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Transforming My Budget

By | Budget, change, Finances, money, save | 5 Comments

A little while ago I told you about my word to describe 2018: Transformative. I plan to transform my different aspects of my life. One of them is my budget. I am going to transform my budget and the way I handle money in general. Before I tell you my plans, I’d like to ask you to think about your budgeting process. Have you actually sat down and written out a budget?   Do you just operate, the way I used to, with a vague idea of what your expenses will probably be and then save a little here and…

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2018: A Transformative Year

By | accomplish, change, Closets, mindful, Organizing Strategies, transform | 2 Comments

    I took my own very good advice for self-care and took a vacation for 10 whole marvelous days. This is the view from my balcony. Paradise on earth for me.           I love to swim, lounge on the beach, read good books and eat lots of good seafood. I did all that and more. I really relaxed. It’s been sometime since I took extended time to completely unwind. It felt so good. I’m already thinking about where I may go at the end of 2018. I had plenty of time to think about the…

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Take Care of Yourself to Reduce Stress

By | ballroom dance, choice, exercise, habits, healthy, mindful, self-care, Stress, Uncategorized | One Comment

          This is the perfect time to reflect on what we (you and I) can do to take care of ourselves during this busy time of year to reduce stress – actually, if we take care of ourselves year-round that would be best! Each of us has three parts to think about when we talk about self-care. Brain, Body, and Heart & Soul It’s clear that when you take good care of your body it is easier to stay healthy. A nutritionally sound diet (by diet I mean way of eating) is complete with protein, fruits…

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10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Decorating

By | Clutter, collections, donate, holiday decorating | 7 Comments

I love to decorate my house for Christmas! I love to get out my decorations and scatter them around the house so that most of the common areas have some kind of decoration. So many of these decorations hold beautiful memories for me. Some my children made through the years, some I received as gifts, some I purchased as reminders of places we traveled, but most of my ornaments are needlepoints that I made. I tried to add one or more needlepoint ornament every year! I even get out the children’s read aloud holiday books and display them on a…

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Mindfully Thankful

By | ballroom dance, change, exercise, family, healthy, mindful, self-care, thankful | 4 Comments

      I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. It allows me to express just how thankful I am for all the blessings in my life. I am very lucky as I have many. This year, I am doing my best to be mindfully thankful; to notice the trivial things as well as the big obvious things for which I am thankful. It goes without saying, even though I am going to say it, that I am very thankful for the wonderful and delicious thanksgiving feast in which I will take an active part. I am cooking an…

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New Routines and Habits

By | change, chores, family, habits, Routines, self-care, Time Management | No Comments

I wrote several posts earlier this fall about routines and habits. I’m circling back to this topic because I recently spent the best weekend with my son, daughter-in-law and their baby – my first grandchild! This baby was born in mid-October and so was very new in this world. My son and his wife very quickly figured out that their previously established routines and habits would have to change. They needed to create new routines and habits to accommodate this addition to their family. They had read lots of books on child-care, but nothing ever really prepares you for the…

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ICD Conference Highlights: Part 2 Time and Tasks

By | accomplish, chores, dementia, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, procrastinate, strategy, Time Management | One Comment

Here’s a brief recap for those of you who didn’t see last week’s blog. At the end of September, I attended the ICD (the Institute for Challenging Disorganization) conference in St. Louis, Missouri. I regularly attend this conference for several reasons. One, I’m always eager to connect with fellow ICD organizers. Two, this conference is smaller and more intimate. Three, I love the education. Taking classes and improving my knowledge regarding organizing skills and strategies is important to me. This year was special as I was the 2017 ICD conference chairperson! Last week, I talked about the speaker who gave…

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ICD Conference Highlights

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Last week I attended the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) Conference. I usually attend this conference every year as well as the NAPO (The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Specialists) conference. I do this to continue my education in the organizing field. This year was special for me as I was the ICD 2017 conference chairperson. I had a team of about 15 other ICD subscribers working along side of me to put this fabulous conference together. I, definitely, did not do this alone. I’m going to take the next few blog posts to tell you more about what…

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Clutter Tolerance

By | Clutter, decision, focus, home organizing, Productivity | No Comments

I was having a discussion with an organizing colleague and friend last week about our organizing businesses. This friend of mine, in addition to being a great organizing professional, is also an artist. She sees things with an artist’s eye. She has a wonderful way of placing furniture, objects, and pictures and making them enhance the room. It’s a real talent. Our discussion revolved around clutter, of course. We were talking about how some clients have lots and lots of clutter around them. These clients want to be organized. They know they have too much and need help figuring out…

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