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Clutter is the Cholesterol of the Home

I ran across this interesting metaphor for clutter – Clutter is the Cholesterol of the Home (1) . After searching the web I came across earlier usage of this metaphor by Maria Cilley – The Fly Lady in her 2002 book Sink Reflections.  On page 25 she states Clutter is to our home as Cholesterol is to our arteries.

Her points in the book:

  • Clutter invades the pathways of our homes
  • Clutter causes stress in your life
  • Clutter decreases joy in living
  • Clutter pushes money away from you
  • Clutter destroys closeness in families
  • Clutter is a result in overindulging in stuff
  • Clutter causes hearts to harden

Try using this metaphor with your own home or chronically disorganized clients.

Are there any other metaphors you use to describe clutter?


1  LA Times Opinion Article of 2013  by Howard Mansfield titled An American dilemma: Your clutter or your life.


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Lighten Your Load

Are you carrying too much? Is your plate full? When we are holding a heavy load we may be causing ourselves unnecessary stress. So how can we lighten up? First cut out the non essentials. Add in some humor to your life. Reading a few humor blogs may actually help you lighten your load. Another technique is to watch 30 minutes of a situational comedy or schedule some time to talk to a friend who makes you laugh.

Learn to say no. Yes, practice the art of saying no. Don’t accept more when what you really need is less!

Enlist help or share the load. There are often people who are willing to help, if only we think to ask.

Finally, maintain your good self-care practices. This means make sure you eat healthy, sleep a decent amount and get at least a small amount of exercise.

My good friend Fred says “Cultivate a imaginative garden within and escape there frequently when the everyday stresses become overbearing. Do you have any thoughts about lightening your load?

This is a modified post from 2009.

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Looking at the “Un’s” in life

Let’s take  a moment to think about the “Un’s” in our lives?

Here is a list of some “Un’s”:






How would it be if we had a day each week to look at the “Un’s” and work on them? What day would you choose?


This is a best of post from 2009.

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Time to Give Kudos

Kudos means a praising remark.  We all like to be appreciated and acknowledged for our work or contributions.  Let’s spend some time exploring kudos.

Why Give Kudos

There are a few reasons to give kudos. First, we all like to be acknowledged and appreciated. Second, appreciating someone’s work or efforts can sometimes be the catalyst to develop or deepen a new or existing personal or work relationship. Third, kudos are sometimes the sustaining embers in people’s lives.

How to Give Kudos

Kudos can be verbal or written. Kudos  can be physically given as in a handwritten note, card or with a small token gift.  Kudos can also be given via an email or on a blog posting can be made from time to time.

Receiving Kudos

It is nice to receive kudos. Kudos can be put up on a bulletin board or display shelf. Verbal kudos can be transformed to penned lines and  inserted into an appreciation journal.

Appreciating the Giver of the  Kudos

It is polite to acknowledge the sender for their sentiments or gifts, either by verbalizing your appreciation or by sending an acknowledging note.

Making Kudos part of Your Routine

Take time to routinely reflect and send appropriate kudos to those around you. Kudos giving can be a nice break in a full or busy week.  Kudos giving makes us look outside of ourselves, which can be helpful when we are too inward thinking.

Who can you give kudos to in your life?

This is a best of post from Terry’s Thinking  2009.

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The Joys of Rereading

About this time of year I often reflect on what I did differently throughout the past year.  One of the things I observed was my choice to do a significant amount of rereading.  Rereading simply means to read something again.

Sir Francis Bacon, the English author and philosopher (1561 – 1626) had some wise words to say on reading:

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention

In my thinking there are great advantages of reading something for the second or even third time. Rereading provides us with:

1) Deeper Clarity – Rereading allows us to “see what we may have missed” or misinterpreted.

2) More Available Comparisons – The passage of time has allowed us further life/work/reading experience so we can make better comparisons.

3) Comfort and  Appreciation of the Familiar – Rereading a favorite book is like enjoying a favorite meal. It just feels right.

4) Increased Likelihood of Reviewing “The Other Parts” – These are outside of the main text of the book – prefaces, table of contents format, acknowledgments, author bios, bibliography  or footnotes.

One of the books I have recently reread is Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren’s  1972 version of How to Read a Book. Of course, if you have read this book already, you would likely understand the value of number (4 above.  Which of course, my rereading recently got me doing in earnest.

Some good sources for selecting books are the BBC 100 Top Books and if you desire to read “classics” you might investigate the list that Adler gives in his 1972 version. The list appears in Wikipedia under the description of How To Read A Book.

Since I’ve only read 47 of the BBC list I still  have a long list of books to get to yet. I will however, try balancing the yet unread with the joys of rereading.


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Odds and Ends

Today’s blog covers different and odd things. Here are a few sites to get you going:

Unintended Uses

Dial A Stranger

Happiness Hat

Ornamental Passions


Let me know what you think!

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Unrelated Tasks Often Further Thought Development

My last post focused on Thinking Outside of the Box. Fred, a frequent and insightful commenter on my blog made mention of  how Sherlock Homes often performed unrelated tasks to further his thinking.

We can take a good clue from Sherlock Holmes, Sir Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth, in the novel Sign of the Four. When confronting a seeming insurmountable and perplexing conundrum of this case, Mr Holmes attacked the problem by doing something totally unrelated, namely performing chemistry experiments into the wee hours of the morning. It was only then that he was able to “think outside the box”, and the solution to his vexing problem appeared to him. Sometimes we need to use a skillful will rather than a strong will to think creatively.

Many thanks to Fred for bringing this concept to our attention.

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