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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , , , |

Why is getting a good night’s sleep so important? Well, because when we don’t, it affects the quality of our waking life, both physically and mentally. I’ve been hearing complaints of ‘being tired’ a lot lately. These words, “I’m so tired”, come from family, friends and clients.  The reason is always because they don’t sleep well.  They don’t get enough sleep, they can’t fall asleep, or they don’t stay asleep. The reasons they don't sleep well can vary tremendously.  From college students cramming for finals and new parents being sleep deprived, to adults being stressed out and anxious from all [...]

Communication is Key to Help Those With Hoarding Behavior

By | July 5th, 2017|Categories: Hoarding, Respect|Tags: , , , |

Communication can make or break a relationship.  Communication as defined by Merriam Webster is as follows – ‘a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior’.  Body language falls into this definition as behavior.  In many situations, body language speaks louder than words. For those trying to help someone with hoarding behavior, effective communication is paramount.  In my experience as a professional organizer, most often it’s not the person with hoarding behavior, but a loved one that reaches out for help.  They are frustrated, and possibly angered, by attempts to get [...]

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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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Too Many Choices

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Home Organization, Problem Solving, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

Too many choices can cause indecision, which leads to frustration, and consequently, stress.  Think about it.  Have you ever been to a restaurant that has a menu with so many pages it looks like a novel? The wait staff wants to take your order but you can’t decide, so you ask for a few more minutes.  Those few more minutes go by and you still can’t decide.  Maybe your dining partners have the same issue.  You end up stressed out and order something that you may not be happy with because you had too many choices. How about your overstuffed [...]

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13 Ways to be Proactive

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , , |

  According to Merriam-Webster, being proactive means ‘to act in anticipation of future problems, needs or changes’.  They also define mitigate as follows, ‘make less severe or painful’.  These two words work in sync to help reduce the amount of stress in our lives. When you’re proactive, you mitigate the stress of being unprepared. Unfortunately, we can’t anticipate every problem, need or change that can happen in our lives.  However, when a situation comes up that triggers thoughts that make you think that you can be better prepared next time, act on that thought. The key to this line of [...]

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September is National Preparedness Month

By | September 7th, 2014|Categories: Emergency Preparedness, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , |

Since September is National Preparedness Month, and hurricane season is in full swing, I decided to tweak a previous newsletter article that discussed weather emergencies for this month. In 2004, this month was designated to review our state of preparedness and make adjustments accordingly. These adjustments are not only for our home & family, but for our businesses and communities as a whole. This means being prepared for a range of emergencies such as home fires, and natural disasters to terrorist attacks. Staying informed of current events is critical to be prepared for these types of emergencies. Cell phones, computers and the [...]

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10 Tips to Organize a Successful Garage Sale

By | June 29th, 2014|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Planning|Tags: , , , , |

After recently performing the task of de-cluttering your spaces, and ‘spring cleaning’ to refresh the inside of your home, you probably found a myriad of items that you want to discard. There are a lot of ways to recycle items, most of which is to donate these items to a worthy cause. However, some items have more monetary value than others, and you may want to sell them rather than make a donation to receive the tax write-off. In that case, having a garage sale is an option. Other options include, selling items at a consignment shop, or selling them [...]

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How to Create an Effective Landing/Launching Pad

By | February 23rd, 2014|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , |

What do you do with your things when you walk in the door? Do they end up on the counter, the floor, or wherever you stop when you come in the house? If that’s the case, I bet it makes it difficult to get out the door on time if you can’t remember where you put your purse or your keys, or that item you need to return. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a place to put your things when you come in, so you know where to pick them up again on the way out the door? Professional [...]

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Online Timesavers

By | December 30th, 2013|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , |

We all say we need more hours in the day, more time. The reality is that we all have the same amount of time. What we do with the time we have indicates how productive we are. There is so much to do and we are always looking for shortcuts, ways to do what we need to do quickly. The Internet can be a wonderful time saving tool. It can also be a huge a time waster, so you have to be aware of the time you spend surfing the net. The list of categories below can help you shorten your [...]

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Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing

By | December 15th, 2013|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Peace|Tags: , , , |

How does your home feel to you? When you walk in the door, do you feel a sense of calm or chaos? Are you happy to be home or feel like screaming as you run out the door? Do you know why you feel this way? It could be for a lot of reasons. Each of us has a lot going on in our lives at any given moment. We need a place to go to relax from the stress of the day, to be at peace. That place will be different for each of us but as natural philosopher, [...]

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