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Using Tags During Downsizing

By |2021-01-16T17:43:43-06:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , |

Using tags to mark items during downsizing is so important. When you’re downsizing to move to a smaller home, it can get confusing if items are not tagged correctly. Something may be moved that should not be, or vice versa. The first part of the organizing process is sorting, or putting like items together using tags for various categories. This first step allows you to see all the items in one category, so you know what you want to keep. You may have multiples of one item so you know the rest can go, or you may not need the [...]

5 Strategies to Determine Want or Need

By |2020-12-18T16:32:32-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Mindfullness, Problem Solving|Tags: , , , , , |

Some of us have issues determining want or need in terms of tangible items. This may not be an issue for some, but for others it can cause a myriad of issues, such as financial, storage that leads to clutter issues, relationships, mental health, etc. Sometimes just one purchase that you want, and not need, can hit all of these issues listed above. This is when establishing priorities comes into the picture. A priority is not necessarily a need. A priority just means that something else takes precedence. This is not to say that you should never buy anything you [...]

Determining Categories Can be Challenging

By |2020-12-09T10:52:11-06:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

The first step in the organizing process is to sort items into broad categories that make sense to you. A category contains like items. This can be challenging for some, for various reasons.  Everyone is different, so the key to get started on this first step depends on your individual way of thinking. You may be overwhelmed by the amount of your clutter, and that doesn’t help. If you have ADHD, you may overthink this task by being too specific, then become overwhelmed and just stop.  The state of overwhelm can sometimes cause paralysis in making decisions. If that happens, [...]

Storage Furniture Works Great in Small Spaces

By |2020-11-17T13:41:09-06:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Storage furniture is not just for small spaces, but it does work well if that is your situation. You may be asking what I mean by that term. Just like containers, there are a lot of pieces of furniture that would fall into the storage category. The obvious pieces of storage furniture are bookcases, cabinets, armoires, dressers, desks, etc. There are also not so obvious pieces such as storage ottoman’s, benches and beds with built-in drawer’s underneath that do double duty. These pieces of furniture double as storage so you get more bang for your buck and save space at [...]

4 Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Digital Marketing Clutter

By |2020-11-17T13:41:10-06:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Email|Tags: , , , , , |

Every time you purchase a product or service, especially online, you are automatically signed up to receive digital marketing from that company. You give them permission when you accept the terms of the purchase of the product or service. Your email address is, of course key to this potentially invasive practice. The main source of digital marketing comes via email in the form of a newsletter. A newsletter can be used in many ways but the idea is to stay in the minds of customers.  It could be in the form of information about the company, or their products or [...]

How Cardboard Boxes Easily Become Clutter

By |2020-11-17T13:41:11-06:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Cardboard boxes are great tools for temporary storage. Notice how I used the word ‘temporary’? They are not designed for long-term storage for obvious reasons. At some point over time, their stability comes into question due to the environment in which they live. Cardboard boxes have other temporary uses as well.  They work great for moving your things from one home to another, or when you are downsizing to take donations of home goods to a local charity. Most don’t really like to buy cardboard boxes for the temporary uses as described above. That’s understandable, so when the need arises, [...]

Why I Say Professional Organizers Are Lazy

By |2020-11-17T13:41:16-06:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , |

Why do I say that professional organizers are lazy? Because I am one so I know! What I mean by this statement, is that we know what it means to be organized. We also understand the challenges it presents when we are not, not to mention the stress it can cause. Professional organizers want solutions in place to make our lives easier, hence the lazy comment. The solutions we create for ourselves and our clients, allow a flow into our busy lives as if we are on auto-pilot.  We want our clients lives to be easy and relatively stress-free like [...]

Is Your Fitness Equipment Used as Storage?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:16-06:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Many new year’s resolutions include getting in shape, or physically fit. For home work out routines, it makes sense to purchase fitness equipment.  Asking for a stationary bike, treadmill or all-in-one home gyms are common Christmas gift requests. Maybe it wasn’t a gift request or a new year’s resolution.  You may have inherited a piece of fitness equipment. Maybe a family member wanted to downsize, so they asked if you wanted their elliptical trainer. You thought, yea I want to get in shape and this may provide the motivation to get me going. Your intentions are good going into this [...]

Shifting Things Around is Not Organizing

By |2020-11-17T13:41:19-06:00August 14th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , |

There have been times while working with a client, that they want me to put something someplace just for now. We will be working in a room and find an item that belongs elsewhere but doesn’t have an assigned home.  That’s when I’m asked to put something someplace just for now.  What they would have me do is actually shifting things around. When this happens, I take the opportunity to discuss the item with the client.  The act of shifting things around is not organizing, it’s postponing making decisions. It may free up space in the room or area where [...]

Ways That Clutter Steals Your Peace

By |2020-11-17T13:41:19-06:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , |

Clutter is invasive and steals your peace.  Much like weeds in your garden that grow over and around the plants that you love.  Those weeds can strangle and kill your beloved plants. Clutter accumulates on top and around things like the weeds in your garden.  It will cover all the open space if you allow it which causes stagnant energy. Stagnant energy causes stress, and stress steals your peace. Think about your house when it’s closed up for a period of time, how it feels when you walk in the door.  There’s no energy, or air moving around so it [...]

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