Stuff can be sooo much fun. Getting a new pair of jeans that make you feel like a million bucks, finding a new lipstick in the latest trendy color or buying a beautiful new mug to drink your morning coffee in are all lovely things and can make your life sparkle. One of my favorite times of the year is back to school time when those fresh new notebooks, pencils and journals all hold so much potential. A new beginning. A fresh slate. I love having a pretty home and get sweaty palmed and juiced up thinking about new throw pillows, organizing do-dads and kitchen ware. I feel the pull of new stuff just like the next person. So while I do have minimalist leanings, I have a nice collection of lipsticks and shoes and have no interest in letting those things go. Why should I? I love them. They bring me joy and they do make my life sparkle.Read More
Many of us have so much stuff that we don't enjoy our homes. There is stuff everywhere. We haven't seen our table tops in ages, it's hard to navigate some rooms without tripping over something or bruising our hip squeezing past furniture. There might be whole sections of our homes that we avoid at all costs. One of my favorite clients has a room that we lovingly refer to as "The Mystery Room" because what's in it is, well, a mystery.
When we have so that much stuff it's like trying to write a book while sitting on the floor of a busy airport terminal. There is so much stimuli to distract us we can never get quiet and focus on the thing at hand. It's mentally fatiguing to take in all that information.
It nags at us and tells us lies.Read More
One of my favorite productivity gurus is David Allen of Getting Things Done fame. He teaches us that getting things out of our heads and into a system that you can trust such as a notebook or productivity app is the only way to go. We walk around thinking of stuff all day long and it stresses us out! He suggests doing a brain dump and then start sorting out your thoughts and turning them into actionables.
A lot of things that we have on our to-do lists are not actually actionables.Read More