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Small Steps Toward Change

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life 10 Comments

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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Want To Be More Productive? Use Task-Layering Not Multi-Tasking

By Be A Better Version Of You

Everyone wants to be more productive. We want to get more done in less time, so we multi-task. But do we really get more done when we’re multi-tasking? When we’re busy doing so many things, do we truly accomplish more? We like to think that we can do multiple things at once. Multi-tasking has become a buzz phrase of sorts but are you really more productive when you multi-task? Research says that you are not. This article from the Cleveland Clinic in March 2021 reports that multi-tasking can reduce our ability to focus intently on one task and our ability…

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3 Ways of Reducing Your Fear of Donating Belongings

By Be A Better Version Of You

I read this quote the other day when I was working out at the gym: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear” by George Addair. I wonder how many people are letting fear prevent them from getting organized and donating excess belongings.  There are so many fears which we associate with the organizing process. One of the fears I often hear is implied in the question: Is this the most disorganized or hoarded home you’ve ever seen?  I’m not a therapist. I’m a professional organizer and as such I can tell you that most people are…

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My Husband is Hoarding. What Can I Do?

By Hoarding, How to Organize Your Life Blog

“My husband is hoarding. What can I do” is a question I get asked from time to time. You can substitute ‘husband’ with other nouns like partner, mother, father, grandmother and so on. I am a professional organizer who specializes in working with people affected by hoarding or hoarding behaviors. I often get questions from family members who want to help. Here are some tips and strategies to follow if your husband or someone you love is hoarding. (If you want to understand more about hoarding, read this article.) Safety First for Everyone Involved Always consider safety first. Clear hallways…

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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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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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Ideas for Organizing Clothes Without a Closet

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

There are many clothing items that are just fine to fold and put away but there are others that must be hung up so they stay looking nice. What do you do when you don’t have a closet with a hanging rod? This happened to me when we moved to Singapore. The house we were renting had lovely large rooms, but the rooms had built-in shelves and drawers. There was no space to hang clothes. Here is what I did to organize my clothes without a closet as well as some new ideas. Hang your clothes in an armoire IKEA…

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3 Great Strategies for Organizing Clothes Without a Dresser

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Are your clothes randomly dropped on the bedroom floor where you were standing when you took them off? Or are they clean but still in the laundry basket? Maybe they are strewn across a chair in the corner of your room or on the other half of your bed?  There are several reasons this may happen to you. One reason is that you don’t have strategies for putting your clothes away. The other reason may be that you don’t have a dresser in which to put said clothes. Here are 3 strategies for organizing your clothes without a dresser and…

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5 Tips for Navigating Change Confidently & Successfully

By Rightsize Your Life

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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