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Clutter

What Kind of Clutter Do You Have?

By | Clutter, focus, Mental Clutter, mindful, Organizing Strategies, overwhelm, plan, prioritizing, schedule

Did you know that there are several different types of clutter? The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about clutter is physical clutter. This kind of clutter is obvious. You can see it, touch it, and sometimes taste it and smell it. PHYSICAL CLUTTER: Examples of physical clutter are piles of magazines, unopened mail in piles, shoes left around on the floor in no apparent order, clothes piled on chairs, toys left laying around, cleaning supplies, dirty tissues or paper towels, used plates and cutlery. I bet you can think of even more examples of physical…

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De-cluttering and Marie Kondo

By | Clutter, De-Cluttering, focus, home organizing, organize, overwhelm

Earlier this year I read the life-changing manga of tidying up by Marie Kondo. This is a wonderful story written as a comic book. Just in case you don’t know anything about Marie Kondo, she is a professional organizer from Japan. Her first book: The Magic Art of Tidying Up is one of the bestselling organizing books of all time. I had not previously read any of Marie Kondo’s books and just loved this comic book. The primary character is a young woman, Chiaki, who has a very cluttered apartment. Marie teaches Chiaki, through a series of lessons, how to…

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De-Cluttering

By | Clutter, De-Cluttering, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, Priority, schedule, tasks

Messy Table with Blank Note and Tools at workplace, Top view There is an awful lot of talk going on about de-cluttering these days. We talk about freeing space, having less, doing more. Strangely enough advertisers use these buzz words to sell us more stuff. What do we really mean? De-cluttering is simply removing that which doesn’t belong in a space and either putting it where it does belong in your home, mind, life or removing it. Everyone, and I do mean everyone (even the most organized person) can use some de-cluttering from time to time. I have several places…

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10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Decorating

By | Clutter, collections, donate, holiday decorating

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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Clutter Tolerance

By | Clutter, decision, focus, home organizing, Productivity

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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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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Hallmarks of an Adult?

By | Budgeting, chores, Clients, clothes, Clutter, delegate, Education, family, information, Organizing Strategies

The other morning I was listening to my local news station as I was catching up on my ‘words with friends’ and I was really surprised. I had only been listening half way, concentrating mostly on my strategy in the game I was playing on my phone, when something caught my attention. It was something about millennials taking classes in what the reporter called ‘adulting’. I didn’t know what that meant and still don’t really. The report went on talking about things adults do, for instance; chores around the house, budget their money, pay bills, file papers, and manage their…

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Whatever Works

By | accordion file, Chaos, Clutter, implement, Organizing Strategies, paper, Piles, stacks, Young Adults

The other day I had a wonderful conversation with my younger son, Andy. He said,  ‘Mom, you’re going to be so proud of me! Wait ’til I tell you what I’ve done.” I was trying to imagine as he said that what was coming next. Never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted what he told me. Andy went on to say “I just bought an accordion file. I’m filing all my receipts and important papers. It’s really working well for me.” He was right! I am proud of him. As the conversation progressed I learned that he was…

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Children’s Artwork

By | artwork, Back to School, Clutter, Organizing Strategies, photographs

I was at my doctor’s office today for a routine check-up. The nurse who checked me in was reviewing the information the office had on file for me. When she got to the part that indicated my profession she asked ‘really? Are you really a professional organizer?” I said ‘Yes!’ She told me she wanted to take me home with her. Generally, when I tell people what I do they either say something like ‘I need you!’ or ‘Will you come to my house?’ My response is always ‘ Give me a call when you are ready – here is…

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New Systems

By | Clutter, Time Management

It can be really frustrating to have a system in place to manage your filing or paper work only to find that it is not meeting your needs. What to do? Well, you can throw out the old system and start over or you can modify the exisiting system that actually worked well for you for awhile. When given a choice I always modify the exisiting system. Understand that life is never static. Things change, your needs change, the way you think about things may change, the way you want to retrieve documents may change – be flexible and adapt…

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