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

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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Products are provided free by Smead for review.

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.

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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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