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3 Steps To Purge Decorations You No Longer Use For The Holidays (Any Holiday)

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We are about to enter that time of year when some people decorate the inside and outside of their homes with seasonal decor. It seems we hit the pause button on seasonal decorations during the summer but once the temperature starts to drop it’s time to decorate again. Like everything else in your house it’s a good idea to only keep the decorations that you truly love and to purge decorations that you don’t use. Here are 3 steps to take to purge decorations you no longer want to use 1. Find the decorations Find all the holiday decorations you…

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5 Tips To Get Organized Without Losing It

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Almost everyone wants to be more organized than they are in one or more areas of their home or life. Sometimes people postpone, delay, or procrastinate organizing an area because it brings up too many emotions. They feel overwhelmed. We know that organizing can be an emotional and difficult process. Is it possible to get organized without losing it and becoming a complete wreck? As a professional organizer, I’m here to tell you that, yes, it is possible to get organized without throwing a tantrum, dissolving in tears, or becoming so filled with emotion that you can’t do anything. Think…

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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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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 Way to Conscientiously Organize Your Stuff

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If you follow me, you may have noticed that I have been absent from posting for the last few weeks. It feels like a long time to me. Have you missed me? While I would like to say I have missed writing and posting my thoughts here, the truth is I have been so busy I haven’t given posting my blog a second thought. I have been unpacking and spending time to conscientiously organize what I intend to be my forever home. Even though I am a professional organizer, setting up my home, unpacking boxes, and finding new homes for…

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Thinking of organizing that file drawer?

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I have a two-drawer lateral file cabinet in my office near my desk that I am thinking of organizing soon. I like to plan time in either December or January to make new files for the coming year. The ones I tackle first are the ones I like to label with the current year. For me, they are files for your bank statements, investment statements, and anything tax related.  Typically I never get around to it in December. January comes along and the file drawer calls me. Do you have a sense of urgency about this, too or do you…

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3 Reasons It Is Hard To Stay Organized

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Why can’t I stay organized? This is a question clients often ask me. Before I get into the reasons lets talk about getting organized. The first idea I want to share with you may be hard to swallow. This is the idea that organizing is a continual journey. It is not a destination and it is never ever done. You cannot organize a space once, walk away, and never have to organize it again. This is because things are always in use in a home. This is a natural occurrence since you live in the space. There are three things…

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Sick of Doing Household Chores? Here’s How to Get More Done with Less Resistance

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Picture this: you’ve just spent a good portion of the day doing laundry. It’s now folded and put away. As you’re saying good night to your child you notice their laundry basket is once again full. You sigh as you leave the room – more laundry to do. You are filled with resentment for a few seconds, and you shake your head as you wonder; does it ever stop? Is laundry one of the household chores overwhelming you? The two other chores that create feelings of overwhelm and resentment for many of my clients are taking out the trash and…

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“Focus on What’s Strong, Not What’s Wrong”

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I originally published this post in 2013. I am updating it now because Lee Shuer presented at the 20221 Institute for Challenging Disorganization virtual conference again this year. My friend, colleague, and business partner, Jonda Beattie and I had the honor of introducing Lee. Once again, his presentation was impactful. He shared that he has made tremendous progress in his struggle with hoarding by following his own advice and putting his focus on what’s strong. During the Institute for Challenging Disorganization conference in 2013 in Denver, Colorado Lee Shuer gave us the quote I’m using in the headline for this…

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