Rhiannon Ally and Better bring you some handy tips on how to take control of your schedule and declutter your life.
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Audra Lowe: Organize with the kids going back to school. It’s easy to loose track of your schedule when you’re getting back in the group of things. Luckily, Rhiannon has the best ways to actually reclaim your life without missing a beat.
Rhiannon: Conference call at 11, soccer practice at 8:00, cheer leading at 9:00, was gymnastic Saturday or Sunday? Sounds familiar? But the kids back in school, now is the time to take control of your schedule. People have turned to Rosemary Chieppo for years to declutter their lives for family members like our cousin Dominic to strangers. Rosemary says one of the biggest mistakes people make on their schedule is an easy one to fix.
Rosemary Chieppo: A big mistake people make is they have more than one calendar. They have a personal calendar or work calendar, a kid calendar keep one main calendar so all of your life is in one calendar because that’s a mistake I see a lot and it gets too confusing.
Rhiannon: Rosemary says, don’t get caught up by technology whether you use your computer, your phone or simply write it down. She says keep all your appointments in one spot.
Rosemary Chieppo: Try to get in to the habit of instantly putting things in your one main calendar on and as you go basis. Don’t put all kinds of notes on a hundred plus posted notes because what happens then you’re plastered with posted notes everywhere and then you sort of don’t see them anymore.
Rhiannon: If you make it easy for yourself Rosemary says, you’re much more likely to stick to it.
Rosemary Chieppo: Don’t let things pile up because then you get too frantic, you get overwhelmed; that’s the word I hear most of all from clients, I’m overwhelmed.
Rhiannon: But before you begin your schedule makeover precautions. Before you can truly organize your life you must declutter your home.
Rosemary Chieppo: Because a cluttered physical space is kind of reflection of clutter in your head. The two are very much related and people will think much more clearly when their spaces are clear.
Rhiannon: Rosemary says everything must have its own place. That’s one reason people rarely lose their toothbrush because it always goes back in the same spot. So if you use that logic with your keys, your camera and other things you’ll always know where to look. And believe it or not you don’t have to be a super hero to stay organized.
So when a lot of people think of organizing, they think everything has to be perfect in their home but you say that’s not the key.
Rosemary Chieppo: That’s a real frame of mind. I don’t think that at all because you can never achieve that. I love books so my books are fairly well organized but you can see. I have a lot of things that personally means stuff to me because I don’t think books should just be boring books all in a row but I’m an organizer but look I have piles, I have piles I mean I’m no different than anyone else.
This has really gotten a way from me over the summer because I just didn’t feel like doing it over the summer. So most of the time I take my own advice but I didn’t do this as I went too long and this is what happens but it’s okay. Life goes on at some point I’m going to sit-down and I’m really going to go through this. Probably most of it is junk anyway. I’m going to end up for almost no matter what.
Rhiannon: But you probably still know where everything is.
Rosemary Chieppo: Yes and that’s the key. My definition of being organized is that you can find what you need when you need it.
Rhiannon: If you’re searching for a good calendar these days, you can always check your phone; many of them have great one these days or go online to Google or Yahoo calendars or like me you can always go the old fashion way. For Better, I’m Rhiannon.
Audra Lowe: And you can get work tips from Rosemary from her book “Clutter Chaos and the Cure” which is in bookstores now.