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Getting Back Into Routine

By | chores, daily routine, holiday decorating, holiday gifts | 5 Comments

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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Be Kind to Yourself

By | delegate, healthy, kindness, self-care

  Recently, I wrote about the need for patience, particularly during this busy time of year and ways in which to show kindness to others. In order to show kindness to others you must first be kind to yourself. Eat Balanced Meals Treat your body well and eat balanced, nutritious meals. Try to keep the sugary treats to a minimum. Taste your food before adding extra salt. Plan to bring along a healthy snack if you are out and about for hours at a time. This will help you to stay healthy. Get Plenty of Sleep Research indicates that we…

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Pack Your Patience

By | attitude, behavior, choice, kindness, manners, patience, strategy

Everyone knows that during the month of December lines can be long and traffic miserable. Even knowing that, we sometimes forget to bring patience along with us. We forget to allow extra time for traveling or waiting in line. More than that, we forget that everyone has their own agenda – a place to be and things to buy. We all have somewhere else we’d rather be than waiting in line. It doesn’t matter if it is the line at the grocery store, the mall, the TSA security line we all have a time clock ticking away in our heads….

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By | calendar schedule, celebrate, holiday decorating, holidays

It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed at this time of the year. There’s so much going on! There are always work projects, household projects, and then add to that preparing for the holidays. How do you get these things done without stressing over them? I have a few tips to share with you. Let’s talk about shopping for the holidays. If you haven’t done so already, make a list of everyone you’re shopping for. If you’re shopping online, make a note by the person’s name of what you purchased, how much it cost, and when it is expected to arrive….

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Things To Do Around Your Home This Fall

By | calendar schedule, chores, Fall Chores, HomeZada, inventory

  I love this time of year! The air is crisp, the trees are gorgeous with their fall colors and I’m anticipating decorating for the holidays. There are a few household maintenance chores that are really good to remember. I always plan to do them when we ‘fall back’. Turn the Clocks Back On Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 am the time officially reverts to Standard Time. I am not a night owl, so I’ll be changing my clocks before I go to bed on Saturday night. I’m happy we’re changing the clocks. This will mean that it will no…

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What Kind of Clutter Do You Have?

By | Clutter, focus, Mental Clutter, mindful, Organizing Strategies, overwhelm, plan, prioritizing, schedule

Did you know that there are several different types of clutter? The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about clutter is physical clutter. This kind of clutter is obvious. You can see it, touch it, and sometimes taste it and smell it. PHYSICAL CLUTTER: Examples of physical clutter are piles of magazines, unopened mail in piles, shoes left around on the floor in no apparent order, clothes piled on chairs, toys left laying around, cleaning supplies, dirty tissues or paper towels, used plates and cutlery. I bet you can think of even more examples of physical…

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Situational Disorganization

By | accomplish, delegate, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, overwhelm, plan, Priority, Routines, situational disorganization, strategy

What is situational disorganization? It is disorganization resulting from a new and different, sometimes temporary situation. This type of disorganization can be overwhelming, stressful and lead to feelings of anxiety. Some examples of situational disorganization are: Moving Divorce Death of a loved one Remodeling your home New baby Newly diagnosed illness I’m experiencing situational disorganization first hand because my kitchen is being remodeled. I moved everything out of my kitchen and the sitting area adjacent to the kitchen. I piled everything into my dining room so that I could still use my living room. The entry into the living and…

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Labels: Good or Bad?

By | choice, Clients, Communications, effort, Food for thought, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, kindness, labels, mindful, respect, Uncategorized

                        As a professional organizer I can honestly say that generally I think that labels are a good thing. I love my label maker. I take it with me to all my client appointments. I often end up labeling files, manila folders, shelves – I have even labeled the shelves in a client’s refrigerator and freezer! I also label jars in pantries, containers, shelves, and more things around my clients’ houses. Labels most definitely can be very useful. Labels in clothes: I remember when we were young my mother…

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My Home Improvement Projects and Priorities

By | accomplish, change, Closets, Garden, home improvements, Priority, projects

Recently, I’ve been neglecting my blog. I have turned my attention away from my computer and toward some much needed home improvement projects. Last year, I juggled writing my blog with time spent on clients, time on the business of running a business and time attending to home improvements. The past few months, honestly all of this year, I have devoted more time to my clients, running my business, and home improvements. I completely neglected this blog. So, I thought I would give you an update. As I think many of you know, I moved into my house a couple…

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