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maintenance

The Importance of Maintenance

By | maintenance, Planning, schedule

Routine maintenance is a key element to making sure things run smoothly. It is very important in almost every aspect of our lives. Machinery Think about your car. We all know it’s important to maintain our cars and any other machinery we may own. They simply don’t work without gas or other important elements. If we want to go somewhere, we need to know that there’s gas in the tank and air in the tires. We make it a priority to put enough gas in the car to insure we don’t run out. The heating and air conditioning systems in…

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Summer’s Here – Let’s Play!

By | accomplish, chores, clothes, family, laundry, maintenance

Do not despair if you haven’t enrolled your child in activities so that he’ll be busy every moment during the summer. Let your child find things to do. It’s really good to have nothing to do  –  except play. Try not to use the television, cell phone, i-pad, computers as babysitters. Limit the amount of time your child spends engaged in technology/ screen time. While it may seem like a good idea to have your children engaged in this way, after all they are busy and not getting into trouble, the truth is that instant entertainment robs your child of…

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Home Inventory

By | Disaster preparedness, emergency, HomeZada, information, inventory, maintenance, overwhelm, prepare, small steps

One of the best ways to prepare for a disaster at home is to have a complete home inventory. Do you have an inventory of the contents of your home? Have you ever thought about taking or making such an inventory and then immediately stopped because the thought of all the work involved paralyzed you? You know that an inventory is the absolute best way to prove what your house contains in case of theft, fire, flood, tornado or any other disaster. I do understand that the creation of an inventory is a ton of work! I had to handwrite…

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Happiness is…?

By | appreciation, attitude, ballroom dance, celebrate, choice, Garden, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, maintenance, needlepoint

At the end of September I had the privilege of attending a conference run by a group to which I belong: The Institute for Challenging Disorganization. I love this conference. In fact I love it so much that I decided to demonstrate that by chairing the conference in 2017! But I digress. One of our speakers was a young woman, Ayla Lewis, who spoke to us about the power of positive thinking and happiness. Her presentation was well thought out, fun, and interactive. Ayla had a marvelous way of engaging the audience to teach the concepts she was presenting. Many of…

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Getting Your Garden Ready

By | Garden, green, hobbies, maintenance, overwhelm, Planning, schedule, Spring Cleaning

Recently I’ve been talking about spring cleaning inside your home. To recap this time of year when the light is newly bright again take the time to open your eyes and really look into all the spaces in your home. Get right into the corners and dark spaces. Clean them. Take the opportunity to look closely at your belongings. Dust them off and put them back or remove them from your home (if you determine they no longer fit your decorating style or lifestyle). Remember that spring lasts a good three months. Schedule time in your calendar to deep spring…

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Paper File Maintenance

By | action, consistent, file folders, information, maintenance, paper, Piles, schedule, stacks, tasks, Vital Documents

Over the last several weeks I’ve been talking about paper. We set up action files, files for your file cabinet, and archival files. There should be no more wondering what to do with the paper as it arrives in your home. I hope you’re not thinking that once your files are organized you’re done because you’re not. A filing system only works if the system is used, updated periodically, and maintained. You know that when you print a bank statement or an investment statement you look it over, check it to make sure it’s accurate, and then file it. At…

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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 | accomplish, calendar, 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 | 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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Paper piles?

By | action, file folders, mail, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, paper, Piles, schedule

Paper is everywhere. As much as we want to be paperless it still comes in our homes. What do you do with it? How do you keep from having paper avalanches? How do you stay on top of the things you have to know and do? These are all questions that have come my way from time to time during the course of a home-office organizing session. Paper can be managed but you must get in the habit of dealing with it everyday. Here are a few quick tips: 1. Sort the paper as it comes in your house into the…

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