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How to Recycle Fabrics

By |2021-07-12T15:10:32-05:00July 14th, 2021|Categories: Recycle|Tags: , , , |

When I’m working with clients to downsize their belongings, the subject of how to recycle fabrics almost always comes up. Most clients want their unwanted things to go to a good home. There are always instances when we do have to trash items that are broken and can’t be recycled. Then the subject of what can be recycled comes up. Most are surprised when they learn that fabrics can be recycled, not in their curbside pickup bins, but in other places. According to the EPA’s 2017 Data tables on Advancing Sustainable Materials Management, in 2017, 16,890 tons of textiles were generated—only [...]

Linen Closet Storage Best Practices

By |2021-07-05T12:41:36-05:00July 7th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Not every home has a linen closet.  If your home has one, there are a couple of places where they may be located. Either in the bathroom, or they may be found in the hall outside the bathroom.  Typically, they are not just used to store linens.  Most likely, they are used to store towels, bed linens, personal care items and more. The location may determine what type of items you store in your linen closet. If it’s in the bathroom, consider the humidity that accumulates due to lack of air circulation, even with an exhaust fan, so you don’t [...]

Put it on The List of Needed Supplies

By |2021-06-29T14:40:48-05:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

Whenever I discover that I need something, I put it on the list. I wrote an article some years ago titled ‘How do you remember everything?’, it talks about lists in terms of to-do lists. This article is related to remembering, but in terms of needed supplies, not things to do. With everything going on in our busy lives, it’s nearly impossible to remember everything we need to do, much less everything we need to buy to keep us going on a daily basis. When you discover that you need something, a list in a central location where you can [...]

Don’t Buy Storage Products Until After Assessment

By |2021-06-21T17:42:22-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

New clients always want to know what storage products to buy before we meet.  My recommendation is not to buy anything until after assessment of their needs.  Needs assessment in terms of acquiring additional storage comes later in the organizing process. During the first step of the organizing process, which is the sorting step where we put like items together, we will empty all sorts of storage products. They come in all forms, such as baskets, plastic or glass containers, boxes of every size and shape, shelves, bookcases, etc. All of these containers can be repurposed for organizing systems. I’ve [...]

How to Manage Medications From Start to Finish

By |2021-06-14T19:17:54-05:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , , , |

No matter what your age, at some point in your life you will take medications in some form. Over the counter and prescription medications both fall into this category. Like anything else, they have a lifecycle; from the need, to the purchase, to storage, to use, to refill, to proper disposal. This article focuses on how to manage medications from start to finish as described in the title. Need This is the first step in the lifecycle to manage medications. Your body is signaling that you have an issue that needs attention. It may be something as simple as a [...]

Adapting to A Lifestyle Change

By |2021-06-02T10:30:49-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , , , |

A lifestyle change means new behaviors that could result in new routines. It can be in various aspects of your life such as your health, your professional life, or manner of income, moving, a relationship, getting organized, going to college, a new baby, retirement, etc. In each of the situations mentioned above, the lifestyle change will mean a change, or changes that will occur. To adapt, prepare yourself mentally by expecting some things, or possibly many aspects of your life to change, especially existing routines.  Because, with behavioral changes comes a change to existing routines, or eliminating one routine and [...]

How to Organize Jewelry

By |2021-05-21T15:29:32-05:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , |

Just like any other organizing project, there are a variety of ways to organize jewelry. Reviewing the organizing process is the first step. The steps are shown below to refresh your memory and how it specifically pertains to jewelry. Put like items together – This is the beginning of the organizing process.  Group your pieces into categories of like items that make sense to you. Examples of categories may be – rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, watches, pins, etc. Eliminate excess – Look at the pieces in each category of like items.  Make a decision for each item as to whether [...]

6 Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder

By |2021-05-10T17:47:10-05:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

The phrase work smarter not harder could have a different meaning for everyone.  After researching this phrase, I discovered the term originated in the 1930’s by Allen F. Morgenstern.  As an industrial engineer, he created a work simplification program to increase productivity using less effort. There are differing opinions on this idea, some agree, while others don’t. These opinions come from the perspective of each person. My perspective, or opinion, leans the way of agreement in the phrase, work smarter not harder. Allow me to explain. In the past I wrote an article titled ‘Why I Say Professional Organizers Are [...]

Using a Process to Put Down Mulch

By |2021-04-29T14:35:52-05:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Every year I contemplate whether I should put down mulch in my garden beds. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, but when I do, it’s a big job. And spring is typically when you start to see landscape companies spreading mulch in the yards of homes and businesses in the community. This may not seem like a topic related to organizing or productivity, but it does relate to using a process which does optimize productivity.  The process I use to put down mulch may be different than yours, but a process is used all the same. Whether you hire it [...]

Self-Care is Critical to Our Well-Being

By |2021-04-24T13:36:47-05:00April 28th, 2021|Categories: Health Benefits, Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Self-care has always been critical to our well-being, even pre-pandemic. A quick internet search on this subject will yield many articles with tips and advice to create a regimen of your very own to implement. It’s important to pay attention to your physical and mental needs to stay healthy and happy. Reducing stress may be the most important part of any self-care regimen. Chronic stress can take its toll on your body both physically and mentally, so it’s important to have coping mechanisms in place to deal with stressful situations as they arise. Being proactive in creating a self-care regimen [...]

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