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7 Tips to Help You Enjoy the Season

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

You’ve worked hard to make this season the best one yet. But are you ready to really enjoy the season? You’ve decorated, prepared special foods, sent out cards and packages, maybe planned or given a party or had friends over for drinks or dinner. You’ve scheduled time to go to work related parties and activities at your church. But have you taken the time to think about what makes this holiday enjoyable and meaningful for you? It’s not too late. Here are 7 tips to help you enjoy the season: Make This Holiday Joyful for You Reflect on what makes…

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Count Your Blessings

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

When I was a child, my mother always used to say ‘count your blessings’. I didn’t know exactly what she meant. Now as an adult, I find myself regularly counting my blessings. There are so many things for which to be thankful. Since the Thanksgiving celebration in the United States falls in November, we often think more directly about giving thanks during this month. In fact, I am just finishing up 30 days of thankfulness. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I have been posting one thing every day for which I am thankful. Even…

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Holiday Celebrations and Traditions

Dealing With Holiday Celebrations and Traditions

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

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

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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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 Shift Your Focus from Yourself to Your Stuff

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

As a professional organizer, I often am on the receiving end of comments like: I’m so stupid, why did I let this happen? Or some people say: I’m a slob, I’m a packrat, I’m a collector just like my parents and things like: I’m so lazy, if I were not so lazy my house wouldn’t look this way. Can you relate? Do you call yourself out? What are the names you call yourself or the things you say to yourself? Are these things on repeat? Do these nasty phrases cycle through your mind over and over again? Shift your focus…

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5 Ground Rules for Difficult Conversations

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

We’ve all had difficult conversations with spouses or partners, colleagues at work, children, and parents. We call them difficult conversations because they are just that, difficult. It may be that we are fearful of the person’s response. We don’t want to alienate them. Sometimes we don’t know how to bring up the topic because it is sensitive, so we struggle. Other times we gloss over what we really want to say and walk away knowing we didn’t make our point. What if it could be easier with ground rules that everyone followed? Wouldn’t that be great? As a certified professional…

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The Best Reason to Avoid Labeling Yourself or Others

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

It’s not unusual for a client on an intake session to say something like, “I have been trying to do this by myself for a long time, but I am ADHD.” Or we might hear, “My daughter-in-law says I am a hoarder. I am afraid she might be right.” Then there is the “I am a stay-at-home mom without an outside job, and I still can’t get my work done.”  Clients label themselves in this way to give us a better understanding of who they are. But it doesn’t help us as professional organizers at all. Labeling yourself or assigning…

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Clutter Support Groups: The 411

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

Does clutter bother or overwhelm you and you don’t know what to do about it? Have you ever thought about joining a clutter support group? I am here to reassure you that almost everyone has some form of clutter in their lives from time to time. I am a professional organizer and even I have times during the year when one part or another of my home is full of clutter. Take the holidays, for instance. My family room, leading up to the holidays, can get cluttered with gifts, wrapping paper, ribbon, cards and holiday decorations. But I know where…

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3 Reasons to Turn Away from Your Screens

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

Screens call for our attention all day long. There is your phone screen, computer screen and the television all offering information and entertainment. We are so attached to our screens it can be hard to turn away from them. Our bodies tell us when we have spent too much time hunched over a screen. Our backs, wrists, shoulders all call out for us to take a break. I know it can be hard to turn away from your screen but here are some reasons to make it worth your while. Sleep better This article from the Sleep Foundation recommends removing…

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