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

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tuff™ Hanging Folders with Easy Slide Tab™

Wouldn't it be nice if on occasion you could just “slide” through life? Well, I can't offer you that, but Smead does help you “slide” in your filing system with the Tuff™ Hanging Folders with Easy Slide Tab™.

These are the muscle of the folder world; 7 times stronger than regular folders; easy slide tabs (no more taking tabs in and out of those annoying little slots every time you want to update your filing system. Instead, you simply move the easy-to-see tab where you want it). They've even reinforced the rods-no more flimsy rods to fall and bend inside your filing cabinet. You even get a choice of colors-steel gray, blue, green, red, yellow and an assortment package of blue, red and yellow. Steel gray and the assortment package come in both letter and legal sizes.

Deceptively simple and easy (and they still give you an instruction sheet).

Products are provided free by Smead for review.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Another Way

So, you say you don't like eating veggies and haven't had a piece of fruit in ages? Well, there's always another way. Try drinking them instead. This my personal recipe with ingredients I had on hand, but feel free to experiment and personalize it with your own favorites (or soon to be favorites). Fresh is ideal, but frozen (which is as close to fresh as you can get) and canned work as well. Try to use unsweetened canned fruits in the natural juice to reduce the sugar and rinse canned products to remove some of the sodium. You can also just buy the reduced or no sodium varieties. So, no more excuses not to “eat” your veggies and fruit. Go for it and share whether you liked it or not.

Oh, it helps to have a high quality blender and the smoothie tastes better the second day. Hooray for leftovers, a great way to save time, while doing something that is great for you health!!

Please, share your recipe with me.

2 cups of almond milk

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup fresh Spring Mix greens

10 cherry tomatoes

1 can of unsweetened pears

1 can of unsweetened mandarin oranges

Just a note, I've used apples, blueberries, grapefruit, grapes, peaches, and strawberries, as well as other fruits. Nuts too such as cashews, almonds and macadamia.

Makes about 5 cups. Mix and chill or freeze.

Delish!! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Give 'em the Boot

I love shoes-it's just who I am (and I make no apologies :). Sadly, sometimes a fav pair suffers a little damage for the cause, but they're still in good condition otherwise, so I want to save them. Here are just a few pics to show a quick, CHEAP and changeable way to get a little longer wear. You can't keep a shoe fashionista down-even when you mess with her shoes!!

The boot before-just a little tear going on there.

Just a little secret-that's double stick tape!!

I keep it on hand always. By using this, I can easily remove and “redesign” anytime I want. I chose white for the contrast against the dark boot and the lace, but you could easily change the color simply by using a marker.

Ta da!! A cute boot, with black lace.

The full view and ready to go!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Good Thing??

Too much of a good thing can be bad; too little of a great thing even worse; have to find a happy middle.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Path

My clients often tell me that they're unsure of the path they took that lead to their current state of disorganization. Just as important as knowing what path you took that lead to your current state of disorganization, is focusing on the path that will lead (and keep) you out of it for the long term.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Verbal Sunshine

You know I love "liquid sunshine", but a newbie is here-"A compliment is verbal sunshine."

(Giant Food Store sign-really).

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dr. King

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!!

Friday, January 13, 2012


What excuse, if any, would you use if an unexpected guest asked for a tour of your home and it wasn't in the “shape” you'd like?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Teach our girls and boys that they are too precious to be beaten up or broken down by anyone!!

Monday, January 9, 2012


In order to affect lasting change there has to be a shift in your behavior, language and thinking.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Just One

Every journey starts with just one step.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Don't Believe It

The problem is not failing, but accepting that failure is the end. Never!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Not About Me

I've found that doing something for others makes me feel better when life is not treating me as kindly as it could or I'm experiencing a rough season. It takes the spotlight off of my problems and benefits someone else and that's a feeling that's priceless. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture either. A simple phone call to ask someone about their day or offering to run an errand or make a dish for dinner and sharing it. Small kindnesses really can have a great impact and the rewards can be endless!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions


Every year around this time people make their New Year's Resolutions. You know the ones: I will lose weight; I will quit this or that. You manage to stick to your resolutions for a minute and then you return to old habits. Ah, the comfort zone.

Well, this year, let's be different. Don't make any New Year's Resolutions. "What, no New Year's Resolutions??!! Yes, she's finally gone off the deep end". No, I have not, not really. Instead of putting the pressure of changing multiple habits in your life because it's a New Year, focus on one that you really want to change. "But isn't that a resolution"? Possibly, but I don't want you to think about it as a "New Year's Resolution"-that's a loaded phrase and one that might cause you to set unrealistic expectations. Change your language and your thinking and your behavior will change; change your thinking and your language and your behavior will change. It may sound like a simple play on words, but since the majority of people break or abandon resolutions before the month is over, why add the pressure? Instead of saying and thinking, "I will become organized this year", say and think (and do), "I will take these steps to become more organized this year and then list them (and do them). This is a great example: I will join a gym to lose 10 pounds (you know 10 is the magic number for some reason); I will join a gym to lose 10 pounds, go everyday and work out for one hour; I will join a gym to lose 10 pounds and change my eating habits by eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks." See, those are very specific and planned goals.

Have a wonderfully functional year-one day at a time!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Here's the first of the new year change-your-calendar-reminder!! C'mon over to 2012!!

Photo credit-Dennis Flaherty in the Youth Group Promotions calendar.

Beautiful-I have two!!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!! Welcome 2012!!

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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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