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Posted by Coach Kim Collins on January 12, 2012

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Get Organized Month

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on January 10, 2012

It’s a New Year and you know what that means… New Year’s Resolutions. And, if you are like most people, “Getting Organized” is somewhere on your list.

Well, now is a good time for it because, January is Get Organized Month!

Getting Organized doesn’t have to as hard as it seems. There are lots of resources to help get started and stay organized.

  1. If you have continually tried to get organized but you just can’t do it on your own, maybe it’s time to call in a professional. Check out the National Association of Professional Organizers to see what they do and to find someone in your area.
  2. If you are not ready or can’t afford a professional, maybe you can find someone to be a body double (someone who is willing to just sit in the same room with you while you organize your stuff). Consider asking a local CHADD member to be your body double and then you can reciprocate.
  3.  If you have a lot of old tech gadgets cluttering up your up your life, check out this article on Mashable: 10 Ways to Trade Your Old Electronics for Cash.
  4. If you have a lot of junk that you want removed –  consider calling a junk removal company like 1-800-GOT-JUNK. They ensure that your junk gets recycled, donated, or disposed of responsibly.
  5. There is a new organizing magazine called Getting Organized that has a lot of wonderful tips and resources; you can even get a digital subscription so it doesn’t add more clutter to your environment.
  6. When you have gotten rid of the clutter – it’s time for the fun part…Organizing the things you have. Visit My Clever Container Shop to see what fun new organizing products are in the new 2012 catalog!

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A Twist On Gift Giving

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on December 9, 2011

This year I’ve decided to take some of the mental stress and financial fatigue out of the holidays. When one of my friends told me that she was frantically trying to get her holiday shopping done. I took this opportunity to suggest that we not exchange Christmas gifts this year but instead, celebrate the holidays by giving the gift of sharing our time together. With some relief, she said that was a great idea and she would love to just get together over the holiday vacation.

It seems that everyone I have suggested this to is filled with relief that they don’t have another gift to get or receive. Gift giving and receiving can be a burden especially in a down economy when people are unsure about their financial and job situation.

So, I have pledged this year to put a twist on giving gifts. Here are some ideas:

  1. Share the gift of spending time with someone instead of exchanging material goods
  2. If you really want to give something – make a donation to a charity in their name.
  3. And, if you are tired of struggling to choose the “perfect” gift for someone, why not give them the gift of buying their own gift. Buying gift cards can be a great alternative to traditional holiday shopping. First of all, you can buy gift cards just about anywhere. Second, it takes the pressure out of finding the “perfect” gift and ensures the recipient gets exactly what he or she wants.

Here are a few more holiday ideas:

  1. You know those photos that you always say that you will get around to organizing? Here’s a great solution – Ritz Camera has a service where you can bring in all your old photos and they will scan them and make a CD or DVD for about $50 for 400 photos.
  2. Do you know someone who needs the gift of organization? How about a subscription to the new magazine Getting Organized!  You can buy a digital or print subscription.
  3. Check out this online topic: Handling Holiday Stress and ADHD:
Who: Marie Paxson, former CHADD president
When: Wednesday, Dec.14, 2011, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Eastern time)
What: Handling Holiday Stress with ADHD

Does the upcoming holiday season conjure images of family togetherness, decorated homes, elaborate meals and feelings of peace, joy, and harmony? Maybe it just…doesn’t? We all recognize the “perfect” holiday is pretty unrealistic. But individuals and families affected by ADHD have an even tougher time experiencing even some of the joys of the season. Luckily, there are solutions and strategies available to pave the way for a more peaceful holiday season and some easy-to-implement backup plans if things fall apart.

CHADD Past President Marie Paxson tackles questions on the upcoming holiday season and ADHD stress in our December Ask the Expert Chat. Participants will get the chance to ask how they can make the season merrier by facing holiday stress head-on and plan events where ADHD symptoms are a concern.

Please click here at 2:45 PM (Eastern time) the day of the chat and follow the instructions on that page to sign in and participate. This is an online chat only and there is no audio.Transcripts: Available to CHADD members one week following the chat.

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Are You Tired of Losing Things?

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on May 2, 2010

Do you always seem to lose your keys, wallet, cell phone or other items? Are you tired of wasting time looking for things? Are you constantly beating yourself up for losing the same things over and over again?

Here are some steps you can take to help you keep track of your stuff and stop beating yourself up.

Choose one item that you misplace on a regular basis and go through the following steps:

  1. Find a place for it. Think of a spot that is visible, convenient and that makes sense to you.
  2. Create a routine for taking and replacing your item. For example, every time you walk into the house you put your cell phone in its place before you sit down or pick anything else up. And, when you are leaving you must grab your phone before you open the door.
  3. Talk yourself through your routine. In order to really create a habit, it may be helpful for you to say out loud every step of the routine as you do it.
  4. Practice. It is very important to practice going through your routine so that it becomes automatic. Choose a time when you are not running around, to actually work through your routine several times. Think of it as a dress rehearsal and when show time comes – you’ll be ready!
  5. Remember the  two “keep it with you rules”.
  • Rule One: Whenever you go out never put any of your personal belongings down. Always have your things touching you in some way. For example, I always have my purse on my lap or on my arm.
  • Rule Two: Whenever you leave an area always look around the space for anything that you may have dropped.

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