Breast cancer survivor and clutter clearing author learns to walk her talk

Clutter clearing cancer coping author and motivational speaker We can learn to live our priorities fully (and not just surviving or getting by on a day to day basis) by clearing out the distractions and focusing on what is important to each of us, our families, and our lives. Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We'll get you through this by Barbara Tako, two-time cancer survivor and published author and motivational speaker on the topic of clutter clearing. For updates on this new book, click here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Photo Organizing

Photos. Before digital cameras, we had kids. We took photos. Lots of photos. It has gotten significantly cheaper in the last few years to convert paper photos into digital images.

Check out:,, or for a few possibilities.

I am not sure if I am ready to take the plunge, but I am getting closer! Has anyone scanned photos or negatives in themselves? Have you found a service where you were happy with the price and quality?

There is a great blog at too.

Thank you!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Company is Coming!

Clear clutter and clean up before company comes. My company is coming this weekend. I am glad because it is motivating me to drop the procrastination and get ready. If you don't have company coming, maybe you could pretend? After all, don't you and your family deserve a comforting, clean, and reduced-clutter home?

I just finished reading "Coming Clean: Dirty Little Secrets from a Professional Housecleaner" by Schar Ward. It is a small easy-to-read book for busy folks that provides clear, simple ideas for cleaning a home and keeping it that way.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Wish me luck!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

One Clutter Clearing Step Per Day

I am struggling to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. I find when I struggle that it helps me to go back to basics. For me, that means I am trying to do one thing per day in each area of my life I am trying to work on.

To clear clutter today, I went to my "bag" cupboard. After holiday shopping, I realized I had accumulated more paper and plastic bags than I needed, so I recycled all but four of the paper bags and six of the plastic bags (assorted sizes, of course). The cupboard was instantly less cluttered and that gave me an emotional lift to continue!

What works for you to restart clutter clearing after the holidays and get back on track?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year's Resolution: Clear Clutter & Simplify Your Life

We can do this. We can resolve, in as little as ten minutes per day, to reduce our clutter and free up time and energy for our priorities--the people in our lives, our passions, our interests, and more.

No matter where you are in your clutter clearing resolutions, you can do this. You can do this. Set the timer for 10 minutes and give it a try! You will get more done than you think you can. Please try it!

We can always make better choices--even if we're beating ourselves up for a poor choice made just a few minutes ago. That was then. This is NOW.

What do you think? Please share what you accomplished if you are willing.

Happy New Year!