxes. The post office does not forward refund checks. Notify the IRS immediately of a change of address.
9. When to expect your refund:
  1. E-file return: Refunds are processed within seven to ten business days. Direct deposit refunds will reach your bank account within five to seven business days.
  2. Paper return: Direct deposit refunds for paper returns are deposited in six to eight weeks.

10. Reinvest your refund. Instead of spending your refund check on department store sales, invest it in an IRA or deposit it in your savings account. Your future self will thank you. 

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Want more tips about the new tax reform? Check out this article here :2017 Tax Reform Legislation – What you should know

4 Tips For Living Room Bliss

Hey Collectors! Your living room should be the place where you relax and unwind, but most days it feels like a chaotic catch-all. Disorder and chaos in your home can have a negative affect on your emotions. Take a look at your cluttered space. How does it make you feel? 

Does your mind feel cluttered?

Do you feel drained of energy?

Do you feel overwhelmed or depressed?

We have all been there. Clutter causes unnecessary stress in your life. Getting rid of the clutter helps you feel better emotionally and physically.

But where do I start?” Good question! The best way to get started is to get started.  These 4 easy tips to will help you bring order to your living space, or any room in your home.

organized living room

(1) Take a moment, stand in your living room, and turn off all the background noise. Visualize what your living space would look like if there was no clutter. Imagine how you want your space to function.

(2) Now look around and determine what items don’t belong. Grab those items and put them in their rightful place. Don’t worry about organizing them right now, just get them in the right location.

(3) Back to the living room. Discard anything that is broken or is trash. Are you really going to get that old DVD player fixed? Toss it. Then gather items you will donate, take them to your car and remember to actually take them to the donation center on your next trip.

(4) Tackle the remaining items by grouping like items together and organize them one at a time.

Being organized does not mean you have to get rid of everything. If your living room doubles as a playroom, you don’t have to get rid of your children’s toys. Place a container in the living room to corral all their stuff. Storage ottomans work well for this. Your living area is your living area. Make the space work for how you live.

Remember Collectors,  “Happiness is a place between too little and too much.” —Finnish Proverb

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