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How Do We Spend Our Time?

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

February is Time Management Month. Can we really manage time? Intellectually everyone knows that we can’t control or manage time. This is what we can do. We can manage how we spend our time. We all know that time just keeps moving along. Twenty-four hours each day and we can’t change that. So, when we say time management what we are talking about is good choice management. You can’t save time – just spend your time wisely. Before I give you tips to get better control of your time the first thing to do is track how you spend your…

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organizing our jewelry

Organizing Our Jewelry in 10 Minute Blocks

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X

Since Covid restricted our socialization a lot of us have not worn much jewelry beyond the earrings we put on during our Zoom meetings.  Our jewelry has been neglected and unorganized for years. It is time to spend some time organizing our jewelry to see what we have. This season I plan to go to several events and one of them is fairly formal. I am certain that I have the jewelry that I need but I want to check it out and match what I have to what I plan to wear. Some of my jewelry needs repair and…

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Use Backwards Planning to Enjoy Your Holidays!

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X

As we turn the page to October things begin to get a bit scary – and I don’t mean Halloween! We are entering the Holiday Season. It can be quite a hectic time between now and the end of this year. To keep events under control, try something we call backwards planning. Most of our clients celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and/or Hanukkah and New Year’s. Most of these holidays have deep family traditions. And as our families grow, new traditions are added. It is easy to overcommit, overspend, and overeat at this time of year. To avoid overdoing, use backwards…

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Remember, You Are The Expert On You When Hiring A Professional Organizer

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

We at Release Repurpose Reorganize are organizing experts. We started this jointly owned organizing business in 2020, we also own our individual organizing businesses and have been working as professional organizers since 2005. Even before that Jonda and I were organizing things here and there. While we are organizing experts, we are not the expert when it comes to knowing you, our clients. You are the expert in the subject of you. We firmly believe that the best way to create personalized organizing systems for you is to work with your strengths and preferences. Most professional organizers feel the same…

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weeding clutter from the garden

5 Ways to Weed Clutter from Your Home

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

As someone who truly loves to be outside and playing in the dirt, I want to share with you some of the similarities between gardening and organizing. Did you know that weeding is similar to organizing? No? I want to share with you 5 ways to weed clutter from your home. This will simplify your routine which, in turn, lets you spend more time on things you love. Remove what you don’t want When you weed the garden, you remove what you don’t want from that patch of the ground. I have found that one of the best ways to…

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postponed until January

Delay New Organizing Projects Until 2022

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

Yes. I am a professional organizer, and I am advising you to delay new organizing projects until 2022. Please note, I do not advise that you forget about them. Rather I would like you to take a piece of paper and a pen or pencil and make a list of all the organizing projects you would like to complete in 2022. Once you have made your list, look at it a second time and determine if it is realistic. Maybe some projects can be deferred even further to 2023. Rank the projects you want to complete with number 1 referring…

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scheduling home maintenance plan tasks

Create a Home Maintenance Plan Using These Four Steps

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize

I think we can all agree everyone needs to have a home maintenance plan. If you aren’t sure what it is or why you need one, read this recent post: why everyone should have a maintenance plan. Just because you believe you need such a plan doesn’t mean that you know how to create one. There are four distinct steps involved in creating a home maintenance plan. Everyone’s plan will be unique to them but will incorporate these four steps. Now let’s look at the steps to take to develop a home maintenance plan that will work for you. You’ve…

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Why Clutter Hotspots Occur & How to Control Them

By What is Your Reason to Get Organized?

You have hotspots of clutter throughout your house, and it is beginning to really annoy you. There are three common clutter hotspots in most people’s homes: the laundry, kitchen and office desk. If you are like many people, the first thing you will do is to go out and buy some more containers to hold or sort all the stuff. Perhaps you get out one of your organizing books and decide your first step is to sort and purge. Maybe you call in an organizer with the hopes that they will make it all go away for you. Since you…

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stack of books to help with organizing

3 Surprising Things You Must Do So That The Best Organizing Tips Work

By What is Your Reason to Get Organized?

Most experienced organizers offer their clients much of the same advice. They may say it slightly differently but if you read between the lines and boil the advice down to its essence, it’s the same. It doesn’t matter if you follow Marie Kondo, Peter Walsh, or Martha Stewart the heart of the advice is identical. We, experienced organizers, give our clients the best organizing tips that are tried and true. We know these tips will work but you must do your part to ensure they continue to work after we leave. Let’s start by talking about the best organizing tips….

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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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