When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve we all dance around with smiles, optimism and ‘libations’ in hand; and dream of what the future might hold. The next morning, we wake up and reality starts to sink in with a sense of overwhelm, pressure and a even a bit of anxiety as our lofty goals and expectations of a so-called ‘new beginning’ start now. How can you take some ‘immediate’ baby steps to set yourself up for success in 2018?
ForeverHer had the opportunity to learn from the inspiring and talented, Laurie Palau. Laurie is the author of the book HOT MESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING ORGANIZED, and hosts the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life.
We asked Laurie to share her favorite tips with ForeverHer to help jump-start a Forever Fabulous 2018 for all!
FH: What are your top tips to purge both ‘physical and emotional clutter’ from our lives as we enter 2018?
LP: 1. Toxic People: You know who they are. The people who put you down, people who are too needy, people who don’t value your time. Life is too short to not spend it with people who value you, and who bring value into your life.
2. Unnecessary Paper: 80% of the paper we keep we will never look at again-that’s a LOT of waste! In my book, HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized I have a whole cheat sheet of what to purge and what to keep. FEAR often holds us back, but once you have permission to let things go, it makes it easier.
3. Excess Social Media: In this day and age, it’s almost impossible to avoid social media, nor am I suggesting you should. However, if you can be mindful of limiting screen time, you will be amazed at how much extra time you will have in a day to do things that really matter to you.
4. Clothes from the 20th Century: We’re all guilty of holding onto things for the wrong reasons. Whether it’s the guilt of donating something that cost a fortune, or the “what if” factor that it may come back into style, these items can handcuff us emotionally. My general rule of thumb is that unless it’s a keepsake, the stuff that you’re not wearing needs to go.
5. Guilt. Nothing weighs us down more than regret. Things we should have done, or things we wish we didn’t say. Good News! Each day we are given a do-over. If you feel compelled to apologize to someone you wronged, say you’re sorry; the worst thing you can do is live in the past with remorse.
FH: What will your motto be for 2018 to keep your life decluttered, focused and positive?
LP: My motto for 2018 is “Focus on the WHY, rather than the WHAT.” It’s something that I use in all areas of my life, not limited to organizing. If you are struggling with holding onto those jeans from pre-kids, ask yourself why it’s so hard to let go? What do these items represent? If you have trouble saying no when people ask you to do something, ask yourself why you feel compelled to be a pleaser, even if it’s at your own expense? Once you begin shifting the way you think about your behavior, you’ll have a better understanding of who you are and what areas of your life you’d like to improve.
Article by: Ali Kramer, ForeverHer.net FB page: @foreverherlifestyle
About Laurie: Laurie is a go-to organizing expert who can be seen sharing tips on 6ABC, CBS Philadelphia’s Morning Show & WFMZ in Allentown, PA. Her advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine. Visit www.simplyBorganized.com for a complete list of service offerings including free organizing checklists, links to her podcast, blog and social media.