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Changing Routines

By | change, daily routine, habits, moving, Planning, Routines, tasks | No Comments

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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Going from ‘To-Do’ to Done

By | accomplish, calendar, NAPO Conference, Organizing Strategies, prioritizing, procrastinate, projects, schedule, tasks | No Comments

How long is your ‘to-do’ list? Do you have some things that never seem to leave it? I think you know what I’m talking about. These are the things that you just don’t really want to do so you leave them to the end of the day when you realize that you simply don’t have time to do them. Then you transfer those things to the list for the next day. I wonder if any of you reading this have ever done that? Actually, I’m sure you have but the question is really will you admit to doing it? I…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By | action, attitude, calendar schedule, daily routine, focus, Garden, lists, overwhelm, plan, schedule, school, small steps, tasks, volunteer activities | No Comments

It’s not unusual to feel a bit overwhelmed at this time of year. Why? Well, if you have children there are all the end of year school activities. These include awards ceremonies, class parties, prom, graduation ceremonies and parties, athletic competitions and the list goes on. If you don’t have children the groups you belong to may be winding down, finishing up activities. Then there is the yard. If you live in the South you may be changing out the winter annual plants and replacing them with the spring/summer colorful annuals. If you live in the North you may be…

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Paper File Maintenance

By | action, consistent, file folders, information, maintenance, paper, Piles, schedule, stacks, tasks, Vital Documents | No Comments

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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Do You Have Time?

By | accomplish, choice, daily list, Organizing Strategies, Planning, prepare, prioritizing, projects, small steps, tasks, Time Management | No Comments

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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Daily Routines?

By | chores, daily list, daily routine, tasks | No Comments

Do you have routines that you follow day in and day out? Did you know that having a routine can save you time? Routines save you time because the tasks that  make up the routine are simple and easy to complete in one or two steps. When you do these simple short tasks one followed by the other chores get done quickly! What sorts of tasks do you think I’m talking about? Which tasks will help you start your day? My daily routines involve tasks that help me feel settled as I head out the door. I make the bed,…

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Think Replacement…

By | Closets, donate, home organizing, Organizing Strategies, over-abundance, projects, tasks | No Comments

I often get asked how to organize a closet. Something to remember is that we generally wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the tIme! You know which clothes are your favorites. Since this is true, why are closets so full to over-flowing? My suspicion is that garments are not replaced. By that I mean when shopping for yourself, are you replacing something that is worn or that is either too big or too small or are you shopping because you’d like a new outfit? If you have children, this is something you do already – I hope. First, you sort through their clothes. As…

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Let’s Get Started

By | accomplish, calendar, celebrate, donate, Planning, projects, schedule, small steps, tasks | No Comments

I don’t know about you but many times I start a project with a picture of what the end will look like to me. I also typically will have an end time in mind. Is this true for you, too? When you think about beginning a project do you have a vision of the finished project in your mind’s eye along with a completed by date? What happens next? Well, for me, I break the project down into small steps. I like to write each step on a separate line. If I do it on the computer I print it…

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Resolutions

By | accomplish, celebrate, daily list, exercise, goals, healthy, projects, schedule, tasks | No Comments

Do you make a New Year’s Resolution? I used to. It generally involved promising myself to exercise more and eat healthier meals – snack less. I just read a post on Facebook from a life coach about her top 10 New Year’s resolutions. I loved reading them because they were all about doing small things for yourself. They were something like: rest more, let myself off the hook, schedule fun everyday…. these are wonderful to remember and not to hard to keep. The resolutions that I used to make – promises to myself – were never kept. Well, maybe they…

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Unfulfilling Tasks

By | chores, Garden, home organizing, maintenance, schedule, tasks, volunteer activities | No Comments

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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