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Chores!

By | chores, Clients, daily routine, home organizing, responsibilty, Routines, skill

Love them or hate them – still gotta do them What is it about chores that makes them so hard to do, so easy to put off? First, let’s talk about the word – chore. Where does the word ‘chore’ come from? According to etymology: chore is written in the New Oxford American Dictionary as “(originally dialect and U.S.): variant of obsolete char or chare (see charwoman)”, which the same pronunciation as the modern verb char. It ultimately comes from Middle English cherre (odd job). Essentially, the word ‘chore’ is linked to doing a job. Usually, a job around the…

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Attitude – it changes everything

By | accomplish, attitude, behavior, change, chores, family, tasks

How’s your attitude today? Are you ready to take on the world? To put your best foot forward? Or are you feeling not so confident about something. Maybe a little down in the dumps. Your attitude – how you feel about whatever it is you’re doing influences the outcome. Success When someone approaches a difficult task with the underlying belief that they will fail, they generally do. If on the other hand the person gamely tries and does their best, they may not succeed brilliantly but they do make progress. They make enough progress to know that if they keep…

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My Favorite Organizing Mantras

By | chores, Closets, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, reminder, Uncategorized

I have been told time and again by my clients that they sometimes hear me inside their head, repeating one of my favorite organizing sayings (I’m going to call them mantras) when they are struggling with an organizing task and I’m not there. I think this is a good thing! I use these organizing mantras to prompt my clients when we are working together. I did not create these sayings – I’m not sure who did. What I do know is that they work! While there are many, many of these that I love and use these are my favorites….

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Getting Back Into Routine

By | chores, daily routine, holiday decorating, holiday gifts

The holidays are over, and schools are back in session. Are you back into your routine? If you are a student, your weekday routine is planned by your school. Over the weekend you probably have school work and outside activities to occupy your time. If you work in an office (not in your home) it’s easier to get back into routine and focus on work. You know when you must leave home to get to the office on time. However, if you work at home or part-time getting back into routine can be a challenge. First, let’s talk about routines….

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Things To Do Around Your Home This Fall

By | calendar schedule, chores, Fall Chores, HomeZada, inventory

  I love this time of year! The air is crisp, the trees are gorgeous with their fall colors and I’m anticipating decorating for the holidays. There are a few household maintenance chores that are really good to remember. I always plan to do them when we ‘fall back’. Turn the Clocks Back On Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 am the time officially reverts to Standard Time. I am not a night owl, so I’ll be changing my clocks before I go to bed on Saturday night. I’m happy we’re changing the clocks. This will mean that it will no…

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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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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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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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New Routines and Habits

By | change, chores, family, habits, Routines, self-care, Time Management

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

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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