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Are You Organized?

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What does organized look like? I believe that being organized feels and looks different for everyone. Some people like having a little bit of clutter or disarray around. They are really O.K. with that. They know they are organized because they can find what they are looking for, the amount of clutter they allow to accumulate does not stress them out, and they feel in control of their environment. Other people get stressed when there are a few items lurking around without homes. These people like to have everything put away and do not allow any clutter to accumulate. Part…

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Do you have time to…?

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Do you get that deer in the headlights dazed look around this time of year when someone says something like ‘Do you have time to help me …’? There is always so much going on in the fall. Reconnecting with friends you haven’t seen much of during the summer at meetings, like the Garden Club or Book Club.  If you have children in school then there are the school parents nights to attend and parent/teacher conferences.  How about making or finding your child’s halloween costume? Following Halloween is my favorite of fall celebrations: Thanksgiving. But, leading up to Thanksgiving for me…

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Are You Prepared?

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Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers) is working to make all homeowners more aware of ways they can prepare for disaster and emergenices in their homes and workplaces. So, how prepared are you? Do you have an emergency medical kit? Are you curious about the items that make up such a kit? My kit has: bandaids (a variety of sizes), gauze pads and paper tape, iodine, ant-bacterial hand santizer, latex gloves, tweezers, benadryl (topical ointment and tablets), asperin, an ace bandage and baby wipes When you put together your kit think about the sorts of…

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Back to School – already?

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It’s hard to believe that school starts here in Atlanta in a couple of weeks. Already there are back to school sales and all the office supply stores have their back to school displays front and center. Are you ready to have your children back into the school day routine? Maybe a better question is: Are your children ready? Did they have school work to complete over the summer? Do you know if they have finished it? If your children are in elementary school it’s a good idea to begin reviewing some of those math facts – addition, subtraction, multiplication…

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Going to College?

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Are you the parent of a rising freshman of college? If you are, I bet there are lots of things on your mind. I’m also sure your child has lots on his mind, too! He (I’m using ‘He’ but you substitute the pronoun ‘She’ if you have a daughter) has probably received information from the college about his new living space (dorm room) and maybe even the names and contact information of his roommate(s). I was at a client’s house a few weeks ago and my client’s son was talking to me about his dorm room. He received the dimensions…

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Flying Solo – Are You Moving into Your First Home?

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Are you about to move into your first home away from your parents’? Are you a parent concerned about your child successfully living on his own? At this time of year many young adults are moving into new situations. They could be moving into a dorm for the first time, moving into a house with friends and starting college or a new job, or perhaps they are newly married and setting up a first home. Whatever the situation there is so much to keep in mind. Jonda Beattie and I are presenting a workshop in July in Metro-Atlanta which will…

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What do I do first?

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I am often asked this question by some clients with lengthy ‘to-do’ lists and by other clients with multiple large scale projects to complete. I do not answer this question directly rather ask my clients to think through the process of prioritizing. They define for me (and in that process clarify to themselves) the importance of the project. Is it time sensitive? What is the ripple effect of this project? Does a colleague’s project hinge on the completion of this project?  What will happen if this project is delayed in order to finish another project? Is this project something the client…

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NAPO Conference

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I returned yesterday from the annual NAPO Conference which was held this year in Baltimore. The weather was spectacular and the city beckoned but I will admit I did not see much of it. I attended every session I could so, naturally, that meant I was inside the convention center. Every NAPO confence I have attended has been great but I think that the more of them I attend the more I learn. You see, every year I go I meet more and more professional organizers. This means so much to me because now I can put more faces to…

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What do I do first?

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

I am often asked this question by some clients with lengthy ‘to-do’ lists and by other clients with multiple large scale projects to complete. I do not answer this question directly rather ask my clients to think through the process of prioritizing. They define for me (and in that process clarify to themselves) the importance of the project. Is it time sensitive? What is the ripple effect of this project? Does a colleague’s project hinge on the completion of this project?  What will happen if this project is delayed in order to finish another project? Is this project something the client…

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