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.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring Clean: Declutter & Get Organized!

10 minutes per day. Really. Set a timer and tackle a clutter clearing task that you have been walking by and fretting about instead of solving. You can do it!

We create stress for ourselves when we fret rather than solve things. It often takes less time to resolve something than to repeatedly worry about it.

Spring is in the air. Clear the clutter so you can get out and enjoy it. Yes, you can!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Vacation Clutter?

I am back from a spring break vacation in Colorado with my family. I love vacations but it is hard to get back into routines once we are home again. Clutter seems poised to attack: mail, laundry, paperwork, bills, reading that has piled up, housework, and basic errands like refilling the fridge and restocking the household staples.

Trying to stay calm, I try to work systematically and quickly through these catch-up tasks. I try to be kind to myself and give myself permission to not try to get everything done at once.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Monday, March 9, 2009

Help others and help yourself: Declutter for green living, charity, and yourself

I've been thinking...It is easier to embark on spring clutter clearing when we know the household items we toss will go to help someone else or at least be recycled.

We can all weed out household clutter and donate it to charity. There are many positive outcomes for everyone here. It is a win-win-win situation:
  • Clutter clearing helps us live in a more tranquil and focused space at home. This frees our time and energy for our priorities instead of continuing our struggles with our quantities of stuff.
  • We don't necessarily need to hire anyone to declutter. We can help ourselves for free!
  • Even if we are facing tough economic times ourselves, we are reminded that it isn't how much we have, it is what we do with what we have that matters.
  • Donating clutter supports a charity we believe in.
  • Donating clutter helps those having economic difficulties in these tough times.
  • Donating is living green. It isn't adding to a landfill!

    If you are looking for ideas to motivate yourself to declutter and for help with clutter clearing techniques. Please check out the ideas, resources, and free monthly newsletter on my website: Thank you!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Spring Cleaning Thoughts

"No matter how large a home you buy, keep donating!"

"Just because you can store it, doesn't mean you should keep it."

In tough economic times, donating clutter is a win-win situation. We can make our homes less clutter and more peaceful and we can help those who are in need.

What do you think?