Life management insights, strategies, hints, ideas, and tips from Dr. DClutter™.

Friday, December 30, 2011

End of the Year Clearance

Doesn't it seem that the year just started and it's almost the end of 2011? I hope you were able to accomplish many of the things you wanted, but if not, prayerfully, there's always next year (well, technically, that's tomorrow, but let's stay in the moment). Take inventory of those things that made your life worth living and made you joyous and fulfilled-keep those close. For things that made your life feel disorganized and difficult, throw those out!! Take this time to let go of the old things that cluttered your life and usher them out with the old year. Rid yourself of negativity, disorganization, poor time-management and habits that just aren't working for you. Have your own end-of-the-year-clearance!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Recycled Christmas Cards

Oh the joy of receiving Christmas cards with their inspirational sayings and beautiful pictures. You rush to put them on the coffee table or mantel for all to see, but then what to do with them when Christmas is over?? So as not to add to the after Christmas clutter, you can just throw them away. "Oh no, did she just say throw away my Christmas cards??" Okay, take a breath. Here's a quick, cheap and easy idea. You can create an ornament for next year by using the picture and attaching it to a pretty piece of ribbon or string. Embellish as you wish using pinecones or candy canes as dividers and then hang it from a door or in a window.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Keep Giving

Take this time to declutter and bless someone else by donating an item or two (or more). Make sure it's an item that's still in good condition and is usable. If not, trash or recycle it instead. Not only will you continue in the Christmas spirit, but you'll also free up valuable space in your home.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Contain Your Joy

You're aware of the popular plastic multi-gallon storage containers, right? You know the ones that have the tops and hold tons of "stuff"? Here's a concept that usually brings looks of disbelief and confusion when I say it in my seminars. They are not necessarily for organization. "What??!!" They’re for storage, thus the name "Storage Container". "Huh??" Yeah, that's usually what I hear from people. What I mean is that a storage container is not designed to hold things that will be used on a regular basis but is intended for those items that will be cycled in and out of use within the year. They should not be used to hold things that you don’t want to discard and that allow you to justify your clutter. Christmas decorations and seasonal clothing-yes; broken toys and mildewed books-no. Especially forbidden are "these" if you already have a problem with clutter:
You can't see what's inside, so you'll be less likely to use the contents. Yes, I know, they're on sale every year and you just can’t pass up a bargain, but try. One exception? Clear. Yes, if you can see it, you're more likely to use it. If you must indulge, promise me you'll do this simple exercise. Create a list that you will attach to the visible side of the container that lists EVERYTHING on the inside. I know, I know, that will take time, but just think how you'll impress your family and friends when you can actually find your stuff!!

Monday, December 26, 2011


When do you "undecorate" for Christmas? The day after, in the new year or another time?


Okay, it's the day after Christmas and you're faced with the task of undecorating (is that even a word ??!!). If you're like me, you'll leave your decorations up at least until the end of the first week of January, but I know there are some die-hards who tackle the task the day after. Did you enjoy the task of decorating this year? Probably not if you had to buy new decorations because you couldn't find yours or you became so frustrated with trying to untangle or find your decorations. If you did not feel so jolly, here are a few ideas that will make life easier after the holiday season and for next year.

a. To protect your Christmas wreaths, wrap them in clear garbage bags and hang them (if you have the space in your storage area). If not, remember the idea of using those large gallon trashcans to layer them. For an added layer of protection and to prevent crushing, cut cardboard inserts a little smaller than the actual wreath and lay those between each one.

b. Use the paper towel tubes to wrap lights, garland and if you must, old ribbon. Cut a slit in the top and nestle the beginning of the string for easy unwrapping next year.

c. For delicate items, such as small ornaments or figurines, try using an old egg carton or a box with compartments. If you can't find one, you can make your own with a box and cardboard dividers.

Of course, I prefer the clear containers, but if you promise to make a list of the contents, boxes are acceptable.

d. If you decorate more than one room, make your life easier and label each box to the corresponding room. That way, next year it'll be easier to know which decorations are for your living room, dining room or outdoors.

e. Of course if you've kept the original packaging, you won't need these handy, dandy ideas, but if not…happy "undecorating".

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

I pray you're having the best Christmas ever. Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Pics

A Gingerbread man in a golden basket; a colorful "heart" of bows and goodies; and winter pinecones and flowers with a warm candle glow.

These little QT's swing ther hips as they belt out a jolly rendition of "Frosty the Snowman"!!

The Mr. and Mrs. welcome you home with the warm, inviting glow of their candles. They open and close their arms, as if to say, "Welcome"!!Just a few pics. Hope you enjoy them!!

Photos property of Dr. DClutter™ Life Management and should not be used without permission.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Picture Perfect

You've decorated your house just the way you want it. B. Smith and Martha Stewart would be proud. Why not make it easier for next year? Take pictures of your rooms and use them as a road map for decorating next year. You don't have to follow the same plan each year, but wouldn't it be less stressful to have a guideline for next season? You can also make great Christmas cards by adding the pictures and a personalized note.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I know people who decorate the day after Thanksgiving (my sister Sharon), but even I don't have the energy to tackle that task so close after the holiday. I'm still recovering from my turkey coma. How many of you are with me? You too have wreaths and bows to hang, Christmas lights to string and trees to decorate. On the other hand, how many of you does this describe? You can't find your decorations, so you have to trek to the store and pay full price for more decorations that you already have, but can't find. Or you become so frustrated with untangling last year's lights that buying new ones seems reasonable? Make the pledge right now that next year will be different. This year, you'll take the time to carefully store your lovingly labeled and masterfully organized decorations so that you can find them next year. You'll save the boxes for those delicate glass blown bulbs and carefully place each one gently back in it's proper space. You'll take the time to wrap your lights around a simple piece of cardboard to ensure they won't become a tangled mess. You'll take the time to store each wreath in a simple container or if you have multiple wreaths, you'll layer them in a plastic trashcan with a lid (cheap, but effective). Yes, you'll give yourself one of the greatest gifts you'll ever receive…ORGANIZATION. You'll thank me later.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First to Last

It's the last month of 2011!! What things have you procrastinated about only to wake up and realize that the year is almost over? Go ahead, I'll wait because if you're like most, that list could get pretty long. No need to fret, however, because you can still accomplish some of those tasks. Prioritize and get that long "To Do" list down to a manageable size. Tackle the larger projects first and make sure you have a plan of attack. Write it down. More importantly, don't become discouraged and locked into a mind battle against time-you'll lose. Instead, take the position that there are only so many hours (and days) left that you have to work with and get started. Enjoy the journey.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Joyous 22

Twenty-two ways to say joyous: blessed, happy, blithe, cheerful, delighted, ecstatic, exuberant, festive, glad, gleeful, heartwarming, jocular, jolly, joyful, jubilant, merry, mirthful, pleased, spirited, upbeat, vigorous, wonderful. Feel free to add your own!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Problem Personality Type?

Are you a problem-solver or a problem-procrastinator? How do you determine which one most closely resembles your personality? Glad you asked!! Let's use a broken appliance as an example. Suppose something suddenly broke-what would you do? As a problem-solver, you'd likely play detective by twisting knobs and pushing buttons, plugging and unplugging the appliance to make certain it's truly broken. Hope does spring eternal for both personality types. Once you've determined that it's truly broken, you'd start researching to find a qualified technician to do the repair (unless you already have one on speed dial), comparing a few to get the best deal or a free estimate. Then you'd actually follow-up by setting an appointment. Problem solved (you hope). On the other hand, a problem-procrastinator would likely lament about the broken appliance, but that would probably be the end of the effort.. Of course, the worry, aggravation and inconvenience would linger, but wouldn't be enough to compel you to action. So for months, you'd stick to your avoiding behaviors until the pressure became too overwhelming for you to stay in that place of inaction (or not). So, how to overcome the problem-procrastinator personality? Force yourself to push pass the desire to remain complacent and then follow-through. Don't allow inaction to even be a part of the equation. As soon a problem arises, jump on it-no breaks allowed. Set a concrete plan of action and time frame for completion. Enlist others to help you stay on target. It's harder to procrastinate when you have others aware of your behaviors. Ask them to help you remain accountable. If all else fails, envision how proud you'll feel that you're no longer a problem procrastinator. Self-motivation works!! I never said it was easy, but it is feasible to change.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Walk Away?

Are you willing to "walk" if the current companies with whom you have services charge "too much"??  I am. Recently, my telephone company raised their rates and lost me as a customer. It took about an hour from research for a new company to order completion. I expended a little effort and some time, but saving money is worth it and I will be able to save HUNDREDS of dollars. Customer loyalty is a great thing, but I like saving money more.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Adjust Your Focus

It's easy to sit, worry and focus on what you don't have, but it takes less energy to focus on all that you DO have. Another benefit? You might just see how wonderfully blessed and rich your life really is. Try it!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Unintended Perception

Do you know what it "says" to someone who is depending on you to follow through, but you choose not to do so? It indicates that your time and needs are more important than theirs. Certainly, most of us would NEVER verbalize this thought and that's generally not the message you wish to convey. But that's the unintended perception when you are lax in completing a favor or task. Most people don't want to have to constantly remind you to follow through-makes them seem like a "nag". However, if that's the only recourse available to them, what would you suggest they do??It's easier to just follow through, don't you think??

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pick One™ System Explained

Most of you seemed to grasp the concept really well. Congratulations!! Didn't I say it was simple?? Each day challenged you to focus on one aspect of your life in four areas and START-start changing, start discussing, or start thinking about your life in a different way. What you did with the challenged area was up to you, but hopefully you decided that if change was necessary to START that day. Day one was about choosing a behavior to focus on and change (or think about or discuss). Day two saw you considering your language. No not learning a foreign one (although that could be a great exercise), but more about the negativity that may have been a hindrance to you and changing your internal and external speech. Day three focused on changing, identifying or discussing your thoughts. Again, negativity to be replaced by more positive and actionable thoughts. Finally, day four was about your physical space. If clutter and disorganization reign in your life, day four's challenge was about starting the process of removing that issue from your life. By picking one "spot" you reduced the likelihood of becoming overwhelmed by a large project and reverting to the old habit of doing nothing because it all seemed too much. Day four made it manageable. See, that wasn't so complicated, was it? While it may have been challenging, as change often is, I hope that the ability to make small changes on a daily basis was helpful and that you will continue to institute the Pick One™ system in your daily life!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pick One-Day Four

Today's acronym and its meaning: P.A.S.S.™. Pick a Spot and Start.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dr DClutter™ and the Ten-Minute Tidy™!!

Who's willing to give me 10? Check out for an ingenious product (and a nice article to inspire you in just ten minutes to boot!!)

Pick One-Day Three

Today's acronym and its meaning: P.A.T.S.™. Pick a Thought and Start.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pick One-Day Two

Today's acronym and its meaning: P.A.L.S.™. Pick a Language and Start.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pick One-Day One

Today's acronym and its meaning: P.A.B.S.™. Pick a Behavior and Start. Day two on Monday!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pick One™ Intro

For four days, I'll present a four letter acronym and its meaning, that will help you change your behavior, thinking, language and space. The concept is so simple that at first glance it may appear TOO simple. Yet it's so powerful if you commit to doing it-you will see results. Notice I said “IF YOU COMMIT TO DOING IT”. It won't just happen-it's not the “O” pill I just wrote about. But the concept works, if you follow-through. I'll ONLY present the acronym and the meaning, no commentary or explanation-it's that simple. Of course, if you have questions, please feel free to ask. So, starting tomorrow-bring it!! Your commitment, that is.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Smead Project Organizer

What do a large meal and a large project have in common?? They’re both easier to “digest” if you take small “bites”. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by looming projects, the most efficient way to tackle them is to break them into manageable parts. Whether you’re a small business owner, or the CEO of your family, Smead’s Project Organizer can help. With its pre-printed pages, you can easily list the project description, date (start and completion), task, action and follow-up, as well as the names and contact information of those you may need to keep abreast of your progress (or those helping you take those small bites). If that wasn’t enough, there are 10 pockets to store paperwork associated with the project and a place to write more notes. It’s a one-stop-source of organizational bliss!! Of course, you still have to put in the effort, but at least Smead’s Project Organizer can help you stay on track.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

An App for That?

There seems to be an app for everything, but what if you don't have a smartphone. Is there an app for that? I thought I was being clever by asking, but it turns out that there are apps for non-smartphone users too. I know for you techno savvy folks, it may be impossible to believe that some of us still have phones that are “not smart”, but we do exist. So, for those of you, who like me have not yet jumped on the smartphone bandwagon, there's still hope!! SMILE!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Be certain to take the time to acknowledge the many blessings you’ve received, especially on this day. Save some turkey for me!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Be Thankful!!

We @DrDClutter are taking time to be with family & friends. We'll be with you all "sometime" after Thanksgiving, once we recover from our turkey, stuffing and dessert induced trance!! Be blessed and enjoy the holiday in whatever way pleases you, with family and friends or without, volunteering or reflecting; make it count, make it memorable, make it special, make it thankful!!


Did I miss a memo? When did it become fashionable not to return telephone calls (if a voicemail is left) or emails? It doesn't have to become a long, drawn out conversation (or reply), but a simple acknowledgment of receipt,  "Hey, I got your voicemail or email, and I'll be in touch.", would certainly be welcomed. Oh, yes, throw in a return text too-for those of you who use that sort of thing. Relic here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sad Song

My dog ran away, all my bills are due and my car just got a flat tire. Woe is me!! Do you have people in your life whose lives are starting to sound like a bad country western song, where all they do is complain? Do you feel as if you're more a therapist than a friend? Have you started looking at your caller ID and ignoring their calls? It takes effort to be a great friend, but when you feel you're doing more giving than receiving, or the relationship feels lopsided (and not in your favor) or you are drained after an encounter with a friend, it may be time to rethink the relationship. Supporting a friend in the time of need is part of being a good friend, but a relationship should not leave you feeling used or upset most of the time.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Insomnia cure??

I've discovered that the cure for insomnia is exhaustion!! Work all day, sleep all night. Who knew??

Holiday Madness Busters

Thanksgiving is Thursday and Christmas will be here before you know it. If you've procrastinated and are feeling a bit overwhelmed, this article offers a few simple tips and strategies to help you enjoy the holidays.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Behavior Tax

Here in DC, we have a five cent "bag tax" which is charged for each paper or plastic bag you use from a retailer when shopping. The goal is to reduce the number of bags consumers throw away that eventually show up in our streets and waterways. The outcome has been a reported reduction in the number of paper and plastic bags and more consumers opting for reusable bags. That caused me to think about what price I would be willing to pay to change a not-so-functional behavior. Hmm-could be pretty expensive, depending on what that behavior was (SMILE). What price would you be willing to pay if you were charged to change a not-so-functional behavior?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tackle It!!

A beautiful liquid sunshine day-perfect day for getting things done!! What are you going to tackle?

The “O” Pill™

If there was a "miraculous" pill to living an organized life, I'd bottle and sell it for millions, but sadly, one doesn't exist. What does exist is your ability to change. Simply institute one small change a day or week and in no time, you will find yourself on a new path-one that leads to a highly functional life. It's not rocket science, but it does require effort and a willingness to stay the course when faced with a challenge. You can do it!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Small Change

What small change can you institute today that will bring organization and improve function in your day? Perhaps limiting the time spent on the computer, or telephone. Or tackling one side of that desk to reclaim valuable "real estate" (and the other side tomorrow). Maybe it's going through your closet to rid yourself of your "maybe" clothes. You know-those things that you consistently say, "Maybe I'll wear those pants "someday." What are some others that you can think of to tackle?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Joy Theft

Don't let anyone hinder joy from entering (and staying permanently) in your life. You're too valuable and life is too short to entertain miserable, joy stealing people!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

Join me in honoring those brave souls who have and continue to defend our country and the world. We salute you all!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


If you're waiting for someone else to make you happy, hunker down, it's going to be a long wait. Instead, find ways to enhance your own life. But don't make the mistake of thinking it has to be a life-shattering, Earth moving experience; it doesn't. Just start small with "doable" changes.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Give and Take

Short, sweet and to the point-it's the way relationships should work.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Life's Annoyances?

I am not a fan of the sound of a ringing phone. Drives me bonkers!! What's one of your "little" annoyances?

Monday, November 7, 2011


This is an interesting article and I wonder how long most people would last at this company? What constitutes gossip? Is it always negative or could it be the sharing of something positive? Think about the pregnancy reference in the article-would it be gossip? Would you sign the form? Do you think you could refrain from gossiping? Read on!!

Preoccupations - Nipping Workplace Gossip in the Bud

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Turn Back

I always turn my clocks back early to avoid forgetting. How many of you do this, but then forget you've done it, panic and then realize it's all okay?? Funny people!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Poetic Justice

Be encouraged if this is your current season. Justice happens!!

"For nearly a year, a former publishing colleague lived under a cloud of fear that he would be fired. A new boss in the department, for reasons unknown, began filling his personnel file with negative comments. Then, on the day my friend expected to lose his job, the new boss was fired instead."
Julie Ackerman Link

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What's In Your Wallet?

Yes, it's a popular tag line for a major credit card, but it should also be something that you practice knowing on a regular basis. If you're like me, you may switch out credit or debit cards for each shopping venture and keep receipts needed for exchange or returns in your wallet; or you may stay the course and never change what's in there. Seriously, how many of you are still carrying around your high school ID card or expired credit cards?  At any rate, here's an easy way to protect yourself in case your wallet is lost or stolen. Make a list of the contents of your wallet and keep it in a safe place. Even better-make copies of all of the contents of your wallet and keep it in a fire safe locked box. Here's praying you won't ever need that list, but it'll help you in the process if you ever find yourself in that situation.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Credit Monitoring

I've broached this subject before, but it bares repeating. Quickly, tell me ONE of your 3 credit scores. Can't do it? You may need to invest in a credit monitoring service or check with your credit card company to see if it's a free benefit or perk. There are multiple from which to choose, so I won't recommend one over the other. However, please be aware of the fine print to avoid expensive (and surprising charges). Most will offer a free trial period, but make sure to set a reminder to cancel (and then do it!!) if you decide the service is no a good fit for you. No need to throw away your hard earned money.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Smead Tag Along™ organizer

How many of you have watched the shows about couponing? I have and am always fascinated (and a little scared) by the concentration and devotion of those people to save money. While you and I may not go to that “extreme” we can all benefit from saving money in this tight economy, wouldn't you agree? Couponing doesn't have to consume your life, but you should make an effort to use coupons for purchases you were planning to make anyway. One handy way to organize all of that “free money” is to use a product like Smead's Tag Along™ organizer. It's the perfect size to fit in a small purse (or in my case-a large one-who's with me?), a back pack or just to hold in your hand. It comes in 2 delicious and tranquil sounding colors (chocolate/moss and chocolate/lake blue), for the fashion forward, and includes 5 pockets and stick-on pre-printed labels (plus 5 blank labels).
To ensure you don't lose any of the “found money”, there’s a flap and elastic cord to keep everything safe. Don't limit your use to coupons, use the Tag Along™ for receipts, recipes, business cards or anything else that you need to keep in a handy, dandy, toteable format. They're so compact, you could have a few for different uses. What other ways can you envision using the Tag Along™organizer?

Products are provided free by Smead for review.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Rarity!!

An Autumn snow in October in DC-I'm loving it!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Strengths or Weaknesses

We all like to believe that we are strong individuals, and that's probably true. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we may also have more weaknesses than strengths (Pressley). For some, that may be a difficult statement to accept-but it doesn't have to be a negative reflection of self. Our areas of weakness are simply opportunities for improvement and growth!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Money Matters

Money is necessary. Money is important (to many of us). Most of us would prefer to have more than less of it. So, how are you as a money manager? Are you like E.F. Hutton where if you speak, people listen because you've done such a great job with your finances? Or, are you the one who is afraid of the ringing phone for fear it might be a bill collector? Are you the one who is wondering if they still have "poor houses" because that's where you'll live if you don't get control of your finances? Or are you somewhere in the middle? Money, like any other area of your life needs to be managed, but you can't do that if you don't have a realistic view of your finances. Whether you seek the help of a professional money manager or simply take a close, hard look at your finances on your own-just do it!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wasted Breath

Complaining is simply wasted breath if you don't seek a solution and then use it.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Do you fear your own greatness, thus allowing a self-fulfilling prophesy to limit your own possibilities?

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I've had many, many jobs in my life. Some I liked and some I hated, but I can truly say that each one taught me something about appreciation. One that really sticks out in my mind was the morgue. I helped families during the identification process of their loved one and every time I entered the building I knew that I would be granted the opportunity to help a family through arguably one of the most difficult times of their lives. It made me appreciate life even more. What job or profession along your journey has taught you the most and why?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Chicken or Owl?

Are you a chicken or an owl? I'm an early riser and prefer to get up, get it over and get on with life. Are you like me, up with the chickens or are you more of an owl, finding it more productive to perform tasks later in the day? It's advantageous to know your "productivity personality" when planning your day. You'll be more likely to complete that daily "chore list" if you plan activities when your energy level is at its highest peak.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Six Steps to Order™ Day Six

Day Six-Uniformity

For closets-use the same type of hanger (wood, space saver, etc.). It provides for a more uniform look (and saves space as well).

Monday, October 17, 2011

Six Steps to Order™ Day Five

Day Five-See Clearly

Use clear containers, if possible. If not, label or create an itemized list of the contents.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Six Steps to Order™ Day Four

Day Four-Don't Buy It

Don't rush to buy new things-use the items you already have and only purchase new items for organizing AFTER decluttering.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Six Steps to Order™ Day Three

Day Three-Pile it Up

To prevent becoming overwhelmed, put like items into piles and work to eliminate each pile, BEFORE moving on to the next.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Six Steps to Order™ Day Two

Day Two-Use or Lose

If you can't use it-donate, recycle or trash it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Six Steps to Order™ Day One

Day One-Space/Place

Look at each item in the space and decide if you really need, want or will use it. Also decide if that particular space is the proper place for it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Six Steps to Order™

For six days, I'll present an easy to follow tip/strategy that will help you get closer to a more organized you (and your space too). Remember the goal is not to finish quickly, but to implement real thinking, behavior and language changes so that these tips become new habits. Let me know how each day works for you. See you on Monday for the first one...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Opposites Attract??

Remember Felix and Oscar, the "Odd Couple"? Felix was the neatnik and Oscar, well, Oscar was organizationally challenged. If it possible for two completely opposite personalities to peacefully cohabitate and not destroy the relationship? What opposites exist in your life?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Emotionally Charged

Someone once told me that I never seem to get angry. While appreciated, it's not true. I experience the gamut of most human emotions, but do my best to make sure that, as much as is possible, I control my negative emotions and that they don't control me. If you could eliminate one negative emotion, which one would it be and why?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Gratitude Welcomed

Often we give so much of ourselves that it seems precious little is left for us; we seem to give and give and get little in return. While gratitude is always appreciated, it may not always be given. So, take this approach: harness all of the pure joy that exists from your truly altruistic acts and know that even if you seem unappreciated, your deeds are a blessing to someone in need.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Plan for Change

Change is a good thing. But, it can also send your world spinning into a chaotic state if you're not equipped to deal with your newfound responsibilities. Change is a good thing. But having a plan to insure a smoother transition for change is critical. Plan for change!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Did It

Remember when you were a kid and you broke something, but wouldn't accept the blame for it? Well, that's part of growing up and learning to accept responsibility. However, if you're an adult and you're still exhibiting those childish ways, that's a different story. Be adult about it and just accept the blame. Just say, "I did it."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Just Deal

Sometimes life is what it is. Don't stress it-just deal with it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Assembly Required

When disassembling furniture (or anything that will require reassembly), take a before picture to help you remember what it looked like assembled. This is especially helpful for electronics (like a computer), which often have multiple cords and attachments.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Think Again

Think your day is rough? Turn around, look ahead, look to the left or the right, or behind you. Chances are, someone else's day may be even rougher. Practice gratitude!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Racetrack Thoughts

Picture it-a racetrack that goes in a circle, with no end in sight. Ever have those thoughts that are pervasive and seem to run on a continual loop in your mind? You know the ones that are sometimes productive, but can often be negative or nagging. What to do? Get them off and out of the loop!! Write them down, speak them out loud or share them with someone. That way-they're out of your mind and in the open where you can honestly conquer the racetrack thoughts.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bad Day

Having a bad day? It's okay to have an "off day" when you just don't feel your best, BUT don't let YOUR bad day affect others.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cognitive Dissonance

If someone asked you for money for to use for a reason you personally wouldn't support, such as buying cigarettes or alcohol, etc., would you give it to them even if it was against your beliefs?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Behind Time

Today is September 7, 2011. How many of you STILL have your calendars displaying August? Just asking.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Blaze a Path

Don't get stuck in a rut, it expends too much energy. Find alternative behaviors, coping mechanisms, and thinking that will allow you to blaze a new path!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Adjust Your Focus

Don't fixate on the problems in your life. Instead, focus on finding the solutions.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I don't have to be the person I was. I don't have to remain the person I am and I can become the person I desire to be.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

No Definition

Thankfully my past doesn't define me. My today doesn’t restrain me. But my tomorrow inspires me.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Any Time Friend

"A true friend stands with us in times of trial"... and when called, only asks , "How can I help?". Are you someone your friends would call a “2 a.m. Friend”? Anne Cetas

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Heavy Load

Life is hard enough with the weight of your own burdens. You increase the load when you try to carry other's burdens too. It's okay not to have the solution to everyone else's problems, as long as you are being the best supportive friend you can be.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Have To Be's

Life is full of things that we may not be able to change-those “have to be's”, but it's also ripe full of things over which we have the ultimate control. So, instead of focusing on those things that “have to be”, make a list of those things that you can and would like to change and start working towards crossing them off your list.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


You won't win every battle, but you'll never know if you don't at least fight.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Life's List

What are the three most important “things” in your life?? I'll give you God and family. What else??

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Angry You

YOU-angry, sleepless, frustrated, plotting and vengeful. The object (person) of your anger is happy (and oblivious). What's wrong with this picture?? Redirect your energy!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Regret is a useless unless it propels you forward.

Numbers Game

Isn't it funny how numbers rule our lives if we let them?? A number on the scale can wreak a good day. A number on a paycheck can make us doubt our worth and even the number of “friends and followers” we have on social media can affect us. Don't buy into it!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Do It

Everything you try won't be successful. Everything you don't will fail. It's worth an effort.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

B Line

Take a hint from the tiny bee. After gathering nectar, the bee flies straight back to the hive to make a deposit. You can do that too by getting straight to the point in organizing. Don't "stop and drop", instead, "make and take" (make the effort) and (take the extra step) to get your items to the proper place. An example-don't take anything off at the front door, just go straight to your room and put them away.

Dr. DClutter™

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Just because someone holds a grudge against you, doesn't mean you have to bear the weight.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pet Peeves

What are three of your pet peeves?? Mine?? Ignorance in the face of knowledge, inconsiderate people and use of profanity.

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Monday, August 8, 2011


Release and/or remove yourself from any person or situation that is keeping you in a state of rage, hate, anger or sadness.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Joy Blocker??

Joy comes in the morning, but not if you won't let it.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Take It

If you take the time to do "it" now, you won't have to worry about "it" later.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Be kind and empathize when faced with a difficult person.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Soft Approach

When you're hard on others, you make it harder on yourself.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hotter than July

Hindered by the heat?? Held hostage by the humidity?? This is a great time to tackle some of those indoor items on your "To-Do" list. No excuse-it's just too hot to be outdoors. Be productive!!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Passion

I love what I do because it's my passion. I get to make the rules because I'm the boss. I work when I want and with those I chose (or not). I get to make a difference and that feels great!! What's stopping you from following your passion? Money?? Fear?? Others??

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

First Time

Troubles come to teach us a lesson. Learn the first time!!

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Monday, July 25, 2011


"One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving." Amy Carmichael

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Take Back

If you were to put your problems in a box along with others, you'd see yours might not be as bad, and probably want to take yours back.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Expiration Date

If you're struggling, going through a tough time or are in the midst of a storm, remember problems have an expiration date.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Sometimes we have to endure to reap the benefits. It's hard, I know, but don't be in such a hurry to rush trials away.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Your Focus

"Focusing on what’s wrong can cause us to miss everything that’s good." Julie Ackerman Link
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Toot Your Own Horn!!

It's no secret-I love myself and treat myself well. No one will ever toot your horn like you can. So even when there's no one around to tell you how wonderfully, marvelous and extraordinary you are, look in the mirror and do it for yourself.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Guest on The Diane Rehm Radio Show

Honored to be a guest on the Diane Rehm Radio Show today from 11am-noon to talk about hoarding. Please listen online @

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Are you an enabler? What behaviors do you exhibit (or allow in others) that you may think are helpful, but are really allowing another to benefit from your grace in a negative way?
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Monday, July 11, 2011


It's no secret-I'm not a fan of Mondays. What do you do to get your engine revved to start the week?

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Thursday, July 7, 2011


"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase".  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Word

Sometimes a kind word is enough to improve someone's day.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Unseen Hoarders Clip

Here's a short clip not seen on the show. Enjoy!!

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Thursday, June 30, 2011


Life offers many paths, which one will you follow?

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Character and Reputation

"If we take care of our character, our reputation will take care of itself!" Bill Crowder

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Let's Chat!!

Please join me on the Hoarders message board.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Please Watch Me On TV Tonight!!

Please, set your alarms for 9 pm EST tonight, to view me on A&E's hit show, Hoarders. I am the featured organizational expert for tonight's episode.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Clothes" Minded

I truly do my best to live the life I teach, so since you've asked, this is a picture of one of my closets (yes, I said "one of"-SMILE). It's pretty full, but remember, I aim for "function" over "perfection and pretty". I'm very low-tech (and low budget when necessary), so can you guess what I used for the dividers on the shelf?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


How do you deal with the not-so-positive moments in your life??

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011


If books have been written about it, shows produced about it and a wealth of knowledge available about it, why does procrastination still reign in your life?

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Monday, June 20, 2011


If you ask a favor (and it's granted) and are given a specific time frame for completion, are you allowed to become irritated if you procrastinate yourself out of the favor?

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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Challenges are only temporary.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yesterday's Burdens

Each day's adversity belongs only to that day. Don't carry over yesterday's burdens.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Small, Yet Great

Small, yet consistent efforts can yield great rewards.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

As You Go

Clean as you go and your stuff won't pile up on you.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011


Some things I chose to remember. Other things I chose to set reminders to "remember". Helps me keep as much "free space" in my head as possible for the really important information.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Wouldn't it be nice if life came with an eraser to remove the difficulties? Sadly it doesn't, so make the best of every situation.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Make being considerate like a virus and spread it!!

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Monday, June 6, 2011


Be aware of people who try to put you on a pedestal. They may just be waiting to see how far you will fall.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Truthful Remembrance

Lies are hard to remember-the truth rarely is.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Finish Line

Sometimes a dead-end is a finish line. Tavis Smiley

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Two-Way Street

Respect is a two-way street. Are you on the right side?

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Honor Memorial Day

Join me in taking the time to honor those who gave their lives to serve our country. Let's make this day more about those men and women than about the beginning of summer vacation and cookouts. While those things are great, please take a moment to remember why we celebrate. Please, if you have a loved one you'd like to honor, send their name and branch of service and I'll list them. I'll start with my grandfather:

James Payden, Army

Purcell Matthews, Navy from Tia R. Chase

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Worry Free?

"Worry doesn’t accomplish anything positive; it just adds to the sense that we are drowning in the troubles we are facing." Bill Crowder

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

One Day at a Time

Place your focus on measurable goals and take each day as it comes.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Shared laughter creates a bond of lifelong friendships.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Pay or Play

"Pay now and play later, or play now and pay later." Judge Belvin Perry

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Thursday, May 19, 2011


I like my money. When a company tries to take more of it than they're entitled, it incites me to action. Tsk, tsk, tsk!! Keep precise notes when speaking to representatives in case you have to dispute a charge.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Respect is like a 2-way street. Are you on the "right" side?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Banking on Relationships

If you compared your most intimate and valued relationships to banking, would you be the one making most of the deposits or withdrawals?

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Habit Forming

Trying to institute change? Whether good or bad, positive or negative, a habit only becomes a habit when practiced.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011


The best-laid plans still require flexibility.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Credit Matters

Have you checked your credit scores lately? Knowing is better than avoiding.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


"What we say about others in secret can travel... And not only can our gossip travel far and wide, but it often does great harm along the way." Bill Crowder
Watch your words.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Clutter and Health

Is clutter making you sick? Check out my latest interview for valuable and insightful strategies and information.

Thanks to Jennifer Nelson for being such a great interviewer!!

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hoarding Signs

Remember every person and situation is different, so use this only as a reference, not a diagnostic tool.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Compassion is an inner feeling resulting in outward action.
David McCasland

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011


What, to you, constitutes being an adult? Is it age? Wisdom? Experience? Responsibility? Contributions? Other?

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!!

So grateful for another year!! It's a sad frog that can't praise his own pond, so I wish myself the best birthday ever!! Will be off enjoying the day.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Clutter Happens™

Clutter may happen. Clutter may come. Clutter does not get to stay.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring Purge

In the midst of a spring purge, not just cleaning. I do it quarterly (or more) and am still surprised by what I'm willing to let go. I still hold on to a few treasures, but for the most part, if it's not functional, it's gone. Here's a picture of one of my "keeps" (I allow myself at least one per purge). Yes, the doctor has to practice what she preaches and teaches.
My fist piece of luggage

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pair It

Let's face it, chores don't usually evoke the "warm fuzzies", but that doesn't have to be the case. Try pairing a chore you generally avoid, with a task you enjoy. For me-it's dusting (ugh!!) and music, or folding laundry, while watching television. What's your pair?

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Change the World

People often say they want to change the world, but remember the world is simply made up of individuals. So if you help one person, you've changed the world. Doesn't seem as daunting, does it?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Not a Good Look

Ungratefulness is not a good look for anyone. Try consideration and gratitude instead. They're both one size fits all.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finders, Users

If you can't find it, you can't use it. Take a few moments daily to recover lost items.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day of Purpose

Every day may not be your most purposeful, but every day has a purpose.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Happiness or Joy?

Happiness is often based on what's going on in life at that moment. Joy and contentment are states of mind and being, which aren't based on happenstance.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011


There's a beautiful song, "I Give Myself Away", which stresses the need to be available for others. It's a great model for life.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Balancing Act

Life desires balance. An off kilter existence is just too much work.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Effort, No Effort?

If great rewards come from great efforts, what does doing nothing get you?

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Monday, April 11, 2011


No part of the life management process is any greater or less than the other. It's a holistic experience.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Left and Right

Has life been unkind? Having a bad day? Need a pick-me-up? Look to the left. Now look to the right. Someone next to you could very well be having a worse time than you. Help take your mind off of your problems by empathizing with someone else. It's a win-win situation.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
Napoleon Hill

Failure serves a purpose.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


If you're aching to start a new chapter in life, but want to keep it a secret-don't!! Find someone who will be SUPPORTIVE and share your desires. It'll help keep you accountable.
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Small Wonders

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Napoleon Hill

Greatness comes in all sizes.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's a Date

Food, makeup and other items have expiration dates for a reason and they're generally not a "soft" suggestion or up to debate. When in doubt, throw it out.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Be Passionate!!

Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
Napoleon Hill 

Find your passion and follow it through to completion!!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jewelry Heist

If your jewelry was once gold and is now silver, let it go. Unless you're into the pirate look, keeping one earring in hopes of finding its "mate" is a work in futility. Clear the madness!!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Plant the Seed

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.
Napoleon Hill

Perseverance has its benefits.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Closet Cleanser

Would you purposely buy the wrong size in your clothes? Probably not. Then why hang on to the "dream" and "reminder" sizes in your closet? Rid yourself of clothes that are either too small or too big. Who wants to face those reminders every morning?

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fully Release

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Napoleon Hill

It takes effort for rewards to be fully realized.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Disorganized living can drain you in multiple areas of your life-physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Is it worth the high cost?

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Monday, March 21, 2011


A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Napoleon Hill
Having a dream is great. Implementing your dream is better!!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011


Strive for better function, less for perfection.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Applied Action

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Action required.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Successful Failure

Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
Napoleon Hill 
It's what I call "successful failure".

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Do It Now!!

You can spend your energy avoiding a task or completing it. It's the same energy, but one is more beneficial than the other, so why not reap the benefits?

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

End Reward

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt

There's a reward in the end.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Clutter and disorganization are generally less about the "stuff" in your house, than the "stuff" in your life. Either way, for improvement, you should deal with both.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Get Up

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

Keep getting up!!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Daily Encouragement

Encourage yourself on a daily basis.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Flow of Life

Life includes many highs and lows, ups and downs. It's how you handle the lowest, down moments that make the higher, ups much more rewarding.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Above the Influence

You don't have to be a follower. Be a trend-setting leader instead and inspire others to follow you!! Please watch the video clip below.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Life is full of possibilities, unless and until you replace them with excuses.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Looking Back

It's okay to reminisce, but don't spend so much time looking back that you miss the opportunities that are in front of you.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Communicate Differently??

It's been stated that men and women communicate differently. Men are said to use 3-stages in which they think, process and then articulate, while women use a 2-stage process of thinking, then articulating. Agree or disagree? Let's discuss.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Patience is a Virtue

If patience is a virtue, how virtuous have you been?

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wait and Hurry

When you procrastinate, don't expect others to respond "quickly" to your needs because YOU have a deadline looming.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Use Your Gift

Recently I contacted my credit card company about an erroneous charge (resolved), but eventually listened to the representative talk about his three children and the challenges he and his wife were facing in raising the middle child, who suffered from low self-esteem. Now, that was not the "intended" purpose of the call, but it was the "necessary" purpose of the call. He needed an ear and I had one, plus the time to listen. Use your gift whenever the opportunity presents itself. You never know what the benefit to another human being will be.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Increase or Reduce

There are two options for dealing with clutter. Either increase your space or reduce your stuff. It's a simple concept, but often difficult to implement. Once you embrace that these are your two viable options, all that's left to choose is which path you'll follow and to stick with it.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sis. Brown' s Song

There is an elderly woman at church with the voice of a songbird and she could hit notes sometimes that I thought only dogs could hear!! Her signature song was "If You Can't Help Me". The lyrics included some great life lessons: If you can't help me, please don't stop me, move out of my way, don't try to block me, I got a race to run, and I'm running by faith, at the finishing line, I'll see God's face. Enough said!!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Year. New You?

Being disorganized takes as much commitment, if not more than living a fully organized existence, so why not use your energy to better serve yourself?

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Conserve Your Energy

It takes more energy to be evil, cause confusion and drama. Conserve your energy!!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011


We can't control the actions of others, but we can control our REACTION to others. Keep the peace.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Difficult People

I often wonder what makes people difficult to get along with in life. I further wonder if someone has hurt them along the way and they then feel the need to return the "favor" to soothe their own hurt. Or are some people just ornery? Whatever the reason, we have to encounter unpleasant people. The challenge is not allowing them to alter our state of being. What's your take?

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Small Steps Matter

Small steps are just as effective as giant leaps, as long as you're consistent. Don't punish yourself if change is slow in coming-just keep encouraging yourself to move forward.
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Monday, February 7, 2011


What habit did you vow to leave in 2010? Did you do it, or did you bring it with you into 2011? There's still time to let it go, but you'll have to put forth the effort.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Out of Focus?

Do you find that your focus is not as keen as you would like? What can you do today to refocus? Perhaps taking a few minutes each day to plan and evaluate the tasks of the day would be beneficial. Try it for a week and note the results.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Life Management?

Are you managing your life or is your life managing you?

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Costco Magazine Article

My tips and strategies are on page 43 and 44 of the article, De-cluttering 2.0. Please share your thoughts!! Scroll over to the right for the full article (past the big silver trashcan (SMILE).

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Monday, January 31, 2011


Imagine the possibilities and then actually achieve them.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011


In what way has your faith or trust been challenged so far this year?

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Never Satisfied

Do you find that you bore easily or feel the need for new challenges on a regular basis? Is there anything wrong with that? I think not. Always strive to avoid stagnation by never being satisfied with the ordinary.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Just Once

Each day dawns just once, so savor each moment.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Good Friends

A good friend has two ears for listening; a mouth for giving comforting words; and a shoulder for you, if needed-no waiting.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Living in the Past

Living in the past is not productive because it doesn't allow you to change in the present.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Gift

Give the gift of a smile-they're free, but you get such a huge return from such a small investment!!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Not My Problem

Bewildered? Maybe. Baffled? Possibly. But bothered? Not!! If you've not done anything wrong and another person holds a grudge, please don't let it guide your day, night, thoughts, or life. It takes a great deal of energy and is often not worth the trouble.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Dr. King's Dream

Today we celebrate the birthday of a historic figure, Dr. Martin Luther King. We are a country that has celebrated great change, so let's not stop now!! Take the time to remember Dr. King's dream and also make the world a much better place than it was last year at this time. Dream on-still!!

Here's the address for a You Tube video of Dr. King's, "I Have a Dream" speech: or simply type "I Have a Dream" in your search engine.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Not Needed

The next time you feel the need to use an expletive-don’t. Use an adjective instead.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Act

Every behavior has a reason or consequence, so think before you act.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Leave for Passion

At some point in your life, you have to leave your comfort zone to follow your passion.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

No "Do-Overs"

Apologies can always be given, but words can never be "unsaid" and taken back, so watch carefully what you allow to come from your heart, through your mouth.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011


Challenge yourself to attempt a task you've been avoiding and then share with me your success (or successful failure, if that's the case).
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Live life more abundantly!!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Adult Peer Pressure?

We consider peer pressure a childhood problem, but how many of you adults cave into it on a regular basis?

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Monday, January 3, 2011


Don't find time-it's not lost. Don't make time-it's already created. We use time-wisely or not.

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I am Dr. Darnita L. Payden, Executive Director/Owner of Dr. DClutter™ Life Management, a division of PreciousOnes™ LLC. I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and over 20 years of experience working to help clients discover their strengths and talents. Having worked as a therapist, college professor, grief specialist and trainer, I have encountered in my journey many of the issues my clients may face. I have a sincere desire to help you find clarity, organization and independence in your life and environments. I know that life can be hectic, but I desire to help my clients bring as much order, peace and enjoyment back into their lives as is possible. What separates me from the norm? I focus on the client from a holistic perspective. I realize that most people desire a functional and an organized life, but may simply need support, understanding and information about why they have the habits or tendencies that have led to disorganization. I do not perform “quick fixes” or provide “one-size-fits-all” guidance, but I strive to provide strategies to my clients that will be life changing and useful for a lifetime. Dr. DClutter™ is a name well earned!!

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