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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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Good Enough?

By accomplish, attitude, expectations, projects, realistic

Do you ever ask yourself the question is this good enough? Have I done everything I can think of to make this project good enough for now? I think sometimes we get so involved in a project that we don’t notice that it is completed to a level that is good enough. It may not have all the bells and whistles but for all intents and purposes it is done. ICD Conference At the 2019 ICD® (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) conference in mid-September a few of the speakers referred to the expression ‘good enough’. I admit it is one of…

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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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