Phone a Friend

Am I alone in being hesitant to call people I've been out of touch with? Or scared to answer the phone when they call me?* 

Time passes, you don't hear from each other. Time morphs into a scary beast - intent on telling you that that they don't care, don't miss you, you're not enough.   

Then, you suck it, phone a friend, and chat for an hour.

You realize that, they were just busy...like you.

They were a bit overwhelmed with the day to day...like you.

They were doing their best to keep in touch with scattered family and friends...like you. 

They love you...and you love them. And talking makes you immensely more connected to the world, your history and your life.  

This week, pick up that phone.

*granted talking on the phone has always been akin to waterboarding for me. As a kid, I used to hide when the phone would ring. As an adult, I make good use of the "Do Not Disturb" function on the iPhone. 

 

Papers: Week 2 - Keep or Toss?

Tax season is over, but you still have piles of papers.  It happens.  

Last week I mentioned using Scannable.  This week, I'd like to give you an exercise to do.

Your goal each day this week is to grab one overstuffed file folder, set the timer for 5 minutes, and toss like a crazy person.  

Have bags for recycling, trash and shredding next to you so you don't have to get up. 

Most people are great at discarding papers they don't need, they just don't schedule the time to do it.  So here it is. 5 minutes. Anyone can schedule 5 minutes for anything, even you, Ms. Busy.  

As for taxes, the "keep your tax documents for 7 years" mantra is not entirely true. The IRS and H&R Block summarize it nicely. Chances are, you can discard a lot more than you think. However, I must tell you to consult your tax professional when discarding tax related documents.  They are the experts, not me. ;-)

 

30 Day Decluttering Challenge

The 30 Day Decluttering Challenge starts May 1. 

 

This is seriously my most favorite time of the year.  I love hearing from you all every day and seeing what clutter you're removing from your home (and life!) in order to make more room for what's important.  

The rules are simple:

  1. Remove 1 item from your home each day (donate, sell, recycle, or trash)
  2. Post what you removed in a comment on either the daily photo on our Facebook page or on this blog post.  i.e. if you threw out a magazine, you just need to write "magazine" in the comments (or post a photo!!)
  3. Use hashtag #MinsGame in your post if you're also playing the Minimalism Game***

*** BONUS:

This year I'm going to add in an extra challenge.  If you're super motivated to make a huge change in your living space, I'd like you to take the 30 day challenge to the next level and play the Minimalism Game.  To play, you remove one item on the first day, 2 on the second, 3 on the third and so on.  Use the hashtag #MinsGame in your comment if you're playing that version. 

If you successfully complete the Minimalism Game, I'll enter your name in the hat twice for a chance at a free session. 

If you'd like to be paired with an accountability partner, email me and I'll set it up!  

You may find it helpful to keep an "outbox" in your entryway or garage to put your donation items in each day.  As it fills, take it to Goodwill.  Rinse. Repeat. 

Papers: Week 1 - Scannable

Happy Tax Weekend.  

My guess is you've been swarmed with papers in the last few weeks getting ready for Tax Day. 

Well, now that the flurry is almost over, it's time to shred and scan.

If you haven't already, go download the Scannable app by Evernote.  It's free and life-changing. 
 

I spent last weekend scanning oodles of papers from my two drawer file cabinet (one drawer for business, one for personal).  My goal is to be paperless by the end of the year and this app is making that possible.  

I used it to scan:

  1. EOBs and briefs from my doctors 
  2. Supporting documents for taxes
  3. Recipes I'd saved 
  4. Travel articles
  5. Car maintenance records on 2 cars from the past 10 years
  6. The original credit card paper that came with the card and that has the whole card number on it (if you've ever lost a card and didn't have your full number handy, you know what a pain that can be)
  7. The travel rewards cards I'd received from Hilton, Starwood, Amtrak etc.
  8. Lots of other miscellaneous papers

When you're done scanning a document, it allows you to save it as a PDF or JPG to your camera roll, Google Drive, iBooks, email, message, etc.  The options are endless. 

If you download it and want some tips, shoot me an email.  

Happy Scanning. :)