Do you want to reduce mind clutter and gain clarity? Most of us do at some point. You are thinking about your finances, having to drop off your kids to their sports activities, what to make for supper, how to organize your home, all the work you need to do at your workplace, calls you need to make to clients etc. The list never ends. We live in such a fast passed society that this has become the norm. However, if you follow these simple steps to help reduce mind clutter, you will feel more peaceful, focused and happy!

1. To-do lists – If your mind is full of the things you need to get done, write them down. If you have a long list of to-do’s, not to worry, focus on completing the most important ones first. Put dates beside each task for when you want the task to be completed. Give yourself ample time to complete the tasks and just focus on the ones with the earliest completion date.

2. Declutter – If you have a cluttered home, chances are you have a cluttered mind. A cluttered room is a constant reminder of what you need to do to get it organized. Whether it is getting rid of some of your belongings, organizing your kitchen cupboards, or clearing off your desk, it is a constant reminder that these tasks have to be done. Also, if your rooms are cluttered, chances are you will not find an item when you need it. Not finding your items leads to stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Declutter your home and it will help declutter your mind.

3. Don’t multi-task – I say this often and it is so true. I know sometimes we have no choice but to multi-task, but whenever possible focus on doing one thing and complete it before going on to the next task. Our mind gets full of clutter when we are trying to do several things at once.

4. Journal – Taking out a journal and writing down what’s on your mind is a great way to declutter the brain. Your journal will be yours alone so you can journal about whatever you like. It could include your goals, your dreams, favorite movies, whatever is bothering at the moment and how you plan to fix it. By writing everything down, you are releasing the information and clearing mind clutter.

5. Have routines in place – The more you and your family have routines in place the better. Do you get up at the same time each day? Do you have your clothes for work and your children’s clothes picked out the night before? Do you have your meals for the week written down with a list of any grocery items you need to buy? These are just a few ways you can have schedules in place which will help reduce brain clutter.

6. 15 mins a day – Take at least 15 minutes a day and chill out. Take this time to clear you brain, relax, schedule a massage, meditate, do whatever you like to take your mind off of what is stressing you.

7. Talk it out – If you are really overwhelmed, stressed, have too many things on your mind, talk to a friend, your spouse, a family member or anyone that can help you let out what you are thinking. The more you talk it out, the better your mind clutter will be.

My challenge for you this week is to act on at least a couple of these tips. The more tips you do the better, and let me know which ones you did and if it helped your mind clutter. Good Luck!

Until next time,
Kathy

The Christmas season is fun and exciting especially when you are spending time with family and friends. However, getting ready for Christmas can be stressful and time consuming. Follow these 7 tips to an Organized Christmas and you will save time, be organized and enjoy a peaceful holiday!

1. Make Room – It is a good idea to make room for the new items that will be brought in your home. Your children will be receiving Christmas presents so take time to go through their toys to see if any items are not being used. If there are items that they have stopped playing with or outgrown, now is a good time to donate or sell those items.

2. Schedule important dates – Take out your planner and schedule important tasks and activities. For example – What day would you like to have all your Christmas shopping done by or bake your cookies for the cookie exchange? Start your shopping early. Schedule your dinner parties and family activities. Check your calendar each week and pick up any items that you need for the week or the following week.

3. Wrap your presents as soon as you get them – Wrapping right away will help prevent little ones from seeing their presents, and also saves you from doing last minutes wrapping on Christmas Eve.

4. Organize your home – Declutter and organize your home so you will feel relaxed and calm for the holidays. Do 30 mins a day and focus on completing smaller tasks each day rather than stressing about the whole house.

5. Prepare your Christmas Cards – Go through your cards to make sure you have enough. Go through your list and make sure all addresses are up to date. Mail them out at least a couple weeks before Christmas.

6. Stock up on batteries – Many toys, hand held video players, and other presents will require batteries. Stock up now and you will be prepared for Christmas day.

7. Be prepared for the unexpected– Stock up on small gifts for those days when you need one unexpectedly. It will save you from having to run out at the last minute to get one. Have them wrapped and ready to go. Ex. chocolates or candles

Once you are all organized for the holidays, relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.

I would love to hear which tip was your favourite, and if you have tips to share, please post them. I would love to hear your ideas too!

Happy Holidays,

Kathy