Holiday time is a happy time to be well, and well fed, but often during our holiday feasts we eat unhealthy portions, rich foods and too many sweets. Our stomachs get clogged, and germs spreading around from near and far attack us. If our system is congested those nasty little bugs get stuck in our system causing havoc, stress and sickness.
Here are some tips for staying healthy and some remedies you may have not heard about before.
1. Echinacea and Goldenseal-Echinacea is the soother of your colds and coughs while Goldenseal is the natural antibiotic, so if you feel sickness coming on make sure to take a combo herb of both immediately. Too many antibiotics are not good for your body in the long run
2. Tea, Honey and Lemon for cough, sore throat and colds
3. Gargle with Salt Water for sore throat
4. Lots of fresh garlic and onions in everything from soups to salads
5. Lots of fresh citrus fruits for cleansing your body, and red vegetables for iron
6. Don't eat raw kale or spinach too much. Those vegetables, in the human body, form gallstones. We are not dinosaurs. Steam those two tasty veggies and add a bit of olive oil and fresh garlic
7. Don't mix to many items on your plate over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Too much mixture in your stomach causes clogging and poor elimination. Save some food items for the next day by themselves
8. Get some sun on that body of yours. You don't have to get it on your face but at least 10-20 minutes a day on your legs.
9. Eat only cage free chicken and eggs and grass fed beef with NO antibiotics
10. Eat brown rice pasta instead of white. Eat brown rice instead of white rice
11. Eat flourless bread instead of sticky, unhealthful white bread products.
12. Stay away from lotions or make up products with ANY mineral oil. Mineral Oil has been shown in tests to cause skin cancers
13. If you have a pimple in your ear, you can lay on your side and pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide in your ear and listen while it sizzles that little annoyance away
14. Arnica cream is wonderful for bangs, breaks, sprains and bruises. They say it can heal broken bone
15. Get some rest. Eight hours a day. Using laptops or computers or phones before bed will stimulate you and disrupt your ability to sleep
16. Take hot baths, as hot as you can take and steam your largest organ, your skin. Detox that bod of yours
17. Drink a lot of really good water. Filtered water is fine but add liquid trace minerals to add back in the good minerals that are lost with filtered water
18. Take plenty of herbs, minerals, vitamins
19. Do not eat dairy products as an adult. Only baby cows drink milk. Adults are supposed to wean off of dairy just like baby cows. Whey is dairy and those whey shakes over time can harm your bones. You will get OVER calcified and the bone will suffocate underneath that calcification. Feta and goat cheese don't have the same affect normally as hard cow cheese
20. Do not eat white or even red vinegar. It is just too harsh for your system. Apple cider vinegar is actually beneficial and supports your body's health and vigor. In fact, they give Apple Cider Vinegar to baby cows that can't get pregnant. Apple Cider Vinegar will also dissolve fatty foods in your system
21. Take mud baths to detox
22. Get a colonic at least twice a year
23. Eat sea salt only
24. Braggs liquid amino acids is essential to good mental health and may decrease depression
25. Take off eye makeup with jojoba oil and water on a cotton pad. It will reinforce your eyelashes
26. Exercise every day at least 30 minutes. Swimming is the least impact on your body or even moving around in the pool.
27. Stretch your body daily, morning and night
28. Be happy, tell yourself "I'm happy", even if you don't feel it. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Tell yourself "I love you" in the mirror
I felt it in the air tonight. You know that feeling? That the holidays are coming soon. The feeling was somewhere between excitement and dread. I can call it that" not again", but I can't wait feeling!
I'm not sure if this feeling is so strong this year because I'm older (mind you I did not say old, just older), and overwhelmed with life's little delights like re-doing a home, while monitoring a Chihuahua whose life depends on chicken and marking or visa versa, running a business, while still being a "good wife" (shopping and cooking still etc...) or because, well HOLIDAY SEASON is APPROACHING.
It is 8 more days to Halloween, October 31st, 2013, then 35 days to Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013 and 62 days to Christmas. YIKES!!!!! Wasn't it just summer? I thought it was STILL SUMMER. WAHHHHH! Okay so the seasonal cycle is on! So how do we adjust to sweaters, thick pants, scarves, jackets, coats, mittens, gloves, muffs and shoes, instead of tanks, shorts, flip flops and bathing suits? Well, we just do or we'll freeze our ass off, or catch a cold. It is not rocket science there is an adjustment from Summer to Fall, Fall to Winter, Winter to Spring and can't wait......Spring to Summer.
If you have been yawning more often, feeling more tired and fatigued, wishing the sun were out for just a few more hours, thinking about sweets more, starting to come of the whirlwind summer party festivities into wanting to curl up at 9:00 with tea, join the Seasonal Transition club.
Seasonal Transitions can really knock people off balance with symptoms ranging from sleep disturbance, over-eating, irritability, anxiety, confusion and a slowed down tired feeling. The animal kingdom feels the pull to. You may notice similar symptoms in your pets. But the mere fact is that your symptoms and fatigue do not stop the holidays. The holidays are coming, like the dan, dan, dan, dan of the shark in Jaws, like the train that passes through your neighborhoods bringing more and more toys and crap to your favorite stores, and like the rain, snow and sleet you're going to experience around the corner. THERE IS NO STOPPING THEM HOLIDAYS. But you can bring them in with a Bang or a Boom. I prefer a Bang!
The secret for having a successful Seasonal Transition and A wonderful, happy and healthy holiday season is putting a P in Hel and that means getting some help. Help means people who will bring pot luck, people willing to watch your kids while you shop, swapping white elephant gifts with friends instead of having to shop for them too, trading what you do for what someone else does to stop maxing out the cards. Help is related to taking altime for you to help yourself, do your own nails, color your own hair, take a bubble bath and breathe. Remember NEEDS are ONLY necessities such as AIR, WATER, FOOD, SHELTER, SLEEP AND ELIMINATION and yes LIFE SAVING MEDICATIONS AND TREATMENTS. Everything else
is a want or a don't want. So do yourself a favor and don't need anything this Holiday Season except for some HELP so you can breathe better, sleep, eat and drink better, tend to your home and yes take care of yourself everyday in your own special way.
Also last but not least, it is a GREAT idea to have a staycation, instead of fighting traffic, flights and weather. Staycations are when you stay home, but you act like your on vacation. That means you sight see and act like a tourist in your own town, city or state. Or it can mean visiting friends and family and hanging out in their town, city or state! Not to much hassle, hub-bub or hustle, just some good NEEDED rest!
I grew up reading way too many fairytales, playing with Barbies, watching monitored children's film and television so much so that I was always a child that thought life was going to someday be grand. I saw Cinderella get the Prince, Sleeping Beauty wake up and Rapunzel let down her hair and be saved.
My life as a child was not always "Ideal". My parents fought until they finally divorced, I rarely was able to get my way with my strict and over-bearing parents and I was teased and bullied as a young child (I realize it was by children who were un-monitored and neglected latch-key children who sniffed out cared for and over-parented children). I was in accidents, injured, violated, lost jobs, and even had near death experiences. I am considered a "wounded healer" by my mentor. But, I never gave up on my dreams that a very handsome boy or man would ride up on a white horse, scoop me up and take me away to a grand life with a magical lifestyle. Guess What? I was correct, but he was in a Blue Mercedes and he cannot even ride a horse.
I finally did find my ideal partner, an ideal career, an ideal home and ideal friends and lifestyle. It was difficult to achieve, it did not come easily, but with hard work, an understanding of what I value most in life, healing from traumatic events in my life, discipline and hard work, a good amount of contemplation or lucid dreaming I arrived safe and sound, and usually without worry or concern, into a wonderful life.
I had a vivid imagination as a child. I also wanted to be an actress since I could speak my first sentence. I dreamed of far away places and romantic love and white picket fences. I was the consummate optimist. The glass was always full to the brim, no matter what my everyday circumstances were, and my life was always going to be what I dreamed of. Don't get me wrong I had days of doom and gloom and heave hoe sadness, but I would always come to the clearing on my path that life was good, people are good and life is good. I believe that is why my life did turn out ideal. Despite very shaky parts, that normally would have caved an average human being into the pit of the earth, I thrived.
Martin Seligman http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/science-of-happiness/?gclid=CIi6woKMgbkCFUmi4AodmnAAgA wrote books called "Learned Optimism" and "Authentic Happiness" which I highly recommend. His ideas that even a downright irritating pessimist will be able to turn their negative and narrow outlook on life into a wide stream of HAPPY are from outstanding evidenced based research. This guy Seligman has been the leading researcher in the world on What Makes us HAPPY for over 40 years. I also have created techniques that really do work too, just not as profound or researched. Go smile at yourself in the mirror, think of your most embarrassing moment that makes you chuckle, read some funny jokes on-line and laugh out loud, loudly.
Seligman believes what makes us authentically happy are five key things.
1. Perceived Well Being- even if you're not well you see yourself as okay and that you are well inside and out. It is a "nobody can rain on my parade feeling, even when it is pouring" your good feelings are impenetrable.
2. Good Relationships with Family and Friends. That doesn't mean every friend you've ever had or all family members but friends and family you are having a good time with and that you can relate to.
3. A Spiritual, Cosmic or Understanding Belief or Path. It can be anything that floats your boat, but that you believe in something, rather than a "I don't know what I believe??" state of confusion and blankness or a "where am I from?" or "what is this thing called life?" state of being.
4. A group or job or organization or neighborhood belongingness or regular recognition of you as a person. This is that regular "Hi how are you Bob?" experience on a regular basis.
5. A good relationship with a partner or having a partner that is supportive, there for you, unconditional regard, and who loves and cares for you unconditionally. This is probably the most difficult thing to get in life, but yes it does matter. Stating that you "NEVER" want to get involved with someone again will result in unhappiness.
So does positive thinking help? Seligman says YES positive thinking helps you find, organize and keep the life that you always dreamed of. I say YES too that positivity and vision create your ideal lifestyle. Get started on the five objectives above and see if you can experience some "Authentic Happiness" to you, which may bring you closer to your ideal lifestyle.
I think some other key elements for a happy and fulfilled life are having an organized space to live and work in, a home that is aesthetically pleasing and decorated, in such a way that you want to go and be at home more than any other place. Also what make us happy and fulfilled is a career that you truly love and where you can earn enough money to create the type of life you want to live and do the things you love to do in life, a good sex life even if it is with yourself, a diet of healthy food, organized pantry, organized kitchen, organized bedrooms, organized bathroom, organized garage, organized life, organized parenting, organized everything and socialization with fun, uplifting and positive friends and family.
Marla Stone is a retired LCSW Social Worker/ Therapist who is currently a Professional Organizer, Décor and Feng Shui Specialist, Lifestyle Coach, Business Coach, Public Speaker, Author, Actress, Poet and Songwriter at http://www.i-deal-lifestyle.com
Call Marla for a free 30 minute phone consultation at 949-709-7000 and find out how to get your self closer to an ideal lifestyle.
After retiring, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in April 2010, I was ecstatic for the first four months. Let's face it, listening to people's crisis, tumult and sad tales for 18 years took a toll on me Don't get me wrong doing Jungian Dream Analysis, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was fun and interesting and most of all helping people gain clarity and solace was rewarding. The first thing I did was take a well deserved break, but then what to do next? The only thing I had done prior to Social Work was acting.
I loved acting. I acted on stage since I was 9 years old and was in every play in Elementary school, Junior High, High School and College. I loved theater, the classics, avant garde, improv and writing scripts, but most of all I dreamt of being a famous movie star since I could talk. I had the acting bug seriously, seriously. I was possessed with being an actress and quit the State School I was attending to consider moving to Hollywood and start auditioning for a professional career. Prior to moving my parents insisted I finish up some General Education at Pasadena City College. I took a Shakespeare Literature Course and met Martin Sheen's brother Joe Estevez. We did a scene from a Midsummer Night's Dream together and Joe encouraged me to follow my dream and move to Hollywood and so I did. I lived their from 19-23 years old.
The world of Hollywood was a pretty harsh place during the early 80's but I was persistent. I took lessons from the best Stella Adler and Uta Hagen and I did a few, very few silly movies. Noone took me seriously, seriously. It was hard no matter how hard I hit the pavement. You really had to be the daughter, or niece of so and so to make it at the time. I was talented, attractive, in great shape and to no avail. I also had some pretty scary experiences, so after 4 years I moved back home and went straight through to get a Master's Degree in Social Work. If I couldn't help myself I would help others.
After retirement I remembered my sweet and small and insignificant career as a young actress and was watching a movie one night called Venice Venice by Henry Jaglom. I had never seen such a magical, touching, in touch movie that touched me so deeply. I cried and laughed and cried and laughed I don't know how many times. I had never in my life felt so attracted and drawn to a film. It inspired me to want to act again. I felt a welling surge of desire that I had not felt since my youthful desire to be an actress. I also had never written to a production compnay, but I had to because I didn't think I could live without more of Rainbow Film's Henry Jaglom's work. So I found the website http://www.rainbowfilms.com
and wrote an email stating how much I loved Venice Venice. Henry responded and we became friends. Henry even cast me in his film The M Word which will come out in late 2013. I also did commercials, infomercials, a play in Newport Beach and some student films. It was so fun! I realized that I could just slip easily back into acting, but something ached from inside about helping people. I still wanted to help people, not just myself.
I started I-Deal-Lifestyle a Professional Organizer business in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego offering organizer services, home organizing, office organizer systems, business organizer services, Feng Shui, Interior Design and Lifestyle Coaching. The past two and a half years I have helped hundreds of people organizer their lives. We organize paper, kitchens, closets, garages, storage units, help move people, we help people who hoard, collect and acquire way too much. We help people downsize, upsize, relocate, re-evaluate their values in order to see what they want to keep in their lives, provide life coaching, business coaching and mental health advocacy and consulting. I even spoke publicly for three major conferences this last couple of years on cures and remedies for hoarding challenges. I have become a Hoarding and Cluttering Expert with new and innovative techniques to stop hoarding behaviors permanently. Acting went on the back burner, but the dream, desire and determination is still there.
I am now positioning the company to run without me full time so I can get back into the acting more. I cannot let the idea of acting go. The theater haunts me to return. The call of the new and improved film industry call my name ....Marla Stone..... Marla are you organizing your life too?
Marla Stone is a Professional Organizer in Irvine, Orange County California. She specializes in organizing people's lives from the outside in and the inside out. Her areas of expertise are organizing hoarding clean-ups, coaching people with hoarding, helping them figure out what they truly value in life and learn how to protect their stuff, interventions for people with ADD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Chronic Pain, Physical Challenges and or Chronic Mental and Physical Health Challenges organize their lives.
Marla can be reached at 949-709-7000 for a free 15 minute phone consultation.
Marla also owns www.organizersnow.com
There are categories of having too much disorganized stuff.
1.There is messy, and out of place stuff in homes (regular clutter that has a home yet does not get put away because of disinterest to clean, not enough time or life getting in the way). 2. Then there is gluttony or just call it shopping addiction (too much of a good thing and then lack of care for it since after all it did not fill the hole inside of you). 3. There is chronic disorganization (stuff brought in and no home for it causing chaos and lack of categorizing). 4. There is chronic disorganization (depression, dementia, add, adhd, physical, mental and emotional challenges getting in the way) and finally 5. Squalor and or demented sense of reality and behaviors causing mounds of unhealthful piles of stuff, nowhere to breathe fresh and or clean air, and intense health hazards. Whatever the situation there is a CURE.
Marla Stone is a retired LCSW who was written up in the Orange County register http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stone-370146-says-carbone.html
who has figured out a Proprietary Method to help people get through their stuff, figure out why they are collecting and having disorganized behaviors and help them stop re-cluttering. There is a Hoarding and Cluttering Cure and Marla has unlocked it.
Marla utilizes a clearing and healing coaching method along with teaching people a new language to use in relation to their stuff. Marla realized early on it is not all about the stuff, it is about stuff on the inner. "Trauma and Life events that hurt and wound a person linger and their belongings tend to soothe the pain". Dissatisfaction with live situations also make "stuff" more desirable. Her other quotes are quite clever "Matter matters or we would all live in cardboard boxes or Tee Pees with no stuff". Also she cannot stand the saying "Think Outside The Box". She states "if you are thinking outside the box, the box is still in the way, it is still there". She prefers a term she coined "Get Rid of the Box". This saying also goes along with how she organizes. "Don't keep boxes from things you buy". Marla realized early on when people keep boxes, or store items in boxes they forget what is in them. Keeping boxes of things you have purchased and are not using is pointless. And as far as boxes purchased items come in, "even if you were to return something, you are not required to return the box in most situations, you just would want the receipt".
Knowing that you "NEED" NOTHING is key to getting uncluttered. According to Marla not one thing in your home keeps you alive, unless you have an iron lung or medical equipment. "The word NEED is now our most used word in all languages in the world, everyone is so 'needy' since we have been pushed and prodded by years by advertisers that we 'NEED' everything". Also the phrase "I have to", same thing.
We NEED to eat, sleep, have shelter, breathe, eliminate, fluids......that's all folks. Everything else is a want or a don't want. Marla explained that she has seen people have "melt downs" over so many different objects, almost like a child having a tantrum. "They usually start getting hypervigilant about mid-day, during the categorizing and editing, and will finally have the 'catharsis'". The catharsis comes when people actually recognize that their relationship with material objects is unhealthy and irrational. "I've seen grown women and men clutching a piece of artwork from their children or a bowl from their mother or an old record or book, screaming 'no you don't understand I NEED THIS, I NEED THIS, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND I NEED THIS'". When they finally take their last breath of air to calm themselves, they start to see the irrational patterns of need versus want. This is the first sign they are healing from their over attachment to material items, whatever they may be.
"Helping people understand what they value in life, then symbolizing their belongings is a helpful approach. It is not about getting rid of stuff that is meaningful or useful as long as the person is willing to store it and protect it properly".
Here is a video of someone attached to Stuffed Bears you might find interesting.
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Are you getting tired of not having a place in your home or office, to rest, where there is no clutter in sight? Do you have furniture that is just not you anymore? Is there nowhere to sit or stand without feeling squashed? Are you constantly being told to clean up or get out? Are there deadlines, bills or appointments you keep missing because you can't find the paperwork? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a cluttering situation which is out of hand. Cluttering and hoarding and saving and acquiring and over-collecting behaviors can keep you busy, occupied and sometimes even happy if the stuff you bring in makes you happy. In the long run though if your getting to the point where the stuff is taking up all your real estate (your space) and you can't even find a comfy and cozy place to sit (relaxation) and your anxiety (health) about where everything is increases by the minute you've probably had enough of your stuff.
Finding a place in the sun for yourself and your space is difficult if your blocking out bad memories, harsh up-bringing, tragedies, losses, poor parental modeling, traumas, divorces, disappointments or anything that just really was sad or upsetting.
When we have difficulty processing past or present upsets bringing material objects to focus on instead can be comforting. When we have broken relationships with family we may seek a broken piece of furniture to fix instead. When we have been abused in the past we may bring in the comfort of fabric, pets or dolls to soothe us. When there has been poor role modeling we may find solace in books, records, antiques and items that may symbolize support. There is always a reason we seek particular items and keep collecting certain things. They usually symbolize what we missed or are missing.
Collecting Dolls as an adult may mean that we missed a portion of our childhood. Of course if you are a Doll Broker then it makes sense that you would make a living from selling the Dolls yet if the Dolls keep piling up, uncared for and strewn about.....what does that mean? Or even if they are stored but there are so many dolls you cannot even move in your home, then....what does that mean?
When we over-collect mystery or science fiction books does it fill an empty, un-fulfilled lifestyle? Are we just not having an exciting enough life? Why so many hundreds of books that we have already read and not enough space to walk around. Are we re-creating the effect of a "Moon Walk" or diving into our own "Sherlock Holmes" episode?
How many shoes, or bags or clothes do we really want to have around us to make us feel prettier? How many pieces of memorabilia do we want to keep even if it is crowding you out of the present you?
What does our stuff mean? Find out what your stuff means by working with a Professional Organizer, Feng Shui Specialist and or a Lifestyle Coach. Go to http://www.OrganizersNow.com
to find an organizer in your area NOW or if you reside in Southern California go to http://www.I-Deal-Lifestyle.com
Get Organized Now before your life turns into an episode from "Monk", searching for clues to your own Stuff Solutions.
Professional Organizer Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego
Working with Professional Organizers, without a background in mental health, can
be like stepping into quick sand. Orange County's Marla Stone states "You really do not want people who
invade your space or with clever filing systems or people just good at closets or pantries, without a mental health background and experience working with people who have mental health challenges, to work with a person with Chronic Disorganization patterns. It could be a bad and costly experience for both the Organizer and the Client. Understanding how to get to the root cause of the chronic disorganization will free a person up to be able to maintain the organizing system. You will
end up with a temporary solution to a permanent problem if you go into an organizing project without understanding how you became disorganized in the first place, and why it is difficult to stay organized.
Do you wonder about organizing your home ideas? Or how about pondering Organizing business ideas to increase revenue? Have you thought of ways to organize your life by implementing organizers systems into your drawers, cabinets, garage or closets? Why not get out of your wonder worries and call a Professional Organizer who really knows what to do with all your stuff. These types of worries are not life threatening of course and our disorganized self may not be too disorganized, but then again what is too organized?
I-Deal-Lifestyle is the Premier Orange County Professional Organizing Service located in Irvine, CA, and serving all of Southern California. If you want Home Organization ideas you want to talk to Marla Stone, Professional Organizer and start your way to Organized Living. She works with people who have mild disorganization to chronic mental health challenges causing extreme disorganization. She also works with Business Owners to get their clutter up off the floors, clutter out from under desks and in walk ways or paper piles on top of desks and cabinets.
Organizing your home or business without a Professional Organizer can become tedious and dull. You could do it on your own but getting home organization ideas and home organization tips from Marla's home organization blog "Self and Space Organization" will be very helpful". Read all the way back to the beginning of her blog to learn insightful tips and ideas for organizing your home. Marla is a Home Organizer in Irvine and a business organizer too. Marla travels as far north as Malibu and as far south as San Diego. She will also travel nationwide and internationally to help people all over the world. Or she can coach you to an organized self via telephone and or skype. She will also give you a free 30 minute phone consultation. Just call her anytime with questions at 949-709-7000.
Marla is an expert at what causes disorganization, clutter, and hoarding. Her background as a Psychiatric Social Worker helps you not only organize your home but she will help you get to the root of what perpetuates the clutter chaos. "It is one thing to get organized and another to stay organized.
Why would you want to put all the effort of going through your stuff, only to re-clutter within months of getting organized". Marla calls this pattern of Organizing and then Cluttering, Organizing and Cluttering, "The Hamster Affect". She has a special program to stop this horrible cycle.
Understanding patterns of chronic disorganization and being able to break the patterns permanently is what working with I-Deal-Lifestyle is all about. We are not only here to go through your closets, kitchen drawers, garage or kid's rooms and treat your belongings with the utmost respect, we are there to HEAR you and why you have difficulty remaining organized once everything is organized.
Marla Stone has created a revolutionary technique to clear out the emotional aspects of disorganization. She states "it is all in the language we use". "We use the word "need" far too much and in the wrong context. Learning what you want or don't want puts things into perspective".
Marla has an intern program as well for budding organizers, without a mental health background, who want to learn the mental health aspects necessary for Professional Organizers. Take her classes every Third Tuesday in her home in Irvine. Everyone who wants to learn more about organizing can also take classes from Marla. Find out more about getting organized by attending workshops with Marla. Here is the link for workshops http://events.ocregister.com/irvine_ca/events/show/332140303-home-organizing-and-feng-shui-education
Get Organized before Summer so you can have Smooth Sailing for the Summer Months.
I love Orange County. I love being a Professional Organizer in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego. I work from San Diego to Santa Monica, but I live in Orange County. I live in Irvine which is a wonderful, multi-cultural alive and vibrant city. In minutes I am to Newport Coast, Laguna Beach or Huntington Beach, California Coasts most popular and fun places to be. I am a native Southern Californian born in Los Angeles, but summer's in San Clemente are my best memories by far. What is not to love about Orange County? It is clean, has great positive energy, sunny most of the time, has a wonderful Music Center, Theater, great Restaurants and lots and lots of activities. My favorite places are the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove in Newport Coast, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, The San Clemente Pier, Balboa Island and the Newport Bay. One of the most fun things to do is rent a Duffy boat and cruise around the million dollar homes in the Newport Bay.
Moving to Orange County was one of the best ideas I ever had. It always feels like I am on vacation. It is me living my ideal lifestyle. The only draw back is that my entire family lives in Los Angeles County, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hancock Park, Studio City and Calabasas. If only they would move to the Big OC, then life would be grand.
Organized Living takes time to develop. You are probably thinking how to Organize Your Life so you start to live your ideal lifestyle. Well not always so simple. Figuring out what you truly value in life, and finding out ways to un-clutter or de-clutter your world and organize your mind so you can reach for the stars takes a plan. Using on-line organizer services can be extremely helpful if you are wanting to get organized on your own. Going onto an Organize your life blog like this one and reading all the articles can be the best place to start learning about organizing tips and how to add-friendly ways to organize your life.
If self organizing is not your thing and you would like an expert's help call Marla Stone, Professional Organizer and get a free 30 minute phone consultation. Finding the time to Get Organized is important. It is freeing. It is a treat to Organize Your life.
Here are just a few tips on how to plan to get organized:
1. Evaluate what you have around you and find out if you are using it. If you have not used something in the past season or year, you may not ever use it again. That goes for clothing as well. If you did not wear it last season, you are most likely not going to wear it this one.
2. Things you use the most stay close by and things you use the least go the farthest away from you. So Christmas stuff obviously goes in the garage or storage.
3. Really identify objects that you love versus so so objects. You only have so much real estate to put things or store things so why not just have what you LOVE around you.
4. Think about items that are sentimental. If they are so sentimental and it is stored in a box, just how sentimental is it. If there are things you have in boxes that belonged to someone else or because they are "sentimental", find someone who will love it and put it out to breathe and be seen.
5. Stop saving things for people who probably don't want it. My mom saved my brother's crib for years and he never wanted it. Finally she gave it to her housekeeper's daughter, who was so grateful she cried.
6. Nothing on floors or surfaces except furniture and décor or kitchen machines. Really clutter is bad Feng Shui and the outer is a reflection of YOUR Inner Self. Cluttered space, cluttered self.
7. Get Help for Hoarding Behaviors. I-Deal-Lifestyle has a proprietary method for stopping the cycle of hoarding. Hoarding Help is not difficult to get. You just have to pick up the phone and call 949-709-7000 and talk to Marla She gives a free 30 minute consult for free. You can stop "The Hamster Affect" or if you prefer "Pack Rat" Syndrome.
8. Don't work on other people's mess whether physical messes or internal messiness, always address your stuff mess first.
9. If you are not good at cleaning or getting organized then ask for help. If you cannot afford a professional trade services with someone.
10. If you suffer from ADD or ADHD or depression it can impact your ability to stay organized. www.I-Deal-Lifestyle.com
has a program for keeping you organized long term.
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Summer is coming and the kids will be out of school to have some fun, rest and family time. You, on the other hand, will have some free time you don't usually have during the hectic school year. So what do most moms and dads want to do with some of their spare time during summer vacation? Get Organized of course.
Most of the calls I get as a Professional Organizer in Los Angeles and a Professional Organizer in Orange County are from Moms and Dads who have been inundated with school papers, homework, toys, games, books, notebooks, calendars and so much stuff they can't settle down to enjoy the beauty of summer and the leisurely stride they want to achieve. The kids are occupied with fun summer activities, camp, going to visit grandparents or just having a much less hectic schedule. The home and it's contents and perhaps the piles start to become very clear, possibly overwhelming and annoying. Something has to give.
Professional Organizers who specialize in children's rooms, editing clothing, books, games and toys the kids have outgrown, and getting children's toys, and paperwork organized are a special breed. They usually have raised children, and have mastered a system of getting their children's routine, papers, projects, artwork in an organized state, making it so much easier for the following school years. Mom and Dad Professional Organizers helping Mom and Dads usually is the best fit. These same organizers also help teacher's with their classrooms and getting their curriculum in order. Having an Organizer who can relate to your situation and put themselves in your shoes is a bit like being perfectly paired. You will feel understood and able to learn new behaviors, systems and strategies to make life easier, more simple and super functional.
Also what most parents most want to organize during the summer are the garage, closets and home office. When children are flurrying to and from during the school year and parents are so busy with carpools, programs, work and raising children the garage, closets and home offices are usually places where items have ended up piling up. Many single parents also have the challenge of being everything to their children, both Mom and Dad, leaving very little time for their own self care, much less cleaning out a closet.
So having an organized garage and a system to keep it organized, creating organized closets and creative storage solutions for Winter and Fall clothing and a home office which is Feng Shui'd and easily accessible, and organized is key to having solace and ease with your downtime during summer.
You also may want to finally create a new space in your home to accommodate crafts, workshop, sewing projects, reading rooms, contemplation areas, exercise room or just a space in the sun that is uplifting and enjoyable. Professional Organizers can be found in Southern California and across the nation at http://www.organizersnow.com
and in Orange County and Los Angeles at http://www.i-deal-lifestyle.com
Read Marla Stone's Self and Space Organization blog and get Home Organization Tips, Home Organization Ideas, Learn how to become a Room Organizer, Create Organizer Systems and how to Organize Your Life.
Professional Organizers help with Home Organization, Organizing Business and Organizing People. They are great with closet organization, which means giving your closet more space and easier access to the stuff you use regularly. Organizers help with organization ideas, creative methods for pantry organization. Organizers are great space planners, creating better storage solutions, and improved furniture placement. Professional Organizers are super efficient at home office organization and most of all having the best kitchen of all with kitchen organization strategies. Professional Organizers with the NAPO stamp of approval will be someone who is ethical, honest, confidential and non-judgmental. Make sure your organizer is on the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers)
Get in starting position. On Your Mark, Get Set and Go Get Organized.
Marla Stone, MSW (Retired LCSW), Professional Organizer, Lifestyle Coach, Public Speaker, Décor and Feng Shui Specialist in Irvine, California. She can help you get Organized Now! Call 949-709-7000 for a Free 30 Minute Phone Consultation. She can help via Skype, Phone or in Person. www.i-deal-lifestyle.com
I know, I know....death, morbid subject! Yet death and dying, as we know, is something we think of throughout our lifetime. We ponder what, where, how and why. We also don't plan our death, normally, and sometimes it just comes out of the blue.
A story I heard recently really shook me up and out of denial about getting organized and informing loved ones about usernames, passwords, log-in information, bank accounts, investments, trusts, deeds, policies in the event of sudden death.
Mary was 65 years old. Her husband Bob was in his 80's. Of course, everyone assumed Bob would die first. Well a few weeks ago Mary was in a fatal car accident. After months of grieving Bob settled into a relatively unsettled routine. He started to watch Television, and this was a great coping strategy to keep from crying most moments. One day he was watching his television and it suddenly went out. No TV. He called the cable company and realized he did not have the email or password they asked for to get into Mary's account. He surmised that the company had not been paid and therefore they shut off the cable. Going through his mail confirmed his suspicion. There were notices that the cable would be shut off due to non payment. He became very agitated, and even after explaining the circumstances he could not get the cable company to cooperate with allowing him into the account.
Mary had paid all the bills and she did so on-line. Mary was
very organized and paid everything always on-time, but memorized her usernames and passwords. Bob hired a Professional Organizer to help look through piles of Mary's stuff looking and seeking the magic words, numbers or codes which could help Bob get the bills paid. NOTHING! Bob could not access the bank accounts, the utilities, cable, trash collection, or any on-line accounts Mary had set up. He couldn't even begin to guess what Mary had used for her secret username and passwords. He couldn't get checks associated with her accounts since all accounts were in her name solely. Bob had never been part of keeping up the household and Mary was the sole provider.
Creditors started calling on all the credit card bills and utilities were starting to shut off. It was devastating. Even the mortgage payment could not be paid. The organizer suggested getting an attorney, but even the attorney did not know what to do. Finally the Organizer figured out that getting a death certificate would be the first place to start, in order to show all creditors and utilities and banks that Mary was indeed dead, and that Bob must have permission to close the accounts and set them up in his name. But by the time they were able to accomplish all of that so much damage had been done to Bob's life.
So please keep your passwords to all of your accounts in a book or log and let your loved ones know where it is. Ideally that information would be in a locked place where only you and your family have access. Don't wait another day to share this information and allow everyone you love to know your business! This sharing of personal information will be so helpful in the case of your death!
Call a Professional Organizer to help you set up your business, organize your emails and much, much more!www.i-deal-lifestyle.com http://www.organizersnow.com
Marla Stone, MSW (Retired LCSW), Professional Organizer,
Lifestyle Coach, Décor and Feng Shui Specialist
949-709-7000 CALL NOW FOR A FREE 30 MINUTE PHONE CONSULT!