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Holiday Home Décor – How to Know When Less is More

By Blog, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

The holiday season is upon us! Even with our social limitations of the pandemic or maybe even because of our social limitations, the urge is there to festively decorate our home with our holiday home décor. While I do not go all out decorating for Thanksgiving, Christmas decorating means a lot to me. I pull down box after box after box of holiday home décor from my attic. My husband rolls his eyes and keeps muttering “less is more”.  And perhaps he is right (to a point). What Is In All Those Holiday Home Décor Boxes? One box is marked…

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3 Fabulous Tips for Organizing Toys in the Living Room

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

Let’s face facts. If you have children, you have toys. Toys always end up in the living room because that’s where the family hangs out. While it’s wonderful for the family to spend time together when the children go to bed the last thing you want is to be surrounded by toys. I’m sharing 3 fabulous tips for organizing toys in the living room so that you still feel like you have an adult living space. Adult living space Your lovely living room doesn’t feel or look so lovely when you are surround by toys. Toys on the coffee table,…

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The 5 Best Small Laundry Room Ideas

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

The smaller the laundry room the more important it is to have a specific place to put everything. This makes it is easy to retrieve and put things away. It is also important to remove any unnecessary items so that you have room for the essentials . Say goodbye to wire hangers, mismatched socks that have been around forever, and any products you don’t use in this area. Let’s start with the essentials. The most important tool in your laundry room is the washing machine. Only slightly less important is the dryer. If your space is small, stack the washer…

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How to De-Clutter Your Closet

By Blog, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Almost everyone has clothes, shoes, and bags in their closets that are cluttering up the closet. Sometimes the closet is so full that it’s hard to see from one end to the other. This makes it difficult to find the garment they want to wear. Figuring out how to de-clutter your closet and keep it that way is the secret sauce I am going to share with you. Everyone has a different strategy for de-cluttering your closet restoring order. No matter which strategy you choose to follow, it will take time. This is not a quick fix. Marie Kondo says…

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How to Focus Your Scattered Thoughts & Get Organized

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

Scattered thoughts can make you feel confused and out of sorts. In fact, they can totally disrupt your day and prevent you from getting anything done. When you have so many different thought s swirling around in your head, it’s hard to keep track of what you’re supposed to be doing. Have you ever arrived somewhere only to realize you had no idea how you got there? Have you ever laid something down and a few minutes later have no idea where it is? Have you had a conversation with someone and later have no idea of the main points…

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Top 3 Reasons You Need to Have a Family Command Center

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

When I think about a command center it conjures up images of a central command station. There is the person in charge and then lots of helpers running around dealing with various aspects of the project or mission. What is a Family Command Center? A family command center is just like that, it serves as the hub for all the important information. It is also the processing point for information that comes into your home. Repairs are scheduled for the home. When we are comfortable doing so: babysitters are booked, playdates are arranged, carpools are coordinated with neighbors, and vacations…

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Emergencies Happen – Be Prepared

By Blog, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

While September is National Preparedness Month, emergencies can happen year-round. They often happen with little warning. You may only have minutes to evacuate. To improve your chances for survival, it is best to develop a plan and prepare a kit or “grab-and-go” bag.  Some great sources to use when making preparations are https://www.ready.gov/september  and Judith Kolberg’s Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Home for any Natural or Unnatural Disaster. Have a Plan Put together a plan that involves the whole family. Because disasters can occur when the family is separated, have a communication plan and an emergency meet up…

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How to Get More Organized and Give Yourself Peace of Mind

By Blog, What is Your Reason to Get Organized?

Do you wonder where you left your keys, wallet, or phone? Do you worry that you have misplaced your belongings?  If there was a fire, would you be able to put your hands on your most important documents? Learn how to get organized and give yourself peace of mind. When you are organized your things have homes. You know where your keys, wallet and phone are because you put them away where they belong. You know where your vital documents are because you have copied these documents. One copy is in the cloud, one copy in a fire safe box,…

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Being a Grandparent is an Important Role

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

My grandparents are long gone, and I have many different memories of them. My maternal grandmother died when I was a young teen. I remember one-time lying-in bed with her and noticing her hand with the veins protruding. I asked if they hurt. She looked at me and  laughed, and said “No, it’s just what happens when you get old. After all, I am half a century now!”. Half a century seemed so old. Now, in my 70’s I became a grandmother for the first time. Being a grandparent changes your world in so many ways. I want my grandchildren…

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How to Organize with Garden Tool Storage Organizers

By Blog, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Playing in the dirt is one of my great pleasures. I love to garden and have collected lots of gardening tools which I store in garden tool storage organizers. People often ask me how to organize their garden tools. Gardening is so much more satisfying when you have the right tools at your disposal. I keep my garden tool storage organizers with me when I’m in the garden. This way I can find the tool I want to use easily. If gardening is something you like to do also then you have probably, like me, collected several tools to use…

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