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As we celebrate the holiday remember that it commemorates July 4th, 1776 – when the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence.

While most of us are celebrating this day with barbecues, parades, fireworks, and family get-togethers, don’t forget that our armed forces are fighting to preserve our freedom.

Take a moment of silence to acknowledge their sacrifices to preserve our freedom. Show your appreciation whenever you see someone in uniform and say “Thank You!”

Every year at the Boston Pops Esplanade Concert, thousands of people celebrate the 4th.

Highlights of the evening are a sing along of “This Land Is Your Land,” the unfurling of our flag with the music of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and the exhilarating sounds of the “1812 Overture” with the cannons going off.

I’d love to hear what you do to celebrate the 4th of July. Stop by at my Facebook page and share!

Get Organized & Make More Time for #1 – YOU

Most of the people who have hired me in the past hired me to help them with getting organized and removing the clutter from their lives.

But there is another benefit: getting organized will give you more time to do the things YOU want to do.

It’s summertime and it’s too short in New England (but it is my favorite time of year!).

Removing the clutter from your life, the physical clutter that is, also helps to remove mental clutter. It helps you become more focused and it reduces stress.

In many ways it LIBERATES you.

If you constantly have an underlying feeling of anxiousness, if there are piles of papers all over your home, if you have too much to do and not enough time to do it, or if you don’t feel focused or productive, here are some ideas.

1) Consider Hiring a Professional Organizer

In as little as 3 hours I can help you identify your biggest challenges and put together an effective ACTION PLAN to get you moving in the right direction. I call it my Three Hour Transformation.

Think of me as your “coach” or “cheerleader.” Yes, you are accountable to yourself, but you are also accountable to me! I follow-up with all of my clients to see how they are doing and to make sure they are on the right path to achieve their desired outcome. It’s one of the reasons my clients see the long-lasting change they desire.

2) Purge

The #1 source of clutter is too much STUFF, usually too much JUNK. A good definition of JUNK is something you haven’t used in six months to a year. A good “purge” can make a huge difference – IMMEDIATELY. There are many options when it comes to a purge, from throwing things out in the trash to recycling or re-purposing. “One man’s junk is another’s treasure!”

3) “Do I Really Need This?”

Before you buy anything new train yourself to ask: “Do I really need this?” It’s amazing how this small simple question can make a big difference.

4) Delegate

If you live with others make sure you get help from them. Too many people I’ve worked with have taken on the role of the chauffeur, school volunteer, cook, dish washer, and house cleaner. Create a list of responsibilities for each person in your household. Even small children can put away their toys and teaching them to do so is a great life-long lesson.

5) Make a List of Things You Like to Do

Getting organized requires taking action, but it also requires MOTIVATION. When I work with clients who are currently disorganized we often start with a discussion about the things they love to do but never get to do any more – because they’re always cleaning, picking up after others, or dealing with a cluttered living room, garage, or bedrooms.

Creating a list of things you’ll get to do because you are more organized will help you get motivated to take action. Maybe you would like to exercise everyday? Maybe you’d like to go to a local park a few times each week? When was the last time you visited a museum? Maybe a day at the beach (my favorite!).

Create a list of three things you’d like to do before the end of the summer. Once you are clutter-free you’ll have a lot more time on your hands to do the things that are REALLY important to you.

Enjoy your summer and remember:  Always Make Time for #1 – YOU!

Call me at (978) 922-6136 for details and to discuss your current situation.

Nancy Black
(978) 922-6136