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Organizing Your Desktop Icons

By |2021-01-27T14:45:16-06:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Does your computer have so many desktop icons on it that you can’t see the background image? If so, it may be time to do some decluttering and organizing. These unused and unneeded icons equate to a form of digital clutter. This post pertains to PC’s since I’m a PC girl, not Macs, but here is a link from Apple Support that may help Mac users organize their desktop icons. Many people download files to their desktop for various reasons.  Those files then become desktop icons. Some may be temporary and then get forgotten after they have served their purpose, [...]

Using Tags During Downsizing

By |2021-01-16T17:43:43-06:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , |

Using tags to mark items during downsizing is so important. When you’re downsizing to move to a smaller home, it can get confusing if items are not tagged correctly. Something may be moved that should not be, or vice versa. The first part of the organizing process is sorting, or putting like items together using tags for various categories. This first step allows you to see all the items in one category, so you know what you want to keep. You may have multiples of one item so you know the rest can go, or you may not need the [...]

Don’t miss the recent Redfin article I was featured in: “12 Habits That Will Help You Get Organized”

By |2021-01-14T11:54:09-06:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Organizing Tips|Tags: |

Whether you live in Phoenix, AZ, or Philadelphia, PA, you’ve probably been spending more time at home than ever before amidst the pandemic. Now, you might be noticing just how disorganized your home has become over the past year and are ready to make a change as the new year begins. Finding the time to nail down a gameplan between laundry, errands, and piles of dishes, however, can be a challenge. I, along with other experts across the country, were asked by Redfin to share our best organizing tips so you can keep your home tidy all year-round.  Check out what I [...]

A New Year, A Fresh Start

By |2021-01-12T10:06:19-06:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Change|Tags: , , |

Here we are, once again, at the beginning of a new year. The new year promises a blank slate, a fresh start. I think everyone is happy to put 2020 behind us for many, obvious reasons. We may want to forget the challenges we encountered, but we need to remember them to learn from them and to grow. Last year, very seldom did we see or hear anything positive. That may be why everyone is talking about making a fresh start. Headlines such as COVID-19 numbers, the fallout of the economy, political elections, and so on kept us all counting [...]

How Did You Pivot in 2020?

By |2020-12-28T17:06:22-06:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Change, Problem Solving|Tags: , , |

This year may have started out well for some, but ended not so well for most.  The tentacles of this pandemic changed our lives in so many ways.  We had to get creative in order to survive, literally. I kept hearing the word pivot, mostly from companies in terms of their business models. Early on, as the cases started to rise at alarming rates, the mandate came down for businesses to close that were not deemed essential, to try to stop the spread of the virus. This caused a cascade of issues mostly related to businesses closing, at first temporarily, [...]

5 Strategies to Determine Want or Need

By |2020-12-18T16:32:32-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Mindfullness, Problem Solving|Tags: , , , , , |

Some of us have issues determining want or need in terms of tangible items. This may not be an issue for some, but for others it can cause a myriad of issues, such as financial, storage that leads to clutter issues, relationships, mental health, etc. Sometimes just one purchase that you want, and not need, can hit all of these issues listed above. This is when establishing priorities comes into the picture. A priority is not necessarily a need. A priority just means that something else takes precedence. This is not to say that you should never buy anything you [...]

Keeping Spirits up With The Tradition of Baking Cookies For The Holidays

By |2020-12-15T10:04:59-06:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Holidays, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

I think baking cookies is a tradition for most, if not all of the year-end holidays. This has been a difficult year to be sure, and traditions are important to keep up with to lift our spirits. And what better way to make your spirits bright than baking cookies with family or friends. This is an activity that will surely take your mind off of your troubles, even if it’s only for a short time.  If it’s not been a tradition for you in the past, maybe this is the year to start a new one. Every year for many, [...]

Determining Categories Can be Challenging

By |2020-12-09T10:52:11-06:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

The first step in the organizing process is to sort items into broad categories that make sense to you. A category contains like items. This can be challenging for some, for various reasons.  Everyone is different, so the key to get started on this first step depends on your individual way of thinking. You may be overwhelmed by the amount of your clutter, and that doesn’t help. If you have ADHD, you may overthink this task by being too specific, then become overwhelmed and just stop.  The state of overwhelm can sometimes cause paralysis in making decisions. If that happens, [...]

How to Create an Organized Makeup Storage Solution

By |2020-11-27T16:00:04-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , |

In many cases, putting on makeup is part of a morning routine.  This task may be included in a list of activities designed to ease you into your day.  A morning routine keeps things on track, and the tasks become habit. Habits are actually a form of automation which makes life much easier. In order to make this particular routine task flow for you, consider where you apply makeup and create a solution in that space.  The most common space is probably a bathroom. Second may be a vanity, either in the bathroom or another room such as a bedroom. [...]

Create a Plan For Running Errands to Save Time & Money

By |2020-11-20T12:51:57-06:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Running errands is something we all have to do on a regular basis. It may not be your favorite task, it certainly isn’t mine, but it is necessary. A little planning on the front end can save time in your busy schedule as well as keeping more money in your pocket in terms of fuel consumption at the least. Due to innovations in technology, a lot of our tasks can be done online via electronic device. Shopping online saves time by finding the specific item you’re looking for without in-person store shopping. Purchases can be delivered to your home, which [...]

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