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Life Situations That Create a Need to Declutter

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Home Organization, Moving, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing|Tags: , , , , , |

Life situations that create a need to declutter are many.  These situations typically create a change to your living dynamic.  Many are resistant to change and it’s understandable, especially at those times when you feel a loss.  However, sometimes it helps to take an action to work through that sense of loss.  Decluttering is a liberating feeling and may just be the right action for you. Life situations occur whenever there is a change in your living situation.  This becomes an opportune time to declutter and organize for the new to come into your life.  The scenarios below provide some insight [...]

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Junk Drawers = Miscellaneous

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Junk drawers are equivalent to a box marked ‘miscellaneous’.  Organizers tend to shy away from those labels.  Why you ask?  Because it’s a catchall phrase that means that the items in the junk drawer or misc box have no assigned homes.  And we don’t actually know what is inside this junk drawer or misc box. We have to dig through said drawers or boxes to find what we are looking for. Another reason could be that these items have assigned homes, but because we are busy, it’s just quicker to stash it away in a nearby drawer than to put [...]

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Storing Your Recipes

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , |

Storing your recipes can become challenging.  They come to us in many ways.  Some are handed down from our Moms in books or cut out of magazines, or even handwritten on index cards.  Now that we are in the digital age, some are printed from emails or from websites, and there are apps on our electronic devices to find & store them. Everyone is different and your preference for storing your recipes could be different from others.  As mentioned above, there are typically 2 different mediums of recipes; paper and digital.  You can use a combination of the 2 mediums, [...]

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Using Processes Saves Time & Increases Productivity

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Productivity, Routines, Time Management|Tags: , |

‘Use processes to increase productivity.’  Anyone that has ever worked in an office understands that statement.  As a matter of fact, everything we do, whether it’s income generating or not, revolves around a process.  The word ‘process’ is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as follows, “a series of actions that produce something or that lead to a particular result.” The particular result in regards to using processes is increased productivity.  You save time by not having to think about the steps you need to take to produce a particular result.  When you repeat a process regularly, it becomes routine, you [...]

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Mindfulness of Organizing

By | September 26th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Mindfulness is a very important component of the organizing process.  When I work with clients, we work on the concept of mindfulness as it pertains to organizing.  Organizing comes naturally to many, but not to everyone.  It’s a skill that can be learned, and being aware of some basic concepts as you go about your daily activities, is key to organizing your spaces to keep them organized. The concepts below are simple, yet effective.  Some you may have thought about already, and some may be new to you.  For those that have challenges organizing their things, I encourage you to [...]

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Minimalism – The Path to Health & Happiness

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Downsizing, Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Rightsizing|Tags: , , , |

  There have been a lot of posts on the internet lately about minimalism.  It seems to be surfacing in a lot of ways everywhere.  As an organizer and Feng Shui enthusiast, I love the concept.  The idea of letting go of items that aren’t necessary is simplicity in the most basic form.  Eliminating unnecessary items, clutter, allows the energy (chi) to flow freely through your living spaces.  Good energy flow allows for health and happiness. Everyone I know tells me they have too much stuff.  I hear that from pretty much every client that I have ever worked with.  [...]

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Options For Lid Storage

By | August 14th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Kitchen, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Do you find it difficult to organize and store all the lids that you have for pots & pans or plasticware?  I know I did, so that’s why I decided to write a post on lid storage. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are flexible, and some are not.  Nesting works great for the items the lids accompany, but storing the lids is another story.  Your cabinets can become a tangled mess of lids which makes it difficult to find the lid you need. I want to share with you how I turned my lid chaos into organized [...]

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Preparing For My Kitchen Remodel

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Home Remodeling, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , |

As mentioned at the end of my last post, Planning My Kitchen Remodel, the next topic in this series is preparing for the first step, demolition. Where will it all go? Everything has to be removed from the room, or in my case, rooms.  I likened it to moving from one house to another, only on a smaller scale.  Everything in the space needs to be packed up and moved somewhere else.  If you have a large home, this may not be an issue.  In my case, my home is not real big so I had to get creative in [...]

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Organizing After a Death

By | September 16th, 2015|Categories: estate planning, Grief, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , |

Image courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   When a loved one passes away there are many things to do.  So many things in fact, that it can quickly become overwhelming.  Whether it’s sudden or after a long illness, you will experience grief and probably aren’t thinking straight. My aunt passed away recently and this article provides insight from my personal experience.  This subject is not a topic that most want to think about but it is necessary and I hope it will be helpful.  One thing I would like to mention that helped me, is that when I was planning [...]

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3 Maintenance Strategies to Keep Your Spaces Organized

By | August 5th, 2015|Categories: Home Organization, Maintenance, Organizing Tips|Tags: , |

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net   You read some books, maybe took a class, engaged a good friend to help, planned it out and got it done.  All of your spaces are organized!  It feels good doesn’t it?  Eliminating clutter can be liberating.  Having a home for all of your belongings breathes a breath of fresh air into your living spaces, it creates peace of mind. Now that your spaces are organized, you want to keep them that way so the peace will remain.  No matter how you created your systems, you need to take some steps to [...]

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