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Choosing a Productivity Method That Works For You

By |2021-11-29T15:58:26-06:00November 24th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

In this fast-paced world we live in, there is a desire, or possibly a need to get a lot of things done in the time we have available every day. Everyone is unique in their learning modalities and lifestyles, so choosing a productivity method that works for you is important. There are many methods to increase productivity, but how do we know which one works for our unique lifestyle? To choose a productivity method that works for you, the best advice I can provide is to try 1 method. If it works, great, if it’s not producing the intended results, [...]

The Cost of Getting Rid of Things

By |2021-11-17T09:57:10-06:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , , |

As I help clients to downsize their belongings, the biggest part of the process is decluttering, or getting rid of things. Decluttering comes in various forms such as donation, recycling - which can be a form of donation, returning borrowed items, gifting, and trash. Some things are in good condition and can be donated. Other things that are not worthy of donation, that can be recycled, go into the recycle bin. Then there are things to discard that are just plain trash. Getting rid of things can be expensive. I’m not talking about throwing out things via your weekly trash [...]

How to Know if You Own Your Stuff or if Your Stuff Owns You

By |2021-10-09T14:17:46-05:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , |

How do you know if you own your stuff or if your stuff owns you? What a thought-provoking question. It’s really just your mindset at play here.  How you think and feel about your things will determine what you do with them. Your things need to be proportionate to your living spaces. Everyone has a finite amount of space and when it gets filled up, you’re left with making decisions about all these things that are taking up valuable real estate.  When you can’t let go of things, it may mean that your stuff owns you. Some things to consider [...]

Delegate Tasks to Increase Productivity & Relieve Stress

By |2021-09-21T15:00:24-05:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Delegate, delegate, delegate! This is such an underutilized option, especially when you’re overwhelmed. When you’re overwhelmed, your productivity level drops and your stress level increases. Some feel that they have to do everything themselves or these things won’t get done correctly. What this does is creates a tremendous amount of stress on themselves.  If something isn’t done to perfection, what’s the worst that will happen?  It’s less stressful to get things done and adopt an attitude of ‘good enough’. You wouldn’t try to perform a task when you don’t possess the skills would you? So, you delegate that task to [...]

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. [...]

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