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  • Step It Up | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    from home in Rowesville South Carolina read a news article about how a sedentary lifestyle can lead to heart disease and took action About two years ago he switched to a standing desk without spending a dime I discovered my dresser was waist height for me when standing so I moved my keyboard on top of it stacked a few books behind it and placed the monitor on top of the books says Paul I even put files in some of the dresser drawers During phone calls he ups the ante from standing to pacing around COUNT THE BENEFITS Cynthia tries to get at least five minutes of physical activity each hour a recommendation she heard in Weight Watchers Between her psychotropic medications and an extended episode of depression Forget had gained 50 pounds of which she s since lost 40 I m on the computer a great deal so to get some activity I try to get up and walk around the house upstairs and downstairs a couple of times an hour says Cynthia who lives in Peterborough Ontario Weather permitting she also walks around her neighborhood Forget says she has to force herself to leave the house for these walks but when she does her mood vastly improves Victoria of Farmington New York also walks as much as she can with and without her dog She keeps a log of her activity including gardening housework and trips up and down the stairs to do laundry It does add up she notes and you will feel better have more positive energy and moods will be more peaceful Just keep moving any way you can SIDEBAR COUCHERCIZE Kailin Collins who holds a doctorate in physical therapy and is on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has some suggestions for getting in strengthening and stretching routines while watching TV With your doctor s okay try these couchercize activities during commercial breaks or between programs SIT STAND SIT Stand up from the chair or sofa and immediately sit back down 10 times in a row Rest for a minute and repeat CALF STRETCH Sit on the edge of the couch with your feet flat on the floor While keeping your heel on the floor lift and point the toes of one foot toward the ceiling until you feel a stretch in your calf Hold for 30 seconds then do the same with your other foot Repeat three times per leg TORSO TWIST Sit up straight and twist from side to side for the length of a commercial break Move from the waist Think of pointing your belly button to the left then the right LEG LIFTS Lie on the couch and lift your legs one at a time then both at once Press your lower back into the couch HAND SQUEEZE While seated upright hold a large ball about basketball size in your lap with both hands Squeeze the ball as if you re trying to deflate it Hold for a few seconds and release SIDEBAR SHORTCUT CALISTHENICS There are plenty of ways to slip stretches and mini workouts into your day Fitness professional Scott Danberg uses the term pajama workout for mild activity you can do when you wake up perhaps using a chair your walls or light weights or resistance bands Pamela B Queen Creek Arizona keeps it even simpler She does leg lifts and arm lifts before getting out of bed in the morning She also does hamstring stretches periodically throughout the day trying to get in a dozen or more Some other tried and true ideas from our readers ROUND THE BEND Stephen B does a lot of walking around Corsicana Texas and makes it a point to pick up any litter he sees so that he s bending over frequently as well as helping the environment WEIGHT WEIGHT Mary P who lives in Crystal Lake Illinois keeps a five pound hand weight and periodically does a set of 15 repetitions at whatever time I think of it TAKE 10 John T of Delmar New York does a 10 minute chair yoga routine plus 10 squats and 10 push ups from his knees when I started I could do none he reports on a regular basis HAVE A BALL Michael M sometimes substitutes an exercise ball for the desk chair in his Austin Texas office Using it helps me keep my back straight plus I can sneak in ab low back exercises and push ups Tagged with Bipolar Disorder exercise health 5 COMMENTS Elizabeth April 16 2015 Reply Yes Agree to every significant suggestion in your excellent article Now I move right into having a Pity Partt for one me Yes we bi polar types are all about Me Myself and I aren t we I ve had eight knee surgeries My legs won t peddle all the way find on a bike Stairs I carry only what fits in a bucket to be able to safely move up or down a flight should I wish to move anything from laundry to a cup of coffee to another level as I need one hand in the hand rail at all times for support balance and yes ummmmmphfff also known as propulsion Thank goodness for a few months where my garden gets me moving in helpful ways physically AND emotionally Great articles please keep at it From Spring finally here in Southern Ontario Linda April 16 2015 Reply This article speaks to something I think is very important Physical activity is important in managing BP but the gym culture is not right for everyone For me daily trips to the treadmill and free weights every evening after work are an almost GUARANTEE of a ramp up into hypomania A walk at lunch a stroll in the evenings before it gets dark when I can be outside taking the steps during the day parking in the farthest most parking space at the grocery store these things add up and

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  • Exercise for better rest | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    who participated in active sports like aerobics biking and running were more likely to report sufficient sleep more than seven hours than those who got no physical activity Strength training calisthenics and weight lifting and more sedate pursuits like walking gardening golfing and yoga were also associated with a good night s sleep Not only does this study show that those who get exercise simply by walking are more likely to have better sleep habits but these effects are even stronger for more purposeful activities such as running and yoga and even gardening and golf said lead author Michael Grandner PhD In contrast people whose physical activity consisted of housework or child care had higher rates of insufficient sleep Source Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 1 COMMENT Sharla thomas December 12 2015 Reply I have bipoplare issues which is effecting my marriage LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Message First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1 2015 11 37 am Spring 2015 TAME YOUR TRIGGERS By Robin L Flanigan From major life events to emotional patterns we all have stressors that are likely to spark Read more January 1 2015 5 36 am Winter 2015 OUR LEADING LADY CARRIE FISHER By Stephanie Stephens Carrie Fisher is returning as Princess Leia in a new Star Wars movie but she s always been Read more SoundOFF YOU YOUR PSYCHIATRIST The relationship between you and your psychiatrist can influence your recovery What qualities do you think are important in a psychiatrist In what ways has your doctor helped you the most Click here to reply CURRENT RESEARCH The Prechter Fund s Fight to Cure Bipolar Disorder 1 28 2016 Brain connectivity outweighs genetics 1 27 2016 Heinz C Prechter Bipolar Research Fund 1 25 2016 Looking for Motivation Enjoying the Task at Hand Will Matter Once You Start 1 20 2016 Immune cells linked to bipolar symptoms 1 11 2016 CONNECT Letter to the Editor Write to us SoundOFF Question On My Mind Write an essay Talk to bp Writers Forum Join our community Blog Read and comment Home About Us Privacy Forum Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Page Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 BpHope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup Hope Harmony Headlines is bp Magazine s e newsletter offering the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our bipolar community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it

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  • Yoga: Stretching the body, easing the mind | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    way to find a well trained yoga therapist It s also a good idea to interview the therapist to make sure you feel comfortable with him or her Buy a yoga mat so that you ll be comfortable on the floor where you ll be doing the poses Comfortable clothing such as sweatpants and a loose T shirt allow you to move freely Find a studio near you or practice at home Local community centers YMCAs and fitness gyms offer yoga at various times of the day Some offer trial classes to see if they are right for you Alternatively if you d rather practice at home television programs such as the Yoga Zone are broadcast nationally in the United States and Canada Check your local listings Also you can buy DVDs and videos by certified yoga teachers Check out Gaiam www gaiam com click on shop and then yoga fitness to find CDs DVDs and other yoga paraphernalia Another Web site to check is theYoga Journal www yogajournal com If you re looking for a yoga therapist to help you with a physical or mental health condition ask for a referral from your doctor or contact the International Association of Yoga Therapists www iayt org Start out slowly maybe a few times a week and then progress from there Once you are comfortable with it yoga can be effective only if the practice is maintained It s just like medication If you don t take it on a regular basis you won t see results says Amy Edward has found that the benefits of yoga which he practices at least five times a week have filtered into other parts of his life too Whenever I m confronted with a difficult situation I just do some yoga breathing and I can get through it without much stress It s like I m giving myself a pat on the back Tagged with Bipolar Disorder treatment yoga About the author June Rogers Has 3 Articles June Rogers is a freelance journalist in Toronto Canada specializing in women s health and mental health issues Her articles have appeared in Chatelaine Maclean s Homemakers and Toronto s Globe and Mail and Medical Post 1 COMMENT Ms E P February 19 2015 Reply I m looking for restorative yoga in North end Barrie ON Canada Recouperating from debilitating car accident Do you have any sugestions Thank you LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Message First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email RELATED ARTICLES Living with Bipolar Why I Still Exercise and Do Yoga February 6 2016 1 01 am I wrote in this winter s issue of BP Magazine Why I still Exercise about how despite both mental and physical struggles and restrictions I continue Bipolar Disorder Demanding Better Care February 5 2016 12 01 am It s been nine years since my late husband David s body was found He d

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  • Buddy up | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Josh encouraged me when I was plateauing by asking Mom when are you going to the gym Rena is now maintaining her target weight of 145 pounds and enjoying the feel of size 8 pants I needed that personal help she says When you are fighting the weight you have to deal with so much negativity I needed someone in my corner and for me my son was my best weight loss friend Teammates Two years into her marathon effort Rena s son also took an extraordinary step to keep her moving forward Although he was a university student at the time he pledged to give her 20 for every week she was able to shed at least one pound He was determined to help me reach my goal says Rena noting that the offer of a cash reward was a real incentive Money certainly can be a powerful motivator A recent Mayo Clinic study found that people who were paid 20 for meeting a monthly weight loss goal dropped 9 pounds on average while a group not offered incentives lost an average 2 3 pounds According to Kevin Volpp MD PhD director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania immediate gratification the cash has way more leverage than potential future benefits like lowering your blood pressure We got to share our success our setbacks and our battles Knowing you are not alone can help you stay focused and more in charge The incentives help to make the benefits of healthy behavior that drive weight loss more salient in the present Volpp says Volpp is also senior author of a study published this April in the Annals of Internal Medicine that looked at how financial incentives worked for solo vs team weight loss efforts When the cash payout was pegged to a team effort participants lost an average of around seven pounds more than individuals who chose to go it alone Competition among the team members played a role the authors concluded However the power of team spirit can be especially effective That was the case with Stan 59 of Chicago At the urging of his daughter Stan signed up for a weight loss challenge on HealthyWage com He says more than 75 teams raced to lose the most weight in three months The prize for first place 10 000 Stan says that compared to his previous weight loss attempts the lure of a big payoff made the desire of losing weight stronger I could lose weight and win money And if I didn t win I would still win because I lost extra weight According to Tricia Leahey PhD assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University there s more at work with team competitions than just dollar signs Her research into weight loss contests suggests that the payoff potential and social support feed each other to create more powerful motivation and commitment If your teammates or partner lose weight they create a positive social influence and thus you tend to lose more weight And if you are motivated to lose weight because of a cash award you may influence others to do the same says Leahey It can create this ongoing circle where they both rely on and motivate each other to reach their health goals Stan s team a group of family and friends had weekly meetings where they shared advice on how to counter obstacles They took a team photo every week to document their progress and committed to exercise together with regular three mile walks There was no specific eating regimen to follow The only firm rule was that no team member could lose more that 16 percent of his or her body weight That was to keep anyone from embracing dangerous crash diets Stan chose what he called Atkins light shunning his beloved bread for more lean protein In the end he dropped 55 pounds from his 290 plus frame His team finished third with 237 total pounds lost collecting 3 000 Stan spent his winnings on a new wardrobe plus something special for his supportive wife Stan says the notion of being accountable to his teammates helped deflect temptation When I was faced between eating yogurt or a doughnut I would ask myself Is that doughnut worth 10 000 he says I didn t want to let the team down and ruin our chance for winning It changed my behavior and that is something I didn t have when I tried to lose weight by myself Sidebar Virtual support Joining an online weight loss community may be the way to go You can get the support you need without paying a cent or leaving the house Plus many sites provide tools to track what you eat and how much you exercise and research shows that self monitoring is a vital component of behavioral change Even though it lacks the personal touch connecting through cyberspace appears to be effective A study in the January 15 2013 issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that people who were more frequent participants in a free online weight program whether entering their weight weekly or posting at least once on the message board dropped more pounds Creating an online community through Twitter also has potential Research from the University of South Carolina published in the January 2013 issue of Translational Behavioral Medicine looked at a group of overweight and obese individuals who were asked to tweet about their weight loss efforts Those who were more engaged in sending the brief messages Went to the gym today Felt great and responding to others tweets lost more pounds than peers who were less involved Here are a few places to start WeightLossBuddy com Message boards chat rooms blogs tracking tools and the chance to find a buddy to cheer you through your weight loss efforts SparkPeople com One of the largest online weight loss communities this site offers

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  • A Lesson Learned | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    your medications Tagged with Bipolar Disorder Karl Shallowhorn mental health psychotherapy wellness About the author Karl Shallowhorn Has 147 Articles Karl Shallowhorn is the Director of Community Advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer of Greater Buffalo He is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and has worked in both the addictions and mental health fields Karl is the author of Working on Wellness A Practical Guide to Mental Health 2010 Chipmunka Publishing Karl is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor He also works as a mental health consultant and has provided a variety of workplace wellness seminars for businesses and organizations in the Western New York area Karl serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association in New York State as well as the Erie County Mental Hygiene Services Board 1 COMMENT Mary in Arabia March 1 2015 Reply Hello there I most certainly do not that I think it s the proper way of managing my disorder I just have not been sleeping more than three hours a night Nothing is working I exercise practice yoga breathing techniques I also have a dance school so I am plenty busy over 70 students The doctors say I have GAD Gave me Valium recently along with a form of Lexapro Valium is a night mare a sword with two edges not taking it Lexapro is fine So trying Seraquel to sleep Prescribed by a different doctor I hope it works the nights are long and restless LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Message First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email RELATED ARTICLES Radio Show Start Talking Speak Up About Mental Health Listen Live Here February 10 2016 12 01 am When families learn someone they love suffers from a mental illness it can be an agonizing wake up call That s because most illnesses do not come Bipolar Disorder Demanding Better Care February 5 2016 12 01 am It s been nine years since my late husband David s body was found He d disappeared six weeks earlier in one of the most beautiful and rugged Clinical Pearls Self Care and Managing Bipolar Disorder February 3 2016 12 01 am One of the things I have been focused on in the last few months has been really trying to take care of myself This has Bipolar Letting Love In February 2 2016 12 01 am Several years ago I made the decision to choose God in my life I accepted Jesus had a water baptism and felt ready to put CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens

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  • Exercise – 6 Tips on How to Set Your Goal AND Reach Your Target | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    episodes are put into healthier rhythms with the introduction of regular activity Exercise plays a pivotal role in maintaining sound mental health A role many of us would prefer to ignore It s not easy to schedule exercise or stay motivated at the best of times but the alternative especially if you are at risk for depression makes it very worthwhile Further reading Huffington Post article 13 Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise can be found here To find out about what I do or to email me www victoriamaxwell com 2014 Victoria Maxwell Zira one of my great running partners Photo credit Guy Soulliere Zira s dad Tagged with exercise exercise benefits goal setting mental health mental illness motivation success About the author Victoria Maxwell Has 28 Articles Victoria Maxwell BFA BPP self proclaimed Bi Polar Princess is one of North America s top speakers on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery dismantling stigma and returning to work after a psychiatric disorder She lives with bipolar disorder anxiety and psychosis and has for more than 14 years been presenting performances and workshops across Canada and the States Her award winning one person shows tour internationally She s a researcher with the international Collaborative Research Team on Bipolar Disorder and her Psychology Today blog Crazy for Life was named one of the Top Ten Bipolar Blogs from PsychCentral Bachelor of Fine Arts Bi Polar Princess Connect with her Website www victoriamaxwell com Twitter Victoria BPP Facebook Victoria Maxwell LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Message First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email RELATED ARTICLES Radio Show Start Talking Speak Up About Mental Health Listen Live Here February 10 2016 12 01 am When families learn someone they love suffers from a mental illness it can be an agonizing wake up call That s because most illnesses do not come Living with Bipolar Why I Still Exercise and Do Yoga February 6 2016 1 01 am I wrote in this winter s issue of BP Magazine Why I still Exercise about how despite both mental and physical struggles and restrictions I continue Bipolar Disorder Demanding Better Care February 5 2016 12 01 am It s been nine years since my late husband David s body was found He d disappeared six weeks earlier in one of the most beautiful and rugged Clinical Pearls Self Care and Managing Bipolar Disorder February 3 2016 12 01 am One of the things I have been focused on in the last few months has been really trying to take care of myself This has CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter

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  • It’s never too late to live | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    meds and different psychiatrists I feel like I can see a glimmer of a light at the end of the tunnel Trudy September 10 2015 Reply I don t experience mania I used to experience hypomania but note I said used to For me it s all about depression Or it was My pdoc has worked diligently to find a medication regimen that will work long term My brain throws a party when I change meds Hurray New chemicals to play with But it doesn t last long I may experience a little hypomania but then I crash and crash hard My pdoc doesn t throw the baby out with the bathtub He tweaks and will try adding on something to help pull me out of it Then about two months ago I became suicidal I called his office and was instructed to meet him at 7 30 the next morning He suggested a small dose of lithium as adjunct therapy I d been on the med before but it reached toxic levels But he was suggesting a small dose and we were both desperate so I tried it My brain didn t party It said Hmmmm this is kind of nice Welcome Within a few days I noticed I was smiling I heard myself laugh before my follow up appointment and felt encouraged I m still doing very well I ve started working out with a trainer accountability is good for me getting my B12 shots for anemia and am making plans to volunteer locally I knew I still had a lot to live for and like you wanted to be here to see it happen I m so glad I AM still here Been there September 10 2015 Reply My therapist knew I was going to attempt suicide She couldn t say anything as to when where how It had to play out I didn t leave a note I didn t give it a thought I didn t think of anyone but myself After I got out of the hospital and even while in there I heard how stupid I was to attempt My mom even called my attempt a stunt I was told I was taking the chicken shit way out Others told me I should have talked to them All of these people with comments didn t believe there was anything wrong with me I couldn t be depressed I must be going through a change or mid life crisis No one believed I needed medication and therapy I had both but still I just had to end my life I couldn t handle what was going on in my life Max September 10 2015 Reply thanks for the up lift mate hit a bad wall yesterday was thinking what s the point I like you have thought about ending it many times but never tried You explained it perfectly and it s hard to explain to people who haven t been there I like u fall hostage to the overwheleming power of this illness to end it while at the same time fighting to live When I say this to people they look at me funny as it is a contradiction they just don t get that we are not in full control Evan September 10 2015 Reply Very profound article Thank you for writing and publishing this You perfectly summed up what it feels like to watch a friend or family member go through a terrible turn in their life while your left helplessly waiting for them to let you in and help I m sure Robin William s family and friends would relate As would millions of others out there in the world I m going to share this with as many people as I can BTW I ve already read the author s heartfelt and at times hilarious book Puppy Chow is Better than Prozac and loved it If you haven t YOU MUST GET A COPY TODAY Evan September 10 2015 Reply Very profound article Thank you for writing and publishing this You perfectly summed up what it feels like to watch a friend or family member go through a terrible turn in their life while your left helplessly waiting for them to let you in and help I m sure Robin William s family and friends would relate As would millions of others out there in the world I m going to share this with as many people as I can BTW I ve already read the author s heartfelt and at times hilarious book Puppy Chow is Better than Prozac and loved it If you haven t you should order a copy Carolyn September 10 2015 Reply I thought this was is an exceptional article It is genuine and so profound 2 6 08 I had my episode attempted suicide I was put on the transplant list for a liver I had called for community help the night before They sent a van and two ladies to pick me up I saw a psychiatrist she prescribed yet another SRRI They took me back to my home I live alone they called no one I want to die I want to die I want to die would not stop in my head So I swallowed a dish full of OTC pills I got lucky I got excellent physical and mental care My liver enzymes turned around and no one thought they would I did have one more episode 10 10 can not remember the day Lithium poisoning and I would not recommend skipping your blood work no matter how much you hate it or how small your veins are kesha September 10 2015 Reply had an episode yesterday feeling like I wanted take my life or just disappear I ve always thought about it but never attempt to do it I know that would be too easy and it would be unfair to my daughter I do see a

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  • Rules of Order | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    definition of clutter as postponed decisions she says If you take advantage of small chunks of time things become more manageable Put on a couple of songs and spend the time they re playing picking up one room Commit to do a small bit every day and build an awareness that your actions have an impact To that end every night before bed Natasha T of Vancouver cleans her kitchen The space works it flows it makes sense It lifts you up and supports you It makes me feel like I ve accomplished something and I feel prepared for the next day because I know I can do something healthy for myself which is cook says the editor who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1998 Natasha sticks to this strict routine even when she s depressed when she can t find the energy to pick up couch pillows from the floor or put her nail polish away and during hypomanic phases when art becomes something I see everywhere all the time Papers get thrown across the room because she likes the way they move through the air for instance once she arranged hundreds of CDs on the floor to create a colorful collage that remained a couple of weeks Natasha notices a shift in her brain when her small apartment is tidy however When your physical space is in order it s more reasonable to think that your mental space is in order The best tactic is to prevent clutter in the first place according to Barry Dennis author of The Chotchky Challenge Clear the Clutter from Your Home Heart and Mind We re attacked at every turn to buy more stuff than we ll ever use or want he says Unless we re really aware that that s what s going on we re suckers for it Among his tips for creating that awareness is to build in a pause This is designed to halt the rush of adrenaline that comes with wanting something you ve just seen which can be particularly powerful when you feel the desire to overspend during a manic phase Stop breathe slowly clear your mind and consider whether the item will bring you peace and fulfillment or add more stress in the long run Another tip is to invest in your soul Every time you walk away from objects you don t need tally the amount you save by doing so Put that money in a fund for something that truly lifts your spirit All of a sudden you have the money to invest in something you ve always wanted Dennis says Emily says the empowerment that comes when she feels in control of her space is worth much more than any boost she d get from a new purchase I don t want to hang my hat on what I have she says I feel very free when I simplify Sidebar Making SPACE Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern offers an easy to remember acronym for creating and maintaining a nurturing clutter free environment SPACE S is for sort Group similar items together At this stage don t think about throwing anything out P is for purge It will be easier to part with things once you see how many redundant ruined or obsolete things you own You don t need six spatulas Morgenstern says Nobody does A is for assign Give everything a home whether it s a particular drawer shelf or section of the closet C is for containerize Shop for containers after you know where your things are going to live not before a common error because then you know the sizes and quantity you ll need E is for equalize This is about daily maintenance Before you leave a room or at the end of the day put everything back in its place At least once a year modify your system You ll likely have acquired things that don t fit into a designated spot Tagged with Organization About the author Robin L Flanigan Has 9 Articles Robin L Flanigan is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in People magazine US Airways Magazine and other national and regional publications She lives in Rochester New York 7 COMMENTS Suzanne August 4 2015 Reply such a great article I fight the clutter bug continually and I found this very helpful especially the SPACE pneumonic device nanny January 25 2016 Reply Thanks i enjoyed this article When I m not doing well sleeping a lot and not doing anything productive at all I mean not at all I try to turn myself around by setting the timer for 15 min and try to clean for at least 15 min each day The idea of using a song or two instead of just a timer sounds much more uplifting with the possibility of adding another song I seem to be paralyzed right now I seem to not be able to get out of my chair Tomorrow I will try a song or two and see what happens Thank You for a new thing to try Beth August 4 2015 Reply I have been de cluttering now for a few months it takes more than just one week I go slow The first thing did and apparently did it right was to put everything away Now I am in the de cluttering phase One little section at a time Thank you Great article Tink August 4 2015 Reply Thanks as I am a hoarder Tucky August 4 2015 Reply I have a lot of trouble throwing items from the past childhood marriage etc and feel like I really need to have these items around I have been trying and somewhat succeeding on my yarn purchases as I am an avid knitter crocheter I know I need some kind of guidance because I am not happy with how my home looks I read this article with accepting that I can do this I sincerely

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