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Discarding Regrets – How to Avoid Them

By | May 6th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

As a professional organizer specializing in downsizing, I have yet to come across a client that had discarding regrets. A lot of their spaces are consumed by things that can’t be donated or sold.  Things like broken items, clothing with stains, or rips, or boxes they held onto instead of recycling them. These items are the no-brainers. They engage my services because they need to reduce the amount of their belongings for various reasons. The most common reason is that they are moving to a smaller home. They understand that they can’t take everything with them because it won’t all [...]

Adapting to Change in Unprecedented Times

By | April 29th, 2020|Categories: Change|Tags: , , , |

These are unprecedented times for sure. This is of course, due to the COVID-19 virus.  The last pandemic in recent history was the 1918 influenza.  Both have claimed a lot of lives and changed the course of everyday life. There are similarities in the way we are living now and then during these pandemics. However, the world has seen a plethora of change since the time of the 1918 pandemic. Many businesses have closed, some temporarily, or downsized significantly resulting in a lot of people losing their jobs. Many businesses are struggling and are trying to change the way they [...]

6 Easy to Access Storage Solutions

By | April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Containment is part of the organizing process. Containers make good storage solutions, but is it always easy to access the contents? This is a question that needs to be considered based on the type of storage solution.  The criteria for storage may be different for each organizing solution, but ease of access should be a top priority. As mentioned in previous posts, containment, or containers come in all shapes and sizes. Every box, bin, basket, shelf, drawer, rack, cabinet, pantry, closet and room in your house is a container, as well as your house itself. How we organize these containers [...]

4 Things to Focus on That You Can Control

By | April 15th, 2020|Categories: Change, Overwhelm|Tags: , , , , , , |

Because of the current state of affairs, locally and abroad, it may feel like the world is in chaos and we have no control over our lives. There is a lot of uncertainty and confusion which causes an overwhelming amount of stress for everyone.  We don’t know what our future holds. The information we get bombarded with is always in question as to its validity.  Things are changing all the time, daily, and hourly for that matter.  Trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and calm in our ever-changing world requires the ability to adjust our plans to adapt to [...]

Staying Positive During Difficult Times

By | April 8th, 2020|Categories: Change, Overwhelm|Tags: , , , , , |

Staying positive is not always easy to do, especially during difficult times. These days can definitely be considered difficult times for everyone all around the globe. This pandemic is touching so many lives in so many ways. Unfortunately for most, in negative ways. Our new normal is evolving on a daily basis.  No one really knows how our lives will change in the long-term, or short-term for that matter. The uncertainty of what the future holds is causing stress and anxiety for everyone. Staying positive is becoming quite a challenge. We are bombarded with information related to the corona virus [...]

Stay Connected, It’s Essential

By | April 1st, 2020|Categories: Health Benefits, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

These are trying times to be sure.  With the directive to stay at home to stop the spread, it’s essential for us humans to stay connected without physical contact.  This is not easy to do since our overall well-being relies on human touch. Even on those occasions that some have to leave their homes, we’re instructed to stay six feet away from others.  At least we can see other people even though there is no physical contact. These measures are important to flatten the curve.  Those most impacted are the elderly, probably the most vulnerable of our population. People are [...]

Seasonal Clothing Storage

By | March 25th, 2020|Categories: Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Where do you store your seasonal clothing? The ideal situation is to store clothing from all seasons together, but not everyone can do that.  If you have a huge closet with plenty of storage, it may not be an issue. For those of us that don’t have big closets and not so much storage, we have to get creative when we switch our wardrobe twice a year. Spring is here and it’s time to make a wardrobe switch.  Warmer weather means we can put away the warm sweaters, wool pants and bulky coats.  Short sleeves, jackets, and other lightweight pieces [...]

Being Productive While Staying at Home

By | March 18th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , , |

During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, a lot of us are considering how best to use our time wisely while staying at home.  There are many posts from my professional organizer colleagues on this subject. And who better to provide ideas for productivity than professional organizers! There are those that have employers that allow them to work from home. That’s great because they aren’t losing pay and have tasks, and maybe virtual meetings to attend to.  They can easily find ways to be productive while staying at home. Others that don’t have the option of working from home, [...]

How to Create a Simple Home Inventory

By | March 11th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

There are many reasons why someone would want to create a home inventory.  You can read more about that in one of my past blog posts, ‘Why Create a Home Inventory?’. There are many resources on the internet to guide you through the process of creating a home inventory.  With the creation of the smart phone, so many people and companies have developed apps for just about anything you can think of.  With that said, go to your app store and search on home inventory and you will find a lot of them, free and paid. The free apps have [...]

One Size Fits All

By | February 28th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , |

There is really no such thing as one size fits all in any aspect of life.  You probably see this term most often with articles of clothing.  Ok, maybe in that way it could be true, although I’m skeptical.  Since everyone is unique, how could this work? According to Wikipedia – “One size fits all” is a description for a product that would fit in all instances. The term has been extended to mean one style or procedure would fit in all related applications. It’s true that the meaning of this term is typically related to products, according to Wikipedia, [...]