How do you think people feel when they walk into your home? Does your home make them feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or uneasy? Think about how you feel when you walk into somebody's home that is disorganized or consumed with clutter. Try this experiment.

Walk into your home and stop at the entryway. What is the first thing your eye is drawn to? Is it the pile of paper in the kitchen, or the clutter in the entryway? Is it the pile of magazines in the corner of the den, or all the chatzkies displayed? Walk into each room and evaluate what you see and how it makes you feel. Take notes and think about the changes you want to make in your home this season and the year to come.

Something to think about during this holiday season if you are entertaining or if you just want to feel relaxed and at peace in your home.

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The holidays are upon us. If you haven't started planning, what are you waiting for? Get everything out of your mind and onto paper or your electronics to relieve stress and clear the mental clutter. Here are 5 tips to help you get started.

1.    Utilize a calendar. Put everything on your calendar. Jot down all your appointments, parties, laundry, food shopping trips, workouts, etc.
2.    Menu plan now. Write out your holiday menus. Figure out what you need for ingredients and make your list. If you are visiting during the holidays figure out now what you are going to bring.
3.    Shopping lists. Save time, money, and have less stress by going to the market once a week. Write down everything you need to buy to avoid impulse shopping. Try to plan your trips during off hours.
4.    Decorations/table settings. Do your research for the best deals. Search through your store circulars and make a plan on where you are going to shop so you don't drive all over the state wasting energy, and gas, and money.
5.    Break up tasks. So you don't get overwhelmed, try to break up things you need to do. Dedicate a day to shopping, a day for cleaning. Get organized with your tasks. Plan where you have to be for the week and plan your errands around where you are going to be.

This is supposed to be a fun time of year but most of us end up stressed and exhausted. Planing ahead will alleviate some of the stress that comes with the holidays so you can enjoy this holiday season.

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Ever wonder how you can save more money? Get organized.  If you are disorganized, you are wasting money. I can prove it!  Who doesn't want more money in their pockets? That's what I thought!

You are wasting money if:
1.    Your food closet is disorganized. You probably have expired food, duplicates of items that you bought with a buy 2 get 2 special but never used.
2.    You are going to the supermarket more than once a week. You are wasting gas driving to the market more than once a week. Also, you are probably buying impluse items you don't need.
3.    You are running errands spur of the moment. You are also wasting gas. Plan your week ahead and figure out where you are going to be and plan your errands around where you are going to be.
4.     Your clothes closet is not organized. Do you know what is hiding in the back of your closet? Did you purchase a duplicate because you forgot you had it but it was tucked away in the back of the closet?
5.    You buy lunch everyday. Get organized and plan your meals for the week and pack your lunch.

These are just a few tips, but start with these and let me know how it works!

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You can control certain stressors in your life and being organized is one of those stressors that can be controlled. Trying a few of these tips will reduce your stress and allow you to focus on the more important things in your life. Being organized will give you more free time to enjoy and focus on the events of the season.

Here are my top 10 tips to reduce stress during the holidays:

1.    Plan ahead. Stop running around like a chicken with your head cut off.
2.    Utilize a calendar. Write everything down so you don't forget important appointments.
3.    Get your thoughts off your mind and onto paper. 
4.    Start writing shopping lists. Try to limit trips to the  market to once a week.
5.    Break up tasks. Don't try to tackle everything all at once.
6.    Prepare. Whatever you can prepare ahead of time, start preparing now.
7.    Schedule. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Schedule workouts, time for friends and family.
8.    Declutter your home. Disorganization causes stress and anxiety.
9.    Keep running to-do lists. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when you cross off the list.
10.  Organize. Working with your hands will clear the mind. Organize a drawer when you are stressed and think about how you feel when you are finished.

If you want more tips to reduce your stress this holiday season, join me on Wednesday, November 14 at the North Kingstown Library for a Free Presenation from 6:30pm-7:30pm! Details under Events.

Organize!! Energize!!