Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life May 2012 – Vol. 11 No. 5
“We adore chaos because we love to produce order.” ~M.C. Escher
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Think yourself organized Did you know that your subconscious mind does not distinguish between present and future? Knowing that, when I set a goal, I frame it in the present tense; for example, “I AM at my ideal weight and I feel great!”

I did, in fact, recently set a goal to lose 20 pounds in the next 2-3 months and came up with a plan to cut back on daily calories and ramp up my exercise.

One thing you need to know about me: I love to eat and I don’t like the sensation of being hungry one bit. So right from the start, here’s what I decided to do. Knowing that I would be thinking “I am hungry,” I decided to replace that thought when it came up with “I am getting skinny!”

Just so you know, I’ve been trying to lose 20 pounds for about two years now with little or no success. But this time around is different. In less than a week and a half, I’ve already lost five pounds.

I’d like to be able to claim that I’ve figured out how to think yourself thin, but of course just thinking about losing weight isn’t enough; you have to take action. That’s where my experiment gets interesting! When I think “I AM getting skinny,” I’m more inclined to choose healthy foods as opposed to when I think “I AM hungry” which could easily have me reaching for a bag of chips or whatever. Do you follow? The thought inspires what action I take.

So what’s all this got to do with getting more organized? Well, what if instead of telling yourself, “I am such a slob” or “I am helpless when it comes to getting organized,” you started telling yourself: “I am getting organized.” How would that feel? Say it a few times.

Remember your mind doesn’t know the difference between present and future. Think of your goal in terms of already having achieved it and you plant the seed of belief. Like Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

You can’t really think yourself thin or think yourself organized, but if your mind believes it is already so, your thoughts will influence your belief. Your belief will guide your actions. And you will begin to walk in the direction of your goals.

Thoughts? Comments? Feel free to write donna@unclutter.com and I’ll publish them in next month’s issue. Meanwhile, I’m going to go nosh on some cucumbers with homemade hummus and a glass of V8. J

Favorite organizing products and resources As a professional organizer for the last 10 years, I’ve used and recommended a lot of organizing products, services and resources.
Every month, in this column, I share my favorites.

Last month, I invited you to take a test drive of SendOutCards, the system I use to send cards and gifts for every occasion right from my computer.
This month, I want to introduce you to a product I discovered earlier this year, ListPlanIt.

On this site, you’ll find hundreds of lists to help you live a more organized life, plus you can sign up for the l.i.s.t. newsletter and get great tips and lists sent to you each month.

Are you planning a vacation this summer? Check out the travel planning lists that include trip planning, budgeting, itineraries, packing, and more.

You might also like to download a copy of 100 Days of Summertime 2012 eBook. It includes 31 lists and it’s just $5 – or free when you sign up for any ListPlanIt membership and get instant access to everything.

For a look at more of my organizing favorites, visit www.unclutter.com/favorites

And oh, almost forgot! If you subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens, check out page 20 in the June issue for some of my favorite low and high-tech ways to get organized.

Join the club! I recently partnered with the Top 1% Club where I am honored to be featured as the resident organizing expert.

Following is an article from the Top 1% Club Mentor, Gail Kasper, one of the nation’s leading professional speakers, a television commentator, and a life and business coach.

Build on the spiritual side of life by Gail Kasper, Author and Motivational Speaker

Are we a bunch of robots? No, of course not.

We are living, breathing beings who think, feel, love, offer help and support, create, develop ideas, form beliefs and express ourselves in countless ways. There is definitely more to life than our routines.
There is an immensely rich spiritual life we can enjoy, if we allow ourselves to.

To read the rest of this article, go to www.top1percentclub.com and log in or register yourself as a new member. Then click on “Articles” at the left of the page and look for the title of this article under Personal Development. You’ll also find some article from me and other business and lifestyle experts.
There is no charge for membership and when you
join now, you will be eligible to receive a complimentary set of Gail’s new books.

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