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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 [...]

What’s Hiding in Your Closet?

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Home Organization|Tags: , , , |

A closet is a great way to store, well, anything actually. Before they were designed in the build of a home, an armoire was used to store clothing.  In modern times closets are designed and built into rooms in every house. Typically, a bedroom includes a closet to store clothing to replace an armoire of days gone by.  A living room, or foyer may have one to store coats. It’s basically a confined space with a door intended for storage for that room or space. If space is an issue, a closet may be used as storage for multiple categories [...]

A Strategy For Paper Piles

By | August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Paper Management, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever seen someone’s desk, either at work or in their home, that has paper piles covering the surface?  Perhaps your desk looks this way.  These people are known to the organizing world as pilers.  It’s a very common organizing style, or dare I say, lack of organizing style. When asked, pilers will tell you that they can find what they need when they need it. If this style works for them, great, although I’m not sure how they can find a particular document in all those piles.  Maybe it’s some sort of brain radar that has yet to [...]

Overwhelmed by Clutter?

By | July 15th, 2012|Categories: Decluttering, Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , |

A common complaint from many of my clients is that their clutter is making them crazy. They are overwhelmed by all of it and don’t know where to start. Because of this feeling of overwhelm, they just don’t do anything, which causes a copious amount of stress in their lives. There can be many reasons for the accumulation of clutter. Even the most organized person can end up with clutter. Many times the clutter is caused by situations in our lives, or a series of life events. Some of those events may be traumatic but not always. It could be [...]

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Organizing For Outdoor Activities – Let’s Have a Barbecue!

By | May 24th, 2011|Categories: Organizing Tips, Planning, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities. Warm temperatures have a way of enticing us outside to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Whether it’s working in the garden, attending a local festival, or just taking a walk to get some exercise, being outside can provide relaxation and energize you all at the same time. One of my favorite outdoor activities is the all-American backyard barbecue. Getting together with friends and family to relax, catch up and just enjoy the company is therapeutic. However, organizing such events can sometimes cause us to stress out a bit. Whether it’s an impromptu gathering, [...]

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Divide & Conquer Using Drawer Dividers

By | March 14th, 2011|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

What’s the best way to wrangle messy drawers? Using drawer dividers of course! Drawers have a way of getting out of control easily in terms of becoming a catchall for everything. When you are tidying up in a hurry, you may just slide everything off the counter and into a drawer. It’s out of sight, so on the surface it appears that everything is in order. The problem with this logic comes into play when you’re trying to find something that you know you put in that drawer. You dig around for awhile and you may or may not find [...]

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