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Clutter Support Groups: The 411

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

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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Are You Tired of Paying Late Fees? Use These 3 Tips & Be in Control of Your Paperwork

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

If you have ever paid late fees, I’m sure you would agree that no one wants to pay more than the invoice lists. However, when bills go missing in a pile of paper or digital files you have no choice but to pay the additional late fees. Is finding your bills, knowing where to keep them, and figuring out how to get them paid on time adding stress and anxiety to your life? You are in the right place. No one wants to pay late fees and none of us need to add stress or anxiety to our lives. As…

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Simple Strategies Need Simple Rules

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

My mother used to like to say, ‘keep it simple, stupid – KISS’. She was right. The simpler the strategy the easier it is to follow. This is why the primary rule I follow in organizing with my clients is to ask the questions: do you love it? Are you using it? Is it beautiful – to you? When a client answers ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions then the object in question is something to keep. Sometimes people over-complicate the strategies they use to get organized by creating impossible rules to accompany the strategies. This can cause…

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Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: Desk

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X

Keeping my office desk clear is a constant challenge. Ideally it should be cleared every evening when I shut down. Sometimes, I feel so used up that I just walk away from it. I do make a real effort to clear it on Friday before I leave the office but even then, once in a great while I am just too exhausted. Where does the clutter come from? It is important for me to understand how I let this happen. When I look at the desk, I see a lot of items that were taken out of my rolling work…

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7 Tips for Putting Away Holiday Décor

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

The holidays have come and gone and now it’s time to put all the lovely holiday décor away and make a clean sweep for the new year. While it would lovely if we could just say “Alexa, un-trim my tree!”, it is not going to happen. This is our task, and we want to do it right. Take your time with this effort. Carefully put each item away in its storage container where it belongs. The next year you will thank the now you for doing it correctly this year. I have seven tried and true tips to make this process…

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5 Tips to Make Your Celebratory Meal Enjoyable for You, Too!

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

There’s a lot that goes into making a celebratory meal. These big event meals don’t just happen. You plan a menu, figure out how to make the different dishes (if you haven’t made them before), shop, prepare, cook, set the table and the list goes on. Wow! I’m exhausted just writing about it! This list of things to do to prepare the meal for others is endless. The one thing not on the list is that you want to be able to enjoy the meal just as much as everyone else! The key to making a celebratory meal and enjoying…

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Are You Consciously Stuck?

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Do you feel stuck? Picture this: you have a list of things to do, you know how to do everything on your list, but you can’t get yourself to do anything. Are you frustrated by this feeling? Maybe your list of things to do is so long that you feel overwhelmed by all you have to do. I took a class last week presented by Dr. Sasha Heinz. She calls this being consciously stuck. Dr. Heinz says there’s a divide between good intentions and action. You can want to do lots and lots of things but until you create a…

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Small Blessings: How to Look for the Silver Lining and Celebrate!

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

When something goes wrong there is often a silver lining within the problem – something that either didn’t go wrong or that worked out despite the problem. We call these things small blessings. If you can always keep a weather eye out for small blessings and then celebrate them then things may not appear so grim. Here are some tricks to help you find the silver lining in almost any situation. What else could have happened? A couple of weeks ago there was a big storm that swept through Atlanta. I had some HUGE (I do mean HUGE) branches come…

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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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