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Computer Downtime a Blessing
My computer is a necessary and welcome part of my life and my business. Since 1988 I have had a love/hate relationship with computers. I love all that it does for me and all that it allows me to do. My computer hard drive took a p**p this past week and we had no electricity for a few days during the storm a few weeks before that. During those days without a computer, I realize my brain works differently – I go into "what can I get done because my computer doesn't work" mode.
Frankly, it's amazing what I'm capable of getting done when my computer isn't available. Over those many days without a computer, I was able to finish a book and start a new one, sew pillows out of six old t-shirts for my sister, tackle the mending pile, frame two pieces of art, make a wedding dress and a vintage sweater into two throw pillows, pull up the old rug in the new office in my home, clean out my old paper business files, and finish correcting the final draft of my book!
I also realized that I could take time to do fun things like help my mom set-up her antiques at a show in Leesport, go to the tree-lighting ceremony in West Reading, take my niece to the Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company, and take a day trip to New York to see the Christmas lights and my son's new apartment in Brooklyn. Here's to slowing down the hectic pace, counting your blessings and enjoying the holidays! All the best to you and yours from The Clutter Crew!
"Your children need your presence more than your presents." Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist and Baptist minister
Vali's Good Read:
The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
With just 5% of the world's population, the United States consumes 30% of the world's resources and creates 30% of the world's waste. Annie Leonard is the author of the YouTube sensation by the same name which has been viewed over 10 million times. You will change the way you think about stuff, shop for stuff and how you dispose of stuff after you read this book.
posted on: 12/31/2011 2:30:00 PM by Vali Heist
category: General Organizing Tips
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Vali Heist is a Certified Professional Organizer, the owner of The Clutter Crew for homeowners, and a Certified GO System Trainer for businesses. She is the author of "Organize This! Practical Tips, Green Ideas, and Ruminations about your CRAP. CRAP stands for Clutter that Robs Anyone of Pleasure! She writes a monthly column for the Reading Eagle called "Organize This!". Vali's bachelor's degree is in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree is in Higher Education from Kutztown University. Vali has an extensive background of 24 years in Higher Education including training, administration, project management, writing, and editorial production. Her passion has always been organization and how it relates to the simplification of work and personal life in order to enjoy both to the fullest. Her ultimate goal is to continue finding simple, easy to implement ideas that work in the real world and pass them on to her clients.