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How to Keep Your Home Free From Clutter

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Last week I gave you 5 tips for finally getting rid of clutter in your home. This week I am sharing with you the most important rule to follow to keep your home free from clutter.  Following this rule will help you establish boundaries for how much stuff you have in your home and will help you avoid over shopping. The most important rule to follow is: One thing in, one thing out I’m sure you’ve heard this rule before. It means remove an item for every item you bring into your home. This is a rule people rarely follow….

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5 Tips for Finally Getting Rid of the Clutter in Your Home

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Clutter has an insidious way of sneaking into our homes. You clear a counter, turn around, and BAM there it is again. Something has made its way back onto that clear counter. Getting rid of clutter is something all my clients want to accomplish for a variety of reasons. Remove Clutter, Reduce Stress Clutter can stress us out. Too much stuff piled around creates visual chaos. Conversely, clutter free spaces can be calming. We used to be able to walk out the door and forget about the mess while we were out. Now, we rarely leave our homes. During this…

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How to Organize When You Feel Overwhelmed by a Task

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Everyone, and I do mean everyone, feels overwhelmed from time to time when they think about how to organize and complete certain tasks. Personally, when I feel overwhelmed, I avoid doing the task. Avoidance doesn’t complete the task Of course, I rationalize my avoidance by working on and completing everything except for the one thing I’m supposed to be doing. I tell myself I have been super productive (which I have been) BUT that one task remains undone. I am also good focusing my thoughts. The task that’s creating this overwhelming feeling gets put on my back burner. It stays…

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How to Be Responsible

By Be A Better Version Of You, How to Organize Your Life Blog

A few decades ago, the expression “helicopter parents” became part of our everyday language. When I was a primary school teacher, my colleagues and I used this expression to describe the parents who did everything (and I mean everything) for their children. These children did not learn how to be responsible because their parents were always hovering smoothing their way. The helicopter parents made sure the children had their schoolwork, their lunch, and anything they needed to support after school activities. If by chance something was left at home, one or the other parent would rush back to school with…

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Plan but Manage Your Expectations

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Do you like to plan? I do. I love to plan. I end every day by making my plan for the next day. I make a plan for the week, the month, the quarter, and the year with the understanding that plans can always be modified.  Even now, during these uncertain days of Covid-19, I plan. I take the time to do this because having an organized plan, free of clutter, makes me feel in control. Things outside my home are changing every day. It’s hard to know what to expect.  The plan I create for my day lets me…

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Difficult Conversations with Your Parents: Why They are Necessary & How to Have Them

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

I don’t know about you, but I avoid difficult conversations like the plague. I would rather do almost anything other than have a difficult conversation. In fact, I have become talented at skirting around any topic that borders on introducing a difficult topic. The fact is, though, that it’s necessary to have difficult conversations with your parents so that you know how best to support them and what their wishes are should a delicate situation arise. I wrote a blog about a year ago after visiting with my son and his family in San Francisco. As a parent visiting my…

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What Do You Know For Sure?

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Do you read Oprah’s magazine? I do. I count myself among the millions of Oprah fans and read her magazine cover to cover almost every month. One of my favorite articles is on the last page of every issue. This page has an editorial from Oprah in which she talks about a topic. Typically, the article uses this phrase “what I know for sure”. I was thinking about this the other day. There are so many things right now that none of us knows “for sure” about the global pandemic. This corona virus has us all spinning in circles. Conflicting…

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5 Reasons to Organize Your Important Documents Now

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

It has always been important to organize your important documents and even more so now because of the global pandemic. These documents must be organized so that they are easy to access when you need them. Many of them  contain sensitive and privileged information. You do not want to leave them hanging out in the open. Keep them secure and away from prying eyes. 1. Reduce Stress and Anxiety Clearly, we are more relaxed when we are not worried, full of stress or anxious. This applies to almost any topic. When there is a crisis the important documents, I am…

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Choices to Make as We Live With Covid-19

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Happy Mothers’ Day!  This is a picture I took of my mother in 2002. We spent 2 weeks together touring gorgeous gardens in England as part of a tour lead by the National Trust. I treasure that time. As we celebrate mothers and I am remembering my mother I want to talk about the choices to make as we move past coping with Covid-19 and onto living with this virus.   Three Rs This past week I was watching the early morning news on 11Alive as I do every morning and caught an interview with a mental health professional from…

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Are You on Track to Accomplish Your Original Goals, Or Have They Changed?

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

The first quarter of the year ended last week. None of us could have predicted that life would change so dramatically in late December, January or eaven early February. In fact, life was good late in 2019 when we were thinking about our goals for 2020. We did not know that Covid-19 was going to rear its ugly head and cause us to shift our plans. Rethink our priorities and make accomplishing our goals difficult if not impossible. What were your original goals? Do you remember the goals you set out for yourself late last year? Have you been able…

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