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Routines

By | chores, overwhelm, responsibilty

Last week I talked to you about habits. Some habits are good habits and easy to maintain, some are not so great and can be replaced with better habits. What about routines? What is the difference between a habit and a routine? First, let’s talk about what makes it a routine. A routine is a series of actions that is repeated so often that it becomes automatic. We know that gymnasts have routines (a series of acrobatic moves) that they practice on the balance beam, on the floor mats, on the parallel bars – you get the idea.  I can…

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Tidy Drawers?

By | accomplish, chores, Closets, clothes

Are your drawers tidy? Don’t you wish that there was an easy way to fold your t-shirts and keep them folded – even after you’ve rummaged through the drawer looking for the shirt you want to wear? Alison Tringale has created a product that is so simple to use even her little girls use it. Want to know what it is? It’s called Tidy Snap. I’ve included the link to the product here. www.tidysnap.com In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not being paid to write this review. Alison read some of my recent blogs about children and chores and…

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Rainy Day Family Activities

By | baking, Books, clothes, Education, family

Here in Atlanta the children are out of school on summer vacation. We all want to spend lots of time outside enjoying the great outdoors but what do you do with your children when it’s pouring rain outside? A certain amount of TV time or electronic game time is great. The children love playing with their devices.  I’m sure you don’t want them to spend the majority of their day in front of a screen! Here are my top five suggestions: 1.      Do you have board games? Rainy days are a great time to pull them out.  Board games have…

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Organizing Conference #NAPO2016

By | Books, Budget, connections, family, home organizing, NAPO Conference, Organizing Strategies

I just had the great good fortune to attend two days of the #NAPO2016 Conference in Atlanta. It was my original intention to attend the entire conference but my two sons and daughter-in-law decided that it would be good to visit me. I LOVE it when they visit as they do not live anywhere nearby but I freely admit that I was hoping they would not choose to visit when I was in the middle of attending this great conference. However, the three of them arrived on Friday evening and I was home to greet them. In my world, family…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

By | action, attitude, calendar schedule, daily routine, focus, Garden, lists, overwhelm, plan, schedule, school, small steps, tasks, volunteer activities

It’s not unusual to feel a bit overwhelmed at this time of year. Why? Well, if you have children there are all the end of year school activities. These include awards ceremonies, class parties, prom, graduation ceremonies and parties, athletic competitions and the list goes on. If you don’t have children the groups you belong to may be winding down, finishing up activities. Then there is the yard. If you live in the South you may be changing out the winter annual plants and replacing them with the spring/summer colorful annuals. If you live in the North you may be…

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Now What? How Flexible is Your Plan?

By | flexible, plan, schedule

How do you define flexibility? The dictionary has several different definitions. They are: 1. to be able to bend without breaking; not stiff or rigid; easily bent; pliant 2. Easily persuaded or influenced; tractable 3. Adjustable to change; capable of modification. If you are physically flexible that will serve you well as you age. How do you maintain that flexibility? Easy – exercise regularly and focus on being able to move easily. I do competitive ballroom dancing as a hobby. Last weekend I participated in a dance competition in Atlanta. There was a woman 94 years young dancing tango, foxtrot,…

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Now What? Too Many School Supplies

By | school supplies, shop

Can you ever have too many school supplies? I think you can. When your child begins his school career in nursery or preschool you are given a list of supplies to get for your child. Some school supplies are taken to the school for the teacher to have in her classroom. Other supplies are important, or necessary, to have at home so that your child can complete his homework without you dashing off to the store to get markers, crayons, colored pencils, notecards, poster board, tape, the list goes on and on. When you do this year after year without…

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Stuck at Home?

By | accomplish, appropriate, celebrate, Closets, file folders, needlepoint, paper, Piles, Planning, projects

Here we go again. I’m in Atlanta and listening to the news reports of the catastrophic storm that is hitting this area. I’m so thankful that the media has given us ample warning this time and that most everyone has followed their advice to stay off the roads. I’m sure you remember the pictures and stories of just a few weeks ago when so many were trapped on the highways around Atlanta. So, what to do… I’m at home as are many. Are you wondering how to occupy your time? I have some suggestions. 1. Catch up on your paperwork…

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Maintenance is Key!

By | accomplish, action, appreciation, chores, daily routine, home organizing, maintenance, Organizing Strategies, Planning, responsibilty, schedule

Are you thinking about getting your home really organized? Do you like the thought that once all your belongings have a place to be you will be able to find what you need when you want it? As a professional organizer I think these are beautiful concepts. The caveat here is that once everything is organized you must maintain the system. Think about this another way. If you have a car you need to make sure it has gas in the tank. Every now and then the car will need to have the oil changed or undergo a routine servicing…

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What To Do At Home When You Can’t Go Out

By | accomplish, artwork, calendar, Closets, file folders, home organizing, paper, recycling, schedule

Does this cold weather have you staying home wondering what to do? I have a few suggestions for you which will also help you organize your home. Take a look in your closet. Are there a few pieces of clothing that are: 1. too small 2. too big 3. in need of repair or alterations 4. haven’t been worn in the past season 5. when you put it on, you decide not to wear it and then put it back in the closet Take these items out of your closet and make some decisions. Either schedule a day and time…

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