Category

How To Organize

small apartment; view from the kitchen to the family room

5 Tips to Get Organized in a Small Apartment

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog 16 Comments

When you’re living in a small apartment it’s important to keep clutter to a minimum so that it will feel spacious. Here are 5 tips on how to organize in a small apartment. The most important idea to hold in your head is that you only want to have things in your home that you use, love, or believe to be beautiful. That is paraphrased from a quote by William Morris a 19th century English poet and craftsman who said, “Have nothing is your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. Keep this…

Read More
photo of a lakeside scene at sunset

How to Organize Without Getting Overwhelmed & Maintain Your Calm

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

As a professional organizer it’s easy for me to say that I don’t get overwhelmed when tasked with an organizing project. I maintain my calm because I’m doing what I love to do. I love to teach my clients how to organize without getting overwhelmed. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when we over think the problem. When you take a breath and plunge into an organizing project you maintain your calm by following a few simple rules. First let’s talk about how to organize without getting overwhelmed then I’ll give you the few simple rules to follow to maintain your…

Read More
girl stretched out on a couch feeling overwhelmed

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…

Read More
Note asking what to expect next

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…

Read More

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…

Read More
Mom in a lush garden

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…

Read More
Woman looking out the window wearing a medical mask

Feeling Out Of Sorts? Organize Your Day

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Are you feeling out of sorts? You know, sort of blah? Well, I think you probably have realized you are not alone. Many of us are feeling that way. One day sort of blends into the next. There is not a whole lot to distinguish one day from another. My cousin gave me this analogy. It is like having continual snow days without the snow. Another friend said it is like New Years’ Day every day because there is no traffic and most of the stores are closed. I thought that was a very fitting remark. I thought up some…

Read More

How to Organize Your Time, Take Care of Your Children, & Work from Home

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

This is a tall order. Organizing your time, taking care of your children and working are three separate and distinct activities. Yet, here we are. These are challenging times. We are asked to work from home and schools are closed. In times past, we would have looked for guidance or some tried and true advice for how to navigate these rough waters. As luck would have it, none of us have ever been in this situation before. I bet that there will be several books on this very topic when we come out the other side of Covid-19. What is…

Read More
picture-of-a-young-woman-planning-her-time-and-drinking-coffee

How To Organize Your Time and Why You Want To

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

We all know you can’t organize your time. You can only organize how you spend your time. None of us have more than 24 hours in a day. You can’t bank time even though we talk about time as if it was a currency to spend and save. While it’s wonderful to let the day and time to unfold around us, that is a luxury in which few of us can indulge ourselves. There are certain things, like your job or your responsibilities which make specific demands on your time. I learned the expression: demands on your time from productivity…

Read More
young couple packing and checking stuff using a checklist before moving to a new residence

How to Organize for a Move to a New Home

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Learn how to organize for a move to a new home. Moving is a stressful endeavor. Read these tips and they will reduce some of the anxiety and thus relieve your stress.  Whether you are selling your home and then moving down the road, moving from apartment to apartment, or preparing to move across the country into your first home there are some simple steps to follow so that your move can be as stress-free as possible. Timeline Create a realistic timeline for yourself. If you are single this is a fairly simple process. Answer these questions for yourself. If…

Read More