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ORGANIZING PLAIN & SIMPLE MONTHLY
October 2003
Vol. 1, No. 8

Tips & Inspiration for
Organizing a Simpler Life

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“Never discourage anyone who continually makes
progress, no matter how slow.”

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ORGANIZING PLAIN & SIMPLE MONTHLY
October 2003
Vol. 1, No. 8

Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life

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“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
–Plato

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Please DO NOT REPLY to this newsletter. You’ll find contact information below.

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FEATURE ARTICLE: Daring to stop the busy-ness Do you often feel stressed about what you have to do – or what you haven’t done?

Do you find it difficult to balance the daily demands of work and home?

Do you long for more leisure time?

Maybe you’re trying to do too much. As Americans, we want to have it all, do it all, be it all. But
in striving for the impossible, we run the risk of short-changing ourselves and those around us.

The Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, has said, “If we are too busy, if we are carried away every day by our projects, our uncertainty, our craving, how can we have the time to stop and look deeply into the situation – our own situation, the situation of our beloved one, the situation of our family and of our community, and the situation of our nation and of the other nations?”

Slowing down IS an option. If you are feeling stressed out, overtired, or overwhelmed, I dare
you to stop the busy-ness. Following are some suggestions for regaining control over those things that are within your power:

* Design your life around your values. Choose two or three things that you consider to be the most important to you such as career, family, and fitness (or whatever you are passionate about).
At the beginning of each week, create time in your schedule for each one of your priorities.
Then schedule everything else around those things.

* Go on a commitments diet. If you are currently involved in activities that are not aligned with
your values or priorities, consider resigning from those activities. It’s okay. People will
understand. Keep in mind that in stepping aside, you are giving someone an opportunity to step
forward. As part of your commitments diet, you will also need to learn to say no. If you are
asked to volunteer your time, all you have to say is this: I’m sorry but I can’t. I am not making
any new commitments right now.

* Practice the concept of “pace, not race.” Walk and talk more slowly. Give yourself more time to get where you’re going and to complete your work. Build a little relaxation time into your
schedule. Your body, mind and spirit need it!

* Focus on the present. Whether you are washing dishes, driving to the store, doing your job, or
helping your children with homework, focus all of your attention and energy on the task at hand.
Think twice about multitasking. In a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Studies show multitasking makes you stupid,” author Sue Shellenbarger cites results from three scientific
studies that prove multitasking is not as efficient as you might think. To read this article, click on the following link or cut and paste the URL into your Internet browser:
http://m1e.net/c?20200342-i73guki.dDhCk%40245000-.4OQ0mcs/I6Zs.

NEXT MONTH’S FEATURE ARTICLE: Ways to get organized in spite of yourself

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NEW SUBSCRIBER?
To read back issues, go to:
http://www.unclutter.com/newsletter

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DID YOU KNOW. . .?

* The United States Senate recently passed a resolution that October, 2003 be officially
designated as “National Work and Family Month.” The text of the resolution suggests that
Americans need more balance between work and family and that “reducing the conflict between
work and family life should be a national priority”.

Scores of Americans are expected to take part in activities and ceremonies throughout the month.
Take Back Your Time Day (October 24) is the main activity nationwide. For more information or to read the full text of Senate Resolution 210, go to http://www.timeday.org.

* October 5-11 is National Get Organized Week. Founded by the National Association of
Professional Organizers (NAPO), Get Organized Week was created in 1992 to promote the benefits of getting organized and to provide the tools and techniques necessary to achieve that goal. GO Week is an excellent opportunity to learn how you can reduce clutter, de-stress and simplify your life. Watch for GO Week events in your area.
Meanwhile, take the GO Week Quiz:
http://napo.net/goweek/GWquiz.cfm

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Want to get organized once and for all? Let me show you how. . .the plain and simple way! Check out my latest book, Organizing Plain & Simple.

“…a terrific handbook of clutter-control tips.”
–The Washington Post

READ THE INTRODUCTION:
http://www.unclutter.com/books.html

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SURVEY RESULTS: NURTURE OR NATURE?

Last month, I asked “Is organizing a “natural” or “nurtured” skill? As promised, here are the
results of that survey:

64% said: They consider themselves as organized or disorganized as their parents.

9% said: They are more organized than their parents.

27% said: They are more disorganized than their parents.

I have to admit that the results of the survey are inconclusive. A high percentage of
respondents report being like their parents, but is that because of genetic makeup or environment? Hmmm. If genetics is the key factor, how did 9% of the survey respondents end up more organized than their parents and 27% end up more disorganized than their parents? I guess we’ll never know. The bottom line (and good news) is that anyone can learn how to get organized – at any age – with no help from their parents!

NEW SURVEY: YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE

What is your single biggest challenge in getting organized? Please select only one answer:

a. Lack of time
b. Lack of energy
c. Lack of money
d. Other people
e. Don’t know where to start
f. Not enough space
g. Too much stuff
h. Not motivated
i. Tried before and failed
j. Other (please explain)

TO RESPOND TO THE SURVEY, please DO NOT REPLY to this message.
Send an e-mail to editor@unclutter.com with the word “Survey” in the subject line and your answer in the body of the e-mail. I will share the results of this survey in the next issue.

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ONLINE ORGANIZING RESOURCES: Lillian Vernon

At my Web site, I include a page of online organizing resources for storage and organization
products. One of these resources is LillianVernon.com.

I just received word today that from October 1-December 31, 2003, Lillian Vernon is hosting a
sweepstakes with a chance to win $25,000 in products, a trip to New York City, or roses
delivered weekly for a year. No purchase is necessary.

For more information, go to:
http://www.unclutter.com/online_resources.html
and click on the Lillian Vernon button.

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READERS WRITE: About bathroom hang-ups

My tip is in the “kids’” bathroom. I went to the fabric store and purchased some cord and edging
so that I could make tabs on my kids’ towels. I sewed a loop on the center of each towel at the
top and secured it with a square of the edging (which does not unravel). I put up a couple of
double hooks behind the bathroom door and had the kids hang their towels there after using them. That way they aren’t on the floor and they dry this way. Of course, each of my five kids has their own color towel. That way, they know whose is whose. And I know who to get grouchy with when I find one on the floor.

–Submitted by Colleen P. of Omaha, NE

ENTER TO WIN an autographed copy of my most recent book!

Do you have a question about uncluttering or organizing? Or a really great organizing tip that
you would like to share with other readers?

Send an e-mail to editor@unclutter.com with Readers_Write” in the subject line. (Please DO
NOT REPLY to this message.)

If your question or tip is used in a future issue of this newsletter, I will send you a free
autographed copy of my latest book, Organizing Plain & Simple. Check it out at
http://www.unclutter.com/books.html.

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SHAMELESS PROMOTION: Online Reviewers Wanted

Have you read Organizing Plain & Simple? Do you enjoy sharing your opinions with others? If so, the author would be delighted if you would write a personal review at Amazon.com.

It’s very easy to do. Just go to Amazon.com and bring up the listing for Organizing Plain & Simple or any of the author’s books (simply enter the keyword “smallin”). Then scroll down until you see where you can write an online review. Please do this if you have a chance. It’s very
helpful for other readers.

READ ABOUT DONNA’S BOOKS at:
http://www.unclutter.com/books.html

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

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–Plato

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Please DO NOT REPLY to this newsletter. You’ll
find contact information below.

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Thank you for subscribing. . .
I hope you enjoy reading Organizing Plain &
Simple Monthly as much as I enjoy writing it.

FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS NEWSLETTER to your
family, friends, and colleagues!

If you received this issue as a forward and would
like to receive your own free subscription, sign
up at: http://www.unclutter.com.

*************************************************
FEATURE ARTICLE: Daring to stop the busy-ness

Do you often feel stressed about what you have to
do – or what you haven’t done?

Do you find it difficult to balance the daily
demands of work and home?

Do you long for more leisure time?

Maybe you’re trying to do too much. As Americans,
we want to have it all, do it all, be it all. But
in striving for the impossible, we run the risk
of short-changing ourselves and those around us.

The Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, has said, “If we
are too busy, if we are carried away every day by
our projects, our uncertainty, our craving, how
can we have the time to stop and look deeply into
the situation – our own situation, the situation
of our beloved one, the situation of our family
and of our community, and the situation of our
nation and of the other nations?”

Slowing down IS an option. If you are feeling
stressed out, overtired, or overwhelmed, I dare
you to stop the busy-ness.

Following are some suggestions for regaining
control over those things that are within your
power:

* Design your life around your values. Choose two
or three things that you consider to be the most
important to you such as career, family, and
fitness (or whatever you are passionate about).
At the beginning of each week, create time in
your schedule for each one of your priorities.
Then schedule everything else around those
things.

* Go on a commitments diet. If you are currently
involved in activities that are not aligned with
your values or priorities, consider resigning
from those activities. It’s okay. People will
understand. Keep in mind that in stepping aside,
you are giving someone an opportunity to step
forward. As part of your commitments diet, you
will also need to learn to say no. If you are
asked to volunteer your time, all you have to say
is this: I’m sorry but I can’t. I am not making
any new commitments right now.

* Practice the concept of “pace, not race.” Walk
and talk more slowly. Give yourself more time to
get where you’re going and to complete your work.
Build a little relaxation time into your
schedule. Your body, mind and spirit need it!

* Focus on the present. Whether you are washing
dishes, driving to the store, doing your job, or
helping your children with homework, focus all of
your attention and energy on the task at hand.
Think twice about multitasking. In a Wall Street
Journal article entitled “Studies show
multitasking makes you stupid,” author Sue
Shellenbarger cites results from three scientific
studies that prove multitasking is not as
efficient as you might think. To read this
article, click on the following link or cut and
paste the URL into your Internet browser:
http://m1e.net/c?20200342-i73guki.dDhCk%40245000-.4OQ0mcs/I6Zs.

NEXT MONTH’S FEATURE ARTICLE: Ways to get
organized in spite of yourself

*************************************************
NEW SUBSCRIBER?
To read back issues, go to:
http://www.unclutter.com/newsletter

*************************************************
DID YOU KNOW. . .?

* The United States Senate recently passed a
resolution that October, 2003 be officially
designated as “National Work and Family Month.”
The text of the resolution suggests that
Americans need more balance between work and
family and that “reducing the conflict between
work and family life should be a national
priority”.

Scores of Americans are expected to take part in
activities and ceremonies throughout the month.
Take Back Your Time Day (October 24) is the main
activity nationwide. For more information or to
read the full text of Senate Resolution 210, go
to http://www.timeday.org.

* October 5-11 is National Get Organized Week.
Founded by the National Association of
Professional Organizers (NAPO), Get Organized
Week was created in 1992 to promote the benefits
of getting organized and to provide the tools and
techniques necessary to achieve that goal. GO
Week is an excellent opportunity to learn how you
can reduce clutter, de-stress and simplify your
life. Watch for GO Week events in your area.
Meanwhile, take the GO Week Quiz:
http://napo.net/goweek/GWquiz.cfm

*************************************************
Want to get organized once and for all? Let me
show you how. . .the plain and simple way! Check
out my latest book, Organizing Plain & Simple.

“…a terrific handbook of clutter-control tips.”
–The Washington Post

READ THE INTRODUCTION:
http://www.unclutter.com/books.html

*************************************************
SURVEY RESULTS: NURTURE OR NATURE?

Last month, I asked “Is organizing a “natural” or
“nurtured” skill? As promised, here are the
results of that survey:

64% said: They consider themselves as organized
or disorganized as their parents.

9% said: They are more organized than their
parents.

27% said: They are more disorganized than their
parents.

I have to admit that the results of the survey
are inconclusive. A high percentage of
respondents report being like their parents, but
is that because of genetic makeup or environment?
Hmmm. If genetics is the key factor, how did 9%
of the survey respondents end up more organized
than their parents and 27% end up more
disorganized than their parents? I guess we’ll
never know. The bottom line (and good news) is
that anyone can learn how to get organized – at
any age – with no help from their parents!

NEW SURVEY: YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE

What is your single biggest challenge in getting
organized? Please select only one answer:

a. Lack of time
b. Lack of energy
c. Lack of money
d. Other people
e. Don’t know where to start
f. Not enough space
g. Too much stuff
h. Not motivated
i. Tried before and failed
j. Other (please explain)

TO RESPOND TO THE SURVEY,
please DO NOT REPLY to this message.
Send an e-mail to editor@unclutter.com with the
word “Survey” in the subject line and your answer
in the body of the e-mail.

I will share the results of this survey in the
next issue.

*************************************************
ONLINE ORGANIZING RESOURCES: Lillian Vernon

At my Web site, I include a page of online
organizing resources for storage and organization
products. One of these resources is
LillianVernon.com.

I just received word today that from October 1-
December 31, 2003, Lillian Vernon is hosting a
sweepstakes with a chance to win $25,000 in
products, a trip to New York City, or roses
delivered weekly for a year. No purchase is
necessary.

For more information, go to:
http://www.unclutter.com/online_resources.html
and click on the Lillian Vernon button.

*************************************************
READERS WRITE: About bathroom hang-ups

My tip is in the “kids’” bathroom. I went to the
fabric store and purchased some cord and edging
so that I could make tabs on my kids’ towels. I
sewed a loop on the center of each towel at the
top and secured it with a square of the edging
(which does not unravel). I put up a couple of
double hooks behind the bathroom door and had the
kids hang their towels there after using them.
That way they aren’t on the floor and they dry
this way. Of course, each of my five kids has
their own color towel. That way, they know whose
is whose. And I know who to get grouchy with when
I find one on the floor.

–Submitted by Colleen P. of Omaha, NE

ENTER TO WIN an autographed copy of my most
recent book!

Do you have a question about uncluttering or
organizing? Or a really great organizing tip that
you would like to share with other readers?

Send an e-mail to editor@unclutter.com with
Readers_Write” in the subject line. (Please DO
NOT REPLY to this message.)

If your question or tip is used in a future issue
of this newsletter, I will send you a free
autographed copy of my latest book, Organizing
Plain & Simple. Check it out at
http://www.unclutter.com/books.html.

*************************************************
SHAMELESS PROMOTION: Online Reviewers Wanted

Have you read Organizing Plain & Simple? Do you
enjoy sharing your opinions with others? If so,
the author would be delighted if you would write
a personal review at Amazon.com.

It’s very easy to do. Just go to Amazon.com and
bring up the listing for Organizing Plain &
Simple or any of the author’s books (simply enter
the keyword “smallin”). Then scroll down until
you see where you can write an online review.
Please do this if you have a chance. It’s very
helpful for other readers.

READ ABOUT DONNA’S BOOKS at:
http://www.unclutter.com/books.html

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

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