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Those Mysterious Keys – Where do They All Belong?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:09-06:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , |

We all have mysterious keys that we find in our homes that we don’t know what lock they belong to. This happens a lot while we are purging. Perhaps we decide to downsize for whatever reason, or we are clearing out the home of a loved one that passed away. Finding mysterious keys tucked away in drawers all over the house derails us from our purging to contemplate which locks they belong to, it’s a distraction. We can’t get rid of them if we don’t know what they unlock, or we may never be able to unlock, or start something [...]

Using The 1 In 1 Out Rule To Prevent Clutter

By |2020-11-17T13:41:09-06:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Clutter|Tags: , , , |

This is a favorite organizing tip that I, and so many other professional organizers use. The 1 in 1 out rule states that when you bring an item into your home, you remove an existing item. The 1 in 1 out rule is a good way to prevent clutter. To make a more significant impact, try removing 2 or more items for every 1 new item that comes into your home. This concept will consistently reduce the number of things you own and free up space, and it rings true for every purchase. Consider the 1 in 1 out rule [...]

Creating a Staging Area to Downsize For a Move

By |2020-11-17T13:41:11-06:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Decluttering, Downsizing|Tags: , , , , |

So just what exactly is a staging area? Here is the definition according to the Merriam Webster dictionary – ‘an area in which participants in a new especially military operation or mission are assembled and readied’. Of course, downsizing for a move is not a military operation, however, some similarities can be drawn. A staging area is a designated area, and the participants are actually items that are stored until they can be removed from a home.   The first step in the downsizing process is to designate space for a staging area. As mentioned above, this area is where [...]

Tackling Mountains of Magazines

By |2020-11-17T13:41:49-06:00October 11th, 2011|Categories: Organizing Tips, Paper Management|Tags: , , , |

October is American Magazine month, and magazines are a big part of the challenge when it comes to paper clutter. The numbers of the top 100 American magazine subscriptions is staggering, in the billions!  It’s no surprise then, that there are literally billions of magazines that come into our homes and businesses every month. With these kinds of numbers, and with the busy lives that we lead, it’s difficult to understand how anyone has time to keep up with the reading associated with the materials that come through our doors every month. Storing all this unread material can be costly, [...]

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Paper Clutter May Be The Biggest Organizing Challenge For Most

By |2020-11-17T13:41:51-06:00January 26th, 2011|Categories: Organizing Tips, Paper Management|Tags: , , , |

Paper clutter seems to be one of the biggest organizing challenges for, well, everyone actually. Most of my clients have clutter in the form of paper in various places all over their homes. Paper accounts for 25 percent of waste in the landfill and 33 percent of municipal waste. Recycling can help with these numbers but the point is that we have a lot of paper to deal with at any given time. Paper takes up a lot of space even when it’s organized.  When it’s not, it becomes paper clutter.  And as I’ve mentioned before, clutter produces stagnant energy, [...]

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