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Mind Over Money

Start Decluttering Today

Decluttering your home can be a hard thing to start. Thinking about it can become overwhelming because it’s such a big project. You know you need to start, but how? What are the first steps to take? Having the right mindset before you take on such a big task is the first thing you need to do before you get fed up and quit like always. Try these pointers to see if they can help you beat the monster that keeps scaring you away from decluttering.

  1. Paint a Picture. How do you picture your home when it’s not cluttered? What sacrifices will you make to make this picture a reality? What are the reasons that you don’t like your house cluttered?
  2. Be Positive. It’s easy to say that you’ll never get anything done because it’s just too much. Stop saying that! People declutter all the time and so can you. It’s not rocket science. Just start and know that it will take a while but once it’s done you’ll be a lot happier and you’re dream of a clean house will become a reality like you’ve always wanted.
  3. Are You Guilty? Are you holding onto items because you have emotional baggage? Let it go and you will have a lot of weight lifted off of your shoulders. Do you have a lot of emotional items in a place like StorageMart? Go through them and get rid of the items that are holding you back from happiness.
  4. What’s stopping you from organizing when you get something new? What do you do with new mail? What do you do with extra pieces to new things you buy? Make a special place for all of these things and anything that tends to pile up. If you probably won’t need it for 6 months then get rid of it. You can buy anything on the internet and you probably won’t even have to because you’ll buy a new one of those items before you have to replace a part.
  5. What’s Your Way? We all have our own way of doing things. I like to work on something for an hour and then break off to something else after that time, even if it’s not completed. It helps me break up the boredom of decluttering. Yes it is boring but you can make anything fun. How do you like to make cleaning/decluttering fun?

Once you’ve thought over these points get started, visit Ready Set Maids in Houston for tips, make it clear for yourself: it’s time. Failing is never starting something that will make you happy in the end. Start today!

Mind Over Money

Don’t Let Yourself Drown in a Sea of Financial Stress

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Turn on the news, read the newspaper or talk to a friend.  There is no avoiding talk of financial trouble these days.  It can get kind of overwhelming.  Many are wondering how they are going to pay their bills.  Times can be especially stressful for those trying to find work.  How can we manage financial stress in these uncertain times?

Control What You Can

Financial Stress can be especially difficult as it can seem that nothing is in your control.  Sure you can’t make your employer give you more hours or fix the economic troubles that surround us.  However, you can control some things.  You control over how you use your money.  You can pay your bills on time to reduce late fees.  You can choose not to use credit cards for everyday purchases.  Choosing to control your finances puts you in a position of control.  This will lead to reduced stress.

Organize Your Life

Think for a minute about your bills.  Where do you keep them?  Many people simply have stacks of unorganized bills and financial papers.  This can also increase your stress levels.  It can be difficult to know how much money you have, what you owe and what you have spent.  Take a few hours and organize your finances.  Knowing where everything is will do wonders with helping you control your stress.

Don’t React

Stress can cause many different reactions in people.  Some shut down when they feel overwhelmed.  This can lead to missed work and lower wages.  Others choose to shop their stress away.  This leads to high credit card bills and financial trouble.  When you notice that financial stress is leading you to destructive behavior stop it.  Make yourself choose to pull through the stress rather than letting it destroy you.

Enjoy Simple Pleasures

Times are tough.  From the look of things, this isn’t going to change any time soon.  Find ways to enjoy simple and inexpensive pleasures.  This can be very relaxing.  Throw a movie night.  Go for a walk.  Play with the dog.  Watch a sunset.  Make a great dinner.  The options are endless.  Take time out of your day to de-stress and do the things that you love.  Learning to enjoy life in spite of financial difficulties will help you to weather these difficult times.

How do you make sure to not get stressed out about money?

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