Welcome to the Corner. We talked last week about, temporarily, jumping off our “track,” taking a good, hard look, before deciding whether or not we wanted to make some serious changes to our track before climbing back on.

Let’s face it, life is always changing, and we have to change with it or we get lost in the maze. Change is good, don’t you agree? We don’t want to do the same old thing, day after day. We need to shake it up a little, give it new life.

So, let’s take a moment to hop off the track, re-evaluate and decide whether we want to make some changes and what those changes might be.

On the whole, our life priorities are enjoying the company of our family and friends, but I’m talking about our free time, our time to pitch in and do some good for others, volunteering, maybe giving Molly’s Angels a call. They could certainly use your help in driving or any number of volunteer opportunities.

What I look for in volunteering:

I want to believe in the project, and believe that I can contribute. I want to work with others who are as excited and enthusiastic about the task at hand that I am.

I want to see progress being made, and that our time is being used wisely and productively. I want to work with folks who aren’t afraid to put in the time necessary to reach our goals.

I find this scenario very exciting, and well worth my time and energy. I believe that you would, as well. If you have never volunteered, please check the newspapers for opportunities. You will, truly, get back much more than you give.

Making changes

I think it might have something to do with the weather, but talking about making changes, I suddenly feel the urge to “sweep my house clear of clutter and hidden cobwebs. So lets add decluttering to our plan while we’re temporarily off our track.

The little bit of research I’ve done on organized people is noted below:

They regularly purge by cleaning out files when they get full and tossing notes from a project that was cancelled, or completed.

They ban the words, “I’ll take care of that tomorrow.”

Organized people have less “stuff.”

They set priorities. They have a clear sense of what’s important. They know what their goals are, what needs to be done when and what can be put off. They start the day with a clear plan of what their priorities are, and review their plan during the day, adjusting as necessary.

Doesn’t that sound heavenly? I’m going for it. Want to come along?

Let’s bring some of that wonderful springtime into our homes. Out goes the clutter, the spider webs and the dust bunnies behind the heavy furniture.

If you think you’d like to join in this idea for your own home, read Angela Hoxsey’s “Spring Clean 101” in the March 26 issue of Napa Valley Register. She has listed some great ideas.

So, here we are, on the cusp of a clean, uncluttered home, where our minds can think so much more clearly.

Finally, we’re back on track.

We’ll prioritize what our chosen tasks will be; we’ll block out the time for these tasks and hop back up on that track with clear mind and clear direction, assured that this is the right track for us to be on.

Well, this has been fun, as usual. I feel more organized and clear headed already, and I’m all set to go to town on my home and my clutter.

It’s fun to believe that you will also be doing your own spring cleaning, plus being on the right track for you.

Loved visiting with you. Take good care of one another, and we’ll visit again next week.

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