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The Cost of Clutter and Disorganization

I've recently become interested in the impact of clutter and disorganization on finances. This current economic crisis we've been experiencing has woken up many of us. Life has shifted from "life as usual" to "life as we've never known it". It has certainly heightened my interest and created a sense of curiosity around the connection between being organized and being financially secure. A friend of mine sent me an article the other day and I thought it was perfect to share with
all of you.
Feng Shui Finance
By Ann House, USU Extension Bankruptcy Prevention Agent
Sydney's finances were totally disorganized. She said, "I had piles of paper and piles of bills
everywhere. I was working fifteen-hour days, and I thought being so busy gave me an excuse not to balance my checkbook, not to know what was where." What finally got Sydney to change was
the realization that she was losing money. Not by investing it badly, but she was literally
losing money. She'd shove bills in her purse not knowing whether they were fives or
twenties and come home not able to remember how much she had spent and what she had
spent it on. She couldn't remember which bills she's paid and which ones she hadn't, so late fees
became a problem. One day she excitedly dug a refund slip a store credit worth $80 out of her purse, but was unable to redeem it because it had expired. More money down the drain.
She had read a couple of articles on feng shui in magazines and heard a bit about it from her sister, a professional organizer. So she picked up a little book called Clear Your Clutter with Feng
Shui by Karen Kingston at the local book store and went about cleaning up her act.
Feng shui has been around for centuries; 3,000 years ago it was used to streamline the Chinese military. Feng shui provides a set of principles by which to make positive changes.
People are fundamentally afraid to make change, but when something is not
working for you, change is crucial. Feng shui is more than making changes in your
life; it is also about taking control and becoming organized. The control you exercise over
your money has just as much (or more) to do with your financial happiness and contentment as how much money you have. And the more control you have, the less money you need to
live and be content. To learn more about feng shui financing, go to The Ten Commandments of Financial Happiness by Jean Chatzky.
This article truly speaks to the importance of becoming conscious of our actions, slowing down and valuing our money. I have a very wise coach who says to treat your money like it was a baby.
It's not business as usual anymore. We have been charged with standing up and taking 100% responsibility for how we manage our money. It's time to let go of old patterns that create financial crisis. It's time to take charge of our finances. I have always said that being organized is a gift of time and energy and now I can say it's a gift of money!
Happy Organizing!

posted on: 1/29/2009 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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by Elizabeth Hagen on 1/29/2009 11:24:39 PM:

Great article, Maggie! Thanks for having my book as one of your favorites. Elizabeth

by Maggie on 1/30/2009 9:30:22 AM:

Thank you Elizabeth! And thank you for being a wonderful inspiration for growing an organizing business. I love receiving your emails! Maggie

by Maggie on 1/30/2009 9:30:27 AM:

Thank you Elizabeth! And thank you for being a wonderful inspiration for growing an organizing business. I love receiving your emails! Maggie

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The Nature of Being Organized

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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  • It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
  • Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
  • The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
  • Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
  • "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.

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