Clutter – How to Get Started When You Don’t Know Where To Begin

Whether it is shoes, throw pillows, years of files or manly collectibles, we all have our weak spot for stuff.

I mean we love our stuff, but we can’t let commercialism drive our cars so to speak (pun intended). If the urge to “have stuff” navigates our route, we are in for big trouble both financially and spiritually and let’s be honest, environmentally. Sorry mother nature for all the abuse to this amazing wonderland you supplied us with, just doesn’t seem quite adequate does it?

Clearly she is mad. Very mad. Volatile and epic storms, dying polar bears due to no summer sea ice and ubiquitous algal blooms and exploding jellyfish populations have been noted.

We all need to take back the keys to the ignition and turn up the music of our favourite playlist to drown out the requests for more, more, more. I promise you, if you do a major gutting you will reap the benefits personally, professionally, healthfully and financially.Happy Boxes, life coach, entrepreneur, success, action, reality, Lisa van Reeuwyk, Bloom Lisa,, organized Make the space for a big heap of your stuff that is coming out of your desk, closets, cupboards  and shelves and set aside the time to gather everything up before you start. Not only will you be two-feet in and fully committed, you can realistically assess how much time you will need to:

  • donate
  • recycle
  • chuck
  • re-organize
  • pay forward
  • launder
  • re-joice in re-discovering
  • wonder what the heck you were thinking when you bought it?

…all of your digital and physical creations.

We will take this to the next level next week, but for now, feel no shame as you stock pile your dusty and outdated files and flared jeans.

If you missed the first two tips, click here for Tip #1on re-kindling you creativity and profits and here for Tip #2 to free up hours of time each week at virtually no cost.

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A Simple Tip To Create Hours of Extra Time Each Week

As I wrote about last week, time is more than money these days, it is the most valueable commodity you have. This is why I decided to write a few posts to rekindle your creativity and productivity at work.

I want you to make an investment in yourself. Organizing can seem about as exciting as doing your taxes. Once you get started you will love how great it feels. The stuff you use and how you use it, is a pretty big part of your life.

Getting a good file system for work, hobbies, family management, etc, can clear up hours of free time each week. If this sounds like an exaggeration to you, think again.

The time you spend searching through vaguely named file folders, looking for your smart phone, sifting through mountains of loose papers or trying to locate a classic shot for throw back Thursday add up faster than you might think. And don’t forget about the time you spend thinking about not having efficiencies in place to organize your life.

Tip #2 – Create a filing system that is functional, fast and fun! Photo 2015-09-17, 12 07 13 PM

Yes, I actually said fun.

When things work efficiently it feels so good that sorting your photos, emails and projects can actually feel like a reward. The process not only brings you peace of mind that you KNOW where things are, but it also gives your hours of time back in your days to do the things you love.

We all have different styles and systems that work for us, so make sure you find the system that is right for you. Your best friend may be the most organized person you know, but if you are visual and she is sensory, her systems will not foster your efforts to reinvent your organization.

How to pick a system? Like all truth, you’ll know it when you see it. Trust that gut reaction that screams YES when you see that crisp and colourful rainbow hanging file folder system in an open drawer just as much as that grimace that envelops your face when you see another DIY posting.

Here are a few links I found that can lead you down the garden path to a file system that works for you!

For visual people and those looking to organize more than just paper files.
If you want to try a binder system.
Not into files or binders? Then this system is the one for you.
For the DIY creative types
For those who don’t mind spending a bit of money for a readymade system, this is the one for you.

Organize your digital files and your media files.askformore_HB2015Thank you for sharing your time with me today.
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How To Rekindle Your Creativity and Profitability at Work (and Save Money Doing It)

Time is more than money these days, it is the most valueable commodity you have. This is why I decided to write a few posts to rekindle your creativity and productivity at work.

I want you to make an investment in yourself. When you re-invent the spaces you spend most of your time, you will experience heightened creativity, increased profitability and a more abundance-centered attitude. The stuff you use is a pretty big part of this.

It’s simple, when you feel good you get more effective results in a shorter period of time AND you not only create more abundance in your life you also enjoy your work a whole heck-of-a-lot more!

Tip #1 – Have organizing tools that you LOVE.Photo 2015-09-17, 12 03 22 PM

With a clear intention of the end result, create a budget for new supplies that foster productivity and your creativity. Create spaces and places that you want to be in.

At first, it can seem like a superfluous expense, but think about this; last time you wanted to start a new healthy lifestyle routine, how did you get yourself jazzed about it? I would bet money that you bought some new runners or a pair of those workout pants that makes your behind look way more amazing than your old sweatpants and a few items at the health food store that you read about online. We all love to have stuff we love. So set yourself up for success in the workplace by following the same pattern.

Do your research, create a budget and stick to it. Think about how you work and what you need that will create a structure for the supplies that you need.

If you are an entrepreneur, keep the receipts and write off the expense on your next tax return.

Here are a few links I found that I LOVED. I hope these links help you to visualize your desk, what lives on it and create that budget while you refine your shopping list!

Ten ways to organize the small stuff.
Family charging station!! Sooo awesome.
For those of you who need your office to go with you.
Apps for organizing you.
In your handbag.
Something pretty for your visual aids (I am Bloom Lisa after all)
Maybe something vintage for your office,
check out this Etsy shop!
If you prefer to put pen to paper, check out these notepads.

For parents:
If you drowning in kids papers and keepsakes, then you need to check this out.dreams_reality_action

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How To Tell If A Course in Miracles Can Create More Joy, Abundance and Happiness in Your Life

I definitely unplugged over the summertime. I look forward to catching up with your blogs in the coming weeks as I get re-acquainted with my laptop. For now, I am so happy to share that Julie and I completed ALL 356 lessons of the Workbook in A Course in Miracles. In this post are some new tribute Happy Boxes and some pearls of wisdom from my studies. Please click though to read the post. Live life in full bloom!!Source: How To Tell If A Course in Miracles Can Create More Joy, Abundance and Happiness in Your Life

Stunning and Sticky and Beautifully Merciless, A Course in Miracles


As I embark on the great adventure of summer break, I am holding the lessons of big blue near and dear to my heart. And my children’s. I hope you enjoy them as I have enjoyed sharing them. Live life in FULL bloom my friends.

Originally posted on Blazing Light of Glory:

Studying A Course in Miracles is a sticky, beastly, merciless journey into your soul. It is also stunningly gorgeous in its expedition into the meaning of love.

Lately I notice the impact of my studies in a big bold way. The 325 lessons I now have under my belt have grown deep roots. Thick, course and twisted, their wisdom has weaved an invasive path into my subconscious mind and taken hold with great love and graciousness.

There is no turning back now.

Life feels more manageable, like I am finally growing up.

Now, when my youngest daughter begins hyperventilating, tears streaming down her face, arms swinging and gasping for air because forgetful Mommy has given her the yellow bowl instead of the blue bowl for the umpteenth time, I can notice my own inner 5 year old simultaneously gearing up to throw a temper tantrum that puts hers to shame. Clearly, I have no shame. None at…

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You Alone Must File The Flight Plan to Achieve Work Life Balance


Can you transport yourself back in time to that life altering day when you changed the course of your life forever? That day where you jumped two-feet-in to the life of an entrepreneur?

There were visions of freedom, passion and abundance. You no longer wanted to be a cog in the corporate wheel, but a game changer on your own terms.

Before you knew it, you were losing your vision under the weight of your self employed life.

When you clarify your intentions it creates a map for your life. If you want to utilize this map then you need to plot your co-ordinates and file your flight plan.askformore_HB2015

File The Flight Plan

Busy as you are, you do not get to blame anyone else for not having the time to do what you want, where you want or how often you want except for yourself. You simply must take responsibility for your own schedule. If you are more productive at work, it frees up time for hobbies and family. It is a win-win.

Determine when you 100% have to be available to clients and co-workers and how often. Get out a white board, a calendar (paper or digital, whichever works for you), but make sure it is large enough to write down an average week of commitments from early am to bedtime Monday – Sunday.

As you mark down you daily activities, you are going to create windows of time where you will not be interrupted.

You MUST be ruthless about honouring your uninterrupted time, but ruthless in a gracious way of course! By ruthless I mean, honour your own vision for your life more than the demands of others of your time.

At Work

You will allocate a period in the work day where you will not be interrupted by technology or actual real live people. Setting clear expectations is a key element to your success; others need to be made aware of this scheduled time or it will not succeed.

Communicate graciously that you have implemented a new work flow to increase your productivity (hey, no one can argue with that?!) Perhaps it is a note on your door, an email you send out or just lock the door! Be patient, gracious and curt, and get right back to work.

Set a regular time that works for you where you are unavailable. Perhaps you can start going into the office early when no-one else is in, or after lunch may be best for you.

You need flow in your work day and giving yourself uninterrupted periods of time will increase your productivity, engagement and enjoyment. 

If you work from home then go to the library to work where there are less distractions and no phone use allowed.

Your Life

Set aside time in your week, ideally this will happen daily, for technology free personal time. All technological devices are to be shelved and out of sight. Could you even go so far as to leave your iPhone at home when you go out for errands, a walk or a meal? Gasp, I know, but I have faith you can do it and will come to crave more of this time.

Not only will you be scheduling time for your life, but you will be doing it in mindful way that supports living in the present moment.

As a result you will experience:

  • a deeper connection with your friends and family
  • you will connect at a soul level during your hobbies
  • the people you care about most, including your precious impressionable kids (if you have them) will feel suddenly feel more important to you

This exercise will require some sacrifices. Perhaps an earlier wake up time, or giving up a couple of series you watch on tv, but it will become clear what truly matters to you as you map out all of your intentions.

Observe your own happiness and feelings of balance shoot up like a star in the night sky.

This post is a part of a work/life balance series, here is the link to Four Tips For Increasing Mindfulness.


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Your Beautiful Messy Life

I recently asked my community for some feedback on what you would like to read on my blog. The area of work life balance was the outright winner.Peaceconflict

I have created a series to dive deeply into ways you can cultivate a more productive, rewarding and balanced life.

Today we are looking at mindfulness and how we view our time. 

Just like holistic medicine versus western medicine; do you want to get to the source of the issue or simply apply a bandaid and a prescription? I want to get to the source. This process will take a some time. Think of it like an exciting new adventure to win back your time.

Advances in technology, working moms who can do it all and the pressures of our materialistic society have made us all crazy. Yes, crazy.

When a seed is planted, it must be nurtured in the right environment and given time to bloom into the full expression of itself.

There are things in our life that take time to fully develop, mature and bloom. Marriages, retirement investments, the next generation, deep meaningful friendships, careers, education, wisdom, expertise, gardens and practices of mindfulness. These things are like oak trees, the longer they grow the more storms they can weather. 

naturedoesnthurry_HBWe feel irritated when the internet connection is slow and it takes more than the blink of an eye to read our updated feed on facebook. When did we become so impatient? 

Somewhere along the way, we have begun to expect this level of speed in life in general. We have sped up so fast in such a short period of time that we have forgotten that our genetic make-up, our bodies and the forces that run planet earth did not do the same.

beherenow_rathtrevor_HB2015Here are a FOUR techniques to increase mindfulness.

1. Do you have a meditation practice or one that you only talk about? We will wash off yesterdays dirt from our bodies each morning without question but do you wash off yesterday’s stress from your mind? Start with 5 minutes each morning beginning tomorrow. No excuses.

Set your alarm 5 minutes earlier and go into your bathroom if you have to. This is how I got started in my meditation practice years ago. Two young kids were either going to drive me to a daily happy hour at 5 pm sharp or a meditation practice….I feel confident in my choice.

Five minutes will grow into longer with time. You will notice your practice is working when out of the blue you lose your patience one day and realize that you didn’t meditate that morning.

2. Yoga teaches you to be comfortable with your Self, to spend time connected to your breath and increases mindfulness. Do yoga! There is hot yoga, Bikram’s, Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Sunrise, Flow, Relaxation, All Levels, Zoomer, Power and you can attend classes, studios, watch YouTube videos or do DVD’s in the privacy of your home. Find one that works for you.

3. Ditch the technology. Not all the time, relax! Constant interruptions from your technological devices do not foster mindfulness. (I will be diving deeply into this one in the next post.)

Ask yourself when it is an appropriate time to mute your phone, to leave it in your bag or even at home when you go out for short periods of time. You can thank me later in the comments. Messybeautiful34. Love your beautiful messy life and don’t beat yourself up. We all worry because that is part of being human. Back to Tip #1, #2 and #3, when we are more mindful we use our time more wisely and worry less. Think of all the time you spend projecting and worrying? This gives you the time you need for not only a meditation practice and yoga classes, but for doing more of things that you love.

An outstanding day in my life is filled with variety, creativity, partnerships, laughter, productivity, people, quite times, yoga, meditation, nature, reading, dancing, games with my kids, throwing water balloons at my husband and really good food.

Are all of my days filled with these things, absolutely not. But I am steering my ship in the right direction these days with my awareness.

Live life in FULL bloom.

The images in this post are a part of our Happy Boxes project, co-created with the photography of my husband Richard with photo editing by yours truly.

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