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Time Management, Flow & Efficiency of Organized Spaces

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Efficiency, Time Management|Tags: , , , , , |

One thing I do for myself on a regular basis, is to get my nails done at my local nail salon.  My nails never were in the best of shape, so I get acrylic overlays to protect them and to keep them looking good.  On occasion I will get a pedicure as well.  It’s a self-care practice that I have done for many years. The other day when I went in to get my nails done, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure.  While I was there relaxing in one of their massage chairs, I noticed, as I do [...]

Dependencies on Others Can Derail Your Schedule

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Humans are dependent on other humans in so many ways. Your schedule is no exception to the dependencies rule.  Planning and scheduling tasks and appointments is an effective way to manage your time.  However, planning and scheduling your tasks almost always depends on another person or persons. When you make a doctor’s appointment, you’re dependent on the doctor and their staff to be available at the scheduled time. When you take off work to have a service performed at your home, you’re dependent on that service provider to arrive at the scheduled time. You are dependent on these service providers [...]

Just In Case I May Need it Someday

By | September 4th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

“I’m keeping this just in case I may need it someday”.  I hear this a lot from clients as we are decluttering. We run across an item that they forgot they had.  They will actually tell me that they forgot they had this thing, but seem happy that they found it. It may be something that they don’t need now, but they may need it someday.  In my experience, most of the time someday never comes. It’s living in fear, the fear that you may need this thing after you let it go. This mindset may be more prevalent in [...]

Consolidate to Save Space

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

When you consolidate contents of containers with the same product, you save space.  Many of my clients have multiples of one product with varying amounts in each container. These could be personal care items, cleaning products, office supplies, etc. We consolidate the varying amounts into one container and voila, more space! I often wonder how that happens. My thought is to use up all the stuff in one container before opening a new one. If it’s the same product, why open a new one? It could be that the container being used, gets pushed behind others so it’s not seen.  [...]

Making Changes May Not be as Difficult as You Think

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , , |

Some people dread making changes, others not so much.  I get it.  We get into our comfort zones especially as we age.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘she’s set in her ways’.  There’s that comfort zone again. It’s called a comfort zone for a reason. We may not be happy in our current environment, but we know what to expect, so there’s a certain level of comfort in knowing what’s going to happen next whether we like it or not. Making changes just for the sake of change is not a good reason as far as I’m concerned. If [...]

Shifting Things Around is Not Organizing

By | August 14th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , |

There have been times while working with a client, that they want me to put something someplace just for now. We will be working in a room and find an item that belongs elsewhere but doesn’t have an assigned home.  That’s when I’m asked to put something someplace just for now.  What they would have me do is actually shifting things around. When this happens, I take the opportunity to discuss the item with the client.  The act of shifting things around is not organizing, it’s postponing making decisions. It may free up space in the room or area where [...]

Ways That Clutter Steals Your Peace

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , |

Clutter is invasive and steals your peace.  Much like weeds in your garden that grow over and around the plants that you love.  Those weeds can strangle and kill your beloved plants. Clutter accumulates on top and around things like the weeds in your garden.  It will cover all the open space if you allow it which causes stagnant energy. Stagnant energy causes stress, and stress steals your peace. Think about your house when it’s closed up for a period of time, how it feels when you walk in the door.  There’s no energy, or air moving around so it [...]

Overthinking Can be The Demise of Your Productivity

By | July 26th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

When you create a plan, are you overthinking the steps needed to reach the end goal?  Does your research go on forever? Does your plan need to be perfect before you take action? Are the tasks so complicated that you just don’t want to perform them? If any of the above questions resonate with you, you may need to rethink your planning process.  Perfectionism and procrastination are the enemies of productivity. There is no such thing as perfect and good enough gets the job done.  Think about what motivates you - listening to music, a reward as you complete a [...]

Teaching Your Kids About Life After Graduation

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Planning|Tags: , , , , |

Have you thought about preparing your children for life after graduation?  Living in the real world that is.  I’m not a parent but I do remember what it was like after I got out of school, sort of.  My memory isn’t that good these days but not all of it has completely faded away. After graduating from high school, not everyone goes on to college. Many do but many others get a job if they don’t already have one.  They may stay at home until they save enough to get their first apartment, perhaps with a roommate or two. At [...]

Use It or Remove It

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

How many things do you have that you don’t use? I’m guessing the answer to that question is, a lot. Here’s a new mantra for you – ‘use it or remove it’. Inherited items come to mind. Most of us have things we don’t use that were inherited from a family member or multiple family members. We keep them whether we want them or not just because they were Grandma’s or Uncle Ed’s. We associate these things with memories of the person they belonged to. These items fill up our storage areas and then we don’t have room for our [...]