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How To Organize

Priorities

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Do you ever say things with conviction and then not follow through? I know I do sometimes. I have made promises to myself and then, I guess, not made that promise a priority – so it never happens. I have done that regarding this blog. I have told myself time and again that Wednesday mornings I will take a few minutes and create a new blog post. As you can see from the date of my last blog post a full month has gone by. What have I done with my Wednesday morning blog time? I can give you lots…

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Feeling Disorganized?

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Have you ever felt disorganized? Sometimes things happen, things that are beyond our control, that create the disorganization. Think about it. If you are planning an event (like a wedding) you might just focus on that and remove focus from maintaining the day to day order. If you inherit things, like furniture, that can contribute to the disorganization – until you merge the inherited things with the things you aleady possess. Recently, due to several events in my life, I have been feeling a little disorganized. This is a very uncomfortable feeling for me. I am almost always ultra-organized. All the…

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Destination Weddings

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Last weekend my son was married at The Sullivan House on Block Island. Nick, my husband, and I had never been to Block Island. It was everything we had been told and more. The views were stunning, flowers lush, and the town quaint. Friends and family came from near and far. This couple was surrounded by love. The weekend was nothing short of magical. Nick and I arrived on Wednesday by ferry from Point Judith. As the ferry approached Block Island we saw a huge tent on a bluff and wondered if this was where our son would be married. It was!…

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Small steps toward change

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Recently I took a class offered by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization titled Kaizen – The Next Step for the Chronically Disorganized Client. It was a fascinating class. Kaizen is a word which comes from two Japanese roots, kai which means change and zen which means good. During this class I learned that when a person is taught how to make small changes toward a stated goal there is a better chance of success. You might wonder why that is true. Let’s think about this. I am going to use the example of a lifestyle change. Let’s say that ‘Joe’…

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Time Management

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At the beginning of this calendar year I made a quiet little promise to myself that I would write a new blog post every week. As you can tell, since it is now the second week in March and my most recent blog post was the second week in January, I did not keep my promise. I got really busy and something had to fall by the wayside – I let that something be this blog.  One of the things I teach my clients is better time management. So, how is it that I didn’t have time for this? Honestly? I…

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Gardens

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I love to play in the dirt. I get a real kick out of seeing my garden flourish. There’s nothing like harvesting your own vegetables, picking berries from your own plants, and cutting flowers from your garden to display in your home. Gardens need tender loving care – as does your home. To stay as lovely as you would like it to be a garden needs regular maintenance. As a professional organizer, this is right up my alley. I am all about scheduling time to get things done. I like to think about certain garden tasks in the same way…

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Organizing for a Picnic

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Now that we are about half way through the month of June it’s time to start planning a picnic to celebrate the Fourth of July!Do you start to panic when you begin to think of all the things you need to prepare to take a picnic to a park? No need to panic, just follow these easy steps. First of all keep things simple. Sit down and plan your meal. If there is a part of the meal you can make a day or two in advance put that on your calendar! After you plan your meal think about the accessories…

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Organizing Outside

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One of the things I love most about summer and the warm temperatures is being outside as much as possible. I spend my time in the garden and in the pool. If being outside and poolside are things you enjoy also here are a few organizing tips for you while you are outside. 1. Remember to stay hydrated – if you are really thirsty; you are already showing signs of dehydration. Bring water with you and make a point of drinking it before you have that really thirsty feeling! 2. Never, ever swim alone. Just as children can have accidents near…

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Get Organized Month – January

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Many people make a New Years Resolution to be more organized. I think we all want to be more organized, to accomplish more in a day. Maybe just to get more of our ‘to do’ list done. Do you just sit back and think, if I were more organized I would … (fill in the blank)? If so, why not make today the day you get started; instead of just sitting there thinking about it. You can work on just one thing. What is bothering you the most? Start there. Even if it is one drawer – the junk drawer in the kitchen…

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Organizing for the Holidays

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How do you get organized for the holiday blitz? First set your priorities. There are so many things to take care of and it is easy to feel overloaded. Start by making a list of all the things you have to do, followed by all the things you want to do. There is a difference so be sure to make two separate and distinct lists. Next, prioritize the list of things you HAVE to do. Start with the most important thing on the list and begin scheduling. If shopping (buying presents) is one of your items, try and break it…

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