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Spring is traditionally the time for decluttering, when many of us feel very virtuous as we dutifully divest ourselves of old, unused possessions. However, in the midst of all our sorting and selling, donating, or recycling, do we ever stop to take a good long look at what we’re doing? If we did, we just might find out there is actually an easier, softer approach to organizing our stuff and, ultimately, our lives.

Drop the old approach to decluttering

The problem with our old way of decluttering is that it focuses on the negative. We tend to associate reorganizing with guilt, shame, and struggle. Even the descriptions can be daunting. “Fighting clutter,” “taming the monster,” “paring down,” “purging,” “carving out space” – all these terms make it sound as if we’re about to go to war … or at least to a gruelling session of calisthenics. Neither of these prospects appeals as a way to spend a sweet spring Sunday afternoon. And this psychological browbeating is not the most efficient approach to our ultimate goal: a smoother-flowing, more harmonious life.

Take inspiration from successful self-improvement projects

Instead, take inspiration from successful self-improvement projects. If you’re interested in improving your diet, for instance, when snack time rolls around, it’s much more motivating to focus on what you can eat (an apple or handful of almonds, say) rather than eliminating the long list of what you’d rather avoid (a hunk of chocolate cake, a juicy burger … help!). Simpler, too. Same goes for tasks like stocking your flower garden. How absurd would it be to stand in the plant nursery, pondering, “I don’t like marigolds, I don’t have space for peonies, and freesia make me sneeze”? Of course you’ll zero in on the seedlings you love, that suit your environment, and that will bring more joy to your life.

Find the solution

The solution to the “how to get yourself organized” dilemma is becoming clearer. Don’t begin by getting rid of the “bad.” In fact, don’t begin by making any harsh judgements about your belongings. Do a 180-degree turnaround and start with what you consider meaningful, pleasurable, precious. What adds to your life? Establish a sort of inner circle of objects that enrich you, as diverse as Baby’s hospital bracelet, the shawl that makes you feel warm and beautiful, and your first DIY carpentry project, perhaps. They may not have much monetary value, but assess only their worth to you.

Expand the circle

Next you can turn to possessions of lesser importance. At this point, beyond their practical and/or emotional appeal, consider the amount of room you have at your disposal. In a recent major house move, I limited myself to shipping 140 cubic feet of belongings, the volume of about 4 refrigerators. It was an excellent exercise in determining what items really mattered to me. Other folks will use other criteria, such as the size of their current or future home, or the storage space available.

Be smart about storage

A word about storage: Just as we don’t recommend rushing to get rid of things, neither do we advocate rushing out to buy the latest and greatest storage solutions. Sometimes that set of baskets or see-through containers just doesn’t seem quite right once you take it home from the store. Take a good long look at the collection of objects you’ve chosen and find the right spot for each of them. Intersperse the volumes in your bookcases with treasured objets from your travels. Display your favorite scarves as wall art. You may want to hang some shelves or custom build cabinets that work for both your belongings and your home.

Decide what to dispose of

Now working backward, so to speak, you’ve finally arrived at the point where you will decide what to dispose of. But let’s warn you, the most vital thing to let go of could well be not an object, but an attitude … the idea that old is ugly or that “seldom-used” means the same as “useless.” Should you ditch that worn-out jacket that is just perfect to wear when you walk the dog on chilly mornings or the macaroni necklace your grandchild lovingly crafted just for you? It’s entirely up to you.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/redefine-the-way-you-think-about-decluttering.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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