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Downsizing Those That Have a Generous Heart

By |2021-08-27T13:18:25-05:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Rightsizing|Tags: , , , , |

Since I specialize in downsizing client’s belongings, the subject of finding good homes for discards is one of the first things we discuss. Most, if not all of my clients are generous, sometimes to a fault. Not many of my clients want, or have a need to sell their discards, but they do want to make sure they go to good homes. There are various reasons why people downsize their belongings. It may be to move to a smaller home, it may be to clear out a home after a death, or it may be an accumulation of clutter that [...]

How to Downsize Your Belongings Every Day

By |2021-08-02T16:25:11-05:00August 10th, 2021|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , , , |

We all have an over-abundance of things.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, at some point in your life you will have a need to downsize your belongings.  Waiting until it becomes a necessity is not a good approach. Don’t wait until that time comes because it’s inevitable that you will need to downsize your belongings at some point. Be proactive, start before it becomes a necessity because if you wait, you may not have the physical or mental capacity to get the job done. You want to be able to make decisions for your things, you don’t want others [...]

Mind Clutter is a Real Thing

By |2021-07-23T12:58:59-05:00July 28th, 2021|Categories: Clutter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mind clutter can mean many things – too many thoughts, unwanted thoughts, negative thoughts, overwhelm, etc. The cause can come from within or from external sources or a bit of both. Clutter is clutter, whether it comes in the form of things in our homes, or the thoughts in our brains. We need to purge mind clutter from our brains, just like we purge clutter from our homes. There are many benefits of having a clear, relaxed mind.  Reduced stress, focus, and increased productivity are just a few. Sleep is one way to clear waste, or mind clutter from our [...]

How to Incorporate Organizing in to Your Daily Activities

By |2021-01-27T14:43:15-06:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Mindfullness|Tags: , , , , |

Yes, you too can get organized by incorporating this concept into your daily activities. I understand you have a lot going on and this may not be as easy as it sounds, but it really is that easy.  Adjusting your mindset may take a little getting use to, but it is possible. The key here is to be mindful in your daily activities. Notice when things are not where they belong and stop what you’re doing to put things back in their homes. It gets a little trickier if you don’t have homes for everything, but it is doable. When [...]

Seasonal Clothing Storage

By |2020-11-17T13:41:15-06:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Organizing Tips, Storage|Tags: , , , |

Where do you store your seasonal clothing? The ideal situation is to store clothing from all seasons together, but not everyone can do that.  If you have a huge closet with plenty of storage, it may not be an issue. For those of us that don’t have big closets and not so much storage, we have to get creative when we switch our wardrobe twice a year. Spring is here and it’s time to make a wardrobe switch.  Warmer weather means we can put away the warm sweaters, wool pants and bulky coats.  Short sleeves, jackets, and other lightweight pieces [...]

Clearing Your Digital Clutter

By |2020-11-17T13:41:21-06:00May 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 [...]

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Storage Unit – To Rent or Not to Rent

By |2020-12-18T13:23:31-06:00June 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 [...]

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P.E.A.C.E. Step 2 – Eliminate Excess

By |2020-11-17T13:41:27-06:00February 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 [...]

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Should I Sell or Donate Unwanted Items?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:29-06:00October 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 [...]

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Where to Donate Your Treasures

By |2020-11-17T13:41:29-06:00June 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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