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Clearing Your Digital Clutter

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

Clutter is clutter whether you can actually touch it or not. Our minds get cluttered with information that we no longer need and when we sleep, our minds purge the excess.  When our homes become cluttered, we typically go on a purging spree. But what about our digital clutter? We are living in the digital age and a lot of information that we rely on every day comes in a non-physical form.  We can touch the electronic devices where this data resides but we can’t actually touch the data itself.  These devices can become cluttered very quickly with data we [...]

Storage Unit – To Rent or Not to Rent

By | June 27th, 2018|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Storage|Tags: , , , , |

In the U.S., 65% of self-storage renters have a garage in their home, 47% have an attic, and 33 percent have a basement. This suggests that Americans have more things than their homes allow them. ~Brute Storage There are a lot of situations where people have a need to rent a storage unit.  Some of those situations are temporary, or transitional, while others may be to put a band-aid on a much larger issue. The statistic above says a lot about Americans and their love of things. Renting a storage unit doesn’t always mean there isn’t a need, however, a [...]

P.E.A.C.E. Step 2 – Eliminate Excess

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Peace|Tags: , , |

Several years ago I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life. In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces - peace. This post is the second in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process. You can read the first step by clicking [...]

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 [...]

Where to Donate Your Treasures

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing, Recycle|Tags: , , , , |

  I’m often asked, ‘where do I donate _______?’ (fill in the blank).  When I’m asked this question is typically during, or after a purge session.  Whether it’s spring cleaning, or time to downsize, you may come across items that are not trash-worthy.  These items still have mileage in them and you don’t want them to end up in a landfill.  The obvious solution is to recycle them. Recycling has a variety of meanings; send to a recycling facility, repurpose/reuse, sell or donate.  This post focuses on where to donate specialty items. There are many charities that accept donations.  The [...]

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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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4 Options to Securely Purge Old Papers

By | February 9th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Paper Management|Tags: , |

In my younger years I kept old papers such as, statements, receipts and cancelled checks for every personal business transaction.  My parents didn’t teach me to do this, I just did it because that’s what they did. No one ever told me how long to keep these papers, so needless to say I had quite a bit that I had been storing for many years. Fast forward to now, the digital age.  So many business transactions take place online, over the internet.  We use credit and debit cards instead of checks or cash to purchase products and services.  There are [...]

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How to Squash Your Paper Clutter Pests

By | August 24th, 2014|Categories: Home Organization, Paper Management|Tags: , , , |

What is at the top of the list in terms of clutter in your home? Most everyone I talk to about organizing says that paper is their number one issue with clutter. I can relate because paper is on the top of my list as well. It accumulates at an alarming rate. Some of it is important, some not so much, and some not at all. Wherever it may fall on the scale of importance, I think we can all agree that too much paper equates to paper clutter pests. It comes from a plethora of sources. It may arrive via snail [...]

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9 Tips to Rightsize Your Stuff

By | August 10th, 2014|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

Image courtesy of renjith krishnan/FreeDigitalPhotos.net Did you ever wonder how you ended up with so much stuff? The answer is…life happens. You need things; things to take care of you and others. You need things to help you earn a living. You need things to clean your home. You need things to prepare and eat food. You need things to decorate you and your living spaces. The list of things you need can seem endless, especially when you’re just starting out.   You acquire things as you discover that you need them. Then as time goes by, you find that you [...]

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