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Beach Clutter Art

Yesterday’s ice cream spoon is today’s beach trash and tomorrow’s art, thanks to Judith and Richard Lang beachplastic.com. They’ve been collecting plastic along Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore for 15 years. Over the years, walking along the same 1000 yards, they’ve picked up enough plastic pieces to create wonderful art displays. Check out their website to see their exhibits. If only we could transform ALL clutter into art. Save the whales (etc.), save the planet, save our sanity by way of having a creative outlet. I can’t say enough about how important it is to think out of the box.

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By |April 5th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

A Good “Control Freak”!

Most of us can either look in the mirror or point a finger at someone we call “controlling”. I started examining the icy phrase “control freak” and wondered where the freak part comes in. The more I thought about it, the more I believe it’s a totally overly used and mis-used description.

Here’s why. We humans have ultimate control of only one thing: our experience living this life. We can’t control other people, the weather, the results of events, luck, and on and on. You get my point. We tend to call people who DO try to control things or people outside of themselves “controlling.”

If we totally take responsibility for our own lives, that’s a LOT of consciousness and awareness: and a full time job. Being mindful. Paying attention. If we focus on our own business all the time, we won’t have time or interest in other people’s lives or events. We CAN control out own attitudes and how we respond to every moment in life. It’s the zen or buddha way to live. And that is what the real definition of “control freak” should be. Practicing that is the best way to live. If we all did that, the term would evolve into the highest compliment we could bestow on someone.

 

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By |January 29th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Kato the Klutter Kitty

Kato karefully kreates kolorful klutter.♥

Kato reminds me that we don’t need at lot—just some food, water, place to eliminate same (HA), and a bonus toy if we’re indoor creatures.

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By |August 29th, 2013|JUST FOR FUN|0 Comments

Wholistic View of Clutter

No doubt you’ve heard about the disastrous floating “island” consisting of hundreds, perhaps thousands of square miles of garbage that has collected in the Pacific Ocean. It is the result of extreme clutter that can’t be broken down by Nature. You’ve also probably heard of fracking which has by-products so toxic that poisons are released into the atmosphere too extreme to dissipate back into the atmosphere or groundwater.

It seems like every week we hear about something that is clogging, choking, or poisoning the planet because we, as stewards of this great rock, are not doing a good job of cleaning up after ourselves.

As individuals trying to cope with these kinds of global disasters, we might feel helpless and hopeless. But we can be effective in our own lives. We can raise our awareness of our own personal toxic messes by de-cluttering our own backyards, so to speak. Where is the toxic island in your house? Is it under the bed? Under the kitchen sink? In the garage or spare room?  Although we may not have the power to tackle an island of plastic and sludge in the Pacific, we do have the power to be more mindful of our own clutter heaps. Tackling our own natural disasters is ultimately empowering. And we can learn a lot. Like monitoring our inner dialog. Instead of groaning and re-iterating some negative message like “Why haven’t I done this before?” or “How could I be such a slob?” (or worse yet, blaming someone else for it), reinforce a positive message. “I’m doing a very good thing for myself,” or “I am doing a great job of organizing,” as examples.

We can also become more mindful of how we dispose […]

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By |July 25th, 2013|BLOG|0 Comments

Bar Codes Secrets

I’m including this for those of you who don’t know how much you can read from a bar code. (It isn’t just a bunch of cluttery numbers after all.)

Identify Country of Origin from Product Bar Codes
Know the origin of the items in store

The first 3 numbers in the UPC code identify in which country the product is made:

6 9 0 – 6 9 5 are made in China
6 9 0 ********* Made in China
6 9 1 ********* Made in China
6 9 2 ********* Made in China
6 9 3 ********* Made in China
6 9 4 ********* Made in China
6 9 5 ********* Made in China
4 7 1 ********* Made in Taiwan (China)

0 0 – 1 3 are Made in USA
0 0 ********* Made in USA
0 1 ********* Made in USA
0 2 ********* Made in USA
Until 13 ***** Made in USA

3 0 to 3 7 **** Made in France
4 0 to 4 4 *** Made in Germany
4 7 ********* Made in Denmark
4 9 ********* Made in Japan
5 0 ********* Made in UK
7 6 ********* Made in Switzerland and Liechtenstein
4 8 0 ******* Made in the Philippines
6 2 8 ******* Made in Saudi Arabia
6 2 9 ******* Made in United Arab Emirates (UAE)
7 4 0 to 7 4 5 * Made in Central American Countries
8 8 0 ******* Made in South Korea

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By |July 20th, 2013|TIPS|0 Comments

Handy Ideas

 

Here are some great tips you might not have thought of–like cutting a slit down an old paper towel holder to use to keep your wrapping paper rolls from unwinding.      

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By |June 10th, 2013|TIPS|0 Comments

MAC / PC Cyber Clutter

Declutter your computer desktop and files.

By |June 10th, 2013|TIPS|0 Comments

Password Secrets

Clients often ask me how I deal with remembering passwords. You can Google password managers and password savers and find lots of options. I don’t recommend or NOT recommend doing that because I haven’t tried it myself. Admittedly, being a dinosaur in many areas, I use a simple technique. I open a word-processing document (it can be Word, Pages, or wherever you can pull up a clean page) and simply type the name of the site in BOLDFACE CAPS then p/w: jackandjill123 (or whatever your password happens to be). Add each site in its alphabetical proper place so you won’t have to move them around later. I keep it on my desktop or filed in documents. If others use your computer, call it something other than “Passwords” like “Grocery List” or something that doesn’t invite prying eyes.

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By |June 7th, 2013|TIPS|0 Comments

Inner Space and Clutter

The great spiritual thinker, Eckhart Tolle, talks a lot about needing “space” within that exists between our thoughts in order for the essence of presence to be recognized. Having a mind full of endless thoughts, he tells us, is like trying to live in a room full of clutter and furniture. Our environment reflects our inner life. And sometimes the easiest way to dissolve a lot of chatter on the inside is to remove clutter on the outside.  Just as the clearer your mind is, the less tolerant you’ll feel toward outside chaos, so too the clearer your environment is, the clearer your mind will be. Thought follows action as well as the opposite.

So if you think your living space is not up to snuff, but “who cares? no one sees it,” or other things you tell yourself, think again. Give yourself the gift of space.

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By |February 20th, 2013|TIPS|0 Comments

Quotes

Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.

-Albert Einstein 

 

 Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

 

 

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By |December 7th, 2012|BLOG|0 Comments