Procrastination + Chores

Hey Collectors!

What’s going on?! You putting some things off? Are you procrastinating on your chores as usual? What makes you put them off? Are you distracted? Would you rather be doing anything else?

I get it it. You associate your chores with negative feelings. Feelings that stemmed from childhood, old feelings. Household chores = yucky. You might be reminded of being made to pick up as a child, or as many of my clients, you were never shown to pick up, so you don’t really know how. Maybe your parents hated chores and you are imitating them subconsciously. Maybe your stomach turns at the thought of doing chores because your entire being associates chores as being painful.

It’s time to shift the way you think. Chores = happiness. You can finally have people over, you can find things easily so you are not late, you save money so you are not buying duplicates.
Messy = yucky. Messy equals guilt, embarrassment, shame, always running late, having to buy duplicates. 

Let’s define the word “chores”: definition of the word “chores”, 

the everyday work around a house or farm. 

The word “everyday” is super important, as being organized requires a conscious steady effort. You have to maintain your routine in order for it to last.

Instead of moving towards happiness we stay in the land of procrastination, watching tv, surfing the net, and doing anything else possible. Avoiding. Procrastinating. Staying in a rut. Stagnate. No forward motion.

Do you want to be unhappy not doing chores? Or actually be happy by maintaining your nest?

At what point does being unhappy sitting in a mess become worse than actually picking up?

Ask yourself these questions Collectors. Stop procrastinating! You deserve to be happy!!

Do you need help getting back on track? 
Do you want help establishing new systems and routines?

Hire a Collector Care Professional Organizer today! 

Reclaim your happiness! 


4 Tips for Living Room Bliss

4 Tips for Living Room Bliss
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.
(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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Starving Organizer ISO Funds

Thanks for opening up this solicitation! Please send me $35 NOW so I don’t die. This is where I attach a photo of me emaciated and destitute. Lying in the street gutter with the rats. And a broken neck. 
I am SO tired of “charities” bombarding my clients with never ending requests for money. I have seen thousands of mailings plastered with graphic photos of the most disturbing matters!! Five different “Save the horse” mailings with five different stories of slaughtered horses from five different outfits. All of them needy, all of them pulling on your heart strings. 
You donate to one company and they sell your name to 10 more. Before you know it you have stacks and stacks of solicitations and can’t remember which one you donated to begin with. My Client Roz wrote an article all about our personal experiences with this exact subject matter.

“I get too much mail from organizations with sob stories or worse on the awful treatment of (fill in the blank) dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, dolphins, children, and old people. Of course they ask for money. If I send them $10 or $20, and I usually do, I get on more mailing lists from more heart wrenching organizations. ” (See link below for full article).

I love the ones who send money. Yes they send $2 bills, pocket change, stamps.
You can’t throw money out so you are compelled to open it. You take out your $2 bill (how do they afford that?!) and a picture of animal testing falls out. You have got to donate to this one! After all they did just send you two dollars. 
Don’t get me wrong I strongly believe in donating to charities. I do not believe in organizations praying on compassionate people. I do not believe in organizations selling your information to other companies.
How do you track who you donate to? Are you overwhelmed with abundance of solicitations? Do you have stacks and stacks of mail from charities looking for donations?
Below are three tips to help you manage solicitation mailings.
www.freedigitalphotos.net1. Put all of your solicitation mailings in a box. Go through this box with ruthlessness. Open up each solicitation that you are interested in donating to and do step 2 before you mail your donation. 
2. Create a spreadsheet or list on who you just donated to, how much and the date.
3. Write “return to sender” on ones you just can’t stand and put them in your outgoing mail. If that’s too mean for you, recycle or shred them immediately.
To read Roz’s personal experience on how we handle her solicitation clutter, read
Until next time dear Collectors! As always, please feel free to post a comment with your experience on mail solicitation clutter.

Rachel Seavey, Blogger & Owner of Collector Care

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