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fighting to keep the stack of unopened
and junk mail from tipping over for the
millionth time.

2

Try minimalism in your
closet and with your products (makeup, hair, etc.):
okay, okay, I know - this one is scary.
(I love coats and winter boots). Hear
me out, though: if you only have things
in your closet that (as Marie Kondo
says) "bring you joy" and everything
matches everything else, getting
dressed is easy (I have a uniform for
work: black top, colorful dress pants.
I can literally get dressed in the dark).
Start small and work your way up and
out. I started with my closet and then
my dresser. It expanded to my makeup
drawer, my hair products, and my bag.
The unexpected but worthwhile bonus:
Eliminate decision fatigue! I do not
have to think about where I put that
one thing. Everything is in its place,
and there aren't many places to look
when I lose something (and on some
of my targeted therapies, I had major
brain fog).

3

Try minimalism in your
house: Again, SUPER SCARY!
I get it, but - I have just one
sentence for you: you do not need to
stress about the dust if you have a minimal amount of things that need dusting around, off, or under!

4

Get help: You know how
people ask: "how can I help?"
and you shrug off that offerstop doing that and take a breath.
ACCEPT THE HELP. Do you need
help folding your kiddos 18th load of
laundry? Ask for that ONE thing to be

done. Check a discount site for a house
cleaning company. Let them take care
of scrubbing the toilet. You do NOT
need to waste your time, your
energy or your brain space on
(or in) the toilet.

5

Get a Little Brain: In
our house, that's my
trusty bullet journal
and the magnetic white board
on the fridge. If that's not for you:
get a notebook, a white board, a
composition notebook, a stack of
post-it notes, use the notes app on your
phone. Write that shit down. All of it.
Once a week (or so), gather it all up and
check to see if it still needs to be done. If
not, mark it off and move on.

6

Grocery Delivery (and
beyond!): if it's available to
you, have someone get your
groceries FOR you. Shoot, ask your
kind neighbor who asked "how can I
help?" to do your shopping. Or have
them delivered directly through your
favorite online marketplace.
I could go on for days talking about
this, and I have about a dozen (or
more!) tips in my head, so if what I
am saying is resonating with you,
come find me on the socials where I
share my lessons, tips and tricks and
am transforming my life (and yours!)
into a kick-ass cancer thriver.
Meanwhile, when I saunter into
the kitchen after writing this, I know
what we're having for dinner tonight
and for the rest of the week. It's all
written out on my trusty magnetic
whiteboard. Hmmm, I should add
"toothpaste" to the grocery list? l

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