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5 Components of Planning a Party You Will Enjoy

By Ask the Organizer How to Organize No Comments

I love to give a party and have I ever been missing them this past year! There are 5 components to planning a party so that you will have a fun time along with your guests. Now, I am feeling hopeful that I can once again plan a party but on a smaller scale (for this year at least). When planning a party, the five components I embrace are the guest list, date, theme, menu, and location. Guest List: This is a key component. I love to invite a diverse group of people who will enjoy each other’s company. Usually,…

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Something is Better Than Nothing

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Have you ever been told that doing something is better than nothing? This expression applies to almost every circumstance you may come across. Below is a scenario that occurs frequently in my house. I wonder if it has happened to you? A Dinner Party You just prepared a fantastic dinner for a couple with whom you enjoy spending time. The food was fantastic. The company was great and the bottle of wine they brought was simply perfect. They leave about 9:30. You are feeling happy and replete. Then you go into your kitchen and see the natural disaster that has…

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The Best Reason to Incorporate Laughter into Your Organizing Sessions

By How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

I love to laugh and bet you do too! In fact, I always smile at people when I’m walking outside and find that they smile back at me. It makes me feel really good when that happens. Generally speaking, I’m a happy person and tend to look for the bright side in every situation. Because of this I find that incorporating laughter into organizing sessions is one of the strategies I can use to help my clients make lots of progress. Let me give you the best reason to use laughter. Right now, I’m visiting my son and his family….

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Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: Coat Closet

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X, How to Declutter: Use Simple Strategies

Coat closets, if you are lucky enough to have one, can become a dumping ground for items without an immediate home. You can shut the door and put it all out of sight – at least until you open it to hang a guest’s coat. Since the closet is used for guests’ coats as well as your own stuff, it should be tidy, functional, and well organized. My Coat Closet My coat closet holds coats, jackets, sweaters, a couple of tablecloths, and a bag of bags on the rod. The shelf holds hats, gloves, lint cleaner, a flashlight, and a…

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chest of drawers

Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: Chest of Drawers

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X

You can accomplish more than you think in just ten minutes. In fact, Diane Quintana and I recommend using ten-minute blocks of time to take care of many routine household tasks. Today my 10-minute task is the top of my chest of drawers. The chest of drawers in the picture is in my spare bedroom. The door to this room is always open so as I walk down the hall, I see this chest of drawers every day. The “stuff” that has gathered here has appeared within the last month. There’s no question where it came from and now it…

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seesaw balanced and unbalanced

Want Balance in Your Life? Get Organized!

By What is Your Reason to Get Organized?

When I think about balance the first thing that comes to mind is a seesaw. When two people are on the seesaw, the lighter one goes up in the air faster and the heavier one stays down on the ground longer. They are never completely level, unless they work to get there. If we are talking about creating balance in your life, we are never talking about just two things. Demands on your time There are always lots of different things demanding your attention. Even if you are a single person, you have your home, your work life, your extended…

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dining table piled with clutter

Organizing in 10 Minute Blocks: The Dining Room Table:

By How Long Will it Take to Organize X

Does this ever happen to you? You look at your dining room table. It looks like a small bomb went off. Maybe you wonder how this happened? Well, my dining room table looks this way because it has been a hectic week for me. Let’s look at what happened during my week. How things landed on my dining room table I came home from a client who gave me some coffee. I dropped the coffee bags on the table, made a run for the bathroom, and then started lunch. On my way home from my client I stopped and picked…

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boxes of Christmas decorations

Decorating for the Holidays?

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

Basically, I am a minimalist when it comes to decorating my home. But when the Christmas holidays come around, I tend to go all out. However, each person is unique. And how we feel each year about decorating our home for the holiday can be different. It’s important to listen to yourself and decorate as much or as little as feels good. How much is enough? The year after my husband died, I was not going to mess with the tree and decorating for the holidays. Fortunately, others intervened, and that tree went up. I have one client who is…

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disorganized pantry items

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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