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Clutter

Interview Series: Hoarding Expert; Ann Zanon

By | Chronic Disorganization, Clutter, collections, Education, Hoarding, home improvements

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 Ann Zanon. Ann is a compassionate hoarding expert with over 8 years of experience working with the hoarding population. She is a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she holds several certificates of study in methods of working with clients who hoard.   After her move to Houston, Texas last year, she discovered that the laws in Houston…

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Interview Series: Hoarding Expert: Geralin Thomas

By | Chronic Disorganization, Clutter, Education, Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO, Organizing Strategies, professional organizer

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population.  We are asking them to share their insights on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Geralin Thomas. Geralin is a subject-matter expert featured on A&E TV’s Emmy-nominated show, Hoarders. She has also appeared on numerous radio and talk-shows. She is the author of From Hoarding to Hope. Geralin is a past president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). She received the NAPO President’s Award in 2018….

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My Top 10 Organizing Tips: part one

By | Clutter, Mental Clutter, Organizing Strategies, organizing tips, paper, schedule

Today I’m going to review my top 5 organizing tips. Next week, I’ll review the final 5 tips so that at the end of two weeks you’ll have my all-time favorite tips! Have nothing in your home that you do not believe to be beautiful, use or love This is my paraphrasing of a quote from William Morris – a late 19th century English craftsman and poet. The actual quote goes like this; “Have nothing in your house that you do not use or believe to be beautiful.” This quote is around everywhere! Recently, I have seen William Morris quoted…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By | Clutter, delegate, overwhelm, Piles

5 Tips for dealing with the feeling We all feel overwhelmed from time to time.  Maybe we feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in our homes. Or maybe we feel overwhelmed because we get over-scheduled, over-worked, over-committed and want to get everything done on time and done well. How do I know this? I fall victim to doing exactly the things I mentioned above. I agree to take on almost everything I’m asked to do. Why do I do that? Well, because I like doing things for other people and I’m really good at getting things done. Why do…

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Hoarding? What’s It All About?

By | Clutter, Hoarding, overwhelm

Most of us have heard about hoarding. We have a mental picture created by tv shows of what hoarding looks like. According to the shows, it’s a huge mess. Piles of stuff everywhere. It’s dark, dreary, and overwhelming. People we know say things like, ‘I’m a hoarder’. But, what do they mean by that? Are they saying their home is as full as the ones on the tv shows?  Do they have an enormous accumulation of stuff in one room or many rooms? Or, more likely, do they have a problem with some clutter they haven’t yet dealt with? Maybe,…

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What Do You Want to Change?

By | attitude, change, Chronic Disorganization, Clutter, habits, labels, organize

In one minute you can change your attitude and in that minute you can change your day. Ritu Ghatourey Change is in the air! Spring is on its way here in Georgia. One day to the next we have changes in the temperature. It fluctuates up and down wildly. Does the way you think about yourself change from one minute to the next?  We can use this notion of change to switch our attitude from negative to positive. If we’re having a bad day, we can change our thinking and find some small positive moment. Something for which to be…

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Got Clutter? Are You Procrastinating?

By | Clutter, overwhelm, procrastinate

Do you have piles of clutter in your home? These piles may not be in your way – really. And, you may have become so used to seeing them that you are blind to them. They are there, you see them, but you don’t do anything about them. What’s the hold up? Are you procrastinating? Everyone procrastinates from time to time. I bet you can think of many ways in which you procrastinate – even if it is just a little bit. I used to procrastinate when I was unsure of the best way to proceed. I’ve learned to be…

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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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