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Straightening up can bring immediate satisfaction.
Straightening up can bring immediate satisfaction. It is Sunday morning and there are lots of things I would like to
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14 drawers…How will I get through all this paper?
Day 2 of Sorting Project: Three days left at Towards Employment and seven drawers left to sort today.  I am
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The Importance of Self Care
So I cleaned out those 14 file drawers, exported my contacts, expressed my gratitude to co-workers, collected my personal belongings,
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So you want to organize your basement?
So…you want to organize your basement and you don’t know where to start? Here are some guidelines to get you started.
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New & Improved To-Do List!
Are you overwhelmed and exhausted AND have too much to do?  Are you wondering how you are going to do
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Go Lightly!
Pack lightly...that is!  I mean take one carry-on bag.  This is surprising, coming from a gal that used to pack
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Paper… Oh My!
Do you have a space that looks something like this?  Are you sick of it?  Are you constantly looking for
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Delegate- Yes!
Since August (my last post), I have been delegating. 🙂 Delegating is an art.  Delegating is about letting go.  An
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Letting Go of Stuff- A Client’s Story
I grew up being told to hang on to all of my childhood toys and memorabilia. The message was: “These
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Simplifying!
An interview my Assistant conducted with one of my clients. What impresses me about this client is her practicality and
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Family Ties
Looking for a way to make your organizing project more efficient or to support someone else’s organizing project?  Here’s a
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31 ways to be a better leader
Do you have 3 minutes to be a better leader? Grasp the 10 Truths!  “The Truth About Leadership” by James
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Toddler to College: a story of a college grad letting go.
Coming and going from college for four years can really cause some clutter build up. Every time I would come
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Book Review: “The Boomer Burden”
“The Boomer Burden” by Julie Hall (The Estate Lady®) A fellow Organizer Colleague and friend, Deb Heimann made me aware
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Book Review: “Conscious Order: Clear Your Mind, Leave Clutter Behind” by Annie Rohrbach
“Conscious Order: Clear Your Mind, Leave Clutter Behind”   by Annie Rohrbach Immediately upon meeting Annie at the May 2014
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One Thing Learned: Use my Filter!
This past week I experienced my own whirlwind.  I left the house at 10:00 a.m. on Friday to meet my
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Professional Organizer hires a Professional Organizer
I love taking photos and looking at photos.  I went digital in 2005.  Before going digital,  I would return from
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Four Beliefs You May Want to Stop Now!
Do you have good intentions to read articles you've clipped and countless magazines? And then don't do it? What are
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How M&M’s helped my inbox go from 2,432 to ZERO
Is your e-mail box overwhelming?  Mine was. With five e-mail addresses, it's a challenge to keep up. (I use mac
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More Spirit, Less Stuff
Wholly Organized! clients often want to live with less. This is the story of Gene & Margaret. (names changed of
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Power Pose into Organizing!
Amy Cuddy is a Psychologist at Harvard Business School who studies body language. She is well known for her TED Talk
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To Keep A Lady Head Vase?
For January “Get Organized Month,” I had a contest where I asked readers to share how three hours of organizing
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The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff
By Julie Hall
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Organizing for the Creative Person: Right-Brain Styles for Conquering Clutter, Mastering Time, and Reaching Your Goals
By Dorothy Lehmkuhl
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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
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Before and Better*
In the world of Professional Organizing, we tend to focus on "Before and After." That perspective changed when I went to the
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Organizing For Your Brain Type
By Lanna Nakone, Arlene Taylor
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Organized To Last: 5 Simple Steps To Staying Organized
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Making Peace with the Things in Your Life: Why Your Papers, Books, Clothes, and Other Possessions Keep Overwhelming You and
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Getting Organized in the Era of Endless: What To Do When Information, Interruption, Work and Stuff are Endless But Time
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It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized (Compass)
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Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life
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StrengthsFinder 2.0
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The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About I
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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
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Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
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Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring
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Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash-A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move
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The ICD Guide to Collaborating with Professional Organizers: For Related Professionals
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Book Review: “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of
Don't Let The Name Fool You It is not a sad book. Döstädning. Dö is “death” and städning is “cleaning.”
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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
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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
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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.”
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Defining “Enough” Is Personal
Enough Is Relative One may think that the amount of dishes in this picture is a little too much. What
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One Thing Learned: Before and Better!
Fay Wolf Coins "Before and Better" In the world of Professional Organizing, we tend to focus on “Before and After.”
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Book Review: “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth
The Key To Success Grit has been the topic of discussion with two of my clients. These two clients have
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One Thing Learned: Keys to Minimalism
Being A Minimalist The desire to work toward being a minimalist is a byproduct of being a Professional Organizer. Daily,
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