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Organizing the Pantry in 10 Minute Blocks

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Each October I deep clean and reorganize my kitchen. I know the holidays are right around the corner and I want my kitchen completely decluttered and ready for the extra cooking and food preparation that I do for the holidays. The first place I like to focus on is the pantry. Today I’m talking about organizing the pantry in 10 minute blocks so that it’s not overwhelming. If I can do it you can, too. The kitchen is one room that requires daily upkeep and maintenance but despite that daily care there comes a time to go beyond the wiping down…

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Decorating for the Holidays. Why or Why Not?

By What is Your Reason to Get Organized?

The holiday season is upon us.  October has Halloween. November has Thanksgiving. December has Hanukkah and Christmas. Decorations start popping up everywhere – in stores, along downtown streets, in the Botanical Gardens, and in yards. How much decorating for the holidays, if any, do you plan to do?  When my children were young, I decorated for every season and holiday. Macramé skeleton anyone? Now, not so much.  Why do people decorate for the holidays?  1. Family Tradition They’ve always done it.  Every year a family that I know gathers at Thanksgiving and makes an ornament that expresses something they are thankful for in the past year. Then this ornament goes back…

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Productivity and You: The Best Way For You To Get Things Done

By It's All About You: A Personalized Approach to Achieving Your Organizing Goals

We all want to be productive, right? How do you know what is the best way for you to get things done? That’s a very good question. As a professional organizer, my job often involves helping my clients figure out strategies and solutions for them to accomplish tasks. I am going to share with you 3 ways for you to figure out the best way for you to get things done. Ask yourself these questions to figure out the best way for you to get things done: Am I a big picture person? It’s important to know yourself. Do you…

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How to Create a Home Inventory

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September is Natural Preparedness Month. Earlier this month I wrote about survival tips for surviving a disaster. Now, I am going to focus on a plan to have in place for your home if your home is destroyed or partly destroyed by a disaster. To make this plan complete you will create a home inventory. Very few people could sit down and create a complete list of everything in their home if it was destroyed. I have a friend whose home was partially destroyed by a fire and by water damage from trying to control the fire. The home was…

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Create Simple Home Organizing Solutions

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Feeling overwhelmed in your home and looking for some simple solutions to get organized? Look no further. As a professional organizer, my goal is to create simple home organizing solutions for my clients to follow. The simpler the solution the better because that means there’s a greater chance that it will be used. There are a couple of typical hotspots in most clients’ homes. These are closets, bedroom, kitchen, laundry, dining table, and the family room. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you create simple home organizing solutions for yourself in each of these areas. Let’s look at…

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Are You Ready For A Natural Disaster?

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

September is National Preparedness Month. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” While you can never be truly ready for a natural disaster, you can be somewhat prepared. Some of us might be tempted to think, “I don’t live in an area prone to natural disasters. It will never happen to me.” As someone who was once ordered to suddenly leave their house due to the possibility of a tree crashing on top of it, I can tell you that we all need to be prepared for a disaster. Natural Disasters Can…

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Why Do We Do the Things We Do?

By What is Your Reason to Get Organized?

Have you ever wondered why we do the things we do? I wonder this all the time. What drives me to do some of the things I do? Sometimes I stop in my tracks after I’ve done something, shake my head, and think to myself “why on earth did I just do that?”. We, as adults, know that for every action there is either a reaction or a consequence. This is something we learn as we grow up. As adults, we can hear in our minds our parents chiding us saying “you shouldn’t do that” or “you should hurry up…

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5 Common Reasons You Don’t Complete a Project & How to Move Forward

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

As Professional Organizers Diane and I often get calls from people who are overwhelmed by projects that have been hanging around for what seems like forever. It might be a huge project like clearing out a cluttered home to put it on the market, dealing with unopened boxes scattered around since a move 5 years ago, or paper that has taken over an office and spilled into the rest of the house. We have found that most people have common reasons for leaving these projects hanging. These people are not stupid or lazy so why can’t they do this? These…

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Want to Simplify Your Morning? Do These 5 Things!

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Do you dream of having a quiet and peaceful morning? Maybe you dream that you are sitting at the table enjoying the first steaming hot cup of coffee while reading the headlines waiting for the day to unfold. You can simplify your morning when you retire or maybe sooner than that by tweaking your routine slightly. The morning rush The reality is that we rush around in the morning. There is nothing peaceful about it. We gather the things we need for the day, get breakfast, and make sure that everyone else in the family is also prepared. Then we…

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Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: The Laundry Room Shelf

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Once a year I deep clean and reorganize my laundry room. Part of the process is to take a hard look to see what I am storing on my laundry room shelf. It’s a scary thought, I know, but since I only do it once a year, I can handle it! The maintenance during the year is mainly keeping the floor clean and restocking supplies. Now it has been a full year since I worked in this area beyond maintenance, and it is time to re-evaluate the space. I have open shelving in my laundry room, and it is a…

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