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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v6

I’m happy to bring you the newest installment (v6) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature where I share my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring enlisting help-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You’re a wonderfully engaged group. I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced for you. What do you find interesting?


What’s Interesting? . . .


1. Interesting Read – Letting Go Help

After meeting the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, at the NAPO conference this past April, I was inspired to read their book, Everything That Remains. It’s a memoir about two friends and how they went from being unhappy, stressed, and burdened by their possessions to changing how they lived and focused their energy. Their journey included repeatedly asking this powerful question, “Does this thing add value to my life?"  That enabled them to let go of clutter and embrace minimalism. Ryan writes, “When we get rid of the superabundance of stuff, however, we can make room for life’s more important aspects.”




2. Interesting Fact – Mood Help

Some easy fixes and help for improving your mood include scent and nature. If you’re feeling tired, eat a peppermint. For a non-caloric alternative, place a few drops of peppermint oil on a tissue, hold it to your nose, and breathe deeply. The aroma will stimulate the part of your brain that is responsible for arousal. According to researchers at the University of Essex in England, to improve your mood and self-esteem, engage in five minutes of outdoor activity every day. Experience an added benefit by being outside next to a body of water like a river or lake.




3. Interesting Conference – Disorganization Help

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) will have its' annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, September 17-19, 2015. Organizing and related professionals will gather from all over the globe to learn about compassion fatigue, hoarding, ADHD, memory loss, nervous system resilience, and the latest research on chronic disorganization. I'm looking forward to attending and learning from the experts so that I can better help my clients. Are you going? I'd love to see you there!



4. Interesting Product – Colorful Help

Do you need help organizing your papers and desk supplies? For a line of organizing products that are functional, colorful, and joyful, check out Poppin. They even make deliveries fun with their packaging and messaging. It’s hard to choose my favorite product because they have so many, but one is the Softie This + That Tray, which like most of their lines, comes in twelve beautiful colors. I keep one on my computer tray to organize sticky notes and small toys. Can you guess which color I have?



5. Interesting Resource – Consignment Help

Do you have clothing and accessories in excellent condition that you no longer want? Would you like to sell them in a hassle-free way? Try ThredUp, a unique online service that makes consigning simple. Items consigned that don’t sell, you can opt to donate or returned to you.





6. Interesting Thought – Community Help

Every one of us experiences challenges. Find the people in your life that will lift you up, help you with your struggles, celebrate your successes, and be your cheerleader. They are your community.






I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are your interesting finds? Do any of these resonate with you?  Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (12)

My daughter just picked out some Poppin supplies for her dorm room, especially for their color. We also just picked up a vintage blue rolling cart from IKEA, which we both adore. One of my favorite "finds" this summer is a new skill... I tried sailing for the first time ever. I wasn't very good at it, but I felt invigorated to try something new!

August 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Your list resonates with some of my own finds. The book that has helped me let go is Marie Kondo's "the life-changing magic of tidying up". I took some items to two different local resale shops because I like the recycling and sharing aspect of that concept as well as a little income. Stores seem to be carrying more colorful and decorative office supplies and organizational products. I hope to see that trend continue.

August 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia Myers

Great interesting finds, Linda! I have heard of ThredUp but have not yet tried it. Something that I came across recently was place to donate men's wear - similar to Dress for Success for women. My client was thrilled as he no longer wears suits, wanted to clear out his closet, and wanted to know that someone would benefit from these barely worn clothes.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

So wonderful to hear your voices!

@Seana- How fun that your daughter is bringing a bit of "Poppin color" to her dorm room! The blue vintage rolling cart sounds awesome too. Bet the Poppin products looked great on the cart. It's terrific that you are feeling the "invigoration" of learning something new. Sounds like a great topic to blog about…or have you already done that? I often see sailboats on the Hudson and it looks like a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors.

@Marcia- Ahhh. Marie Kondo's book is all the buzz right now. How wonderful that it's inspired you. It looks like you've figured out what motivates you to let go…recycling with a financial benefit. Nice. I've also noticed that the variety of interesting office and organizing products has increased over the years. Like you, I'm VERY happy to see this trend. Why not combine design, fun and function?

@Diane- Thanks so much. On a recent trip, I came across an ad for ThredUp while reading one of the airline magazines. I love discovering new resources. Like you, I haven't had the opportunity to try their service yet, but thought it was still worth sharing. The resource you found to donate menswear sounds awesome. Is it local to Atlanta, or can people donate from anywhere? Are you willing to share the name with us? That would be fantastic!

August 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I can confirm that spending 5 or more minutes outside every day is a mood enhancer. Since I work at home, before I got my dog it wasn't unusual for me to go days without leaving my apartment. Now I start and end every day with a walk, and although there are times when the weather doesn't exactly help my mood, I still feel better than when I was cooped up all the time.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- You sure make a great case for getting a dog. Lately, I've been missing our black lab, Norton. He was always the reason to get outside and walk (even in less than perfect weather.) It's amazing what we're willing to do for others (people and pets) yet have a harder time doing for just ourselves.

This time of year in particular, I LOVE getting outside at least once a day to enjoy the sun, the greenery, and the beautiful rivers. Even if it's just for five minutes (a tease,) it makes all the difference for my mood and well-being. It sounds like you reap those daily benefits too. Nice.

August 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

My mood fixers are a good book, and like Janet a walk with my dog. I find I can easily walk off a "mad" or a "sad" feeling my walking my dog, the quiet and the contemplation.

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

I see a lot of other residents just take their dog out to the back grass to do their business, then back in again. I feel sorry for their dogs - and for them - because they're really missing out. Those walks were the #1 reason I wanted a dog!

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Jill- It's wonderful that you know what your "mood fixers" are…good book and walk with your dog. Even better that you USE them as needed. Bravo, Jill!

@Janet- I remember those walks so well. Norton, our black lab, was just a happy dog…exuberant, really. So when we walked, that enthusiasm was catching. Plus we got that added benefit from the physical activity and being outdoors. I'm sure for some, the dog walking is perceived as an inconvenience rather than a value added. It's great that your top reason for wanting a dog is coming to be through your deliberate choices every day. Lucky dog. Lucky Janet! :)

August 15, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

We have a store in Canada, Moore's Clothing for Men, who do a suit drive every year. This year they collected 64,354 items of professional clothing, which will be given to clients of job training and employment programs offered by approximately 60 recipient organizations across the country. It's inspiring!

August 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I met The Minimalists last summer and was so inspired by them. I, too, enjoyed the book. And I'm a big fan of York Peppermint Patties for boosting my mood!

August 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

@Janet- What an amazing and inspiring clothing drive. That's a lot of professional clothing that was collected and distributed. Absolutely wonderful!

@Sarah- Like you, found them and their story so engaging. What a great idea about using peppermint mixed with chocolate as a mood-booster! Awesome. Love both.

August 15, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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