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Organizing Strategies

Interview Series: Hoarding Experts – Rachel Seavey

By | Hoarding, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Organizing Strategies

Over the next few months, we will be interviewing professionals who work with the hoarding population.  We are asking them to share their insight on people who hoard and people who think they have the hoarding disorder. We recently interviewed Rachel Seavey. Rachel founded Collector Care when she discovered her passion for those with hoarding disorder. She helps others shed their emotional and physical clutter. Rachel’s media appearances include the Emmy-nominated A & E series Hoarders, the CBS Sunday Morning Show and The Lady Brain Show.  Rachel also hosts “Hoardganize” a popular organizing podcast for listeners struggling with organization. She…

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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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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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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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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

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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Spring Cleaning

By | chores, Closets, Garden, Organizing Strategies, schedule, Spring Cleaning, tasks, zones

  Have you noticed? The days are longer, and the sunlight is a little brighter. Here in Georgia little buds have appeared on branches. In areas that get more sun leaves have are popping out, and daffodils are blooming. There are signs all over the place that trees and flowers are on their way. I love this! Of course, the weeds have also made an appearance. These are signs that Spring is, if not here, then on its way. With it comes a host of things to do. Things I haven’t paid attention to during the winter. Like the weeding….

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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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Organizing Lessons Learned on the Dance Floor

By | change, Clients, Organizing Strategies, Planning, projects

Many of you know that one of my hobbies (a hobby about which I’m passionate) is ballroom dancing. A couple of weeks ago I attended the 20th Anniversary of the Millennium Dancesport Competition run by Mr. Michael Chapman. This competition is absolutely one of the best. It is really well organized and lots of fun! Mr. Michael Chapman always has a theme. This year his theme was Addicted to Love. As you might imagine the colors in the ballroom reflected his theme. The chair coverings were black with a red band wrapped around the chair back. The table tops were…

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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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