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home organizing

Thinking about Adopting a Dog or Cat?

By change, donate, home organizing, responsibillity

This weekend there has been lots of publicity here in Atlanta about adopting dogs and cats from our local shelters. The incentives involved waiving adoption fees and, of course, most of the photos showed celebrities cuddling adorable puppies. What’s not to love? I’m a big fan of adopting animals. I’ve almost always had a dog in my home. I grew up with dogs and cats co-existing happily together. Most of my adult life I’ve had dogs and cats – one or two of each – as pets. Right now, I have 2 dogs. Miles Miles is a golden retriever mix….

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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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How to Help a Friend De-Clutter

By De-Cluttering, home organizing, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, NAPO, Organizing Strategies

You must be careful when offering to help a friend de-clutter. It’s a lovely gesture. The important thing is to let your friend know that you simply want to help, you’re not there to criticize or lecture. Here are some tips to follow so that you keep this treasured friendship! Remain Non-Judgmental Serious de-cluttering is hard work! Ask your friend where they would like to start. Do your best not to say something like ‘let’s start here because this is a real mess’. You want to follow their lead. Always Ask Permission Even when you can see that something is…

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Gardening and Organizing: What Do They Have in Common?

By De-Cluttering, Garden, home organizing

I am an avid gardener. I’m in my garden every day. Naturally, I spend more time out there when the weather is nice and less when the weather is nasty. But there is something to see and something to do all the time. I am also a Certified Professional Organizer. I organize something every day either in my own home or while working with a client. Recently, I took a free class at a local garden nursery on caring for roses. I have always thought that gardening and organizing have lots in common, but I had one of those ‘Ah…

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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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Declutter and Organize Your Kitchen

By De-Cluttering, home organizing, kitchen cabinets, kitchen organizing, Organizing Strategies, pantry

  Have you noticed the trend in designing homes is to have open space between the living, dining and kitchen areas? In some homes, the main floor is just one large space with the different zones denoted through furniture placement and appliances. The reason is clear to me. The kitchen is the heart of the home and as such needs to be open to the rest of the house. I know when I give a party people tend to congregate in my kitchen! They say they want to help but really they want to hang out and chat. This is…

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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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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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Do I Already Have It?

By donate, home organizing, limit, Organizing Strategies, projects, recycle, Spring Cleaning, Today Show

I read a blog post this morning from Joshua Becker, becoming minimalist, about shopping. He suggested that most of us have more than enough in our homes already. Joshua asks the reader to ask themselves ‘what if I don’t?’. What will happen if you don’t buy another pair of jeans? Think about how many you already have. How many pairs of jeans are enough? That is another question for another day. Today my question is: Do I already have it?  Sometimes we overlook things that we already have that can be repurposed to fill a different need. I was watching…

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