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Positive Results Occur by Being Proactive

By |2021-09-20T15:26:25-05:00September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Mindfullness|Tags: , , , , , |

The definition of proactive according to the Merriam Webster dictionary is, “acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes”. Positive results are sure to follow when you think about things that may happen if you aren’t mindful of yourself, and your surroundings, and take proactive steps to avoid potential issues. Being mindful of yourself, your surroundings and future needs, is the first step in the process of being proactive. As you go along in life, and you see things that could potentially cause an issue in the future, for whatever reason, the next step is to determine the appropriate [...]

Hair on Fire Most Days? Organizing Your Life Will Douse Those Flames

By |2021-09-13T10:24:05-05:00September 15th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

Does the first part of the title of this post resonate with you? If so, then consider organizing your life to douse those flames as stated in the second part of the title.  By eliminating your constant ‘hair on fire’ scenarios, you will live a less stressful, more productive and peaceful life.  But first, determine what areas of your life cause the ‘hair on fire’ scenario the most. Are you constantly looking for your keys, making you late to work, appointments, or school? Are you buying multiples of items because you didn’t know you already had one or more of [...]

Focus on Safety First When Decluttering

By |2021-09-07T16:00:53-05:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , |

Decluttering is the first part of the organizing process. You may think that only applies for older adults, but no, safety first applies to all decluttering projects for all ages.  Not only is clutter a safety issue, but as mentioned in many past posts, it causes stress. During the needs assessment consultation, the client is asked about every area to be organized. We discuss what works and doesn’t work, and potential organizing solutions for the areas that are not working so well. As we walk through their spaces, I’m focused on safety first as I think about solutions. As you [...]

Downsizing Those That Have a Generous Heart

By |2021-08-27T13:18:25-05:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Rightsizing|Tags: , , , , |

Since I specialize in downsizing client’s belongings, the subject of finding good homes for discards is one of the first things we discuss. Most, if not all of my clients are generous, sometimes to a fault. Not many of my clients want, or have a need to sell their discards, but they do want to make sure they go to good homes. There are various reasons why people downsize their belongings. It may be to move to a smaller home, it may be to clear out a home after a death, or it may be an accumulation of clutter that [...]

Recycling Hard Cover Books

By |2021-08-20T13:08:22-05:00August 25th, 2021|Categories: Recycle|Tags: , , |

Recycling hard cover books? My book loving friends may be aghast at this idea, but sometimes it’s necessary.  The main reason is probably when downsizing your belongings, especially to move to a smaller home. There are times when I’m helping a client to downsize, and they have a lot of books - paperback and hard cover books, and also magazines. Some of their books have seen better days and are not in good enough shape to donate, which is the best form of recycling. As I just mentioned, the best way to recycle is donation, as is typically the case [...]

A Well-Organized Girls Weekend

By |2021-08-11T13:37:33-05:00August 18th, 2021|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , |

Getting away for the weekend, especially with the girls, is a great way to relax, regroup, party and laugh, sometimes until we cry.  It’s a wonderful form of therapy. My friends and I have enjoyed getting away for a girls weekend for the past 36 years. Yes, you heard that correctly, 36 years. Last year we weren’t able to go due to the pandemic, which would have been year 35. Every 5 years since inception, we have shirts made to commemorate the occasion.  We had shirts made last year since it was a milestone year, even though we didn’t go. [...]

How to Downsize Your Belongings Every Day

By |2021-08-02T16:25:11-05:00August 10th, 2021|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , , , |

We all have an over-abundance of things.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, at some point in your life you will have a need to downsize your belongings.  Waiting until it becomes a necessity is not a good approach. Don’t wait until that time comes because it’s inevitable that you will need to downsize your belongings at some point. Be proactive, start before it becomes a necessity because if you wait, you may not have the physical or mental capacity to get the job done. You want to be able to make decisions for your things, you don’t want others [...]

Recommendations For Good Service Providers

By |2021-08-02T16:17:21-05:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , , , |

Have you ever been in a pinch and needed recommendations for a good service provider? Most of us have our favorites that we use on a regular basis. This issue surfaces when one of our favorite service providers can no longer accommodate our needs, either short term or on a long-term basis. Life happens. People retire, have health issues, businesses change their service areas or services, they move away or close their business for various reasons. Then it’s time to look for a new service provider to add to our list. It can be a difficult task to find a [...]

Mind Clutter is a Real Thing

By |2021-07-23T12:58:59-05:00July 28th, 2021|Categories: Clutter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mind clutter can mean many things – too many thoughts, unwanted thoughts, negative thoughts, overwhelm, etc. The cause can come from within or from external sources or a bit of both. Clutter is clutter, whether it comes in the form of things in our homes, or the thoughts in our brains. We need to purge mind clutter from our brains, just like we purge clutter from our homes. There are many benefits of having a clear, relaxed mind.  Reduced stress, focus, and increased productivity are just a few. Sleep is one way to clear waste, or mind clutter from our [...]

There is a Consequence to Every Action

By |2021-07-17T12:57:56-05:00July 21st, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , |

Every decision we make causes an action that results in a consequence. An inaction is also a decision, a decision not to act. A consequence is a result of the decision, or choice that you make depending on the situation or circumstance you are in at the time. We all make many decisions every day in the course of our lives. Some may be mundane, or not particularly life impacting, others can be detrimental to our health and wellbeing. They all have one thing in common, they all have a consequence.  Some good, others not so good. So, what does [...]

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