Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life February 2010 – Vol. 9 No. 2
“The mother of excess is not joy, but joylessness.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
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You deserve a reward If you’ve had any success at all in getting organized, you know that organization is reward in itself – even if you just manage to unclutter and organize a single drawer!

But what if you need a little motivation to get started or to finish up what you started?

Consider setting up a reward system. Let’s say, for example, that your goal is to spend 15-30 minutes a day on uncluttering or organizing activities.

Every time you do that, give yourself a star. Yes, just like your school teachers used to do! Draw those stars on your calendar. When you accumulate five or more stars in a week, allow yourself to choose a reward.

Following are some ideas for ways to reward yourself:

Enjoy a bubble bath. Draw yourself a nice, warm bath and allow yourself some time to just relax in peace.

Take time out. Make a cup of tea and spend the next hour reading your favorite magazine or a book.

Pamper yourself. Finished clearing out the garage? Make an appointment for manicure, pedicure, or massage. Ahhhhh.

Buy yourself flowers. Put them where you can enjoy them often throughout the day as a reminder that you CAN get organized.

Watch a movie. After cleaning up the family room, put your feet up and watch a movie – or go to the theater to see a new release.

Connect with a friend. Meet your best friend for coffee or lunch or make a long overdue phone call. Don’t forget to let them know about the progress you’re making in getting organized!

Sleep in. Give yourself permission to sleep as late as you wish and take the day off from organizing.

Never miss a birthday or anniversary again! Are you one of those people who never forgets to send cards on birthdays and anniversaries? Or do you WISH you were one of those people?

A few years ago, I was introduced to an online program that will not only remind you of upcoming special occasions, but also enable you to send real paper greeting cards from your computer.

With SendOutCards, you choose one the 15,000 cards in the catalog or create a card using your own photo on the cover.
Then you type a personal message, enter your recipient’s name and address, and click send. Your card is then printed, stuffed, sealed, stamped and mailed for you for about $1 a card.

Talk about simplifying your life! I liked this concept so much that I became a distributor so I could share this easy way to send cards because you know what? Sending cards is a simple act that can have a huge impact. Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said. They’ll forget what you did. But they’ll never forget how you made them feel.”

I’ve set it up so you can send a couple of cards on me.
Visit www.yourcardconnection.com and click on the banner where it says “Click here to send a free card.” Then be sure to let me know what you think!

Survey Results: More or less organized

Last month, I asked: Are you more or less organized now than you were at another point in your life?

48% said: More organized 34% said: Less organized 18% said: About the same

Disorganization can really take a toll on your mental, emotional and physical health. If you are among the one out of three readers who are less organized now than ever, think of ONE thing you could do today to start getting organized. Then do it.

New Survey: How do you learn best?

What is your preferred method for learning how to get organized (or anything for that matter)?

Reading (newsletters, books) Listening/watching (audio or visual media presentations including CDs, DVDs, phone seminars) Group (live seminars, classes, demonstrations) One-on-One (personal coaching or demonstration) f. Other (please explain)

TO RESPOND TO THE SURVEY, send email to editor@unclutter.com with the word “Survey” in the subject line and the letter that corresponds to your answer. Feel free to add comments in the body of your email. I love reading them! As always, I will share the results of this survey in the next issue.

Shameless promotion: Can you read Thai?

I’ve written eight books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages including Portuguese, German, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Croatian, and most recently, Thai.

My publisher sends me copies of my books in these foreign languages and I think it’s a hoot that I can’t read the books I’ve written!

If you would like to purchase a copy of one of my books in a language other than English, please contact me at donna@unclutter.com.
If you’re in the Phoenix area, come to Changing Hands Bookstore at 7pm on March 9. I’ll be giving a presentation on the Joy of Organizing and signing books afterward. More information: http://www.changinghands.com/event

Lastly, I thought you might enjoy these articles in which my tips are mentioned along with some other great tips.

Straighten up your home in an instant http://www.kten.com/Global/story.asp?S=11791030&nav=menu410_8_5_3

iYoga.com – Get rid of the mess, get rid of the stress http://www.docstoc.com/docs/21133253/Get-Rid-of-the-Mess-Get-Rid-of-the-Stress

WebMD.com – Clean house faster – great cleaning shortcuts http://women.webmd.com/home-health-and-safety-9/cleaning-shortcuts

That’s all for this month. Until next month, keep it simple.