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Getting Organized?

By Closets, file folders, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, paper, projects

It’s almost the New Year and time to begin again. Is one of your resolutions to finally get organized? If it is, you’re not alone. Many people say they want to get organized. January is National Get Organized month – a perfect time to start. How should you begin? The first thing many people do is go shopping for organizing supplies. Now, if you’re organizing a filing system I would say ‘great’! Go ahead and get manila files, hanging folders, a shredder and perhaps extra tabs for the hanging files and a few sharpie pens. You absolutely need those supplies when…

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“Focus on What’s Strong, Not What’s Wrong”

By celebrate, Chronic Disorganization, focus, goals, home organizing, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, kindness, Planning, prioritizing, skill, small steps

I attended a conference last week hosted by The Institute for Challenging Disorganization in Denver, Colorado. I go to this conference every year. This group, of which I’m a member, always gets fantastic speakers and this year was no exception. One of the speakers, Lee Shuer, gave us all the above quote during his presentation. Don’t you think that if people in general would focus on what’s good and strong and think less about what’s wrong we’d all be a little more content? Think about it. As a student teacher I learned that if I wanted to get a classroom…

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Impact of Clutter

By home organizing, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, Planning, recycling

Picture this…. You have just moved into your new home. All the boxes have been emptied, the cardboard has been recycled, the furniture is placed, books are on shelves, the pictures are hung…. You are home! Yeah!! This is a wonderful feeling – can it last? Absolutely! All you have to do is remember that when something comes into your home that item must have a place to belong, a reason for being there. Is it useful? Great! Do you love it, is it beautiful, do you plan to display it? Also great! Sometimes We bring things in (or are…

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Small Steps

By Chronic Disorganization, Closets, goals, home organizing, implement, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Organizing Strategies, Planning, projects, schedule, small steps, tasks

This morning The Institute for Challenging Disorganization posted a comment on Facebook about setting a goal for the week and then breaking that goal down into small steps. One step to accomplish each day so that by the end of the week the goal will be reached. I love this concept! It’s one of my favorites and one that I regularly teach my clients. Are you thinking to yourself that this is a very simple concept? Well, you are right. It is a simple concept but it’s also one that people tend to forget when faced with a goal that…

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Inspiration?

By change, home organizing, implement, small steps

What inspires you? Sometimes we find inspiration from books, in nature, from something someone has said to us. Recently, I encouraged a client to purchase a small bookcase. She had many books stored in plastic boxes and was eager to get more settled in her home. We looked online and found a great bookcase at The Container Store. I picked up the bookcase for my client and delivered it to her home. Then together we unpacked the boxes. As we unpacked, my client carefully looked at each book. Some she decided she didn’t want any more and was ready to…

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Blinders?

By Chaos, Chronic Disorganization, home organizing, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, paper, Piles, Planning, schedule

Do you wear blinders in your house? So many of my clients admit that they are so bothered by the chaos and clutter in their homes that they intentionally pretend it’s not there. Do they actually wear blinders? They do not. However; the fact remains that they pretend the piles of paper or clothes or empty boxes aren’t there. This is where I come in. As a Certified Professional Organizer who specializes in Chronic Disorganization I help my clients remove these blinders and devise strategies for clearing the chaos and removing the clutter.  This means that I work closely with each…

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Is it Spring yet?

By Closets, Garden, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, Planning, projects, schedule, tasks

I know Spring is coming. I can see it in the sunshine. The light is brighter and it’s staying light longer, particularly now that Daylight Saving Time is here! I love Spring. I’m a huge fan of gardening and my fingers are just itching to be spending my free time outside working in my garden. I have all sorts of plans for my planters and garden beds which will be fun for me to implement. I’m digressing. What I want to share is that while it’s still a little too cool to be outside for long periods I’m focusing my…

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Culling Collections

By home organizing, Organizing Strategies, over-abundance, Piles, schedule, small steps

Do you have lots of collections of things? Maybe there are lots and lots of clothes, toys, bric-a-brac around your home. Do you have so many of these items that none are really put away? Maybe they are out in view in piles around your home? Is this a collection? In my mind a collection is something you put on display – in a cabinet, on a shelf or two, hanging on a wall. These are things you have sought out and purchased, or have been given, because you really like looking at them. An over-abundance of items is not…

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Clutter-Free Gifts

By holiday gifts, home organizing

Did you go shopping this past weekend? Maybe you were one of those who shopped after their Thanksgiving Dinner? I didn’t shop on Thanksgiving Day but I did shop at some of the small businesses in my community on Small Business Saturday. Did you? I will admit that I’m a great cyber shopper and in fact was one of those shopping on Cyber Monday. Interesting don’t you think that these shopping days have been named… There was a terrific chalkboard saying posted on Pinterest last week regarding purchasing gifts for children. It went something like this: 1 thing they need,…

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How Do You Show Gratitude?

By Garden, hobbies, home organizing, kindness, maintenance, thank you

As Thanksgiving Day approaches I have been thinking about all the many things for which I am thankful. The most obvious are my health, my family, my friends, my home, my hobbies, the community in which I live and the fact that I have a job I love. I appreciate all the blessings in my life but am I outwardly showing my gratitude? One of the ways I demonstrate how thankful I am is to care for my home and garden. I make sure the inside of my home is organized. The items I treasure are displayed. Other items have homes…

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