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ICD Conference Highlights: Part 2 Time and Tasks

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Here’s a brief recap for those of you who didn’t see last week’s blog. At the end of September, I attended the ICD (the Institute for Challenging Disorganization) conference in St. Louis, Missouri. I regularly attend this conference for several reasons. One, I’m always eager to connect with fellow ICD organizers. Two, this conference is smaller and more intimate. Three, I love the education. Taking classes and improving my knowledge regarding organizing skills and strategies is important to me. This year was special as I was the 2017 ICD conference chairperson! Last week, I talked about the speaker who gave…

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Routines

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Last week I talked to you about habits. Some habits are good habits and easy to maintain, some are not so great and can be replaced with better habits. What about routines? What is the difference between a habit and a routine? First, let’s talk about what makes it a routine. A routine is a series of actions that is repeated so often that it becomes automatic. We know that gymnasts have routines (a series of acrobatic moves) that they practice on the balance beam, on the floor mats, on the parallel bars – you get the idea.  I can…

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Tidy Drawers?

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Are your drawers tidy? Don’t you wish that there was an easy way to fold your t-shirts and keep them folded – even after you’ve rummaged through the drawer looking for the shirt you want to wear? Alison Tringale has created a product that is so simple to use even her little girls use it. Want to know what it is? It’s called Tidy Snap. I’ve included the link to the product here. www.tidysnap.com In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not being paid to write this review. Alison read some of my recent blogs about children and chores and…

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Summer’s Here – Let’s Play!

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Do not despair if you haven’t enrolled your child in activities so that he’ll be busy every moment during the summer. Let your child find things to do. It’s really good to have nothing to do  –  except play. Try not to use the television, cell phone, i-pad, computers as babysitters. Limit the amount of time your child spends engaged in technology/ screen time. While it may seem like a good idea to have your children engaged in this way, after all they are busy and not getting into trouble, the truth is that instant entertainment robs your child of…

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Hallmarks of an Adult?

By | Budgeting, chores, Clients, clothes, Clutter, delegate, Education, family, information, Organizing Strategies | No Comments

The other morning I was listening to my local news station as I was catching up on my ‘words with friends’ and I was really surprised. I had only been listening half way, concentrating mostly on my strategy in the game I was playing on my phone, when something caught my attention. It was something about millennials taking classes in what the reporter called ‘adulting’. I didn’t know what that meant and still don’t really. The report went on talking about things adults do, for instance; chores around the house, budget their money, pay bills, file papers, and manage their…

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Open Your Eyes!

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Have you started your spring cleaning? Whether or not you have started this process I recommend that when you do you take the opportunity to really look at the things you are moving around. I think sometimes we are so used to our surroundings that we don’t really see what’s there. I know that I can walk through a room in my house and not really notice the space. Before you begin your spring cleaning spend some time in the room you’re tackling. Open your eyes and take a look as if you were seeing the room or area for…

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Is It Spring?

By | chores, Closets, clothes, donate, family, plan, projects, recycling, schedule, small steps, Spring Cleaning | No Comments

Is it feeling like Spring where you live? Here in Atlanta it’s looking a lot like Spring is just around the corner. We’ve had a couple of beautiful sunny days. It was even warm enough over the weekend to enjoy a picnic in the park! The days are longer, the sunshine brighter and all that makes me long to get out in the garden and play in the dirt. However, it’s not quite time to do that so I’m going to use the brighter light and longer days to my advantage inside the house. In other words, it’s time for…

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Changes?

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  So, now that we are really and truly into the New Year it’s time to act on the resolutions we made. I told you already that the big change I’m making in my weekly routine is to set Monday mornings aside to take care of business housekeeping. I resolved to keep those hours to myself. I have decided that I will not take care of errands or allow myself to book a client on a Monday morning. What habit did you decide to change? Did you decide to work out more often? To lose a few pounds? To take…

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Daily Routines?

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Do you have routines that you follow day in and day out? Did you know that having a routine can save you time? Routines save you time because the tasks that  make up the routine are simple and easy to complete in one or two steps. When you do these simple short tasks one followed by the other chores get done quickly! What sorts of tasks do you think I’m talking about? Which tasks will help you start your day? My daily routines involve tasks that help me feel settled as I head out the door. I make the bed,…

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Unfulfilling Tasks

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I saw this expression last week in an interview between my friend and colleague,Linda Samuels, and Francine Jay. Francine is a minimalist. In fact, she is known as Miss Minimalist. Francine told Linda in the interview that being a minimalist involved not making unnecessary purchases, getting rid of unused belongings, and also eliminating unfulfilling tasks. Doing these three things opens your life up and allows you to live more fully. I will typically advise my clients to stop making unnecessary purchases. You save lots of money by only buying what you really need and not giving in to impulse shopping….

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