A hurricane or tornado is on the way, what should you grab so that you can rebuild your life if necessary? Someone dies unexpectedly, what should they have in place to make it easier for their relatives? Many believe that a natural, weather-related, or man-made disaster won’t affect them. ... Views: 772
Do you feel like you never get to the end of your to-do list? Are there some to-do items that seem to move from list to list? Do you track things to be done on one list, multiple pieces of paper, an electronic device, or in your head? One crucial factor in getting organizing is using time ... Views: 687
When people leave this world, they always leave a legacy.
The legacy might be food, clothing or shelter for those less fortunate. It might be a building used to educate others. The legacy might be children who solve major world problems. These are the bigger legacies. The more obvious ones. ... Views: 607
While listening doesn't sound like something required to organize, it actually is an important part of reaching your organizing goals.
Listening is both an internal and external activity. We listen externally when we converse with others or tune into the radio or television. We listen ... Views: 918
Has your life gotten out of kilter in some way? Maybe your job doesn’t excite you anymore or you don’t have a job and want one. Perhaps you want to spend more time with family or friends or doing a hobby you really enjoy. Possibly there is something that you have always wanted to do that you ... Views: 693
Whew! The tax deadline is behind us! Now, it's time to figure out what to do with that pile of papers covering the desk or dining room table.
Not sure where to start? There is an easy way to archive taxes to ensure that you are within IRS rules. Plus, you don't really have to think about it ... Views: 683
How many of the following papers could you find in one minute?
-Closing documents for your home or rental agreement
-All supporting documents for taxes
-Record of most recent subscription to a magazine or newspaper
-Most recent social security statement
By the way, ... Views: 712
Want to get organized this year? “Getting organized” is one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. Let’s bring your desire for organization into reality by developing a plan. Go ahead and groan, but without a destination, you don’t know how to get there. You may have heard of SMART goals: ... Views: 623
No one can miss the fact that the holiday season is upon us.
We all know that this time of year is filled with shopping, parties, decorating, stress for some, and peace for others. Lurking in the back of many people’s minds are thoughts related to Things.
All of us interact with ... Views: 532
I love my Mom’s stuffing! I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas so I can eat some. But there is one kind of stuffing I don’t like around the holidays: an overstuffed calendar. Stuffing (or dressing) is one thing, stuffed animals are great, but a stuffed calendar just leads to overwhelm. ... Views: 726
On Monday, you are recovering from the weekend and you have emails, voicemails and tasks that have come in over the weekend. Plus, there are probably still some to-do’s from last week. On Friday, you anticipate the weekend and it is easy to get distracted from work.
Thursday is almost ... Views: 612
Listening is both an internal and external activity. We listen externally when we converse with others or tune into the radio or television. We listen internally when we pay attention to our inner thoughts and conversations. Both types of listening are necessary for good organization – ... Views: 1908
Clutter in your home, office or schedule comes in many forms. In this case, I’m not talking about excess stuff in your space or outdoors. I’m talking about causes of clutter from external and internal sources. Wait! Don’t stop reading yet. This article spotlights two important components of our ... Views: 567
We’ve just started a new year. How do you want your life to be different at the end of 2012 from how it is right now? Think of one or two ways that you’d like to change your personal or professional life. Got your answer? My guess is that many of you would like to decrease “overwhelm.” The ... Views: 485
Giving thanks. It is something we do when someone gives us a gift or does something special for us. In the several countries there are special days called Thanksgiving. People gather together with family and friends, eat a big feast, and give thanks for all their blessings.
In the United ... Views: 830
Ready to implement a new filing system? While choosing your system is an important first step, most of us get stuck when it comes time to actually do the work. So here are some ideas about how to get started:
First, block out about one hour of time. Prior to that time, gather folders, ... Views: 486
April is Stress Awareness Month. Most people are already aware of stress in their lives! But did you know stress is a major cause of clutter? There is schedule clutter because we have more tasks, obligations, and activities than we have hours in the day. There is physical clutter, which ... Views: 553
As a professional organizer working with the chronically disorganized, I see teens everywhere who could use some help in getting organized. It’s a skill set schools tend to overlook, but one that parents know is crucial for success in every area of life.
In the blink of an eye, those teens ... Views: 764
Christmas is just around the corner, and along with bringing holiday cheer it also brings holiday “stuff.” As you look around your home does it seem inevitable that clutter will be a part of your holiday celebrations? Maybe some of the items belong to other family members, regardless has all ... Views: 531
Most people associate the word “addict” with alcohol or drugs. Reality is that people can become addicted to either a substance or a behavior. As a professional organizer, I work with many clients who are addicted to stuff. What does this look like? Here are some of the signs:
o more stuff ... Views: 1254
May is Family Wellness Month. Whether you are a family of one or a family of ten or more, there are a number of ways that you can enhance wellness in your life. This article will speak to wellness in terms of mental health as it relates to a functional space and calendar.
Many people ... Views: 1606
How many times have you heard someone say, “I never have enough time!”? Maybe you have even said it yourself. I hate to break the news to you...we all have the same amount of time: 24 hours in a day which means 168 hours per week. There is nothing that anyone can do to change it. For some people ... Views: 1722