Tips and Tricks October 2014

Quote of the Month

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Arthur Ashe

The next time you feel overwhelmed, pause, take a deep breath and focus on right now – right where you are now. Then, based upon the amount of time that you have at that moment, do what you can. Before you go down the path of “shoulda, coulda, woulda,” do one action that will show progress of even a minute degree. Doing the next right thing will redirect the overwhelm into hope. Try it!

A great big “WELCOME!” to all of our new subscribers this month. Thanks for joining us – it’s really great to have you with us.

Baltimore County Residents: Hot off the Press

On Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 9 am – 1 pm, there will be a HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP OFF Day at the Western Acceptance Facility in Halethorpe, Maryland. For additional information, call 410-887-3745.

From April to November, you can dispose of Household Waste Materials at the White Marsh location.

Got Books?

I see a lot of books in my daily travels. I see books on shelves, floors, countertops, beds, steps…..get the picture? And I see many, many books sitting in Amazon boxes. I haven’t seen any 12 step groups for ‘bookaholics’ but it might not be a bad idea to start a local branch.

So how can you have an intervention with the books that are taking over your home or office or your life?

1. Just say no. One day at a time. Make a commitment to yourself or to an accountability buddy to stay off of Amazon or any book sites/stores for one week.

2. Use the wish list feature. If you hear about a book that sounds good, add it to the wish list on Amazon or use a special notebook or file to store the names. You don’t have to buy a book the second you hear about it. If you write it down, you’ll remember it.

3. Come up with a reasonable amount of money to spend per month on books. Pick a certain day each month and that can be your day to buy a book or two or three…

4. Every time you resist the urge to buy books, stuff a $5-10 bill in a jar. You can decide what to do with the money later, but in the meantime, you’ll be saving up for something special. Impulse control is really hard but can be so rewarding when you surrender to that ‘got to have it’ urge.

5. Spend 5 minutes – just 5 minutes – and pick a book or two that you’d be willing to donate to a charity or friend and then do it! Imagine what your home could look like if you did this every week.

6. If you bring a new book(s) into your home, force yourself to get rid of at least the same number of books you brought in. DO try this at home!

7. Last, but not least, take the time you’d spend buying books and pick one of the books you already have and read it.

When’s the right time to let go of your books?

What a great question! The right time to let go of your books is ANYTIME!

I know how hard it is for many people to get rid of books (one of my beloved clients told me that getting rid of her book collection feels like getting rid of a child). If your books are interfering with your quality of life, here are some possible solutions for you to try :

‘Rip the bandaid off’ approach – gather tons of books, box them up and give them away. You can give them to local schools, Goodwill, homeless shelters, daycare centers, waiting rooms or search the internet for tons of worthy causes that would love you to ship the books to them.

Sell by category – if you have specialty books that you are no longer interested in, scour the internet to see if you can sell them on line. Sometimes books are worth selling but warning – sometimes selling books on line are not worth the effort. Do some research and if it seems too overwhelming, donate and get the tax deduction.

Gentle approach – pick 5-10 books a week to donate or sell. Then take the necessary action that week and get them out. It is usually simpler to donate. If you need suggestions of who will take your books, email me.

“Helping Baby Boomers and their Parents Lighten their Loads.”

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home, contact me. Together, we can transform your home into a happy, tidy place where you can feel at peace. We can also get you ready for your next move more enjoyably, faster and easier!

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