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Season of Giving and Setting Limits

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During this season of giving it can be difficult to know when to stop. There are lots of people, places, and institutions asking for donations. I used to think it would be handy to have a small sign to pull out of my handbag which said something like “I already made a donation”. Set Your Limit That was until I decided how much money I could afford to give. Now, that I have set my limit (you can always modify your limit) once I have reached it, I know I have done my share. OverSpending It’s easy to overspend when…

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Thanksgiving Feasting

By accomplish, holidays, organize

The Thanksgiving Feast I went to in Connecticut was fabulous! There were 35 people there at 1 table! Imagine that. Lots of people brought parts of the meal to share. I brought the pies from a wonderful pie shop here in Atlanta. Others brought vegetable dishes, potato dishes, cranberry relishes, and some other desserts. Someone else brought a fabulous array of appetizers to nibble on while the dinner was being assembled. Did you attend a fabulous feast? Did you maybe over-indulge the way I did? Party Time! The party season is here. I know I will be snacking at parties…

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3 Tips to Keep Festive Family Dinners Festive

By family, organize, plan

No matter what you’re celebrating: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas or a family celebratory dinner if you’re gathering lots of people with multiple generations it can be stressful. Not just in the preparing – there’s lots of advice to help you get organize with the preparations – but also in the event itself. If your family is anything like mine there are lots of personalities – from the happy go lucky all the way to the downright argumentative. Tip #1 Where to sit If you’re hosting a seated dinner plan the seating at the table (or tables) in such a way as…

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Say What You Mean, Is Your Message Clear?

By holidays, kindness, tasks

Later this week a movie about Mr. Rogers starring Tom Hanks opens in movie theatres. I can’t wait to see it! My children grew up watching Mr. Rogers. I enjoyed the shows just as much as they did. We sang along to his songs and looked forward to finding out what the different characters were going to do next. We also talked about the content of many of the episodes. The messages contained fabulous teachable moments. Examine the words I never realized the trouble he went to in producing each episode. I recently learned in this article in The Atlantic…

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Thinking About Our Veterans

By appreciation, choice, Community, decision, vounteer

Do you say, ‘Happy Veterans’ Day’? I’m not sure. What I am sure of is that I’m thankful for all those who generously volunteer to serve in our armed forces. I have family members to think about. Do you? My father served in the Korean War. My son enlisted and served a tour in the United States Navy and now my nephew is in the Navy also. He’s studying to be a dentist. Once he’s finished with his program he will serve as the Naval Dentist wherever he’s posted. It’s a choice I feel beholden to all those who volunteer…

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Remember Your Routines

By flexible, holidays, plan, prepare, Routines, schedule

Halloween has come and gone. We are back to standard time. I am very thankful for that since I walk my dogs early in the morning and it had been staying dark until after I was already home. Things are about to get crazy busy with holiday events, holiday shopping, holiday parties and the holidays themselves. How do you maintain your equilibrium? Stick to your routines! Routines serve to guide us through various parts of our day. Your morning routine may involve some household chores. Mine involves walking my dogs, watering my plants, and (on certain days) doing laundry. Then…

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Avoid Downsizing Furniture Drama?

By Clutter, De-Cluttering, donate, Downsizing, family

Are you thinking about downsizing your home and belongings? It is something that is going through my mind. My son and his family are moving into a bigger home. I’m thinking about the pieces of furniture I have which I don’t use that they may be able to use in their new home. Warning bells are ringing in my head. My Furniture Maybe they won’t want my beautiful dining table that has 3 leaves and can expand from seating 6 comfortably to seating 12. My husband designed it along with the sideboard when we lived in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s made…

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Start Your Holiday Planning Now!

By Budget, calendar, clothes, expectations, flexible, holiday decorating, holiday gifts, holidays, memories, Planning, relax, self-care

I know, it’s still October. However, the truth is that the holidays are right around the corner. Start your holiday preparations now to avoid stressing out during the holidays. I asked Alexa to give me the numbers today (Sunday, October 20th). As of this date there are 11 days until Halloween, 39 days until Thanksgiving, 62 days until Hanukkah, and 66 days until Christmas. Halloween is not officially a holiday but to me it feels like Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. I recommend beginning your planning now so that you set aside time to: Plan Holiday Meals:…

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Organize Your Closet

By Closets, clothes, home organizing

I’ve been talking about the concept of good enough. The definition is a personal one. What may be good enough for me may not be good enough for you. Think about that as I talk about organizing your closet and clothes. No matter the size of your closet unless you purposefully put your clothes away it can devolve into a disaster area quickly. Instead of letting your clothes drop into a heap on the closet floor, put them away. Let’s talk about the different types of clothes you may have in your closet and where to put them. Blouses and…

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DNQ Solutions Hoarding House

Interview Series: Hoarding Expert Dr. Becky Beaton

By Chronic Disorganization, Hoarding

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population.  We are asking them to share their insight on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Dr. Becky Beaton. Becky is a Licensed Psychologist (PH.D) with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Nationally Board Certified Counselor (NBCCH) Fellow, a Certified Professional Counselors Supervision (CPCS), and the founder and clinical director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute, located in Atlanta, Georgia.  She was the treating psychologist on…

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