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Is Your Summer “To-Do List” Stopping You In Your Tracks? standard

If you’re like me, the Summer to-do list can drag on and be a monkey on your back.  What really motivated me to take action was the fact that my husband was having his hip replaced and I wasn’t sure if he would be able to do the usual tasks to get our home ready for the upcoming season like painting exterior areas of our house, pulling our porch furnishings out of storage and tending to the garden. My self-imposed deadline to complete everything was “before Summer.” I love that deadline because things don’t loom in the back of your mind and haunt you. Every time I would try to relax I got this little pang of guilt saying “I should be painting ...

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Tips for Decluttering Your Home image

While it’s healthy to admit that your house will not be photo op-ready every day of the week, that’s no reason to give in to the clutter. Begin confronting the lack of order with a few straightforward approaches sure to make your home feel like a haven. Pinpoint a main flaw Maybe you wish you had the time for gutting drawers and labeling storage bins, but you just can’t swing a spring-cleaning binge right now. You can start by breaking a few small bad habits, like tossing mail on the kitchen counter or leaving clean laundry in a hamper. Organizing mail and folding laundry are tasks that only take a few minutes if you do them each day. But if ...

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Old School Organizing: Lessons I’m Still Learning From My Mom standard

My mom’s shoebox for receipts, a large check register that would not fit in your wallet, and an over-stocked pantry.  These are three things that in my professional life I might have advised against.  But my mom recently passed away and is continuing to teach me important lessons in simplicity. Her shoebox of receipts was a perfect receptacle for the year’s spending.  Little handwritten notes chronicled what was important.  It took twenty minutes to sort and document medical expenses, taxable items and things that were to be kept.  It was easy to see where she went and how she navigated life using this little paper trail.  There were not two or three places to look for these.  They were not ...

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Important Documents: What to Keep and for How Long standard

You might be surprised how many people have important financial documents scattered all over the house – on the kitchen table, underneath old newspapers, in the hall closet, in the basement. If this describes your financial “filing system”, you may have a tough time keeping tabs on your financial life. Organization will help you, your advisors… and even your heirs. If you’ve got a meeting scheduled with an accountant, financial consultant, mortgage lender or insurance agent, spare yourself a last-minute scavenger hunt. Take an hour or two to put things in good order. If nothing else, do it for your heirs. When you pass, they will be contending with emotions and won’t want to search through your house for this ...

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It’s Easy Being Green – AND Organized! standard

As a professional organizer, I use the word simplify in my daily vocabulary. We’ve all heard the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle”. But what not everyone recognizes is that ‘simplify’ is just a more palatable synonym for ‘reduce’. I’m, quite frankly, in the business of reducing.  It’s no mistake that ‘reduce’ comes first in the mantra. Our culture often obsesses about the end game, but recycling is actually the last step. The goal is to acquire less, creatively reuse what makes sense and recycle what you can. The good news is there are many resources locally and nationally to help!   Reduce Shop with the idea of ENOUGH in mind.  When you know what ‘enough’ is, your inventory of possessions stays ...

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