Saturday, April 25, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 25, 2015 – Donation/Pass-On Books

Today, we will look at what to do with your “donate” books and continue to sort your books. This is a 15-30 minutes max day.

Step 1 – Set your timer for 15-30 minutes (and only 30 minutes)
Stick to it.





Step 2 – Review Options for Donate/Pass-On Books
Books are a bit of a different “animal” when considering donations & passing them on. Here are some donation options for your consideration.

·       Book Swap with Friends/Family
·       Local Senior Center
·       Local library
·       Women’s Shelters
·       “Usual” Out of the Closet, Goodwill, etc
·       Books for Soldiers
·       Books Through Bars


Step 3 – Schedule Time to Donate/Pass-On
Actually schedule time to take the donate/pass-on activity you have selected. If you schedule it, odds are you will do it.






OPTIONAL SATURDAY ACTIVITY – Continue Sorting

Step 1 – Review your Goal
What goal did you set yesterday? Read it, feel it, own it.

Step 2 – Go to Your Books Space
Use bins or just pieces of paper to mark the spaces as shown below.

Step 3 – Sort Through Items
  • Grab 1 item at a time.
  • Place items in their respective spaces.
  • Don't touch another item until you put it in a space.
  • Don’t do anything else, just sort.


Step 4 - STOP – When the Timer Goes Off
REALLY!!!! STOP!!!! I don’t care if you are in a groove. I don’t care if you are having fun. STOP!!!!

Step 5 – Classic/Autographed Items
Place them back from where you got them.

Step 6 – To Donate/Pass-On
Move to the holding space you created in week 1 when we looked at clothing/shoes clutter.

Step 7 – “To Schedule” Items
Place them back in their original space but separate from the “Classic/Autographed” and the unsorted books.

Step 8 - Reflect & Congratulate
Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!!! Was this hard? Was this easy? Just reflect on how it all went.  Don’t make any of it good or bad. Just observe.

Tomorrow – Create a Reading Plan

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 24, 2015 – Books Action

Today, we continue to take action day for books clutter. This is a 15-30 minutes max day.

Step 1 – Review your Goal
What goal did you set yesterday? Read it, feel it, own it.

Step 2 – Set your timer for 15-30 minutes (and only 30 minutes)
Stick to it.



Step 3 – Go to Your Books Space
Use bins or just pieces of paper to mark the spaces as shown below.



Step 4 – Sort Through Items
Grab 1 item at a time.
Place items in their respective spaces.
Don't touch another item until you put it in a space.
Don’t do anything else, just sort.

Step 5 - STOP – When the Timer Goes Off
REALLY!!!! STOP!!!! I don’t care if you are in a groove. I don’t care if you are having fun. STOP!!!!

Step 6 – Classic/Autographed Items
Place them back from where you got them.

Step 7 – To Donate/Pass-On
Move to the holding space you created in week 1 when we looked at clothing/shoes clutter.

Step 8 – “To Schedule” Items
Place them back in their original space but separate from the “Classic/Autographed” and the unsorted books.

Step 9 - Reflect & Congratulate
Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!!! Was this hard? Was this easy? Just reflect on how it all went.  Don’t make any of it good or bad. Just observe.

Tomorrow – Continue Sorting Books & Donation Options

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 23, 2015 – Books Action

Action is today’s name of the game. We take action day for books clutter. This is a 15-30 minutes max day.

Step 1 – Review your Goal
What goal did you set yesterday? Read it, feel it, own it.

Step 2 – Set your timer for 15-30 minutes (and only 30 minutes)
Stick to it.




Step 3 – Go to Your Books Space
Use bins or just pieces of paper to mark the spaces as shown below.


Step 4 – Sort Through Items
Grab 1 item at a time.
Place items in their respective spaces.
Don't touch another item until you put it in a space.
Don’t do anything else, just sort.

Step 5 - STOP – When the Timer Goes Off
REALLY!!!! STOP!!!! I don’t care if you are in a groove. I don’t care if you are having fun. STOP!!!!

Step 6 – Classic/Autographed Items
Place them back from where you got them.

Step 7 – To Donate/Pass-On
Move to the holding space you created in week 1 when we looked at clothing/shoes clutter.

Step 8 – “To Schedule” Items
Place them back in their original space but separate from the “Classic/Autographed” and the unsorted books.

Step 9 - Reflect & Congratulate
Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!!! Was this hard? Was this easy? Just reflect on how it all went.  Don’t make any of it good or bad. Just observe.

Tomorrow – Continue Sorting Books

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 22, 2015 – Approaching Books – Goal, Plan and Prepare


Today, we kick off with approaching book clutter, the fourth most popular topic that was voted by you. This is also our final topic in this challenge.

We won’t be touching any books today. This is the day we set a goal for the week, plan for our action and take any preparation steps needed.





Goal: Set a SMART Goal for the Week for Books
As we look at book clutter, what is your goal? Make sure it is a SMART goal. This is a challenge so push yourself but also be S.M.A.R.T.



Plan: When are you going to do your work?
Take a look at your schedule. Where can you carve out 15-30 minutes each day? Yes, only 15-30 minutes is all that will be required each day in this challenge, not including reading the daily emails or blog information.
Also, look at your personality & lifestyle. Are you a morning person? Are you an evening person?  Do you have others living with you? How will you work around them?

Plan: Where Will You Focus?
Are you books in one place in your home or office or space? In multiple places?  Decide where you will start.

Prepare – Create Book Spaces
Books are a little different than clothes and paperwork so we will create a different categories for your books:


DO NOT Buy Any Book Shelves!!!

Step away from the door of the Container Store. Don’t go into Ikea!!!!

One of the common pitfalls of organizing is to buy shelves or systems for our stuff. The KEY to organizing is purging what is old and no longer useful to you. You will find that when you purge you probably won’t need those shelves or other book storage unit or whatever.
(FYI – I LOVE the Container Store & Ikea. I just stay away from them for my own “safety.”)

Tomorrow – We Take Action
With your goal and plan in place, we will take action on approaching your books and start creating a structure around them.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BONUS POST: Benefits of Garage Sales - Guest Post from Julie G

Normally, when I have items to purge, I donate them to a local charity. However, donations are not the only way to let go of purged items.

My long-time friend, and garage sale expert, Julie G shares the benefits of garage sales. She makes so many great points and has inspired me to consider hosting a garage sale of my very own in the future.

"I like having garage sales because it gives me a opportunity to make a little cash while purging stuff I no longer use, etc. and it helps me to jump start my "spring cleaning".  We did one last month and our friends joined us by bringing some of their stuff over as well. Because they weren't totally organized and they were shocked how much money they made from the stuff they did bring over, they talked us into holding another one (last one) this next Saturday coming up. This time they are going to bring more stuff from their storage unit, etc.

Whatever is left over this time, will be dropped off at Goodwill. Besides the usual yard sale once every two years or so that Dan (my hubby) and I do have, we donate gently used clothes, etc. to the organizations that send postcards via US Mail noting pick up dates throughout the year. 

Benefits of yard sales:
1) cleaning out unwanted/unused items "spring cleaning"
2) earn some extra cash
3) meet more of your neighbors and/or locals in your area
4) get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors (yard sales are a lot of work and can be a workout)
5) giving others an opportunity to purchase something at a lower cost that they may not have been able to purchase otherwise (I take  good care of my clothing and items and I never sell anything that is broken/doesn't work properly)

With proceeds from our last yard sale, we purchased two BluRay players (sold old DVD player) and bought some general gardening/yard stuff we needed for the house.

You would be surprised how much money you can make from just selling items for 25 and 50 cents or $1.00."


So, while looking at the items you have purged as a result of your actions during the Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-day Challenge, consider a garage sale as a way to let these items go.

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 21, 2015 – WrapUp, Reflect & Forward Plan


Today we wrap up approaching storage. This is the day we will close this topic, reflect on how it went and what you felt and then finally we will create a forward plan (unless you dealt with ALL of your storage clutter).

Step 1 – Set your timer for 15-30 minutes MAX
Decide on your time and stick to it.


Step 2 - Reflect
Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!!! Was this hard? Was this easy? Just reflect on how it all went.  Don’t make any of it good or bad. Just observe.

Step 3 – Forward Plan
You have options in your journey:
·       Move onto Tomorrow’s Topic: Book Clutter
·       Keep Focus on Storage: Schedule 4 days, starting Wednesday for the below:
o   Sort storage – days 1 & 2  & 3 of the four days
o   Re-review Keep Items – day four of the four days
o   Return to the challenge wrap-up April 29th & 30th

Bonus Content


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If you’d like to receive daily email introductions of the current challenge topic and receive bonus content before everyone else, send an email to Jax (wjacquies@yahoo.com) to subscribe.

It’s All Too Much Book by Peter WalshThis reminds me of the old saying, “If you have to ask for the market price of the lobster, then you probably can’t afford it.” So goes with clutter & stuff. If you have to ask “Do I have too much stuff?” Then odds are you have too much stuff. I discovered this book years ago and have given it away many times. Peter is Oprah’s organization guy and although he’s an Aussie, he does have a Los Angeles base.
P.S. His latest book, Lose the Clutter Lose the Weight is available to check out for FREE on Overdrive.

Seth Godin (http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/ ) My mentor first introduced me to Seth Godin via his book Lynchpin. In this book he introduces the concept of the “lizard brain” that works against us, especially when taking on new goals, even if they are good for us. Check out his talk here: “Quieting the Lizard Brain.”

Pinterest (www.pinterest.com ) – This is a great digital scrapbooking tool. I have a Quotes and Inspiration Board where I pin quotes that call to me at any given moment. You can follow it here: https://www.pinterest.com/jaxlbc/quotes-inspiration/ Feel free to create your own.

Oh, The Places You Will Go, book by Dr Seuss – I received a copy of this book from my Grandmother Sargent when I graduated high school. It is an inspirational and fun book by Dr. Seuss that looks at the good and the not-so-good things that can show up in life. You can check out the audio version for FREE on www.Overdrive.com . You can also purchase a copy on Amazon.com: Oh The Places You’ll Go.

Meditation Society of Australia (http://meditation.org.au ) – I discovered this society when first pursuing the development of a meditation practice (I’m still pursuing it. J) They have free podcasts and are a great resource for learning to meditate. I was able to even listen to a podcast for the train. Give them a try.

Switch (book by Chip Heath & Dan Heath):  Earlier, I mentioned their book, Decisive. Switch is another book about change and the difficulty to change. It has a ton of strategies to take on change in your life. You can read the first chapter for free and take advantage of other resources here: http://heathbrothers.com/books/switch/

Tomorrow – Book Clutter KickOff

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Jaxtastic Life Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge - April 16, 2015 – Storage Action

Action is today’s name of the game. This is our last action day for storage clutter. This is a 15-30 minutes max day.

Step 1 – Review your Goal
What goal did you set yesterday? Read it, feel it, own it.

Step 2 – Set your timer for 15-30 minutes (and only 30 minutes)
Stick to it.

Step 3 – Go to Your Storage Space
Use bins or just pieces of paper to mark the spaces as shown below.


Step 4 – Sort Through Items
Grab 1 item at a time.
Place items in their respective spaces.
Don't touch another item until you put it in a space.
Don’t do anything else, just sort.

Step 5 - STOP – When the Timer Goes Off
REALLY!!!! STOP!!!! I don’t care if you are in a groove. I don’t care if you are having fun. STOP!!!!

Step 6 – Trash/Recycle Items
Re-review the trash/recycle items to ensure they can be recycled/trashed.
Then place the items in the trash/recycle bin.
Be sure to put household hazardous waste (batteries, expired meds, etc) in a separate bin/place

Step 7 – Holding Space Items
Move the Holding Space items to the holding space you created in week 1 when we looked at clothing/shoes clutter.

Step 8 – “Keep” Items
Return the keep items back from where you got them.

We will look at what to do with Keep items tomorrow.

Step 9 – “Other” Items
Take the "other space items to their correct space.

Step 10 - Reflect & Congratulate
Give yourself a pat on the back. You did it!!! Was this hard? Was this easy? Just reflect on how it all went.  Don’t make any of it good or bad. Just observe.

Tomorrow – Review Holding Space & Garage Sales vs Straight Donations

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