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

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.

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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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