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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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Eight Tips to Kitchen Sanity

Eight Tips to Kitchen Sanity You walk into your kitchen and you don’t want to cook anything.  So you settle for popping a lean cuisine in the microwave not only because it’s simple and easy, but also it keeps you from digging through your drawers to find stuff.  Settling for that ...
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Eight Steps to De-Clutter

Does this picture look like a space in your home? With my client’s permission, I am sharing a before photo of his basement. This is 50 years worth of stuff piled into a room and forgotten about. He put it off for many years and finally was ready to get ...
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8 tips to make your clothing closet better!

Many people share with me that their closet “drives them nuts!” What is it about their closet that is so frustrating? Typically they can’t see everything they own, so therefore they only wear what they can see. Studies have shown that the 80/20 rule very much applies to clothing: many ...
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13 pairs of sneakers? Enough is enough.

A fellow Professional Organizer and friend, Amy Melaragno, mentioned watching the movie “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.”  I watched it. This is what happened next. I asked myself, “How much is enough?” I started walking around the house and began addressing things one category at a time. Some ...
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The Process of Letting Go

As a Certified Professional Organizer, I help people sort through their belongings and donate items to places that feel good to them. Of course, there are a number of reasons why people hold on to things. Here are a few reasons people share with me: • I paid good money ...
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A Rockette and Then a Mom

In mid December I got a call from an 81- year old woman. We will call her “Ethel”. Ethel was seeking help from an organizer to get things in order. She shared with me how her husband had died a year ago. She called herself a packrat and described the ...
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Six Tips to Make Your Donations Count

Like many people, I too had a couple of boxes and bags of donations to remove from my house after the holidays. My husband offered to do the drop off on Monday, January 2. Unfortunately when he arrived, the Organization was closed in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday ...
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18 Lessons from Phoebe the Schnauzer

While working with a recent client, we came across a typed document with this title at the top "Things you can learn from a dog." It included 18 lessons and was signed by "Freedom Ann." I have yet to find out who "Freedom Ann" is and her connection with dogs, but the list ...
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The Story of Tilly: Still Turning Heads After All These Years

One of the most fulfilling and satisfying aspects of my life as a Professional Organizer is coming in contact with so many wonderful people and hearing about their interesting life experiences. The life experiences of my clients often influence my own life in many ways, sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, and ...
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