Defining “Enough” Is Personal

Enough Is Relative One may think that the amount of dishes in this picture is a little too much.
What is important is that we define what is enough for ourselves. At our previous
home (which we “right-sized” ) we had lots of cabinets. They were filled with things ...
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Book Review:
“Organizing For The Creative Person”
Written by Dorothy Lehmkuhl
and Delores Cotter Lamping

Creative Minds & Organization Are you a creative person? Perhaps an artist, writer, or executive. Many creatives
have issues with organization. Creativity resides in the right side of the brain. Right brains (RB) tend to think cleaning up and organizing is boring. The concept of time, structure, and detail ...
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One Thing Learned:
Preparation Defeats Worry!

Becoming a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) At the end of 2014 I was close to logging 1,500 client hours to become eligible to
sit for the Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) exam. Carving out CPO “reading
time” each week and participating in a monthly book club was part of my ...
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How To Grieve

Saying Goodbye to Phoebe Phoebe was put down on Monday, September 18th, 2018. She could no longer walk and she became incontinent. Three days later I left Ohio to spend nine days visiting my folks, sit for a Peer Review to obtain my CPO-CD and to learn with some ...
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Book Review: “Presence” by Amy Cuddy

What is Presence? First inspired by Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on nonverbal behavior, power posing, and how she overcame a traumatic brain injury; her new book continues to inspire. Amy states that..." Presence isn’t about pretending to be competent; it’s about believing in and revealing the abilities you truly ...
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One Thing Learned:
Compassion Fatigue Is Real

What is Compassion Fatigue? Patricia Smith, the founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, spoke at
our 2015 ICD Conference. She shared symptoms and ways to manage Compassion Fatigue. Definition of Compassion Fatigue: a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion associated with trauma-related work where others are in significant ...
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Reflecting on Wholly Organized

Where It All Began It was 2003 when I first discovered that there were actually people who were “Professional Organizers.”  Do you remember the show “Clean Sweep?” That was the beginning for me. I wanted to be Necee from the show.  I started brainstorming names for my business. My ...
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Book Review: “Organized to Last”
by Porter Knight

Want an easy read with lots of useful tips? Then this is the book for you. Here are some bite size tips:
  • Afraid to get rid of things? If you throw it away today and think of it tomorrow,
    it’s probably only because you touched it today ...
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Should I have an estate sale?

Is an estate sale worth it? Many people ask me this question. It depends on your goal, timing and the amount of sellable items. Typically there should be $10,000 or more to sell.  Given that 30% of the average house contains items that are suitable for an estate sale ...
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Book Review: “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter” by Margareta Magnusson

Don't Let The Name Fool You It is not a sad book. Döstädning. Dö is “death” and städning is “cleaning.” In Sweden it is a term that means that you remove unnecessary things and make your home nice and orderly when you think the time is coming closer for ...
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One Thing Learned: Learning to Pause

The Power to Pause As a subscriber to The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) I have the opportunity to listen to teleclasses. “The Power of the Pause," Presenter David Giwerc was a recent Teleclass. "Learning to pause is the difference between reacting impulsively and responding rationally. Pausing is a disciplined skill ...
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One Thing Learned: Well-Roundedness Doesn’t Work

This was a quote from one of the speakers, Jessica Butts, at the NAPO 2018 Conference.  It struck a cord with me.  How often has it been said that we ought to be well-rounded?  Jessica suggests that we focus on doing the things in life that we enjoy and are ...
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