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Priorities

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

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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Treasure Hunts?

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

A terrific organizing strategy (courtesy of organizing expert Judith Kolberg) is to think of organizing as a treasure hunt. How much fun is that? Go on a treasure hunt in your own home looking through your own stuff. What will you find? Will it be something you have misplaced? Will it be loose change from your pocket? Maybe it will be something really fun like a letter you wrote to your mother from camp. Think of the possibilities. Here are a few tips if you decide this is a strategy you want to employ. 1. Pick your spot for the trasure hunt…

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Goals – do you have to have one?

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

I am often asked ‘Do you have to have a goal?’ My answer is always ‘YES!’ Without a goal all you are doing is watching the passage of time. Without a goal you have nothing to propel you forward, it is as if you are treading water. Treading water is not only exhausting but also boring. Your goal does not have to be super-charged and hard to achieve. In fact, I recommend having goals that are achievable. Start small. Have a goal that only takes a few days or even a few hours to achieve. There is nothing like the…

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Feeling Disorganized?

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

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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Professionalism

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Last night my husband, Nick, and I went to the Atlanta Opera. Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart was playing and we are opera fans. In case you didn’t know, there were alerts for storms in the area – and the skies were definately threatening. We met up with some friends, had dinner, and went to our seats at the appointed time. Then the power went out. So, here we are in this huge performing arts center with no lights. Now, let me tell you the place was packed full of people ready to listen to beautful music. In fact, the orchestra was…

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Time Management

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

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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New Systems

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

It can be really frustrating to have a system in place to manage your filing or paper work only to find that it is not meeting your needs. What to do? Well, you can throw out the old system and start over or you can modify the exisiting system that actually worked well for you for awhile. When given a choice I always modify the exisiting system. Understand that life is never static. Things change, your needs change, the way you think about things may change, the way you want to retrieve documents may change – be flexible and adapt…

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New Year’s word

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Last year I chose a word that would help me to define my goal for the year. My word was persevere. I had some serious challenges to overcome. My mother passed away after losing her battle with acute mylogenous leukemia, I had a nasty accident which resulted in having surgery and a metal plate put in my ankle, to name just a few things… I made the decision that I would persevere. I decided to focus on all the positive things in my life and to work hard to honor my mother. It really helped me to have this word to…

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Receipts – take them or not

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Recently, I have noticed, when I pay for an item at a store the person accepting my payment asks this question ‘Do you want you receipt?’  I always answer ‘Yes!’ So, yesterday when I was paying for a haircut and the woman asked me that question I asked ‘Does anyone ever say no?’ The cashier told me that most people do not want the receipt. Her answer really surprised me and I indicated that. My question was ‘ how do you track your expenditures without the receipt?’ The cashier told me that she never takes a receipt. She tracks her expenses…

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