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Are You Getting Organized to Clean Your Home Spring-Cleaning Style?

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog 14 Comments

Every year about this time people start talking about doing their spring cleaning. For some people that means washing windows, window screens, and getting outside furniture ready. For other people, it means moving furniture, cleaning the dust bunnies, and reorganizing the furniture placement. This year, however, we’ve all been doing so much cleaning. Constantly wiping down counters and packages, washing hands, and being organized to clean at a moment’s notice. Why would we want to engage in spring cleaning? Is there a difference? Looking back Last year around this time is when we all hunkered down in our homes. Can…

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6 Tricks to Better Organize Your Day

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life 18 Comments

Do you know what you want to do tomorrow? Is there an idea in the back of your mind of what you hope to accomplish? How long is your list of things to do? If you’re anything like me, you are always doing something. I admit I pack lots and lots into almost every day. Sometimes the list of things I want to do is longer than time will allow and other times I accomplish everything with time to spare. As a certified professional organizer, I can honestly say that organizing my day is integral to my successfully accomplishing my…

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Show Love for Yourself on Valentine’s Day & Every Day

By Be A Better Version Of You

It’s St. Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Have you ever wondered about the origin St. Valentine’s Day? I learned that St. Valentine’s day started out as the Roman Festival of Lupercalia. This festival celebrated the coming of spring among other things. Pope Gelasius replaced it with St. Valentine’s Day at the end of the fifth century. It was celebrated as a day filled with love and romance during the 14th century as it still is today. We often talk about love and romance in terms of couples on Valentine’s Day but today, I’m talking about compassion, forgiveness,…

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Incorporate Your Personality into the Organization of Your Home

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

A house becomes a home when someone infuses it with their personality. When someone walks into my home, they know right away that my decorating taste tends toward the traditional. If they look a little more closely, they will notice that I have a sense of humor because I mix the traditional with accents of things that make me laugh. You may notice that I wrote the word “accents” above. Too much of anything becomes clutter. I love to needlepoint and have many needlepoint pillows in my home. If they were all in the same room on one piece of…

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Create a Great First Impression with a Clutter-Free Entry

By Control Clutter

Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Are you planning to celebrate with a special someone? Get your home ready by de-cluttering and make a great impression as soon as their foot crosses the threshold of your entrance. Think about the entrance to your home. What does the front door say to someone coming over to your house? Do you want it to make someone feel as if they should turn around? Is there space for them to step inside? Does it make someone feel welcome? You may not know what other people see when they first approach your front door and…

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Strategies to Organize Documents on File

By Control Clutter

It used to be that paper piles were all that we had to conquer. Now, I’m not minimizing this at all but now paper (as in documents) lurks in piles on the floor as well as invisibly in our computers. It’s important to recognize that filing the invisible documents in your computer is just as important as filing the papers sitting in piles around your desk. The best strategy to use to conquer the tangible papers and the invisible documents is to create a single, simple filing system for yourself. First, let’s acknowledge that there are very few people who…

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Organize Your Pantry with these 5 Tips

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

The pantry is one of the places in the home that quickly becomes messy and disorganized. It’s so easy, if you’re in a rush, to just stash the non-perishable items on the pantry shelves when emptying the grocery bags. Instead, take the time to methodically put the non-perishable pantry items where they belong. When you take the time to maintain the organization in your pantry it doesn’t become messy and disorganized. Use these 5 tips to organize your pantry and then maintain the organization so that you save money on food and time on meal preparation. Everyone has a pantry…

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The Top 3 Benefits of Organizing Your Closet Plus Tips & Tools to Use

By How To Organize

Whether you have a large walk-in closet or a small reach-in closet it’s important to keep it organized. The benefits of organizing your closet are many. The most obvious is that you can find the item of clothing or accessory easily. Another benefit is that you save money. Benefit #1: Save money Yes. You save money when you keep your closet organized because you know what you have so you don’t go out and buy duplicates or triplicates. And, because you are keeping your clothes tidy, they last longer. Benefit #2: Save time An obvious benefit to organizing your closet…

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Is Your Resolution in 2021 to Get Organized?

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

It’s the start of a new year, some say the start of a new decade, and many of us are making our New Year’s resolution. As a professional organizer I often hear people say that their resolution is to get organized. In fact, the month of January is called Get Organized month by the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Specialists (NAPO).  Is getting organized your resolution for 2021? If getting organized is your resolution, think about why you want to do this. It is always easier to tackle something difficult or to change a behavior when you understand your…

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5 Valuable Lessons Learned in 2020: It’s a Wrap!

By Be A Better Version Of You

I’m wrapping up 2020 with this final blog of the year by sharing with you some of the most valuable lessons I learned during the course of 2020. Valuable Lessons Learned Flexibility Some of you may know that I love to dance and am a competitive amateur ballroom dancer. As such, I exercise and stretch almost every day.  I am limber and very flexible which helps me tremendously when I dance. This year one of the valuable lessons I learned was to be very flexible in my planning. Initially, I had planned to visit my son and his sweet family…

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