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Close the Loop: Honoring My Brother

By How to Organize Your Life Blog

As a professional organizer, one of the things my clients will often hear me say is, “Remember to close the loop”. What I mean by this is finish the task. There is a natural cycle to tasks, and they are not finished until all the steps involved in doing the task are completed. If we are talking about laundry, that task is not done until the laundry is put away. My siblings and I are gathering to close the loop and honoring my brother this weekend. Like many families, we lost my brother during the Pandemic lockdown. He did not…

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3 Reasons Your Daily Routine Changes When You Move

By Rightsize Your Life

Whether you are moving down the street, to another state, or to another country when you move your daily routine changes. It’s a fact. Just like you can’t put a square peg in a round hole you can’t transfer all parts of your daily routine from one home to another. As you prepare to move your household parts of your daily routine are probably either forgotten or skipped. Your belongings are packed away. All that remains is to clean your current home, turn over the keys and away you go. Moving day arrives, your belongings get to their new home…

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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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6 Tricks to Better Organize Your Day

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Do you know what you want to do tomorrow? Is there an idea in the back of your mind of what you hope to accomplish? How long is your list of things to do? If you’re anything like me, you are always doing something. I admit I pack lots and lots into almost every day. Sometimes the list of things I want to do is longer than time will allow and other times I accomplish everything with time to spare. As a certified professional organizer, I can honestly say that organizing my day is integral to my successfully accomplishing my…

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What Kind of Clutter Do You Have?

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Did you know that there are several different types of clutter? The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about clutter is physical clutter. This kind of clutter is obvious. You can see it, touch it, and sometimes taste it and smell it. PHYSICAL CLUTTER: Examples of physical clutter are piles of magazines, unopened mail in piles, shoes left around on the floor in no apparent order, clothes piled on chairs, toys left laying around, cleaning supplies, dirty tissues or paper towels, used plates and cutlery. I bet you can think of even more examples of physical…

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Changing Routines – Part Two

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

A couple of weeks ago I told you that I had moved to a new home and that I am working to create new routines. I have to do this because I’m in a new environment. My first challenge was how to safely walk my dogs in the morning.  I walk very early in the morning and the street I now live off of is busy and there are no sidewalks. I solved this dilemma by deciding to put the dogs in my car and drive a couple of miles down the road to a beautiful park that has nice…

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Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning

By How to Organize Your Life Blog, Rightsize Your Life

Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking about the kitchen. Buying and organizing supplies; only buying what you need. How do you know what you need? Do you have a list to refer to when you grocery shop? Some people have a list of the things they buy frequently from the store and they put a check mark next to the item when they need to replenish their supply. They leave space on the page to make note of the extra items to purchase. This is a very good option. Other people create a list of things to buy…

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Now What? Closet Organizing Tips

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Last week I started a conversation with you about your closet. I compared the closet to a container. When a container is full, you can’t put anything more in it. Likewise in a closet, when it is full, it becomes difficult to put clothes away neatly. I promised to give you tips on how to organize your closet after spending some time culling your collection of clothes. So, here they are! Group like with like. Put all your slacks/pants together. Put all your blouses/shirts, skirts, dresses and jackets together too. Once you have them grouped together separate the colors within…

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Now What? A Great Planner for Students

By How To Organize, How to Organize Your Life Blog

I love a good planner and am always on the hunt for those which will help my clients feel more in control of their ‘to-do’ list. Here is a planner that I saw at the NAPO 2015 Conference last month. I am  so excited about Order Out Of Chaos’ Academic Planner—A Tool For Time Management. This planner gives students a natural way to visualize time that helps them time manage and control their schedule. What makes this planner so special is the space at the bottom of the page for listing after-school activities and weekend plans. Students can identify if…

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Summer Fun

By Control Clutter, How to Organize Your Life Blog

Someone asked me today if I had started to slow down for the summer. Her question took me by surprise. I realized that I don’t slow down at all during the summer any more. I planned my time differently when my children were in school. Then I did slow down during the summer. We planned lazy days by the beach. Some days we played tennis and others we dedicated to water sports. We spent as much time as we could outside engaged in sports, relaxing in the shade, or playing board games. In other words we had lots of fun…

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