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Organizing in 10-Minute Blocks: Household Toolbox

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X 6 Comments

Somewhere in most homes there is a place where you store your household tools. These are usually the tools you keep handy for those easy jobs like tightening a screw or hanging a picture. I keep mine in a household toolbox. If you are someone who does a lot of repairs or enjoys woodworking you will probably have a serious stash of tools somewhere else as well. This would most likely not be in your main living area. I store my toolbox on a shelf in my laundry room. Once a year when I deep clean and reorganize my laundry room…

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5 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

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

School starts in just 3 weeks for many children here in Georgia. Can you believe it? Did you make your children some promises when school let out for the summer that have not been fulfilled? Even if school starts after Labor Day where you live, now’s the time to schedule these things to do before summer ends. Here are 5 Things to Do Before Summer Ends Go Local Be a tourist in your hometown. What are the local attractions, historical sights, museums, recreation centers in your hometown? Have you visited all of them? In these last few weeks of summer…

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Personal Freedom: Here are 4 Important Ways to be Free

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

As we are approaching July 4th, I have been thinking of our freedoms. I think of the freedoms given to us in America as the freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition. Together these freedoms make us in the USA one of the freest countries in the world. There is another freedom we have. It is personal freedom. I also think that we don’t allow ourselves to become free and be the best that we can be. Let’s look at our personal freedoms. Personal freedom allows us to live our lives on our own terms and…

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3 Ways to Use Our Organizing Deck of Cards

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

I can’t believe it’s already been two years since Jonda Beattie and I started talking about creating an organizing deck of cards to help people create more order in their homes. We know that  one of the best organizing strategies is to break the task down into very small components. So, that’s where we started. Jonda asked the question, “what can you do in 10 minutes?” Everyone has 10-minutes to work on one task, right? That is, if the task is small enough. That’s how we came up with the title: Organize Your Home 10 Minutes at a Time. Then…

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celebrations and parties in June

June – The Month for Celebrations and Parties

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

Summer is here! Days are getting longer. June is a wonderful month for celebrations and parties. There are so many things to celebrate. June is the month for Father’s Day, weddings, family reunions, and it’s always someone’s birthday. So, let’s throw a party! I know, I know — organizing a party can cause anxiety and be stressful if you don’t have a plan. As an avid party thrower, let me help you with that plan so that you can enjoy the celebration along with your guests. Your 7 Step Celebrations and Parties Planner 1. Have a theme or reason for…

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organizing your children's closet

Organizing Your Children’s Closet 10 Minutes at a Time

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X

Summer is almost here. I love summer. When my children were young, we spent the summers swimming, sailing, and playing tennis. Being outside and active was the rule. We lived in our bathing suits, t-shirts, shorts, sandals and sneakers. This is a perfect limited wardrobe for hot summer days. Summer clothes are the best. Use the summer to spend time organizing your children’s closets bit by bit. All you need is a short 10-minute span of time to organize 1 small section. Everyone has 10 minutes to dedicate to a little organizing. Here’s the best way to tackle organizing your…

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Gifting Mom with a Closet Organization Day

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

Usually when you ask a mom what they want for a gift they respond with what they really want is some time with you. While that is a wonderful thing to give, you want to give something a little more meaningful. Something you can provide. How about gifting mom with time spent helping her with a project that now may be difficult for her like organizing her closet? As we get older, and I know this firsthand, it gets more and more difficult to reach up high or low. If possible, we older adults may just ignore these areas. For…

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weeding clutter from the garden

5 Ways to Weed Clutter from Your Home

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

As someone who truly loves to be outside and playing in the dirt, I want to share with you some of the similarities between gardening and organizing. Did you know that weeding is similar to organizing? No? I want to share with you 5 ways to weed clutter from your home. This will simplify your routine which, in turn, lets you spend more time on things you love. Remove what you don’t want When you weed the garden, you remove what you don’t want from that patch of the ground. I have found that one of the best ways to…

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outdoor storage area

7 Tips To Declutter Your Outdoor Storage Area

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Spring has finally arrived, and we want to spend more of our time outdoors. Having a clean, clutter-free outdoor storage area makes our time outside even more inviting and relaxing. Many of us have a lot of “stuff” that we store to keep our yards, decks, patios, and any other outdoor areas a place of relaxation. Decluttering our outdoor storage areas makes it easier to maintain our outdoor areas and saves us time so that we can enjoy them. Outdoor storage areas can get messy and cluttered throughout the year. Because they are not in our main living area it…

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The Best Reason to Use the Zone Plan to Organize Your Home

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

You are probably familiar with the expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Benjamin Franklin said this way back when. Of course, I don’t know what he was referring to at the time but there are so many applications. Think about a door knob. If it becomes loose, it’s a good idea to tighten the screws before the whole thing falls off. You don’t want to wait too long to attend to this task or you may have an even bigger problem to fix, right? Preventive maintenance is one of the best ways to keep little…

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