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Marie Kondo and organization and decluttering with Bipolar Disorder

How to Apply Marie Kondo’s Expert Tips for Organizing When You Have Bipolar

Carrie Cantwell
June 14, 2019

One of the hallmark symptoms of bipolar disorder is impulsivity––which makes adopting world-renowned tidying expert, Marie Kondo’s, KonMari method of organizing even more difficult. Because I have bipolar disorder, I struggle with a tumultuous mind. I need my surroundings to be peaceful and clutter-free. When hypomania crowds my thoughts with too many ideas at once,...


Acute Unfinished Projects Syndrome: Incomplete Tasks Can Be a Sign of an Impending Bipolar Episode

Lynda Williams
March 24, 2019

When you’re having trouble finishing tasks or meeting deadlines, it’s not your to-do list you need to check, it’s your bipolar stability. Sometimes I find writing difficult in the most basic sense: the act of stringing words together to form a sentence can become impossible for me. My mind is so scattered that by the...


Bipolar & Living: 4 Ways to Simplify Your Life

bp Magazine
August 8, 2017

Taking steps to organize your living space and your life will help unclutter your mind and reduce the disharmony in your life; here’s how: #1 Create a system When you take the time at the outset to create a system for what may cause you stress in your everyday life, things just become easier. Even...


Your Feng Shui Guide For Pets

bp Magazine
June 20, 2017

Feng shui principles can have a beneficial effect on our sensitive dogs and cats; here’s how:   The what and why of feng shui Literally translated, feng shui means balancing the two elements of wind and water to help create good energy in your space, or “chi.” Dogs and cats are sensitive to energy and...


3 Signs of Executive Functioning Disorder in Kids

bp Magazine
May 15, 2017

While common in children with ADHD, all children can struggle with executive functioning issues; here’s how to tell:   #1 Time management difficulties Kids struggling with executive functioning abilities will have issues in being on time due to poor planning and disorganization. They will also have difficulty moving from one task to the next, so...


9 Mistakes You May Be Making When Dealing with Stress AND Bipolar Disorder

Tanya Hvilivitzky
January 22, 2017

Stress is a well-known trigger for bipolar mood episodes and can manifest as emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physical symptoms. Here’s where you may be going wrong in dealing with stress and stressful situations: #1 Taking on too much It’s all too easy to say yes to things when others ask us to help or be...


Hope & Harmony Headlines: Feeling Suffocated By Your Stuff? Time for Spring Cleaning

Elizabeth Forbes
April 6, 2016

April 7, 2016   •   Volume 9, Issue 14   •   Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines   Clear away clutter for lower stress There’s a reason why The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has spent nearly 18 months as a New York Times best seller. The decluttering manual by Marie Kondo obviously touches a...


Chore or Stress Reliever: Study Suggests That Washing Dishes Decreases Stress

bp Magazine
October 1, 2015

Newswise — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Oct 1, 2015 — Washing those dreadful dishes after a long day seems like the furthest thing from relaxation. Or is it? Student and faculty researchers at Florida State University have found that mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress. Published in the journal Mindfulness, the study looked at...


Clear Away Clutter & Lower Stress

Robin L. Flanigan
May 7, 2013

Living in an uncluttered, well-organized environment lowers stress and improves well-being. Here are some practical tips on clearing away clutter. By Robin L. Flanigan   Emily L. has no patience for clutter. She gives away shoes and clothes she hasn’t worn in a while, and once passed along a meditation cushion because she wasn’t using...


The First Week

Beth Brownsberger Mader
January 7, 2012

It’s a beautiful, sunny and warm (60F) day in Northern Arizona.  My husband is off in the desert, riding dirt bikes with his pals, burning testosterone.  I have spent the day organizing stuff for a new year’s beginning: starting new files, storing the old; making piles of paper I know I can burn after 7...