Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 14th 2015 Contents In order to achieve your goals
and set yourself up for success in
2015, you may want to ensure that
your physical environment is a
motivating one, one that provides
a sanctuary from everything else,
one that is safe and nurturing to
your physical, emotional and spir-
Sometimes small changes help
and motivate us. For instance, choose
colours that will uplift you and keep
things around that enlighten you---
perhaps your favourite books and
magazines, baskets, candles, flowers
are all items that can give you a lift.
If your environment is cluttered,
then declutter and don t be afraid
to ask for help from your partner,
your children, family and close
friends. Decluttering will certainly
lift your mood and create an envi-
ronment in which you can grow and
Whether you live in a room or in
a mansion, you can have space that
is clean, organised and peaceful. If
like me, you sometimes neglect to
dust and clean at times, forgive your-
self and get back on track as soon
as possible. Sometimes, we are our
own worst enemy, in that, if we are
unfulfilled, then everything appears
to be negative to us.
are unable or refuse to pay for a pro-
fessional cleaner, then everyone
needs to get into the act; but, I warn
you---start early. If you wait until
your kids are teenagers to hand out
duties, this will be very tough, not
impossible, but tougher than if you
start when they are young.
Everyone can help to do something
and I assure you they will thank you
later on---much later on perhaps, but
they will be grateful that you taught
them how to be responsible and the
importance of a clean, organised,
pleasant and functional environ-
Of course, it may take a lot more
than decluttering your home to pro-
vide this sanctuary of peace that you
so desire at this point in your live.
Sometimes, being surrounded by the
wrong person or people can debilitate
your sense of well-being and corrupt
any chance you have of enlighten-
ment. But hold up and don t make
any quick and easy decisions. Rela-
tionships take work and make sure
that you have been doing your part
before you rush to judgment on who
is corrupting your peace.
If you are fortunate to have a part-
ner in the true sense of the word,
then you can also try to share
responsibilities in the home if you
both work. Strive for teamwork and
let all family members know
"Together, Everyone Achieves More."
Now, I don t know who coined
that phrase but it really is true and
we don t want you going around
feeling like "Poor Me" when everyone
gets comfortable with letting you do
all the chores.
I believe that you and your partner
should first discuss what chores there
are to be done and you should then
decide officially who is responsible
for what. There could be some nego-
tiation as appropriate but in the end
just be fair and everyone will be sat-
isfied. Let everyone know that you
are depending on him or her to do
her or his part.
Of course, all these good habits
will transfer to their homes, their
workplace and everyone benefits!
Abraham Maslow believed that in
order for us to learn and grow, our
basic needs like food, safety and
shelter had to be met. I really believe
in Maslow s theory and as I have
grown in my career, I believe even
more. I see it all the time! Kids who
have that clean, organised, non-
threatening environment always
seem to do better at school socially.
If our kids come from an organised
environment, chances are they will
take more pride in keeping their
cubicles, their desks, their spaces
organised as well and we all want to
Once these basic physical needs
are met, however, as our children
begin to grow and as you continue
to grow socially, you will need a home
that is also peaceful and supportive.
In particular, your children will need
a home that is non-threatening while
you hopefully will have a workplace
that is non-threatening.
As you grow, peace will become
a greater ingredient in your life so
it is important that you strive for
that early. Let your partner and your
children know the importance of a
peaceful home, one in which every-
one can learn and grow.
Dr Starke is a
psychotherapist/Life skills coach
and OD (Organizational
Development) consultant who
provides workshops/seminars for
employees and supervisors. E-mail
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Create your sanctuary of peace ---Part 1
It may take a lot more
than decluttering your
home to provide this
sanctuary of peace that
you so desire at this
point in your live.
surrounded by the wrong
person or people can
debilitate your sense of
well-being and corrupt
any chance you have of
enlightenment. But hold
up and don't make any
quick and easy decisions.
Relationships take work
and make sure that you
have been doing your
part before you rush to
judgment on who is
corrupting your peace.
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