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October is ADHD Awareness Month

I am going to be on TV!! Excited and maybe a little scared to be seen by lots of people...but I would love it if you would watch Channel 5's Better Kansas City on Monday, September 25th. I'll be on sometime from 9:00-10:00 am.

October is ADHD Awareness month so I thought I would share a few strategies that seem to work well with my clients especially those who have ADHD.

  • The best place to begin your decluttering project is the place that feels the easiest to begin. Isn't that cool! This might be a corner of your kitchen counter, a junk drawer or one shelf of a bookcase. So this means don't start with the stuff that feels emotionally difficult like old family photos or heirlooms.The big point here, just start easy.
  • Schedule your decluttering sessions. Once you put these short sessions (25 minutes at a time) in your calendar, recruit some friendly accountability. Text a friend your intentions, ask them to check-in with you to see how it's going.
  • Complete tasks completely. Notice the tasks you engage in and see if you can complete them more fully. For example, consider that putting clothes away is part of the task of doing laundry. Wiping the kitchen counter is part of the task of making a sandwich. Putting your car keys in the same spot each time you come home is part of your coming back home routine. No question, this is the #1 way to stop creating new piles of clutter.

My favorite resource for ADHD information,  https://www.additudemag.com/

Stuff that makes me Wonder

Do you wonder how you can show your love and appreciation during the holidays, without buying so much stuff? Consider alternatives to clothes, housewares, and electronics. We’ve all been in the position of receiving gifts we won’t use (gravy boats) or don’t want (sparkly Santa socks), but feel stuck with the gift because we don’t want to appear ungrateful. There are lovely ways to let others know you’re thinking about them AND skip the mall. Kiva is one of my favorites and is highly rated by the detail-oriented folks at Charity Navigator, an organization whose mission is to, “guide intelligent giving.” Kiva is a micro-lending charity with networks around the world to support small business owners needing no-interest loans to create or build a business. I have been loaning small amounts of money to this organization for over 10 years and have let my money ride from one loan to the next; as one business pays me back, I choose and invest the same money with another small business. Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. I appreciate that the focus is to help people, to help themselves, there is beauty and dignity in this model. Learn more about how it works go to their website, http://www.kiva.org/
 

Kansas City Giving

If you’re interested in funneling some of your holiday budget to Kansas City area charities, check-out the Giving Guide from the Better Business Bureau of Greater Kansas City. Jump to the chart on pages 9-11 to see which local charities meet the BBB’s 20 standards for charity accountability.

http://www.bbb.org/globalassets/local-bbbs/kansas-city-mo-106/media/2015-wise-giving-guide.pdf

BBB has 20 standards focused on governance, effectiveness, finances, and fundraising.

You can feel good about a gift that shows your love to those you know, while benefiting those you’ve never even met.

Happy holidays for everyone!

Nikki

Start with Socks

The notion of getting the whole house cleared of stuff can feel insurmountable. Likely there are items to tidy in each room, each cupboard, each shelf and each drawer, but beginning the process feels way too hard. “It’s going to take months,” we tell ourselves. “It will just get all messed-up again,” we lament. And so, we put it off, again.

If this is your current plight, you are not alone! There are, oh, I don’t really know for sure, but probably millions who feel just like you feel. Guess what, we can easily get unstuck! Here is the secret friend….start with socks.

Tie on your de-cluttering super cape and open your sock drawer. It will take less than 30 minutes to consider each pair of socks and decide if you should keep them or let them go.

If you haven’t worn them in the past year… let ‘em go!

Sock without a mate?...how long are you going to hang on to hope? 

And finally, specifically for my mom, if they’re covered in Christmas trees…please.

Once you’ve finished sorting through the drawer, go ahead and neatly roll or fold the remaining pairs…trust me, it’s worth a few extra minutes.

Now you’ve tasted success and this may be enough to help you move to the next project, it may be helpful to consider your home as a series of small projects. In 30 minutes or less you can begin your journey to re-take control of your stuff.

Gift yourself this feeling of accomplishment. Give yourself a little love and appreciation for being brave enough to start, and let me know if you need help.