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 Spring "Calendar" Cleaning

It's that time of year again - the time when you start hearing lots of tips about spring cleaning.  I've already seen several TV segments about this topic in the past couple of weeks.

What comes to mind when you think of spring cleaning?  Maybe a little deep cleaning and switching out the fall and winter clothes in the closet to make room for spring and summer?

This spring I challenge you to approach spring cleaning from a different point of view.  Instead of focusing on the dirt and the stuff, think about "calendar cleaning."  You're probably wondering what I'm talking about, let me explain...

So often (daily actually) people tell me that they want to:

  • Have a more balanced life
  • Not waste so much time looking for things
  • Feel more "in control" of their chaotic life
  • Accomplish more in less time
  • Have "More Time for Life" - TM

 The problem likes in the fact that people are not willing to "make the time" to get organize - which in the end provides so many rewards.  Believe me, I've heard all of the excuses (yes, sometimes they are excuses) as to why people don't have time.

Looking at the bigger picture - almost everyone is over-scheduled, over-worked, over-stressed, but how you choose to manage your life (I refer to it as Life Management) may be the reason why you feel like a hamster on a wheel and you can't seem to find your way off.

Back to "Calendar Cleaning..." Stop for a moment and think about the following:

  • How much time do I spend working?
  • How many groups do I volunteer for?
  • How many activities are my kids in that require my participation or chauffeuring services?
  • How many social clubs do I belong to along with attending their activities?
  • How many networking groups do I belong to?
  • How much time do I have left for "ME?"

In other words...where does all of your time go?

It's easy to say "YES" to everything, but then reality sets in and you realize you can't do it all.  When you start to "resent" those things that you've said "yes" to - because you no longer have time to do the things you want to do or should be doing - it's time to thing about calendar cleaning. 

What can you eliminate from your life so that you will have "More Time for Life?"

This topic has been relevant in my life recently.  Yes, I love to think I can do it all, but the fact of the matter is, I can't.  So, I have to decide what's most important to me in my life.  The bottom line is, I have to focus on the three to five goals in my life this year that are the most important for me to accomplish and the rest will have to wait because it is not a priority.

Several of my friends and I have been talking about this subject recently and about our commitments to family, friends, work and volunteering.  I find that everyone I speak to is feeling that they are being pulled in too many directions and stretched too thin.

What does it boil down to?  Priorities and Focus.

If one of your priorities is to "get organized' - and you are adding this to your already over-stuffed schedule, it's going to be very difficult for you to accomplish your goal - unless you make that goal a priority and focus on it.  Most likely, it will mean that you will give up time that you spend in another area.

Whether you are trying to organize your home, home office or streamline things at work - if you've not made the time to focus on this priorities and give up something else temporarily, you will not be successful at reaching your goals.

Take a look at your calendar - what can you "eliminate" to free up some time - so you can reach your goals and ultimately have "More Time for Life."  There is a reason "More Time for Life" is our company tag line - because we believe that the benefits you will receive from organizing areas of your life, home and office - will far outweigh the time you spent to achieve this goal.

© 2008 Eliminate Chaos, LLC


 Shelf Conversions Special - Offer Ends 4.15.08

As a valued newsletter subscriber we are offering you the same special we offered at the Seattle Home Show - purchase any 5 Glide-Outs for just $895 or $179.00 each.  

Call us at 425.670.2551 to set up an appointment for one of our specialists to create the perfect system that fits your lifestyle and storage needs. Visit us at: www.shelfconversions-seattle.com


Home Office Special - Ends on 3.31.08

If you've been thinking about getting your Home Office organized, there is no time better than now!

In honor of "Organize Your Home Office Day" in March we are offering a special.  Interested?  Here are the details...


Save $300 (a 25% discount) when you purchase (3) half-day hands-on organizing sessions. 

Special is for Home Offices only and must be paid in advance.  All sessions are to be completed by 3.31.08.  Special offer is valid for any of our Organizing Specialist™s, with the exception of Laura.

Hurry and call our office today at 425.670.2551 - there won't be another offer like this for a long time.


Laura Leist, CPO, Elected as NAPO's President-Elect

Laura Leist, CPO, of Mill Creek, WA, named President-Elect of National Association of Professional Organizers Board of Directors.  Her term will begin May 15, 2008.

Click here to read the Press Release.


 FREE Product For You! - Write a Book Review on Amazon

Would you like to earn a FREE Busy Body Calendar or a FREE Eliminate Chaos Journal Book?

Here's How:  If you've read my book Eliminate Chaos: The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home & Life, I'd appreciate it if you'd write a review and post it on Amazon.  I am excited to say this while this book has been out for nearly two years, it is still a best-seller in the organizing category and consistently ranks in the top 5-10 organizing books - sometimes even ranking better than Martha Stewart's book!  So many people have told me how much they've loved this book and that it was the first and only organizing book that really helped them understand a process that would work for them.  Everyone seems to love the pictures and find them very valuable and helpful in the process.

If you've enjoyed the book I'd love to hear from you and help keep my 5-star rating under the 2,000 - 3,000 in the sales ranking I've been at for nearly 4 months!

Simply write your review, post it to Amazon and then email me with a link to your post.  Let me know if you'd like me to send you one of our Journal Books or one of our Busy Body 2008 calendars featured in this newsletter.

Thank you in advance for your help!  And thank you to all of you who have purchased this book and made it a success and a dream come true for me.


 Organizing Products - 15% off Sale - Now through 4.15.08

Save 15% on your purchase of $25 or more from our website.

Click here to start shopping.


Speaking Schedule - Will I be Visiting Your City?

If your organization is in need of a speaker for one of your meetings - please contact us to see how I can create a program for your organization.  I will be in the following areas in 2008:

Reno:  April 8-12

Portland:  April 25

New York:  June 2

New York:  August 4-8

Maui:  October 5-12


 IKEA 2008  Seattle Seminar Schedule

March 22, 2008:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Kitchen

April 19, 2008:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Garage

July 19, 2008:  Eliminate Back-to-School Chaos

Click here for seminar times and locations.


Give the Gift of Organization  

Not sure what to give that loved one?  Don't want to give them any more "stuff" they may not need or want?  Gift Certificates make a great gift - enable those you love to take control of their time, their space and their stuff.  Contact our office for pricing. 425.670.2551



 Best Regards - and Happy Organizing,


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    • Paper Flow and Information Management
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    • Productivity Assessments
    • Microsoft Business Contact Manager
    • Microsoft Exchange Migrations
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