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Promises?

By Uncategorized

I make promises to myself, I think everyone does. Do you? For instance, in May, I joined a health club. It’s a gorgeous facility in Sandy Springs, Georgia. My primary reason for joining was the swimming pool. I should say, pools. This facility has indoor pools, outdoor lap pools, a pool with 2 water slides, and an area for the little ones with water fountains. Of course, this health club also has all the machines your heart desires – multiples of each one, exercise classes, yoga classes, pilates, a steam room, sauna the list goes on. The promise I made…

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Donations

By choice, Closets, clothes, donate, organizing strategy

Let’s talk about donations. This is a great time of year to go through closets and drawers looking for clothes, toys, and books in good condition to donate. And, if they are not in good condition to recycle or toss! When my children were much younger, I would ask them to please try on their winter clothes in late August early September. We lived in Connecticut and some of the Fall days can surprise you by being chilly. So, I wanted to know what clothes fit and which of the clothes that didn’t fit could be passed on from one…

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Thinking about Adopting a Dog or Cat?

By change, donate, home organizing, responsibillity

This weekend there has been lots of publicity here in Atlanta about adopting dogs and cats from our local shelters. The incentives involved waiving adoption fees and, of course, most of the photos showed celebrities cuddling adorable puppies. What’s not to love? I’m a big fan of adopting animals. I’ve almost always had a dog in my home. I grew up with dogs and cats co-existing happily together. Most of my adult life I’ve had dogs and cats – one or two of each – as pets. Right now, I have 2 dogs. Miles Miles is a golden retriever mix….

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Hoarding

Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; DorothyTheOrganizer

By Chronic Disorganization, Education, Hoarding

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population.  We are asking them to share their insights on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Dorothy Breininger. Dorothy, also known as DorothyTheOrganizer has worked years on A&E’s hit show, Hoarders. She has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, is a member of the Institute for Chronic Disorganization and sponsor for the Los Angeles Hoarding Conference. She has appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Phil Show, and…

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Relax – You’ll Get More Things Done

By accomplish, Back to School, calendar, overwhelm, relax

Have you ever noticed how little you get done when you are stressing, anxious, or upset? You spend time worrying about all the things you have to do and little time focusing on getting things done. It’s overwhelming and frustrating! Think about how much you could do if you took the time and energy you spent on worrying and applied it to your task list. I am, I think, in the middle of one of the busiest times of my life and that is saying a lot! I think back to other busy times; when I moved our family from…

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5 Tips to Follow When Visiting Your Children

By accomplish, appreciation, attitude, behavior, family, manners, memories

I have just returned home from visiting both my children. I had a fabulous time and am so thankful to know my children are fine. My sons are both adults and both live near the west coast. As I live in Atlanta, I don’t see them very often. One of my sons lives near San Francisco and has a family. Since I am now a Grandmother, I am making a point to visit him and his family more often so that I get to know my granddaughter. My other son lives on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. I am…

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Hoarding

Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Sherry Pruitt

By Education, Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO, professional organizer

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. Recently, we interviewed Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., ET/P. Ms. Pruitt is the Clinical Director of Parkaire Consultants in Atlanta, Georgia. She founded this clinic to serve neurologically impaired individuals. Ms. Pruitt is an author and speaker who educates children, adolescents and adults about neurological disorders and the coping skills needed to remediate deficit areas caused by these disorders. She speaks locally, nationally, and…

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Hoarding

Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Dr. Roberto Olivardia

By Chronic Disorganization, Education, Hoarding, professional organizer

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. Roberto Olivardia. Dr. Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts.  He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, dealing with various manifestations of male body image issues. He has appeared in publications such as TIME,…

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Our Family Reunion

By family

I recently went to a family reunion. I admit I had some reservations about getting together with everyone. The last time we were all together was eight years ago. I love my family but each one of us has a strong personality. We can get into disagreements easily. I wondered would we all get along after not seeing each other for so many years.  Of course, we talk every now and then and we text or email, but a long weekend is a very different story. I’m so happy to say that we did all get along! I think in…

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Hoarding

Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Satwant Singh

By Clutter, Education, 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.Satwant Singh RN, MSc DPsych. Satwant is a Nurse Consultant, cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Mental Health and Clinical Lead. He facilitates the London Hoarding Treatment Group. He is accredited as a therapist, trainer, and supervisor by the British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies. Satwant set up the first innovative primary care CBT service in East London in 2001. He…

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