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Planning

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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Manage Your Expectations

By | attitude, celebrate, expectations, Planning

What are your expectations for Christmas Day? Do you have a day planned that will be absolute perfection? Maybe it will have a Norman Rockwell sort of feeling to it – all warm and fuzzy. It could be this way if everything goes according to plan and if everyone there is in a good mood and falls in line with your idea. You run into a problem thinking this way because you can only control you and your expectations. Chances are that something during the course of the day will happen so that the absolutely perfect day you have in…

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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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Face It! Life is Messy!

By | Messy, Planning

Recently I read the book titled: MESSY: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford. This book has really opened my eyes to all the ways in which the best intentions for tidiness and order can sometimes have a negative impact. My plan is to look at several sections of the book that directly relate to what I do as a professional organizer over the next few weeks. I know, first hand, that life is messy. Things do not always happen as planned. I’m a huge fan of planning but quite often the best laid plans simply…

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Changing Routines

By | change, daily routine, habits, moving, Planning, Routines, tasks

Last week I let you all know that I spent the last month or so preparing to move and then moving. I am going to spend the next couple of weeks talking about what else has to change – other than the physical address. Are you scratching your head wondering what I mean by that? Let me give you a little personal history. I grew up in New York City. My family moved apartments 3 times before our final move to Connecticut when I was 16. That’s the house my mother lived in until she passed away in 2009 and…

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Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning

By | calendar schedule, errands, habits, healthy, pantry, Planning

Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking about the kitchen. Buying and organizing supplies; only buying what you need. How do you know what you need? Do you have a list to refer to when you grocery shop? Some people have a list of the things they buy frequently from the store and they put a check mark next to the item when they need to replenish their supply. They leave space on the page to make note of the extra items to purchase. This is a very good option. Other people create a list of things to buy…

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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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Now What? Backwards Planning

By | accomplish, holiday decorating, Planning, projects, schedule, strategy

Backwards planning? Why plan backwards? Why not just plan ahead? Well, backwards planning is really planning ahead – it’s called backwards planning because you start with the end result in mind. More details to come. I have four siblings, many nieces and nephews, and two sons (one is married). This time of year brings lots of birthdays mixed in with all the holidays. Every time I look at the calendar I’m noticing that one of these relatives has a birthday coming up. So, I use backwards planning to stay on top of all these events. First, I plot all the…

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Do You Have Time?

By | accomplish, choice, daily list, Organizing Strategies, Planning, prepare, prioritizing, projects, small steps, tasks, Time Management

Do you wonder how some people seem to have more time in their day? You know, these are the people who accomplish many of their tasks during the day. They plow through their ‘to-do’ lists and still have time to exercise or relax over lunch with a friend. Other people struggle to get even two items crossed off their ‘to-do’ list. Why is this? We all have the same number of hours in each day to use so why is it that some people accomplish more in the same amount of time? I think we’re all so busy – our…

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Proud Navy Mom

By | accomplish, goals, Planning, projects, small steps

A little more than a year ago my son told me that he wanted to enlist in the Navy. I told him that would be terrific. He had just turned 28 years old and was looking at this opportunity with the Navy as a career choice. He also told me that he had some work to do before he would be considered. Of course, I was curious.. what kind of work did he need to do? To be accepted he needed to meet the weight requirements for his height. I knew that would be tough. My son was in great…

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