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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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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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The Rhythm of Life

By appreciation, connections, daily routine, hobbies, mindful, NAPO Conference, Routines

Some of you may already know that I love Ballroom dancing. It is a passion of mine and a hobby that I practice between 8 and 10 hours a week. I have a professional partner. He and I participate in Ballroom  Dance Competitions several times a year. My partner tells me to listen to the music and to help him match the pace of our movement to the rhythm of the music. Some music is fast, some slow, some moderately paced. I was thinking about this the other day as I was getting ready to write this blog. Have you…

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Changing Routines

By change, daily routine, habits, moving, Planning, Routines, tasks

Last week I let you all know that I spent the last month or so preparing to move and then moving. I am going to spend the next couple of weeks talking about what else has to change – other than the physical address. Are you scratching your head wondering what I mean by that? Let me give you a little personal history. I grew up in New York City. My family moved apartments 3 times before our final move to Connecticut when I was 16. That’s the house my mother lived in until she passed away in 2009 and…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By action, attitude, calendar schedule, daily routine, focus, Garden, lists, overwhelm, plan, schedule, school, small steps, tasks, volunteer activities

It’s not unusual to feel a bit overwhelmed at this time of year. Why? Well, if you have children there are all the end of year school activities. These include awards ceremonies, class parties, prom, graduation ceremonies and parties, athletic competitions and the list goes on. If you don’t have children the groups you belong to may be winding down, finishing up activities. Then there is the yard. If you live in the South you may be changing out the winter annual plants and replacing them with the spring/summer colorful annuals. If you live in the North you may be…

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Daily Routines?

By chores, daily list, daily routine, tasks

Do you have routines that you follow day in and day out? Did you know that having a routine can save you time? Routines save you time because the tasks that  make up the routine are simple and easy to complete in one or two steps. When you do these simple short tasks one followed by the other chores get done quickly! What sorts of tasks do you think I’m talking about? Which tasks will help you start your day? My daily routines involve tasks that help me feel settled as I head out the door. I make the bed,…

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Maintenance is Key!

By accomplish, action, appreciation, chores, daily routine, home organizing, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, Planning, responsibilty, schedule

Are you thinking about getting your home really organized? Do you like the thought that once all your belongings have a place to be you will be able to find what you need when you want it? As a professional organizer I think these are beautiful concepts. The caveat here is that once everything is organized you must maintain the system. Think about this another way. If you have a car you need to make sure it has gas in the tank. Every now and then the car will need to have the oil changed or undergo a routine servicing…

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The Holidays are Coming!

By accomplish, action, baking, celebrate, chores, daily routine, holiday gifts, Planning, prepare, schedule, Time Management

Have you noticed that advertising and talking about the holidays has started already? In the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens there was a short paragraph about grocery shopping for the holidays. It mentioned that you can save money by buying some non-perishable ingredients in bulk now before the holiday rush begins in earnest. The cover of the November issue of Real Simple magazine talks about holiday entertaining made easy. Real Simple magazine is referring specifically to Thanksgiving but really you can apply the tips to other holiday gatherings. I was shopping at a mall in Atlanta over the…

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Summertime Scheduling

By chores, daily list, daily routine, Garden, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, Planning, prioritizing, schedule, Summer Organizing, tasks

Summer ….don’t you just love summer? It’s a great time to relax, kick back and enjoy all the fun things we can do outside with friends and family; walks in the park, going canoeing, tubing sailing, swimming, attending parades and more. How do you schedule those fun activities and take care of your household chores and garden? Make your calendar your best friend. Schedule your daily tasks and make a weekly or bi-weekly household chores list so that you regularly hit all the chores you need to do to keep your home organized. Have the chores be a family affair…

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Take Time to Save Time

By accomplish, attitude, calendar, daily list, daily routine, goals, Organizing Strategies, prioritizing, schedule, tasks, Time Management

Quite often I hear things like this from my clients: I don’t know where to start; I have so much to do, I don’t know what to do first; I sit around and think of all the things I have to take care of and by the time I’ve decided what to do I don’t have time to do it. Do any of these phrases sound familiar to you? Do you ever find yourself wondering what task to begin first or having so much to do that you spend all of your time trying to remember all those things and…

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