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Caring for Mom

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Your children may be adults, mine are, but they are still your children, and you are still a mom. And this, my friends, is what makes it hard for our children to care (as in take care of) for us. Do you watch the television show This Is Us? It is one of my favorite shows, rich in innuendo and subtext. Last week’s show presented a beautiful and thoughtful representation of the amount of work that goes into caring for someone whose mind is drifting away. Caring for mom is one…

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3 Ways to Honor Mom

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Next week is Mother’s Day. It is a day when we honor mom. Whether you have a child, children, or children in the form of dogs and/or cats it’s important to honor those women who are the caregivers. They do so much day-in and day-out for our families no matter the composition. We will honor the dad caregivers in June so stayed tuned for those ideas. The main idea here is that you do something either for your mom to honor her or with your mom. One of my favorite things to do is garden. I learned lots about gardening…

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5 Tips to Stop Procrastinating Around the Holidays

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What is it about the holidays that makes some people put off shopping until last possible minute? I know a few who intentionally delay shopping until Christmas Eve. Then they complain about the crowds, the lack of inventory, the amount of money they spent, and how late they stayed up wrapping gifts. They say they wish they would do things differently. If this is you and you want to stop procrastinating around the holidays, read on, I have tips for you. Mindfully think about procrastinating around the holidays Take some time to reflect. Why do you think your feet are…

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Small Steps Toward Change

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

This post was originally published a little more than 10 years ago. I decided to update it because this past week I attended a conference hosted by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). It was an amazing conference with fabulous presenters! Each one of those presenters touched (in their own way) on the concept that making incremental small steps leads to big and lasting changes. KaiZen: small steps toward lasting change I was first introduced to this concept in April 4, 2011. I took a class offered by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization titled Kaizen – The Next Step for…

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How to Find Some Time to Do Nothing

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

We are all busy. Many of us are busy with family, job, volunteer work, or a mix of everything. It’s a juggling act! As a professional organizer one of the things I juggle is how I spend my time. It’s important to find some time in our busy-ness to do nothing. What does doing nothing mean? Doing nothing means you are not doing anything on your ‘to-do’ task list. You know you are always doing something. You can be selective and find some time for something you love to do. So often when someone asks, “what are you doing?” If…

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3 Reasons Your Daily Routine Changes When You Move

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Whether you are moving down the street, to another state, or to another country when you move your daily routine changes. It’s a fact. Just like you can’t put a square peg in a round hole you can’t transfer all parts of your daily routine from one home to another. As you prepare to move your household parts of your daily routine are probably either forgotten or skipped. Your belongings are packed away. All that remains is to clean your current home, turn over the keys and away you go. Moving day arrives, your belongings get to their new home…

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5 Tips for Navigating Change Confidently & Successfully

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Picture a kayaker heading towards the rapids. This kayaker will confidently and successfully be able to take the rapids because navigating change is part of their training. Just as facing rapids without the proper training is scary for a kayaker navigating change in your life can be scary, too. But with the proper tools at your disposal you, too, can successfully and confidently navigate change. Of course, since I am a professional organizer, I am talking about changes people make which require them to alter the way they are organized. Change can be difficult and stressful. The results are not…

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Have Unexpected Positive Results with an Open Mind

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Here I am again, organizing my home and preparing to move. This cycle of moving every 4 to 5 years has been part of my life for a very long time. Every time I move I think, this is the last time I’m moving. Then something unexpected happens and there I am again planning another move. Cleaning out One of the things on my lengthy list of things to do is to clean out the shed in my backyard. I have a plastic caddy on a shelf in the shed which holds my small tools. I use the caddy as…

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5 Tips to Manage an Ever-Changing Family Schedule

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Creating a family routine and schedule to follow can be challenging for a couple in the best of times. Throw a couple of very young children into the mix, along with working from home, and it feels next to impossible. Do you have children? If you have lived through the baby stage, you know that it’s difficult to create a firm schedule when you have babies. Just when you think you have a schedule in place to follow, the baby regresses and starts waking up again at night. If you also have an older child, they are probably used to…

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6 Tricks to Better Organize Your Day

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Do you know what you want to do tomorrow? Is there an idea in the back of your mind of what you hope to accomplish? How long is your list of things to do? If you’re anything like me, you are always doing something. I admit I pack lots and lots into almost every day. Sometimes the list of things I want to do is longer than time will allow and other times I accomplish everything with time to spare. As a certified professional organizer, I can honestly say that organizing my day is integral to my successfully accomplishing my…

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