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It’s All About Repetition

By | July 1st, 2020|Categories: Change, Routines|Tags: , , , |

The definition of repetition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “the act or an instance of repeating or being repeated”. Repetition is key for so many situations, but probably the most important is learning.  When we learn something new, we repeat what we’ve learned to remember how to do it again.  We practice the action repeatedly so our brain solidifies the data to store for retrieval when we need it. About seven months ago, I adopted a young standard poodle from a local rescue named Star. The rescue was unsure of how her previous owners treated her, but she’s seems [...]

4 Strategies to Lessen A Perfectionist Mindset

By | June 25th, 2020|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , |

Someone once told me that I’m a perfectionist. That didn’t resonate with me because I don’t believe that’s true.  In my mind everything that I do doesn’t have to be perfect, good enough works for me, although I do strive for excellence in the things that I do. Does that make me a perfectionist? No, it doesn’t. I don’t work at something to the point of perfection so that it causes me distress. There are however, people that do this very thing which causes unhealthy issues for them. The actual definition of a perfectionist, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is [...]

3 Options For Storing Photos

By | June 17th, 2020|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , , , , |

Taking photos is a wonderful way to capture memories, and we’ve been doing it for centuries. The history of photography goes way back, beginning in the 4th century b.c., according to this timeline on ThoughtCo.com.  Taking photos has certainly evolved over time, and become commonplace in our society, which created a need for solutions, or options for storing photos. Several months ago I wrote an article called Organizing Printed Photos, which touched on storage. In the early stages of photography, not many people had cameras, so storing photos was not really an issue. When a photo was taken, most likely [...]

Use Up a Product Before Its Shelf Life Expires

By | June 10th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , |

The term ‘shelf life’ is really when a product expires, or an expiration date. According to Wikipedia – ‘An expiration date or expiry date is a previously determined date after which something should no longer be used, either by operation of law or by exceeding the anticipated shelf life for perishable goods.’ All perishable products have an expiration date.  Fresh and frozen food products have them, but also other products like vitamins, first aid products and makeup include expiration dates. The idea is to use up the product before it expires. The implication is that the product is no longer safe.  That is not necessarily the [...]

Taking a Break For The Sake of Getting Things Done

By | June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Do you find that you have issues with getting things done? Taking a break sounds counterproductive, right? It may seem that way but there have been scientific studies conducted over time on this subject. Researchers found that taking a break, actually frequent breaks, can increase productivity. A break is a pause in your work with the intent of going back to what you were doing after a short period of time.  It takes your mind off of a task to refresh your brain. There are different schools of thought as to how long to work before taking a break, and [...]

Determining Root Cause

By | May 28th, 2020|Categories: Problem Solving|Tags: , , |

In my previous life, I worked in IT on a technical support help desk.  People would call in for help with technical issues with their computer equipment.  Part of problem solving on the help desk is to try to determine the root cause of the issue. You probably have had situations in the past where you had to call a service providers support center to resolve an issue for you.  Maybe your phone or internet service was not working, so you called for assistance.  The technician will ask questions to try to determine the root cause of the issue. This [...]

Multiples of One Item Doesn’t Always Cause Clutter

By | May 20th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Professional organizers, me included, often write about having multiples of one item causing clutter. That can be true if you’re not using all of them due to lack of need, and organization. Each item you own needs to be assigned a home, but sometimes homes can be in various places, confused? Let me explain. There are some instances where multiples of one item are needed because you use them in more than one location.  This concept can be a time saver. Multiples of one item such as reading glasses, may be used in different rooms in your home at different [...]

A Process Depends on The Next Step Until Completion

By | May 13th, 2020|Categories: Efficiency, Productivity|Tags: , , , |

As I was watching my street being repaired by replacing sections of concrete, it made me think about processes.  This has been ongoing for about a month, so I’ve grown accustomed to watching the repetitious series of the steps of their process, waiting for the next step. A process is a series of actions that end when the last step in the process is complete.  For each section of concrete, the steps of the process are the same.  It begins with the first step of placing cones around the section, or sections that need to be replaced. The next step [...]

Discarding Regrets – How to Avoid Them

By | May 6th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

As a professional organizer specializing in downsizing, I have yet to come across a client that had discarding regrets. A lot of their spaces are consumed by things that can’t be donated or sold.  Things like broken items, clothing with stains, or rips, or boxes they held onto instead of recycling them. These items are the no-brainers. They engage my services because they need to reduce the amount of their belongings for various reasons. The most common reason is that they are moving to a smaller home. They understand that they can’t take everything with them because it won’t all [...]

Adapting to Change in Unprecedented Times

By | April 29th, 2020|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , |

These are unprecedented times for sure. This is of course, due to the COVID-19 virus.  The last pandemic in recent history was the 1918 influenza.  Both have claimed a lot of lives and changed the course of everyday life. There are similarities in the way we are living now and then during these pandemics. However, the world has seen a plethora of change since the time of the 1918 pandemic. Many businesses have closed, some temporarily, or downsized significantly resulting in a lot of people losing their jobs. Many businesses are struggling and are trying to change the way they [...]