Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Check Up on M.O.M.: The Process of Progress

While looking through old files and shredding old documents, I literally see the growth in my life.

Some of this process was really fun. I enjoyed reminiscing over old pictures, business cards, my cute checks (Pink Panther, Retro), and both mine and my daughter’s achievements over the years. I couldn’t help but to feel proud of myself. Proud of the growth I attained spiritually, financially and emotionally. Looking back I can see just how much of an achiever I’ve always been. I found that I’m no longer a big competitor…my mindset now is that “the top” is for anyone and everyone who seeks it…not just for a few.

Some other realizations came up in these files. I used to be organized…LOL Also, I used to be frivolous and haphazard in the way I spent my time, my money and my resources. That realization helps me to see that I am changing…and change is good. Freedom is the current dominant emotion right now. I can now and have now released all limiting beliefs about myself, my life and my family’s lives.

Progress...This is good.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Check In on M.O.M.: Confessions of an Ex-Packrat

People change!! Thank God!! I've evolved into a frugal, but abundantly thinking person. I've also began to understand that I don't NEED everything. So cluttering our lives with endless things is just not helpful to a person that wants to succeed in life. We HAVE to leave the baggage behind. Close the door on some's the only way to be open to the things we really want and need!!

In my quest to be M.O.M. (Motivated to Organize in March), I've been going through my old file cabinet and my old room at my parents house. YES, I'm spoiled and still have things at my parents house!! They are not bothering anybody...but ME!!

So anyway, I gathered file after file and folder after folder of papers, workbooks, receipts, mementos and envelopes. Seriously, why did I need to keep the envelopes for bills I either paid in person or online? Some of this junk even dates back to grade school. That is a shame!! So needless to say, I have been spending large portions of my days sorting, shredding and recycling mounds of paper waste.

As far as I can remember, I was a paper shuffler. I just couldn't throw anything away, just put it in a folder or tucked it in a binder. I remember once asking my cousin Angie to help me clean up. When she would ask me what to keep, it was always everything she picked up. Finally she stopped asking me and just started tossing things in the trash. All these years later...I finally get it. I didn't need it!! 

So now, that rule has now been adopted. I keep what means something to me and the rest gets shredded or recycled (see there's that evolution thing...before we just threw it all in the trash). If I need the information, we have this WONDERFUL place called Google, where I can most certainly retrieve it. No matter what, it gets out of my life, so I can clear space for something greater!! On a mission!! Who's with me?  

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I will be M.O.M.

Motivated to Organize in March. I was the Domestic Diva of Frugal in February and I will keep that cooking thing going. In March, however, it’s about putting together the things that have fallen apart over the last couple of months. I have been helping a Soror declutter and she, in turn, has been assisting me with organizing my life.

She gave me the BEST GIFT EVER!! FileSolutions…The Home Filing System!! (

O-M-G!! It is the best system a disorganized slacker like me could EVER have!! It’s easy to use and color-coded. The makers of this product, thought of EVERYTHING!! My goal and intent for March is to file ALL my paperwork in this filing system and keep it together. I’ve already started and it’s really great!!

So, I’ve mapped out a couple of goals for the month:

1) File all the paperwork

2) Get storage tools for all my stuff

3) Finish DIY projects (hanging artwork, put together jewelry box)

4) Donate the items no longer needed or wanted

BONUS Goal: It’s important for to know is that everything has a place. This month, I will find out where those places are and put my items there!!

There are a lot of things forthcoming and I want to be prepared for them. There has to be space for them!! Many people, myself included, claim to be multi task oriented, but the fact is, multitasking in chaos is just not conducive to true productivity. When things are cluttered there’s an immobilizing and stagnant feeling that comes over me. When there is greatness to be achieved, the last thing we need to be is stuck.

So, I declare the way to unlock the key to the next phase in life is to organize and clear a path for it. Join me in being M.O.M…Motivated to Organize in March!!