Tips on Making Your Bed

Hey Collectors!

Many people feel making the bed is a chore not worth doing as you just get back in the bed later in the day. There even are those that claim that an unmade bed will prevent dust mites even though experts disagree. However, one of the easiest things to do to make a bedroom feel less cluttered is to make the bed. I personally love making my bed everyday because I love the way it feels when I walk in the room and see my bed made.

Just like any task, the more you practice making your bed, the faster you will get. Now, I have had a lot of practice, making my bed since a teenager. When I was in the group home, you couldn’t go out or go to school if your bed wasn’t made. It was mandatory, for which I am very grateful for now.

I’ve worked with many people who have so much clutter on their bed, that they are sharing their bed with stuff or they are sleeping elsewhere because their bed no longer has space in it for them. If this is your situation, I suggest practicing clearing your bed off before you master the art of making your bed everyday. Take baby steps with the intentions to have a clear comfortable place to sleep. Make it a rule that no clutter can be on top of the bed.

What is the best way to make your bed? That depends on what type of bed you have and how you like to sleep. Everyone likes their bed different. I personally don’t use a top sheet – I can’t stand the way they tangle up around my legs in the night.

I have a pillow that I love to sleep with, but then I have decorative pillows too. Everybody has a different bed making style. I have seen elaborate processes and, like my own personal style, I have seen easy processes. Whatever your process is, making your bed will always make your room look and feel better.

You can make your bed military style as shown in the video below by the California Army National Guard. This method uses a flat sheet on the bottom instead of the typical fitted sheet. Collectors, please note, you’ll need access to at least three sides of your bed.

If you sleep with a duvet, there are a couple of different ways to make your bed. The easiest way is to spread the duvet over the fitted sheet and smooth it down. Bedding experts suggest that using a duvet cover helps keep the duvet cleaner longer. For those who feel that putting on a duvet cover is a challenge, Real Simple has an awesome video on how to easily put on a duvet cover:

Regardless of how you make your bed, cleaning your bed and bedding regularly will improve your sleep. Here is a suggested laundering schedule:

  • Sheets, pillow cases/shams, duvet cover: Weekly

  • Mattress cover, Pillow protectors: Monthly

  • Duvets, Comforters: 1-2 times per year unless soiled. Weekly if used without duvet cover or sheets.

  • Blankets: Weekly if used without sheets. Monthly if used with sheets.

  • Bed skirts, Canopies: Seasonally but more often if prone to allergies.

  • Pillows: 3-4 times per year if washable or as per manufacturer’s directions.

Consider using washable, dust-proof allergen covers on pillows and mattresses to reduce dust, dust mites, and other allergens. The Spruce has a great article on how to clean a mattress but you should always check with the manufacturer as some mattresses may require special care. The tips they suggest are below:

  1. Cover the mattress, to protect it and extend time between cleanings. Consider purchasing a mattress cover to protect the surface of your mattress. Choose a washable cover that is easy to remove and replace on your mattress. Some covers are even designed to reduce dust mite allergies and reduce the need to vacuum your mattress.
  2. Wash the bedding including sheets, pillowcases, and comforters or comforter covers weekly. Clean bedding will protect the mattress cover which in turn protects the mattress from becoming soiled.  Remove and wash the mattress cover whenever there are any spills or at least monthly. This is the time when you will want to inspect the mattress for any stains and treat them.
  3. It’s a good idea to also vacuum the mattress at least once a month. Dust, dander, and dust mites build up in your mattress. Even those of us without allergies can begin to notice dust and dirt in our mattress. Vacuum your mattress using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. If someone does have allergies in your home, you may need to vacuum more frequently and/or make purchasing a mattress cover a necessity.

Take some time to schedule in clearing your bed, washing your sheets and blankets, and making your bed. Remember it takes up to 90 days or more of doing something consistent daily to create a habit.

Are you looking to create a new habit by the end of the year? Tune in to the Hoardganize Podcast to learn how …

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Dust mites and bed making:

How to make a bed military style

How to put on a duvet easily

How to properly clean a mattress

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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. 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.

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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

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