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What Kind of Clutter Do You Have?

By | Clutter, focus, Mental Clutter, mindful, Organizing Strategies, overwhelm, plan, prioritizing, schedule

Did you know that there are several different types of clutter? The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about clutter is physical clutter. This kind of clutter is obvious. You can see it, touch it, and sometimes taste it and smell it. PHYSICAL CLUTTER: Examples of physical clutter are piles of magazines, unopened mail in piles, shoes left around on the floor in no apparent order, clothes piled on chairs, toys left laying around, cleaning supplies, dirty tissues or paper towels, used plates and cutlery. I bet you can think of even more examples of physical…

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Labels: Good or Bad?

By | choice, Clients, Communications, effort, Food for thought, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, kindness, labels, mindful, respect, Uncategorized

                        As a professional organizer I can honestly say that generally I think that labels are a good thing. I love my label maker. I take it with me to all my client appointments. I often end up labeling files, manila folders, shelves – I have even labeled the shelves in a client’s refrigerator and freezer! I also label jars in pantries, containers, shelves, and more things around my clients’ houses. Labels most definitely can be very useful. Labels in clothes: I remember when we were young my mother…

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2018: A Transformative Year

By | accomplish, change, Closets, mindful, Organizing Strategies, transform

    I took my own very good advice for self-care and took a vacation for 10 whole marvelous days. This is the view from my balcony. Paradise on earth for me.           I love to swim, lounge on the beach, read good books and eat lots of good seafood. I did all that and more. I really relaxed. It’s been sometime since I took extended time to completely unwind. It felt so good. I’m already thinking about where I may go at the end of 2018. I had plenty of time to think about the…

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Take Care of Yourself to Reduce Stress

By | ballroom dance, choice, exercise, habits, healthy, mindful, self-care, Stress, Uncategorized

          This is the perfect time to reflect on what we (you and I) can do to take care of ourselves during this busy time of year to reduce stress – actually, if we take care of ourselves year-round that would be best! Each of us has three parts to think about when we talk about self-care. Brain, Body, and Heart & Soul It’s clear that when you take good care of your body it is easier to stay healthy. A nutritionally sound diet (by diet I mean way of eating) is complete with protein, fruits…

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Mindfully Thankful

By | ballroom dance, change, exercise, family, healthy, mindful, self-care, thankful

      I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. It allows me to express just how thankful I am for all the blessings in my life. I am very lucky as I have many. This year, I am doing my best to be mindfully thankful; to notice the trivial things as well as the big obvious things for which I am thankful. It goes without saying, even though I am going to say it, that I am very thankful for the wonderful and delicious thanksgiving feast in which I will take an active part. I am cooking an…

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Habits

By | change, effort, habits, mindful, needlepoint, patience, practice, reminder

Last week I was talking about organizing time or rather organizing what you do to make the best use of your time. I told you that your habits and routines can help or hinder you in this regard. Today I’m talking about habits. Do you have habits? What are they? I have a habit of waking up early in the morning. I love this. There’s a hush outside. Usually the air is still. It’s so early the birds aren’t even up yet. I love to sit outside with my cup of tea and listen. Slowly, the birds start talking to…

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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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Free To Be …

By | appreciation, celebrate, choice, Chronic Disorganization, Garden, kindness, mindful, respect

In light of recent Independence Day celebrations I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how thankful I am to be a citizen of the United States of America. Yes, I was born here. However; I am very aware of the freedoms that we have as I spent a number of years living overseas in Asia. We are able to travel freely across the continental United States and to Alaska and Hawaii. We can speak our minds and not be worried we might be overheard, misunderstood, and taken off to jail or worse. We can practice our…

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Celebrate!

By | accomplish, action, attitude, celebrate, donate, mindful, small steps, Time Management

I know it’s the holiday season and parties are being planned and happening. How much fun! I believe (I know you’ve heard this before) that everyday can be a celebration. There’s a young man who works at my local grocery store. When someone says “Hello, How are you?” to him he always replies “I woke up today. It is a good day.” I love this attitude. Celebrate everyday. We tend to celebrate our large successes but what about the everyday small steps that we take toward completion of that large project? Get in the habit of celebrating those, too. Celebrate…

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Live Now

By | appreciation, errands, focus, kindness, mindful, Planning, prepare, Time Management, volunteer activities

I was at my local grocery store earlier today. Grocery shopping was just one of the many errands I had to do today. I took some time last night to organize my grocery list. I went through the recipes of the special dishes my family has requested for Christmas Dinner. I wanted to include some of the non-perishable ingredients on my grocery list. This will save me a little time next week and I’ll be able to do a little pre-cooking! I love my neighborhood grocery store. I know many of the people who work there. They are always friendly…

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