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How to Be Responsible

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A few decades ago, the expression “helicopter parents” became part of our everyday language. When I was a primary school teacher, my colleagues and I used this expression to describe the parents who did everything (and I mean everything) for their children. These children did not learn how to be responsible because their parents were always hovering smoothing their way. The helicopter parents made sure the children had their schoolwork, their lunch, and anything they needed to support after school activities. If by chance something was left at home, one or the other parent would rush back to school with…

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Feeling Out Of Sorts? Organize Your Day

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Are you feeling out of sorts? You know, sort of blah? Well, I think you probably have realized you are not alone. Many of us are feeling that way. One day sort of blends into the next. There is not a whole lot to distinguish one day from another. My cousin gave me this analogy. It is like having continual snow days without the snow. Another friend said it is like New Years’ Day every day because there is no traffic and most of the stores are closed. I thought that was a very fitting remark. I thought up some…

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Chores!

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Love them or hate them – still gotta do them What is it about chores that makes them so hard to do, so easy to put off? First, let’s talk about the word – chore. Where does the word ‘chore’ come from? According to etymology: chore is written in the New Oxford American Dictionary as “(originally dialect and U.S.): variant of obsolete char or chare (see charwoman)”, which the same pronunciation as the modern verb char. It ultimately comes from Middle English cherre (odd job). Essentially, the word ‘chore’ is linked to doing a job. Usually, a job around the…

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Things To Do Around Your Home This Fall

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

  I love this time of year! The air is crisp, the trees are gorgeous with their fall colors and I’m anticipating decorating for the holidays. There are a few household maintenance chores that are really good to remember. I always plan to do them when we ‘fall back’. Turn the Clocks Back On Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 am the time officially reverts to Standard Time. I am not a night owl, so I’ll be changing my clocks before I go to bed on Saturday night. I’m happy we’re changing the clocks. This will mean that it will no…

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What Happened to Summer? School Starts Soon.

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  The school year starts this week in several counties in Georgia. I can’t believe it. What happened to summer vacation lasting until after Labor Day? I know that schools in the south get out for the summer in mid-May and go back in session in August. I’m originally from the northeast so this seems very early to me. My local grocery store has started stocking pens, pencils, assorted spiral notebooks and a few school supply organizers for those needing to grab a few necessary items. Office supply stores are stocked full of every imaginable school supply and are having…

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New Routines and Habits

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

I wrote several posts earlier this fall about routines and habits. I’m circling back to this topic because I recently spent the best weekend with my son, daughter-in-law and their baby – my first grandchild! This baby was born in mid-October and so was very new in this world. My son and his wife very quickly figured out that their previously established routines and habits would have to change. They needed to create new routines and habits to accommodate this addition to their family. They had read lots of books on child-care, but nothing ever really prepares you for the…

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Unfulfilling Tasks

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I saw this expression last week in an interview between my friend and colleague,Linda Samuels, and Francine Jay. Francine is a minimalist. In fact, she is known as Miss Minimalist. Francine told Linda in the interview that being a minimalist involved not making unnecessary purchases, getting rid of unused belongings, and also eliminating unfulfilling tasks. Doing these three things opens your life up and allows you to live more fully. I will typically advise my clients to stop making unnecessary purchases. You save lots of money by only buying what you really need and not giving in to impulse shopping….

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Small changes?

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Sometimes a small change in the way we do things can have a really HUGE impact. One of my clients had the habit of waiting until April 14th to begin gathering the information needed to prepare his taxes. It would take him all day and most of the night of the 14th to gather everything together, figure out what he had to do, download the forms, etc. You get the idea, I’m sure. Maybe some of you do this very same thing. Last year, we created a current tax year file. All tax related information went into the file. I…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

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What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? Do you walk away from whatever it is that is overwhelming you? Many of my clients are challenged by that feeling of overwhelm. It doesn’t matter if it is piles of paper, too much to do and too little time, too many emails to respond to or deal with or too many household chores when you’re feeling overwhelmed you don’t know where to start. My advice is to pick a place and start small. If we’re talking about household chores, look at your calendar, figure out how much time you can give…

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Maintenance is Key!

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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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