Clear the Clutter

Let’s Get Organized

So, who is humming “Let’s Get Physical” as they read the title of today’s blog?  This month I am going to focus a lot on getting organized.  WHY?  Because it is the top New Year’s Resolutions people make.  Was it one of yours?

I admit I can be a ‘hot mess”!   From my desk and my office to the dust bunnies under the coach.  I  love to de-clutter and organize but am often overwhelmed by it.  Crazy right since I have lots of tips for everyone else?  I used to be a “just in case” gal.  The one who saved things in case they were needed from crafts to knickknacks…. you get the picture.

I am working on a room, maybe a closet/cabinet at a time cleaning things out.  One the outside it may not look like much has been cleaned out but believe me, I have been decluttering.

Are you feeling overwhelmed already in the New Year?  Day 3 with everyone is back to work and school.  Do you have a hundred things going on –  work, family, social life, daily responsibilities, goals, and the list goes on, right?  Has the day just started and you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all?

I tend to overcomplicate things. It isn’t intentional, it just happens. We are going to work on clearing the clutter (a little bit at a time) – emotionally and physically.  Once the clutter is gone, we can embrace the many blessings the Universe has for us.  So, here is some basics and we will talk about all of them in more detail as the month goes on…


Don’t let the dishes pile up in the sink.  Put them in the dishwasher or wash them up.  Make the bed right after you get up in the morning. Open the mail as soon as you get home – tossing the junk mail. Have one spot to read later.  Doing things “as you go” will keep things neat.  It will also keep you from feeling overwhelmed or like you are constantly cleaning.


We all have toxic relationships.  The people who suck the energy from us, are negative all of the time or just aren’t good for you. Don’t be afraid to cut ties with people like this. Your time is precious, so you want to spend it with people you care about, and people who make you feel good about you.  This is a process.


OMG!  You will be amazed at the difference this makes in your life.  How many hours do you spend deleting messages from your inbox without even reading the email? I routinely unsubscribe to lists instead of just hitting delete.  When you unsubscribe, you also stop getting emails from their “associates”.  Unsubscribing will not only make your inbox easier to read but may also cut down on the impulse shopping.  A whole other subject!


Get rid of old things like clothes, dishes, electronics, magazines, furniture you no longer need- donate what you can.  Too many material possessions sitting around can make you feel drained and can complicate things,  taking your attention away from what matter’s most.


Write down your top 3 daily goals. I put them in my planner and block time for – reading, cleaning tasks, calls to make, errands to run and  general life stuff.  I limit myself to 3 tasks in my business and 3 tasks in my home.  It has helped me to increase my focus and get things done.  It also helps me to stay in the moment when I am with friends and family.


We have all said it at some time “I’m good at multitasking.”.  Did you know multi-tasking is stressful and ultimately unproductive?   You can get so much more done when you focus on a single task, time-block and schedule your work.


Are you always running out the door in a rush?  What if you got up just 15 minutes earlier every morning?  Getting up a little earlier would give you more time to write your to-do list, prepare lunch and get ready for the day.  Write down the things you need to do in the morning and the time it takes to do them.  Then figure out what time you need to get up to get them done.  Be realistic!


This one is tough and takes practice, at least for me.  What matters most to you?  Home life, social life, work, side-gig, family, hobbies, friends, worship? If you are doing something you don’t love or it doesn’t give you value, give it up – if you can.  Focusing on the things which bring you joy or matters most to you will make a HUGE difference in your life.


How often do you feel obligated to say “yes” to something?  Did you know “NO” is a sentience all by itself?  We tend to forget it and try to explain why we can’t do something which opens the door for a conversation.  There is no need to explain yourself – if you don’t want to do it, just say no.

This year, why not focus on getting back to a simpler time in our lives.  Let’s start valuing our time.  Life is too short.   It is time to do the things we want and what we like doing. De-cluttering, getting rid of anything  which doesn’t serve you will help you simplify your life and feel more at peace.

Lots more tips and tricks on simplifying your life and de-cluyttering this month…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Cleaning Made Easy


For those that know (and love me), they know that cleaning is not the tops of my list of things to do.  Don’t get me wrong – the house is neat, dishes are done and “public” rooms are usually ready for company.  The dust bunnies under the coach or in some of the other rooms know that they are safe most of the time.  So for me “cleaning made easy” would involve someone coming in at least 2 times a month to clean the house from top to bottom.

I haven’t reached that point yet BUT am looking forward to the day it happens. In the meantime, I found this awesome chart on Pinterest that helps me to get things done in a short amount of time.


Seems easy enough, right?  I have calendar blocked 45-minutes Monday through Friday to get things done.  It works.  Now remember it is just hubby and I in the house so it is a little bit easier than those of you who have kids.  You may need to block a little bit more time to get these things done but I would say no more than 1 hour.


This next tip is courtesy of hubby.  Hubby had surgery last week on his hand – minor in the big picture of things.  His hand was wrapped and dry skin appeared under the wrap.  Well, he scratched and got some blood on the ace bandage that was protecting his incision.  He asked if there was anything that he could do to get the blood off since he had 4 more days to wear it.  I couldn’t think of anything so off to bed I went.  The next morning he says “look I got it clean”.  I was shocked BUT I was even more surprised when he told me what he did.  He got the tip from You Tube….

Spray a small amount of WD-40 on the spot.  Let it soak in for about 1 minute.  Then take 2 or 3 drops of white cider vinegar (so it doesn’t discolor anything) an apply it over the WD-40.  Let sit for about 30 seconds.  Then he took a clean paper towel with just a little bit of water and rubbed.  It disappeared.  He took a second paper towel with some dish detergent on it to make sure the WD-40 was gone.  So in about 3 minutes the blood was gone!  According to the You Tube video it will work on all fabrics.

Here are some more uses for cleaning with vinegar:

Clean Windows – Make your own window-cleaner with two tablespoons of white vinegar with six and a half pints of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.

Freshen Up Laundry – Toss a capful of white vinegar into the machine on washing day. Your colours will come out bolder and your whites whiter.  Got grass stains? Make a mixture of 80 ml white vinegar and 160 ml water. Apply the solution to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you’ve removed as much green as possible, and then wash as usual.

Clean Carpets – Battle carpet stains like wine with a mix of vinegar and warm water. Rinse thoroughly.

Dissolve Stubborn Glue – Have trouble getting that annoying sticky label residue off a product or accidentally glued something together? Try using vinegar as a solvent to dissolve many common adhesives. Vinegar is also good at cutting through grease.

Quick and easy, right?  What is your best tip for removing stubborn stains from clothing or carpets?  Share them with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!