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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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What Happened to Summer? School Starts Soon.

By | chores, Paper Planner, schedule, school, student, Time Management

  The school year starts this week in several counties in Georgia. I can’t believe it. What happened to summer vacation lasting until after Labor Day? I know that schools in the south get out for the summer in mid-May and go back in session in August. I’m originally from the northeast so this seems very early to me. My local grocery store has started stocking pens, pencils, assorted spiral notebooks and a few school supply organizers for those needing to grab a few necessary items. Office supply stores are stocked full of every imaginable school supply and are having…

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Declutter and Organize Your Kitchen

By | De-Cluttering, home organizing, kitchen cabinets, kitchen organizing, Organizing Strategies, pantry

  Have you noticed the trend in designing homes is to have open space between the living, dining and kitchen areas? In some homes, the main floor is just one large space with the different zones denoted through furniture placement and appliances. The reason is clear to me. The kitchen is the heart of the home and as such needs to be open to the rest of the house. I know when I give a party people tend to congregate in my kitchen! They say they want to help but really they want to hang out and chat. This is…

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What’s Your Attitude?

By | attitude, body language, choice, chores, family

  Have you ever heard the expression “Attitude is Everything”? I don’t know who first coined it but it’s one of my favorite expressions. To me it means if you have a good attitude then you’ll have at the very least a decent experience. If you have a lousy attitude chances are that you won’t enjoy what you’re doing at all. If you go into learning something with the attitude that you can’t do it – no way will you be able to tackle this task successfully. Then, for sure, you will absolutely fail miserably. Not only that, but I’m…

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De-cluttering and Marie Kondo

By | Clutter, De-Cluttering, focus, home organizing, organize, overwhelm

Earlier this year I read the life-changing manga of tidying up by Marie Kondo. This is a wonderful story written as a comic book. Just in case you don’t know anything about Marie Kondo, she is a professional organizer from Japan. Her first book: The Magic Art of Tidying Up is one of the bestselling organizing books of all time. I had not previously read any of Marie Kondo’s books and just loved this comic book. The primary character is a young woman, Chiaki, who has a very cluttered apartment. Marie teaches Chiaki, through a series of lessons, how to…

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De-Cluttering Method

By | accomplish, De-Cluttering, recycle, tasks, Time Management

I’ve been talking about and thinking about decluttering methods. I want to tell you about a decluttering method called the pomodoro -technique This technique asks you to set a timer for 25 minutes and then get to work. The idea is that you focus on one task for that length of time. When the times goes off, you take a 5-minute break. Get something to drink, stretch, do whatever you want for 5 minutes to refresh yourself. Then set the timer for another 25 minutes. If you haven’t completed the original task, go back to it and pick up where…

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De-Cluttering

By | Clutter, De-Cluttering, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, Priority, schedule, tasks

Messy Table with Blank Note and Tools at workplace, Top view There is an awful lot of talk going on about de-cluttering these days. We talk about freeing space, having less, doing more. Strangely enough advertisers use these buzz words to sell us more stuff. What do we really mean? De-cluttering is simply removing that which doesn’t belong in a space and either putting it where it does belong in your home, mind, life or removing it. Everyone, and I do mean everyone (even the most organized person) can use some de-cluttering from time to time. I have several places…

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Spring Cleaning

By | chores, Closets, Garden, Organizing Strategies, schedule, Spring Cleaning, tasks, zones

  Have you noticed? The days are longer, and the sunlight is a little brighter. Here in Georgia little buds have appeared on branches. In areas that get more sun leaves have are popping out, and daffodils are blooming. There are signs all over the place that trees and flowers are on their way. I love this! Of course, the weeds have also made an appearance. These are signs that Spring is, if not here, then on its way. With it comes a host of things to do. Things I haven’t paid attention to during the winter. Like the weeding….

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