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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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Surround Yourself With Things You Love

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

As professional organizers we often talk about what to do to get organized. We tell you about the benefits of being organized: saving money and time and reducing stress. And we talk about safety in the home and having what you need and use. But we do not often talk about the benefit of having other things, the things you love. It’s so important to have the things you love in your home for no other reason than that you love them. When you walk in your home, we want you to smile. The end goal of organizing your home…

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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

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

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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3 Organizing Myths Debunked

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

There are lots of organizing myths out there but there are three organizing myths that I always seem to be debunking with my clients so I thought I would review them with you here. All three revolve around a common theme: clutter. Myth number one: your home must be clutter free to be organized. This is absolutely not true. Do you know your home can be cluttered and organized? What did you think when you read that question? Did you think I had misspoken? Maybe you are questioning my sanity. Whatever you are thinking, it’s true. A home can be…

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Create a Great First Impression with a Clutter-Free Entry

By Control Clutter

Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Are you planning to celebrate with a special someone? Get your home ready by de-cluttering and make a great impression as soon as their foot crosses the threshold of your entrance. Think about the entrance to your home. What does the front door say to someone coming over to your house? Do you want it to make someone feel as if they should turn around? Is there space for them to step inside? Does it make someone feel welcome? You may not know what other people see when they first approach your front door and…

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Is Your Resolution in 2021 to Get Organized?

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

It’s the start of a new year, some say the start of a new decade, and many of us are making our New Year’s resolution. As a professional organizer I often hear people say that their resolution is to get organized. In fact, the month of January is called Get Organized month by the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Specialists (NAPO).  Is getting organized your resolution for 2021? If getting organized is your resolution, think about why you want to do this. It is always easier to tackle something difficult or to change a behavior when you understand your…

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5 Tips for Finally Getting Rid of the Clutter in Your Home

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Clutter has an insidious way of sneaking into our homes. You clear a counter, turn around, and BAM there it is again. Something has made its way back onto that clear counter. Getting rid of clutter is something all my clients want to accomplish for a variety of reasons. Remove Clutter, Reduce Stress Clutter can stress us out. Too much stuff piled around creates visual chaos. Conversely, clutter free spaces can be calming. We used to be able to walk out the door and forget about the mess while we were out. Now, we rarely leave our homes. During this…

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What Do You Know For Sure?

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Do you read Oprah’s magazine? I do. I count myself among the millions of Oprah fans and read her magazine cover to cover almost every month. One of my favorite articles is on the last page of every issue. This page has an editorial from Oprah in which she talks about a topic. Typically, the article uses this phrase “what I know for sure”. I was thinking about this the other day. There are so many things right now that none of us knows “for sure” about the global pandemic. This corona virus has us all spinning in circles. Conflicting…

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Remember Your Routines

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Halloween has come and gone. We are back to standard time. I am very thankful for that since I walk my dogs early in the morning and it had been staying dark until after I was already home. Things are about to get crazy busy with holiday events, holiday shopping, holiday parties and the holidays themselves. How do you maintain your equilibrium? Stick to your routines! Routines serve to guide us through various parts of our day. Your morning routine may involve some household chores. Mine involves walking my dogs, watering my plants, and (on certain days) doing laundry. Then…

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