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Dealing With Holiday Celebrations and Traditions

By It's All About You: A Personalized Approach to Achieving Your Organizing Goals 3 Comments

This time of year, there are many holiday celebrations. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Chanukah is right behind that. Then comes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. These holidays are loaded with family traditions. Family traditions form memories that last forever and are passed down generation to generation. The traditions give us a sense of belonging. They connect the generations and promote family values. Keeping traditions going takes time, planning, and prioritizing. It is important to choose which celebrations and traditions you want to devote your time and effort towards. But what happens when we can’t continue the same traditions?…

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The 10 Most Useful Holiday Gifts for Disorganized People

By It's All About You: A Personalized Approach to Achieving Your Organizing Goals 8 Comments

Diane Quintana and I were talking about the most useful holiday gifts for people who are disorganized the other day as no one wants to add clutter to a home that is already somewhat filled up.   That brought me to thinking of organizational gifts that I have received, truly loved, and used. I also thought of a couple of items that I have recently bought for myself.  We love to buy our gifts early so there is no stress. When you are buying a gift for someone who is disorganized, you want to think about the recipient’s lifestyle and consider…

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5 Ways to Make Holiday Gift Giving Less Stressful

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Gift giving whether during the holidays or for an occasion can be very stressful. We stress over finding the ‘perfect’ gift. It can be stressful if a loved one has asked for a gift that is hard to find, very expensive, or in short supply. Then we stress over getting it to the recipient on time. So much stress! It is even more stressful during the holidays when people are already busy with decorating, baking, and hosting parties. We can make holiday gift giving less stressful by focusing on planning in advance and being organized. Here are 5 things you…

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For a Stress-Free Holiday the Calendar is Your Best Friend

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

We are definitely in the midst of the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year are all on our radar. If you want to have a stress-free holiday, now is the time to start planning. Thanksgiving is marketed before Halloween. Christmas ads are already in full swing. New Year’s Eve champagne party ads collide with Christmas carols. And Kwanza and Hanukkah wedge ads in between, over, and under the big 3 – Turkey Day, Santa Clause, and the dropping of the crystal ball on New Year. The overlapping of holiday marketing can be very stressful. We want it all….

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Continuing Education is Important

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

Jonda Beattie and I recently attended the 2021 Institute for Challenging Disorganization Virtual Conference. There were 10 world-class experts in their field presenting valuable and current information to the attendees. All of us there were inspired and re-energized by these fabulous continuing education classes. I want to share some of what we learned and why Jonda and I feel participating in classes such as these is important. Continuing Education Classes Anyone can call themselves a professional organizer. What sets us (and others who feel as we do) apart is that we are constantly taking classes and listening to recordings. This…

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Organizing the Pantry in 10 Minute Blocks

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X

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

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X

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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