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Chores!

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Love them or hate them – still gotta do them What is it about chores that makes them so hard to do, so easy to put off? First, let’s talk about the word – chore. Where does the word ‘chore’ come from? According to etymology: chore is written in the New Oxford American Dictionary as “(originally dialect and U.S.): variant of obsolete char or chare (see charwoman)”, which the same pronunciation as the modern verb char. It ultimately comes from Middle English cherre (odd job). Essentially, the word ‘chore’ is linked to doing a job. Usually, a job around the…

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My Top 10 Organizing Tips: part two

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A few weeks ago, I gave you part one of my favorite organizing tips. Here is part two! These tips appear in no particular order. In fact, I use all of them regularly. Horizontal Surfaces are Magnets Have you ever noticed that stuff tends to pile on flat surfaces? Books accumulate, as do magazines and catalogues. Kitchen counters are prime areas for an accumulation of things. My tip is to recognize that these are areas to avoid stuff. Understand that when you place things on a flat surface it’s a temporary holding spot. The items are there until you go…

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My Top 10 Organizing Tips: part one

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Today I’m going to review my top 5 organizing tips. Next week, I’ll review the final 5 tips so that at the end of two weeks you’ll have my all-time favorite tips! Have nothing in your home that you do not believe to be beautiful, use or love This is my paraphrasing of a quote from William Morris – a late 19th century English craftsman and poet. The actual quote goes like this; “Have nothing in your house that you do not use or believe to be beautiful.” This quote is around everywhere! Recently, I have seen William Morris quoted…

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How to Help a Friend De-Clutter

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You must be careful when offering to help a friend de-clutter. It’s a lovely gesture. The important thing is to let your friend know that you simply want to help, you’re not there to criticize or lecture. Here are some tips to follow so that you keep this treasured friendship! Remain Non-Judgmental Serious de-cluttering is hard work! Ask your friend where they would like to start. Do your best not to say something like ‘let’s start here because this is a real mess’. You want to follow their lead. Always Ask Permission Even when you can see that something is…

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Got Clutter? Are You Procrastinating?

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Do you have piles of clutter in your home? These piles may not be in your way – really. And, you may have become so used to seeing them that you are blind to them. They are there, you see them, but you don’t do anything about them. What’s the hold up? Are you procrastinating? Everyone procrastinates from time to time. I bet you can think of many ways in which you procrastinate – even if it is just a little bit. I used to procrastinate when I was unsure of the best way to proceed. I’ve learned to be…

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Getting Back Into Routine

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The holidays are over, and schools are back in session. Are you back into your routine? If you are a student, your weekday routine is planned by your school. Over the weekend you probably have school work and outside activities to occupy your time. If you work in an office (not in your home) it’s easier to get back into routine and focus on work. You know when you must leave home to get to the office on time. However, if you work at home or part-time getting back into routine can be a challenge. First, let’s talk about routines….

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

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It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed at this time of the year. There’s so much going on! There are always work projects, household projects, and then add to that preparing for the holidays. How do you get these things done without stressing over them? I have a few tips to share with you. Let’s talk about shopping for the holidays. If you haven’t done so already, make a list of everyone you’re shopping for. If you’re shopping online, make a note by the person’s name of what you purchased, how much it cost, and when it is expected to arrive….

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What Kind of Clutter Do You Have?

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Did you know that there are several different types of clutter? The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about clutter is physical clutter. This kind of clutter is obvious. You can see it, touch it, and sometimes taste it and smell it. PHYSICAL CLUTTER: Examples of physical clutter are piles of magazines, unopened mail in piles, shoes left around on the floor in no apparent order, clothes piled on chairs, toys left laying around, cleaning supplies, dirty tissues or paper towels, used plates and cutlery. I bet you can think of even more examples of physical…

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Situational Disorganization

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What is situational disorganization? It is disorganization resulting from a new and different, sometimes temporary situation. This type of disorganization can be overwhelming, stressful and lead to feelings of anxiety. Some examples of situational disorganization are: Moving Divorce Death of a loved one Remodeling your home New baby Newly diagnosed illness I’m experiencing situational disorganization first hand because my kitchen is being remodeled. I moved everything out of my kitchen and the sitting area adjacent to the kitchen. I piled everything into my dining room so that I could still use my living room. The entry into the living and…

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De-cluttering and Marie Kondo

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Earlier this year I read the life-changing manga of tidying up by Marie Kondo. This is a wonderful story written as a comic book. Just in case you don’t know anything about Marie Kondo, she is a professional organizer from Japan. Her first book: The Magic Art of Tidying Up is one of the bestselling organizing books of all time. I had not previously read any of Marie Kondo’s books and just loved this comic book. The primary character is a young woman, Chiaki, who has a very cluttered apartment. Marie teaches Chiaki, through a series of lessons, how to…

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