Well, it happened again. I had all these wonderful ‘fresh start’ visions for the new year; lots of things I want to accomplish — completing an online course, reading the business books in my collection, blogging daily, writing my articles, maintaining my declutter routines. But then, Sunday, December 30, my throat is hurting and I’m […]
Don’t wait to start your 2013 goals to get decluttered and organized
Everyone is so excited with the dawning of a new year! People are making plans and “resolving” to make improvements in their home, their work, their lives. I always look forward to the new year, too. Most of us who tend toward clutter and disorganization do. It’s a clean slate — we KNOW we can […]
“Uncluttered” – by Gwen Smith
A beautiful video about spiritual decluttering from Gwen Smith’s blog My Uncluttered Prayer…
Tips for destressing holiday decorating and preparation
Most of us (especially those of us who tend toward being disorganized) fly through the holidays by the seat of our pants. We have a hazy notion of how we’d like to celebrate – visions not of sugar plums, but elaborate gingerbread houses, happy family dinners, a house decorated to the hilt and lots of […]
Are you giving thieves a way into your home without realizing it? Seven tips for increased security.
We’ve had a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood recently. It’s pretty frightening. More than a dozen homes have been hit. But not one, according to our local sheriff’s department, has been a forced entry. The thieves simply helped themselves to the garage door openers from vehicles parked in the driveway. Most of us leave […]
Exploding the myth of working ‘better’ under pressure
The most common justification people give for procrastinating is that they work ‘better under pressure.’ And that probably feels true. Not being an organized person by nature, I’ve experienced that myself. The process goes like this: Three weeks before project deadline: Spun up and excited about the project. “This time, I’m not going to […]
Will getting organized leave you out of control?
It seems ironic to think that getting organized would give someone less control; after all, the whole point of organizing is to be able to know where things are and to be more efficient and effective. However, there can be a ‘downside’ to having a workable system: You would no longer be in total control. […]
The dirty little secret about decluttering
Last night I completed my class series called “Declutter Your Home NOW!” It was amazing to work with those 25 people, helping them learn what it really takes to declutter and organize. So often we are given “three easy steps,” or told “all you have to do is…” But if you, like me, are not […]
Are you having a devil of a time with time management?
In keeping with National Book Month, I’ve been considering different authors whose works have given me insight into decluttering and organizing. Yesterday, I mentioned how Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” has helped jump-start some of my clients’ decluttering projects. Today, I remembered a CS Lewis passage in The Screwtape Letters that, when applied to time […]
Create a ‘Marmee’s corner’ to begin conquering clutter
“Next morning, Meg did not appear till ten o’clock; her solitary breakfast did not taste nice and the rooms seemed lonely and untidy; for Jo had not filled the vases, Beth had not dusted, and Amy’s books lay scattered about. Nothing was neat and pleasant but ‘Marmee’s corner,’ which looked as usual and there Meg […]