Hello 2016!
  • WorkoutAfter a holiday season focused on relaxing and let's just say it – perhaps some partying - we turn to the new year focus on reflection, fitness and organization.   Whether you are a planning a move in 2016 or not, the sense of well-being and the fresh-start feeling of getting in the organized habit will start you off on the right path.  And if you do happen to come across the opportunity of a lifetime that involves a move, being organized will keep the stress level lower when relocating.  Thanks to our partner, Nook & Cranny, we are able to provide this post that may help develop new habits in the New Year and organize your mail, both snail and email, with pro tips & ideas from Nook & Cranny's professional organizer Molly Rosa.

    Organizing Pro Tips

    Is organizing one of your New Year's resolutions?

    Gym memberships soar in January as people embark on a common new year's resolution. What about exercising your organizing muscles? Organizing can feel like a really tough workout at first, but just like exercise, it gets easier and even enjoyable. It's a simple practice involving sorting and finding homes for items you will keep, but the trick is creating new habits to sustain your efforts.

    Here are some tips for creating lasting habits.

    Setting an achievable goal is the first step.  Don't bite off more than you can chew, right? This month, try picking one new habit that supports a more organized lifestyle. It takes 21 consecutive days to create a new habit so we'll check in next month. For example, I started getting our coffee systems ready at night. This makes morning so much more approachable.

    Dr. Henry Emmons, a local psychiatrist and renown author, has described thought patterns as paths through the mind. Check out his work here The more we travel the path, the deeper the rut. Well our actions, our habits, reflect those thoughts. If we change our actions and habits, we can change our thoughts. I used to consider myself a sloppy person (ask my mom, she'll agree), not making my bed, leaving clothes around and dirty dishes in the kitchen. Instead of believing that's just the way I am, I realized I didn't want to be that way, created new habits, and today people pay me to organize! Those new actions and habits help to reinforce the thoughts that I am not a sloppy person and that I have choices. It's pretty empowering stuff!

    Is there a thought about who you are that you can change by creating new organizing habits? If you struggle with paper or paying bills on time, imagine yourself being in charge of the chaos, then ask yourself what is one thing you can do differently this month to steer you to the right direction.

    Mail Tips -- help in the paper department

    So mail. We all get it and most of it is JUNK! Sigh. For snail mail, I recommend to immediately sort mail when you bring it inside. Recycle the junk, open the mail you need, and put it in the next place (inbox, partner's inbox, bulletin board.) Take it a step further and combat the junk mail by using a free service like Catalog Choice. They search a company you want to stop receiving mail from and guide you through stopping it. Give yourself a timeline for keeping catalogs, and schedule time to address incoming mail. Here's an easy visual for more assistance

    E-mail is trickier depending on your account and the security options on your device. Providers like gmail have helpful tabs to separate out promotions from other messages. Unroll.Me is the easiest tool I have seen to quickly unscubscribe. For more personalized options, adjusting security levels and different accounts, read this article, "Five Ways to Stop Spam Email Today" by Tom Lessard (7/31/13).

    Organizer to the Rescue

    If you are local to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Nook &   Cranny can be hired to assist with a myriad of projects including getting   your holiday decorations sorted and organized, office organization, cleaning   services and other concierge service coordination.  Often just a few   hours can make a big difference!

    Phone: (612) 823-2018

    Nook & Cranny website

    Follow
    Nook & Cranny on Facebook

    Our mailing address is:  6121 Excelsior Blvd. Suite 101A St. Louis Park MN 55416

    Copyright © 2015 Nook &
    Cranny, All rights reserved

Hello 2016!
  • WorkoutAfter a holiday season focused on relaxing and let's just say it – perhaps some partying - we turn to the new year focus on reflection, fitness and organization.   Whether you are a planning a move in 2016 or not, the sense of well-being and the fresh-start feeling of getting in the organized habit will start you off on the right path.  And if you do happen to come across the opportunity of a lifetime that involves a move, being organized will keep the stress level lower when relocating.  Thanks to our partner, Nook & Cranny, we are able to provide this post that may help develop new habits in the New Year and organize your mail, both snail and email, with pro tips & ideas from Nook & Cranny's professional organizer Molly Rosa.

    Organizing Pro Tips

    Is organizing one of your New Year's resolutions?

    Gym memberships soar in January as people embark on a common new year's resolution. What about exercising your organizing muscles? Organizing can feel like a really tough workout at first, but just like exercise, it gets easier and even enjoyable. It's a simple practice involving sorting and finding homes for items you will keep, but the trick is creating new habits to sustain your efforts.

    Here are some tips for creating lasting habits.

    Setting an achievable goal is the first step.  Don't bite off more than you can chew, right? This month, try picking one new habit that supports a more organized lifestyle. It takes 21 consecutive days to create a new habit so we'll check in next month. For example, I started getting our coffee systems ready at night. This makes morning so much more approachable.

    Dr. Henry Emmons, a local psychiatrist and renown author, has described thought patterns as paths through the mind. Check out his work here The more we travel the path, the deeper the rut. Well our actions, our habits, reflect those thoughts. If we change our actions and habits, we can change our thoughts. I used to consider myself a sloppy person (ask my mom, she'll agree), not making my bed, leaving clothes around and dirty dishes in the kitchen. Instead of believing that's just the way I am, I realized I didn't want to be that way, created new habits, and today people pay me to organize! Those new actions and habits help to reinforce the thoughts that I am not a sloppy person and that I have choices. It's pretty empowering stuff!

    Is there a thought about who you are that you can change by creating new organizing habits? If you struggle with paper or paying bills on time, imagine yourself being in charge of the chaos, then ask yourself what is one thing you can do differently this month to steer you to the right direction.

    Mail Tips -- help in the paper department

    So mail. We all get it and most of it is JUNK! Sigh. For snail mail, I recommend to immediately sort mail when you bring it inside. Recycle the junk, open the mail you need, and put it in the next place (inbox, partner's inbox, bulletin board.) Take it a step further and combat the junk mail by using a free service like Catalog Choice. They search a company you want to stop receiving mail from and guide you through stopping it. Give yourself a timeline for keeping catalogs, and schedule time to address incoming mail. Here's an easy visual for more assistance

    E-mail is trickier depending on your account and the security options on your device. Providers like gmail have helpful tabs to separate out promotions from other messages. Unroll.Me is the easiest tool I have seen to quickly unscubscribe. For more personalized options, adjusting security levels and different accounts, read this article, "Five Ways to Stop Spam Email Today" by Tom Lessard (7/31/13).

    Organizer to the Rescue

    If you are local to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Nook &   Cranny can be hired to assist with a myriad of projects including getting   your holiday decorations sorted and organized, office organization, cleaning   services and other concierge service coordination.  Often just a few   hours can make a big difference!

    Phone: (612) 823-2018

    Nook & Cranny website

    Follow
    Nook & Cranny on Facebook

    Our mailing address is:  6121 Excelsior Blvd. Suite 101A St. Louis Park MN 55416

    Copyright © 2015 Nook &
    Cranny, All rights reserved