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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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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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ICD Conference Highlights

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Last week I attended the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) Conference. I usually attend this conference every year as well as the NAPO (The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Specialists) conference. I do this to continue my education in the organizing field. This year was special for me as I was the ICD 2017 conference chairperson. I had a team of about 15 other ICD subscribers working along side of me to put this fabulous conference together. I, definitely, did not do this alone. I’m going to take the next few blog posts to tell you more about what…

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Now What? Goal Setting

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Last night I attended the National Association of Professional Organizers – Georgia Chapter meeting. I admit I was late and missed the first few minutes of the speaker’s presentation. I hate to be late to anything and will typically plan to be wherever I need to be early. So, being late throws me off a little. When this happens it takes me a little while to settle in. I like to look around, get my bearings, and see who’s sitting near me. Before I even walked in the room I knew that a great presentation was going on from the…

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Now What? The Decatur Book Festival

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This past weekend I along with two of my colleagues, Jonda Beattie and Judith Kolberg, participated as vendors at the Decatur Book Festival. The three of us have run a booth every year for the past several years. It’s called the “Get Organized” booth. We were very lucky this year – there was no rain. So, we had lots of people in and out of the booth. Some people were there to browse, others were there to look at our books, and still others wanted to talk to us to see if we could give them a little organizing inspiration….

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Now What? Are you Prepared for Disaster?

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September is National Disaster Preparedness month. We often talk about being prepared. In fact, our children have fire drills at school. There are so many things we can do to help ourselves and our families be prepared if and when a disaster should strike. But, how many of us actually follow through and create plans which we then share with the other members of our family? Let’s think about some possible scenarios and then look at the things anyone can do to be more prepared. Sometimes we have warnings that a natural disaster could hit our area. Think about fire…

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Now What? Clothes and Closet Maintenance

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Once you’ve organized your closet you’re all set – ready to move on and forget about your closet right? Think again. To keep your closet and your clothes in tip top shape you need to have maintenance habits in place. Let’s think about this. In the morning, you select your clothes and get dressed. In the evening you come home from work or school or play and put on your ‘around the house’ lounging kind of clothes. I don’t know about yours but mine are comfy clothes – sweat pants and top. What did you do with the clothes you…

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Now What? Too Many Toys?

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These past few weeks I’ve been talking with you about knowing when you have enough of something based on the container. I talked about clothes and closets and books and bookshelves. Today I’m beginning the topic of our children’s toys. Wow! What a topic! I know that when my children were little toys just seemed to multiply overnight. My mother would give toys on random occasions. Birthday parties with goodie bags contained small toys. Then there were birthdays and holidays and all of a sudden the toy chest, closet, and shelves were full to overflowing! Then the toys appear in…

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Now What? How Many Books are To Many?

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I’ve been talking with you about the concept of enough. A few weeks ago I wrote about how many clothes are enough. Moving on to books… I’ve often heard said ‘you can never have too many books’. I disagree. Even though I think books are wonderful and I am, in fact, a self-professed book-worm. My nose is often buried in a book whether it be an e-book, a paperback, or a hardcover. However, I pass novels on to family, friends, or to my local public library once I’ve read them. I do keep reference books and books that have spoken…

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