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Clutter Personality Types

We are minimalists, and although to date we have not shared with you what that means to us and how it all works – we thought we could share with you what we have observed in people who’s homes are filled with junk. 

Clutter personality types can fall neatly into any of these categories and in some cases two or more:

The Hoarder:  “This might come in hand someday!”

Hoarders need to remind themselves that resources will always be available.  Reassure yourself! Stuff will be with us always. Find magazines indexed at the library, kitchenware marked down at yard sales, and every small appliance known to man can be found (cheap!) at the thrift store.  Think of these off-site treasure troves as alternative household storage areas – costing less then storage space rental!   Go ahead and dare to dump it!

The Deferrer:  “I’ll think about that tomorrow!”

Deferrers need to be reminded that tomorrow has no more time or energy than today–and that deferring decisions drag down each new day with yesterday’s unfinished business. Since this behaviour is grounded in procrastination, apply the best remedy:  ACTION.  For Deferrers, simply making a start creates the momentum needed to finish the job.  Remember, it’s easier to keep a rolling stone in motion, than it is to pick it up and start it rolling the in the first place!

The Rebel:  “you can’t make me!”

Rebels need to remind themselves that the war is over.  They don’t live with Mom and Dad anymore–and they and/or their own family deserves an adult on the job, not a sulky child. Tell that inner Rebel, “It’s okay–I’m the parent now, and I want a house that’s nice to live in”. By switching places with the old authority figure, the Rebel can find a way out of ” You can’t make me!”

The Perfectionist:  “Next week, I’ll do everything … perfectly!”

For example, plastic food containers may be overflowing their cabinet, but the Perfectionist Clutterer won’t tidy up until he or she can purchase the perfect shelf paper, lid holder organizer, and color-coded labels.  As a result, the massed and crowded containers stay put, falling down onto the feet of anyone hapless enough to open the cupboard door.

Perfectionist Clutterers need to remind themselves of the 20-80 rule:  20% of every job takes care of 80% of the problem, while fixing the remaining 20% will gobble 80% of the job.  By giving themselves permission to do only 20% the Perfectionist Clutterers can finally get going.

The Sentimentalist:  “This is so cute!”

Problem is, there’s so much to remember that the truly endearing items get lost in a flood.  The Sentimental Clutterer needs to reduce the mass of mementos to a more portable state, changing mindset from an indiscriminate “Awwww!” to a more selective stance.

Ideas for reining in Sentimental Clutterers include scrapbooking the very best photos and papers, or photographing surplus sentimental clutter before letting it go. Sort it out, choose the best, keep the memories and dump the rest!

The Gadgeteer Lover/Collector:  “It’s so cool!”

The Gadgeteer lives mostly for the new and latest “thing”. So the old are never looked at or truly enjoyed.  It is unrealistic to tell a collector or gadget lover to stop buying the new “stuff”.  It’s not in their nature and it’s doomed to fail.  Financially you may want to look at selling the old stuff on Ebay or pass on these collectables to someone that is truly a fanatic and your electronics to such organizations as Computers for schools and such.  You will be doing someone else a favour and freeing up your own space to enjoy the newest “it toy”.

Note: The Queen/King of knickknacks. Close relative to the Gadgeteer/Collector. A visitor to the Decorator’s home may develop stimulation overload. A Tosser would simply feel faint.

Accumulator-Tosser: “Now you see it all – now you don’t”

As unlikely as it seems, some people combine the seemingly opposite Accumulator and Tosser traits. A person with this hybrid clutter type generally let’s clutter build up until it’s no longer tolerable, and then jettisons it in a frenzy of tossing. Periods of clutter buildup and clutter tossing alternate in an endless repeating pattern.

Solution? We don’t have one.  It’s really a case of knowing that it’s a pattern and committing to doing a little every week instead or not allowing the “stuff” into the home in the first place.. 

The Dropper

The act of removing clothing so weakens the Dropper that they can’t possibly move that additional 2 feet to dispose of the item(s) in question properly.

Research indicates that children are most likely to be Droppers, and are the offspring of Tosser parents. A child reared by a Tosser probably never learned to pick up their toys, because the Tosser parent was right there behind them doing it on their behalf. Droppers, as adults, frequently marry Tossers, who are sometimes responsible for enabling the Droppers’ behavior.

Pay attention to your home dynamic, if this is you – then don’t enable the Dropper.  Sit down with them and let them know that they are now responsible for their own things.  There should be consequences for not being neat, tidy and respectful of their things and for not throwing out such things as old greeting cards, broken items etc. If they can’t take care of what they have – they don’t get new “stuff”.

Do you see yourself in any of these?

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Banana and Squash Soup

As the winter keeps it’s icy cold iron grip on us here in the great white north, our diet seems to include more and more soups. A new favorite for us is this unusual combination of flavors. An absolute winner – so much so we just couldn’t wait to post it! so please … do yourself, your family and kids a favor … make this for lunch or dinner ASAP! And get back to us with your verdict.

Each spoonful of this sumptuous soup will warm your bones … you can add a pinch of cayenne if you like it hot.

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

1 ripe banana, unpeeled
1 butternut squash, peeled, cut in cubes (about 4-5 cups or 1 to 1.25 L)
¼ cup (60 ml) butter (yes BUTTER)
2 Tbsp (30 ml) each of brown sugar and honey (… brown sugar isn‘t evil in this small quantity)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped (those of you that don’t know this if you want to avoid garlic breath remove the green “stalk” inside the garlic)
1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder
½ tsp (2mL) cinnamon
¼ tsp (1mL) nutmeg
1 cup (250 mL) coconut milk
3 cups (750mL) vegetable broth
Juice of 1 lime
¼ tsp (1mL) each of salt and pepper (or to taste)

Preheat oven to 350F (180 C).

Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place unpeeled banana on one end of baking sheet and place squash on the rest of the sheet. Cut 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of butter into tiny bits and sprinkle on squash, along with brown sugar and honey. Cook for 20 minutes (no more!!!); remove banana and set aside. Stir squash and roast 10 more minutes.

Melt remaining butter in large pan on medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic, curry powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

Peel banana and add it and any juices to pan. Add squash, coconut milk, and 2 cups (500 mL) of stock. Bring to boil on high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Puree in batches in blender until smooth (don’t overdo it) Stir everything together and add lime juice, salt and pepper.

Serve! (remainder can be stored in spill-proof insulated containers frozen or to heat up in the next 2-3 days)

And ENJOY!

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Ah- saw- ee to you!

The amazing purple berry from Brazil is one of the planet’s most interesting and unique foods not to mention one of the healthiest. Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, this tiny berry delivers a nutritional profile rarely seen in the natural world, and many consider it to be the world’s most complete food. In other words – it’s the super food of super foods.

Why?

Perfect acid profile = crucial for brain and behavioral health and serves as a precursor to numerous neurotransmitters in the human body.

Proline = one of the main components of collagen, the connective tissue structure that binds and supports other tissues. (i.e. helps you look younger)

Glycine = utilized in liver detoxification and is essential for the biosynthesis of nucleic acids and bile acids.

Antioxidants = Found in the acai berry in a remarkable concentration, with three and a half times the anthocyanins of red wine per volume. Anthocyanins offer protective benefits to the cardiovascular system, digestive organs, brain, blood, cells, and tissues, as well as exhibiting strong anti-inflammatory and antiaging properties. This little unassuming berry has the highest antioxidant effects of any fruit measured using oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) values. Acai berries contain many antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, gallic acid, epicatechin, anthocyanins, procyanidins, protocatechuic acid, and other tannins. Check out ORAC values at oracvalues.com.

Oleic acid and Omega 9 Monounsaturated fatty acid = During flue season this little power house is your best friend! Acai is very similar to olive oil in fatty acid content. The berry contains 60 percent oleic acid, an omega-9 monounsaturated essential fatty acid; and 12 percent linoleic acid, an omega-6 polyunsaturated essential fatty acid. Essential fatty acids are crucial for human life and are responsible for hundreds of physiological processes in the human body including reproduction, fertility, immunity, and communication between cells. Because it is plant based versus animal based these elements are much easier for your system to ingest and use.

Plant sterols = Also enhance immune response by increasing T-cell division, enhancing secretion of lymphokines involved in cellular immunity, and boosting the activity of cytotoxic cells (a key to fighting pathogens).

Vitamins = Last but not least, this amazing berry contains a full array of natural vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and significant amounts of dietary fibre. Most noteworthy, acai contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, and E; as well as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.

To ensure you gain all these amazing benefits from acai, be sure to choose a 100 percent pure acai juice, which should contain at least 30,000 mg of pure acai per 1 ounce serving.

The Challenge: The real problem is that most people are consuming it in powder form – where it has lost all of its benefits. To get it fresh, a lot will order it from a juice bar, where many use sorbet as a sweetener. It’s not available as a frozen berry in stores because on it’s own – the berry has little flavor and the belief is people will not buy.

What to do? We developed a friendship with our local juice bar and they can order Acai frozen “pure juice with pulp” at an affordable price. They must in order to make a profit right? We have bought the juice in a large tub from them. As such, we do not buy the product with the added sugar – just the 100% pure, no sugar added, acai juice. 

This does mean a little work on your part. First you need to convince them to order a tub for you (we got lucky – no extra charge).  Second you have to thaw the tub long enough to transfer the precious liquid into “one person” size portions. We use either a large quantity of ice cube trays or – if we must – some small zip lock bags that we wash and re-use for the next round! Other than that – it’s easy – grab a bag frozen to toss in a smoothie, or thaw it out over night in the fridge and add to your juice in the morning.  

We will vouch for this little berry; the trouble is well worth the health benefits!

Note:  It is far easier to get the public to believe an exotic berry out of the rain forests of Brazil offers the magic cure for obesity than it would be to convince consumers they will magically lose weight eating blueberries, grapes, apple or banana. While the acai berry offers many other health benefits, it will be no more effective in helping you lose weight than any other fruit. The Acai weight loss scam please read this and this.

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