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Do I Already Have It?

By 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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Organizing Conference #NAPO2016

By connections, family, home organizing, NAPO Conference, Organizing Strategies

I just had the great good fortune to attend two days of the #NAPO2016 Conference in Atlanta. It was my original intention to attend the entire conference but my two sons and daughter-in-law decided that it would be good to visit me. I LOVE it when they visit as they do not live anywhere nearby but I freely admit that I was hoping they would not choose to visit when I was in the middle of attending this great conference. However, the three of them arrived on Friday evening and I was home to greet them. In my world, family…

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Organizing Your Pantry

By choice, habits, healthy, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, pantry

Last week I talked about the benefits and drawbacks of buying groceries and household supplies in bulk. This week I want to talk about the pantry. What happens in your house when you bring the groceries home? Do you have specific places – shelves or cupboards – for specific sorts of non-perishable groceries? Sometimes putting away groceries is a free for all. Things are just randomly put away. This makes it very difficult to know what you have and where it is. When things are just randomly put away it’s hard to just glance over to a shelf or into…

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The Clutter Cost of Buying in Bulk

By home organizing, organize, over-abundance, shop

Shopping for groceries and other household supplies is expensive. There’s no denying that. The stores entice us with sale notices and the BOGO (Buy One Get One) stickers on certain items. I’m all for getting something for free but is it really free? When we buy in bulk, buy more than what we can realistically use, there is a cost to us beyond the actual monetary one. It is the cost of clutter. It’s so tempting to go to a big box store and buy lots of the things we use at a lower price point. It’s a great way…

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Think Replacement…

By Closets, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, over-abundance, projects, tasks

I often get asked how to organize a closet. Something to remember is that we generally wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the tIme! You know which clothes are your favorites. Since this is true, why are closets so full to over-flowing? My suspicion is that garments are not replaced. By that I mean when shopping for yourself, are you replacing something that is worn or that is either too big or too small or are you shopping because you’d like a new outfit? If you have children, this is something you do already – I hope. First, you sort through their clothes. As…

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Planning

By change, home organizing, implement, laundry, Organizing Strategies, Planning, prioritizing, projects, schedule

Do you have a plan for the day? Do you have a general idea of what you’re going to do or what you want to accomplish today? I’m sure you have places you have to be – perhaps work or appointments – that are accompanied by a specific time. That takes up part of your day. What about the rest of your day? Do you have friends you want to call or meet up with? Do you have errands you want to do? Perhaps you have a project like reorganizing a room on your mind. How or when will you…

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Unfulfilling Tasks

By chores, Garden, home organizing, maintenance, schedule, tasks, volunteer activities

I saw this expression last week in an interview between my friend and colleague,Linda Samuels, and Francine Jay. Francine is a minimalist. In fact, she is known as Miss Minimalist. Francine told Linda in the interview that being a minimalist involved not making unnecessary purchases, getting rid of unused belongings, and also eliminating unfulfilling tasks. Doing these three things opens your life up and allows you to live more fully. I will typically advise my clients to stop making unnecessary purchases. You save lots of money by only buying what you really need and not giving in to impulse shopping….

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Time to Garden!

By change, Garden, home organizing, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, Planning, projects, schedule, small steps

I think Spring has finally arrived in Atlanta. We have had a few days of beautiful sunny weather and the forecast is for more sunny days this week. I’m a sunshine girl so all this bright sunshine makes me really happy! I’m also a gardener. I’m itching to get out and create some changes in my garden. There are a few variety of plants that I’d really like to add to my garden.  I’m also an organizer. I know that first I have to take a good look at what is coming up in my garden. I need to assess which…

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Maintenance is Key!

By chores, 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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What To Do At Home When You Can’t Go Out

By Closets, file folders, home organizing, paper, recycling, schedule

Does this cold weather have you staying home wondering what to do? I have a few suggestions for you which will also help you organize your home. Take a look in your closet. Are there a few pieces of clothing that are: 1. too small 2. too big 3. in need of repair or alterations 4. haven’t been worn in the past season 5. when you put it on, you decide not to wear it and then put it back in the closet Take these items out of your closet and make some decisions. Either schedule a day and time…

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