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How to Help a Friend De-Clutter

By | De-Cluttering, home organizing, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO, Organizing Strategies | 2 Comments

You must be careful when offering to help a friend de-clutter. It’s a lovely gesture. The important thing is to let your friend know that you simply want to help, you’re not there to criticize or lecture. Here are some tips to follow so that you keep this treasured friendship! Remain Non-Judgmental Serious de-cluttering is hard work! Ask your friend where they would like to start. Do your best not to say something like ‘let’s start here because this is a real mess’. You want to follow their lead. Always Ask Permission Even when you can see that something is…

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Hoarding? What’s It All About?

By | Clutter, Hoarding, overwhelm

Most of us have heard about hoarding. We have a mental picture created by tv shows of what hoarding looks like. According to the shows, it’s a huge mess. Piles of stuff everywhere. It’s dark, dreary, and overwhelming. People we know say things like, ‘I’m a hoarder’. But, what do they mean by that? Are they saying their home is as full as the ones on the tv shows?  Do they have an enormous accumulation of stuff in one room or many rooms? Or, more likely, do they have a problem with some clutter they haven’t yet dealt with? Maybe,…

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What Do You Want to Change?

By | attitude, change, Chronic Disorganization, Clutter, habits, labels, organize

In one minute you can change your attitude and in that minute you can change your day. Ritu Ghatourey Change is in the air! Spring is on its way here in Georgia. One day to the next we have changes in the temperature. It fluctuates up and down wildly. Does the way you think about yourself change from one minute to the next?  We can use this notion of change to switch our attitude from negative to positive. If we’re having a bad day, we can change our thinking and find some small positive moment. Something for which to be…

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Got Clutter? Are You Procrastinating?

By | Clutter, overwhelm, procrastinate

Do you have piles of clutter in your home? These piles may not be in your way – really. And, you may have become so used to seeing them that you are blind to them. They are there, you see them, but you don’t do anything about them. What’s the hold up? Are you procrastinating? Everyone procrastinates from time to time. I bet you can think of many ways in which you procrastinate – even if it is just a little bit. I used to procrastinate when I was unsure of the best way to proceed. I’ve learned to be…

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Gardening and Organizing: What Do They Have in Common?

By | De-Cluttering, Garden, home organizing

I am an avid gardener. I’m in my garden every day. Naturally, I spend more time out there when the weather is nice and less when the weather is nasty. But there is something to see and something to do all the time. I am also a Certified Professional Organizer. I organize something every day either in my own home or while working with a client. Recently, I took a free class at a local garden nursery on caring for roses. I have always thought that gardening and organizing have lots in common, but I had one of those ‘Ah…

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Attitude – it changes everything

By | accomplish, attitude, behavior, change, chores, family, tasks

How’s your attitude today? Are you ready to take on the world? To put your best foot forward? Or are you feeling not so confident about something. Maybe a little down in the dumps. Your attitude – how you feel about whatever it is you’re doing influences the outcome. Success When someone approaches a difficult task with the underlying belief that they will fail, they generally do. If on the other hand the person gamely tries and does their best, they may not succeed brilliantly but they do make progress. They make enough progress to know that if they keep…

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My Favorite Organizing Mantras

By | chores, Closets, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, reminder, Uncategorized

I have been told time and again by my clients that they sometimes hear me inside their head, repeating one of my favorite organizing sayings (I’m going to call them mantras) when they are struggling with an organizing task and I’m not there. I think this is a good thing! I use these organizing mantras to prompt my clients when we are working together. I did not create these sayings – I’m not sure who did. What I do know is that they work! While there are many, many of these that I love and use these are my favorites….

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Three Reasons To Get Organized: Save Money, Save Time, Sleep Better

By | money, NAPO, organize, save, Uncategorized

January Is Get Organized month according to NAPO; The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. It’s the time of year when many people make getting better organized part of their New Year’s Resolution. For some, getting better organized is not a stretch. They are pretty well organized so tweaking a few systems to get better organized is within their reach. For others, getting organized is a pipe dream. It’s something they want and dream about but rarely start. A few people wonder why bother getting organized. I’m going to give you three good reasons why you want to get…

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Getting Back Into Routine

By | chores, daily routine, holiday decorating, holiday gifts

The holidays are over, and schools are back in session. Are you back into your routine? If you are a student, your weekday routine is planned by your school. Over the weekend you probably have school work and outside activities to occupy your time. If you work in an office (not in your home) it’s easier to get back into routine and focus on work. You know when you must leave home to get to the office on time. However, if you work at home or part-time getting back into routine can be a challenge. First, let’s talk about routines….

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Manage Your Expectations

By | attitude, celebrate, expectations, Planning

What are your expectations for Christmas Day? Do you have a day planned that will be absolute perfection? Maybe it will have a Norman Rockwell sort of feeling to it – all warm and fuzzy. It could be this way if everything goes according to plan and if everyone there is in a good mood and falls in line with your idea. You run into a problem thinking this way because you can only control you and your expectations. Chances are that something during the course of the day will happen so that the absolutely perfect day you have in…

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