Matt Damon, Socks for Water, IKEA, and Earth Hour are all part of this month’s Clear News. Find out how you can help support Water.org in their global game changing programs. It’s tax time so I’ve included a reminder on what you do or don’t need to hang on to and tips on how to finally get on top of that paper clutter mountain. Plus, get some help with keeping your brain clear … something we can all use! View now.
Challenge: Find a better way to present multiple topics, links and graphics on one page that all open easily with mobile devices. It needs to look good and inspire action. Oh … it should also have a personal vibe and consistent quality. Something that’s professional yet warm and, of course, always clear in voice and message. Result: Today I launch my latest Clear News format … thanks to MailChimp and lots of pots of jasmine tea. Hope you enjoy it!
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You win on so many levels when you clear out your stuff.
This PDX homeowner saw firsthand the magic that can happen when you say YES to clearing out. Find out more and get FREE ACP Sorting Guide.
HAPPY EARTH DAY … thanks for making it a clear one!
Put a positive spin on tax week by using the time to clear your space of paper clutter. Sorting can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s an abbreviated approach to my usual ACP Sorting guideline to get you started:
Put two paper grocery bags on the floor by your desk/counter. Label bags: KEEP and GOES. Depending on how high the piles, you may want to use boxes instead of bags. Sort items into one of the above categories. Aim for 80% or more of the stuff to go. Continue this process until surface is cleared. It may require several trips to the recycle curb and that’s ok. No judgments here. Unless you are involved in a litigation, bankruptcy or other legal process, anything dated older than 6 months goes. If you are undecided about an item, put it in the KEEP bag temporarily. Next, go through the KEEP bag and take out anything that can be regifted or donated (calendars, stationery, office supplies). Keep only what is current and absolutely necessary to have on hand for your lifestyle. Then designate a place for each of your KEEP items i.e. a file folder, plastic bin. Make sure those containers are labeled and within easy access. Limit your surface display to three items only and resist the temptation to set anything else down on your now clear desk top.
EXTRA: Shift the energy by placing a stem or two of fresh flowers on your desk. A small plant works well, too. Use glass objects to reflect natural light and brighten your work area. Include a smile factor like a favorite card or small toy. Finally, let go of the fear factor. Most of our paper clutter comes from credit card and bank statements and receipts. With today’s online banking and digital records, there’s very little that can’t be replaced if need be. If you’re still unsure about purging paper, here’s a good guideline to help ease the letting go – Receipts: Which to Keep.
ACP Deck the halls! I’m celebrating the season with FREE earth friendly gift wrap for all holiday orders. So just what makes these ACP Wisdom Cards so special? Click here to find out why these decks are the perfect way to gift green!
Hot temps got you feeling drained? Want to know the simplest way to lower your AC bill and raise your spirits? How about a visual cooling off moment with the gorgeous Clarity card. Click here to get cool! PS: Be sure to read the latest fan mail.
Introducing House Call options from A CLEAR PLACE! No blame, no shame one-on-one private consultation by Jane Green, author, teacher and creator of A CLEAR PLACE and STUFFication© workshops. Expert advice in using what you have in a better way and letting go of what isn’t working for you. Lighthearted, tough love for you and your space. The doctor is in!
Choose from 60 minute or 30 minute phone consultation OR email photos of your challenge for a focused quick fix. You can also combine the options.
I designed the House Call to give people a fresh pair of eyes and expert insight while maintaining their privacy. This can eliminate the guilt trip, the excuses and putting off what needs to get done. It’s surprising how much comfort and reassurance can be shared with just one phone call. Wheels start turning, challenges dissolve and rooms come into focus once the “Green” light is on.
House Calls make great gifts, too. Ideal for weddings, holidays, birthdays or new home. View consultation options and purchase on Etsy.
Did you know you can use the power of the moon to help you clear your space. Huh? It’s true. The full moon is the time of the month for letting go of what you no longer need or want in your life. It’s nature’s time to release so it’s our time, too. When the moon is at its fullest, set the intention for what you want to get rid of and then as the moon wanes, your unwanted items will diminish. Old patterns, habits, emotions, fears, etc. I find it a perfect time to take a look around your space and clear out what no longer serves a purpose. It can be obvious items like furniture and appliances to smaller things like photos, books, clothes, papers … the stuff that fills the shelves and closets and drawers. Let it go. Clear it out. You’ll feel SO much better. For mindful ways to dispose of your stuff, check out my Resources page. And don’t forget to give yourself a big round “super moon” smile for taking positive action!
Hints and links to brighten your day. This week’s mini-show features reading lists, donation suggestions, summer music and more. Check it out!
One Stop Sustainability Shop is hosting a special STUFF-ication workshop on June 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This class gives you one hour of STUFF-ication concepts PLUS one hour on how to keep your home clear and fresh for summer. Warm weather brings heavier energy … learn what to do to keep your place clean and fresh the easy green way. Eco-friendly prizes and take home gifts, too! AND you’ll get a coupon for 10% off any purchase in the store if you care to shop after the class. Registration required. $10 fee. Call One Stop on NE Alberta to register: 503-241-5404 or click on the bag for more info and to register online. Hope to see you there!
Note: Grab dinner or a snack at one of the popular spots within two blocks of the store including Black Cat, Tin Shed and Fuel.