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a woman wondering how to start decluttering if you're overwhelmed

How To Start Decluttering When You’re Overwhelmed

By Control Clutter

There are two questions potential clients often ask me during our initial free phone consultation. The first question is really more of a statement, and it goes something like this: I’m so overwhelmed by all my clutter I don’t know how to get started. The question is: how to start decluttering when you’re overwhelmed? The second question is: where do I start decluttering? Both are great questions. The second question is the easiest to answer, you start decluttering in the area that bothers you the most. That differs for each and every person. Let’s address the first question, which is…

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How To Successfully Cope With Unexpected Events & Stay Organized

By Be A Better Version Of You

I know. No one organizes their day considering unexpected events. Honestly, when you organize your day, you are simply hoping your plan works out. None of us knows for sure that nothing will interfere with what we plan. Or at least, no one I know can see into the future. We make our plan based on the information we have at the time. Since the unknown is, just that, unknown how do we successfully cope with unexpected events that occur in our day and stay organized. What is unknown? Let’s think about the common unexpected events. These include lengthy phone…

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Are You Getting Organized to Clean Your Home Spring-Cleaning Style?

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Every year about this time people start talking about doing their spring cleaning. For some people that means washing windows, window screens, and getting outside furniture ready. For other people, it means moving furniture, cleaning the dust bunnies, and reorganizing the furniture placement. This year, however, we’ve all been doing so much cleaning. Constantly wiping down counters and packages, washing hands, and being organized to clean at a moment’s notice. Why would we want to engage in spring cleaning? Is there a difference? Looking back Last year around this time is when we all hunkered down in our homes. Can…

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Incorporate Your Personality into the Organization of Your Home

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

A house becomes a home when someone infuses it with their personality. When someone walks into my home, they know right away that my decorating taste tends toward the traditional. If they look a little more closely, they will notice that I have a sense of humor because I mix the traditional with accents of things that make me laugh. You may notice that I wrote the word “accents” above. Too much of anything becomes clutter. I love to needlepoint and have many needlepoint pillows in my home. If they were all in the same room on one piece of…

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Ask Yourself: Is This the Best You Can Do?

By Be A Better Version Of You, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Do you ever ask yourself, Is this the best you can do? I do. If I’m stuck and feeling frustrated with a project, I sometimes throw my hands up in disgust and ask myself, Is this the best you can do? When the answer is, no, I give myself a little talking to, think about my purpose, and keep on working. Hopefully the answer is, yes and I give myself permission to stop, reward myself, and walk away. Since I am a professional organizer, I’m talking about organizing projects. What does the best you can do mean? Doing your best…

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Messy Closet

7 Steps to Control Clothes Clutter in a Small Space

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

When you live in a small home and have small closets it’s very important to control clothes clutter. Typically, clutter (any type of clutter) is the result of delayed decision making. There are many reasons clothes accumulate and cause clutter no matter the size of the space. Clothes clutter happens when you forget to switch out clothes at the end of a season. It can also happen when you change your clothing size. You either become bigger or smaller and think to yourself that you might be that size someday. So, you hang on to those clothes in addition to…

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a woman wondering how to start decluttering if you're 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…

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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…

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Changing Routines

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Last week I let you all know that I spent the last month or so preparing to move and then moving. I am going to spend the next couple of weeks talking about what else has to change – other than the physical address. Are you scratching your head wondering what I mean by that? Let me give you a little personal history. I grew up in New York City. My family moved apartments 3 times before our final move to Connecticut when I was 16. That’s the house my mother lived in until she passed away in 2009 and…

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Moving Again?!

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Yes, I took some time off writing this blog because I was preparing to move again. I did what I tell all my clients to do. I took a long hard look at my things. I emptied out cupboards and only packed that which I really wanted to take with me. I donated some things, sold some things and put some things out for the trash. And I scheduled 3 appointments with a professional organizer. Yes. Even professional organizers need some guidance and encouragement when tackling difficult tasks! Then the move happened. I didn’t go far – only about 8…

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