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Celebrating the 4th of July

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Are you celebrating the 4th of July? There are lots of different ways to celebrate when we are gifted with a 4-day weekend. Some people will travel and spend the weekend with friends and/or family. Others will participate in local parades or celebrations. Then there are those who will enjoy a quiet weekend alone. I was talking with a friend recently she said her husband and son are going on a fishing trip this weekend. My friend went on to say that she is going to celebrate and enjoy the holiday weekend by doing things around the house that she…

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What is Your Reason to be Productive

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The most common reason to be productive is to make money so we can fund our way of life. But are there other reasons for being productive? Or rather, are there other reasons for being continually doing something? My friend and colleague, Julie Bestry, has been writing recently about Toxic Productivity. These blog posts have fascinated me. Julie always, in every article or blog post, provides lots of interesting background information and research. Are you wondering why I am writing about this? Well, I started thinking about my own reason to be productive. I asked myself some questions. Am I…

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7 Tips for How to Be a Good House Guest

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Recently I wrote about how to get your home organized so that when house guests arrive you can enjoy them. I’m following that post up with 7 tips on how to be a good house guest. When you are staying in someone else’s house it is different from staying in a hotel where you can set yourself up the way you want to. Some things to think about In someone else’s home everyone may be sharing one or two bathrooms. You may be traveling up or downstairs to get to the bathroom. Remember to pack pjs. The place you are…

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How to Avoid Having Anxiety Over House Guests

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Summer is here and with it comes a sense of freedom and desire to go out visiting friends and family. The news is full of information about the best days to book airline tickets, the price of gasoline, and the fact that as many people are traveling as were pre-pandemic. As a professional organizer in Atlanta, I am often teaching how to organize your home so that it’s ready for guests. Does the thought of having house guests make you anxious?  When you take the time to organize and prepare in advance you can avoid having anxiety over house guests….

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The Best and Most Important Reason to Update Documents

By Rightsize Your Life

Recently I have been writing about caring for mom. The ways in which an adult child can respectfully and diligently honor their mom’s wishes for the way in which she wants to live during the final chapters of her life. Today I want to look at all of this from a different perspective, my perspective. While I am not going to say I am old I will say that I am not young in age (though I am definitely young at heart). My goal, as the parent of young adults, is to make their lives as simple as possible when…

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Caring for Mom

By Rightsize Your Life

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Your children may be adults, mine are, but they are still your children, and you are still a mom. And this, my friends, is what makes it hard for our children to care (as in take care of) for us. Do you watch the television show This Is Us? It is one of my favorite shows, rich in innuendo and subtext. Last week’s show presented a beautiful and thoughtful representation of the amount of work that goes into caring for someone whose mind is drifting away. Caring for mom is one…

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3 Ways to Honor Mom

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Next week is Mother’s Day. It is a day when we honor mom. Whether you have a child, children, or children in the form of dogs and/or cats it’s important to honor those women who are the caregivers. They do so much day-in and day-out for our families no matter the composition. We will honor the dad caregivers in June so stayed tuned for those ideas. The main idea here is that you do something either for your mom to honor her or with your mom. One of my favorite things to do is garden. I learned lots about gardening…

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How to Know When to Call a Professional Organizer?

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You know you have a problem in your home. It’s stressful. Things are piled up here and there. Sometimes you can’t find your keys. Boxes are opened, emptied, and left. You want to do something about all of this, and you know you can but somehow you just can’t get started. Maybe you think to yourself, if only I had an extra pair of hands. Then it occurs to you that you could call a professional organizer but who do you call and is this enough of a problem to warrant such a call?  Questions such as these stop people…

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Paper Calendar: Two of the Best Reasons to Use One

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Do you use a paper calendar? I do. In the past, I tried to use a digital calendar but found the process frustrating. I could only see dots indicating there was something scheduled on the day in question when I looked at the month view. It took a second step to see the details. Every now and then I enter a date in my phone but frankly I never think to look in my phone for appointments. I always check my paper calendar. Why is that? It’s because I can easily see the appointments for the day I’m curious about…

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Want a More Balanced Life? Harmonize

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Last week I talked about bringing harmony into your organizing systems. I shared a quote from Daniel J. Levitin’s book (The Organized Mind). It goes like this, “It is important to harmonize your organizational style and systems with your personality.”  In case you didn’t read last week’s blog you can find it here. Today I want to talk about balance in your life. Honestly, I don’t believe it’s always possible to have a balanced life. However, I believe there is a way to create a more balanced life by bringing harmony into the equation. Let me explain. We know that…

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