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Fold T Shirts & File in Drawers

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Everyone has t shirts. Not everyone stores their t shirts the same way. Unless you hang them on hangers, you probably fold t shirts.  Some store them on a closet shelf, while others store them in drawers. When you store folded t shirts on shelves, you can easily see the colors which makes it easy to choose the t shirt you want to wear.  That’s not usually the case when they are stored in a drawer.  Since they’re stacked, you can’t easily see the t shirts on the bottom of the stack.  This may be one reason why we wear [...]

4 Lessons I Learned About Buying Things

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Hoarding, Reduce Stress, Rightsizing|Tags: , , |

Working with clients that hoard gave me a whole new perspective on buying things.  Even those that do not have this disorder, but have a lot of clutter contributed to my new perspective.  Clutter can happen quickly for many reasons, and in many ways.  Buying things is the most prominent acquiring action that accumulates clutter that could end up as a hoard. Buying basic things such as food, clothing & personal care items are requirements for living.  The amount of each of these basic things that we buy, along with everything else, is an important consideration.  Storing things that we [...]

Hiring Services to Meet Your Needs

By | July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , |

  Hiring services is not an easy task.  It can be frustrating to get the right company to meet your needs.  The question is, what are your needs, or requirements?  Needs, or requirements is the first thing to consider. Sometimes we don’t know what we need in terms of hiring services.  For those services that are new to us but we know we need the service, perhaps a little research is in order.  Recommendations from family and friends is a good place to start.  They can provide good recommendations as well as companies they’ve had bad experiences with, so you [...]

Communication is Key to Help Those With Hoarding Behavior

By | July 5th, 2017|Categories: Hoarding, Respect|Tags: , , , |

Communication can make or break a relationship.  Communication as defined by Merriam Webster is as follows – ‘a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior’.  Body language falls into this definition as behavior.  In many situations, body language speaks louder than words. For those trying to help someone with hoarding behavior, effective communication is paramount.  In my experience as a professional organizer, most often it’s not the person with hoarding behavior, but a loved one that reaches out for help.  They are frustrated, and possibly angered, by attempts to get [...]

Where to Donate Your Treasures

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

  I’m often asked, ‘where do I donate _______?’ (fill in the blank).  When I’m asked this question is typically during, or after a purge session.  Whether it’s spring cleaning, or time to downsize, you may come across items that are not trash-worthy.  These items still have mileage in them and you don’t want them to end up in a landfill.  The obvious solution is to recycle them. Recycling has a variety of meanings; send to a recycling facility, repurpose/reuse, sell or donate.  This post focuses on where to donate specialty items. There are many charities that accept donations.  The [...]

Too Many Choices

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Home Organization, Problem Solving, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

Too many choices can cause indecision, which leads to frustration, and consequently, stress.  Think about it.  Have you ever been to a restaurant that has a menu with so many pages it looks like a novel? The wait staff wants to take your order but you can’t decide, so you ask for a few more minutes.  Those few more minutes go by and you still can’t decide.  Maybe your dining partners have the same issue.  You end up stressed out and order something that you may not be happy with because you had too many choices. How about your overstuffed [...]

13 Ways to be Proactive

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

  According to Merriam-Webster, being proactive means ‘to act in anticipation of future problems, needs or changes’.  They also define mitigate as follows, ‘make less severe or painful’.  These two words work in sync to help reduce the amount of stress in our lives. When you’re proactive, you mitigate the stress of being unprepared. Unfortunately, we can’t anticipate every problem, need or change that can happen in our lives.  However, when a situation comes up that triggers thoughts that make you think that you can be better prepared next time, act on that thought. The key to this line of [...]

Misplaced Glasses

By | April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Focus, Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

Anyone that wears glasses, has at some time, or many times, misplaced them.  Those that wear reading glasses only, may misplace them more than those that wear glasses all the time.  This probably occurs most often when we’re tired or distracted. When you’re tired, you don’t want to fall asleep with them on and risk damaging them, so you take them off and put them down.  You’re sleepy so you don’t really pay attention to what you’re doing when you set them down. The same thing happens when you’re distracted from a task that requires you to wear your glasses.  [...]

What is Your Motivation to Complete a Project?

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , |

  Motivation, or what motivates us, like everything else, is different for everyone.  As I researched motivators for a past blog post, ‘Two Motivators - Pain or Pleasure’, I learned that there are really only 2 motivators; avoiding pain or moving toward pleasure. When I thought about it, I realized that this is true, at least it was for me. To put this idea to the test, I started thinking about tasks, or projects, I completed in the past that I really didn’t want to do.  I thought about the motivation that helped me get moving to get these things [...]

Spring Cleaning Renews Home & Soul

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Peace, Spring Cleaning|Tags: , , , , |

Spring is a time that refreshes, renews, and brings positive energy into our homes and souls. Spring cleaning is a ritual a lot of us engage in at the beginning of the season.  Some are anxious to begin, others dread it, and some just don’t do it at all. The term ‘spring cleaning’ means different things to everyone.  To some it may mean cleaning the house from top to bottom and everything in between. To others it may mean cleaning things that don’t get done during regular cleaning sessions. Whatever it means to you, the results have an internal effect [...]