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Recycling Locations Around St. Louis MO

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

Whether you have curbside recycling or take your recyclables to a facility, some items are not allowed in the bins. Your service provider typically provides a list of items that they will accept.  Some bins have stickers on them to show the acceptable items. There are items however, that need to be discarded but are not on the list of accepted items.  Donation to a favorite charity is always an option for recycling for gently used items. You want to be a good steward of the earth and keep as much out of the landfill as possible, but may not [...]

Clearing Your Digital Clutter

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Clutter is clutter whether you can actually touch it or not. Our minds get cluttered with information that we no longer need and when we sleep, our minds purge the excess.  When our homes become cluttered, we typically go on a purging spree. But what about our digital clutter? We are living in the digital age and a lot of information that we rely on every day comes in a non-physical form.  We can touch the electronic devices where this data resides but we can’t actually touch the data itself.  These devices can become cluttered very quickly with data we [...]

Staying Safe With The Noonlight App

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Safety|Tags: , , , , |

Staying safe is a concern for everyone no matter your age.  Whether you are at home or wherever you go, that feeling of security is priceless.  There are different aspects of feeling safe and for the purpose of this post the focus is on physical safety. When you are in your home, or living your life going to work, school, running errands or engaging in social activity you want to be safe.  Most places that you go you probably do feel relatively safe. There are however, times when you may not. In the US we have the 911 system that [...]

Cut Off The Flow of Incoming Clutter by Making Smart Choices

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Mindfullness, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

In this Ted Talk called ‘Can we eat to starve cancer?’, William Li talks about Androgenesis becoming out of balance and causing a myriad of diseases.  In his talk he focuses on cancer - about cutting off the flow of blood to cancer cells through food intake as an anti-Androgenesis therapy.  It’s an interesting 20-minute talk, I encourage you to check it out.  It may be a stretch, but I realized that we can do the same thing with incoming clutter by making smart choices. Things will inevitably come into our homes on a regular basis, or on an even [...]

Next Time, Just Pause

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Mindfullness, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , |

There is so much power in the pause. We rush around from place to place doing so many things all the time.  Every day, all day we are making decisions. It seems like we are on auto pilot throughout the day just to get everything done. Making knee jerk decisions can sometimes cause pain or stress due to the results of our actions or inactions.  And yes, inaction is actually a decision. At those times when we need to make a decision, and it can be something small or not so small, taking a pause to make a more considered [...]

Backs of Doors Storage Options

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

The backs of doors are an under-utilized storage option.  For those that have small spaces they can provide the additional needed storage.  There are many options for this type of storage but you need to do a little research to understand what works best for your situation. You must be conscience of the size of the items stored in these locations.  They need to be in proportion to the area around the door when it closes.  Cabinets and pantries have shelves in them that you need to work around depending on the depth of the storage item. If you decide [...]

What Approach Should I Use to Begin to Declutter my Home?

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

This is a common question I hear from new clients. The answer is not simple.  There is no one size fits all answer to this question.  In fact, there are very few scenarios in life where one size fits all. The approach you use to declutter your home will likely be different from anyone else. Your situation is different from others so your approach will have a different strategy. Not everyone needs a whole house declutter.  Some just have areas that are clutter magnets and need some tweaking to existing solutions.  Others may need to declutter their home from top [...]

Things For Seniors to Consider to Stay at Home as They Age

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: Organizing Tips, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

These are the times when so many older adults prefer to stay at home as they age.  According to AARP, ‘nearly 90 percent of seniors want to remain in their homes as they age’. Many have lived in their homes for decades.  They have raised families there, made friends there and established roots in their communities.  They know the lay of the land in their surroundings.  They are comfortable with the neighborhood. I’ve often heard the term, getting older is not for sissies. You may have aches and pains, your vision may be declining, you don’t have as much energy [...]

How to Clear Out a Home to Sell After a Death

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever had to clear out a home to sell after a death?  If so, then you know how much there is to do. You also know that it’s an emotional journey.  We learn things about our loved ones that we didn’t know as we cull through their things.  These things are small pieces of their lives that live on through the memories they leave behind. Several years ago, I had to clear out a home to get it ready to sell after my aunt passed away.  I was her caregiver, although I didn’t live with her, for 8 [...]

Benefits of Moving to a Smaller Home

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: Downsizing, Moving|Tags: , , , , |

There will be a point in your life when you start to consider moving to a smaller home.  Typically, we start to think along those lines as we get older.  We slow down and don’t have the energy or physical capacity to manage the tasks associated with a big home. You may have started out with a smaller home, then as you moved along life’s path, you needed more space so you upsized to a larger home, maybe more than once. The kids came along and you needed more space to accommodate more things for more people.  You needed more [...]