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Concierge Advice: Recognize Your Clutter Excuses

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When I ask new clients what services they could use the most from my concierge company, Hour25 Concierge, organization is almost always on the list. Oftentimes when I press them for more information about those specific needs, they take a deep breath, sigh and say “with everything.”


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Organization should not cause pain and agony…ever. A recent book from “The Happiness Project” author, Gretchen Rubin, entitled Happier at Home, explores how all aspects of our home may contribute to our overall happiness. Organization is definitely a key aspect of home life.

Clutter comes in many forms and the reasons we hold on to items we may or may not need are numerous as well. Here are seven types of clutter excuses that can hold you back from having your own organized home:

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Mother's Intuition: Is it Real?

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“I feel there are two people inside me - me and my intuition. If I go against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.”

 
-Kim Basinger, Famous Actress and Mother 
 
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” 
 
-Albert Einstein
 
 
What happens to a mother’s intuition when a child is conceived?  Many say that mothers’ intuition goes through the ceiling. It’s a question that many people have attempted to explain throughout the ages. There have been plenty of instances such as: 

• A mom, sensing that something is wrong with her child, rushes to school to find that her child has been injured.

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4 New Year's Resolutions that Can Help Your Brain Health and Memory

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Swoosh … 2013 is almost over!  Where did it go?  It went by so fast! You know... it’s about time to look at those resolutions for 2014. 

Resolutions are an effective way to appreciate the past and look forward to getting better in the coming year.  In doing so, it’s always important to make sure that some of those resolutions contribute to better brain health and memory.  Here are a few for you to consider: 

 
1) I will incorporate physical activity into my everyday life. Increasing physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your brain and mental health.  Physical activity increases oxygen rich blood to your brain and also helps relieve stress.  The most common physical resolution tends to be joining a gym; however, you don't need a gym membership to get more exercise.  Things like playing with your kids outside, parking farther away from your destinations for longer walks, taking stairs when you have the opportunity, scheduling 5-10 minute workout breaks, can make a big difference. 

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Mommies, How Good are You At Remembering People's Names?

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For most of us, remembering people’s names is our biggest memory challenge. We’ve all been there … walking through the grocery store and we see a familiar face. As they get closer, we begin to determine the strategy we will take. Some of those strategies include:

 

The Non Name Intro: “Hey! It’s good to see you again!” (With a look of fear on our face)

 

The Pre-emptive Strike: “Sarah Greystone (with an extended hand). It’s great to see you again?” (Hoping that they return the favor and introduce themselves back)

 

The Silent Wave: (Wave or salute with a smile on our face)

 

Total Avoidance: (In our head we’re saying: “I know I know that person. I think I’ll just avoid them today.” Of course, we’ll eventually will run into them somewhere in the store and have to use one of the above methods)

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