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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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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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Take Care of Yourself to Reduce Stress

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

          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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Home?

By | accomplish, assistance, choice, Clutter, family, home organizing, Support

What does this word mean to you? For me, it is more than a place. It is a feeling of belonging. A feeling that I am safe and at peace inside this place. I have moved many times to three completely different countries and to two very different regions within the United States of America and yet I’ve been able to create a home for me and my family in each spot. So, I ask again, what does home mean to you? Is it the home in which you grew up? Will that place always represent home to you? If…

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How to Say ‘No’ Nicely

By | accomplish, behavior, choice, kindness, overwhelm, projects, self-care

An organizing friend of mine, Andi Willis, wrote a beautiful blog this week about giving herself Grace. It is a wonderful essay on the ability to be kinder to ourselves. We (many of us women) set high standards for ourselves and do not cut ourselves any slack. I want to piggy back on this thought and talk about our ability to say ‘No’. I don’t know about you but most times when I’m asked to do something I typically say ‘Yes’ even when in my heart I want to say ‘No’. Does this ever happen to you? I get guilted…

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Limits?

By | change, choice, Closets, clothes, goals, limit

  Happy New Year! I’m so happy to be starting this New Year by writing a blog to share with you. I’ve been thinking a lot about limits recently and why it’s important to know what your personal limits are. This has come up because some of my clients have had trouble determining how much is enough. We all have physical limits that are pre-determined by the home in which we live. The closets and cupboards can create limits for us if we let them. However, we sometimes (and yes – I am including myself in this discussion) cram things…

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Happiness is…?

By | appreciation, attitude, ballroom dance, celebrate, choice, Garden, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, maintenance, needlepoint

At the end of September I had the privilege of attending a conference run by a group to which I belong: The Institute for Challenging Disorganization. I love this conference. In fact I love it so much that I decided to demonstrate that by chairing the conference in 2017! But I digress. One of our speakers was a young woman, Ayla Lewis, who spoke to us about the power of positive thinking and happiness. Her presentation was well thought out, fun, and interactive. Ayla had a marvelous way of engaging the audience to teach the concepts she was presenting. Many of…

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Free To Be …

By | appreciation, celebrate, choice, Chronic Disorganization, Garden, kindness, mindful, respect

In light of recent Independence Day celebrations I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how thankful I am to be a citizen of the United States of America. Yes, I was born here. However; I am very aware of the freedoms that we have as I spent a number of years living overseas in Asia. We are able to travel freely across the continental United States and to Alaska and Hawaii. We can speak our minds and not be worried we might be overheard, misunderstood, and taken off to jail or worse. We can practice our…

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What Do You Model?

By | action, attitude, behavior, body language, change, choice

  No, I’m not asking if you model clothes or if you are featured in magazines. I’m more interested in what behavior you model for the people in your life. Oh, do I have your attention? Have you ever heard the expression “monkey see, monkey do”? Well this expression describes what often happens. Think about the people in your life who you admire. Do you copy some of the things they do or say? For instance, if someone you admire says ‘I like ….’ (you can fill in the blank) I think you might be inclined to agree with them….

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Organizing Your Pantry

By | choice, effort, habits, healthy, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, pantry

Last week I talked about the benefits and drawbacks of buying groceries and household supplies in bulk. This week I want to talk about the pantry. What happens in your house when you bring the groceries home? Do you have specific places – shelves or cupboards – for specific sorts of non-perishable groceries? Sometimes putting away groceries is a free for all. Things are just randomly put away. This makes it very difficult to know what you have and where it is. When things are just randomly put away it’s hard to just glance over to a shelf or into…

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