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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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5 Tips to Organize Your Garage & Clear Clutter

By Blog, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Is your garage so full of stuff that there’s no room for your car or cars? Here are 5 tips to clear clutter and organize your garage so that you can store what you want to keep and have room for your car. After all the purpose of having a garage is to have a place for your car out of the sun, rain, snow and ice. 1. Sort the Stuff The first step in every organizing project is to sort the stuff. Figure out exactly what you are storing in your garage. It may have been a long time…

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Break the Fatigue Clutter Cycle

By Blog, How Long Will it Take to Organize X

Does just looking at clutter make you feel tired? Maybe it makes you want to walk out of the room, close the door, and find a calm place in which to relax. I think we all feel that way sometimes. Let’s talk about ways we can break the vicious clutter cycle and feel less fatigued. I was working virtually with a client Sunday in her kitchen. We had been slowly making progress and were both feeling pretty good about it. So, I asked her if she was keeping her floor clear and got an affirmative answer but when she moved…

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Simplify Your Pantry for Easier Meal Preparation

By Blog, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

When I work in clients’ kitchens, I often hear comments about their desire for a larger pantry. My response is usually, “Maybe you don’t need a larger pantry, but we just need to organize this one.” Generally speaking when people come home from grocery shopping, they just open the pantry door and put their purchases anywhere they will fit. The result is a mishmash of items with cans and boxes pushed to the back of the shelves and no one has any idea what is lurking in the back of the pantry. When they are meal planning and making their…

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Tips for Getting Organized that Work for You

By Blog, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Everyone wants to get organized or at least they say they do. In fact, the most frequently used New Year’s Resolution is to get organized. If this is the case, what makes it so hard? The problem is that most people work to get organized the way they think they should be organized instead of organizing in the way that works best for them. Here are 3 tips for getting organized in a way that works for you. I’m sure you’ve seen the beautiful pictures in magazines of kitchens, pantries, laundry rooms, offices, closets, and garages to name a few…

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Use Planning & Organizing Skills: Organize Don’t Traumatize

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize, Blog

You are a highly organized person. Your family loves to have you around because you keep everything in order and your household runs smoothly. Your friends call you for advice because they know you and your talent for planning and organizing. You have terrific planning and organizing skills.  Since they are your family and friends, you know how to approach them.  Then one day, you get a request to help organize and de-clutter a home. This request comes from Sally who had to screw up a lot of courage to make the request. Sally feels that she has never in…

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Party Planning Tips During Covid-19

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize, Blog

I love to give a party. Usually in July I give a party for 20 – 25 people. I start my plans at least 6 weeks in advance to make this a fun experience for everyone. Well, obviously this didn’t happen this year. But as we begin to accept the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic, we adapt. Here are my Covid -19 party planning tips. So, let’s throw a party the Covid-19 way! Depending on where you live and your comfort level with the restrictions in place there are two ways to do this. The virtual party Use these party…

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