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Managing Your Child’s Paperwork

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Children seem to generate a lot of paperwork, especially in their younger years. Managing your child’s paperwork and making decisions on what to do with all of it can be overwhelming. Having a plan and a system in place will keep everyone sane and happy. Keep on top of your child’s incoming paperwork. Check backpacks daily or at least weekly. Like keeping up with your incoming mail, do an immediate triage. You know that some items can be immediately trashed or recycled. For example, if your child is doing well in school there is no need to keep items like…

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Your Home’s First Impression – Your Curb Appeal and Entryway

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

When you approach a home or a business your first impression is colored by what you see. When I was involved in competitive ballroom dance my coaches made a point of letting me know that judges start marking your rating when you first put your foot on the floor. How you present yourself as you walk on to the floor was very important. Then your first steps set the tone. If you messed up there you were pretty much done no matter how well you performed the dance later in the routine. Think of the walk that people take coming…

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Car Maintenance

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

In keeping with my maintenance theme, I am ending the series with the easily overlooked workhorse – the car. Our car is a major investment and often an extension of our home. Yet, because it is not actually a part of our home, car maintenance is easy to forget. Car maintenance inside the car Whether you use your car to drive to client’s homes, transport kids or pets, run errands, or haul recycling and donations, you want to keep the interior of your car tidy and clean.  Built up dirt and grime not only does not give a good impression…

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Household Maintenance – An Organizing Necessity Part 2

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

Recently I talked about how household maintenance was important for a clean and organized home. There is another part of household maintenance that is not so visible. It is easy to overlook the importance of regular maintenance for our appliances. Yet, who hasn’t experienced the Thanksgiving trauma of a stove or refrigerator that has just failed? Or the dead washer or dryer after coming home from a trip with a ton of dirty laundry? Maybe returning home after a trip and finding water standing on the floor because a hot water heater died? In order to function efficiently and last…

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Household Maintenance – An Organizing Necessity

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Keeping your home clean and clutter free can seem like an overwhelming job. Clutter comes into every home. It is a sign that your home is lived in.  However, when you put a structured household maintenance plan into place, you gain a sense of control. This plan will ensure that clutter and disorganization don’t take over. Investing in household maintenance saves you time There is the old proverb, “A stitch in time saves nine.” It infers that if you have a small hole in your clothing, one stitch taken now will save having to sew up a larger hole later….

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Benefits of Joining a Virtual Organizing Group

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Virtual organizing has been around for quite some time.  This is when a professional organizer works one-on-one with an individual remotely. My colleague, Diane Quintana, and I both offer that service along with other professional organizers. The benefits of virtual organizing are many. Virtual Accessibility You can participate from anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you are in the same area as your organizer. And while it is probably more beneficial to log in near the project you are working on, it isn’t absolutely necessary. If you are away from home, you can still participate. Safer environment No one is coming…

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Tackling Spring Cleaning

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

This is the time of year that we think about spring cleaning. Spring is a season when the world seems to come back to life. It seems a perfect time to release anything holding us back and reorganize and freshen our homes. When we talk about spring cleaning, we think about deeper cleaning than our normal maintenance cleaning routine.  For example, we regularly clean our bed linens but during a spring-cleaning session we also clean any blankets and the bedspread or duvet. We clean the mattress pad, wash or replace pillows, and flip the mattress. And while we have that…

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Clutter Blindness

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Clutter blindness is simply clutter that is in front of you, but that you don’t see. Usually, this clutter accumulates slowly over time but because it is never dealt with it begins to look like it belongs there. It’s not that people have a vision problem. It’s just that they have become accustomed to the clutter and expect it to be there. How does clutter accumulate? Clutter generally accumulates when tasks are not completed. For example, you bring in the mail and you might even pull out the obvious trash and throw it out or recycle it. The rest is…

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How to Develop Helpful Routines

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

There are many benefits of having helpful routines in place. Helpful routines reduce stress and make for a more efficient day which allows you to even work in some time for yourself. Follow these steps to develop helpful routines Start by listing all that you have to do in a day or during the week. At this point your list is just a brain dump. Don’t try to sort the tasks out. Next divide your day into time blocks. What works for many people are: Morning – from the time you get up until you head out the door to…

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How To Create And Use A Communication Center

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

A communication center is a dedicated area that helps you keep track of everything that is needed to run your home. The purpose of the center is to create organization, coordination, and efficiency in your home. How to create and use a communication center Where should you put the communication center? Your household determines where you put your communication center. When I was single, it was in my office. But if there are other people in your home then the center needs to be in a convenient and easy location for everyone. Often it is in the kitchen or an…

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