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.

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(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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Professional Organizer Tips – Interview with Peter Walsh

Hey Collectors, and Professional Organizers!

It’s GET ORGANIZED Month! And in spirit of being a Professional Organizer I wanted to share this blog post from the past. I interviewed Peter Walsh in the beginning of my career and STILL find his advice helpful! Here’s the scoop:

You may have seen this handsome Australian American on the TLC hit show “Extreme Clutter”, or heard his enchanting voice on the radio. He is a compassionate helper, an amazing organizer and absolutely the kindest for allowing me to interview him on our blog. Folks, let’s get a round of applause for Peter Walsh!

Peter Walsh

Rachel:  At this moment in time, who would you most like to get (free) advice from and why?

Peter: Hmm – great question! I’d like to get free advice from any social media guru and I’m sure there are things in that domain that I could be doing more effectively.

Rachel:  Define success and name a few people you think are successful.

Peter: I think that many people forego success and happiness because when it arrives it doesn’t look the way they expected it to look. I think success has to be defined as being firmly in the present with a balanced and reasonable set of expectations. From this perspective, then, success is something that is first achieved internally and not assessed by external criteria. So, for me, another person’s success is determined by them, not by me.

Rachel: I’m a new business owner trying to grow my organizing business. What are 3 things you wish you’d done differently when you first started your organizing business?

Peter: I wish I’d spoken with more professional organizers to get some broader perspectives on the profession. I wish I’d embraced social media earlier and more aggressively.

I wish I’d realized that 20% of a job usually takes 80% of the effort.

Rachel: By my standards you are a very successful person; a brand. Would you share some of the types of support you have in place to keep the Peter Walsh brand going strong?

Peter: Sure – I have a very clear vision for my brand, what it is, what it represents and how it presents itself. I call this ‘brand intention’. I don’t do anything that doesn’t align with that. I answer every email that comes to me myself. I delegate wherever possible. I make every effort to work with and to employ people who are much smarter than I am.

As well as his work on TV he has written a few best-selling books about clutter and organization. His first (and favorite) is “It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff”. He is now also designing some cool organizational products and hosting a national radio program. This all keeps him busy when he is not travelling or helping people turn their clutter and chaos into calm.

Peter Walsh And 10 Tips To Declutter Your Home!

How to Keep Your House Clutter-Free

Tackle messes one room at a time.

When you buy something new, practice the “in-out rule:” For every one new item, get rid of an old one.

Create intimacy in the master bedroom. Remember that improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.

Make cleaning up fun for your kids.

Create a vision for the room you’re cleaning.

Teach your kids how to sort.

Use a hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most.

Ask yourself if you really need something. If you hesitate, you don’t.

Establish a “magic triangle” in your kitchen between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Keep the items you use most in that area.

Identify useful utensils with the cardboard box test.

This information was featured on the Oprah show.

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Self care during the holidays

Hey Collectors! Many times when I work with people they do not have good self- care. They beat themselves up over their clutter or disorganization. They may become anxious or depressed and let self-care slide.

The holidays can be very stressful, so now is a great time to implement a self-care routine if you don’t already have one. Especially if you get anxious or overwhelmed or upset during the holidays, now is the time to be gentle with yourself.

When we take care of ourselves, we are less likely to fill our lives up with things or feel the need to fill a void through shopping. When we love and are good to ourselves, we want to declutter and have our place feel good. When we take care of ourselves, we will make our doctor appointments or see our therapist.

I am a fan of having a plan in place. I would suggest that you write down all the ways you can take care of yourself. Take it a step further and write it down on your to do list or on your calendar.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be huge. I think a lot of times we think we need to go spend a day at the spa or spend lots of money to make self-care count. We don’t. Sometimes it is the little things that can really have an impact.

Here are some of my favorite ways to take care of myself during the Holidays or any time of the year!

1. Get a massage. Low on cash? See if there is a school in your area where students need people to practice on.

2. Take a walk. Being outdoors can really rejuvenate your spirits.

3. Take a hot bubble bath. A good soak is good for the soul.

4. Be silly. Whether you do a silly walk, make silly faces or act silly with a friend, lighten your mental worry with silliness.

5. Share your smile. Sometimes sharing your smile with someone can make a huge difference in their day. It also makes you feel good.

6. Shake it off. Get up and dance. Get your heart rate up and boogie.

7. Name all the things you love about yourself. If you get stuck, ask a good friend or family member to tell you what they love about you.

8. Eat a healthy meal. Get a yummy chopped salad or salmon and broccoli. When we fuel our body with the good stuff we can see it.

9. Help someone. When we help others, we feel good about ourselves. We realize we do have things to offer to people.

10. Read a book about something that interests you or you have always wanted to know about.

There are many ways to get self-care and this is one small list to get you started. Write down all the things you would like to do.

What are your favorite tips for having good self care during the holidays? What are your biggest challenges for taking care of yourself? Share in the comments below.

Are you too overwhelmed with clutter to have take carae of yourself? Would you like caring, compassionate professionals help you declutter and get organized? Do you need to spend less time on clutter and more time on you? Collector Care can help you whether you are a hoarder that needs a complete overhaul or you simply need a few rooms organized.

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