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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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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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