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Organizing the Entertainment Center in 10 Minute Blocks

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X, Uncategorized

Each March I deep clean and reorganize my living room.  Spring will soon be here and I want my living room completely decluttered, fresh, and accessorized for the season. Many of the projects in the living room can easily be done in 10-minute blocks of time. The Entertainment Center is a good example of that. I chunk my center into three different categories. One category is the section that holds our DVDs and CDs. Another category is the section that holds items used for entertaining guests. And the last category is all the items that sit on top of the…

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table set for 2 for a romantic evening

Make a Plan for a Romantic Evening

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies, Uncategorized

Valentine’s Day is considered a day for romance.  While the special day has been around for a long time, the day became associated with romantic love in the 14th and 15th centuries.  Today it’s an opportunity to spice up a relationship and show the love. You want to set the mood for your own romantic evening. You close your eyes and envision the pair of you cuddled up on the couch, watching a romantic movie. The lights are dim. But then you open your eyes and look around your love nest. You notice the piles of shoes kicked off by that…

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3 Reasons to Organize Your Digital Files

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize, Uncategorized

My friend, colleague, and business partner, Jonda Beattie, just wrote an article about organizing paper files. I am following up with an article on organizing your digital files. Are you wondering why? Even though we can’t see them, digital files need to be organized, too. I am going to share with you 3 reasons to organize your digital files plus I will tell you how to go about this. Very often people think that they can just save digital files in their computer and the computer’s search engine will find the file for them – no matter what. This is…

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Three Reasons to Follow an Organizational Home Maintenance Plan

By Uncategorized, What is Your Reason to Get Organized?

I know I am dating myself when I say that I grew up with the idiom, “A stitch in time saves nine.” Those who have never darned a sock or sewed up a rip may not realize that this saying points out that if you take care of a problem when it is small, it will save a lot more work later. This saying also applies to things which happen in your home. Having an organizational home maintenance plan to follow helps you in a variety of ways. When you stay on top of tasks in your home that keep…

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Jonda on her deck

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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professional organizers: Diane Quintana and Jonda Beattie

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Organizer

By Uncategorized, What is Your Reason to Get Organized?

People are often reluctant to hire a professional organizer because they wonder why they should  pay someone to do something they feel they can probably do by themselves. Would you hire someone to help you lose weight? To do your taxes? To mow your lawn? There are many tasks and projects we probably could do ourselves without help but these projects are not getting accomplished, and we are feeling overwhelmed. We can’t do it all. Let’s look at five reasons to hire a professional organizer: 1.You want to get unstuck, reduce stress, and alleviate that feeling of overwhelm You may…

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