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Purging Holiday Decorations

By | December 13th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Donation, Holidays|Tags: , , , |

The holidays are upon us and there is much to do.  From creating menus to shopping for gifts to putting up holiday decorations.  The earlier we start on our to-do list the better.  Decorating is one of those things that can be done early.  We may not think about purging as we decorate but it’s a great way to reduce the amount of decorations as well as creating more storage space. Not everyone decorates for the holidays but many of us enjoy showing our holiday spirit in this way.  We accumulate many decorations over the years.  We acquire holiday decorations [...]

An Organized Stress-Free Vacation!

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Reduce Stress, Travel, Vacations|Tags: , , , |

Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing, right? Well, if you’ve ever gone to Disney World, you might have felt more stress than calm if you planned it yourself. There’s a zillion details to figure out and for many folks that equals a lot of stress. Meet my friend Julie Hough. Julie is a Disney Vacation Planner and she removes the stress from planning your next Disney vacation - all for free! When you book your Disney trip through her company, Enjoy Mouse Travel, you will receive: Advice on which hotel, which ticket type, which dining plan best fits [...]

Feelings – How Does it Make You Feel?

By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: Focus, Motivation|Tags: , , |

  We all have feelings of joy, happiness, peace, sense of accomplishment, etc., from time to time. It would be great if we could have those positive feelings more often. Well, I’m here to tell you that we can, and we should. Everyone is different in the way they feel about things and situations that occur in their life.  One person may love their job, and another person that does the same job, may dread going to work every day.  Mindfulness of how we feel is the key to determine how to react to things and situations in our lives. [...]

Resources to Consider When Seniors Downsize to Move

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Downsizing, Moving, Rightsizing, Seniors|Tags: , , , , |

When you make that decision that you need to move to a smaller home, you may need some help.  Most of us can’t do everything ourselves, especially when we get older.  We need resources to bring our plan of moving to fruition.  Below are some resources to consider when seniors are downsizing to move to a smaller home. Senior referral & placement service: You know you need to move to a smaller home but you don’t know exactly where.  Your health is one of many things to consider when you choose your new home.  Location, income, level of required care, [...]

Productivity & Organization via Smartphone

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

In January 2017, about 95% of Americans owned a cell phone of some kind. About 77% own smartphones, per the Pew Research Center.  That means that the average person has the ability to stay connected to others in some way, whether you own a cell phone or a smartphone. Smartphones have advanced in technology exponentially over a very short period of time.  There is little if anything, that you cannot do on a smartphone that you can do on a laptop or a desktop computer. Since smartphones can be connected to the internet, any kind of information is right at [...]

Should I Sell or Donate Unwanted Items?

By | October 4th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Donation, Recycle|Tags: , , , |

During the purge part of the organizing process, I’m often asked if an unwanted item should be donated or sold.  This is a great question! The short answer is that it’s an individual preference.  In my experience, most people know what mechanism they want to use to discard unwanted items. There are some items that have been in families for generations, and the current owners think they may be of value, but they’re not sure.  For those items, I recommend getting an appraisal to determine value.  Then decide whether to contact other family members to see if they want the [...]

Recovery From a Natural Disaster

By | September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Recovery|Tags: , , , |

  This post is about recovery from a natural disaster such as a hurricane.  In the past couple of months, the United States, the Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico & Cuba, have seen multiple hurricanes that have devastated their residents. The loss has been overwhelming. The American Red Cross continues to provide disaster relief in those affected areas.  Red Cross societies from around the world are also joining the disaster relief effort.  They are providing basic needs for those that have been displaced from their homes. After the danger has passed, the recovery begins.  The media keeps us informed of the [...]

6 Tips to Organize Your Thoughts

By | September 12th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Focus, Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Anything can be organized, even your thoughts.  We say that we can’t help the way we think, but we can!  There may be things in life that we have no control over, but our thoughts are not one of them. When a thought comes to mind, you make the choice to accept or reject that thought.  Your choice may be conscious or subconscious, but either way it’s your choice. Our brains function basically like computers. They are constantly processing information; incoming thoughts and outgoing actions. At times, so many thoughts are floating around in our heads that we can’t keep [...]

Fold T Shirts & File in Drawers

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Everyone has t shirts. Not everyone stores their t shirts the same way. Unless you hang them on hangers, you probably fold t shirts.  Some store them on a closet shelf, while others store them in drawers. When you store folded t shirts on shelves, you can easily see the colors which makes it easy to choose the t shirt you want to wear.  That’s not usually the case when they are stored in a drawer.  Since they’re stacked, you can’t easily see the t shirts on the bottom of the stack.  This may be one reason why we wear [...]

4 Lessons I Learned About Buying Things

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Hoarding, Reduce Stress, Rightsizing|Tags: , , |

Working with clients that hoard gave me a whole new perspective on buying things.  Even those that do not have this disorder, but have a lot of clutter contributed to my new perspective.  Clutter can happen quickly for many reasons, and in many ways.  Buying things is the most prominent acquiring action that accumulates clutter that could end up as a hoard. Buying basic things such as food, clothing & personal care items are requirements for living.  The amount of each of these basic things that we buy, along with everything else, is an important consideration.  Storing things that we [...]