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Diving deeper into clutter The answer, as simple as it sounded, made my client reflect upon why she didn’t make up her bed in the mornings. Why didn’t she feel it was a privilege? She concluded that she was rebelling against her childhood, a time when she had to make her bed before she could go outside to play. She recognized that her failure to make her bed was not about having a choice. It was about reaction to the past.

e all have clutter somewhere — in our physical, social, emotional, financial or mental environments. Clutter silently rules our lives, often keeping us overwhelmed and stuck. Moreover, we have become experts at navigating life around our clutter. Getting control of our clutter is about organizing things, recognizing our inner fears and making changes in our lives.


An “aha” moment Freed from clutter

Sometimes it takes an “aha” moment to get us there. I have a client who told me a story about another friend who always made up her bed in the morning. My client asked the other person why she bothered making her bed each morning. My client’s friend said that it was her privilege to do so.

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With that revelation, she freed herself to make her bed in the mornings and started to declutter her life by freeing herself from childish reactions to her adult life. She addressed her clutter physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and everything in her life

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changed for the good. She got a better job, earned more money, managed to save enough to make the down payment on a condo and found peace within — things that had previously escaped her. She says that her spiritual journey started with decluttering her life.

Why do we have clutter? We fail to declutter our homes because our own clutter is predictable and comfortable, and we naturally relate to familiarity and routine, even if they work against us.

How does your cluttered home negatively affect you? • It makes you lethargic. Clutter creates visually

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s a former Marine, Steve Van Ness knows a thing or two about the importance of security. After finishing his service with the Corps at Kaneohe Bay, he opened APN Alarm Systems of Hawaii in 1994, and the company has grown to include more than 30 employees. In nearly 20 years of doing business in the Islands, APN Alarm Systems has installed more than 10,000 units in homes and businesses across Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. “You can replace your valuables, but you can’t replace a member of your family,” Van Ness said. “The peace of mind knowing that when you come home, your home is safe because of the security system, that’s priceless. We want customers to sleep peacefully at night. Unfortunately, crime is on the rise, and you don’t know who the next victim will be, so it’s important to protect your family, home and valuables.” The family business also involves Van Ness’ three sons. As Van Ness described, “One is an installation assistant learning the ropes, the oldest is the company’s top sales representative and the middle son is my top service technician. My older brother runs our service department, my wife works in the office, my daughter-in-law works in the office and I have two of my nephews — one in sales and one in installations. It’s

truly a family company.” According to Van Ness, APN Alarm Systems performs roughly 70 percent of its jobs at residential units and 30 percent at commercial sites, and the systems installed utilize some of today’s groundbreaking technology. Customers are able to arm, disarm and receive updates from their system via computer or smart phone, and certain systems even allow customers to view camera angles directly on their phones — this allows users to check on activity, whether it’s a break-in or simply one’s

child arriving home from school and disarming the alarm. “We tied the two together so if something happens with the alarm system, you receive an email or text message, and the user can access their system immediately to see who’s in your home or business,” Van Ness said. “It’s all fully connected these days with the technology available to us. We use the Honeywell Lynx system — it has a touch screen and keeps the customer totally connected.” Van Ness also stresses the point that his employees are a part of the company, not subcontractors. “We have a unique philosophy, and I don’t know of anyone else that does this, but we share part of the customer’s monthly service fee with the service technician and sales representative (who) are tied to the account,” he explained. “I want to have a true ohana, and I want everyone to have

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A closer look at clutter FROM PAGE 2

and emotionally draining energy and can make you feel fatigued and uninspired. The more clutter, the more likely you are to procrastinate on things that are important.

may have a tendency to create clutter, holding onto things unnecessarily. Keep only what has meaning and use. • It makes you feel out of control. When clutter controls you, you feel out of control. Take control of your stuff and gain control of your life.

• It drags you down. Clutter can energetically put you in a state of overwhelm, stress and hopelessness.

Why clear your clutter?

• It makes you feel poor. You will notice that clutter is endemic in poor countries. When you are struggling financially, you

• To gain a sense of peace. Visualize an uncluttered room in your home and sense how you feel. Is breathing easier? Do you feel lighter, more comfortable?

• To manage your finances. If you are in a state of financial overwhelm and your environment creates the same energy, clear up your clutter to help you regain financial flow and control. • To enhance your health. Dirty and cluttered homes create “negative energy,” add to your fatigue, body pain, constipation and congestion, and serve only to clog your body’s energetic flow. • To gain control of your life. When you choose to declutter at home, the hidden order of the universe magically brings long lost order into your life — your energy heightens, things fall into place and you become productive and smile more.

Let’s get started Here are tips to keep clutter at bay:

4. Make your bed every morning

So begin your decluttering process by getting clear on why decluttering is important for you, then pick a date to start the process. Clearing clutter is more likely to happen when it is scheduled. Give yourself permission to get rid of old clothes, expensive purchase mistakes and old papers. You will feel better in all aspects of your life.

These sound simple, but breaking away from old clutter habits can be a challenge and this is a great place to start.

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“When we’re cooking for the family, the kitchen is about 20 degrees hotter than the rest of the house!” said the Brogans during their free initial measure and estimate with the company. Even worse, the original homeowner’s poor planning placed the appliances and cabinetry in odd places, causing family members to bump into each other while trying to move around in the kitchen at the same time. The oddly placed items also wasted useful countertop space. CS Design Builders took these problems into account when working with the Brogans during their free computer design session. After the project was finished, visitors were amazed at the transformation. The difference was so dramatic that many of the family’s friends thought the Brogans had expanded the kitchen by several feet in each direction. The new kitchen is an expansive

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Overall Grand Award winner in the Residential Renovations category and Grand Award winner for projects of more than $500,000 as part of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii’s Ren-aissance Awards for Building and Remodeling. Thirty eight entrants from Oahu, Maui and the Big Island showcased their work that was judged on creativity, principles of design, materials used, value, visual appeal, workmanship, functionality and overall quality. The winning project, dubbed “La Pietra Circle,” a condominium unit at 3082 La Pietra Circle in Honolulu, was designed by architect Phillip Camp and features the development of integrated spaces that make it easier to entertain large groups as well as the addition of a loft area and a renovated structural glass staircase. “With so many great contractors in Hawaii, it’s

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taken from the schematic stage and transferred to a CNC machine that cuts and drills each piece of cabinetry. The pieces are then transferred to another machine that edgebands the various parts before heading to the assembly stations. “It’s part of a lean manufacturing process that allows us to work more efficiently,” Holcomb said. “It saves on time and costs as well. In the old days, when we did all this by hand, what took us a week now takes us a day. We’re more efficient and produce more so we are able to pass this cost savings on to our clients. One of the good things is that our cabinets are made in Hawaii, so if anything changes, or any pieces need to be replicated, we’re able to react right then, quickly. That’s another advantage for our customers.” DH Squared Construction and Hawaii Architecture LLP were honored May 2 as the

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viewed in the showrooms. “Cabinets are the first thing you see when you walk into a kitchen, so whether you are building new or remodeling, you want to be sure you are making the right choice,” said Golden Cabinets owner Wen Wen Cao. “And there’s no long wait between ordering and installation — one week after you place your order, the cabinets of your choice will be delivered or can be picked up by your contractor. “We also offer free assembly and design services ... just provide the rough dimensions of the room, and we can lay out a cabinet design and configuration for you on the computer in a matter of minutes. Then, if you approve of the basic layout and estimate, we will go to the job site and make the final measurements. “Because we specialize in cabinets, we have the expertise to help you create a more beautiful and functional kitchen ... at a price you can afford.” For information and directions to the showroom, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, call Golden Cabinets at 836-8181.

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Siding tips • Replace your old Masonite siding with low-maintenance and maximum-durability siding. Intero Group offers James Hardie Fiber Cement product, which is fire- and termite-resistant, and can last up to 40 years without rotting. Its Color Plus Technology (factory baked-on paint) is 30 percent more fade-resistant than regular paint, warranted for 15 years and can easily be

painted afterward, holding paint three times longer than wood siding. The company believes it is the best option for Hawaii’s weather.

• Choose siding that is worth your buck. James Hardie Fiber Cement siding may be more expensive than regular wood or vinyl siding, but it’s definitely a worthwhile long-term solution. Research shows that for the sixth year in a row, re-siding your home with James Hardie is the No. 1 return on investment. This siding gives you a solid 80-percent return on your investment, which is much more than any other remodeling project.

• Select a contractor who has the same vision as yours. There are many windows and siding companies and installers in Hawaii. However, it is hard to find a contractor who will incorporate your vision and provide exceptional products and installation service. Intero Group, Hawaii has a true love for workmanship, which has served as the company’s inspiration from the beginning. It works with a variety of industry-leading manufacturers and always chooses the best option for you, offering what its competitors do not: the best service and a great selection of remodeling products in Hawaii. You deserve to have professionals working on your home.

Visit Intero Group and its partner, AMKO Builders, at the upcoming BIA Home Remodeling Show at Neal S. Blaisdell Center Aug. 10-12.


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